The Twenty-Fourth Principle of A Course in Miracles

Miracles enable you to heal the sick and raise the dead because you made sickness and death yourself, and can therefore abolish both. You are a miracle, capable of creating in the likeness of your Creator. Everything else is your own nightmare, and does not exist. Only the creations of light are real (T-1.I.24:1-4).

Claims that miracles will enable us to heal the sick and raise the dead are dramatic. They are not new age – a common charge against the Course. They are, rather, deeply and authentically Christian. They call us to become Christ, as Jesus did.

Wait – you’re saying you’ve actually literally raised the dead? I understand the objection. But the Course is clear; we aren’t bodies. Therefore, death is not real. There is nothing to raise.

So “raise the dead” reflects the understanding that our suffering – all of which comes to down to our identification with bodies – is a thing we are doing to ourselves, which means it is a thing that is happening at the level of the mind. The physical world is like a canvas or a screen at which the ego throws mud but which the Holy Spirit lovingly translates into light.

What we are in truth is a miracle, capable of creating as God creates – only in love. Whatever we make that is not love, is simply a bad dream which disappears easily upon waking, never even to be remembered. What haunts you now will not exist when you are awake.

Therefore, we can look at our lives in the world – see the challenges, the failures, the successes, the good stories and the bad – and realize we don’t have to feel guilty. We don’t have to fix anything. We are free to be as happy as God created us to be.

“Light” here is a metaphor. It means that which is created in the mind, that which is brought forth in the mind, when the mind remembers it is God itself. It is held by God, it reflects God back to God, all it knows is God.

All it truly can create is Love, and all healing is an effect of Love, reflecting Love back to Itself. Only the creations of light are real is therefore a solace, a prayer we utter to remember – when we are scared or angry, defensive or aggressive – that all of this is a bad dream, soon to be over, remembered no more.

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