The word “miracle” brings about different emotions and definitions. You have the rational people who say everything in life can be explained by facts and statistics and then there are those who believe in their own healing/spiritual/religious beliefs. Who’s right? Nobody really knows. The rationals say healing/spirutal beliefs lack repeatability and healing involves laws different from other sciences. However, recent advances in neuroscience reveal how healing changes occur and affect enhanced functioning in the brain through meditation, mindfulness, and prayer (Segal, 2007). Since earliest recorded history, all known cultures, including all of the great world religions, have aided people to center themselves through prayer and meditation—describing miracles through prayer.
I personally believe in God-in a higher being- and my faith has been tested many times. People tell me all the time, “why do you believe in something that you don’t really know exists or why would God want you to suffer.” And I tell them, “I just know he’s within me.” I don’t have a rational explanation for why I believe. My faith and the power of the mind have helped me through some tough situations in life: my parent’s divorce, bad boyfriends, bad bosses, getting fired, and now fertility struggles. However, there are times when my “little cynics” come out and say, ” you’re stuck in this bad situation for life and you will never get out of it–it will only get worse.” The mind is powerful and if you let it go without controlling it you could spiral out of control. So each day, I work hard to control those “little cynics.” It’s not always easy and it’s a fight I go through, at times, to remind myself that I have the power within me to think differently.
And what keeps me going are some of the miracles I’ve witnessed in my life. My little brother was very sick when he was a baby and we didn’t think he was going to make it but one day family members and a priest prayed by his bedside, and today my brother is alive and well. Of course the rational people would say there was a certain percentage due to some study that your brother was going to make it. I tend to believe prayer had something to do with it. Another miracle I witnessed was a friend going on a pilgrimage who prayed, during the entire journey, to win the greencard lottery to come back to live in the US, and a couple months later she got the greencard. It’s true luck has something to do with it but one cannot deny prayer. I plan to continue to believe in prayer!
Below are some tips on how to control the mind.
The “placebo effect” is evidence of this. In the medical field, placebos have worked in countless ways, including sugar pills used to cure depression or, in some cases (over 40 years ago), surgeons would perform placebo surgical procedures that produced positive results for the patient.
Personally, I try to live life aware of my self-fulfilling prophecies. If I wake up with an attitude that the world is unfair, I’ll inevitably meet a world full of selfish meanies. But if I wake up in the morning and draw my attention to all the times in my life that people helped me or just showed kindness, I walk into a world of lovely individuals.
Time and time again research shows us how powerful this tactic can be on a human being. For our purposes, this is confirmation that our minds are powerful tools that can take us places as sacred as healing the body.
What are your thoughts? How do you control your mind? What miracles have you witnessed?