Course in Miracles
1 - Meaning of Miracles
There is no order of difficulty among miracles. One is
not “harder” or “bigger” than another. They
are all the same. All expressions of love are maximal.
Miracles as such do not
matter. The only thing that matters is their Source, which is far
beyond human evaluation.
Miracles occur naturally
as expressions of love. The real miracle is the love that inspires
them. In this sense, everything that comes from love is a miracle.
All miracles mean life,
and God is the Giver of life. His Voice will direct you very specifically.
You will be told all you need to know.
Miracles are habits and
should be involuntary. They should not be under conscious control.
Consciously selected miracles can be misguided.
Miracles are natural.
When they do not occur something has gone wrong.
Miracles are everyone’s
right, but purification is necessary first.
Miracles are healing
because they supply a lack in that they are performed by those who
temporarily have more for those who temporarily have less.
Miracles are a kind of
exchange. Like all expressions of love, which are always miraculous
in the true sense, the exchange reverses the physical laws. They
bring more love both to the giver and the receiver.
The use of miracles as
spectacles to induce belief is wrong, or better, is a misunderstanding
of their purpose. They are really used for and by
Prayer is the medium
of miracles. Prayer is the natural communication of the created
with the Creator. Through prayer love is received, and through miracles
love is expressed.
Miracles are thoughts.
Thoughts can represent
lower-order or higher-order reality. This is the basic distinction
between intellectualizing and thinking. One makes the physical and
the other creates the spiritual, and we believe in what we make
Miracles are both beginnings
and endings. They thus alter the temporal order. They are always
affirmations of rebirth which seem to go back but really go forward.
They undo the past in the present and thus release the future.
Miracles bear witness
They are convincing because
they arise from conviction. Without conviction they deteriorate
into magic, which is mindless and therefore destructive, or rather
the uncreative use of mind.
Each day should be
devoted to miracles.
The purpose of time is
to enable man to learn to use it constructively. Time is thus a
teaching device and a means to an end. It will cease when it is
no longer useful in facilitating learning.
Miracles are teaching
devices for demonstrating that it is more blessed to give than to
receive. They simultaneously increase the strength of the giver
and supply strength to the receiver.
Miracles are the transcendence
of the body. They are sudden shifts into invisibility, away from
a sense of lower-order reality. That is why they heal.
A miracle is a service.
It is the maximal service one individual can render another. It
is a way of "loving your neighbor as yourself."
The doer recognizes his own and his neighbor’s inestimable
make minds one in God.
They depend on
cooperation because the Sonship is the sum of all the Souls God
created. Miracles therefore rest on the laws of eternity, not of
Miracles reawaken the
awareness that the Spirit, not the body, is the altar of truth.
This is the recognition that leads to the healing power of the miracle.
Miracles are natural
expressions of total forgiveness. Through miracles, man accepts
God’s forgiveness by extending it to others.
Miracles are associated
with fear only because of the fallacious belief that darkness can
Man believes that
what he cannot see does not exist, and his physical eyes cannot
see in the dark. This is a very primitive solution and has led to
a denial of the Spiritual eye (Holy Spirit).*
The escape from
darkness involves two stages:
1. The recognition
that darkness cannot hide. This step usually entails fear.
2. The recognition that there is nothing you want to hide, even
if you could. This step brings escape from fear.
term “Spiritual eye” is later replaced by the Holy Spirit
and the physical eye becomes the ego. The emphasis on the two ways
of seeing, however, remains throughout.
Miracles rearrange perception
and place the levels of perception in true perspective. This heals
at all levels because sickness comes from confusing the levels.
When you have
become willing to hide nothing, you will not only be willing to
enter into communion but will also understand peace and joy. Your
commitment is not yet total, and that is why you still have more
to learn than to teach. When your equilibrium stabilizes, you will
be able to teach as much as you learn, which will give you the proper
remember that no effort is wasted,
for unless you remember this, you cannot avail yourselves of my
efforts, which are limitless. Only eternity is real. Why not use
the illusion of time constructively?
Miracles enable man to
heal the sick and raise the dead because he made sickness and death
himself and can abolish both.
You are a miracle,
capable of creating in the likeness of your Creator. Everything
else is only your own nightmare and does not exist. Only the Creations
of Light are real.
Miracles are part of an interlocking
chain of forgiveness which, when completed, is the Atonement. This
process works all the time and in all the dimensions of time.
I am in charge of
the process of Atonement, which I undertook to begin. When you offer
a miracle unto any of my brothers, you do it unto yourself and me.
