“Miracles are habits, and should be involuntary. They should not be under conscious control. Consciously selected miracles can be misguided. (T3)”
Affirmation: “Involuntary miracles are the way to go.”
1 – Don’t “Do Good”
Don’t try to “do good,” in the sense of inviting miracles that we ourselves devise. This is one of the 50 principles of miracles described in the opening of the textbook to the Course.
2 – Personal Experience
I have long wanted to do the “right thing,” and this has sometimes merited teasing from those closest to me. I have been called a “goody two-shoes,” which in my opinion is not necessarily derogative. But if I ever drop into thinking that I know what is right for somebody else, then I am off the track. Carried to extremes, this could even mean that I would imagine that I knew what type of “miracle” I ought to do for that person. Not so! This is exactly the kind of ego-caught mind that Jesus deplores. We are not to select what to do for another until we have asked for guidance from the Holy Spirit, or, if we have reached that level of the inward sense that Christ-consciousness gives us (from A Course of Love). Consciously selected miracles do not merit the term “miracle.”
3 – Led by Our Guide
Instead, we follow guidance from our inner Guide, and then we unconsciously do the right thing by our brothers and sisters. We will sometimes be amazed how the flow of life comes about, how we encounter a person just when it is obvious that he or she has a great need to have a listening ear. These are the kinds of miracles about which I believe Jesus is speaking. And we do not have to bring about any of this miraculous occurrence. We are just to be present, to see its unfolding, to listen to inward guidance and do or say the best that can come to mind at the moment.
4 – Don’t Plan What to Say
This latter point brings up an admonition from the New Testament, that we are not to think in advance of what to say when brought before higher authorities. The words will be given us at the time of need. I believe this is no less true when there are no “higher” authorities involved at all. Just ordinary men and women, and children, such as ourselves.
5 – Jesus
Jesus will lead us to miracles that he wishes us to bring about. He will even alter time and space to accommodate them. (This is a particularly difficult concept to accept, but perhaps there are laws of physics not yet discovered by our scientists.)
6 – Habits of Living
When we follow the way of the Course, we develop certain habits of living that stand us in good stead whether the way is easy or hard. These habits promote miracles in daily life, and they are best if they happen unconsciously. Let Jesus guide the way.
I would not attempt to “do good” today unless the thought or action is given me by the Holy Spirit, my Guide. I would not in any way select “miracles” to perform. I know that I could not do so even if I tried. I would make mistakes.
I need my Guide because I am so fallible. Until the time that the Christ-consciousness descends to stay, I will depend on the Guide that You gave to me, the Holy Spirit.