Are Miracles Real And How Do They Manifest?

Everyday miracles in your life and how to open yourself up so you may be guided to a supreme freedom of your own. Yes, you may manifest miracles through the deepest levels of forgiveness and a profound experience of miracles being part of your daily life.

Consider that all things that frighten us occur in a world of illusion–that the world–a collective dream we call life–is merely a projection on a theater screen in our mind, which conceals a more real world.

I spent eight (8) long years in prison, with my ink pen flowing daily into composition books in which I began what has become an exciting journey for me–with full faith that you, too, can begin opening your mind to look inside of it and find there is another way of looking at the world, by being one with it.

There I discovered in my assigned foot locker a worn, musty, abandoned copy of A Course in Miracles–a book I had long been searching for to no avail. A miracle!

A miracle is not a rearrangement of the figures in the dream of life, but an awakening from that dream. In other words, changing our minds on how we look at the world.

Undoing illusion in our mind

Perhaps a miracle is undoing illusive thinking about the world. Perhaps it is taking the body out of our thoughts and allowing the mind to operate at infinite heights. How you think about miracles can very well be the foundation of your existence while in this world.

My studies revealed to me the nature of the prison in which virtually all of us dwell, that of the dominance of the ego and belief in separation from the One Mind (God). I had found my work, and the direction I would take upon my release from prison.

A Revelation

Almost immediately upon writing my first word an urging came forward in my mind–voice, if you will, or pure thought, perhaps a revelation, telling me there was yet much more I needed to write.

I, myself, certainly felt complete, this recurrent voice was instructing me to extend what I had learned outward to others. With unmistakable clarity, deeper thoughts surfaced, telling me to “keep on writing.” Needless to say, sometimes I need to be hit on the head and alerted a few times.

But let’s consider what’s the difference between someone who has achieved resilience and overcome adversity versus someone who has not? One important difference is a sense of well-being and letting go of what it is you do not want.

People who have found their free will or voice, if you will, their inner bliss, have shared their story, and reaffirmed their values often find a sense of peace and a hopefulness that they did not have before.

To miracles in your life

 

All Living Creatures Are Miracles Of Nature

Once you look all around you, you realize that all living creatures are miracles of nature. Our world is full of real wonders which make it incredible if you are willing to view it that way. However, sadly enough, most people’s outlook on life is to take everything around them for granted or with despair.

What is your frame of mind? How do you live your life? Do you see it as a beautiful opera? Or do you just pay attention to the pain?

Merely being alive is already insane. The odds are so stacked against you, and yet we often forget that simple but fantastic fact. Mother Nature and all living creatures on it are indeed miracles of life. But you have to look at it that way because you will get what you focus on at the end of the day.

So, there are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle. You should appreciate how lucky you are to be alive. And give thanks for your ability to be able to witness all of the beauty that the nature of our planet provides.

Earth is our Home
It is only a question of where you put your attention. And it does not matter if you focus on the bad things or the good ones, they all become real. Your thoughts and attention quickly overwhelm you. So, you have to shift away from seeing the pain in the opera of life. And instead, see the wonder in it all.

Your task is to free yourself from that masque by widening your circle of compassion and wonder. You must embrace all living creatures and look at the splendor in the miracles of nature. Realize that every grain of sand is made of unexpected beauty when you look closely enough. And every snowflake which falls from the sky to coat the Earth is unique.

As a result, you then understand that life is a game of attention. But let’s take a look at some of the absolute miracles that are carried by nature and all living creatures living in it. Earth is our home. It gives life and supplies all things in abundance, as well as maintaining the world we live in. Yet, most humans abuse these marvels.

The Source of All Living Creatures
So, we should take good care of our planet and the species existing on it. Physical life and survival of all living creatures, as well as nature, are the source to preserve. Since the earth is our resource, I believe we have to pay more attention to the wonders of life. We have to follow the wisdom of nature.

Since centuries, nature delivers natural medicines which are still available today. We, humans, are still learning things beyond the realm of belief. You can even be healing yourself with the power of your mind. Who does not know about the Placebo effect? You and I cannot often understand the vast resources of this natural energy which lives in every living being.

“There are only two ways to live your life: as though nothing is a miracle, or as though everything is a miracle.” – Albert Einstein

Nature and its Hidden Miracles
As nature is so beautiful, you must learn to enjoy and appreciate its miracles. And yes, it is a resource we must exploit some of it to supply our needs but only to some degree. Let’s remember that it gives us life and a home, so it is time to end the abuse. They are yet hidden treasures to be discovered.

The photo below shows how grains of sand look like under a microscope, reflecting the biology and geology where they are found. Did you ever notice this? Now, just imagine how many miracles are contained on an entire beach. You might suddenly look at all things around you with a different eye.

When it snows, billions and billions of snowflakes are falling, yet not two snowflakes are precisely the same. Unbelievably, they all have six sides, similar to your fingerprint. Even by the miraculous standards of the natural world, it is an accomplishment almost beyond imagining. So, nature and all living creatures in it are miracles of life.

Respect for All Living Creatures
Despite the extraordinary competition, there is one simple creature that should be the most remarkable of all: you. Humans have genuinely impressive skills, and yet, they are so careless about the miracles of nature. Often, they have no respect for the living beings which are around them.

And you are only a part of a whole, called the Universe. Human beings are a grain in time and space. However, you have experiences, thoughts, and feelings, but it should not be a kind of prison, restricting you to your desires and affection for some people close to you.

But you are more sophisticated, more intelligent, and more marvelous than any human-made invention. We take such things for granted. Still, we could learn so much from nature or the unconditional love of the living creatures around us.

All Living Creatures are Miracles
Let’s take a recent study which shows a small bird known as Anna’s hummingbird that can dive through the air at speeds of around 50 miles or 80 kilometers per hour. So what? Well, this bird is only five inches long (12 centimeters).

So, it means that if you scale it up to the size of an average car, the bird is going at 1,300 miles or 2,092 kilometers per hour. It is almost twice the speed of sound. The Space Shuttle at its fastest reaches 207 body lengths per second; but when it is diving, Anna’s hummingbird tops it by 383 body lengths per second.

All in all, this little fellow must rank as one of the most incredible living creatures on the planet. But, in fact, there are many more miracles of the animal kingdom whose physical capabilities are just beyond belief. Some, indeed, defy the laws of physics, and therefore of nature itself.

Miracles of Nature Everywhere
You can see these kinds of miracles of nature in even the most simple creatures. In the very deepest of our oceans, there are compelling pressures. It is enough to crush every bone and organ in your body, yet there live all types of creatures.

Then, at the other end, high above the Himalayan Mountains, you encounter migrating birds. It is the bar-headed geese, happily flying at almost the same height as a jumbo jet. Animals are way smarter than we give them credit for, and so, all living creatures are miracles of nature.

And you might think it is impossible for a baby bird that has done nothing in its brief life but sits in a nest and eats caterpillars to take flight. After its parents leave him, he flies from, let’s say, England to southern Africa. And so, makes it over the Channel and the Strait of Gibraltar; over the Sahara.

All Things are Wonders
It is also unique when you look up, see and feel so many raindrops falling from the sky. Yet, Earth is not the only planet that experiences rain. Venus’ showers sulfuric acid. And scientists now suspect that on Jupiter, it rains diamonds.

So, only a life lived in respecting all living creatures as miracles, is worth living. We, as intelligent species, should appreciate Mother Nature far more than we do currently. So, all things in our world stand as amazing wonders. Choose very wisely how to see your life and what is around you because it literally becomes a summary of what you focus on.

 

Have You Ever Wondered Why Miracles Happen To Others And Not To You?

In a time when our planet is in a crisis… banks going under, people losing their homes and jobs and the sense of foreboding that surrounds us, it sure would be good to experience a miracle. I wasn’t surprised at all when this crisis hit and it isn’t a situation I choose to neither dwell on nor get upset about. This crisis was predicted years ago. It was prophesied that if a time came when humanity was more concerned with their possessions than each other, the world as we know it would change. There would be floods, wars, famines, an increase in crime and the major banks and financial institutions would fall. It would be a wake up call.

Is that not exactly what is occurring as we speak? We live in a civilization where most people live beyond their means. It’s become a “gotta have it” indulgent society. We want instant gratification. And we have gone beyond our means to get it. We think only of the physical pleasures and have lost our connection to the mind and spirit of humanity. Our kids are following in our footsteps. They have all the bells and whistles available and they have them the moment they become available. They are a generation of kids who don’t really know what it is to take responsibility for their actions nor the satisfaction of earning a reward for a job well done. They see, they want, they get. Just like us. Of course I’m generalizing. There are kids and adults who help others and are responsible. But they are a minority.

So, perhaps, this crisis could be viewed as a miracle, one that is forcing all of us to stop and decide what is important. What are the priorities in your life? How can you change your current circumstances? What are you willing to do to make your life work now? I believe we all have too much ‘stuff.’ Last year I visited a third world country where I learned that families, friends and community are on the top of their list of priorities. What a different world they live in. No, they don’t have four-bedroom, two hundred thousand dollar homes. They don’t have two cars, four TVs, every video game available or the latest fashions but they have the sense of togetherness. So when did we lose ourselves? What happened that we value possessions more than humanity? I believe this is a personal dilemma. There is probably a different answer for each of us that we could evaluate and decide what we can do to change ourselves and in turn, change our world. In doing so we can experience our miracles.

So what is a miracle anyway? Albert Einstein said and I quote, “There are two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” I tend to agree with him.

When we think of miracles, we automatically think of healings that come directly from God or one of His chosen ones. In the dictionary this is defined as: “An event that appears to be contrary to the laws of nature and is regarded as an act of God.” In actual fact, miracles happen everyday to ordinary people. And there is more then one definition of ‘miracle’ in the dictionary. Here’s another: “An event or action that is totally amazing, extraordinary or unexpected.” Could we then say that this major crisis could be a miracle and be grateful for it happening? Now that’s a tall order, isn’t it. Be grateful that we’re losing all our money and possessions. Has it made you more aware of what you do have? Then that’s a miracle.

Being grateful or thankful is easy to do for what we perceive as the good things in our lives. Being grateful for everything is just a tad harder. Asking the question, “What can I learn from this situation?” helps us to understand what we could do to change it and move on and that’s a miracle.

For centuries, worldly scholars have told us that what we think we are. That means that if you consistently think you’re fat, poor, jobless or whatever else you’re thinking then that’s what you are. Everything is energy and your thoughts and actions are part of that energy. What we think, how we act and what we do is transmitted into the universe. (It’s kind of like sending an email over the Internet). That energy resonates with like energies and returns to you that which you have transmitted. It’s as easy as that. Einstein told us that years ago and we are just beginning to understand how important it is. Changing our thoughts and energy could be the answer you are looking for.

