The Fifty Miracle Principles of A Course in Miracles
by Kenneth Wapnick

Principle 18

A miracle is a service. It is the maximal service you can render to another. 
It is a way of loving your neighbor as yourself. You recognize 
your own and your neighbor's worth simultaneously.

That is another way of saying what we have already talked about, that the miracle helps us recognize and remember that we are one and the same, and that our worth is established by God. Your worth is the same as mine. If I see you as being worthier than I, or less worthy than I am -- victim or victimizer -- then that is an attack. It is basically an attack on the Sonship and, therefore, must be an attack on the Creator of the Sonship. It is a consistent teaching of A Course in Miracles that we are all the same, moving beyond the superficial differences of our bodies -- physical and psychological -- to the underlying unity of not only the Christ in us, but also our shared need to remember what we have forgotten and to escape from the prison of our own guilt. Thus, at the end of Chapter 15, which was written around New Year's, there is this little prayer -- "Make this year different by making it all the same" (text, p. 306; T-15.XI.10:11). We learn to see everything the same because there is, in truth, only one problem, and thus there can be only one solution. And all things and all people in the world but serve to teach us this one lesson.

A miracle is a service because, obviously, it is a way of bringing love to someone who believes in fear, and by bringing love or being a channel of love to you who are fearful, I am also channeling it to myself. Again, the miracle is not behavioral, despite what may sometimes appear to be behavioral effects. It is only on the level of the mind. The most loving thing we can ever do has nothing to do with what we do on the level of form. It is rather our joining with each other through forgiveness.

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