“A miracle is a correction introduced into false thinking by me. It acts as a catalyst, breaking up erroneous perception and reorganizing it properly. This places you under the Atonement principle, where perception is healed. Until this has occurred, knowledge of the Divine Order is impossible. (T5)”
1 – Definition of the Miracle
This is one definition of the miracle offered by Jesus. The wording of this passage is straight-forward, but may be difficult to understand on first reading. Do not fret, at this point, in trying to understand. The remainder of A Course in Miracles will let these principles be examined so that we can come to an understanding.
2 – Miracles, Atonement, and Perception
Jesus links the miracle with Atonement. In addition, he says that our perception will be healed. These two aspects of the miracle make it completely desirable.
3 – Perception and Knowledge
“Perception” and “knowledge” are different, and only the second (knowledge) is actually accurate. We “know” when we have walked the way of Atonement. Before that, our perception is frequently informed by the ego, and we see and live in difficult circumstances. Only the “happy dreams the Holy Spirit brings” (from the Workbook) can save us from ourselves. These happy dreams will calm us, and prepare us for the Awakening. ACIM says that we would be too fearful to welcome Awakening without the preparation through happy dreams from the Holy Spirit.
4 – Healed Perception
When our perception is healed, we will not look out on the same world, because projection makes perception (a tenet from ACIM). Our lives will work better in this new world (called by ACIM the “real world”), and we will live in calm and quiet. This indeed is what miracles hold out for us. What a blessing!
I would do the miracles today that You prompt me to do. Jesus says that he will guide us. I would not try to choose any miracle to do, because surely that would be misguided.
Be with me as my perception is cleansed. May I look out on a world that my projection has healed, because I wish to see the real world. Be with me to make this possible.
I would follow the guidance of my Guide throughout the day. Make me flexible enough to do that.