Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Belief in guardian angels behind group's seminar

ST. PETERSBURG — Have you been in touch with your guardian angels lately? If not, there will be a seminar in St. Petersburg this weekend that says it can teach you how to connect with them.

Didn't know you had guardian angels? According to one believer, we all do.

"Everyone has a team of about three to five — sometimes more — guardian angels who direct us in life," said Kathleen Ellis, who is in charge of running the class. "Our seminar is going to teach people how to communicate with those angels."

Ellis is part of a national nonprofit group called the Inner Peace Movement. The Washington, D.C.-based group advocates for the teaching and use of extrasensory perception. It holds seminars both nationally and internationally.

"Everyone has guardian angels, spiritual guides as we like to call them," says Ellis. "People can leave after the first lesson and will be able to connect with them."

One of the techniques taught is "aura sensing." According to Inner Peace Movement, this entails being aware of one's individual energy field, which can in turn help someone reach his or her guardian angels.

According to Ellis, our personal team of spiritual advisers can guide us in areas ranging from jobs to personal relationships and communication skills. She added that the program is not religious in nature, but said guardian angels tend to be deceased people.

Not everyone is feeling so spiritual about those claims.

"If she can unequivocally prove that guardian angels exist, we will pay her $1,000," promised Terry Smiljanich, chairman of Tampa Bay Skeptics, a Tampa watchdog group that monitors claims of paranormal activity. "If she can produce an angel and allow us to interview it, I will write her a check."

Smiljanich believes Inner Peace Movement goes too far in claiming that guardian angels can improve a person's life.

"If people want to believe in guardian angels or invisible pink elephants, that's their business," Smiljanich said. "But ESP has never been shown to actually work in scientific experiments. Until there's credible evidence for something, you shouldn't spend money chasing after it." There is an initial fee of $10, but the cost for the entire program is $35.

Ellis, who claims to have five guardian angels herself, said that she wouldn't take Smiljanich up on his wager.

"I can't prove anything … guardian angels are invisible and they can't be proven. All I can say is that my personal experience and others' personal experiences show they do exist."

Smiljanich doesn't buy that explanation. "Testimonials are the least credible evidence of all," he said. "You can find testimonials that say anything … it's the power of the placebo pill."

Whatever you believe, the program, if successful, may continue on a monthly basis, Ellis said. She has held similar classes in the Tampa Bay area in the past.

"I say before you believe in something, you should require some credible evidence. In this case, there is none," said Smiljanich.

>>Fast Facts

If You Go

The class is set for 1 p.m. Sunday at La Quinta Inn in St. Petersburg, 4999 34th St. N. To register, call Inner Peace Movement's toll-free number, 1-800-336-8008. The program will cost $35 in total.

Belief in guardian angels behind group's seminar 10/28/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, October 28, 2008 5:16pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. District finals won't count for Pasco County students


    Scores from the district finals Pasco County students took in recent weeks will not count toward their semester grades or grade-point averages, superintendent Kurt Browning said Friday.

  2. Tampa International Airport morphing into a mini-city unto itself


    TAMPA — By the end of the 2026, Joe Lopano wants Tampa International Airport to function as its own little city.

    Artist rendering of phase two of the $1 billion construction expansion of Tampa International Airport. The airport is transforming 17 acres of airport property that will include at least one hotel, retail and office space and a gas station, among other things.
[Courtesy of Tampa International Airport]
  3. William March: Sheriff Gee denies his resignation was timed to help GOP


    Sheriff David Gee is denying through spokesmen that he planned his 2016 re-election and subsequent resignation to help Republicans hold the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office. But Democrats say it seems obvious he did.

  4. Trump meeting with G-7 leaders after going on offensive


    TAORMINA, Italy — In the Middle East, President Donald Trump was feted with pageantry, the leaders of Saudi Arabia and Israel seemingly in competition to outdo the other with the warmth of their welcomes and the depth of their pledges of cooperation.

    From left, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, U.S. President Donald Trump and Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni arrive for the group photo at the G7 Taormina summit on the island of Sicily on Friday  in Taormina, Italy. [Getty Images]
  5. Perspective: As the toll climbs, advocates bring renewed attention to Florida gun violence


    Times Staff Writer

    Like most 12-year-old girls, Ra'Mya Eunice loved slumber parties.

    The Empire State Building in New York City was bathed in tangerine light last year to mark National Gun Violence Awareness Day. It was part of the Wear Orange campaign led by the non-profit Everytown for Gun Safety. [Courtesy of Everytown for Gun Safety]