A Course in Miracles Chapter 1.1 | Lesson #1

This is a course in miracles. It is a required course. Only the time you take it is voluntary. Free will does not mean that you can establish the curriculum.   It means only that you can elect what you want to take at a given time. The course does not aim at teaching the meaning of love, for that is beyond what can be taught. It does aim, however, at removing the blocks to the awareness of love’s presence, which is your natural inheritance. The opposite of love is fear, but what is all-encompassing can have no opposite.

This course can therefore be summed up very simply in this way:

Nothing real can be threatened.
Nothing unreal exists.

Herein lies the peace of God.

The Meaning of Miracles

  1. Principle of Miracles
    • There is not order of difficulty in miracles.
    • Miracles do not matter, the only thing that matters is the source.
    • Miracles occur naturally as an expression of love, the real miracle is the love that inspires them.
    • All miracles mean life and god is the giver of life.
    • Miracles are habits and should be involuntary, not under conscious control.
    • Miracles are natural. When they do not occur, something has gone wrong.
    • Miracles are everyone’s right, but purification is necessary first.
    • Miracles are healing because they supply a lack.
    • Miracles are a kind of exchange, the exchange reverses the physical laws. They bring more love to the giver and the receiver.
    • The use of miracles as spectacles to induce belief is a misunderstanding of their purpose.
    • Prayer is the medium of miracles. It is the means of communication with the created with the creator.
    • Miracles are thoughts. Makes the physical or creates the spiritual.
    • Miracles are both beginnings and endings. Affirmations of rebirth. Undo the past in the present and thus release the future.
    • Miracles bear witness to truth.
    • Each day should be devoted to miracles. Time will cease when it is no longer useful to facilitate learning.
    • Miracles are teaching devices for demonstrating it is as blessed to give as to receive. Increase the strength of the giver and supply strength to the receiver.
    • Miracles transcend the body. Sudden shifts into invisibility away from the bodily level, that is why they heal.
    • A miracle is a service, the maximal service you can render to another.
    • Miracles makes minds one in god. They depend on cooperation. Miracles reflect the laws of eternity, not of time.
    • Miracles reawaken the awareness that the spirit not the body is the altar of truth.
    • Miracles are natural signs of forgiveness.
    • Miracles are associated with fear only because of the belief that darkness can hide.
    • Miracles rearrange perception and place all levels in true perspective.
    • Miracles enable you to heal the sick and raise the dead because you made sickness and death yourself and can therefore abolish both.
    • Miracles are part of an interlocking chain of forgiveness, when completed, is the atonement.
    • Miracles represent freedom from fear. Atoning means undoing.
    • A miracle is a universal blessing from god through me to all my brothers.
    • Miracles are a way of earning release from fear.
    • Miracles praise god through you. Deny body identification and affirm spirit identification.
    • By recognising spirit, miracles adjust the levels of perception and show them in proper alignment. Spirit is at the centre where it can communicate directly.
    • Miracles should inspire gratitude not awe.
    • I inspire all miracles which are really intercessions. They intercede for your holiness and make your perceptions holy by placing you beyond the physical laws which raise you into the sphere of celestial order. In this order you are perfect.
    • Miracles honour you because you are loveable.
    • Miracles restore the mind to its fullness.
    • Miracles are expressions of love, but they may not always have observable effects.
    • Miracles are examples of right thinking, aligning your perceptions with truth as god created it.
    • A miracle is a correction introduced into false thinking by me.
    • The holy spirit is the mechanism of miracles.
    • The miracles dissolves error because the holy spirit identifies error as false or unreal. By perceiving light, darkness automatically disappears.
    • A miracle acknowledges everyone as your brother or mine.
    • Wholeness is the perceptual content of miracles.
    • A major contribution of miracles is their strength in releasing you from your false sense of isolation, deprivation and lack.
    • Miracles arise from a miraculous state of mind or a state of miracle readiness.
    • The miracle is an expression of an inner awareness of christ and the acceptance of his atonement
    • A miracle is never lost. It may touch many people you have never met and produce undreamed of changes in situations of which you are not even aware.
    • The holy spirit is the highest communication medium. Miracles are temporary communication devices.
    • The miracle is a learning device that lessens the need for time.
    • The miracle is the only device at your immediate disposal for controlling time.
    • The miracle makes no distinction among degrees of mis-perception.
    • The miracle compares what you have made with creation.


Lesson #1

Nothing I see in this room
[on this street, from this window, in this place]
means anything.

Now look slowly around you, and practice applying this idea very specifically to whatever you see:

This table does not mean anything.
This chair does not mean anything.
This hand does not mean anything.
This foot does not mean anything.
This pen does not mean anything.

Then look farther away from your immediate area, and apply the idea to a wider range:

That door does not mean anything.
That body does not mean anything.
That lamp does not mean anything.
That sign does not mean anything.
That shadow does not mean anything.

Notice that these statements are not arranged in any order, and make no allowance for differences in the kinds of things to which they are applied. That is the purpose of the exercise. The statement should merely be applied to anything you see. As you practice the idea for the day, use it totally indiscriminately. Do not attempt to apply it to everything you see, for these exercises should not become ritualistic. Only be sure that nothing you see is specifically excluded. One thing is like another as far as the application of the idea is concerned.

Each of the first three lessons should not be done more than twice a day each, preferably morning and evening. Nor should they be attempted for more than a minute or so, unless that entails a sense of hurry. A comfortable sense of leisure is essential.

→ my notes from : A Course In Miracles

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