Miracles are healing because
they supply a lack; they are performed by those who temporarily
have more for those who temporarily
Principle 8 introduces the word "lack,"
which is a word that A Course in Miracles uses from time to time and is
part of the concept of the "scarcity principle." This is that aspect of
our guilt that teaches us that there is something missing in us, or there
is something scarce. Of course, the ego never tells us that what is missing
is God. God is excluded from the ego system, and that is what the Course
means by the "scarcity principle." Lack is just the derivative of that.
The belief that there is something lacking comes from the ego belief or
perception of the world, which is a world of separation, This is now talking
about how the miracle becomes the correction for that belief in lack. The
miracle teaches us that we are not separate from each other, that we are
really one with each other. That, of course, becomes a reflection of the
wholeness of Christ. The miracle removes the burden of guilt that keeps
us from remembering the abundance of Christ.
The principle states: "Miracles are
healing because they supply a lack." This is another indication of how
the Course is not precise with its language. Basically, as it says elsewhere,
you do not "supply a lack," because that really means that there is a lack
that you then fill up, which would be making the lack real. The more correct
way of stating it, which is really how the Course speaks of it later on,
is that it corrects the misperception of lack. That is what the miracle
"They are performed by those who temporarily
have more for those who temporarily have less" means that the miracle is
done by someone who is in his right mind, as opposed to the person who
temporarily has less who is in his wrong mind. That is really what those
words mean. The word "temporarily" is important here. A passage in the
text talks about how healing occurs when the healer is without fear (text,
p. 635; T-27.V.2:7-14). However, this does not mean that the healer is
always without fear; only in the instant when he chooses to heal instead
of to attack. We go back and forth all the time. The pamphlet on psychotherapy
says that the therapist should be one or two steps ahead of his patient
(p. 7).* As any therapist knows, this is not always the case, and
it certainly does not mean miles ahead. Once again, "miracle" here is used
in the sense of something that someone does: it is performed. That is the
popular use of the word "miracle."
Purpose, Process and Practice"
for Inner Peace, 1976; This pamphlet now included in the official Third
Edition of ACIM).