by Alan Joel

There have been all kinds of books written on angels and angel encounters, thumb and yet, at the end of the day, most of us still don’t have a clue what angels look like. Are they beruffled wing-ed creatures surrounded by glowing halos? Are they formless beings of light? Who among us can see angels, and why do they seem to appear differently to different people? More importantly, how do we gauge whether what we see is “right” or true?

I’m not sure that we will be able to accurately answer the question about what angels look like in this short article, but the question does bring up an interesting issue and magical principle. In magic, it can be difficult to know whether what we have experienced is real or imagined. After all, much of what happens in magic can’t be seen with the naked eye. Can you see a spell? Can you see your intention? Is what you saw on that astral projection journey real? Hmmm…

So what do we do if we want to verify whether what we are experiencing is real or just a mental picture created by our imaginations? We use this simple technique. Before engaging in a magical act, first sit down and write what you think is going to happen. Write it in as much detail as you can summon. Describe colors, sensations, images… anything you think will be part of the experience. Once you’re done, tuck that description away for a while.

Now you move into the magical act. Once you’re done, write that experience down in as much detail as possible (and as soon as possible so you don’t lose any data). Now compare your two descriptions. How similar are they?

The rule of thumb is that the further apart or more dissimilar your two descriptions are, the more likely it is that what you experienced is real. Why is this? Because our minds are rarely capable of seeing the world as our Spirits do, and most of magic takes place with the use of Spirit tools and abilities. You won’t be able to “think” your way into a magical result so your mental projection of what should happen will look very different from a real magical experience! Viva la difference!