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Dr. Emuna: Check Your Pulse



Remember - everything can be healed with emuna – everything! With emuna and prayer, there simply is no nature...

 



With Hashem’s help, I want to focus on the “emuna” aspect of this series “Dr. Emuna”: Learning how to use the principles of emuna, and the teachings of Rabbi Arush, to heal ourselves in every aspect of life - heal our bodies, heal our souls, heal our emotional problems, heal our relationships, heal our past. In fact, emuna shares the same root as imun – as in the immune system (both in English and Hebrew). Emuna is to the soul, what the immune system is to the body, and as such is the foundation of all forms of health.

 

Let’s also state right off the bat: I am no doctor! Not MD, not MSW, nothing. However, Rebbe Nachman of Breslev, may his merit protect us, is “the doctor of the soul” and Rabbi Arush shlita has taken Rebbe Nachman’s prescriptions and translated them into our generation. To the absolute best of my ability, every single last detail I will teach you, including everything in this article, comes straight from Rabbi Arush shlita, even using his wording wherever possible. If I ever teach you something from someone else, or something is my idea – I will tell you explicitly!

 

However, before we start learning the many ways in which emuna can heal our past and give us a healthier future, I want to first cover some foundational principles which need to be in place to help us apply the tools we are going to learn properly.

 

First off, the balance between the physical hishtadlut (effort) and emuna and prayer must be watched carefully by using the “check your pulse” rule: If your pulse goes up, meaning if you are nervous or scared, then you need the physical efforts such as going to the doctor. Throw in as much prayer and emuna as you possibly can, but feeling uncomfortable relying on emuna and prayer means that you simply can’t rely on emuna and prayer alone. This is not a blanket heter to run yourself ragged trying everything under the sun – pray about what you should do, and do just enough to not be nervous, with a lot of prayer the entire way.

 

On the other hand, if you are totally comfortable without the physical efforts, then you don’t need them. With emuna, miracles are natural. Just like there are laws of nature, certain remedies and herbs that are good for certain illnesses etc., Hashem also built into creation a law of nature that prayer changes nature. With emuna and prayer, there simply is no nature! By going straight to Hashem who created all the laws, we open to ourselves the ability to completely transcend all the laws. Hashem chooses to continue to use natural laws to run the world, and He can just as easily choose to not use those laws at will.

 

The important point here is not to push yourself. You cannot know how to move forward if you cannot admit to where you are truly holding right now. Hashem wants you to have the humility to admit to your level. Act according to your level of emuna, pray for the next level of emuna, and don’t feel guilty or beat yourself up.

 

Even Rabbi Arush shlita didn’t become Rabbi Arush overnight. I personally asked him for advice about dealing with some major health issues, and my overall continuing belief in nature in dealing with them. Even though I know his teachings for more than a decade, and understand that nature is totally in Hashem’s hands, still I find myself struggling to truly believe that there is no nature when faced with even the everyday situations in life, let alone the big stakes. His response was that it takes a lot of prayer to let go of the belief in nature! He told me that he himself invested hours upon hours of personal prayer about this subject, and slowly, slowly his belief changed until he reached the level that he is at now, where total miracles and wonders are totally natural. And when I asked him about dealing with some serious emotional issues, he answered: “Read “The Garden of Emuna,” and read it again. Just like Tehillim, it has in it all the healings. And you’ll be healed.”

 

The key is to keep asking Hashem for more and more emuna, and strengthen your emuna muscles using the tools I will explain in this column with Hashem’s help. Continuously strengthen your emuna until in more and more situations, you naturally and calmly rely on Hashem, rely on emuna, and rely on prayer – and truly no longer need the physical efforts at all. In fact, eventually you will even be scared to use them – because you know that Hashem knows what is for the best, and only His remedies come with no side effects.

 

Remember - everything can be healed with emuna – everything! No matter what any doctor or psychiatrist or dentist or specialist of any shape or form might have told you! No matter what society believes or what science tells us! No matter what diagnosis you might have. Only emuna provides us with real solutions, because only emuna gives us the understanding of how to fix illness of all forms at its root.

 

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Rachel Avrahami grew up in Los Angeles, CA, USA in a far off valley where she was one of only a handful of Jews in a public high school of thousands. She found Hashem in the urban jungle of university. Rachel was privileged to read one of the first copies of The Garden of Emuna in English, and the rest, as they say, is history. She made Aliyah and immediately began working at Breslev Israel. 


Rachel is now the Editor of Breslev Israel's English website. She welcomes questions and comments to her email: rachel.avrahami@breslev.co.il.

 

 

 





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