Miracles are natural signs of
forgiveness. Through miracles you accept
God's forgiveness by extending it
Here is the first statement in the Course
on forgiveness. As I mentioned right at the beginning, God does not forgive.
When A Course in Miracles talks about the forgiveness of God, it
really is talking about the Love of God.
Q: I thought that
miracles were forgiveness.
A: They are. That
is why I have said it is all the same thing: "miracle," "forgiveness,"
"healing," "Atonement." They are just different words to describe the same
process. You could actually give a whole list of words that all say the
same kind of thing: "vision," "the real world," "the holy instant," "the
holy relationship," "salvation ... .. redemption ... .. correction," "the
face of Christ," "Christ's vision," "true perception." They are different
words that reflect different aspects of the same basic process.
Basically, forgiveness, as the Course
defines it elsewhere, is forgiving your brother for what he has not done.
In other words, you realize that nothing has been done to you; it is all
something that you did to yourself. What happens with miracles is that
we shift from the ego's attack and hatred to the Holy Spirit's Love, which
then becomes the extension of God's Love to us, and then through us to
other people. This is what the Course means by forgiveness. It is an example
of the passage I just quoted where Jesus says that we demonstrate that
he did not die in vain by demonstrating that he lives in us, which means
that we live according to the same principles of forgiveness that he demonstrated.
And the more we do what he says, the more we will understand what he taught
and the closer we will come to him. Similarly with the Course, the more
we can practice its lessons of undoing guilt through forgiveness, the more
we will be able to understand what the text is saying. And of course the
more we can understand it, the easier it becomes to apply in our daily
lives. It is a reciprocal process.