The recent discussion about teleportation, plus the thread about super Jedi-like powers, has got me thinking and reading lately about the possibility of, and accounts of, what the common person would refer to as miracles or supernatural / supranormal powers.
Of course most of us have read accounts of these things, such as the miracles that Jesus and Moses performed in the Bible, as well as in the texts of other religions, and mythologies.
Up through the twentieth century, we have similar accounts in books such as Paramahansa Yogananda's Autobiography of a Yogi, and many others. Thomas Troward, a former British Judge in the Punjab, once witnessed a man walking through a wall. I could list many more supposed incidents.
Other than LOA manifestation, or typical fortune-telling / telepathic powers, I'm wondering if anyone out there has firsthand experience with such "miracles" or powers, or knows of someone who does?
Although I have experienced things which have convinced me of the existence of the spiritual / supernatural aspect of reality, I have not yet witnessed something firsthand that I would classify as a "miracle" or as an actual demonstration of supranormal powers.
However, I personally know one person who has, and another who knows someone who had. Both of these friends have immense integrity, and I trust them implicitly.
One of my friends witnessed a levitation many years ago. The man who accomplished the levitation was a high-ranking member of a spiritual order from the East (not India, in case anyone is wondering). He saw the old man rise off the floor into the air, and float across the room.
The other friend told me an account related to him by his martial arts instructor, who had visited a monastery in China. While trespassing through a restricted area of the monastery, he passed by an open door and saw several monks seated around a table, where objects were moving of their own accord, or apparently directed by the power of the monks' minds. When they noticed the presence of my friend's friend, they immediately stopped and ordered him away, then shut the door.
Anyway, those are my two stories. Does anyone else out there have any to share?
I will share two experiences that were very similar in nature.
One was my own experience (that I have shared here before), and the other was the experience of my friend's wife.
Incidentally, I heard about my friend's wife's experience long after my own experience and because of its familiarity, I had no problem believing her story.
My friend's wife had just arrived in America at a particular airport on a visitor's visa & she had only a name & phone # of a family friend that she was supposed to make contact with after she arrived.
She came in on the last flight into that airport and when she made contact over the phone, she discovered that the family friend was living 6hours away from the airport and she would have to spend the night by herself inside the airport until the family friend reached her next morning (by driving all through the night).
To her relief, as she was about to find a safe place to huddle for the night, she recognized one of the passengers from the plane who identified himself as a fellow traveller and said that he was also in the same predicament and had to spend the night in the airport until his connecting flight the next morning.
He turned out to be a kind and comforting person who was eager to listen to her life experience and she found that the entire night passed by in what seemed like a few hours.
Finally, morning arrived and the family friend showed up and recognized her & she ran over to greet the family member and introduce this person to her newfound friend.
When she turned back to point-out the passenger who had become a friend she found that the bench was empty and that the person had disappeared!
She asked the family friend if they had observed where the person went when her back was turned and the family friend who had seen her on the bench from far away insisted that she was the only person seated on the bench.
The person who had kept her company and speaking with her all through the night had completely disappeared!
She remembers praying to Jesus to give her the strength and courage to spend the night at the airport by herself and it was at that moment that she was relieved to see the fellow passenger whom she already recognized from the plane show up with the same predicament & offering to keep her company until the next morning.
She had converted from Buddhism to Christianity and had re-discovered her inner confidence through accepting Jesus Christ as her personal saviour.
My friend and his wife experienced many miracles but this is the one I enjoyed listening to because of my own experience with a similar situation.
I was severely suicidal in my late teens and eventually found myself on the subway platform waiting for the train to arrive so that I could leap in front of it and end my life.
As I was Standing there trying to muster up the courage to end my life a gentleman in a fine suite walked up to me (past me) and said to me "Son don't do it, you have far too much to offer to this world, Please don't do this"
As simple as they were, these were the exact words I needed to hear at that moment. I knew deep inside that I had much to offer but I never believed that I would ever be capable of achieving it because I saw myself as a complete failure.
These words were so powerful to me that they sent a shock through my entire being and I was momentarily distracted into silence with eyes closed.
When I opened my eyes to ask this gentleman who he is and what made him say those words, I found that he was not there.
I ran down the platform looking for this person and since there were very few people, I knew that this gentleman must have walked up the stairs to the main floor.
I went up to the main floor & inquired at the only ticked booth (that everyone entering or leaving must pass by) if they had seen in which direction the gentleman who came up the stairs went.