To experience these changes and in turn, miracles we need to tune into them. By being aware of our surroundings we begin to have more and more ‘strange’ things happen. Challenge yourself. Put a thought into the universe several times a day and become aware of what is happening around you. Make that challenge something that you can measure. Something like, “I have the $50.00 to pay my friend back.” Your response may come in a strange way. That’s why you need to be aware of what’s happening around you. The other thing I always remember to do is to be grateful for all that I have and for things that come my way so after every ‘transmission,’ I say, “Thank you.”
Our planet is in a crisis. Humanity has lost its direction. We have been given a wakeup call. Viewed as a miracle, this crisis is giving us the opportunity to focus on our relationships be it family, friends, employees/employers, community or self. It is forcing all of us to stop and decide what is important. Miracles are waiting to happen to you. The choice is yours.

 

Simple Self Improvement – Turning Your Daily Struggles Into Miracles

Songwriter Peter Mayer writes — “So, the challenging thing becomes, not to look for miracles, but finding where there isn’t one.”

You may think that’s an overstatement. Most people think of miracles as things that happened in Biblical times. Because we don’t take the time to look at the world around us. And, for some reason, when given a choice we look at life in a negative rather than a positive light.

We all go through challenging times. If we didn’t, there wouldn’t be much point to life. If you seize the moment, the greatest lessons come out of the biggest challenges. My response to hard times is to always give gratitude for what I have, where the alternative is to complain about what I don’t have. But in a really difficult stretch, it becomes harder to find things to have gratitude for.

I often end up feeling grateful for these especially hard times. You realize how many things you simply take for granted during the times when you have to dig deep to find something to be grateful for. If you sit quietly for a moment and just observe the world around you, it doesn’t take long to realize that nearly everything’s a miracle.

Or, if you’re like me and you have a 4 year old, you get daily reminders of the fact that everything’s a miracle. The only real answer I have for many of her constant questions lately is “it’s a miracle.”

I scraped my knee and she wants to know how your body heals itself. It’s a miracle. We planted tiny little ugly brown seeds in an egg carton this spring. How do they grow into the beautiful flowers pictured on the seed package? It’s a miracle. Why does the sun set? Miracle. Why does it snow in the spring? Miracle. Why does my 9 month old cry when I leave the room? Another miracle.

Of course there are complex scientific explanations for most of these things. That doesn’t make them any less of a miracle.

With millions of people in the world, how do we meet the love of our life? How do we find a friend that knows just what to say at just the right time? How are we able to go on after the death of a parent, or worse yet, a child? How can a dog enable a blind man to live as though he were sighted? Why does chocolate taste SO good?

Well, I could go on, but hopefully you get the point. Because most people don’t get the point. And if you’re not “into” self improvement and personal growth, you may never stop long enough to realize the point. Life is so full and so challenging and so hectic, that it’s frighteningly easy to miss the fact that miracles are everywhere and in everything.

It matters how you see the world and it matters how you tell the story. This is the key to self improvement without changing anything other than your perception of the world. Just open your eyes up to the miracles around you.

If someone asked me how my day was, for example, I could respond by telling them that it was a miserably cold and rainy day, and all my kids were tired from staying up too late, and getting everyone up and dressed to take my daughter to school was a real struggle.

Or I could tell them how much fun we had staying up late the night before roasting marshmallows over the fire, and how my daughter sang a beautiful rendition of twinkle, twinkle little star to my baby that morning to keep him from being fussy. And I could laugh about how my 2 year old ran around the house in my high heels that morning as I tried to chase him down and get his shoes on him. And I could share how much fun my daughter had at school stomping in the mud puddles and finding the post-rain worms wriggling on the sidewalk. I could marvel at the rainbow.

It’s up to me. I can’t control my kids’ moods. I can’t control the weather. But I do control how I view the world. And how I tell the story, even if only to myself in my own head. I can view life as a struggle or as a miracle.

Why does it matter? The short answer is that part of the goal of self improvement is to be happy. And being happy just for the sake of being happy is a good thing. But it goes deeper than that. Seeing the world as a miracle is critical to your online business success. I’ll share why in my next article.

 

The Miracle of the Eucharis of Lanciano

Lanciano is a small, medieval town , nestled in from the coast of the Adriatic Sea in Italy, halfway between San Giovanni Rotondo and Loreto. Everything about Lanciano smacks of the Eucharistic Miracle. Even the name of the town was changed from Anxanum (in ancient times), to Lanciano, meaning “THE LANCE.”

Tradition has it that the centurion, named Longinus, who thrust the Lance into the side of Jesus, striking Him in the Tip of His Heart from which He shed blood and water, (in the Gospel account of the Crucifixion (Mk 15:29)) was from this town. After seeing the events which followed the piercing of Jesus’ heart, the darkening of the sun, and the earthquake, he believed that Christ was the Savior.

A more physical sign, however, was that Longinus had had poor eyesight, and after having touched his eyes with the water and blood from the side of Jesus, his eyesight was restored. What a perfect parallel the actions of the Centurion were to the Eucharistic Miracle. He touched the Heart of Jesus, was healed, and converted. He gave up the Army, went to Cappadocia, and was martyred for the faith. He is known now as Saint Longinus. His feast day is celebrated on March 15.

The church of the Eucharistic Miracle is located in the center of the town. But what is the center of the town today was the outskirts of the town back in the Eighth Century, when the Eucharistic Miracle occurred. At the time, it was called the Church of St. Legontian and St. Domitian, and was under the custody of the Basilian Monks, of the Greek Orthodox Rite. This was prior to the Great Schism of 1054.

THE MIRACLE

A Basilian monk, wise in the ways of the world, but not in the ways of faith, was having a trying time with his belief in the real presence of Our Lord Jesus in the Eucharist. He prayed constantly for relief from his doubts, and the fear that he was losing his vocation. He suffered through the routine of his priesthood day after day, with these doubts gnawing at him.

The situation in the world did not help strengthen his faith. There were many heresies cropping up all the time, which kept chipping away at his faith. They were not all from outside the church either. Brother priests and bishops were victims of these heresies, and they were being spread throughout the church. This priest, being a very intelligent person, couldn’t help but be more and more convinced by the logic of these heresies, especially the one concerning his particular problem, the physical presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. Human logic has always been a great enemy of the soul, when we try to understand the Divine.

One morning, while he was having a strong attack of doubt, he began the Consecration of the Mass for the people of the town. He used the same size host which is used in the Latin Rite masses today. What he beheld as he consecrated the bread and wine caused his hands to shake, indeed his whole body. He stood for a long time with his back to the people, and then slowly turned around to them.

He said: “O fortunate witnesses to whom the Blessed God, to confound my disbelief, has wished to reveal Himself in this Most Blessed Sacrament and to render Himself visible to our eyes. Come, brethren, and marvel at our God so close to us. Behold the Flesh and Blood of our most beloved Christ.”

The host had turned into Flesh. The wine had turned into Blood.

The people, having witnessed the miracle for themselves, began to wail, asking for forgiveness, crying for mercy. Others began beating their breasts, confessing their sins, declaring themselves unworthy to witness such a miracle. Still others went down on their knees in respect, and thanksgiving for the gift the Lord had bestowed on them. All spread the story throughout the town, and surrounding villages.

Jesus even allowed Himself to be crucified again. After the miracle, the Host was pinned down to a wooden board, so that when it dried, it would not curl up, as scabbed flesh does. So here He was again, with nails in His Body, nailed to a piece of wood.

The miracle that occurred in 700 was just the beginning. That was 1250 years ago. Had that miracle taken place, and then the flesh and blood disintegrated, as would have been normal, the miracle would have been none the less a miracle. The priest’s faith had been renewed. The entire town, the whole country for that matter, became aware of the miracle. Pilgrims flocked to Lanciano to venerate the Host turned flesh. Belief in the Eucharist had been reborn. The gift from the Lord was complete.

But that’s not all. The Miracle is ongoing. The Host-turned- Flesh, and the wine-turned-Blood, without the use of any form of preservative, is still present in the reliquary. In 1574, testing was done on the Flesh and Blood. An unexplainable phenomenon was discovered with the Blood. The five pellets of coagulated Blood are different sizes and shapes. But any combination weighs the same as the total. In other words, 1 weighs the same as 2, 2 weigh the same as 3, and 3 weigh the same as 5.

From the very beginning, the local church accepted this miracle as a true sign from heaven, and venerated the Eucharistic Flesh and Blood in processions on its feast day, the last Sunday of October. The fame of the shrine spread throughout the region quickly, and soon all of Italy came to the Church in Pilgrimage.

Many writings authenticating the Eucharistic Miracle took place over the years. Because this has been such a important local miracle, the background and history of the events were carefully recorded.

There had been a manuscript written in both Greek and Latin, attesting to the Miracle. It was said to have been written and certified at the time of the Miracle. In a Chronology of the City of Lanciano, historian Fella wrote that in early 1500, two Basilian Monks came to the Church, which was now in the custody of the Franciscans, and asked to stay overnight. They also asked to see the parchment which told the story of the Eucharistic Miracle of Lanciano. The Franciscans allowed them to study the parchment overnight.

But the next morning, the Basilian Monks left very early, before the Franciscans had awakened, and took the manuscripts with them. The motive, it was thought, was that the Basilian Monks were ashamed that one of their own had lost his faith in the Eucharist, and hoped that by stealing the original document attesting to the event, it might go away. The Church of the Miracle remained in the custody of the Monks of St. Basil, until 1176, when the Benedictines took over. However, the building had become very run down, and the Benedictines were not overly excited about taking care of it.

The Franciscans, however, did want custodianship of the Shrine. When one of their benefactors, Bishop Landulfo, was made Bishop of Chieti, he gave them the Shrine to take care of. So, in 1252, the Benedictines left, and the Franciscans took over. What they were not aware of until they actually came to Lanciano, was that the church was a disaster. They surmised that this was why the Benedictines so easily turned it over to them. In 1258, the Franciscans built a new church on the site of the original Church of St. Legontian.

In 1515, Pope Leo X made Lanciano an episcopal See, directly responsible to Rome.

In 1562, Pope Pius IV wrote a Papal Bull raising it to an Archepiscopal See.

In 1666, the Franciscans found themselves in the middle of a legal battle with what was called the “Raccomandati”, or Select group of the town. Today’s Italians might call them “I Superbi”. They thought they were better than everyone else. The Raccomandati tried to take the church away from the Franciscans by laying claim to the ORIGINAL CHURCH of St. Legontian, upon which the Franciscan church was built.

If they had won, they would have had both churches. But the Lord intervened through the high ranking Cardinal Giannetti, of the Sacred Congregation of Bishops and Religious, and the Franciscans won the case. You can be sure that they immediately applied for a deed, and 18 years later, in 1684, it was granted them. During Napoleon’s time, in 1809, the Franciscans were driven out of the town. But they returned in solemn triumph on June 21, 1953.

On June 25, 1672, Pope Clement X declared the altar of the Eucharistic Miracle a privileged altar on the Octave day of the deceased and on all Mondays of the year.

In 1887, the Archbishop of Lanciano, Monsignore Petarca, obtained from Pope Leo XIII, a PLENARY INDULGENCE in perpetuity to those who venerate the Eucharistic Miracle during the 8 days preceding the feast day.

