Wednesday, February 28, 2018

What is a miracle?

Miracles are often equated with magic. There are stories of miracles in the New Testament supposedly performed by Jesus to heal the sick, feed the hungry, raise the dead.

There stories of miracles have sent Unitarian Universalists running from the denominations of mainline Christian churches and certainly out of the doors of fundamentalist Christian churches.

The stories of miracles are mesmerizing for children and the butt of jokes for adults. At a deeper level of theological consideration the word "miracle" has a whole other meaning. It is not magic, but a shift in perception from the path of the ego to the path of the spirit.

It is written in A Course In Miracles, "Miracles reawaken the awareness that the spirit, not the body, is the altar of truth. This is the recognition that leads to the healing power of the miracle."

We are preoccupied with the body, its shape, its movements, its thoughts, its feelings, its desires, its intentions, its motivations, and we miss the fact that we are none of things nor are our brothers or sisters.

These things of the body change, and they are misperceived, misintepreted, misgeneralized, and it is a shit show that creates great distress because we think these changes are real when they are illusions of our own making.

Lesson 5, in the workbook of A Course In Miracles, makes me laugh every time I am reminded of it. The lesson states, "I am never upset for the reason I think." Upon reflection this turns out to be true. There is always another way of looking at things. There is always another side to the story, often many sides. Which side do we take, and why, and doesn't it get tiring after awhile with all the drama?

The miracle is the recognition that the ways of the body are illusions when one is viewing things from the path of the spirit. We come to awareness that Love is all there is. And we laugh at our stupidity, at our ignorance, at our naivete in missing what's really important.

The miracle is awareness that when its all said and done, when we get all the way down to the bottom of things, Love is all there is. Was there all the time. We just didn't see it.

Today, look past the bull shit, the nonsense, the false importance of bodily ways and notice the Love that is there, that always was there. It is this shifting from the path of the ego and the body to the path of the spirit and the witness that is the miracle.

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