“I ask you now to request a miracle.
“What kind of a miracle should you ask for? How big of a miracle should you request? How big is your faith? How much proof does it require? I speak not in jest but ask you to seriously consider just what kind of miracle is needed to get you to change your mind about who you are and thus about the nature of your thoughts.” (ACOL, T1:3.7 – 3.8)
In asking us to request a miracle, Jesus is making a point that we have many fears surrounding miracles. Then in the next few sections, he outlines just what those fears really are. Eventually he tells us that he was not asking for a specific miracle, although as individuals for whom the specificity of the ego has been rampant, our thinking has naturally gone to the specific. His main point in talking about our request for a miracle is to point out what is holding us back from miracle-minded thought, the type of thought that he means by the “art of thought,” the theme of this book in the Treatises.
He says also that asking us to request a miracle would seem to go against what he taught in A Course in Miracles. He said there that consciously selected miracles are apt to be misguided—that we should wander into the territory of consciously selected miracles. But he says now, in A Course of Love, that the extreme urgency of this time, and to our return to wholeheartedness, demands extreme measures, and asking for a miracle is part of fulfilling our needs now, our needs to get over our fears of miracles.
Most of us will not actually choose a miracle when asked to do so. We will eagerly keep reading, and then we will find ourselves nodding our heads at his evaluation of our fears of miracles, and the reasons that Jesus gives for our reluctance to name a miracle for which we want an answer. Nevertheless, when a few paragraphs over, we find Jesus saying that he does not mean a “specific” miracle, we are likely to feel duped, even though we haven’t followed through because of some of the fears that he names.
Jesus is using a stylistic device to engage our best thinking, the thoughts of the art of thought. He does not mean to dupe us. He means to open our eyes to our own faulty reasoning and our own fear. The art of thought, which he is teaching us in this Treatise, means miracle-readiness and miracle-minded, the fulfillment of a new way of life. The art of thought will free us to perform miracles repeatedly and as a matter of course. If Jesus can get us to see that our fears are holding us back from just this laudable purpose, he will have fulfilled part of his purpose in this first Treatise.
If we get over our fears, we can enter into a new way of thought, the art of thought, that will broaden our perspective on what life and living are all about. We will be supporting the union of mind and heart into wholeheartedness, and the union that we need to have with our deepest Self, the inner Christ spirit. Extreme measures are needed to jolt us out of the ego-mind. And Jesus provides what is needed.
I would feel energetic today to do Your bidding in a miracle-minded way. I would cast aside my fears about doing miracles by listening to Jesus and following in his way. I want to turn aside from the ego-mind with a final decision to perform whatever miracles are asked, miracles that become a way of life. Help me to do this.
Be with me today as I seek to keep a clear-eyed view of this world. I would follow Jesus’s reasoning about my fears of miracles, and I would turn aside from fears of this type. May I find a new way of living by turning to the miraculous in everyday life.