PETALUMA, Calif., July 18, 2016 – Last week marked the halfway point of the 2016 Major League Baseball season, and, once again, my favorite team has me praying for a miracle. Although I consider myself an optimist, I just can’t see my boys making it anywhere close to the World Series this year. Or next.
I suppose there’s some glimmer of hope to be had from the fact that the last miracle we saw – well, at least according to the 1977 movie “Oh, God!” – was the 1969 Mets, the assumption there being that God is some kind of celestial superhero whose occasional interventions result in some amazing things here on earth.
But what if everything we call a “miracle” isn’t so “miraculous” after all? What if it’s simply a misunderstood phenomenon waiting for an explanation? What if what we now think of as impossible, even supernatural, suddenly became possible and completely natural – for everyone?
I’m not just talking baseball here, but the really big stuff like our health and general well-being.
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A few years ago, my wife and I had dinner with a good friend whose life some might describe as miraculous. When she was 18, she suffered from a debilitating disease that attacked nearly every organ of her body. Doctors recommended that she receive hospice care, as they did not expect her to survive. She soon fell into a coma.
After six months, she “miraculously” regained consciousness and decided she wanted to be transferred to a nonmedical care facility. For the next few months, she received basic physical care as well as prayer-based metaphysical treatment from a Christian Science practitioner. No pills. No intravenous tubes. No surgery.
Eventually, every vestige of her disease completely vanished. All of her organs began functioning normally. And, despite the many months she’d spent in a coma while under medical supervision, the physicians determined there was no brain damage.
How was this possible? According to my friend, her recovery was due to the treatment she received from her practitioner as well as her own prayers, reminding her that her health wasn’t so much a condition of matter as it was an expression of what she understood to be the Divine’s unrelenting care for its creation, including her.
She returned to school, graduated with a triple-major and a 4.0 GPA and received a prestigious national academic award.
“When you see a miracle, after the initial awe, your impulse usually is to ask, ‘How did that happen?’” says Dr. Dean Radin, chief scientist at the Institute of Noetic Sciences in Petaluma. “In science, you need a plausible argument – or an argument that is perceived as plausible – to explain it.”
Although my friend’s explanation of her recovery may seem implausible to some, her continued interest in how and why it happened has led to additional physical healings, both for herself and for those who have come to her requesting the same type of treatment. This would seem to indicate, then, that what happened wasn’t so much a miracle as it was the natural result of her increased grasp and acceptance of heretofore unrecognized or, at the very least, underutilized laws of health that should apply to everyone.
There are some who say that life is a miracle waiting to happen. Judging from my friend’s experience, it looks as if this miracle – and likely many more like it – has already happened.
Eric Nelson writes about the link between consciousness and health from his perspective as a practitioner of Christian Science. He also serves as the media and legislative spokesperson for Christian Science in Northern California. Follow him on Twitter @norcalcs. Continue the conversation on Facebook.