Healing Miracles

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Early Influences

As a young boy I was very much influenced by my mother's beliefs. She was an Irish Catholic with a very strong faith in her religion. My father was a Hindu but was more laid back about religion and in those early years I had no idea what he believed.

My mother was the one who taught me how to pray and every night kneeling by the side of the bed I would repeat the words of the prayers she recited. I had no idea what the words meant but it made her happy so I followed her lead. Right up into my early twenties I would go to bed saying my prayers in this manner and would feel very guilty if I neglected to do so.

As a child kneeling by the side of the bed with my sisters we would pray for people my mother asked to pray for. My mother told us that God listened to children so if I the child asks for something then it is more likely to come to pass. This then turned into a kind of competition between me and my sisters asking God for all the things we knew would make our mother happy. It is funny that many of the things we asked for her she actually got but none of it seemed to make her any happier.

Our prayers performed miracles which we simply accepted as normal and not in the least bit out of the ordinary. We believed our mother when she said that God only listens to children and maybe that is why I stopped praying when I became an adult and why I stopped believing in miracles. It would be many years later before I started praying again but in a completely different way and for miracles to become part of my life again.

letting Go Of Old Habits

I was introduced to the ritual of mass from a very early age and attended mass every Sunday right up until I left home and went to work in Japan.

Saying my prayers at night and going to church every Sunday was a habit I had learned and the habit was maintained out of a feelings of fear for what might happen if I didn't and the feeling of guilt I experienced when I didn't do these things was quite intense especially in the early years.

I prayed and went to church because I was afraid not to. The God my mother believed in and taught me to follow was a fearsome character who punished anyone who broke his commandments.

When I left home and started my new life in Japan that all changed but it didn't happen over night. I had to wean myself off an idea that was instilled into me from birth and it was as hard as letting go of anything I had taught myself to imagine I needed.

The Devil

Always lurking in the background was the devil and growing up I was constantly reminded of this dark figure at home and at school. The devil was waiting for every opportunity to make me slip up and not going to mass on Sundays or not saying my prayers at night was an open invitation for the devil to come in and set up home in my soul or so I believed in those days.

It wasn't until I was twenty five years old that I was to be reunited with my father. My mother had left him when I was five and had brought me and my siblings to Ireland where we were raised and educated. The first three years of which I spent in an orphanage run by Catholic nuns.

I remember my very first religion class in that place and the nun in a heavy black habit drawing a large circle on the board with white chalk and colouring it in white. She then proceeded to tell a class of about forty or so six-year-old children that circle was our soul and that our soul was filled with grace which was represented by the white she had coloured it in. She then used a duster to rub out small areas of white and she told us that every time we committed a venial sin we would lose grace like this but could get it back by going to confession. Then with a very serious countenance she rubbed all of the white away and told us that when we committed a mortal sin we would lose all of our grace and that was a very serious state of affairs. The devil had an insatiable appetite for grace and it was our responsibility to protect our store of grace from the Lord of Darkness.

This was the start of an indoctrination that would last for all of my school days and reinforced in a home that strictly adhered the the principles I was taught at school.

I did, however, love the story of how Lucifer, the devil was once God's right-hand angel and how he fell from grace by competing with God for the title of commander-in chief of all the angels. I could imagine the great war that ensued and how Michael the archangel was finally victorious and the devil was banished to earth to feed on our souls. There were lots of inconsistencies in the story but I lapped it all up and longed to ask questions but to do so would be to imply that you did not believe and I was not going to risk the consequences. I kept quiet, listened to the stories and fantasised about fighting side by beside with Michael the archangel and all the angels of God.


Man of Miracles

It wasn't until I met my father again after being separated from him for twenty years things started to change in me. It wasn't that he commented or criticised any of my beliefs or habits it was more to do with the way he was that caused the tiny cracks to appear in a fa├žade I had created to please my family and to fit in with a society that nurtured fear as a way to God.

Before I left him to return to my work in Japan he gave me three books. One of these books was called Man of Miracles by Howard Murphet. Years would pass by before I would read this book but when I did my life would never be the same again. The book introduced me to Love as a way to God and that is the path I walk to this day twenty seven years on.

