A Course in Miracles Lesson 111

Miracles are seen in light (lesson 91).

Miracles are seen in light, and light and strength are one (lesson 92).

Miracles are seen in light, a phenomenon which reflects God’s strength, which was given to us in creation without condition. While miracles may have observable external effects, they are foremost a shift in thinking from what we might loosely call egoic patterns to spiritual patterns. We think like God in other words – however briefly, however tenuously, and are enlightened accordingly.

It is a mistake to deny the world and our experience in it – better to simply be as honest about it as we can be. A Course in Miracles is not trying to drive us to renunciation and asceticism. It is not a spiritual practice bent a lifetime of Ash Wednesdays.

Rather, it aims to restore our attention to the source of conflict: and thus, the only location where change is possible: the mind. That is the essence of this review. It asks us to turn within to our perception of weakness and strife, understand this as a form of darkness that comes from attempting to live on terms of separation from God, and to avail ourselves of the healing light of God’s strength.

It asks us to consider, in other words, bringing the separation to a close in one fell – or perhaps better to say one radiant – swoop.

Of course, it is unlikely that we are going to do this. It takes training, which comes on the heels of giving attention to the Holy Spirit’s voice in stillness, which in turn comes from our willingness to be healed unconditionally, rather than insist on healing on our own terms.

Thus, the introduction to this particular review period urges us as follows:

Do not forget how little you have learned.
Do not forget how much you can learn now.
Do not forget your Father’s need of you,
As you review these thoughts He gave to you (w-pI.rIII.in.13:1-3).

God’s strength is our strength: the truth of this is unaffected by either denial or projection. We cannot will away the will that God gave us, though we can delay almost unto forever its application. In a sense, this lesson – and the theme of review altogether – is a gentle reminder that we need not wait on time to know the peace that surpasses understanding.

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