Ah, Angels. How to talk about this without sounding like an airy-fairy kook?
I'll just present this (like everything else on here) from the standpoint of my experiences. If it works for you or is useful in some way, great. If not? That's cool, too.
So. ANGELS. What are they?
First, a bit of background.
I have had Angels and Angelic energies in general work with me a lot. They've been present with me in one way or another since I can remember in childhood. They come through in healings I've done. They've come close to me and made me conscious of them during other times or specific experiences in my life. They nudge me gently though sometimes loudly. And I generally accept their presence, their desire to help, and I have endeavored to work with that more and more over time.
I really struggled with calling them "Angels", though I couldn't come up with a better word for what I was experiencing. I was and still am frustrated with the word. It has too many connotations - religious and new age - that sort of obscure who and what they really are. The idea the word "Angel" has taken on is just not quite... it. In addition to loving benevolence, they are fuller, wilder, fiercer, and much more fun than that!
At one point in this process a few years ago, when a moment of connection was particularly strong, and I was especially frustrated with my lack of understanding about these Angelic Beings who were working with me all the time, I asked, "So what the heck are you guys anyway?" Because, hey... best to get something from the proverbial horse's mouth, right?
And I got an answer!