-- In medieval times, scholars debated how many angels could fit on the
head of a pin. Nowadays, some tell their students to stop counting and
Liebmann, who teaches a class called Healing Angels of the Energy Fields
at Felician College, uses angels to show people how to heal themselves,
a process that involves meditation. The technique is part of a growing
trend that uses spirituality to supplement traditional counseling and
personal angel, named Sarah, has helped her over come her fear of
speaking out for herself, a fear she acquired growing up in an abusive
household, she said. Although, she points out that the concept of an
angel having a name is somewhat incorrect.
are the names that they gave us that they should be named by," she
said. "Because we as humans beings have a need to
refer to them with a name, whereas they see themselves as one
encountered some skepticism when she first pitched the class to Felician
"I have to be very careful, because it seems so New
Age," she said. "It could be seen as against the Catholic
tradition so I choose my words carefully when I speak to them."
Liebmann's husband doubted she could make contact with angels, until one
day when he sat with her while she meditated. Afterward, she said, he
felt her hands and was amazed by how hot they were. She told him that
the heat was a sign of the Sarah’s power.
the sick or injured become familiar with their personal angel, they can
access their angel's energy, Liebmann said. She teaches that this
energy, transferred by a connection between the person and angel called
the golden cord, can heal them
faster than if they rely solely on ordinary medicine.
allow gratitude and love to go up the golden cord and the angel sends
back 10 times as much love and wisdom," said Liebmann, who swears
that her connectedness with Sarah allowed her to overcome the effects of
breast cancer, including a complete mastectomy.
told her not to work for eight
weeks after her breast reconstruction operation six months ago. But she
said by communicating with her angel, she felt completely back to normal
in six weeks.
doesn't see her work as putting any doctors out of practice, however.
"Never do we
suggest that you don't go the traditional route," she said.
"We suggest you do this in addition to it."
counselors warn that people looking for healing outside mainstream
practices should be careful about what they expect from alternative
There is nothing
wrong with people believing in angels, especially if their faith helps
them overcome illness in any way, said Mike Remshard, Director of
Health, Wellness and Counseling at William Paterson University. But he
cautioned that anyone seeking treatment from a therapist whose practice
involves angels should make sure that therapist is either licensed with
the state, accredited with a professional association, or both.
have a spiritual side to their practice, and angels shouldn't t be
dismissed as an irrelevant aspect of someone's healing process,
he said. Pastoral counselors incorporate religion into their work. For
example, on Dec. 8, millions of Catholics celebrate the Feast of the
Immaculate Conception, which commemorates the moment when an angel
visits Mary, a virgin who becomes pregnant.
patient should dictate the levels to which angels are discussed in a
counseling session, Remshard said. For some, thinking about an angel
might be therapeutic. For others, especially those suffering from mental
illness, it might be disastrous.
I'm working with someone who's having delusions to begin with, then
having them have fantasies of angels is not the best," Remshard
said. "But if someone's going through a hard time in their lives,
that's another thing."
Grancagnolo, who has lectured. at schools in Lyndhurst and maintains a
counseling practice in Belleville, said she uses angels as something her
patients visualize during meditation.
neutral way of helping people," she said. "The images trigger
the lonely mind to say 'I'm not
alone. There's more help than I know.' It's artistic."
are a viable option for people seeking psychological and physical care
because most traditional doctors are not trained on how to handle the
spiritual aspects of their jobs, said Ruth Harrison, who teaches
a course titled Spiritual Dimensions in Nursing at William Paterson
teachers her students to help their patients deal with the questions
that often rise from experiencing death or sickness, questions like,
"Why did God give me cancer?" or "How can there be a God
if he's allowed my child to die?"
doctors don't know how to address those concerns, she said.
As a Catholic,
Harrison said she identifies with the concept of angels, but she
wouldn't think of bringing up the issue with a patient in, say, a cancer