I was first attracted to the message in the book by the miracles described. I remembered how as a boy I had loved hearing the stories of Jesus performing miracles and my heart skipped a beat when I discovered that there was a man living in India performing the same kind of miracles. My mind and my heart were filled to bursting with excitement and I wanted to share the news with everyone. I was not expecting the reaction I received when I called my mother and announced that God was alive and well in India. Her reaction was the same as the one had used time an again as I was growing up to throw wet blanket over anything she disapproved of and that also included my choice of friends and girlfriends. I learned a valuable lesson that day and realised that everyone was on their own journey and once you stepped off the path that others followed you would become an outcast and seen in many circles as weird or even insane. Imagine what people in Nazareth must have thought when they heard news that people were calling the lad they knew as Jesus a Messiah?

The miracles described in the book and verified by many are very impressive and it wasn't until much later that I realised why these very special people have to perform miracles at all. The reason is that their message is so mundane and not in the least bit inspiring to minds trapped in a world that kept their minds hostage. The world of illusion is hypnotic and so completely engages the mind that anything outside of the illusion is not noticed without some kind of sensationalism. Sai Baba, the man the book is about, calls his miracles his calling cards.

A Course in Miracles

Over the years my own thinking with regard to miracles has changed and developed in ways that I would not have imagined. Reading and practising the exercises in A Course in Miracles has further developed my thinking and I have summarised what the text in the book A Course in Miracles says about miracles so you can see and perhaps entertain a new way of looking at miracles as not just a kind of magic trick but a way to wake people from the dream they call life.

"A miracle is a device to enable you to correct perception and is actually the only device at our disposal to control time."

If you believe that what you cannot see doesn't exist then this will lead to you denying your spiritual insight.

Anything that helps you deny body-identification and affirm spirit-identification is a healing experience.

Sanity can only be restored when your mind is released from the imprisonment of your illusions.

A healer temporarily has more for those who temporarily have less. By supplying the lack healing occurs.

A miracle is an expression of love, an example of right thinking, a correction introduced into false thinking by the Holy Spirit.

Because the Holy Spirit recognises and can discern between God's creations and your illusions it is the Holy Spirit who is the mechanism of miracles.

As you perceive light, darkness disappears. In the same way as light dissolves darkness the Holy Spirit dissolves error through miracles.

Lack is a false perception and you are released from your false perception of lack through the mechanism of miracles.

Miracles are temporary communication devices that arise when the mind is ready. Miracles are no longer necessary when we return to our original communication with God through direct revelation.

Man of Miracles


In this video from YouTube you can hear Sri Sathya Sai Baba's words about miracles.


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Alastar Packer 5 years ago from North Carolina

Well now I know some more on your journey. You were brought up in the Catholic faith and i in the 'Bible Belt' south. Thanks Irish for sharing this story. If the nun had appeared as my teacher at your age I'd have thought hell had descended for a fact. Sai Baba is most interesting as is your "A Course in Miracles." Organized religion has done many good works but conversely some of the worst works in history. A person should not be indoctrinated in childhood in anything but truth, love and the seeds of wisdom. But if we are all truly on a spiritual journey then perhaps for some it's necessary at this time to experience what ever has been chosen or ordained if one prefers. Then again perhaps it's all random and in the hands of the luck of the draw. Is all illusion and we create or own reality, maybe so. This is the stuff a great first person creative hub is made of for sure Irish friend.


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Spirit Whisperer 5 years ago from Isle of Man Author

I appreciate you reading this hub and your comment is wise and thought provoking. I am actually not critical of my early experiences though the word indoctrinate might lead some people to believe that I am. In fact I am very grateful for all my experiences as they have made me the man I am today and I am happy with that person. We are all on our own journey but in the end we are all headed to the same destination. It is nice when we bump into like minded people along the way. Thank you my Dixie friend.


ruffridyer 5 years ago from Dayton, ohio

Interesting hub. My parents didn't attend any church, say prayers before meals and bedtime or discuss religion at all. They were good people who loved their children and taught us to be honest, work hard for our money and help others.

