What is a miracle? Some would say walking on water, making it rain, unexplained healings that defy normal human logic, or someone being saved out of the blue when it was evident that they were just about to perish. I would be inclined to agree that all these things can be miracles, but what really makes any one of these things a miracle is not only the defying of the odds, also the realization that it was the magic of God and the Universe stepping in.
Example: Seeing it change from sun to rain instantly may not be a miracle, but needing it to rain in that moment and saying it would really help if it rained right now, and then seeing it changing from sun to rain instantly – that would be a miracle. Even if the event can be scientifically explained, once things line up in your mind to where you are convinced that the Universe magically handled the details to defy great odds, you know you have witnessed a miracle. Here is a secret. The more you notice God in your world, the more you see miracles occur, and the more you are in touch with the vibration within, and the more you notice God in your world.
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I was a part of a criminal organization. One of the Mob bosses had just gotten out of prison and was telling me that he knew someone had evidence on him. It turned out that whoever it was left some personal information behind. I knew that it was my daughter who had the evidence, whether she knew it or not. I also knew that the organization would want to kill her. I kept thinking about ways of stopping oncoming danger headed her way. I also kept thinking “how could I have gotten her in so much danger?” The company I kept and the life I led was now affecting her. I kept running possible solutions through my mind in a half sleep, half awakened state. When I did wake up I looked at the clock. It was about 5:30 am. Time to get up write meditate and reflect. I decided to chant my mantra and go back into the dream. I had a need to fix the situation.
I knew in the back of my mind that it did not make sense to go back to this unpleasant dream. I had escaped it, and all was well back here in my waking state. But for some reason I felt the need to go back. I also had another need to fulfill. I needed to get up meditate write and reflect and get clarification on this dream. I decided to get up. I kept thinking “why is clarification so important to me?” Most of the meditation masters of old say don’t pay too much attention to dreams because they are not nearly as clear as visions in meditations. Still, I kept thinking about the feeling of not being able to protect my daughter in the other realm. I even felt like on some level I was leaving things undone. I was still even thinking of possible solutions and then it dawned on me, I could say it was me and take the consequences even if it meant death for me. Then I realized this is what my favorite character on one of my shows is going through, possibly sacrificing himself to protect his kid. He also just happens to be part of a criminal organization. I realize once again this T.V. show is not only affecting my emotions but also entering my dreams. Now I begin to wonder again “is it time to stop watching?” For years I have known that for whatever reason I not only identify with this character but I soon start to have similar situations show up in my life just like on the show, either in waking life or in dream. Then again all my research and experiences dealing with dreams tell me that this life I am living right now is somewhat of a dream also and the dreams emotions and experiences of one realm seem to overlap and become part of the dreams emotions and experiences of the other.
PS. It’s a funny thing just as I finished writing I heard a line from the movie Robots playing in the other room. The robot said “I am not a mugger.” As I heard it I could barely feel my body and my breathing became imperceptible. My son Jordan has been saying that line over and over for months “I am not a mugger!” My wife and I could not figure out where it came from and why he was saying it. Now I know. When I heard it on the show just now it was if God was saying “see how these shows stay with us.”
The other day I was talking to my friend Charles who writes as a jazz critic for the Metro Times and has a wonderful jazz blog on Blogger. As we were talking about our blogs and he began to give me his opinion about my blog which I could tell he had been reading and knew very well. He said that he really liked the post A Secret To Peace Of Mind. Charles also told me that I had the kind of blog that leaves you wanting more and makes you want to come back every couple days to see what else I have written. He said that my posts were not too long, just long enough, and were like life coaching sessions. He said “the only thing I would change is you need to post more often.” Charles pointed out “I can get away with posting once or twice a week. Mine is just about music, but your content is used to help people’s lives. People need to know they can come back in a day or two and see something new.” I often wondered if I needed to post more often and wondered if this was my answer. I had been reluctant in the past because I didn’t want to put so much out there that when I write new books people would feel like I heard all he has to say in his blog. So I had been debating.
Later that evening, I could not get the conversation out of my head. I turned on the radio and said “maybe I will get my answer as to whether the conversation was a sign on the radio.” I turned on Rosie O’donell’s show and guess what the subject was? They devoted the show to getting listener feedback, and spoke about how they needed it to make the show be all that it can be. I wondered “is this a coincidence or a sign?” The next morning I was still looking for or rather being open to signs when Charles called me. We rarely talk on the phone so I said “this must be more information from the Universe coming through Charles.” I answered and there was only jazz playing in the background. I called him back but got no answer. Then an hour later he called me again. I said “OK now here comes more feedback from Charles or maybe more signs.” Once again jazz playing in the background. I said to myself “I am sure he must be hitting the talk button over and over by mistake.” But I also thought that “this is God reminding me about the conversation and also telling me that the Universe has said all it has to say through Charles already”. Over the next couple days I continued to get more and more signs telling me more posts more often.