The reason you come before me is that I do not need miracles for
my own Atonement, but I stand at the end in case you fail temporarily.
The purpose of my
part in the Atonement is the canceling out of all lacks of love
which men could not otherwise correct. The word “sin”
should be changed to “lack of love,” because “sin”
is a man-made word with threat connotations which he made up himself.
No real threat is involved anywhere. Nothing is gained
by frightening yourselves, and it is very destructive to do so.
Miracles represent freedom
from fear. “Atoning” really means “undoing.”
The undoing of fear is an essential part of the Atonement value
The purpose of the
Atonement is to restore everything to you, or rather to restore
it to your awarness. You were given everything when you were created,
just as everyone was. When you have been restored to the recognition
of your original state, you naturally become part of the Atonement
yourself. As you share my inability to tolerate lack of love in
yourself and others, you must join the Great Crusade to correct
it. The slogan for the Crusade is “Listen, learn, and do;”
– Listen to my voice, learn to undo error, and do
something to correct it.
The power to work
miracles belongs to you. I will provide the opportunities to do
them, but you must be ready and willing, since you are
already able. Doing them will bring conviction in the ability since
conviction really comes through accomplishment. The ability is the
potential; the achievement is its expression; and the Atonement
is the purpose.
A miracle is a universal
blessing from God through me to all my brothers. It is the privilege
of the forgiven to forgive.
The disciples were
specifically told "to be physicians of the Lord and to
heal others." Luke
9:2 They were also told to heal themselves and were promised
that "I would never leave them or forsake them."
Atonement is the natural profession of the Children of God because
they have professed me.
and earth shall pass away” Luke
21:33 simply means that they will not continue to exist
as separate states. "My word, which is the Resurrection
and the Light," shall not pass away because Light is
You are the work of
God, and His work is wholly lovable and wholly loving. This is how
a man must think of himself in his heart, because this is what he
Miracles are a means
of organizing different levels of consciousness.
Miracles come from
the below or subconscious level. Revelations come from the above
or superconscious level. The conscious level is in between, and
reacts to either sub- or superconscious impulses in varying ratios.
Consciousness is the level which engages in the world and is capable
of responding to both. Having no impulses from itself and being
primarily a mechanism for inducing response, it can be very wrong.
complete but temporary suspension of doubt and fear.
It represents the
original form of communication between God and His Souls, involving
an extremely personal sense of closeness to creation which man tries
to find in physical relationships. Physical closeness cannot achieve
this. The subconscious impulses properly induce miracles, which
are genuinely interpersonal and result in real closeness to others.
This can be misunderstood by a personally willful consciousness
as impulses toward physical gratification.
Souls directly with God. Miracles unite minds directly with each
Neither emanates from
consciousness, but both are experienced there. This is essential
since consciousness is the state which induces action, though it
does not inspire it. Man is free to believe what he chooses, and
what he does attests to what he believes.
The deeper levels
of the subconscious always contain the impulse to miracles, but
man is free to fill its more superficial levels, which are closer
to consciousness, with the impulses of this world and to identify
himself with them. This results in denying himself access to the
miracle level underneath. In his actions, then, his relationships
also become superficial, and miracle-inspired relating becomes impossible.
Miracles are a way of
earning release from fear.
a state in which fear has already been abolished. Miracles are thus
a means, and revelation is an end. [In this sense, they work together.]
Miracles do not depend on revelation; they induce it. Revelation
is intensely personal and cannot actually be translated into conscious
content at all. That is why any attempt to describe it in words
is usually incomprehensible.
only experience. Miracles, on the other hand, induce [interpersonal]
Miracles are more
useful now because of their impersonal nature. In this phase of
learning, working miracles is more important because freedom from
fear cannot be thrust upon you.
Miracles praise God
They praise God by
honoring His creations, affirming their perfection. They heal because
they deny body-identification and affirm Soul-identification. By
perceiving the spirit, they adjust the levels and see them in proper
alignment. This places the spirit at the center, where Souls can
Miracles should inspire
gratitude, not awe. Man should thank God for what he really is.
The Children of God are very holy, and the miracle honors their
God's creations never
lose their holiness, although it can be hidden. The miracle uncovers
it and brings it into the light where it belongs. Holiness can never
be really hidden in darkness, but man can deceive himself about
it. This illusion makes him fearful because he knows in his heart
it is an illusion, and he exerts enormous efforts to establish its
reality. The miracle sets reality where it belongs. Eternal reality
belongs only to the Soul, and the miracle acknowledges only the
truth. It thus dispels man's illusions about himself and puts him
in communion with himself and God.
