A COURSE IN MIRACLES

T-2.V The Function of the Miracle Worker

1. Before miracle workers are ready to undertake their function in this world, it is essential that they fully understand the fear of release. ²Otherwise they may unwittingly foster the belief that release is imprisonment, a belief that is already very prevalent. ³This misperception arises in turn from the belief that harm can be limited to the body. ⁴That is because of the underlying fear that the mind can hurt itself. ⁵None of these errors is meaningful, because the miscreations of the mind do not really exist. ⁶This recognition is a far better protective device than any form of level confusion, because it introduces correction at the level of the error. ⁷It is essential to remember that only the mind can create, and that correction belongs at the thought level. ⁸To amplify an earlier statement, spirit is already perfect and therefore does not require correction. ⁹The body does not exist except as a learning device for the mind. ¹⁰This learning device is not subject to errors of its own, because it cannot create. ¹¹It is obvious, then, that inducing the mind to give up its miscreations is the only application of creative ability that is truly meaningful.

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Before miracle workers are ready to undertake their [miracle workers’] function in this world, it is essential that they [miracle workers] fully understand the fear of release. ²Otherwise they [miracle workers] may unwittingly foster the belief that release is imprisonment, a belief that is already very prevalent. ³This misperception [release is imprisonment] arises in turn from the belief that harm can be limited to the body. ⁴That [believing harm can be limited to the body] is because of the underlying fear that the mind can hurt itself. ⁵None of these errors [mind can hurt itself, harm can be limited to the body, release is imprisonment] is meaningful, because the miscreations of the mind do not really exist. ⁶This recognition [miscreations of the mind do not exist] is a far better protective device than any form of level confusion, because it [recognising miscreations of the mind do not exist] introduces correction at the level of the error. ⁷It is essential to remember that only the mind can create, and that correction belongs at the thought level. ⁸To amplify an earlier statement, spirit is already perfect and therefore does not require correction. ⁹The body does not exist except as a learning device for the mind. ¹⁰This learning device [the body] is not subject to errors of its [body-as-learning-device’s] own, because it [body-as-learning-device] cannot create. ¹¹It is obvious, then, that inducing the mind to give up its [the mind’s] miscreations is the only application of creative ability that is truly meaningful.

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Before miracle workers are ready to undertake miracle workers’ function in this world, it is essential that miracle workers fully understand the fear of release. ²Otherwise miracle workers may unwittingly foster the belief that release is imprisonment, a belief that is already very prevalent. ³The misperception that release is imprisonment arises in turn from the belief that harm can be limited to the body. ⁴Believing harm can be limited to the body is because of the underlying fear that the mind can hurt itself. ⁵None of the errors — mind can hurt itself, harm can be limited to the body or release is imprisonment — is meaningful, because the miscreations of the mind do not really exist. ⁶The recognition that miscreations of the mind do not exist is a far better protective device than any form of level confusion, because recognising miscreations of the mind do not exist introduces correction at the level of the error. ⁷It is essential to remember that only the mind can create, and that correction belongs at the thought level. ⁸To amplify an earlier statement, spirit is already perfect and therefore does not require correction. ⁹The body does not exist except as a learning device for the mind. ¹⁰The body as learning device is not subject to errors of body-as-learning-device’s own, because body-as-learning-device cannot create. ¹¹It is obvious, then, that inducing the mind to give up the mind’s miscreations is the only application of creative ability that is truly meaningful.

Simplified

Fear of release comes from believing the mind can hurt itself. The mind cannot hurt itself. The mind’s miscreations do not exist. The body is a learning device for the mind.

Commentary

(3–11) … elaborates on … this theme of the inherent non-existence of the split mind and body. The acceptance of this truth is the acceptance of the Atonement, and is the basis of all healing. (Wapnick, A.A.C., 232.)

(3–11) Therefore the miracle would undo the heart of the ego’s strategy by undoing the Son’s level confusion of believing his problem was in the body, rather than in his mind’s decision to turn away from the truth of his Identity as spirit. (Wapnick, A.A.C., 233.) (c/f para 5, para 15:1–2).

