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Archangel Michael, often depicted in armor and brandishing a great sword, is one of the most well-known of the Angels. An expert at cutting through negative energy patterns and offering holistic healing and protection, I have witnessed his impressive work with some of my clients during Angelic Reiki sessions.  On a dark night not far from home, I was recently blessed with his personal help and rescue.

In my book, Other Nations:  A Lightworker’s Case Book for Healing, Spiritually Empowering, and Communing with the Animal Kingdom, I offered this thumbnail sketch of Archangel Michael:  “The supreme protector of the Angelic Realm and champion of the besieged, Archangel Michael provides guardianship and defense of animals and their people.  He will lead armies of Angels to protect and assist you and your animals from dangers both spiritual and material.  He also performs powerful healing work in cutting away and banishing negative energy patterns and entities.”

Doreen Virtue says Michael is the easiest Angel to hear as he speaks loudly and plainly.  Like all Angels given charge over Earthly affairs, he cannot intervene without our express consent and awaits our requests for help.  I often advise clients to call upon him in dangerous situations – and it’s very good advice!

Not long ago, I was walking alone in our neighborhood late at night.  Thunderstorms all afternoon had kept me inside, but as part of my physical health regimen, walking is important.  I asked my husband to go with me, but he had to be up very early and wanted to sleep.

Despite the hour, I decided to go anyway, our three big dogs at home with their Daddy.  I like to exercise outside where I can commune with Nature and experience grounding and release.  Besides, all the streets are lit, and it’s a quiet residential area with lots of open windows and people sitting on porches.

It was a nice walk on cool, rain-wet streets.  The clouds had blown away to reveal a few stars.  Rabbits were out in the grass in profusion, and the trees dripped softly onto the Earth.

In short, it was perfect – until I turned towards home and saw a man on the sidewalk, picked out by the headlights of an approaching car.  He was tall and thin with long, unkempt hair and he looked dirty and disheveled.  He staggered like he was drunk.  Everything about his energy sent up warning flags.

The car moved past, and there was no one else on the street – just me and this oddly lurching man.  I started to walk faster, aware that he had seen me and was heading in my direction.  I felt threatened, and I had nothing but a ring of keys to defend myself.  I hadn’t even brought my cell phone.

“Archangel Michael, protect me.”  The words were out of my mouth in a flash.  Even before I called on my Guardian Angels, I had been moved to ask for Michael and his army of protectors.

I immediately felt energy surging out behind me, like a parachute attached to my shoulders and streaming back like a cape in the wind.  I believe this was the large presence of Archangel Michael.  It felt like a great martial power had my back and stood between me and any danger.

Acutely aware of everything around me, I could hear the man’s uneven steps coming closer and closer on the wet pavement.  Should I run?  How much distance was left?

I turned to look behind me and stopped dead in my tracks.  The man was gone.  I’d clearly heard him closing in on me – and then he just wasn’t there.  He’d disappeared.

I lost no further time in getting home, thanking God, Archangel Michael, and my Guardian Angels all the way.  Where had Michael taken the man?  Most definitely away from me, and that was enough in that moment.

I believe that I was given this experience as confirmation that Divine assistance is always available in every moment of our lives – even in a walk around the block.  So many people have incredible encounters with Angels.  Sharing our stories spreads the blessings, providing a stream of access to Angels for those who may not have known how to find them.

Stay safe, make wise choices, and never forget to have Angels for your traveling companions!


Elizabeth S. Eiler, Ph.D. is the author of Other Nations: A Lightworker’s Case Book for Healing, Spiritually Empowering, and Communing with the Animal Kingdom about the spiritual richness of animals and their transformative healing journeys.  She shares many true stories of courageous shelter animals, healing sessions, and the afterlife transition of the soul.  See reviews, look inside the book, and order Other Nations at


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