I wrote this healing meditation for a friend diagnosed with a brain tumor. It can be used for healing from pain, stress or grief by substituting these words wherever the word “tumor” appears. I wish to acknowledge my teacher and friend, Carol Rose, for her gifts of wisdom and light, which inspire my writing and my spirituality.
Imagine that you are walking in the desert. You see a woman approaching you. This woman is SarahThe first matriarch, wife of Abraham, and mother of Isaac, whom she birthed at the age of 90. Sarah, in Rabbinic tradition, is considered holy, beautiful, and hospitable. Many prayers, particularly the Amidah (the central silent prayer), refer to God as Magen Avraham – protector of Abraham. Many Jews now add: pokehd or ezrat Sarah – guardian or helper of Sarah.. She gives you a candle that never goes out. Meditate on the flame. Feel the streams of light entering your body, penetrating every cell, becoming a part of you. This light is healing and energizing. Feel this light surround and envelop the tumor in your body. Envision the light leaving your body, taking the tumor with it.
Now you see another woman approaching you. This woman is Rivkah. She gives you a beautiful golden cup filled with sparkling water. Pour the water over your body. It becomes a waterfall. Feel it as it shines and shimmers with all the colors of the rainbow. Feel this water cleanse, soothe, and heal you as it washes any residue of the tumor away.
Another woman approaches you. This woman is RachelLavan's younger daughter and Jacob's beloved wife second wife (after he is initially tricked into marrying her older sister, Leah). Rachel grieves throughout her life that she is barren while Leah is so fertile. Ultimately, Rachel gives birth to Joseph and dies in childbirth with Benjamin. Rachel is remembered as compassionate (she is said to still weep for her children), and infertile women often invoke Rachel as a kind of intercessor and visit her tomb on the road to Bethlehem.. She gives you a beautiful silk tallitA four-cornered garment to which ritual fringes (tzitzit/tzitzi'ot) are affixed. The knots in the fringes represent the name of God and remind us of God's commandments. The tallit is worn during prayer and can also be drawn about oneself or around the bride and groom to symbolize divine protection. with all the colors of the rainbow. Wrap yourself in the tallit. Feel the soft fabric caress you. Feel the Presence of ShekhinahThe feminine name of God, expounded upon in the rabbinic era and then by the Kabbalists in extensive literature on the feminine attributes of the divine. all around you and within you. Feel the healing energy as you connect to the Divine Healer, Rofeh ha-Holim.
You meet another woman. This woman is LeahThe third of the Jewish matriarchs, Lead is the eldest of Lavan's daughters and one of the wives of Jacob. She is the daughter whom Lavan tricks Jacob into marrying instead of his younger daughter Rachel, whom Jacob has requested to marry. Leah is mother to six of the the twelve tribes and to one daughter, Dinah.. She gives you a beautiful flower. The flower bursts into full bloom. It becomes a part of you. Feel the flower fill the space where the tumor was inside your body. Feel the space where the tumor was fill with hope, rebirth and renewal.
The women join hands and make a circle around you and bless you. You thank them for the gifts. Know that these gifts will always be there for you. Call on them when you are afraid, tired, exhausted, and in need of healing. Know that Shekhinah is always there for you. Know that the Divine Healer neither slumbers nor sleeps and is always there for you, lifting you on Healing Wings and renewing your strength.