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Thursday, August 18, 2016

In Search of Miracles


I have come to believe that we do not walk alone in this life. There are others, fellow sojourners, whose journeys are interwoven with ours in seemingly random patterns, yet, in the end, have been carefully placed to reveal a remarkable tapestry. I believe God is the weaver at that loom.”
Richard Paul Evans

In scrolling through some old writings yesterday, I unearthed a dream I had ten years ago in which someone handed me a book titled, In Search of Miracles by Sojourner Flight. In reading this dream again, I was most struck by the name of the author. Of course, there is no one by that name who has written such a book, but that is not what dreams are about, is it? They present us with little vignettes that reflect what is happening inside us. In many ways, we are all sojourners, and those of us who take seriously a spiritual practice, and even some of us who don't, are in search of miracles. We wish for, and pray for, the miraculous to intervene in all sorts of things in our lives. We do that because most of us believe that there is an unseen hand, a benevolent presence, that can help us with our problems and dilemmas.

There are two contradictions with this as I see it. One is that we seem to think that miraculous power rests outside ourselves—that the miracle will be visited upon us from without. And two, that since it will come from without, there is no need for us to act. Both are incorrect. That wisdom, that power is ours all the time. The miracle is that we don't see it. We have the inner physician, the Self, the divine spark, from birth to death. We can call upon it whenever we want. But it will not change other human beings. It will guide us to change ourselves in the face of every circumstance, if we but listen, trust and follow. It is well and good to wish and pray as long as we understand that we must also act.

We do not walk alone in this life. There are others, both without and within, who share the journey. We impact others in ways we don't realize, and they impact us. Wishing and praying for a miracle is not in vain so long as we realize that we must be the miracle we seek.

                                                        In the Spirit,


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