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Give Miracles

ACIM Workbook Lesson 175 – for Friday, June 24, 2011

Affirmation:  “God is but Love, and therefore so am I.”

“1.  I give the miracles I have received.

“2.  I am at home.  Fear is the stranger here.  (WB333)”

Reflections:

1 – Receiving Miracles

We do receive miracles.  Jesus says in the Text that when miracles do not occur, something has gone wrong.  We would ask for miracles (also a tenet of A Course of Love), and we will receive.  Then we give the miracles when prompted to do so.  We do not want to make conscious choices about miracles to give, because these can be misguided (a Text tenet).  But when Jesus is at the helm, we will know which miracles to perform, to whom and when.   Unconsciously guided, we do our best.

2 – Our Lives Will Smooth Out

We would have the miracles that we would give.  Then we know what the result is going to be (an interpretation, not stated in ACIM).  Ask to be guided to the miracles that we have received, and such will be granted.  Our lives will smooth out, because we are thinking about somebody other than ourselves all the time.

3 – Leave Fear Behind with the Ego Gone

We would leave fear behind when we leave the ego behind.  Sometimes physical aids in the form of pills are necessary, and Jesus does not condemn this.  He says in the Text that the last thing we need is to have fear increased, and if pills (a form of magic) work for us, then we need to use them as a temporary expedient.  We can also turn to others when in a fearful state of mind.  And, always, we can turn to the Holy Spirit and the calm that He gives.  We will know ever-greater calm when we listen to the guidance that He gives.  He will guide us to the pill, the individual, to Himself–whatever is needed to quell the fear.  Trust in Him, and know that all can be well.

Prayer:

Dear Father/Mother,

I thank You for the miracles that I have received, especially for those miracles about which I have remained totally unaware.  And I ask to be shown which miracles I ought to give.  Giving and receiving are one, and I would share in both aspects of a miracle.

Help me not to try to run ahead of You and to “make” miracles.  I know that this is a false way to behave, and I would only do the miracles about which I have received guidance.  Miracles are under Jesus’s care, and I would turn to him today.

Amen.

The Holy Spirit’s Single Gift = Miracles

ACIM Workbook Lesson 159 – for Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Affirmation:  “I give the miracles I have received.”

“This is the Holy Spirit’s single gift; the treasure house to which you can appeal with perfect certainty for all the things that can contribute to your happiness.  All are laid here already.  All can be received but for the asking.  Here the door is never locked, and no one is denied his least request or his most urgent need.  There is no sickness not already healed, no lack unsatisfied, no need unmet within this golden treasury of Christ.  (WB300-301)”

Reflections:

If we reach out to others, we will be healed.  This may sound simplistic, and it is not meant that a physical or emotional healing will make the symptoms disappear immediately (though the symptoms may disappear immediately).  Jesus says in the Manual that we ought not to doubt a healing because of the evidence of continuing symptoms.  He says that when we have asked a healing of the Holy Spirit, it has come, and when it will be received is not ours to ask.  Be certain that the healing will be received when the time is right.

But we have to reach out first.  A disposition turned inward on itself does no one any good (an interpretation, not stated in ACIM).

“[N]o one is denied his least request or his most urgent need.”  What a wonderful promise!  May we believe it today, and may we watch our problems disappear as mists before the sun shines the mists away.

A Course in Miracles is filled with promises of “certainty.”  We in this world are often so doubtful, but here in ACIM is something on which we can rest our faith.  We can know its promises intimately, and when we are feeling blue, we can dip into its pages and have our joy restored.  Experienced students/teachers know this truth well.

Prayer:

Dear Father/Mother,

May I turn to A Course in Miracles today if I encountered obstacles in the way of my happy day.  I know that You intend happiness for me, and I know that this is not a little gift–nor is it too insignificant to be a good goal our in lives.  May we know that happiness sought may not be found, but when we put into practice Your rules of living, our lives straighten out and all is well.  I would live a neurosis-free day today.

Be with me, as I ask You so frequently.  Let me feel Your presence.  Only in Your presence am I capable of the highest good that You would have me take to my brothers and sisters today.

