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The Human Family Crash Course Series {10} ~ Angels {7} ~ What Your Guardian Angel Can Do For You

Welcome fellow souls to «The Human Family Crash Course Series», a project collaborated by empress2inspire.blog and dios-raw.com. Together we will be working on a different topic for each crash course; our tenth topic is focused on «Angels». Each topic will have eight posts with posts on Mondays and Thursdays. We hope you enjoy our series and we look forward to knowing how our posts have inspired you!

“The moon will guide you through the night with her brightness, but she will always dwell in the darkness, in order to be seen.” ~ Shannon L. Alder

“When you trust your inner guidance and begin moving in the direction of your dreams (aligned with your individual gifts) you will be cloaked in an armor bestowed upon you by your guardian angel.” ~ Charles F. Glassman

Imagine you had a bodyguard who was eternally with you. They did all the usual bodyguard endeavors such as protecting you from danger, warding off assailants, and generally keeping you safe in all situations. But they also did more than this: they offered you moral guidance, helped you become a stronger person, and led you to your ultimate calling in life.

We don’t have to imagine it. We already have such a bodyguard. Christian tradition calls them guardian angels. Their existence is supported by scriptures and both Catholics and Protestants believe in them along with seemingly all cultures and ancient civilisations having remnants of these beings in their musings, architecture and philosophy.

● Ward off demons

Sometimes we visualize moral decision-making as a debate between a bad angel whispering in one ear and a good angel speaking wisely in the other. There is a truth to this: according to St. Thomas Aquinas, one of the roles of the guardian angels is to fight off demons (Summa Theologica, Part 1, Question 113, Articles 2-6).

  • Protect us from harm

Guardian angels generally protect us from both spiritual and physical harm, according to Aquinas (Question 113, Article 5, Reply 3). This belief is rooted in Scripture. For example, Psalm 91:11-12 declares, “For he commands his angels with regard to you, to guard you wherever you go. With their hands they shall support you, lest you strike your foot against a stone.”

  • Strengthen us against temptation

Guardian angels do not just ward off evil, they also strengthen us so we can do it ourselves. As St. Bernard says in a sermon, “As often, therefore, as a most serious temptation is perceived to weigh upon you and an excessive trial is threatening, call to your guard, your leader, your helper in your needs, in your tribulation; cry to him and say: ‘Lord, save us; we perish!’”

  • Embolden us

St. Bernard also says that with angels such as these at our side we should have no fear. We should have the courage to live out our faith boldly and confront whatever life might throw our way. As he puts it, “Why should we fear under such guardians? Those who keep us in all our ways can neither be overcome nor be deceived, much less deceive. They are faithful; they are prudent; they are powerful; why do we tremble?”

  • Intervene miraculously.

Guardian angels not only ‘guard,’ they also can save us when we are already in trouble. This is illustrated by the story of Peter in Acts 12, when an angel helps break the apostle out of prison. The story suggests that it is his own personal angel that has intervened (see verse 15). Of course, we cannot count on such miracles. But it’s an added comfort to know that they are possible.

  • Guard us from birth

Church Fathers once debated whether guardian angels were assigned at birth or at baptism. St. Jerome argued decisively for the former. His basis was Matthew 18:10, which is a crucially important Scriptural passage that supports the existence of guardian angels. In the verse Jesus says, “See that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that their angels in heaven always look upon the face of my heavenly Father.” The reason that we get guardian angels at birth is that their aid is associated with our nature as rational beings, rather than belonging to the order of grace, according to Aquinas (Question 113, Article 5, Answer).

  • Guard all of us

This conclusion follows from the above. Aquinas also makes this clear in explaining that God never leaves any of us. As the great dogmatic theologian Ludwig Ott explained, “According to the general teaching of the theologians, however, not only every baptized person, but every human being, including unbelievers, has his own special guardian angel from his birth.” Pope Benedict XVI also taught that guardian angels are “ministers of the divine care for every human being.” (Thanks to Jimmy Akin for highlighting these sources.)

