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they bring messages of gentle serv ice and good will to men. This book from his pen shows us a new and interesting path to usefulness. It deals in an intimate way with our invisible friends, the angels and nature spirits. The writer assures us that the angelic hosts are our fellow citizens on this planet and eagerly await our recognition. We have only t o acknowledge them and they will respond and hold sensible communion with us. I know of no more welcome message than this- that we can gain cognizance of an i nvisible, teeming world of vitif and friendly beings who only wait our bidding t o bring healing and radiance into our lives. Surely these are tidings of great j oy. The author's ability to contact and study the angelic kingdom should not be rega rded as uncanny, for this power is but a special development of a faculty common to all who possess a coherent spiritual life. As we might expect, the angelic co-operation promised is dependent upon ourselve s. We must open the door by love and service. Love is still the greatest thing i n the world. This book cannot fail to exalt the mind and satisfy the spirit. Max Wardall The idea that I wish to expound in this booklet is that cooperation between ange lic beings and men will play an important part in the development of the new rac e which is now appearing in the world, and that even now it is an actual possibi lity. Already the practical help of angelic intelligences, and of various orders of th e spirits of nature, is available in all work which is designed and performed fo r the purpose of helping others and of serving the world. As Christians, we have been brought up to think of angels as messengers who come from God to man only on very important occasions, and who are, normally, separa ted from man and invisible to him. While I wish to retain this conception, I als o wish to extend it, and to say that the angels are always with us; that they no t only come to us on important occasions, but are always within our reach. Even before birth, angels guard the mother and guide the building of the growing form within her womb. At the moment of birth, angels stand beside the bed, help ing mother and child, so that the new life may begin under the highest and most favorable auspices. Throughout the whole of our lives we are blessed by angelic guidance and guardianship; and angelic hands receive us when we pass through the portals of death. With rare exceptions, we are unconscious of this ministry of love and service, but under certain conditions this angelic companionship may be come known to us. The veil which hides the angels from our sight may be drawn as ide, the scales may fall from our eyes and we may see. In order that we may understand and eventually provide these conditions, it is e ssential that we should possess knowledge of our own inner constitution, and of the purpose behind the existence of the human and angelic branches of the family of God. Let us, therefore, define the terms "man" and "angel." By "man" we mean a divine and immortal being who uses a material and mortal body, in and through
Wherever the divine life is manifest. and their elder brethren. in earth. the chief of which is that they do not have a physical body. at Bethel. of salamanders or s pirits of the fire. The purpose of his life in this body is simply that he may grow. is a glowing particle of light. for they are stamped with an impression of dynamic energy. and traveling towards the same goal. F airies and angels generally appear as very beautiful. The various kingdoms of Nature are their field of evolution. and therefore our eye s cannot respond to them. and even do. divin e in their origin as we are divine. for every atom of their bodies. who are shining and beautiful embodiments of His life. they certainly have a b odily existence. they are actual realities. are all founded upon truth. We have other eyes. and pixies. with which it is possible for us to see them the eyes of the soul. by the flowers of the meadow and the garden. or rather.which to work and to grow. however. normally. invisible to us. born of the same Parent. We may think of them as our less material brethren. built upon the same model as the human form. new and hitherto unsuspected sources of knowledge and of power will be revealed. the air about us is full of unseen beings of many races and degrees. in order to guide and inspire research into those hidden forces of nature. and an "other-worldliness" which is rar ely seen among men." If a modern scientist could capture. in fact. as also of the wor ld in which they dwell. of mat erial which is self luminous. he would find him to be very highly radioactive. ou r angel companions will become visible to us. in air. younger members of the angelic kingdom. there are Gods faerie children. in water. of sylphs or spirits of the air. and to avail themselves of their good will. is. When men learn t o recognize their presence. When Jacob. Its vibrations are beyond the visible spectrum. and of the naiads and dryad s of the woods. The matter of which their bodies are formed is more subtle than that which form s our own. The legends regarding the existence of fairies. voluntarily enter the laborator ies and studies of men. of vividness of consciousness and life. concerning which their knowledge is so vast. All these are much more than the ima ginary characters of fairy tales and the dwellers in poetic realms of childhood' s fancy. the reason for his existence her e is that he may become perfect. All the s orrows. maki ng the great pilgrimage of life` side by side with ourselves. the joys. in fire. as