IV – Angels and Devas
… Continued from Communicating with Angels – III
It was an American woman Doreen Virtue who made Angel healing popular, so most people just stick to the ones she talks about. Indians (and other native cultures) have been communicating with other realms for centuries, and temples were constructed to make communicating with specific entities easier. There are many, many more than just the popular Christian angels.
It is important to have a strong spiritual practice before you try communicating with the angels. That way, you ensure that you are communicating with the good ones, and it is not the mischievous ones masquerading as someone else and misleading you.
More often than not, when I feel the need for help from the angels, I just call out and ask whoever is around, and whoever is good at what I need, to help out. I don’t prefer calling specific Angels because no matter what we learn about them, we only have limited information.
However, a bit of knowledge can be useful.
Christianity and Judaism refer to seven archangels, who lead the rest of the angels. Of these, four are accepted by the Church.
Archangel Michael is associated with life purpose and protection. He is the leader and protector of the forces against evil, and it can be very useful to call him if you feel that you are being attacked by strong negative energies. He can also bring about healing, but the healing he facilitates usually involves letting go and moving on from the dysfunctional aspects of our selves and lives.
The colors associated with Archangel Michael are royal purple, royal blue and gold. Archangel Michael is more active during autumn.
Archangel Gabriel is associated with communication and children. Although the angels do not have any gender, Gabriel is often depicted with feminine features because of this association. Call upon Gabriel if you seek help with pregnancy, if you are associated with helping during the birthing process, or involved in taking care of children.
Since Gabriel also rules communication, she helps artists, actors, writers, counselors and teachers. If you’re experiencing an artist’s block or need help with difficult conversations, call upon Gabriel to help.
The color associated with Gabriel is copper, and she is more active during the winter.
Archangel Raphael is the healer, often working in tandem with Archangel Michael. When called upon to heal pain resulting from acute or chronic diseases, there can be instant relief. The energy associated with Raphael is very gentle and subtle, and not always easy to detect.
He is also responsible for travel, and can be called upon for ensuring smooth journeys.
People sometimes see emerald green lights when Raphael is around. He is most active during Spring.
Uriel means ‘fire of God’, and this angel is associated with wisdom and intellect. The subtlest of them all, Uriel’s energy is harder to sense when he’s around, but asking for help might bring us guidance through thoughts, dreams or ideas. He helps when you need a solution to a problem, and also with tests and exams. His real help comes when you need to rise above the grind of mundane routines, let go of destructive emotions and deepen your understanding of life.
The color associated with Uriel is yellow and he’s most active during the summer.
Ganesha is the remover of obstacles. Popularly known as the elephant God, calling upon Ganesha ensures a smooth delivery of plans. Ganesha also rules the root chakra, so it only makes sense to invoke him at the start of anything new, and remaining rooted will help us remain efficient and focused. Being the ruler of the root chakra, he dissolves fear and takes care of survival in every form, including finances.
The word Shiva has various meanings in India. The word could be used to depict the formless, infinite God, but it could also be used to mean the blue-throated one, Adi-yogi. Shiva is a very protective force and is often seen walking alongside the ones he protects. Those who see him, describe him as blue-bodied, long matted hair and holding a trident (trishul). He’s the destroyer, and destroys all illusions, pain and suffering, helping one transcend worldly attachments. He is associated with the crown chakra.
Women who seek a loving and devoted husband, often find the right one after praying to Shiva. A fast done for 16 consecutive Mondays can be especially powerful.
Krishna has a very subtle energy and is rarely ‘seen’. However, those who call upon him for help usually find problems resolving quite quickly. Any aspect of life that requires diplomacy, careful planning or charm, Krishna can step in and help.
Associated with the hara chakra, Krishna can help you dissolve guilt. He also helps in healing relationship problems, helping you see through the other’s faults with love.
Praying to the baby form of Krishna is very helpful for couples planning to start a family.
Hanuman is the protector. He protects from all kinds of problems, danger and entities. Simply placing his picture on the wall facing the entrance, will protect the house from miscreants. He is also very helpful when called upon during attack from negative forces. Those who have repetitive nightmares – especially children – benefit tremendously by calling out to him for help before going to bed.
He rules the heart chakra, and is really the symbol of devotion. Praying to Hanuman will help one open up the heart, love unconditionally, and trust in God more easily.
The Family Deity / Kuldevta
Traditionally, Indians pray to a family deity, but this culture is more or less lost. It is quite unbelievable to an ‘educated’ mind, the impact of staying in touch with this deity and calling upon him/her for help. If you can find out your kuldevi or kuldev, praying to this one force might be more effective than praying to any of the rest, because they hold a stronger sway over your life, and also rule over the karmic baggage of your entire ancestry.