2. Magic is the mindless or the miscreative use of mind. ²Physical medications are forms of ‘spells’, but if you are afraid to use the mind to heal, you should not attempt to do so. ³The very fact that you are afraid makes your mind vulnerable to miscreation. ⁴You are therefore likely to misunderstand any healing that might occur, and because egocentricity and fear usually occur together, you may be unable to accept the real Source of the healing. ⁵Under these conditions, it is safer for you to rely temporarily on physical healing devices, because you cannot misperceive them as your own creations. ⁶As long as your sense of vulnerability persists, you should not attempt to perform miracles.

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Magic is the mindless or the miscreative use of mind. ²Physical medications are forms of ‘spells’, but if you are afraid to use the mind to heal, you should not attempt to do so [use the mind to heal]. ³The very fact that you are afraid makes your mind vulnerable to miscreation. ⁴You are therefore likely to misunderstand any healing that might occur, and because egocentricity and fear usually occur together, you may be unable to accept the real Source of the healing. ⁵Under these conditions [egocentricity and fear], it is safer for you to rely temporarily on physical healing devices, because you cannot misperceive them [physical healing devices] as your own creations. ⁶As long as your sense of vulnerability persists, you should not attempt to perform miracles.

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Magic is the mindless or the miscreative use of mind. ²Physical medications are forms of ‘spells’, but if you are afraid to use the mind to heal, you should not attempt to use the mind to heal. ³The very fact that you are afraid makes your mind vulnerable to miscreation. ⁴You are therefore likely to misunderstand any healing that might occur, and because egocentricity and fear usually occur together, you may be unable to accept the real Source of the healing. ⁵Under conditions of egocentricity and fear, it is safer for you to rely temporarily on physical healing devices, because you cannot misperceive physical healing devices as your own creations. ⁶As long as your sense of vulnerability persists, you should not attempt to perform miracles.

Simplified

Do not use the mind to heal if there is fear or egocentricity.

Commentary

(2) see T-2.IV.4:6.

3. I have already said that miracles are expressions of miracle-mindedness, and miracle-mindedness means right-mindedness. ²The right-minded neither exalt nor depreciate the mind of the miracle worker or the miracle receiver. ³However, as a correction, the miracle need not await the right-mindedness of the receiver. ⁴In fact, its purpose is to restore him to his right mind. ⁵It is essential, however, that the miracle worker be in his right mind, however briefly, or he will be unable to reëstablish right-mindedness in someone else.

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I have already said that miracles are expressions of miracle-mindedness, and miracle-mindedness means right-mindedness. ²The right-minded neither exalt nor depreciate the mind of the miracle worker or the miracle receiver. ³However, as a correction, the miracle need not await the right-mindedness of the receiver. ⁴In fact, its [the miracle’s] purpose is to restore him [the miracle receiver] to his [the miracle receiver’s] right mind. ⁵It is essential, however, that the miracle worker be in his [the miracle worker’s] right mind, however briefly, or he [the miracle worker] will be unable to reëstablish right-mindedness in someone else.

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I have already said that miracles are expressions of miracle-mindedness, and miracle-mindedness means right-mindedness. ²The right-minded neither exalt nor depreciate the mind of the miracle worker or the miracle receiver. ³However, as a correction, the miracle need not await the right-mindedness of the receiver. ⁴In fact, the miracle’s purpose is to restore the miracle receiver to the miracle receiver’s right mind. ⁵It is essential, however, that the miracle worker be in the miracle worker’s right mind, however briefly, or the miracle worker will be unable to reëstablish right-mindedness in someone else.

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Right mindedness is miracle-mindedness. Miracle mindedness exresses miracles. The miracle restores right-mindedness. The miracle worker needs to be right-minded.

4. The healer who relies on his own readiness is endangering his understanding. ²You are perfectly safe as long as you are completely unconcerned about your readiness, but maintain a consistent trust in mine. ³If your miracle working inclinations are not functioning properly, it is always because fear has intruded on your right-mindedness and has turned it upside down. ⁴All forms of not-right-mindedness are the result of refusal to accept the Atonement for yourself. ⁵If you do accept it, you are in a position to recognise that those who need healing are simply those who have not realised that right-mindedness is healing.