I discovered my faith on my own.


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Spirit Whisperer 5 years ago from Isle of Man Author

Thank you ruffridyer I appreciate you stopping by and commenting.


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CMCastro 5 years ago from Baltimore,MD USA

I thoroughly enjoyed reading about your personal experiences and how your faith has developed and changed over a course of a lifetime.I can totally relate since I was raised in the Catholic Faith as well. I should be so ever inspired to write a hub about my development in faith over the years.It is so good to read about your life! Thank you for sharing. And by the way, I do believe in Miracles!


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kimh039 5 years ago

What interesting early experiences ... and reunification with your father. Thanks for sharing Spirit Whisperer.


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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

I can relate to your story. I was taught as a child that God would punish you. I never thought of God as being kind. I was afraid of him. It has taken me many years to unlearn the false teachings. I now know that God is love, hate is not a part of God in any way. Thank you for sharing. I learn so much from you, please know that is true.

Blessings


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Spirit Whisperer 5 years ago from Isle of Man Author

CM Castro,I am very glad you like the story of my journey and I would be very flattered if it inspired you to write your own. Sometimes by writing it all down we can put things in perspective and that can help us move forward too. Thank you.


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Spirit Whisperer 5 years ago from Isle of Man Author

kimh039, thank you for your comment and I am glad you found it interesting. I spent 3 months with my father at the age of 25 and I never saw him again after that. He did call me every morning for a week before he died. In this lifetime it appears we were only allowed minimal contact but it was sufficient to point me in the right direction.


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Spirit Whisperer 5 years ago from Isle of Man Author

always exploring, I always look forward to seeing your avatar appear at the end of my hubs. You are a very sincere lady and your words always touch me. We have a lot to learn from each other and one of the most important things that I have learned is that God is Love and sin is just lack of love. Thank you.


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Mr. Happy 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

I finally found your definition of a miracle ... it was difficult to understand you since you have your own definition for that word.

"A miracle is a device to enable you to correct perception and is actually the only device at our disposal to control time."

"A miracle is an expression of love, an example of right thinking, a correction introduced into false thinking by the Holy Spirit."

I think by moving so far away from the common definition of the word it is very easy to misunderstand you. I think that happened to me earlier. As you define miracle here - I agree with you but in this sense a miracle is not a miracle. Linguistics is a problem here again. You see, if we use words ... we sort of have to abide by their pre-given meaning otherwise we confuse each other. Or perhaps we can start a new language in order to be precise and clear.

I fully believe in the power of the mind to heal. I recently learned about Rai Ki ... there are many roads to the same watering hole. It's the faith and will of the one searching which really matters - all else is trivial in my opinion.

ALl the best! May Wakan Tanka guide your path.


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Spirit Whisperer 5 years ago from Isle of Man Author

Thank you Mr Happy for taking the time to read this hub and I appreciate your comment.


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Mr. Happy 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

Thanks for the conversations Mr. Spirit Whisperer.

"You make some very strange choices and one of them is giving the meaningless so much importance." Sir, here you implied that you know what is meaningless because you stated that I give the meaningless (whatever you consider to be meaningless)a lot of importance.

What is important for me, is obviously not important for you. Overall, I am a little confused. At first everything was equally meaningless and then, you said that there are meaningless things - those things which you claim I give more importance to than I should. So, either all is equally meaningless or some things are more meaningless than others ...

I am indeed trying to make sense of this.

Maybe you are just seeing me as negative ... rofl Thank you for the conversation again. I think conversations are what's really worth it: the relationship between people.

Cheers and have a fabulous week-end!


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Mr. Happy 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

I have one question which I ask myself often, very often that is: "Does my path have heart?" If the answer is "Yes" - I keep going.

I learned that from a Native elder. All the best!


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Spirit Whisperer 5 years ago from Isle of Man Author

I have many questions but it is not to "I" that I address them. I got this from my inner source of wisdom.

