Divine Entity Encounters (DEEs)
Entities are generally thought to be messengers from a higher
power who are dedicated to sharing unconditional love. They have been
referred to as guardian angels, spirit guides, a celestial being, or a
spiritual being. Throughout history, religions such as Judaism,
Christianity, Islam and Zoroastrianism have embraced angelic beings, who
are said to serve God’s will and communicate God’s word. However,
there are many reported experiences of divine entity encounters (DEEs)
from people who did not necessarily believe in God or consider
themselves religious in any way.
Angelic encounters are sometimes reported by people nearing death
(nearing death awareness, or NDA) or who had a near-death experience
(NDE), so the DEE, NDA and NDE categories of experience may overlap.
According to Oxford Dictionary, the word angel is a merging of the
Old English word engel and the Old French angele, both of which are
Romanization of the ancient Greek word angelos (messenger, envoy,
People have reported any of the following experiences as a
result of a divine entity or angel encounter:
- Feel embraced by love, peacefulness, comfort, or protection.
- Perceive (either with the eyes or other senses) an entity of
white or bright light.
- Perceive that the entity has a kind expression, loving eyes, and
smile. In some cases the entity may appear in human form, but with
something odd or different about them; perhaps with startling
brilliant blue eyes.
- If in a circumstance of physical trauma or emergency, pain
- Physical objects that appear without explanation (a cross, angel
symbols) may be perceived as a message for the receiver.
- Healing of physical or emotional issues takes place.
- Shift to a new spiritual and/or universal view of the human.
- Feel more patient, compassionate, and understanding with others
as a result of their experience.
Note: In the popular genre on
the topic of angels, Doreen Virtue has authored eleven of the top-
twenty books on Amazon.com’s Religion &
Spirituality>Spirituality>Angels category. Many of her books
feature angel messages that are communicated through mediums, and so
there is an overlap with the experience of working with a medium or a
communicator with the spirit realm, which is part of the discussion on
consciousness on this website. Likewise, Sonia Choquette has
authored many books on the subject of spirit guides and encourages
people to learn how to communicate directly with their guides. These are
their most popular books:
Sonia (2007). Ask Your Guides: Connecting to Your Divine Support
System. Hay House.
Doreen (2003). Messages from the Angels. Hay House.
There is very little specific, scientifically based research on this
topic; however, there are several published popular anthologies of
experiences of angelic encounters. Among the most popular are:
- Anderson, J.W. (2004). In the arms of angels: True stories of heavenly
guardians. Loyola Press.
- Anderson, J.W. (1993). Where Angels Walk: True Stories of Angel Visitors.
- Anderson. J.W. (2008). Angels and Wonders. Loyola Press.
- Bell, J.S. (2012). Angels, Miracles, and Heavenly Encounters: Real-Life
Stories of Supernatural Events. Bethany House Publishers.
- Graham, B. (2011). Angels. Thomas Nelson.
- Kaseorg, V. (2012). God drives a tow truck: An anthology of true encounters.
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.
- Moore, K. (1996). Tara's angels: One family's extraordinary journey of courage and
healing. H. J. Kramer. (Video at: click here
- Newcomb, J. (2010). I can see angels: True tales of real life angelic
encounters. Hay House.
- Thayer, S. and L. Nathanson (1996). Interview with an Angel. Edin Books.
The following are published research papers related to this topic:
- Bauman, E. (2003). “Dreaming in crisis: Angels and the
allegorical imagination in post-war America.” University of
Pittsburgh. ProQuest Dissertations and Theses, 276 p.
- Lange, R., & Houran, J. (1996). “Role of contextual mediation in
direct versus reconstructed angelic encounters.” Perceptual and
Motor Skills, 83(3), 1259-1270.
Leading Researchers or Authors
Joan Wester Anderson
Joan Wester Anderson began her writing career in 1973 with a series
of family humor articles for local newspapers and Catholic publications,
and was a monthly columnist for two national magazines during the 1980s.
She has published more than one thousand articles and short stories in a
variety of publications, including Woman’s Day, Modern Bride, Virtue,
Reader’s Digest, and the New York Times Syndicate. Her 15 books
include Where Angels Walk: True Stories of Angel Visitors which was on
the New York Times best-seller list for over a year, has sold almost two
million copies and has been translated into fourteen languages.
Anderson’s book, In the Arms of Angels covers angelic activity primarily
during the past decade, including stories of hope from the 9/11 and
Columbine School tragedies. Anderson has appeared on major national
television and was featured in such documentaries as “Angels–Beyond the
Light” (NBC), “Angel Stories” and “Stories of Miracles” (The Learning
Channel), and on many videos. She was a story consultant for the
television series, “It’s a Miracle,” lectures in cities across the
country, and has been interviewed on hundreds of radio talk shows.
