In a world where the prescription of chemicals and the wielding of the surgeon’s knife are judged to be the best approaches to health, it is rare to find the established medical profession working alongside the alternative health movement.
However, some medical practitioners are starting to understand and incorporate a more holistic approach to healing.
Raven Keyes is a Reiki master who works alongside surgeons and doctors to speed up patients’ own healing processes. Her approach to her work is somewhat unorthodox in that she also engages the help of angels.
In The Healing Light of Angels, Keyes is keen to share her experiences and convince the skeptics of the validity of angels. She hopes to be able to widen our understanding of these powerful emissaries of light and feels that this is an important time in our evolution in which humanity desperately needs their love and guidance.
Her book begins in a dramatic way with her recollection of the first time that she met her guardian angel, following a childhood accident.
As a youngster, through the influence of her grandmother, she developed a strong connection to a range of alternative and holistic ideas. These included such subjects as dream interpretation, healing using plants and opening up to a wide awareness of the living world around her.
Whilst Keyes has enjoyed a close working relationship with her angel guides over the years, she does not presume that everyone is as comfortable with their existence as she is.
However, she hopes that you will, by the time you reach the end of the book, be as firmly aware of their presence as she is. She makes no assumptions that you will start off from that position.
So, the book gets under way with a historical look at angels and the first recorded use of the word angel as far back as 1100BC.
But what exactly is an angel?
Keyes answers this by describing them as “a wondrous energy field of pure, divine love that presents to us in response to our unique needs!’.
She explains that, traditionally, there are four primary or archangels. These are known by several spiritual traditions as Michael, Raphael, Ariel and Gabriel.
Keyes works with each of them in slightly different ways and to differing degrees.
The book explains that there are several different ways of working with the angels. One of the author’s more popular methods is to receive their communications via automatic writing. She offers practical advice on how you can try this.
Another way of attracting the attention of angels is to crete an Angel Altar in your home. Once you have dedicated it to the angel of your choice, it can become a sacred place in which to invoke your guardian spirit.
The relationship that we develop with our angel helpers differs from one person to the next. Keyes shares the life-changing experiences that she has had through working with her guardian angels in parallel to developing her Reiki skills.
She includes a guided meditation exercise to help you identify and connect with your guardian angel.
But what exactly do angels do?
Keyes answers this question by citing a number of occasions when the archangel Gabriel has come to her aid. She describes how the presence of the guide oversaw her work during a heart operation that was carried out on her friend, how circumstances that she feels were contrived by her angels helped her write her book and how they assisted when her father got lost while hiking in the forests of Vermont.
In The Healing Light of Angels, she offers two meditations that are formulated to ask your guardian angel to help you at similar times of emergency.
Although she works closely with angels, Keyes’ primary skills are expressed through her work as a Reiki master. When they are applied together, they make a powerful approach to healing.
She explains how she calls forth the angels to aid her during her healing sessions—even when she is working on distance healings.
In addition to this, a great deal of Keyes’ work involves offering help, support and healing to sufferers of breast cancer. Sometimes, this is in tandem with traditional methods such as chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
Keyes’ angels are not only actively engaged in healing individuals. They also work on locations that contain bad enegy.
She tells the story of how she worked with Gabriel and Michael to cleanse the area known as Ground Zero in New York. This is the location immediately underneath the Twin Towers and the place where so many people lost their lives on 9/11. Her work was to guide the still earth-born spirits of the deceased to ascend to higher planes.
Later, the author offers a meditation that shows you how you too can clear any similar space that is suffering from ‘Earth Trauma’.
She describes how her work at the 9/11 scene resulted in her becoming seriously ill—a condition that was caused by the residual energy of having worked at the New York disaster.
To resolve this, she called upon the angels to disconnect emotional psychic ties that were draining her energy.
In the epilogue, Keyes expresses her belief that angels and their work are badly needed at this time. She explains how the angels thrive on the joy and happiness that we create for ourselves and which, by association, helps their own spiritual evolution.
I approached this book as someone who actively questions the objective validity of angels and who is also somewhat cynical regarding their selective methods of disseminating benevolence only to believers.
Sadly, I left the book feeling the same way—which is a little disappointing given that this is an interesting subject and that the author specifically states early on in it that she hoped to turn non-believers such as myself into believers.
While she failed to change my opinions, I did enjoy reading about the author’s early experiences whilst working with the archangels. It is a pity that they let her down when she most needed healing herself and that they clearly had a Christian context from which they are operating.
Nevertheless, Keyes clearly has developed a powerful way of working with them.
Some of the personal stories contained in this book are, in the main, interesting and the meditations that she includes will be of help to others who are inspired by her work and want to replicate it.
Despite this, the book was something of a lost opportunity. It focusses too much on the good works of the author, her personal experiences and the family-related and professional trials and tribulations that she has had.
Whilst this personalized approach is engaging at first, the final third of the book is bogged down with a prolonged description of the health crisis that she had. The angels kind of get locked out of the story at this point.
Given the impressive persomal and professional qualifications of the author, along with her vast experience in Reiki work, it is regrettable that this book leaves so many questions unanswered. These include finer details about the actual form that angels take, how they apply their energy, where they derive their sense of higher wisdom from and their position in the spiritual world.
Instead, you are left with a prolonged and rambling account of the author’s work with her angels—albeit that it is interspersed on occasions with some considered and practical advice.
At the end of the day, whether I believe in angels or not is of little consequence. The author clearly has tapped into something that offers her the opportunity to offer help and healing to the hurt, distressed and traumatized clients that visit her.
If you enjoy this type of slightly ego-massaging, author-centric book or know the writer personally, this is a publication that will probably not disappoint you quite so much as it did me!