How to Rise with Broken Wings

by Rev. Sheri, founder of Angel Messenger

I’ve been wanting to write this piece for a while, but now that I sit down to write, I’m at a loss for words. How can I help others rise when I can’t do it myself? My own wings are still broken.

I keep seeing articles on how the prophesied 144,000 lightworkers are needed, practically begging them to rise. It just adds more pressure for those of us who are unable to rise, for whatever reason. Not that I’m saying that I am one of those prophesied, but I definitely feel the pressure. How can we not feel it?

Even if you avoid Facebook and the news, it’s impossible not to notice the state of things. Yes, there are some changes happening that are good. But, there are also some things that are just unbelievably awful. As a soul who has really tried to spread light, world events can leave me feeling utterly hopeless at times.

I would love to be able to do something more that can make a bigger difference, but I ignored my own health and wellness for too long and am now stuck in my bed (in some kind of pain) way too often. Like I said … Broken Wings.

That made me think, though. A lot of people have broken wings – or halos. 😉 What if all those who are broken found a way to rise? (That would be way more than 144,000 people!)

I know we can’t do it alone, but we are not really alone, are we? I am in a couple of support groups for people who suffer from chronic pain and have seen the difference a little love and support can make.

What if we help each other to rise? What if we do it together?

If you’ve read my recent articles, you know that music has been a useful tool in my healing toolbox. Last winter, I created a playlist called “Phoenix Rising” with the intent that I was going to rise above this invisible illness no matter who or what stood in my way.

It is a powerful playlist, and I use it often when I journey and manifest. However, I have not been able to rise above the illness yet. Maybe it’s not time. I’ve had to accept what is, and you may have to as well.

Now, when I play my Phoenix Rising playlist, I envision all of us rising. I envision lights all over the world, lighting up the darkness like fireflies in the night. I can’t just sit back and do nothing, though I am limited to what I can do.

There are a couple of songs from my personal playlist that I would like to share with you. Maybe they will help you rise, or maybe you will help me to envision all of us rising together because I think the best way to rise with broken wings might just be to rise with others who also have broken wings. If we can embrace each other with love, kindness and compassion, maybe the wind will catch us just right and carry us all a little bit higher.

Remember Who You Are

There are many, many lightworkers here right now, but the biggest challenge many of us face is that we cannot remember who we are. We are looking at ourselves through a haze of darkness, that shadow we are meant to overcome. May these lyrics help you to remember who you are and why you came here …

Sraddha: Keepers of the Flame by Angela Little

(Lyrics / Video / Amazon Music)
This song is the first one listed on my Phoenix Rising playlist. This music has a primal beat that helps me connect with my ancestors, and the lyrics connect to something ancient within me. I personally use the Amazon Alexa to create my playlists, so most of the songs I share can be found on Amazon. (I will share lyrics and videos where available.)

Keeper of the Flame by Miranda Lambert

(Lyrics / Video / Amazon)
This song is #2 on my playlist, and it is very similar in purpose to the previous song. It is a beautiful song by one of my favorite artists, and I connect deeply with every part of the lyrics.

Give Yourself a Break

If there’s one thing I am personally an excellent example of it is what happens when you do not give yourself a break. Remember to embrace who you are … that beautiful, natural essence of the Divine that you hold within you.


(Lyrics / Video / Amazon)
Performed by Lennon Stella (Maddie), Maisy Stella (Daphne) and Charles Esten (Deacon) on CMT’s Nashville

This song has two meanings for me. I often pray that somehow I will find a way to create a sanctuary for those who are going through things similar to what I’ve been through … those things that you’d never wish to happen to anyone. I wish I could save others from this pain.

Sometimes, though, this song is a prayer from me to God to let me find a place of sanctuary, where I can finally find a place to rest. Singing this song helps me to find peace within; I hope it helps you as well.

Your Best

(Lyrics / Video / Amazon)
Performed by Lennon Stella (Maddie) and Maisy Stella (Daphne) on CMT’s Nashville

Sometimes I think we make things too difficult, and we need to be reminded that everything we need is within us …

“All you gotta do, all you gotta be is your best
Keep spinning with the world, dancing to the beat in your chest”

Be Strong & Remember to Fight

There will be good days, and there will be days that you might not be sure if you have enough left to keep going. But, don’t you ever give up! You are needed here! <3

With exception of the first song, the next three are from a TV show called Nashville. You do not have to be familiar with the show to benefit from the music, though I do enjoy the show myself. 😉

Fight Song by Rachel Platten

(Lyrics / Video / Amazon)

There have been many days when it has felt like I don’t have anything left. Chronic illness will do that, but this song somehow helps me find the little specks of light still floating around inside me. I change the lyrics when I sing though … I don’t feel like I’ve got a lot of fight left in me, but there is a little left.

