Miracles? Can I believe something I don’t see?
I think it safe to say that we mostly associate the word miracles with some sort of happening or event in a religious context. The feeding of the 5,000 with 5 loaves and two fish by Jesus is probably the best known example. Or when Jesus turned water into wine.
It also seems fairly safe to say that the majority of us probably do not believe we ourselves are capable of bringing about miracles. This could be because we might see it as blasphemy if we are religious. If we are not religious we might attribute them to supernatural powers or phenomenon. Plus a whole set of other possible reasons for believing or disbelieving.
But can believing in them really make you happy? Well let’s first define what they are before we answer that.
One definition states that miracles are “an extraordinary and welcome event that is not explicable by natural or scientific laws and is therefore attributed to a divine agency.” (https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/miracle)
Another says they are “an extremely outstanding or unusual event, thing, or accomplishment .” For example: “it will take a miracle for us to win the game” (https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/miracle)
Do you know A Course in Miracles?
To start with it is more than just teaching about miracles. I first started reading the book many years ago but have only been consistent with my reading and reflecting on it more recently.
The Course in Miracles defines them as natural occurrences which are expressions of love and goes on to say “everything that comes from love is a miracle...Miracles are habits and ….are natural. When they do not occur something has gone wrong”
This would actually seem to be the opposite of what most of us believe a miracle to be. The definition given here shows that we are all capable of miracles and do not have to be superhuman to bring them about. And that they are not extraordinary at all but quite natural.
What miracles are not
Are they the same as magic? That is one of the things they are NOT according to the Course. They are not something we control or make a special effort to DO “They are not under conscious control” Magical “performances” or spectacles are learnt, practised and “performed”; miracles on the other hand just occur. The only prerequisite for experiencing them is to believe in the power of love.
You do not have to be religious to believe in miracles, as they are not limited to any dogma or religious belief. You will notice another difference – most magical tricks or performances are staged by magicians and paid for. There is no payment involved in miracles.
How can believing in miracles make me happy?
I think that believing in miracles brings a greater sense of contentment, gratitude, and satisfaction. This is because I am able to see so many of the things happening in my life as miracles. I can appreciate myself and others more, I am grateful for the things I have, don’t have, for the people and situations coming into my life.
Believing in miracles reminds me that my happiness does not depend on any thing or any one. We are reminded that happiness is within, and is there all the time. For me personally my happiness increases the more I see “miracles” where others might see smallness or insignificance. For example, watching the birds in the early morning collecting their nectar from my moringa tree – it is amazing that the tree has grown so big from a small seed. I also find it “awesome” how the hummingbirds beat their wings so quickly you can hardly see them.
How do you know when a miracle occurs?
Miracles occur when we are in the right frame of mind, which is letting go of wanting an outcome. I read a lovely story about a miracle someone experienced. Click here to read it. Here are some examples of what miracles means to me:
- When you are worried that you do not have enough money to pay the bills and someone gives you just the right amount of money you need.
- Or when you are late and someone turns up going exactly where you are going and you arrive just in time.
- You are caught in traffic and think you are going to miss your flight. You arrive at the airport and the light has been delayed. Is that miraculous?
- Just when you are thinking of someone and they turn up or call you – that is also a miracle.
I think we have all experienced miracles at one time or another. We might call it coincidence, or synchronicity – the name does not really matter. What is important is that it happens and that we appreciate it. The more we are able to let go and allow miracles to occur in our lives the more they will and do.
Why don’t they happen for me you might ask
It seems that when you are entertaining a mindset of fear, doubt, anger you block yourself from allowing miracles to occur. Put differently, these states make it difficult for you to see the miracles already occurring in your life. Because they are happening all the time.
The fact alone that you woke up this morning and are able to read this is in itself miraculous. Many of us think they come with a big bang. Or that they have to be something “REALLY” spectacular. But is not the fact that your heart beats every day 24/7 all by itself without any effort from you a miracle? Or that your lungs do not forget to breathe even if you do another example? Some say that Life itself is the greatest miracle. What do you think?
Do you believe in Miracles? And do you think they can make you happy?
To conclude, my take is that if you can appreciate the miracles happening in your life, it can actually help you to see that happiness is already within. It is therefore not the occurrence, event, person or experience itself which is making you happy. you already are. It is making you HAPPIER. So I do believe that miracles make you happy as they are often responsible for helping us reach that first stage of recognising that we are already happy in our appreciation of what is.
What is your take on miracles? Do you believe in them? Have you ever had them happen in your life? That is of course if you do not accept that they happen all the time. What about them “making you happy”? I would be really interested to hear your thoughts. What about leaving a comment below?