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Angels & Spirits

Spirits, Angels, Origins & Relationships

Angels and SpiritsPart 2 of an article in which Robert Bruce explores the relationship between mankind and spirits.

Nonphysical Relationships

The Christian church is a prime example of widespread belief in the supernatural. All church beliefs are centered around supernatural phenomena, and interactions between humans and spiritual beings. For example: the miracles of Moses, i.e., the burning bush; parting the waters of a sea. The miracles of Jesus: walking on water; healing the sick; raising the dead; turning water into wine; surviving death. The Holy Bible is full of references to supernatural phenomena, and of meaningful interactions between human and spiritual beings.

While many people sincerely believe in all of the above, some only pay lip service to religion today. Many call themselves Christians, but are unbaptized and never attend services, pray or worship in a church.

They choose to believe in the forces of good, but while refusing to believe in the existence of evil. Belief in God, for some people today, really has no more substance than Father Christmas holds for most adults. They scoff at supernatural phenomena and at the existence of evil spirits.

These informal, modern religious beliefs are highly selective. Unfortunately, this selectivity extends to much of the New Age spiritualist movement. Heaven is believed in, but Hell and Purgatory have been intellectualized out of existence. God and His angels are believed in. But Satan and his demons are downplayed as misguided earthbound spirits, of no real substance or consequence. These one-sided beliefs make people feel better about life, knowing they can never go to Hell or be afflicted by demons.

Even the concept of Sin has been watered down. To many modern people it simply means: as long as no one gets hurt its OK to do just about anything. And with a totally loving and forgiving God to answer to at life's end, one is assured of forgiveness and absolution for ones Sins, no matter what one does during ones life.

Many years ago, widespread education sparked a decline in traditional church beliefs. The masses became too intelligent and scientifically-minded to accept what the old church had to offer. People drifted away and eventually created more informal versions of traditional beliefs. These better suited modern thought, expectations, conscience, fears and insecurities. Concepts like The Devil, Demons, Hell, Evil spirits, Purgatory and Sin were quickly discarded or watered down.

Modern pseudo Christian beliefs provide psychological life and afterlife security for many. But they provide little protection against negs. The existence of negs is widely disbelieved in. And its hard to defend oneself against something one does not believe in. Its also hard to get advice and help concerning neg. related problems, when ones peers do not believe in the possibility of such problems.

But modern people are not to blame for this. They are merely trying to stay sane in a rapidly-changing and evolving world. I think the blame rests squarely with the early church for not evolving along with the modern world. Somehow all the faith and old knowledge got left behind; lost in a past where church beliefs were once cornerstones of daily life. On a brighter note, I see churches everywhere rapidly modernizing and evolving, trying valiantly to catch up with the rest of the world.

The subjects of witchcraft and demonology are generally frowned on in much of the modern Western world. But in many other parts of the world, witches, demons and evil spirits are widely acknowledged. A couple of hundred years ago this was also acknowledge in the West. Our Western ancestors believed in these things far more strongly than most people do today. The infamous Witch Hunts of The Inquisition were a direct result of widespread belief in supernatural relationships.

To really understand the history of witchcraft and demonology, one has to do a lot of reading. The world's great libraries contain an enormous number of volumes on these subjects, with many original texts and first-hand accounts dating back hundreds of years.

Modern New Age channeling used to be called Spirit Mediumship. There are many forms of mediumship, i.e., psychic sensing, visual clairvoyance, clairaudience, automatic writing and trance-type spirit communications. This last usually involves channels putting themselves into the trance state, and allowing spirits to overshadow and communicate through them. This is much like a temporary form of benevolent possession.

But trance mediumship (channeling) is always inherently risky. No matter how people phrase invitations (invocations) for this, permission can be obtusely or even accidentally given for any available spirit to enter and control them. Whether or not a good or bad spirit takes up an offer seems more a matter of luck than anything. However, I neither decry nor recommend any type of channeling or spirit communication. It's all a matter of personal taste and judgment really.

Some people may disagree with my thoughts on trance mediumship. People often believe they are safe because they specifically state during the invocation that only good spirits of such and such a type are allowed. But who or what moderates spirit beings, good or bad, on what they can and cannot do? People may say prayers of protection and visualize angels and barriers surrounding them, but they are still at risk. Bad spirits rarely read the fine print of prayers and will often disguise themselves as good spirits.

It can be very difficult to tell good spirits from bad in a trance mediumship situation. Many bad spirits do not have tangible atmospheres of evil that sensitives might detect, as they are shielded by their mediums. My best advise is to treat all spirits as one would treat any stranger one might meet on the street. Trust should be earned by good deeds and never given by default.