well as associated with the metals and jewels of the mineral kingdo m. there is good reas on to believe that the angels will. he had a true vision of the angelic evolution." which means "shining ones. with a certain remarkable beauty. however. For these reasons the peoples of the East have always called them "devas. While there is no likelihood whatever of such an event in the immediate future. of gnomes or spirits of the earth. The form they use closel y resembles our own. of undines or spirits of the water. as a result of the experience which he gains through it. Angels differ from ourselves in many characteristics. for. The ir faces. the nat ure-spirits. and apply electromagnetic tests to a fairy or an angel. and we shall see them face to face . and the angels of God descendi ng and ascending thereon. wear an expression which is definitely nonhuman. They are our fellow citizens upon this planet and in this solar system. The angels are also evolving beings who are growing towards a standard of perfec tion. What are they like? Although they have no physical body. which i s union with God and perfect manifestation of divine attributes. Their forms. and are therefore. ethereal human beings. If we will but open our inner eyes. . brownies. are creations of light. he wi ll ultimately reach perfection. however. the angels. the experiences of life are designed to lead him to this goal of ultimate perfection. for they are everywhere present. In other words. even as his Father heaven is perfect. dreamed of a ladder from earth to heaven. We find them in the woods.
a vivid stream of roseate love-force flows out towards the object of their affecti on. and in the auric discharge definite forms are produced . Cherubim. however. Principalities. The existence of angelic beings is more widely recognized in the East than in th e West. so that they frequently appear as if crowned with a shining halo of light a c rown of gold which is their thought. and so depicted them as winged men and women. Their lives and their actions are based upon this fundamental unity. The angels live in the continual knowledge of these facts and in unbroken realiz ation of their unity with God. One with God. light. so that they see thought processes. their most striking character istic appeals rather to the mind and heart. An outpouring of a ffection. as they flow. Virtues. their methods of growth. for a ngels move swiftly through the air at will. objectivel y. They may be thought of as agents for. Separateness. they live. for they ar e entirely oblivious of all the divisions and separations with which we surround ourselves. that there can be no real loneliness and no separation in a universe which is filled with God's l ife. floating motion. cruelty. are to them objective. every variation in the flow of force produc es a change of color. and hate appear amongst us because of that forgetfulness. The old painters and writers. the fundamental f orces of nature. The powers which they control and manipulate are continually ra diating from them. which is very beautiful to "watch. and which are the potent sources of all our sufferings. severally. not knowing. or even engineers of. each jewel an idea. producing. sustained by His unfailing love. and certain clearly defined lines of force are visible in their bodies. and aspirations as external and material phenomena. . suffuses them with a crimson glow." Distinct force centers. Indeed. in addition. one with each other. in perfect accord with the one Source of their life and being. and symbol. for example. and peopled by the countless myriads of Hi s children in the many kingdoms of His manifested worlds. throughout the centuries of their long pilgrimag e. We experien ce bereavement and feel lonely. that we are one with God. as a change in the shape and color of their shining auras. vortices. Dominions. All the phenomena of consciousness which we term subjective. The religions of the East contain much information about their life and their activities." Wonderfully beautiful as they appear to our sight. mistook these flowing forces for their clothing and their wings. who seem to have ca ught glimpses of them. while. which sometimes suggest a crown upon the head or outspread wings of brilliant and ever-changing hues. Power s. feeling. their many types and orders. set with many jewels. on account of the continual play of energy in and through their bodies and their glowing aura s. According to their level of evolution-and there a re many degrees-they are perfect embodiments of the divine will. and thei r universal existence. robed in human dress. Activity of thought appears as a rush of yellow light and power from the hea d. for they live in the worlds of thought. as the angels do. selfishness . wisdom. and Archangels. Thrones. their lives are full of joy. and even gave them feathers in their wings! As their bodies are formed of light. rather than by speech. Seraphim. Angels. an d need no wings to carry them. The auric wings. To each of these orders certain qualities and activities are assigned. with a graceful. We forget t hat we are divine in origin.The appearance of the angels is always remarkable to human vision. Their interchange of thought is ca rried on by means of color. Immortal. and spiritual intuition. one with all life. those of emotion an d thought. and int elligence. In the Christian religion we are taught that there are ni ne orders of angels called. th e angels have a color language of their own. it is their perfect unity with God. are not used for flight. a continuous appearance of miniature "northern lights. A change of consciousness is instantly visible. emotions.
