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20 June 2023


Miracles, Magic and More


There will always be mysteries because we will always be part of Something Greater – greater in Mind and Spirit. And, there will always be events and things which will appear to happen miraculously or magically. 

Even in this “Scientific Age,” there is much we emphatically Do Not Know! Mysteries still exist far and wide beyond the imaginings of the greatest scientists. Even Albert Einstein admitted that:

“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science. He to whom the emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand wrapped in awe, is as good as dead; his eyes are closed.”

We do not perceive and understand all sorts of mysteries as well as the Greatest Mystery of existence, cosmic and human. Still many of us believe the veils hiding them will be lifted through more science, finer technology, better medicine.

Miracles and Magic are constantly happening in our very midst – because The Kingdom lies Within. These latter Wonders can be understood if not fully explained and elucidated while the Mysteries remain largely undiscovered. We write to bring this paradox into better view.

Yes, there are still mysteries hidden from us because we do not have the hearts, minds and eyes to perceive them. Not long ago (1997), scientific journalist John Horgan published a book called The End Of Science: Facing The Limits Of Knowledge In The Twilight Of The Scientific Age. Horgan believes all major scientific discoveries – natural selection, the double helix, the big bang, the relativity and quantum theories – have been made. Only refinements are left and no more revolutions or revelations are yet to be had. Just details!

Interestingly, readings in history indicate that similar kinds of thinking were in vogue at the turn of the preceding two centuries. In any period, this seems like a foolish Know-It-All attitude. How arrogant to think that we have plumbed the width, breadth and depth of creation in the course of a few hundred years of scientific studies. In fact, we are just beginning to scratch the surface of things, to study the tips 0f icebergs, to cognize outer layers of the real and the true, the beautiful and the eternal.

What do we really know of the origins of life or even of the conception of a human being? How many real secrets has the Earth yet to divulge? How little of the solar system – not to mention our galaxy – have we investigated in truly meaningful ways? And that just from purely materialistic standpoints. How many ills do we not in the least understand? Name a cure, if you can, of an illness or disease which medics have made in the last generation. 

Dr. Lewis Thomas, a biologist, researcher, administrator and wise physician, hit the nail on the head when he wrote, “The only solid piece of scientific truth about which I feel totally confident is that we are profoundly ignorant about nature. Indeed, I regard this as the major discovery of the past hundred years of biology.” from The Medusa and the Snail

Humans are clearly part of nature. Furthermore, every thing is alive from the ultra-microscopic level to the macroscopic heavens. So biology covers vast territory. Then despite all scientific investigations, the fact is clear that “The more we know, the less we know.” Here follow just a few of the multitudinous unexplained


• What preceded the Beginning

• The real meaning of the Big Bang 

• What keeps the stars and planets in orbit

• How life appeared on our own planet

• What is the true cause of evolution

• What is Humanity’s place in the scheme of existence

• How Nature acts as the “Garment of God”

• How sunlight is turned into food and fiber


• How creatures were separated into the sexes

• How the womb knows to implant a fertilized egg and nourish it

• What makes a human fetus’s heart begin to beat

• The occult food of life 

• How humans are able to communicate wordlessly

• How child prodigies appear regardless of heredity

• Why humans fall ill and eventually die

• What happens at death

Civilization has made grand advancements over the ages. To the point that we daily use the wonders of electricity and mechanization, mass communication and transport. While we have made these gains, society has become fragmented and hyper-specialized. Practically all of us drive vehicles, work with computers, and live through telephones. But, we do so with the barest awareness and understanding of the technologies which undergird these wonders. Mysteries even lay hidden in the midst of mechanics, information technologies, and world wide communication.

Even today, to a savage or a primitive tribesman in the Amazon jungle, a telephone or airplane may appear as a mystery. Once demonstrated, they may then seem as miracles. Until we use such things frequently. Then, they become common and part of what we consider reality. 

Mysteries have been hidden thus for ages from all manner of people. And they still are. There are many, many others – as suggested above – which wait to be revealed to true seekers.

The Ancients ran Mystery Schools for hundreds of years to lead students toward understanding the hidden forces in the universe and in themselves. The day will arise – when the times and seasons are right – to open the doors to more and more of the persisting mysteries. Humanity will then enter a true New Age.

In the meantime, we can grope in that direction through simple study of phenomena which point towards the Mysteries. So, we will discuss and try to elucidate Miracles, Magic, and More in subsequent essays.  

Comments always welcome at theportableschool at gmail dot com.

Dr. Bob took a jaunt across America in 2002.

He started in Lavina on June 11 and

arrived at the Statue of Liberty

on November 3, 2002,

which happened to be a Sunday

and the day of the New York Marathon.

"His marathon" was over in time for a good rest.

2002 Route
Dr. Bob's Route

The memories remain and prompted a book 10 years out, 

then followed four walks to the West.

Later still came other experiences

to get him “On the Road Again."

2012 Walk - Montana to Nevada (Blogs 01-14)

Ready for the Road
Out the Door
Harlo to Livingston
First 100 miles
Heading for Idaho
Over the Divide
Three Amigas
In the News
At Center for Peace
All’s Well
Recapitulating Lessons from Roads

2013 Walk - Montana to Nebraska (Blogs 15-28)

Ready Again
Changing Plans
First Week Out
Good Man
This Bud
Seams Right
Forsyth News
Walking the RR
Natural Healing
Back from the Edge
Living on the Edge
Another Man’s Shoes
Healing Friends


2014 Walk - Wyoming to Kansas (Blogs 29-40)

In the Saddle Again
Down the Road
Favorite Spots
Great Dictator
Good Neighbor
Kindness of Strangers
Dorothy in KS
JFK Report
Rules of Road
Planes Trains Autos

2015 Walk - Arizona to Idaho (Blogs 41-55)

Snow in Snowflake
66 at 66
The Night Shift
Sweet Alternative
Montana Again
Navajo Nation
Phone Power
Mormon Trail
Raindrops Falling
At the Junction
Photoblog 1
Photoblog 2
Photoblog 3
Presidential Politics
2015 Map

2016-17 Silent Path (Blogs 56-65)

A Silent Path
7 Weeks In
7 Months In
Silent Reading Joseph & JFK
Moments of Silence
Old Dogs
Robert Robot
Rollin’ River
Like a River

2018-23 Journeys Beyond (66-91)

Dreyfuss Road

Law and Love
Play It Again, S__
It Ain't Easy
Being Rich
Getting Old
Reason for Medicine LOVE is the Reason
LOVE is the Answer
Gifts of Aging
Sequel to Gifts
100 and Counting
Everyday Magic
Magic Books
May Mother Magic
Changing Times Calendar Moms Dogs & Tricks

In Your Mind

Pieces of Mind
Healing Minds
Ghostriders & ...
Life Matters
Richest Person
Mozart: Medium
Mysteries Plus

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