“Miracles happen everyday, change your perception of what a miracle is and you'll see them all around you”.
Jon Bon Jovi
Misery and Miracles – which is the more likely to occur for you?
I imagine you are shouting back at me right now saying ‘Mike, of course misery outscores miracles!’ But, I say back, is that altogether true, and if it is, what can we do ourselves to change that perception?
First of all, what is misery and are we all affected by it? And, more importantly by how much?
Misery is defined in the Cambridge Dictionary as an ‘unhappy feeling’ or ‘great unhappiness’. You will have heard the expression, “oh stop being such an old misery guts” or, “so and so made his life a misery”…
The thing is we are in control of that so called misery – even when external forces take us by the hand into that perception. And that's exactly what it is. Perception.
What about miracles then?
The Oxford Dictionary defines these as: “An extraordinary and welcome event that is not explicable by natural or scientific laws and is therefore attributed to a divine agency”
So even though this definition claims that miracles are not explicable by natural or scientific laws, my view is that miracles are defined by human law – again our perception.
A few years ago, I was part of a group of like minded folk who were following an eclipse of the sun – a major event. In order to see this eclipse at its maximum glory we needed to travel to a remote island in the Aleutian belt off the coast of Alaska - the island of Adak.
Awakening on the actual great day of the eclipse saw heavy clouds with little or no sign of the sun, other than we could gauge roughly where it was as that being the lightest area of cloud!
As the clock ticked down to the moment of maximum eclipse, an incredible ‘thing’ happened. For a brief 2-3 minutes or so, exactly above us where we stood in a remote part of the island in a remote part of the planet, the clouds parted and we witnessed one of the most incredible sights that man can see. A full eclipse! Minutes later the clouds rolled across again and the sun disappeared from view. To all of us there we could say that was a miracle.
For some a miracle is an amazing experience that, in the grand scheme of things, seems impossible.
Sometimes we all feel the need of a miracle.
It doesn’t have to be a big one…a little one would be just fine.
I’m particularly fond of Marianne Williamson’s definition:
A miracle is as simple as a shift in perception. That fits in nicely with Jon Bon Jovi’s quote don't you think?
No outside forces at work, no angels with trumpets raising us out of any misery we’re currently experiencing. Just a shift in perception. We can do that can’t we?
And as with miracles, the shifts don’t have to be huge, earth shattering, bear hugging shifts…subtle shifts can create radical change.
We need a little miracle to change our misery of could have, can’t do, can’t change, because we get locked into our misery thinking and attract more thoughts and things to feel miserable about. Whoever said misery loves company definitely got that right.
Here are four simple steps to help shift from misery to miracles, be willing, let go, and aim high.
The energy that makes it happen
Being willing is an amazing energy that opens the floodgates to the whole power of the Universe, bringing with it teachers, guides and resources or whatever we need to guide us on our new our path. And being willing is a wonderful relief. Take a minute and feel it now.
Be willing and breathe and relax.
Feels good…I know because I just did it.
Simple affirmations work well and are part of the reprogramming of our current experiences that have led to whatever is making us miserable. Here are some you may like to try:
“I am willing to shift my perspective”.
“I am willing to love more”.
“I am willing to see miracles all around me”.
What to let go of
Be willing to let go of the old in order to experience the new. Let go of old beliefs that no longer serve you, beliefs you hold on to as though they were the crown jewels. Let go of old behaviour, old reactions, old ways of viewing the world.
As we let go we are moving back into the place of who we are, the original unconditioned spiritual us. I could ask you to define yourself and you might say, I am a man or a woman, I am a parent, I am lost, I am unhappy, I am joyful, I am fat, I am thin, I am rich, I am beautiful.
But these are just ways in which you’ve conditioned your being. You might very well see yourself as all these things, but beneath it all is YOU. The real you. The magnificent creator of your dreams, the higher you. And we all get to replace our old, outdated conditioning with something new and more in keeping with the true being that we are.
How to aim high
It doesn’t take any more effort to aim high, to demand abundance and joy and peace and yes, miracles. Tune into a higher way of thinking.
You have a partner always willing and available to you:
Your subconscious mind.
Enlist it’s aid because it will work tirelessly on your behalf night and day. It never sleeps. Never rests. We can imprint on our subconscious mind whatever beliefs we choose through the repetition of thoughts connected to feelings.
Have an aim of the day to focus on…it might be a good thing to begin with affirming that your subconscious mind is your partner in your success.
Or your aim might be I am super successful in everything I do.
Then begin to listen to that quiet inner voice as it brings you new ideas, new concepts and inspiration.
And don’t forget to follow them.
Shift Your Thinking
We all need practices to help shift our energy and move from misery to miracles. If we don’t shift our energy we can pretty well predict our results.
Imagine you’re tuned into a radio station and you really don’t like it. It’s filled with music or talk that just isn’t your cup of tea. What do you do? Stick with it and complain how awful it is? I don’t think so. You’re going to change that station within seconds.
That’s what we need to do with the misery station. No point in complaining about what’s going on, let’s get that station switched to a positive one.
Maybe a meditation practice would work for you. I personally find mediating a little difficult but I do like it. I particularly like it since I’ve heard that those who meditate can access higher thinking and come up with ideas not often available to those who don’t meditate. Sounds good to me.
So are you ready to take that first tiny shift from misery (unhappy thoughts) to miracles?
Are you ready to see miracles? What are you willing to let go of?
One last thing. Please share in the comments; your comment could make all the difference to someone else.