Have you considered that you are constantly surrounded by miracles?
Would you like to be?
This book makes miracles accessible to all with amazing stories, lessons, and examples of everyday people, celebrities, and celebrated Aussies. Geraldine's conversational style comes through whether you are in the best of times or not.
- Miracles happen.
- How to live life in the moment and experience miracles.
- What a miracle is and how can one happen to you.
- Seven steps to recognise and harness the power of miracles.
- That miracles are happening around us every day.
- How to recognise the blocks that are holding you back.
- Seven steps to empower the life of your dreams.
"I highly recommend this truly amazing book. It is a must read for everyone that wants to bring forth miracles into everyday life."
-Justine Pollard, bestselling author of Smart Trading Plans
"Geraldine explores in one book the secrets that have taken me years of searching to find. Read and follow the (M.I.R.A.C.L.E.) steps and watch the doors of your wildest dreams open wide."
-Fiona Jones, bestselling author of Mr. Millionaire
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MIRACLES OR COINCIDENCES
MIRACLES DO HAPPEN!
By GERALDINE MORAN
Balboa PressCopyright © 2013 Geraldine Moran
All rights reserved.
M: MASTERY OF THE MYSTERY
[T]he teaching of your own religion must be in your heart. That's very important. Only then will you have an experience of it that is of real value; otherwise it is simply a piece of knowledge in your head and when you are faced with problems in your life, it won't be of any help.
—The Dalai Lama
Miraculous events have long held a fascination, and people try to explain those events in terms of their current frame of reference. In bringing the recognition of miracles into our lives, one of the simplest and most profound things to do is locate that place of mindfulness. Mindfulness is a term that has seeped into our language from Eastern traditions; it is closely connected to meditation. When we are mindful, we are in the present moment. We are in the here and now; nothing matters except what is in our understanding at that time. When we can truly stay in the moment, we begin to see how things work, how we do things in our daily lives, and how we interact with and treat ourselves and others. We begin to lift the veil on our actions and see our true selves.
We can start listening to those things around us that have a voice. There are truly wonderful things in nature constantly giving voice to make our days more full yet less hectic. We can also tune into our individual breathing and the miracle of our diaphragms automatically going out and in to drive our bodily systems. We can even hear our own heartbeats as we tune into an awareness of the now. We are able to find the miracle that is ourselves as we do this. When we find that moment of peace, that space between the constant monkey thoughts that bombard us on a daily basis, we begin to place those things we want to think about in that gap. We begin to see the world as we wish to see it; we begin to see our connections at work; and we begin to see miracles unfold.
Finding this state of mindfulness also brings us in line with our beings. There are many ways to do this. Meditation is only one—albeit a very effective one. Prayer helps some people to find the gap and peace in their lives. It is also a way to invite more and more peace into their lives. Contemplation in nature, just being immersed in the beautiful surroundings, allows a freeing of the day-to-day routine and a return to a quiet we dream of. But we cannot always easily return to the daily whirlwind of our modern lives.
When we reach this mindful state and practice to bring it into our lives more often, we become increasingly aware of the things we want in our lives. We begin to focus on those things, and as we think more about them, we begin to see how they can manifest for us. Opportunities that once seemed in the distance start to open. The romance that died in a relationship rekindles, or that job you really want suddenly becomes available, and you see that your thoughts are also guiding your outcome. It is sometimes difficult to acknowledge this, and you might find it is much easier to think, Oh, that's just a coincidence, or It's nothing to do with me. But you should acknowledge the wonder that you are. And you can begin to think that that divine spark within you is meeting you halfway and showing you a whole other world you may think is beyond your reach.
We start to reconnect to that memory we are born with—that we are miraculous. Our very coming into being is a miracle. As children, we think the world revolves around us. We act in this way, our desires are met, and we draw to us those things and people that best meet our needs at the time. We wonder at all things large and small. We look to nature as a gift and spend inordinate amounts of time watching, listening, learning, and amusing ourselves in the playground of our world. As we grow older, we move away from the wondrous thinking and learn to limit and deny our connections to the whole fabulous, divine matrix. We connect to new patterns of thought that come to us from others, who have learned them from others, who in turn have passed them down to meet the needs of society at the time. The joy in small things and childlike wonder disappears, and we walk in the world as if we have something to remember. But we just don't have the time, the energy, or the resources left to remember or discover what that is.
To master ourselves and the mystery again, we need to find that gap, that space in time, so we can regain our truth and walk with a wonder that does not diminish, even when we are challenged by the day-to-day complexities of our time on earth. It is when we are most challenged that we gain the strength to keep going, to move beyond the problem, to work through to a solution, to know everything is okay and will work out for the greater good. That is when we discover that we have everything we need to understand and face the day. In fact, we have had it ever since we were born.
