°Throughout the ages, many occultists have declared that their position in consciousness is higher than that of the angels, yet in their writings, I have seen no explicit explanation of why this statement has be made, or what it means. I intend with this short essay to explain what is meant by such statements which shock and puzzle the multitude. In a poem by Rumi, he says, "At one time our home was in heaven, there we were in companionship with the angels... let us go back to that abode, O Lord, for that is our dwelling-place. We are above the heavens and greater than the angels; why do we not go beyond these two? Our journey is to the vision of the glory of God." But why does Rumi, the sweet and tender, currently best-selling love poet make this rather self-affirmative statement? We shall find out now. The word Angel is a code veiling within its garb, a designation of spirit-entities--- benevolent or not, which dwell on the astral plane, and have as their exclusive duty to serve men on earth. You might be thinking, how can a malevolent entity provide a service in which it's work is to cause harm? To which I would tell you, it is all a matter of perspective; there are many services instituted towards hindering instead of helping, and all such choices have their correspondence.
The angels who appear in all religious and magical conceptions, have been described as "angles of light", by more explicit occultists, as "they" come in a moment of in-spir-ation, or, when knowledge sincerely desired, to shed light upon previously un-realized truths. It is important to recognize this dynamic of all knowledge being unrealized, and never truly gained externally, as all knowledge is hidden in the darkness within; and if this were not the case the Hermetic principal of Mentalism would be a lie, to which we know such is not the case. In truth, "they" are not a "they". If we are to consider the etymology of the word angel, which gives us the word messenger, we will understand that the word 'angel' is a figure of speech, relating to the active intelligence which is accessed through man's expansion of his own inner consciousness--- as for instance, in the story of the Prophet Mohammed, he received an in-spir-ation from the angel Gabriel while in a state of deep trance and meditation. That inspiration led to the creation of a doctrine which came to be known as Islam, and now billions of people follow that creed which began only as an excitement of the mental and emotional faculties in the mind of a meditating ascetic. Did it ever occur to you, that Mohammed could have been talking with the delusions of his own mind, and thus his ego? It is only an assumption backed by belief, that what was received unto him in the mountain was a revelation to be adhered to as the absolute truth. So then, when man interacts with angels, he is only interacting with his own inherent intelligence; the latent abundance of spiritual light which is within the mind and soul.
The angels are refereed to esoterically as "angles of light", because in a moment of inspiration, wherein many spirits abound, a previously un-realized point-of-view begins to surface in the mind, and a perspective which was previously hidden to the minds eye becomes visible. That I am considering the relationship between angles and point-of-view, I will give a pertinent example. From one point of view, the Planets and their Animal Zodiacs are for man, an institution of spiritual and psychological oppression, which reigns down from the Astral Plane, designed to govern the every thought and action of man, feeding him baby formula from the cradle to the grave, rendering him an unchanging, non-evolving animal, governed by the vibrational tides of the celestial bodies, no different than the beasts of the jungle. Then, from another point of view, the Planets and their Zodiacal archetypes are symbolical representations of the Genesis(Genes of Isis) of Man from his Spiritual Origin---his descent into dense matter, the repeated instances of death and rebirth to which he must endure to reclaim his forgotten sovereignty, and the awesome powers latent within him that must be accessed in order for him to break free from the cycle of time, i.e. the Clock of Destiny, the Zodiac, and reawaken the Essence of the Soul, which is the highest goal of all Magicians and Mystics. Both points of view are correct, and so it is important to know how to use these tools for empowerment, rather than profitless servitude.
To make this even more clearer, the angels are like cells in the body; when the blood stream is nourished, these cells keep the body and brain in a state of vitality. When the blood stream is poisoned due to lack of nourishment, the cells become toxic, causing all manner of disease which leads to cancer and other harmful health conditions. Rumi, the Sufi mystic and theosophical love poet, was well aware of this reality, and in one of his ecstasy induced emanations, revealed a great secret: "From what source is this Earthly world--- from what source is the pure gym? Although we have descended to this place, let us hasten to return--- for what place is this? Yet we are pearls in this sea, all of us have our place in it, otherwise, why should wave after wave come from the sea of spirit? It is the opportunity for us to attain Union, the time to reach the beauty of immortality, the time to draw near and receive gifts, it is the ocean of perfect purity." Rumi, like many other Sufis held explicitly Gnostic views concerning the illegitimacy of the world of manifestation, seeing it as an illusion, and that the real world is in the soul realm, is even higher than the spirit(astral) world. The idea, concerning angels, is that, if desired, these Angelic Energies may be utilized to assist or hinder you in your spiritual work, depending upon your level of comprehension concerning their nature and role; to be successful in spiritual and magical work, a mentality free from superstition, and rooted in the realization of the paramount role of will is required. To conclude, consider this saying by a highly regarded medieval Andalusian Sufi, Muhiyyideen Ibn al-Arabi, "Angels are the powers hidden in the faculties and organs of man."
Readings From The Mystics of Islam, Margaret Smith, pg. 105-6
The Sufis, Idries Shah, pg. 159