Saturday, February 17, 2007

How do miracles happen?

Hi Jim,

Recently a friend told me a personal story, how he and his wife went upstream to find the source of the Elbe river. He said he'd started out in Hamburg, Germany, where the Elbe is a large river floating through town. Then they went further upstream, into another country, until they were at a small stream. And even there they could go further up the stream to the source of this large river Elbe.

My friend said they ended up at a place where the stream was so small, only one foot wide.

I asked him if he tried stepping into this one-foot wide Elbe. He said no. I then asked if he thought that his step into the source of the Elbe would somehow run this large Elbe river dry, further downstream in this city called Hamburg. Again he said no he thought this would not happen.

I consider this a miracle. When we think of a source, we think of something larger than the outcome / the produce. But reality is different.

I wonder if your question makes sense when we assume that the flow of our thought is naturally towards downstream, with our body sensing towards source which is upstream.

Perhaps miracles are miracles only when we look downstream?

Our body contains the brains, and yet these same brains tell us that we can imagine our body. Which one is larger?

The acheology of the word miracle shows the latin word for "to wonder at".

My suggestion would be to wonder at the direction of thought, and whether this direction is upstream or downstream direction.

Hope this helps.
Best regards, and thanks much for your endorsement,
Your buddy Ron

13 comments:

Levent said...

We can indeed find "the source" of a lot of hampered "reservoir" situations "going upstream". In this example even the seemingly flowing river is an accumulation, its whole body can be seen as a causality tree. Going upstream is a very useful thought process (if you accept like I do, that one thing leads to another and life can be seen as a stream of decisions/actions). It can even be greater in a social context, where many people (with their variety of problems) go upstream separately and arrive at a common insight/view about the source of the problem. It would obviously be easier to solve the problem there, at the source. This also reminds me that according to psycho-analytical method, most adult problems can be traced back to a childhood experience, and might even be solved there...

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