Archangel, Ascented Masters and other Anthropomorphic Beings

Isn’t the hierarchy of angels and Archangels fascinating? Ascended Masters and elementals: what are they? Do Faeries actually exist??

An angel is a supernatural being or spirit found in various religions and mythologies. An archangel /ˌɑrkˈeɪndʒəl/ is an angel of high rank. The function of Angels is to provide us with our spiritual and emotional needs. Basically speaking, they take care of us. Angels work primarily on the emotional plane, but once we’re open to them, we can feel their presence around us all the time.
We have the all-powerful Archangel Michael with vast wings and a powerful sword. Michael in the Hebrew language means “Who is like unto God?” or “Who is equal to God?” St. Michael has been depicted from earliest Christian times as a commander, who holds in his right hand a spear with which he attacks Lucifer/Satan, and in his left hand a green palm branch. At the top of the spear there is a linen ribbon with a red cross. The Archangel Michael is especially considered to be the Guardian of the Orthodox Faith and a fighter against heresies.
Gabriel means “Man of God” or “Might of God.” He is the herald of the mysteries of God, especially the Incarnation of God and all other mysteries related to it. He is depicted as follows: In his right hand, he holds a lantern with a lighted taper inside, and in his left hand, a mirror of green jasper. The mirror signifies the wisdom of God as a hidden mystery.
Raphael means “God’s healing” or “God the Healer” (Tobit 3:17, 12:15). Raphael is depicted leading Tobit (who is carrying a fish caught in the Tigris) with his right hand, and holding a physician’s alabaster jar in his left hand.
Uriel means “Fire of God,” or “Light of God” (II Esdras 4:1, 5:20). He is depicted holding a sword against the Persians in his right hand, and a flame in his left.
And of course there are variety of other angels and archangels covering a multitude of meanings in many religions. Angels tend to be responsible for certain areas of existence. Just like in human society it is easier to understand hierarchies. Indeed rather than saying that God is with (or within) you many translate this into meaning that they have a personal guardian angel. What they are trying to express is the energy that is “God” that is everywhere.

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An angel is a supernatural being or spirit found in various religions and mythologies. An archangel /ˌɑrkˈeɪndʒəl/ is an angel of high rank. The function of Angels is to provide us with our spiritual and emotional needs. Basically speaking, they take care of us. Angels work primarily on the emotional plane, but once we’re open to them, we can feel their presence around us all the time.
We have the all-powerful Archangel Michael with vast wings and a powerful sword. Michael in the Hebrew language means “Who is like unto God?” or “Who is equal to God?” St. Michael has been depicted from earliest Christian times as a commander, who holds in his right hand a spear with which he attacks Lucifer/Satan, and in his left hand a green palm branch. At the top of the spear there is a linen ribbon with a red cross. The Archangel Michael is especially considered to be the Guardian of the Orthodox Faith and a fighter against heresies.
Gabriel means “Man of God” or “Might of God.” He is the herald of the mysteries of God, especially the Incarnation of God and all other mysteries related to it. He is depicted as follows: In his right hand, he holds a lantern with a lighted taper inside, and in his left hand, a mirror of green jasper. The mirror signifies the wisdom of God as a hidden mystery.
Raphael means “God’s healing” or “God the Healer” (Tobit 3:17, 12:15). Raphael is depicted leading Tobit (who is carrying a fish caught in the Tigris) with his right hand, and holding a physician’s alabaster jar in his left hand.
Uriel means “Fire of God,” or “Light of God” (II Esdras 4:1, 5:20). He is depicted holding a sword against the Persians in his right hand, and a flame in his left.
And of course there are variety of other angels and archangels covering a multitude of meanings in many religions. Angels tend to be responsible for certain areas of existence. Just like in human society it is easier to understand hierarchies. Indeed rather than saying that God is with (or within) you many translate this into meaning that they have a personal guardian angel. What they are trying to express is the energy that is “God” that is everywhere.
Ascended Masters are believed to be spiritually enlightened beings who in past incarnations were ordinary humans, but who have undergone a series of spiritual transformations originally called initiations.
An Ascended Master is a Being of Light, who has had many lives in a physical body, just like you – and through these lives and their own freewill and hard work have raised their vibration and consciousness. They have attained mastery over themselves and the elements through time and space. They have left the cycle of rebirth.
Originally presented by Helena P. Blavatsky in the 1870s, the idea of the Masters of the Ancient Wisdom or Mahatmas was adopted by people who at some point had had a connection with the Theosophical movement, such as Alice Bailey, Helena Roerich, and Manly P. Hall. Later on many other organizations, especially in the United States, developed the concept of Ascended Masters, which departs from the theosophical one in several aspects.
Perhaps we as humans don’t like to let go of any spiritually enhanced individual. It is a way of still possessing that individual if we believe they are still existing somewhere special on a particularly impressive council (if not in a space craft) watching over us.
A fairy (also fay, fae; from faery, faerie, “realm of the fays”) is a type of mythical being or legendary creature in European folklore, a form of spirit, often described as metaphysical, supernatural or preternatural. Another belief is that the fairies were an intelligent species, distinct from humans and angels. In alchemy in particular they were regarded as elementals, such as gnomes and sylphs, as described by Paracelsus. This is uncommon in folklore, but accounts describing the fairies as “spirits of the air” have been found popularly.
An elemental is a mythic being described in occult and alchemical works from around the time of the European Renaissance and particularly elaborated in the 16th century works of Paracelsus. There are four elemental categories: gnomes, undines, sylphs, and salamanders. These correspond to the Classical elements of antiquity: earth, water, air and fire. Aether (quintessence) was not assigned an elemental. Terms employed for beings associated with alchemical elements vary by source and gloss.
While there appears to be quite a bit of information on these beings, do they really exist? So many people believe in them as specific entities in their own right. I think it is a way of defining that which cannot be defined.
Humans tend to like to anthropomorphosize anything that may be spiritual or tending to the divine. This is why so many people believe God to be a separate entity in the Sky or Heaven, especially an old venerable old man with a long white beard.
Therefore, when trying to explain aspects of the divine it is easier to turn these into a variety of humanoid-like beings. Thus, angels, ascended masters, fairies and elementals are a way of making sense of the energy that is all around us and indeed throughout the Universe.
This really leads to the question: Just who or what is God? Is it really separate as so many believe, or is it part of us and indeed part of everything? What do you think
Brian

References:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ascended_master
http://www.alphaimaging.co.nz/themasters.htm
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Archangel
http://www.angelfocus.com/angels.htm
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fairy#Elementals
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elemental

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