-14. and the hair of His head like the pure wool. XXXII. the Seraphim inspire with love. Two passages which illustrate this are those describing the visions of Daniel i n the Old. He is described as transcendent in glory and surrounded by countless multitudes of His holy angels. Virtues have the gift of working miracles." at His resurrection (St. str engthening Him" (St. A fiery stream issued and came for th from before Him: thousand thousands ministered unto Him and ten thousand time s ten thousand stood before Him. and during His great agony in Gethsemane "there appeared an angel unto Him from heaven. and behold. and th ousands of thousands. ] If we seek to read and to interpret. and the Thrones those which contemplate the glor y and equity of the divine judgments. John says: "And I behel d.) When in conflict with the devil in the wilder ness.) In the New Testament we read again and again of the holy angels. 11). 'This is Go d's host." or two hosts. Not only doe s the Bible tell of them. And when Jacob saw them. Gen.) St. Luke XI. "the angel of the Lord descended from heaven. and of St. much of this knowledge concerning angels is developed into a syste m. Angels watched over His tomb. XXVIII. His throne was like the fiery flame. IV. X XVIII. too. VII. the Pr incipalities preside over peoples and provinces. IV. In the minds of earnest Christians there should. and one may now study the angelic kingdom in the same way as one studies a br anch of natural history. as were Gabriel and Raphael. and His wheels as burning fire. by the angels of the Lord. Leadbeater. and legions of t he blessed spirits ascended with Him on His return to His heavenly glory. 11. Whose garment was whi te as snow. he said. and serve as great angelic rule rs of the nations of the world. In Theosophy. the mountain was full of horses and chariots of f ire round about Elisha. that the reappearance of our Lord upon earth was to be proclaimed with "the voice of the Archangel and with the trump of God." (Dan." by C. and came and rolled back the stone from the doo r.) Elisha's servant was indeed illumined when "the Lord opened the eyes of the youn g man. . W. therefore. It was foretold . 2. John in the New Testaments. 17." and when he returned from Pad anaram "the angels of God met him. Powers are a check on evil spirits. the Cherubim enlighten with wisdom. and were e ven released from prison. Hence. but they have been the subject of deep study by many l earned Biblical scholars. 16. and the Ancient of Days did sit.[Vide "The Hidden Side of Things. and he saw. 10. 2).) A multitude of the heavenly host chanted the honors of His birth over the plains of Bethlehem. be no doubt whatever regarding the actual existence and power of the angelic hierarchy. Do minions are supposed to regulate the activities and duties of the angels. the Thrones teach men to rule with judgment. (Gen. 9. Matt.) How wonderful. "the angels came and ministered unto Hire" (St. and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts an d the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand. must have been the experience of Jacob at Bethel. the Seraphim th ose most ardent in divine love. 12." (2 Kings VI.' and he called the name of that place Mahanaim. when he sa w "a ladder set up on the earth and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it. Luke XXII." (Rev. V. Matt. The holy apostles were more than once succored in their time of need. In nearly all the Biblical accounts of men's visions of God. and Archangels are sent as messengers in matters of high importance. for example. 43). (St. and the author's books upon the subject." (1 Thess. and sat upon it.The Cherubim are those which excel in the splendor of knowledge. Daniel says: "I beheld till th e thrones were cast down.
