I think that our lives are so abundant, that we can become blinded. I used to be a very unhappy, ungrateful person, and I took everything for granted. I even took life its self for granted, and it took nothing less than a miracle to change my life around. The Course In Miracles teacher/author Marianne Williamson says “A miracle is simply a change in perception” and that is no doubt what happened to me. One day I realized that it is nearly impossible to be grateful for something that I have always had. However, this is the key to enlightenment, to living in Heaven right here and now. A change in perception.
You see, I had always had a body. I had always had my eyes and ears, and my body functioned properly. There had always been lots of other people around, lots of trees, the sky, the sun and the moon. I had always been alive and the world had always been around me, and it was all so normal, that I didn’t ever even notice.
When I began to study Spirituality in earnest, the quote from Jesus, “Behold, the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand”, nearly drove me crazy. Every Spiritual teacher says this very same thing in their own way, but the way Jesus said it was like a punch in the face to me. This quote says “You are in Heaven right now!” It leaves me with no other excuse, but that it was me who could not see. I knew that it was true; I was standing in Heaven, but I could not see it or feel it. The miracle, or shift in perception that began to happen to me, was that I began to be grateful for things that I had always had, but had never noticed. One day I found myself sitting in a doctor’s office reading a book that had been sitting on the table, and the author was explaining the greatness and complexity of the human eye. This was exactly what I needed to push me into this change in perception, to allow me to begin to experience Heaven right here and now, right where I am, at any time. It is all SO ALIVE. Everything is so alive, and everything is such a phenomenon, that it cannot be described. You have to see it for yourself.
Begin to meditate on the body, on the organs, the eyes and ears and nose. This is where the shift in perception happens. Become grateful for what you already have! Scientists and doctors can work on the body, they can help a body to heal, but they sure can’t make a body. If you seek, you will find. What you are looking for is a miracle. A shift in your perception.