Miracles are seen in light.
1. It is important to remember that miracles and vision necessarily go together. 2This needs repeating, and frequent repeating. 3It is a central idea in your new thought system, and the perception that it produces. 4The miracle is always there. 5Its presence is not caused by your vision; its absence is not the result of your failure to see. 6It is only your awareness of miracles that is affected. 7You will see them in the light; you will not see them in the dark.
2. To you, then, light is crucial. 2While you remain in darkness, the miracle remains unseen. 3Thus you are convinced it is not there. 4This follows from the premises from which the darkness comes. 5Denial of light leads to failure to perceive it. 6Failure to perceive light is to perceive darkness. 7The light is useless to you then, even though it is there. 8You cannot use it because its presence is unknown to you. 9And the seeming reality of the darkness makes the idea of light meaningless.
3. To be told that what you do not see is there sounds like insanity. 2It is very difficult to become convinced that it is insanity not to see what is there, and to see what is not there instead. 3You do not doubt that the body’s eyes can see. 4You do not doubt the images they show you are reality. 5Your faith lies in the darkness, not the light. 6How can this be reversed? 7For you it is impossible, but you are not alone in this.
4. Your efforts, however little they may be, have strong support. 2Did you but realize how great this strength, your doubts would vanish. 3Today we will devote ourselves to the attempt to let you feel this strength. 4When you have felt the strength in you, which makes all miracles within your easy reach, you will not doubt. 5The miracles your sense of weakness hides will leap into awareness as you feel the strength in you.
5. Three times today, set aside about ten minutes for a quiet time in which you try to leave your weakness behind. 2This is accomplished very simply, as you instruct yourself that you are not a body. 3Faith goes to what you want, and you instruct your mind accordingly. 4Your will remains your teacher, and your will has all the strength to do what it desires. 5You can escape the body if you choose. 6You can experience the strength in you.
6. Begin the longer practice periods with this statement of true cause and effect relationships:
2Miracles are seen in light.
3The body’s eyes do not perceive the light.
4But I am not a body. 5What am I?
6The question with which this statement ends is needed for our exercises today. 7What you think you are is a belief to be undone. 8But what you really are must be revealed to you. 9The belief you are a body calls for correction, being a mistake. 10The truth of what you are calls on the strength in you to bring to your awareness what the mistake conceals.
7. If you are not a body, what are you? 2You need to be aware of what the Holy Spirit uses to replace the image of a body in your mind. 3You need to feel something to put your faith in, as you lift it from the body. 4You need a real experience of something else, something more solid and more sure; more worthy of your faith, and really there.
8. If you are not a body, what are you? 2Ask this in honesty, and then devote several minutes to allowing your mistaken thoughts about your attributes to be corrected, and their opposites to take their place. 3Say, for example:
4I am not weak, but strong.
5I am not helpless, but all powerful.
6I am not limited, but unlimited.
7I am not doubtful, but certain.
8I am not an illusion, but a reality.
9I cannot see in darkness, but in light.
9. In the second phase of the exercise period, try to experience these truths about yourself. 2Concentrate particularly on the experience of strength. 3Remember that all sense of weakness is associated with the belief you are a body, a belief that is mistaken and deserves no faith. 4Try to remove your faith from it, if only for a moment. 5You will be accustomed to keeping faith with the more worthy in you as we go along.
10. Relax for the rest of the practice period, confident that your efforts, however meager, are fully supported by the strength of God and all His Thoughts. 2It is from Them that your strength will come. 3It is through Their strong support that you will feel the strength in you. 4They are united with you in this practice period, in which you share a purpose like Their Own. 5Theirs is the light in which you will see miracles, because Their strength is yours. 6Their strength becomes your eyes, that you may see.
11. Five or six times an hour, at reasonably regular intervals, remind yourself that miracles are seen in light. 2Also, be sure to meet temptation with today’s idea. 3This form would be helpful for this special purpose:
4Miracles are seen in light. 5Let me not close my eyes because of this.