Lorna Byrne

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Lorna Byrne
Born(1953-03-25)March 25, 1953
Dublin, Ireland
Notable worksAngels in my Hair, Love from Heaven
Years active2008–present
Website
www.lornabyrne.com

Lorna Byrne (born 25 March 1953) is an Irish author and peace ambassador.[1] She is best known for her bestselling memoir, Angels in My Hair (2008). A Message of Hope from the Angels (2012) and Love from Heaven (2014) debuted[when?] at No. 1 on the UK Sunday Times Book Chart.[2] Her books have been translated into 30 languages and published in over 50 countries.[3] Byrne says that she sees angels and spirits physically on a daily, continuous basis. She has been featured in many media outlets, including the BBC,[4] CNN,[5] The Economist,[6] The Observer,[7] and the Daily Telegraph.[8]

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

Byrne was born in Dublin, and grew up in poverty in the Dublin suburbs of Kilmainham and Ballymun. She relates that she has seen angels since she was a baby. "I see angels physically and I have done so since I was a baby. I know this is hard to believe, and I know that there are some people who will never believe me, regardless of what I say or do. I have no idea why I see angels and others don’t; I am just an ordinary woman. When I have asked the angels around me about this, their reply has simply been “Why not you?”[9] She was labeled as "retarded" when very young, and speculates that this might be because she was so often in her own world.[10] Lorna’s childhood was challenging for many reasons, including difficult family relations because Lorna was often observed as different resulting in something of an ‘outsider’ status. Despite a specific learning difficulty that makes it hard for someone to learn to read, write and spell correctly, as well as a misconception as to her learning capabilities, Lorna has achieved many things.[11]

Marriage and children[edit]

Byrne married Joe in 1976. She relates that when she was young an angel showed her a vision of the man she would marry, and told her they would be happy and have children, but that she would need to care for him and that he would die young. Their married life was spent in a cottage near Maynooth, in Co. Kildare. They had four children. As she conveys having been told, Joe was often in poor health, and he died in 2000.

Public life[edit]

Byrne has said that the angels told her many years ago that she would write of them. "When I was a child the angels used to tell me I would write about God and them," she has said, "but I didn't used to take any notice of them… but even when Angel Michael said to me that it is getting near your time I was telling him, 'Stop pestering me. How does God expect me to write a book when I can't read or write at all?' He said help would be sent to me. And it was." "It filled me with fear of being laughed at and ridiculed," she has said. "But right from when I was a child the angels told me that my story would go all around the world, that it would be a bestseller, though they did not use those words."[12]

Writing[edit]

Angels in My Hair is a memoir of her early and married life. Stairways to Heaven (2010) is a memoir of life after the death of her husband, including the story of writing her first book and becoming a public figure. She states that it contains many details of how angels work in the world. A Message of Hope from the Angels is about the importance of hope "in these challenging times".[13] Love from Heaven introduced the topic of what she describes as a lack of love in the world today, and discusses the importance of loving oneself, which she says is necessary for being able to love others. She also stated for the first time that she sees the force of love as she does angels. The Year With Angels (2016) helps readers to recognise their spiritual side through the different seasons of the year, and includes photographs of Ireland in the four seasons. Angels at my Fingertips (2017) is billed as a sequel to Angels in my Hair, and contains detailed descriptions of exercises for connecting to guardian angels.

In March 2016, Byrne signed a three-book deal with her London publisher Coronet, which was followed by the publication of Angels at my Fingertips. A book on prayer, Prayers from the Heart, was published in 2018, and a book of children's stories will also be published.[14]

Byrne has also blogged for The Huffington Post,[15] and regularly writes a newsletter for e-mail subscribers and posts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Charitable work[edit]

Byrne has raised money in public-speaking events for the Irish charities Childline and A Partnership with Africa.[16]

In 2015, Byrne established the Lorna Byrne Children's Foundation, which supports the work of charities helping children in need. Funds the Foundation raises are currently split equally between UNICEF Ireland, which is supporting children affected by the Syrian Civil War, APA — A Partnership with Africa, which supports the self-empowerment of women and children in Ethiopia and Tanzania, and Blue Box Creative Learning Centre, which provides art therapy to children in Limerick.[17] Money is raised through public donations and speaking events.

