This is the second in a "Getting to Know the Archangels" series. There will be a total of fifteen.
As the old saying goes, "You learn something new every day." Last week, on September 29 in fact, I learned that it was Michaelmas. This is something I had never heard of before. Thank goodness for social media; this is how I found out that people around the world were celebrating the Feast of Saint Michael the Archangel.
As an Angel Therapy Practitioner® and as a former practicing Catholic, perhaps I should have known this beforehand. My experience as a Catholic, however, was that we knew very little about the Bible, its stories and many of its key characters. As an ATP, I am now making it my business to get to know fifteen archangels on a personal basis.
Archangel Michael is probably the most well-known, across the board. Whether it is through religion, spiritual studies, symbolism or Hollywood, Michael seems to be widely known and loved. Hey, how many archangels actually get their own movie?
Through my ATP teachings, I believe Archangel Michael has two primary roles. One, he is the protector, and is often depicted with a sword. Michael's second role is to help us with our life purpose.
Michael is the only archangel referenced in the Bible by name (according to some sources... I am no expert!). He is the defender of all that is good and pure, and works relentlessly against evil, bringing demons and dragons to his feet in submission. Personally, I have a somewhat updated view of Michael. He is there to protect us from anyone with less than positive intentions toward us and unknown situations. He uses his mighty sword not to wound and kill, but to slash through any unhealthy energetic ties that we may have with others. As for the sword, it is made of light, not metal.
Michael also has an extensive collection of healing tools in addition to his sword. We as ATPs are trained in the use of his sacred vacuum cleaner, but I have also seen his sacred pruning shears, pliers and tweezers! He will use anything to help us release unhealthy energy lines. He is the one to call on when you need to feel safe and protected.
Michael's other major job is to help us with our life purpose. He is there to send signs, messages and clarity when we are struggling to figure out what we should be doing, or when we know what we want to do but don't know where to start.
As with any angel, we must ASK Michael to come into our lives. In fact, you can even ask him to move into your home! Angels can be everywhere at any time; there is no such thing as monopolizing an angel. Often when I do group work, I imagine seven Michaels surrounding the six clients and myself (I always sneak myself in when doing angel therapy!) and he is able to split himself into as many parts as needed.
There are several ways you might know Archangel Michael is with you. Deep blue, purple and gold are traditionally associated with him but I experience him in the colour electric blue. These colours, the image of his sword and feelings of warmth may indicate his presence. You may get specific messages from him if you work with oracle cards. He may show up in your dreams to guide you and speak to you. I also experience Michael most strongly in the third and fifth chakras: the power and communication centres.
I knew from a very early age that I was protected. I didn't have the language to name Archangel Michael, but as I began a conscious spiritual path in my mid-thirties, I was drawn to anything to do with him. The meditation groups I attended often spoke of Michael, and that felt very familiar and comforting to me. I sensed that he'd been with me always.
I believe that many of us feel very connected to Archangel Michael to the point of being his symbolic children or his crew. It's as though we are lightworkers who directly answer to Michael, our supervisor. Are you a Child of Michael?
I had a profound experience while doing a healing session on a woman who was to become one of my closest friends. I was doing energy healing at her throat and I had a strong feeling of someone standing beside me. It was so tangible that I had to open my eyes and look, and of course, there was no one there. After the treatment was finished, I asked my friend to draw an angel card to get a message, and she drew the one that said Michael. That confirmed what I'd suspected: that he had been standing beside me and assisting in the healing.
Michael is to archangels as lavender is to aromatherapy: multi-purpose, appropriate for almost any situation, easily accessible and reasonably priced! Well, Michael is actually free. In addition to protecting and advising, he can fix electronics, charge batteries, make mechanical repairs and keep us safe on our travels. Archangel Michael is just waiting for you to call on him.
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