A Hundred Million Miracles

by Tim Phares, RScP

A hundred million miracles are happ’ning ev’ry day,
And those who say they don’t agree
Are those who do not hear or see.
– Oscar Hammerstein III, “A Hundred Million Miracles,”  from Flower Drum Song

What are you doing right now? Silly question, of course: You’re reading this article. But have you contemplated the miraculous chain of events that enables you to read these words? I am sitting here at my keyboard, typing these words. A few clicks send them out and a few more clicks post them on this site. Then, with just a few clicks, you are able to read them. This is just one of the hundred million miracles each day to which Oscar Hammerstein’s lyric, quoted above, refer.

Recently, this song was played on one of our favorite radio programs, Footlight Parade: The Sounds of the American Musical. It’s one of many from the Broadway stage that promotes a positive, spiritual, empowering message.

The science-fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke once wrote that “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” How much of that magic does it take simply to create this article and for you to read it?

Well, yes, I hear you say, but it’s all science and engineering. It’s just a network of wires transmitting electronic signals. Not miracles, just technology. OK, then, what enabled that to happen? A Course in Miracles says, “Miracles are natural. If they are not occurring, something has gone wrong.”

Every day, we are surrounded by miracles. Remember Einstein’s rule. We can approach life as if everything is a miracle or as if nothing is. What do you think will yield better results – a happier, more inspired life, a more prosperous, productive life? I submit that we ought to live in conscious awareness of the miracles all around, of the hundred million miracles happening every day.

Practioner Tim Phares is a founding member of Celebration Center.