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

Principle 32

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 they raise you 
into the sphere of celestial order. In this order you are perfect.

Obviously, Jesus is very clear that he is the source of the miracles, and it is a good thing, too. As A Course in Miracles says, we do not know our own best interests, let alone anyone else's, so that is why we should ask the one who does. If we try to act on our own, we are trying to be the inspirer of miracles, usurping the role of Jesus, just as we once did with God when we separated from Him.

The word "intercessions" here is deliberate. Jesus is not talking about intercessory prayer as it is usually thought of, or the idea that he intercedes between us and God which is the traditional view that God was too angry at us, so we needed someone who would be a go-between who could appease the wrath of God. He uses the word that has those connotations but, obviously, it is used differently. The way that he does intercede is between the holiness of Christ that we truly are and the self we believe we are, recalling to us the fact that we are holy and perfect and that everything else, whether we perceive something wrong in ourselves or in someone else, is merely part of the illusory system of the ego.

By our choosing a miracle, which means that we are choosing to hear God's Voice rather than the ego's, our perceptions become holy. Another word for holy perception, which is not usually used in the Course, is "true perception," a synonym for "the vision of Christ." It is the way that we perceive when there is no longer any guilt in us. We perceive through the eyes of the Holy Spirit when we no longer see someone as separate from us. This still occurs within the world of perception, which is this world. This does not mean that we deny someone else's body, but what we do deny is that the body has made us separate. We therefore deny all the perceptions and thoughts that would reinforce this separation of the ego.

"By placing you beyond the physical laws they raise you into the sphere of celestial order. In this order you are perfect." This is the same as the idea of how the miracle transcends the ego's laws, the physical laws. The culmination is that it restores to us the awareness of who we are, which is spirit. But this is not the goal of the Course, which is for us to be in this world without guilt.

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