The Twenty-Ninth Principle of A Course in Miracles

Miracles praise God through you. They praise Him by honoring His creations, affirming their perfection. They heal because they deny body-identification and affirm spirit-identification (T-1.I.29:1-3).

Yet the miracle does not merely transform us as individuals; it does not induce forms of healing that reinforce the experience of separation. Their capacity for healing includes our brothers and sisters by definition. To leave anyone out would no longer be love (e.g. T-7.V.5:7).

Inclusion here is a form of love. We honor our brothers and sisters – we respect them – because they are God’s creations. Critically, our recognition of their relationship with God is simultaneously our recognition of our relationship with God.

In this way, miracles unite us directly with all our brothers and sisters (T-1.II.3:6). They are “a sign of love among equals” (T-1.II.3:4).

God’s creations are perfect because they exist in perfect communion with their Creator; we are not made in the image of the physical but of the spiritual. Miracles are healing precisely because they correct the misperceptions of ego, the false belief that we are bodies, which belief is what separates us from our true nature, and thus from Creation itself.

Thus, the healing that miracles bring forth always include a realized shift in our identity away from the physical and towards the spiritual. We realize that we are not bodies, and that our brothers and sisters are not bodies either, which ensures our utter equality and freedom.

By affirming our spiritual nature, miracles remind us of our inherent wholeness, which is untouched by the fears, guilt and other limitations that are hallmarks of our experience of the physical body and world.

Again, the miracle is a shift in identification away from that level of experience. It does not denigrate experiece; rather, it teaches us how to see beyond it to what God creates perfectly. This shift in seeing benefits all our brothers and sisters, uniting us in the shared healing of the mind that believes it can be separate from its Creator.

Finally, it can be helpful to remember that miracles are forms of praise – they praise God and Creation by recognizing in all things only the divine Light of God, in which and by which all the world and all life are brought forth and have their meaning.

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