Why is it that we so easily dismiss, ignore, or forget the many miraculous/unexplained things that happen to all of us in life? Are you one of us who has experienced an unexplained happening and just moved on, setting it aside as inconsequential? Or are you one of us who insists they have never experienced an unexplained event—at least until you really reflect on your life?
A couple of years back I wrote a book, published by Hay House, all about unexplained events and what they might mean. The title of the book is simply, What Does That Mean? Exploring Mind, Meaning, and Mysteries.1
I spoke to many people about this book via the media, presentations, and personal conversations. To a person, everyone I spoke to could think of at least one event in their lives that defied our typical rational means for an explanation. My bride went so far as to build a list of the events in her life, and it contained very many. Still, a month later she had forgotten them all until turning her attention and once again seeking them out.
My bride is not alone. Most of us, when we choose to try, can recall events that defy our normal means of explanation. When I wrote What Does That Mean? I believed that once we remembered these events, we could begin to sort anew the meaning of our lives and realize their individual importance. Apparently, that’s not quite how it works—and I repeat my question: Why?
Sometimes these events are bold and striking and sometimes they are more muted and less impactful, but any event left unexplained should, I would think, draw our attention. I for one can never forget the time a train smashed the car I was driving, literally crushing it under the cattle guard. How and why I was not killed should have been a mystery that changed my life on the spot, but as a young busy teenager, I got on with life and didn’t give it much thought for many years. You see, I was in the car when the train hit the driver’s side, and yet I found myself standing in a field a couple of hundred yards away when I gained awareness.
Sometimes the events are much dimmer, such as when I lost my favorite taw marble as a child and asked for guidance. Something inside me instructed me to close my eyes and take so many steps forward. Then go left, and then right, or something like that, for I don’t remember all of the instructions. What I do remember is that with my eyes closed I followed those instruction across the school grounds until I was told to stop, open my eyes, and look down. There sat my marble.
I would encourage you all to think about your lives and the many times you have experienced something that reason alone cannot explain. I believe these gaps in our reality of logic, reason and sometimes what we refer to as science, are windows into domains of being and existence that can be all too easily forgotten or ignored.
Life is a story—our story. Every life is a story. What is our storytelling us? What does our story mean? These are the types of questions that can produce additional meaning in our lives and that can guide our interactions with ourselves and others. I believe that every story is a miracle—and remembering this always promotes belief and trust in ourselves and the world in which we live. So, remember your life, your story, is a miracle, and let every chapter attest to the glory behind that miracle.
Those are my thoughts, I always welcome yours.
Thanks for the read,
Eldon Taylor, PhD
Provocative Enlightenment Radio
NY Time Bestselling Author of Choices and Illusion
1. Taylor, E. 2010. What Does That Mean? Exploring Mind, Meaning and Mysteries. Hay House. Carlsbad, CA.