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The healer who relies on his [the healer’s] own readiness is endangering his [the healer’s] understanding. ²You are perfectly safe as long as you are completely unconcerned about your readiness, but maintain a consistent trust in mine [readiness]. ³If your miracle working inclinations are not functioning properly, it [miracle working inclinations not functioning properly] is always because fear has intruded on your right-mindedness and has turned it [your right-mindedness] upside down. ⁴All forms of not-right-mindedness are the result of refusal to accept the Atonement for yourself. ⁵If you do accept it [the Atonement], you are in a position to recognise that those who need healing are simply those who have not realised that right-mindedness is healing.

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The healer who relies on the healer’s own readiness is endangering the healer’s understanding. ²You are perfectly safe as long as you are completely unconcerned about your readiness, but maintain a consistent trust in my readiness. ³If your miracle working inclinations are not functioning properly, miracle working inclinations not functioning properly is always because fear has intruded on your right-mindedness and has turned your right-mindedness upside down. ⁴All forms of not-right-mindedness are the result of refusal to accept the Atonement for yourself. ⁵If you do accept the Atonement, you are in a position to recognise that those who need healing are simply those who have not realised that right-mindedness is healing.

Simplified

Trust in my readiness. Miracles come from right-mindedness. Fear turns right-mindedness upside down. Fear is the result of not accepting the Atonement. Healing restores right-mindedness.

5. The sole responsibility of the miracle worker is to accept the Atonement for himself. ²This means you recognise that mind is the only creative level, and that its errors are healed by the Atonement. ³Once you accept this, your mind can only heal. ⁴By denying your mind any destructive potential and reïnstating its purely constructive powers, you place yourself in a position to undo the level confusion of others. ⁵The message you then give to them is the truth that their minds are similarly constructive, and their miscreations cannot hurt them. ⁶By affirming this you release the mind from overevaluating its own learning device, and restore the mind to its true position as the learner.

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The sole responsibility of the miracle worker is to accept the Atonement for himself [the miracle-worker’s self]. ²This means you recognise that mind is the only creative level, and that its [mind’s] errors are healed by the Atonement. ³Once you accept this [the Atonement], your mind can only heal. ⁴By denying your mind any destructive potential and reïnstating its [your mind’s] purely constructive powers, you place yourself in a position to undo the level confusion of others. ⁵The message you then give to them [others] is the truth that their [others’] minds are similarly constructive, and their [others’] miscreations cannot hurt them [others]. ⁶By affirming this [others’ minds are constructive and miscreations cannot hurt] you release the mind from overevaluating its [the mind’s] own learning device, and restore the mind to its [the mind’s] true position as the learner.

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The sole responsibility of the miracle worker is to accept the Atonement for the miracle-worker’s self. ²This means you recognise that mind is the only creative level, and that mind’s errors are healed by the Atonement. ³Once you accept the Atonement, your mind can only heal. ⁴By denying your mind any destructive potential and reïnstating your mind’s purely constructive powers, you place yourself in a position to undo the level confusion of others. ⁵The message you then give to others is the truth that others’ minds are similarly constructive, and others’ miscreations cannot hurt others. ⁶By affirming others’ minds are constructive and miscreations cannot hurt, you release the mind from overevaluating the mind’s own learning device, and restore the mind to the mind’s true position as the learner.

Simplified

Accept the Atonement for yourself. Accepting the Atonement will heal your mind. Healing your mind will heal other minds.

Commentary

(1) Our lives are the classrooms in which we learn forgiveness as the Holy Spirit teaches it. The centrality of this lesson in our lives and, in fact, what is really our only lesson, is summarised in a basic theme from the Course: “The sole responsibility of the miracle worker is to accept the Atonement for himself”. (Wapnick, CP, p. 36.)

