Wednesday, October 31, 2012

An Opening for Healing Revelation

In the peaceful forest by Bat Ayin
I hope you will try my parasha meditations. Baruch Hashem they are flowing to me, and I incorporate them into my emunahealing. For myself, it is a very healing process to learn to be, rather than to do. There are so many things which need to be done perpetually, however, when we learn to slow down and do things mindfully, with Hashem’s blessing they may get done easier, while our time is freed to experience Hashem’s closeness. 

Meditating and opening ourselves to expanded consciousness is part of the geulah process when “It shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out My spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions.” (Yoel 3:1). 

The meditation for this week’s parasha is especially designed to facilitate healing. Just as Hashem revealed Himself to Avraham in order to heal him from the wound of his circumcision, so is Hashem’s healing energy especially accessible this week, if we open ourselves to receive it. Find 10-15 minutes to sit down with yourself, and with Hashem’s help you will experience an opening and healing in your life.

With Blessings of the Torah and the Land
Chana Bracha Siegelbaum

Read Rebbetzin's commentary to Haftorat Vayeira: The Power of Women’s Emunah

Parasha Meditation Vayeira
Bereishit 18:1-22:24
The Angels’ Spiritual Mission
This week’s parasha is about receiving revelation and healing. “וַיֵּרָא אֵלָיו הַשֵם” – “Hashem revealed Himself…”[1] Through Hashem’s revelation to Avraham, He gives each of us a glimpse of His light as well. Hashem sent three of his archangels to Avraham and Sarah. Each angel is a spiritual force with its own mission. Michael’s mission was to inform Sarah about her forthcoming conception, and later to save Lot from the downfall of Sedom, Gavriel came to overturn Sedom and Amora, and Refael to heal Avraham.[2]

Opening Hashem’s influx in the World through the Mitzvot
When Hashem revealed Himself to Avraham, it states that “he was sitting at the opening of the tent” [3] – “וְהוּא ישֵׁב פֶּתַח הָאֹהֶל”. Whenever it states in the Torah about our patriarchs that they were sitting, it means that they were meditating. His “sitting” denotes the meditative state of being completely in tune with his environment, at rest, in deep meditation. When it mentions “he is sitting” it also teaches us that Avraham would always be sitting at his tent entrance looking for guests. “He sits in the opening” alludes to the fact that the mitzvot are the opening for arousing and drawing down G-d’s Divine supervision into the world. The physical act of welcoming guests opens and draws down from above, Divine sustenance to the world.[4]

Opening for Revelation
Avraham was sitting and just being, sitting without judging himself or others, sitting and allowing everything to pass through him and surround him. He was sitting “פֶּתַח הָאֹהֶל” – “At the opening of the tent” – Opening himself totally to the energy field around him, opening himself totally to the presence of Hashem enveloping him. Opening himself and allowing the Divine Presence to reveal Herself to him.

Healing through Seeing
וַיֵּרָא אֵלָיו הַשֵם בְּאֵלֹנֵי מַמְרֵא וְהוּא ישֵׁב פֶּתַח הָאֹהֶל כְּחֹם הַיּוֹם: וַיִּשָּׂא עֵינָיו וַיַּרְא וְהִנֵּה שְׁלשָׁה אֲנָשִׁים נִצָּבִים עָלָיו וַיַּרְא וַיָּרָץ לִקְרָאתָם מִפֶּתַח הָאֹהֶל וַיִּשְׁתַּחוּ אָרְצָה... - בראשית יח:ב
“Hashem revealed Himself to him, at Alonei Mamre, while he was sitting at the opening of the tent in the heat of the day. He raised his eyes and he saw, behold three people standing by him, he saw and he ran towards them from the opening of the tent, and he prostrated himself to the ground…”[5]

Ohr HaChaim notices that the Torah repeated that Avraham saw a second time. Perhaps we can say that only the second time did he see that the “men” were actually angels. However, this can’t be so, as Avraham was on such a high level that already the first time he saw, he knew. Rather, Scripture informs us that when Avraham looked again, he saw the healing angel of Refael and was immediately healed from his circumcision, as we see that he was able to run quickly towards them.“וַיַּרְא וַיָּרָץ” – “He saw and he ran.” Experiencing this amazing healing also explains why he bowed down in the greatest respect.[6]

“וְהוּא ישֵׁב” – “He is sitting” – Sit comfortable in your chair, close your eyes and take several deep breaths. Breathe deeply and feel completely relaxed in all of the limbs of your body.

1. “וְהוּא ישֵׁב” – Sit with the feeling of being alive; simply BEING present and open, using your breath as anchor. Just be present with what is, without DOING anything with any of it. Just be in relation to it. Allow it. Permit it.