Travel and peace work[edit]

Since becoming a well-known author, Byrne has engaged in book tours, and has spoken in other contexts to many public audiences across Europe and the United States.

She has travelled repeatedly to the United States, a country she believes is pivotal in the future of the world.

I am told America will play a huge role in the evolution of mankind. That from America will come many of the ideas and initiatives that will create a better world and will help unify countries. The angels tell me America is supposed to be a beacon of hope for the world.[18]

In 2011, Byrne expressed her support for Occupy Wall Street.[19] In 2014, she attended the UN Climate Summit and the People's Climate March. In 2014 and 2015, much of her work was devoted to fostering unity between Sunni and Shia Muslims in America, which Byrne believes is important in influencing American foreign policy in the Middle East.

"Muslims have been gathered over the years from different countries and different strands of Islam to America. If Muslims who have come to America can unify, can leave behind their historic and outdated baggage and become one, they will send out a powerful sign to Muslims living in other parts of the world. They will provide an example by living together in peace side by side.[20]

In February 2014, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate Betty Williams joined Byrne at the Sufi Mosque at Tribeca for a prayer event for unity among Muslims.

Media appearances in the United States have included a 2012 interview on CNN, and interviews in 2010 and 2012 on Coast to Coast AM with George Noory.[21][22]

Byrne has travelled to be a subject in two full-scale documentaries: the American production The Lady Who Sees Angels, which was directed by Ted Yacucci and released in 2015;[23] and, to raise funds for the Lorna Byrne Children's Foundation, an Irish production filmed in Ethiopia, The Future belongs to the Young, directed by Hugh Chaloner and released in 2017.[24]

She states that the war in Syria has the potential to spread, and poses a great danger to the rest of the world.

"I have been shown what could happen if the situation in Syria is not resolved; I have been shown how a major conflict could develop that leads to a massive loss of life all around the world, with consequences that impact us all. I have been shown the survivors of humanity feeling such despair and anger that we, the people of the world, had not done enough to diffuse [sic] this situation, that the leaders of the world and Syria didn’t do enough to stop it, and that the people of the world were too preoccupied with that was going on in their own lives to stand up and demand that their leaders act.[25]

She has organised a day of prayer for peace in Syria.

Views and beliefs[edit]

Byrne says that she sees physically and communicates with angels on a day-to-day basis. She most strongly emphasizes, and is best known to the public for saying, that everyone regardless of belief has a guardian angel, who loves the person they protect, never leaves their side for a even a moment, and can be asked for help. The guardian angel can also allow other angels to help the person in their life.

I see them as physically as I see someone standing in front of me. I have never seen anyone without a guardian angel. I see them with people of all religions and none, with people who are good and bad, with people who believe in angels and with those who don’t. I understand that for some people it’s hard to believe that there could be such a thing as an angel, or even that I can see angels. I can't prove the existence of angels, or that I see them. I wish I could. All I can do is tell you what I see and am told and then leave it up to you.[26]

Your guardian angel loves you unconditionally and knows you to be wonderful, to be perfect and to be innocent. Your guardian angel wants to help you to reconnect with your innocence because it will make your own life happier and easier and also because if we all reconnected with this innocence, our world would be a much better place. If we all recognised the innocence in everyone else in the world there would be no war or killing. There would be much less hunger and injustice. We would have a much more peaceful world. I am not talking about naivety; rather, I am talking about a pure innocence that allows us to see the good in ourselves and in others. I am not talking about immaturity, rather a maturity that is deepened by the awareness of the innocence of everyone. The more we understand our own and one another’s innocence, the more we grow and the better people we will become.[27]

We have been trivializing angels for some time — turning them into good luck charms rather than acknowledging them as the powerful and important forces they are. In truth, by degrading angels we have been degrading ourselves.[28]

I have no idea why I can see them and others can’t. I am dyslectic and uneducated and have never read a book. The only education I have is the education that God and his angels have given me, but that education is not recognized in this world.[29]

