Sylvia Browne’s new book, Psychic, is an engaging autobiography. It tells stories of her life starting from birth to the present. It is fascinating and a quick, entertaining read.  She talks about her experiences with angels, spirit guides, ghosts, and being a psychic medium, as well as an insider’s view of her life.  Continue reading to see what I have to say about it but I encourage you to read the book for yourself and come to your own conclusions. This is just my interpretation.

I was not surprised to learn that she has been around people who abused her. Many of the prominent psychics and healers of her generation were, such as Louise Hay. When you’re around people who are not nurturing and are frightening instead, it’s a natural thing to start forging connections with the Other Side. Some people end up stuck halfway through the journey of transformation with schizophrenia or other mental disorders. Others somehow manage to push through to the Other Side and become psychics and healers.

As a psychic medium myself I find some discrepencies between my experiences and Sylvia’s. And I’m the type of person who is hypersensitive to incongruencies. So while the book is great as a book to read, I dont know that it accurately represents the whole psychic experience. There has always been something about Sylvia’s and my energy that is not compatible.

My personal sense of her, and this is through my own filters, is that a lot of what she experiences is ego based. In my creative world nothing is absolute, and yet in Sylvia’s world the Other Side is exactly 3 feet away from us. I think a lot of how she perceives things is filtered through her experiences of being abused and out of control and also going to Catholic school. She seems to need to have things in black and white. And she never once says this is her interpretation, she just says this is how it is, period. That really bothers me. It is no surprise that she has started her own religion.

She also says, repeatedly, that psychics can’t read for themselves. That’s simply incorrect. I think there is a whole new generation of psychics who can. I’m one of them.

The other thing that I think may have been true when people were first tuning into angels and writing about them in the 1990s, but isn’t any more, is that angels don’t have free will of their own. I think that’s the way people sensed them because that’s as attuned to the angels as they could be. It’s my sense that the angels have been working very hard with our subconscious minds to raise our levels of awareness so that we can see them for more than just robotic messengers and helpers. Sylvia’s interpretation of the angels is the more robotic, hierarchical one. She says that the different hierarchies of angels have specific wing colors. Maybe. But again, to me that’s limiting things. And that’s not MY sense of them.

Sylvia was a ground breaker in her day. She absolutely paved the way for all of the rest of us to get closer to mainstream. From looking at YouTube videos it looks like she has made some grave mistakes such as giving misinformation on national TV as the absolute truth, and yet she is still hugely popular. I respect her for her ability to turn her gifts into a business empire.

I understand that people at certain places in their spiritual evolution need a lot of rules and absolutes. But then they should be given permission to move beyond them. I’m all about people having direct experiences of their own and knowing that what they experience is right, even if it’s different. I am my Quaker great-great-great grandfather’s granddaughter, in that respect.

Here’s the thing about the Other Side…well, EVERYTHING. The universe is in a constant state of creation. You can’t tell me that the angels and spirits guides and everything else aren’t in on the creative process and evolving themselves. I am, first and foremost, a creative person, tapped into the creative flow all the time. And I will tell you, it doesn’t stay static. The problem is that people, depending on their level of openness, “download” information from the Other Side at a much slower speed than the one it – the Other Side – is at. By the time our human minds process the information received things have already changed. But people get enthralled with their own perceptions and want to keep things exactly as they are.

And there are a millions of abused people in the world who are desperately trying to have some control over things and want things to stay the same. The violations suffered cause the abused to be much more open to the Other Side because of shredded boundaries. Put those two together and you have someone who receives a comforting piece of information they may not even fully understand and then they hold onto it like a security blanket forever.

I feel inspired to give Sylvia a message from the angels through me. “There is a shield of anger in your energy field that needs to be addressed and removed. It has been protecting you for a long time, Sylvia, but it also preventing you from evolving and seeing your guides clearly. The process to use will be presented to you but you won’t like it. In the end it will be a simple thing, relatively painless. And you will wonder why you waited so long.”

And my guides tell me to offer Sylvia some healing sessions. Ha ha…I bet she gets a lot of offers like that from unknown, financially struggling healers such as myself. But I am doing the leading edge work now, opening new doors of perception. I hope I never stop expecting things to be different tomorrow, in ANY dimension, than they are today. And, as always, I know that when I offer healing it means that there is some common issue that I share with the healee that will be healed as well. In this case, Sylvia and I both have the angry shield.

