71 Miracles arise from a miraculous state of mind. By being one, this state of mind goes out to
anyone, even without the awareness of the miracle worker himself. The impersonal nature of miracles is because the Atonement itself is one, uniting all creations with their Creator.
72 The miracle is an expression of an inner awareness of Christ and the acceptance of His Atonement. The mind is then in a state of grace and naturally becomes gracious both to the host within and the stranger without. By bringing in the stranger, he becomes your brother.
73 A miracle is never lost. It touches many people you do not even know and sometimes produces undreamed of changes in forces of which you are not even aware. That is not your concern. The miracle will always bless
74 The miracles you are
not asked to perform have not lost their value. They are still expressions of your own state of grace, but the
action aspect of the miracle should be Christ-controlled because of His complete awareness of the whole plan. The impersonal nature of miracle-mindedness ensures
your grace, but only Christ is in a position to know where grace can be
75 Miracle-mindedness means miracle-readiness. Readiness means that you should always keep your perceptions straight, so that you will
always be ready, willing, and able. These are the essentials for "listen, learn, and do." You must be
ready to listen,
willing to learn, and
able to do. Only the last is involuntary because it is the
application of miracles, which must be Christ-controlled. The other two, which are the
voluntary aspects of miracle-mindedness,
are up to you.
76 Awe is an inappropriate response to miracles.
77 Revelation is literally unspeakable because it is an experience of unspeakable love. Awe should be reserved for revelation, to which it is perfectly and correctly applicable. It is
not appropriate for miracles, because a state of awe is worshipful. It implies that one of a lesser order stands before a greater one. This is the case
only when a Soul stands before its Creator. Souls are perfect creations and experience awe only in the Presence of the Creator of perfection.
78 The miracle, on the other hand, is a sign of love among equals. Equals cannot be in awe of one another because awe implies inequality. It is therefore an inappropriate reaction to me. An elder brother is entitled to respect for his greater experience and a reasonable amount of obedience for his greater wisdom. He is also entitled to love because he
is a brother and also to devotion if he is devoted. It is only my devotion that entitles me to yours. There is nothing about me that
you cannot attain. I have nothing that does not come from God. The main difference between us as yet is that I have
nothing else. This leaves me in a state of true holiness, which is only a
potential in you.
79 "No man cometh unto the Father but by me" is among the most misunderstood statements in the Bible. It does
not mean that I am in any way separate or different from you
except in time, which does not really exist at all. Actually, the quotation is more meaningful if it is considered on a vertical rather than a horizontal axis. Regarded along the vertical, man stands below me and I stand below God. In the process of "rising up," I
am higher. This is because, without me, the distance between God and man would be too great for you to encompass.
80 I bridge the distance as an elder brother to man on the one hand and as a Son of God on the other. My devotion to my brothers has placed me in charge of the Sonship, which I can render complete only to the extent to which I can
share it. This may appear to contradict the statement, "I and my Father are one," but there are still separate parts in the statement in recognition that the Father is greater. (The original statement was "are of one kind"). The Holy Spirit is the bringer of revelations. Revelations are
indirectly inspired by me because I am close to the Holy Spirit and alert to the revelation-readiness of my brothers. I can thus
bring down to them more than they can
draw down to themselves.
81 The Holy Spirit is the highest communication medium. Miracles do not involve this type of communication because they are
temporary communication devices. When man returns to his original form of communication with God, the need for miracles is over. The Holy Spirit mediates higher to lower communication, keeping the direct channel from God to man open for revelation. Revelation is not reciprocal. It is always
to man. The miracle
is reciprocal because it involves equality.