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Read ACIM Chapter 2, Section V. A. (pages 27-28)
Paragraphs 11-18 offer key guidelines for miracle workers. Let us remember that a miracle is a correction of our misperceptions. When we are miscreating through the vehicle of the body, we are in need of mind healing. Miracle workers offer mind healing by accepting the healing of their own minds.
As we accept corrections in our perception, we place less and less importance on the physical world (lower-order concerns). Our focus shifts to the truth that we are Spirit and are not limited by time and space or physical laws. Under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, we see illusions for what they are and do not judge them because we see that they are meaningless. We let the Holy Spirit be the judge of what is real and what is not real. We learn to see the body as the Holy Spirit sees it — as a means of communication in this world, but not our identity. With less importance placed on the physical, we are less likely to judge it as real and so our peace of mind is more consistent.
The Course has already told us that only Love creates. Since only Love is real, only Love’s Creation is real. The ego makes illusions as a substitute for reality. Our belief in these illusions makes them seem real to us, leading to an inability to distinguish between what is created and what is made. It is the mistaken belief in illusions that is the fundamental error that must be corrected. (For more insight into the difference between ‘make’ and ‘create’ see T-3.V.2 on Text, page 44, paragraph 2.)
As miracle workers we need to be alert to our state of mind. When we are in our right mind, we recognize illusions for what they are and don’t react to them. In our wrong mind, we react to error or the illusions of the ego as if they were real. It is in this state of mind that we experience conflict, fear, guilt and lack. A miracle worker learns to see past the illusions and recognize the need for Love or release from fear and so his response is the desire to heal rather than defend against illusions.
The miracle worker affirms the truth of oneness, which denies the error of separation. This is the only correction that has any real effect because it shifts us from believing in illusion to accepting the truth that we remain Love as God created us. Illusions have no meaning of their own; they are empty. We try to give them meaning through projection, yet projection does not make reality.
True forgiveness occurs when we recognize that what we thought was real was really an illusion and never actually occurred. When we see that nothing happened, it is easy to let it go. This is the right perception that heals our mind and frees us from judgment. (For more understanding of true forgiveness, see W-pII.1 — Workbook, page 401.)
To be a miracle worker we need to be willing to follow the Holy Spirit’s lead rather than try to be independent and decide how to be helpful on our own. We need to see ourselves as assistants of the Holy Spirit. As an assistant, we don’t decide on our own, but follow the Director, who sets the direction. To do this we need to keep an open mind and be content to be lead, knowing the Holy Spirit is always there with us. It is this open mindedness that allows us to be taught how to heal. Sentences 2-6 in paragraph 18 offer us a wonderful prayer to help us maintain this dedication as a miracle worker: “I am here only to be truly helpful. I am here to represent Him Who sent me. I do not have to worry about what to say or what to do, because He Who sent me will direct me. I am content to be wherever He wishes, knowing He goes there with me. I will be healed as I let Him teach me to heal.” (18:2-6)
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M-13.3:2 = Manual for Teachers, Question 13, paragraph 3, sentence 2.
C-6.4:6 = Clarification of Terms, Term 6, paragraph 4, sentence 6
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