Remind us of the dignity of persons

This follows from all that has been said before. It is particularly evident from Matthew 18:10 where Jesus instructs us not to ‘despise’ the ‘little ones’ because they have angels watching over them. (I’m particularly indebted to Protestant preacher John Piper for pointing this out.) As St. Jerome puts it, “The worth of souls is so great that from birth each one has an angel assigned to him for protection.” Piper emphasizes how the presence of guardian angels should lead us to a greater respect for our fellow Christians: “Therefore don’t despise this simple, unimpressive disciple of Jesus! Let his angelic entourage remind you whose son he is.”

  • Bring our needs to God

Akin says that guardian angels act as intercessors who bring our requests directly to God based on Jesus’ words in Matthew 18:10 about angels beholding the face of God.

  • Bring us closer to God

It follows from the above that guardian angels also aid in bringing us nearer to God. Even when God seems distant, just remember that the guardian angel assigned to you personally is at the same time beholding God directly.

  • Move us to the good

Guardian angels also move us to the good. As Aquinas writes, “It is moreover manifest that as regards things to be done human knowledge and affection can vary and fail from good in many ways; and so it was necessary that angels should be deputed for the guardianship of men, in order to regulate them and move them to good” This includes prompting us to perform good works, according to Aquinas. (See Question 113, Article 1, Answer and Article 4, Objection 3.)

  • Communicate through our imagination

In addition to working through our senses and intellects, our guardian angels also influence us through our imaginations, according to Aquinas, who gives the example of Joseph’s dreams (Question 111, Article 3, On the Contrary and Answer). But it might not be something as obvious as a dream; it could also be through more subtle means like a ‘phantasm,’ which could be defined as an image brought to the senses or the imagination (Question 111: Article 1, Answer; definition adapted from the Dictionary of Scholastic Philosophy by Bernard Wueller, SJ).

Let us know below how you work with your guardian angels or any thoughts or questions you may have…

Source ~ https://catholicexchange.com/the-20-things-guardian-angels-do-for-us

~Amber {DiosRaw}

~You Are Proof Of God~

“People keep wanting a proof for God. But what never occurs to them is that God is so selflessly doing the human you that God becomes invisible.

God is invisible BECAUSE it is absolutely selfless!

Since God is ONE, it’s selflessness and your selfishness precisely occupy the same space. You can’t see God because your finite self lies perfectly in its place. Or, in other words, God is BEING you so profoundly that all you see is your human self instead of God.

God’s absolute selflessness is what allows you to be so selfish. You don’t see God because God is fully giving you what you want: to be your finite self. Which leaves no more room to see God. To see God you’d have to give up yourself. But you want to keep yourself and still see God. Well, that’s impossible because God is absolute selflessness!

If you want proof of God become selfless and you will realize that God is you. You are God’s existence proof! — but only if you manage to recognize yourself as God. It’s not a matter of proof, it’s a matter of recognition.

The reason you cannot prove God is because you assume God is other to you, and you’re too selfish to surrender yourself to discover that God isn’t other, it’s YOU!

It’s like you’re trying to yank up a rug without recognizing that the reason it won’t budge is because you’re standing on it. “But Leo! The rug really won’t budge!”

Of course! Get out the fucking way first!

“I am human” << this one idea is what prevents you from proving God. So long as you keep imagining and insisting that you are human you are doomed to be disconnected from God — your True Self. Your whole life you have been denying yourself, and you dare to call this humility. No! This fake humility is the height of egotism.”

Source ~ https://www.actualized.org/insights

The Silver Birch Book Of Questions & Answers {148} ~ Would The Prayer Of A Little Child, For Example, Be Of Any Use In Curing A Drunken Patient?

“ALL sincere prayer carries with it a power. How far that power can be transmuted into a material result depends, in the case that you give, upon the soul of the man, whether that power can touch his soul, or whether he is so far removed from spiritual things that no spiritual thing can touch his soul. I cannot say yes or no to that question.” ~ The Silver Birch Book Of Questions & Answers, P. 24

Yoga {37} ~ Asanas/Poses {26} ~ Supta Bhairavasana/Reclining Formidable Pose

Supta bhairavasana is an advanced yoga pose that provides an intense leg and hip stretch.

Beginning in dandasana (seated with both legs straight), one leg is lifted and weaves under the arm on the same side, then around the back of the neck. The hands take prayer position at the center of the chest. For the full expression of the pose, the body reclines and the drishti is toward the sky.

