The Miracle Meter
Mining Predictable Miracles
Life itself is a miracle. Babies are miracles. You are a miracle. The air we breathe, the temperature that is livable, these are unmistakable miracles. Involuntary breathing is an amazing thing, how our hearts make electricity to pump, how thought happens, if you look into what these processes involve, you witness a miracle.
Predictable miracles are those that come about because you’re involved in helping them to emerge. Living a life of predictable miracles is indeed possible, and setting it up is more simple than you think. In fact the reason why we don’t see them enough is because it’s so simple, we’ve made it hard. There isn’t must to do, it’s more about being you than anything. You begin to play along with what life had in mind.
Miracles like these exist, but at first we can’t see them. We don’t sense them because we’re distracted by thought, and always on the way somewhere, trying to get from what we have now. Thought includes the assumptions, generalizations, concepts, beliefs, fears, and certainties that compose our judgment.
Predictable miracles originate from opening our eyes. This suggests that without opening our eyes, we cannot inherit life just as it is. Our thoughts are like pillowcases we slip over reality. These biases edit what is there like a filter. Our responses to life are downloaded from here, instead of confronting what is actually there. Yet, our quality of awareness can see past this kaleidoscope that we impose on reality.
When we suspend our judgment, or “separate” from it, we observe thought itself like redirecting our awareness back toward what is going on, independent of thought. We engage with life freshly, factually, rather than fictitiously relating with shadows that aren’t actually there.
We create what we see; perception is generative. The activity of separation is called “suspending”, which is the most basic form of Yoga. It is the intentional stopping of the spontaneous thinking of brain stuff. This suggests that our terms with life move beyond our concepts we bring from the past to it. Our levels of awareness interrupt the flow patterns of energy and information and reroute them to a different place to go.
When you confront life this way, you inherit life itself. Rather than living from your concepts, you live from your immediate experience. Your runway has let life land. Pema Chodron calls this “making room in yourself for life, and using the energy of the mystery of life to awaken.” It involves learn to see what is actually there.
By this, certainty has been relegated to curiosity, wonder, and astonishment. It’s a bit like falling back in love with life as it is. Falling back can described as literally backwards to the hands of a friend who catches you.
But once you suspend, there is a second necessary capacity available: redirecting. Redirecting is returning your attention to seeing from the source. The source is seeing from the whole. To do this, you must be able to listen generously from a 3rd person orientation rather than 1st. In 3rd person you see how others in your periphery are seeing. You extend your attention to feel from within their world.
Empathy and compassion animate you as the place from which you activate this capacity to redirect. And as your heart opens, you’re informed with new direction, and you act from that place. The path is then laid down as you walk this way upon it. This movement begins where vulnerability is enlisted as courage. The word “Coeur” is French meaning “from the core” or “from the heart.” Many sages have said throughout history that the passage from head to heart is the longest and boldest. It is the primary journey for evolving any human life.
It is the opening of eyes long closed. It is the opening of the heart long defended. It is the surpassing of the inner enemies of judgment and cynicism. It is the befriending of fear, to live forward into the great mystery. It is taking meaningful leaps into uncertainty where you meet the invisible in common cause with the visible. It is taking your intention, and placing it at the center of your awareness, and walking the mystery plan with practical feet.
I see it as a homecoming back to your creative fire. It is a way of relating with life as if creations come out of a space that is inextricably linked to the future we must answer and trust. We must learn to originate action within this flow. This is the inner path of leadership.
We learn to relate with life with all organs of perception – head, heart, and hand, to access all lifelines of intelligence. It is a process of ending identities and masks we wear when our concepts of ourselves hypnotize us into conforming to ideals. And it is the need to use our capacity to sense frequencies and certain patterns of order around us, from which the inner flame is lit, as if context was in motion.
Your truest intention is the suitor of the choice you make to organize your decisions, actions, and communication around what matters most to you. Essentially you organize your choices around your deepest aspirations that matter most and make the biggest difference. It is a spiritual economics composing an energy quotient drawn forth from the creative process where predictable miracles happen.
Your intention is an evocative response to your future self that stands in need of you. You can hear your future self when you redirect your attention the context emerging in the present moment in which you inhabit. It suggests a “staying” quality with the present moment. What distracts it is intrusive thinking about the future, who you are, who other are, and the past. Each of these outlaws your linkage to the present situation.
You must decouple your identification with them to help life itself speak to you. By giving yourself to the collective, you begin to sense deeply your true work, and your best self. Your community around you is inscribing your sacred project on the blank slate. The slate is the ineffable thread of emerging knowledge which moves from endings through beginnings in a grand array. This knowledge is accessed from your collective engagement and involvement, connecting you with action-oriented meaning and service.
Two ultimate sources of creativity unfold: your best self, and your true work. We call this unfolding process of realizing self and work “social reality creation.” You commune with your future self by letting the world change you when your intention and attention are brought together. This is where synchronicities take place—where strange coincidences line up beautifully like a sacred confirmation. I like to think of it as “coming out an playing all the music in you” or “living the unlived life.”
But to summon the predictable miracle, your commitment to this future self and work must be unbreakable, as the predominant creative force you choose over circumstances that press upon you at times. This self is the “capital S” self, and the work is the “capital W” work. One call it communing with “big mind” over “little mind”. What is puny and non-essential is overridden by bigger business to attend to. Today’s problems are eventually outgrown via these more noble urges to place one’s attention.
Predictable miracles begin by showing up to life as such, and giving yourself to life and others in this way, open to the outcome, but not attached to it; ready for anything, expecting nothing. This suggests a generosity to listen outwardly, rather than take or consume from the world. It suggests to consider the disconfirming qualities which exist here and now. It is the formative origin of life itself showing up when you go to these places of most potential within you.
You must let go first, to let the miracle that awaits you come in. It’s like clearing the closet to make space for something else ready to come. It is the death and initiation of Winter to Spring. Everything is waiting for you, because whatever the future needs is given to you in this moment, why not treat it like an invitation? Why argue with current reality when it is unexpected perfection?
How long can you surrender into uncertainty and hold the space of being answerless until the knowing arrives from the eternal? This is the definition of integrity, as Francisco Varela described it. It is your capacity to hold the space between truth and love—the two aspects that generate energy for change. And when they are juxtaposed—your intention is clear, and your attention is clear as to the present situation, a powerful tension seeks resolution, more predominantly than another other aspect at play.
Love is the linkage to the future self—the one from the future connect with you to come into reality. It is your deepest intention from which you enter the present moment. Truth is the present situation as it actually is, without editorial. It is a concept free relationship with life. When you hold steady to your intention, and confront the present situation you have, predictable miracles are summoned and the miracle meter goes way up.
As long as you suspend, redirect, and hold the intention, whatever words the future speaks through you, the words will find you, just like a song plays a band. The miracles will notice you as it awaits you.