Week 6, 2009
STORY OF THE WEEK
The Winner of the Readers' Choice Story of the Week
Dr. Paul Lanthois
Your Story "Expect A Miracle- How Miracles Are For Everyone And They Can Happen To You" has been chosen as the Winner of the Readers' Choice Story of the Week.
|It was one of those days that occasionally happens when I am sure that I had a sign stapled to my back saying, 'If you want a safe place to release your emotions, please come and see me now.’ I don’t know if it is because I had experienced a near nervous breakdown that people feel that I can relate to their emotional upheavals more than the average health professional.
Whatever the reason, June was the third person this morning who felt the urge to release the stress and angst that had been building up in their lives. However for June it was becoming a regular pattern to come in and tell me about everything that had been going wrong in her life. While June was composing herself I said, "Watch out for the miracle that will happen to you later this week."
"Huh?" said June as she instantly snapped out of her saddened state. Her eyes widened with anticipation as I immediately had her full attention.
"Watch out for the miracle that will happen to you later this week," I confirmed.
"What makes you say that?" she asked suspiciously.
"Could you just trust me on this one, June?"
Her suspicion remained as she stared at me intently in silence, scouring for any clues in my body language that would let her know if I was joking. But I wasn’t.
After intense scrutiny and when her doubts were satisfied, June sat up taller and walked out with a smile and a tinge of schoolgirl excitement on her 52 year old face.
When she returned for her next visit, June was beaming.
"You were right," she squealed in excitement . "But how did you know?" she quizzed, thinking that I was some kind of psychic guru.
"I expected a miracle, like you said to do and later that day I met the most amazing man when I thought I would never meet someone like that, but how did you know?" (they later moved in together)
I said to June, " You had been so down on yourself lately that I decided to help you start looking for the good things in your life as well. I believe that miracles pass us buy every single day yet they often go unnoticed because we are not looking out for them." As Albert Einstein once said, "There are two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle."
Many of you may dismiss it at as positive thinking, Pollyanna, new –age hype and you would be justified in saying so. But before you dismiss it out of hand I’d like to point out that I am not a fan of positive thinking per se because to me many positive thinking proponents take it to the extreme. They regurgitate a mantra like there are no cars, there are no cars while they are crossing a six lane highway with there eyes closed.
This is not positive thinking hype. Expecting miracles is about changing your focus. Its about using your brain a different way. And there is a simple neurological explanation why expecting miracles helps you to find and experience miracles.
There is a part of your brain called the Recticular Activating System, or you can call it RAS, for short. Well your RAS is your brain's filter. It filters out all the information that is unwanted or unimportant to you. The result is that you often get or notice what you focus on.
For example , how many of you have all of a sudden noticed that when you buy yourself a new car, you suddenly see hundreds of the same kinds of cars around you?
It’s not that there has been a sudden flood of your cars onto the streets. It is because your perception has been heightened due to your RAS.
So how is this going to help you at work and at home?
Begin looking for miracles in your life. Begin looking for things that you want. Focus on the solution rather than stewing over the problem. Focus on your health rather than complain about all your ailments. When you do this you begin to use the RAS in your brain to more effectively help your brain locate what you want amidst the sea of information out there.
Dr. John Hinwood, a friend of mine and a man who has been a tremendous mentor to myself and thousands of other people around the world has been personally handing out and sending his friends, colleagues and patients "Expect A Miracle" cards over the past 21 years. It is to help remind them to use their RAS to focus on the blessings that already exist in their life and to be open to the possibility that they can find the answer to whatever they want in life if the focus on it. This will give you hope that miracles are for everybody
Dr. Paul Lanthois
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A SPECIAL MESSAGE OF THANK YOU FROM JOHN
A HUGE THANK YOU for purchasing my book You Can... Expect A Miracle. Sales have been fantastic worldwide.
As you know I launched the book in the USA in September and the Australian edition was released in late December.
Currently major publicity is happening in the USA and Australia and I need to ask a huge favour. If you brought the book off Amazon, Expect A Miracle website or via our flyer mailing and you have at sometime in the past purchased through Amazon, please go onto the Amazon site and post a review for the book.
Many kind souls have posted some amazing 5 out of 5 reviews. Your help in pushing this number over 100 in the immediate future would be a massive help in assisting me in the PR plan I have put in motion.
I am currently in negotiations with major TV and Media personalities who use Amazon Book Reviews as a great guide to audience acceptance.
I have recently spoken on a high traffic New York evening radio program and on Sydney's radio station 2UE one of Australia's leading radio stations. On New Year’s Eve I did a very interesting half hour interview on Radio Norfolk.
Newspaper articles are starting to appear in Australian dailies and two extensive articles will be published in Japan in February in two different publications. Numerous other things are happening media wise in the USA and Australia at present and when these are confirmed, I will keep you posted.
It is amazing the number of people who are purchasing books in case lots of 60 with a 50% discount to use them as meaningful gifts for clients, family and friends.
Once again THANKS A BUNCH in advance for placing your book review on amazon.com.
Dr John Hinwood
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"There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle" - Albert Einstein