“And I don’t really care if nobody else believes
‘Cause I’ve still got a little fight left in me”

It Aint Yours to Throw Away

(Video with Lyrics / Amazon)
Duet by Sam Palladio & Clare Bowen on CMT’s Nashville

This is such a beautiful song. Whatever gift it is that we each hold inside ourselves, we came here to use it … not to throw it away. Maybe you don’t yet remember your gift, but that’s okay. Find yourself, and you will find your gift because …

“Destiny won’t be denied”

On My Way

(Lyrics / Video / Amazon)
Performed by Hayden Panettiere on CMT’s Nashville

Remember to give yourself time. Rising doesn’t happen overnight. It can be a long journey … on a “slow ride through hellfire terrain”. (Yes, I changed the lyrics there as I often do to fit them better to my own experiences.) When those darkest days come, remember that every day you don’t allow the darkness to win, you are taking steps closer to the light. Remember to love yourself for all you are … your successes and your failures because they are all a part of your beautiful journey. <3

Don’t Put Dirt on My Grave Just Yet

(Lyrics / Video / Amazon)
Performed by Hayden Panettiere on CMT’s Nashville

This awesome song resonates deeply with me. I’ve certainly been through some really bad garbage these last few years. I’ve had people wish harm to my family over a website update. (Not even joking!) I’ve lost too many loved ones, and many of those that should have loved me the most have instead treated me with major unkindness. This video is my message to those people …

They may want me to drop down six feet under, but I’m not ready to leave this world just yet!

We cannot allow illusion and hatred to win … LOVE and TRUTH are our mission!  <3

“I’ll give you something to believe
nothing on me says defeat
no I’m not looking back so you better think fast if you think you can cut me deep”

When You’re Ready to Rise

For those who hear the call and are ready and able to rise now, these songs are a message to you Beloved. When you rise, you will help to stem the tide of darkness. You will raise your own vibration as well as the vibration of your environment.

All those you touch with your authentic soul will be affected; you will help others to rise.

You are needed! You are loved! You are a fighter – a warrior ready to rise!

The Phoenix by Fall Out Boy

(Lyrics / Video / Amazon)

The cover shown for the song on Amazon might be a bit offensive because it shows someone smoking, but I encourage you to look beyond the surface and hear the message. This song is also a good example of how, even though not every single line of a song fits exactly, the overall message can still be a powerful tool.

“Put on your war paint …
So we can take the world back from the heart-attacked
One maniac at a time we will take it back …

Put on your war paint

The war is won
Before it’s begun
Release the doves
Surrender love”

We Weren’t Born to Follow by Bon Jovi

(Lyrics / Video / Amazon)

“This one goes out to the man who mines for miracles …
How will you raise your hand when they call your name? …
We weren’t born to follow
Come on and get up off your knees”

I honestly do believe that the best way for all of us to rise is to do it together. If we can embrace each other with love, kindness and compassion, that alone will create a ripple effect of change. Don’t worry if your wings are broken. You are not the only one, and your wings are still beautiful and Divine!

Shake out your feathers, Dear Ones! You might just find that you can fly! <3

Please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below. I would love to hear from you. 🙂

Much Love and Heavenly Blessings,

Rev. Sheri

P.S. I created a playlist for you on YouTube with all ten of these songs, so you can play them all together if you would like. 😉 Here it is … Phoenix Rising Playlist. <3

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  1. Manasi J
    Manasi J says:

    I recently wrote a poem on my blog, just 2 days back titled- Rising like the Phoenix.. coz somehow I was being reminded of the Phoenix, it’s symbolic significance and the way I need to be reborn in a better way and transform my life, and today I stumbled upon your article. Wow. What a strange and lovely coincidence. It has been a tough year for me as well, in many ways with setbacks in my career and personal life. Feels good to read this article and thank you for your playlist. Well definitely listen to the songs. Let us all rise like the Phoenix in the coming year. Love & light xoxo 🙂

  2. Rosaleen Rooney
    Rosaleen Rooney says:

    Dear Rev. Sheri,
    I found myself crying through your article on Broken wings… in the last two years I have been through a lot …
    I feel your pain as well as my own….
    Love and prayers coming your way
    Hugs Rosaleen

    • Annemarie, Angel Messenger Support
      Annemarie, Angel Messenger Support says:


      Thank you for reaching out and for the love and prayers about the Broken Wings article that Rev. Sheri wrote. I will make sure she sees your note. I am sorry you are also experiencing difficulty. We wish you the best and send you love, light, and prayers for strength and peace. Hugs back.

