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June 3, 2008 at 6:37 am #139027JaxKeymaster
This comes from a daily email Neale Donald Walsch sends out.
On this day of your life, dear friend, I believe God wants you to know…
….that miracles do not, in fact, break the laws of nature.
C.S. Lewis said that, and it is an enormous insight. If
we think that miracles are normal, we will expect them.
And expecting a miracle is the surest way to get one.
You will not have to think very long to know exactly
why you received this message today.
Love, Your Friend….
What about you? Do you expect miracles? How do you define a miracle? We may not even have to go that far. Do you expect things to go well in general, or do you expect things to go badly? This outlook has a huge affect on what actually occurs in your life, so it’s useful to take some time to answer these questions.June 3, 2008 at 6:40 am #148516AslynParticipant
I received this message today because a crazy person sent it to me.
SimpleJune 3, 2008 at 6:45 am #148517Brandel ValicoParticipantQuote:On this day of your life, dear friend, I believe God wants you to know…
I’m sorry I’m not home right now. Please leave your message at the Beep.
:BEEP:June 3, 2008 at 10:33 am #148521inariParticipant
Well, I don’t believe in God, for starters, and the term ‘miracles’ tends to get lumped into the mental compartment ‘religious stuff’ in my mind. I’m not sure if I expect things to go well or badly. Rather I say that I while I expect things to go well, I am not caught entirely unprepared if they do not. With this account deletion as a very large and glaring exception.
Using my trip to the US as an example, I thought about what I wanted to do, thought about the trip, and then thought about what could go wrong and took steps to prepare or address what I could come up, and left the rest up to the universe.June 3, 2008 at 2:49 pm #148524JaxKeymaster
I don’t think miracles need to be religious in the least. Instead I think they are used for anything really good that happens that people can’t see how it worked out that way. For instance, when someone survives a car accident unscathed while another is badly injured. Or hell, even when my wife died for a time but came back later. From one perspective those are miraculous because the explanation for such events don’t exist in the standard belief system of our societies. So the explanation gets passed onto a deity of some kind, or magic, something that is outside ourselves and uncontrollable.
Yet with a different spiritual perspective, none of this is impossible, and it comes down to choices made by the individual at varying levels of consciousness. Every time my wife dies (and this isn’t recommended by the way) she comes back because she chooses to do so, knowing she isn’t done with what she intended to do in this lifetime. Every time someone walks away from an accident inexplicably unhurt, it is making a point to them. That point depends on the individual, but could be meant to remind them that their life is something they want to live, or that there is more going on in life than meets the eye. It’s all individual.
So at this point in my life, I don’t see miracles as something outside myself, or at least I try not to. Instead I see all the amazing things in life and see them as just the way life works – it’s completely natural and normal. And if I can open my mind to even more possibilities more ‘miracles’ will happen.
This type of outlook, the belief that something good is coming, has kept me moving forward quite well in my life. Even as we struggled through health issues, money issues, my faith remained that things will work out – and they did. I didn’t know how, and even now if I laid out the path my life took, people wouldn’t believe it and would call me lucky. But there’s no luck to it, I made it happen by my perspective on the world, intuitively knowing that it mattered perhaps.
That doesn’t mean I don’t prepare. I have contingencies for all sorts of situations, but they aren’t emotionally charged contingencies. I don’t give those alternatives power, thus adding to their possibility. I just look at it as a game usually, trying to come up with as many contingencies as possible. It’s fun!
My point in the end is that your perspective on life will color what you experience. That makes it a particularly impressive set of self fulfilling prophecies, keeping you stuck in a loop of not receiving what you wish if that’s what you expect. I don’t expect this little post to change minds, just to open up a possibility with it. Expect miracles, they will come – unless you stop calling them miracles. Then just appreciate everything in life and that will also continue. It’s certainly helped me maintain a level of joy and happiness in spite the insanity that can be my life!June 3, 2008 at 4:28 pm #148526AslynParticipant
The problem is, you DO see miracles as something outside yourself, for otherwise you would not give them the meaning that you do – they would simply be yet another manifestation of the true variety and perhaps capricious nature of life itself. That you give them this focus suggests that they are important to your mind and, moreover, that you don’t see them as being something observed in the normal course of one’s life, natural in their own way as breathing, or learning to swim, or riding a bike. Why? Because those are not things you speak of with an intent to extol their virtues, yet by your reasoning, they are of the same cloth. So, to be honest, I don’t believe you. I think you’re attempting to rationalise something that, for you, isn’t rational.June 3, 2008 at 4:40 pm #148528JaxKeymaster
I think you are completely misunderstanding what I’m saying, which doesn’t take much many times I’m sure. Clarity isn’t easy to come by. I use examples of what people could say are miracles. I just take it as another situation that arises to experience and learn from. Every moment in life has meaning, not just these big events. It has meaning because I give it meaning, not because something outside of me has decided this should mean something. There is no meaning to anything outside of what you give it. Those that know me in person know just how much I enjoy the simple moments in daily life and don’t make a big deal out of things that could be seen as huge moments. But I deal with them so often now, watching my wife’s brain get erased multiple times a day during the bad days, waiting to see when she’ll start breathing again, that I’ve learned to let go of a lot. You have to if you don’t want to be tugged around emotionally by fears. That’s why I say, from one perspective, there are many miracles in my life. But that’s now how I see it. I see it as it simply being what we’re creating, big and small. It just shows me the power of our ability to create, and the strength of our will to persevere and live life.
I only gave them this much focus because I read this and realized I don’t speak of miracles, but others do. It might be an interesting thing to discuss and see what people think. Otherwise I don’t give them a second thought, or even a first thought.
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