Miracles are for Everyone

The miraculous fact about miracles is that they can be accessed by everyone. According to research compiled by psychologist Carolyn Miller in her book Creating Miracles: Understanding the Experience of Divine Intervention (H. J. Kramer), all it takes to manifest such fortunate events is the quality of "miracle mindedness. "

Miller presents numerous accounts of people who surprisingly survived life threatening circumstances. In each case, she explains that the individuals involved have surpassed mere luck or coincidence. Rather, they have all been personally instrumental in attracting favorable results for themselves.

Examining the similarities existing among the amazing stories, Miller discovers that certain conditions accompany miracle mindedness. First is the ability to shift conventional perception. Miller’s "miracle workers" move beyond the ego's limited view. Instead of remaining in fearful or angry states associated with the crisis, they refocus their reality and expect a positive outcome. It doesn't have to be amazing deliverance from the situation. It can just be an uncontested surrender to whatever may transpire. Whether they're headed for an accident, threatened by an attacker, or confronted by a fatal illness, all of the people whose stories are documented in Creating Miracles manage to transcend victim status.

Those experiencing miracles also tend to turn inward as part of the process. They report reaching a detached, peaceful state where judgment is temporarily suspended. For some reason, potentially dangerous situations, assailants, and diseases don’t trigger negative reactions. This state is comparable to that attained during meditation. Therefore, Miller advocates a regular meditative practice to predispose oneself toward a miraculous mind set. When faced with an emergency, experienced meditators may thus have an advantage when it comes to spontaneously entering a deeply focused mental state.

It is not necessary to believe in divine intervention to receive a miracle. Although some people reveal that they honestly hear voices or see apparitions that counsel them in times of adversity, others obtain inspiration differently. Miller maintains that simply allowing the mind to tap into the guiding intelligence of the universe is sufficient to transform physical reality. There appears to be evidence of an unmanifest dimension of possibilities from which particular choices influence consequences. On the other hand, the author's findings indicate that a loving attitude is an essential component of miracle making. In every instance cited, the miracle workers express benevolent intentions for all concerned--regardless of the predicament's actual result. Intuitively and magnanimously, they make the best choices from the universal array of possibilities.

Miracles need not be the exclusive privilege of a fortunate minority. Applying a few principles can make them available to everyone.

(Digest by Marcia Nolle, Atlantic University.)