Sonia Choquette, PhD
Sonia Choquette is a world-renowned intuitive and spiritual teacher
who specializes in helping people recognize and learn to use their sixth
sense. A teacher committed to strengthening intuition in one’s daily
life, she is the bestselling author of seven books and numerous audio
editions. Her books are used in seventeen universities. She was
educated at the University of Denver and at the Sorbonne in Paris, and
holds a PhD in metaphysics.
William Franklin "Billy" Graham, Jr.
Billy Graham is an American Christian evangelist, ordained as a
Southern Baptist minister, who rose to celebrity status in 1949 with the
national media. His sermons were broadcast on radio and television, some
still being re-broadcast today. Graham is notable for having been
a spiritual adviser to several United States Presidents; he was
particularly close to Dwight D. Eisenhower and Richard M. Nixon. During
the civil rights movement, he began to support integrated seating for
his revivals and crusades; in 1957 he invited Rev. Martin Luther King,
Jr. to preach jointly at a huge revival in New York. Graham operates a
variety of media and publishing outlets and has repeatedly been on
Gallup's list of most admired men and women. He has appeared on the list
55 times since 1955 (including 49 consecutive years), more than any
other individual in the world.
Doreen Virtue, PhD
Doreen Virtue holds BA, MA, and PhD degrees in counseling psychology,
and is a lifelong clairvoyant who works with the angelic realm. She's
the author of Archangels & Ascended Masters and Healing
with the Angels, among many other works. She has appeared on Oprah,
The View, Good Morning America, CNN, and other programs; presents
workshops around the world; and also has a weekly call-in talk show.
Rhea White, PhD (Hon) (1931 – 2007)
Rhea White was one of parapsychology research’s most outstanding
contributors, most notably as the editor of the prestigious Journal of
the American Society for Psychical Research [JASPR]. She was a
charter member and president of the Parapsychological Association and
received the organization’s Outstanding Contribution to Research Award
in 1992. In 2006 she was awarded an honorary PhD by the Institute
of Transpersonal Psychology (now Sofia University) in Palo Alto, CA.
Her many articles on “Project of Transcendence” regarding exceptional
human experiences are available at
. Her Exceptional
Human Experiences Network website is at
Spiritual Research Foundation
3. There are several Internet collections of personally submitted
1. Bruce Van Natta
at Sweet Bread Ministries
As the front axle of the massive logging truck fell onto the
mechanic, crushing him against the concrete floor, angels appeared out
of nowhere to miraculously save his life. He watched from above as God's
messengers stayed on either side of his mangled body as the emergency
medical team worked.
Van Natta, B. (2008) Saved by angels: To share how God
talks to everyday people. Destiny Image.
2. The YouTube Channel “Miracles to Go” lists several personal
stories of angelic encounters at
- Sarah was sitting alone waiting for a bus late at night in an
unsafe part of Denver. After realizing the danger she was in,
she started praying for protection. A young man with long red
hair and brilliant blue eyes who was holding incense walked up and
sat with her on the bench. When the bus came, she looked back
and he was gone.
- Rob, an artist, heard “a voice” and was directed to create a
series of angel paintings. One of the paintings was hung over
the bed of his diabetic father. Rob credits the painting with
saving his father’s life after a diabetic seizure.
3. Joan Wester Anderson was interviewed on “Coast to Coast AM,”
an Internet radio show, regarding her angel encounter research at:
4. An apparent angel image caught on a security camera in a
hospital in Charlotte, NC near the room of a dying girl. An hour
later the girl started to recover, and live. Originally broadcast
by station WFMY Channel 2 News in Charlotte, NC.
5. “The Miracle on Highway 6.” A head-on vehicle crash
left both cars on fire, upside down, and the occupants unable to escape.
Originally broadcast with Christian Broadcast Network 700 Club.
6. The son of a pastor, Colton Burpo was 3 years old when he
went to heaven during an operation on his ruptured appendix, and at age
11, told what he saw and heard. Originally broadcast with
Christian Broadcast Network 700 Club.
Burpo, T. & Vincent, L. (2010). Heaven is for real: A
little boy's astounding story of his trip to heaven and back.
7. Sandy and Kirk Moore were featured in the 1994 NBC-TV series
"Angels: The Mysterious Messengers" after the loss of their 15-year old
daughter in August of 1992. They report how the angels played and are
still playing an important role in their lives and in those of other
people. The Moore's turned their tragedy into a gift by founding the
Center for Spiritual Living in Orange County.
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