(1) On the deepest level we all share one function, the purpose that gives meaning to our lives and to our struggles to find this meaning. That is the function of forgiveness. Our lives are the classrooms in which we learn forgiveness as the Holy Spirit teaches it. The centrality of this lessoon in our lives and, in fact, what is really our only lesson, is summarised in a basic theme from the Course: “The sole responsibility of the miracle worker is to accept the Atonement for himself”. (Wapnick, CP, p.36).

(1) The presence of the Holy Spirit as the bridge to Heaven this reflects what the Course calls the Atonement principle: the separation never truly happened. Acceptance of this truth is presented to us in the Course as our sole responsibility in this world. (Wapnick, CP, p. 79.)

(1) Our one responsibility is in deciding it is His life we wish and not the ego’s, for the Holy Spirit can take away our guilt only when we have withdrawn our investment in it. This is why the Course states that the sole responsibility of the miracle worker is to accept the Atonement for himself, meaning to accept the unreality of our guilt through forgiveness. (Wapnick, F.A.J., p.54.)

(1) The Holy Spirit’s gentle Voice speaks only of the love of Heaven that could never be shattered by the sin that would render the Son homeless. Our one responsibility then is to accept the truth about who we are. (Wapnick, L.D.N.C., p. 514.)

(1) He [Jesus] is telling us rather that we will no longer be concerned with things that are not truly problems, but rather will recognise what our true problems are. The Course’s purpose is to help us gradually to recognise that our only function is to heal our own minds, and only that is important. …Jesus is certainly not suggesting that we do this apart from the form and symbols of the world; his Course does not advocate removing ourselves from the world but rather that we shift how we perceive the world. (Wapnick, A.V.I., p.207–208.)

(1) Our one responsibility then is to change our minds and accept the truth about who we are: the sinless Son of God. It is this shift that Jesus refers to in A Course in Miracles when he re-iterates our “sole responsibility”… (Wapnick, A.A.C., p. 205.)

6. It should be emphasised again that the body does not learn any more than it creates. ²As a learning device it merely follows the learner, but if it is falsely endowed with self-initiative, it becomes a serious obstruction to the very learning it should facilitate. ³Only the mind is capable of illumination. ⁴Spirit is already illuminated and the body in itself is too dense. ⁵The mind, however, can bring its illumination to the body by recognising that it is not the learner, and is therefore unamenable to learning. ⁶The body is, however, easily brought into alignment with a mind that has learned to look beyond it toward the light.

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It should be emphasised again that the body does not learn any more than it [the body] creates. ²As a learning device it [the body] merely follows the learner, but if it [the body] is falsely endowed with self-initiative, it [the body] becomes a serious obstruction to the very learning it [the body] should facilitate. ³Only the mind is capable of illumination. ⁴Spirit is already illuminated and the body in itself [the body’s self] is too dense. ⁵The mind, however, can bring its [the mind’s] illumination to the body by recognising that it [the body] is not the learner, and is therefore unamenable to learning. ⁶The body is, however, easily brought into alignment with a mind that has learned to look beyond it [the body] toward the light.

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It should be emphasised again that the body does not learn any more than the body creates. ²As a learning device the body merely follows the learner, but if the body is falsely endowed with self-initiative, the body becomes a serious obstruction to the very learning the body should facilitate. ³Only the mind is capable of illumination. ⁴Spirit is already illuminated and the body in the body’s self is too dense. ⁵The mind, however, can bring the mind’s illumination to the body by recognising that it the body is not the learner, and is therefore unamenable to learning. ⁶The body is, however, easily brought into alignment with a mind that has learned to look beyond it the body toward the light.

Simplified

The body does not learn. The body helps the mind to learn. Look beyond the body to the light.

7. Corrective learning always begins with the awakening of spirit, and the turning away from the belief in physical sight. ²This often entails fear, because you are afraid of what your spiritual sight will show you. ³I said before that the Holy Spirit cannot see error, and is capable only of looking beyond it to the defence of Atonement. ⁴There is no doubt that this may produce discomfort, yet the discomfort is not the final outcome of the perception. ⁵When the Holy Spirit is permitted to look upon the defilement of the altar, He also looks immediately toward the Atonement. ⁶Nothing He perceives can induce fear. ⁷Everything that results from spiritual awareness is merely channelised toward correction. ⁸Discomfort is aroused only to bring the need for correction into awareness.

