Anthony Strano was a dearly loved spiritual teacher, writer and public speaker whose final article in the Huffington Post on June 30 was about how to completely relax by "doodling" in a magnificent garden. He had a way of making spiritual consciousness completely natural. Anthony died suddenly on July 26 while conducting a retreat in Salvador, Brazil -- a few days before his 63rd birthday. He loved the space provided by Arianna Huffington's Huffington Post and used it as a space for public contemplation -- on divine friendship, meditation and motivation, silence and how to relax.
Most recently he had been thinking about angels -- what they are and how they come to be. He had raised the question about why there are so many images of angels in Italy (He was of Sicilian heritage.) He wondered aloud whether there may have been a time when there was an army --or perhaps a choir -- of angels in Italy that might account for the thousands of angel statues and pictures on Italian soil.
A little over a year ago he began writing a book on becoming an angel. Its protagonist is Michael, an apprentice angel. The forward to the book invites the reader to consider, "Whether you wish to allow the angel within to emerge or not, and whether you wish to become an apprentice or not. As you do so, remember this - in a few of the paintings and statues of angels found across Italy, I noticed the face sometimes seems more one of a human being in the process of overcoming obstacles than that of an accomplished divine being. The process towards inner victory is about winning over one's inner demons. For the victory in living is in knowing and overcoming the blocks and negativities that come from inside one's self. No one is my enemy except myself, that is what I allow to influence or overshadow me."
In a videotaped interview in London earlier this year, he described 3 levels of spiritual progress: the student, the apprentice and the master. He said that over the past few months he had begun to think of himself as an apprentice -- as hands-on in doing spiritual work in the world.
To the thousands who knew Anthony personally or through his books, lectures, retreats and meditation commentaries, It is hard to grasp that he is gone -- that he suddenly stepped through the veil and over to the other side. But almost as if anticipating this moment, he wrote the following shortly before his passing: "An angel is never surprised by the actions of another or by life's sudden scenes. A deep love and faith in goodness enables the angel to help as much as is required and to become an inspiration for positive transformation."