I heard a great Native American Indian story once a long time ago. Two wolves reside in us. One is called love and the other fear. The one that survives is the one we feed!

Which wolf do you feed with the thoughts you tend to dwell upon?


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Mr. Happy 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

I know you may not like it but there is a lot of you in me and a lot of me in you. I know the story well Sir: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s1Mb9tsnYLU

I am but a reaction to the actions of the Universe.


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Spirit Whisperer 5 years ago from Isle of Man Author

Mr Happy, there you go again! Why do you imagine that I would not like you saying there is a lot of me in you and vice versa?

I would ask you to take just one more step and to go further with that idea. I am you and you are me ; there is no separation. That is the reason it was important for you to see the good in all because you are projecting yourself outwards and seeing yourself as separate as a result. When you can see through the illusion you will realise the truth.

I have thoroughly enjoyed our conversation and I see you as a very good and honourable man with a heart of gold. You are always welcome to question me and discuss whatever you wish. I love the video and actually have a very strong affinity for the Native American Indian culture.I have a collection of DVDs that we have all watched together as a family as my children grew up. I have recently finished reading Goyakla by SM Barrett as Geronimo is one of the great men who have lived in this world and who symbolises courage and honour for me. Thank you.


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

SW - gosh this takes me back. I loved the bible stories as a child but I was horrified by them too. I had a babysitter that was a religious fanatic - she thought everyone was going to hell. I thought she was telling me the stories to scare the hell right out of me:)


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Spirit Whisperer 5 years ago from Isle of Man Author

There are many people who choose to believe in a scary God and they believe in fear not love.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s1Mb9tsnYLU&feature...

Thank you Kelly I really appreciate you stopping by and commenting.


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CMCastro 5 years ago from Baltimore,MD USA

Hello Spirit Whisperer, I enjoyed your article and your comments, and I especially enjoyed this video on the Two Wolves. The awareness of what is going on within ourselves is so important to a healthy life. Some people get so clouded by one viewpoint and are unable to differentiate between this inner struggle. Thank you. Christina


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Spirit Whisperer 5 years ago from Isle of Man Author

Thank you Tina. Your comment is much appreciated as is the time you take to read my hubs.


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James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

Thank you for posting this very interesting story. I have witnessed one miracle of physical healing with my own eyes. And I am aware of many others that I heard about second-hand. I believe in miracles wholeheartedly.


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Mr. Happy 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

Thank you Mrs. CMCastro - Mr. Spirit Whisperer put-out the story so, I put-out the visuals for it (I am thankful for the opportunity). I like the written word better but I realize some people would rather have a video. To each their own as long as the road is sacred.

I am glad you enjoyed it! All the best.

P.S. By the way - there are no miracles: it's magic! Magic is quite natural. (lol)


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Spirit Whisperer 5 years ago from Isle of Man Author

Hello James, I appreciate you reading this hub and taking the time to comment. I don't know how you do it with the following that you have. I will be visiting yours this evening as I have been rather busy at work and am now catching up with the people I follow. For me life is a miracle and I truly appreciate every moment of it.


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Spirit Whisperer 5 years ago from Isle of Man Author

Mr Happy for someone so in tune with spirit you have many likes and dislikes! What is there to like or dislike? Another word for dislike is fear. When you ask a child who fails in maths at school the child will almost always say "I don't like it." We do not easily admit fear especially when we can say we dislike it. The miracle is so much more than a magician's trick but then again it depends on the perceiver. How natural is it for the perceiver to give and receive love because love is the medium of miracles. You have a miraculous day Wolfman Jack!


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Mr. Happy 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

Greetings Mr. Whisperer

"Another word for dislike is fear." - I beg to differ. I tried ginger many times ... I will even still try it again I am sure (maybe it is one of those acquired tastes ...) nonetheless though, I do not like it.

Am I afraid of ginger? lol I just think the taste is yucky ... that's all.

Cheers!