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Corrective learning always begins with the awakening of spirit, and the turning away from the belief in physical sight. ²This [turning away from the belief in physical sight] often entails fear, because you are afraid of what your spiritual sight will show you. ³I said before that the Holy Spirit cannot see error, and is capable only of looking beyond it [error] to the defence of Atonement. ⁴There is no doubt that this [looking beyond error] may produce discomfort, yet the discomfort is not the final outcome of the perception. ⁵When the Holy Spirit is permitted to look upon the defilement of the altar, He [Holy Spirit] also looks immediately toward the Atonement. ⁶Nothing He [Holy Spirit] perceives can induce fear. ⁷Everything that results from spiritual awareness is merely channelised toward correction. ⁸Discomfort is aroused only to bring the need for correction into awareness.

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Corrective learning always begins with the awakening of spirit, and the turning away from the belief in physical sight. ²Turning away from the belief in physical sight often entails fear, because you are afraid of what your spiritual sight will show you. ³I said before that the Holy Spirit cannot see error, and is capable only of looking beyond error to the defence of Atonement. ⁴There is no doubt that looking beyond error may produce discomfort, yet the discomfort is not the final outcome of the perception. ⁵When the Holy Spirit is permitted to look upon the defilement of the altar, Holy Spirit also looks immediately toward the Atonement. ⁶Nothing Holy Spirit perceives can induce fear. ⁷Everything that results from spiritual awareness is merely channelised toward correction. ⁸Discomfort is aroused only to bring the need for correction into awareness.

Simplified

Corrective learning begins with the awakening of spirit and turning away from belief in physical sight. You are afraid of what spiritual sight will show you. The Holy Spirit does not see error. Looking beyond error produces at first discomfort. Discomfort tells you correction is needed. If the Holy Spirit looks on error, the Holy Spirit immediately sees Atonement. There is no fear in the Atonement. Atonement brings correction.

8. The fear of healing arises in the end from an unwillingness to accept unequivocally that healing is necessary. ²What the physical eye sees is not corrective, nor can error be corrected by any device that can be seen physically. ³As long as you believe in what your physical sight tells you, your attempts at correction will be misdirected. ⁴The real vision is obscured, because you cannot endure to see your own defiled altar. ⁵But since the altar has been defiled, your state becomes doubly dangerous unless it is perceived.

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The fear of healing arises in the end from an unwillingness to accept unequivocally that healing is necessary. ²What the physical eye sees is not corrective, nor can error be corrected by any device that can be seen physically. ³As long as you believe in what your physical sight tells you, your attempts at correction will be misdirected. ⁴The real vision is obscured, because you cannot endure to see your own defiled altar. ⁵But since the altar has been defiled, your state becomes doubly dangerous unless it [the altar] is perceived.

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The fear of healing arises in the end from an unwillingness to accept unequivocally that healing is necessary. ²What the physical eye sees is not corrective, nor can error be corrected by any device that can be seen physically. ³As long as you believe in what your physical sight tells you, your attempts at correction will be misdirected. ⁴The real vision is obscured, because you cannot endure to see your own defiled altar. ⁵But since the altar has been defiled, your state becomes doubly dangerous unless the altar is perceived.

Simplified

Do not try to heal anything your physical eye sees. Do not be afraid to look at your own defiled altar.

9. Healing is an ability that developed after the separation, before which it was unnecessary. ²Like all aspects of the belief in space and time, it is temporary. ³However, as long as time persists, healing is needed as a means of protection. ⁴This is because healing rests on charity, and charity is a way of perceiving the perfection of another even if you cannot perceive it in yourself. ⁵Most of the loftier concepts of which you are capable now are time-dependent. ⁶Charity is really a weaker reflection of a much more powerful love-encompassment that is far beyond any form of charity you can conceive of as yet. ⁷Charity is essential to right-mindedness in the limited sense in which it can now be attained.

