I. Principles of Miracles, P 14
14 Miracles bear witness to truth. They are convincing because they arise from conviction. Without conviction they deteriorate into magic, which is mindless, and therefore destructive; or rather, the uncreative use of mind.
I understand that Miracles bear witness to the truth. They prove the truth to me, and remove all doubt and uncertainty. They shut down the ego thoughts and establish the truth in my mind. I love the sentence that says they are convincing because they arise from conviction. I looked up the word conviction in a thesaurus and these are the words they gave me: confidence, certainty, assurance, sincerity, passion, faith. Miracles are convincing because I am confident and certain in them. When I don’t see (with the ego mind) how they could unfold, I have faith in them.
Without conviction, without my confidence and certainty, without faith, they deteriorate into magic. Magic is the uncreative use of the mind. The mind is still very powerful and does amazing things even when it is being uncreative. Just look around at the world, look at your life, look at all we have done.
This world is an awesome work of magic, unbelievable in its complexity and its ability to absorb our attention so completely that we forget where it came from. But no matter how real the world seems it is not a creation. It is not eternal, thank God, but will end when we lose interest in it. It does not have the attributes of God so it cannot be real. It is simply a wish fulfilled.
My purpose now is to reclaim my truth, and to remember who I am. I am doing that from within the world I made as I bring my uncreative thoughts to the Holy Spirit and ask Him what they mean, and what I should do with them. I ask Him to correct them and put me back on the right track.
As I do this and experience success more and more often, I become more confident and certain. I am regaining my memory of being a creator. I am still working in the world and from a belief in separation, but because I am receiving guidance outside of this closed thought system, I am able to use my present circumstances to recognize their unreality. This is allowing me to return my mind to God and to true creativity.