If you’ve been reading Emunaroma for a while, and maybe also following some of the stuff about how the human body is bio-electric over on spiritualselfhelp.org, then you maybe also have been picking these things up in your own life, and making the connections between what’s going on in the celestial spheres (in every sense…) and what’s going on down here.
More than 400 years’ ago, the Arizal warned his main student, Rav Chaim Vital that God sometimes sent what he called a ‘ruach’ - a spirit, or a ‘wind’ - down to the world that dramatically impacted people’s moods and outlooks.
The Arizal clearly told his student that when this spiritual ‘ruach’ hit, he shouldn’t become confused and believe that he’d gone mad, or had somehow fallen from his high spiritual level because of all the crazy thoughts and inner challenges he’d suddenly be coming up against.
He should know it was an external ‘ruach’, or ‘wind’ coming down from shemayim (Heaven), and just strengthen himself in emuna, simple faith, and hang on to Hashem with all his might.
Right now, God is sending another strong and strange ruach down to the world, and all of us are feeling it one way or another, but probably without realizing what is actually going on to cause our strange moods, grumpiness and weird health issues.
To put it at its simplest, this is what’s going on:
1) Hashem decides to send a spiritual ‘ruach’ down to the world, to accomplish whatever end He is aiming at.
That ruach could turn into the hippy movement of the 60s, where millions of people spontaneously decided to grow their hair long and start wearing flared trousers (which is still one of the clearest signs of collective madness….).
Or, it could be a ruach, or ‘wind of war’, where a whole bunch of nations suddenly get all belligerent, or a whole bunch of terrorist cells suddenly decide to start stabbing people and running them over again.
Or, it could be a ruach of insight and technological development, which turned into something like the industrial revolution.
Point is, God sends these ‘vibes’ down to the planet to accomplish a spiritual purpose.
2) So how does He do this, from a ‘physical world’ standpoint?
People are bio-electric. Our hormones, our thought patterns, our cell development and replication, our organ functioning and moods - everything is controlled by and effected by electromagnetic impulse.
(This stuff is so obvious, even to a curious non-scientist like me, that it boggles the mind that the medical establishment appears to be completely clueless about this stuff, still. It’s one of the biggest mysteries of the modern world, how bio-physics has been so totally and utterly eclipsed by bio-chemistry, when it comes to human health. But I digress.)
There are many external sources of electro-magnetism that can directly affect our physical and mental health and functioning, but the interplay between the sun and the earth, and particularly the ‘solar wind’ that sends charged particles of matter down to the earth’s atmosphere, is a very big part of the equation.
What goes on in the solar system, and the way the celestial bodies interact with each other electro-magnetically directly affects the earth, and the people and other living things that live here.
It affects our weather, our geo-magnetic phenomena like earthquakes and volcanoes, the vegetation, animal life - and humans most of all.
Some of the ways it affects us are clearly ‘physical’ in nature. If you go back to THIS post on some of the bio-effects of solar radiation, you’ll find a whole bunch of tangible, physical issues there.
But what’s much less understood - because most of us don’t understand that our moods and minds are also directly affected by electro-magnetic phenomena - is that changes in the ‘solar wind’ and other changes in the electro-magnetic atmosphere we’re walking around in (that are caused by being on our i-Phones 24/7, or being zapped by microwaves, or listening to FM radio, or watching TV, or living next to airforce bases and army radar towers etc etc) - also DIRECTLY CHANGE OUR MOOD, THOUGHT PATTERNS AND OUTLOOK.
Again, God is behind this, one way or another. He’s affecting us directly via the ‘solar wind’ and other celestial phenomena (which is the basis of how astrology works), and He’s also affecting us via i-Phones and whatever else the ‘Dr Evils’ of the world are pumping out.
But either way, God is behind it all, and it’s all purposeful, and all sent to accomplish a specific spiritual end.
3) When that ruach arrives, it has a huge impact on the planet.
To give a weird example from my own life: every time there is a big terrorist attack of any note on the planet, I get in an extremely weird, black mood for a day or two beforehand.
Last week, just before the two terror attacks happened in Spain, I was feeling extremely out of sorts. The same thing happened before the Har Nof attack in the synagogue a few years’ back, before the Paris attacks a couple of years’ back, and before the Muslims went crazy in the UK in June.
If you think about it carefully, I’m sure you’ll also notice that YOU are also picking up these ‘vibes’ in some way, dear reader, because the ruach that God sends down is affecting all of us in different ways.
There’s a lot of stuff going on in the heavens at the moment. There’s total eclipses of the sun, Nibiru / Kochav Yaacov flying around and stirring things up, particularly between Rosh Hashana and Chanuka 5778, and let’s not even talk about Facebook, i-Phones and all the other stuff the ‘Dr Evils’ are cooking up.
We can minimize the impact some of this stuff is having on us, electro-magnetically, by cutting back on our devices etc, and covering more of our skin and heads when we’re outside - and all this stuff will help tremendously - but we are still going to experience some impact from this ruach.
The key is to start to make these links, to know that our moods and bodies are being affected by external phenomena, and to work really hard to take everything back to God and to work on our emuna.
In practice, what this means is that your husband is not really a jerk, your kids are not really the biggest egotists on the planet, your life is not as ‘black’ as it seems, your neighbor is not as nasty as you think, and your bottom is not as big as it appears - it’s all just a ruach that God is sending down to the world to test us all.
And the way we get through this test in one piece is to recognize what’s going on, to acknowledge all the negative stuff it’s bringing up in us, and to talk it all through with Hashem, and fix whatever we can fix.
You might be feeling like you’re going mad at the moment, but you’re not. It’s just a ruach that God’s sending down. And the main goal of this ruach is to bring us closer to Him. As long as you keep remembering that, you’ll get through it in one piece.