“Miracles are the transcendence of the body. They are sudden shifts into invisibility, away from a sense of lower-order reality. That is why they heal.” …ACIM
My posts are, and will remain, mostly about subjects that are not of this world. Thus they are about that which is uncommon, and most of the time unbelievable – yet hoped for and wished for – and then shrugged off and scoffed at as unattainable.
It’s a miracle! That’s not an uncommon exclamation at all; people utter it in response to numerous, positive happenings that, most of the time, seem just a wee bit off-track from that which they believe to be normal. Why do they do this; could it be that they’re hoping that miracles are real after all? Maybe they believe in them, but don’t want to let their beliefs be known? Maybe they’re hoping it comes off as a frivolous statement that can be explained as, “just kidding?”
In my last post I wrote about how thoughts can represent lower-order or higher-order reality. My opening quote for this one points out that miracles are sudden shifts… away from a sense of lower-order reality – that’s why they heal. Is this not implying that it’s a change in thinking that allows miracles to happen?
Albert Einstein, that genius who discovered so much other-world knowledge and gave it to this one, once added this gem for those who may be open to learning more about the power of thought. He said, “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.”
I realize there’s not many people who are ready to accept the idea that sickness is caused by the power of thought. But nevertheless, I’m putting it to you that thought causes everything, even life itself. People who are enamored with this physical world, and that includes most everyone, cannot see beyond it. They believe that everything, including sickness, is something that the world just throws at them, and they themselves, have no part to play in it. And so long as this remains their prominent belief so long will sickness and disease be their familiar, but unwelcome companions.
The Buddha, who lived somewhere around twenty-five hundred years before Albert Einstein, also had things to say about the power of thought. For example: “The mind is everything. What you think you become.” Wow! How’s that for power?
It’s more than difficult, it’s nearly impossible, for humans to accept anything that they can’t observe in one way or another with the very little, but accepted, amount of senses the physical body seems to posses. This is so even though it takes very little understanding to conclude that what can be observed with these senses can offer no hope – except a temporary bit that soon fades away. It requires hardly any thinking at all to realize this physical world and the best it can offer is temporary.
And really, if you were to give it a thought, it wouldn’t require a whole lot of contemplation before you come to the realization that the mind is beyond this physical world. I’m not talking about the brain, I’m talking about the mind – and they’re not the same thing. Most people hold the ludicrous idea that the mind is synonymous with the brain. But that is not the case at all. The brain is no more than an organic computer – a control panel – with which the mind controls the body – that’s all! The brain is physical, which is a state that the mind cannot attain. In other words, the mind is not, was not, nor ever will be physical. Your mind is God’s Creation – It’s a Spiritual Entity. It’s what you are; you are mind, wholly mind, and nothing but mind.
“You also believe the body’s brain can think. If you but understood the nature of thought, you could but laugh at this insane idea. It is as if you thought you held the match that lights the sun…” …A Course in Miracles
The choice to accept the Truth contained in the above quote, or simply dismiss it as too ludicrous to even ponder, determines your chances of understanding healing. My opening quote informs us that miracles are sudden shifts into invisibility, Now that’s a really odd statement; wouldn’t you agree? A person would be almost inclined to overlook it, or at least wish it wasn’t there. I mean, how could anyone or anything suddenly shift into invisibility?
It certainly doesn’t mean that the body suddenly becomes invisible. But that being said, it does point out that miracles are the transcendence of the body. And they cause a shift away from a sense of lower-order reality.
That’s the thing with miracles, they involve very unique characteristics because they’re not of this world. They originate by and from the Power of God in a Spiritual dimension. But even though they originate from the Power of God, they take place in the mind. Only their effects are perceivable in this physical realm.
When miracles occur things change, they don’t remain the same as they were. That’s the whole idea of miracles; that’s why they’re requested; that’s why they’re prayed for. Whenever someone asks for a miracle they want – need – a change in some circumstance in their life. The very fact that anyone asks for one is a strong implication that they believe in the possibility of receiving it.
Most of the time they’re asked for because someone has become ill, or has a terminal disease, and hope for help in this world has waned to the point where drastic action is required. This includes reaching out to the invisible, something or someone whom we believe dwells somewhere outside of ourselves. Usually this includes the conjuring up of a picture of some sort of Grandfather figure way off in the sky somewhere.
Sudden shifts into invisibility simply means that if you need a miracle in your life, then you must cease looking at that which needs to be healed, and thinking it to be real and incurable. You need to shift your focus to the invisible realms, by transcending the body and a sense of lower-order reality. This is done in the mind by the Power of Thought. The mind is invisible – no one can see a mind. We know it’s there, and sometimes we talk about losing it, or going out of it, but we can’t see it with the body’s eyes. In fact, anything the body’s eyes can see, including a sick or diseased body, or any other negative circumstance is not real. The only reality – that which is real – is invisible to this physical realm.
As the Buddha learned, and taught, all those centuries ago, “The mind is everything. What you think you become.”
King Solomon said pretty much the same thing; “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he.”
Dr. Wayne Dyer pointed this out with a few different words, but the meaning is the same. He said; “Change the way you look at things and the things you look at change.”
I’m going to close with this thought from Richard Bach; “To bring anything into your life, imagine that it’s already there.”