am entitled to miracles."
Longer: 1 time for about 15 minutes
miracles replace all grievances."
- For 3 or 4 minutes, read over the ideas and comments slowly (repeatedly if
you wish) and think about them.
- Close your eyes and spend the remainder of the time listening quietly and
attentively. There is a message for you. Be confident you will receive it, for
it belongs to you and you want it. If you have distracting thoughts realize
they have no meaning or power. Replace them with your will to succeed. Trust it
to carry you past distractions. If your mind still wanders, repeat first phase
First half of day: "I am entitled to miracles."
Second half of day: "Let miracles replace all grievances."
Response To Temptation: You may use these specific forms or your own words:
First half of day: "Behind this is a miracle to which I am entitled." "Let me not hold a grievance against you, [name], but offer you the miracle that belongs to you instead." "Seen truly, this offers me a miracle. "
Second half of the day: "I would not hold this grievance apart from my salvation." "Let our grievances be replaced by miracles, [name]." "Beyond this is the miracle by which all my grievances are replaced."
COMMENTARYBecause I am under no laws but God's (the laws of love and of extension, sharing and giving) I am entitled to miracles (1:2). Giving of miracles is what God does, in accordance with His laws. The laws of grievances tell me I am not entitled to miracles. Every grievance I hold on to against a brother or sister is really my own mind telling me I do not deserve miracles; the very act of mental attack involved in holding a grievance makes me feel unworthy of them. Every grievance is hiding a miracle, and by letting the grievance go I release the miracle to happen.
There is a reason why God gives me miracles; He gives them so that I can fulfill the function He has given me (1:5), to continue His extension, to allow Him to love through me. The Course is emphatic on the fact that only in finding my true function as God's extension and fulfilling it can I be happy. My goal isn't being blissed out; it is to receive so that I can give, to accept love so I can share love with others. Like a light bulb that receives electric current only so that it can shine forth with light, I receive the miracles of God to extend them to others.
"I unite my will with the Holy Spirit's" (3:2) today; I declare, "Let miracles replace all grievances" (3:1). I want all of my illusions to be replaced with truth. I want my grievances to be banished forever from my mind and replaced with miracles. As I sit quietly this morning I call people I know to mind and tell them, "Let our grievances be replaced by miracles" (4:3). I think of war-torn spots on the globe and say, "Let our grievances be replaced by miracles." Today, I want to offer miracles to each one I meet. I want to be a channel of miracles; let me not block them with my grievances, Father.
When something arises in my perception that seems like a cause for grievance or grief, let me remember: "Behind this is a miracle to which I am entitled" (2:2). Let me tell myself: "Seen truly, this offers me a miracle" (2:4). Everything is miracle fodder; nothing is without use in this classroom of miracles.
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