I find myself looking forward to it and remembering some of the humorous and tender moments we’ve had in the past.
I’m able to spend an hour a month talking with him about matters related to the blog, the Hope Chest, Inlight Radio and my personal life. But during that hour he infuses me with hope and joy.
I feel drawn to say that it’s been my deepest privilege to have worked for and with Archangel Michael.
Some people say, “Well, what if it turns out that the person you speak to on An Hour with an Angel is not Archangel Michael? What are you going to do then?”
Probably smile seraphically.
Whether or not I’m talking to Archangel Michael, the real Archangel Michael knows I work for him.
Moreover, the voice that speaks through Linda Dillon on An Hour with an Angel and in my personal readings is so wise, so consistent, and so compassionate that I’d listen to it under practically any circumstances. I cannot imagine that it isn’t an archangel … and isn’t him.
I’d like to take you backstage to listen in on some of the more revealing exchanges with the one I call “Lord.”
Too Many Questions
Archangel Michael has a playful – I’m tempted to say “human” – side. He often teases. Here he’s teasing me about my endless questions at our readings:
SB: I guess I’d better start asking questions.
AAM: Dear heart, the world could end and a new universe begin and you would still have questions.
It is part of the delight of who you are.
I do not say this in any way to bring you down. Understand even if you were in – and you are, you know, you just don’t know that you know – the fullness of your being, in the fullness of your awareness, you would still be asking questions about the next step.
SB: (Laughter.) At times I get the feeling that there are no more questions I need to ask.
AAM: You get it in moments and then you have a rest and then you devise new questions. It is like a cat lying in the sun enjoying the bliss until a mouse passes by. (1)
I must be in the right field, for asking questions.
I once asked him to confirm that he anticipated my questions. Listeners on An Hour with an Angel will know that I have on occasion pointed out how he just answered a question that I’d written down earlier.
I point this out because, in my early years in British spiritualism, one was encouraged to “tests” the spirits and look for evidence of the truth or non-truth of phenomena. His answering my questions before I ask him is considered “evidential.”
He responded, teasingly: “Well, let us say that we are very close.” What did he mean?
“We share telepathically and energetically, more than anything, a knowing of what is going on, a commonality of our hearts and minds. So yes, there is a knowing, but there is also the importance of the human factor.
“Because we want this to be an exchange, a conversation. I do not always simply wish for you to come and to hear what I have to say, because it is just as important in our closeness and in our love that you express the yearnings and feelings of your heart.” (2)
Just imagine your boss saying that to you. Imagine how you’d feel. I felt exhilarated to hear that he cares how I feel.
Tender in His Love
Archangel Michael is very tender in his love. I was devastated when Ascension did not happen as I expected it on Dec. 21, 2012. Linda gave me a reading with him a few days later, which I came to feeling discouraged and depressed. His first words to me were:
“I’m asking you, no, not as public figure, but as a friend, before we even begin, to come and to sit with me in sacred union … to relinquish and give to me any concern, dismay, despair, anything that is not of wholeness. I come this day fully prepared, my friend, to speak to you and to answer your queries.” (3)
Given that a sudden Ascension did not occur on Dec. 21, 2012 and my questions were pretty conflicted, his reassurance disarmed me.
But I was still into testing him more, feeling uncertain whether I should continue after so great a disappointment. I asked if he was aware of a conversation that another member of the team had just had with Grener. He replied: “I am aware of pieces of it, yes. I do not eavesdrop on every conversation.” (4)
I was surprised because I thought he heard everything anyone ever said, such was my idea of an archangel.
I asked him to repeat what he had heard and, even though he said he had not listened in, he was able to repeat the conversation almost verbatim. That was impressive, an eye-opener. That did help build confidence.
And the acknowledgment that archangels do not eavesdrop on any conversation was also a welcome insight into life wherever he calls home, the great Transcendental. Our picture of the Archangels must, for the moment, be built from mere word glimpses like these.
On this same occasion, when I wanted to castigate someone for 21/12/12, I began to list my grumbles like a hurt child. “And another thing,” I might as well have said.
One of my grumbles was that I hadn’t received his darshan (the vision of him) as he had promised me years earlier. His answer again astonished me and deepened my knowledge: “For my full presence to suddenly apparit [appear] would probably cause you to drop dead.”
Well, that was revealing but I wouldn’t stop my grumbling yet. I laughed and said sardonically that death could have its advantages. He responded: “Yes, it would,” and reminded me: “But that is not our plan.” (5)
How much more gently could a person say “no,” even to a request – a mere consolation prize – that comes at the moment of his bitterest disappointment? If I could convey to you how meaningful these moments have been to me, I’d have to use a finer tool than the written word.
