Miracles as a Multidimensional Experience

Miracle is a word derived from the Latin word miraculum, from the verb mirare, which means “to wonder”. It is known to be the name for some extraordinary occurrence or circumstance which, in the light of our five senses and knowledge, has no scientific explanation. Sometimes, their happenings seem to suggest a violation of the natural laws, which reign upon the ordinary phenomena of our daily lives.

For the majority of the theists, their manifestation is usually attributed to the Divine Omnipotence, being considered as a direct act of Divine Intervention in the natural course of events. Generally the miracles, according to the theists, are occurrences designed to benefit and reward an individual with moral and ethical merits, his faith, endurance and fortitude. For regular people, most of the time these incidences are rare and they are mostly submitted to the regular laws of manifestation. At the present time, some scientist-theologians propose that miracles are not violations of the laws of nature per se, but only a fresh “exploration of a new regime of physical experience”.

The miracle is born of an event that is difficult to explain with scientific knowledge in a given time. Thus to different early cults, the eclipses were miracles, or contact with new populations of different tribes, or the sudden healing of individuals allegedly ill.

The concept of miracles is the subject of controversy for this reason with two different, groups espousing different definitions: the religious and esoteric, on one hand, and the rationalists, on the other.

In esotericism, miracles fall into two categories:

1. The miracle is done through the power of religion, by a priest or one with sacerdotal abilities (Theurgy)

2. The marvel is done through the power of magic, by a magician (Thaumaturgy).

The rationalists simply lump miracles into causality or coincidence.

Nowadays, in the context of the Catholic religion, the existence of miracles are essential elements in the processes of the bestowing of beatification and sanctification; that is, the ways by which a person already dead are elected to swell the list of “venerable” who deserve worship as transmitters of Catholicism.

In rabbinic Judaism, many rabbis mentioned in the Talmud held that the laws of nature were inviolable. While the idea of miracles that contravened the laws of nature was hard to accept; they still affirmed the truth of the accounts in the Tanakh. Some therefore explained that miracles were in fact natural events that had been set up by God at the beginning of time.

Miracle in the Qur’an can be defined as a supernatural intervention in the life of human beings. According to this definition, Miracles are present in a threefold sense: in sacred history, in connection with Muhammad himself and in relation to revelation.

According to Christianity, a miracle is a supernatural event itself which is manifested in the love of God toward humans. Augustine of Hippo[1] offered the following definition of a miracle: “I call it Miracle, being hard and unusual, seems to exceed the expectations potential and capacity of the beholder “. But the author does not put much emphasis on miracles as “challenges to the natural laws.” He branded that all the facts, ordinary or extraordinary, have a religious significance and viewed them from the standpoint of faith: “both the growth of the harvest as the multiplication of the loaves have the seal of love and power of God “.

Paul of Tarsus presented the charisma of healing work and the power of working miracles as coming from the spirit of God and for the common good:

Concerning spiritual gifts, would not, brethren that ye are in ignorance. (…) To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. To one is given through the Spirit the word of wisdom, to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing in one Spirit, to another the power of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another, diversity of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. But all these are inspired by one and the same Spirit, distributing to each one individually as he wills.

~ I Corinthians 12, 1.7-11

Source: http://humanityhealing.net (http://s.tt/19Mve)

Silent Spring ~ Rachel Carson

Honoring the 42nd Anniversary of Earth Day on April 22, 2012, reminded me of the late 1960s during my college days in Singapore when I read a Time Magazine article featuring Rachel Carson’s book, Silent Spring. Inspired by her environmental activism, I quickly got hold of the book at the National Library (As a student, one could hardly afford buying a book). Public awareness and the environmental movement were hardly heard of during those days…but the issues that Rachel raised in her book and her unflinching commitment, left a deep imprint in my consciousness.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the book publication, and it would be fitting on this Earth Day to highlight Rachel Carson’s immense contribution towards the importance of civic and environmental responsibility.


The Book-of-the-Month Club edition, with included endorsement by Justice William O. Douglas Silent Spring is a book written by Rachel Carson and published by Houghton Mifflin on September 27, 1962.[1] The book is widely credited with helping launch the environmental movement.[2]

The New Yorker started serializing Silent Spring in June 1962, and it was published in book form (with illustrations by Lois and Louis Darling) by Houghton Mifflin later that year. When the book Silent Spring was published, Rachel Carson was already a well-known writer on natural history, but had not previously been a social critic. The book was widely read—especially after its selection by the Book-of-the-Month Club and the New York Times best-seller list—and inspired widespread public concerns with pesticides and pollution of the environment. Silent Spring facilitated the ban of the pesticide DDT[3] in 1972 in the United States.

The book documented detrimental effects of pesticides on the environment, particularly on birds. Carson accused the chemical industry of spreading disinformation, and public officials of accepting industry claims uncritically.

Silent Spring has been featured in many lists of the best nonfiction books of the twentieth century. In the Modern Library List of Best 20th-Century Nonfiction it was at #5, and it was at No.78 in the conservative National Review.[4] Most recently, Silent Spring was named one of the 25 greatest science books of all time by the editors of Discover Magazine.[5]

Rachel Louise Carson (May 27, 1907 – April 14, 1964) was an American marine biologist and conservationist whose writings are credited with advancing the global environmental movement.

Carson began her career as a biologist in the U.S. Bureau of Fisheries, and became a full-time nature writer in the 1950s. Her widely praised 1951 bestseller The Sea Around Us won her a U.S. National Book Award,[1] recognition as a gifted writer, and financial security. Her next book, The Edge of the Sea, and the reissued version of her first book, Under the Sea Wind, were also bestsellers. That so-called sea trilogy explores the whole of ocean life from the shores to the surface to the depths.

Late in the 1950s Carson turned her attention to conservation, especially the environmental problems caused by synthetic pesticides. The result was Silent Spring (1962), which brought environmental concerns to an unprecedented share of the American people. Although Silent Spring met with fierce denial by chemical companies, it spurred a reversal in national pesticide policy, which led to a nationwide ban on DDT and other pesticides, and it inspired a grassroots environmental movement that led to the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency. Carson was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Jimmy Carter. (From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

Dying to be Heard tells the story of Michigan State University professor Dr. George J. Wallace, who discovered a link between DDT and dying birds on the MSU campus. His work was highlighted in Rachel Carson’s book “Silent Spring,” which helped launch the modern environmental movement.

The Emmy award winning film, produced by instructor, Lou D’Aria and his students in MSU’s Knight Center for Environmental Journalism, is based on MSU professor Jim Detjen’s editorial “Breaking the ‘Silence'” that first appeared in the fall 2005 issue of student produced EJ Magazine. It was broadcast by all six PBS stations in Michigan and continues to be aired.

Rachel Carson: The Impact of Silent Spring

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