A rock cannot perform a miracle. It is an artifact of this physical universe. Miracles are done from the viewpoint of spirit; not from the body or ego. If anything is important in our life, then likely we are not in spirit. And by “important” I mean anything that causes us concern, worry, fear, anger, frustration or any one of dozens of other negative emotions or attitudes.
In other words, prayers and miracles don’t come from Homo sapiens bodies. Too often people pray as a body and wonder why God isn’t listening.
So, the first aim must be to arrive at the spiritual self. There are likely an infinite number of ways to help achieve this.
All of them include a willingness to face our crimes or sins, and to take responsibility for them. When we grumble or complain, this is a sign that one of our sins have surfaced in our mind and is haunting us. This could be a small as that donut we took at breakfast when we told our spouse that we were going to stick to our diet. In some cases, it could be a murder we committed several centuries ago. Don’t think for a moment that your disbelief in reincarnation is going to make that crime go away; that’s a form of self-imposed blindness. There is scripture throughout the Bible which supports the notion of reincarnation, not the least of which is Christ rebuking John the Baptist for forgetting that he is Elias (Elijah) returned to precede Jesus per prophecy.
The Nature of Spiritual Barriers
Physical barriers are vulnerable to force; the greater the force, the easier the barrier is overcome.
Spiritual barriers remain opposite to this in many ways. They still block passage from one place to another, although spiritual places have more to do with attitudes and results. Spiritual barriers are strengthened by force! Let that thought sink in deeply. Any force or effort is akin to “doubt”—the attitude that thwarts miracles. Effort means that we don’t trust God to carry through with our request. Such a doubt-ridden behavior is the opposite of prayer.
Living in Delusion, Wish or Importance
Perle Epstein’s 1978 book on Kabbalah gives us a relevant quote: “Bliss ungrounded in physical reality is not bliss but delusion, insists the Jewish master” (Bayha ben Joseph Ibn Paquda, an eleventh-century judge in the rabbinical court at Saragossa [Caesar Augusta], Spain). As I relate in my book, The Bible’s Hidden Wisdom, “The transcendent state of faith or bliss cannot be achieved by blinding oneself from reality or ignoring the evidence of science.”
We need to face reality without flinching. We need to “be there” without lugging around a lot of excess emotional baggage. (I discuss this trait of “being there” in greater detail in an upcoming blog.)
While delusion can be a major barrier, so can the attitude of “wish.” Look at that for a moment. Wish brings with it the feeling of “want” (lack) or “desire” (need). It contains the lack and need of the object of desire. Wish implies resentment for a current condition and wandering eyes toward that “greener pasture.” The attitude plants us squarely on the wrong side of the fence.
Prayer done right pictures our self on the right side of the fence and no concern about the wrong side. If anything, our self remains grateful for the experience on the wrong side. Gratitude is what sets us free. And by picturing and feeling our self on the right side, the need to get here is no longer “important” (egoistic).
The idea of “importance” about a goal—the object of our prayer—brings with it both the burden of ingratitude for our current condition and a reinforcement of our state of being on the wrong side of the fence. The harder we push, the more strongly we are rooted in our current starting point. This may seem counterintuitive; and this is a feeling we must dismiss. Spirit does not work like physical reality.
Not Following the Steps of Prayer
Genesis 1 and 2 gave us the two key steps for prayer, or miracles.
- We need to get the idea or “Word” of the end result (most of Genesis 1), and
- We need to rest from our idea or creation (Genesis 2:1–3).
In fact, here is exactly what it says,
“Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made” (Genesis 2:1-3).
This second step is what gives the first step persistence. Without it, the creation remains an instantaneity—an idea without time.
The first step is merely to picture clearly exactly what is to be persisted. The first step is the creation; the second step is the persisting.
More Steps for Mere Mortals
Mortals require more steps than the above two. Why? Because such creation and persisting have to be done by spirit. It requires that spirit wake up and become at-one with God—the source of all miracles.
This means that we need to give up the physical and egoistic selves for the time being. We need to remain undistracted by our sins, including worries and incompetence. All such things are egoistic (selfish). This also means that we need to avoid delusion—dreaming about how nice it would be, but not actively creating and allowing (persisting) the creation into the time stream.
Giving up our physical and egoistic selves can run into barriers. Prime examples include undisclosed sins, what the Scientologist would call “overt acts” and “missed withholds.” Confession is the key to dispelling this kind of barrier. This does not need to be confessed to another individual; it can be merely recognized for what it is, or confessed to God.
Avoiding delusion can be achieved in a number of ways, including looking at all of the related physical reality. When I performed my first premeditated, methodical experiment with miracles, I achieved this “mortal” step by imagining in my mind (looking as spirit?) the light switch, the wires hidden in the wall which led to the fluorescent light bulb, the ballast wiring and circuitry, and the fluorescent tube itself.
Dispelling importance can be achieved by giving up all claim to the object of desire. Be grateful for the current condition. Also, be grateful for having the desired end result. See? You can do both. Gratitude makes it easy to move between points. Gratitude is spiritual lubricant.
Another way to dispel importance is to remain utterly humble and perfectly willing for God to say, “No,” to our request. Still another way is to be perfectly willing that everyone else in the universe achieve what we desire before we achieve it for our self. And yet another way to dispel importance is to remain perfectly confident that God will say, “Yes,” to our request.
All of these are not mutually exclusive or incompatible with one another. They are all in harmony with something for which there is no direct language to describe. If we can see how all of the above are in harmony, then we can sense the meaning for that word which does not yet exist.