Raphael has long been regarded as the angel of healing. His name may be derived from the Hebrew word Rophe, which means “medicine doctor”; or Rapach, which means “God heals the soul.”
Although Raphael isn’t named in the Bible, theologians believe he was the archangel who healed the infirm at the Bethesda pond described in the Gospels. He is also thought to be one of the three angels who visited the patriarch Abraham and his wife, Sarah, to help with their conception; as well as the angel who healed Abraham’s grandson Jacob’s wrestling injuries and who gave King Solomon his magical ring.
When To Call On Archangel Raphael
Archangel Raphael brings God’s healing light to Earth.. To Raphael, everyone is already healthy in spiritual truth. When you ask Raphael to heal a condition, often the cure manifests instantly. The archangel was just waiting for you to give him permission to conduct his healing work. Sometimes people feel a gentle buzzing energy as Raphael is healing them; or they see green lights. But for others, Raphael’s healing is very subtle. Raphael can help you reduce or eliminate pain stemming from short-term and chronic conditions. Again, it’s a result of your asking for his help. In this way, you signal your permission for him to intervene.
Since the time of his journey with Tobias, Raphael has been regarded as the patron of travelers. As someone who travels frequently, I can attest to Raphael’s talents in ensuring a smooth trip. You can ask Raphael for help with smoothing airplane turbulence, receiving cooperation from airline and hotel clerks, and getting your luggage quickly when your flight lands. Raphael also combines his healing and travel talents to assure that you stay well prior to and during your vacation.Archangel Raphael often works in tandem with Archangel Michael to clear away fear and stress, which are major factors affecting health. The more you work with these archangels, the more you’ll come to trust them.
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Archangel Raphael is associated with Heart Chakra.
Archangel Raphael is the supreme healer in the angelic realm and chief role is to support, heal, and guide in matters involving health. Raphael means "God heals" or "He who heals" in Hebrew. Many believe that it is derived from the Hebrew word Rophe, which means "medicine doctor. In Catholicism, he is Saint Raphael, the patron of healing, physicals, travelers, and matchmakers.
Anytime you call upon Raphael, he's there. The healing archangel isn't shy or subtle in announcing his presence. He wants you to know that he's with you, as a way of comforting you and alleviating stress along your way to a healthy recovery.
In this gallery, read the eight different ways Archangel Raphael may send signs to reveal himself. You will know Archangel Raphael is near when you see these signs.
Archangel Raphael is known as the angel of healing. He works to heal people's minds, spirits, and bodies so they can enjoy peace and good health to the fullest extent of God's will for them.
When Raphael is around, you may experience many different signs of his compassionate care for you. Here are some signs of Raphael's presence when he is nearby:
New Information or Ideas That Promote Healing
Raphael often brings to mind fresh information or new ideas that you can use as valuable tools to pursue healing from whatever is ailing you, believers say.
"Archangel Raphael frequently answers prayers by whispering suggestions that you hear as thoughts, feelings, dreams, and visions," writes Doreen Virtue in her book The Healing Miracles of Archangel Raphael. When you get a strong hunch to take positive action, know that this is an answered prayer. Follow your hunches and they’ll lead you to renewed peace."
Raphael is known to grant petitions quite expeditiously and he will guide you through the healing process. If the healing is for you, watch for some sign: a thought, idea, or inner message.
If there is an underlying reason for the illness, such as hatred for example, Raphael will in some way point this out to you. It may then be transmuted to love, thereby speeding up your recovery time."
Not only will Raphael help you figure out how best to pursue healing for yourself, but he will also guide medical professionals to make the right decisions about your care or the care of a loved one you're supporting in prayer Raphael send Loving Messages of Joy, Love, and Healing for Ourselves and Our Earth: "Raphael feels partial to those in all healing professions and will in some way guide those individuals who are unsure about what directions to take for appropriate health care for their patients. He will offer ideas for speedy healing and assist in a medical crisis by getting together the perfect team of professionals to work together."
Raphael has a sense of humor that people often notice when he communicates with them about healing insights, writes Virtue in The Healing Miracles of Archangel Raphael: "Raphael also shows a brilliant sense of humor in his displays of help. An example that always brings a smile to my face is his habit of pushing books of shelves. Many people report finding healing books in their homes that they never bought, or discovering ones in their shopping carts that they didn’t place there."
A Fresh Appreciation of Nature
Whenever you notice the beauty of God's natural creation around you and sense an urge to take good care of it, Raphael may be nearby, say believers. Raphael is passionate about convincing people to pursue healing not only for themselves, but also for the Earth's environment.
Richard Webster writes in his book Raphael: Communicating With the Archangel For Healing and Creativity: "Whenever you see anything particularly beautiful or striking in nature, you can thank Raphael for looking after the planet. Tell him that you will do your part to make the world a better place for the present inhabitants, and also for future generations. You might choose to do this by picking up some of the rubbish left behind by previous visitors, or by tidying up an area that has been disturbed. You will feel Raphael’s presence around you as you do this, and you will also feel good about doing something positive for the environment. … Once you start doing this with love and intent, you will find that you are naturally communicating with Raphael, and will realize that he is close beside you all the time."
