How to Tell If You’ve Encountered an Angel in Physical Form


Angels are always near—sending us wise guidance, offering us healing energy, protecting us or fighting our battles, and sometimes simply being present with us through life’s ups and downs so we’re never alone.  At times people even get proof that angels are near in one of the most powerful ways of all—angels appear before humans in physical form.

Why don’t angels always appear in physical form?

Angels are really part of another dimension, and simply don’t match the dense physical matter of earth and its inhabitants. And there are so many angels surrounding and watching over humans that they wouldn’t all be able to fit here amongst us in physical form. The short answer is: The veil between the dimensions exists for a reason. Angels will appear in physical form (usually as humans) if they need to interact with you in a practical way to accomplish a clear objective (push your car out of a snowdrift when you’re stuck on an isolated road, or pay your grocery bill when you discover that you’re short on money in line).

There are many ways an angel can appear in physical form. If you think you’ve seen an angel, the list below should help you clarify and better understand the experience. If you’ve never encountered an angel in physical form, read the list below carefully—you may have seen an angel and just don’t realize it! Most people see an angel in physical form very rarely, if ever.

Angels Appear as Light

Is it any wonder that angels sometimes appear to humans in physical form as light? Light can be seen but is still abstract in this dimension, an ethereal form of energy that matches the angel’s vibration (as opposed to other denser forms of matter like rocks, pencils or humans). Common ways that angels will appear to humans as a light source include: bursts of small, colored lights across your field of vision; glowing orbs; a constant stream of very bright white light which, like the sun, is difficult to look into directly. Angels could appear as small bursts of colored light at anytime, like when you’re sitting at your desk or making dinner (if you see this continually, get an eye exam to rule out any issues with your vision). Glowing orbs and streams of bright light are a touch more dramatic and showy, and will usually happen when you are alone and can give the experience your undivided attention!

Angels Appear as Shadows, Clouds and Mist

Ever swear you saw something out of the corner of your eye, then turned around and peered at that spot for a good look, only to see…nothing? You may have gotten a glimpse of an angel. Have you ever seen a cloud that looked just like an angel, maybe when you were down and needed a reminder of Spirit, or when you were feeling carefree and peaceful? Very likely it was an angel or group of angels forming their energy into a giant cloud in the sky to give the people below a reminder of the angels’ presence in our lives. Angels can also appear as what looks like mist—a white, gossamer substance that may take on the loose outline of a figure, perhaps near your bed when you wake up from a dream.

Angels Appear as Humans

It is far more common for angels to appear in physical form as humans than wearing wings. Often an angel will appear as a human because the angel wants to offer you assistance—a good Samaritan who changes your tire, a fellow shopper who helps you pick the perfect outfit for a first date. And the best way for angels to work in public around other people unnoticed is in human form. Maybe an angel appeared to you as another patient in a hospital waiting room, a stranger who loaned you kind words or a hand to hold while you waited for news on a loved one’s condition or some test results of your own. Maybe an angel appeared as a stranger walking along the road by your farm just as some hay caught on fire, and with this stranger’s help you were able to get the fire under control before it spread to the barn. Angels who appear as humans usually disappear just as quickly as they arrive, and often without a trace. You might return to a restaurant where a kind waiter helped you settle your screaming toddler down a few days before, only to be told by the manager that there is no waiter working at this restaurant who fits that description. Or you might go to thank the woman who just rescued your husband from drowning, but when you turn around you see there is no sign of this stranger on the beach—not even a single footprint in the sand walking away. Angels who appear as humans often have very kind eyes and a peaceful, calming energy. They are remarkably helpful, and usually don’t say much though what they do say is very poignant.

Guardians and Protectors

Did you know that from infancy to death we are surrounded by the angels of God who are deeply concerned about our well-being? These spiritual beings serve as our guardians and protectors.

Via BeliefNet