Miracles as such do not matter. The only thing that matters is their Source, which is far beyond evaluation (T-1.I.2:1-2).
In A Course in Miracles, atonement corrects the error of mistaken self-identity. We are confused about what we are, and our confusion creates illusions – including the illusion of problems. Atonement is the overall process by which those illusions are undone, and mind restored to its rightful state of knowledge.
Miracles are the means of the Atonement. Imagine you are building a bonfire – a great light to comfort your brothers and sisters. Each miracle is kindling, facilitating this symbol which we build together and around which we gather.
In a sense, miracles – which are shifts in thought away from fear and towards love – are given to restore our self to our Self. It has nothing to do with what’s going on in the world, and everything to do with the mind that is perceiving the world as “that which is out there” or “that which is not this” and then making decision about what it all means and who it’s for and what it’s worth and so forth.
Thus, the miracle is indifferent to the specific problem to which we apply it. To the miracle, a stubbed toe and the death of a child are equal. They aren’t equal to us – hence the need for miracles – but the miracle heals both problems in exactly the same way: it reminds us of what we are in truth. And what we are in truth is totally unaffected by pain and loss, sacrifice and suffering. It simply does not recognize them. Thus, their apparent causes are transformed into causes for peace, love and understanding.
Yet miracles have effects in the context in which they are needed. When we observe the miracle’s effects – especially when, according to our unhealed mind, they appear truly miraculous (we are healed from cancer or win the lottery or the grief of personal loss is suddenly manageable) – we begin to perceive the nature of the gift we have been given.
That is, we begin to realize that the healing the miracle offers is both too great and too generous to have come from our own sense of self, which is limited. Miracles are not of the world, nor of the limited selves which populate that world. They can’t be. They are too magnificient in helpfulness.
Miracles are gifts of God through which we remember our shared identity with both the Creator and Creation, both because there is nothing to hide or keep from one another. Sharing is total. “God has no secret communications, for everything of Him is perfectly open and freely accessible to all, being for all” (T-14.X.11:2).
This begets a sense of respect and humility for the Source of the miracle. It is as if we begin to fully understand that a Will other than our own is at work in us, and it is that Will we trust rather than our puny and confused own.
Where there is love, your brother must give it to you because of what it is. But where there is a call for love, you must give it because of what you are . . . by supplying your Identity wherever it is not recognized, you will recognize It (T-14.X.12:2-3, 5).
This posture of humility and respect is important because it allows us to be more open to the miracle and its healing effects. It enables us to get out of our own way, to “let go and let God.”
We begin to understand that “fear is really nothing and love is everything” (T-2.VII.5:3). We begin to notice our lives subtly changing as our will realigns with God’s, under the gentle guidance of the Holy Spirit.
This is a critical step in the overall correction of the error of self-identity. We cease to fully trust our limited sense of what is a problem and, thus, what the correction must be. We avail ourselves of an intelligence whose knowledge of correction and healing is total and thus incapable of error.
Importantly, this intelligence is “far beyond evaluation” (T-1.I.2:2). We can neither explain nor judge it. We aren’t being invited to re-imagine ourselves as gods or ascended masters or spiritual gurus. We aren’t here to get what we want. We are here to be healed. All that is required is willingness and open-mindedness.
Imagine visiting a doctor. You have cancer, and you are being treated. Do you understand how chemotherapy functions in the body? Do you understand how to build a chemotherapy pump? Could you actually manage a hospital?
No. And you don’t have to. You just show up and trust that a whole bunch of people you never met did and will continue doing their job which allows a whole bunch of other people – some of whom you will meet – to do their job. You’re just here to be healed. And when you see the vast network of brothers and sisters collaborating and cooperating in your healing, you will realize that miracles aren’t actually about you at all.
This will come as a vast relief.
You and I are just here to be healed. The so-called error is confusion about what we are in truth, and the so-called solution is given through miracles, which restore to mind our actual identity. Fear is really nothing; love is all there is.
Will you give yourself to the One who knows what is best for you? And knows how to give what is best for you in the form you can most easily accept?
Will you – at last – obey the Law of Love, which is your Source, and the Source of all, in and through which, you will remember yourself as Love?
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