'Test your spirits' is sage advice from the Holy Bible. Questioning spirits will often reveal their true intentions. Most bad or false good spirits will frequently backtrack and contradict themselves, if intelligently questioned. The ability to say prayers and passages of sacred text is no test at all. Evil spirits have been known to quote the Holy Bible slicker than any minister.

One rarely hears of the mishaps that occur to people while experimenting with or trying to learn trance mediumship. Most are swept under the carpet and/or blamed on bad karma. I have helped many people in this situation. Most people go into denial when supernatural things go wrong. This is especially so if their model of reality does not allow for the machinations of evil spirits.

For any individual or group pursuing spirit contact and phenomena, the most basic protection advised would be a running-water perimeter barrier. I would also suggest everyone walk over the running-water perimeter before entering the protected area within. This will effectively keep out most free roaming negs, but will not protect against negs that are already resident inside group members. (Such a barrier is easily made with a 5 gallon plastic keg, a small aquarium submersible pump and some oxygen tubing).

Some types of channeling and mediumship involve spirits overshadowing people and causing psychic abilities to manifest through them. This is caused by direct spirit manipulation of the human bioenergy body. Through this spirits may for example cause people to become clairvoyant (seeing visions) or clairaudient (hearing spirit voices) or to gain healing ability.

Spirit caused abilities must be preexisting in the person they are being caused in. Therefore, they can be developed and used by that person without spirit intervention, should that person care to undertake the necessary training.

Early in the twentieth century, heavier forms of what was called 'physical' mediumship were more common. These involved the production of ectoplasm, which was often used to cloak or partially cover spirit figures so they could be seen and heard by the average person; called materialization (covering full body) or transfiguration (covering face only). Other types of physical mediumship involve causing voices to be heard by all in a room (direct voice) and various types of levitation of objects, i.e., levitating a trumpet through which spirit voices could be heard. Often, public materialization demonstrations were given to audiences of thousands.

If one studies physical mediumship, its clear similarities exist between good spirit phenomena and bad spirit phenomena. For example, the power good spirits use to levitate physical objects is much the same as that used by poltergeists. The production of voices and ectoplasm by good spirits is similar to bad spirits causing frightening apparitions and scary voices. And the knocks and taps of an early type of spirit communication (called Table Tapping) is obviously related to the knocks and taps commonly heard during psychic attacks and hauntings.

Good spirits will sometimes perform healings, and/or cause healing abilities to manifest in channels. Some form of spirit overshadowing is often involved. The healing abilities of good spirits is also a type of spirit phenomena, i.e., bioenergy body manipulation of healers and patients by spirits to cause healing. I believe this power is often misused, or reversed, by bad spirits to cause illness and disease in much the same way. Sudden health problems are often caused by bad spirits during psychic attacks. Long term health problems can also be associated with long term neg. attachments.

Many years ago, I recognized the above phenomena happening to me. This always occurred during meditation or pre-sleep, a few times a year on average. I would often see this happening with real-time astral sight (seeing into the astral through closed eyelids). I would see slender gray humanoid figures (usually two or three) enter my room. I would see the shapes of their hands moving over my face and body. I used to think, "oh how lovely, spirits are giving me healing". But one day I realized that whenever this happened I would always get sick a few days later.

Once I stopped allowing these spirit hands to interfere with me, my health improved significantly. First, I tried ordering these beings to go away, but they simply ignored me. Now I stop whatever I am doing and leave the room whenever I see them or their hands near me. I am not sure what type of beings these are, but they are vaguely humanoid, about six feet tall, slender with slightly overlarge heads. When seen with real time astral sight, they seem to be wearing long, pale robes, and to be composed of a dense, light-gray smoke. These often seem to be mistaken as Extra Terrestrial beings by some people. I do not sense an evil presence with these beings, but they can definitely have a negative affect on ones health.


While much has been written about angels over the years, little is understood about them. Some people believe that angels are everywhere, running around helping people all over the place. Some believe angels are willing to communicate with us on a daily basis, much like some spirits do through channels. While its a lovely thought, I think too many spirits are classed as angels these days.

Angels and archangels are exalted spirit beings of a very high order. They are not like normal good spirits, but belong to the hierarchical spiritual structure above us. There are many levels and ranks of angels, with archangels outranking all other angels.

In essence, angels are the messengers and servants of God. They keep to themselves, have their own agendas and will only rarely interact directly with humans. When an angel appears its a visitation by an exalted messenger of God. There are always good reasons for angelic visitations. But the message may not be apparent at the time its received. Often angels will appear and seem to communicate nothing. But the visitation itself is the message. If one has been visited by angels, one has been handed a personal message from God. Angels will never just appear to say hello and catch up on idle chit-chat.

