Class includes chapter notes I've put together over the past two years as well study questions. The notes are a work in progress and are meant only to serve as a study aid. Each time the class studies a particular chapter, the notes evolve as work with the principles of the course leads to new experiences and an ever deepening understanding.
Here's an excerpt of the current notes from Chapter 1, Section II of the text.
Chapter 1 The Meaning of Miracles
Section II. Revelation, Time and Miracles T7
In this section Jesus defines revelation and miracles. And he talks about his role and why he is the link between you and your remembrance of your Father. He explains that in God’s plan of salvation, he serves as an older brother to you. He deserves your respect and devotion because of his wisdom and his devotion to you. But, he explains, awe should be reserved only for your Father because He created you.
Revelation is intensely personal—it unites you directly with God—and does not induce action, only experience. The Holy Spirit mediates higher to lower communication from God to you making revelation possible.
Revelation is not reciprocal. ⁵It proceeds from God to you, but not from you to God. (ACIM, T-1.II.5:4-5)
Miracles are interpersonal—they unite you with your brother—and they induce action. Neither revelation or miracles emanates from consciousness, but both are experienced there. Miracles help you let go of the blocks in your mind that prevent revelation.
Revelations are indirectly inspired by Jesus because he is close to the Holy Spirit, and alert to the revelation-readiness of his brothers. Thus, he can bring down to you more than you can draw down to yourself. He is the link.
Jesus bridges the distance between you and God because he knows you as his brother on the one hand and knows himself as the Son of God on the other. He tells you there is nothing about him that you cannot attain because you and he were created the same. Right now, the only difference between you and Jesus is that he knows himself only as God created him, while you have forgotten this and believe yourself to be the self-concept you have made up. Jesus knows He and His Father are one. He knows himself to be co-creator of the Creation with His Father.
And he is clear about the fact that His Father created the him and the entire Sonship, but the Sonship did not create the Father. You, on the other hand, have ideas in your mind that are not in God’s mind resulting in your loss of awareness of yourself as you truly are.
¹¹I have nothing that does not come from God. ¹²The difference between us now is that I have nothing else. ¹³This leaves me in a state which is only potential in you. (ACIM, T-1.II.3:11-13)
Jesus explains he is ahead of you only in time and time is an illusion. It is a temporary learning device. (And he will explain this more later.) He knows the truth only as it is and he maintains this knowledge for you. He does not see you as separate from him because he knows you and he are one—you are the same.
JLM note. Here’s a quote from Chapter 3 that helps clarify things a bit regarding time, miracles, and knowledge.
⁴The miracle, being a way of perceiving, is not knowledge. ⁵It is the right answer to a question, but you do not question when you know. ⁶Questioning illusions is the first step in undoing them. ⁷The miracle, or the right answer, corrects them. ⁸Since perceptions change, their dependence on time is obvious. ⁹How you perceive at any given time determines what you do, and actions must occur in time. ¹⁰Knowledge is timeless, because certainty is not questionable. ¹¹You know when you have ceased to ask questions. (ACIM, T-3.III.2:4-11)
Jesus knows Truth and nothing else—his mind is free from all illusions. Because he is one with Christ (or, the one-mindedness of the arisen Son of God) he retains this knowledge for the entire Sonship, and will continue to do so until all illusions disappear from the mind.
JLM note: In the course, the lower-case use of the term mind represents the illusory concept of an “individual mind.” The term knowledge represents a state of awareness, or a state of beingness that is beyond all perception; a state of absolute certainty and wholeness. It transcends consciousness and the world of perception. We think of Jesus as an individual person who was (is) separate from us, but he no longer has this perception of himself. He is the demonstration of a son who forgave his illusion of separateness and remembered God’s Answer to the question, “What am I?” Jesus is the perfect manifestation of the Holy Spirit who through his ministry connects us to the Christ-Mind-in-all through his absolute awareness of God and nothing else. (For further clarification on the terms Jesus and Christ, see Jesus—Christ in the Clarification of Terms section of the Teacher’s Manual, p.87.)
The way you see things now, it is impossible to recognize the equality of the Sonship. And the idea that you can learn to do so appears to involve almost endless time. This is due to an untrue system of thought that is based on several basic ideas:
Separation is real—it’s possible to have a separate life housed in a distinct but limited physical form, with a separate mind, will, life, and intelligence.
Opposing forces are possible—everything has an opposite; life/death, good/bad, light/dark, etc.
