Spiritual Study Series: Session #1 Miracles
When you think about the word miracle, what is the first thing that pops into your mind? Do you have an expectation, or are you dismissive of the possibility that miracles are real?
For me, there is only one book to go to when thinking about Miracles, and that is A Course in Miracles! Today's Spiritual Study is taken from the first section of the first chapter: The Meaning of Miracles.
As you read through, jot down the first thing that comes to your mind for each point discussed. I'm not going to address all 50 points in the first section, but I will share some insight about several of them with you.
#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.
There is no order of difficulty in miracles. Regardless of what it is you are trying to heal from, the power of the energy that heals is exactly the same.
I've had to work through a great deal of trauma. Some experiences seemed worse than others, but when I finally got to the heart of the matter, I realized that my mind's process had convinced me some were worse than others. In fact, the memories of my rape were buried so deep in the filing cabinets of my mind. I had no recollection of the experience until I was in my 40's.
I was watching a movie about an eccentric woman living in Tuscany, recalling her abusive past, and there was a scene where she is describing her stepfather raping her. Watching the scene of her childhood rape caused my mind's process to pull the mind file that described my own.
At the exact time of the recollection, I remember thinking - holy shit! I forgot about that! How in the hell did I forget that!? Tears filled my eyes, and I felt as though I'd been kicked in the gut. I felt heat rise through my entire body, my skin flushed and I cried. At the time, I recalled the smell of stale whiskey and cigarettes on his breath, and how his beard scratched at my face as he was trying to shove his tongue down my throat - forcefully trying to kiss me. I recalled disassociating from what was going on. I didn't allow my body to feel what was happening and I didn't allow any emotions either. I completely numbed. I don't know how long it went on, but I remember the shrill scream of his wife when she caught him in the act. "What are you doing?" she screamed at him. "Get off of her - she's just a child!"
Just a child.
It was true. At the time, I was 13 years old and like most teenagers, I thought I knew more than I did and I thought I could handle far more than I could. After all, by this time in my life, I had already been scared shitless by multiple doctors who told me that I would be in a wheelchair for life by the time I was 14. I experienced being caressed and fingered by an adult family member for the past two years, and I had already undergone my first major orthopedic surgery. This surgery took place in a city 6 hours drive away from home, and because my parents owned their own business, no one could stay with me, so, the day after the surgery, my family went home. I was left to the care of the hospital staff. It was a terrifying experience that had some pretty major lasting emotional consequences that I didn't become aware of until many years later.
In my own mind, I considered myself pretty grown up and independent by 13, but the reality was, I was only a child.
The process of healing from those experiences was the same. It didn't take any more effort to heal from one experience over another. What it did take was the willingness to want to. The truth came to me through my intuition - my heart. I was able to forgive and through that forgiveness, I was able to heal.
#2 - Miracles as such do not matter. The only thing that matters is their Source, which is far beyond evaluation.
#3 - 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.
Without love for myself and Divine Intervention I would have never healed from that trauma. My healing was a miracle. Actually, a series of miracles. A trail of 'aha' moments. One led to the next and to the next and to the next, but before I embarked on this journey, I had to believe that I was worth the effort that it was going to take to understand what had happened to me. I had to be willing to learn the truth.
God, The Universe, Creation...whatever name you assign to the power that is greater than all of us - that power is truth, so you need to be ready to hear it before it will come to you.
Every little step forward is a miracle!
#10 - The use of miracles as spectacles to induce belief is a misunderstanding of their purpose.
I remember watching The Ten Commandments every year on TV with my family. When I think about it, I can still see Charlton Heston as Moses parting the Red Sea so the enslaved people could escape to freedom! This Hollywood version of the Bible story contributed to my idea of what I thought a miracle was for many years. Try to recall all the things that you were told about miracles, or shows or movies that you watched that contributed to your understanding of what a miracle is. Did you watch Touched By An Angel? How about Highway To Heaven? Maybe you watched Promised Land?
People who have faith would have spoke about miracles in a positive light, while people without faith would have dismissed miracles as fantasy.
What stories did you hear more often as a child? Positive ones or negative ones?
#11- Prayer is the medium of miracles. It is a means of communication of the created with the Creator. Through prayer love is received, and through miracles, love is expressed.
Prayer is a kind of conversation that anyone can do. It is as simple as what I call emotional meditation. As a Certified HeartMath Practitioner, I know that when the heart and the brain are coherent, intuition is enhanced. Intuition is the means of receiving Divine Wisdom and all messages received through the heart are miracles!
#20 - Miracles reawaken the awareness that the spirit, not the body, is the altar of truth. This is the recognition that leads to the healing power of the miracle.
Who do you think you are? Are you the reflection you see in the mirror? Maybe you identify yourself with what you do or your level of education. Do you even know who you are? What are your passions? What are your gifts? What have your life experiences taught you?
Who you think you are, and who you actually are, are probably quite different.
For the next week, take the time to really consider who you really are. In your journal, write a description of yourself. Jot down every accomplishment and every failure. Explain what you've learned from your failures, and if you haven't learned anything - ask for Divine Guidance in helping you understand what you were supposed to learn from each and every failed experience.
There is a reason for everything! That doesn't mean that the Universe or God purposely had people hurt you so that you could learn a lesson! That means that there is an explanation - a reason - for why people do what they do.
When you are ready to receive miracles, they will appear in your life. Be ready!
See you next time!
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