Archangel Michael has told me of times he’s kept me back from events or associations that would have dragged me under. I remember at the time of one of them not being able to understand how my wife and I escaped danger.
But then on occasion I’ve also needed a … shall we say, wake-up call? … and he acknowledges that he’s done that too. Let me give you one illustration.
I got into a row with a team member and behaved like a total jerk. I awoke in the middle of the night (which seems to be the favorite time for revelations) with the sensation that someone had just run a high-voltage charge through me. I interpreted it that I had just been paddled for my behavior. At my next reading I asked AAM:
SB: Did you or another angel or archangel paddle me recently when I got mad at [X]? I was awakened in the middle of the night with what seemed to be my energy turned back on me.
AAM: Yes, it is important for you to know — and you have given me permission —
AAM: — to have the experience of what your energy felt like.
SB: Good. Thank you. I welcome it.
AAM: Yes. Because sometimes you can be abrupt or harsh and you do not fully realize what you are doing to somebody.
SB: Thank you. That’s the only way I’m going to learn, Lord.
AAM: We are doing a great deal together, dear one. So, as we are going forward into this new realm, it is important for you to know and to have the experience of what it is you are letting go of, because it is not pleasant.
SB: Thank you. Do you want to say more on that?
AAM: No, because we don’t want to concentrate on it. You just want to say, “Oh, I don’t want to be that,” and let it go. (6)
Can you imagine having a father like that? Or a teacher? My heavens, all through my early life, I recorded nasty movies of domestic violence. Now in my later life, I’m blessed to be recording new movies of infinite love and tenderness.
Once he volunteered that even archangels have disagreements AND that individuality (he calls it the “ego”) continues to exist into the archangelic realm.
“Even with us of the archangelic realm or the angelic realm, there is the tug of war that always happens with the ego, with the delightful personality, the push and pull that says, ‘But I want to do it my way. I know that my way is the best way. You do not understand. You are not here. You are not suffering on Earth. You do not know what time-frames look like. You do not know….’
“We go through this all the time, and it is anticipated, it is expected, and it is part of the process of letting go and allowing yourselves to come into that full alignment so that the choices, the actions, the sense of connection is direct and with One.” (7)
This is wonderful knowledge to reflect on. Every glimpse into the archangelic realm is valuable and helpful. How privileged we are to hear it.
Now the biggest surprise of all: one day he apologized to me. Why would an archangel apologize? And how does an archangel apologize?
“I need to say something to you. I am sorry, yes, sorry about [X]. There are many instances that you will not hear me extend an apology about timing, or what the Company of Heaven is or is not up to. But when we extend our empathy, our sympathy, our apology, it is meant on the deepest level. … I am sorry that in the realm of human undertakings, decisions, choices, that this has transpired in a way that has hurt you.” (8)
I’m truly sorry that not everyone on Earth can have the same experience that I’ve had with AAM. But that cannot be arranged at this time, I’m quite sure.
Notwithstanding, I can certainly share how it’s been for me. That’s the best I can do.
Matter of fact, I could not possibly hold back from sharing with you. I’m quite sure I’m supposed to be.
I hope that you read between the lines, behind the lines, and under the lines and get everything you can from what he says here. Because working for the Boss has totally transformed me and everything he says is rich with meaning.
I sincerely wish that everyone on Earth has the experience in this lifetime of working in partnership with the archangel they serve.
One day, Archangel Michael and I were discussing archangels in a reading and he mentioned a particular one that I hadn’t heard of before.
I asked him if the archangel was well-known and he replied “he is a very little known Archangel – well, on Earth” (9) and that he wouldn’t be found in articles on angels.
That was the only clue I’ve ever been given that there are more archangels than we know of and that they may be known in some parts of the multiverse and not in others. I’m not sure about you but I have no idea how many archangels there are, but the number keeps increasing the more I learn.
In that same reading I said that I had no idea what an archangel looked like and he replied, again humorously:
“We can basically look like whatever we want. Now if we are in our natural form – that is what you are truly asking – then we are indeed very large. In terms of human proportions we are tall, we are not fat – we are big. There is no such thing as a fat Archangel.
“We tend to be big, and it is not a fantasy about the wings, and we tend to use them as we choose, but they are many layered. Many are colored.” (10)
Well, my jaw was open. I have never heard details like that, and directly from source. He could have said that they are simply balls of light and in fact I’m certain that on certain planes of existence they are balls of light. But the number of details I could say that I know about archangels would not fill a thimble. It’s magical to sit and listen to him. I only wish I had more time to go into matters in more detail.
