This is a nondenominational book about the archangel named Raphael, a powerful celestial being who heals people and animals. Raphael (pronounced Raf-ee-el) is the supreme healer in the angelic realm. In fact, his name means “God heals” or “He who heals” in Hebrew. Many believe that it is derived from the Hebrew word Rophe, which means “medicine doctor.”
Although Raphael isn’t named specifically in the traditional Bible, theologians identify him as the archangel who healed the feeble at the Bethesda pond described in the Gospels. He is also reputed to be one of the three angels who visited the patriarch Abraham and his wife Sarah to announce and help with their children’s conception, who healed Abraham’s grandson Jacob’s wrestling injuries, and who gave King Solomon his magical ring.
In Catholicism, he is Saint Raphael, the patron of healing, physicians, travelers, and matchmakers. Raphael appears by name in the canonical (that is, considered part of the Bible by the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches since A.D. 397) Book of Tobit. This book, sometimes called the Book of Tobias, was lost and later rediscovered as a Dead Sea Scroll in Qumran, the temple of the ancient Essenes, in the 20th century.
The book describes the story of Tobit, a devoted and helpful Jewish man who became so despairing when he went blind that he asked God to let him die. The same evening of Tobit’s prayer, a woman named Sarah also begged God for death, out of grief for seven husbands who had each died on her wedding night.
So God answered both Tobit’s and Sarah’s prayers by sending the archangel Raphael in human form. Raphael didn’t identify himself as an angel, but instead offered to protect and guide Tobit’s son Tobias as he journeyed to retrieve money that was owed to him.
Raphael led Tobias to Sarah, and the two fell in love and married. The archangel then helped Tobias successfully cast off the demons that had killed Sarah’s previous husbands, using fish as part of his healing work. Raphael also used an ointment made from fish to help Tobias heal his father’s blindness. As Tobit, Tobias, and Sarah enjoyed their new life, Raphael recovered Tobit’s money for him. Once his work was done, Archangel Raphael revealed his true identity and returned to the angelic realm.
The story inspired Raphael to be named a patron saint of physicians, travelers, the blind, and matchmakers. In this book, we’ll explore these roles, which he continues to fill.
Raphael’s name also appears in another Dead Sea Scroll writing, the Book of Enoch, in which his role upon Earth is described as being “one of the holy angels, who is over the spirits of men.” In this text, the Lord charges Raphael with the task of healing the earth of the mess made by some fallen angels and giants—by binding and casting out a demon, helping all of the children, and saving the world from corruption. Archangel Raphael is still focused on this mission today.
Archangel Raphael and You
I frequently get letters from people who are surprised that angels help humanity. They seem astonished or doubtful that famous angels such as Michael, Raphael, and Gabriel would help the average person, especially in modern times. “Aren’t these angels from the Bible?” they write to me. Well, yes, and they continue to help us thousands of years later.
Angels are God’s messengers, sent to Earth to enact the Creator’s plan of peace for everyone. To create this experience upon Earth, we need a planet full of peaceful people . . . including you and me. So the angels’ mission is to do whatever is necessary to help everyone be at peace. Since health issues can interfere with this feeling, it’s natural that God would enlist Archangel Raphael to bring about wellness to people everywhere.
You needn’t be special, “chosen,” religious, or even a good person in order to receive the angels’ healing help. The angels assist everyone, because they love everyone . . . and because it’s God’s will for everyone to be at peace.
Every person has guardian angels with them at all times. These celestial beings are egoless helpers, guides, and protectors. You also have at least one departed loved one watching over you. While your friends and relatives in Heaven aren’t technically angels (since they have human egos), they can still perform angel-like feats. They also work in conjunction with your angels when you’re in need.
The term archangel (pronounced ark-an-gel) is derived from the Greek phrase “the greatest messenger of God.” Arch means “the first” or “the greatest,” and angel means “messenger of God.”
Archangels are larger, more powerful, and more specialized than guardian angels. Spiritual texts have described dozens of archangels, although most major religions narrow this list to four or seven. Raphael always makes the list of top archangels, along with Michael, the protector angel; and Gabriel, the messenger angel.
