Section 13. What is a Miracle?
A miracle is a correction. It does not create, nor really change at all. It merely looks on devastation, and reminds the mind that what it sees is false. It undoes error, but does not attempt to go beyond perception, nor exceed the function of forgiveness. Thus it stays within time's limits. Yet it paves the way for the return of timelessness and love's awakening, for fear must slip away under the gentle remedy it brings.
A miracle contains the gift of grace, for it is given and received as one. And thus it illustrates the law of truth the world does not obey, because it fails entirely to understand its ways. A miracle inverts perception which was upside down before, and thus it ends the strange distortions that were manifest. Now is perception open to the truth. Now is forgiveness seen as justified.
Forgiveness is the home of miracles. The eyes of Christ deliver them to all they look upon in mercy and in love. Perception stands corrected in His sight, and what was meant to curse has come to bless. Each lily of forgiveness offers all the world the silent miracle of love. And each is laid before the Word of God, upon the universal altar to Creator and creation in the light of perfect purity and endless joy.
The miracle is taken first on faith, because to ask for it implies the mind has been made ready to conceive of what it cannot see and does not understand. Yet faith will bring its witnesses to show that what it rested on is really there. And thus the miracle will justify your faith in it, and show it rested on a world more real than what you saw before; a world redeemed from what you thought was there.
Miracles fall like drops of healing rain from Heaven on a dry and dusty world, where starved and thirsty creatures come to die. Now they have water. Now the world is green. And everywhere the signs of life spring up, to show that what is born can never die, for what has life has immortality.
I can attack but my own sinlessness,
And it is only that which keeps me safe.
Father, Your Son is holy. I am he on whom You smile in love and tenderness so dear and deep and still the universe smiles back on You, and shares Your Holiness. How pure, how safe, how holy, then, are we, abiding in Your Smile, with all Your Love bestowed upon us, living one with You, in brotherhood and Fatherhood complete; in sinlessness so perfect that the Lord of Sinlessness conceives us as His Son, a universe of Thought completing Him.
Let us not, then, attack our sinlessness, for it contains the Word of God to us. And in its kind reflection we are saved.
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"I can attack but my own sinlessness,
And it is only that which keeps me safe."
It is my sinlessness, my innocence, my holiness that keeps me safe, because that is what God created. What God created is changeless, remaining one with Him. The Self God created is forever safe.
The sense of vulnerability, the need to defend and attack, cannot come from the Self that knows Its changelessness in God. It can only come from a false image that does not remember the Love and strength it shares with God. So when I feel vulnerable, when I feel attacked or when I feel a need to attack to defend myself, it can only be because I believe I am something other than my Self.
This world is the out picturing of the belief that I am separate from God. Everywhere I look it shows me vulnerability, conflict, devastation and death. There is not one thing in this world that is not in some way decaying. Some things seem to last a tiny fraction of a second. Others seem to last billions of years. But all are constantly changing and headed toward disintegration. Impermanence is the lesson this world attempts to teach because it represents the opposite of God.
If I want to remember my innocence, if I want to remember the holiness God created me to be, it is useless to look to the world to find it, for the world was made to hide it. By the grace of God, I have within my mind a loving Teacher Who will gently guide me back to the remembrance of my Self as God created It. It is to this inner Teacher that I must turn if I would learn the lesson of my sinlessness. With His help, I will see my innocence reflected back to me from everyone and everything I look upon. I see this through the miracle of forgiveness.
Today I would continue my practice of turning all my judgments over to the Holy Spirit and let Him judge on my behalf. Thus will I learn to recognize the false image of a separate identity for what it is and awaken to my Self in God.
Remembering that I am still as God created me is the same as remembering that I am innocent. I may think that I changed my image from the Self That God created, but this cannot happen in truth. I may think that I am guilty and that I have lost my innocence, but this cannot happen in truth. This is what keeps me safe. Separation from God can happen only in a dream -- only in illusions.
Thank God this world could never be true. Thank God we could never be separate and alone. Thank God there is no death. Thank God dreams of insanity, dreams of separation, are simply dreams. Our eternal Reality is eternally safe. Light still remains Light, even if I choose to dream dreams of darkness. I am still Love, even though I may use the power of my mind to make up images that a world of fear is true.
I am so grateful that I cannot change the truth. I am so grateful that I can recognize and then let go of dreams of separation with Holy Spirit. I am so grateful that I am still in the Mind of God and never left.
Now is the time to let go of what could never be true. Now is the time to forgive God. Now is the time to step back and follow the lead of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit will lead me to what is eternally true as I practice quieting my mind to receive the truth today.
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