The Twenty-Seventh Principle of A Course in Miracles

A miracle is a universal blessing from God through me to all my brothers. It is the privilege of the forgiven to forgiven (T-1.I.27:1-2).

Miracles extend through Jesus to all the world, which makes clear the interconnectedness of all life without consideration of the limits imposed by time. Jesus blesses us now; Christs to come bless us now. And we are the means by which the miracle is extends, throughout time and space, ultimately transcending both.

The principle makes clear that forgiveness – informed by miracles and creating miracles – is a gift from God to us, and that as we remember our nature in Creation, we naturally extend the remembance to our brothers and sisters. We remember the cause for peace together, and we become happy together.

“Privilege” is an interesting word in this context. It comes from the Latin for privacy and law, essentially suggesting that our personal transformation – deeply intimate, the Holy Spirit meeting us right where we are – creates a resonsibility for sharing. Healing, to be healing, must be shared.

This is the first moment in the text when Jesus assumes the first person (note that it is not the first time Jesus used the first person in early drafts of the material). The effect is nontrivial. Relationship with Jesus is essential to our program of salvation. It is in that relationship that our right relationship to Creation and, by extension, to God, is established and clarified.

We have a function in salvation: we are called to love in a loveless place, to accept the Atonement for our own selves, and to become responsible for projection. Collectively, these actions bring forth healing. Thus, the principle emphasizes the personal application A Course in Miracles intends for its students.

The Course meets us where we are, but it is incumbent on us to meet the Course as well, and to go with it as far as forgiveness invites us to go. This is not merely “paying salvation forward” or even “back.” Rather, it is the living embodiment of healing.

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