Chapter 1Introduction to Miracles
This is a course in miracles. It is a required course. Only the time you take it is voluntary. Free will does not mean that you can establish the curriculum. It means only that you may elect what you want to take at a given time.The course does not aim at teaching the meaning of love, for that is beyond what can be taught. Itdoes aim, however, at removing the blocks to the awareness of love’s presence, which is your naturalinheritance. The opposite of love is fear, but what is all-encompassing can have no opposite.This course can therefore be summed up very simply in this way:
Nothing real can be threatened. Nothing unreal exists. Herein lies the peace of God.
Principles of Miracles
There is no order of difﬁculty amongmiracles. One is not “harder” or “bigger”than another. They are all the same. Allexpressions of love are maximal.
Miracles as such do not matter. The onlything that matters is their source, whichis far beyond human evaluation.
Miracles occur naturally as expressionsof love. The real miracle is the love thatinspires them. In this sense, everythingthat comes from love is a miracle.
All miracles mean life, and God is thegiver of life. His voice will direct you veryspeciﬁcally. You will be told all you needto know.
Miracles are habits and should be in- voluntary. They should not be underconscious control. Consciously selectedmiracles can be misguided.
Miracles are natural. When they do
occur something has gone wrong.
Miracles are everyone’s right, but puriﬁ-cation is necessary ﬁrst.
Miracles are healing because they supplya lack, in that they are performed bythose who temporarily have more forthose who temporarily have less.
Miracles are a kind of exchange. Likeall expressions of love, which are
miraculous in the true sense, the ex-change reverses the physical laws. Theybring
love both to the giver
The use of miracles as spectacles to
belief is wrong, or better, is a mis-understanding of their purpose. Theyare really used