The Eucharistic Miracle was placed in different locations within the Church of St. Francis over the years. At one point, in 1566, the threat of the Turks became imminent along the Adriatic Coast. It was thought that Lanciano would be an easy target for them to invade. As a matter of security, the Eucharistic Miracle was taken from its chapel, and walled up on the other side of the Church.

It got to a point, however, that the threat of the Turks became too much of a reality. On August 1 of that year, a Friar Giovanni Antonio di Mastro Renzo lost his faith, not in the Eucharist, but either in God’s ability, or God’s desire to save him and his little band of Franciscans from the onslaught of the Turks. Using the need to save the Eucharistic Miracle from the Infidels, he took the reliquary containing the Flesh and Blood, and himself and his friars, and fled the city. They walked all through the night. Just before dawn, Friar Giovanni felt they had put enough distance between them and the enemy, and ordered his friars to rest. As the sun came up, they found that they were back at the gates of the city.

Believing that the Lord had intervened, and that He wanted His Sacred Sign as an assurance to the people of the city of Lanciano that He had not abandoned them, the friars were filled with the Holy Spirit. They acquired the courage of lions. They vowed to remain in the Church, and protect the Eucharistic Miracle with their lives. As it turned out, the Lord kept them from harm, as well as the city of Lanciano, and the Eucharistic Miracle.

The Flesh and Blood were kept walled up until 1636, although the threat of the invading Turks had long since disappeared. At that time, the Eucharistic Miracle was transferred to the right side of the altar, encased in an iron tabernacle, behind iron doors. There were four keys to the vault, each held by different people in the town. This was called the Valsecca Chapel, in honor of the benefactor. The Miraculous Flesh and Blood were kept in this chapel until 1902. The faithful were only able to venerate the Eucharistic Miracle on special occasions, the Monday after Easter, and the last week in October, the week of the feast. The Plenary Indulgence was available to the people during the feast.

By 1902, it was determined that the Valsecca Chapel was inadequate for the Eucharistic Miracle. The people of Lanciano were hungry to be able to see Our Lord Jesus in the form of Flesh and Blood while they prayed to Him. Under the inspiration of the local bishop of Lanciano, Bishop Petrarca, a beautiful altar and new home for the Eucharistic Miracle was designed by a well known architect, Filippo Sergiacomo. That was a beautiful sign. But the real sign came from the people of Lanciano. They collected all the money needed for the new altar. During the month of the feast, five bishops from the Abruzzi region, with the Franciscans, and pilgrims from all over, solemnly dedicated the new altar.

Lanciano was selected as the site for the First Eucharistic Congress for the region of Abruzzi on September 23-25, 1921.

We bring our pilgrims to this shrine many times each year. Upon entering the church, our attention is immediately focused on the unusual altar. There are TWO TABERNACLES, rather than the traditional one. The second tabernacle is on top of the first. Continuing down the aisle toward the main altar, we see a large tablet on the wall, dating back to 1574, which tells the story of the Eucharistic Miracle.

Further on the right of the main altar is a painting of the Eucharistic Miracle. The painting opens out from the wall, revealing a set of doors, behind which is hidden an old iron tabernacle. This is the Valsecca Chapel, and was the home of the Eucharistic Miracle from 1636 until 1902, when the present altar was built.

We walk to the back of the main altar, where there is a stairway leading up to the second tabernacle, to the Eucharistic Miracle. A priest from the church dresses in vestments worn for the celebration of Holy Mass, and leads us to the top of the stairway. The Monstrance and the Miracle are before our eyes. We are allowed to ascend in groups of five. The priest puts a flashlight in back of the Host turned Flesh. This is an actual heart muscle. With the light in the background, the fibers of the heart can be seen. The chalice which holds the Blood is believed to be the same one into which the Blood was placed after the miracle, and possibly the actual chalice which was used for the Mass when the Miracle took place. The Host has turned light brown over the years. When the priest puts the light in back of It, It appears rose colored. The Blood gives off an ochre appearance.

IT’S IMPOSSIBLE TO TRULY APPRECIATE THE EUCHARISTIC MIRACLE OF LANCIANO WITHOUT SEEING THE IMPACT IT HAS ON THOSE WHO WITNESS IT

All questions and doubts about the physical presence of Jesus in the Eucharist become a matter of rhetoric when you are privileged to witness those who have seen the miracle. They decend the steps in tears. Many go down on their knees at the sight of the miracle. What had possibly been curious, doubting Thomases become dumbfounded, awestruck believers. They go back to their pews and just sit there, silent, weeping, praying. One priest who went with us to Lanciano in 1983 wrote to us, “I can never raise the host or wine in Consecration again, without seeing my Lord’s very Heart between my fingers, His Blood alive in the Chalice before me.”

A pilgrim, born and baptised Catholic, shared with his Convert wife, after venerating the Eucharistic Miracle of Lanciano, “I NEVER BELIEVED IN THE PHYSICAL PRESENCE OF JESUS IN THE EUCHARIST. TO ME, IT WAS STRICTLY ‘IN MEMORY OF HIM’. NOW, I TRULY BELIEVE THAT MY JESUS COMES ALIVE TO ME PERSONALLY IN THE CONSECRATED HOST THAT I CONSUME AT HOLY MASS.”

On one occasion, after the priest had shown all our pilgrims the Eucharistic Miracle, he came down to the foot of the altar, and made the following observation:

“REMEMBER, THIS MIRACLE THAT YOU ARE WITNESSING NOW, AND THAT YOU HAVE TRAVELED SO FAR TO WITNESS, HAPPENS EVERY DAY IN EVERY CHURCH IN THE WORLD, AT THE CONSECRATION OF THE MASS”

How many tests have been made over the years, how many times Our Dear Lord Jesus allows Himself to be prodded and cut, examined under microscopes, and photographed. The most recent, an extensive scientific research done in 1970, used the most modern scientific tools available. The results of the tests are as follows:

– the flesh is real flesh. The blood is real blood.
– the flesh consists of the muscular tissue of the heart (myocardium)
– the flesh and blood belong to the human species.
– the flesh and blood have the same blood type (ab)
– in the blood, there were found proteins in the same normal proportions as are found in the sero-proteic make up of fresh, normal blood.
– in the blood, there were also found these minerals: chlorides, phosphorous, magnesium, potassium, sodium and calcium.
– the preservation of the flesh and of the blood, which were left in their natural state for twelve centuries (without any chemical preservatives) and exposed to the action of atmospheric and biological agents, remains an extraordinary phenomenon.

As part of this most recent investigations, the following comment was made:

“Though it is alien to my task strictly speaking, I feel I should insert the following reflection into the study just completed: the clarification, which comes through in these studies, of the nature of the flesh gives little support to the hypothesis of a “fraud” perpetrated centuries ago. As a matter of fact supposing that the heart may have been taken from a cadaver, I maintain that only a hand experienced in anatomic dissection would have been able to obtain from a hollow internal organ such a uniform cut (as can still be glimpsed in the flesh)”

What the doctor, a scientist, not a theologian, is saying in simple language is that, although it’s not his task to speculate, it would have been difficult, next to impossible for anyone to have cut a slice of the heart in the way that it was done. He also states that it’s highly doubtful that there was any fraud involved.

Another unusual characteristic of the blood is that when liquefied, it has retained the chemical properties of freshly shed blood. When we cut ourselves, and stain our clothes, the chemical properties of the blood are gone within 20 minutes to a half hour. If blood is not refrigerated within an hour maximum, the composition of blood rapidly breaks down. If blood were taken from a dead body, it would lose its qualities quickly through decay. This blood is over 1250 years old, and still contains all its properties, chemicals and protein of freshly shed blood. And yet in the testing, it was determined that NO PRESERVATIVES OF ANY KIND were found in the blood.

Jesus gives us His Heart again in the Eucharistic Miracle, which is a Heart muscle. He gives us His Blood again in this Miraculous form to heal us. He gives us His Blood with His Body in the Eucharist every day to heal us, and nourish us. There are instances in history, which we’ll explore in this book, where people lived for years on no other nourishment than the Eucharist.

He who feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood has life eternal, and I will raise him up on the last day. For my flesh is real food, and my blood real drink. John 6:54-56

We believe that the most perfect form of love is the Eucharistic Love of Jesus. In the Miracle of Lanciano, He loves us by revealing His very Heart and His very Blood. It helps us to understand the sacrifice of our Perfect Lamb, Jesus, in the Holy Mass. How much do I love you? Here is my Heart? How much do I love you? Here is my blood, being shed for you.

Each day during the Mass, Jesus, completely vulnerable, offers us His very heart, for us to accept or reject. We become part of the Incarnation again. God, one with man – God becoming man. As Mary carried Jesus below her heart, we too are allowed to carry now Jesus’ very Heart, His Body, His Love in our heart. And we are never the same.

THE SHROUD OF TURIN VERIFIES BLOOD TYPE OF LANCIANO

In 1978, a group of scientists from NASA performed an intensive examination on the Shroud of Turin, using all the sophisticated scientific equipment available to our Space Agency at that time. Among the many findings the scientists made in support of the authenticity of the Shroud, a very significant discovery was found regarding the blood type on the Shroud. It was AB POSITIVE, the same blood type as found in the Eucharistic Miracle of Lanciano. More and more, science has verified what we have believed in Faith for centuries.

 

The Greatest Miracle Of All Time – Believe Or Doubt It

“To see is to believe,” is the most common principle that the world has usually raised, especially when the subject is argued to be facts or fiction. Hence, the said phrase is often used to define and measure the differences between reality and illusion. Of course, one has to show the objective evidences to prove the existence of a thing and convince anyone about its claimed truth. Without showing its material evidences which should be visible to the eyes of men, one has to strain his tongue to the fullest just to convince the very few among the thousands who never believe.

True, it’s a normal reaction for a person to doubt and won’t even believe on the things he cannot see. Life is real, indeed and thus, we often perceive things on the way we see and touch. The images that form from our sight are stored in our minds and produce an impression. Like a computer, we process, scan and evaluate a certain thing in a different angles which form part of our perspective. Our belief and confidence upon a thing or person has started from the very product of our naked eyes. Thus, the premise, “we believe on what we see” concurs to the common dogma of life on “living and believing by sight.”

But how about a miracle? Do you believe in a miracle?

Miracle is oftentimes perceived to be beyond physical reality and possibility. We are amazed with wonder when something we thought that is impossible to happen- really happens! It’s a ‘shock and awe’ to witness an unbelievable feat, somewhat like an extra-ordinary thing that we view from our sight. Words like, “amazing!” “wow!” “great!” “awesome!” and “can’t believe it!” are among the familiar reactions we heard from those who witness a miracle.

Seeing a miracle is like watching a magic show. Like a miracle, you can see things in a magic beyond what is real. Others believe in magic, but some consider it as a mere tricks and sleight of hands. But what is their common feature is that -we see something that extremely amused us. Then we’re left hanging with a question, “is it true?!”

