Even though A Course in Miracles begins with fifty principles of miracles, I’ll bet I’m not the only one who was confused about how on earth I was supposed to go about working miracles. I don’t engage in debate as to which version of the Course is better, I use and enjoy all of them; nevertheless, the earlier versions contain incredibly rich material in regard to the miracle principles.
A few years ago I was inspired to study the miracle principles throughout all the versions, and thus discovered a recipe for miracles. According to Webster, a recipe is: “a set of directions for preparing something.” We’re all familiar with the term in regard to preparing a meal, yet who would've thought that we have a set of directions that prepare us to be miracle workers?
For optimum results a recipe requires all the ingredients, and we have three in the recipe for miracles. They are: Listen, learn and do. Miracle principle forty-seven tells us that we must be ready to listen, willing to learn, and able to do.
So now that we have the ingredients, let’s delve into this very delicious recipe!
First Ingredient: Ready to Listen
A Course in Miracles teaches us to discern between two voices: Ego speaks for fear, attack and limitation, and Holy Spirit speaks for love, union, and miracles. We’re told that we have a choice between fear and love, but it’s more like having only one choice because fear is almost always on automatic pilot!
One of the things I love about the Course is that it doesn’t teach that we should listen to the voice for Love; instead it reveals that we do listen to the voice for separation – constantly! The ego chats incessantly about literally everything we see, hear and do. Have you noticed?
Miracle-mindedness is a state of consciousness that requires safeguarding, because it is a state of miracle-readiness. Being “ready to listen” means that we are to be increasingly aware of the ego’s voice, and then vigilant to choose again.
Second Ingredient: Willing to Learn
A prerequisite for being willing to learn would have to be the acknowledgment that, I do not know.
“Those who remember always that they know nothing, and who have become willing to learn everything, will learn it. But whenever they trust themselves, they will not learn.”
Recently I was guided back to these ideas when I became aware that I was once again mesmerized by the world of appearances – namely, the appearance of my bank account! Ha!
An aspect of my life that the inner teacher has used to teach me many lessons about trust and letting go, is running a business. After years of practice it is becoming ingrained in my consciousness that I am an abundant child of God, consequently, I have been able to let go of fear around money and security. Nevertheless, once in awhile it pops up again, serving to lead me deeper into the lessons of Truth. Fear is a sure sign that I’ve gone back to trusting myself, instead of the Truth that I Am as God created me.
Miracle-mindedness denies any thought of lack, and affirms the Truth that each one of us are a creation of an abundant Source of all good. Through listening to the voice of fear and separation, we have taught ourselves that we are limited, lacking and just not good enough. In order to be miracle-ready, we must be willing to learn from another teacher. The Course tells us that our part is very simple: Ask to be taught.
Is anything going on in your life that brings up feelings of doubt and fear? You can choose fear or a miracle, but you cannot choose both. Are you ready to choose again? If so, take a moment to think of God’s presence within you and silently pray:
I do not know what anything, including this, means.
And so I do not know how to respond to it.
The Voice for God leads me and knows the way,
which I know not.
I trust it will never keep from me
what it would have me learn.
“By this refusal to attempt to teach yourself what you do not know, the Guide Whom God has given you will speak to you.” (T-14.XI.6)
The reason we have the same problems occurring over and over again in different form, the reason tomorrow will look so much like yesterday is because, in the present, we don’t stop and acknowledge that we know nothing. The miracle undoes the past by showing me what I Am now. What I Am now is not a being of lack and limitation.
When I am alert to thoughts of fear lurking in my mind, I need only remember that my part is to acknowledge that I do not know, and return my mind to the One who does know. Miracle principle eleven tells us that prayer is the medium of miracles. It is the means of communication of the created with the Creator. Through prayer love is received, and through miracles love is expressed.
Third Ingredient: Able to Do
At face value one might think: “Oh yeah, I am going to listen, and I’m going to learn, and then, I’ll do something in the world.”
That's not how it works. This last ingredient is involuntary, which means: I don’t do it. It’s done through me. I need do nothing. My responsibility is to be ready to listen, willing to learn, and then to let Holy Spirit “do” through me. There is such a sense of freedom in the realization that I don’t have to try to change the world, you, or myself; I only have to be willing to let go.
“Able to do” is to let go and Let God.
Through readiness to listen and willingness to learn, my mind becomes a fertile ground for miracles. The Voice for Love whispers to me now:
Are you ready to listen
to My voice?
Are you willing dear child of Love,
to learn that you do not know?
When you are ready to listen to My voice,
when you are willing to learn that you do not know
what is best for you,
then, the Love that I Am
will extend through the Love that
and the world
will be lit by miracles.
Note: Miracle Principle forty-seven is found in the “Original Edition” and the “Blue Sparkly”. It is #40 in the urtext, and does not appear in the FIP edition. For commentary on the various versions of ACIM, see “Course Note” #4 here on my blog.