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Opening the Gates of Healing

Topic: Well Being | Posted:January 23, 2013

We come to a very important Shabbat, the Shabbat of the 72 Names of God. The amount of writings by kabbalists offering exciting revelations about this portion is overwhelming. There is a lot to cover, but there is one teaching in particular I’d like to share; one which is not often talked about, and as such, is important for us to understand in order to receive the tremendous Light and blessings that we can tap into this week. We need to deepen our awareness of a great, great secret Light that is available on this Shabbat for all of us – the Light of healing.

In the literal story, we know that the Israelites have left Egypt, and the Egyptians are running behind them trying to kill them. They come by the Sea of Reeds, the Yam Suf, and are basically cornered with nowhere to go. The Zohar reveals that Moses used the power of the 72 Names of God to create the great miracle of the Splitting of the Sea. What we must realize, however, is that what Moses did then was not just for that time, but for all time, opening up the gates for us to connect and draw the Light and power of miracles into our life. One such miracle of this type is that of healing.

There’s a very interesting verse in this week’s portion. The Creator says, kol hamachala asher samti bemitzrayim lo asim alecha, which means, “all the sicknesses that existed in Egypt, all the sicknesses of this world, I will not put upon you.” Ki ani Hashem rofe’echa, “Because I, the Creator, am your healer.”

Those two verses are seemingly paradoxical. The first part says, “you will never be sick.” The second part says, “I will heal you.” So, how do we understand the secret of this verse? If the Creator needs to be our healer, that means there’s something wrong. Yet if there’s never going to be anything wrong, as He seems to promise in the beginning of the verse, why does the end of the verse say, “I will be your healer”?

The reality is, with regards to disease, the root of the disease lies within us before it even begins to grow. If we were able to tackle it in its first seed, before it manifests, then it would be easy to heal.. But unfortunately, at that point it’s hidden. And that’s the paradox. When it’s easier to heal, it is unknown. When it’s more difficult to heal, then it becomes known. But there’s a way to heal it at this unknown seed level, the kabbalists explain, and it is one of the exciting, powerful gifts available on this Shabbat.

A person can ask the Light of the Creator, specifically on this Shabbat, to come in and heal within him diseases that don’t even exist yet or are in their early stages, chas v’shalom. We can ask the Light of the Creator to come within the challah we eat and within the water we drink on this Shabbat, to heal what only exists currently in the DNA or in potential. We can ask that in the water and the bread on this Shabbat those potential sicknesses are removed, that the bread and water heal us of things that aren’t even revealed yet.

That’s the secret of the verse. You will not manifest the sicknesses. Why? Because you will ask for and receive, specifically on this Shabbat, the healing to remove it at its seed level. You ask that the Creator heal you of all the potential sicknesses at their seed level, before they become manifest.

The kabbalists teach us that because of the tremendous Light that is revealed on this Shabbat, there is also a second aspect of healing that occurs. It is not specifically because the Creator wants to heal us on this Shabbat, but rather because during this Shabbat, the Supernal Light, in its totality, is revealed. Light shines everywhere. It is so fully revealed that when we connect to it, there is all healing, and there is complete and total life. The Supernal Worlds have a tremendous desire to fulfill every lack, every need, every desire, and thus the totality of the Light of the Creator can come in to heal all areas of our life.

When there is one of the greatest openings for miracles throughout the year, as with this Shabbat, not only are the gates of healing open to us, but we can also ask that other gates which are blocked – gates of sustenance, for example – now be opened. The gates are completely open for miracles, and we may ask that any lack or need of ourselves or others, now or in the future, be fulfilled by the Creator.

Again, this is a powerful Shabbat, with an endless amount of lessons and understandings. But most importantly, we need to remember that the gates are wide open. Through the great revelation of the Light of the Creator, we can bring healing, and we can bring assistance to every need. We have to understand that most of us are not going to receive all the Light that is available; we have to work, awaken, and use the tools that we have to maximize the gates that are open to us… and in so doing, may we all merit in greater and greater degrees to receive that tremendous Light.

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