Is there a different story to tell? No, not really. Oh, there’s always different perceptions to reveal, but in the end it’s the same question; what does it all amount to? As always, this is my perception as I see it. It’s probably not the same as yours because you’re having your own dream. That’s why life seems to be different for everyone – we’re all dreaming a separate dream.
I’m not trying to convince nor persuade anyone of anything – I simply write my beliefs and feelings down, and leave it at that. I once read something by Richard Bach (I’ve read a lot of his writings) that has had a lot to do with why I write. He said, “You teach best what you most need to learn.” Even though I’m not trying to teach anyone anything, his words are always dancing in my mind. I’ve simply concluded that if I write down that which I believe, I’ll reinforce those beliefs. The following quote from the great spiritual work, A Course in Miracles, agrees with this hypothesis: “…What you teach you strengthen in yourselves because you are sharing it. Every lesson you teach you are learning.”
Once again I emphasize I’m not trying to teach, persuade or convince anyone of anything. But I’ve decided to write, or share, a few words about a very controversial subject – i.e., Miracles. Wow!! That is a controversial subject. It’s not only that, but if there is such things as miracles, then it’s a supernatural subject. In other words – it’s out of this world – or so most people think.
“This world is full of miracles.”
Albert Einstein once said, “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” So there we have it. It’s the same with every aspect of existence. There’s always that choice in everything we do. We either believe in miracles, or we don’t believe in them. Oh, I understand there are those who have what are called open minds, and are ready to accept them if there’s evidence pointing to their reality. Then there’s others whose minds are closed so tightly that even if a miracle happened right in front of them, they’d say it was either an act of nature or a coincidence.
I think Einstein’s view fits right in with that which I wrote about in my last post – we have to decide whether we’re physical or Spiritual beings. If we view our existence as no more than physical then, as he said, nothing is a miracle. But if we perceive ourselves as Spiritual beings then, again as he said, everything is a miracle.
That glorious spiritual gift to humanity, A Course in Miracles, points to the same choice pretty plainly with this assertion: “This world is full of miracles. They stand in shining silence next to every dream of pain and suffering, of sin and guilt. They are the dream’s alternative, the CHOICE to be the dreamer rather than deny the active role in making up the dream. They are the glad effects of taking back the consequence of sickness to its cause.”
We may scoff, we may laugh. or we may simply ignore, but eventually all of us – everyone of us – will come face-to-face with the decision that asks: Am I an ego dwelling in a flesh body, or am I a Spirit Being at home in God?
As the quote above implies miracles are not some mysterious out-of-this-world happenings. This world is full of them. Oh, their Cause is not in this world, but miracles themselves are here and waiting to serve whomever may need one – which includes most of us. The only thing that keeps them from our awareness is the decision we’ve made to see ourselves as flesh bodies – as figures in the dream. So long as we insist on perceiving ourselves this way so long will miracles stand in shining silence right next to our pain and suffering as the Course states. As the quote also tells us, it’s all a choice. And even though it seems as though it’s presented in different forms it all reverts back to the one single choice: A choice between seeing the flesh or recognizing the Spirit.
“The Choice to be the dreamer”
Wow! That seems like something so far-fetched that it can’t be understood at all. I mean how could anyone make a choice such as choosing to be the dreamer? But if we take a closer look we’ll soon discover that it’s not that complicated at all. This whole experience that we so fondly refer to as life is a dream. And if it’s a dream then someone has to be doing the dreaming – there has to be a dreamer. There is a whole lot more than one, for everyone is dreaming their own dream – their own separate life experience. The thing is, most people even though they don’t realize it, are dreaming that they’re a figure in someone else’s dream. This places them smack-dab in the middle of chaos and at the mercy of a merciless world.
But once anyone becomes aware that there’s a choice between seeing the physical or recognizing the Spiritual they’re on the verge of waking. All it takes to begin the waking process is a change of mind – which is the one and only thing that can be changed. This change takes place once a person decides they no longer want to be a figure in someone else’s dream, and choose the Spiritual. In other words, they decide they want to be in control of their own dream – it’s at this point that he/she becomes the dreamer. There’s a huge bonus to realizing you’re the dreamer, for now you understand that it’s within your power to make changes to the dream.
“Taking back the consequence of sickness to its cause.”
The Course tells us that miracles are “the glad effects” of doing this. So what does it mean, and how is it done; how can sickness and its consequences be taken back to its cause? First of all, I’m going to say something that may make you throw up your hands in disgust, and curl your lips in a sneer. But nevertheless here goes, the body cannot be sick, for sickness happens only in the mind. What?? What did I hear you say? I know it’s a shocker, but it’s the truth – all sickness is in the mind.
There is just one cause of sickness, regardless of the myriad of forms it takes in the dream. That single cause is separation from God, Creator, Source, Spirit, whatever you prefer to call It, which is the Source of everything, including good health. When the mind believes it has separated itself from God it naturally sees itself as being alone and at the mercy of a loveless and merciless world. It then feels guilty and fearful and fills itself with dark, fearful, guilty and negative thoughts, which it projects onto the body causing a dream of sickness.
Once you realize that sickness is in the mind, you then become aware that it’s the mind that needs healing, not the body. You have taken back the consequence of sickness to its cause. This can be corrected by just one thing, a change of mind to reconnect with your Source – Spirit. This allows Love with all Its healing thoughts to come back into your mind. Fear and negativity cannot remain where Love is, therefore, they depart as soon as Love enters, allowing the mind to heal. The body will follow suit, and allow miracles to do their work of healing.
I’m going to close this post with another quote from that great spiritual work, A Course in Miracles: “There is no order of difficulty among miracles. One is not “harder” or “bigger” than another. They are all the same. All expressions of love are maximal.”