An excerpt from The Gratitude Formula (Hierophant Publishing)
“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
Miracles abound! Many of us have been exposed to a variety of stories about apparent miracles. We hear about incredible cures for terminally diagnosed illnesses, homes left standing without damage after fierce storms, or we witness peaceful resolutions to conflicts that harmed families, friends, communities, and nations for years.
A miracle is defined as “an extraordinary event that manifests with divine intervention in human affairs,” or “an extremely outstanding or unusual event.” Have you ever experienced an extremely outstanding or unusual event?
In December 1983, physician Rex Gardner published a study in the British American Journal (volume 287) that reviewed medical cases in which healing events took place that couldn’t be explained scientifically. One case identified a student physician who was suddenly diagnosed with what is called Waterhouse-Friderichsen syndrome. This is a bacterial blood infection that leads to massive internal bleeding and is considered fatal.
The hospital treating the patient had a 0 percent success rate in curing this condition. Upon being admitted to the hospital, the patient’s chest X-rays showed extensive pneumonia in her left side and a completely collapsed middle lobe in her lung. She also had developed intraocular bleeding, which left her completely blind in one eye. Shortly after learning this, four different spiritual groups actively sent healing intentions to the patient. Within a day, there was a drastic improvement in her condition. Forty-eight hours after the healing intentions began, the X-ray showed a perfectly clear chest, and she had regained full vision. According to modern day physicians, this was impossible.
Stories like these can encourage us to expect that miracles or extraordinary events can and should happen in all of our lives. As we make these kinds of stories familiar and welcome, we build up confidence that miracles are possible. As we remain hopeful, grateful, intentional, and focused on the successful outcomes that we desire — like the four spiritual groups did in the health related story above — we begin to look for evidence of extremely outstanding or unusual events all around us.
When I was a growing up as the youngest of 10 children in Hawaii, I witnessed a number of extraordinary events that I’ll call miracles. My sisters and brothers got into horrible car accidents and were unhurt when circumstances indicated that they shouldn’t have even survived. I fractured my back while body surfing, and the doctor said that it was a miracle that I wasn’t paralyzed for life. Friends’ homes were left standing when terrible storms severely damaged all of the homes around them. Even our family priest was cured of cancer, after doctors had told him the month before that he wouldn’t survive more than six months.
Everyone can agree that extraordinarily unusual or miraculous events happen. However, many of us have been conditioned to believe that there is an element of chance in their occurrence. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could use a provable and repeatable system to enable these “extremely outstanding events” to happen more often? It’s my belief that we can do simple things to notice more evidence of outstanding events happening. Using a daily system for success that incorporates the power of gratitude along with the use of spiritual and practical tools is the key.
I emphasize the importance of gratitude as a valuable part of a daily system for success so that you can experience more of the good things you desire. Whether you want greater financial freedom, improved health, satisfying work, harmonious relationships, or regular recreation and the means to enjoy it, you can use the daily system for success to enable you to receive all of these things and more. As you practice this success system on a daily basis, you will soon be able to see how miracles will become typical occurrences.
Over the past couple of years, I’ve had the pleasure and privilege to travel around the world sharing the success principles outlined in my previous book, The Path to Wealth: Seven Spiritual Steps for Financial Abundance. I’m delighted that thousands of people are now experiencing greater abundance as they manifest more of their goals. They now understand that success and prosperity are available to everyone.
I’m frequently asked whether the daily practice described in The Path to Wealth can be used for manifesting non-financial goals, as well. My answer is a resounding, “Yes!” A daily practice will help you achieve both financial and non-financial goals, to build up your confidence, and to change limiting beliefs and behaviors that have prevented you from achieving what you want in every area of your life.
First, I think that it’s important for you to understand my personal definition of wealth: “to be whole and complete, lacking nothing, in all areas of your life.” This includes your health, relationships, personal development, recreational activities, finances, and your spiritual connection to the source and creative power of the universe.
This all-knowing power of the universe is available at all times to guide you to achieving your goals.