Section 13. What is a Miracle?
A miracle is a correction. It does not create, nor really change at all. It merely looks on devastation, and reminds the mind that what it sees is false. It undoes error, but does not attempt to go beyond perception, nor exceed the function of forgiveness. Thus it stays within time’s limits. Yet it paves the way for the return of timelessness and love’s awakening, for fear must slip away under the gentle remedy it brings.
A miracle contains the gift of grace, for it is given and received as one. And thus it illustrates the law of truth the world does not obey, because it fails entirely to understand its ways. A miracle inverts perception which was upside down before, and thus it ends the strange distortions that were manifest. Now is perception open to the truth. Now is forgiveness seen as justified.
Forgiveness is the home of miracles. The eyes of Christ deliver them to all they look upon in mercy and in love. Perception stands corrected in His sight, and what was meant to curse has come to bless. Each lily of forgiveness offers all the world the silent miracle of love. And each is laid before the Word of God, upon the universal altar to Creator and creation in the light of perfect purity and endless joy.
The miracle is taken first on faith, because to ask for it implies the mind has been made ready to conceive of what it cannot see and does not understand. Yet faith will bring its witnesses to show that what it rested on is really there. And thus the miracle will justify your faith in it, and show it rested on a world more real than what you saw before; a world redeemed from what you thought was there.
Miracles fall like drops of healing rain from Heaven on a dry and dusty world, where starved and thirsty creatures come to die. Now they have water. Now the world is green. And everywhere the signs of life spring up, to show that what is born can never die, for what has life has immortality.
Miracles work within the illusion. When we have awakened there will be no need for miracles, but while we still dream, miracles are the grace that corrects the errors in our mind. Put simply, miracles are a change in mind, and since the world exists only in the mind, that change is reflected there where it stands as witness to the truth. When I notice an ego belief in my mind I ask the Holy Spirit to correct my thoughts. To the degree I am sincere in my request, it is simply done. It is a miracle because I have done nothing to accomplish this other than to truly desire the truth.
Why would I ever not be fully sincere in my request of a miracle? Sometimes I place great value on an ego perception. Sometimes I am afraid of the Holy Spirit’s interpretation; perhaps I am afraid that it will ask for sacrifice. There is much buried guilt in my mind and I don’t always feel worthy of the miracle, sometimes not courageous enough to look at the guilt.
I may not want to give up the idea that I am the creator of myself, nor the self I made that seems to be me now. There are a lot of reasons for holding onto my wrong minded thoughts. They all have painful effects, but through projection I convince myself the pain is caused by something else, and thus protect the real cause of suffering.
What is the pay off for choosing the miracle, for relinquishing the ego thinking for the truth? Peace so complete I cannot even understand it, joy beyond anything I have experienced in any of my lives, the awareness of wholeness and the Divinity that is my truth, eternal bliss. If I cannot imagine this for myself, I can at least know that I will also enjoy my illusion more because it is the confused and guilty thinking of the ego that causes suffering.
Every night when I go to bed I ask the Holy Spirit to work with me while I sleep, healing my mind. Every morning when I awaken I ask the Holy Spirit to use this day and my experiences of it to heal my mind. I meet Him there with all the willingness I have.