I am entitled to miracles.
Many years ago I read a brief article about a woman practicing Lesson 77 of A Course in Miracles in conjunction with EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique, a tapping-based healing modality). She would work through the ritual of tapping, while repeating “I am entitled to miracles.” Within days, she had a new job and a few other blessings as well. The point of her story was that EFT works. But it reflected a fundamental confusion about ACIM: that miracles are real to the degree we can measure their external effects.
A friend who studied off and on with Tara Singh once told me a story. He was complaining to Singh about certain material circumstances – his apartment was too small to add dark room and he couldn’t afford anything larger. It was hard to practice the course and be happy in such challenging conditions. Singh told him that peace was not connected to external circumstances. Real peace was being just as happy winning a million dollars as losing it.
Miracles are not about achieving some ideal outcome in terms of personal circumstances.
In A Course in Miracles, a “miracle” heals perception by teaching us how to only perceive truly in order to go beyond perception. In order to do this, the miracle “perceives everything as it is” (T-3.II.3:4).
To receive a miracle and to give a miracle are the same movement: both are effects of right seeing, which is to say, seeing everything exactly as it is in reality. When we remember our self, we remember our Creator and we remember that we are bound to create accordingly.
Your claim to miracles does not lie in your illusions about yourself. It does not depend on any magical powers you have ascribed to yourself, nor on any of the rituals you have devised. It is inherent in the truth of what you are (W-pI.77.2:1-4).
To be created – to have being – is to be capable of right seeing. The miracle merely recognizes what we are and restores our natural abilities to their natural use. And what is true of us, is true of our brothers and sisters.
. . . miracles are never taken from one and given to another . . . in asking for your rights, you are upholding the rights of everyone. Miracles do not obey the laws of this world. They merely follow from the laws of God (W-pI.77.4:3-5).
Miracles do not actually do anything. We don’t get anything. They are more in the nature of flipping a light switch; we simply see in a clearer and more helpful light than before. The clarity means that we have fewer doubts and fewer questions.
There is no room for doubt and uncertainty today. We are asking a real question at last. The answer is a simple statement of a simple fact (W-pI.77.6:5-7).
We are entitled to miracles. This is a declaration of freedom and also a statement of gratitude and trust. Miracles free us from the tyranny of perception and ego’s inconsistent judgment. We are grateful for our liberation and we trust the One who is in charge of it.
Thus, today, we create a space in which we might taste anew the joy and peace of Heaven, which are in us because we are “one with God” (W-pI.77.1:3). Salvation is a gift that we give the world as it was given to us, and doing so is the simplest thing imaginable. It consists simply in being what we are in truth.