They were perplexed & insisted that nobody came up the stairs except me.
I walked out in a state of confusion & something guided me from the subway to a bookstore close by & I walked straight to the back of the bookstore and robotically reached to the second shelf from the top row and took out the third or fourth book from the right edge of the shelf.
The book was titled SETH SPEAKS and upon looking at the front cover, I didn't want to have anything to do with it (because the picture was of Jane in a trance and it looked evil and demonic)
I tried everything in my power to put it down, including reaching for an old Playboy & a Hustler magazine to trick my mind towards a different excitement.
I couldn't put it down & so I paid for the book & took it home.
I randomly opened a page somewhere in the beginning and read the words
"Consciousness creates form. It is not the other way around."
and also these words;
"Each of you create your own physical reality; and en masse, you create both the glories and the terrors that exist within your earthly experience. Until you realize that you are the creators, you will refuse to accept this responsibility."
In that moment, my entire perspective towards life changed forever and I started the adventure of discovering if these beautiful words were really true, because my decision to live or die depended on knowing if I was hopelessly at the mercy of my circumstances or if I possessed the power to change them.
It has been many years since that moment and I am still here, and yes, those words and that miracle have given me so much confidence in the power of the spirit.
I wrote this question which talks about Visions people have had which defy explanation...I wrote the question, and describe my encounter with Mary, Mother of God. I wrote it a while back. Other people contributed, too. Here is my account from that question:
When I was 24, I was awakened suddenly. At first, I was unsure what had awakened me. I saw immediately that my bedroom was flooded with an incredible blue light. This light was utterly unworldly and beautiful. I looked around me. Standing next to me was a woman, who was the source of the blue light. She was dressed in white with a blue mantel and was young and possessed of such inner beauty I was struck dumb at first. My husband was asleep beside me. I repeatedly elbowed him to awaken him.
The woman giggled! She said, "He will not awaken. You can try, but he will not." And she giggled again! I pinched myself, thinking that I was surely having quite a dream.
She said, "Do not do that! I would not have you hurt yourself. I am truly here."
"Who are you?" I asked. "Surely," she replied. "Surely, you must know."Oh, but I do not!" I said then. "Are you an angel?"
She pondered this, but only for a moment. "You of this world call me Mary," she finally answered. "You mean, Mary...Mother of Jesus?" I asked. There came that lovely laugh again, low and sweet. "Yes, some call me that," she answered finally.
In my heart, I immediately thought to myself that this was totally impossible. To this day, I call her "The Blue Lady".
Being practical, I responded, "But I am not Catholic!"
She said, "What does that have to do with anything? I just came to talk with you."
I wondered to myself what Mary could want with me. What could the Mother of God have to say to me, a non-Catholic and someone who did not even go to church on a regular basis? Now, I just sat up a bit, and I remember taking in that blue light, and was filled with a peace which "passeth all understanding" (Phillipians 4:7, KJV Bible) I finally could understand how someone could feel such a peace. I did not have any doubt or fear. This peace wiped my soul clear, and I was utterly filled with such love and wonder for this woman. I could not help loving her- she seemed the essence of love. It was as if she was Love itself.
We spoke mind to mind at times, but also, with clear understanding. Time passed strangely- both fast, and slow. I think it must have been at least twenty minutes or so.
She directed me to learn the Rosary, and I asked her how I was to obtain a "Rosary". I had heard of them, of course, but had never really seen or held one, except that I knew that my friend Cathy was Catholic and had one when we were growing up.
I promised The Blue Lady (Mary) that I would get a Rosary and learn to pray on it. This was not the only thing we talked about, though. She talked with me about how important it was to live a life of Love and Faith in God. This she emphasized. She said that "Faith is everything, absolutely everything, and that out of Love, comes Great Faith, and one needs both Faith and Love together, for they depend on each other.
Even though time has gone by since I saw her, I can still remember her like it happened last night. Not a day goes by, nor a night, that I do not long to see her again.
After she was gone, I held this experience close to my heart, and to this day, have no doubt that what I experienced was real. I went to my Public Library to learn about the Rosary...I wanted to research it, and to try to puzzle out its significance in the world. I also wondered over and over why this had happened to me at all.
