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“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”
– Albert Einstein

Do you believe in miracles? If so, what would you define as being a miracle? Is it a seemingly impossible feat or sequence of events that ultimately winds up saving a life, just in the nick of time? Is it the vivid apparition of a holy entity among masses of people? Or do the enchanting and mystical expressions of nature in every waking moment constitute as being a series of small miracles strung together?

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Most will agree that by definition a miracle is some kind of perplexingly impossible incident not explicable by natural or scientific laws. It is an event that leaves a rather large question mark in the minds of those who observe it. For some, it may shake the foundation upon which they stand, beckoning them to question their entire outlook on reality; while for others it is dismissed without further contemplation as pure chance or coincidence; something ‘totally scientifically explainable.’

But what if miracles don’t actually defy the laws of science and instead manifest and unfold within their margins?

“Miracles are not contrary to nature, but only contrary to what we know about nature.”
– Saint Augustine

Take into account the extraordinary case of high-rise window washer, Alcides Moreno(1). In December 2007, he plunged 47 stories down the glass face of an Upper East apartment building – while clinging to his 3-foot-wide scaffold platform as it came crashing into the concrete pavement below. Yet somehow, he survived.

24 pints of blood, 19 pints of plasma, an operation to open his abdomen, and 9 orthopedic operations is what it took for Alcides to fully recover. On Christmas Day he showed signs of consciousness. 6 months later he was walking again.

Having been cited as one of the top medical miracles of our time, Alcides’ case makes us question how he could have survived such a fall. According to Dr. Many Alvarez, Health Managing Editor(2), there were a few factors that may have increased his chances of survival.

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One is that he was holding on to the scaffolding as it came down, which may have slowed down the drop of decent. The second factor is the surface that he landed on. The third is that Alcides may have fallen in a way that most of the impact was distributed to his lower extremities, keeping the vital organs, spine and brain intact.

Though not related to the fall itself, yet another factor is the team that worked on him as soon as he came through emergency. They knew his chances of survival were so slim they refused to move him and instead performed the operation right there in the emergency ward.

It could have happened any other way, but it didn’t. Consider that all these factors were not arbitrary, but orchestrated by an intelligent source with intent. However, in our limited perspective within our 3rd dimensional reality, we cannot observe this intervention in any other way than the laws of nature and science will permit.

Another compelling case that might offer us some insight on this matter is the experience of Geomicrobiologist, Stephanie Schwabe(3). Stephanie came chillingly close to death in August of 1997 while deep sea diving to collect samples of sediment from the inside of an underwater cave in the Mermaid’s Lair, Grand Bahama Island.

Her husband Rob, who shared the same career and passion as her, had passed away earlier that year, failing to surface after a dive in the Red Sea. Having always relied on him as her guide while on these diving assignments, on that particular day, as usual, she lost track of her guideline. She was trapped in the dark recesses of a complex submarine cave system with only 20 minutes of oxygen left, as indicated by her tank gauge.

Caught up in a flurry of rage, hopelessness, fear and sadness, Stephanie recognized the deep sorrow that had followed her since the death of her husband and realized she had just about given up on life, and for all intents and purposes she was ready to leave her life in this moment.

Then unexpectedly, at the peak of her emotional distress, there came a completely different sensation.
“I suddenly felt flushed and it seemed like my field of vision had become brighter,” Stephanie later recollected. From the crisp clarity of her mind emerged the words her husband always used to say to her: “All right, Steffi, calm down. Remember, believe you can, believe you can’t, either way you are right. Remember?”
It was this state of unprecedented mental lucidity coupled with her husband’s distinct presence in that cave with her that saved Stephanie’s life by prompting her to simply lift her gaze to a precise location and catch sight of her guideline.

The Third Man Factor

Occurrences like Stephanie’s are termed The Third Man Factor(4), where a person facing a life and death situation is guided internally by something of a higher source that leads them out of imminent danger. An outside observer looking at the situation wouldn’t see anything divine or miraculous about the occurrence. But to those directly experiencing the phenomenon, this guiding presence is unmistakably real and completely undeniable.

In my own experience of a life-threatening event back in 2004, I can attest to the brief intervention of some higher presence which pulled me back from the reaches of a tragic and possibly fatal accident on a motorbike in Varadero, Cuba.

