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Communication with Departed Loved Ones: Reiki & Archangel Azrael

Article by Haripriya Suraj, Reiki Master

Archangel Azrael is known as “The Angel of Death.” He helps souls cross over comfortably to the other side. He also helps these souls communicate with near and dear ones on Earth. People who are alive can also take his assistance to establish communication with the souls of their departed loved ones.

As Reiki practitioners, we have the added benefit of using Reiki along with help from Archangel Azrael. Reiki energy being soft and loving creates a safe and peaceful space for soul communication to happen.

This kind of communication should only be done only to express such things that would help us and also help the souls of our loved ones. Positive and kind words that were unexpressed when the person was alive can certainly be expressed. Asking for forgiveness for any pain we caused them and sending our love is also perfectly fine.

In short, any message that comes from the heart is good. Love is the key.

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If what you wish to convey is not coming from a place of love (that is, it is coming from the Ego), don’t express it. Your intuition will guide you.

Here is a brief outline of the process-

  • Keep a piece of paper and pen with you.
  • Sit in a quiet place where you will be left undisturbed.
  • You can play soothing music and also light a candle if it helps.
  • Take a few deep breaths and get into a meditative state.
  • Visualise the room being flooded with Reiki. You can also draw any symbols that you are guided to in the air.
  • Bring your awareness to your heart. You can place your palm on the heart to connect with it. What message of love does your heart wish to send to the soul of your loved one? Start writing the message on the piece of paper. Keep your words positive and loving.
  • Give Reiki to this piece of paper. This will strengthen the element of love in your message.
  • Call upon Archangel Azrael. If you work with angel card decks, pick any card of Archangel Azrael from the deck to connect with him. If you wish to, you can also place the card along with your piece of paper. Request him to take this message to your loved one.
  • You can also request Azrael to bring a message back to you from your loved one.
  • Express your gratitude to the Archangel for his assistance.
  • Put the piece of paper away in a safe place.
  • Thereafter, notice any messages you may receive from the other side. These messages may come in the form of feelings- you may feel a deep sense of peace or you may feel a surge of love. Unhealed feelings that you may have carried about your past relationship with this person are suddenly healed. You may also receive messages in the form of words that you read somewhere or as songs that play on the radio or television. It may also be in the form of visits from certain animals or birds. Each one’s experience is unique. You will know it is a message for you when you receive it.
  • Do not analyse the message by allowing your logical mind to kick in. Trust your feelings and accept the message you get.
  • Once you have received your message, discard the paper by either burning or burying it.

This technique is particularly useful when we wish to express love and forgiveness to our departed loved ones. When people are alive, we sometimes take them for granted. We may also focus only on the negative aspects of their personality. And when the person is no more, we realise their value and also recognise their positive traits. This tends to bring up feelings of sadness and guilt in us. However, feeling sad or guilty does not help anyone. As we grow spiritually, it is important to remind ourselves constantly that the core of our being is pure love. Anything that is not love is not who we are. Due to our identification with the ego, all of us err from time to time. So, if you feel sad or guilty about something you did or did not do (or something you said or did not say) when a loved one was with you, it is not too late. It is possible to express your feelings even now. Rest assured that the power of love will heal everything that is unhealed in all of space and time and restore the flow of love in your relationship.

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Haripriya Suraj
Haripriya Suraj

Haripriya Suraj is a Reiki Master, Angel Healer, and Spiritual Teacher. She was drawn to Reiki right from her childhood and Reiki went on to become part of her life’s purpose. Reiki is her constant companion from which she derives peace and contentment. She is also deeply connected with the angels, with Angel Healing being an integral part of her Reiki practice. After reaping the fruits of Reiki practice in her life, she was inspired to spread the joy of Reiki and the light of the Angels. Haripriya offers courses in Reiki and Angel Healing as well as distance healing services. She resides in Bangalore, India. Reach Haripriya on her blog at lightworkersonearth.com, on email at angelhealingbangalore@gmail.com and on Facebook at Angel Light.

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  • Carol Cooper July 30, 2014, 4:43 pm

    Thank you for this, I love reading about the angels

    • Haripriya July 31, 2014, 7:07 am

      You’re welcome Carol! Love & Light.