Christ inspires all
miracles, which are really intercessions. They intercede for man’s
holiness and make his perceptions holy. By placing him beyond the
physical laws, they raise him into the sphere of celestial order.
In this order, man is perfect.
The Soul never loses
its communion with God. Only the mind needs Atonement. The miracle
joins in the Atonement of Christ by placing the mind in the service
of the Spirit. This establishes the proper function of the mind
and corrects its errors.
Miracles honor man because
he is lovable. They dispel illusions about him, and perceive the
Light in him.
They thus atone for
his errors by freeing him from his own nightmares. They release
him from a prison in which he has imprisoned himself, and
by freeing his mind from illusions, they restore his sanity. Man’s
mind can be possessed by illusions, but his Spirit is eternally
free. If a mind perceives without love it perceives an empty shell,
and is unaware of the Spirit within it. But the Atonement restores
the Soul to its proper place. The mind that serves the Spirit is
Miracles restore the
mind to its fullness. By atoning for lack, they establish perfect
The strength of the
Soul leaves no room for intrusions. The forgiven are filled with
the Soul, and they forgive in return. It is the duty of the released
to release their brothers. The forgiven are the means of Atonement.
Those released by Christ must join in releasing their brothers,
for this is the Plan of the Atonement. Miracles are the way in which
minds which serve the Spirit unite with Christ for the salvation,
or release, of all God’s Creations.
Miracles are expressions
of love, but it does not follow that they will always have observable
I am the only one
who can perform miracles indiscriminately because I am the Atonement.
You have a role in the Atonement, which I will dictate to you. Ask
me which miracles you should perform. This spares you exhaustion,
because you will act under direct communication.
miracles are part of the Atonement, but Christ-guidance is personal.
The impersonal nature of miracles is an essential ingredient, because
this enables me to control their distribution. Christ-guidance leads
to the highly personal experience of Revelation. This is why it
involves personal choice. A guide does not control, but he does
direct, leaving the following up to you.
not into temptation” Luke
11:4 means “guide us out of our own errors.”
“Take up thy cross and follow me” Mark
10:21 means “recognize your errors and choose
to abandon them by following my guidance.”
Remember that error
cannot really threaten truth, which can always withstand it. Only
the error is really vulnerable. You are free to establish your kingdom
where you see fit, but the right choice is inevitable if you remember
The Soul is in
a state of grace forever. Man’s reality is only his Soul.
Therefore man is in a state of grace forever.
Atonement undoes all
errors in this respect, and thus uproots the real source of fear.
Whenever God’s reassurances are experienced as threat, it
is always because you are defending misplaced and misdirected loyalty.
That is what projection always involves. Error is lack of love.
When man projects this onto others, he does imprison them, but only
to the extent that he reinforces errors they have already made.
This makes them vulnerable to the distortions of others, since their
own perception of themselves is distorted. The miracle worker can
only bless, and thus undoes their distortions, and frees them from
Miracles are examples
of right thinking.
Reality contact at
all levels becomes strong and accurate, thus permitting correct
delineation of intra- and interpersonal boundaries. As a result,
the doer’s perceptions are aligned with truth as God created
A miracle is a correction
factor introduced into false thinking by me.
It acts as a catalyst,
shaking up erroneous perception, and reorganizing it properly. This
places man under the Atonement principle, where his perception is
healed. Until this has occurred, revelation of the Divine order
The Spiritual eye (Holy
Spirit) is the mechanism of miracles because what It perceives istrue.
It perceives both
the Creations of God and the creations of man. Among the creations
of man, It can also separate the true from the false by Its ability
to perceive totally, rather than selectively. It thus becomes the
proper instrument for reality testing, which always involves the
necessary distinction between the false and the true.
The miracle dissolves
error because the Spiritual eye (Holy Spirit) identifies error as
false, or unreal.
This is the same as
saying that by perceiving light darkness automatically disappears.
Darkness is lack of light, as sin is lack of love. It has no unique
properties of its own. It is an example of the “scarcity”
fallacy, from which only error can proceed. Truth is always abundant.
Those who perceive and acknowledge that they have everything have
no need for driven behavior of any kind.
The miracle acknowledges all men as
your brothers and mine.
