The Miracle Question The #1 Tip to Being Prosperous
Think of a problem or issue you’re having right now:
Maybe your car needs repair, but you don’t have the funds to fix it.
Perhaps you have bills piling up, and you’re working hard, but you can’t seem to get ahead of them.
Maybe it’s not money, perhaps it's a relationship - you’re in one, and it is not working, or you just lost one, or maybe you’re looking for one.
Or perhaps it is even life direction. You’ve been searching for your life mission, but you don’t know what it is.
Or the granddaddy of them all - you work at a job you hate, and you know there’s more, but you don’t know ‘what’ that is or how to begin to find it.
All of these things can really plague you. These heavy thoughts can be cumbersome and weigh you down.
Sure, you’ve tried all the positive affirmations and thinking, you have attempted self-help books, you have tried, you have tried, and you have tried…….but you keep living the same life over and over again.
Enter the miracle question.
This is a question taught in life coaching and counseling. Both fields use it because it’s powerful and it works.
It is said to have originated in solution-focused therapy, or SFBT (Solution Focused Brief Therapy) and the reason they use it in SFBT and life coaching is that their focus is the same – they believe that the client already has the ability to and knows what to do to solve the problem (Cheung, 2009).
I think we have been asking ourselves questions like these since the beginning of time. We sometimes just don’t know how to use them as helping tools.
So what is the miracle question?
You’ve heard it before you probably just didn’t know it had the miracle title.
There are many different versions of it but basically, it says - I have a magic wand, I am going to wave it and when I do all of your problems or problem x is going to be solved. And after it is resolved, how do you feel, what is different?
My favorite version of the miracle question is this: “While you were sleeping, a miracle happens. The miracle is that the problem you are thinking of is now solved. Except because you were sleeping you don’t know a miracle has taken place. So you now wake the next morning, what is different? What has happened in your life that tells you a miracle has taken place?” (Gehart, 2016, p. 280)
Now it would be easy just to do this at a surface level and say oh my bills are paid, Mr. wonderful is here, and all is well. But, that would be defeating the purpose.
You need to really feel this.
I like to use it more as a visualization tool because what you can feel your brain believes is real.
I like to use the miracle question as my morning visualization and sometimes at night before I go to bed. I like to make it even more powerful by adding meditation music. (I usually use Christopher Lloyd Clark’s Pure of Heart or Jonathan Goldman’s The Divine Name: I am). I also like to use it in the bathtub, as water is an excellent conductor.
It works no matter what you do - as long as you work it.
Steps to prosperity – How to use the miracle question:
Step One: Think of the issue that you want solved. Do you want a million dollars? Do you want to write a book you always dream about? Do you have bills you can’t pay? Whatever it is, think of that concern now.
Step Two: Music or no music? Whatever helps you get into a meditative state, do that. (If you’re limited on time, just relax and imagine the best you can.)
Step Three: Ask yourself the question: “While you were sleeping, a miracle happens. The miracle is that the problem you are thinking of is now solved. Except because you were sleeping you don’t know a miracle has taken place. So you now wake the next morning, what is different? What has happened in your life that tells you a miracle has taken place?”
Step Four: Go deep about what you are visualizing now that the miracle has taken place – ask yourself questions about what you are seeing: How is the air around you? How are you breathing? What does your body look like? How does it feel to be in the body you are imagining? What room are you in? Describe the room. How does the energy in the room feel? Who is around you? What are they like? How are they responding to you?
Step Five: And now go even deeper - describe your day, what do you do for employment? What is it that deeply fulfills you? How are your relationships? Make your visualization crystal clear.
Step Six: Practice this often. Morning, evening, your break at work, your lunchtime, standing in a grocery store line. The more you visualize this, the more you feel, thus the more you magnetize.
At first, I thought the miracle question was a bit frivolous and silly. I didn’t really want to use it in my coaching practice. But each and every time I did, I was amazed at how it changed people. It opened them up to what they really wanted and how they really wanted their life to be - It defines, shapes, molds and readies. It helps you to see something that you may believe is only possible in the future as present and attainable.
The miracle question is a powerful visualization tool. It proves that you really do have all the answers inside of you. All you need to do is find them, pull them out, and believe they’re possible.
Cheung, S. (2009). Solution-focused brief therapy. In J. Bray & M. Stanton (Eds.), The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Family Psychology (pp. 212-225). West Sussex, United Kingdom: Wiley-Blackwell Publishers.
Gehart, D. (2016). Theory and Treatment Planning in Family Therapy: A Competency-Based Approach. Boston, MA: Cengage Learning.
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