II. SECTION 13. What is a Miracle?
Lesson 344 Today I learn the law of love: that what I give my brother is my gift to me.
- This is Your law, my Father, not my own. I did not understand what giving means and thought to save what I desired for myself alone. And as I looked upon the treasure that I thought I had, I found an empty place where nothing ever was or is or will be. Who can share a dream? And what can an illusion offer me? Yet he whom I forgive will give me gifts beyond the worth of anything on earth. Let my forgiven brothers fill my store with Heaven’s treasures, which alone are real. Thus is the law of love fulfilled. And thus Your Son arises and returns to You.
- How near we are to one another as we go to God. How near is He to us. How close the ending of the dream of sin, and the redemption of the Son of God.
The fourth concept we must learn to understand miracles and to become miracle workers is the law of love – only that which we give to others can we keep for ourselves. This is a law of God. It is not the law of this world. In this world we learn quite the opposite. What we give to others, we lose. When I give you fifty bucks, you are fifty bucks richer while I am fifty bucks poorer. In this world if I want to get rich, I must save my money and not give it away. This concept applies to all things physical. We can hoard our wealth and grow richer in material things, but Jesus reminds us that it will never give us anything but emptiness because material wealth is not what it pretends to be – it is a big nothing, and it can never be anything but a big nothing.
When we try to share our physical wealth, it seems as if we are being generous. We can get plaques on the wall to confirm that we are one of the charitable people of the world because we gave money for the children’s hospital, or we are big contributors to the United Way, or we have set up a foundation to help little boys born to single mothers. We seem to be helping one another along – we get involved in our communities and pour money into rehabilitation efforts, into legislature, into banging on our tambourines to bring attention to our causes, but Jesus tells us that it is all an illusion. While our offerings, efforts, and sacrifices may seem to make our world a slightly better version than what it is, our contributions will not change the fate of all humanity or bring us through Heaven’s gate.
And yet offering forgiveness to all we meet enriches us beyond the worth of any fortune, achievement, status, or fame that the world offers. When we forgive our fellow humans, when we refuse to get caught up in the conflicts, dramas, and condemnations that the ego offers to those who disappoint, offend, abuse, and cause trouble, our coffers in Heaven are filled with everlasting treasure. The law of love is fulfilled through the forgiveness we freely offer to all regardless of how ignorant, stupid, or downright cruel they seem to be. This is how the Second Coming of Christ takes place in our hearts and minds and transforms our humanity into our God-given divinity.
When we pledge ourselves to forgiveness, the separation between us grows smaller, the outlines that distinguish us fade away, we see each other as we see ourselves. I recognize you and you recognize me as the light of Christ instead of a foe, a false friend, a fallen comrade. As we see past that which separates us and causes enmity between us, we draw close to God and God becomes made known to us. There is no other way for we cannot go to Him alone, we cannot forgive one and not all, for the law of love is inclusive and not exclusive.
During our devotional practice, as we clear the altars of our mind, let them be filled with the light of God. Ask the Lord to illuminate the law of love in your mind and quicken your understanding. Welcome all of your brothers into the field of miracles, into the realm of forgiveness – the ones who snubbed you and made fun of and left you out when you wanted in, the ones who bullied you, the ones who raped you, abused you, held you back when you were meant to spring forward. Forgive the characters from the past who told you lies, who made fun of your learning disabilities, who falsely prophesied, who led you astray, who wasted your time. Forgive the brother who stole the inheritance, who took more than his fair share, who gorged on steak and lobster while you barely had enough to eat. As each one comes to mind, bless them with your forgiveness. Accept with open mind and yielded heart God’s grace that was extended to you only to share with them. No matter how your ego shrieks in protest, lay it down for it is not your friend, its unforgiveness will not protect you or enrich you, but will destroy you and eat you alive.
The field of miracles resides in our forgiveness. Jesus stresses this concept so much throughout our Course that we may grow a bit weary of the repeated lessons. Forgiveness, again? Are we ever going to get past forgiveness? The answer is yes, we do go beyond forgiveness, but we cannot go beyond forgiveness until it is accomplished in our hearts and minds. Each day brings us opportunities to forgive and until we have the practice mastered in our hearts and minds, until it becomes our natural response to all situations that call for it, we cannot hope to see Heaven. Without forgiveness, we will not see God. Without forgiveness we are not only useless to Christ and the Second Coming, we are anti-Christ, siding with the accuser, the punisher, the unloving one who cherishes the hellish realm of sacrifice, sin, shame, and separateness. We remain the shattered, splintered offspring of the big bang.
We are called to be miracles workers. To perform miracles of healing, restoration, and redemption we must learn, practice, and know God’s Law of Love. To receive forgiveness we give forgiveness; to keep forgiveness we keep forgiving. We do this until it is the only thing we do. For this is our function until the end of time and the redemption of the Sonship of God.
A Course in Miracles. Workbook for Students. Lesson 344. Circle of Atonement, Complete and Annotated Edition (2017). p. 1538.
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