Miracles . . . of healing from illness or injury, of disaster avoidance, of the
right person being there at the right time, or perhaps even such small events as
finding a parking place in a crowded downtown, or getting through to a human
being instead of voicemail on the first try—they're all around us. Susan Apollon
helps you identify and understand these remarkable experiences in her book,
Touched by the Extraordinary, and shows how you can experience more miracles
in every part of your own life.
"If you have had inexplicable nonordinary experiences and wondered what they
meant, Touched by the Extraordinary will serve you well. Apollon's book will
help each reader to discover and learn to live more fully from his or her
greater self in a more meaningful and connected manner."
-- Rhea A. White
Founder and Director of Exceptional Human Experience Network, Inc.
During our four days of intense training . . . we directed our healing
intentions to those for whom the need was greatest . . . During each of my
healing meditation experiences, I would feel great love and compassion for Amber
and experience a sense of merging with her, as I had so often done before this
weekend . . . I left Boston feeling richly blessed, with an increased awareness
of my ability to assist others in the healing process . . .
The next morning when I turned to Amber . . . I couldn't see the tumor . . . It
was no longer there . . . The only things we know for certain are that
there was a nonoperable cancer tumor in her mouth before I let for Boston, that
she had been on Transfer Factor [a natural medication] for almost two weeks at
that point and that I had done healing medication work directed at Amber. Yes,
there was miracle that occurred here . . . an excellent example of what can
occur, in terms of healing, when we recognize the power of nonlocal mind.
"For anyone who has ever struggled with self-doubts and feelings of
helplessness, this is an important book. It explains how the power of healing
prayer and the compassion for all living things can create miracles, both
medical and spiritual."
-- Kim Kurz
Singer and Writer
Let Susan tell you about some miracles in her own words:
[authors Yitta Haberstam and Judith Leventhal. in their Small Miracles series]
quote the Talmud: "We do not see things as they are; we see things as we are . .
. Whatever your perspective, your thoughts, your feelings, your life experience,
whatever you bring to the moment, that is what you shall bring to your
interpretation of what comes before you on your path . . .
They write of scientists who traveled to Micronesia . . . a remote island whose
inhabitants were extremely primitive and had no real conception of modern
realities. These natives, when exposed to the electronic devices of the
scientists, ascribed magical powers . . . When several ships appeared on
the horizon, they eagerly pointed them out to the natives. Though the ships were
clearly visible to the scientists - and very much a reality - the natives were
unable to see them, nor comprehend the possibility of their existence . . .
"They were outside the milieu of their experience and thus beyond their
This is an excellent example of how we choose what we allow into our experience.
The ships were real, at least from the perspective of the scientists, but
because the natives were neither comfortable nor familiar with the event, they
chose not to allow it into their experience . . .
As a psychologist who has sat with patients who have shared countless wondrous
stories of small and large miraculous events in their lives, I have come to
recognize that the ability to experience miracles is often dependent on whether
or not you choose to allow for the possibility of miracles in your life .
Every one of the stories I share with you . . . can be considered a miracle, if
you should choose. The meaning of such experiences is what will influence your
perspective regarding life and your sense of purpose . . .
While at a retreat recently, I had the pleasure of being paired off with . . .
[a man who] felt his life had been blessed with many miracles . . . Throughout
his life, whenever he needed something (such as a new job, increased income, or
a new home)—lo and behold! Whatever it was would appear and his needs and those
of his family were met . . . It all flowed to him with the greatest of ease and
certainly no resistance. When I asked him how he would define miracle, he
answered" Well, miracles are those events over which you have no control, which,
when they occur, serve your purpose." (pp. 123-125)
"I believe that if anything is to turn the tide of humankind to a better way
of living in this miraculous world, it is the power of story. More than science,
religion, philosophy, or history, it is story that speaks to us and changes us,
and opens us to all the other realms of being that can only be touched in this
manner. Susan Apollon has crafted a beautiful collection of stories that offer a
wealth of reflective soul food for those who wonder about our connection with
the afterlife - and who doesn't?"
-- Susan Chernak McElroy
Author of "Animals as Teachers and Healers "
In discussing healing miracles, Apollon lets a doctor explain why the medical
world gives so little credence to miraculous recoveries:
It has been suggested by Caryle Hirshberg and Marc Barasch, authors of
Remarkable Recovery, that spontaneous remissions would be better served if
they were called
remarkable recoveries. Why? . . . For one thing, if called remarkable
recoveries, doctors would be more willing to discuss them . . .
In the foreword to Remarkable Recovery, Larry Dossey, M.D., describes the
difficulty many physicians have in dealing with spontaneous remissions. He
writes of the "cancer mentality" that many doctors have, as does much of the
public, which contributes to the projection of their negative expectations onto
patients . . .
He addresses the psychology of each physician and that he sees it affecting her
or his attitude regarding the possibility of a remarkable recovery of a patient.
the problem is that doctors do not know what to do with such events, often
dismissing them as anecdotal stories, rather than interesting case histories
that might in some way be related to something scientific . . . Physicians
like being in control, and they therefore tend to discount those events that
appear to be flukes or which happen by chance and over which they have no
control. (p. 128)
And her own philosophy:
The key to creating healing miracles, I believe, is becoming excited, passionate
and joyful, no longer focusing on the diagnosis, but rather what you want out of
life. It is about love, love for yourself and for everything that is important
to you. it is also about letting go, letting go of the emotional and mental
baggage you have been carrying with you for a lifetime. I believe the key to
miracles is related to energetic change: to a sense of one's energy shifting
from a low, negative experience to one that is lighter, more positive and
definitely more uplifting. (p. 130)
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