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

Principle 42

A major contribution of miracles is their strength in releasing you from 
your false sense of isolation, deprivation and lack.

We feel that we are isolated from our true Self or from God, and we feel isolated from each other. Once we feel that we are separate, we will then project the blame for it onto other people and believe that they are depriving us. That is what deprivation comes from. Deprivation is the statement that says you are depriving me of something that I want, or need, or am. This projection is a denial of the fact that I had first taken it away from myself. Scarcity or lack must lead to deprivation, since guilt (another word for the belief in lack) must always be projected, a fundamental law of mind. It is the projection of the responsibility for having chosen to believe that we are lacking in something -- I did not do this to me -- you did. As the Course says, "The secret of salvation is but this: That you are doing this unto yourself " (text, p. 546; T-27.VIII.10:1).

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