  • Michael Melchizedek Wounded Wolf July 30, 2014, 5:04 pm


    There are four primary Archangels, who are associated with the four main Usui Symbols. They are Michael, Gabriel, Rafael and Uriel.

    Michael (Hebrew for “Who is Like God”) – associated with Dai Ko Myo
    Gabriel (Hebrew for “Messenger of God”) – associated with Cho Ku Rei
    Raphael (Hebrew for “God heals“) – associated with Sei Hei Ki
    Uriel (Hebrew for “The Light of God“) – associated with Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen

    Not everyone believes that Archangels are actual persons or beings, but rather to many they represent symbolic personifications that take care of people by strengthening and assisting them in their walk of life. In other words, they are messengers (from the original Greek word αγγελος) carrying out the divine will (Higher Power, Universal Energy, Great Spirit – or whatever term practitioners use in their tradition).

    Though the praying to Archangels is rather intrinsic to Judeo-Christian theology, their phenomenon and symbolism have become part of many spiritual paths, religions or creeds. Visualizing Archangels with pure intention, connected with their respective symbol, may therefore benefit our practice and aid any healing process.

  • Shannon August 1, 2014, 1:37 am

    I am always happy to see articles like this… My husband committed suicide eight months ago-one month after my nephew passed away in a dirt bike accident. I have been quite confused as to what to believe, as there are a lot of different beliefs when it comes to suicide. Any information on suicide and what happens afterward is very helpful. Any suggestions? I know there are a lot of opinions. I am not a religious person, but I am learning more about spiritualism. I would like to come across an article (or video) that would make me understand the journey he is taking and know that he is okay.

    • Amanda August 29, 2014, 9:59 pm

      Try mollie morning star (psychic ) very gentle, sincere with beautiful messages. She recently did an article on. Suicide

      I’ve attached so hope it attaches and helps you.

      Opening Up About Suicide

      With the news of Robin Williams’s passing on August 11, it seemed all of America was simultaneously heartbroken and what I refer to as: heart-awoken. There are few circumstances more difficult to deal with than a loved one’s suicide. A suicide always creates more questions than answers, even when a note is left.

      While Robin’s passing is an absolute tragedy, it is also an opportunity to create open conversation. Talking about suicide is still, too often, taboo. Many people try to cover it up, or paint a different picture and pray no one will learn the secret of how their loved one passed.

      It’s an awful state of affairs. Not only do survivors have to deal with a monumental loss, they are also left to sift through inevitable guilt that they missed clues, or could have prevented the passing. Worse, all of that grief and guilt is covered with huge amounts of shame.

      It’s time to change. It’s REALLY time to change.

      Many years ago I became involved with a group called The Alliance of Hope for Suicide Survivors. What struck me was that it isn’t a suicide prevention group, but an online support group for the survivors. In a conversation with the founder, Ronnie Susan Walker, she said something to me that I will never forget.

      “Preventing suicide is much more challenging than most people realize. Suicide is not a disease like measles or polio. There is no one simple solution. There are many different kinds of people, dealing with many different kinds of circumstances, who end their lives.”

      As a medium, this really struck a chord with me. When I am conducting a session with a person who is bereaved by suicide, we often delve into what led the person to end his or her life. The action to end one’s own life is absolutely the hardest anyone could ever take. Often it stems from a lack of hope that a life circumstance could change. We can rationally sit here and say, “But, there is always hope!” However, not everyone can see that light, and not everyone can feel that connection to a better day.

      I have found time and time again that a person with suicidal thoughts can have a drink or even a small amount of a substance in their body and the actions they take are much different than if they had been clear-headed. Many people whose lives end by their own hand didn’t expect that they would actually die. This is where lines blur and things get really tricky. A person can pass from an overdose, the world labels it a suicide, and yet, that person may have never intended to end his or her life.

      What I want everyone to know is that someone who ends his or her life is not necessarily:
      mentally ill
      suffering from acute depression
      trying to hurt anyone
      by any means, a bad person
      an out-of-control teenager
      We really need to stop labeling and stuffing situations into boxes shaped by society, that do not fit the situation.

      How can we overcome this? By remembering that a person who is bereaved by suicide needs the extra support of family and friends. They need understanding; first and foremost, they are suffering the loss of a dear loved one. It doesn’t matter how their loved one passed; what matters is how they lived. A suicide survivor needs constant reassurance that their loved one is cherished, valued and held in high esteem.

