Jim:    Glad you found us.  Would that be a miracle?  Well, welcome to a site where miracles can occur daily.  Welcome to a site where we help people help themselves to fully impact their lives with our concept of full-impact mindfulness, where we ask people to live a life without definitive expectations.  Follow us.  Follow the sound of our voice.  Pack a lunch.  Learn how to Fish Without Bait.  Today, as always, I’m joined by me good friend, co-host, and producer of this program – Mr. Mike.  Mr. Mike, we often talk about combining the ingredients of serendipity and synchronicity, do we not?

Mike:    Absolutely.

Jim:    Sure.  So, do we really know – what is serendipity?  Well, some may think that it is good luck or good fortune, or that it could be finding something valuable, something wonderful when you’re not looking for it.  Discoveries through chance.  Well, perhaps you’ve chanced upon this website.  Well, expect wonderful things.  So, the definition of synchronicity – Mike, actually synchronicity was a concept formed by the psychiatrist Carl Jung, a student of Sigmund Freud, which in some dictionaries is called a simultaneous occurrence of events that appear significantly related but have no discernable causal connection.  That’s a lot of words.  I have my own definition of that, and that of course as everyone who listens to this, it’s when 1+1 = more than 2.  And we can do that.  Remember our magic math?  And, for those of you who may be unfamiliar with magic math, you can go back to some previous podcasts.  And, I can do that, because this is my podcast.  And, in this world, we make the rules.  However, we’re here today to talk about miracles.  Mike, what would you say is a miracle?  How would you define a miracle?

Mike:    A miracle seems like something that defies logic or comes at the right time.  

Jim:    Sure. So many of our words that we use in our language – they often call Latin a dead language, do they not?  

Mike:    Yes.

Jim:    However, there are so many words that are in use in the English language that are derived from Latin.  And, actually, miracle – the word miracle, is derived from a Latin word that means something wonderful.  What would you call a miracle?  

Mike:    A miraculous birth.

Jim:    A miraculous birth?  Sure.  A miracle could be winning the lottery could be called a miracle, could it not?  Perhaps it could be someone being saved from a fatal illness. Perhaps it would be somebody saved from a car crash – something like that, okay?  Somebody falling out of an airplane and miraculously surviving.  However, we’re going to make a little bit of a difference.  We’re going to make a little bit of a difference in our lives and we’re going to learn how to create our own miracles.  And, again, miracles are a matter of perception.  Mike, here’s how miracles can happen and hear the words I say – We underestimate our own power.  We underestimate our magic ability.  Remember abracadabra?  Remember that word, Mike?

Mike:    Abracadabra!

Jim:    Abracadabra.  Ancient Aramaic for what I speak I create.  One of the ways that we create miracles in our lives, and a miracle in our life is when we have joy, peace, and wellness.  And, how often does that happen?  Well, it starts with gratitude.  We often ask people to keep a gratitude journal.  And, my challenge is for everyone today to keep track of everything that you’re grateful for – and do it every day.  The power of gratitude has the power to change your perception.  And, remember what our friend Marianne Williamson said, a miracle is a shift in perception from fear to love.  The miracle that we talk about in Fishing Without Bait is not helping people win the lottery, curing deadly illnesses, or making things appear.  Our miracle that we’re talking about is having the ability to deal with fear in your life, to have that beginner’s mind.  To live a lift out loud and wake up every morning saying it’s good to be me.  Mike, that’s the miracle we’re talking about.  Gratitude can banish fear.  For goodness eases your heart and absolves it of feeling ashamed.  You can become your own confessor.  And, again, the idea is to identify and label those thoughts and fears as obstacles that are holding you back.  Mike, remember when we said earlier that everything that you want is on the other side of fear?  Conquering fear, my friends, that’s the miracle. And, at the end of every podcast I often tell you – I often request that you do a kindness for yourself and a kindness for another.  A miracle, Mike, well some would say that it’s a highly unlikely, extraordinary occurrence, development, or achievement that brings incredible welcome consequences.  What are some of the things that people associate miracles with?  Of course, they associate miracles with the divine – associated with people being cured of a terminal illness, when someone is saved from death in an automobile accident.  Again, we’re going to take a little different view as we normally do.  We often view things in a different type of perspective in this world of full-impact mindfulness as we’re not waiting for something to happen or wishing for it to happen, are we, Mike?

