Embody yogic strength and become a spiritual badass, with angel expert Chrissie Astell
Are you the kind of lovely person that people refer to as ‘earth angel’? Or do others see you as inspiring – a ‘light worker’? Are you prepared to stand and be counted for your spiritual beliefs – a ‘spiritual warrior’?
I think it’s safe to say that angels are not soft. In fact, there is nothing stronger! The heavens have hosts of angels prepared to battle at any moment. Look at Michael with his sword and shield at the ready! Like them, you can embody the universal laws and stand strong in spiritual service.
Use kindness as your shield
I remember a great spiritual friend once saying that you do not have to be nice to everyone, but treat them in a way that you would hope to be treated – with kindness and love. Even though sometimes, love has to be tough to be kind. So firstly then, are we saying that being a spiritual warrior is not about being nice? I would say ‘niceness’ doesn’t even qualify. It is not any of the following:
• Someone prepared to do anything just for the sake of a peaceful life
• A person who is so soft and so easily put upon that they could be referred to as behaving like a doormat
• Someone who cannot stand firm and protect themselves from abuse
• Someone who has their head in the clouds so that the slightest change of airflow knocks them sideways
• A person who believes everything they’re told, a gullible soul steeped in superstition and following new rules and old without questioning any of their values, validity or authenticity
• Someone who has read hundreds of spiritual books, has become a ‘workshop’ junkie, but is unable to reflect on their own behaviour and thoughts regularly and thus put wisdom into practice
• A person unable to control their own emotions and express them in a calm intelligent manner
• It is definitely not one who imposes their beliefs on others with little regard, respect or knowledge of their negative impact
So what is it? Could it be said that a ‘spiritual warrior’ or ‘light worker’ is someone prepared to put themselves under scrutiny? A person who truly believes in love and compassion, humility, honour, respect and reason, truth, justice, faith, prayer, change, empowerment and purpose, and tries hard to put these things into practise as often as they can.
Could it be someone capable of warmly greeting others, welcoming and embracing difference? Or holding an opinion in conversation lightly, seeing the humour in situations and being able to laugh at themselves – aware of the tricks the ego can play? Is it someone prepared to serve others without counting the cost to self?
Flourish on gratitude
These are tricky questions! We all need to have a sense of value, it’s a human requirement. The angels exist to serve God and humanity and there is no greater cause. My understanding is that it is in gratitude that they receive praise and acknowledgement for their constant support and assistance. We too in our humanness flourish on gratitude, acceptance and love. This is the essence of value.
Many people today view service as a throwback to the old days, with underlying connotations of subordination or control, oppression and manipulation. Nowadays we are fashionably encouraged to put ourselves and our own needs first, as opposed to working for the greater good. Of course, we need to see to our own welfare. If we are overstretched and tired, often because we have not developed the skill of saying ‘no’, we run out of steam. Tiredness leads to the inability to cope, we lose our ability to focus clearly and are not much use to anyone!
I feel there is an important difference between self-care and selfishness. Self-centred can have more than one meaning too. We need to be centred in self-grounded, embodied, focused and strong in the knowledge of the unique and divine self, understanding who and what we are.
We need to understand our limitations and confidently use our talents. However, when the whole Universe begins to spin around our own wants and needs in a sense of false self-importance then we have become
a slave to ego, rather than a servant of a higher power.
Renew your energy
The universal law of karma means that whatever you do to or for others will come back to you. The act of loving service will always bring similar blessings to those who initiate them. Being an ‘angel in disguise’ and offering your own loyal service to a higher power and humanity by offering to serve any person or group in need will increase your own sense of self-worth.
If your own life already involves a large degree of serving, what with family or care commitments, this can sometimes lead to feelings of under-value. If you ever feel like this, please just stop for a moment and consider how many lives you have touched with your kindness and the difference you have made to the lives of others. Ask the angels to renew your sense of purpose, and you will find that your energy will return, enabling you to continue with renewed enthusiasm.
Remember that the angels are around you to support and encourage. The more you feel a sense of loving gratitude and offer to work with them, the more you will sense their presence assisting you.
So how about taking one small step at a time, allowing the person nearest to you to see that you glow with enthusiasm for life rather than ‘hiding your light under a bushel’. What do you think – are you an earth angel,
a spiritual warrior or a light worker? I bet you’re one of them!
Chrissie Astell is an award-winning inspirational author, healer and angel expert, who leads life-changing courses and retreats all over the world. Find out more at angellight.co.uk