      The guilt and shame have got to go. And we can begin eradicating them by opening up the conversation about suicide. It isn’t always easy. In fact, as far as our human interpretation of the Spirit world goes, it doesn’t get much more complicated. People get pretty set in their beliefs. Someone sent me a note last year letting me know that, “The Pope did away with limbo.” I think this was supposed to be great news for the millions of Souls who may have been sent there as a “punishment” for ending their lives. As I read it, all I could think was that it’s almost as ridiculous to assume limbo exists as it is to think someone could simply do away with it.

      Here is what I can share based on my experiences in connecting with hundreds who have ended their lives.

      They are greeted and welcomed into the afterlife by people who love them and are given the opportunity to heal. They are released from the heavy burdens of illness and given the unconditional love and acceptance they need. Those who have ended their life are given the same acceptance, healing and opportunity to continue to work on their spiritual progress that every other soul is given. Those who end their lives cross over, just as other souls do; there is no middle ground where they get stuck. The communication works exactly the same way as it would if the person had passed from old age in their sleep.

      In my work, I have never encountered a case different from this experience. Absolutely everyone I have connected with fits this description.

      What does all this mean?

      It’s time to let go. To let go of the labels. The judgment. The shame. The guilt.

      There is hope for healing, especially for the survivors. Please visit the forums of the Alliance of Hope to find support and solidarity in those who have walked the path.

      Whether you are bereaved by suicide or not, this is a great time to do some self-work on the shame, guilt and vulnerability issues most of us have in the Western World. One of my favorite authors is Brene Brown, and her newest book, “Daring Greatly” can help anyone live a life that is more authentic and enable us to connect on a deeper level by addressing shame issues. I highly suggest reading her book, taking a look at her website, and her TED talks:
      Vulnerability (Ted Talk)
      Shame (Ted Talk)
      Daring Greatly (E-Book)
      Please take my love,



      If this message resonates with you, and you know of someone it might help, please forward this email to them.


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    • Laura September 25, 2014, 3:55 am

      Hi Shannon,
      There are many books that will help you to understand. There are 3 books written by Robert James Lees – they are not in print anymore but you can find PDFs on the web or get them for kindle. Through the Mists, The Life Elysian and The Gate of Heaven. The Padgett Messages by James Padgett. Wanderer in the Spirit Lands by Franchezzo. They were written about 100 years ago when spiritualism was at its height.
      Briefly – for you to do is to pray for him. Send him love and ask any Spirits of Light to help him. Try not to grieve for him. Because that can keep him bound to the earth plane. After he has been able to “rest” he may be able to communicate with you – send love – those that have transitioned benefit greatly from our love.
      I hope this helps.
      Love and light.

  • Haripriya August 2, 2014, 6:51 am

    Hi, Yes, there are lots of beliefs and speculations when it comes to such cases and is difficult to make conclusions with certainty. Personally, I feel that there is no absolute truth that applies to every such soul who passes on. I feel it would vary from soul to soul, depending on their karmic blueprint. When I am unsure of something, I only listen to my heart’s truth and this is what I would suggest to you as well. Instead of looking for an external source to answer this, I suggest you meditate and also connect with the soul using the technique described in the article and you should get the answer yourself. Hope that helped. Love and Blessings to you 🙂

  • Cindy August 18, 2014, 2:45 am

    Thank you for this. it is so timely for me. My husband is on life support due to a sudden illness. We are hoping for a full recover, but have had so many different diagnosis that it changes day to day.

  • Kevin September 7, 2014, 1:40 am

    Greetings All, is there any particular Angel that can help with a financial miracle? I mean a complete help, no band-aids, I’m in dire straits financially due to illness. Thank You

    • Haripriya October 7, 2014, 5:14 am

      Hi Kevin,

      You can connect with Archangel Ariel. You can also request all the angels for help. There are no stringent rules as to which Angel is supposed to help. Just ask all the Angels and whoever can help you will help 🙂 All the best.

