by Rev. Sheri Kozdron
There are two common questions that may come to mind when hearing the term Angel Reader or Angel Medium. “What’s that?” And “How do you do it?”
What is an Angel Reader, and how is that different from other readers? There are some differences among all types of readings, but the main underlying purpose is very similar. An Angel Reader may use angel oracle cards like the beautiful collection of oracle card decks created by Dr. Doreen Virtue. Some people feel more comfortable with a reader who uses angel cards versus a reader who uses the Tarot. While Tarot can be a very accurate prediction tool, angel guidance is more difficult when it comes to predicting time; the concept of time is our creation and does not really exist in the Angelic Realm. However, some individuals who may not completely understand the Tarot may also fear some of the cards or images, like the death card, and will prefer an Angel Reader just because they are more comfortable with the images. Whether you go to an Angel Reader, Tarot Reader, or Crystal Ball Reader, it is vital that you first feel comfortable with that person so that your energy will be open to being read. The process of an Angel Reading includes calling in your personal Guardian Angels and Spirit Guides (including your Master Guide), your deceased loved ones, the Archangels and Ascended Masters, and only the highest energies for your highest good. There will never be any lower energies or Earth Bound Spirits (souls who are stuck here) intruding in your Angel Reading. While it is definitely possible to connect with those individuals if it’s needed, lower energy beings are not generally called upon to give you guidance and messages by an Angel Reader. Readings are also performed with the understanding that those being read have their own free will and are not bound to adhere to any guidance received.
How does someone learn to communicate with angels? Learning to connect with the Angelic Realm means learning how to communicate with Guardian Angels, Spirit Guides, Archangels, Ascended Masters and Deceased Loved Ones. The truth is that anyone can learn this. The biggest secret is not to try too hard; angel/spirit communication is really not as difficult as you might think it is.
My favorite question of all time was asked of me in the bathroom of an event where I was offering my services. An attendee happened to see my name badge with my company name, Angel Messenger. She asked me if I offered angel readings then asked if I had studied under Doreen Virtue. I answered that I had not ever met Doreen but loved her work and had read almost all of her books. I could see the look in her eye, and then she proceeded to tell me that I really should study under Doreen as this was a way for me to basically be good at what I do. I politely thanked the woman for her advice but laughed inside at the same time.
Ask yourself, “Where did Dr. Doreen Virtue receive her gift from?” She received her Divine gifts and talents from the same Source or Spirit as John Edward, Sylvia Brown, Rev. Sheri Kozdron and you. Yes, I said “and you”. It wasn’t until someone asked me my favorite question that I realized how people misunderstood this. Anyone can learn to communicate with their angels, guides and loved ones. All you have to do is develop the ability by gaining the appropriate knowledge and practicing that knowledge. No one is born knowing how to ride a bike, but just about anyone can learn. You may need training wheels at first, but you can do it.
We are all born with the ability. As children, we may have had imaginary friends that were actually angels or spirits. We were more likely to be able to see things that others did not including angels and spirits, auras, or even knowing things about our own past lives or that of our loved ones. It’s as we grow older that we learn to doubt what seems so obvious when we’re children.
I once worked as an assistant in a day care where one day a little boy was coloring a picture of his family. Everyone was colored in as you would expect . . . shirt, pants, proper hair color all colored within the lines – except for the dog. The dog was purple and colored as if there were no lines at all. In fact, it just appeared to be a mass of purple scribble. The teacher had good intentions when she jokingly suggested that he had made a mistake. “Dogs aren’t purple,” she said. It wasn’t until years later that I realized how that dog was in fact purple. That little boy saw the dog’s aura – purple!
Another commonality among children is their ability to recall past lives. One of my clients has a little girl who enjoys sharing tea time with her great grandmother more than playing with children her own age. She told her mother all about her “old family” . . . names, where they lived, etc. Guess what? Those people are still alive! This child’s eighty year old past life husband is still alive! It’s amazing the ability we throw away as we grow older . . .
It is amazing the ability we throw away as we grow older, but the good news is that we can get it back. Some people, like Sylvia Brown for example, are born with the gift and nurtured by family or other influences to develop their gift. Others, like John Edward, learn to turn the light back on so to speak. John Edward was a skeptic until he met a psychic who changed his life. John was still only a teenager when he began to reopen his gifts; but, if a teenager can be open enough to a new idea and accept such amazing ability, there’s a good chance you can too. Not all of us are meant to be famous Psychic Mediums as we all have different paths, but it is an incredible gift to be able to receive guidance or reassurance from your own angels and guides or to communicate with someone you’ve lost.
