The Twenty-Second Principle of A Course in Miracles

Miracles are associated with fear only because of the belief that darkness can hide. You believe that what your physical eyes cannot see does not exist. This leads to a denial of spiritual sight (T-1.I.22:1-3).

The ego advocates for reliance on physical perception as the sole means of understanding reality. If the body cannot sense it, then it does not exist. Only the body and the material world – each of which brings the other forth – are valid. Anything else does not exist.

Spiritual sight and understanding are denied, dismissed and devalued.

On the ego’s view, darkness obscures people, places and things from our physical sight, making it difficult or impossible to see them. This makes it seem reasonable that what cannot be seen cannot actually exist.

If we cannot “see” God, then God cannot exist. If we cannot “see” Love, then Love cannot exist.

Miracles – which occur at the level of the mind, at the level of thought – cannot be seen and therefore – on ego’s view – do not exist.

Thus, our awareness of reality becomes distorted. We lose our appreciation for our true nature in Creation. The interconnectedness of all life – and the underlying knowledge that love holds everything – are lost to us, because all we see is the gap between us.

We are effectively depriving ourselves of true power, true creativity, and actual knowledge when we think this way. And the effect in the world is scarcity and judgment, suffering and pain.

This principle teaches us not to forsake our spiritual sight by hiding from ourselves the transformative power of the miracle. Darkness cannot hide anything, much less reality. Miracles are effectively a light in self-imposed darkness that reveal the underlying unity and love that is always present.

As our acceptance of Christ Vision, or spiritual sight, is enhanced, we naturally begin to perceive the world as extending beyond the limited reach of the body’s senses. We learn – and begin to live – the truth that nothing real can be threatened and nothing unreal exists (T-in.2:2-3).

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