(Comments on “the mechanism of miracles.”)
“Miracles are merely the translation of denial into truth.”
... Here I initially thought Jesus is talking about a typical form of denial, like, not wanting to admit something. But Jesus seems to be referring to the fact that you can deny LIFE and health and thereby implement all forms of sickness and even death. Miracles then can reverse the “denial of life”, ie death. Miracles resurrect.
”If to love oneself is to HEAL oneself, those who are sick do NOT love themselves.”
...Loving yourself can heal your sickness. All sickness is a lack of love.
“Therefore, they are asking for the love that would heal them, but which they are DENYING TO THEMSELVES.”
...This seems like a quandry, people want to not be sick, but behind the denial they do, so they continue to deny what would make them well - the admission of love.
”If they knew the truth about themselves, they could not be sick.”
...Recognizing you are love heals all sickness.
”The task of the miracle-worker thus becomes to DENY THE DENIAL OF TRUTH.”
...To help someone heal, you must not believe what THEY are believing about themselves. They are in denial of their love, you must acknowledge their love and overlook their denial/belief in being unloveable.
“The sick must heal THEMSELVES, for the truth is IN them.”
...At first this suggests you cannot heal anyone else.
“But, having OBSCURED it, the light in ANOTHER mind must shine into theirs, because that light IS theirs.”
...So since someone has “disabled” themselves, blocking the source of their own healing, and while requesting help are also rejecting it, someone ELSE needs to help them. The light in YOU as a miracle worker IS the “same” as the light in the other. Therefore you can cause THEIR light to BYPASS their own denial.
“The light in them (the miracle worker) shines as brightly, REGARDLESS of the density of the fog that obscures it. If you give no power to the fog to obscure the light, it HAS none, for it has power ONLY because the Son of God gave power TO it. He must HIMSELF withdraw that power, remembering that all power is of God. YOU CAN REMEMBER THIS FOR ALL THE SONSHIP.”
...Even as your brother sees themselves as imprisoned, you have to see them as NOT imprisoned. Not buy into the illusion of the denial or sickness. You must not “give power to” the sickness and must not believe it HAS any power, otherwise you are making it real and giving it strength, which reinforces it. You must deny the belief that THEIR denial (showing up as sickness) has any power, including the belief that the sickness is too difficult to heal.
“Do not allow your brother not to remember, for his forgetfulness is YOURS. But YOUR remembering is HIS, for God cannot be remembered alone. THIS IS WHAT YOU HAVE FORGOTTEN.”
...Recognizing your brother as “not really sick” and remembering his true self/love for him, recognizes it in both of you. You remember FOR both of you. Ie you put the ove back into both of your minds.
“To perceive the healing of your brother as the healing of yourself, is thus the way to remember God. For you forgot your brothers WITH Him, and God's answer to your forgetting is but the way to remember.”
...Some have interpreted this to mean that your brother “is” you which is almost true. You are identical and you share with him. When you can see that what is true of him is true of you, YOU are remembering God. For both of you.
“Perceive in sickness but another call for love, and offer your brother what he believes he cannot offer himself.”
...Love is the basis of miracles. Expressing love can heal sickness. But notice it also says OFFER... which doesn’t mean it is forceful, and it potentially can still be rejected. There is a line in ACIM which says “miracles are not always effective because of what love is” or something like that.. because they respect freedom.
“Whatever the sickness, there is but one remedy. You will be made whole as you MAKE whole, for to perceive in sickness the appeal for health, is to recognize in hatred the call for love.”
...This is quite advanced. To perceive WHOLENESS requires no fear and complete love. Perception has to be very “correct” in order to *recognize* that the sickness is a call for love, and to not be deceived by it. The person has implemented sickness through denial of love, via hate. You have to not believe the hate.
”And to give a brother what he REALLY wants, is to offer it unto yourself. For your Father wills you to know your brother AS yourself. Answer HIS call for love, and YOURS is answered. Healing is the love of Christ for His Father, and for HIMSELF.”
...You must give love to both of you. This is why “you can only give the miracles you have received”. In order to share love which will heal your brother, you must be IN the love yourself. If you are not willing to love yourself, you cannot heal others. But if you do love yourself and are healed, you CAN heal others.
Your brother really wants love, but has denied it to himself. To give it to him, you must love him “as you love yourself”. Loving your brother shares it with both of you and restores unity and wholeness to both of you. Worth repeating:
”Healing is the love of Christ (sonship) for His Father (father of all souls) and for Himself (all brothers and yourself).
Love yourself so that you can love others. Love works miracles.