No one can give what he has not received. To give a thing requires first you have it in your own possession. Here the laws of Heaven and the world agree. But here they also separate. The world believes that to possess a thing, it must be kept. Salvation teaches otherwise. To give is how to recognize you have received. It is the proof that what you have is yours.
A Course In Miracles always leads you to the experience that truth is exactly the opposite of what you believe it is. You are shown the law of cause and effect, that there is nothing outside of you, that to give and to receive are one. The experience is required, otherwise it’s just words: beautiful words, reasonable words, but empty.
You understand that you are healed when you give healing. You accept forgiveness as accomplished in yourself when you forgive. You recognize your brother as yourself, and thus do you perceive that you are whole. There is no miracle you cannot give, for all are given you. Receive them now by opening the storehouse of your mind where they are laid, and giving them away.
The storehouse of your mind… reading this sentence, your mind opens up to infinite possibilities. Is there really a place in your mind filled with the gifts of God? Indeed there is. But until you become aware of this storehouse, it remains unused, and you will be unaware of all the gifts that are available to you right here and now. How do you recognize this storehouse? By giving the gifts away, certainly not by holding on and tightly guarding them, afraid to lose them. This is the key: you have to give them away in order to know that you have them.
Christ’s vision is a miracle. It comes from far beyond itself, for it reflects Eternal Love and the rebirth of love which never dies, but has been kept obscure. Christ’s vision pictures Heaven, for it sees a world so like to Heaven that what God created perfect can be mirrored there. The darkened glass the world presents can show but twisted images in broken parts. The real world pictures Heaven’s innocence.
Christ’s vision is the miracle in which all miracles are born. It is their source, remaining with each miracle you give, and yet remaining yours. It is the bond by which the giver and receiver are united in extension here on earth, as they are one in Heaven. Christ beholds no sin in anyone. And in His sight the sinless are as one. Their holiness was given by His Father and Himself.
Christ’s vision is the bridge between the worlds. And in its power can you safely trust to carry you from this world into one made holy by forgiveness. Things which seem quite solid here are merely shadows there; transparent, faintly seen, at times forgot, and never able to obscure the light that shines beyond them. Holiness has been restored to vision, and the blind can see.
This is available to you, right here and right now. Just for a moment, lay aside all you think you know and value. Clear your mind of everything, all worry about past and future events. Being in this moment, now, is beyond time altogether. Now has nothing to do with time. Here has nothing to do with space. Be still, just for an instant, and allow God’s gifts to reveal themselves to you.
This is the Holy Spirit’s single gift; the treasure house to which you can appeal with perfect certainty for all the things that can contribute to your happiness. All are laid here already. All can be received but for the asking. Here the door is never locked, and no one is denied his least request or his most urgent need. There is no sickness not already healed, no lack unsatisfied, no need unmet within this golden treasury of Christ.
A storehouse filled with treasures that are true. They are eternal and have always been there, and now you finally become aware of them. How can you feel poor with such treasures given you? How can you be concerned when you recognize all you have been given? There is an experience available to you that has nothing to do with the world you see. And it is all contained in you.
Take from His storehouse, that its treasures may increase. His lilies do not leave their home when they are carried back into the world. Their roots remain. They do not leave their source, but carry its beneficence with them, and turn the world into a garden like the one they came from, and to which they go again with added fragrance. Now are they twice blessed. The messages they brought from Christ have been delivered, and returned to them. And they return them gladly unto Him.
Beyond the laws of the world you see, there is a certainty that is of God. His gifts increase as they are given away, because their roots are of Him and will not falter and cannot die. The experience of the truth of this is available to you, by the simple act of giving what you have been given. Practice this today. Start giving. Beyond all material things there are gifts which are eternal. Let it be revealed to you what you can give, then trust in giving it away. You cannot lose by giving.
Behold the store of miracles set out for you to give. Are you not worth the gift, when God appointed it be given you? Judge not God’s Son, but follow in the way He has established. Christ has dreamed the dream of a forgiven world. It is His gift, whereby a sweet transition can be made from death to life; from hopelessness to hope. Let us an instant dream with Him. His dream awakens us to truth. His vision gives the means for a return to our unlost and everlasting sanctity in God.