lucky There is power in our beliefs — the thoughts we harbor so long they become imprinted in our psyche. Beliefs determine our actions; beliefs are the basis by which we measure our future. And if there is a powerful sentiment I harbor, it’s that there is magic in them, which is one reason I love scanning a patch of simple clover looking for the lucky ones.

It is estimated that only one out of 10,000 clovers produce the fourth oh-so-lucky-leaf. Imagine how lucky I felt just a couple of days ago when I found nine clovers in a single day. And that was after I’d already found one just a week or so ago. What will I do with so much luck? Make my dreams come true, of course!
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What makes the four-leaf-clover lucky? It’s all a matter of belief. The Druids carried them to protect themselves from evil spirits. Christian legend claims Eve took one when she left the Garden of Eden. Children in the Middle Ages believed the four-leaf clover gave them access to fairies. Today, the luck of the four-leaf clover is a common Western belief, with the leaves representing faith, hope, joy, and love.

If you believe yourself to be lucky, guess what? You will be!

You have a greater chance of experiencing good things in your life when you believe that good things will come to you. If you need science to convince you, there’s Dr. Bruce Lipton, an American developmental cell biologist best known for promoting the idea that genes and DNA can be manipulated by a person’s beliefs.

Lipton’s suggestion, based on years of scientific research, is that the single cell is controlled by its environment, not its genetic programming and the medium which controls its environment is the brain. In his book The Biology of Belief: Unleashing the Power of Consciousness, Matter and Miracles he writes, “The mind’s energy (or thoughts) directly influence how the physical brain controls the body’s physiology.”

If beliefs are just thoughts that we’ve had over and over, then our beliefs control our biology (whether or not these beliefs are true). Our thoughts produce the chemicals that influence the environment. Therefore, our thoughts affect our health, attitudes, and ultimately our happiness.

Dr. Lipton’s research supports what I’ve believed for years. Positive thoughts have a healthy impact on our lives. Negative thoughts lead to negative feelings, increased sadness, depression, apathy, and disease.

So what makes four-leaf clovers so lucky? The fact that I believe them to be so, of course. And the fact that I might have a bit of Irish in me.

Benefits of Searching for Four-Leaf Clovers

When I found my nine four-leaf clovers, I was out mowing the grass. It was a beautiful Saturday, and I had a lot of things on my to-do list, but as my mower drew closer to the patch of clover, I felt called to slow down, sit under the blue sky, and run my hand through the green clover. It beckoned me to find the treasures hidden within. Taking ten minutes to sit quietly, searching for the 1 in 10,000 clovers with the additional leaf was a mindful practice. I felt at peace. I felt happy even before I found the first lucky clover. With each treasure I found, my happiness grew and after the ninth one I was giggling like a child.

That is the benefit in searching for a lucky clover — slowing down, mindfulness, and joy!

Reflection

  • What would it take for you to slow down enough to sit in a patch of clover?
  • What would you wish for after finding your bit of luck?
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Can you see the four-leaf clover in this picture? It’s right there!

Sheila Callaham is a best-selling author, speaker, facilitator, and success coach. You can read her full review of Dr. Bruce Lipton’s book, “The Biology of Belief,” on Goodreads.

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