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Healing is an ability that developed after the separation, before which [the separation] it [healing] was unnecessary. ²Like all aspects of the belief in space and time, it [healing] is temporary. ³However, as long as time persists, healing is needed as a means of protection. ⁴This [healing is needed as a means of protection] is because healing rests on charity, and charity is a way of perceiving the perfection of another even if you cannot perceive it [perfection] in yourself. ⁵Most of the loftier concepts of which you are capable now are time-dependent. ⁶Charity is really a weaker reflection of a much more powerful love-encompassment that is far beyond any form of charity you can conceive of as yet. ⁷Charity is essential to right-mindedness in the limited sense in which it [right-mindedness] can now be attained.

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Healing is an ability that developed after the separation; before the separation healing was unnecessary. ²Like all aspects of the belief in space and time, healing is temporary. ³However, as long as time persists, healing is needed as a means of protection. ⁴Healing is needed as a means of protection because healing rests on charity, and charity is a way of perceiving the perfection of another even if you cannot perceive perfection in yourself. ⁵Most of the loftier concepts of which you are capable now are time-dependent. ⁶Charity is really a weaker reflection of a much more powerful love-encompassment that is far beyond any form of charity you can conceive of as yet. ⁷Charity is essential to right-mindedness in the limited sense in which right-mindedness can now be attained.

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The separation introduced the need for healing. The need for healing persists as long as belief in space–time persists. Charity is the healing you can do in a limited form of right-mindedness. In a limited form of right-mindedness, you can see the perfection in others while not seeing the perfection in yourself.

10. Charity is a way of looking at another as if he had already gone far beyond his actual accomplishments in time. ²Since his own thinking is faulty he cannot see the Atonement for himself, or he would have no need of charity. ³The charity that is accorded him is both an acknowledgment that he needs help, and a recognition that he will accept it. ⁴Both of these perceptions clearly imply their dependence on time, making it apparent that charity still lies within the limitations of this world. ⁵I said before that only revelation transcends time. ⁶The miracle, as an expression of charity, can only shorten it. ⁷It must be understood, however, that whenever you offer a miracle to another, you are shortening the suffering of both of you. ⁸This corrects retroäctively as well as progressively.

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Charity is a way of looking at another as if he [the other] had already gone far beyond his [the other’s] actual accomplishments in time. ²Since his [the other’s] own thinking is faulty he [the other] cannot see the Atonement for himself [the other’s self], or he [the other] would have no need of charity. ³The charity that is accorded him [the other] is both an acknowledgment that he [the other] needs help, and a recognition that he [the other] will accept it [help]. ⁴Both of these perceptions [the other needs and will accept help] clearly imply their [perceptions’s] dependence on time, making it apparent that charity still lies within the limitations of this world. ⁵I said before that only revelation transcends time. ⁶The miracle, as an expression of charity, can only shorten it [time]. ⁷It must be understood, however, that whenever you offer a miracle to another, you are shortening the suffering of both of you. ⁸This [offering a miracle to another] corrects retroäctively as well as progressively.

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Charity is a way of looking at another as if the other had already gone far beyond the other’s actual accomplishments in time. ²Since the other’s own thinking is faulty the other cannot see the Atonement for the other’s self, or the other would have no need of charity. ³The charity that is accorded the other is both an acknowledgment that the other needs help, and a recognition that the other will accept help. ⁴The perception that the other needs and will accept help, clearly implies the perceptions’s dependence on time, making it apparent that charity still lies within the limitations of this world. ⁵I said before that only revelation transcends time. ⁶The miracle, as an expression of charity, can only shorten time. ⁷It must be understood, however, that whenever you offer a miracle to another, you are shortening the suffering of both of you. ⁸Offering a miracle to another corrects retroäctively as well as progressively.

Simplified

Charity is limited to the world of perception. The miracle is an expression of charity. The miracle shortens time.

