Hearing the Voice of Michael

Doreen Virtue is a lifelong clairvoyant who works with the angelic realm, and has appeared on Oprah, CNN, The View and other television and radio programs. She is the author of several angel books, including her latest book of true angel stories and guidance: The Miracles of Archangel Michael (2008, Hay House).

Archangel Michael is God's right-hand man in enacting the purpose of bringing peace to Earth by eradicating fear and stress. The term archangel is derived from the Greek phrase "the greatest messenger of God." Arch means "the first" or "the greatest" and angel means "messenger of God." Michael's name is Hebrew and Babylonian for "he who is like God." So Archangel Michael means "the greatest messenger, who is like God." In other words, Michael brings pure messages of love, wisdom and power directly from the Creator.

Although Michael is associated with certain religions, the truth is that he helps everyone. He loves all people unconditionally, just as God does. Yet as powerful as he is, Michael is only allowed to intervene in your life if you give him permission, since he can't violate your free will. So he does need you to ask for help before he can offer it.

God and the angels, including Michael, respond to any call for help. So you can ask aloud, silently, in writing or in song. You can request his assistance through a traditional invocation, an affirmation, or even a "Help Michael!" The important point isn't how you ask, but that you do so.

Since Michael's primary role is protection (he's the patron saint of police officers and military personnel), he guards you from lower energies. If you ever worry about the integrity of people or spirits, call upon him. Like a sacred nightclub bouncer, Michael ensures that only beings of pure light come near you. When you ask for Archangel Michael's aid, he always says yes… and you can count on his assistance in a perfect and surprisingly delightful way.

Of all the angels, Michael has the loudest and clearest voice. He's definitely the easiest divine messenger to hear. He's a very clear communicator, and you're likely to hear his voice in your mind or sense it as a gut feeling. When Michael issues a warning, he always gives us guidance and direction. He never makes frightening statements, but instead offers action steps.

How do you know for certain that the inner voice is coming from God and the angels? How do you distinguish whether you're imagining it or tell if it's wishful thinking?

The style of true divine guidance is very different from that of the ego or imagination. Here are some of its defining features:

  • Second-person voice: True guidance speaks to you in the second person, as if another person is talking to you. So its sentences begin with words that someone would use in conversation with you such as: "You should change lanes right now," or "Go check the air pressure in your tires." The imagination talks in the first person, meaning that its sentences begin with the word I, such as "I should change lanes," or "I should check the air pressure."
  • Emphasis on service: The angels always talk about how to improve a situation or to make your life healthier or filled with more integrity. The ego always emphasizes how you can get rich quick, be popular, or some other self-centered concern. (The angels' guidance may cause you to be rich and popular, but that comes as a side effect of following it by performing a service or making improvements; it isn't the goal of divine guidance.)
  • Sense of peace: When Michael and the other angels talk, their speech is accompanied by a feeling of peace. People who hear the archangel's voice during an emergency always mention its calming effect, which allows them to think and act clearly during the crisis. In contrast, when the ego speaks, you feel a sense of fear, emptiness, edginess, sneakiness, guilt or some other draining emotion.
  • Ring of truth: When Michael or the angels speak, their message "clicks" as the truth. Even if what the angels are saying is illogical or intimidating, it still makes intuitive sense. The ego's messages, on the other hand, ring hollow.

Two other characteristics of Michael's voice are his wonderful sense of humor and down-to-earth, practical nature. In fact, the archangel's messages are never airy-fairy. They're always grounded in his desire to improve our day-to-day lives, as Michelle Vlasic discovered when he spoke to her:

"I'm a professional deejay, and one day I was getting ready to bring a microphone system to a wedding. It was very important for me to be prompt with my equipment so that the ceremony could begin on time; however my car wouldn't start, so I called upon Archangel Michael for help.

I said, 'Michael, please get my car started right away so that I can get paid for this job and help these people who are getting married.'

I immediately heard: 'Ring the NRMA,' referring to the mobile car-repair service in Sydney, Australia, where I live. I only had 40 minutes to get to the wedding, which was on the other side of town, so I didn't trust this guidance at first. I thought it would take forever for anyone to reach my house and fix my car. But once again, I heard: 'Ring the NRMA.'

This time I trusted the message and made the call. Within five minutes, the service drove up and the mechanic had my car running within another five minutes. He was also nice, as if he truly were an earth angel sent by God! I was soon on my way to the wedding, and I got there on time. It truly was divine timing!"

For more information on Doreen and the workshops she presents, please visit www.AngelTherapy.com. You can listen to Doreen's live weekly radio show by visiting www.hayHouseRadio.com

Reprinted with permission from The Miracles of Archangel Michael by Doreen Virtue (November 2008, Hay House). Available at all bookstores or online at www.hayhouse.com.