Guinea pigs, Michelangelo and skipping airline queues – welcome to the weird and wonderful world of angels

Well, as predicted, the angel stuff is not sitting well with me.

So far I’ve read two and a half of Doreen Virtue’s books in the hope that one of them will make more sense to me but they’re largely the same book repackaged in different ways. She may spend her days in the ‘angelic realm’ but she’s no fool when it comes to business. Sell the same thing 40 different ways and you’ll find someone to buy it. Including me now, which is irritating me.

But everything about angel therapy is irritating me.

I have taken to annotating the pages of these books with a highly complex literary note system: ‘WTF?!!!’

A couple of ‘WTF’ passages include the one where Doreen suggests that you ask the angels to give you ‘an extremely nice, warm, friendly and competent customer service representative when calling on an airline to book reservations’ (you can also use the angels to skip the check-in queue, apparently) or the one that informs us that Doreen knows ‘an architect in the Midwest [who] talks with Michelangelo for inspiration.’ Or the one where she says she’s also seen ‘a few horses and even one guinea pig hanging around like guardian angels.’ Course she has.

As Andrew, a reader of the blog, posted on the comments page – it’s enough to make the Secret look rational. Exactly.

I just can’t believe in it. To me it’s like trying to believe in Tinkerbell or Narnia. With every page I think ‘That’s five minutes of my life I won’t get back again.’

Some people have messaged to say that Doreen is a not a good intro to the angel world because she’s very out there, even if you are an angel believer. But she’s the biggest author in this area so it must resonate with a lot of people. And if it works for you that’s great. We all believe in different things and I don’t mean any disrespect.

So for anyone who might be interested in angels, here is Doreen’s theory in a nutshell:

  • The word angels means messenger of God. Angels carry messages between the creator and the created like ‘heavenly postal carriers.’
  • You don’t have to be religious to believe in angels but they do feature in every religion, under different names.
  • Although God and Angels know what you need and what is right for you – they don’t intervene unless you ask, we have free will.
  • According to Doreen we each have two guardian angels. One’s an extrovert angel who pushes you to do things, the other is a quiet angel who calms you when you’re sad.
  • Above the guardian angels are Archangels – who are senior and closer to God. Doreen names 15 of them. We can call on them for different things (e.g.,  Archangel Jophiel, the ‘feng shui’ angel.)
  • Then there are the Ascended masters who are ‘beings who walked up the earth as great leaders, teachers, and healers’ – including Jesus, Moses, Buddha.
  • Then Nature angels – fairies and elementals who are God’s environmental helpers.
  • There are also Spiritual Guides who are the spirits of deceased loved ones or pets.
  • Then there are Spiritual Mentors – famous dead people who will help you in your work


1)   SAY IT – ask your guardian angel some something you need, out loud.

2)   THINK IT– or you can think it in your head

3)   WRITE IT – write your guardian angel an letter

4)   VISUALISE IT – imagine your angels around you helping you with whatever you need hep with

5)   AFFIRM IT – thanks the angels for helping you with whatever you need help with .

All of this is pretty much The Secret but instead of asking the Universe we’re asking the angels.


After you’ve asked the angels for help they’ll get to work doing the following:

–       ‘Directly intervene and manifest your desires at exactly the right time.’

–       Give you a sign that they are with you –  you might see feathers, smell fragrance or see different coloured lights. You might also see the same numbers appearing in different places (Virtue has a book about this.)

–       Give you guidance as to what to do next. This guidance can take the following forms:

– You might have a gut feeling or a strong hunch about something after talking to your angels.

– You might have visions or dreams.

– You might have great business ideas or suddenly know where your lost keys are.

– You might heard ‘a strain of celestial music’, hear a high pitched ringing in one ear (Doreen says that this is the way ‘angels download helpful information and energy. If the ringing is annoying, ask the angels to turn down the volume.’)

Or your might overhear a conversation that is perfect for the issues you’re facing. Alarmingly, Doreeen reckons you might actually hear voices in your head too but these voices will always be saying positive things.

Doreen recommends you act on any strong feelings you have after asking your angels for help.

So by the time I next post I will have tried to talk to the angels and I’ll report back… can you sense my enthusiasm about all this??

19 thoughts on “Guinea pigs, Michelangelo and skipping airline queues – welcome to the weird and wonderful world of angels

  1. annwae

    Sounds a bit like the law of attraction re-packaged, you will have self-help fatigue soon, take a break and follow your gut for a while and do what resonates with you. I am a big believer in ‘thoughts become things’ and ‘what you focus on grows’ so whether you use angels or visualisation or meditation just do whatever works for you. If it doesn’t resonate then just don’t do it and move on, although I know you are doing this to write a book so guess you have to stick it out. I would say just try and stay open minded to everything and accept that messages that speak to some will grate with others, you might have to say F**K it to the angels but that may be a bit controversial – lol

  2. Maria

    Ugh, you poor thing. I do sympathise. I think it’s particularly hard coming to a topic where you (like me) have got ‘baggage’. It’s like say it was something based on native American tradition to do with spirit animals or whatever, you could try to get into it and appreciate that the way of thinking was put together in a different time, when people lived closer to the earth etc. But with this you don’t have that sort of cop-out. And weird to think that, as an adopted person (as I saw when I opened your book… coincidentally at the correct page…) I’m meant to have a guardian angel from my birth family… I wonder who volunteered?

    1. Marianne Power

      Yes, Maria, I think I’d find it easier to suspend my disbelief with something totally foreign – such as animal spirits – than with the angels. Re the guardian from your birth family – is that a comforting thought?

