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A Course in Miracles teachings, insights, inspiration and clarification by Paul West. Learn more about ACIM on a wide variety of topics through our ongoing blog posts.

226. The power of miracles

"What He enables you to do is clearly NOT of this world, for ***miracles violate every law of reality***, as this world judges it. Every law of time and space, of magnitude and mass, of prediction and control, is transcended, for what the Holy Spirit enables you to do is clearly beyond ALL of them. " "What the Holy Spirit enables. . .

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225. Undoing the god of sickness

When you are confused by believing the ego's world, you assign to illusions all the properties of reality. You take the properties of God away from God and from your real self, and give them to the non-existent world. This is how you give your power away and empower sickness. You assign the permanence of heaven to make sickness seem permanent. . . .

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224. Miracles are easy and effortless

While the world and its hierarchy of illusions would tell you that some sicknesses are far more severe than others, ultimately there is no world and there is no difference between them. When the world suggests for example that a stroke, brain damage, severe paralysis, is irreversible, serious, extremely bad, wrong, progressive, unhealable and proof of threat and danger, you are. . .

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223. Being truly helpful and not destructive

Your mind has the ability to be either constructive (creative) or destructive. Using the mind for destructive purposes is what the entire ego thought system is about. The whole world was made in an attempt to destroy God and Heaven. The mind, in its healing and accepting of atonement, has to be restored to being PURELY CONSTRUCTIVE. That means that. . .

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222. Sickness is simply denial

"The denial of God is the ego's religion. " At the soul level, everyone is immortal and holy. There is no problem, no unhappiness, no sickness, no death. At the mind level, which is part of the soul, and perhaps only part of the mind at that, there is denial present. This denial is the rejection of reality, God, truth, sanity,. . .

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221. True healing is the undoing of guilt

All sickness is just a form of GUILT. And removing this guilt makes sickness IMPOSSIBLE. Guilt induces sickness because it demands punishment. It is an agreement to suffer. It is the result of NOT forgiving sin, thus believing sin is real. And once sin is real, you must become guilty and attacked, self destructive, suicidal, ready to suffer and die. . . .

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220. The proper use of denial to work miracles

What is true is true. God's truth and reality are the only truth and reality. God's truth is permanent and cannot be changed or damaged. This means that you can either accept tit, or you can PRETEND it is not true, but you cannot change it into something truly false. This means you can accept or deny it, and you. . .

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219. There is no death. Stop believing in sickness!

All physical forms, all appearances, all physical conditions, all sicknesses, every illness, all disease, even physical death, . . . . . are all al lie. A MASSIVE lie. To be a miracle worker requires that you stop believing in sickness. In yourself, in others, in the world. Physical sickness is TEMPTATION. If we for a second believe it is real or true, we. . .

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217. Atonement must be given to others

You may notice that when we apply forgiveness, a big part of this is taking the projected blame off of other people. Recognizing that it's really you that you're blaming and then undoing that condemnation. This all seems to imply your brother is innocent and had nothing to do with your upset etc. And so we return within to our. . .

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216. You can help others to heal

This will fly against everything the ego believes, because the ego says that people are supposed to suffer. That guilt is justified. That punishment is needed. That somehow you are breaking the law if you help someone. Surely it's not possible to actually heal another person? To affect their mind? To undo their level confusion? To reverse their mental illness?. . .

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215. Supplying love dispels sickness

There is light, and then there is the absence of light. The absence of light is what we call darkness. But darkness isn't a "something". It a lack of a something. When light shines and hits an obstacle, it forms a shadow. But the shadow isn't the PRESENCE of darkness, it's the ABSENCE of light. There is a cause effect. . .

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214. Stop trying to forgive everyone but yourself

"Projection makes perception. " You look within first, then project out what is within you. What is projected becomes what you perceive. "Perception is a result not a cause. " Your business therefore should NOT be "changing your perception". That is an EFFECT. Your business should focus on what is IN your mind that you PROJECT, which results in perceptions. If there. . .

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213. The power to work miracles belongs to you

I've heard some people saying that we do not perform miracles. I've also heard some people saying that Jesus always acknowledged God as the one who does miracles. I've also heard people saying that we do not have any power to do anything, we're supposed to "do nothing", and our only job is not to interfere. I'd like to clarify. . .

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212. The two emotions - fear and love

There are really only two modes of functioning of which you are capable. It really does boil down to a simple "this or that" decision. Either you are in love, or you are in fear. Love has only one nature, but fear masquerades as an untold number of illusions. All of them are fearful and they represent egotism. But they. . .

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211. God's strength powers your miracles

"Thus is Christ's strength invited to prevail, replacing all your weakness with the strength that comes from God, and that can never fail. And thus are miracles as natural as fear and agony appeared to be before the choice for holiness was made. " "God is my strength. " This is a relatively "new" idea to me and perhaps to others. But. . .

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210. Miracle working insights - how it works

TL;DR: "love people!" As I lay down to rest, I started to get a stream of insights about miracle working. If you ask God, e. g. "God please heal that person's broken leg", this is already starting on the wrong foot. The thing is, the broken leg is not the problem. The broken leg is just an effect, a projection, of. . .

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209. You only need to forgive yourself

The secret of salvation tells you "you're doing this to yourself". ACIM also tells you "you but accuse your brother of your own sins. " It also tells you that you "look within first" and then project outward, producing perception. So the thing is, you START by attacking yourself first, accusing your self of sin. Then you look within. Then you. . .

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