One thing that makes it easier to communicate with the other side is knowing who you are talking to. Guardian Angels and Spirit Guides are the two main beings you will have with you at all times. Your Guardian Angels are with you throughout your whole life, from birth to death. Guardian Angels have, for the most part, have never lived a lifetime on Earth. So, your Grandma Pearl is usually not going to be your Guardian Angel. Spirit Guides, on the other hand, have lived on Earth. They are considered teachers in the after life and are guiding you on something they have some expertise in. Spirit Guides do change throughout your lifetime; however, your Master Guide remains with you throughout your whole life. Both your guides and angels can appear to you as a feeling, animal, or even another human being. They can appear both in your dream and wake states. There are also Archangels and Ascended Masters which are basically a level up from Guardian Angels and Spirit Guides in that order. The main Archangels you should know are Michael, Gabrielle/Gabriel, Raphael, Uriel, Metatron, and Sandalphon. There are many important Archangels, but this is a good start. Although it is important to point out that you do not need to know which Archangel does what, the following is a basic rundown of the above:
Archangel Michael – courage and protection; helps with changes
Archangel Gabrielle – nurturing and children, communication and the arts
Archangel Raphael – physical healing; also helps healers find money for education, brings in clients, and anything to do with helping the healer to heal
Archangel Uriel – “psychologist angel” – emotional healing; sheds positive energy onto any situation; also for travel and world healing
Archangel Metatron* – Crystal and Indigo Children, Sacred Geometry, Abundance; was prophet and scribe Enoch from the Bible in his life on Earth.
Archangel Sandolphon* – Carries prayers to Heaven; was Prophet Elijah.
*Metatron and Sandolphon are the only two Archangels who were once mortal men.
Lastly, the Ascended Masters are people like Buddha, Jesus, Mary, Moses, Saint John, Aphrodite, Athena, Brigit, Dana, Maat, Maeve, and Merlin. Basically, the Ascended Masters were those people who became spiritual leaders in their Earthly life. They are considered masters of their realm and were granted high position in Heaven. Masters are relevant to all faiths and can be called upon for assistance whenever there is a need.
Now let’s talk about some ways that you can begin to communicate for yourself. Dreams are a very common way for angels, guides and loved ones to try communicating with us. It is the easiest for us to see and hear the other side upon awakening or when we’re just falling asleep. Being in a dream state puts our ego on hold, and our subconscious is in charge. While the ego likes to tell us that everything is just coincidence, our higher self (soul) breaks free in the subconscious. To begin communicating in your sleep, you must first hold the intention of wanting to do so. Say aloud or within your mind, “Dear _______, I want to talk to you in my sleep. Please come to me tonight, and help me remember my dreams in the morning. Thank you.” You can ask for a loved one, angel, etc. Don’t be upset if you don’t have the dream you expect or don’t remember any dreams. Holding the intention and trying is the first step.
Important suggestions are #1 to keep a dream journal. Keep a spiral bound notebook and pen at your bedside and write down anything you can remember upon awakening . . . colors, feelings, people, etc. If you wake up in the middle of the night, be sure to also note the time you awoke. You may not notice anything immediately, but the colors, numbers, feelings, situations, or other things may mean something to you in a few days. (Be sure to also date your journal.) Suggestion #2 is to get an amethyst and put it either in your pillow case (tumbled only) or again at your bedside. Be sure to cleanse the crystal by using the smoke of white sage or another cleansing method and ask the crystal to help you to have intuitive dreams that connect you with whomever you wish. Suggestion #3 is to protect yourself if you are afraid. This can easily block you from remembering, and can prevent you from connecting at all. If you are afraid, ask your Master Guide to guide you during your dreams. Unlike regular Spirit Guides, your Master Guide has been with you since you were born into this lifetime and is your main guide. If you don’t know your Master Guide, or prefer extra protection, call in Archangel Michael. Archangel Michael is the “Guardian of Guardians”. If you are ever afraid or needing courage, calling in Michael is calling in the “Big Guns”!
Meditation is another wonderful tool to help you connect with the other side. The most common response to the idea of meditating is “I don’t have time for that!” But you do have time! Do you take a daily shower? Let’s hope so. It’s this simple . . . while taking your shower, imagine the water as a waterfall of Divine White Light falling down over your body and cleansing away negativity and impurities. Allow the light to enter through the top of your head (your crown chakra) and flow through your body and out the palms of your hands and soles of your feet. Just stand there and allow yourself to feel the warmth and love of this Heavenly energy. This is a great little meditative exercise that will energize you for the day, help you stay positive, and begin to introduce you to the energy and simplicity of mediation.
Meditation Recommendations for Communicating
Angels & Guides Meditation CD by John Edward – This program discusses the differences between angels and spirit guides then walks you through a guided meditation to meet your own guides.
Take a bath! Relax into a hot bath to get some quiet relaxation time. Tell your angels and guides this is their time to talk to you, and allow your mind to drift into nothingness.
Experiment with different aromatherapy scents or colored bath salts.
