Angels Saved Christopher’s Life . . . Twice!


Christopher Barbour

My friend, Christopher Barbour, a clairvoyant intuitive and writer who assists law enforcement with difficult cases, told me two amazing stories about how his angel saved his life. I asked him to write up his stories so I could share them here. Goose bump alert!


As far back as I can remember, I have always felt watched over and cared about by a divine mysterious creator, and what I would call a spiritual support system. Thankfully, this inner life of mine was not foisted upon me by organized religion or well meaning family members — it’s always been there, and always will be there.

When I was seven, episodes of clairvoyance and intuition spontaneously began to bubble to the surface in my life. These experiences always took me directly to the sacred and the mysteries that we all share. That intuitive wiring of mine would eventually become part of my work, expressed via a path of mysticism and service.

If you asked me prior to when I reached my 30s if I believed in angels, I would have said, ”Of course!” I would have answered that question looking through the prism of faith, combined with an inner knowing, as well as through reading accounts in ancient sacred texts, and listening to stories people have shared with me over the years about encounters with angels.

In the fall of 2002, I was dealing with some difficult personal and family issues and was rebounding from the death of a friend who had a long struggle with heroin addiction and eventually died of complications from hepatitis. I was in such a state that no amount of praying, meditation or discussion with my support system was helping. I was in a crisis mode unlike anything I had experienced before, and decided one blustery fall day, to take a long walk in a forest near my home in northern Arizona that many have described as “magical.” Walks alone in nature had become my way to deal with my mysteries and some of the darkness of my work, so it seemed the perfect thing for me to do under the circumstances.

My walk began normally but within about forty-five minutes, I had become so entrenched in my own head and problems that I hadn’t realized that I had veered off the path and was walking through a thicket of small trees and shrubs. I kept walking for several more minutes, approaching a line of low shrubs, when I heard a woman call my name. The voice that called “Christopher!” was female, and though I couldn’t place her, she sounded familiar; she shouted my name as only someone who knew me very well would.

I froze on the spot and looked to my left where the voice seemed to come from, and briefly saw a beautiful woman with long, light brown hair and a light colored diaphanous gown. She disappeared after a few seconds, before I was able to get a good look at her. I looked down and realized that I was no longer on the path, and that if I had taken one more step, I would have fallen forty feet onto jagged rocks below. I stood there, alone in the forest, closed my eyes and said to her, “Thank you, thank you, thank you . . .”

In early December 2004, I booked a trip back to the east coast to see my family in Connecticut for the holidays. I had arranged my trip so that I would return to Arizona on January 4, after the holiday travel rush. One evening, I got into bed and fell into that state just before sleep called the hypnagogic state.

That is when a profound vision was downloaded into me. I was shown a scenario, seen from my own point of view, of flying back to Arizona from the east coast. It was stormy and raining as the plane landed. I looked to my left and in the seat next to me, there she was again, my angel — beautiful, light-filled, with long hair — the same woman who had called my name that day in the forest two years earlier. She was so light-filled, in fact, that I couldn’t look at her for more than a few seconds for fear that my eyes couldn’t take the brightness.

I was shown myself getting into the car that was to pick me up after my flight home, and then shown the driver and me on the highway north of Phoenix whizzing along. The car hit a patch of ice and I saw myself as the car began to slide off the highway and crash and come apart. I saw the windshield coming closer as I was thrown out of the car. There in front of me, seconds before what would have been my death, was my angel, smiling and radiating peace that I could feel deep within. I awoke with a start, shocked by what I had been shown with such razor clarity. I laid in bed for some time thinking about the vision and pondering canceling my trip east. It was very clear in the vision that I was flying west when this event happened, after I had been to the east coast. As I fell back to sleep, the vision came a second time, exactly as it had played out the first time. It was as if God and my angel didn’t want to leave room for denial or any ”it was just a dream” nonsense. It worked. I awoke the second time with a start and simply said, “Thank you God, thanks guys, I get it, I get it.”

After the visions, I was left with a strong inner knowing that as long as I didn’t return on January 4, I would not die. I went back east for the holidays and after a few days, I checked the weather reports for Arizona and learned that a series of storms was heading toward the state. In fact, the part of Arizona where I live was bracing for severe floods and storms capable of producing dangerously icy conditions. I called the airline and extended my stay in Connecticut for a week, knowing that it was important, if I wanted to live, not to return to Arizona on January 4.

