What Does It Mean to Give Miracles to Others?

by Allen Watson

If we are studying A Course in Miracles, we must be learning to be miracle workers, right? So we go about giving miracles and offering them to everyone we encounter-right? That certainly seems to be a logical conclusion, and we don't know if we are really doing it. How come? If asked, we might answer:

"What the heck is a miracle, anyway? And if my 'sole responsibility' as a miracle worker is to accept the Atonement for myself (T-2.V.5:1), then what is all this talk about offering miracles and giving them to others? How do I offer a miracle, and why?"

The Course does say that we should offer miracles:

In time, you have been told to offer miracles as I direct, and let the Holy Spirit bring to you those who are seeking you. (T-15.V.10:7)

And you will offer miracles because you are one with God. (W-pI.77.1:3)

To understand what it means to offer a miracle, let's first try to understand what a miracle is. In one place the Course says, "A miracle is a correction introduced into false thinking by me [Jesus]" (T-1.I.37:1), and in another place, a miracle seems to be equated with restoring right-mindedness (T-2.V.3:1-5). These passages and others have led me to the conclusion that a miracle is the activity of Jesus or the Holy Spirit that shifts our perception from false to true. Typically, the shift in perception lifts some form of guilt from our minds, allowing us to see the perfect innocence of the Son of God both in others and in ourselves.

The change is purely internal. But then, everything is internal! As Fred Alan Wolf says in the movie What the (Bleep) Do We Know? "There's no 'out there' out there," which the Course affirms: "There is nothing outside you. That is what you must ultimately learn" (T-18.VI.1:1-2). What seems outside comes from our minds (T-20.VIII.9:4-7). And so the inner shift inevitably produces a change in how we see the world, and the miracle we have received ends up being offered to others. We don't seek to change the world, but we do change the world by changing our minds.

"Well now," you may ask, "if a miracle is an act of the Holy Spirit, how can I possibly offer that to others?" The Course sometimes seems to conflate that act of the Holy Spirit with its effect on our minds, the shift in our perception. We can offer that shift to our brothers and sisters:

Every miracle you offer to the Son of God is but the true perception of one aspect of the whole. (T-13.VIII.5:2)

For instance, suppose in my mind I have judged and condemned someone for lying to me. Perhaps unconsciously, I have branded him as a sinner unworthy of my love. Then, as I bring the situation to the Holy Spirit, light enters my mind and changes my perception. Suddenly, I see my brother's lies, not as sin, but as a call for help, demanding not punishment but…well, help! After that shift, I meet him without judgment. I make it clear, in words or by deed, that I do not judge him. Simply put, I am practicing forgiveness. And when I do that, I offer a miracle to my brother. Simply by opening myself to true perception of my brother (who is "one aspect of the whole"), I become a miracle worker.

My brother has previously received my impression of him as a liar. Probably, I have openly judged him for his lies, and he has experienced guilt about it. Now, he encounters a new perception coming from me, which enables him to receive that new perception of himself in place of the old one. He can see himself as innocent; he can experience forgiveness. Through me, the Holy Spirit is offering him the same miracle He has given me.

So in a miracle, something happens to us, and we share that something with others:

The miracle that you receive, you give. (T-25.IX.10:1)

No one can ask another to be healed. But he can let himself be healed, and thus offer the other what he has received. (T-27.V.1:6-7)

To offer a miracle means to share the true perception given to us by the Holy Spirit, which is the vision of Christ:

Today I let Christ's vision look upon all things for me and judge them not, but give each one a miracle of love instead. (W-pII.349.Heading)

Looking with Christ's vision means that we don't judge what we are looking on, and we are called to offer such a miracle to everyone. Doing so not only frees them, it also benefits us:

Offer Christ's gift to everyone and everywhere, for miracles, offered the Son of God through the Holy Spirit, attune you to reality. (T-13.VIII.7:2)

Jesus gives me a miracle when he restores me (temporarily, at least) to my right mind, correcting the errors in my thinking. I give that miracle to someone else by applying or extending to them what was given to me. I see them as the holy Son of God, in the light of truth, and perhaps I say or do something that helps that person connect with his own right mind. When that happens the miracle returns to me: " I offer only miracles today, for I would have them be returned to me" (W-pII.345.Heading). When I give a miracle to a brother, and he receives it, I also get it back:

Miracles are a way of giving acceptance and receiving it. (T-9.VI.6:3)

In the Gospels, Jesus said, "Give, and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure-pressed down, shaken together, and running over" (Luke 6:38, New American Standard Bible). What you give, you get back-multiplied. You receive the initial miracle, changing your perception of your brother. You offer him that changed perception, showing him his innocence. When he receives it, becoming a "miracle receiver" (T-2.V.3:2), the miracle circuit is completed. He is freed from guilt, you see the results, and you know that a miracle has been done through you. You know that God is in you, and thus the healing that happened in your mind is augmented and reinforced. This three-step progression occurs over and over in the Course: you receive, you give, and you receive more deeply. "To give is how to recognize you have received" (W-pI.159.1:7).

Let us, then, day by day, offer miracles of forgiveness to everyone everywhere:

Remember, then, when you are tempted to attack a brother, that his instant of release is yours. Miracles are the instants of release you offer, and will receive. (T-15.I.12:3-4)

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