Amen.

Let Grievances Wither Away

ACIM Workbook Lesson 78 – for Saturday, March 19, 2011

Affirmation:  “Let miracles replace all grievances.”

Selected Passage:

“We will remember this throughout the day, and take the role assigned to us as part of God’s salvation plan, and not our own.  Temptation falls away when we allow each one we meet to save us, and refuse to hide his light behind our grievances.  (WB140)”

Reflections:

Today’s lesson builds upon the one from yesterday.  If we do not allow temptation to change, negatively, our attitude toward our brothers and sisters, we will know the light, we will know miracles.  Temptation is simply the desire to replace what we recognize to be God’s will with another will, a will of the ego.  And we know that doing this simply brings our downfall in daily life.

Miracles are our birthright.  It is a Text tenet that something has gone wrong when miracles do not appear.  We can speculate that this means that miracles will appear more frequently than infrequently (an interpretation, not stated in ACIM).  We do not often recognize miracles as “shifts in perception,” but this is the definition given them by Kenneth Wapnick, scholar and writer for A Course in Miracles.  We are still in the perceptual mode, and therefore miracles do not last.  Revelation is of God, of the “knowing,” and is extremely personal to the receiver.  Nobody else can truly interpret for you when revelation has happened.  In the Text, a distinct difference is seen between miracles (perceptual) and revelation (from God to us, never the reverse).

Revelation will occasionally reveal the end to us, we are told in the Text.  But to get there, to Awakening, the means are needed.  And Jesus carefully explains the means to us in ACIM.  (These are all paraphrases from the Text.)

Prayer:

Dear Father/Mother,

May my grievances disappear in the light of the miracles that You will bring to me today.  May I express my gratitude for Your miracles.  May I never take You for granted, even though Your love is steadfast even when mine is not.

Help me to accept the joy that miracles bring.  And, if it is according to Your plan, may revelation today show up in my world.  Only revelation can reveal the end to me, and I am eager to see what You have in store for me.

Amen.

I Am Entitled to Miracles

ACIM Workbook Lesson 77 – for Friday, March 18, 2011

Affirmation:  “I am entitled to miracles.”

Selected Passage:

I am entitled to miracles.

“Ask for them whenever a situation arises in which they are called for.  You will recognize these situations.  And since you are not relying on yourself to find the miracle, you are fully entitled to receive it whenever you ask.  (WB138)”

Reflections:

Early in the Text, Jesus says that he is in charge of miracles, because he recognizes the miracle-readiness of everyone.   Our own choice about miracles can and probably would be misguided (a Text tenet).  Here we are encouraged to ask for a miracle.  This seems a bold thing to say, but ACIM recommends it, and we are encouraged by much that ACIM says.  We are surprised by the joyous blessings that are ours to receive.

This passage says that we will recognize when miracles are called for.  Perhaps we are not sure about this assertion, but actually our uncertainty may be because we are unaccustomed to believe that our prayers will always be answered.  But they will be; we would even have known this prior to discovering ACIM.  Of course, we learned in growing up that sometimes the answer is “no.”  But Jesus is more positive in this passage.  The miracle will come.  It may not say “yes,” perhaps (an interpretation, not stated in ACIM), but we will be reassured and at peace when we have asked for a miracle and when it has been received.

We are not to rely on ourselves.  This has been the way of the ego, but that way constantly got us into trouble.  We are to rely on the Holy Spirit, the Universal Inspiration.  And God is within, and so we know that He is always available.  Dependence on ourselves is particularly troublesome, because we have been taught this by the world.  But ACIM is different, and we are bade to communicate with God (“commune”–a quote from the Text), and we will find our way Home more quickly than we ever imagined.

Prayer:

Dear Father/Mother,

I know that you realize my need for miracles in my present life.  When times become tough,  I always turn to You and ask for a miracle.  Perhaps this is not misguided.  You always respond with quiet and peace.  My mind and spirit are at rest when you respond with a miracle that eases my disturbed thinking.

Be with me today as I go through the day.  I hope that You will not feel it wrong of me to look for miracles as I walk through the day.  I hope that I will find them; indeed, I know that miracles will be there for me.  Thank You.