I ended up taking a crystal necklace, and breaking it apart, and re-strung it into a Rosary. I was rather surprised to discover that the words of the Rosary were already familiar to me- in Latin! In High School, we had sung "Ave Maria" in chorus. I had sung a solo rendition of the Ave Maria as part of my vocal repertoire for my voice lessons. It struck me that all that time, I never really realized that the Ave Maria was the Rosary! No one had ever explained the Ave Maria to me- I guess all my teachers just assumed I already knew what it meant. (Those were the days! No one back in my High School days had yet decided to keep religious music out of Public Schools. As a matter of fact, in the days of Bach and Beethoven, most music was religious. It is nearly impossible to have a good vocal repertoire without learning religious music. But when my children got to school, by the eighties, most public schools had stripped all religious music out of band, orchestra, and choral music- and I used to cringe at Christmas. The number of renditions of "Frosty the Snowman" and "Jingle Bells" seems infinite now...I was very sad that my children never got the thrill of performing such music as "The Messiah" and "Ode to Joy" from Beethoven's Ninth Symphony.)
To this day, I can say the Rosary both in Latin and English. I have used and prayed the Rosary as a centerpiece of my private meditations. The repetition of the "Hail Mary" helps bring me into an Alpha state quite nicely, which is a nice and wonderful side effect of doing the Rosary.
My vision changed my whole life. I tried to approach the Catholic Church, to tell them that I saw "The Lady", but all my efforts were brushed aside because I was not Catholic, and because I had been alone when she appeared to me. I was so naive. I know that perhaps I perhaps sound like a "religious nut-nut" even to some of you who read this account. Mary only told me to keep up my Faith, and to never doubt her or myself. She promised me that she would be appearing to many people all over the world, and that I would discover that I was not alone in my vision. Apparently, the Catholic Church is not sure what to do about all of these sightings of Mary; but the Church can no longer ignore all of us who have seen her.
Her visit changed me. I gave up drinking, and began pursuing a spiritual way of life. You could even say that She brought me all the way to you at IQ. I am different because of her visitation. I have no doubts about Life after Death. I have no doubts about my Faith in Christ. I started pursuing spiritual healing, and that led me to a friendship with Wade which began in 2004. (You all know where that led!)
You might wonder why she is appearing more and more. She told me that the world has gotten to be so filled with hatred and war that she decided to come to bring Proof to the World that God sees and cares and is very, very sad and disturbed at our lack of Faith!
I am hoping that by sharing my story with all of my "bestest of friends" here at Inward Quest that it will help you to BELIEVE!!!!
All my Love, and with many Blessings,
When I was in high school, I was a sugar addict and had a mouthful of cavities in spite of fluoride. I had a followup dental appointment a week away when a friend gave me a book by Mary Baker Eddy, the founder of Christian Science. I was reading it one quiet afternoon and felt the right side of my mouth and teeth get comfortably warm. I don't remember how long it lasted, maybe 10 minutes.
When I showed up at the dentist's office, I no longer had a cavity. I remember the dentist looking at my x-ray and shaking his head.
answered 11 Aug '12, 10:36
Nothing 1st hand but here's some 2nd hand stuff...Western civilization calls it supernatural, Chinese philosophy calls it 'Chi"
answered 11 Aug '12, 20:30
My son is learning to drive. He was driving home last night, and he was approaching a corner where I had experienced a miracle and I was reminded of it.
I was approaching this corner kinda fast, as it was just after a passing lane where I had picked up speed, when I saw a roadsign that said Slow just before the corner. So I slowed down, and as I went around the corner, there was a dog running accross the road and a semi coming the other way. Because I had slowed down, the dog got accross the road without the semi or I having a problem. The weird part is that I have never seen that sign again.
My father used to spar 6 to 8 top students simultaneously without being scored on. He said when he sparred them something would happen in his mind that made everything look like it is in slow motion (like when you witness an accident.) This slow motion gave him plenty of time to think what next, where to be and who to block. These were very fast and furious matches, but no one could get a kick, punch or technique in on him, but he could on them all. This happened every time he sparred.
The most I've yet sparred are three at a time myself.
I used to talk of my father a lot but I have had many experiences and done amazing things myself.
I have bi-located my soul. A friend needed me, we were in different states. I remembered how Jesus bi-located to heal the centurion's daughter. So I said relax I am with you. I envisioned myself there by her side, she immediately felt my presence. I did this many times, for healing, calming and clearing. One time I worked on a friends heart, she was in Arizona and I in Pennsylvania, she actually described what I was doing to her heart.