In English, this asana is called reclining formidable pose.

The Human Family Crash Course Series {10} ~ Angels {3} ~ How To Work With Angels

Welcome fellow souls to «The Human Family Crash Course Series», a project collaborated by empress2inspire.blog and dios-raw.com. Together we will be working on a different topic for each crash course; our tenth topic is focused on «Angels». Each topic will have eight posts with posts on Mondays and Thursdays. We hope you enjoy our series and we look forward to knowing how our posts have inspired you!

“Some of the most beautiful things worth having in your life come wrapped in a crown of thorns.” ~ Shannon L. Alder

“For truly we are all angels temporarily hiding as humans.” ~ Brian Weiss

How do we work with our angels? 

Whatever religion you follow or spiritual path you resonate with, you likely have spiritual guides sending you messages and omens. There are many kinds of guides, but guardian angels are the ones assigned solely to you. They guide you throughout your human mission and are thought to fill your world with helpful signals to aid you on your soul path whilst navigating this existence. It’s up to you whether you see these signals as divine guidance or not; it’s upto us to notice these symbols and signs. 

For example, feathers are considered to be one of the angels’ favourite signs to leave on earth. You can choose to believe that the feather you saw on the sidewalk fell from a bird flying by, or you can trust that it’s some kind of sign that your angel is watching you and everything will be okay. When we acknowledge signs from our guardian angels, we encourage them to send more and open up the lines of communication betwixt the physical world and the divine, spiritual world overlapping this realm. 

Here are five ways to communicate with your guardian angels every day:

~Pay attention to intense emotions or physical sensations you feel randomly. A physical sign might be getting goose bumps or feeling a slight breeze brush past you.  Emotionally, some people feel an experience of overwhelming love and support wash over them, they sense a presence.

~Sounds. Hearing a buzzing in your ear can be a sign that angels are trying to connect with you. Start to notice when this happens and see if you can find a pattern that occurs. Does it always happen at a certain time of day? Does it happen when you’re stressed? Does it happen when you’re in a dark place? It could be your angels reminding you to calm down. {Keep in mind that if this buzzing persists for hours, though, it could be a medical issue.}

~Show gratitude for lovely smells that arrive out of the blue. If you experience an unexpectedly beautiful smell and can’t figure out where it is coming from, then perhaps an angel has dropped by to uplift your day. 

~Don’t dismiss unexpected tastes of sweetness in your mouth. The taste of sweet nectar in the mouth is a wonderful sign that your energetic vibration is heightened, especially during meditation. The higher our vibration, the easier it becomes to connect with angels.

~Envision angels in your mind’s eye. While many people struggle to see angels with their physical eyes, they find it easier to see them with their inner eye, or third-eye chakra. The key to seeing angels with your inner eye is to relax, stop trying so hard, and be open to whatever comes your way, let it be and don’t be afraid to ask for what you need. 

How can you work with guardian angels?

There are a variety of practices that can help you tune into who your angels. You can ask for their names to come through during a meditation session and journal what comes to mind, write to your angels asking them to send you a sign of their identity, or pay close attention to the music that you hear to see if any clues come up in the lyrics that resonate with you and your human experience.

It is upto us to witness and observe the magic all around us, it is just waiting for us to discover and delight in. You’re never alone, you have a team behind you that you may not see, but seeing isn’t the whole vision. 

Let us know below how you connect with your angels.

~Amber {DiosRaw}

Poetry {199} ~ ONEROUS COMMITMENT TO SELF

Commitment is onerous, both on the heart
and on the shoulders

Many draw a blank, neglect to trust in the omnipresent divine and crumple under the weight of expectations, blinded romantic moments, addictions and pressure

Commitment is like carrying you through the sea but not unloading you when things get rough, to always persist to stay afloat in the abyss of blinded tunnel vision

Sometimes people get confused about which valuables to withhold and which to abandon

Commitment is like gliding a plane, I get to lead and direct us to the most beautiful of auroras

But it’s never about me flying it’s about you landing and never crashing you into a ping pong dynamic you know too well

Learning to trust again through the trails of human experience as a soul embodied

Commitment to Self and no looking back, a peek to ferment the wisdom, oh yes, yet no looking back my friend.

