Why Not Request a Miracle?

images - impressionism 2“See you not the choices made in each of these scenarios and the reasoning or lack of reasoning behind them?  You are not worthy.  You are not saintly, godlike or even holy.  You might choose incorrectly.  You might invoke retribution.  You might be selfish.  You might be proved to have no faith.  You might succumb to thoughts of grandeur.

In short, you are too afraid, for a variety of reasons, to try.  (The Treatises of A Course of Love:  Treatise on the Art of Thought, 3.24 – 3.25)”

Affirmation:  “I choose not to be afraid.”

Reflections:

1 – Why Hesitate?

This passage discusses the reasons that we hesitate to ask for a miracle.  But are we really these negative things?  I think not.  We are The Accomplished, not perfect, but worthy of all that God would bestow upon us.  And He would bestow quite a lot.  His will is that we find salvation leading to Christ-consciousness, and He will guide us every step of the way.

2 – Finding the Way

How might we find that way?  We find it in dedication to the pathway on which we find ourselves.  We find it from our reading (for our purposes, principally, A Course in Miracles, A Course of Love, and the Bible), from our prayers, and particularly, from our relationships to the within, Christ/Self, and our relationships to the without, our brothers and sisters.

3 – Relinquish Ego

We do not stay true to the pathway by egoistical means.  All ego must be relinquished.  How?  By recognizing when we have egotistical thoughts and then dismissing them.  By not gaining pleasure from our fantasies that are lost in illusions or dreams.

4 – Ask Amiss?

We are afraid to ask for a miracle for we think that the ego has not died within us, and that, in asking, we will ask amiss.  

5 – God

Perhaps we will ask amiss, but God will correct our mistakes, and Jesus himself will stand at the end of the pathway to right what wrongs we cannot right, to correct what errors we cannot ourselves correct.  

6 – Be Not Afraid

So let us not be afraid, keeping in mind that God is guiding our minds as we ask for a miracle.  Keep in mind that we learn later on in the Treatise on the Art of Thought that we are not being asked to ask for something specific, but for the abstract concept.  We are not being misled here, prior to learning of this.  We are in learning mode, and Jesus is still teaching us.  (He will eventually relinquish that role, making us equal to himself.)

Prayer:

Dear Father/Mother,

May I think in abstract terms today, asking for a miracle, but not a specific one.  This is tricky, and I would not be misled.  Asking for a miracle in the broadest sense is a way to get closer to You.

Be with me today as I leave fear behind.  There is no room in Your world for fear.  Fear is of the ego.  And I would turn aside from egoic thoughts forever.

Amen.

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Request a Miracle

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“I ask you now to request a miracle.  (The Treatises of A Course of Love:  Treatise on the Art of Thought, 3.7)”

Affirmation:  “I ask for a miracle today.”

Reflections:

1 – Not a Specific Miracle

This passage does not mean a specific miracle, we find out later.  But Jesus leads us along a long pathway to that conclusion.  We have long been thinking in specifics, and he is more general, more abstract.  We do not ask for specificity except with the ego, which dwells in the specific.  We ask for the larger concept of miracles that are in the will of our Father/Mother, God.

2 – Our Attitude toward Miracles

I have perhaps let on too soon that the miracles is not meant to be specific.  Jesus has a reason for planning his words in such a way.  He would have us contemplate our attitude toward miracles, our fears and our anxieties about asking for miracles.  He would have us know that when we believe that our answer will be in the affirmative, more than likely the answer will indeed be in the affirmative.  God will say “yes” to our heartfelt prayer.

3 – Personal Experience

I once went for 14 years without asking, in prayer, for something that I really wanted.  I did not get the green light to pray for that outcome.  And so I did not (except for three days toward the end of that pathway, but that is another story).

4 – Asking in God’s Will

We do know when we are asking in God’s will.  And we know when we are asking from the ego.  So our intuition or our feelings do guide us.  There is no need to pray in vain.  We know in advance when the prayer is right, and when we need to ask what to pray for.  God does not keep secrets of this nature from us.

5 – Miracles Are Our Birthright

Miracles are our birthright.  And we first learned this concept, this knowledge, in A Course in Miracles.  Now A Course of Love follows to guide us all the way home.  And much later, on the mountaintop with Jesus, we will see how that comes about (from the Dialogues of A Course of Love, the “Forty Days and Forty Nights,” previously discussed in this blog).

Prayer:

Dear Father/Mother,

May I know what miracles to request, always asking for what would be good and true, and not spending time changing windmills.  May I know that Your will and my real will are identical, but until I have experienced Awakening, I don’t have as likely a way to discern what is good and true.

Be with me today as I walk through this world.  May my prayers and my communion with You be good and true.

Help us to help each other.

May the joy of asking for miracles, in the abstract, overcome any disappointment that we might mistakenly feel that our every wish will be granted.  

Amen.