Principles of Miracles, P 10-12
10 The use of miracles as spectacles to induce belief is a misunderstanding of their purpose.
I used to believe that miracles were absolutely supposed to wow everyone and make them true believers. It never occurred to me that this was not their purpose until I read this. So what is the purpose of miracles? I think that they are supposed to show me that I am not this limited being that I thought I was. They are supposed to show me that I stand outside time, space, and all limitations. They stand witness to my reality. They seem extraordinary at first because I have lived in the dark for so long, but the more I use them the more I understand that miracles are supposed to be the way I live my life.
11 Prayer is the medium of miracles. It is a means of communication of the created with the Creator. Through prayer love is received, and through miracles love is expressed.
Prayer is the way we communicate with God. It is love being given and received. The Song of Prayer begins by saying:
Prayer is the greatest gift with which God blessed His Son in his creation. It was then what it is to become, the single voice Creator and creation share; the song the Son sings to the Father, Who returns the thanks it offers Him unto the Son.
It goes on to tell us that that while we are in time we use prayer differently. We use it to suit our need, which is to recognize our oneness. It is through miraculous living that we do this. Through prayer (communication with our Creator) we receive love, and through miracles we express that love in whatever way is most helpful at the time.
12 Miracles are thoughts. Thoughts can represent the lower or bodily level of experience, or the higher or spiritual level of experience. One makes the physical, and the other creates the spiritual.
There are two kinds of thoughts; the ones that represent our bodily level of experience, and the ones that represent our spiritual level of experience. The first kind is how we make the body and everything to do with time and space. Here is a good time to be reminded that we are not guilty for making the world.
It could be considered a playground made for the purpose of experience outside reality. Guilt entered into it as a result of the thought that we shouldn’t have, but there is nothing that we shouldn’t have done. We are unlimited beings and there are no boundaries we should not cross. We will be happier as we learn to drop the “shoulds” from our mind.
While we still live in fear of what we have done we limit our experience and it is an unfortunate cycle of desire stunted by guilt. We are trying to create a better world from within the world and it won’t work because the world is an expression of limitation. As we begin to awaken to this fact, we remember that we are not the self in the world, but the maker of the world, and then we see that we operate from outside these artificial boundaries.
Here is how I see this. My friend is sick and from inside time and from the point of view of being Myron I want to help. I look on the internet for possible solutions. I pray to a God I don’t really know using words, hoping He will have pity and give us a miracle. Even if I have learned that this is wrong-minded thinking, I still do the same thing, really. I just use more accurate language, but until I know my Self, I don’t know God. Until I trust my Self, I cannot trust God.
The miracle I ask for is that the body be healed even though it doesn’t seem to be possible. I believe I am Myron and I believe my friend is that sick body. I believe that when the body dies I lose my friend. My focus is on making a better world from within the world.
As I begin to see myself as being outside time and space and begin to see myself as the maker of the dream rather than the avatar I use for this experience, I see my part in the miracle differently than before. I realize that while the story is not real and nothing is actually happening, it is the story I have chosen to experience.
Within that story is an opportunity to lose myself or find myself. I find myself through expressing love. I find myself through joining with my other self, my friend, and knowing our oneness. I find myself through knowing that sickness is not real, by knowing that she is not limited by the laws of the world, by knowing who she really is while she is temporarily confused about that.
Spiritual thoughts are not thoughts of the world as real, but through spiritual thoughts the world is reconfigured to reflect truth more closely. This seems, in the world, to be a miracle of a healed body, but it is actually the miracle of a healed mind. It is a mind healed of a false belief, a mind that laughs at the idea of limitations and restrictions as absurd ideas that could not possibly be true. How could pain, suffering and death actually exist? They would have to be in God and that is just ridiculous. Miraculous thinking is not bound by the rules of the world, and miraculous thinking is reflected as a healed world.