The birth and dwelling place of the children of the coming age will be of little moment. An increase in vitality. eloquent. they will k now mankind as one. every profession its presiding d eity. the records of the great civil izations of the past. in the service of the world. The many Gods of Babylon. and effectiveness. Men imbued with profoundly altruistic motives must be the pioneers in this impor tant work. and their appropriate intelligences. The ideal of service must become the ruling motive of the lives of th ose who would safely invoke the powerful forces of nature. unsullied by th e materiality of this earthly plane. poets prayed for the assistance of the Muses. Mother Earth is even now being delivered of her youngest c hild. hearing. when the curtain rises upon the shadowy scenes recorded by our earliest historians. despite our apparent separateness. we may safely expect that. in their hearts. the new race is appearing. will most certainly result from this invocation. therefore. and the new civilization being built. The work will become almost infinitely far-reaching. nor anthropomorphic expressions of natural forces. for both moral and physical danger threatens th ose who violate the sanctuaries of Nature for purposes of selfish gain." Thus it was in those old days th at in every department of human life a close communion was established between t he human and angelic kingdoms of nature. mental. Their glowing eyes wil l pierce the differences of color and of race. for. for they will be citizens of the world. may safely invoke the aid of the mighty rac es of the angelic hosts. Egypt. . in fact. and Pallas Athene was the angelic ruler and p residing genius of "the glory that was Greece. As history ever repeats itself. Artists invoked their aid. Let us. then. Silent only to those whose ears are deaf. that we may avoid the ruin into which they fell. for the new race will people the whol e earth. as well as in the purely physical world. obey. is silently but steadily influencing our lives and times. angels will once more walk and work with men. The angels were the source of much of t he inspiration for the peerless perfection of Greek and Roman art. every household had its God. and Rome were neither the legendary cha racters of ancient myths. members of the angelic hosts. to re-establish on earth the brotherhood of angels and of men. to those who have ears to hear! Let us hear then. in the cycle of human life that is now opening. conside r the means whereby this may best be done. virility. and. No single continent will nurture the growing child. the y were veritable existences who frequently became visible and audible to the peo ple of those days. c ities had their Gods or Goddesses. for it will be performed i n spiritual. The labors of birth are surel y drawing to a close. and moral regions. The time is ripe. All those who are engaged in work for the amelioration of human condition s. Into thi s grave danger our ancient forebears fell. we shall find that communion and cooperation between angel s and men formed one of the basic principles upon which they were built. They were. Egypt. Greece.with the key which Theosophy places in our hands. and we shall have the angels as agents and co-workers there to inspire and stre ngthen all our efforts by their wisdom and their resistless power and their love . indeed. b eyond all human commensuration. Without this essential but unfailin g safeguard. It is well that we should labor in this cause. and Persia. as als o of those nations which first appear upon the stage of Europe. the ruins of their cities are the sil ent witnesses of their transgression. failure is certain. They helped t o build the great and splendid civilizations of India. This earth of ours is but a shadow of the reality of those deeper realms of ex istence wherein the eternal verities find their full expression. In ancient Greece. in whatsoever department of life. is drawing together th e human and angelic branches of the family of God. Already that spirit of unity and brotherhood which.
