Miracles Happen
Marianne Williamson

When I was a child, there was a well-known advertisement for V8 Juice.  Someone would drink something else and then realize, "Wow, I coulda had a V8!"  As an adult, I've realized many times, when situations have not turned out so well, "Wow, I coulda had a miracle!"

I could have had a miracle. . . except. . . !  Except that I didn't think miracles were possible.  I didn't think in a miraculous way.  I didn't stand firmly on the principle that God can do anything.  In the words of A Course in Miracles, "There is no order of difficulty in miracles."  No problem is too hard for God to solve.  This is a very important point to remember, as it's hard to have deep faith in a kinda-sorta-powerful God.

Faith in God, however, is inseparable from faith in love.  To say that there is nothing God cannot do is to say that there is nothing love cannot do.  It does little good to ask God's help, if we ourselves remain unwilling to open our hearts in places where they are closed.  It is not just God's love for us, but our love for each other, that paves the way for miracles.

If we fail to express God's love through faith or compassion or forgiveness, then the problem is not the absence of God's power but rather our failure to align our will with His.  He cannot do for us what He cannot do through us.  A house might be wired for electricity, but it still needs lamps if it's to be lit.

With every thought of miraculous possibility, the lamp is plugged in.  A miracle is simply a shift in perception.  The more we align ourselves with the principles of love, the more empowered we become.

Children memorize the alphabet so they can learn how to read; we should memorize mystical principles so we can learn how to live most creatively.  Each of us can live in the victory of spirit, claiming for ourselves the miraculous power that has been given to us as children of God.  It is our faith that miracles are possible--that the very fabric of the universe is miraculous-- which opens the mind, and thus the future, to unimaginable possibilities.  "Dear God, please send a miracle" is a powerful prayer for cosmic support.  To pray is to take spiritual action.

The earth is dominated by thoughts of fear, and we are conditioned by these thoughts to forget the power of our Source.  Having not been taught the grandeur of our heritage, we do not remember the grandeur of our mission.  We forget that we have the extraordinary power to work miracles in the name of God.  Illusion and fear tie up the Prometheus inside us.  No, we cannot do this or that, because we don't have enough money, or enough talent, or enough intelligence.  No, we cannot change the world, because it's been the way it's been too long.  No one needs to hold us down if we believe we're down already.  As long as there are walls inside our minds, we're bound to remain behind them.  For if you think you can't, you can't.  If you think you can, you might.  And if you think God can, you're on your way to a life of spiritual triumph.  You have claimed His power on your own behalf, which is what He would have you do.   God is not stingy with His miracles; it's a pity we ask for so few.

It's neither arrogant nor overreaching to ask for a miracle.  Miracles aren't possible because of anything we do; they are possible because of the nature of God.  We do not personally work them; rather, they are worked through us as we open our hearts more deeply to love.  The mystical heart is a loving one, and thus a conduit through which God naturally reveals Himself.  We have a power in us, but not of us, that can miraculously heal the entire world.

Perhaps the miracle arrives in the form of an insight that unlocks a riddle in your life, a reconciliation with someone, or the opening of a door that has long remained closed.  Try as you might, your efforts to break through using your talents, your power of rational analysis, or sheer force of will had remained fruitless.  It was only when you put God first--when your heart softened, you stopped blaming, you stopped talking so much and started to truly listen--that some wall of resistance began to crumble.  You had not done anything so much as you had released the energies of self-will.  You had asked, in a way, that God's will be done.  A miracle occurred not because you caused it but because you allowed it.  In the words of writer Willa Cather, "Where there is great love, there are always miracles."

Mystical consciousness is humble, but self-confident.  We are not relying on our own strength, but on God's.  Science, technology, economics, military force, and social prestige--all of which are seen by the mortal mind as sources of genuine might and strength--might have the power to affect situations significantly.  But they cannot work miracles.  They cannot transcend the time-space continuum.  They cannot transform the human heart.

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Miracles happen all the time.  You'll take them for granted.  The fact
that you are here is a miracle.  Miracles are what happen beyond
immediate comprehension.  Explaining it doesn't diminish the miracle.
Scientists may describe what makes grass green.  Their explanations
will seem logical, but all they did was put words together in a way to
try to rationalize what they can't understand.
The explanation doesn't hide the miracle.
Look for miracles.

Joe Vitale


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