Miracles are a kind of exchange.
Like all expressions of love, which are always miraculous in the true sense,
the exchange reverses the physical
laws. They bring more love both to the giver and the receiver.
The ego's understanding of giving
is that when I give you something, I no longer have it. If I give you something,
you have more of it and I have less of it. Giving, to the ego, is always
quantitative. Now, this is so whether we are talking about material things,
or we are talking about psychological things or thoughts. One of the key
aspects of projection is that by my giving you my guilt I am free of it,
and you have it. We always believe that when we give a thought away, then
someone else has it and we do not have it.
The miracle corrects that and teaches
us that what we give we also receive, since we are all one. Since I am
really not giving anything that is out here, because there is nothing out
here, it is all in my mind. Giving, then, is really a reinforcement. If
I give you my guilt by projecting it onto you and attacking you, what I
am really doing is reinforcing my own guilt. If I give you love, then what
I am doing is reinforcing the fact that there is a Presence of Love Who
is within me, and that Presence, the Holy Spirit, is the One Who is really
giving the love. That is why what we give away we really receive. Giving
and receiving are the same. That is one of the key principles found in
the material. Several workbook lessons have that as their basic idea (e.g.,
lessons 108, 126), and certainly the text discusses it over and over again.
Miracles, then, become an exchange.
I allow the Holy Spirit to extend His Love through me, which not only reinforces
who you are, as a child of love, but it also reinforces who I am, healing
both of us.
That idea is a reversal of how the world
thinks or the ego thinks, and that is what the statement means. It reverses
the physical laws because the world teaches, again, that what we give away
we have less of, so that the more miracles we choose, and the more we can
allow ourselves to be the instruments of the miracle, the more we receive
the benefits of the miracle. The more that we love, heal, and forgive,
the more loved, healed, and forgiven we become. The St. Francis Prayer
is a lovely expression of that principle.