I never believed in angels. But then everything changed one morning…

Do you believe in angels?

Did you know that 7 out of 10 American adults believe in angels? You would think religious people believe in angels and that would make sense but even 2% of atheists and 25% of agnostics believe in angels!

Those statistics blew my mind and so I want to talk about it today because everybody has a different idea of what an angel is. Yet they don’t all believe in the same way.

I never believed in angels. I’ve always considered myself a practical mystic and so to me, angels were loving thoughts. I had no experience of loved ones who had passed watching over and taking care of me, or anything close to that.

A transformative experience.

But then everything changed one morning shortly after I was ordained as an Interfaith minister in 1995. This is what happened:

I woke in a state of terror.  “What am I doing? I have no idea! I barely know how to take care of myself, how am I supposed to minister to other people?” I was terrified. I was sweating. Tears were pouring out of my eyes and sobs of grief and fear shook my body. I cried out to the universe for help. And suddenly I felt myself surrounded and enfolded in angel’s wings! (And I didn’t believe in angels as beings with wings.)

I knew that there were two of them. I wasn’t afraid in the least. The panic was gone. I was marveling at how safe and warm and protected I felt. I asked, “Who are you?” I didn’t know what else to say.

The first voice that I ‘heard’ said to me, “My name is Marlin, and I am here to help you recognize and use the strength and confidence that you have within you.” I didn’t have either one of those as far as I knew so I accepted the blessing. 

Then there was another, softer voice that said, “My name is Anita and I want you to know that you’re beautiful, you’re intelligent, and you have the gift of healing which you must learn to share. I’m here to help you do that.” I couldn’t believe what was happening…” What is going on? I must be losing my mind!” Yet, I felt completely at peace and protected.

It was the most incredible experience of my life. And in the days following that first transformative encounter which took me from fear to support and love,

A transformative experience.

I had the presence of the angels with me.  And any time I lose my way and feel afraid, I simply think of them and then I feel their presence. I don’t say there is no such thing as angels anymore!

Marcia, moving toward grace.

Being the geeky person that I am, I had to look up their names. Marlin could mean “sea fortress,” Anita is the diminutive of Anna, and Anna is the Westernization of the Hebrew name Hannah which means “grace.”

Marcia, moving towards grace.

That knowledge spurred me to change my name to commemorate this turning point in my life when I consciously chose to be “Marcia, moving toward grace.” That being a little too long for a name, I just shortened it to MarciaGrace.

I wanted to talk about angels because we’re amid the holiday season. The cards we give to one another often have pictures of angels on them. We hang angel decorations on trees, windows, and doors. So, angels are all around us. They remind us that we are not alone, and that loving beings are watching out for us.

I do feel we need all the help we can get these days. Is there anyone among us who doesn’t experience chaotic, scary thoughts daily? To look at what’s going on in the world is enough to cause a boatload of stress between the economy, politics, and wars raging in several countries.

Call your angel to support you.

I know many people are struggling. Each one of us, as businesspeople, spouses, parents, or family members, has our situations to handle. Therefore, my suggestion is to call your angel to support you and to help you through, not only the holidays but every day of your life. It is so reassuring to know that you are never alone, and that help is always there for you whenever you need it.

Even if you only think of an angel as a messenger from your Higher Self or Innate Intelligence, that’s fine. You choose the form that is comfortable for you. It’s not the form that matters, it’s the content. When the message relieves your stress and offers positive actions to perform, it’s probably in your best interests to follow the advice. Over time, you’ll become proficient at weeding out the truly helpful messages from the ego’s fearful, defensive harangues that urge you to attack or run for cover. 

Call your angel to support you.

Let this be a season of giving and receiving love from everyone you meet. Make that decision and then call upon your angels to assist you in that plan. 

Blessed, Happy Holidays to You and Yours!

Love and Peace always,

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