Written by Randi G. Fine
Excerpt from the August 22, 2012 show on A Fine Time for Healing, Miracles Happen!
Albert Einstein once said, “There are only two positions you can take. Either you believe that nothing in life is a miracle or you believe that everything in life is a miracle.”
Personally I don’t believe that it is an all or nothing occurrence, but I do believe that we each experience many more miracles in our day to day lives than we may notice or recognize. Some are subtle and private, others overtly evident. There is always a supernatural influence. But you do not have to believe in the supernatural to experience a miracle. Whether believer or not, miracles happen to everyone. Those who are spiritually in touch may just recognize them more.
Life itself is miraculous; it is all based on point of view. If you view life from a spiritual, supernatural perspective, then you are likely to reason that events that inspire your awe are supernaturally founded and therefore miracles. So miracles may be subjective and the classification of them varies.
The word miracle comes from the Latin word “miriculum,” which means “something wonderful.” A true miracle, one that is not subjective, is an event that cannot be normally explained through the laws of nature; something that is wonderful and unexpected, awe-filled and remarkable, marvelous and incredible. A true miracle is the occurrence of impossibility.
Some use the word miracle to describe a rare or unlikely occurrence where supernatural or divine intervention may not be involved–one that is explainable by some method, for instance, the birth of a baby is incredible and miraculous, but it can be scientifically explained. There may also be reasons, though unlikely, for someone surviving a terrible car accident, healing from a seemingly hopeless illness, or living through a natural disaster. Sometimes people in these types of situations are saved through divine intervention; sometimes there are mechanical reasons.
In modern day the word miracle has been broadened to include events that are beneficial and unlikely, though not supernatural or divine in nature. For instance someone may say, “It’s a miracle that I arrived here on time, since I left late and there was so much traffic” or “It’s a miracle that I am still sane after all I’ve been through.”
I would venture to say that most of our curiosity lies with miracles that cannot be explained away; ones that are supernaturally based, works of God, or divine intervention, and those that defy the laws of the universe as we know them and surpass all known human abilities.
Belief in miracles exists in all cultures and nearly all religions, but even among the devout and observant, perspective plays a role.
Supernaturally occurring miracles are seen by the faithful as evidence that an almighty God or other unseen divinity do in fact exist. Some believe that God intervenes and shows us miracles, those that only he can perform, to strengthen our faith and trust in him; to show the omnipotence and the power he holds over life and death. They believe that God creates miracles as a way to show his salvation, compassion, and mercy for us.
Most religions speak of miraculous occurrences, some dramatic some subtle, in their texts. Those who are faithful to their religion accept these events as fact. Many cultures have handed down stories of miracles and integrated them into their belief systems. Judeo/Christians believe that miracles come from a God who purposefully performs them. An example is the birth of Jesus through Immaculate Conception and his resurrection after death. These accounts are widely accepted as miracles from God. The Catholic Church recognizes miracles as works of God, either through prayer or through specific saints. They have stringent requirements, overseen by the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, in validating them. Among other criteria, before accepting someone as a saint, or canonizing them, they must have performed two miracles.
Faith healings and the casting out of demons are occurrences of miracles often seen in Pentecostal churches. The Pentecostal faith is deeply rooted in the supernatural. A friend once took me to her church so I could experience a Pentecostal service. It was the most bizarre experience I have ever had. At various points during the service, people went into trances and began speaking in what they call “tongues.” To be able to do this they must have first received the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Pentecostals also consider miraculous healings as the baptism of the Holy Spirit.
The relationship that Native Americans have with God is experienced as a relationship with all of creation. God is known through the awareness they have of both the earthly and spiritual realms. They make no distinction between the living and the dead, past or present, tangible and intangible. The birth of a white buffalo is seen as a miracle and the greatest of all prophetic signs. They also believe in miracle healings. A miracle healing is comprised of six elements: a relationship with one’s healer, acceptance and surrender of one’s condition, the focusing only on the present, the nurturing of one’s community, the transcendence of blame, a humble request for help from the supernatural world, and a profound change or rebirth of one’s life.
Eastern religions such as Hinduism and Buddhism believe that miracles come from the purification of the mind; that stringent ethical and meditational training is what endows the person with miraculous powers. Reportedly, Buddha was able to multiply himself, fly through the air, hear things over a long distance, read other people’s minds, and remember former lives.
The Old Testament, representing the ancient Hebrews and those practicing Judaism today, cite many examples of God’s intervention; the burning bush, the parting of the Red Sea, manna from heaven, and the ascension of Elijah to heaven. Many of the events described in the bible can be called miracles, but there is no word in the bible that means miracle. The word “nes,” which when translated actually means sign, is how they are described.