Here’s a favorite method of mine . . . Ask a question then forget about it. Don’t constantly look for the answer to your prayer. Really, I just ask something like “Please give me sign about ________.” Then I go on with my day and forget about it, all the while having faith that my question will be answered in its own time. My answer usually comes when I’m in a meditative state by accident like when doing the dishes, cleaning, driving, etc. All of a sudden, I will just “know” the answer. Or, an important message may come from a song on the radio or overhearing a conversation. For example, I wanted to know if I should continue to work on a specific project that I had put on the back burner for a while. I accidentally came across a book related to my project but thought it might be coincidence, so I asked for confirmation. Then, I received a phone call from a client I hadn’t heard from in a while that discussed a specific name that means something to my project. The final confirmation was when I was at an event recently where a woman walked up to me and specifically asked if I had anything like my project. Once you at least begin to notice the guidance coming to you, more will come, and it will become more and more difficult to ignore.
Once you have learned some basics, you can begin to practice some of what’s called “The 4 Clairs”. . . . Clairsentience, Clairvoyance, Clairaudience, and Claircognizance. Don’t let yourself be overwhelmed by the titles; it’s really not that hard.
Clairsentience is probably the most common way that people receive messages from the other side. Named “The Force” in Star Wars, Clairsentience is the physical and emotional reactions we have as an intuition about different places, ideas, people, and events. Gut feelings, hunches, spiritual senses; it’s a strong sudden sensation or emotion unrelated to current surroundings. It’s when you “just have a feeling”. Clairvoyance is the most well known form of “seeing the future”; however, it’s not always about having detailed visions like Phoebe Halliwell on Charmed. Clairvoyance also includes having detailed or lucid dreams. Although Clairsentience is known as “clearly seeing”, it is not always related to seeing with your physical eyes as visions usually happen within the safety of your mind. Clairvoyance is from the Third Eye Chakra which is in the middle of your forehead just above your physical eyes. Clairvoyant messages may come to you through snapshot mental images or whole scenarios you see within your mind’s eye (third eye). Seeing colors/auras and angel lights/orbs, having corner of the eye visions, and seeing visual signs or symbols (objects) are also forms of Clairvoyance.
Clairaudience is when you hear guidance or messages. Considered the still small voice from within, Clairaudience can come in the form of overhearing a conversation, a song on the radio, your own inner voice, a voice outside your head, or evening ringing in your ears. Doreen Virtue tells a story about how she was saved from being harmed by someone trying to steal her car because of a loud voice that came from nowhere. Joan of Arc also heard voices. Although she was considered crazy, many believe that Joan did really hear the Voice of God. Fear of being considered crazy is a big reason that many Clairaudient people are closed off to this gift. But, rest assured, you are not always crazy when you hear voices. Just be sure you know the difference between true guidance and something else. True Divine Guidance from Heaven will be supportive and loving while false guidance will compare you to others, may ask you to hurt yourself or others, and may be just plain creepy.
Claircognizance is when you all of a sudden just “know” something without any reason for knowing, and it is also the most difficult form of communication to trust because of the fact that those who are most likely to be primarily Claircognizant are highly intellectual people. They are the people who cannot be hypnotized, those who are more scientifically minded, and those that are the most likely to doubt information which seems to come from nowhere. These intelligent people are more likely to believe that they’ve just made up what they’re thinking on their own. Claircognizance is when you receive sudden revelations, insights, foresight, or other knowledge.
To help open yourself up to connecting with the Angelic Realm, it could be very helpful to have an Angel Reader/Medium/Channel give you a reading where you can begin to understand what it’s like to work with the Angelic Realm. You may even be able to uncover past life issues that might hold you back from opening up to your own abilities. This is also where healing sessions can be helpful in removing any blockages and jumpstarting/balancing your Chakras (internal energy system). Of course, there are many types of healers including those who use angel energy, Reiki practitioners, Shamanic healers, etc. Whether for a reading or a healing session, it is best to go with what makes you feel comfortable.
To find out more about connecting with the Angelic Realm for yourself, there are many products on the market you can consider. Some products I personally recommend are as follows:
Divine Guidance by Dr. Doreen Virtue
Archangels & Ascended Masters by Dr. Doreen Virtue
Angels & Guides Meditation by John Edward or Developing Your Own Psychic Powers by John Edward which includes the other meditation.
Rev. Sheri Kozdron is a Spiritual Intuitive and Teacher who offers her readings and healing sessions to clients all over the world. She offers angelic guidance and messages for past, present, and future through her work as an Angel Medium. Rev. Sheri is also Certified Master Crystal Healer who uses her knowledge of crystals and Divine ability to channel Angel Energy to heal energetic issues within the body and all levels of the aura and soul.
Rev. Sheri’s most popular class is her Mediumship Workshop where she teaches students how to communicate with angels, guides and loved ones for themselves. While Rev. Sheri believes that that seeking “professional help” from a Psychic Medium like herself is important, she believes even more in the necessity of learning to communicate for yourself.
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