It was my first time ever riding a motorbike on my own, and we were barely given any riding instructions by the company that offered these excursions. As I rode at nearly 70 km an hour on a long stretch of highway, the bike began to subtly but swiftly wobble from side-to-side. I knew nothing of the physics of riding, and still wasn’t entirely coordinated when it came to which side was the brake and which was the throttle!
At first I was imbued with a sensation of mild panic, but then out of nowhere I felt a force take over me that made my right hand swivel the throttle in a downward motion to accelerate.

If I had time to actually think about what was going on, my first reaction would have been to brake. I later learned from the person who was on the motorbike behind me that this would have been a most fatal decision to make, as what I was experiencing were ‘speed wobbles’. To safely come out of them, one must accelerate, not slow down.

I believe the force that took over me that day was my spirit guide, or guardian angel. It was not my time to leave this earthly realm and through some miraculous control of my motor skills, this guide was able to smoothly lead me away from such a tragedy.

Each of these cases could serve as an example of how something of a higher dimensional existence could intervene with our 3rd dimension, panning out as what we call a miracle. With Alcides Moreno, every factor played a key role in his survival. These factors were all grounded within the laws of science and nature, but such laws could merely be the ‘fingerprints’ of an intelligence emanating from a higher dimension. We perceive these fingerprints as natural phenomena. But Science is searching within the constraints of our observable reality for irrefutable proof of god or a divine source – it is looking for the fingers in themselves, which are leaving these fingerprints behind. In this regard, it is understandable why Scientists cast aside any notions of a god or a divine source.

In the case of Stephanie Schwabe and myself, we had experienced the intervention of something beyond this dimension right through our own body and mind. Changes in mental perception, sudden intuitive movements of the body, or a cognitive ‘download’ of information pertinent to the emergency situation at hand are all examples of an intervention with the 4th or 5th dimension. We are all in a sense mobile portals to these higher realms. Our consciousness is the vehicle that transports us into 4D and beyond. But as with a car, you have to learn how to drive before you can get from point A to point B.

Perceiving divine interventions and miracles in this manner shows us that Science and Spirituality are merely two sides of the same coin, depending on how you look at a particular phenomenon. They do not contradict one another; rather, they are like two ballroom dancers, flowing together in harmony to the same rhythm.

To read more about the existence of other dimensions and how we can conceptualize them, have a look at this article.

Sources:

(1) http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/04/nyregion/04fall.html?pagewanted=all&_r=1&
(2)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9__MVmOmzpA
(3)http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=112746464
(4)http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Third_Man_phenomenon

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50 Years of Near Death Experience Research Suggests That The “Soul” Is Real

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  • The Facts:

    50 years of research conducted by scientists into Near Death Experiences is summarized below. The research shows that consciousness, or the soul, or something continues to have awareness after "death."

  • Reflect On:

    Evidence of sensitive and touchy topics in science have always been dismissed and ridiculed. Why, no matter how strong the evidence, are discoveries ridiculed or swept under the rug? Are our minds that closed?

Nikola Tesla once said that, “The day science begins to study non-physical phenomena, it will make more progress in one decade than in all the previous centuries of its existence.”

Fast forward to today, and we now have hundreds of notable world-renowned scientists studying “non-material” science. Science the birth of quantum mechanics, the mysteries of consciousness have been at the forefront of scientific study, and we now know today that consciousness plays a crucial part, in several different ways, when it comes to perceiving what we call our physical material world.

Most of our founding fathers of science, especially physics, were all spiritual mystics.  Max Plack, a physicist who originated quantum theory, regarded consciousness as “fundamental,” and matter as “derivative from consciousness.” He said that “we cannot get behind consciousness. Everything that we talk about, everything that we regard as existing, postulates consciousness.” 

Eugene Wigner, a physicist and mathematician told the world that “it was not possible to formulate the laws of quantum mechanics in a fully consistent way without reference to consciousness.”

With all of this being said, there is still a resistance to the new discoveries that non-material science is making, especially when it comes to topics on the umbrella of parapsychology, like telepathy, remote viewing (which was used by the US government for intelligence purposes for 25 years), for example, near death experiences (NDE’s) and much more.

Here is a video of CIA contracted Physicist Russel Targ sharing everything he knows about ESP.

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“Despite the unrivalled empirical success of quantum theory, the very suggestion that it may be literally true as a description of nature is still greeted with cynicism, incomprehension and even anger.” 

– (T. Folger, “Quantum Shmantum”; Discover 22:37-43, 2001)

This is, again, perhaps why so many scientists are coming together to create awareness about this and emphasize some very important points about non-material science.

You can read more, in detail, about that here.