A. Special Principles of Miracle Workers

11. (1) The miracle abolishes the need for lower-order concerns. ²Since it is an out-of-pattern time interval, the ordinary considerations of time and space do not apply. ³When you perform a miracle, I will arrange both time and space to adjust to it.

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(1) The miracle abolishes the need for lower-order concerns. ²Since it [the miracle] is an out-of-pattern time interval, the ordinary considerations of time and space do not apply. ³When you perform a miracle, I will arrange both time and space to adjust to it [the miracle].

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(1) The miracle abolishes the need for lower-order concerns. ²Since the miracle is an out-of-pattern time interval, the ordinary considerations of time and space do not apply. ³When you perform a miracle, I will arrange both time and space to adjust to the miracle.

Simplified

Miracles change your relationship to time and space. I will help you to adjust.

12. (2) A clear distinction between what is created and what is made is essential. ²All forms of healing rest on this fundamental correction in level perception.

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(2) A clear distinction between what is created and what is made is essential. ²All forms of healing rest on this fundamental correction [between what is created and what is made] in level perception.

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(2) A clear distinction between what is created and what is made is essential. ²All forms of healing rest on the fundamental correction — between what is created and what is made — in level perception.

Simplified

Healing rests on you distinguishing between what is created and what is made.

13. (3) Never confuse right- and wrong-mindedness. ²Responding to any form of error with anything except a desire to heal is an expression of this confusion.

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(3) Never confuse right- and wrong-mindedness. ²Responding to any form of error with anything except a desire to heal is an expression of this confusion [between right-mindedness and wrong-mindedness].

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(3) Never confuse right- and wrong-mindedness. ²Responding to any form of error with anything except a desire to heal is an expression of confusion between right-mindedness and wrong-mindedness.

Simplified

Right mind responds to error with a desire to heal.

14. (4) The miracle is always a denial of this error and an affirmation of the truth. ²Only right-mindedness can correct in a way that has any real effect. ³Pragmatically, what has no real effect has no real existence. ⁴Its effect, then, is emptiness. ⁵Being without substantial content, it lends itself to projection.

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(4) The miracle is always a denial of this error [confusing right-mindedness and wrong-mindedness] and an affirmation of the truth. ²Only right-mindedness can correct in a way that has any real effect. ³Pragmatically, what has no real effect [wrong-mindedness] has no real existence. ⁴Its [wrong-mindedness’s] effect, then, is emptiness. ⁵Being without substantial content, it [wrong-mindedness] lends itself [wrong-mindedness’s self] to projection.

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(4) The miracle is always a denial of confusing right-mindedness and wrong-mindedness and an affirmation of the truth. ²Only right-mindedness can correct in a way that has any real effect. ³Pragmatically, wrong-mindedness has no real existence. ⁴Wrong-mindedness’s effect, then, is emptiness.

Simplified

Right-mindedness heals and corrects and has real effects. Wrong-mindedness can have no real effect. Wrong-mindedness causes projection.

15. (5) The level-adjustment power of the miracle induces the right perception for healing. ²Until this has occurred healing cannot be understood. ³Forgiveness is an empty gesture unless it entails correction. ⁴Without this it is essentially judgemental, rather than healing.

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(5) The level-adjustment power of the miracle induces the right perception for healing. ²Until this [level-adjustement] has occurred healing cannot be understood. ³Forgiveness is an empty gesture unless it [forgiveness] entails correction. ⁴Without this [correction] it [forgiveness] is essentially judgemental, rather than healing.

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(5) The level-adjustment power of the miracle induces the right perception for healing. ²Until level-adjustement has occurred healing cannot be understood. ³Forgiveness is an empty gesture unless forgiveness entails correction. ⁴Without correction forgiveness is essentially judgemental, rather than healing.

Simplified

Right-mindedness forgives with correction and healing. Forgiving without correction is judgemental.

16. (6) Miracle-minded forgiveness is correction. ²It has no element of judgement at all. ³The statement “Father forgive them for they know not what they do” in no way evaluates what they do. ⁴It is an appeal to God to heal their minds. ⁵There is no reference to the outcome of the error. ⁶That does not matter.

