Miracle Principle 32
Principle 32: I (Jesus) inspire all miracles, which are really intercessions. They intercede for your holiness and make your perceptions holy. By placing you beyond the physical laws they raise you into the sphere of celestial order. In this order you are perfect. (T-1.I:32)
Being beyond the realm of this world’s physical “laws” of time, of gravity, health, nutrition, immunization, medicine, economics and of the “laws” of “good” relationships and reciprocity, and religion (to mention only a few), seems impossible. (W-76) Yet with miracles you are raised beyond these worldly “laws” to the peace and freedom of Heaven. Miracles make minds one in God. They depend on cooperation because the Sonship is the sum of all that God created. Miracles therefore reflect the laws of eternity, not of time. (T-1.I.19:1-3) Since the miracle aims at restoring the awareness of reality, it would not be useful if it were bound by laws that govern the error it aims to correct. (T-1.III.9:4) Jesus knows this.
Read Lesson 76: “I am under no laws but God’s.” (W-76.all)
“No man cometh unto the Father but by me” does not mean that Jesus is in any way separate or different from you except in time, and time does not really exist. The statement is more meaningful in terms of a vertical rather than a horizontal axis. You stand below Jesus and Jesus stands below God. In the process of “rising up,” Jesus is therefore higher because without him the distance between God and man would be too great for you to encompass. (T-1.II.4:1-4)
Jesus is in charge of the process of Atonement (rising up), which he undertook to begin. When you offer a miracle to any of your brothers, you offer it to yourself and to Jesus. The reason you come before Jesus is that he does not need miracles for his own Atonement, but he stands at the end in case you fail temporarily. His part in the Atonement is the cancelling out of all errors that you could not otherwise correct. (T-1.III.1:1-4) Yes, in this way as well as many others, Jesus is your safety net.
The Atonement can only be accepted within you by releasing the inner light. Since the separation, defenses have been used almost entirely to defend against the Atonement, and thus to maintain the separation. This is generally seen as a need to protect the body. (T-2.III.1:1-3)
When you have been restored to the recognition of your original state through the Atonement (the correction of errors and the undoing of fear), you naturally become part of the Atonement yourself. As you share Jesus’ unwillingness to accept error in yourself and others, you must join the great crusade to correct it; listen to Jesus’ voice, learn to undo error and act to correct it. (T-1.III.1:5-6) Jesus will show you how.
Jesus is the only one who can perform miracles indiscriminately, because he IS the Atonement. You have a role in the Atonement which he will dictate to you as his miracle worker. Ask him which miracles you should perform. This will spare you the needless effort of making the decision yourself, and under his guidance miracles lead to the highly personal experience of revelation. (T-1.III.4:1-5) Miracles arise from a mind that is ready for them. As an expression of what you truly are, the miracle places the mind in a state of grace. The mind then naturally welcomes the Host within and the stranger without. When you bring in the stranger, he becomes your brother. (T-1.III.7:1,4-6)
Yet miracles you are not asked to perform have not lost their value. They are still expressions of your own state of grace, but the action aspect of the miracle should be controlled by Jesus because of his complete awareness of the whole plan. The impersonal nature of miracle-mindedness ensures your grace, but only Jesus is in a position to know where they can best be bestowed. (T-1.III.8:3-5)
Grace is the natural state of every Son of God. When he is not in a state of grace, he is out of his natural environment and does not function well. Everything he does becomes a strain, because he was not created for the environment that he has made. He therefore cannot adapt to it, nor can he adapt it to him. There is no point in trying. (T-7.XI.2:1-5)
The ego is the self-appointed mediator of all relationships, making whatever adjustments it deems necessary and interposing them between those who would meet, to keep them separate and prevent their union. It is this studied interference that makes it difficult for you to recognize your holy relationship for what it is. The holy do not interfere with truth. They are not afraid of it, for it is within the truth they recognize their holiness, and rejoice at what they see. They look on it directly, without attempting to adjust themselves to it, or it to them. And so they see that it was in them, not deciding first where they would have it be as the ego does. (T-20.III.2:4-5,3:1-4) “Non-interference with truth” is the word here. No ego needed.
