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How Do I Recognize Archangel Raphael?

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An image of the angel Raphael on a 12th-century mosaic from the Santa Maria dell'Ammiraglio church in Palermo, Sicily

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Question: How Do I Recognize Archangel Raphael?

Archangel Raphael is known as the angel of healing. He works to heal people's minds, spirits, and bodies so they can enjoy peace and good health to the fullest extent of God's will for them.

When Raphael is around, you may experience many different signs of his compassionate care for you. Here are some signs of Raphael's presence when he is nearby:

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New Information or Ideas That Promote Healing

Rapahael often brings to mind fresh information or new ideas that you can use as valuable tools to pursue healing from whatever is ailing you, believers say.

In their book The Complete Idiot's Guide to Connecting With Your Angels, Cecily Channer and Damon Brown write: "Except in situations where a person’s death or illness is part of their overall divine plan, Archangel Raphael will energetically promote healing. Look for him to inspire you with sudden insights giving you just the right information to help the healing."

"Archangel Raphael frequently answers prayers by whispering suggestions that you hear as thoughts, feelings, dreams, and visions," writes Doreen Virtue in her book The Healing Miracles of Archangel Raphael. When you get a strong hunch to take positive action, know that this is an answered prayer. Follow your hunches and they’ll lead you to renewed peace."

Mary LaSota and Harriet Sternberg write in their book Archangel Raphael: Loving Messages of Joy, Love, and Healing for Ourselves and Our Earth: "Raphael is known to grant petitions quite expeditiously and he will guide you through the healing process. If the healing is for you, watch for some sign: a thought, idea, or inner message. If there is an underlying reason for the illness, such as hatred for example, Raphael will in some way point this out to you. It may then be transmuted to love, thereby speeding up your recovery time."

Not only will Raphael help you figure out how best to pursue healing for yourself, but he will also guide medical professionals to make the right decisions about your care or the care of a loved one you're supporting in prayer, write LaSota and Sternberg in Archangel Raphael: Loving Messages of Joy, Love, and Healing for Ourselves and Our Earth: "Raphael feels partial to those in all healing professions and will in some way guide those individuals who are unsure about what directions to take for appropriate health care for their patients. He will offer ideas for speedy healing and assist in a medical crisis by getting together the perfect team of professionals to work together."

Raphael has a sense of humor that people often notice when he communicates with them about healing insights, writes Virtue in The Healing Miracles of Archangel Raphael: "Raphael also shows a brilliant sense of humor in his displays of help. An example that always brings a smile to my face is his habit of pushing books of shelves. Many people report finding healing books in their homes that they never bought, or discovering ones in their shopping carts that they didn’t place there."

A Fresh Appreciation of Nature

Whenever you notice the beauty of God's natural creation around you and sense an urge to take good care of it, Raphael may be nearby, say believers. Raphael is passionate about convincing people to pursue healing not only for themselves, but also for the Earth's environment.

Richard Webster writes in his book Raphael: Communicating With the Archangel For Healing and Creativity: "Whenever you see anything particularly beautiful or striking in nature, you can thank Raphael for looking after the planet. Tell him that you will do your part to make the world a better place for the present inhabitants, and also for future generations. You might choose to do this by picking up some of the rubbish left behind by previous visitors, or by tidying up an area that has been disturbed. You will feel Raphael’s presence around you as you do this, and you will also feel good about doing something positive for the environment. … Once you start doing this with love and intent, you will find that you are naturally communicating with Raphael, and will realize that he is close beside you all the time."

Help Healing Broken Relationships

Another sign of Raphael's presence with you is guidance that you receive about how heal and restore relationships you have with others that have become broken, believers say.

"Raphael heals rifts in relationships and mental and emotional issues as well as physical ill health," writes Christine Astell in her book Gifts from Angels: An Uplifting Collection of Real-Life Angel Encounters. "More and more we are awakening to the understanding of how closely linked emotional issues are to disease in the body, and that working on the spiritual levels will almost definitely help with all types of illness."

The way that Raphael often chooses to help heal your relationships is by encouraging you to communicate your feelings fully to other people, write Linda and Peter Miller-Russo in their book Dreaming With the Archangels: A Spiritual Guide to Dream Journeying:"Raphael will help you move from repression of your feelings to the full, honest, and complete expression of your reactions to life. Until you allow yourself to unwind your repressions, you will be unable to connect to your deeper feeling nature. Raphael will assist you with this by gently nudging you to express your true feelings to yourself and those around you. This will increase the level of communication within your relationships, bringing you closer to those you love, to God, and to yourself."

Green Light

You may see green light in the air around you when Raphael is visiting you, say believers, because his energy corresponds to the green electromagnetic frequency on the angel light rays.

"He surrounds and nurtures people with the emerald green light of healing," write Cecily Channer and Damon Brown in The Complete Idiot's Guide to Connecting With Your Angels.

In The Healing Miracles of Archangel Raphael, Virtue writes that Raphael is eager to show you signs of his presence, so you may see his aura's light quite clearly after calling on him: "Anytime you call upon Raphael, he’s there. The healing archangel isn’t shy or subtle in announcing his presence. He wants you to know that he’s with you, as a way of comforting you and alleviating stress along your way to a healthy recovery. ... He shines so brightly that people can see flashes or sparkles of his emerald green light with their physical eyes."

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