The Jewish faith considers nature just as awesome as a miracle. And miracles are considered just as “natural” as nature. It is the frequency of natural occurrences that makes them appear less miraculous. Likewise the infrequency of miracles makes them seem more miraculous. As the Talmud says, the skeptic will explain the parting of the sea as a result of nature and the believer will explain the growth of wheat as a miracle. Both are the fulfillment of God’s will at any given moment.
The explanation that miracles are not so much occurrences as they are observations rings true for me because I believe that everything one experiences in life is based on perception. But I also believe in God and have seen the amazing ways he works in my life. I truly believe that he does work miracles in everyone’s life–more than most people will recognize or acknowledge.
There will always be scientists and skeptics who say miracles don’t happen, as well as atheists who say God does not exist. They call on the laws of nature rather than divine intervention to explain away these awe-filled occurrences. That is because the human mind has the ability to explain away whatever it wants to.
There is a chapter in my book, Awaken from Life, entitled, “Synchronicities: Meaningful Coincidences.” We often find that the timing of chance meetings, messages, people, and things that are placed directly in our path relate to current issues in our lives, or information that we are presently in need of.
Synchronicities occur much more often in our lives than the average person may notice. One reason is that they may be symbolic in nature. But intuition plays a vital part in whether or not we recognize them as such. I believe that if we are intuitive, synchronicities will be seen as miracles—as God or the spiritual world intervening in our lives, showing us the most straightforward and easiest path to our ultimate destination.
I have personally had many notable synchronicities in my life. I wrote about several of them in my memoir, Fine…ly, because the synchronicities actually drove the story to its conclusion. If you would like to know more you should read the book. Today I will share one of them with you. It totally blew my mind when it happened in the 80’s.
A main character in the story of Fine…ly was my now long-deceased ex-husband Keith. Everything about our relationship from the way we met to the way our relationship ended involved overtly unmistakable synchronicities.
Before I met Keith I had never heard his name and he hadn’t heard mine. We did not know anything about each other. We lived near each other and I casually knew many of his friends, but neither of us had any recollection of our paths ever crossing. Still we met, fell in love, and I moved into his house.
Keith’s house looked like a typical bachelor pad—it was cluttered and unorganized and there was no closet space for my things. The house was a Cape Cod style; the main floor was the living and bedroom area and the upstairs had two dormers and a bathroom that he never used. He rarely went upstairs. There was also a walk in closet up there that probably had not been used since he divorced his first wife.
One day out of frustration I set my sites on cleaning out the disastrous mess in that closet and claiming it as my own. The closet floor was a chaotic sea of papers, trash, and things no one wanted; things that must have been thrown in there just to get them out of sight.
With a large plastic garbage bag by my side, I plopped myself down in the middle of the mess and began going through everything. As I was sorting through all the papers, I came upon a Polaroid picture that was turned upside down. Curiously I picked it up, flipped it over, and was dumbfounded. It was a picture of me from six years prior, wearing a prom dress. It was mind-blowing to realize that Keith had a picture of me buried under rubble in the upstairs closet of his house, unknowingly, for six years. And then we met.
When I thought about it, I remembered that he and his ex-wife had been at the same prom I attended and for some reason she had taken a picture of me. Still, I did not remember seeing Keith there. But the picture confirmed that I was supposed to be exactly where I was at that very moment. So there you go. Explainable yet miraculous!
Miracles sometimes occur and transform our lives when we least expect them—an unexpected phone call, a letter in the mail, a knock on the door, a chance meeting with someone. Miracles occurring through prayer and prayer chains are largely reported, especially where health issues or natural disasters are concerned. And you probably know someone, as I do, whose life was saved after going to the doctor for one ailment and having another critical ailment discovered.
I experienced an incredible miracle in the spring of 2010. My miracle came thirty years after the fact. In my wildest dreams I never thought it would happen. I don’t want to give away the story of my miracle because it is how I end my memoir, Fine…ly. If you want to know more you will just have to read the book!
I find that the more spiritually connected I am, the more miracles I experience in my day to day life. Most of them are not earth-shattering, though they do make me sit up and take notice. Miracles are happening to you all the time, too. I am not referring to the indisputable miracles performed by saints. What I am talking about are things like the phone call out of the blue from someone who tells you exactly what you need to hear, or something you thought you lost forever turning up in the oddest place. I am talking about finding money you did not know you had or having someone give you money out of the blue when you need it the most. Many of us experience these things and fail to take notice of the miracle that has occurred.
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