The Miracle of September 11, 2001
“I can see peace instead of this.”
- A Course In Miracles
On September 11, 2001, my life was changed forever. Not in the way you might expect on such a fateful day – a day when so many people experienced an unimaginable level of terror, outrage, fear, and helplessness.
On this day, my heart was touched by the Hand of God and I experienced such a profound and sudden spiritual awakening, such a total and pervasive feeling of love and peace, that to adequately describe it would be nearly impossible. Moments after the second plane hit the World Trade Center in New York City, I found myself driving my car, with my jaw on my chest and my eyes wide open, intellectually captivated and emotionally consumed by the transformation that was taking place in my heart and soul.
I was driving into Boston to see the dentist when my wife called me on my cell phone to tell me what had happened. My instantaneous reaction was to tell her that we were at war with somebody. I wanted that war to happen right away. I wanted to immediately project the awesome power of the American military on whoever perpetrated such a heinous assault on innocent people. Then a very peculiar thing happened. When my head went to my heart (this all happened in a split second) to find a similar sentiment and an internal ally, thereby creating a fully integrated feeling of outrage, violence and revenge, it was not there. It did not exist. I was shocked!
All that lived in my heart and soul at that moment was peace, love, serenity, light and joy. I was transfixed. I was home. In the next instant, that feeling spread into my head and I did experience the fully integrated feeling I wanted, but not the one I expected. I was overcome by the complete and total understanding that to answer violence with violence, would only create more violence. Having studied military history as a hobby for so many years, I finally knew beyond a shadow of a doubt, that the only real success achieved by any war in the history of mankind, was to sew the seeds of the next war. And I instantaneously believed that the attack on the World Trade Center was the greatest opportunity for world peace to come down the pike in a very long time. All of this occurred in the blink of an eye, and I never saw it coming.
I felt as though I was totally lit up on the inside. I felt an energy that was electrifying and absolutely peaceful at the same time. And it felt like time itself had come to an abrupt and immediate halt. As I continued to drive, I found myself in complete awe. I knew it was real, I was totally aware of what was happening to me, and I was stunned! The only thing I could say was; “Oh my God! Oh my God”!
I know how crazy this must sound to you. It still sounds crazy to me! But I lived it, and I cannot deny that fact. I did not ask for it, I did not seek to have my life changed in such a profound and complete manner, and I never expected that something like this would, or could, ever happen to me. Things like this happen to other people. I also knew that my life would never be the same again. I thought that I had things fairly under control, now I understand that all I had was The Illusion of Control.
Although I have procrastinated for quite some time and, in many ways, I come to this part of my life kicking and screaming, I can finally understand and accept that I had the experience for a reason. I believe it is my mission in life to share what I learned to be true, whenever and wherever the opportunity should arise. It took me two years to begin writing a book about what happened on that day as well as the events that preceded it in my life. But a book is not enough and the voice inside me will not quiet down until I do something more – and keep doing it. Truth be told, I don’t know if it will ever quiet down. And that is now, finally, ok with me. I like the voice. It is the Voice for God.
It is not my goal to preach. It is not my goal to judge. And it is not my goal to convert anybody to anything. It is simply my goal to share the knowledge that living life in peace is possible. It is also my goal to teach the understanding that we can achieve world peace one person at a time, one day at a time, and one thought at a time. I have lived the Benefits of a life of peace and I need to share them with you.
According to A Course in Miracles, the best way to learn something is to teach it. The Course also says: “Teach only love, for that is what you are.”
I get to experience the love and peace that is who I am every minute I work on creating this website, and in whatever way I am led by the Hand of God to serve you. My hope is that we can meet in this joyous space and experience the wonders of God’s love together.
This website is designed to serve as a gateway to a new experience of yourself and your world. It is an experience that will reward you in ways that you can’t possibly imagine today. Please, join me and many others as we place our trust in the God of our understanding, and walk along the path that was set before us long before we took our first breath. Join us in the experience of:
p. s. The story of my spiritual awakening is told in much greater detail in my book: How To Enjoy Peace In Your Life Everyday. It really is a good story, even if I do say so myself!
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