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Saturday, October 18, 2014

A Science of Miracles - No Longer Optional? ~ by, Deepak Chopra

"For most people, miracles are something left behind in childhood. They require innocent belief, not adult rationality. The camp of vocal skeptics and atheists provide a crossroads, in fact, where one way leads to irrationality, the other to rationality, as if this definitively defines where the truth lies. If you don’t take the way of rationality, you will wind up in the realm of superstition, primitive myths, magical thinking, and bogus miracles.

Why, then, did Einstein make his famous remark that either nothing is a miracle or everything is a miracle? Because he saw deeper into reality than the simplistic either/or of skeptics and atheists. As we saw in Part 1 of this series, there is no credible scientific theory that describes how the mind interfaces with reality. This means that there is no theory that proves the existence of miracles or disproves it. Until we can fully explain consciousness, we can't fully explain the events that occur in consciousness.

It sounds startling, but science can't explain ordinary experiences, much less supernatural experiences. No one knows how thoughts arise, why intuition exists, where creativity comes form, or most important of all, how the porridgy gray matter of the brain, which is totally dark and silent, produces the sights and sounds of the three-dimensional world. The simplest and most profound miracle that everyone encounters every day is this miracle.

So, if everyday sights and sounds are totally inexplicable, the possibility of miracles can't be dismissed. That's different, however, from saying that they do exist. What kind of reality would allow for them? One that is both ancient and cutting edge. In the ancient Vedanta of India, the physical world was seen as a projection of consciousness. This is also the best explanation that modern scientific thinking has proposed, although Vedanta is a fully formed view of reality while scientific theories about consciousness are still tentative and speculative.

What binds the two is this: The universe is being created beyond spacetime. This act of creation is going on right this minute. Vedanta says that you and I are part of the creative process. We are more than the body and mind that has emerged into the three-dimensional world. Our source is beyond spacetime, in the realm of pure consciousness. There would be no body, mind, or world for any of us if we weren't connected to the source.

Miracles, then, are events that exist closer to the source than events we tag as normal and natural. Science gets us closer to the source all the time, which is why yesterday's miracles routinely turn into today's technology--someone had to dive deeper into the nature of reality to create transistors, airplane travel, television and radio. With current experiments in reverse causation, nonlocality, and antigravity, there's every likelihood that so-called paranormal experiences will become normal in the future.

Ancient sages got close to the source in a way different from science. They did it through consciousness. Shifting reality through consciousness is called a miracle if someone appears in two places at once. Yet every time you have a thought, the electrical and chemical activity in your brain shifts, which amounts to the same thing. In meditation a person transcends the superficial activity of the mind to go deeper, and according to the world's wisdom traditions, this journey toward the source has no limits--you can transcend the physical universe completely.

At that point reality shifts completely at the same time, for unknown to us in our everyday lives, the body, mind, and world are products of our state of awareness. The reason that Vedanta calls the everyday world a dream or illusion is that once you get to the source, you find that you change any aspect of reality as easily as in a dream. You have reached the womb of creation. There is no longer any doubt that you exist beyond spacetime--and always have.

This truth was self-evident in the experiences of the sages of Vedanta. God consciousness is human consciousness that has arrived at the source. In God consciousness you don't become the God of religion, whose identity is clouded by centuries of dogma and belief. In a sense, God consciousness has nothing to do with that God. It's actually a creative state that operates from the source.

Let's accept, then, that it's possible for miracles to exist. Proving it leads in two directions. Either you accumulate enough data through scientific means that no doubt remains about miraculous occurrences, or you take the journey personally to discover if God consciousness is real. That's the actual fork in the road, not the rational/irrational fork of skeptics and atheists. Future science will have to explain consciousness in order to understand the universe; there's no escaping the challenge. So it may turn out that either road, scientific or personal, will arrive at the same destination."

Friday, October 17, 2014

Quotes of the day... 10/17/14

See yourself in every person, place and thing, 
and all will be well in your world. 
     ~adapted, Louise Hay 

Every single person has at least one secret 
that would break your heart. 
     ~ Frank Warren

You cannot do a kindness too soon, 
for you never know how soon it will be too late.
     ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Thursday, October 16, 2014

I always thought everyone should read this book and now...

Neil Patrick Harris thinks so too - big fan of him also!

From the New York Times Book Review - Neil Patrick Harris: By the Book

"If you had to name one book that made you who you are today, what would it be?"

Easy answer for me: “The Alchemist,” by Paulo Coelho. It’s a brilliant, magical, life-changing book that continues to blow my mind with its lessons. I’ve never, ever encountered a book that would so consistently have me read a passage and be so moved and changed that I would just set the book down and think about what I just learned. It’s a remarkable to me. I’m also kind of awed by how it came into my life. I often feel like books find us for reasons, and we read them when we need them the most. Does that make sense? It’s a decidedly odd thing for me to say, given that I’m a magician and skeptic and can find rational reason for almost anything. But one day, at the Century City mall in Los Angeles, I walked into a bookstore, had no idea what I was even looking for, went to the “new fiction” section, held up my arm and just pointed to a book. Just to see what would happen. That book was “The Alchemist.” I’d never heard of it before. Bought it, read it without stopping (except for moments of stunned contemplation), and it was exactly what I needed to read.

Quotes of the day... 10/16/14

I like to see a man proud 
of the place in which he lives. 
I like to see a man live so that 
his place will be proud of him. 
     ~ Abraham Lincoln  

Each and everyone of us has been 
bestowed a special talent or skill. 
Be grateful for it 
and share it with great generosity. 
     ~ Sanjiv Chopra

Blessings come in disguises: 
the essence is acquiescence - 
be more, do less, and life 
will bless you with beautiful surprises. 
     ~ Stephen Russell

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Quotes of the day... 10/15/14

You can focus on what's wrong in your life, 
or you can focus on what's right. 
     ~ Marianne Williamson 

I have come to understand 
that every time my life goes astray, 
it’s because I’m not listening to my inner voice.
     ~ Doreen Virtue 

Angry people shout, 
those in love whisper, 
those who are love become silent.
     ~ Deepak Chopra

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Quotes of the day... 10/14/14

“My father told me many times 
he didn’t give me anything extra, 
he just didn’t clip my wings.” 
     ~ Malala Yousafzai, 
        after receiving the Nobel Peace Prize.
        Leading Humanity in the Universe of Peace.

We’re all born with the power 
of love and life within us. 
     ~ Anthony Goulet

She awakened us to the truth 
that we are not things, we are sacred. 
She reminded us that if we allow the children 
to simply be who and what they are, 
the children are not our future leaders, 
they are our present leaders. 
     ~ Anthony Goulet

Monday, October 13, 2014

Quotes of the day... 10/13/14

The best thing you could do 
for anyone that you love, is be happy! 
And the very worst thing that you could do 
for anyone that you love, is be unhappy, 
and then ask them to be responsible
for making you happy.
     ~ Abraham/Hicks

The only place where your dream becomes
impossible is in your own thinking.
     ~ Robert H. Schuller

You are today where your thoughts 
have brought you; you will be tomorrow
where your thoughts take you.
     ~ James Allen