“I’ve never seen one!”
It all depends on whether we see this as an external or internal matter. If this is an external matter, then we will need someone to intercede for us, as we are not quite sure what the reality is. If this is an internal matter, then we can see for ourself!
Forget all those old paintings of angels up there in the sky*; these are allegorical and symbolic, and not to be taken literally. Symbolic of what? Of an inner messenger between the divine and the temporal (mundane, earthly). Absolute and relative.
In Buddhist terms, angels are synonymous with clarity. “Angels in the sky” are called “Dakinis” or “Sky Dancers”. They dwell in space/emptiness. Our clarity is dakinis/angels. This allows divine energy to manifest, and also serves as a reminder. The messenger is our own clarity; a link of recognition between the absolute and the relative.
Someone, at some time, confused the message about the messenger!
We are all vehicles of clarity, depending on our receptivity and capacity. Our true nature is divine, pure, empty of contamination. It’s just a bit murky at the moment.
Angels with wings, depicted in paintings, are merely a representation of divine energy. It could depicted just as well be as an old person in rags. In all walks of life, there are moments of genuine kindness; you don’t have to be religious to be kind. It’s about our conscience being touched, and is not sentimentality. Our clarity is merely dwelling in unlimited space. Well, we can all do that – it’s what meditation is all about.
When our channels are open, we can become angels, benefitting others with unconditional acts of kindness. We can also get inspiration from other angels; a sort of blessing to pass on. Do we really think it’s all our own work?
The following are from Wikipedia:
An angel is a supernatural being or spirit: benevolent celestial beings who act as intermediaries between Heaven and Earth, or guardian spirits or a guiding influence. Other roles of angels include protecting and guiding human beings, and carrying out God’s tasks. The term “angel” has also been expanded to include various notions of spirits found in many other religious traditions.
Dakini (in Tibetan Buddhism)
Dakinis occur most notably in Vajrayana Buddhism There, the dakini, generally of volatile or wrathful temperament, acts somewhat as spiritual muse (or inspirational thoughtforms) for spiritual practice. Dakinis are energetic beings in female form, evocative of the movement of energy in space. In this context, the sky or space, indicates shunyata, the insubstantiality of all phenomena, which is, at the same time, the pure potentiality for all possible manifestations.
Messengers (in Greek and Roman philosophy)
Mercury, like Hermes, is a messenger of transitions and boundaries; he moves freely between the worlds of the mortal and divine, as emissary and messenger of the gods. An intercessor between mortals and the divine.
Of course if there are angels,
there must be devils,
who also pass on their blessings.
We can be one of those as well!
Nothing is out there.
It’s all in the mind.
Mind to mind transmissions.