I keep hearing, from Swedenborg, and a number of other sources, that we all have at least one guardian angel. I was listening to a woman yesterday who says we have at least one primary angel who is with us from before birth to the moment we die, never taking her eyes off of us even for a second. But, if that’s true, why don’t we feel this guardian angel? We’re told we can have a relationship with our guardian angel, that that angel will protect us from physical harm and will give us insights as to what we should do. This woman claims that she can see everyone else’s guardian angels. I heard an interview with a man who met his guardian angel. The angel appeared to him first as a homeless man, then later in other forms. So, what’s the deal with the rest of us?
As I was watching the Netflix series OA, one of the things that struck me was the struggle. When OA first dies, she meets a spirit woman (her guardian angel?) who offers her the opportunity to stay or to come back. OA wants to return, so the angel says “I don’t want you to have to see what’s coming, so I’m going to take your sight.”. Thanks, guardian angel. My life is going to be so horrible, you don’t want me to have to see it? Then, after OA is captured, the captives are trying to learn some techniques that will allow them to escape. They are given one move at a time only after an excruciating set of experiences lasting a period of years. Nothing comes easy. Why didn’t the angels in spirit just give them the moves? Why all the suffering? Why did it take years from the time OA got the first move until they finally figured out what they were looking for and got the fifth and final move? I realize The OA is just fiction, but this aspect of it reflects what we experience in the real world. In this world, nothing seems to come easy, especially spiritual progress. Even with the presence of guardian angels, we struggle to make progress. We make mistakes. Our spirit guides, even if we ask them for assistance, don’t explicitly tell us what to do and not to do. We still marry that wrong person. We take that job that is a dead end. We start that business that fails. We have that car accident. Are the angels asleep at the wheel?
I’m working hard to make spiritual progress. Meditation, reading, exercise, lectures. And it’s frustrating, long hard work, just like OA and her band stuck in captivity in that basement. I was listening to this angel seeing woman yesterday talk about the power of prayer. She said we should pray even if it’s just as simple as “Help me.” Hell, I pray that prayer every single day, multiple times a day. I’m still waiting for a response.
Are guardian angels real? Yes. I believe they are. What are their jobs exactly? I don’t know. It’s not to give us all of the answers. It’s not to keep us from ever stubbing our toes. It’s still a tough world to navigate and there are going to be bumps and bruises along the way.