Into the Heart of Darkness
On another occasion he told me about the rescue of the “fallen” angels. He said:
“Long ago, I have travelled to the heart of darkness, to that place where desperation had found root in my brothers and sisters; where arrogance had led to lack of clarity. We did not go there seeking to destroy, but rather to illuminate and to bring home those we loved. Did we seek to eliminate and destroy the arrogance and the desperation? Absolutely. But never those who were carrying it.” (11)
In a later reading I asked him to tell me more about the heart of darkness and he replied:
AAM: When we go to the heart of darkness it is usually on a form of what you would think of as a rescue mission. We go to the place where the density of illusion, whether it is that imbalanced or unbalanced desire for power or greed or lust, has become so strong that it has solidified.
SB: And you’re answering a call, are you?
AAM: Well, sometimes the energy is so dense that no call goes out. They are quite happy in their place of darkness. But you see we have long memories, and we remember that spark of light that was within, say, a person who has now travelled to that place.
And we remember the love, and we know the love that we have for that being. And so we go to that place, whether it is galaxies away, or part of an inner city, and we rescue, we break out, we break the shell, that very dense energy of darkness. And we basically lift the person out of that circumstance.
It accomplishes two things. And as we say, sometimes the reintegration back to One is very rapid, but sometimes it is staged because it depends on whether they are in form and wish to continue to be in form, living, or not.
But what that extraction does also is that it breaks up that field of energy. Because the field of the density is usually surrounding either an individual or a group of individuals. So as soon as you extract one component, then the density begins to fray. It breaks. It is like ice breaking. When you step on thin ice in the spring and the whole lake cracks, that is what it is like. (12)
I’m not sure that humanity has ever been privy to an account of the rescue of an angel who’s chosen to remain in the lower densities.
Think about it for a second. He’s already said that archangels are in the body this lifetime. And we all know what a powerful contrarium the human body is. Would it not be possible for an incarnated archangel to lose his or her way?
I don’t know where Lucifer fell. Perhaps he fell into the Dark Planes of the Astral or Fourth-Dimensional world. Perhaps he fell into a Third-Dimensional world.
But, wherever he fell, Archangel Michael is describing a process he calls extraction, in which an incarnated archangel who has forgotten his or her high station is restored to it. Again this is a discussion that our scholarly ancestors would have given their eye teeth to have heard. And we of this generation are able to listen to the words.
Apparently we help him on his missions to the Earthly heart of darkness. He reveals that in the same reading. I asked him if this rescue work was not what he was doing with the top members of the Illuminati and he responded:
“Yes, and we have had much help from human beings who are part of my legion, who think they are asleep and who are working diligently with me. And then they wake up and they wonder why they are so exhausted.”
I said that that rings a bell and he responded: “Does it not?”
“I do not go alone. We do not go on these missions alone. You have the saying on Earth, safety in numbers. Well, it came from us.” (13)
I said earlier that innumerable angels are in incarnation at the present time, numerous archangels, some seraphim and even some elohim.
I asked him if a prominent lightworker was an avatar and he replied: “No, but she is very enlightened.” I asked if there was a name for her type of being – an elohim, a Melchizidek? And he responded: “You can think of her as an elohim.” (14)
Evidently that means that there are rungs of evolution equivalent to the elohim that we don’t even know about. We haven’t even been introduced to the main actors in the play. That’s how rudimentary our knowledge is.
He discussed incarnated archangels on another occasion and outlined an instance in which an archangel had assumed a composite form, taking with him parts of an ascended master. On the matter, he added: “An archangel can give energy [and] can hold energy.” (15)
Moreover, the ascended master, the head of a planetary council, was himself “a collective soul”! A collective soul was taking birth as part of another collective soul. How confusing can that be?
“There are various aspects to [him], more than what you would think of as a singular soul.” (16)
He went on to explain the manner in which the archangel could “borrow” from the ascended master for the present incarnation.
“Think of it in this way. Say that [ascended master] is a billion atoms of energy. Well, he has some cash to spare and so he shares it. So the incarnated archangel is carrying some of that energy.
“Now human beings don’t fully understand. You are beginning to and it is the Mother’s teaching that is helping with this and her gift of course of clarity. But in that single atom is everything – all the patterning, all the DNA, all the information.
“So when we say that the archangel has that part of him, a part of that billion, [the ascended master] is fully participating.” (17)
If you wish examples of other, well-known collective or composite souls, consider St. John the Baptist, Merlin, and Mary Magdalene.
