What Is A Miracle?

bluebirdsInstead of looking at specific lessons or lesson themes, I thought it would be a good idea to take a look at what exactly a miracle is. Generally most of us might describe a miracle as something that can’t be explained by everyday understanding nor by the scientific knowledge that we have to date. In Medieval or Church Latin, a miracle or miraculus is defined as a “marvelous event caused by God.” These are miracles such as Moses parting the Red Sea or Jesus walking on water.

In A Course in Miracles, however, they are not talking about these kinds of miracles. The Course even discourages thinking of miracles as magic. In Text Chapter 1, The Meaning of Miracles, Part I. Principles of Miracles it states in #10: The use of miracles as spectacles to induce belief is a misunderstanding of their purpose. Instead this first section of the book lists 50 explanations or principles of what a miracle is. In summary:

  • Miracles occur naturally as expressions of love.
  • All expressions of love are maximal.
  • Miracles are natural.
  • Miracles are everyone’s right.
  • Miracles bear witness to truth.
  • Miracles transcend the body. That is why they heal.
  • Miracles reawaken the awareness that the spirit, not the body, is the altar of truth.
  • Miracles are natural signs of forgiveness.
  • You are a miracle.
  • Miracles should inspire gratitude, not awe.

The Latin miraculum, comes from the verb mirari “to wonder at, marvel, be astonished, admire,” and mirus “wonderful, astonishing, extraordinary.” These words are related to or cognate with the Sanskrit smerah “smiling,” the Ancient Greek meidan “to smile,” Old English smerian “to laugh at,” Old High German smieron “to smile,” and Modern English smile. Miracles aren’t magic tricks, but the admirable Beauty, Truth, Light, and Love that brings joy and smiles to our hearts and souls.

images-4Lesson 77: Let Miracles replace all grievences.

Lesson 91: Miracles are seen in light. Let me not close my eyes because of this.

Blazing Light of Glory, is a co-created and cooperative writing, studying, and teaching effort of Lisa of BloomLisa and Julianne Victoria of Through the Peacock’s Eyes.

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About Julianne Victoria

I am a writer, spiritual life coach, and intuitive healer in Santa Barbara, CA. I hope to help heal, teach, and inspire others on their journeys and in this life. © Julianne Victoria and Through the Peacock's Eyes Press under the Common Law Copyright; My main Blog: www.peacockseyes.com

15 thoughts on “What Is A Miracle?

  1. Thanks for a lovely summary, which got me thinking about two aspects of miracles I often come back to. The first is that I’m always coming back to the fact that they are shifts in understanding, and when I think about the extent to which our misperceptions block our awareness of Love, it is clear that the impact of a shift in understanding can never be inconsequential. It changes everything! Or at least our experience of everything… Perhaps one day, such a shift in understanding will remove the last obstacles to our communion with the heart of reality, and the waters will part, not as an act of magic, or a show and tell, or a means of convincing, but as the natural doorway into the sanctity of our Home.

    The second aspect of miracles that I often reflect upon is that they occur outside of my control. Another way to say this is that when I am filtering reality through one or another of my repertoire of trusted misperceptions, it is literally not possible from within that misperception to see “another way.” When we’re in pain, frightened or hurting, feeling isolated, depressed or alone, we literally cannot, of our own devices, see how to part the waves as it were. Grace descends upon us. We don’t whip it up from a dry mix! The miracle is like lightning that pierces this falsehood, arising not from outside of us, but from the conduit of Christ within us that forever sees through, beyond and around our misperceptions…

    Much Love
    Michael

  2. I love to ponder miracles and then watch them ripple out through my life. Only today I was deeply connected into my heart and love was beaming from me and I could see the miracle in every little aspect of life. And I could feel the biggest miracle of all within me. Me.

    Thanks for your beautiful article! With love and miracles, Sharon

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