I. Principles of Miracles, P 41
41 Wholeness is the perceptual content of miracles. They thus correct, or atone for, the faulty perception of lack.
In every case the miracle helps to reestablish wholeness in my mind. The belief in separation has had a grip on my mind for eons of time and I need help in letting the idea go. The Holy Spirit is that help, and the miracle is the mechanism for doing this. When I ask for healing and it is done, but not by me, I know that I am not alone. I am not separate but a part of a whole.
It is the belief in separation that accounts for every thought of lack. I used to think there were so many things I couldn’t do because I lacked the will power to make them happen; to be a better person, to resist that second piece of cake, to consistently choose God, are examples. I thought the weight of the world was on me and I could never live up to that responsibility.
A Course in Miracles taught me that I never bear anything alone, that my will is the will of God and therefore undeniable. This certainty occurred as I practiced turning my mind to the Holy Spirit. I gave my permission, and the Holy Spirit within me healed me. I began to realize the reason my will seemed so weak is that I was trying to work through a separated and small will, when all the time I had one will that I share with God. The miracle has awakened my memory of that will. In it is all power because it is not separate.
From within God, my true home and my reality, there is no lack. I learn this is true as I do my practice. I try it out on ideas one at a time. I used to worry all the time about money and I began to toy with the idea that my God is an abundant God and that He shares. It was a new idea for me and eventually led to my current understanding that it was only the belief I could be separate from reality that generated the feeling I could have needs at all.
I used to long for love but only felt loved at times. I yearned for a love I could depend on and that would not come and go. I learned through my practice that l felt lack of love because I didn’t remember that I am wholly love and therefore wholly loved. I thought I was separate and I had to deserve love from other separate beings. I often judged myself unworthy of their love and was afraid to even think about God’s love except in the most general way. If I didn’t deserve the love of the one standing next to me, how could I imagine I deserved God’s love?
I learned to be the love I wanted. I learned that in joining with the Holy Spirit my mind could be miraculously healed of the thoughts of unworthiness. I learned that in joining with the Holy Spirit my mind was miraculously healed of the idea that there was some separate person to love, some separate God who could withhold love. I understand that, as I am one with the Holy Spirit (and this has been proven to me over and over through the miracle of healing) I am one with everyone else and with God.
What could I lack if I am one with everything? How could I lack if I am part of all there is? I protect my new understanding, my new experience of oneness, with my vigilance. If I see someone “else” as sick or wanting in any way, I have embraced the belief in sickness, which is the belief in lack. My mind begins to slip back into the old belief in separation. But through my vigilance I notice the thought and the discomfort it brings, and I ask the Holy Spirit to come into my mind and undo what I have done. I ask for the miracle and the miracle corrects my perception. I remember I am part of a whole and in that whole there can be no lack.