“To forgive is to heal. The teacher of God has taken accepting the Atonement for himself as his only function. What is there, then, he cannot heal? What miracles can be withheld from him? (M-22.1)”
1 – The Ideal
This passage is another example of the “ideal” that is described in many parts of A Course in Miracles. The words seem to say that there is nothing, once we have accepted the Atonement, that we cannot do, either through a healing or a miracle. This certainly is a state that most individuals, even long-time students/teachers of ACIM, still aspire to attain.
2 – Miracle-Readiness
Elsewhere we learn that it is the Holy Spirit (and, sometimes, Jesus himself) who are attune to the miracle-readiness of our brothers and sisters, and then encourage us to perform a miracle. We are not to do this on our own, because consciously-selected miracles can be misguided. Always we perform what miracles we do perform under guidance higher than our own minds. To do otherwise would be to invite the ego into our decision-making process about which miracles to perform.
3 – The Formula
Accepting the Atonement is sometimes equated with simple salvation. Elsewhere salvation is seen as our only function. And in yet other places, happiness is seen as our function. So clearly these terms must be linked. It is likely that from our joy, our happiness, we welcome salvation and we attain Atonement. Then we are in a good position to perform those miracles that the Holy Spirit prompts us to perform.
4 – No Other Way
No other way will work.
I would link in my mind today the fact of Atonement, forgiveness, salvation, and happiness. Here is a working formula. And may I accept that Jesus uses so many ways to show us how true reality works.
Be with me today as I seek to have a wonderful day. I know that it is Your Will that all of us have joyous days, and those joyous days remain so when You are in the midst of them.