But what many have failed to know is that –there are really things that exist in this world which are beyond our sight.. and this is the truth. It’s the truth which is seemingly beyond reality. The existence of the things itself, like the natures of life, are far from possibility. Life, itself is a miracle. My existence, your existence, our existence and every nature we see in this world are proof that there are ‘miracles’ around us.

But what is the greatest miracle of all time?

Indeed, life itself is a wonder. The conception and the birth of a child is already a miracle. The planets and the solar system in space are magnificent creations that one may watch in awe. And when one sees a lame or a paralyzed one suddenly, stands and walks normally – it’s a miracle! A water turns into a wine and a sick person,with an incurable disease who gets healed is another miracle! It’s amazing.. but if one witnesses a seemingly magical feat or event, it surely left him in disbelief.

But what is really the greatest miracle of all miracles?

Remarkably, only few people have known the greatest miracle of all time. It is considerably the greatest mystery ever happens to an individual. When a darkest black is mixed with red, it is extremely amazing when what comes out is white! Impossible, isn’t it?

Scientists have been wondering the mysteries in this world and trying to solve the so-called, “phenomenon” in order to understand its complexities through scientific explanations. Thousands have been solved and the unveiling effort to find the answers of the ‘unsolved things ‘are endlessly searched and examined no matter what may be the cost is. However, there’s only one biggest thing in this world that scientists simply ignore to exert their effort and dig dipper to understand its mystic nature. Yes, its nature is relatively leveled by scientists as “paranormal.” The perplex and mystery about the ghosts and aliens seem to have been captured by scientific tools, yet, this big thing has been neglected for centuries. It seems that scientists are not interested to understand its mystery or they simply cannot explain or believe those things by what has been considered, “miracles.”

A baby who is born from the womb of a woman is a mystery. But when he is ‘born again’ is simply the greatest miracle of all time. The word, “born again” is already a complex one. Literally, when one is born again, it means he is born the second time around from the womb of his mother?! It can’t be! How can a man be born again when by nature a baby is born only once?!

By physical and objective explanations, scientists will surely find no evidence to support this so-called, ‘born again’ even if it is the greatest miracle of all time. This may be the reason behind why they are not interested on this matter. It may be beyond para-normal things or probably, its perplex nature is beyond transcendental comprehension!

“Born Again” is the main core of Christianity. It is done and understood by faith, not by sight. When one accepts Christ as his personal Lord and Savior, his old, sinful self will gradually die, and the new nature shall come out in the nature and character of Christ. This transition is similarly compared to a process of a metamorphosis where an ugly worm turns into a beautiful butterfly. Believe or doubt it.

His old, sinful nature dies, and a new self is born in the character of Christ from whom his new life and being lives. This is the reason why it is called, ‘born again.” It is like a ‘new seed’ being planted inside a tree. Like a person, being planted with a ‘new being’ — a man shall be born again when a seed, who is Christ, shall be placed in his heart. Eventually, Christ Himself, shall manifest in his new self, and the characters of Christ will gradually prevail as the old characters shall be buried. This is why a person who accepts Christ where he lives a new life with Christ is also called, ‘born again.’

A man who is born again has an old nature which dies down in him, and remarkably, his sinful ways (the darkest black) shall gradually diminish through the blood of Christ (the red one) and will change his old ways into a new character, a new life with Christ. This is the greatest miracle of all miracles!

Scientists don’t care what Christianity is. They don’t know what it means to be born again. The mystery is beyond its scientific grasp nor they can comprehend the greatest miracle of all time.

 

The Miracle Of A World At Peace Is Performed By Reflecting Peace Within Yourself First

By the time I finish composing this article I am going to need to find inner peace myself. Writing is a journey that sometimes, like life, is discouraging.

The profession of writing can be seen as a parallel to life by having its struggles, stressful moments, and even hours or days on end, and sometimes heartache from effort on individuals, while many times seeing nothing in return.

If you’re thinking about that last remark, let me add another one.

Writers are gifted individuals and the rewards of the miracle are there, but like whatever else, they arrive at a sluggish pace.

Inner peace resembles writing; given that you work, work, and more work, but like the miracle, effortlessly because like we writers loving it so much, and the rewards of your quietness seem miles away.

But it is closer to you than you may think!

Do you want inner peace?

Sure, we all want inner peace, or at least almost all people do. How do you achieve inner peace?

Do you have the ability to utilize your mind over matter for the miracle by managing your psyche?

If not then you must live, learn, read, and practice in order to reach your assurance that the miracle is in you. Exactly what are you doing to accomplish your own inner peace?

If we don’t find it within first, we can not have world peace.

Here’s what I mean:

Do you rush through each day browsing by and overlooking the power of your subconscious mind to find answers to your questions, yet fail to see the answers since you hesitate to satisfy your subconscious mind?

Power of Your Subconscious Mind

Up until you discover truth, you will not discover inner peace. Despite exactly what you’ve heard and learned throughout your lifetime the fact about the miracle as being of your reality is somewhere within you.

Even if you do not have the whole fact, you have more than you believe. We are all born with the gift of inner peace.

Regardless of race or religion, hence, it is the responsibility of individuals of all natures residing in the world of havoc to return to peace and in union.

Peace in true definition is a tranquility of the mind.

The Miracle

It is up to you to quiet the conflict that goes on between the feelings, subconscious, and mindful mind, when the mind needs to be still.

The subconscious mind has peaceful gifts waiting for you, and it is up to you to bring these miracles forward. As soon as you reach your subconscious, you will be shocked exactly what you will find.

To bring forward the miracle within you, it takes, willingness, readiness, and the power of taking acting to find your inner freedom and peace of mind, and reflect it into your outer world.

Quietness of the mind means there is no area for suffering, discomfort, and once obtained will go to lengths to remain still and calm and not bothered by the chaos of the outer world.

During your time searching for inner peace, you will need to discover the best ways to free the mind.

Freeing the Mind

Liberating the mind indicates, you are willing to give all your regrets, bias, embarrassment, untruths, unfavorable ideas, and other damaging thinking to your inner Guide–the Holy Spirit, and let go of the ego-based mind side of life in this world.

A Course in Miracles states, “Do not underestimate the appeal of the ego’s demonstrations to those who would listen.”

I hope that you are seeing from this article that inner peace is everything, and like you, I want my own inner peace to be reflected to my outer world.

When you invest time trying to control others you are burning up energy that could be utilized to discover and conserve your own inner peace.

Asking questions within will brighten your light.

Finding inner peace implies that you need to learn how to interact with self. As soon as you discover the strategies of communication, or the imagination of interaction you will have the tool you need to move along without stumbling along the way.

True Reality

I hope you are thinking about what I ‘d said in the last couple of words of the sentence and brighten your inner light.

If perhaps you are concerned that you’re going to have confusion along the way to discovering inner peace, just stop right here, and read this short article again.

Until you discover the Light of true reality, you will not discover inner peace.

A Course in Miracles asks us to contemplate this question: “Would you join in the crucifixion or the resurrection?”

I hope that you have discovered from this article, considering that peace is everything, and like you, I, too, want inner peace for the world.

Finding inner peace indicates that you should learn to communicate with self, first, from deep within.

To a peaceful world!

Being Conscious Of Miracles Attracts More Of Them

We are never truly more alive than when we live in a state of constant awe of everything that exists in the universe. The very fact that anything exist at all is a miracle. Life itself is a miracle. It is a gift that we are here and to be aware of our being here. It is also a gift that everything else is also here for us to know and experience it. Every moment that passes, the continual existence of all things in the universe is a continual miracle that we are experiencing.

It is a miracle that the sun continues to shine everyday, the earth continues to rotate on its axis, the birds continue to sing in the morning, the trees and flowers continue to grow, everyone continues to awaken after sleeping, and the person you love is there to answer when you call. As long as there is life, there is wonder, beauty and love to experience. Never think for one moment that it should be all there for you, because it doesn’t have to. It is all there because it is miraculously created.

When we live life with a consciousness that everything is a miracle, we are in a constant state of gratitude and wonder. We do not take existence for granted and we are thankful for every opportunity to experience what life has to offer. Nothing is insignificant of our interest and we see how all things have their place in the entire workings of the universe. Every moment is a blessing and we value each event as a gift to partake of the expressions of others as well as ourselves.

If everything is a miracle, then what makes you think that miracles are so rare and so hard to experience? They are happening all the time and whatever miracle you want can happen for you when you believe. The reason why we are not conscious of miracles is because we have been led to think that only certain kinds of things that happen are miracles. But when we know that miracles are more than what we define them to be, the world of miracles opens up for us.

Anything you desire can be created. There is nothing too difficult for the universe to do. It is as easy and natural for the sun to rise as it is for the thing you want to come into realization. The supernatural and the natural operates the same way, except on different planes of reality. What we call natural is what we can see operating in the visible realm. But what is supernatural operates in the invisible realm which we cannot see but must understand.

All things that function in the visible world are controlled by the invisible world. It is what we cannot see that governs what we do see. Before the appearance of a seedling from the ground, there was an image of a tree contained within the seed. The end of a thing is contained in the beginning of it. Everything that appears in the visible world was first created in the invisible world. The invisible world is the mind of the universe. The consciousness that contains all things.

What you are seeing in the visible world is not all there is. If you feel that what you desire is not there, you can always create it. Although no one else sees it, you can see it in your mind. Believe that it is there already even when you can’t see it yet. Others might say that it is impossible, but you know that possibility doesn’t exist in the visible but in the invisible realm. What is seen isn’t possibility but reality. Only those who see the invisible can create the impossible.

The reason why we don’t experience certain things we desire as much as we want to is because we think that those are special cases that happen only once in a while. But when we realize that miracles are happening all the time and not just some of the time, we can believe that those things that we think of as rare events, can happen like the sun rising every morning and the planets spinning around it.

When we believe that something already exists even when it’s not in the visible world yet, we are able to create from nothing. A miracle is created and set in motion the moment you think and believe it. The more conscious you are of the miracles that happen in your life, the more you attract such experiences. Rejoice and be grateful for every good thing that happens to you and your world will be an abundance of miracles.

 

Make Miracles Happen And Get What You Want

First off, you need to be living in the Hot Zone. Why? Because this is where your dreams are converted into reality.

Bring it on, you say. Not so fast. In all good conscience, I must inform you about the realities that you will encounter in the Hot Zone. Let me give you a little clue. Things get “sticky” there. This is were the Primordial Forces of Nature “meet and greet” the wants and needs of mere mortals such as you and I. Make miracles.

Where’s the Hot Zone?

To make miracles, it starts in the subconscious and extends out into the Universe. Exactly where in the Universe? You guess is as good as mine.

Scientifically speaking, conjecture would place the origin of the Hot Zone to be somewhere within the structure of Dark Matter and Dark Energy. I say this because supposedly 95% of the Universe consists of Dark Matter and Dark Energy. Which incidentally, nobody has a clue of what it is about. Make miracles.

No question about it, you and I can theorize about the power of belief, the validity of prayer, and goodness knows what else, but the fact remains, people are creating miracles for themselves every day in this world, as we live and breath.

