Of the million ways you could define enlightenment, identifying with the light is a good one. Miracle workers do more than access energy patterns. At any given moment, it is impossible to compute how many human beings have turned into miracle workers.
It should be pointed out that miracle-working is accessible before sainthood. When you see any image in your brain, you are shifting reality. A mental image is faint and quickly fades away, but no matter. The critical operation behind a miracle is one that you can perform. The difference between you and a miracle worker is that you do not create a strong enough force field to make your mental image project itself onto the outer world.
Even so, if you come into the force field of a greater soul, your reality can shift quickly. Some faith healers will often precede the laying on of hands by asking, “Do you believe that God can cure you?” From the larger perspective, no one has the power to keep God out totally. We can only open or close our acceptance of the light.
It helps to create a process that will gently create more willingness to be open. No matter what documentation is offered for miracles, many people will say, “But have you seen one yourself?”
You can take most people in our society and school them successfully in the art of “healing touch,” which requires a practitioner to run her hands over the body a few inches over the skin to feel where there are energy hot spots (detected as a patch of warm air over that region). The practitioner then moves this excess energy to dispel it, and in many cases some healing is achieved, usually in the form of more rapid recovery than from conventional treatments.
With care and patience, anyone can be taught to manipulate light; healing touch is only one mode. Any miracle may be within reach, if only we begin to alter our conception of who we are and how our minds work.
Adapted from How To Know God, by Deepak Chopra (Harmony Books, 2000).