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Tikkun 67 – 5
“וְעַל כָּל-נַפְשֹׁת מֵת, לֹא יָבֹא: לְאָבִיו וּלְאִמּוֹ, לֹא יִטַּמָּא”
“neither shall he go in to any dead body, nor defile himself for his father, or for his mother;”
This verse is part of the instruction given to the priests, sons of Aaron to keep them on purity so they would be able to channel the light.
The Zohar explains that ‘his father’ refers to the Holy One and ‘his mother’ refers to the Shechina. Impurities can not be brought to the Holy place or connection because it blocks the light from spreading out.
“ הֲלוֹא כֹה דְבָרִי כָּאֵשׁ, נְאֻם-יְהוָה”
“Is not My word like as fire? Said YHVH”
The Holy One and the Shechina can not become impure because the words of God are like fire that can not carry impurity. But our impurities can contaminate the place of the Shechina, which is the aspect of our body and the name of God that is the aspect of the soul.
Our body and soul should be made as a pure dwelling place for the Shechina and the light of God. When we do so, we become like a priest channeling the light of God to the world.
Why fire can not carry any impurity?
Fire is a force that transforms physical matters from one state to another. It creates a NEW state of existence for the matter in the process. The sacrifices in the Holy Temple were brought to the altar and a fire from above came down to burn them and create cleansing energy that removed impurities from the people, the nation and the whole world.
Nowadays, we do not have the Holy Temple or the priests to do the work for us. We can create a cleansing energy by going through transformation. Burning desire to change ourselves with connecting to the light of the Creator through the Zohar helps us achieve that goal. When we renew ourselves, we remove past impurities.
One meditation to help us achieve that is from Psalms 51:12
“לֵב טָהוֹר, בְּרָא-לִי אֱלֹהִים; וְרוּחַ נָכוֹן, חַדֵּשׁ בְּקִרְבִּי”
“Create in me a pure heart, O God; and renew a steadfast spirit within me.”
You can use this for renewal meditation before scanning the Zohar and when immersing in the Mikveh (or alternatively large body of water).
When you dip under water, bend your back forward with your head between your legs (as physically possible) like a fetus position in a womb. On the way up you slowly bring the body to an erect state while meditating to have a renewed body and soul.
Before we go into the Mikveh we meditate on the verse from Zechariah 13:2
“וְאֶת-רוּחַ הַטֻּמְאָה, אַעֲבִיר מִן-הָאָרֶץ”
“I will cause the unclean spirit to pass out of the land.”
Under the water there is a temporary state of death and the spirit of negativity can not touch us. (it is important to immerse completely under the water not letting long hair float above the water.)
The water has the energy of Chassadim, especially in a valid Mikveh that holds water from above (rain) and from below (regular). We come to the world after a growing process in the water of our mother’s womb. We connect to a new life when we take our first breath outside the womb.
I can’t recall the reference, but one Kabbalist suggests bending forward until the 18 links of the spine (from the neck down) crack (if permitted by your physician). This is done in order to connect to the renewal of life that comes with the number 18, חי, ‘Life’ and also the number of Sefirot from Keter to Malchut times two for coming and returning.