Several years ago he began to explore aspects of Buddhism and various other religions which have lead him most recently to the point where he has joined a grove of druids. I have hinted in some posts about my own emerging desire to explore my spirituality based upon an exposure to things over the past few years that I would once have been totally close minded about. I have for a long time regarded myself as an agnostic but as the old saying goes, in these beliefs “I used to be indecisive, but now I’m not so sure.”
It is undeniable that there is order in the universe, physical laws about matter, energy and time that are indisputable if not yet fully understood by man. Does that mean the existence of God? I can honestly state that I do not know, but if the universe is finite in extent in both time and space then I can believe that there must have been something both before it’s birth or beyond it’s bounds and that something may as well be called God.
Whether that is a God who made us in his image or whether or not this God does hold us to account is something for another post. But what I wanted to touch on here was the concept of fate.
I have always struggled with the concept that everything is already mapped out. I prefer to think that every decision we make leads to a splitting of universes so that we continue on in many places based upon whether we get out of bed at 7 am or 1 second past. The concept of God demands a belief in the infinite and therefore my theory is no less valid if infinity does exist. I don’t claim to be right, I merely point out that I have a preference for a belief in free will rather than a belief that we are doomed to live a kind of cosmic groundhog day when the future has already happened.
But are there things that guide us – are beliefs themselves spiritual beings that aid us in our decision making? At dinner the other night my friend gave me a pack of Archangel Cards, asked me to shuffle them and draw three of them face up in front of me. I had never till that point, even heard of these things before. The cards I drew were the following –
According to a number of sources Raziel means “Secret of God” and he wrote a book in which all of the celestial and earthly knowledge was recorded. He is supposed to have passed this book onto Adam and Eve when they were expelled from the garden of Eden. One of the things Raziel is able to give is an understanding of the energy in the universe and how it can be manipulated to give answers to questions.
This image of Raziel can be found here.Raziel offers special support to those who seek to learn, and encourages us to ask questions so that we may illuminate our mind and spirit and come to know the truth about the wonders of life. He is a magnificent teacher who helps us grasp complex matters with ease. At the same time, he guards knowledge from those that are not ready to receive it; there is a time for everything, and disturbing the order by rushing and forcing things against their natural flow has seldom done anyone good. That's why Raziel also teaches us to study with more haste, less speed.
I will say now that I have no idea whether these readings really mean anything or not, I do know I have a great deal more to learn before I will have any idea. But it is interesting that in my journey through midlife where I have felt so often that I have not had control over much of what has been happening that the first card I draw is one which says "Take back your power."
One of the things that I have had happen to me over the past year is that I have begun to see auras around people. Now when this first happened I was afraid that I might be going a little bit troppo but when they do appear to me they seem very real. The rational man says again that perhaps it is possible to see aspects of that magnetic/electrical energy that courses through all of our bodies. One final thing I will say about this card is that I saw a yellow glow around my friend immediately after drawing the cards but it is only tonight in googling Archangel Raziel that I find that he is said to have a glowing yellow aura that surrounds him.
Uriel is said to be the spirit of ministration and peace and the Archangel of Salvation. He is often depicted as holding out the flame of love to all souls. It is said that you invoke Uriel to help you with the Winds of Change.Uriel promotes compassion and peace. Most emphatically, he will dispel darkness with light at times when we are feeling depressed, angry, victimized, or confused. At those times, he helps release anger, unforgiveness, and other negative emotions that may be clouding our vision and judgment. In this respect he helps counsellors, teachers and everyone seeking truths, and supports them in the many twists and turns in their spiritual journey.
Can there be any more change than that which the challenge of midlife brings and how many of us wish we could receive and accept the guidance of someone through this period. Certainly I do and I have found it in my readings and more particularly in the exploration of self that this writing has brought me.
These words from "Mystic Familiar" say it all -Jeremiel's name means 'Mercy of God'In addition to being an archangel of prophetic vision's, Jeremiel helps newly-crossed over souls to review their lives. This is a service he helps those still living with, too. If you'd like to take an inventory of your life, so as to make positive adjustments, call upon Jeremiel.
This image of Jeremiel can be found here.
Jeremiel helps us see our lives from a loving and tender perspective and enables us to let go of the past and come to terms with changes. He inspires mercy and guides us toward love, kindness, and most importantly, harmony with all aspects of our lives. Whenever we feel the need to take an inventory of our life, so as to make positive adjustments, Jeremiel will be there. He helps us decide which goals are worthwhile and satisfying to pursue, which relationships need to be protected and nurtured, and which aspects of our lives are hurting, angering, or slowing us down and need to be discarded.
Besides helping us to see with clarity while reviewing and summarizing our past and present life, Jeremiel assists us with clairvoyant abilities in our waking and dream life to grant us insight in what is yet to come. He offers comfort whenever the uncertain future is causing us to be anxious. At times when we feel �stuck�, spiritually or emotionally, he helps us regain enthusiasm and confidence. After an encounter with Jeremiel, our view on life will have changed and our thoughts will be untangled.
I did not look at any of the other cards in the deck, so I cannot say that any other three randomly drawn cards could not also be seen to have some significance for my current journey. I think though that the three cards I did draw all have wonderful bits of advice to aid us through the midlife challenge.
Do I believe? I can honestly say that I do not yet know. Perhaps there is purpose to the journey. Maybe one day I will know the answer.