I began to think of the driver who was to pick me up at the airport on January 4 and drive me home. As he was driving me to the airport in Phoenix at the beginning of my trip, he said that he would be dropping someone off at my airline around the time of my return, so it would be he easy for him to pick me up and drive me back home. I attempted to tell him about the visions I had but I was unable to get through to him. I learned early in life that when it comes to visions, people are either open or they’re not — many, especially men, are unreachable until an experience actually happens to them.

As I sat in my mother’s home in Greenwich, Connecticut, I wondered, Should I call the car service to warn them, not caring if I sounded like a goofball? I decided to do that, and though I tried to call the number at least a dozen times over the course of several days, my call would never go through. It felt to me as though Heaven had something up their sleeves and it was not my business to mess with it. As January 4 neared, I sent the driver grace and prayers for his safety and greater good.
angel-protecting-planeI returned home to Arizona completely intact. I had missed what friends and neighbors would eventually call “the 100-year flood.” A few weeks after my return, I was catching up with a friend who works in law enforcement and she told me that in early January, while I was away, there had been a terrible accident on the highway north of Phoenix. I froze as she said, “Thank God, no one was in the car with the driver. He lived, but there was virtually nothing left of the rest of the car.”

Several weeks after that, in a synchronicity that only the gods could arrange, I ran into the man who would have been my driver that day — the man who survived the crash. He proceeded to tell me that on January 4, after dropping a woman off at the airport, he had a very close brush with death as he made his way north on highway I-17. His car hit a patch of ice on the highway north of Phoenix and there was a devastating accident. He told me that the police could not believe that he lived. Only the cage around the driver was intact, the rest of the car was tangled, jagged metal. When the police found out that he worked for a car service, they said, “Thank God you didn’t have any passengers. There’s no way they could have survived.” Then he told me something that I found both fascinating and chilling. The accident occurred in the exact spot where he had pulled over years earlier, to pick up a dead owl and give it a respectful burial.

That driver was scheduled for a close brush with death for reasons known only to God and that man’s spiritual support system. This God we experience and speak about knows the tiniest details about our lives. It was known that this brush with death was scheduled and necessary, and that I was “accidentally” scheduled to be in that car. It was somehow necessary in the whole scheme of things that I was not to reach the car service or the driver to give them a heads up. It felt as if God and my angel were saying, via the visions I was sent:

We want you to know this is on the horizon. You can come home if you want, but we think you are needed on that bedeviled planet and have more work to do. It’s up to you, you can come home or stay. The choice is yours. We will be watching very closely.

Needless to say, I chose to stay. What I have learned through these two experiences is that we are more closely watched, and watched over, than we could ever imagine. I often wonder, “Just what is this unseen world that exists and cares so much about us within the vastness of time and space?” I am humbled, and I often cry, when I think about how much this mysterious creator and my angelic companion care about me.

I have never taken one walk in the beauty that surrounds me since without thinking about my angel and the day she called my name with such compassion, saving me from breaking my body in two. Her beauty and light is hard to describe and my love for her knows no bounds. She was there, right beside me in the visions of the car crash, letting me know that she would walk with me to what lies beyond the veil of death, where our lives really begin.

The visions themselves came from the One who created all visions, and wired us with intuition and spiritual gifts and skills and the stamina to not care what others think, the One who waits for us to awaken from our human slumber, who longs for us to remember what we already know.

Writing about these experiences makes me think of one of the wisest women I have ever met, my greatest teacher, Caroline Myss. I feel it’s appropriate to give her the last word. While discussing the great mystic, St. Teresa of Avila, Caroline quoted her as follows:

If God was in the walls of your soul just once, it would be enough for a lifetime.

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18 Responses to “Angels Saved Christopher’s Life . . . Twice!”

  1. Gena Says:

    Wow! I will be looking for your book! It reminds me of another great, “90 Minutes in Heaven”.

    Do you have other works coming?

  2. Phil Bolsta Says:

    Thanks, Gena! Glad you liked Chris’ stories! And thanks for looking into my book. Let me know what you think after you read it! Yes, I’m working on another book but it won’t be out until 2010.