May the angels, masters, deities, spirit guides, fairies, elementals, and helpful humans come to us both and show us the way to transform it. And I’m certain that this applies to whoever is reading this, as well.

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Yesterday I was doodling with nothing particular in mind except that I wanted to draw a person or spirit guide or angel.    Fledermouse Flooster came into focus with the idea to put the phrases explaining what he does in the background.  He feels like an angel to me, even though he doesn’t have the traditional wings.  He does have feathers in his cap, however.  

I don’t think angels all look like the Renaissance masters paintings.  I think they look human because they are matching their vibration to ours.  So whoever or whatever’s energy they are connecting with effects how they look.  Also, whatever filters our sensing mechanism already has in place affects how we sense them.  They use the path of least resistance.  

Also, angels are generally lighthearted.  So it doesn’t surprise me that “Fledermouse” reminds me more of a puppet show character than a powerful Being.  ” It is easier to connect with something silly than something holy sometimes”, he says.  

Am I really channeling an angel?  Sure!  But then I think anybody doing art, music, words, etc. has the potential to unknowingly tap into the angelic stream of consciousness.  

A digitally enhanced moleskine doodle

This is a doodle of mine that I did in my moleskine journal a couple weeks ago. After creating a lens about Doodle Art I thought I’d better walk my talk. After I scanned it I was messing around with gradient maps in Photoshop and really liked the way this turned out. The blueprint look has always been a favorite of mine.

No doubt this is someone’s guardian angel. I get the feeling she’s wearing some sort of angel business suit and is a kind of architect, either in terms of building or life.

Ink Angel in Colour by Amanda Woodward

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I found Amanda while browsing through Flickr. She is an illustrator based in Edmonton, Alberta. Her style resonated with me. I asked her why she was drawn to angels (pun intended) and her reply was: “Angels make me think about being able to fly and I like that feeling so I draw them from time to time :)” Check out the illustrations gallery on her website for more.

I came across the incredible fantasy watercolors of Stephanie Pui-Mun Law. Check out her entire angel art gallery. I had a tough time deciding which one to show here (following her guidelines for borrowing her images). Finally I settled on this one of Archangel Uriel for the colors and detail. It’s very powerful and even a little unsettling, I think, but in sacred texts of the world angels are often seen as fearsome. Personally, I think it’s just that their energy is sometimes so overwhelming when they first attune to you that it can be terrifying. (Been there, done that.)

UPDATE 7/5/08:  I was browsing through the art section of my local Barnes & Noble the other day and found an amazing how-to-draw-fairies-and-angels book.  It was by none other than Stephanie Pui-Mun Law!  Check it out: Dreamscapes

Archangel Uriel by Stephanie Piu-Mun Law

“Uriel, The Archangel of God”
©Stephanie Pui-Mun Law



I found this artist on Zazzle. Besides angels she has stunning mandala images. See also her website at Artwork for the Soul – New World Creations.

A very common belief about angels is that they comfort us in our time of need.  In fact, for most of my life I thought that was all angels were for.  Somewhere along the line I picked up the idea of angels of mercy and that was all I knew.

Below is a link to an artist who found my heArt-a-Day blog and mentioned it on her site.  She works in digital art, both 2-D and 3-D.  I found the most amazing piece of angel art there.  It looks like a photograph.  But it isn’t.  I have Poser, the 3-D software she used, and I can’t get it to do anything.  She has obviously mastered it.

Her name is Dani Foster Herring and her image is called “In My Sorrow”.  It is a powerful depiction of an angel as comforter.

“In My Sorrow” 

On Flickr I found quite a collection of outstanding angel photos, especially cemetery angels. by Desmond Canon (Steiner62).   Click on the link below to see them.

I found some beautiful guided audio meditations online that, while not specifically about angels, include them. They are for celebrating peace, especially on New Year’s Eve and Day. I think they’re wonderful for anytime, though. Sanaya Roman and Duane Packer created them.

Here’s the link: Celebration of Peace Meditations

Mary Hillier, also known as Sunladyart, is an artist from Louisiana who does vibrant paintings of flowers, animals (especially greyhounds), still life’s, etc. I just discovered she paints angels as well, and I was already a fan.🙂 Check out the angel art collection on her website. They are really wonderful!

Sunladyart’s Angel Collection

Angel Art by Sunlady
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