When you ask your angels for help, they immediately go to work on your behalf. They'll either:
--Directly intervene and manifest your prayer at exactly the right time.
--Give you a sign that they are with you.
--Give you guidance and instructions so you'll take the appropriate steps to co-create the answer to your prayer, with the angels help.
Guidance and instructions are the most common ways angels answer our prayers. When you receive this Divine Guidance, you must take action in order for your prayer to be answered. Many people who believe their prayers go unanswered are ignoring the guidance they've received.
Divine guidance is repetitive, loving, uplifting and encouraging guidance that always asks us to improve a situation. The guidance can come in one (or a combination) of four ways:
Physical or Emotional Feelings.
You get gut feelings; tingling sensations; goose bumps; an intuitive hunch; or feel the presence of an angel with you. These feelings guide you to make positive changes. We call this, Clairsentience, which means "clear feeling."
Those who receive their Divine guidance through feelings tend to be extra-sensitive to energy, other people's feelings, and chemicals. As a sensitive, you'll need to be discerning about who and what you spend time with, as you're more deeply affected than the average person.
One way to handle sensitivity is by shielding and clearing. "Shielding" means praying for spiritual protection, or visualizing protective light surrounding you. "Clearing" means asking the angels to release away any negativity which you may have absorbed during the day.
After you ask your angels for answers or assistance, notice your repetitive or strong feelings. Honor these feelings and avoid any tendencies to say, "Oh it's just my feeling." The primary way that God and the angels speak to us is through our feelings. True Divine guidance makes you feel safe and loved.
Follow any feelings which guide you to make positive changes, even if they seem illogical or unrelated to your prayer request. If you're unsure whether the feelings are true guidance, ask your angels for signs to validate them.
Visions and Dreams
You see an image in your mind's eye; you have a very clear visitation in a dream or while awake; you see sparkling or flashing lights; or see mind-movies which give you information. We call this Clairvoyant, which means "clear seeing."
Those who receive their Divine guidance visually tend to be very sensitive to light, colors, and beauty in the physical world. If you're visually-oriented, you feel best when engaged in artistic and creative expressions. You can visualize your desires being manifested, which helps you to experience many successes.
Many people mistakenly think that clairvoyance means seeing angels with your eyes open, as three-dimensional opaque beings. While that happens occasionally, most clairvoyants see angels as fleeting ethereal images in their mind's eye. These mental images are just as valid as what you might see outside your mind's eye.
After you ask your angels for help, notice any images which come into your mind or any signs you see with your physical eyes.
If you see a vision of a dream-come-true, ask your angels to guide you one step at a time toward the realization of that dream.
You know things without a rational reason for knowing them, as if God has downloaded the information to you; you say or write with wisdom exceeding your present knowledge; you know how to fix an item without having to read instructions. We call this "Claircognizant," which means "clear knowing."
Those who receive their Divine guidance as "wordless words" tend to be highly intellectual and analytical. If you're thinking oriented, the answers to your prayers will come as brilliant ideas which ask you to start a business, create an invention, write a book, and so forth. You're a natural channeler filled with wisdom beyond your years.
When you receive revelations and ideas, avoid the mistake of thinking these are common knowledge or something everyone knows. We're all counting on you capturing these Divine gifts and bringing them to fruition. You can ask the angels to give you instructions and confidence to do so.
Words and Sounds
You hear your name called upon awakening; you hear a strain of celestial music; you overhear a conversation which seems tailor-made for you; you hear high-pitched ringing in one ear; you hear a song in your head or the radio which holds special meaning. We call this "Clairaudient," which means "clear hearing."
Those who receive their Divine guidance as words are very sensitive to noise and sound. If you're auditory, you'll actually hear a voice inside your head or just outside your ear. The angels always uses positive and uplifting words and it sounds as if someone else is speaking to you.
You may also hear a high-pitched ringing sound in one ear, which is the sound of the angels downloading helpful information and energy. If the ringing sound is annoying, ask the angels to turn down the volume.