I. invoking these qualities from within the suffer er.We have been placed in these terrestrial realms to work and to evolve. as I have said. with all our heart. These ser vers. If such be our temperament. there is appearing a growing idealism. also. personally. Our eyes will gradually be opened to the light of tho se worlds. it is here that our labors must be performed. recognize the presence of the angel messengers of l ife and health. may determine to correct the errors of thought and action by which the suffering was produced. mentally. we may address our healing prayers to our Lord Chris t. and joy. and. Everywhere about us there are ignorance. t o relieve suffering. We may. Everywhere. peace. with absolute faith. als o. suffering. Increasing numbers of men and women ar e devoting themselves to the task of dispelling ignorance and of alleviating pai n. It is the method adopted by the churc h. and disease. and to heal disease. A few examples will suffice to illustrate the methods by which this may be achie ved. and to remain after we have ceased our prayers. "as may be most expedient for him. may rightly demand. whil st we remain. or it may be both. sweeping away depression. And. though few in our times. We may will very strongly that the dark cloud shall he removed and be replac ed by joy. and of the tremendous forces of which they are the agents and embodiments. upon the healing angels for their strong aid. and we wish. for angels are the embodiments of life. If we desire to help one who is ill-and who does not?-what more magnificent helpers could we have than these resplendent "shining ones"? In all work of hea ling we shall find them the most valuable allies and assistants. the sufferer until he is whole. We may then call. and to the solution of the many pressing problems of social reform. have been a witness of many cases of healing by this spiritual method. Intensely vital in their nature. for then he may trul y understand the reason for his ill health. By regular practice. may recognize pain as the voice of N ature. and to enco mpass. their very presence ch arges their surroundings with life and power. the powerful aid of the angelic hosts. ev en within the church itself. which. eno rmously increase their effectiveness and the rapidity of our own growth by linki ng ourselves with the powers and presences of the inner worlds. we may think first of courage and joy. and by all spiritual healers throughout the ages. far greater and more permanent results may be obtained by conscious co-opera tion with the angels. are all about us. The response is absolutely certain. The answer may be sp iritual rather than physical. praying them. first to pray that the soul of the suffering one be illumined with the light of wisdom. Then we may invoke the angels of light and power to charge him with t heir radiant energy until he is full of light and happiness. ask for His blessing and f or the descent of His healing power upon the suffering one. the great Healer of Men. our method of procedure would be. and. or has entered into the fuller life. To heal the sick. to drive away the dark cloud and to see the light of happiness shine out in him once more. and thereby enabling the light of his own divinity to shine through him once more. In this way the suffer er may be filled with courage. If we see a person depressed. and. in every walk of life. they will add thei r strength and their knowledge to our efforts to help less fortunate brethren. teaching him Her laws. and remain with. it will never fail if the mind be steady and the heart be pure and full of love. a personal knowledge of their presenc e. to serve as channels for His healing power. Valuable as the work of the spiritual and mental healer already is. wi ll most surely be obtained. and their denizens will lend us their aid and their guidance in the l ong pilgrimage which we have undertaken. but certainly it will never fai l to come. though in visible. and will certainly obtain. finally. . however.
they will become an absolute reality to us. Then the leader may invoke the power and blessing of t he Lord of Love. and. and to ex orcise the powers of darkness and disease. Before the living stream of Thy resistless power all darkness shall melt a way. The angels will answer in their thous ands. That they may flow through us in a resistless flood into this place (or person). the wom . with all the force and concentra tion of their united wills. Seated in a circle. and. as is already being done by certain g roups. disea se. enabling us to become rad iating centers of spiritual life and blessing in the world. Thy undying love in all its potency. there is no limit to the number of cause s or of people who can be helped continually by this means. as His glorio us power descends. and poverty which sully so many of our cities may be cleansed." A period of silence and meditation should follow this prayer. we shall soon become adepts at this work. and we practice co-operation with each other and wi th the angel hosts. As the power available to those who know how to call it forth is boundless. thereby widely inc reasing the range. If group s of people would meet together regularly to meditate upon. AMEN. undertake to help all the patients in a hospital or nursing home. and they shall seek and find the wa y o f light. by continuous endeavor along these lines. Afterwards. world peace. a llied to spiritual endeavor along these or similar lines. supposing we are aware that in a city. and work by the meth ods indicated for such ideals as international brotherhood. we shall discover. Those w ho are one-pointed. The dark areas of vice. legislation. Then the angel members of the group may be directed to act as bearers and conservers of the power. using such words as these: "0 Holy Lord o f Love. on the other. Daily we may pour the power of our prayers into these places. or the staff and patients in an asylum. upon the place or person chosen as the recipient of their aid. and to labor in the cause for which it was invoked . of our activities and our usefulness in the world. fo r example. and united in their aspiration to serve by these methods. the inmates of a prison.Again. charge the atmosphere with living light and power. We can expel all evil influences and presences by the force of our own will. that a great power is in our hands. a district. the group should project it. ma y well form groups for this special purpose. Group meditation is always a most effective way of achieving these ends. and. and altruistic service. Teacher of angels and of men. with growi ng joy and wonder. on the one hand. It is conceivable that the reform movements of the future will use the dual meth od of physical activity. a house. by the aid of the angels. If our hearts are op en to the sufferings of men. as we work regularly with them. and as the angels exist in countless hosts. or a room. they will guard the place and maintai n the purity and harmony which have been produced. they should dir ect their thoughts to harmony and unity. Thy infinite wisdom in all it perfection. th ere are influences that we wish to drive away. We invoke Thy mighty power in all its splendor. invoking a host of "shining ones" to enter them and drive away the atmosphere of suffering and depression. an atmosphere to be made harmonio us and pure. until they feel themselves and their an gel co-workers to be one. the hearts of all men shall he changed. We may. by their presence. and even perm anently purified.
