Midnite - There are all kinds of reasons an angel might show up to help out. Looking at the Bible, we see examples of comforting others, announcing a great event, helping to be released from prison (i.e. Peter), etc. We might run into someone at a bookstore, on the bus, at the supermarket, and a few words from them help us shift our perspective or inspire us in a certain direction. And there are rites that can be used to call on angels/demons for specific purposes. There are books out there if you're interested in that kind of thing.
Lukas - Try this. Imagine that you only have 1 year to live. And don't focus on the fear/doubt - have to say goodbye to everyone, do all the things I want to do, etc. Make a list of 5-10 ways of being, the most important qualities that you want to embody in your remaining time (i.e. being loving, present, powerful, etc). Then choose one that feels like it encompasses the rest, or that you resonate with the most, or that you want to embody the strongest. Just be honest with yourself - you can do it.
Weaver - Before we incarnate, we all set up a team of spirit guides to help us on our journey. These can include ascended masters, enlightened masters, humans (i.e. relatives, friends, loved ones from other lifetimes), angels, pan realm beings. We have master guides that stay with us our entire life, and other guides that come and go depending on our needs - so we can call on our team of guides, even if we don't know their names, to help us with anything in our lives. And we still need to be proactive ourselves. It's a both-and situation.
What I recommend is choosing an ascended master that we feel particularly attracted to for whatever reason (i.e. Quan Yin, Buddha, St Germain, Jeshua, Mary, Kuthumi, Lanello, Djwhal Khul, etc), and direct our prayers toward them to help us in the process. The reason for this is that they are human just like us, and intimately understand the ascension process by experience. If we feel a pull toward any specific angel, particularly any Archangel, then we can call on them for assistance in the ascension process as well.
Just like with ascended masters, we can feel an affinity toward a certain angel for characteristics that they radiate. Take a look at that particular angel and see what the attraction is.
Space - Hey Amy - glad to connect again!
Just for clarity - what many people out there are calling ascension symptoms is really us moving through the stages of conflict release/self knowledge, on our way toward self realization and enlightenment. I've said this before on some thread, but an example of an ascension "symptom" is when the soul temporarily leaves the body so that the body can realize that is a soul in it's own right. That happens near the end of the process. Other actual signs/symptoms could include a desire to be alone, or perhaps relate more with animals than humans. There can be a diminished desire to speak and to be very direct when we do.
You're right - it feels like stress/anxiety started all this. You might have an ulcer, so I would get this checked out just in case. When we hold onto anything long enough energetically, and we don't release it, it starts permeating into the physical body to try and get released. For you in particular, I would recommend some Holotropic breathwork to release some of this on an energetic level so you're not affected by it physically. If we really have a lot of internal conflict/stress/fear, then the stuck energy can manifest as things like cancer.
Any physical symptoms we have are just a mirror for more internal issues. It really helps to know ourselves intimately - hopes, fears, judgements, core beliefs, where we negate ourselves, where we're in denial, where we react/respond, etc. Then if we can align our thoughts, feelings, words and actions, the energy has a chance to move so that it doesn't infiltrate into our physical form. Once we "out" ourselves by knowing ourselves and giving ourselves what we need in the moment, much if not all of the physical symptoms go away.
Stress can also kick in our epigenetics - traits which only show up from genetics when we have stress. Again, finding ways to take care of ourselves, like we would take care of our child/partner, will stop the epigenetic symptoms as well. Any forms of meditation/prayer and supportive resources that align us can also be really helpful - breathing techniques, music, dance, relationships, sports, performing or creative arts, movement, community rituals, massage, etc. All kinds of personal support, healing techniques, coaching, group support, therapy, creative expression - can be helpful.
Completely releasing the past, moving beyond social consciousness (i.e. being internally validating), and stepping into a new vision of ourselves helps a ton.
When things like this subside is totally up to the individual. When we're out of conflict, when we can fulfill our desires - either by unifying our thoughts, feelings, words and actions, or by actually doing whatever it is that will complete them consciously - then the symptoms subside. So the symptoms are actually showing us where we are resisting ourselves, which in that case, we should treat it like a flag showing us where the buried treasure is.