Near Death Experiences (NDE’s) are one area of study under parapsychology and non-material science.  What happens when we die? Does some aspect of us survive death? Some non-material aspect, like consciousness, for example?  Does consciousness originate in the brain, or is it a receiver of it?

It’s been the topic of discussion in philosophy and theology for years, and in the 20th century it has become the subject of scientific research. One of the people responsible for starting this initiative was Ian Stevenson, who, as the Chair of University of Virginia’s Department of Psychiatry, in 1967, created a research unit within the department to study if anything of the human personality survives after death.

His research investigated multiple hundreds of children who claimed to recall past lives and there are many examples. These children are able to give remarkable details about their past lives, and in some cases include describing how they died, locating past family members of who they used to be that are still living, and more details that would otherwise be impossible to describe.

You can see some specific examples in an article we’ve previously published, linked below:

6 Extraordinary Cases of Kids Who Remember Their Past Lives 

Here is a video of Dr. Bruce Greyson speaking at a conference that was held by the United Nations. He is considered to be one of the “fathers” of near death studies. He is Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry and Neuro-behavioral Science at UVA. In the video he describes documented cases of individuals who were clinically dead (showing no brain activity), but observing everything that was happening to them on the medical table below at the same time. He describes how there have been many instances of this – where individuals are able to describe things that should have been impossible to describe.

Another significant statement by Dr. Greyson posits that this type of study has been discouraged due to our tendency to view science as completely materialistic. Seeing is believing, so to speak, in the scientific community. It’s unfortunate that just because we cannot explain something through materialistic means, it must be instantly discredited. The simple fact that “consciousness” itself is a non-physical “thing” is troubling for some scientists to comprehend, and as a result of it being non material, they believe it cannot be studied by science.

To access some of the published research in this area, you can refer to this article.

Below is a lecture that was filmed at the UVA by the medical department. It features Jim B. Tucker Bruce Greyson Edward F. Kelly J. Kim Penberthy, from the Division of Perceptual Studies.

Large studies have shown that a significant amount of people who have been clinically dead, experience some type of ‘awareness’ during that time. For example, one patient – a 57-year-old man at the time, despite being pronounced “dead” and completely unconscious, with no detectable biological activity going on, recalled watching the entire process of his resuscitation.

On a side note, Certified Master Hypnotherapist Michael Newton developed a technique to regress his clients back in time to recall memories from their past lives. During this process he stumbled upon a discovery of enormous proportions. He was able to bring the souls back to the place where they go before their next life — a life between lives. Out of 7,000 regressions, a large majority had eerily similar recollections of a place that many of them called “home.”

You can read more about that here.

The proofs for the existence of worlds beyond this one go well past this topic and this article, and this cited research.

A New Groundbreaking Documentary About Post-Materialist Science

It’s interesting because as far back as 1999, statistics professor Jessica Utts at UC Irvine, published a paper showing that parapsychological experiments have produced much stronger results than those showing a daily dose of aspirin helping to prevent heart attacks. Utts also showed that these results are much stronger than the research behind various drugs like antiplatelets, for example.

This new film, called Expanding Reality  can be purchased  here.

“Expanding Reality is about the emerging postmaterialist paradigm and the next great scientific revolution. Why is it important? Because this paradigm has far-reaching implications. For instance, it re-enchants the world and profoundly alters the vision we have of ourselves, giving us back our dignity and power as human beings. The postmaterialist paradigm also fosters positive values such as compassion, respect, care, love, and peace, because it makes us realize that the boundaries between self and others are permeable. In doing so, this paradigm promotes an awareness of the deep interconnection between ourselves and Nature at large. In that sense, the model of reality associated with the postmaterialist paradigm may help humanity to create a sustainable civilization and to blossom.” – Mario Beauregard, PhD, from the University of Arizona

These people have exhausted their own resources in order to make Expanding Reality for the world, show your support by purchasing the movie HERE. You won’t be disappointed.

The Takeaway

The takeaway here is to recognize the evidence existing suggesting the soul, or consciousness, or some type of awareness exists after death. Now, what consciousness encompasses, might be different from the soul, etc, but those are much deeper discussions to be had.

When will science recognize something that’s clearly observable given the witness testimony and similarity of the experiences, and that phenomena that can’t be explained can still be real?

The parameters of modern day science really prevents us from moving forward, which is why we are seeing such a large growth in non-material science, the next step after quantum physics.

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If You Do One Thing At Christmas Make It This: Acts Of Kindness

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Gentleness and kindness will make our homes a paradise upon earth. C. A. Bartol

As we enter into the ‘silly season’ I felt inspired to write about what I wish Christmas could mean for everyone.

