Principles of Miracles: Introduction
There is a glorious purpose in learning the Miracle Principles in A Course in Miracles, and a strong inducement to having a working familiarity with them, the facets of which you may have never thought to be possible on this earth. All miracles mean life, and God is the Giver of Life. As His Son, you are a miracle. Learning about miracles and sharing them will prove this is so. It will be both enlightening and enlivening, and will show you the truth about yourself and your brothers!
Once you know your true Self, then you have complete faith in God. You will never again be sick or lonely or unhappy or afraid. You will never again be uncertain or unsure of anything. You will eternally be perfectly happy, whole and complete, loving, lovable and lovely, as you were created by God in His image of Light. The Word of God is: "My Son is pure and holy as Myself." This is how you MUST see yourself to know yourself truly.
The purpose of A Course in Miracles is to help you remember who and what you are in truth. Miracles help us remember by restoring the mind to its fullness of light and love. Miracles represent freedom from fear and simultaneously restore faith in God. Miracles dissolve error and save time. Miracles enable you to heal the sick and raise the dead. All this miracles do -- and more. Does this even sound possible? It does when you remember that nothing is impossible with God!
Miracles are part of an interlocking chain of forgiveness which, when complete, is the Atonement.
"The sole responsibility of the miracle worker is to accept the Atonement for himself."
Atonement is the completion of the miracle process directed by Jesus. It is the correction of all fear-inducing errors of perception in the mind. Atonement accomplishes the escape from all fear in all its forms, and from all its ramifications. God is love, not fear. Being afraid seems to be involuntary; something beyond your own control. Would it surprise you to learn that you made fear yourself, and that you can abolish it yourself? All fear is ultimately reducible to the basic misperception that you have the ability to usurp the power of God -- and you do not.
Fear of the Will of God is one of the strangest beliefs the human mind has ever made. You ARE the Will of God. Therefore, to fear the Will of God is to place yourself in the untenable position of fearing yourself. God created you perfect, lovable, and unassailable -- and so you are. You are not in competition with God -- you are One with Gpd. You must allow this truth to enter your mind and set you free by accepting the Atonement. Yet just to say it is not enough. The Atonement is accepted within you by releasing the inner light through miracles.
Let us take a look at how miracles accomplish their purpose:
1. The miracle compares what you have made with creation, accepts what is in accord with it as true, and rejects what is out of accord with it as false.
2. As the miracle rejects the mind's darkened misperceptions and unforgivenesses, the inner light (love) is unblocked and thereby released.
3. The Atonement, the final miracle, is release of the last vestiges of the darkness of fear, correction of the last false perception within the mind of the Son of God, thus returning the mind to the fullness of light and love. (ACIM.T-2.IV.1:5)
4. And now we can say with certainty: I am as God created me. God is but Love, and therefore so am I.
Thus, miracles are an integral part of Enlightenment and acceptance of the Atonement.
We go forth now to learn the Miracle Principles taught by Jesus, and to remember who and what we are in creation. Gently take your brother's hand as this is not a way we walk alone; we go to God together. We place faith in the experience that comes from learning and practicing the Principles, as we let Jesus show us who we are and Who GOD IS.
Steady our feet, our Father. Let our doubts and fears be quiet and our holy minds be still and speak to us. We have no words to give to You. We would but listen to Your Word and make it ours. Lead our practicing as does a father lead a little child along a way he does not understand. Yet does he follow, sure that he is safe because his father leads the way for him.
So do we bring our practicing to You. And if we stumble, You will raise us up. If we forget the way, we count upon Your sure remembering. We wander off, but You will not forget to call us back. Quicken our footsteps now, so we may walk more certainly and quickly unto You. We accept the Word You offer us to unify our practicing, as we diligently study the Principles that You have given us. Amen.