Angels are our guardians and guides. They are divine spiritual beings that work with humanity to help us in this lifetime. They are messengers of God and here to help bring about peace on Earth (which is God's will), one person at a time. As messengers, one of their primary functions to to give us messages to guide us two adds happiness, our purpose, love, joy and peace.
Guardian angels are unique to each person, we each have our own team. For some people this may be one angel, for others it may be many; and you can always as for more if you feel the need. The Angels respect your free will, they won't directly interfere in your life unless asked or if your life is in danger before your time. However, the Angels do send us messages and guidance to subtly nudge us toward our highest good, our purpose and peace. You can also ask for guidance from your angels any time for anything, especially if you need reassurance or confirmation of your gut feelings or intuition (the Angels send us this reassurance sometimes even when we don't directly ask). The more open you are to communicating, the more messages and guidance you will continuously receive; it is a believe/receive relationship.
If you are wondering about whether or not you are receiving messages from your angels, one way to determine it is to have faith and trust your intuition. These messages are frequently custom made for the recipient, so only you may recognize their significance. If you feel strongly in your heart that something is guidance from your angels, than it indeed is. There are some common messages many will experience, but may not realize because they are not exactly what is expected or perceived as being an Angel message. The Angels are simple and do not necessarily make grand gestures when sending messages; they simply use what's available and part of our daily lives. Here are 5 common ways your angels bring you guidance and messages:
1. Nature Messengers
Nature is very spiritual, so it's no surprise the angels work with the natural world to communicate with humanity; we are part of nature after all. Some common messages from nature include butterflies, rainbows, birds and animals. Bird and animal symbolism is very interesting because each visitor that repetitively crosses your path has a different message. Hawks, for instance, are a sign to follow your intuition. There are many articles and books you can find about these kinds of symbolic messages to help you understand specifically what your Angels and their animal friends want you to know (I like the Animal-Speak Pocket Guide by Ted Andrews).
2. Songs and Music
Music is a universal language. The Angels use songs and music to convey messages in a couple of different ways. Lyrics might reaffirm your intuitive feelings or a song might lift your spirits and reassure you that all will be well. Sometimes, a song might be a representation of your guardian angel's presence; I have such a song and always hear it when I need it most (even though it is an old song and not particularly popular on the radio any longer, it always seems to be played just when I need it).
Billboards, commercials, Facebook posts, blog articles, emails etc… The Angels love using technology related methods to get our attention and provide us with needed information. Have you ever been focused on a pending decision and than, soon after, you see a television commercial that helps you make your choice? Or maybe you come across a random email or article about the very same topic on which you are deciding? This synchronicity is divinely orchestrated. I find it very helpful to just ask the Angels to send me the information and resources I need when I'm pondering a choice; in fact it's exactly how I recently planned a family vacation!
4. Sights, Sounds and Smells
The Angels understand the skeptical nature of human beings and our "seeing is believing" philosophies. Since we often question our 6th sense, they send us messages perceptible through other senses like sights, sounds and smells. Seeing Angel shapes (I seems them frequently in clouds), sparks of light and flickering lamps are all common messages from your Angels. Hearing ringing in your ear, like a pleasant frequency, often occurs as confirmation of your intuition. The scent of roses or flowers is a sign your Angels are near, to help calm and reassure you in a time of need or to cheer you on. These messages are not coincidence or your imagination, they are forms of divine communication and offer you support to follow your intuition and have faith.
5. People Messengers
Angels definitely work through other people to send you messages, encouragement and inspiration. They use people in your life, or sometimes complete strangers, to directly tell you what you need to hear. These experiences are very common; usually it happens when you have been contemplating an issue or decision and are in need of some guidance, only to receive confirmation of your true feelings in a casual conversation with a friend who mentions the very topic or gives you some much needed information. I have even had a waitress mention a piece of information to me about something I desperately need and otherwise would never have found!
This Divine communication all starts with your free will. If you feel at all interested in learning more about your intuition (which is mainly how angels communicate with us), than you are being divinely guided to do so; spirit is reaching out to help you. Simply make the choice and ask your angles "what would you like me to know?" Learning to recognize their guidance is very useful, otherwise you might simply dismiss your intuitive feelings as fake or coincidence, and miss out on the incredible help you are receiving. The most important thing is to learn to not only have faith in God, but faith in yourself. Trust your instincts and intuition about everything! When you are uncertain, ask your angels for a sign to confirm what you are sensing about a situation, decision, person or anything else. Follow the signs your receive.
There are many books about angel communication that offer further details and information about angels (I recommend the books of Doreen Virtue). Having an Intuitive Angel Reading is also an excellent way to better understand the messages, guidance, signs and symbols from your Angels; often confirming what you already know. Becoming more open to these messages and guidance will create more peace in your life; every time you experience one you will feel the loving presence of your angels and will begin increasing your intuitive angel awareness.