A Son of God is happy only when he knows he is with God. That is the only environment in which he will not experience strain, because that is where he belongs. It is also the only environment that is worthy of him, because his own worth is beyond any home he can make in this world. (T-7.XI.2:6-8)
Consider, then, the kingdom you have made and judge its worth fairly. Is it worthy to be a home for a child of God? Does it protect your peace and shine love upon you? Does it keep your heart untouched by fear and sadness, and allow you to give always, without any sense of loss? Does it teach you that this giving is your joy, and that God Himself thanks you for your giving? That is the only environment in which you can be happy. You cannot make it any more than you can make yourself. It has been created for you, as you were created for it. (T-7.XI.3:1-9) Let not the ego give you an unworthy substitute for the environment God created for you, Son of God.
God watches over His children and denies them nothing. Yet when they deny Him they do not know this, because to deny Him is to deny themselves everything. You who could give the Love of God to everything you see and touch and remember, are literally denying Heaven to yourself when you accept the ego’s relationships and gifts instead of the ones He offers you. (T-7.XI.3:9-11)
Jesus calls upon you to remember that he has chosen you to teach the Kingdom to the Kingdom. There are no exceptions to this lesson, because the lack of exceptions is the lesson. Every Son who returns to the Kingdom with this lesson in his heart has healed the Sonship and given thanks to God. Everyone who learns this lesson has become the perfect teacher, because he has learned it of the Holy Spirit. (T-7.XI.4:1-4)
He who sees a brother’s body has laid a judgment on him, and does not see him at all. The body cannot be looked upon except through judgment. To see the body is the sign that you lack vision, and have denied the means the Holy Spirit offers you to serve His purpose. So your question should not be, “How can I see my brother without the body?” Ask only, “Do I really wish to see my brother sinless?” And as you ask, remember that his sinlessness is your escape from fear. To see a brother sinful is to see yourself the same; to see him as sinless is to see yourself the same. Choose, then, how you would see yourself, and then see your brother that way as well. It is a simple formula, one a child could follow, Son of God. Remember that salvation is the Holy Spirit’s goal and therefore yours. The means is Christ’s vision. No one who loves, can judge. (T-20.VII.6:1-2,8:1-2,9:1-5,7)
Who hangs an empty frame upon a wall and stands before it, deep in reverence, as if a masterpiece were there to see? Yet if you see your brother as a body, this is what you do. The masterpiece that God has set within this frame is all there is to see, and the Holy Spirit is the frame God set around it.
Brush past all darkness to the light merely by looking past it to the light. (T-25.I.4:4)
When a mind has only light, it sees only light and knows only light. Its own radiance shines all around it, and extends out into the darkness of other minds, transforming them into majesty. The Majesty of God is there, for you to recognize and appreciate and know. Recognizing the Majesty of God as your brother is to accept your own inheritance. God gives only equally. If you recognize His gift in anyone, you have acknowledged what He has given you and everyone. Nothing is so easy to recognize as truth. This is the recognition that is immediate, clear and natural. You have trained yourself not to recognize it, and this has been very difficult for you. (T-7.XI.5:1-9)
Out of your natural environment you may well ask, “What is truth?” since truth is the environment by which and for which you were created. You do not know yourself, because you do not know your Creator and you are like Him. Yet because God shared His Being with you, you can know Him. The kingdom of God includes all His Sons and their children, who are as like the Sons as they are like the Father. Know, then, the Sons of God, and you will know all creation. (T-7.XI.6:1-2,T-7.XI.7:10-11)
As miracles in this world join you to your brothers, so do your creations establish your fatherhood in Heaven. The miracle that God created is perfect, as are the miracles that you established in His Name. They need no healing, nor do you, when you accept them. Yet in this world your perfection is unwitnessed. God knows it, but you do not, and so you do not share His witness to it. The miracles you do on earth are lifted up to Heaven and to Him. They witness to what you do not know, and as they reach the gates of Heaven, God will open them. For never would He leave His Own beloved Son outside them, and beyond Himself. All are welcome in Heaven where GOD IS. (T-13.VIII.9:1,4-9;10:5-7)