Mighty Companions Ministries
Rev. Glen's MIRACLES chapter 1
Chapter One: The Meaning of Miracles
I The Principles of Miracles
The 50 Principles are a quick ways of re-aligning our thinking.
They are centered around the concept of out identity with God and all Beings. They stand in contrast to the teachings of the ego (the collection of fear thoughts we think is our ‘personal’ selves).
They summarize the concepts of ACIM, therefor contain the whole path illuminated by the Author.
II Revelation, Time & Miracles
Revelation is God inspiring us.
Miracles are what we share with other livings beings. Consciousness is the soup of experience. What we do shows the world what we believe in; something I call “The Pudding Principle”.
The Author is attempting to give away the experience of God. The Author has had revelation-direct communication with God, and intends to give this knowledge away as a miracle. We can learn it (by changing our minds) because we are the same/equals.
The Author established the idea of ‘Elder Brother’ to gain our faith.
Our elder Brother promises that if we learn this new system it will saves us time in the direction of our individual goals.
III Atonement & Miracles
This section contains the statement of the Bodhisattva function of the Author. We each will take up this function when we have a belief in the equality of giver and receiver.
A frequently quoted sentence comes in: “You are the work of God and His work is wholly lovable and wholly loving.” How much can we take this in?
There is the reminder that we are in a state of grace and that through this grace we are able to perceive the best way to be helpful to others.
We can have a relationship with this oneness BECAUSE we are also the ATONEMENT we can act from that place. We have unalterable access to it.
Listening and acting create our awareness of the unity of God’s One Creation.
IV Escape from Darkness
1. Darkness cannot hide! (Fear, Deception)
2. There is a nothing you want to hide. (Sharing, Trust)
The Author is full of contrasts here in this section. Here is a partial list of them:
SIN/LACK vs LOVE/ABUNDANCE
unaware vs Aware
fear vs Forgiveness
death vs Life
V Wholeness & Spirit
Our Body is a learning aid! (How helpful to know this……are we listening to our bodies? learning from them? The Buddhists say there are 6 senses, also called ‘doors’ that bring us information about our surroundings….learning aids indeed!)
The text tells us here that we can choose a loveless or a miraculous expression in these bodies of ours. How cool is that?
How do we express ourselves in this body?
And a reminder: All have been given all. That is why we need our brother’s talents. Together we are ONE. Nice paradox, that.
Another quote: ‘All my brothers are Special’. We’ll learn about specialness later in the text, and different ways we experience it.
In this section I think is the only time the Author uses the phrase ‘Family of God’ as a definition of Sonship. Interesting.
Something that cannot be emphasized enough: The mind chooses what to serve.It cannot serve two masters (i.e. your ego and Spirit), but it will serve something/someone. That is the mind’s function. In what service is your mind?
TRUE = ETERNAL (Central to a non-dual philosophy)
There is another set of contrasts here too: Here is a partial list of them:
tyranny vs Authority
prison vs Free
upside down vs Right Sided
VI The Illusion of Needs
“You who want peace can find it only by complete forgiveness.” opens the section and never gets old as reminder of what peace actually is.
Lack is a request to be different that we are.
Lack and Needs are about depriving ourselves of God’s grace/gifts, etc
When we have needs we know that we have also created a depravity.
We always act from our perceived ‘order of our needs’ which tell us who we think we are.
There are no levels, up down, etc…this is actually very scientific. In space there is infinite up and down, etc….
‘The purpose of the world is to correct your unbelief.” -It doesn’t however change the world, it changes how we experience it.
Fear is the belief in something that is not true.
Here is the Formula, the second in the book and it re-phrases the first.
“Perfect Love casts out fear
If fear exists,
Then there is not perfect love.
“Only Perfect Love exists.
If there is fear,
It produces a state that does not exist.”
What are we left with? Our Opinions. (Hint: they aren’t reliable)
VII Distortion of Miracle Impulses
This section is a wealth of irresistible quotes.
“All real pleasure comes from doing God’s will.This is because not doing it is a denial of Self.” Who doesn’t know this pain/discomfort? Yet we almost never name it as such, and call it such a private, fragile thing. It’s not.
“Child of God, you were created to create the good, the beautiful and holy. Forget not this.” Take the mantle of creator. What are we creating?
‘As long as a single “slave” remains to walk the earth, your release is not complete.” If this sounds familiar it’s because it’s a reiteration of a very famous Martin Luther King Jr. Quote. “No one is free until we are all free.” Again we have the Bodhisattva vow. Hmmmmmm
Concluding this first chapter the Author tells us: “This is a course in mind training.” very often quoted
The Author encourages us to not skimp on this building of the foundation.
And the Author does something very wonderful that repeats at the end of the text. the Author establishes equality with the reader. We are the Author. Know this secret.
We should be through the first SEVEN LESSONS
1. Nothing I See Means Anything.
2. I have given everything I see all the meaning that it has for me.
3. I do not understand anything I see.
4. These thoughts do not mean anything.
5. I am never upset for the reason I think.
6. I am upset because I see something that is not there.
7. I see only the past.
Do you see the connection between what we see with our eyes in this physical world and immediately without thinking much about it all, assign it all kinds of meaning? From where? Our past learning.
Remember to apply these thoughts to EVERYTHING. They actually are the basics of peace. The first 100 lessons are remarkable in their depth and simplicity. You don’t have to think to much about them, nor worry that you’re not doing them right. Just do them. Read them in the morning and try to do what the text tells you, but under no circumstances fall into guilt about doing/not doing.
I’m honored to be on this journey with you and look forward to hearing your experience of the first handful of lessons.