In a world where we have so much focus on material goods, (and never is this more obvious than at Christmas time)  I think its time to touch on something that is far more important.

And that is, have you ever thought about what exactly the true meaning of Christmas might be? What do you think it is?  Being with family and friends? Eating a lot of good food or going away somewhere nice?  Yes it can be all of that, but for me, it is more about giving.

Not the giving of expensive presents to family members and friends, but instead, giving to those that need it most.

Yes, I know that is a cliche, but its a valid one, and it is so very important right now.

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Only We Will Make The Changes Needed

Looking at the state of the world, with all of it’s chaos, more and more people are suffering.  Homelessness is reaching unprecedented levels in many ‘first world’ countries, there are more than 114,000 people living on the streets alone in California (with likely even more since those terrifying fires a few weeks ago), and in the UK, it has recently been reported that 1 in 200 people are homeless.   Hungary have recently declared that homelessness is a crime.

We are countries with access to enormous wealth, yet our governments are cutting funding for important programs to look after our most vulnerable people.

A great man shows his greatness by the way he treats little men. Thomas Carlyle

Seeing that this has become a global problem, and one that is not improving,  it has become clearer to me, that only WE can really make the differences needed now.  It truly sits on our shoulders as individuals to make more of a conscious effort to help those around us.

We have to stop waiting for others to sweep in and make these changes, we have to help do it ourselves.

I know, many may say ‘I am struggling myself to survive’ or ‘ I don’t have any spare money’, but kindness to others can be totally free.

For inspiration, please watch this beautiful and touching clip below that really lets you feel the power of kindness.  I am sure that even by watching this clip, many of you will be inspired now to go and do something for someone in need.  I was inspired to write this article after viewing this clip and I know it will create a domino effect!

You know, it’s not actually that hard to be kind.  You just have to have your mind ready to see an opportunity for being helpful to someone else.

Being kind to others, is actually a gift to yourself, the joy you feel in your heart when you do something nice and thoughtful for others, is a truly amazing feeling. It literally gives your heart a big happy bursting feeling. It feels like real love.

Science Shows Kindness Is Good For You

There actually is scientific evidence that being kind is very good for your own health, and for the other people who experience your kindness.  Kindness can also create a domino effect, and your act alone could end up helping many people, perhaps hundreds of event thousands.

Giving beats any short lived feeling you get from buying something material when you know that you have made a difference to someone else, especially when it helps them when they are at their lowest point.

If I have spare change in my bag, I do try and give to homeless people, (or instead buy them a meal) and despite that some will say ‘we shouldn’t encourage it’ I feel this is very unfair, as we never know their back story and how they ended up on the streets.

I think many of us turn our backs on them (like I used to) because if we really thought about it, we are probably petrified that we could end up like that.  For this reason alone, if you can, give, because would you not hope that people would help you if you were in the same position?

A little thought and a little kindness are often worth more than a great deal of money. John Ruskin

Kindness unites people like nothing else can and it is what we desperately need to bring our fractured societies back together.   With so much division between us now, what can heal this is our acts of kindness.

Everyone Matters

Every single person wants to feel that they matter, it’s embedded into our consciousness.  When a stranger does something kind for someone they don’t know it is even more special, because it was their way of saying ‘I see you, I don’t know you, but I care and you matter to me’

I have had many people be kind to me, in times of severe depression, where I nearly ended my life, I always had people show me that I mattered to them and not to give up.

I know this is what got me through those very dark times.  Their acts of kindness, made me realise I wasn’t worthless or truly alone, which brought me to be here today.

I am very lucky now to have this opportunity here at Collective Evolution to now be able to share important things with millions of readers around the world.

Who Will Benefit From Your Own Ripple Effects?

What if no one had of been kind to me when I was so low and in a desperate place? Would I not be here today? I really believe no, that I wouldn’t be.  We all are capable of creating positive ripple effects that can literally go around the world.

This is the power we all have, that you have, to impact someone else’s life positively, and maybe even many other peoples lives.

No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted. Aesop

Kindness comes in so many forms, and we are all capable of doing many of them.  You just have to open your heart and want to make the effort to do it.

I hope this Christmas you experience kindness in action, and could maybe even consider making a pact to continue this long after the festive season is over.

Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight. Extend to them all the care, kindness and understanding you can muster, and do it with no thought of any reward. Your life will never be the same again. Og Mandino

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The Top Reasons Why We Resist Change & How To Stop

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  • The Facts:

    We resist change for many reasons, but ultimately, this comes down to our core. We want to hold onto belief systems, being right, stories that protect our egos. Alternatively, we may fear the unknown, but what is that fear?

