This card from the Archangel Raphael Healing Oracle reminds me of the importance of breathing mindfully. There are also many ways we can actively use the breath to bring healing energy (and oxygen) into the body. The breath and the mind are intimately connected. Archangel Raphael rules the cardinal direction of the East, the Element of Air and the intellect. He is also the Patron of all Healers.
“Open the window of your mind. Allow the fresh air, new lights and new truths to enter.”
― Amit Ray
Fresh air is about so much more than just making sure our lungs are filled with a clean air supply and keeping the cells oxygenated. It is about being fully present and not captive to our past. It’s about the power of healing and new beginnings. Just like cancer cells function best in an acidic, oxygen-deprived environment, the goblins and gremlins of our mind function best when we are not moving and letting go of the past with each breath.
It is no coincidence that Spirit beings are often depicted as airborne. The breath is vital to both our physical and our spiritual being.
If you are a healer, one of the most important aspects of your being that you need to learn to be completely aware of is your breath. Your breath can be used to carry healing energy, clear energetic blockages and quite literally inspire everyone around you.
In one of the two Biblical creation stories God created man from the dust of the ground and…
“…breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living soul.”
Please take a minute to meditate on the statement above before reading the next part.
Two Magical Breathing Exercises with Archangel Raphael
1. Archangel Raphael Healing Breath
This one you can do anywhere, any time. You just need to be able to sit relaxed with your back straight, feet on the ground, palms up. Invoke the assistance of Archangel Raphael. Relax your shoulders, close your eyes and take a deep breath in. Hold it at the top of the breath and then slowly release it with a loud ‘ahhhhhh.’ Repeat a couple of times until you feel your whole body relax.
Then focus your energy on your third eye and something that is keeping you stuck in the past (shame, guilt, regret, addiction, revenge etc). See this is a black cloud forming over your head. Whether you know it or not, you have been carrying this cloud around with you and it has limited your ability to shine your light. Then focus on your heart and allow your Guardian Angel to show you the truth that will break the spell of the lie you have been feeding with your mind energy (love, peace, forgiveness, harmony, self-love, compassion etc).
It is important that you choose two words to focus on: one to represent the dark cloud and one to represent the light of Truth, so take a minute to do so before you carry on.
Light Transmutes Darkness
Now breathe in the dark cloud through the top of your head (while focusing on the word you chose) and into your heart where it meets and transmutes into the light of Truth. Breathe out the light energy (the second word you chose) through your mouth as if blowing out a candle and keep going until the cloud is completely gone and the light you breathe out is sparkling with platinum light.
Sit for a minute and allow the light of Truth to fill your aura. You may wish to call on Archangel Michael to seal it in at this point.
Give thanks to the Archangel(s) who assisted you, open your eyes and ground your energy by stomping your feet a few times on the floor. Drink plenty of filtered water to ground further and assist the mind-body-spirit detox.
2. Runic Invocation for New Beginnings
Go outside, preferably into the forest where you can be completely alone with the Elements. Face east and greet/invoke the assistance of Archangel Raphael. Raise your arms to form a V, palms up, and breathe in and loudly intone the rune Dagaz at mid-pitch (daaaaaaah-ghaaaaaaaaz) on the out-breath – repeat twice. If you wish, you can also visualise the rune in front of you, glowing with golden light and more brightly with each intonation.
Slowly lower your arms to the prayer position in front of your heart and whisper your prayers into the wind. Know that whatever you ask for the Highest Good will manifest. Complete the invocation with ‘Amen’ or ‘So it is!’