Angels have awesome powers. When angels visit they will either make themselves clearly visible to the naked eye, or make themselves clearly heard as a real voice, or both. The clarity of an angelic manifestations and communication is a good rule-of-thumb way of discerning whether angels are involved or not. If there is any doubt as to whether or not an angel is involved, then its usually not an angel but some other type of spirit being instead.

Angels have few limitations. They can travel to and manifest clearly in any dimension, including the physical dimension, with ease. Recipients do not need psychic abilities in order to see and hear angelic visitors. Their power overcomes all such human limitations.

The only limitations angels have are moral and ethical. Like most high level good spirits, they will seldom interfere with humanity. They will occasionally bring messages of hope to people in need. Even more rarely will they intervene. This does happen, but its rare. If angels do help directly, its because the person they are helping has a special destiny to fulfill. Most angelic visitations and interventions are once-in-a-lifetime occurrences.

I have sighted angels several times during high-level OBE's, and have been visited by them three times while I have been fully awake.

Everything angels do, every gesture and nuance, has symbolic meaning.

Angels do not regulate the behavior of lower spirit beings (negs) and will rarely intervene. Angels exist at higher vibrational/dimensional levels than bad spirits. One might think this is why they cannot intervene, but its not that simple. I have heard many people state this as the reason for noninterference, but angels have the power to operate in any dimensional level, high or low. They can also manifest in the physical dimension, appearing to the naked eye of non-sensitive people. They do not interfere unbidden because they are ethically bound not to.

Angels are not an exalted police force. They are messengers of God. They have awesome powers but will seldom intervene in human affairs. This may sound cruel to some people, thinking there are exalted spiritual beings capable of saving people from suffering and death. But this would take destiny out of the hands of humankind. It would grossly interfere with karma and universal law and freedom of choice.

It all comes down to a matter of perspective. If God wanted to ensure our safety from harm, He would not have created the physical dimension and placed us within it in the first place; not to mention countless incarnations here. If there is purpose to physical life, then there is purpose in living it; warts and all. And living life often involves making mistakes and suffering in order to learn life's many lessons.

Pain and suffering are great teachers. Having the freedom to suffer and learn from our own mistakes is really the only way to go. Anything else would weaken us as an evolving race of spiritual beings and cast us into mindless bondage of moderated spiritual servitude. We would become bleating, complaining sheep, forever putting our hands up and demanding angels fix what we do not like about life on Earth. But if there is anything we do not like about life, its up to us to make the sacrifices and changes that will fix it. This is spiritual freedom in the physical dimension, like it or not, wars and all.

For all the above, angels and spiritual beings will occasionally intervene unbidden under special circumstances. They will also sometimes intervene if approached in the right way. Many people use rituals and prayers and invocations to solicit the help of angels. This is best thought of as being part of the mysterious equation of life down here in the physical dimension.

In my experience, effort and faith are required to attract divine angelic attention. The old saying "God helps those who help themselves" is very true. But while great effort and faith can attract divine attention, it will not necessarily result in angelic intervention. Some of life's lessons have to be learned the hard way or they will not be learned at all.

The View From Below

In my experience, apart from spirit masters, angels, archangels, deities and other exalted beings of the spiritual hierarchy above, there are a wide variety of spirit beings, both good and bad. Between lowly demons and more advanced spiritual beings, there are a vast number of very average spirit being types. Most are neither good nor bad, but somewhere in between.

It would be an overwhelming undertaking to attempt to categorize the whole range of spirit being types. In essence, to do this in full would be like attempting an underwater survey of all of the worlds marine life forms. More to the point, it would be like studying the waves and ripples of the surface from under water, and by so doing attempting to understand the nature of atmospheric phenomena above. While observation and logic would provide some answers, this angle of perception, the view from below, would not allow any realistic understanding of air pressure and wind movement. Down here in the physical dimension, similar problems with the angle of our perception makes studying other dimensions and their inhabitants extraordinarily difficult.

Most people today greatly oversimplify the structure and nature of the spiritual universe. While a simple model is useful, it should be realized that its only a model. If taken too far it can cloud the truth with dogmatic beliefs. I suspect the whole truth is vastly more complex than anyone imagines.

We see only a small part of the vast spiritual tapestry of which we are all a part. In trying to make everything fit into our models of spiritual understanding, we often drive square pegs through round holes. By so doing our pet models become even more distorted than they once were. This can generate widespread confusion that provides few worthwhile answers. However, I do not pretend to have all the answers; far from it. As I am fond of saying, the further one gets away from the physical dimension, the more abstract and complex everything all too soon becomes.

Copyright © 2000 by Robert Bruce. Visit for more of Robert Bruce's work.

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