Mike:    Nope.

Jim:    There’s a quote that says when can we expect a miracle?  And the answer is a quote how can it be a miracle if you’re expecting it?  Again, one of the basic concepts of Fishing Without Bait is avoiding having definitive expectations.  So, here’s a challenge for you.  And, it’s from our friend Svetlana Shadrina.  And, she says don’t wait for a miracle, be a miracle.  Be a miracle.  Avoid waiting for things.  Remember what we talked about, Mike, when we introduced the concept of you’re the person that you’ve been waiting for?  When we’re waiting for things in our life, we are the person that we’re waiting for.  And, one of the precepts of Fishing Without Bait and full-impact mindfulness, Mike, is one of our rallying points of our show, a quote by our good friend Bernard Shaw who said that life isn’t about finding yourself.  Life is about creating yourself.  And, that’s what our focus is.  And, we often talk about shifts in perspective, do we not?  A shift in perspective from a smiling face to the rear end of a horse.  Again, we have many friends on this program, Mike, and one of our friends, Marianne Williamson said that a miracle is a shift in perception from fear to love.  And, here comes that word again – fear.  Miracles start to happen, Mike, when you give as much energy to your dreams as you do to your fears, and again that involves choice – does it not, Mike?

Mike:    Right.

Jim:    Do you have a choice as to whether to give power to that fear?  

Mike:    Absolutely.

Jim:    So, let’s talk about that fear and the importance of letting it go and allowing miracles to go.  So, again, let’s talk about the fear and the importance of letting it go and allowing miracles to occur.  Giving permission for things to happen in our life, Mike.  Fear is having that belief.  Having faith in catastrophic or negative outcomes.  And, remember, faith is nothing more than belief in something you don’t understand.  Does anyone really understand fear, Mike?

Mike:    Not really.

Jim:    Think of that.  Fear is the faith that bad things are going to happen.

Mike:    Whether it makes sense or not.

Jim:    That’s correct.  Whether it makes sense or not.  And, our concept of full-impact mindfulness is to take careful consideration and care of your thinking.  Mike, we’ve often talked about thinking from our thoughts rather than at them.  On that magic carpet ride of fear.  These are the blocks, these are the road blocks – the obstacles to miracles.  And, of course, miracles are just simply something that are unexpected.  And, when we get out of our own way, when we get out of our own fear we can expect the unexpected, and we can Fish Without Bait.  Getting out of fear is opening our minds, having that beginner’s mind, and again and again we refer back to the same things – having that beginner’s mind and opening ourselves up to possibilities rather than certainties.  Mike, fear only deals with certainties.  And, in the 12-step world we have a saying that we do the footwork and let God determine the results.  And, it’s the smallest matter to me whether you believe in God, Jesus, Buddha, Allah, Great Spirit, or a door knob.  What’s important is that you have some type of spirituality, some type of connection with the All.  If you think that you are the end all and the be all, that’s delusional thinking.  Many people fear death, do they not, Mike?

Mike:    Absolutely.

Jim:    Many people spend a considerable amount of their life contemplating their death.  So, what is one of the common wishes that some people have?  What are science fiction movies about?  What did Ponce de Leon search for?

Mike:    The fountain of youth.

Jim:    The fountain of youth.  Imagine this concept, Mike, that death gives a meaning and purpose to life.  

Mike:    There are a few different people I follow that are sort of inspirational that that’s kind of a nice reminder of why aren’t you doing that thing you really want to do today, because you’re going to die some day.  It gives weight to the now because tomorrow isn’t guaranteed.

Jim:    Tomorrow is not guaranteed.  So, if you were going to live forever, what would you really care about doing with getting anything done?

Mike:    It would become boring.

Jim:    Sure.  I’m going to live forever, so why even try?  Why put meaning and purpose to each particular moment?  What would each moment mean, really?  Nothing.  Because you have an infinite number of them, do you not?  So, the idea is paying attention on purpose, living your life having full-impact mindfulness, spreading those things and fully participating in your life every single moment. Nothing’s guaranteed is it, Mike?  And, I’ll end this podcast with a quote from our friend Mark Twain that kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.  Open your eyes.  Have that beginner’s mind.  Fish Without Bait and begin to impact your life.  

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