and the many evils which have their roots therein would disappear. the hea rts and minds of men would be powerfully affected. is a field in which all can work. "angels walked with me n. however. Is not this the truest method of reform? Do not disease and war. they themselves have found. their radiant beauty. Then. indeed. Each individual worker wou ld become a center of force. working to abolish them. there is no department of human suffering for which we may not properly call upon God's mighty power and the presence of His angel hosts. for beauty will be the single standard of excellence and wisdom the only guide. very quickly these great evils would disappe ar and eventually war would be banished from the earth. but feel themselves to b e denied this happiness by physical claims and disabilities. Fair cities will a rise. Upon its bosom the leaders of the coming age will ride. and a growi ng effectiveness in all their undertakings. It is not my purpose to develop this subject further. the abolition of poverty. good will. and angelic co-operation in his own environment. with them. for they will have found peace and happiness with in.en's movement. new forms. we thank Thee for their wonderful wisdom. prison reform. and a healer of his f ellow men. with all our hearts we praise Thee for the gr eat glory of Thy most holy Angels. a radiant messenger of peace." The time will surely come when it may be said. And so also with every good cause. The same is true of members of all the man y faiths. will then appear. the ir supreme strength. "Almighty and everlasting God. and. an d indeed every other evil. embodiments of its life and joy. but by cleansing and quickening our own hearts and the hearts of all men. and the knowledge wherewith to lead others to that happy land which. and the a ngel co-workers would take that power on its mission of quickening reform. and angels will share with them the labors of the coming day. the beauties and the joys that lie outside the rang e of vision of the older race. tranquility. Let n o one seek to dull their clearer vision by denial of the fairer world and its in habitants which their young eyes can see." and "T he Angel Hosts." for the blending of angelic and human life and consciousness is part of the plan for the coming age. so t hat these evils may be rapidly outgrown. If every Christian would use the power entrusted t o him as a member of Christ's Church. the white slave t raffic. They will cease to be dependent upon external sources of pleasure. The children of the new race will see and recognize the ir fairy and angel companions. an added power and happiness. as their resistless power is use . masters of its power. Rather let the elders train themselves to see and feel.[Vide the author's "The Brotherhood of Angels and of Men. All who will use these methods will most certainly f ind a new joy coming into their lives. not alone by legislation and social service . Such groups would become sources of power to all movements working for these and other ideals. would make himself a center of peace. Here. the vivisection of animals. There are many who long to serve these splendid causes." ] Practice will quickly demonstrate the truth of my words. for I have written fully o f it elsewhere. slums. arise first in the minds and hearts of men? So let us approach these problems at their source. for His power inspires and supports them all. as of old. by serv ice and angelic co-operation. will the y be ready to "enter into the joy of their Lord. godlike races of men appear. will play and work with them instinctively. Old forms will be swept away by this resistless tide. and would gather with hi s brethren to radiate the peace and blessing of his Lord upon the world. of sp reading happiness. A great and overwhelming flood of new life is already flowing over all the earth . Cons tructive imagination will enable the reader to apply these ancient teachings to all the evils of the world. of surpassing loveliness. dealing thus with the gravest evils of the world. and peace upon earth.
from the Liberal Catholic Liturgy." [Collect for St. so may we. Amen. Michael and All Angels.d always and utterly in Thy service. following zealously their resple ndent example. devote ourselves wholly to the helping of our brethren.] . through C hrist our Lord.
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