“Revelation unites you directly with God. Miracles unite you directly with your brother. Neither emanates from consciousness, but both are experienced there. Consciousness is the state that induces action, though it does not inspire it. You are free to believe what you choose, and what you do attests to what you believe.” (A Course in Miracles, FIP ed., T-1.II.1)
The first aspect of this quotation delineates revelation vs. miracles, and explains the difference in our unity with God, first, and then our unity with our brother. God is responsible for revelation; we are not. He communicates to us by revelation, including, sometimes, the experience of Awakening—Awakening that does not last. He shows us the end, where we are headed. And Jesus’s book, A Course in Miracles, gives us the means to get to that end of Awakening. Revelation is not on the same level as miracles. Under Jesus’s guidance, we perform miracles for our brother, and, in turn, our brother performs miracles for us. They are, in that sense, reciprocal, unlike revelation. Revelation always proceeds from God to us, never the other way around.
We are consciousness embodied. We are alive in our minds, and we experience our projections from mind as perceptions of this world. We experience revelation and miracles from this consciousness. We are led to act in this world through what our consciousness says to do. If we allow ourselves to be guided by the Holy Spirit, then our consciousness has a divine Master. If we allow our consciousness to be guided by the ego, we have feet of clay. There is no in between.
These ideas, above, are central to A Course in Miracles. We have a learning task before us, for until we have the theological undergirding of the Course, we cannot master what it says. Our mind will be trained as we do the Workbook lessons. The more theoretical aspects of the Course are presented in this, the Text. We likewise need to master that theory. There is no other sure way of catching all the means that will lead us to the end of Awakening, the means to the end.
We must await revelation from God. And we must await Jesus’s nod as to which miracles we are to perform for our brother. We will get used to the fact that we are not in control anymore, as soon as we start on the road of relinquishing the ego.