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