Help Healing Broken Relationships
Another sign of Raphael's presence with you is guidance that you receive about how heal and restore relationships you have with others that have become broken, believers say.
"Raphael heals rifts in relationships and mental and emotional issues as well as physical ill health," writes Christine Astell in her book Gifts from Angels: An Uplifting Collection of Real-Life Angel Encounters. "More and more we are awakening to the understanding of how closely linked emotional issues are to disease in the body, and that working on the spiritual levels will almost definitely help with all types of illness."
The way that Raphael often chooses to help heal your relationships is by encouraging you to communicate your feelings fully to other people, write Linda and Peter Miller-Russo in their book Dreaming With the Archangels: A Spiritual Guide to Dream Journeying:"Raphael will help you move from repression of your feelings to the full, honest, and complete expression of your reactions to life. Until you allow yourself to unwind your repressions, you will be unable to connect to your deeper feeling nature. Raphael will assist you with this by gently nudging you to express your true feelings to yourself and those around you. This will increase the level of communication within your relationships, bringing you closer to those you love, to God, and to yourself."
You may see green light in the air around you when Raphael is visiting you, say believers, because his energy corresponds to the green electromagnetic frequency on the angel light rays.
"He surrounds and nurtures people with the emerald green light of healing," write Cecily Channer and Damon Brown in The Complete Idiot's Guide to Connecting With Your Angels.
In The Healing Miracles of Archangel Raphael, Virtue writes that Raphael is eager to show you signs of his presence, so you may see his aura's light quite clearly after calling on him: "Anytime you call upon Raphael, he’s there. The healing archangel isn’t shy or subtle in announcing his presence. He wants you to know that he’s with you, as a way of comforting you and alleviating stress along your way to a healthy recovery. ... He shines so brightly that people can see flashes or sparkles of his emerald green light with their physical eyes."
Raphael means “God heals.” Other spellings of his name include Rafael, Repha'el, Israfel, Israfil, and Sarafiel.
Raphael is known as the angel of healing. He’s full of compassion on people who are struggling physically, mentally, emotionally, or spiritually. Raphael works to bring people closer to God so they can experience the peace God wants to give them. He’s often associated with joy and laughter.
Raphael also works to heal animals and the Earth, so people connect him to animal care and environmental efforts. People sometimes ask for Raphael’s help to: heal them (of illnesses or wounds that are physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual in nature), help them overcome addictions, lead them to love, and keep them safe while traveling.
Raphael is often depicted in art holding a staff that represents healing or an emblem called a caduceus that features a staff and represents the medical profession. Sometimes Raphael is depicted with a fish (which refers to a scriptural story about how Raphael uses parts of a fish in his healing work), a bowl or a bottle.
Role in Religious Texts:
In the Book of Tobit, which is part of the Catholic and Orthodox Bibles, Raphael shows his ability to heal different parts of people’s health, from the physical (restoring the blind man Tobit’s sight) to the spiritual and emotional (driving away a demon of lust that had been tormenting a woman named Sarah
Verse 3:25 explains that Raphael: “was sent to heal them both, whose prayers at one time were rehearsed in the sight of the Lord.” Rather than accepting thanks for his healing work, Raphael tells Tobias and his father Tobit in verse 12:18 that they should express their gratitude directly to God: “As far as I was concerned, when I was with you, my presence was not by any decision of mine, but by the will of God; he is the one whom you must bless as long as you live, he is the one that you must praise.” Raphael appears in the Book of Enoch, an ancient Jewish text that is considered canonical by Beta Israel Jews and Christians in the Eritrean and Ethiopian Orthodox churches. In verse 10:10, God gives Raphael a healing assignment: “Restore the earth, which the [fallen] angels have corrupted; and announce life to it, that I may revive it.” Enoch’s guide says in verse 40:9 that Raphael “presides over every suffering and every affliction” of people on Earth. The Zohar, the religious text of the Jewish mystical branch Kabbalah, says in Genesis chapter 23 that Raphael “is appointed to heal the earth of its evil and affliction and the maladies of mankind.” The Hadith, a collection of the Islamic prophet Muhammad’s traditions, names Raphael (who is called “Israfel” or “Israfil” in Arabic) as the angel who will blow a horn to announce that Judgment Day is coming. Islamic tradition says that Raphael is a master of music who sings praises to God in heaven in more than 1,000 different languages.
Other Religious Roles:
Christians from denominations such as the Catholic, Anglican, and Orthodox churches venerate Raphael as a saint. He serves as the patron saint of people in the medical profession (such as doctors and nurses), patients, counselors, pharmacists, love, young people, and travelers.
Prayer to Archangel Raphael
Raphael, I thank God for making you compassionate toward people who are struggling physically, mentally, emotionally, or spiritually. Please heal me of the specific wounds to my soul and body that I bring before you in prayer. May your concern for all of God's creation -- including animals and the environment -- inspire me to do my part to take good care of creation. Show me how God wants me to compassionately reach out to those who are hurting to help bring healing into their lives. Amen. Wish you a Wonderful week ahead to you with lots of love & light. Tercy