The Nineteenth Principle of A Course in Miracles

Miracles make minds one in God. They depend on cooperation because the Sonship is the sum of all that God created. Miracles therefore reflect the laws of eternity, not of time (T-1.I.19:1-3).

Miracles unify all minds who yet believe they are separate and personal in God Who created all minds as one. In essence, the miracle reminds us who and what we are in truth, undoing the illusion of separation and personal interest upon which all suffering rests.

Miracles are moments of healed perception: they are moments when love, not fear, guides our understanding and interpretation of the data our bodily senses gather. The miracle’s occurrence reminds us of our connection to God and to Creation; they remind us we are not bodies.

In a sense, the miracle gently recontextualizes the body not as the center of experience but as an aspect of it, like how a starry night depends not on one star but on many altogether.

Miracles rely on cooperation, rather than competition. They rely on coordination rather than conflict. They rely on communication. The so-called Sonship, which is the collective identity of all God’s creation – all living beings are our brothers and sisters – is the site of cooperation. It is the site in which we learn to choose cooperation over conflict, in order that we might remember our shared divinity.

Miracles are evidence that we are listening to the Holy Spirit, Who is God’s Teacher, and are committed to action based in love rather than fear. It is not about the end of the body but about the body’s translation into helpfulness. Miracles are about service, not competition. In service to one another, we remember who and what we are in truth.

This principle also suggests that miracles reflect eternal, rather than temporal laws. It is the body which experiences time – time as a flow, time as a means of measuring experience, time as the cause of entropy et cetera. To the body, temporal time is reality. But to spirit, the only laws are the laws of Creation, which are the laws of love, and time is subject to them, not the other way around.

. . . you can only give. And this is love, for this alone is natural under the laws of God. In the holy instant the laws of God prevail, and only they have meaning. The laws of the world cease to hold any meaning at all (T-15.VI.5:6-9).

Love, because it transcends bodies, also transcends time. Cooperation – because it is a reflection of eternal laws – can also transcend time. Or rather, as a miracle, it can shorten time, and even render time unnecessary.

Thus, miracles occur in the context of separation. We experience miracles in these bodies in this world. A dire conflict dissolves in laughter, generations of systemic violence are healed, we wink at a crying child and they smile. The miracle always heals us here and now.


The miracle heals us in this way because it is not subject either to the world’s laws nor to the ego’s interpretation of perception. It is outside of all that and, however briefly, it teaches us that what we are in truth is also outside of all that. In this way, the miracles teaches us that we are free – free to create as God creates and free to be happy in gentle and sustainable ways.

In our recognition of our freedom, we naturally lean yet further into cooperation and collaboration, extending both the frequency and the range of miracle-minded thinking. Thus, miracles are also generative of the very joy and peace that they evoke in us. They always include the other.

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