What kind of miracles?

People are getting unexplainable remissions of cancers and other health related phenomena. How about young children that are physically impaired in many tragic ways. Yet they can do specific things with great art and genius. Displaying incredible talent for playing a musical instrument. Or perhaps showing the world their fantastic gift in the fields of mathematics and science. Make miracles.

You want some more miracles? Maybe closer to home. You may not think of these accomplishments as miracles. But, a lot of people do. Take the world of business enterprise.

How many people have you read about that begin a business that is very old and mundane. And, years latter, you read in the newspaper that these very same people are now millionaires. That’s right. These people have succeeded where everybody else fails or barely gets by. Go figure. Make miracles.

Don’t forget the children

And lets not forget the children of this world. How many youngsters have you heard about or know, that have grown up in an environment where the average child would be destroyed in. I mean, these kids that have been reared in bad families, bad neighborhoods and bad schools.

They didn’t stand a chance. But, guess what. Maybe because of some freak of nature, these kids turn out to be super achievers and leaders of industry, of the community, and the politics. Make miracles. I mean it shouldn’t be happening. But, it does.

The key rests with you

The key to making these happen big time in your life, rests with you. Nobody else can do it for you. It boils down to how badly do you want it? Sorry, the buck stops with you, when it comes to these matters.

Most experts in this field basically agree on one thing. In order to be successful with the power of belief, you need to make this desired event happen in your mind first. “As within so without”.

The ignition key

The ignition key for making things happen for yourself is emotion. If you just imagine something you want, that won’t cut it. You need to visualize with great emotion-like heart throbbing excitement. In order to get to this state, it helps to apply all of your senses-seeing, feeling, hearing, touching, and smelling.

No jive

I am not jiving you. Almost all of your world class athletes use this system. Certainly at the Olympian level. These methods are employed. For that matter, your elite performers in most fields of human endeavor use these methods.

A lot of these people having been using these methods for so long, that, they don’t even know it. Or, better yet, they are not consciously aware of it.

Immediately I can think of three historical giants that used the power of belief to transform their world. Firstly, we have one of the greatest warriors the world has ever known, Alexander the Great. His belief was unbelievably strong. Both his parents and culture helped form this phenomenon breaking attitude.

Alexander the Great

The man actually believed he was a god. He was a leader of men and nations. Matter of fact, he literally conquered the entire known world of his time. Age has no prejudices when it comes to accomplishment. He did all of this before his was 30 years of age. He was a product of his Greek or Mesopotamian culture.

In his book Jesus and Buddha, The Parallel Saying, Marcus Borg
points out about the absolute belief and conviction these two giants of the spiritual world had about miracles and the power of belief.

Jesus– “If you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’, and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.” Matthew 17.20

Buddha– “A monk who is skilled in concentration can cut the Himalayas in two. Anguttara Nikaya 6.24

My Miracles

I personally have made some miracles for myself. Years ago, I sold real estate in Chicago, Illinois. My specialty was selling new homes. My performance was just so-so. Nothing to brag about. I was desperately trying to improve my performance. I read books and attended seminars on how to sell.

One day I discovered in my “searching” that top drawer salespeople, artists, musicians, industrial leaders and athletes used visualization in order to give outstanding performances in their chosen fields of endeavor.

I learned about the power of visualization, the subconscious, and energy transference. I applied this knowledge to my selling of homes. So, guess what? I immediately began setting all kinds of sales records, to my total astonishment. Yeah, I felt like a thief in the night. I couldn’t believe this good fortune was happening to me.

When I moved to Florida, I took these same methods with me. I call them my little miracle makers. Don’t knock it if it works. Right? Make miracles.

After my near death experience with colon cancer within the last two years, I find myself seeking Divine Guidance. For different reasons then you may think. I absolutely have no fear of death. I am not even worried about the Great Unknown or Whatever. During my sick and hospital days, I discovered there are many worse things then death.

I am doing this Guidance routine, because I realize that life is short. Too short. Subsequently, I am looking for wisdom and understanding in order to make the most of whatever life and time I have left.

Hey, don’t misunderstand me. I am the picture of health. And, I feel great. But, I realize my mortality. So, I want to make the most of life.

In this light, I found my self creating miracles and or praying for the welfare of a dear friend. He was having a rough go of it. I could just feel “the Connection” when I prayed for this person. ” I could feel it happening”.

And guess what? It did. It worked! This person sold his house for much more money than he ever dreamed possible. And, he now has two incredible job/income opportunities that are working out fantastically for him. Oh yeah, my prayers were answered beyond my hopes and dreams. Make miracles.

Cheers, and make miracles in your life.

Create a Miracle!

Creating miracles is a wonderful thing to do. It may feel as if you don’t have any control of creating a miracle but you do. When you are in a loving and caring space it is easy to create a miracle. A miracle can mean different things to different people so let’s examine the meaning.

First, let’s look at the definition of miracle. The Webster’s Dictionary states that a miracle is an act or happening attributed to supernatural power; a wonderful thing. The next step in figuring out what a miracle is would be to define the supernatural power. This is where interpretation comes into play. We could look up the definition and get extremely technical but this article is meant to be empowering and allow you to connect with the feeling of miracles. For the purpose of this article supernatural power will be any kind of power that comes from your higher self.

When you are connect to love, peace, joy, and happiness you are creating from a place of high energy or your higher self. You are on the path to creating what you want. That in of itself is creating miracles. It is easy to watch other people and see the wonderful things that they are going through and forget to look at your own. You are a miracle and sharing your gifts is a miracle. How often do you take notice of the miracles around you? Each and every day that we put positive energy into our lives we are sharing that with those around us. We lift each other by staying in this high energy space. Image if all of us walked around with joy and love, peace and happiness. Can you image the power and the miracles we could and would create?

It is an amazing feeling to know that you are part of this miraculous world and that you have meaning in the world. There is a gift you should be sharing with the world. What is it? What miracle are you going to create and share with the world?

If you are having difficulties seeing how you create miracles here are a couple of ways to get in that space.

  • Reach for the highest and biggest vision in the area of your choosing
  • Open your heart to give and receive more into your life
  • Send loving thoughts to yourself and those around you- then extend that out to the world
  • Trust and believe you are entitled to a miracle
  • Be grateful for the miracles that are already in your life
  • Take time to notice the miracles around you and welcome the miracles that are on the way
  • Learn to forgive yourself and others

These are just a few ideas to get your mind moving in that direction. Miracles come in every shape and every size. These steps grow into each other. They build and continue to lift you into that space of creating what you want. It is a loving space and you are worth receiving miracles in your life. Know that you are a miracle and have much to share with the world.

When you are feeling a little down try and take a step back and look at the good in your life. Are you awesome with relationships and creating a safe place for people to turn to when they need it? Or maybe you are amazing at sales and creating profits for your company. You are providing much value in your life. Remember who you are always, simply a miracle!

Mary B Owens ~ committed to empowering you to create the business of your dreams so you create the life of your dreams! Mary received a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Denver in 1997. She is a Certified Law of Attraction Empowerment Business Coach with QSCA. She is also a Landmark education graduate. She helps people go from where they are in their lives to where they want to be by using the Laws of the Universe. She has spent years studying the Laws of the Universe and how they play a part of our lives and relationships.

Prophets, Teachers, Miracles, Science, Technology

Second in Paul’s list of gifts were prophets (1 Corinthians 12:27). We know those who have this gift as preachers. The prophet’s job was to expound Scripture, to multiply the gift of the apostles, the gift of Scripture (the New Testament, but not the New Testament alone — also the Old Testament) by illustrating and applying it to God’s people, to the churches. Once the Scripture was complete and available, it was to be proclaimed to the nations, to the Gentiles, to all of the people in the world. With the closing of the Canon and cessation of the role of the apostles, the role of the prophets took first place in the churches. Indeed, preaching God’s Word is still the primary job of every church.

Teachers

The next gift on Paul’s list was teaching. Teachers were to help people incorporate Scripture into their lives. Teachers instruct, train and disciple others. Teaching is an outgrowth of preaching. Teaching takes preaching to the next level. Where preaching is the proclamation of God’s Word, teaching involves the assimilation and application of God’s Word. The teacher must master the subject before teaching it, and then help others master it. So, the first job of the teacher is learning.

And every Christian is called to be a teacher. Husbands are to teach their wives. Parents are to teach their children. Older students are to help teach younger students, etc. Teaching is the main staple of Christianity. Every Christian needs to be taught, not just the essentials of the faith, but the fullness and richness of the faith. Christianity is not just about the main points of biblical doctrine, it’s about the entire story of the Bible in all of its amazing details. “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:16).

Miracles

Next on Paul’s list are miracles. But didn’t I previously say that miracles had ceased with the closing of the Canon? I did, and what I said is true. However, it is not the whole truth. Why? Because the closing of the Canon was not the end of Christianity. Rather, it was the beginning of God’s Christian mission to the whole world. Paul’s inclusion of miracles on the gift list was the result of Jesus’ instructions in John 14:12: “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father.” James taught the same thing: “You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone” (James 2:24).

You might say that Paul used the word “miracles” where the verses I have quoted above use the word “works.” And indeed, they are not the same Greek words. Nonetheless, the meaning and intent of the two verses are the same. Paul used the word dunamis, which means power. Paul’s use of the word miracles (dunamis) here referred to going out in the power of Christ and changing the world. Paul was not talking about carnival tricks or healing aunt Sally’s sore elbow. Paul was talking about using the wisdom that God had provided in Scripture to change human culture and society into the likeness of Christ. Paul was talking about the application of biblical principles and truths to the endeavor of being human in a fallen world. Paul was talking about walking in the Spirit, about living in regeneration, about being used by God in the accomplishment of God’s purposes for His church, to extend the biblical mission to reach the whole world.

With the light of Jesus Christ and completion of the Bible, miracles that were like flashlights in the dark were no longer necessary in the light of Christ. Again, it is not so much that miracles that worked like flashlights in the dark ceased to work, but that in the light of Christ flashlights were no longer necessary. But note that if the light from the flashlights was miraculous, the light of Christ was a miracle of infinitely greater proportion. The flashlights were simply abandoned in favor of the superior light of Christ.

Miracles are like tongues. Rightly understood, we see that speaking in tongues did not cease, but rather began in earnest with the closing of the Canon as the gospel – regenerate God talk — was translated (spoken and written) into foreign tongues (languages). Similarly, miracles did not cease with the closing of the Canon, either. Rather, the closing of the Canon provided the platform for the launching of new generations of miracles, new kinds of miracles previously unknown, miracles that could only be manifest in the light of the Trinitarian Christ. Indeed, the application of the Trinitarian understanding of God and the Trinitarian understanding of reality brought about the development of science and technology, which have utterly and miraculously changed the world.

Science & Technology

What we call science and technology today, Christians of the First Century would have called miracles. What we assume as commonplace today, would have been considered to be absolutely miraculous in any other period of human history. I’m talking about modern communications, transportation, media, agriculture, population increase, etc. Think about the transformation of the world from the time of Christ to the Twenty-First Century and it is nothing short of absolutely miraculous, particularly from a First Century perspective. This is the gift of miracles that was on Paul’s list.