Amen.

THE MIRACLE OF WHITE STONES

by Celia Hales

“Let’s go pick up rocks!”  I said to my grandmother when she arrived from Ayden for the day.

“Are you sure, Celia?”  I can imagine she asked, a whimsical and loving smile on her face.  Grandmama was my playmate.

“Yes!”  I exclaimed, sure that she would take me.

And she did.

This scene replayed itself until we move away from that white-framed, two-story, rented house behind the church.  We moved when I was seven.  Grandmama and I started picking up rocks together from as far back as I can remember.

We would head out to the church parking lot.  It seemed huge to me, and it was covered with rocks.  Most were white.  Those were the ones that I wanted.

I reached down and picked up a possibility.  I craned my neck to look into my grandmother’s face as I handed her the rock to decide if it was perfect enough.  Clean white rocks, smooth white rocks, were the choicest.

“No, Sweetheart,” she said.  “This one is too dirty.”  She handed it back to me.  I threw it down on the ground.  I was quickly off to make another choice.

For a long time we played this game.  Maybe my grandmother enjoyed it as much as I did.  From an adventure in the parking lot, I would emerge with one or two white rocks that were choice enough to go in my collection.

Once back home, I ran to my bedroom and stored my rocks in the top left-hand drawer of my dresser.

They are still in my childhood bedroom.

It was 1972, and I was 25 years old.  I had a strong bent toward mysticism, and I had been reading Evelyn Underhill’s book entitled simply Mysticism, as well as just about everything else that the library at Stratford College, where I taught, had on the subject.

I also read the Bible, especially the New Testament.  Eventually I came to the Book of Revelation.

One night my eyes lighted up at the passage, “To him that overcometh will I give. . .a white stone” (Revelation 2:17, KJV).

A white stone.  White rocks.  To him that overcometh!

My mystic turn of mind went into full attention.

Was this why I had been entranced with white rocks as a child?

My husband Paul and I traveled to Italy in 1995.  We stopped by the Adriatic Sea at a spot called Portonovo Bay, which means “New Gate.”  On our first afternoon at the Bay, we headed for the seashore.

We climbed a land barrier and looked out at the panorama before us.

Nestled under a dark blue sky and stretched out for miles in front of the sea were white stones on a beach, surely millions of them, heaped up with no spaces between them and no sand at all.

The sight took my breath away.  I felt a sudden expansion of mind and spirit–and, yes, soul.  These were the perfect white stones, smooth and oval, that I had searched in vain to find.

The mystic in me was filled with wonder, and, at that time and place, finally satisfied.

Paul and I spent the entire afternoon on the seashore.  He looked for artifacts while I looked for my favorite specimens of white stones.  I retrieved four for the day’s work.

Back home in St. Paul, Minnesota, my husband heaved my full suitcase up the stairs of our house.

“What do you have in here?” he asked plaintively.  “Rocks?”

“Yes,” I said.

He didn’t believe me.

After I unpacked my suitcase, I showed him my treasures.  He couldn’t believe what he was seeing. His wife had brought back rocks in a suitcase from Europe.

I still have those same rocks in a storage unit on Highway 6 in Oxford, Mississippi.  We pay $82 a month for that storage unit.  Paul says that we pay $82 to store rocks.

Now I reflect from time to time on that experience.

A Course in Miracles says, “Heaven itself is reached with empty hands and open minds. .  .”  (W-pI.133.13:1).  I feel a sudden expansion of mind and spirit when I realize the truth of these words. These words epitomize for me the experience at Portonova Bay.

It had taken me awhile–30 years–since finding A Course in Miracles to discover much more ACIM has held out for me.   And this day of finding multitudinous white stones on a seashore was a turning point, a miracle.  My sense of wonder and miracles was complete.

Of course, I am still, yet another 16 years after 1995, on the pathway.  But that day in Italy, standing at the “New Gate” of Portonovo Bay, I felt the wonder of being blessed.

It seemed a harbinger of greater things to come, and I was at the portal of those greater things.  I knew in my deepest being the promises of A Course in Miracles.