I asked him how it was that an incarnated archangel might not have any sense of being one and he responded: “Because they have agreed to be human.” And what does one give up by agreeing to be human? He replied: “Huge portions of memory.”
Was there anything else?
“Yes – and of course many of these qualities will be restored – but the ability for instantaneous creation.
“But their qualities will expand. That is what they have forfeited as it were – sacrificed, put on hold. The deepest connection and knowing of the unification and the presence of all – that is the greatest sacrifice.” (18)
Angels, archangels, elohim, seraphim, all are here and pulling on the rope to get this new boat launched. And, evidently, when it’s launched, more miracles will follow.
I’m going to close by incorporating an article called “Dear Tatler” (19) that I wrote and never posted. When I could not contain my love for Archangel Michael any more, I wrote it all down and would have declared it to the world but the time was not right. I think the time is right.
I’m having a love affair with my boss. Yes, I am.
What am I to do?
I only noticed it the other day when a stray thought crossed my mind. I said to myself that I don’t have to answer to anyone. I just noticed that circumstance in my life.
And then I heard a voice say, well, I thought you pretty much answered to Archangel Michael.
And I replied: Well, that’s just it. He doesn’t ask me to answer to him.
Listen to what he said on An Hour with an Angel recently:
“How can you possibly have freedom, liberation, when someone is telling you, above, below, or in between, what to do or how to do it? How can anyone, outside of your beloved sacred self, demand or determine how you go about your sacred journey?” (20)
That’s what it’s like to work for him.
Some time ago in a reading, when I was hurting from a painful issue, he said to me:
AAM: This day I hold open my arms, my heart, my consciousness. My very essence is always open to you. But I also wish you to know that I embrace you, I comfort you, I hold you, I sustain you, and that I will lift you up and carry you if necessary.
S: What does that mean, Lord, that you will carry me if necessary.
AAM: When you feel that you are about to fall down, that this life is not fully worth embracing without, as you have put it, the passion, the love, the exchange, the expression of unity. (21)
One day I found myself singing “Secret Love” that Doris Day made famous decades ago. (22) When I arrived at the reading with him, I asked him:
Steve Beckow: Greetings, Lord. And how is my secret love?
AAM: Well, it is no secret anymore, is it?
SB: No! [laughs]
AAM: Not to you, and it never has been to me. But it is the opening of your heart, sweet one. And it is the recognition of an entirely deeper level, of our love, of our brotherhood, of our connection, of our sacred purpose. (23)
Who has ever worked for such a boss? And yet look how many people work for him.
I have no recollection of any occasion on which I’ve felt somehow importuned or pressured or deprived of my freedom of choice with him. I have only felt loved by him.
Tatler, I’m so much in love with my boss, I can’t hide it any more.
It’s true that he upbraided me once. He said that every time he drew near me to write, I wanted to merge with him. That’s okay, he said, but it wasn’t getting the job done.
Who would not want to work for such a gentle and compassionate being?
Dear Tatler, what am I to do?
* * *
None of this recorded here, I’m certain, was said to me exclusively. What Archangel Michael says to me, I know he says to all. An archangel does not love beings with partiality.
As far as I know, one has only to actualize one’s relationship with the archangel they serve to start events moving towards contact and collaboration. I talk to Archangel Michael exactly three hours a month. During two of those hours (Hour with an Angel), you’re right there along with me.
All of us of this generation are able to speak or listen to the most exalted figures, first among whom is always the Divine Mother, God Itself in Its active phase. Ascended masters, angels, archangels, all are making themselves available to us at these times if we’d only listen. I could retire tomorrow (I mean, really retire) and ruminate on my memories for the rest of my life.
(14) AAM, May 16, 2011.
(15) AAM, Dec. 11, 2013.
(16) AAM, Oct. 11, 2013.
(17) AAM, Dec. 11, 2013.
(18) AAM, May 30, 2013.
(19) Tatler was one of the first newspapers, founded in 1709 and read in the new and fashionable coffeehouses of London.
(20) “Archangel Michael: Go with the Ebb and the Flow of Love,” channeled by Linda Dillon, April 3, 2014, at http://goldenageofgaia.com/2014/04/05/archangel-michael-go-with-the-ebb-and-the-flow-of-love/.
(21) AAM, March 28, 2014.
(22) “Secret Love”
Once I had a secret love
That lived within the heart of me
All too soon my secret love
Became impatient to be free …
Now I shout it from the highest hills
Even told the golden daffodils
At last my heart’s an open door
And my secret love’s no secret anymore
(23) AAM, May 9, 2014.