The rest of the gifts on Paul’s list are lumped together as if the order is not significant, “then gifts of healing, helping, administrating, and various kinds of tongues” (v. 21). The previous gifts on the list are in the order of importance. The most important was the apostolic, the writing of the New Testament. Second was the preaching of the New Testament gospel. And third was the teaching of the New Testament gospel. The direct result of that preaching and teaching would be — and were — miracles. The preaching and teaching of the Trinitarian gospel of Jesus Christ utterly changed the world for the better and forever.

GOD: Understanding God, His Omniscience, Omnipresence, Omnipotence, and Miracles

God’s Electromagnetic Energy:

God is Light energy particles and He was the only one Who existed some fourteen billion years ago at the time of the proposed Big Bang when the universe was created by Him. His special “electromagnetic” energy is so immense that we suggested God to be the unseen energy field of three-dimensional space itself which physicists have termed the Higgs field. Moreover God’s special “electromagnetic” energy is the source of soul energy in newborns that like oxygen is vital for human life. We further discussed the Divine soul energy inside our body as possessing a special Mass which allows our souls to be a thinking brain independent of our human brain. We in addition concluded that the soul lives on forever since Marcia’s bodiless soul in Heaven freely communicates with my soul energy in my body through direct thought-energy telepathy.

The population on Earth is currently seven billion and each soul that integrates into a fetus in a new incarnation in a mother’s womb receives seventy-five million of God’s Light energy particles. God’s billions of quadrillions of His personal “electromagnetic” energy, which is continuously multiplying as the universe expands, can easily accommodate all of the soul energies within the human species. Compared to the brilliant Albert Einstein, God has trillions of times more intellect. This enormous supernova brain possessed by God is what gives God the organizing intelligence to be the being of us all, our planet, and our universe. God also seems to possess other types of energies such as angelic energy, faith energy, miracle energy, and prophecy energy in addition to the “electromagnetic” energy used by our souls.

God’s Omniscience:

Thoughts do not originate in the human brain. They constantly evolve in our souls and therefore can be monitored by God. No human being currently knows another person’s thoughts but God knows, no matter how surreptitiously we try to hide or disguise our thoughts within our Divine souls interweaved together almost inseparably within our human brain. God also monitors the moral choices we make with our God-given Free Will even before we make them. That’s what Omniscience means âÂ�Â� all knowing. We each have a tally sheet or spiritual score card that is kept in Heaven which will determine whether we will advance to living forever in the Messianic Age. If we have lived a meaningful life with truth, honesty, goodness, and fairness in our heart and repented for our sins, we shall be admitted into a second Garden of Eden where the inclination to do evil will be once again be subdued as it was for Adam and Eve before the serpent entered their lives.

This time however our paradise will be sustained because before the Messianic Age can begin, the Devil who influences our evil inclination must be destroyed. In the first Garden of Eden some six thousand years ago, God had His reasons to use the Devil whom He had created to tempt a gullible Eve. When Eve gave way to her desires and her human ego, both Adam and she had to leave the Garden. One outcome of Eve then Adam eating the forbidden fruit of the Tree of Knowledge was that the Devil was officially appointed to act upon and influence the evil inclination in all future human beings. He also gave the Devil unusual powers to transform, corrupt, and own human souls whereby the Devil at any time could “become” his followers’ evil inclination and instigate in them the need to commit evil acts. The consequences of the Devil’s power is evident in the popular story of Adam and Eve’s twin sons, Cain and Abel. It is my contention that the Devil became the evil inclination in Cain who then slew his brother Abel. Cain eventually died but the Devil is still with us to the present day. We will take up this matter in a future article on the Devil where we shall explain the Devil’s powers and God’s reasons for creating evil. If God is all knowing, then even the Devil’s thoughts and plans cannot be hidden from God.

God’s Omnipresence:

Einstein’s famous Relativity Energy Equation predicted that if humans could travel at the speed of light, 186 thousand miles per second, we would live forever as time would not exist and would fall into the physicist’s time-space fourth dimension. The soul travels at one-million times the speed of light, an incredible 186 billion miles per second, and thus can live for the eternity. Like a droplet of water in the ocean which cannot be separated from the ocean, our soul energy cannot be separated from God’s Light energy. Thus God too travels at the similar warp speed as our soul energy and is not subject to time. For God, He was, He is, and He will be. Fourteen billion years since the creation of the universe are thus the same to God as six thousand years since the Creation of Adam and Eve. For God who jumpstarted earth’s life forms with microorganism species 3.8 billion years ago, Creation and Evolution are the same time event since God is independent of time. Our human brains however see these as separate events because we are dependent on time.

The human body acts like a “black hole” and constrains the speed of the Divine soul energy inside of us. However the body does not interrupt thought-energy transmittal between souls from Earth to Heaven and vice versa. When we have a thought, the thought is immediately converted to God’s special “electromagnetic” energy which allows the telepathic communication between earthly and deceased souls. This thought-energy conversion traverses the universe through wormholes at warp speed.

Marcia soul cannot speak to me aloud but God can speak in a loud Voice or quiet Voice because of His limitless Light energy. God spoke to six million Israelites at the foot of Mount Sinai to deliver the Ten Commandments in a thundering Voice. In 1982, I heard God’s deep assertive external Voice in my cottage on Long Island. This happened once again in 1998 and also in the nineties to Marcia and my youngest daughter Erin. It also happened to my former student, Thomas Spradley, and it happened to Moses and others back in biblical days.

God’s Omnipotence:

God’s massive amount of Light energy particles allows Him to be Omnipotent or all powerful. Imagine what you could do if you were one-hundred trillion times smarter than you are today. Einstein believed that God never rolled the dice and left nothing to chance and believed in a deterministic universe. Einstein sought to prove this predetermined concept of the universe with the correct mathematical formula even on his deathbed. Yet Quantum Physics has been validated showing that there is no predetermination in the universe. At best you might say we are living cooperatively in a unifying whole where everything is in a dynamic state of flux. However is Einstein right? I now believe that he is and that the deterministic unifying whole is God.

What I newly propose is that God with His essentially limitless energy predetermined every aspect of our universe, our planet, and the complicated design of the human body. When He created Adam as a youth out of the stardust gathered from the four corners of the earth without the need for a sperm and egg, God was demonstrating His miracles. Yet despite avoiding the womb, Adam’s body was miraculously endowed by God with a testes to produce sperm that would fertilize Eve’s eggs to yield sons and likely daughters in normal childbirth. Adam’s dust-created body was therefore just like any one of our bodies today. When Eve was created out of Adam’s rib, God was further showing us that He was the first genetic cloner. The miracle within the miracle was that Eve should have been Adam’s identical twin with the exact same DNA but she wasn’t thank God. When I write another article in the future on Resurrection, I will address God’s possible reasons for the two choices of creating life âÂ�Â� one from dust and the other from human biology.

The human body is extremely intricate. For almost thirty years when I was a professor at Stony Brook, I taught both the Dental and PhD students about the Pharmacology of Salivary Secretion. The mechanisms for secretion of saliva were immensely complicated when I conveyed an understanding of what was happening at the cellular level. Today original discoveries are being made every day in such diverse scientific areas as the influence of non-Coding DNA on health and disease to human memory and brain function. For a long time now I have believed that God is the Master Scientist and the Master Creator but with my recent realization of God’s super nova brain, I now can see how God set up everything we know today ahead of time in a predetermined universeâÂ�Â� so that scientists could make discoveries of what God already knew they would eventually find out by their theoretical and laboratory experiments.

Although God therefore did in advance predetermine everything that we have discovered about our universe and ourselves, He kept this a secret from us. He never told us because He wanted to give us the Free Will to make our own joyous discoveries. In some respects, God provided the points on the map but He left it up to us to connect the dots and find the best routes through the maze of life. Often only one route turns out to be the right route in science but in life there is no one right route. We each have to travel our own path and make our own way with or without help. We live at a time when technology has provided the means for us to destroy ourselves. Can we blame God for the state of our world? Many say yes because God could easily interfere through His Omniscience, Omnipresence, and Omnipotence. However, isn’t the ball in our court? Humankind as a whole broke our Covenant with God twenty-five hundred years ago when we destroyed God’s investment in His only earthly material possession, Kings David and Solomon’s First Temple in Jerusalem. The building of God’s future Third Temple in the Messianic Age shall mark the restoration of the Covenant between man and God. We and God will then once again be together in a permanent merger as God was with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

Understanding God’s Miracles and Human Miracles:

If you have unshakable faith, love and trust in God, you will believe in miracles like God’s creation of a Burning Bush that didn’t extinguish itself in front of a barefoot Moses’s very eyes. As a true steadfast believer in God, you also must necessarily believe in the parting of the Sea of Reeds by Moses during the Exodus from Egypt, the Ten Plagues thrust upon the Egyptians, Joshua making the sun stand still which scientists will tell you is impossible, Elijah the prophet resurrecting Jonah from the dead so that Jonah too could become one of God’s prophets to perform an important future spiritual task that only Jonah could fulfill, the sky pouring down bushels of quail to the complaining Israelites in the Sinai Desert, and Jesus walking on water and feeding the multitudes.

All of these incredulous events described in the Old and New Testaments are miracles of God or miracles gifted by God to human beings. With his enormous Light energy particles, it is not inconceivable to suggest that besides soul energy, God also imparted angelic healing energy and miracle energy to select individuals when the course of history demanded it. God Himself in the Hebrew Bible states through the words of His prophets that in the Messianic Age, He shall perform miracles incredible even to Him.

For more than a year now I have perfected my soul energy measurements. However recently I have wondered where in the body I can measure angelic energy and miracle energy. When I ask my soul where angelic energy is located, I find it dead center just above the navel moving in a counterclockwise direction. Miracle energy I discovered to be high up in the center of the chest. When I asked my soul energy and God about Jesus, Joshua, Elijah, and Moses, all of them had large ovular circles of miracle energy that they probably activated when they performed their biblical miracles. However if I asked about Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the three Jewish Patriarchs, none of them were endowed with the gift of miracles. Interestingly when I asked where the combined angelic healing through miracles energy is located, it wasn’t low or high in the chest. Instead I felt strong energy concentrated in my hands. This combined miracle healing is not the same as healers who touch you and help heal by redirecting positive soul energy to you through their hands.

I conclude from these simple measurements in trying to understand events not explainable by science, I can propose that miracle energy, angelic healing, and even prophecy energy are possible to possess through God’s gifting to human beings. There are no boundaries to God’s Omnipotence as God’s powers are limitless. He gives us all tiny pieces of Himself so that we literally walk in His image. God has done all of this to provide us with a dynamic interesting physical world. Unfortunately our earthly world is filled with pain and pleasure and with good and evil. God has moreover promised us a better physical world ahead. If we want to enter this Messianic world, we need to improve our character and live a spiritual meaningful life now in the present, while at the same time enjoying the material bliss of what the physical world offers us, like passion and intimacy.

