The little know world of Jewish healing has been a well-kept secret for thousands of years. Now, I will share with you the way to wellness through the old testament. Today, more and more physicians are revisiting the ancient scriptures and turning to the old testament of the Bible for answers to many of life’s most difficult problems.
Author, Wally Spiegler, in his book, Sha’arei Refuah: Gates of Jewish Healing, talks about the energy of the universe as evidenced through the power of the sun, the water, the fire, and the air. The great thinker and scientist, Albert Einstein, correctly identified that everything that exists in the universe is energy. We are all connected to this energy
When we talk about wellness we speak of many things. Yes, wellness is about our physical health and the steps that we take to maintain that health. Wellness is about eating well, exercising and living a lifestyle that seeks out choices that do not harm our body. Wellness also has a deeper, more spiritual aspect that is based in the nature of all life.
“But ask the beasts, and they will teach you; The birds of the sky, they will tell you,
Or speak to the earth, it will teach you;
The fish of the sea, they will inform you.
Who among all these does not know
That the hand of the LORD has done this?
In His hand is every living soul
And the breath of all mankind.
(Book of Job 12:7-10)
In these simple words we hear about the wisdom of nature. Dr. Ellen G. Levine (2001), speaks about this wisdom eloquently when she talks about the ancient Jewish teaching.
“Kabbalistic tradition says that we have inner blinders that are protective. They limit our highest perceptions of the cosmos, and keep us focused on physical survival on earth, on our needs for growth and development. We thus narrow our attention to what is important at the moment (p. 82).
From the sound of the first alarm to the time we close our eyes at night, we are on the run. We run to activities that sustain us on the superficial level but are necessary. We run to work, to school, to the store, to the next meeting. But, at the same time we run away from nature. We run away from the meditative power of a walk along a quiet trail or a meditation of clear-mind and cleansing breaths. These are an important part of our wellness and we must find a way to reconnect.