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 in God Who created all minds as one. In essence, the miracle reminds me who and what we are in truth, undoing the illusion of separation upon which all suffering rests.

Miracles are healed perception: they are moments when love, not fear, guides our understanding and interpretation of the data our body’s senses take in. Their occurrence reminds us of our connection to God and to Creation; they remind us we are minds, not bodies.

Miracles rely on cooperation, rather than competition. They rely on coordination rather than conflict. 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 divine orgins.

Miracles are evidence that we are listening to God’s Teacher, and are committed to a action based in love rather than fear.

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

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. The awakened do not need calendars.

Thus, the miracle will occur in the context of separation. We will experience 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 because it is not subject neither to the world’s laws nor to the ego’s interpretation. It is outside of that and, however briefly, it teaches us that we are also outside of all that. We are also free.

And 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.

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