The parting of the seas or the face of an angel appearing is not the only type of miracle. There are many small miracles that occur just at the right time and make all the difference in an event or the life of a person. There are also larger ones that may save a life. A miracle is an occurrence that is outside the rational process of thought, which is the framework of everyday life. When a person steps out of ordinary reality into a higher vibration, amazing things can happen.
In difficult or seemingly hopeless situations, or when a person is faced with an obstacle or goal that seem insurmountable, it can often seem that only solution to the situation will be a miracle, a change that is believed to be impossible, unless brought about by supernatural forces. Therefore, the request is usually sent to God, angels or whomever or whatever a person’s belief system has assigned the task of performing miracles.
Many people believe in miracles, even though they may have never experienced one. Most do not expect to experience a miracle of a grand scale during their lifetime, since it is only historical beings and saints that have these types of experiences.
Why is it that good stuff like miracles only happened ages ago? How unfortunate that people today only get to read about miracles.
It’s a Miracle
Miracles are experienced, believed in, and talked about frequently. It would take a miracle and it was a like a miracle are common expressions. No one denies that there is a possibility that a miracle will occur or that an event was like a miracle or even that it was a miracle. A miracle may occur when a person asks for one. In a moment of darkness, perhaps a magazine is glanced at, in hopes of receiving some inspiration, and the person sees the word miracle. Perhaps the person then thinks to ask their preferred higher power for a miracle, prompted by the word they just read. When it is least expected, the miracle comes. Everything changes, people involved begin to participate in the process, there is no resistance, and it all happens in good and perfect time. In retrospect, some of those involved may realize that all the actions were being orchestrated; they were in an altered state, carrying out orders, so to speak. A force was propelling them through the entire chain of events; saying what need to be said and making decisions that were necessary for the desired outcome. What began as a very dismal situation may be miraculously transformed into one that feels right.
Another miracle occurs when the person recognizes that a miracle has occurred. It has been commonly believed that miracles are the result of an intervention from a higher force, either a being, the universe in general, or just a lucky set of circumstances that were outside the normal course of events that created the unfortunate situation. These outdated notions have been around for centuries. They are documented in religious text and literary works so that it is believed, almost universally, that miracles have their source in a higher power separate from humans.
Recognize the Divine in You
Perhaps it would be helpful to explore the concept of the divine. It is commonly believed that humans are separate from the divine. Along the evolutionary trail, people are discovering that they have capabilities that are not normally recognized in traditional belief systems. As they are now reaching higher levels of consciousness, meaning that they vibrate at a higher frequency, they become aware of their participation in the creative process of their life and the world. At some level they can manifest instantly, as a result of their thoughts and intentions, thereby requiring a very careful consideration and responsibility. As these higher levels are accessed, it is recognized that life is good and all is well, events flow easily and effortlessly, and synchronicity occurs frequently and playfully. Finally, the realm of synchronistic flow becomes normal reality.
Your Beliefs Create Your Reality
When miracles happen, it is because those involved have entered a higher vibration, allowing the experience of the true, natural state of human existence. This is usually sparked by a desperate situation, which allows the person to temporarily let go of their current belief systems. Once these beliefs, which hold one captive in their boundaries, are released, the person is then elevated into a higher potentiality of human experience. The result being, a fix, an adjustment to their reality, beyond that which is usually experienced in daily life. It is called a miracle.
Currently, people have created belief systems that allocate parts of human to a higher power. This renders them somewhat powerless. Humans are divine. Letting go of restrictive beliefs creates miracles. Life is a miracle and miracles occur all day long, every day. A bird landing near you when you are deep in thought is a miracle. Do you see the bird and notice that it is telling you all is well? When coincidences and synchronicities occur, miracles are happening right before your eyes. Because you are connected to life, you are participating in these little miracles.
When you do not know what to do in a situation, stop, let go, and allow. Do this with the intention to receive guidance and before long, events begin to fall into place. You begin to know what to do next and how to handle the particular situation, because in essence you already have infinite wisdom within you. When you ask for guidance, and trust and follow your intuition with every step you take, you are walking in the path of miracles. You are not powerless. You are light. Do not feel you must look outside yourself for miracles. Instead, watch them occur on a daily basis.
The Hero's Journey: Joseph Campbell Now More Relevant Than Ever
Making sense of our consciousness can be difficult, and in our materialist, western world we try endlessly to objectify that experience. But over the course of the past century, there have been a number of intermediaries reminding us to reconnect with elements of the spiritual journey.
Names like Alan Watts, Thich Nhat Hanh, and Deepak Chopra have sparked a renaissance of interest in the nature of consciousness, meditation, and mindfulness. They remind us of stories and lessons learned over the course of our history, and within these, we find recurring themes of transcendent truth.
But there is one liaison between old world and new, who bridged these philosophies and connected the ancient esotericism of the east to the pragmatism of the scientific west, through archetypes and allegory.
Joseph Campbell defined this thirst for truth over a lifetime by examining artists, psychologists, writers, and philosophers. He referred to the lessons in their mythos as the Masks of God, and the protagonists within those stories as the Hero with a Thousand Faces.
Campbell consumed as much of their wisdom as possible, voraciously reading nine hours a day for years at a time. He absorbed the work of great western minds like Carl Jung, Pablo Picasso, James Joyce, and Sinclair Lewis. Through these lessons he connected the dots of contemporary consciousness with the timeless teachings of the Bhagavad Gita, the Bible, Greek mythology and the Tibetan Book of the Dead.
In those years of study, he found lessons that applied to man and society at large – overarching narratives that struck a universal chord, particularly the sense that at some point in our lives, we find there is a call unanswered, a void in the spirit that must be fulfilled.
“Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls. The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.”
– Joseph Campbell
The Hero’s Journey
Campbell said you can never be at peace with yourself if you do not answer that call. The call to adventure that forces the hero to remove himself from the ordinary world and face whatever it is that threatens his safety, comfort, and way of life.
At first, the call is refused when fears and second thoughts arise, or the comforts of home seem too difficult to abandon. But eventually, the hero finds a mentor who pushes them and provides the tools needed to confront their tribulation.
When one considers the “Hero’s Journey,” Luke Skywalker, Arjuna, or even Hamlet could fit the role, but these stereotypes are meant to convey a general truth about finding the fulfillment we all seek. The personal ordeals that confront us can be difficult to face, causing us to relinquish a part of ourselves and take solace in a place that feels safe, while we remain oblivious to what could be learned by challenging those fears.
For some it may be a vice; an addiction that keeps us trapped in some behavior or lifestyle. Campbell looked to the Tibetan Book of the Dead to confront this type of ordeal, learning that the scripture taught one to strive for the opposing virtue of whatever your vice may be; to overcome what he called the “inmost cave.” By cultivating the antithesis of your vice, you will find the self-actualization that defines your being.
This sentiment has been echoed many times over the ages, and Campbell summed it up when he said, “Gods suppressed become devils, and often it is these devils whom we first encounter when we turn inward.”
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