Some of the angels Byrne has written about talking to are those of the Abrahamic religions: for example, Michael, Gabriel, and Elijah. However, she emphasizes that the angels appear to her in forms she would be comfortable with as a Catholic, and that they would appear to people from other cultures and religions in forms that would be comfortable for them. She has said that she has seen Archangel Gabriel dressed as "what we might call today," a biker.[30]

In Love from Heaven, she stated that most people lock the love they have inside them. She writes that it is vital to love oneself, and that one is unable to love others if one does not love oneself.[31]

Byrne states that all religions have access to God, and no person should think theirs better than the others. She maintains that God and the angels would like all religions to worship together, each according to their own understanding, none trying to convert the others.[32] "It needs to become normal for all of us, regardless of our education, our status in life or our method or place of prayer, to come together with open hearts — without any agenda — to pray to God in whatever way feels appropriate to us."[33]

She has talked and written about the importance and power of prayer, and of recognising hope in the world and in everyone's own lives.

Reception[edit]

Reaction to Byrne’s statement that she sees angels and spirits has been varied, ranging from scepticism and disbelief to belief and endorsement.

In 2009, Tariq Ramadan recommended Angels in My Hair in Foreign Policy.[34] In 2014, Byrne met and was endorsed by the theologian Matthew Fox. John L. Esposito, professor of International Relations and Islamic Studies at Georgetown University, said, "A Message of Hope from the Angels offers a message of hope that speaks to the crises and everyday problems that many struggle with in today’s world."[35] John Carty, an endorphin release therapist, said Byrne’s ability to see energy in the human body has helped him in his work.[36]

Larry Dossey, MD., NY Times bestselling author, writes, “Since recorded history, certain individuals have sensed, seen, and conversed with angelic presences. Since we are appallingly ignorant about the nature of consciousness, it is premature to dismiss these reports as fantasies, which is too often done. Lorna Byrne’s ‘Angels in my Hair’ is captivating. It is both a challenge to skeptics and an inspiration to those whose experiences confirm transcendental realities.” [37]

Michael Alper, author of The "God" Part of the Brain, related his opinion in 2012, "Either a) she actually believes it, or b) she is a complete charlatan. There is no option c) – that she would be talking to angels. Human beings are simply genetically predisposed to believe in some kind of spiritual reality."[30]

Byrne's response to her critics is often a reminder of free will: "I am not here to force anyone to believe, or say you have to listen, but maybe you should listen to me and open to the possibility that you really do have a guardian angel."[28]

Books[edit]

  • 2008 Angels in my Hair. London: Century. ISBN 1-84-605177-0
  • 2010 Stairways to Heaven. London: Coronet. ISBN 1-44-470603-9
  • 2012 A Message of Hope from the Angels. London: Coronet. ISBN 1-44-472987-X
  • 2014 Love from Heaven. London: Coronet. ISBN 1-44-478632-6
  • 2016 The Year With Angels. London: Coronet. ISBN 1-47-364936-6
  • 2017 Angels at my Fingertips. London: Coronet. ISBN 1-47-363587-X
  • 2018 Prayers from the Heart. London: Coronet. ISBN 1-47-363592-6

References[edit]