A hierarchy of value and worth is possible that precludes equality.
You can define yourself according to your own ideas—you are as you create yourself.
In order to carry these ideas off, you must abandon the knowledge of your true Identity and use the mind to perceive rather than know. The means of perception is projection. You project an idea out on the screen you’ve put up in your mind that blocks your remembrance of God and use your light to cast the images you want to see. Jesus calls this way of perceiving the horizontal plane of mind.
Miracles are a shift in perception that move you off the horizontal plane onto the vertical plane. They shift you to a higher level of consciousness that is able to perceive in a loving and unifying way. Miracles are inspired by the Mind of Christ and communicated via the Holy Spirit. In that state of mind, you are able to see the universal connection of everything even though it is through your very personal relationships that you invoke miracles.
Jesus will explain how time works in greater detail as the course unfolds, but I’ll give you a quick preview here. Perception is the means by which you are able to see what you believe. It is entirely dependent upon belief, and beliefs always precede perception. Beliefs are ideas you make up; they are not knowledge. Perception is not the cause of what you believe, it is the effect. It reinforces what you believe because it works like a mirror. It feeds back to you what you believe is true or possible. It works this way even for beliefs you’ve gone unconscious to and don’t like.
Time is a side-effect of perception, for lack of a better word. It is a phenomenon of the horizontal plane. The way you see in the present is based upon your past perception, which you have stored in your mind to create a sense of identity for yourself. These memories are stored in your mind as givens and determine the way you perceive things in any given moment. Thus, they also determine your future. We will be exploring perception and the problems it causes in great detail, so don’t worry about understanding it all right now. Just open your mind to the possibility that the way you see yourself and others may not be true and there may be a better way.
At this point, Jesus is explaining that you won’t experience miracles looking out at the world along the horizontal plane, but you will along the vertical. In practical terms, this is the experience of moving out of a limited or fearful way of perceiving something, into a liberating and healing way of seeing. Miracles transform the way you use your mind shifting you out of thoughts and emotions that are fearful and judgmental to thoughts and feelings that are loving and peaceful. And the reason this happens is that you move off the level of mind that generates fear up into the level of mind that can perceive the messages being sent to you from the unified Mind of God. So he’s talking about how we bridge the apparent levels of consciousness from total isolation in the thought system of the ego on the one hand, to total restoration of the awareness of God on the other. The Holy Spirit is that bridge, but we must access it through choice and integrate it into our awareness.
To do this we must forgive everything in our mind that blocks our awareness of the oneness of God within us. This is why we cannot awaken without an understanding of oneness, and wecannot understand oneness without our brother. Miracles are the means for reuniting the apparent fragmentation in the mind. Miracles are an act of forgiveness of illusion, not forgiveness of actual evil or harm because evil and harm are not possible in the Kingdom of God; only in the kingdom of illusion.
This is why Jesus says he stands above you—not in worth, but in awareness of the truth. And this is why he said in the Bible, “No man cometh unto the Father but by me.” He is ahead of you in time but is in no way separate or different from you in any other respect.
³You stand below me and I stand below God. ⁴In the process of “rising up,” I am higher because without me the distance between God and man would be too great for you to encompass. ⁵I bridge the distance as an elder brother to you on the one hand, and as a Son of God on the other. (ACIM, T-1.II.4:3-5)
Shifting back to our discussion of time, he tells you the miracle collapses time. This is due to the fact that in a matter of moments both you and your brother emerge farther along in time than either of you would have without your shift in perception. So, time and the evolution of consciousness proceed slowly without the aid of miracles. Everyone will eventually awaken for it is God’s will that His Son be one with him and no illusion to the contrary can ever change that. But, the awakening occurs much more quickly after one is introduced to miracle-mindedness and actively opens the mind to it.
Notice the fish in the diagram above. It is one of the symbols for Christ. It is by the Christ Mind that your mind is healed of illusion and you and your brother are seen as one. The avenue of communication is held open by the Holy Spirit.
Section II. Revelation, Time and Miracles T7
What is revelation? What are miracles?
What does consciousness induce?
Why did Jesus tell you awe should be reserved for your Father but not for your brother? What is your brother entitled to?
Why is Christ the link between you and your Father?
Jesus tells you miracles collapse time—what do you think he means?
He mentions the horizontal axis of time and the vertical axis of consciousness what did you learn from what he said here?