It is a way of perceiving
the universal mark of God in them. The specialness of God’s
Sons does not stem from exclusion, but from inclusion. All my brothers
are special. If they believe they are deprived of anything, their
perception becomes distorted. When this occurs, the whole family
of God, or the Sonship, is impaired in its relationships.
member of the family of God must return. The miracle calls him to
return, because it blesses and honors him even though he may be
absent in spirit. “God is not mocked” is not a warning,
but a reassurance. God would be mocked if any of His Creations lacked
holiness. The Creation is whole, and the mark of wholeness is holiness.
Wholeness is the perceptual content
of miracles. It thus corrects, or atones for, the faulty perception
of lack anywhere.
Here we begin to make
the fundamental distinction between miracles and projection. The
stimulus must precede the response, and will also determine the
kind of response that is evoked. Behavior is response,
so that the question “response to what?” becomes crucial.
Since stimuli are identified through perception, you first perceive
the stimulus and then behave accordingly. It follows, then, that:
As ye perceive,
So shall ye behave.
The Golden Rule asks
you to behave toward others as you would have them behave toward
you. This means that the perception of both must be accurate. The
Golden Rule is the rule for appropriate behavior. You cannot behave
appropriately unless you perceive accurately, because appropriate
behavior depends on lack of level confusion.
The presence of level
confusion always results in variable reality testing, and therefore
in variability in behavioral appropriateness. Since you and your
neighbor are equal members of the same family, as you perceive both,
so you will behave toward both. The way to perceive for Golden Rule
behavior is to look out from the perception of your own holiness,
and perceive the holiness of others.
The emptiness engendered
by fear should be replaced by love, because love and its absence
are in the same dimension, and correction cannot be undertaken except
within a dimension. Otherwise, there has been a confusion of levels.
Death is a human affirmation of a belief in “fate,”
or level confusion.
That is why the
Bible says, “There is no death,” Proverbs
12:28 and why I demonstrated that death does
I came to fulfill
the law by reinterpreting it. The law itself, if properly understood,
offers only protection to man. It is those who have not yet “changed
their minds” who entered the “hellfire” concept
into it. I assure you that I will witness for anyone who lets me,
and to whatever extent he permits it. Your witnessing demonstrates
your belief, and thus strengthens it. Those who witness for me are
expressing, through their miracles, that they have abandoned the
belief in deprivation in favor of the abundance they have learned
belongs to them.
A major contribution of miracles is
their strength in releasing man from his misplaced sense of isolation,
deprivation and lack.
Miracles are affirmations
of Sonship, which is a state of completion and abundance. Whatever
is true and real is eternal, and cannot change or be changed. The
Soul is therefore unalterable because it is already perfect, but
the mind can elect the level it chooses to serve. The only limit
which is put on its choice is that it cannot serve two masters.
The mind, if it elects
to do so, becomes a medium by which the Soul creates along the line
of its own Creation. If it does not freely elect to do so, it retains
its creative potential, but places itself under tyrannous rather
than genuinely authoritative control. As a result it imprisons,
because such are the dictates of tyrants. To change your mind means
to place it at the disposal of True Authority.
The miracle is thus
a sign that the mind has chosen to be led by Christ in His service.
The abundance of Christ is the natural result of choosing to follow
Him. all shallow roots must be uprooted, because they are not deep
enough to sustain you.The illusion that shallow roots can be deepened,
and thus made to hold, is one of the distortions on which the reversal
of the Golden Rule rests. As these false underpinnings are given
up, the equilibrium is temporarily experienced as unstable. However,
the fact is that nothing is less stable than an orientation that
is upside down. Nor can anything which holds it that way be really
conducive to greater stability.
Miracles arise from a miraculous state
By being one, this
state of mind goes out to anyone, even without the awareness of
the miracle worker himself. The impersonal nature of miracles is
because the Atonement itself is one, uniting all creations with
The miracle is an expression of an
inner awareness of Christ, and the acceptance of His Atonement.
The mind is then in
a state of grace, and naturally becomes gracious, both to the Host
within and the stranger without. By bringing in the stranger, he
becomes your brother.
A miracle is never lost.
It touches many people
you do not even know, and sometimes produces undreamed of changes
in forces of which you are not even aware. That is not your concern.
The miracle will always bless you.
The miracles you
are not asked to perform have not lost their value. They are still
expressions of your own state of grace, but the action aspect of
the miracle should be Christ-controlled because of His complete
awareness of the Whole Plan. The impersonal nature of miracle-mindedness
ensures your grace, but only Christ is in a position to know where
grace can be bestowed.
