Miracles are natural. When they
do not occur something has gone wrong.
The Course teaches us that the most
natural thing in this world is to be at peace and one with God, because
that peace comes from the Holy Spirit within us. The unnatural things in
this world are those that defend against that naturalness: feelings of
anger, conflict, depression, loss, guilt, anxiety, etc. All these are not
natural, because they do not come from who we really are. In this world,
feelings of peace, joy, and being one with people do reflect who we really
are and, therefore, they are natural.
In other words, when miracles do not
occur, and here we can think of a miracle as the extension of the Holy
Spirit within our minds, something has gone wrong because we have put something
in the way. That is all the ego is: an obstruction that keeps from us the
awareness of who we really are.
Q: I was having
a problem before with your comment that no one is holier, and I think what
you just said made sense. With some people you just experience a presence,
a wholesomeness, in that they are one with themselves or God and, therefore,
I guess that is what I would call a holy person.
A: What that means
is that they have fewer impediments to their holiness than other people
do. In this world, that is true. Later on in this chapter, which we are
not going to cover today, Jesus speaks of himself and says that he is no
different from anyone else (text, p. 5; T-1.II.3:5-6). He is not any holier
or less holy than anyone else. The only difference is that he got through
his ego faster than the rest of us. In the world of time, he is different
from us because he has no ego. In the world of eternity, however, he is
the same as we are. That is why he .says that to experience him in awe
is a mistake, because he defines awe as something that is justified only
when you are in the presence of someone who is greater than you. The only
Person with Whom that is justified, then, is God, because God is our Creator.
We should not be in awe of Jesus, because he is our equal. He is just a
little bit smarter than we are, that is all. Therefore, we should ask him
Q: To take that
a little further, in everything that we see and apprehend in other people,
that we think is holy, are we seeing our own holiness?
A: Yes, but you
have to be very careful. Very often when we see how this person is really
holy, what we are very subtly doing is putting ourselves down. We are saying
this person is holier than I am. Almost always that is what we are doing.
That is the mistake. That is why, from the point of view of the Course,
the mistake that made Jesus greater than anybody else occurred. It was
not a way of making Jesus greater; it was a way of making ourselves smaller,
saying that he is the only Son of God. It was a way of saying he is perfect
and pure, which really was a way of expressing the fact that people felt
so impure. It was not so much a statement about Jesus, it was a statement
about what was in ourselves. We felt so guilty and sinful we had to make
him different. And the whole point of his teaching is that we are not different;
we are all the same. We are all Christ.
The only difference with Jesus is that
he was the first one who recognized who he really was, that he was Christ,
and that he helps everyone else recognize that they are also Christ. An
example of what the Course would call "spiritual specialness" is our making
certain people better or more holy or more spiritual than others. Very
subtly what that does is put ourselves down, which means that we reinforce
the belief that we are separate. The same thing is true when we think we
are more spiritual than someone else -- opposite sides of the same coin.