Since archangels have no egos or physical bodies, they’re completely unlimited beings. This means that they can be with countless people simultaneously, having personalized interactions with everyone who calls for help. For this reason, please don’t worry that you’re bothering the angels by calling upon them.
I must emphasize that we’re not worshipping, or praying to, angels. We give all glory to God, Who is the Creator of the angels—and of you and me. However, the angels and archangels are palpable conduits of connecting with the Creator. God created angels as intercessors so that we’d work with them to create peace on Earth.
Sometimes people ask me, “Why should I talk to angels when I can just as easily talk with God?” This is an excellent question, so I prayed about it a long time until I received an answer that brought me peace:
If you can clearly hear the voice of God and feel an unfettered connection to God, then that is Who you should talk to. However, many people become so upset during health crises that they can no longer hear the very high vibration of God’s guidance. They must at that point talk with the angels, who are able to match our vibrations no matter how stressed we become.
The angels are God’s gifts to us all. And just like any gift, they are meant to be appreciated. God’s intention is for the angels to help us.
I’ve seen angels since I was a very young girl (a spiritual gift that’s quite normal among highly sensitive children). So my interactions with Raphael are quite visual and emotional. I see him as a close and trustworthy friend to all. He has a great sense of humor; and like the most brilliant of comedians, his humor is always kind, gentle, and loving. In this way, Raphael reminds us of laughter’s powerful curative effects.
Since angels don’t have bodies, when a person does see them (during crises, dreams, psychic readings, visitations, and so forth), they appear in a form that best helps him or her. I’ve noticed that the archangels’ physical appearance is symbolic of their specialties. For example, Archangel Michael is the epitome of rippling muscles and a toned physique because he’s the protector angel. Archangel Raphael, on the other hand, has a more relaxed appearance than Michael, probably because it’s healthy to be relaxed!
Additionally, the specialty of each archangel creates a surrounding energy field, which visually sensitive people see as colored sparkling light. Archangel Michael’s energy looks royal blue and purple, and Archangel Raphael’s color is emerald green. Many times when people have asked God to send Archangel Raphael to heal them, they’ll begin to see bright green lights with their physical eyes. Noticing green sparkles or flashes of light is one sign that Raphael is with you.
You can also visualize emerald green light around the person or bodily area in need of healing as a way of invoking Archangel Raphael’s presence and healing energy.
Raphael is depicted in paintings as the angel guiding Tobias, and he’s frequently represented with the caduceus healing symbol (the winged-staff insignia on the cover of this book). And as you’ll read in the pages that follow, his healing miracles are vast and varied.
Many people report seeing the name Raphael on license plates, clerks’ name tags, and so forth as a way of validating the healing angel’s presence. One thing’s for sure: Archangel Raphael isn’t bashful about letting you know that he’s with you, because relaxing into the knowledge of his presence has curative effects.
In addition to seeing signs from Archangel Raphael, many people feel his presence. As you’ll read in the stories within this book, the archangel creates palpable physical feelings when he conducts healings. Most people remark on his profoundly gentle energy, which brings great comfort, faith, and trust. Those who have been healed by Raphael also report warm, tingling sensations as they receive his healing energies.
While I was writing this book, I experienced Archangel Raphael’s healing power firsthand when I started to develop a bad cold. I asked the archangel to heal me, and within moments, all traces of illness had vanished! In the pages to come, you’ll read how Raphael can heal anything from the common cold to serious diseases . . . all you have to do is ask.
The Healing Miracles of Archangel Raphael by Doreen Virtue
The true stories of miraculous healings within these pages will give you hope and faith that heaven does hear you. You’ll read the ways in which Raphael answers your prayers, and learn how to recognize his health-saving advice. You’ll also discover how Raphael guides current and aspiring healers, as well as how he can help your friends and loved ones, including your pets. You can also enter to win a trip to San Francisco to Celebrate International Angel Day(r) with Doreen Virtue!
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