So why meditate or find a way to connect to that peace? It really can settle and calm even the most challenging moments of our days. How you do this is a personal choice. I prefer to connect daily, but for others, weekly visits to church, synagogue, mosque, or whatever may be their chosen place of worship, reconnects them to this space. Finding the time just to breathe deeply and consciously three or four times day can also help return us to a "present" state of mind, one that allows us to move through troubling situations. Sometimes those situations that bring us the most joy also bring us the most challenges to finding space to experience the moment fully. Some people reading this will think, None of that really sits for me. I just go down to the beach or the park, have lunch, and find some time to myself. Guess what. You are doing just what I am talking about. You are giving yourself that time in the day when you find the gap and move beyond the chaotic world that surrounds us.
It is when we take this time that we begin to realize and comprehend the universe's magnificence and our places in that realm. We find the quiet to connect ourselves to God in a way that sits with us, and we connect to that space (no matter what we choose to call it). For God—or the universe, or the divine matrix—is not worried by the name; it is more interested in knowing that we have connected and are beginning to pay attention. We are finally giving reverence to ourselves and to the fabulous link we provide to the whole. We are a part of the whole and can see that it is truly remarkable.
We can make these discoveries on our own, and some really privileged individuals have always lived their lives this way. They have never lost this awareness, and they struggle to understand how we ever could. Others have learned from those who have experienced great wonders in their own lives and become the teachers. From them we question and learn, share our understandings and experiences, and grow in the process. The teachers also learn from the students, and this shared endeavor further adds to the wonder of the experience for all. So if you feel the need, find an elder in your church, join a group that sits with your ideals, or visit the holy people of your beliefs or other beliefs. Go to seminars that are regularly run by the people I mentioned earlier. Visit the websites of Dr. Demartini or Hay House Publishing. See what courses and offerings might be there. As you begin to look, things will start to resonate for you, and you will discover new ideas.
As we begin to develop a practice that allows us a rest from the daily doings of our world, we begin to see how things come to us more easily. We also might find we have more energy for doing some of those things we easily put off. We certainly find that our patience begins to increase, especially for ourselves and our journeys. Learning is not always easy, and we forget that we should first be kind to and love ourselves, so we can do this for the others we encounter.
When we take this time out, our mental attitudes begin to hold us firmly in all aspects of our daily lives. We also begin to feel our intuitions a little more clearly, and this guides us through the day and beyond with a greater ease. We do have intuition; we just forget to listen. We forget to listen to the integral part of us that wants the best for us and constantly seeks to provide us with things we are thinking about. Balancing our mental attitudes allows this hidden aspect of ourselves to connect us to the greater whole and become part of the slipstream to bring things into our world. Thinking in positive terms is best, for we want to bring the best into our world, and bringing it into our hearts and minds is the starting place.
When we find this stillness daily, we are also able to begin listening to our hearts and finding our major purposes in life. Our purpose may be big or small, near or far, but it is there. When we begin to hear this song, we find clues popping up all over the place to guide us in achieving our divine goals. Things can still seem mysterious, but we seem to have a built-in switch that wants to find our hands and allow us to commune with God and our higher selves and to bring that other world into our daily lives. To ignite that divine spark and set forth on creating our best and most fabulous outcomes, we need to dip into the slipstream daily and accept that it is our right to watch the miracles flow to us. The only limits are those we place ourselves, through fear and grasping.
Once we begin to hear the music of our souls, we are uplifted and can see bliss in situations that once seemed to contain only a narrow field of view. We become conscious, as if for the first time, that there is more to this life on earth and that we have a wonderful playground in which to grow and move forward. We share a connection to each other that is not always immediately apparent and is easily forgotten. If we just think of ourselves as having a universal purpose, then we are already connected—for in seeking to find God, we experience that mystery of the other world, which seems veiled to us. As we do this, individually and collectively, we begin to hear the music of our hearts and to move closer—ever closer—to our souls.
So we begin to manifest things in our lives. Our attention and attitude toward them and ourselves allow us to enter the slipstream and contemplate further on who we really are. And so we see how to begin the mastery of the mystery.
1. Try learning to meditate; begin to pray.
2. Go to your place of worship.
3. Acknowledge nature and its beauty.
4. Acknowledge your divine spark.
5. Enroll in a course that's new.
6. Practice breathing consciously four or five times a day.
Miracle of Mindfulness —Thich Nhat Hanh, Zen Buddhist monk
Mindfulness is the miracle by which we master and restore ourselves. Consider, for example: a magician who cuts his body into many parts and places each part in a different region—hands in the south, arms in the east, legs in the north, and then by some miraculous power lets forth a cry which reassembles whole every part of his body. Mindfulness is like that—it is the miracle which can call back in a flash our dispersed mind and restore it to wholeness so that we can live each minute of life.
PAUL BLACKBURN'S THOUGHTS ON MIRACLES
We talk about expecting to see miracles all the time. The meaning of the word miracle is the unusual, the unexpected, the impossible, the thing greater than could have happened via our own personal resources or power. In some of our workshops we say people should expect a miracle—that's the very minimum we should simply expect. Now, what we mean by that is some healing. If you use the classic biblical description, Jesus healed somebody, a leper, for example. In our workshops we see people getting over something that's been bothering them for twenty or thirty years. They can get over it in half an hour, so to us, miracle is probably an easy word to use, but it is also an accurate one. We expect to see miracles turn up regularly each day. The great thing about miracles—or maybe the not-so-great thing about miracles—is that they're unpredictable, so you don't know how far away the next one is. It could be a couple of seconds away, or it could be several hours or a day or two away. In ordinary life, we'd be pretty impressed if we got a miracle a week, but because of the industry that we work in, we expect to see them much more regularly than that.