Dr. Jerry Pollock is Professor Emeritus from Stony Brook University on Long Island where for thirty years he was an academic and research scientist publishing seventy-five scientific articles including seven patents. He holds bachelors and masters degrees in Pharmacy from the University of Toronto, a PhD in Biophysics from the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel, and has postdoctoral training in Microbiology from New York University Medical Center. Marcia Pollock is deceased and held a bachelors degree in psychology from Stony Brook University and a Master of Arts in Special Education from C. W. Post University on Long Island. Marcia and Jerry are the coauthors of their recently published unique book, “Putting God Into Einstein’s Equations: Energy of the Soul.” Jerry wrote from our earthly world and Marcia’s soul suggested and confirmed from the spirit world.

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Daily Miracles Through the Perspective of Spirit

Miracles don’t only occur in automobile accidents, rescues, people with illnesses, hospitals, etc. Miracles happen daily through the perspective of your Spirit. Life is full of daily miracles if you can just simply live in the moment and take notice to Life’s beauty and daily miracles that occur in your Life and others. An individual who uses his or her hands to embrace instead of harm is a miracle. A being who uses words to inspire or heal, instead of harming others is a miracle. An individual who selflessly serves others instead of selfishly serving him or herself is a miracle. A person who shares his or her Love with all including strangers is a miracle.

An individual who chooses to turn inwards and remain connected to his or herself in a world of disconnection is a miracle. A being who is secure within instead of insecure without is a miracle. Someone who stands strong in his or her personal truths staring adversity straight in the eye is a miracle. An individual who remembers to Love him or herself first instead of seeking Love externally is a miracle. A being who unifies every aspect of his or her being as one, as one team, is a miracle. Someone who has accepted him or herself in a world that struggles with acceptance is a miracle.

A person who views Life through the perspective of Spirit instead of a world who views Life through the mind is a miracle. A being who listens to his or her intuition in a world that drowns out the still voice is a miracle. An individual who is able to Love in a world that struggles with Love is a miracle. Someone who focuses on living Life instead of making a living is a miracle. An individual who finds joy in his or her creative pursuits is a miracle.

A person who lives a Life free from worry/fear is a miracle. An individual who maintains his or her sense of humor in times of stress is a miracle. These are just a few of the daily miracles that occur in Life. There is no telling how many times you have been a miracle for someone else. There is no telling how many times you have been an answer to someone else’s prayers. Perhaps someone was going through a tough time and prayed or asked the universe for assistance then you came waltzing through the door as their miracle. So shift your perspective and be blessed for the daily miracles.

Maceo is the author of “Building a House: The Perspective from the Foundation”. The title is a metaphor for building a relationship the perspective from the individual and building a life the perspective from the spirit. Maceo’s writing focus is on encouraging others to shift their perspective on and of life by turning inwards to view life through the perspective of the spirit. Since love resides in our spirit, individuals will be viewing life through the perspective of love.

 

Miracles Made Easy – The Four Types of Miracles and How To Create them in Your Life

Miracle A: Mini Miracle There are four types of miracles. You probably experience the first type frequently, without realizing it. This is the mini-miracle or the baby step miracle. These are daily events, such as finding a parking space right in front of Costco on Christmas Eve, for example. In another case, maybe you think about whom you need to speak with and they call — out of the blue. Last week I was wandering down the bread aisle at the supermarket, wondering when my son Anton’s basketball game was and I ran into another mom on the team who knew the answer right then.

Author Jean Shonoda Bolen says, “Synchronicity can pave the way for people coming together. By unraveling the circumstances through which two people meet to enter a significant relationship, the delicate, unseen hand of fate, destiny, synchronicity or underlying Tao can be discerned.” Simply put, she’s referring to this type of miracle.

Perhaps you find the right book at the right time, as says mythologist William Irwin Thompson, “A university can provide you with a library, but what makes the book you are not looking for fall off the shelf and into your hands?”

When I was destitute, my miracles were simple, such as finding spare change hidden in my pockets when I had just run out of money for food. A miracle was getting a ride to and from school for my kids during the rainy season when we did not own umbrellas, raincoats or hats. I walked two to three miles a day in the chilly San Francisco rain. My close friend Lalo couldn’t bear to see me so beaten down, and he bought me a beat up, salvaged 1981 Volvo that spit fumes. The car became my Golden Red Chariot– my miracle car. It didn’t matter that the roof leaked and the car had no heat. It ran. We had transportation!

Thanksgiving and Christmas were celebrated, when we miraculously received gifts of turkey and trimmings. A neighbor knocked on my door with a made up story about winning an extra turkey at work. Right. A mother from the school handed me a gift certificate for a ready-made dinner, complete with stuffing. Believe me, you could never convince me that miracles don’t exist, because I experienced them even during the bleakest of moments.

What constitutes a miracle to one person may go unnoticed by another. A few cents for food and a beat up Volvo might be a curse to an affluent family, but to me, they were blessings in disguise. At the time, a simple turkey meant the world to me. So everyone will have a slightly different definition of what a miracle means to them personally..

It is easy to overlook or discount the little events as they occur. That’s why I call everything that is positive that comes my way a miracle. I never leave anything out, because I want a steady stream of wonderfully nice things happening to me 24/7.. Miracle B: The “Lucky” Miracle The second type of miracle is what some consider luck, good fortune or sheer coincidence. For instance, you may say that Sam Walton was lucky to have succeeded in creating Wal-Mart and Sam’s. I mean, several others had tried to do it and failed. It must have been luck or fate or an accident that he did it where others did not.

To become lucky, in the real sense, is to become purposeful, mindful, intuitive, listening to your answers and going with your own sense of rhythm towards a destination. I classify it as a miracle, because as you create this aura of winning, sometimes it appears as though the good luck occurs at just the right time. It might feel like divine intervention that saved your life. Was that luck or a miracle? Did God do it or did you?

Individuals who are consistently lucky are manifesting outwardly a disciplined and focused approach on the inside. They are usually following a quest, a voice, an intuitive gut feeling, and they are focused on seeing it through. They have created the mindset, the brew, and the soil for their miracle. Remember, the universe will send us what we ask for.

Two days ago, I stood behind a handsome younger man outside the bathroom on a Southwest Commuter Flight. Just that morning I had expressed a need to find raw foods. Three hours later I meet a man who runs a company that imports raw foods from third world countries and markets them to major natural food stores. Synchronicity of events occurs all the time, when you say to our friends, ‘I was just thinking of you, and here you are at Safeway at the exact precise moment I am.’

That we survived is a major miracle indeed. 2001 was the bleakest year in my entire life. The kids and I decided to not celebrate Christmas. We had no stomach for additional disappointments. My attorney asked me how I coped with losing everything and being reduced to food stamps and poverty. I had to tell him. I wrote him a letter. The letter became a three page double spaced 1000 word article. With a tremendous sense of freedom, I e-mailed the piece to six newspapers, three in California, and three in New York City, my birthplace.

Imagine my surprise when I returned home to a voicemail from David Burgin, editor of the San Francisco Examiner. He informed me my writing was excellent, boosting my ego a thousand fold and actually published the piece on the front page on December 19, 2001. The response was truly miraculous. Fifty people responded with letters of encouragement and donations of food, presents, slippers, bathrobes, groceries and cash. We suddenly felt rich beyond belief.

These acts of kindness were not coincidence. It wasn’t just accidental, and it certainly wasn’t random. These were the miracles I was creating, without even realizing it. I now know these principles work if applied with 100 percent intention and commitment. Anything less than 100 percent will not succeed. I have written this book to show you how to activate your miracles and make your own dreams come true.

One of my radio show guests calls himself Dr. Luck. Randall Fitzgerald has devoted a lifetime to researching the qualities that lucky people have in common. He says, in his book, Lucky You, “If we recognize and appreciate the appearance of serendipity and synchronicity in our lives we seem to enhance our chances of being blessed with good fortune,” he writes. “To some extent, there seems to be a law of attraction at work here – the more we notice something, the more we attract it into our lives.” He believes that if you accept “the miraculous” you will have “the blessings of good fortune.” In other words, luck is an attitude.

This is important because winners who consistently win, tell us that they get into a flow during which everything comes to them. Success isn’t just by accident; lucky people create it from their mindset of prosperity. You have heard the saying, ‘success breeds success.’ Spend time with positive, prosperous friends and you will walk away feeling naturally good. Miracle C: Life Changing, Transformational Miracle

The third type of miracle is the life changing, transformational miracles that have lead you to completely change your focus and life direction. Accidents, illnesses, divorce, job losses force you to reconsider your options. This transformational miracle is an unwelcome friend pushing you along to discover your true life’s purpose.

This miracle, born from crisis, is a potent force for change. My commitment to transform my life obsessed me. I learned that harnessing my life’s purpose would activate my miracles and create the life I dreamed about. This was easier said than done. I had allowed myself to fall into disarray. I lived in fear 24 hours a day. Since I was desperate and knew there had to be a better way, I committed myself to making necessary changes. There was no choice. Hard work was required. It was not enough to intellectually know what needed to be done. I had to change myself. Other people have had similar miracles. Like Mike McGauley who lost the use of both his legs when his car was struck by a drunk driver. His doctors insisted on amputating his legs, but he refused. He was determined to walk. Mike now claims that “the accident that almost killed me turned out to save my life.” Twelve years later he ran his first triathlon and has gone on to become a professional speaker, coach, and founder of the Dream Builders.

Then there are people like Heather McCartney. She lost her leg as a result of a motor vehicle accident. She didn’t run and hide like some. Instead, she turned her tragedy into a miracle. She became a spokesperson for the United Nations Adopt-a-Minefield Foundation and met Paul while speaking and lecturing.

Last summer I heard Wesla Whitfield, a renowned jazz singer perform at a fundraiser sponsoring horse training for disable children. I was surprised when she rolled onto the stage in her wheelchair. An automobile accident when she was younger had paralyzed her legs. She didn’t let that stop her. Her performance was passionate, riveting, and held me spell bound. At the end of the show, another woman in a wheelchair rolled in and handed Welsa a bouquet of flowers and brought the audience to tears. When she had been in the hospital, having also had a severe accident paralyzing her, Wesla had spent hours at her side encouraging her to go on. Her story, while miraculous and fascinating, is not entirely unique. Simple people do amazing things everyday. Erik Weihenmayer was born with retinoscheses, a degenerative eye disorder that left him blind at 13. Erik was determined to rise above his disabilities. In his book, “Touch The Top of The World,” he shares his struggles to stretch beyond his boundaries to overcome the restrictions placed upon him. His dream was to climb the world’s biggest peaks, an extraordinary achievement for those even with sight. Erik has now climbed the tallest peaks in the world, and my last e-mail from him indicated he was going back with a group of blind climbers. My mother experienced a miracle as well. She lived with me for the last eight months of her life, and her lung cancer spread rapidly. One weekend, I brought mom to the emergency room. Her oncologist advised me to call my family to her side, because her death was near. I called my friend Dr. Awender, an old school chiropractor. Dr. Awender adjusted one bone in mom’s neck and told her that he had turned on her body’s healing power. My husband and I went for Sunday brunch, down the street to the Santa Fe Bar and Grill close to my Berkeley practice. When we returned to the hospital, my mother was sitting up in bed, demanding to be released.