  1. ^ Byrne, Lorna. "Letter to American Muslims". http://www.lornabyrne.com. Retrieved 29 January 2015. External link in |website= (help)
  2. ^ "Lorna Byrne". www.huffingtonpost.com. Huffington Post. Retrieved 29 January 2015.
  3. ^ "Lorna Byrne". www.huffingtonpost.com. Huffington Post. Retrieved 30 January 2015.
  4. ^ "Lorna Byrne on Songs of Praise - BBC". Retrieved 29 January 2015.
  5. ^ "Author: I can see guardian angels". www,cnn.com. Retrieved 29 January 2015.
  6. ^ "Messengers in the modern world". www.economist.com. The Economist. 20 December 2008. Retrieved 29 January 2015.
  7. ^ Adams, Tim. "Lorna Byrne: 'I believe in angels'". www.theguardian.com. The Observer.
  8. ^ Stanford, Peter (17 July 2008). "Lorna Byrne: 'To me, seeing angels is natural'". www.telegraph.co.uk. London: The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 29 January 2015.
  9. ^ Byrne, Lorna (14 February 2013). "True Love Begins With Self-Love". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 18 September 2016.
  10. ^ Byrne, Lorna (2008). Angels in My Hair (1st ed.). London: Century. p. 1.
  11. ^ http://lornabyrne.com/about-lorna-byrne/
  12. ^ Adams, Tim (1 December 2012). "Lorna Byrne: 'I believe in angels' – interview". Retrieved 18 September 2016 – via The Guardian.
  13. ^ Byrne, Lorna. A Message of Hope from the Angels. London: Coronet. p. 1.
  14. ^ Campbell, Lisa (31 March 2016). "Coronet signs three-book deal with Byrne". The Bookseller. Retrieved 20 October 2016.
  15. ^ "Blog entries by Lorna Byrne". http://www.huffingtonpost.com. The Huffington Post. Retrieved 1 February 2015. External link in |website= (help)
  16. ^ "Lorna Byrne, in conversation with Grainne Seoige, raises €20,000 for Childline". ISPCC. Retrieved 30 January 2015.
  17. ^ "Lorna Byrne Children's Foundation".
  18. ^ Byrne, Lorna (8 October 2013). "America - The Gateway to Humanity's Future?". thehuffingtonpost.com. The Huffington Post. Retrieved 18 September 2016.
  19. ^ "Lorna visits Occupy Wall Street, NYC". www.lornabyrne.com. Retrieved 30 January 2015.
  20. ^ Author, Lorna Byrne (6 March 2014). "Why American Muslim Unity is So Important to World Peace - Huffington Post". Retrieved 18 September 2016.
  21. ^ "Interacting with Angels". Coast to Coast AM. Retrieved 30 January 2015.
  22. ^ "Kabbalah Secrets". Coast to Coast AM. Retrieved 30 January 2015.
  23. ^ "The Lady Who Sees Angels". Ted Yacucci. Retrieved 4 December 2017.
  24. ^ "The Future belongs to the Young". Lorna Byrne. Retrieved 4 December 2017.
  25. ^ Author, Lorna Byrne (15 May 2014). "How Syria Could Affect the Future of Humanity - Huffington Post". Retrieved 18 September 2016.
  26. ^ Byrne, Lorna (12 July 2012). "'Where was the Guardian Angel When...?': A Response to Cynics". www.huffingtonpost.com. The Huffington Post. Retrieved 30 January 2015.
  27. ^ Byrne, Lorna (20 December 2012). "See The World Through The Eyes Of A Child This Christmas". www.huffingtonpost.com. The Huffington Post. Retrieved 18 September 2016.
  28. ^ a b Author, Lorna Byrne (10 June 2013). "I Have God, So Why Do I Need A Guardian Angel?". Retrieved 18 September 2016.
  29. ^ Byrne, Lorna (10 June 2013). "I Have God, So Why Do I Need a Guardian Angel?". www.huffingtonpost.com. The Huffington Post. Retrieved 30 January 2015.
  30. ^ a b Adams, Tim. "Lorna Byrne: 'I believe in angels' – interview". www.theguardian.com. The Observer. Retrieved 30 January 2015.
  31. ^ Byrne, Lorna (2014). Love from Heaven. London: Coronet. p. 20.
  32. ^ Byrne, Lorna (8 April 2013). "Breaking Down the Walls Between Different Religions". www.huffingtonpost.com. The Huffington Post. Retrieved 30 January 2015.
  33. ^ Byrne, Lorna (8 April 2013). "Breaking Down The Walls Between Different Religions". www.huffingtonpost.com. The Huffington Post. Retrieved 18 September 2016.
  34. ^ Ramadan, Tariq. "The FP Global Thinkers Book Club". www.foreignpolicy.com. Foreign Policy. Retrieved 30 January 2015.
  35. ^ Byrne, Lorna (October 2013). A Message of Hope from the Angels (1st US Hardback ed.). New York: Atria. p. i. ISBN 978-1-4767-0033-5.
  36. ^ "What people have said about Lorna". www.lornabyrne.com. Retrieved 30 January 2015.
  37. ^ "What Others Have Said - Lorna Byrne – Bestselling Author and Peace Ambassador". Retrieved 18 September 2016.

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