  • Rajeshkumar Ringwala October 3, 2014, 11:52 am

    Soul-mate Haripriya,
    Thank you for this wonderful guidance. I was looking for this for long time. I’ll use this for connecting with my late father (Biharilal) & late Guru (P.P. Lalaji Maharaj “Bapaji”. Please help me.


    • Haripriya October 7, 2014, 5:16 am

      Dear Rajesh,

      You’re welcome. You can use the same technique described in the article and connect with your loved ones. It is very simple.

  • Chris October 17, 2014, 11:55 pm

    “Asking for forgiveness for any pain we caused them… is also perfectly fine.”

    This probably wouldn’t be a coming from a place of love, since you probably wouldn’t be loving yourself (or your loved one) if you felt the need to do it. It would far more likely be coming from a place of guilt and self-judgement, which is the ego’s favourite playground. Pulling apart the assumptions and inner-stories that fuel the self-judgement (by journaling, say), and, through that, finding self-forgiveness for whatever it is you “believe” you did to cause pain, could be a better approach for healing things like this.

    Forgiveness from others can help if it helps you pull apart your own stories (perhaps the person you believe you hurt wasn’t hurt at all!), but it doesn’t go a long way unless you can forgive yourself!

    • Haripriya November 8, 2014, 5:19 am

      Self forgiveness goes hand in hand with forgiving others or being forgiven by others. It does not negate the healing that occurs when we ask others to forgive us as well. We are talking about intimate relationships here, where we know for sure that we have hurt someone. Pain is created by the Ego. Forgiveness comes from love. We are not dependent on another’s forgiveness here. We forgive ourselves and the same time express our love and seek forgiveness from our dear ones.

  • Cathy October 27, 2014, 10:02 pm

    Can you do this for another person? If so how? I have been directed or guided to offer linkage to my sister in law and I do not know how or even why…I just “feel” I should offer her contact to the other side. I have practiced Reiki for several years (formally trained) but have been a healer my whole life. I use Tarot and Angel cards but truly feel I am bineg directed to link her somehow
    Thank you for your help

    • Haripriya November 8, 2014, 5:23 am

      Yes Cathy, you can do it on behalf of your sister-in law, preferably in her presence and of course with her permission. Use the same technique and allow your intuition to guide you.

  • Anwesha Ray November 11, 2014, 12:00 pm

    My 2 months and 6 days old baby Aaheli Ray (whom we lovingly call Dugdug) left us and became an angel herself on the 6th of November 2014. She was struggling a lot and was in a lot of pain having been born 3 months premature and suffering from various complications. Her father and myself are craving and pining for her. we need her to know that we love her, miss her, craving for her and that we are sorry we could not save her. Is it ever possible to contact her soul and get to know whether she is painfree and peaceful? Is she happy and free from bondage? I do not know reiki and have no idea about how to reach out to her.

    Anwesha Ray

  • Anwesha Ray November 11, 2014, 12:07 pm

    I do not want anyone to contact her soul at all. Please please once again i request noone to contact her. I want her to be at peace and not be called from earth. I just wanted to know whether calling her would at all be a possibility.

  • Baruch December 10, 2014, 7:59 pm

    Master, may I ask?

    How do you know these things? How do you know that’s Azreals’ job? How do you know there’s even an Azreal?

    You don’t, do you. You make it up, and then you sell it to people who are so deluded they buy it.

    A pandemic outbreak of less bullshit, less Woo and much less non-sense actually might make the world a better place, don’t you think?

    Focus on that.

  • joe December 24, 2014, 7:24 am

    yes i see the reiki bullshit wagon is still used here.

  • Maureen Poorman January 16, 2015, 5:40 pm

    Thank-you for your words – education is a powerful tool. I’m confirmation (if only for myself) we can connect with Archangel Azrael and experience loving support as we heal from deep sorrow. Archangel Azrael is better known in the Western world as the Angel of Death. Because we are taught to fear death, many also fear Azrael although few take the time to educate themselves. After the death of my husband, dear Azrael gifted me in many ways and I learned much about this amazing Archangel. Read about my journey through grief and discover more about Archangel Azrael. Book: “Walking with Azrael”, sold on Amazon.com.

  • Nicole June 1, 2019, 1:08 pm

    This article is going to definitely going to help me be able to connect with loved ones who have passed on. I always look for signs from them.
    Thank you

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