Have you ever wondered about Angel Therapy, what it is, and whether it would help you? This article will discuss Angel Therapy and its history. It will also discuss the conversion of the founder to conservative Christianity, what that means for the current practice, and whether it is still possible to find an Angel Therapy Practitioner.
What is Angel Therapy?
Angel Therapy combines traditional psychological counseling with requests for assistance and guidance from the angels and Archangels. The premise of this therapy is that all of us have angels who are looking out for us and who want to help us. This type of therapy also teaches people how to contact their own guardian angels and listen to their guidance. Angel Therapy is not associated with any particular religion or religious denomination. Angels are a part of many different religious traditions, so such therapy is easily non-denominational. It appears to be mostly used for psychological therapy, but it also can be used as a form of spiritual healing for physical issues as well.
History of Angel Therapy
Angel Therapy was developed by Doreen Virtue, Ph.D., and apparently, she holds the trademark for the name. She was a mainstream psychologist during the 1980s and early 1990s. During the time that she worked as a mainstream psychologist, she had regular experiences with clairvoyance. In 1995, she had an experience in which she received angelic warnings about the imminent theft of her car. She did not heed the warning at first, and she became the victim of an attempted carjacking later that day. At that time, she heard a voice that told her to scream. She did so, and someone came in and scared her attackers off.
As a result of this experience, she began to listen to angelic voices on a regular basis, and she incorporated them into her psychological practice. Between that time and January 7, 2017, she wrote numerous books, produced various decks of cards, developed Angel Therapy, and started a program for training and certifying Angel Therapy Practitioners.
It seems that in order to be an Angel Therapy Practitioner, one needs to be trained directly by Dr. Virtue. It does not appear that the certification grants the right to train others. On the other hand, there do seem to be other similar types of healing practices going under other names such as Angel Healing.
Dr. Virtue’s Conversion to Christianity
On January 7, 2017, Dr. Virtue had a vision of Jesus, and as a result of that vision converted to a very conservative form of Christianity. As a part of the conversion, she is now renouncing her former practices and beliefs. Indeed, she has gone so far as to condemn them. This is naturally created quite a stir in the community of spiritual practitioners and Light Workers, some of whom have been certified as Angel Therapy Practitioners.
Future of Angel Therapy
With the conversion of Dr. Virtue, it is unclear what will happen with the practice of certified Angel Therapy. Presumably, there will be no new Angel Therapists who will be certified in the future. There do still seem to be many people who have been certified in the past, and who continue to practice. Also, as mentioned before, there are people who are working with angels to provide counseling and healing services under different names.
It seems, though, that the conversion of one person to a different faith would not have an impact upon whether or not the angels will continue to provide their assistance and services by whatever name this practice is called. Angels are Higher Beings who are beyond our human laws and human arrangements.
Is It Alright to Call upon Angels for Healing?
One of the questions that Dr. Virtue’s conversion to conservative Protestant Christianity has raised is whether or not it is acceptable to call on the angels for healing and who is responding to the call. Dr. Virtue has suggested that demons sometimes disguise themselves as angels and that this is who may be answering when we seek help from the angels.
She does not deny the existence of the angels, but she says that she now believes that we are supposed to call upon God directly who will send the angels to us. According to her, when we call upon the angels, we open ourselves up to demons, and to negative and Evil Spirits as well. Let us address each of these areas in turn.
Angels as Intercessors
Angels are a part of the theology in many traditions, most notably the three main Abrahamic traditions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. The issue is not whether angels exist, but whether or not we can call upon them as human beings. This issue was one of the main points of division between Roman Catholicism and Protestant Christianity. In Roman Catholicism, we receive help from the Divine through a hierarchy. There is a human hierarchy with priests, bishops, and cardinals, with the Pope on top, and there is also a heavenly hierarchy which includes saints and angels. In this tradition, it is not only acceptable to seek help from the angels, but is the preferred practice. Going to God directly would be the equivalent of always wanting to “see the manager.”
One of the premises of various Protestant denominations is that both the human and Divine hierarchy is unnecessary and that we can and should go directly to God with our prayers and supplications, rather than go through channels. It is a central tenet in many Protestant faiths that there is a “Priesthood of All Believers,” and that we all have direct access to God, or at the very least, we all have direct access to Jesus.
This is a Christain theological debate, which need not concern those who do not profess Christianity. Angels and benevolent beings and helpers are a part of many religious and spiritual traditions aside from Christianity. For those who are a part of a Christian denomination, it is probably best to consult with your religious teachers and guides.
Are the Angels We Call Upon Real and of the Light?
This is actually a more difficult question. In its battle against “paganism,” Christianity has claimed that the spirits and deities of other religions are “demons.” This claim continues to this day. For this reason, many people who have alternative spiritual practices shy away from the existence of demons and of Evil. Yet, this denial goes against the beliefs of many traditions, not just Christianity.
One of the fundamental principles of metaphysics is that there is an opposite for everything in existence. This is one of the meanings the Number 2. So, if there is Light, there must be Dark, and if there are angels, there must be demons. There are also other subtle beings around, such as nature spirits, who may or may not be helpful and friendly. How do we know that it will be angels that answer our call or the call of our practitioner?
This is a real issue, and it is something to be aware of. Just as you would be cautious when selecting a doctor or conventional therapist, it is important to be careful when selecting an Angel Therapist or any other alternative healer. One of the questions to ask is what precautions they take against mischievous or evil spirits or demons. It is possible, and even likely, that the practitioner may not believe in such things, or at least not by that name. Instead, they may call it “negative energy.” Whatever they call it, though, it is important that they have rituals or practices that keep them and you protected.
You also have the benefit of your own intuition. If you feel something is wrong at any time, trust that feeling. A good practitioner will listen to you and will take your intuition into account.
Is Angel Therapy Still Available?
At the time of the writing of this article, it appears that there are still many certified Angel Therapy practitioners around, as well as others who help people by working with their Angels. One of the practitioners and teachers seems to be Dr. Virtue’s son, Charles Virtue. Also, as mentioned earlier, there are other healers and teachers who are practicing something similar under other names. So, if Angel Therapy is something that you would like to try or that you think will help you, there are options available.
Angel Therapy is a method of healing psychological and perhaps even physical issues by calling upon your angels to help heal and guide you. This is a method that was developed by Dr. Doreen Virtue, who has recently converted to a very conservative form of Christianity which rejects such practices. Yet, before her conversion, she trained and certified many Angel Therapists, many of whom have continued their practices. There are also many other practitioners who heal by calling upon angels, using names other than Angel Therapy for their work. Just as in anything else, it is important to select a practitioner with care and to ask questions. Yet, there is nothing inherently wrong in seeking help from your angels for healing, and some people have reported amazing results from Angel Therapy.