Article by Deborah Lloyd, Reiki Master
As mentioned in my previous article, we will be examining seven Archangels, associated with the seven major chakras. As we learn information about each one, we will become familiar with their characteristics, making it easier to call upon a certain Archangel, for the benefit of our clients, and our own spiritual paths.
Archangel Zadkiel is associated with the seventh chakra, the Crown chakra.
The Crown chakra is where our physical and spiritual selves connect. It is where Perfect Healing Energy comes into a physical body to realign and balance all the chakras. Zadkiel works with the Violet Flame of Transformation, familiar to Reiki practitioners.
The name Zadkiel literally means “The Righteousness of God”. When a person acts in a righteous way, it means the person is virtuous and just, living a life in truth. It is believed that Zadkiel is the angel that stopped Abraham from killing his son Isaac, as directed by God. Often, he is depicted as a male angel (although angels do not have a gender) holding a knife or dagger.
Zadkiel is known as the Angel of Mercy. Zadkiel encourages people to seek the forgiveness that is always available from the Divine. Likewise, people are encouraged to forgive others who have hurt them. Forgiveness is always a necessary step in the spiritual journey. When we hold onto pain and hurts, and are unable to forgive others, or ourselves, it is difficult to be open to the spiritual realms. Often, people think forgiveness is akin to forgetting the wrong’s committed against them. This is an incorrect understanding of forgiveness! Forgiveness is an act within our hearts. The action is not erased in our memories, but rather it loses its emotional potency when we forgive. Then, the healing can begin within our beings.
The Crown chakra also holds our memories, and Zadkiel is also known as the Archangel of Memory. The connection between painful memories and forgiveness is obvious. Through this Archangel’s support, we can grow in compassion and mercy towards other people. He helps us to release any negative thoughts, and he helps us to send Love and Light to all people, even those who have hurt us deeply. Zadkiel helps us to remember this Truth – the Divine Spirit exists in all people. We are called to participate in living this Truth. As we recognize the Divinity within others, and ourselves, we become more compassionate and loving in our thoughts, and our actions.
Zadkiel can be called upon, when the loss of memory becomes an issue, due to disease or cognitive impairment from an accident. Sending Reiki to the Crown chakra may slow down, or decrease, this difficulty.
Zadkiel reminds us daily that we are unconditionally loved, and we are called to love others in the same manner. The natural outcome of this core belief is that we, and others, are worthy of being healed.
Zadkiel is an Archangel that all Reiki practitioners should get to know well! Because we are human beings with so many distractions, living in a complex world of conflicting values, we would benefit from focusing on more important realities. Zadkiel teaches us the importance of spiritual connectedness, blessed with unconditional love and mercy. When we meditate on the Violet Flame, we will be blessed in extraordinary ways.
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Deborah Lloyd is a Usui and Karuna® Reiki Master and certified holistic therapy practitioner, providing Reiki sessions and training in Asheville, NC. Deborah is the author of two books, 22 Messages from the Archangels; and, Believe and it is True: A Story of Healing and Life Lessons. She is also one of the co-authors of Reiki 101: 101 Answers for Your Reiki Questions. Reach Deborah at http://www.deblloydhealing.com/, firstname.lastname@example.org and at Deb Lloyd Healing on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/deblloydhealing)