comment 0

Chapter One – THE MEANING OF MIRACLES

Principles of Miracles 1 – 15

  1. There is no order of difficulty in miracles.  One is not harder or bigger than another.  They are all the same.  All expressions of love are maximal.
  2. Miracles as such do not matter.  The only thing that matters is their Source, Which is far beyond evaluation.
  3. Miracles occur naturally as expressions of love.  The real miracle is the love that inspires them.  In this sense everything that comes from love is a miracle.
  4. All miracles mean life, and God is the Giver of life.  His Voice will direct you very specifically.  You will be told all you need to know.
  5. Miracles are habits and should be involuntary.  They should not be under conscious control.  Consciously selected miracles can be misguided.
  6. Miracles are natural.  When they do not occur, something has gone wrong.
  7. Miracles are everyone’s right, but purification is necessary first.
  8. Miracles are healing because they supply a lack; they are performed by those who temporarily have more for those who temporarily have less.
  9. Miracles are a kind of exchange.  Like all expressions of love, which are always miraculous in the true sense, the exchange reverses the physical laws.  They bring more love both to the giver and the receiver.
  10. The use of miracles as spectacles to induce belief is a misunderstanding of their purpose.
  11. Prayer is the medium of miracles.  It is a means of communication of the created with the Creator.  Through prayer love is received, and through miracles love is expressed.
  12. Miracles are thoughts.  Thoughts can represent the lower or bodily level of experience, or the higher or spiritual level of experience.  One makes the physical, and the other creates the spiritual.
  13. Miracles are both beginning and endings, and so they alter the temporal order.  They are always affirmations of rebirth, which seem to go back but really go forward.  They undo the past in the present, and thus release the future.
  14. Miracles bear witness to truth.  They are convincing because they arise from conviction.  Without conviction they deteriorate into magic, which is mindless and therefore destructive; or rather, the uncreative use of the mind.
  15. Each day should be devoted to miracles.  The purpose of time is to enable you to learn how to use time constructively.  It is thus a teaching device and a means to an end.  Time will cease when it is no longer useful in facilitating learning.[1]

In our own words:

Nothing is too hard or to big to bring the miracle to – so bring love to everything, big and small.

Miracles seem to matter, but evidently, they do not.  They come and then they go.  What does matter is where they come from and that is something we cannot fathom.

Miracles are natural and happen all the time as expressions of love.  Love that inspires miracles is the real miracle.  Miracles come from love.  Love is what I am about. 

These love missiles mean life and God is the Giver of Life.  God’s Voice will direct me very specifically.  And I will be told everything I need to know.  This means I do not have to worry about what I do not know.  I can ask questions and will be told what I need to know.  And I will be given directions and instruction and all I must do is trust and know the Voice of God. 

I should not have to think about miracles.  If I think about miracles and decide when to perform them and when not to perform them – then they are misguided and are probably not miracles at all.  In other words, being loving should be natural and habitual.  I do not have to stop and consider what is loving – because I know what the loving thing is to do.  Let them come naturally and let them be indiscriminate.  It is not my job to decide who and what situations need them – I just perform acts of love.

Miracles flow naturally and so when they do not happen, when acts of love are not occurring – something is wrong. 

Everyone should perform miracles because it is their right, but purification is a prerequisite.

Miracles heal because they supply something that is lacking.  Miracles are performed by us who have more at this moment for those who have less at this time.

Miracles are expressions of love which reverse the physical laws because they bring more love to the giver and the receiver.  When I give a dollar to a beggar, in the physical laws, I lost a dollar, and the beggar gained a dollar.  In the miracle sense however, that law is reversed, and the beggar gained, and I gained – it was an act of love.  My love account is blessed, as well as the beggars.  I temporarily have more, and I give to the one that temporarily has less.  

We do not perform miracles to amaze others and bring them to Christ.  We perform acts of love when they are necessary and needed.  The time will always be the right time if we follow the Voice for God.   