Readiness means that
you should always keep your perceptions straight, so that you will
always be ready, willing and able. These are the essentials for
“listen, learn and do.” You must be ready to listen,
willing to learn, and able to do. Only the last is involuntary,
because it is the application of miracles which must be Christ-controlled.
The other two, which are the voluntary aspects of miracle-mindedness,
are up to you.
Awe is an inappropriate response to
Revelation is literally
unspeakable because it is an experience of unspeakable love. Awe
should be reserved for revelation, to which it is perfectly and
correctly applicable. It is not appropriate for miracles because
a state of awe is worshipful. It implies that one of a lesser order
stands before a greater one. This is the case only when a Soul stands
before its Creator.
Souls are perfect
creations, and should experience awe only in the Presence of the
Creator of perfection. The miracle, on the other hand, is a sign
of love among equals. Equals cannot be in awe of one another because
awe implies inequality. It is therefore an inappropriate reaction
to me. An elder brother is entitled to respect for his greater experience,
and a reasonable amount of obedience for his greater wisdom. He
is also entitled to love because he is a brother, and also
to devotion if he is devoted. It is only my devotion that entitles
me to yours. There is nothing about me that you cannot attain. I
have nothing that does not come from God. The main difference between
us as yet is that I have nothing else. This leaves me in a state
of true holiness, which is only a potential in you.
cometh unto the Father but by me” John
14:6 is among the most misunderstood statements
in the Bible.
It does not mean
that I am in any way separate or different from you except in time,
which does not really exist at all. Actually, the quotation is more
meaningful if it is considered on a vertical rather than a horizontal
axis. Regarded along the vertical, man stands below me and I stand
below God. In the process of “rising up,” I am higher.
This is because, without me, the distance between God and man would
be too great for you to encompass.
I bridge the distance
as an elder brother to man on the one hand, and as a Son of God
on the other. My devotion to my brothers has placed me in charge
of the Sonship, which I can render complete only to the extent to
which I can share it. This may appear to contradict the statement
“I and my Father are one,” but there are still separate
parts in the statement, in recognition that the Father is greater.
(The original statement was “are of one kind”).
The Holy Spirit is
the Bringer of Revelations. Revelations are indirectly inspired
by me, because I am close to the Holy Spirit, and alert to the revelation-readiness
of my brothers. I can thus bring down to them more than they can
draw down to themselves.
The Holy Spirit is the highest communication
medium. Miracles do not involve this type of communication because
they are temporary communication devices.
When man returns to
his original form of communication with God, the need for miracles
is over. The Holy Spirit mediates higher to lower communication,
keeping the direct channel from God to man open for revelation.
Revelation is not reciprocal. It is always from God to man. The
miracle is reciprocal because it involves equality.
The miracle is a learning device which
lessens the need for time.
In the longitudinal
or horizontal plane, the recognition of the true equality of all
the members of the Sonship appears to involve almost endless time.
However, the sudden shifts from horizontal to vertical perception
which the miracle entails introduces an interval from which the
doer and the receiver both emerge much farther along in time than
they would otherwise have been.
The miracle thus has
the unique property of shortening time by rendering the space of
time it occupies unnecessary. There is no relationship between the
time a miracle takes and the time it covers. It substitutes for
learning that might have taken thousands of years. It does this
by the underlying recognition of perfect equality and holiness between
the doer and the receiver on which the miracle rests.
We said before that
the miracle abolishes time. It does this by a process of collasping
it and thus abolishing certain intervals within it. It does this,
however, within the larger temporal sequence. It establishes an
out-of-pattern time interval which is not under the usual laws of
time. Only in this sense is it timeless. By collapsing time it literally
saves time, much as daylight saving time does. It rearranges the
distribution of light.
miracle is the only device which man has at his immediate disposal
for controlling time. Only
revelation transcends time, having nothing to do with time at all.
is much like the body in that both are learning aids which aim at
facilitating a state in which they are unnecessary. When the Soul's
original state of direct communication is reached, neither the body
nor the miracle serves any purpose. While he believes he is in a
body, however, man can choose between loveless and miraculous channels
of expression. He can make an empty shell, but he cannot express
nothing at all. He can wait, delay, paralyze himself, reduce his
creativity to almost nothing, and even introduce a developmental
arrest or even a regression. But he cannot abolish his creativity.
He can destroy his medium of communication but not his potential.
