When you learn what this world is,
how it works,
you automatically start
what others will call miracles. [Richard Bach, Messiah’s Handbook]
Miracles are not supernatural phenomena. We bring them about. Through proper understanding. Of ourselves, others and the reality around us.
There’s a story by Susan Hill in which a boy named Derry has an ugly scar on his face. One side of his face was burnt by acid. The boy thinks no one, not even his mother, can love him because of that scar. He hides himself from people. One day he comes across an old man named Lamb who tells him that miracles are possible.
“Miracles belong to fairy tales,” says Derry. Some fairy comes along and kisses the ugly monster who then miraculously turns into a handsome prince.
No, says Mr Lamb, miracles don’t work that way. You are the fairy who will have to give the miraculous kiss to yourself. Mr Lamb explains to Derry that it is his attitudes towards his scar that prevent the miracle from happening. Accept the scar as part of your face. Accept the fact that some people may be repulsed by it. Accept that most people will get used to it by and by. What matters to people is not your scar but what you are. People will see you beyond the scar. They will love you if you make yourself lovable. They will discover the beauty within you if you let them see the beauty. See, says Mr Lamb, it all depends on you, not others. You are your own miracle-worker. You are your own fairy. Give the kiss to yourself.
“People are disturbed not by events,” said the Greek philosopher Epictetus about 2000 years ago, “but by the views which they take of them.” It is not the scar on the face that alienates Derry but his views about the scar. There is an extensive branch of psychology, Cognitive Psychology, whose basic hypothesis is that our emotions stem mainly from our beliefs, evaluations, interpretations and reactions to life situations. So, if we want to acquire healthy emotions we have to understand our beliefs, evaluations, interpretations and reactions.
That understanding is the real miracle worker. Anyone can work that miracle. Anyone can be a divine being.