It is like playing pretend as children but coupled with strong belief that it is real.
That could be said for many things I have done that most would say the word "imposible" to.
Edit because of dipen's interest I will try to recall more things I did.
I remember I threw depression off of myself into the floor. I flung my arms and threw it off of me, it was like sticky thick oil all over me. When I flung my arms down all of this flew off of my body into the ground, gone.
A friend from online told me she needed me, her house was haunted by something pretty bad. I said "Alright don't worry I'll get rid of it." I imagined being there and clearing the whole house. I cast this out, and to show it not to mess with my friend or myself, I imagined a huge explosion of the Holy Spirit from the center outwards and beyond the house. As I did this she told me she had a maylar birthday baloon (Those silver metal ones) it popped! Then she felt this calm and peace come over the house, the fear was gone!
Another time a friend needed me, I said, "Call on me, I'll be there." She called on me and was immediately comforted right when she needed. I just set an intention of being there when needed. I didn't consciously know I was there in spirit, I just set an intention of it.
When I remember more I'll post more.
There are many miracles throughout history, no doubt some are false, but many true. It seems to me that these "miracles" can seem more ordinary when viewed from an actual viewpoint of "actual reality".
Someone said that any advanced technology can be viewed as magic. A multi-ton piece of metal floating in the ocean. Is a man on a flying carpet harder to imagine than a great silver airplane flying through the air?
Imagine ghosts, gods, demons and banshees. Imagine cites floating in the air or sunken in the seas. We continually read about these possibilities and consider them possible.
Is there anything that is hard to imagine? It is a miracle that we are here. "Created" by our parents? A new being.
Is it hard to imagine that we, as those beings, are in a blob of matter that we can do things like love, fight battles, play tennis, make love, or walk up stairs? And that this blob of matter will someday, "die", and our spirit will then transition somewhere else, we hope!
Now, let's get in the NOW and imagine that blob of matter that contains our essence is standing on a ball of earth that is spinning at a thousand miles and hour through time and space in a Universe that dwarfs and stuns our mind as we try to comprehend its vastness?
Is this Miracle enough?
answered 11 Aug '12, 08:43
I had the experience of having my life saved by an angel when I was a young girl. (The story is here on IQ somewhere, from years ago!) Although I am in my fifties, I do remember the event very well.
answered 14 Aug '12, 09:27
Let's not forget about the psychic surgeons who open bodies & remove tumors and all kinds of things with nothing but their fingers. There are fakes out there, but I personally spent several weeks with one in the Philippines and witnessed countless surgeries by his side. I know this surgery is real, I put my hand inside of my own body at one point. He does many of these every day, it's just part of his normal everyday reality. It's no big deal and it's nothing that he considers supranormal. He has no super powers, he is able to do it simply because of his belief that he can. He was exposed to this sort of stuff as a child and therefore never given the opportunity to doubt it. Just think of what we all could do if we had been given the exposures as children. Of course, we wouldn't be having so much fun trying to figure all this stuff out then would we?
answered 14 Aug '12, 10:43
I actually do not have any real spiritual experiences. My fiance, however, has. Her father was a priest for a branch of Christianity called Pentecostalism. They believe heavily in entities and demons. In a few stories they've told me, they've had encounters with demonic entities. In one case, they told me of an elderly women in her mid 70's that had arthritis in many joints that was possessed and running across thin chain length fences that would have been nearly impossible for someone of that age and stature to do. She had a very high pitched voice, but after an exorcism, she spat up a small ball of tar that quickly evaporated afterwards. After everything was all said and done, her vocal chords were completely ruined and she had to speak with an electronic voice box. I had joked that she must have been a smoker for a long time, but was cut off when she said that she hadn't touched a cigarette a day in her life. I'm a little skeptic, but my fiance is a lot of things and a liar is not one of them.
I will try to find a few links about super natural powers/entities and post them momentarily. There is one account of a guy on "Ripley's Believe it or Not" that has electrokinetic powers(He can control and create electrical currents with his body), but it's not very impressive. He can light up light bulbs with his finger and light a cigarette with his thumb.
answered 10 Aug '12, 20:25
I know of someone who has claimed to have created storms and natural disasters, Large scale like The Tsunami in Japan, the Dust storms in AZ and Hurricane Katrina such things.... Manipulation of Lightning and other entities..
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