C 1: I. Principles of Miracles, P 38

I. Principles of Miracles, P 38

38 The Holy Spirit is the mechanism of miracles. He recognizes both God’s creations and your illusions. He separates the true from the false by His ability to perceive totally rather than selectively.


My understanding of the Holy Spirit has shifted and changed over time, as has my understanding of my true Self. Of course my understanding or my misunderstanding, as the case may be, does not change reality so, in the end, it does not really matter. It is helpful for me to know that the Holy Spirit is the Voice for God that was placed in my mind to help me wake up.

The Holy Spirit has a function that is especially useful to me in my sleeping state. He both perceives and knows. He understands how I think and yet he knows the truth. He is the perfect answer to my quandary. When my mind gets tangled in ego thoughts I call on the Holy Spirit to correct my perception. He brings my thinking into alignment with truth, which is the miracle.

I cannot do this myself because I work from within a closed system. I can only trade one perception for another. Within the dream there is not knowledge so I have nothing to which I can compare what I think and thus judge how closely my thoughts come to the truth. The Holy Spirit, on the other hand, works within the system, but also has the advantage of knowing what is outside the system. He can do for me what I am temporarily unable to do for myself.

What the Holy Spirit is and how it all works is of little concern to me. I know that I can ask the Holy Spirit for correction, for help, for guidance, or for comfort and I am answered. I have a specific process I use that I know from my experience is effective in healing my mind. I know what to do and that it works. I have seen that I don’t heal myself, and I have seen that I must desire the healing before it can take place. Through my willingness and the action of the Holy Spirit, I have experienced the miracle of a healed mind and the miraculous effects of a healed mind.

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