Man was not
created by his own free will alone. Only what he creates is his
to decide. The basic decision of the miracle-minded is not to wait
on time any longer than is necessary. Time can waste as well as
be wasted. The miracle-worker, therefore, accepts the time-control
factor gladly because he recognizes that every collapse of time
brings all men closer to the ultimate release from time in which
the Son and the Father are one.
not imply homogeneity now. When everyone recognizes that he has
everything, individual contributions to the Sonship will no longer
be necessary. When the Atonement has been completed, all talents
will be shared by all the Sons of God. God is not partial. All His
Children have His total love, and all His gifts are freely given
to everyone alike.
ye become as little children” Matthew
18:3 means that, unless you fully recognize
your complete dependence on God, you cannot know the real power
of the Son in his true relationship with the Father.
You who want
peace can find it only by complete forgiveness. You never really
wanted peace before, so there was no point in being told how to
achieve it. No learning is acquired by anyone unless he wants to
learn it and believes in some way that he needs it. While the concept
of lack does not exist in the creation of God, it is very apparent
in the creations of man. It is, in fact, the essential difference.
A need implies lack by definition. It involves the recognition that
you would be better off in a state which is somehow different from
the one you are in.
Until the "separation,"
which is a better term than the "fall,"
nothing was lacking.
This meant that
man had no needs at all. If he had not deprived himself, he would
never have experienced them. After the separation, needs became
the most powerful source of motivation for human action. All behavior
is essentially motivated by needs, but behavior itself is not a
divine attribute. The body is the mechanism for behavior. The belief
that he could be better off is the reason why man has this mechanism
at his disposal.
Each one acts
according to the particular hierarchy of needs he establishes for
himself. His hierarchy, in turn, depends on his perception of what
he is—that is, what he lacks.
A sense of
separation from God is the only lack he really needs to correct.
This sense of
separation would never have occurred if he had not distorted his
perception of truth and thus perceived himself as lacking. The concept
of any sort of need hierarchy arose because, having made this fundamental
error, he had already fragmented himself into levels with different
needs. As he integrates he becomes one, and his needs become one
produces unified action because it produces a lack of ambivalence.
The concept of a need hierarchy, a corollary to the original error
that man can be separated from God, requires correction at its own
level before the error of perceiving levels at all can be corrected.
Man cannot behave effectively while he operates at split levels.
However, while he does, correction must be introduced from the bottom
up. This is because he now operates in space, where concepts such
as "up" and "down" are meaningful. Ultimately,
space is as meaningless as time. The concept is really one of space-time
world exists only because man can use it to correct his unbelief,
which placed him in it originally. He can never control the effects
of fear himself because he made fear and believes in what he made.
In attitude, then, though not in content, he resembles his own Creator,
Who has perfect faith in His creations because He created them.
Belief in a creation produces its existence. That is why a man can
believe in what no one else thinks is true. It is true for him because
it was made by him.
of fear proceeds from upside-down perception. The more truly creative
devote their efforts to correcting perceptual distortions. The neurotic
devotes his to compromise. The psychotic tries to escape by establishing
the certain truth of his own errors. It is most difficult to free
him by ordinary means because he is more consistent in his own denial
however, makes no such distinctions. It corrects errors because
they are errors. Thus, the next point to remember about miracles
The miracle makes
no distinction among degrees of misperception. It is a device for
perception correction, effective quite apart from either the
degree or the direction of the error. This is its true indiscriminateness.
miracles are selective only in the sense that they are directed
towards those who can use them for themselves. Since this makes
it inevitable that they will extend them to others, a strong chain
of Atonement is welded. However, Christ-control takes no account
at all of the magnitude of the miracle itself because the concept
of size exists in a plane that is itself unreal. Since the miracle
aims at restoring the awareness of reality, it would hardly be useful
if it were bound by the laws which govern the error it aims to correct.
Only man makes this kind of mistake. It is an example of the foolish
consistency which his own false beliefs have engendered.
The power and strength
of man's creative will must be understood before the real meaning
of denial can be appreciated and relinquished. It is not mere negation.
It is a positive miscreation. While the miscreation is necessarily
believed in by its maker, it does not exist at all at the level
of true creation.
The miracle compares
what man has made with the higher level creation, accepting what
is in accord as true and rejecting the discord as false.
All aspects of fear
are untrue because they do not exist at the higher creative level,
and therefore do not exist at all. To whatever extent a man is willing
to submit his beliefs to this test, to that extent are perceptions
In sorting out the
false from the true, the miracle proceeds along the following lines...
If perfect love casts
out fear, And if fear exists, then there is not perfect love.
Only perfect love
really exists. If there is fear, it creates a state which does
Believe this and
you will be free. Only God can establish this solution, and this
faith is his gift.