The Thirty-Second Principle of A Course in Miracles

I inspire all miracles, which are intercessions. They intercede for your holiness and make your perceptions holy. By placing you beyond the physical laws they raise you into the sphere of celestial order. In this order you are perfect (T-1.1.32:1-4).

The implication here, of course, is that there are orders where we are not perfect – or, at least, do not believe we are perfect. And what the Holy Spirit does is transform our perception so that we realize we are perfect – perfect, that is, when we remember what we are in truth.

In this way, the miracle effectively bridge the world brought forth by our limited perception and transform it via the divine truth of our nature as God created us. By showing our real self to our self – by bringing us into direct contact with truth – the miracle teaches us our own holiness.

Indeed, the miracle advocates for our holiness. When we recognize our holiness, we simultaneously recognize our truth. Healed perception always aligns us with the truth as God created it.

When the Course says that miracles place us “beyond the physical laws” and raise us “into the sphere of celestial order” (T-1.I.32:3), it is saying that the miracle allows us to transcend the limitations of the body’s perception, and instead remember that we are minds, which are Love.

And Love holds everything.

Our perceptions of the physical world, along with our ego-based thoughts and beliefs, make an illusory experience of separation – we forget ourselves, we believe we are in adversarial relationships with others, the world is neither fair nor loving. In that world order, of course we are not perfect.

Yet in the celestial order – the order revealed by the shift in perception from unholiness to holiness, which is the miracle – we remember that we are whole and perfect, united in oneness with all of life.

When we remember what we are, then we remember that we are perfect. We do not make mistakes, we do not commit sins. We are not guilty, and need neither to be punished nor to punish. This is salvation! The remembrance of what we are, never to be forgotten or set aside again.

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