Q: What do you mean by miracles?
A: A miracle, as I’m defining it, is an event born in unconditional love. It has a healing ripple effect on everyone it touches and seems to defy the laws of the natural world as wonderful results unfold by way of serendipity rather than effort. It has a win/win, positive outcome that shows up in an instantaneous, coincidental way and it often feels beyond what we thought could happen, so our beliefs about what’s possible stretch a little wider. The deeper miracle is the love that gives rise to the visible effects and the love that these effects inspire.
Q: Do you have to be a believer for all this miracle-making to work?
A: No. You just need the willingness to be a believer. Your imagination and an open heart will do the rest. Actually, according to near-death researcher Melvin Morse, M.D., the current debate between “skeptics” and “believers” has become obsolete because it’s based upon old science.
Q: I don’t believe in God. Isn’t the whole premise of miracles rooted in a belief in God?
A:This is an interesting question because there are so many “Gods” to disbelieve in. I know many devoutly spiritual people who take offense at the very word because it’s so tied in with religious dogma that doesn’t fit their spiritual framework. Then there are others who embrace God yet have rigid and narrow definitions of what that is. In all the ways the word “God” is used can it ever be more than a hopelessly inadequate shorthand for something too big to capture in words?
But if the word offends, one could instead, turn to science and believe in the Zero Point Field. The Zero Point Field essentially is the energy left in a space when all possible matter and energy are removed. This remaining field comprises literally a super charged, sea-of-light backdrop to everything and physicists have theorized that if we learn how to tap it, it could become a limitless energy supply, meeting all our current needs, even enabling Star Trek-like space travel.
As physicists are working to explain and tap this incredible ocean of light, another very different glimpse into the light comes from the growing body of research of those who’ve had near-death experiences. Consistently, people who have clinically died and been revived tell a similar story of coming into contact with a mystical light. Research has shown these experiences to be profoundly transforming, leaving the survivors forever changed, with a measurably higher zest for life than the general population, more apt to have psychic abilities and perhaps even more intelligent.
It could be that the brief clinical death releases these individuals from the limitations of physical perception and enables them to have a direct experience of the Zero Point Field. Interestingly, the light that people describe is far from cold or neutral. Again and again, those who’ve seen it tell of a light that is powerfully benevolent, a light of unconditional love. A limitless, living energy field of light and love; one that is everywhere yet is invisible to our physical senses… it sounds like a description of God to me—or at least that kernel of truth that people of all times have tried to make comprehensible through the creation of religions.
Q: The following is an actual question I received that echoes many similar ones I’ve received related to the partial success of popular techniques such as visualizing, affirmation work and vision boards: “When I first made my board last year I did have some attracting experiences… the little stuff came true…. How do I get the big stuff, now, the way I got the small stuff?”
A: As even first-time practitioners of spiritual manifesting techniques can attest to, creating an isolated result is easy. To have them work consistently is another matter. Even for the most dedicated metaphysical practitioners, there can be big gaps between our conscious intentions and the unconscious agendas that drive our lives and determine our experiences. These gaps result in wheel-spinning where no amount of effort seems to change our pattern of struggle in certain areas of life.
The shift from unconscious wheel-spinning to mastery, paradoxically, takes less effort, less pain and struggle than everything else we’ve tried. Yet, its very unfamiliarity can make it feel excruciatingly out of our comfort zone and counter to all our past conditioning. It requires using familiar resources in unfamiliar ways, stretching our imaginations to places they’ve never been before, doing things we’ve been told we shouldn’t or couldn’t, surrendering where we usually exercise control and most of all, going bravely into the unknown. The journey can be at different times terrifying, exhilarating and ecstatic. And while this journey into true Selfhood may well give rise to remarkable healings, manifestations and synchronicities, it’s so much more than these outcomes. Awakening to our Selves takes us beyond our needs, our wants and beyond the limitations of our thinking. It changes us; it doesn’t simply produce results on demand. Without doing this profound personal work, techniques tend to produce partial results. Once we embark upon it, we’re no longer so focused on the results.
Q: A question I get asked over and over goes like this: “Can my [Insert specific illness or symptom here] be healed through spiritual healing?”
A: I have seen illnesses of all types and magnitudes heal spontaneously in healing services so, yes, it’s certainly possible that any dis-ease can be healed quickly and miraculously. At the same time, spiritual healing isn’t like going to the dentist where we ask for a result and expect a reasonably predictable outcome.
Healing is about opening ourselves to God and trusting in the process of life no matter what happens. There’s a mysterious alchemy that happens between the healer as catalyst, the recipient’s internal (not necessarily conscious) readiness and God, and this process is far from predictable.
In the healing services I’ve seen, invariably some people get the healing they wanted and some don’t. Some get a different healing than they asked for. Some come again and again before they feel that any healing has taken place while others never feel a thing no matter how many times they come. Sometimes the most devoted believers see no healing results while skeptics experience huge miracles. I’ve never met a healer who has a definitive answer for why healing happens sometimes and not all times, or how to guarantee that a healing will happen for a particular individual, but here are some general reasons I’ve found for why healing doesn’t happen as predictably as we’d like:
- Too much attachment to and focus on the outcome can actually prevent it from happening because we infuse the process with more fear than faith.
- We got a completely different kind of healing and didn’t see it because we’re looking for it to take the form we asked for.
- Healing is happening at a slow, gradual pace that has the advantage of preparing our minds to accept and grow into the change but the disadvantage of happening so imperceptible that we don’t notice it. Much like watching a plant grow—we can stare at a plant all day and not see anything happen but if we come back after a few months, we can see the difference.
- There’s a hidden payoff to not healing. These payoffs are often very hard to see clearly (what could possibly be good about a condition that makes us miserable?!!) but until they’re resolved, we won’t be ready to let the symptom go. For example, for someone completely exhausted by a lifestyle of caring for others, a serious illness could enforce a change toward self-care that the individual felt unable to choose for him or herself. Subconsciously this person might be ambivalent about healing if it meant going back to the same oppressive and exhausting lifestyle.
- We’re still learning a life lesson from the condition and spiritually aren’t ready to let it go. We may be learning compassion or unearthing healing abilities, or developing strengths. A friend of mine who was born profoundly disabled felt strongly that she chose her body to help her learn to love life no matter what because she believed she committed suicide in a previous life. These soul agendas go even deeper than the kind of payoffs described above and it may never be possible to fully fathom the purposes of our soul through the filters of our personality but even if we never release a symptom, we can always release the suffering it brings.
- We’re controlling life (not just in relation to our symptom) so much that we can’t let go and let God.
Q: Isn’t it selfish and small-sighted to be focusing on one’s own personal desires when there is so much suffering and need in the world?
A: Desiring from life isn’t a selfish thing. Desire is a way that inner guidance speaks to us, nudging us toward our path of highest good. Our true heart’s desires always lead us to love: love of self, love for all creation, and the awareness that there is no difference in these because we’re all one. As we act in service to our personal well-being, we become more empowered to serve the world and we find our desires naturally leading us in that direction as well. As we serve the world joyfully, we naturally attract all that we personally need to thrive.
When we’re acting on our authentic desires (not to be confused with greedy consumption that stems from a fear of not having enough, or addictions that try to fill a void with something that will never truly satisfy), they bring personal joy and inner peace, and allow us to make a contribution to the whole. On the other hand, when we’re doing what we think we should in a joyless way, we may have the best of intentions but our results tend to miss the mark. We don’t succeed in feeling personally fulfilled or make a terribly important difference in the world in spite of our hard—emphasis on “hard”—work.