The Angels of Light or Fantasies of a Fraud?
There are a lot of dangerous products in the market right now and one seemingly deceptive writer is Doreen Virtue whose Ph.D. is from what might be considered a degree mill in California.
Virtue's claim to fame is that she is teaching the world how to work withing the angelic realm. Her trademark product is called Angel Therapy which is about working with one's angels to manifest what they want.
In the Holy Bible whenever someone was met with an angel their reaction was one of fear. Angels are messengers and they reveal themselves to people to tell them to do God's bidding. Virtue has taken a revisionist approach from what one can tell and has revised this ancient role by telling people that the angels are our errand-boys just like the Greek pagan myth of Mercury and his winged feet!
Everyone is entitled to their beliefs. The Crusades were a dark example in Christianity when faith was out of hand and people killed in the name of God. There have been evil Popes in history. The Vatican stood-by during WWII and did not protect the Jews from the Nazis, even though Jesus was a Jew.
One must of course always consider the source. It is not uncommon for employers to do a background check on potential workers. Neither is it a foolish approach to interview a surgeon before one decides whether to have them operate on you. Would it be wise when entering the domain of Angels and God to consider the source of claims made by a person about beautiful angelic messages?
Doreen Virtue is on her fourth marriage to a man named Steven Farmer, who is a shaman and promotes the pagan practice of animal spirit worship. Virtue's Ph.D. is from an unaccredited program at Clarkson University in Southern California. She charges $2500 to train a person to become a medium.
Doreen claimed to have worked at a psychiatric hospital that is now closed. Wen people verify her employment the response is vague at best. If I were an investor this would spell a penny stock to me. Do a google search on this at skepdic.com and you'll see what lengths people have gone to confirm her story.
Nonetheless, I challenge readers to return to the Holy Bible for guidance on this and any other teacher. If Judeo-Christian is not your thing then look at pure form teachings of Hinduism and Buddhism and they too will warn you about false teachers.
First, the Christian bible says that even the Devil himself and his demons disguise themselves as angels of light. Their lure and promise is that you TOO could be like God. Of course, having been a high ranking angel before his fall, the dark side leader himself knows the bible inside out to twist you into believing its OK to play with sorcery.
Buyer beware in this age of spiritual commercialization. Even a Buddhist perspective would agree that attachment to things will cause misery. My belief is that when Virtue tells people that angels are their personal servants she is playing into attachment which is an ultimate cause of suffering.
Every major religion demands sublimation to God. Every major religion in its pure form has rules. The Old and New Testament forbid idolatry. If seen clearly many of these New Age guru are akin to the gold lamb that God destroyed when the Israelites forgot that he delivered them out of bondage in Egypt. By following New Age writers without discernment and with belief systems contrary to Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism an individual is walking back into bondage whether you agree or not.
Don't confuse hip Hindu Buddhist practices with New Age. The true version of these ancient religions are about transcendance of the selfishness of ego and merging with Divine. These are not barking orders at spirit guides who may be more malevolent than benevolent!
Finally, God is NOT your errand boy and neither are the Archangels, angels, seraphim, etc. A true spiritual teacher will reinforce that a soul is on Earth to serve God and the angels He has said in the bible are here not to worship them instead of God but to call on them to protect from dark forces.
Angels are a Jewish/Christian concept. This is why I bring up the bible. The bible has only 7 Archangels not the 109 made-up names that Doreen Virtue has invented. One could reasonably conclude that if she has fabricated her background, she is more than likey to have also invented these other spiritual beings or perhaps they are running her.
Nonetheless.... as God is my witness ... I suspect that these New Age books are potentially violations of the First Commandment which Virtue's Christian-friendly seeming theology should know about. If you believe her then consider this one - In the end, no matter what magic the Egyptian Sorcerers pulled on Moses, it was God's will that was done.
Pharaoh's earthly power was no match and the Israelites were set free. The story of Exodus is that the best cure is prevention of spiritual bondage is to trust wholly in God and Him alone. Financially it would be wise to question whose word you rely on before spending a dime with Doreen and her angel therapy products. This is the same advice you would give to your child, isn't it?