ACIM Study of the Text Chapter 1: I. Principles of Miracles P 5, Year 2022

ACIM Text Principles of Miracles, P 5 Miracles are habits and should be involuntary.

Principles of Miracles P 5

Principles of Miracles P 5

I. Principles of Miracles, P 5

5 Miracles are habits and should be involuntary. They should not be under conscious control. Consciously selected miracles can be misguided.

One time I was with a customer and his wife. She had some very serious physical problems and was in a lot of pain. She was seated at a table and he was seated next to her. I went up to say hi to him and had the impulse to place my hand on her shoulder to allow healing to take place. My hand immediately became very warm and I felt energy pass through me to her.

I don’t know why her or why then. I don’t know what that was for or why it was for me to do and I never discovered what difference it made. It just seemed that I was to do this. I wonder how often we make a difference to someone without ever being aware of it simply because we are in a state of miracle readiness, a desire to be used without interfering.

My Brain Said One Thing, Guidance Said Another

I showed up at a customer’s office one day expecting to visit with someone I liked and enjoyed being around. However, she was very unwelcoming and I suspected something was wrong with her. She gave off a strong vibe of wanting to be left alone and my every intention was to say hello-goodbye and leave. My brain was telling my body to turn when my mouth opened and I asked if she needed to talk.

She looked like she was about to send me on my way when suddenly, if not still a little reluctantly, agreed that she did. We went to the back room where we wouldn’t be disturbed and she shared some disturbing news, an upset both physical and emotional. I had no idea what to say. She is not a Course student or even someone I know on a personal level, which was a good thing because since Myron had nothing to say, she had to step back and let Spirit speak.

Being Ready and Willing

I wondered what I was supposed to say and it seemed that I was to say very little and simply listen. Then I was directed to pray with her and Spirit gave me the words to use. Afterward, she expressed her gratitude and I knew that I had been helpful. It was not because of anything I did, but because of what I had allowed to happen through me. I was in a state of miracle readiness and everything else happened without my conscious assistance.

I’ve had this kind of experience often, but I have had the opposite experience also. I have had times when the ego-mind decided it knew what was needed and what should be said. There is an arrogance to that kind of thought even when the arrogance is disguised as helpfulness. I think that miracles should not be consciously guided because that would mean thinking and the ego is in charge of that activity.

If I am ready and willing to be the vessel through which the miracle occurs, then that will happen smoothly, effortlessly, and perfectly. The miracle may happen without my awareness. Itoften happens through me without my understanding of why or how. It’s all rather lovely.

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