Miracle Principle 41
Principle 41: Wholeness is the perceptual content of miracles. They thus correct, or atone for, the faulty perception of lack. (T-1.I.41:1-2)
The miracle is much like the body in that both are learning aids for facilitating a state in which they become unnecessary. When spirit’s original state of direct communication is reached, neither the body nor the miracle serves any purpose. While you believe you are in a body, however, you can choose between loveless and miraculous channels of expression. You can also make an empty shell, but you cannot express nothing at all. You can wait, delay, paralyze yourself, or reduce your creativity almost to nothing. But you cannot abolish yourself. You can destroy your medium of communication (the body), but not your potential, because you did not create yourself. (T-1.V.1:1-8)
If a mind perceives without love, it perceives an empty shell and is unaware of the spirit within. But the Atonement restores spirit to its proper place. The mind that serves spirit is invulnerable. The emptiness engendered by fear must be replaced by forgiveness. That is what the Bible means by “There is no death,” and why Jesus could demonstrate, and did demonstrate on numerous occasions, that death does not exist. (T-1.IV.2:9-10,4:1-2)
You who want peace can find it only by complete forgiveness. No learning is acquired by anyone unless he wants to learn it and believes in some way that he needs it. While lack does not exist in the creation of God, it is very apparent in what you have made. It is, in fact, the essential difference between them. Lack implies that you would be better off in a state somehow different from the one you are in. Until the “separation,” which is the meaning of the “fall,” nothing was lacking. There were no needs at all. Therefore, needs arise only when you choose to deprive yourself. (T-1.VI.1:1-10)
A sense of separation from God is the only lack you really need correct. This sense of separation would never have arisen if you had not distorted your perception of truth, and had thus perceived yourself as lacking. (T-1.VI.2:1-2)
“Except ye become as little children” means that unless you fully recognize your complete dependence on God. You cannot know the real power of the Son in his true relationship with the Father. The specialness of God’s Sons does not stem from exclusion, Son of God, but from inclusion. All Jesus’ brothers are special. If they believe they are deprived of anything, their perception becomes distorted once again, and they perceive themselves as separate again. When this occurs the whole family of God, or the Sonship, is impaired in its relationships. (T-1.V.3:4-8)
Equality does not imply equality now. When everyone recognizes that he has everything, individual contributions to the Sonship will no longer be necessary. (T-1.V.2:1-6)
When the Atonement is complete, all talents will be shared by all the Sons of God. God is not partial. All His children have His total Love, and all His gifts are freely given to everyone alike. (T-1.V.3:1-3)
Ultimately, every member of the family of God must return. The creation is whole, and the mark of wholeness is holiness. Miracles are affirmations of Sonship, which is a state of completion and abundance. (T-1.V.4:1-6)
Whatever is true is eternal, and cannot change or be changed. Spirit is therefore unalterable because it is already perfect, but the mind can elect what it chooses to serve. The only limit put on this choice is it cannot serve two masters. (T-1.V.5:1-3)
The statement “Vengeance is Mine, sayeth the Lord” is a misperception. God does not believe in retribution. His Mind does not create that way. He does not hold your “evil” deeds against you or your brother’s against him. Is it likely that He would hold them against Jesus? Not a holy ghost of a chance! This kind of error thinking is responsible for a host of related errors, including the belief that God rejected Adam and forced him out of the Garden of Eden. It is also why you may believe from time to time that Jesus is misdirecting you. (T-3.I.3:1-11)
To be whole-hearted you must be happy. If fear and love cannot coexist, and if it is impossible to be wholly fearful and remain alive, the only possible whole state is that of love. There is no difference between love and joy. Therefore, the only possible whole state is the wholly joyous. (T-5.in.2:1-5)
There have been many healers who did not heal themselves. They have not moved mountains by their faith because their faith was not whole. Some of them have healed the sick at times, but they have not raised the dead. Unless the healer heals himself, he cannot believe that there is no order of difficulty in miracles. He has not learned that every mind God created is equally worthy of being healed because God created it whole. You are merely asked to return to God the mind as He created it. He asks you only for what He gave you, knowing that this giving will heal you. Sanity is wholeness, and the sanity of your brothers is your sanity as well. (T-5.VII.2:1-8)
Why should you listen to the endless insane calls you think are made upon you, when you can know the Voice for God is in you? God commended His Spirit to you, and asks that you commend yours to Him. He wills to keep it in perfect peace, because you are of one mind and spirit with him. Excluding yourself from the Atonement is the ego’s last-ditch defense of its own existence. It reflects both the ego’s need to separate, and your willingness to side with its separateness. This willingness to separate means that you do not want to be healed. (T-5.VII.3:1-6)
But the time is now, Son of God. You have not been asked to work out the plan of salvation yourself because, as Jesus told you before, the remedy could not be of your making. God Himself gave you the perfect Correction for everything you made that is not in accord with His holy Will. Jesus is making His plan perfectly explicit to you, and will also tell you of your part in it, and how urgent it is to fulfill it. Listen, hear, understand and follow Jesus. (T-5.VII.4:1-5)
Your part is merely to return your thinking to the point at which the error of separation was made, and give it over to the Atonement in peace. Say this to yourself as sincerely as you can, remembering that the Holy Spirit will respond fully to your slightest invitation:
I must have decided wrongly, because I am not at peace.
I made the decision myself, but I can also decide otherwise.
I want to decide otherwise, because I want to be at peace.
I do not feel guilty, because the Holy Spirit will undo all the
consequences of my wrong decision if I will let Him.
I choose to let Him, by allowing Him to decide for God for me.
Innocence is incapable of sacrificing anything, because the innocent mind has everything and strives only to protect its wholeness. It cannot project. It can only extend and share. It can only honor other minds, because honor is the natural greeting of the truly loved to others who are like them. The lamb "taketh away the sins of the world" in the sense that the state of innocence, or grace, is one in which the meaning of the Atonement is perfectly apparent. Only the attempts to shroud it in darkness have made it inaccessible to those who do not choose to see that only GOD IS. (T-3.I.6:1-4,7)