~DiosRaw, 22/10/21

The Human Family Crash Course Series {9} ~ Grounding {7} ~ Meditation For Restful Sleep

Welcome fellow souls to «The Human Family Crash Course Series», a project collaborated by empress2inspire.blog and dios-raw.com. Together we will be working on a different topic for each crash course; our ninth topic is focused on «Grounding». Each topic will have eight posts with posts on Mondays and Thursdays. We hope you enjoy our series and we look forward to knowing how our posts have inspired you!

“Each night, when I go to sleep, I die. And the next morning, when I wake up, I am reborn.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

“Give it to God and go to sleep.” ~ Anonymous

“A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor’s book.” ~ Irish Proverb

Everyone has wrestled to fall asleep at one point in their lives or another. Perhaps it was a stressful day or there’s an upcoming obligation on the horizon occupying your thoughts. Maybe you just woke up in the middle of the night with thoughts swirling around in your consciousness and now you can’t fall back asleep. Whatever it is, a guided meditation can help bring you back to center, directing your attention toward your intention; which in this case, is getting a good night’s sleep.

Sleep is an important state of rest and rejuvenation and a source of energy for the body and mind. Haven’t you noticed that when you are sleep-deprived you feel more tired, grouchy, irritable, and crazy?

Adequate sleep is very important: when you’re asleep your brain wave frequencies change, and neural firing decreases. Better sleep can lower stress and improve your memory, mental clarity, focus, immune system, and also reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s. Though healthy sleep has more to do with the quality of the rest, quantity also is important. Sometimes we might notice that our sleep patterns are disturbed for many reasons and we don’t get enough sleep. This affects our memory, productivity and everyday life.

Here are some YouTube guided meditations for a restful sleep ~

~Binaural beats between 1 and 30 Hz are alleged to create and simulate the same brainwave pattern that one would experience during meditation. When you listen to a sound with a certain frequency, your brain waves will synchronize with that frequency. The theory is that binaural beats can help create the frequency needed for your brain to create the same waves commonly experienced during a meditation practice. The use of binaural beats in this way is sometimes called brainwave entrainment technology. ~ https://youtu.be/FIMdEPd98xs

~https://youtu.be/2f5mRTjkHJ4
~https://youtu.be/obvfbKND-fM
~https://youtu.be/x5jP8UMDoww
~https://youtu.be/RfyoNTgeHiY
~https://youtu.be/nMDHjVVj3bA

“Put your thoughts to sleep, do not let them cast a shadow over the moon of your heart. Let go of thinking.” ~ Rumi

We hope these meditations will aid you into finding restful sleep! Sleep well fellow souls.

~Amber {DiosRaw}

Kaballah {1} ~ What Is Kaballah? {1}

“Kabbalah (also spelled Kabalah, Cabala, Qabala)—sometimes translated as “mysticism” or “occult knowledge—is a part of Jewish tradition that deals with the essence of God. Whether it entails a sacred text, an experience, or the way things work, Kabbalists believe that God moves in mysterious ways. However, Kabbalists also believe that true knowledge and understanding of that inner, mysterious process is obtainable, and through that knowledge, the greatest intimacy with God can be attained.

The Zohar, a collection of written, mystical commentaries on the Torah, is considered to be the underpinning of Kabbalah.  Written in medieval Aramaic and medieval Hebrew, the Zohar is intended to guide Kabbalists in their spiritual journey, helping them attain the greater levels of connectedness with God that they desire. 

Kabbalistic thought often is considered Jewish mysticism.  Its practitioners tend to view the Creator and the Creation as a continuum, rather than as discrete entities, and they desire to experience intimacy with God.  This desire is especially intense because of the powerful mystical sense of kinship that Kabbalists believe exists between God and humanity. Within the soul of every individual is a hidden part of God that is wait­ing to be revealed. Even mystics who refuse to describe such a fusion of God and man so boldly, still find the whole of Creation suffused in divinity, breaking down distinctions between God and the universe. Thus, the Kabbalist Moses Cordovero writes, “The essence of divin­ity is found in every single thing, nothing but It exists….It exists in each existent.””

Source ~ https://reformjudaism.org/beliefs-practices/spirituality/what-kabbalah