[Please note: ACIM passages quoted in this article reference the Foundation for Inner Peace (FIP) Edition.]
In this brief piece, I would like first to discuss a passage about miracle-readiness and then offer a brief exercise based on the passage. Here is the passage itself:
The power to work miracles belongs to you. I will create the right opportunities for you to do them. But you must be ready and willing to do them, since you are already able to. Doing them will bring conviction in the ability. I repeat that “You will see miracles through your hands through Mine” [the very first words of A Course in Miracles]. Conviction really comes through accomplishment.
We can translate this into a series of simple and logical ideas.
- Ability: You already are able to do miracles.
- Opportunities: Jesus will arrange the opportunities to do them.
- Readiness: You have to be ready to give miracles in response to these opportunities. You need to be in a constant state of “miracle-readiness.”
- Willingness: And you have to be willing to go ahead and give those miracles.
- Conviction: Once you actually see yourself giving those miracles, see them coming through your hands, you will finally be convinced of point 1—that you have the ability.
The whole series, then, assumes that we don’t believe point 1, since that belief only comes at the end, in point 5. And this is true, isn’t it? We don’t really believe we are able to do miracles. But rather than waiting to do them until we believe we have the ability, we are supposed to do them, so that through that we’ll come to believe in our ability.
Here is the exercise I propose. Let’s simply be on the lookout for point 2, for the opportunities that Jesus arranges for us to do miracles. The Workbook talks about the same thing. Lesson 77 says, “Ask for [miracles] whenever a situation arises in which they are called for. You will recognize these situations.” In other words, you’ll recognize a situation that calls for a miracle, and when you do, ask for a miracle so you can give it.
To be more specific, I think it would look something like this: You are in a situation, there is a need somehow presented, and something in you recognizes that need and feels like it’s your job to respond to it. An obvious example would might be this: My little two-year-old hurts his head and comes up to me and asks me to kiss it. I recognize the need and have that feeling (obviously) like it’s my job to respond to it. And so rather than just going through the motions, I think this has been arranged by Jesus as an opportunity to give a miracle. Therefore, while I kiss his head, I try to bring through a miracle. In this case, I consciously remember who he really is, and try to convey the love of that in the way I respond to his request. And if love is expressed, especially in a guided way, that is a miracle: “miracles occur naturally as expressions of love.”
But the part I am focusing on now is just the noticing part. Without that, the whole thing doesn’t happen. We have to notice the opportunities or they are lost.
So can we try to notice the opportunities for giving miracles? Those must be passing us by all the time. They have been carefully arranged, they walk right up to us, and yet we are blind. So hopefully we can open the eyes of the blind here—our own.