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(6) Miracle-minded forgiveness is correction. ²It [miracle-minded forgiveness] has no element of judgement at all. ³The statement “Father forgive them for they know not what they do” in no way evaluates what they [those who know not what they do] do. ⁴It [the statement “Father forgive them for they know not what they do”] is an appeal to God to heal their [those-who-know-not-what-they-do’s] minds. ⁵There is no reference to the outcome of the error. ⁶That [the outcome of the error] does not matter.

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(6) Miracle-minded forgiveness is correction. ²Miracle-minded forgiveness has no element of judgement at all. ³The statement “Father forgive them for they know not what they do” in no way evaluates what those who know not what they do, do. ⁴The statement “Father forgive them for they know not what they do” is an appeal to God to heal those-who-know-not-what-they-do’s minds. ⁵There is no reference to the outcome of the error. ⁶The outcome of the error does not matter.

Simplified

Miracles mindedness forgives regardless of consequences.

17. (7) The injunction “Be of one mind” is the statement for revelation-readiness. ²My request “Do this in remembrance of me” is the appeal for coöperation from miracle workers. ³The two statements are not in the same order of reality. ⁴Only the latter involves an awareness of time, since to remember is to recall the past in the present. ⁵Time is under my direction, but timelessness belongs to God. ⁶In time we exist for and with each other. ⁷In timelessness we coëxist with God.

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(7) The injunction “Be of one mind” is the statement for revelation-readiness. ²My request “Do this in remembrance of me” is the appeal for coöperation from miracle workers. ³The two statements [“be of one mind” and “do this in remembrance of me”] are not in the same order of reality. ⁴Only the latter [“do this in remembrance of me”] involves an awareness of time, since to remember is to recall the past in the present. ⁵Time is under my direction, but timelessness belongs to God. ⁶In time we exist for and with each other. ⁷In timelessness we coëxist with God.

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(7) The injunction “Be of one mind” is the statement for revelation-readiness. ²My request “Do this in remembrance of me” is the appeal for coöperation from miracle workers. ³“Be of one mind” and “do this in remembrance of me” are not in the same order of reality. ⁴Only “do this in remembrance of me” involves an awareness of time, since to remember is to recall the past in the present. ⁵Time is under my direction, but timelessness belongs to God. ⁶In time we exist for and with each other. ⁷In timelessness we coëxist with God.

Simplified

Right-mindedness is in time. Right-mindedness is directed by Jesus. One-mindedness is timelessness. One-mindedness is directed by God.

18. (8) You can do much on behalf of your own healing and that of others if, in a situation calling for help, you think of it this way:

²I am here only to be truly helpful.
³I am here to represent Him Who sent me.
⁴I do not have to worry about what to say or what to do, because He Who sent me will direct me.
⁵I am content to be wherever He wishes, knowing He goes there with me.
⁶I will be healed as I let Him teach me to heal.

Expanded

(8) You can do much on behalf of your own healing and that [the healing] of others if, in a situation calling for help, you think of it [the situation calling for help] this way:

²I am here only to be truly helpful.
³I am here to represent Him Who sent me.
⁴I do not have to worry about what to say or what to do, because He [Him-Who-sent-me] Who sent me will direct me.
⁵I am content to be wherever He [Him-Who-sent-me] wishes, knowing He [Him-Who-sent-me] goes there with me.
⁶I will be healed as I let Him [Him-Who-sent-me] teach me to heal.

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18. (8) You can do much on behalf of your own healing and the healing of others if, in a situation calling for help, you think of the situation calling for help this way:

²I am here only to be truly helpful.
³I am here to represent God; God sent me.
⁴I do not have to worry about what to say or what to do, because Him-Who-sent-me, will direct me.
⁵I am content to be wherever Him-Who-sent-me wishes, knowing Him-Who-sent-me goes there with me.
⁶I will be healed as I let Him-Who-sent-me teach me to heal.

Simplified

If a situation calls for help, think of the situation as God sending you. God will direct you what to do. God will teach you to heal. Be content. Be healed and heal.


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