2. “פֶּתַח הָאֹהֶל” – “In the opening of the tent” – Be open to it. Just be open and allow. Let all the sounds in the room pass through you, allow all your thoughts and feelings to come and go, without grasping, identifying or judging. Simply sit, in the present moment of being alive. Do not measure yourself, judge yourself, but just make space for yourself as you sit. When you sit, you can free yourself of yourself even in the midst of yourself.

3. “וַיֵּרָא אֵלָיו הַשֵם” – “Hashem revealed Himself to Him” – Open yourself and allow yourself to see and connect with Hashem. Let your eyes open to the revelation He wants to show you. It could be completely different than what you expect, what you think it is supposed to be. When you detach from yourself, your judgments and preconceived notions, then you open yourself to see, to see beyond what you know. Not the projection of your desire, but what truly is, that which we don’t allow ourselves to see, when we are so full of ourselves that there is no room for G-d.

4. Go beyond counting your accomplishments, let go of even your spiritual self, as you keep breathing, taking in the breath from beyond. Do not fear to open yourself in wonder. Don’t be afraid to face any feelings which may come to you, whether a feeling of meaninglessness, despair, fear, they are all part of the experience which leads you to encounter Hashem. Don’t be afraid of fear as you come out into the open, the only place where G-d is revealed.

5. “וַיִּשָּׂא עֵינָיו וַיַּרְא וְהִנֵּה שְׁלשָׁה אֲנָשִׁים נִצָּבִים עָלָיו” – “He raised his eyes and he saw, behold three men stood by him.”[7] As you breathe softly, imagine the energy of the archangel Michael standing at your right. Feel the energy of chesed (kindness), inhale softness love and compassion. Tune into how much you are being loved. Tune into the waves of love washing over you from your right.

6. Now imagine the energy of the archangel Gavriel at your left. Breathe in as you feel gevurah (strength) and protection from your left. Inhale the gevurah energy. Your boundaries are becoming clear. You now have a vessel for all of the love. Imagine the shape of your vessel emerging from your left.

7. Breathe in, allow yourself to tune into the healing energy of the archangel of Refael from behind you. Inhale the healing energy from behind you to your entire being.

8. “וַיַּרְא וַיָּרָץ” – “He saw and he ran”[8] – When Avraham looked again he saw the healing angel of Refael and he was immediately healed and able to run. Open your eyes to a healing vision. Notice the colors shapes, feelings, of what you visualize in your mind’s eye. Allow the healing you receive to enter into every part of you that needs healing. Take your vision of Hashem’s healing energy and enter it to every place within you, where it is needed.

9. Breathe slowly and allow your healing process to take place. Feel how your body is responding and opening itself to the healing energy. Slowly tap your hands and feet, open your eyes and return refreshed and healed to the reality around you.

Revelation entails true redemption. Even after the Exodus, the Jewish people were still considered in exile until Hashem revealed Himself to them. When they erected the Mishkan (tabernacle) Hashem returned to reveal His Divine presence to them. Only then were the Jewish people considered redeemed, when they returned to the level of their fathers, whose tents were continually illuminated by Hashem’s perpetual presence.[9]

Vayera elav Hashem” – “G-d showed Himself to him” – this teaches us that the main intention of this verse, for every Jew is “to him,” i.e. to relate these events to himself. (Otherwise, the verse would say, “G-d revealed Himself to Avraham,” making it clear that the visit was specifically for Avraham.) Each of us is a descendant of Avraham. Each of us has also entered into a brit – covenant – with G-d, just as Avraham. Therefore, it is possible for each of us to have part of the same revelation that Avraham had! What do we have to do to receive revelation? Just as Avraham used his body to express his closeness to G-d by circumcising himself at the age of ninety-nine, similarly, each of us must imbue all 248 organs and 365 veins, arteries and sinews with holiness by using them to do G-d’s Will. In this way, we will become be a proper vessel for G-d’s revelation, both on a personal and universal level and be prepared for the main revelation of Mashiach’s arrival![10]

Bereishit 18:1.
Based on Rashi and Rabbeinu Bachaya, Bereishit 18:2.
Bereishit 18:1.
Based on Sefat Emet, Parashat Vayera.
Bereishit 18:1-2.
Ohr HaChayim, Bereishit 18:2.
Bereishit 18:2.
Ramban, Introduction to the Book of Shemot, cited by Netivat Shalom on Parashat Vayera.
Based on the Rebbe of Lubavitch cited byRabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter, Ascent of Safed, w:08-59/Vayera.

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