  • Reflect On:

    Why do you feel the way you do about certain changes in your life? Must you feel this way? Why do some people embrace change better than others? Is it perhaps they give less power to the stories of their mind?

Our world is full of change right now, and for good reason! Deep down we know and feel that something is a bit ‘stale,’ and we’re following that feeling with outward projections of emotions about our system, politics, what others do, our jobs – quite frankly, many of us are feeling frustrated with how things are.

But do you ever notice yourself resisting events happening in your life? We all go through many different experiences, this article is not to say we cannot make changes and choose to avoid un-favorable experiences entirely, it is simply to say, sometimes we can find ourselves being very resistant to changes that are going on in our lives, and this causes a lot of suffering and ‘stuckness.’

From positive to negative, pain to happiness, laughter to suffering, we must always remember that these are all just experiences. They are part of what allows us to grow and move towards a greater awareness within our soul and life experience.

As tough experiences happen, whether it be a breakup, a lost job, having to move to a new place, not having enough finances, finishing something that can be challenging etc, we generally have two choices. We can choose the route of remaining upset and resisting the whole process, making it very difficult to learn from as we inevitably get stuck in judging what is happening. Or we can choose to accept it for the time being as something that is in our path, a certain temporary barrier if you will, and see what we can gain from it in terms of growth. As we react to the situations, observe the thoughts and emotions that present themselves. ‘Why am I so upset about a lost job?” “Why am I so worried about change?” “What do these changes represent to me that make me feel upset?” “Why am I trying to control the experience so heavily?”

Why We Resist Change – The Core Truth

Now it might be easy to say that these are all natural feelings anyone would feel when going through these experiences because they are ‘human nature,’ but this would not be true, simply because these reactions are learned behaviours we get from how we have been taught to react to certain experiences. It is not an innate knowing from our soul for us to be upset and freak out when we lose a job for example. Some of us react and some of us don’t. These reactions are typically fueled by our own patterns, triggers, belief systems, fears, and can be further fueled by collective consciousness. This is why we resist change, plain and simple. We are protecting or running from the various aspects of ourselves listed above that keep us confined in our minds, re-playing the same reactions and experiences over and over.

Some people will suggest that some of us embrace change better than others, the simple answer to why that is is that some of us don’t give as much power to our minds stories. That’s truly all it is at its core. Not resisting change comes down to letting go of the mind’s stories about everything you do or are about to do.

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We are very much in control of how we feel during inevitable changes and challenges as we can choose to disempower the suffering that we often dive into. The truth is, we can feel peace in many of these circumstances, we simply need to remain conscious, aware and reflective as the events play out, and pay attention to what might be pulling us out of peace. We can, of course, FEEL what is first expressed, sit with it and truly understand it, but how long we sit with this is up to us, and is not the fault of the experience.

Resisting change is sometimes like trying to swim against the current. Sometimes we do not always see the perfection in what might be playing out so we try hard to keep it all in place i.e. we resist! Think about letting go of the need to control and instead let things go and flow as they need to. In most cases, we find that things are never as bad as we often assume they will be, and in the end, we feel great for having experienced it all.

How We Can Stop Resisting Change

So next time we find ourselves resisting, remember to try out these steps:

1. Pause for a moment in the situation
2. Observe your current emotions, sit with them if you must. Taking the time to slow down and understand what is going on within you will give you clarity so you aren’t simply saying “I’m mad” but instead are able to say “I’m mad because I’m feeling insecure or disempowered or disrespected etc”
3. Reflect on why these things truly bother you. As you understand what the emotions or triggers are that are coming up you will see what power you give to them and why.
4. Let go of what you are trying to control or avoid (keeping yourself out of danger of course)
5. Choose to take the situation moment by moment without judging it
6. Write down how you feel if it helps, likewise, you can talk to someone.

Helpful questions:

Why am I afraid of what’s to come? What are all the possible reasons that come up in my mind?

What do I feel is going to happen that I’m so worried about? Will it affect how people perceive me? My financial stability? Where do these stories even come from? Society? My friends? Parents?

The Takeaway

The bottom line is, when you notice yourself going back to the same frustrations, judgements, anger, blame, fear, worry, or anxiety about something, you know there is something there that’s triggering you, and it’s within you. The only way to peace and moving beyond that suffering is through processing the emotions and letting go of the belief systems, patterns of ideas in your mind that are causing such reactions.

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