And this wasn’t her only miracle. One day she told me she almost died. “I went through a rather immense glowing tunnel towards a blinding light. There were magnificent radiant beings on both sides who asked me if I was ready to come home. I told them no, because I still needed to reconcile with my sister, Pearl, and my daughter, Hildy.” According to my mother, her body became as light as a feather. The pain disappeared, and she experienced an extraordinary sense of love and well-being. She was granted permission to return in order to mend her relationships before she passed on. Mom finally died when she was ready to go. She held my hand in my home while we listened to her favorite music.

Like these fascinating examples, your obstacles and challenges can become the fuel for your life transformational miracles. Step away from your problems, and reconsider them from the higher perspective. What life lessons are you learning from this? What do your challenges represent? What is the message in this challenge for you to overcome? This becomes the fertilizer to grow your miracle. Grab hold of the opportunity to make change before life forces it on you. Miracle D: Unexplainable Events

I call the last type, miracles of the fifth dimensional kind. They are the result of extraordinary, unexplainable events that normal science and rational explanations cannot answer. Some of these miracles are sanctioned by the church. The Vatican requires candidates for sainthood to have performed documented miracles, at least two of them. For example, both Jesus and Muhammed fed masses of people with only a small amount of food.

Even in the Jewish collection of laws, there are descriptions of miracles in the Talmud. An old Jewish proverb says: “He who does not believe in miracles is not a realist.” These books discuss the miracles that we can control and create. They are designed for people who want to learn how to harness and create their miracles. You must want your transformation so badly you experience pain in the pit of your belly.

I will show you how to develop your life purpose and create your own miracle team. My vision is to bring together others who share your determination and commitment to success. The energy from the group consciousness enhances your power and raises your vibration to the point where you will catch your miracle wave. Together, we will mix the miracle brew and activate the nutrients to get it going. What could be simpler? Join our team of Miracle Makers. We will be your miracle buddies and cheer you on to success as you overcome obstacles and habits that sabotage your progress and formulate action plans to achieve your greatest dreams.

Don’t be surprised if you awaken in the mornings ready to leap from a deep sleep, filled with passion and excitement. Finally, you are living the life you yearned for, the one you prayed that you could create and have. If you only had that miracle you’ve dreamed about. What major and minor miracles have happened to you already? Try to think of a time when you experienced a Mini Miracle. Have you experienced coincidences that seem too good to be true or a front parking spot that just appeared What life changing miracles have happened to you? What other random miracles have you experienced? If you could make just one miracle happen in your life, what would it be? Now that you’re in the mood for making miracles, it’s time you learn how to do it. You can create major life transformations in just four steps. The first step, essential to creating a healthy lifestyle, is that you must have a strong desire to change. You must be ready to confront your life, assess your life and take responsibility for it. Are you ready to get started?

Dr. Joan Hangarter, D.C., M.S., author of the newly released book, “THe Miracle Makers Club- Live the Prosperous and Soul-Filled Life that You Deserve Today,” inspirational speaker, miracle coach, and host of successful radio show, Make Your Miracle Today. She founded the Miracle Makers Club in 1999 as a way to overcome tremendous obstacles and now shares her inspiration with all of us. She helps you tap into the potential of your deepest dreams, where you can finally experience the level of success and abundance you were born to achieve. Dr. Joan knows first-hand the secrets to overcoming tremendous obstacles and challenges. Dr Joan is a talent and talk show host and can facilitate and lead discussions with audiences and groups to create life style change. She has appeared on Seattles Northwest Afternoon and been featured in Kiplinger’s Magazine, LATimes, Sixty Minutes, and SF Chronicle.

The Big Questions: The Concepts of Prayer and Miracles

Does prayer work? Not a snowball’s chance in Heck – not that there really is a Heck of course. The proof of the pudding is of course, if prayer really worked, there would be a miracle in that we’d all be lotto winners or at least pretty rich and famous! We’d be total successes at our jobs, in our relationships, have perfect partners and perfect children. And our cars wouldn’t break down! Further, the sun would shine down on us every day of our lives.

Even if we all just prayed for good things in general, not personal things in particular, and if our benevolent prayers really worked, then there would be no disease or suffering or crime or wars, etc. We’d all live in a utopian Camelot. But we don’t! I mean, come every Christmas and Easter, the Pope publicly prays for world peace. That’s noble of him. But, come next Christmas and Easter, he has to do it all over again! Now if the Pope can’t get results, what hope for the great unwashed?

Since a result, that is, world peace (as one of many possible examples), hasn’t happened; it’s obviously not the case, then either God doesn’t exist, or doesn’t answer prayers. If the latter, then God doesn’t give a tinkers damn about us, so why should we give a tinkers damn about Him (again, being traditional and assuming the masculine)? If we don’t give a damn, then Gods existence, or lack of existence, is basically irrelevant.

Think of all those trillions of man-hours (sorry, person-hours) wasted over the centuries by those in pursuit of an illusion – that praying brought results. Do you really think our world today is a better place for all that time, effort and energy? No? Then I say again – what a waste. Further, no scholarly studies ever done on the beneficial results of praying have ever shown that praying works.

If prayer does seem to work at times on a personal level, it’s probably more a case of mind-over-matter, the power of positive thinking, and akin to the placebo pill in medicine. Every now and again, the improbable happens. Just because you prayed for an improbable event doesn’t mean the prayer worked, and therefore that there’s a God who answered it.

Further, as in the case of supposed miracles, prayer validation is also a highly selective bookkeeping exercise in that a hit is documented and displayed for the entire world to see; a miss is never mentioned or discussed.

Quasi related are the buzz words ‘faith’ and ‘ritual’. As far as I can tell, all the faith in the world in a supernatural being isn’t going to heal up a broken leg any faster, or anything in a similar type of basket. You would be hard pressed to provide evidence that having faith yields extra positive results relative to those not having faith. In a similar vein, religions thrive on ritual. Do this at such-and-such a time; don’t do that on such-a-such day of the week; observe this; cross yourself thus, eat (or don’t eat) that at this time; adopt this posture in this situation, etc. Even the military isn’t quite as strict in its rules and regulations (rituals)! Anyway, observing all the rituals part and parcel of a particular religion, in terms of effectiveness, a pathway to the good life doesn’t really seem to get you any extra brownie points. It strikes me as another sociological example of ass-kissing because you are told to kiss ass by authority figures who, I gather, in this case derive said authority from a supernatural being for which there is no evidence. Sorry sheep; it’s all a case of the blind leading the blind.

Having dispatched the power of prayer, here’s my take on the related concept of miracles.

I’d better define exactly what I mean by a miracle, since it buzz word has been so overused, especially in marketing, that it has lost all real meaning. I mean there are miracle detergents, miracle drugs, miracle discoveries, miracle anything and everything. I’ve actually read scientists, who should know better, who use the word ‘miracle’ when they really mean unexpected or against all odds. If you get dealt a royal flush, you’d say it’s a miracle. But it isn’t. There are things that are plausible, possible, probable, and improbable. Then there are things that are downright impossible. If something considered impossible happens, then it’s a bona fide miracle. A highly improbable event, like being dealt a royal flush, isn’t a miracle. A bona fide miracle would be for an amputated limb to regenerate. No doubt amputees have prayed for such a miracle – alas, it ain’t ever happened.

So my definition of a miracle is an occurrence that goes totally against the grain of any sort of possibility of such a happening, happening. A miracle is only a miracle if the event defies the impossible, not just improbable odds. So, winning the lottery isn’t a miracle because it’s a plausible event. However, there is no medical science that could explain the regeneration of an amputated limb. If such an event happened; absolutely documented, that would be a miracle and considerable evidence for the existence of a supernatural God. A miracle pizza (and I’ve seen them so advertised) isn’t, since it’s possible to create a great tasting pizza!

Take the sum total of all so-called miracles and subtract those events that are unlikely but possible, from those that are absolutely impossible according to modern science. What’s the bona fide residue – zero, zip, zilch.

So, one of the alleged, albeit in a mysterious way, in which God works, is to answer prayers, and create or oversee miracles. Has there ever been any miracle, anywhere, undisputed and totally accepted by science as factual and unexplainable? If so, science would have bowed to the reality of God long ago. No, I suggest that miracles are either misinterpretations, fabrications, wishful thinking/delusions, sleight-of-hand (magic) or evidence of advanced technology! Dump someone living 4000 years ago into the 21st Century and no doubt such a person would find most of our civilization a totally miraculous one. Dump us into the 31st Century and we’d believe in miracles too!

There’s another issue in that if God were all powerful, He wouldn’t need to perform certain miracles. Some miracles seem to be a band-aid solution to a problem that shouldn’t have existed in the first place, if an all powerful, all knowing God had been on His toes as it were. For example, say you go to the doctor Monday morning, and he informs you that you have incurable cancer. Monday night you pray to God to rid you of the affliction. Tuesday morning you find that your cancer has gone! That’s a miracle – well not really since now and a rare again, cancer goes into remission. That aside, wouldn’t it have been easier if God had ensured that your incurable cancer had never have developed in the first place? As to loaves and fishes, it would have been simpler to have ensured an adequate supply of food in the first place! Miracles in such cases I suggest are God’s correction fluid or whiteout! An all knowing, all powerful God wouldn’t need correction or whiteout fluid!

How come you only get medical miracles that defy the improbable odds, instead of beating impossible odds? For example, have any of those unfortunate thalidomide victims ever all of a sudden, overnight say, awakened to find they now have fully functioning limbs instead of stumps? Surely such a miracle is within God’s power – but it ain’t ever happened.

Then there are the show-off (‘wow, look at me, ain’t I something!’) type of miracles that serve no real purpose or don’t imply any ‘oops, I goofed’ scenario – like walking on water. While some miracles totally shatter the laws of physics, like creating something out of nothing, parting bodies of water like the Red Sea, or just plain walking on water (and therefore are relegated to those impossible things one tends to accept before breakfast when you breakfast in fairy-dairy land), many so-called miracles are just improbable happenings that do happen now and again due to pure statistical probabilities. You’ll hear about the miracle where someone was cured of a supposedly incurable illness due to prayer, or someone was found alive in an earthquake induced collapsed building a fortnight after-the-fact or survived that horrific car crash. You don’t hear about the other 9,999 exactly similar cases where the person snuffed it in the natural, probable way of things. IMHO, miracles are an example of highly selective bookkeeping, like only counting the deposits and never the withdrawals, only in the case of miracles, you tick and publicize the hits and ignore and sweep under the carpet the misses.

In conclusion, prayer doesn’t work on any sort of statistically meaningful level; miracles haven’t been documented beyond reasonable doubt by science.

 

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