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Spirit Whisperer 5 years ago from Isle of Man Author

Mr Happy, a girl comes to me to deal with hayfever. She hates the pollen and what it does to her nose and eyes. The fact that she was raped in a field of freshly cut grass seems to have slipped her mind. The dislike of ginger is more that you THINK it is. LOL


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Mr. Happy 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

I disagree Mr. Spirit Whisperer. There was no ginger in Romania when I grew-up. Many things were new to me when I arrived in North America, ginger being one of them: totally knew.

The first time I tried it I had no expectations - I like to try new things. It's just that the flavor is too strong and my taste buds disagree ...

You can keep looking into it if you wish - either way, I can handle ginger, feel it, cook with it or make tea or whatever - I just don't like the way it tastes. Or is that an impossibility?


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Mr. Happy 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

By the way, I do think a world where there are no dislikes (mind you I do not mean fear - they are completely different words in my books), there would be no likes either ... a plain grey world ...

Another example of something completely new to me when I arrived in North America was country music. Again, that specific sound (of the music) does not raise my interest at all. Have I been traumatized by cowboy hats? I just don't dig the sound ... what does fear have to do with it lol Nothing in my opinion.


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Mr. Happy 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

It's so tough to have a conversation when we have a different understanding on the meaning of words ... do you dislike the dictionary that much? lol What happened between you and the dictionary rofl ...


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Spirit Whisperer 5 years ago from Isle of Man Author

Mr Wolfman Jack, does that mean this is your first incarnation on this planet?


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Mr. Happy 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

At this point, does it really matter? (If it was my first reincarnation on this planet would I be human? rofl Let's see how long we can have a conversation by replying to each other with just questions. It seems rather effortless.)


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Spirit Whisperer 5 years ago from Isle of Man Author

Are you not a wolfman? And would that not explain the aversion to ginger? (There are two questions here LOL!)


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Mr. Happy 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

Hey, I just noticed that video at the end ... that's pretty cool - I've seen the man with the funky hair not long ago, actually I keep running into thoughts of him or of his.

And now, Mr. Spirit Whisperer, I know nothing about ginger except that it over-powers any other taste that is around it; it has issues ...

I am what I want to be. As a general rule, I trust my canine brothers most ... honesty counts, for me.

Cheers!


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Spirit Whisperer 5 years ago from Isle of Man Author

There are three I's

The I you THINK you are.

The I others THINK you are

The I you are!


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Mr. Happy 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

Since I don't care much about what other people think of me, that leaves two options. Then, I think I am who I am so, I am really left with being who I am.

Can we complicate things a little more - this didn't do it?


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Spirit Whisperer 5 years ago from Isle of Man Author

The I others think you are has little to do with whether you care or not. You are perceived by others and you perceive them. But beyond the perceptions there is the truth.


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Mr. Happy 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

lol We're back to the doors of perception: where we should be (in my opinion). Cheers!


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wedmed 5 years ago from US

Well, both doctors and preachers say you have to believe in miracles. I think healing is impossible without strong beliefs that you will be OK


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Spirit Whisperer 5 years ago from Isle of Man Author

Thank you wedmed for visiting and the one thing anyone can say for certain is we are all free to believe what we wish. There is little else we can do in a world we perceive as real.


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Mr. Happy 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

Can I substitute your miracles for magic? Or can you substitute your miracles for magic?

(If you look into this question too much you will understand something else lol.)


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Spirit Whisperer 5 years ago from Isle of Man Author

Hi Mr Wolfman,firstly they are not MY miracles and secondly magic is of the ego. So where the ego sees magic Spirit sees miracles. Your choice LOL!


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Mr. Happy 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

Can I add these two quotes together Mr. Spirit Whisperer? "...firstly they are not MY miracles" - "Even when we think we are acting selflessly we still need to convince others of the worth of our actions."

All the best.


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota

Thanks Spirit Whisperer for sharing your journey of spirituality with us. Very thought provoking hub. I was brought up Catholic but in my adult years I have stretched myself. I love my Catholic religion but don't rely on religious doctrines but try to live my life with love. Very inspirational hub.


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Spirit Whisperer 4 years ago from Isle of Man Author

Thank you Minnetonka Twin.

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