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.
This is a very important principle.
It says "Miracles are thoughts," so a miracle is a change from the ego's
thought to the Holy Spirit's thought. Miracles are thoughts because everything
is thought. Nothing has existence outside our minds. The miracle is the
thought that corrects or undoes the ego's thought of separation.
This principle is another example of
what I earlier referred to as Level One. The Course can be understood on
two different levels: Level One and Level Two. Level One is the basic metaphysical
foundation for the Course's thought system. Everything is either true or
false; everything is either of God or of the ego and there is no in-between,
no compromise. Level Two is that part of the Course's system that deals
with this physical world, where the distinction is made between the ego's
way of looking and the Holy Spirit's way of looking.
What is being talked about in this principle
is Level One, that there are two kinds of thoughts: the ego thoughts, and
basically it is those ego thoughts that made up this world, and the Holy
Spirit's thoughts. This is the first time in this material that you find
the distinction between the words "make" and "create." Spirit creates and
the ego makes. Later on in the text, this is explained in more detail (text,
pp. 39f, T-3.V.2,3). When the word "create" is used, it is only used to
denote the activity of spirit, and that has nothing to do with, and no
counterpart to, anything in this world. On this Level, which again is Level
One, our thoughts can either be of the spirit, which means that they create,
or they can be of the ego, which means that they make.
There are two kinds of making, what
I call Level Two, which are really not what is being talked about here.
One is the ego's wrong-minded making, which is that it not only made up
the world, but then it made up a thought system and a way of being in this
world that reinforces the separation. Or, we could have thoughts of the
right-minded part of our split minds which come from the Holy Spirit, which
undo the separation of the ego. Basically, all that we are talking about
is that there are two ways of being in this world: one is the ego's, and
one is the Holy Spirit's. Both of those ways are illusory, because they
both operate within this framework. The crucial idea is that "miracles
are thoughts," that they are corrective thoughts to take the place of the
thoughts of the ego. We can also say that miracles reflect the principle
of creation or extension of spirit in Heaven. Yet, they themselves are
illusions because they come within the world of illusion and, thus, correct
what never was.