ACIM Principle 25 Miracles are part of an interlocking chain of forgiveness which, when completed, is the Atonement. Principle 26 Miracles represent freedom from fear. Principle 27 A miracle is a universal blessing from God through me to all my brothers.
Principles of Miracles 25, 26, 27
Principles of Miracles 25, 26, 27
25 Miracles are part of an interlocking chain of forgiveness which, when completed, is the Atonement. Atonement works all the time and in all the dimensions of time.
I can visualize an interlocking chain of forgiveness. I can see this in two ways. One way is when I become aware of an ego belief and choose to allow that to be healed, and other similar or connected beliefs are healed as well. An example that comes to mind occurred the other day when I was having my moment with the Apple Support team. It seemed that the tech I was working with was being as deliberately unhelpful as he could be, and I became angry and resentful.
I chose to see the situation differently (forgave it), and everything changed. I forgave the idea that my brother was separate from me, which was linked to the belief that I am a victim, which was linked to the belief that something outside me has power over me. If I were to visualize this differently, I would see them as dominoes. I knocked over the first one, and it fell into the next, and that one into the next. Thus in forgiving the first idea, other ideas were forgiven as well.
More Ways this Works
Another way the chain could work is that I forgive a situation or person, and others are affected, perhaps being inspired to their own forgiveness process. Even if they are unaware a change has occurred within their mind and what that change means, it will have begun. I have noticed that as I have forgiven more deeply and more often, I feel happier and calmer. I seldom become angry or upset; when I do, forgiveness is always my immediate response. Also, l have noticed that the people around me respond to me differently.
Sometimes it’s obvious, as when someone in my circle of acquaintances who in the past disliked me or was ambivalent toward me suddenly seems to have changed her mind. For my part, I forgave her, or another way to say it is I recognized she had done nothing to me. She is part of this little play I think of as my life. I gave her the role she plays and the script she speaks from. She is in my play to support me in my awakening process. And since all of this is an illusion, who has done what and where?
It’s All About Interpretation
Another way I see this relationship is that every word that comes from her is then interpreted as to meaning. My choice of interpreters, the ego or the Holy Spirit, determines how I feel about her. Noticing how separate I feel from her, I let go of the ego and choose the Holy Spirit instead. What I forgive is not her at all, as she is as innocent as she was in her creation. I am instead forgiving my projections onto her.
Now I am free to see her as she really is, to see with Christ vision. And choosing to see her as innocent, I no longer feel any animosity toward her, and in fact, feel gratitude and love. I stopped avoiding her, and one day when I saw her, I asked how she was doing, and because I really wanted to know, she told me. Our relationship shifted because of forgiveness. I see her differently, and it is obvious she sees me differently. Will she continue this chain of forgiveness? Probably. She may be consciously or unconsciously inspired to do so when next she has a troubled relationship.
I’m Not In Charge of the Atonement; I Just Do My Part
I don’t know the next link in the chain, as that is not my part. Jesus is in charge of the Atonement because he sees the completed process and knew that she was ready for what I could offer if I chose to. For my part, seeing such a clear demonstration of the atonement principle at work increased my confidence and encouraged me to forgive more often. I saw that all the forgiveness happened in my mind, and yet it affected the people around me. Who knows how many other people will be affected?
Because I had faith in what I read in the Course and did the work when I had no reason to trust the outcome, I have experienced its effects and now embrace the work with joy and gratitude. I have no trouble believing that the Atonement works all the time, and no longer need proof. I just accept that where I am is where Jesus needs me and what is in front of me is the next link in the chain. Also, I am intrigued by the statement that it works in all dimensions of time. There is so much that is unknown to us here in this dimension.
26 Miracles represent freedom from fear. “Atoning” means “undoing.” The undoing of fear is an essential part of the atonement value of miracles.
The world is a scary place. This is true even when it seems beautiful, peaceful or loving. Even when the world is briefly perfect in my experience, fear is never far away because change is never far away. I can be having a lovely day having fun with friends and family, and the ego mind will be busy in the background offering me fear.
The mind will relate this good experience to something in the past that was not so good. Or it will compare this loving moment with my child to one in which we had a disagreement. The ego will go into the past to find something to regret, or it will project into the future to find something to dread. Thus, peace is never complete and fear is only a thought away.
We did this. We made this illusory world as a way to experience separation. It is not real and it is not our home so there is a way to undo what we have done. There is a Guide to help us find the tools that have been placed within the illusion to help free our mind from the illusion. And our Guide will help us to use those tools. A Course in Miracles is such a tool, and through the study and practice of the Course, my Guide has directed me to many processes that have led to the miracles that represent freedom from fear.
Looking At My Thoughts
One such process was from the book Inner Healing by Dan Joseph.
These three steps involve:
Acknowledging an inner block (any distressing thought or feeling)
Becoming willing to prayerfully release that block
Opening to an inner experience of divine comfort and peace.
I worked with this process, literally, for years. At first it was hard work and often discouraging because I did not fully desire the change. There were distressing thoughts and feelings that I wanted to keep. Eventually, as my willingness grew stronger, I accepted the changes and I began to experience the miracle of freedom from fear. The process has evolved over time, though the elements of the process have not. I am vigilant for thoughts and feelings that are blocks to my happiness. I do the process consistently. It has worked for me.
There have been others as well. Whichever process I am guided to use, the goal is the same. I learned that I have been identified with an illusory self that thinks it is separated from its Creator and this is the source of all my fears. As I let go of that identification, the memory of my true Self returns to me. In other words, I am allowing the illusion to be undone and the result is a miracle that brings me freedom from fear. This process is not complete yet, but so far, has been absolutely amazing.
27 A miracle is a universal blessing from God through me to all my brothers. It is the privilege of the forgiven to forgive.
My son hurt his back when he was in college. Sometimes the pain was very intense. When this happened, I would be filled with concern for him. I wanted him to be healed of this injury so much, and to be finally free from this pain. But I also had the thought this might not happen for him. I know someone who has suffered all his adult life from a back injury with no relief. Thinking of this, I would be overcome with fear for my son.
This kind of thinking created feelings of fear and anxiety for my son. The whole story of my son injured and in pain is a construction of the mind as is everything we think of as the world. It is made up. It is not real. There is no power outside the mind, not in the body or in anything. The solution is always forgiveness. I forgave myself for seeing myself as separate from God, for seeing myself and others as bodies. I forgave myself for seeing my son as a body. And I forgave myself for seeing myself as separate from my son and separate from others. I asked the Holy Spirit to undo what I have done.
What We Forgive Is Forgiven for Everyone
After I had prayed, I felt the knot in my stomach loosen. I allowed my thoughts to be corrected and the peace of God flood my mind. True thoughts began to surface in my mind and I knew that forgiveness was moving from God through me to my son. It is the privilege of the forgiven to forgive. I didn’t know how this would affect his story. My story is my business, my opportunity to forgive. His story is his business. However, here is something I know. As we begin to undo the ego through forgiveness, our acceptance spreads through the mind and makes it easier for others to accept as well.
This is why it will not take an endless amount of time for us to wake up as it would seem if each and every person had to come to this place of acceptance starting from a completely confused mind. We do share one mind and when you experience a healing of that mind, I am affected by that healing as well. This may not happen on a conscious level, but it does happen.
Perhaps the next time I decide to let go of a grievance I will be surprised at how easily I forgive. But however it appears in any individual story, each person’s healing has uplifted us all. Each time any of us choose forgiveness we make it easier and more likely that my son, too, will choose to forgive his belief in pain, suffering and death. We owe such a debt of gratitude to each other.
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