Miracle Principle 14
Principle 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. (T-1.I.14)
Those who witness for Jesus are expressing, through their miracles, that they have abandoned the belief in deprivation, magic and destruction, in favor of the abundance they have learned already belongs to them. (T-1.IV.4:6-8)
God’s Oneness and yours are not separate because His Oneness encompasses yours. To join with Jesus as a miracle worker is to restore God’s power to you, because you are sharing it. “To have all, give all to receive all.” He offers you only the recognition of His power in you, but in that lies all truth. As you and Jesus unite, you simultaneously unite with God. Glory be to the union of God and His holy Sons! All glory lies in this union. The miracles you perform bear witness to the Will of the Father for His Son, and to your joy in uniting in His Will for you. (T-8.V.3:1-7)
The ego is afraid of the spirit’s joy, because once you have experienced it you will withdraw all protection from the ego, and will become totally without investment in fear. Your investment is great now because fear is a witness to the separation, and your ego rejoices when you witness to it. Leave it behind! Do not listen to it and do not preserve it. Listen only to God, Who is incapable of deception. Release yourself and release others from fear and ego through miracles of love. Do not present a false and unworthy picture of yourself to others, and do not accept an unworthy picture of them to you. Witness only to the love and strength in you both, as miracles remove fear both from the giver and receiver. (T-4.I.10:1-7)
You are not yet awake, but you can learn how to awaken. Very simply, you learn to awaken by awakening others. “I will be healed as I let Him teach me to heal.” Remember this from the Helper’s Prayer? As you heal others and help them to awaken, you will learn what waking means, and because you have chosen to wake them, their gratitude and their appreciation of what you have given them will teach you its value. They will become the witnesses to your reality, as you were created witness to God’s. It is the demonstration of the chain of Atonement. You witness to the power of God in Him, your miracle receivers witness to the power of God in you, and so on . . . until the Atonement is complete and all return to Love. (T-9.VI.5:1-5)
Shine on your brothers in remembrance of your Creator, for you will remember Him as you call forth the witnesses to His creation through miracles. Those whom you heal, bear witness to your healing as well, for in their wholeness you will see your own. (T-13.VI.9:1-2) Child of light, you know not that the light is in you. Yet you will find it through its witnesses, for having given light to them they will return it. Each one you see in light brings your light closer to your awareness. Light always leads to light as love always leads to love. (T-13.VI.10:1-4)
How just are miracles! For they bestow an equal gift of full deliverance from guilt upon your brother and yourself. Your healing saves him pain as well as you, and you heal because you will him well. This is the law the miracle obeys: that healing sees no specialness. It does not come from pity but from equal love for everyone. Love would prove all suffering is but a vain imagining, a foolish wish with no effects. Your health is a result of your desire to see your brother as innocent. Just one witness is enough, if he sees truly. This is simple justice, and love without justice is impossible. (T-25.VIII.11:2-3,8) The power of witness is beyond belief because it brings conviction in its wake. The witness is believed because he points beyond himself to what he represents . . . the eternal truth that you cannot be hurt.
A broken body shows the mind has not been healed. A miracle of healing the brokenness thus proves that separation has no real effect. What you would prove to your brother through miracles, you will believe. The power of witness comes from your belief or rather from your conviction. And everything you say or do or think testifies to what you teach to your brother. Your body, therefore, can be the means to teach that it has never suffered pain at the hands of your brother and that you have nothing to blame him for. In its healing it offers your brother testimony of his innocence. It is this testimony that can speak with power greater than a thousand tongues. For thus the forgiveness of your brother is proved to him. (T-27.II.5:1-9)
This body, purposeless within itself, holds all your memories and all your hopes. You use its eyes to see, its ears to hear, and let it tell you what it feels. Yet it does not know. It tells you but the names you gave to it to use, when you call forth the witnesses to its reality. It does not matter which name you use; they are all illusion. You cannot choose among them which are real, for any one you choose is like the rest, all unreal -- this name or that, but nothing more. It does not matter what name you call your suffering; it is no longer there. You do not make a witness true because you called him by truth’s name. The truth is found in him only if he represents truth. And otherwise he lies, even if you should call him by the holy Name of God Himself. Each miracle, therefore, is witness that the body is not real. Its pains and pleasures are healed alike, for the miracle replaces all witnesses to error. (T-27.VI.4:1,7-9)
Therefore, be a witness to the miracle, and not to suffering. It is necessary for you to accept healing, because suffering and sorrow block your salvation and deliverance. If you offer miracles, you will be equally strong in your conviction in them. The strength of your conviction will then sustain the belief of the miracle receiver, and he will heal. (T-1.VII.3:9-10)
A good teacher clarifies his or her own ideas and strengthens them by teaching them. Teacher and student are alike in the learning process. They are in the same order of learning, and unless they share their lessons, conviction will be lacking. A good teacher must have faith in the ideas he teaches, but he must meet another condition; he must also have faith in the students to whom he offers the ideas. (T-4.VIII.4:3-4) Done and done!
Reality can dawn only on an unclouded mind. Knowledge cannot dawn on a mind full of illusions, because truth and illusions are irreconcilable. (T-10.IV.7:1) Healing cannot be accomplished in the past. It must be accomplished in the present to release the future. This interpretation ties the future to the present, and extends the present rather than the past. So ask the Holy Spirit to keep your mind unclouded, so the truth may dawn for you. And He will.
“The wicked shall perish” becomes a statement of Atonement, if the word “perish” is understood as “be undone.” Every loveless thought must be undone. Yet to the ego, to be undone means to be destroyed. The ego will not be destroyed because it is part of your thought. But because it is uncreative and therefore unsharing, the ego will be reinterpreted to release you from fear. The part of your mind that you have given to the ego will merely return to the light of the Kingdom, where your whole mind belongs – and IS. (T-5.VI.9:3-5)
Start now to practice your little part in choosing all that is holy. You will receive very specific instructions as you go along. God’s Teacher and His lesson will support your strength. Your weakness will depart from you, for the miracle is the practice of the power of God in you. Give Him your faith a little longer, even in your bewilderment, for this confusion will go, and you will see the justification for your faith emerge, to bring you (and your brothers) home again to the shining conviction that GOD IS. (T-17.V.7:11-12)