ACIM Principles of Miracles 2 Miracles as such do not matter. The only thing that matters is their Source, which is far beyond evaluation.
Miracles occur naturally as expressions of love.
I. Principles of Miracles, P 2, 3
2 Miracles as such do not matter. The only thing that matters is their Source, which is far beyond evaluation.
When I first read this, I had to wonder why I was studying a whole course in miracles if miracles did not matter. But now I understand that it is the Love that sources the miracle that is important. As we continue to uncover the love that we are, our memory returns. Once that happens, we eagerly return to our Source, and miracles will no longer be needed. But right now, it is our destiny to live a miraculous life. It is Love that is eternal and so Love that matters.
The Love that Inspires Them
3 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.
It took a while, but eventually, I figured out that I didn’t know the first thing about love. When the course talks about love, it is not talking about the secret bargains we make with each other in an effort to trade the little we believe we have for what we think we need that the other person seems to have. Nor is it talking about the victim/victimizer relationship, where one gives “selfless” love in the hopes of receiving an undeserved response, and a sense of power and control.
These are the kinds of relationships I used to have. Even with my children, who I love so very much, it was not real love. I was surprised and dismayed when I began to realize that my love for them had conditions. I loved and adored them, and in return, I expected them to love and respect me. Is that love, or is that a bargain?
We Are the Love We Seek
The Course isn’t even talking about falling in love or feeling love for some specific object of our affection. In A Course in Miracles, we learn that we are the love we seek. Love cannot be contained. It cannot be aimed at one but withdrawn from another. It simply is and is without limits or boundaries, and it has no conditions. There is no place it is not. I remember sitting with my newborn granddaughter in my arms. I just stared at the miracle she is. My love was uncontainable. Imagine if I felt that same love for everyone I saw!
But that doesn’t happen. We have imagined that we have made a place where love cannot go and then imagined something to take its place, a pale and pitiful substitute that meets the restrictions that separation places on all things. But this can only be true in our imaginations. In truth, love cannot be destroyed or limited. It is eternally itself, undiminished and undivided.
It is this Love that is the Source of all miracles. As we uncover the Love that we blocked from our awareness, the effects of this Love begin to blossom in our life as miracles. After living in the darkness of separation, any bit of love we uncover is a miracle, and as we uncover more and more, our life becomes alight in this love, and miracles abound.
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