The Inside Scoop

Katy Koontz

Doreen Virtue grew up in Southern California in the 1960s, raised by metaphysically minded parents who steeped their two children in New Thought principles, including using affirmations and visualization to manifest. As you’ll read in our discussion in this issue’s “Listening in With …,” she’s witnessed the power of positive thought working miracles for most of her life. Virtue—who since childhood regularly saw both angels and the spirits of those who’d made their transition—told me she grew up reading Unity Magazine, thanks to her mother who is a Christian spiritual healer.

As famous as she is today for teaching people how to access divine guidance and communicate with angels, Virtue didn’t begin her career by sharing spiritual truths. Until July 15, 1995, her success was as a psychotherapist specializing in eating disorders.

On that day, she was preparing to drive to an appointment in Anaheim, California, when she heard a male voice speak into her right ear, warning her to put up the top on her white convertible or the car would be stolen. The motor that raised the top was broken and Virtue had no idea how to get it to work. Unnerved, she instead prayed for protection as she drove.

As she climbed out of her car at her destination, two men wielding a gun and a knife suddenly appeared, grabbing her and trying to take her purse and car keys. Instantly, she understood what was behind the voice’s instructions. She confesses her convertible top was rather ugly and would have made her otherwise flashy vehicle look far less appealing.

The voice spoke again, telling her to scream loudly. Although Virtue certainly doesn’t advocate resisting armed attackers, at the time she was panicking because she had no theft insurance—only liability insurance—and she couldn’t afford to replace her car. Her screams alerted a woman parked across the street who honked her horn until office workers poured outside, scaring off the attackers. The police later told Virtue that the duo had already carjacked two other cars that day, and she was lucky they didn’t hurt her.

She immediately thanked God for saving her life (and her car), vowing to always listen to her guidance from then on and asking what she could do in return. She received a clear answer immediately: She was to teach as many people as possible that angels are real and that we can communicate with them.

The next day, Virtue was scheduled to fly to Las Vegas to talk about food cravings at a health food convention and to sign copies of her book Constant Craving, which had just been published by Hay House. When she showed up, she started talking about angels instead—and she’s been talking about angels ever since.

Our discussion parallels her journey: She stresses the importance of discovering our gifts—the way we express creativity—and then finding the courage to share that with the world.

Katy Koontz, Editor