I pray as a means to the miracle.  Prayer is the way that I communicate with the Creator.  It is through prayer – Our Father, Brother Jesus, Holy Spirit – I invite Your love to love through me) – I receive love and then express love and then receive more love.  This is the miracle. 

Miracles are thoughts.  They come to my mind first and when I choose them, I perform them.  While miracles create spiritual experience; the thoughts of the human mind represent and makes up the human existence.

I think that I get this!  Let me use an example.  Miracles take you back to the beginning and correct from there and then it is whole – beginning and ending, and then clearing all that mess between times, which take us forward and get us out of that mess of the “past.”  So, they undo the past NOW, and release us to a new start, a rebirth, our future…

I am thinking of this in terms of feeling unloved and unloving, unwanted and not wanting the deranged family situation where specialness has shown its ugly face.  When I think of that whole mess, who said what and who did what and all that hurt and anger and sense of betrayal there seems to be no fixing it!  There is no need to wade through that hot mess – the miracle takes us to before the backbiting and mockery, the judgment and condemnation, the lies and the hypocrisy.  There is no need to recount the wounds of our past, to cherish them and hold others accountable for the very things we did ourselves.  The miracle, Jesus says, takes us back to the beginning and gives us a new start, a rebirth, and we go forward from there – releasing the future to love, rather than perpetuating a cycle of ongoing bad behavior.

We can apply this miracle to any situation, big or small.  We let miracles, our thoughts, alter the temporal order of past, present, and future and we start new and go forward as many times as necessary. 

Miracles are true acts of love and they come about because of believing and trusting fully in love.  We do not curse anybody.  We do not pray prayers that bring vengeance or wreak havoc.  Without the conviction of love, miracles are not miracles anymore, but more like magic or spells.  We have all been there, praying selfish, destructive prayers and ending up with exactly what we prayed for, wondering why we are not happy, why we have no peace, why we feel abandoned and let down! 

Each day we should devote to miracles, asking for actionable ways to express love, of rebirth, of sharing God’s gifts with those who temporarily have forgotten or seem lost.  Instead of flopping about wondering what we do with our time in the world, now we know the correct use of our time, the way to use it constructively.  Time is a means to an end means that we are released from time when we have learned what to do with it. We are not eternal material until we remember who and what we are and what we were created to be and to do!


[1] A Course in Miracles. Chapter 1:I:1-15, Foundation for Inner Peace, Second Edition (1992). p. 3.

Audio credit: www.eckiefriar.com

Filed under: ACIM

About the Author

Posted by

Coming up on sixty, my love for God, home and hearth, my husband and family fueled my decision to devote the rest of my life only to pursuits which brought love, joy, peace, and purpose. I am a writer, seeker, student, and teacher with experience professional and otherwise from waitressing to teaching the English language in China, Taiwan, and Singapore. I hold a BA in Psychology from Bloomsburg University, which took nearly 30 years to attain while I squeezed courses in between raising my children, journaling, relationships, work, and an assortment of escapades, some of which I would rather forget! An ongoing passion for reading, writing, adventure, food, and fun, eventually led me to the love of my life, James, whom I met in 1996 and married in 1997. Our life together has been an exciting journey of work and travel, spiritual awakening, and domestic bliss ever since. Although we have experienced the tragic loss of family members and friends through death and estrangement, we have managed to turn our special relationship into a holy one by the grace of God and an acute and growing awareness of “there must be a better way!” In 2006, I published my first novel, Luella’s Calling, and am currently working on my second, Grover Good and the Stone Chateau. From 2013 through 2018, I worked as a Prevention Education Specialist for Transitions, a local domestic violence sexual abuse victim’s service agency. My work there, fueled by a lifelong enthusiasm for teaching, led me to obtain an MS in Education from Scranton University. In 2018, I resigned to accompany James on his work travels while focusing on my calling to study and teach A Course in Miracles. To that end, I dedicate the rest of my days to writing, sharing, and teaching the message of salvation found within the Course pages. Thank you for your interest in this blog. As I do not respond to comments on the posts, if you care to contact me, please email me at eckief@yahoo.com.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s