  3. valmoss1 Says:

    brilliant …..only yesterday i bought an Angel Almanac…….thanks for sharing this Phil LOVE AND LIGHT Val

  4. Phil Bolsta Says:

    My pleasure, Val!

  5. Kim Wencl Says:

    That is a great story. It clearly shows how we have a choice to listen and follow or ignore and experience what follows. Had he chosen to ignore the warning he still would have been fine – most likely on the other side – but still fine – this really proves how we each have the ability to shape our lives – how vastly different things would have been had he not listened – he would, however, have learned other lessons from this as well – so again either avenue would still have been fine – just different.

  6. Phil Bolsta Says:

    RIght you are, Kim. As Wayne Dyer said, “You cannot fail, you can only produce results.”

  7. Eduardo Alarcon Says:

    Hi Phil, Great stories. The angels are always assisting us in way we can’t even comprehend yet.
    I have several stories, but I’ll just share two:
    -A couple of years ago I was driving on I-95 south, going back to Miami from Palm Beach, FL. I was driving my newly acquired Audi, which I was so happy to drive. Suddenly I hear a shout, CHANGE LANES!! So I changed lanes, even without looking and intuitively I knew I had to change to the right lane. Then I hear a loud screech, the one you don’t want to hear close to you when you are driving. Then I saw a old huge truck went by my left side and smashed into the car in front of me. All I remember saying was, THANK YOU GOD!
    -My older sister passed away of heart complications when she was 28. I remember laying in bed crying about her death and feeling so sad that I could not say goodbye to her. Suddenly I hear her voice talking to me, and her hand touching my head. She said, don’t feel sad, I love you and we’ll always be together. I knew at that moment that I was not meant to be with her when she passed, and I got the understanding that I could have delayed her departure. I just remember saying, thank you, thank you, thank you, I love you too!

  8. Phil Bolsta Says:

    Wow, those are beautiful stories, Eduardo. I’m sorry you lost your sister but am glad you found some peace about it so quickly. Thank you so much for sharing your stories. More people need to hear stories like this!

  9. Marilynn DeLucca Says:

    Thank you Phil so much for sharing Chris’ stories, which brought me to tears. You are one of my angels sent to me for some purpose I am not yet aware of.

    I have many stories of times when listening to that little voice saved me from car accidents. And I have a story about when I didn’t listen and am now dealing with the consequences.

    We get little taps on the shoulder, a mental “knowing,” a dream and so many other ways we receive help from our angels and guides. Some to save us from harm and others like Eduardo’s to help us get through a difficult time in our lives or prepare us for something in the future … always providing us with greater understanding. But we always have choice in everything…nothing happens TO us, we choose the path we take. We either listen…or Not!

  10. Phil Bolsta Says:

    Thank you, Marilynn. I’d like to hear your story about when you didn’t listen. Unfortunately, I can relate. Hopefully, I’ve learned my lesson and now have the sense to follow my intuition wherever it takes me.

  11. Painter ofblue Says:

    Thanks for sharing this!

  12. Phil Bolsta Says:

    My pleasure, Painter ofblue!

  13. Eduardo Alarcon Says:

    You are welcome Phil. I’m glad everyone is enjoying your stories and the rest of the postings.
    Love & Light!

  14. Phil Bolsta Says:

    Thanks again, Eduardo!

  15. Christopher Barbour Says:

    I have really loved reading all your comments. Phil is the coolest! Reading what Kim, Marilynn and Eduardo wrote gave me chills. Thanks for the opportunity to write this piece Phil. We are all living at a uniquely difficult time, and it never hurts to be reminded of who is with us. My best to all of you! –CB

  16. Phil Bolsta Says:

    Thanks again for your wonderful contribution, Christopher! And thank you for the work you are doing in the world!

  17. innerbalance2 Says:

    Phil ~

    Very glad we connected via Twitter – talk about synchronicities! The angels do guide, protect, nudge or push us at times in the direction we are destined to follow. However, it is always up to us to listen, act upon or ignore.

    I look forward to chatting with you more in the future as we compare notes, stories, and systems. It is indeed a remarkable journey we are embarked upon.

    Wishing you a glorious day full of angelic wonderment, as always.

  18. Phil Bolsta Says:

    Agreed! Thanks for taking the time to comment, innerbalance2!

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