My question to you is; What is the Universe trying to tell you? Be open, and as always pay attention to the signs, they are all around you, and will lead you where you need to go.
By the way, if you like jazz, Charles’ blog is http://Idigjazz.blogspot.com
This life is easy. This is what I have been saying to myself all week as I watch incredible things get magically taken care of. I wrote about this in my book Wise Words years ago. I explained how my teacher Mr. Ambrister and I had a running joke. When ever I was struggling and things looked impossible, he would tell me about the path and how I needed to meditate all the time. “He said “ Sonny, when you have the kind of problems that you have, you have to meditate all the time.” I knew he meant to keep my mind on God, the lesson, and the higher things all day in addition to my meditation in the lotus position. Then he would always conclude saying “and Craig, it’s gonna be easy!” We would then both crack up laughing, because at the moment the situation would look practically impossible. On some occasions I would be laughing and crying at the same time.
I also explain in Wise Words that we must get our personal self out of the way before things get easy. Lately I have thinking a lot about this, getting my personal self out of the way. I talk about this more in my first book What If My Soul Is Eternal and Heaven Is Everywhere. It’s like in the movie Bagger Vance (one of the greatest movies of all time). They ask Bagger How is he going to help poor Junna with his game. Now Junna is only playing the two greatest golfers ever and struggling for dear life as he represents the town where the tournament is being held. Bagger, Junna’s caddie and mystical teacher says “Oh you want to know my strategy. You see right now my player has a problem, he still thinks he’s Rannolf Junnah.” “A man says he is Rannolf Junna you twit.” Bagger says “he is and he aint.” He meant that Junna had access to a deeper self that is one with the Universe and this is what he needed to get in touch with. But first he had to get his mind off all his ego based concerns, like, will this work, how will they look at me? What if I let the town down? And all that came along with being Junna. He had to focus only on the game and the moment. The same is true with us. We must all enter the field, the zone, by any means possible. We have to meditate repeat our mantra, look for the lesson in the midst of what’s going on, how we need to grow and change, in the situation rather than for a good outcome or solution to our problems. And let the Universe magically handle things. When we do, we find ourselves practically floating with things magically coming together, and we suddenly realize that life has become quite easy.
What does it mean to be sincere? I believe that most of us don’t know and are rarely sincere. I remember some time ago when I was speaking on the subject, a friend of mine stated that he wanted to lose weight but would not get out and jog or do whatever it took daily to have it happen. He laughingly said “I think about exercising every day but will not do it. I guess I am not sincere yet.”
How many of us, right now at this moment, want to have something happen in our lives, and may even claim that we really want it bad, but don’t realize that we don’t want it enough to have it show up? Then we wonder “What is the problem, why won’t it show up?” I believe it was Parahansa Yogananda who said that “as soon as the student is ready to go to the end of the earth to meet his guru, the guru magically appears.” This is true of most if not all things.
Think about it. What do you want? Are you really sincere?
This morning I had a dream that reminded me of the way a certain person in my world used to behave years ago. It was not pretty, and I must say I would not appreciate it in my life at all. I had not seen any evidence of a problem, but after having the dream I wondered if it was a sign not to be ignored. In my dream I was being told to remember how this person used to behave. And I did. I remembered how much it shocked me at the time and how much it concerned me. I also became very concerned as to whether this was going to be a problem now. I so wanted to believe in this person but was not sure if I could. I decided to meditate and be open to an answer as to whether to be on the lookout for this behavior and act accordingly, or not.
I meditated rather deep and still had no answer. I decided I would go downstairs and read a page from Jesus The Christ In The Light Of Spiritual Science written by Dr. Thind. Dr. Thind was my teacher Mr. Ambrister’s teacher and this book was one of many that I had at home to choose from. My plan was to expect to see more clarification to my dilemma on whatever page I randomly opened up to. The page I opened up to basically said that the interpretations of other days are not to be regarded as fixed truth, but rather as time vestures of truth. It went on to say that it may have been true for that time but may be subject to change with time. Imagine my surprise. The book I randomly picked was talking directly to my concern. I had been wondering in my head if the person could have changed and if I should give the benefit of the doubt and if my dream as more rooted in concern than in premonition of things to come. After mysteriously opening to this page I decided I would not be concerned and know the Universe is looking out for me.
It turns out that my dream, rather than being a sign not to ignore, was actually a reminder that if you get a sign that seems concerning and leaves doubts in your mind do not be afraid to ask for more signs and clarification from God and The Universe. Then meditate raise your vibration and be open to more signs.
Until next time Peace and Blessings