"Those who don't believe in magic will never find it" -- Roald Dahl
"I pray for the change in perception that will let me see bigger and sweeter realities." -- Ann Lamott
My favorite thing in the whole world is miracles. I've been a student of A Course in Miracles for 25 or so years. The TV series I created is set in an ecovillage called Milagro Springs. Milagro, of course, is Spanish for "miracle." And I spend my life looking for miracles which, according to my way of thinking, is actually recognizing truth.
Miracles are natural and normal and happen all the time... once we give up antiquated ways of thinking.
I also love sharing miracles. My new friend Michelle Dobbins, who writes the fabulous blog, Daily Alchemy, devotes Monday to shout-outs or what she calls "Monday raves." As she says, it's a time to notice and get excited about the wonderful things in our lives. For more above raves, she suggests Lola Jones. Check out Lola's fun and fabulous rave movie here.
So it's Rave Monday (thank you Michelle) and I'd like to take this opportunity to rave about the following two miracles:
The first happened to my friend, Kris. Over the weekend, she lost a favorite necklace. It fell off sometime before, during or after a party. Because there's snow on the ground, she knew it could be anywhere, buried deep in a bank of snowflakes. At first, she freaked out. It's her favorite necklace. She frantically began retracing her steps, digging through snow in front of the party, exhausting herself with mental energy -- "Oh, no! How will I ever find my necklace in this weather?"
And then suddenly, she got it. That energy, that fear and crazy belief that finding it would be hard could only keep the necklace away. She began to affirm how easy it is to find misplaced items. Within a couple hours, she found a phone that had disappeared a few months ago, a pair of sewing scissors she'd been looking for and one other thing that had mysteriously gone missing.
Her partner went back over to the party and within minutes, called, "Hey, your necklace was right there in a snowdrift in front of the house."
The other miracle happened to yours truly. To set the scene, I have to tell you that my hometown, Lawrence, Kan., has a really cool, old-school downtown with lots of coffee shops, local boutiques and art galleries. We are very proud of our downtown and worked hard to -- shall we say -- dissuade a big mall from coming in. But the downtown Parking Nazis are rabid. If you park downtown and don't deposit a quarter or two (hey, what can I say? It's dirt cheap), you're going to return to find a yellow envelope under your windshield wiper. Sometimes two or three. It's as sure as the sun coming up.
I was running late (as usual) to meet my friend Joyce for lattes on Saturday. I jetted across the street and remembered, "Ah shucks. I forgot to feed the parking meter." But I was late and lazy and decided to just make the intention that a wall of protection would surround my car. I do this a lot when I'm driving. Fast forward 2.5 hours. Yes, Joyce and I can really talk. I go back to my little car, innocently sitting there with no tickets! In fact, the parking meter had 45 minutes to go. So thank you, kind person who fed my parking meter and thank you, universe, for responding (as always) to my last-minute intention. Life is so good!
Pam Grout is the author of E-Squared: 9 Do-it-Yourself Energy Experiments that Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality.
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