We acknowledge the fact that it's wonderful, that it's spontaneous, that the person was not expecting what happened. The jury's still out for me on where miracles come from. I understand that everybody has their own version and their own opinion, and I respect that. My personal version is that I was brought up as a Christian, although I don't call myself a Christian now. I like to live by the Ten Commandments, but I don't go to church, and I don't pray to a God called Jesus. I like the Buddhist idea of "God is who you think God is." I believe that at the very minimum there is a thing there called the universe. We can refer to a power greater than ourselves; if there is such a being, then we're as much a part of that being as it is of us, and it would be difficult to separate us from this higher being. If that being exists and we must be a part of it, therefore, the expression "I am God" is valid for me—although I don't think I walk on water!
The Dali Lama says, "Stick with your God." I like that idea. To people whose God is Islamic in nature I say, "Well, good on you; I wouldn't want to change you from that." I'd say the same thing to people whose God is Christian in nature. I don't subscribe to the theory that there can only be one version or one religion. Underneath it all, they're all a bit the same, and this character called God is a bit above these differentiated versions that come out in the form of either Christianity or Islam, I don't believe he cares what religion we follow.
I really didn't expect miracles. There were all the biblical examples of miracles, but there weren't any miracles described in day-today life when I was a kid. At that time miracles were remote—and certainly past tense. I spent twenty years in the wilderness after I left high school and went to find my way forward in life by getting a job and those "average" sorts of things. I wasn't going to see any miracles, and I wasn't going to create any, either, and that's because I was brought up to be an average person, in an average world, with an average pay check. Once I got into the personal-development industry, I noticed that miracles could occur on a regular basis, and they did. It seemed it was everybody's right to expect miracles, and in fact, they ought to be a part of your life. I remember reading a quite complex book that had just come out at the time, called A Course in Miracles. That was the first time I ever entertained the idea that you could do a course on producing miracles. It was revolutionary to me then—now I just expect them.
This book was a turning point for my mother. She had always wanted to be a Christian. She was one of two daughters of a very strict Church of England couple, my grandparents. Her sister, my Aunty Joan, took religion seriously and went to live in a farming community where they were very devout and the major thing in life was to be poor and to be spiritual. I remember my mother saying to me that she wished she could get faith. She said to me, "I just can't make myself believe." When A Course in Miracles came out, she latched onto that, and it was a turning point for her. For me it was just a bunch of exercises that I could undertake to enhance my spirituality without being kicked into a designated church or religion (even though it turned out that the people who wrote the book were Christian). For me, it was one more tool along the way. It was a personal change, not by a revolution but by a series of one-degree changes. I've often heard it said that if you drive a boat out of Sydney Harbour and head directly east, and you change course by one degree every hour, then your boat will hit Australia. It will do a complete U-turn, and you won't notice the thing happening, because it's only one degree every hour, and as soon as you're out of sight of land, you can't tell which way you're facing. Anyway, that's how it was for me—a series of one-degree turns added up to ten percent, and then it added up to twenty, and away I went. A Course in Miracles was one of the catalysts along the way.
I experienced an accumulation of slight changes that were triggered by dissatisfaction. So I began thinking there had to be more to life; there had to be some reason why things were the way they were. Surely I could achieve more than I was. My dissatisfaction, brought about by a business failure, brought that into sharper focus, and I read a personal-development book or two. Then I read one that made a lot of sense, and followed it with a personal-development course that was along the lines of the book that I'd liked. I thought, "Okay, that's it! These people have got it figured out." So the final turn was a big one, I guess. Probably 40 or 50 percent of the turnaround was based on that book and course. That was in 1982, I think.
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Table of Contents
Foreword by Dr. John Demartini.................... vii
M: Mastery of the Mystery.................... 1
Paul Blackburn's Thoughts on Miracles.................... 9
I: Invite the Infinite Intelligence of Our Invisible Souls................. 22
Pat Mesiti's Thoughts on Miracles.................... 31
R: Recognize Results and Mould Your Reality.................... 37
Paul Barratt's Thoughts on Miracles.................... 46
A: Attitude of Gratitude.................... 62
Michael's Thoughts on Miracles.................... 70
C: Centering to Become the Captain of Your Soul.................... 81
Kerrianne Cox's Thoughts on Miracles.................... 93
L: Limitless Power of Love and Light.................... 119
Marie and Vincent Ang.................... 126
E: Emotional Mastery.................... 142
Tracey Fletcher.................... 149
S: Seven Steps to the Slipstream—Spirit.................... 163
Pam Sussman.................... 172
Peter Mullen.................... 177