When you hear messages that ask you to take positive action, it's important to listen to them. In cases of emergency or time-urgency, the angels talk in a loud to-the-point voice. During ordinary moments, their voices are softer which requires you to maintain a quiet mind and environment. As you become increasingly sensitized to hearing the sweet sound of angels, you'll want to protect your ears from loud noise.
Examples of Divine Guidance
Whether they speak to us through feelings, words, visions, or thoughts, the angels' messages are always uplifting, loving, and inspirational. The angels are like air-traffic controllers who can see far ahead, behind and to each side of us. In other words, they have more of a perspective of how our actions today will affect our future. So, if the angels guide you to do something which seems unrelated to your prayers, it's because they can see how such actions benefit your future.
Here are some examples of Divine guidance topics which angels often give to us:
--Health & Lifestyle: Improve your diet; detox; exercise more or differently; spend time outdoors in nature.
--Spirituality: Meditate more; do yoga; quiet the mind, body, and home.
--Career & Finances: Following your passion; releasing money fears; reducing work stress.
--Emotions: Let worries go; forgive yourself & others; overcome procrastination.
A Reminder to Ask
There's an old adage, "Those who write letters are the ones who receive the most mail." Well, it's the same with the angels. If you'd like to hear from your angels more often, then talk with them more often.
Share your dreams, disappointments, fears, worries, concerns, and joys with them. Tell them everything. Ask them about everything, as the angels want to help you with every area of your life.
Your personal relationship with your guardian angels will deepen as you speak with them regularly. One way to get to know your angels even better is to ask them for their names. Just think or vocalize the request, "Angels, please tell me your names," and then notice the name or word which comes to you as a thought, word, feeling, or vision. It's best to write these names down so you'll remember them. Some of the names may sound unusual. If you don't receive names, it usually means you're trying too hard to hear. When you're relaxed, ask again.
Next, say to your angels "Please send me signs in the physical world that I'll easily notice, to help validate that I've heard your names correctly." You'll then notice the names you've received in people you meet, conversations you overhear, and so forth.
Practice asking your angels questions and then listening to their replies. In time, you'll learn to instantly distinguish the voice of the angels from the voice of ego (that fearful part of us). It's similar to picking up the telephone and immediately knowing whether it's a loved one or a solicitor calling. Also with practice, you'll learn to trust and lean upon the angels' guidance as you experience successes in following their loving advice.
Tips for Increased Clarity
You can ask your angels to help you to hear them better, or to understand the meaning of their more cryptic messages. Here are some other ways to increase the clarity of your Divine communication with your angels:
Breathe. When we're stressed, we often hold our breath. This blocks us from hearing the messages which could relieve our stress. So, remember to breathe deeply when you're conversing with your angels. Angels told me their messages are carried upon molecules of oxygen. So the more fresh air we breathe, the louder their messages seem to be. That's why it's easier to hear your angels when you're outside in nature, or near water sources (including your shower or bathtub).
Relax. Trying too hard prevents clear divine communication. You needn't strain to hear your angels, as they're more motivated than you to communicate. Relax your body with breath. Be in a receptive state and ask your angels to help you release any tension in your mind or body.
Follow your guidance. If your angels are asking you to improve your diet, it's probably because they know that processed foods and chemicals create static on the divine communication lines. Your angels are your best teachers in guiding you as to how to better hear their voice. Ask for their assistance in this regard, and then follow whatever guidance you receive.
Ask for signs. If you're unsure whether you're accurately hearing your angels, ask them to give you a sign. It's best not to specify what type of sign you want. Allow the angels' infinite creativity to devise a wonderful sign that you'll easily recognize. You'll delight in the loving sense of humor that angels display in their use of signs, as you'll read in the following chapter.
Doreen Virtue, Ph.D. is a lifelong clairvoyant and fourth-generation metaphysician who holds Ph.D., M.A., and B.A. degrees in Counseling Psychology. She's the author of Goddesses & Angels and Healing with the Angels book and oracle cards. For more info on Doreen's worldwide seminars, books, and free newsletter, please visit www.angeltherapy.com Doreen gives angel readings weekly on her call-in Internet radio show Wednesdays on www.hayhouseradio.com