  3. Maria

    No, not at all. As I mentioned in the earlier post, I find the concept of anyone/anything ‘watching over me’ all the time a bit stalkery. Maybe for some people though, the idea of having ‘caring beings’ looking out for us can remind them of childhood when parents/teachers etc looked after them and that can be quite comforting? I on the other hand was always v keen to duck out from any kind of supervision so I could do interesting stuff (cross railway lines, use the cooker, hunt down and play with my Christmas presents) without being told off. The angels wouldn’t have liked me doing any of that.

  4. Sam Plewa

    Yuk yuk yuk. Angels, there must be billions, if as Doreen says there’s pet angels and teacher angels, decorating angels, happy and sad angels.
    But what about my old deceased doggy Chester, is he an angel for me? I was hoping he’d gone on to better things not faffing about stuck as a pet angel.
    I enjoyed reading about f*ck it therapy and have got the book now so thanks for that.
    Wouldn’t it be funny if something amazing happened and you had to believe in angels ha ha! X

    1. Marianne Power

      Sam, sure Chester is having fun, whatever he’s up to in doggy heaven. Would be a MIRACLE if I believe by the end of the month but who knows. Delighted you like F**K it – it’s the best.

  5. ashling574

    My mum is a massive Doreen Virtue fan but I’ve never been able to get into it myself. I’m more a Susan Jeffers fan and now, after reading your posts from last month, a F*ck It fan too (A recently deceased Kindle means I’ll have to physically purchase the book now, which is probably not a bad thing if your blog is anything to go by). Anyway, I generally just nod and smile with my mum and I’ve read a couple of the books as well and normally I just look for the links in the other books (positivity, etc). The common self-help stuff is there, hidden deeply under layers and layers of glitter and angelic trumpeting.

    1. Marianne Power

      Exactly Ashling – the common self-help stuff is there but the angel wings are making me so annoyed that it’s doing more harm than good. Self-help is making me angry. Not the idea!

  6. Maria

    I can totally get on board with the idea of pet angels myself. Agree with Sam that I’d want past pets to have other things to do (playing with other departed pets, running on their celestial hamster wheels or whatever) – but the idea of Ollie, Fluffy and Hammy watching over me and wishing me all the best, I can handle.

      1. lonestarsky

        I thought perhaps the religious aspect would put me off, but I think its more just the strangeness. I can get on board with some wacky ideas, but I think there’s a line, and this angel stuff sounds like it would cross that line for me….I guess there must be something in it as its so popular, but yeah, each to their own.

        I’m good thanks 🙂 Funnily enough I was inspired by your experiences while reading The Secret, and have recently been reading some quantum physics books (nothing heavy…) because my brain copes better with the logical/science side of the Law of Attraction. It really is fascinating stuff, and I’m noticing differences in my life already (although I do feel they’re down to a change in attitude rather than anything else, but some of the physics stuff is pretty convincing…definitely moreso than angels….)

  7. Andrew

    Hi Marianne, thank you for referencing one of my posts in this article, I feel very flattered! However, as you might well say yourself, I don’t seriously think that the reason you did that is because my guardian angel had a word with yours who then subtly suggested it you…
    I’ve looked at Doreen’s page on Amazon and, gosh, hasn’t she got a lot of stuff? One thing I did notice on a quick skim through is how glowing almost all of the reviews seem to be, with very little criticism. No, I don’t think that means it’s all true, and instead conclude that the world of angels must be a very closed one so she’s only (almost literally) preaching to the converted. Perhaps the idea is so flaky that only people who do believe it would bother buying one of her books and it therefore dissuades the casually curious?
    PS – Love Sam’s comment above about the logical results of seemingly everything turning into an angel after death and her hopes that her childhood dog actually has better things to do with his time now than simply hang around watching over her…!

  8. Sarah

    Love your rationality with this one, and I think the image of an actual Angel watching over us all is the one that we probably most struggle with, and yet I have been known in the past to ‘ask the Angels’ for something innocuous (such as a parking space – yes, I know, weird!) as my Mum is a believer in Angels. I am much more at ease with the notion of the ‘Universe’ providing us with things, I guess because this is such an unknown quantity, and not something that we can perhaps provide a visual image of (unlike Angels i.e a human-type form with big white wings!)

    I love that the comments on here reflect the love for the F**k it books/therapy etc as I’m in love with all things ‘John and Gaia’ at the moment.

    Am looking forward to your conclusion on this one, albeit I think we can all guess where it’s heading unless something miraculous happens between now and the end of the month/books!
    Good Luck!!

    1. Marianne Power

      Hello Sarah, was talking to a friend about it today – like you, I’m happy saying ‘The Universe’ provided parking space, job offer, chance meeting but am not happy with angels. I guess it’s all just packaging – it’s all same thing really, The Universe, religion, angels etc… believe, trust, miracles can happen….

  9. rain

    Hi Marianne,
    Your letters to your Guardian Angel were most intriguing! Seems like quite a lot of wisdom on offer there. Whether it’s coming from your Higher Self that divine part of you that knows what’s best for you or an Angel I find it hard to say. I am open to either possibilities. I know from my Shamanic experiences of journeying and acting on the insight gained from those whom I have encountered on these journeys, that something otherworldly is going on. I am also open to the view that we are receiving our own inner wisdom. It’s my opinion and experience that we can live more fully and authentically if we listen and act on this inner guidance.

    I do like some of Doreen’s books. I do agree that a lot of her work is repeated. However, I love her message of love and peace to all beings and the earth. I do however ignore her overall take on angels and just take what works for me in a way that suits my own beliefs.



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