  3. blueangel335
    blueangel335 says:

    Thank you for sharing Rev. Sheri. This past year has been so hard, as I find that despite my own growing light, it seems like so many others are as lost or MORE lost in the what I would like to call ‘evil’ then ever. It is hard to understand, how consciousness for some can be so high, and rising, and yet even others around them are unwilling or ‘unable’ to give them the smallest bit of recognition, yet alone become more of their own divinity. It IS hard, and sometimes as light workers, we don’t like to look at the ‘bad,’ stuff, or see it really for what it is, because we have been programmed to think, (even by the spiritual community, yes!), that we aren’t ‘supposed’ to notice that stuff, or give it attention.. well, I would say that if THAT were the absolute correct action then we wouldn’t be in this situation of complete global and personal chaos would we? Haha. As there are many predecessors of this planet who did exactly that!
    Like you, and so many, I want to help.. and yet.. I can barely function at times in my own life! The absolute catastrophes of this planet, literally overwhelming and unbelievable, incredible, in the truest sense of those words… I cannot process or ‘accept’ my own past, let alone the past or sadly, the present of so much of the beings of this Sweet Earth. I don’t have an answer, but I will say that when I feel like I cannot go any further, or that my soul has been utterly pulverized, shattered, destroyed..,(by those who in my opinion shouldn’t even exist as they are!), I turn to The Divine.
    For me, The Divine Mother is my Creator, but you just have to turn to The Divine in some way, and just surrender to It.
    Say, “I can’t do this any more,”.. and sometimes you just HAVE to allow yourself to fall apart for a week, a month, a year… to get all that poison out. But if you keep giving it to The Divine, and letting The Divine put you back together as well, letting go, over and over of what has destroyed you over the years, the lives, etc, I think eventually you can feel whole, and stable, and ‘okay’ again.. After all our Divine Nature is Eternal.

    I’m still working on it though! 😉

  4. Judy
    Judy says:

    Thank you for your inspiring article! The play list is a nice bonus I feel you surrounded in light and bliss and love thanks again I am going thru a tough time also. And I appreciate your words

  5. Shawna
    Shawna says:

    Thank you for sharing this. I feel you. I lost my Mom and a few good friends this year and it’s been hard.
    You are loved, adored and needed!! Thank you for all you do and for being a lightworker. I feel the call too.
    I’m reading Rise Sister Rise by Rebecca Campbell right now and it’s helping me. Hang in there. I love you <3

    Rise Sister Rise by Rebecca Campbell
    When your plans and schemes and your hopes and dreams beg for you to let them go.

    Rise sister rise.

    When the life you have so consciously created all comes crumbling down.

    Rise sister rise.

    When your soul is heavy and your heart broken in two.

    Rise sister rise.

    When you gave it your best, and it wasn’t quite enough.

    Rise sister rise.

    When you’ve been beaten and defeated and feel so far away from home.

    Rise sister rise.

    When you find yourself in a million pieces with no idea which bit goes where.

    Rise sister rise.

    When you have loved and lost. And then lost again.

    Rise sister rise.

    When your wings have been clipped, spirit dampened and all you hear is a whisper.

    Rise sister rise.

    When you finally beg mercy to your calling but have no idea where to start.

    Rise sister rise.

    Rise for you. And rise for me.

    For when you rise first you make the path brighter for She.

    • Rev. Sheri
      Rev. Sheri says:

      That is beautiful, Shawna! Thank you so much for sharing! <3 Sorry to hear about your losses, too. That is hard. Give yourself time to heal. Wishing you Love and Blessings! <3 Rise sister rise! O:) <3

  6. Leroy Williams Jr
    Leroy Williams Jr says:

    Spirit Team and I send you powerful rays of Love from All frequenoises frequencies of Light…Light Love Service Commentment

  7. Sonya
    Sonya says:

    Thanks Rev. Sheri for an inspiring article on broken wings. I was about to start my energy healing work but have been delayed by a physical setback. I realised from your article that even from home I can still do energy work on others while allowing myself to be healed at the same time. We can all rise together. I sent loving energy your way while being open to receiving energy blessings myself. It was lovely. I wish you all the best. You touch peoples hearts and give us courage to keep moving forward. Many thanks

    • Rev. Sheri
      Rev. Sheri says:

      Hi Sonya, thank you for your beautiful comment. I’m sorry to hear about your physical setback. I do know how frustrating that can be, though working on healing ourselves will also create healing energy in the world around us. I’m grateful this article helped you and also for your loving energy. You are most welcome. Knowing that sharing my journey touches peoples hearts gives me the courage to keep moving forward, so many thanks to you. 😉 <3

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