The Meaning of Miracles – 50 Principles

“…A Course in Miracles, therefore, is a universal spiritual teaching, not a religion…” – ACIM

A Course in Miracles – Chapter 1

50 Principles

The Meaning of Miracles – I. Principles of Miracles

T-1.I.1. There is no order of difficulty in miracles. 2 One is not “harder” or “bigger” than another. 3 They are all the same. 4 All expressions of love are maximal.

T-1.I.2. Miracles as such do not matter. 2 The only thing that matters is their Source, which is far beyond evaluation.

T-1.I.3. Miracles occur naturally as expressions of love. 2 The real miracle is the love that inspires them. 3 In this sense everything that comes from love is a miracle.

T-1.I.4. All miracles mean life, and God is the Giver of life. 2 His Voice will direct you very specifically. 3 You will be told all you need to know.

T-1.I.5. Miracles are habits, and should be involuntary. 2 They should not be under conscious control. 3 Consciously selected miracles can be misguided.

T-1.I.6. Miracles are natural. 2 When they do not occur something has gone wrong.

T-1.I.7. Miracles are everyone’s right, but purification is necessary first.

T-1.I.8. Miracles are healing because they supply a lack; they are performed by those who temporarily have more for those who temporarily have less.

T-1.I.9. Miracles are a kind of exchange. 2 Like all expressions of love, which are always miraculous in the true sense, the exchange reverses the physical laws. 3 They bring more love both to the giver and the receiver.

T-1.I.10. The use of miracles as spectacles to induce belief is a misunderstanding of their purpose.

T-1.I.11. Prayer is the medium of miracles. 2 It is a means of communication of the created with the Creator. 3 Through prayer love is received, and through miracles love is expressed.

T-1.I.12. Miracles are thoughts. 2 Thoughts can represent the lower or bodily level of experience, or the higher or spiritual level of experience. 3 One makes the physical, and the other creates the spiritual.

T-1.I.13. Miracles are both beginnings and endings, and so they alter the temporal order. 2 They are always affirmations of rebirth, which seem to go back but really go forward. 3 They undo the past in the present, and thus release the future.

T-1.I.14. Miracles bear witness to truth. 2 They are convincing because they arise from conviction. 3 Without conviction they deteriorate into magic, which is mindless and therefore destructive; or rather, the uncreative use of mind.

T-1.I.15. Each day should be devoted to miracles. 2 The purpose of time is to enable you to learn how to use time constructively. 3 It is thus a teaching device and a means to an end. 4 Time will cease when it is no longer useful in facilitating learning.

T-1.I.16. Miracles are teaching devices for demonstrating it is as blessed to give as to receive. 2 They simultaneously increase the strength of the giver and supply strength to the receiver.

T-1.I.17. Miracles transcend the body. 2 They are sudden shifts into invisibility, away from the bodily level. 3 That is why they heal.

T-1.I.18. A miracle is a service. 2 It is the maximal service you can render to another. 3 It is a way of loving your neighbour as yourself. 4 You recognize your own and your neighbour’s worth simultaneously.

T-1.I.19. Miracles make minds one in God. 2 They depend on cooperation because the Sonship is the sum of all that God created. 3 Miracles therefore reflect the laws of eternity, not of time.

T-1.I.20. Miracles reawaken the awareness that the spirit, not the body, is the altar of truth. 2 This is the recognition that leads to the healing power of the miracle.

T-1.I.21. Miracles are natural signs of forgiveness. 2 Through miracles you accept God’s forgiveness by extending it to others.

T-1.I.22. Miracles are associated with fear only because of the belief that darkness can hide. 2 You believe that what your physical eyes cannot see does not exist. 3 This leads to a denial of spiritual sight.

T-1.I.23. Miracles rearrange perception and place all levels in true perspective. 2 This is healing because sickness comes from confusing the levels.

T-1.I.24. Miracles enable you to heal the sick and raise the dead because you made sickness and death yourself, and can therefore abolish both. 2 You are a miracle, capable of creating in the likeness of your Creator. 3 Everything else is your own nightmare, and does not exist. 4 Only the creations of light are real.

