My recent article, "Does Life Always Conspire For Our Highest Good?" generated a lively discussion... Perhaps a more accurate title would have been, "Can WE Conspire WITH Life For Our Highest Good?"
For indeed, life itself is a neutral event, not aimed at anyone in particular. Life is impersonal that way. Life happens and we receive it. How we choose to receive life, regardless of its content, will determine whether we'll turn it into material for suffering or use it to open new possibilities.
We are the wizards, the Merlins, the alchemists, the ones who can transform our thinking and thus, turn the lead of our lives into gold. But to do so, we must be "willing to notice". We must be available for the possibility that in any given moment, we can meet life exactly as it is and create miracles.
Contemplating miracles took me back to my study over 25 years ago of A Course In Miracles (ACIM), a self-study spiritual thought system, "scribed" by Dr. Helen Schucman, M.D. www.acim.org/ a self-study spiritual thought system
Dr. Schucman was a clinical and research psychologist, who held the tenured position of Associate Professor of Medical Psychology at the College of Physicians and Surgeons at the Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center in New York City. A Course in Miracles was "scribed" by Dr. Schucman between 1965 and 1972 through a process of inner dictation from a voice she attributed as being that of the master teacher, Jesus. It was first published in 1976 by the Foundation for Inner Peace. Today, ACIM has been translated into 18 languages and has been studied by people singularly and in ACIM groups all over the world.
Here are four of them:
1. There is no order of difficulty in miracles. One is not "harder" or "bigger" than another. They are all the same. All expressions of love are maximal.
2. Miracles occur naturally as expressions of love. The real miracle is the love that inspires them. In this sense everything that comes from love is a miracle.
3. Wholeness is the perceptual content of miracles. They thus correct, or atone for, the faulty perception of lack.
4. A major contribution of miracles is their strength in releasing you from your false sense of isolation, deprivation and lack.
Miracles are natural expressions of love, but the love that inspires them, itself, is the real miracle. Who you are, is love. Failing to remember this, you fall into a false idea of separation, darkness and lack and life feels menacing.
Remembering who you are changes everything. Seeing through love, as love itself, opens the door to wholeness, the content of miracles.
Every time you correct an error in your thinking that allows you to see your life and the world from wholeness, you've opened new possibilities and miracles occur.
Every time you stand in the face of your fear and choose again from love, you've unleashed a miracle.
Every time you extend forgiveness to yourself and/or others, miracles happen.
Every time you affirm your own beauty and sense of worth, you're causing a miracle.
Every time you "turn the other cheek" and return anger with love, you've launched a miracle.
You just never know when or where the next miracle will occur. But you needn't look too far or wait too long. There's one right around the corner, awaiting your willingness to notice.
In the most mundane of moments, miracles are happening. Observe a baby sleeping, watch a child laughing, play with a puppy, look into the eyes of your lover, drink in the beauty of nature. As I look out my window, I see some beautiful freesias popping through the ground. Freesias are absolute miracles in my book!
That spring always follows winter, that life begins anew each year, is a miracle. That my legs are still strong enough and I still have the lung capacity to take my morning walk in the hills above my home is an incredible miracle. Even as I work to stay fit so I can continue these restorative journeys into nature, I am grateful that my body is co-operating. Life, itself, is a miracle!
Take a moment and reflect on your own life. In the next 5 minutes, can you name at least 3 miracles happening right now? Remember, there is no hierarchy to miracles, none is larger or smaller. The "tiniest" miracle is still a miracle!
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Dr. Judith Rich is a well-known teacher in the field of transformation and consciousness. As a speaker, writer, trainer, workshop facilitator and leadership development coach, Judith brings insight, passion, humor and sensitivity to empower people's awakening to the brilliance of who they are.
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