God of the Earth: Healing ourselves, healing the planet

02.04.2011                      27.Adar ll, 5771

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God of the Earth: Healing ourselves, healing the planet

While technical approaches to environmental problems are important, consciousness change will also be necessary for true repair to occur.

The Torah portion of Tazria discusses sickness and healing, concerning a person who contracts tzaraat. In the case of tzaraat, what manifests as a physical symptom of the skin is not remedied through medical practice. The sick person does not see a doctor, though physicians are mentioned elsewhere in the Torah. Instead a cohen, or priest, must diagnose the condition. The healing comes from a period of isolation, followed by immersion in a ritual bath and the bringing of an offering to the Temple. Through the depiction of a spiritual treatment to a physical ailment, this Torah portion presents a tremendous opportunity to connect to the roots of illness and come to true healing.
In the tradition of the Torah, physical well being is inherently linked to spiritual balance. When a person is out of balance spiritually, he or she cannot be a vessel for Divine light, the flow of G-d given life force which sustains all of existence. The result is a physical manifestation of limited life energy, which appears as physical sickness, as in the case of the Torah's description of tzaraat. The symbolic ritual process of healing which is described for one with tzaraat bypasses the physical aspect of the ailment and fixes the spiritual root of the problem….