T-1.I.25. Miracles are part of an interlocking chain of forgiveness which, when completed, is the Atonement. 2 Atonement works all the time and in all the dimensions of time.

T-1.I.26. Miracles represent freedom from fear. 2 “Atoning” means “undoing.” 3 The undoing of fear is an essential part of the Atonement value of miracles.

T-1.I.27. A miracle is a universal blessing from God through me to all my brothers. 2 It is the privilege of the forgiven to forgive.

T-1.I.28. Miracles are a way of earning release from fear. 2 Revelation induces a state in which fear has already been abolished. 3 Miracles are thus a means and revelation is an end.

T-1.I.29. Miracles praise God through you. 2 They praise Him by honoring His creations, affirming their perfection. 3 They heal because they deny body-identification and affirm spirit-identification.

T-1.I.30. By recognizing spirit, miracles adjust the levels of perception and show them in proper alignment. 2 This places spirit at the centre, where it can communicate directly.

T-1.I.31. Miracles should inspire gratitude, not awe. 2 You should thank God for what you really are. 3 The children of God are holy and the miracle honours their holiness, which can be hidden but never lost.

T-1.I.32. I inspire all miracles, which are really intercessions. 2 They intercede for your holiness and make your perceptions holy. 3 By placing you beyond the physical laws they raise you into the sphere of celestial order. 4 In this order you are perfect.

T-1.I.33. Miracles honour you because you are lovable. 2 They dispel illusions about yourself and perceive the light in you. 3 They thus atone for your errors by freeing you from your nightmares. 4 By releasing your mind from the imprisonment of your illusions, they restore your sanity.

T-1.I.34. Miracles restore the mind to its fullness. 2 By atoning for lack they establish perfect protection. 3 The spirit’s strength leaves no room for intrusions.

T-1.I.35. Miracles are expressions of love, but they may not always have observable effects.

T-1.I.36. Miracles are examples of right thinking, aligning your perceptions with truth as God created it.

T-1.I.37. A miracle is a correction introduced into false thinking by me. 2 It acts as a catalyst, breaking up erroneous perception and reorganizing it properly. 3 This places you under the Atonement principle, where perception is healed. 4 Until this has occurred, knowledge of the Divine Order is impossible.

T-1.I.38. The Holy Spirit is the mechanism of miracles. 2 He recognizes both God’s creations and your illusions. 3 He separates the true from the false by His ability to perceive totally rather than selectively.

T-1.I.39. The miracle dissolves error because the Holy Spirit identifies error as false or unreal. 2 This is the same as saying that by perceiving light, darkness automatically disappears.

T-1.I.40. The miracle acknowledges everyone as your brother and mine. 2 It is a way of perceiving the universal mark of God.

T-1.I.41. Wholeness is the perceptual content of miracles. 2 They thus correct, or atone for, the faulty perception of lack.

T-1.I.42. A major contribution of miracles is their strength in releasing you from your false sense of isolation, deprivation and lack.

T-1.I.43. Miracles arise from a miraculous state of mind, or a state of miracle-readiness.

T-1.I.44. The miracle is an expression of an inner awareness of Christ and the acceptance of His Atonement.

T-1.I.45. A miracle is never lost. 2 It may touch many people you have not even met, and produce undreamed of changes in situations of which you are not even aware.

T-1.I.46. The Holy Spirit is the highest communication medium. 2 Miracles do not involve this type of communication, because they are temporary communication devices. 3 When you return to your original form of communication with God by direct revelation, the need for miracles is over.

T-1.I.47. The miracle is a learning device that lessens the need for time. 2 It establishes an out-of-pattern time interval not under the usual laws of time. 3 In this sense it is timeless.

T-1.I.48. The miracle is the only device at your immediate disposal for controlling time. 2 Only revelation transcends it, having nothing to do with time at all.

T-1.I.49. The miracle makes no distinction among degrees of misperception. 2 It is a device for perception correction, effective quite apart from either the degree or the direction of the error. 3 This is its true indiscriminateness.

T-1.I.50. The miracle compares what you have made with creation, accepting what is in accord with it as true, and rejecting what is out of accord as false.

See Also:


A Course In Miracles – ACIM