I am on fire with Robert’s recent discoveries regarding miracles. What a blow they are to the ego! They have changed my way of seeing, and are already changing my way of being. They have definitely taken my understanding and appreciation of the Course to another level. Everything I read and every practice I do, I now see within the context of miracles and miracle working.
Sparked by excitement, I spent our Sunday evening gathering sharing these new/old teachings and it was great to see the transformation in a room full of people.
At the beginning I asked everyone to share what they thought about the title, A Course in Miracles, what thoughts and feelings it invoked, what they thought it meant to be taking a course in miracles, how they describe the course to others, and what place miracles had in their lives. Most of them saw the course as a course in forgiveness, a course in spirituality, a course with practical benefits for dealing with issues in their lives. Some felt that, even though they experienced miracles, actual miracle working was beyond their grasp. Miracles were wonderful, amazing, and extraordinary events, done by wonderful, amazing, and extraordinary individuals, like Jesus–not by ordinary people like us.
When I started to talk about Robert’s discoveries from his work with Helen’s Shorthand Notebooks, I could feel a shift in the room. By the time I had finished, people were saying how inspired they felt, how surprised and pleased they were to know that the little acts and thoughts of love and caring they perform throughout the day are actually miracles. I think they were all blown away by the thought that they are already performing everyday miracles. They were definitely struck by the idea that this really is a course in teaching us to become miracle workers and that it is definitely something at which we can learn to be better and better.
In preparation for the gathering, I had reviewed all of the Workbook lessons that refer to miracles, and I could see that Jesus had been telling me this about miracles all along, but I hadn’t been either fully ready or willing to take it in.
I have been thinking how miracle working is related to the traditional way of seeing Jesus. As long as we can keep Jesus up there on a pedestal–or, rather on a cross–faraway in time and space, we can keep him distant and inaccessible, someone to worship rather than someone after whom to model one’s life. Likewise, if we can see miracles as extraordinary acts that are the domain of extraordinary spiritual beings like Jesus, we can keep from thinking we can perform them and from actually performing them ourselves–or from even being aware that we are performing them right now!
What Jesus says in the Shorthand Notebooks changes all that. Jesus is not only accessible to us, he is there to tell us every single day what miracles to perform, and he will help us to perform them! I, you, he, she, we, all of us are here to perform miracles, and this course is here to teach us how to become better and better miracle workers all the time. What we have to do, as Jesus says in his “Great Crusade” teachings, is be ready to listen to his Voice and willing to learn to undo the error (the lack of love), for we are able to do miracles. It’s in our nature. We will see miracles through our hands through him. (I am amazed that these are the first words Jesus spoke to Helen!)
You will see miracles thru your hands thru Me…. Every day should be devoted to miracles…. You should begin each day with this prayer, “Help me to perform whatever miracles you want of me today.“
This even sheds a different light for me on Jesus’ “Everlasting Arms” statement:
Have a good day. Since only eternity is real, why not use the illusion of time constructively? You might remember that underneath are the Everlasting Arms.
The way for me to use time constructively is by performing miracles! That’s what using time constructively means. That’s how I will have a good day. I cannot fail to perform them, since holding me up are God’s Everlasting Arms.
Since reading Robert’s blog and newsletter article, I have been approaching my work with the Course differently, with determination to use my time with it constructively. I start every day with the prayer, “Help me to perform whatever miracles you want of me today,” and I repeat it during the day in relation to particular people or situations. Each time I read something, meditate, or do a practice, I say something like,
Holy Spirit, I dedicate this time to You, and ask that You use my [reading, meditation, practice period] to help me become a better miracle worker.
I do a similar thing with responses to temptation:
Holy Spirit, use this situation help me let miracles flow through me to bless ____________.
In my hourly remembrances I thank the Holy Spirit for the opportunities I’ve had to offer miracles in the hour past and ask Him to help me perform whatever miracles He wants of me in the hour to come, especially in relation to a person I may be seeing or emailing, with whom I may be talking, or about whom I may be thinking. A few times this has led to my spontaneously emailing or picking up the phone and calling someone who’s popped into my mind, and finding that that was just what she needed at that moment.
Sometimes I just hold the Course and tell myself (as Robert suggested),
This course came to me as a miracle of God’s Love. It is here to help me learn how to become a better miracle worker. I am taking this course to learn how to let miracles continuously flow through me to bless and lift up the people around me.
I mentioned earlier how this is changing the way I see the Course. It is also changing the way I see the origins of the Course. In Bill’s “another way” speech, he said that,
- He had decided to look at things differently;
- He was not going to get angry, and he would refrain from attack;
- He was going to look for the constructive in what people said rather than pointing out and focusing on their mistakes, and finding fault with them;
- He was going to cooperate rather than compete.
From this new perspective, those four points sure seem like forms of miracles. It seems to me that Bill, without realizing it, was actually saying that he was determined to become a miracle worker. He was determined to find a better way of relating–a miracle-based way. When Helen enthusiastically agreed to help him find that other way, they were calling on God for a miracle, so it makes perfect sense that A Course in Miracles would be the answer they received!