AB writes: A friend asked me to listen to The Healing Miracles of Archangel Raphael by Doreen Virtue. This is an audio CD series and our two 15 year old daughters were in the vehicle with me when we began to listen. I was struck by their questions shortly after we began to listen to the book. We did not listen further. THEY asked if this person was a ‘new ager’. I had to admit I was not comfortable with some of the comments that were being read. Do you have some research on this author?”
You have good reason to be concerned about Doreen Virtue’s CD series. She’s an “angel intuitive” who believes she can contact a person’s guardian angel to get information about how to “heal and harmonize every aspect of their lives.”
Virtue’s background explains a lot. A highly educated woman with a doctorate in counseling psychology, she worked in all-women psychiatric facilities in Nashville and San Francisco before branching out into the field of intuitive counseling which she claims was a natural offshoot of her lifelong clairvoyant “gifts”.
Apparently, she has been able to see and converse with “invisible friends” since childhood but fought off this “gift” until her “friends” saved her from a carjacking on July 15, 1995. From then on, she decided to start listening to these “friends” who she believes are “angels” and is now calling herself a “spiritual doctor of psychology and a fourth-generation metaphysician” who works with “angelic, elemental and ascended master realms”.
She has written more than 50 books on these subjects, including Healing with the Angels and Messages from Your Angels, and actively teaches people how to communicate with these beings that she thinks are “angels”. She conducts workshops around the world on spiritual psychological issues and claims that many of her students are medical and psychological professionals, including M.D.’s, R.N.’s, psychologists, and social workers.
If this is true, it’s indeed frightening, because any reasonably catechized Catholic knows that Doreen Virtue’s “invisible friends” are angels alright, but not the good kind. She’s consorting with demons who are masquerading as angels of light. Even worse, she’s teaching this dangerous skill to others as well.
God has clearly condemned all forms of clairvoyance (see Deuteronomy 18: 10-12); therefore, He would never contradict Himself by allowing His angels to consort with a clairvoyant. And because disembodied souls are also under His command, that leaves only one other preternatural being who could be responsible for posing as Dr. Virtue’s “friends” – the devil. As we all know, he certainly has the motive and the power to pull off such a ruse.
Even though it was not your intention to expose your daughters to Dr. Virtue’s occult activities, you could turn this into a valuable teaching moment by explaining the facts about angels and the dangers of practices such as clairvoyance. This blog about other angel intuitives might also be of help to you.
If I were you, I’d toss those CD’s into the trash to prevent anyone from being harmed by them!