Highlights of A Course in Miracles

By Michael Jenner*

Highlights from
A Course in Miracles

Michael Jenner


The message your brother gives you is up to you. What does he say to you? What would you have him say? Your decision about him determines the message you receive. Remember that the Holy Spirit is in him, and His Voice speaks to you through him. What can so holy a brother tell you except truth? But are you listening to it? Your brother may not know who he is, but there is a light in his mind which does know. This light can shine into yours, making his words true and making you able to hear them. His words are the Holy Spirit's answer to you. Is your faith in him strong enough to let you hear?


Miracles demonstrate that learning has occurred under the right guidance, for learning is invisible, and what has been learned can be recognised only by its results. Its generalisation is demonstrated as you use it in more and more situations. You will recognise that you have learned there is no order of difficulty in miracles when you have applied them to all situations. There is no situation to which miracles do not apply, and by applying them to all situations, you will gain the real world.


You cannot see your abilities, but you gain confidence in their existence as they enable you to act. And the results of your actions you can see.


The Holy Spirit is invisible, but you can see the results of His Presence, and through them you will learn that He is there. What He enables you to do is clearly not of this world, for miracles violate every law of reality as this world judges it. Every law of time and space, of magnitude and mass, of prediction and control is transcended, for what the Holy Spirit enables you to do is clearly beyond all of them. Perceiving His results, you will understand where He must be and finally know what He is.


When you think you are projecting what you do not want, it is still because you do want it. The mind then sees a divided world outside itself but not within. As long as you perceive the world as split, you are not healed. For to be healed is to pursue one goal because you have accepted only one and want but one.


The power of decision is your one remaining freedom as a prisoner of this world. You can decide to see it right.


When you have accepted your mission to project peace, you will find it, for by making it manifest, you will see it.


When you look within and see me, it will be because you have decided to manifest truth. And as you manifest it, you will see it both without and within, for you will see it without because you saw it first within. Everything you behold without is a judgement of what you beheld within. If it is your judgement, it will be wrong, for judgement is not your function. If it is the judgement of the Holy Spirit, it will be right, for judgement is His function.



The value of deciding in advance what you want to happen is simply that you will perceive the situation as a means to make it happen. You will therefore make every effort to overlook what interferes with the accomplishment of your objective and concentrate on everything which helps you meet it.


The holy instant is the result of your determination to be holy. It is the answer. The desire and the willingness to let it come precedes its coming. You prepare your minds for it only to the extent of recognising that you want it above all else. It is not necessary that you do more; indeed, it is necessary that you realise that you cannot do more. Do not attempt to give the Holy Spirit what He does not ask.


Everyone has experienced what he would call a sense of being transported beyond himself. This feeling of liberation far exceeds the dream of freedom sometimes experienced in special relationships. It is a sense of actual escape from limitations. If you will consider what this "transportation" really entails, you will realise that it is a sudden unawareness of the body and a joining of yourself and something else in which your mind enlarges to encompass it. It becomes part of you as you unite with it. And both become whole as neither is perceived as separate.

CHAPTER 21-III-15 - Paraphrased

You are responsible for what you see. You chose the feelings you experience, and you decided on the goal you would achieve. And everything that seems to happen to you, you asked for and received as you had asked.


The part of mind where reason lies was dedicated by your will in union with your Father's to the undoing of insanity. Here was the Holy Spirit's purpose accepted and accomplished both at once. Reason is alien to insanity, and those who use it have gained a means which cannot be applied to sin. Knowledge is far beyond attainment of any kind. But reason can serve to open doors you closed against it.


Peace must come to those who choose to heal and not to judge.


Reason will tell you that the only way to escape from misery is to recognise it and go the other way. Truth is the same and misery the same, but they are different from each other in every way, in every instance, and without exception. Now must you choose between yourself and an illusion of yourself. Not both, but one. There is no point in trying to avoid this one decision. It must be made. Faith and belief can fall to either side, but reason tells you that misery lies only on one side and joy upon the other.


The introduction of reason into the ego's thought system is the beginning of its undoing. And reason's goal is to make plain and therefore obvious. You can see reason. This is not a play on words, for here is the beginning of a vision that has meaning. Vision is sense, quite literally.


For reason sees through errors, telling you what you thought was real is not. Reason can see the difference between sin and mistakes because it wants correction. Therefore, it tells you what you thought was uncorrectable can be corrected, and thus it must have been an error.


In quietness are all things answered and is every problem quietly resolved. In conflict there can be no answer and no resolution, for its purpose is to make no resolution possible and to ensure no answer will be plain.


Peace be to you whom is healing offered. And you will learn that peace is given you when you accept the healing for yourself.


When you forgive the world your guilt, you will be free of it.


What is there God created to be sick? And what that He created not can be?


Sickness is anger taken out upon the body, so that it will suffer pain.


Seek not outside yourself. For all your pain comes simply from a futile search for what you want, insisting where it must be found.


Decisions are continuous. You do not always know when you are making them. But with a little practice with the ones you recognise, a set begins to form which sees you through the rest. It is not wise to let yourself become preoccupied with every step you take. The proper set, adopted consciously each time you wake, will put you well ahead. Do not fight yourself. But think about the kind of day you want and tell yourself there is a way in which this very day can happen just like that. Then try again to have the day you want.


Anger is never justified. Attack has no foundation.


Pardon is always justified. It has a sure foundation. You do not forgive the unforgivable nor overlook a real attack that calls for punishment. Salvation does not lie in being asked to make unnatural responses which are inappropriate to what is real. Instead, it merely asks that you respond appropriately to what is not real by not perceiving what has not occurred. If pardon were unjustified, you would be asked to sacrifice your rights when you return forgiveness for attack.


Salvation does not ask that you behold the Spirit and perceive the body not. It merely asks that this should be your choice.


The holy ones whom God has given each of you to save are everyone you meet or look upon, not knowing who they are, all those you saw an instant and forgot, and those you knew a long while since, and those you will yet meet, the unremembered and the not yet born.


Trials are but lessons which you failed to learn presented once again, so where you made a faulty choice before, you now can make a better one and thus escape all pain which what you chose before has brought to you.

*Compiled by Michael Jenner after he had reread and reviewed the many thousands of highlights he had made during his study. Michael condensed these highlights into what he personally sees as some of the major messages of A Course In Miracles. He would like these Highlights to be shared with ALL of you here and hopes that you will feel free to use these highlights and to share them as you are Guided to.

*Michael was born in England during an air-raid in WWII and was raised in Tanzania East Africa; His family moved often, giving Michael the experience of many third-world villages along with a myriad of religious evangelicals who were proselytizing to the locals. In 1959 he migrated to Australia and in 1965 married his childhood sweetheart, who had also leftMichael Jenner Tanzania for Australia. They were married for 42 years before his wife laid her body aside and went home. Michael discovered A Course in Miracles in 2009 when he met his new lady "Peta" and decided to do the Course together. Peta and Michael now live in SE Queensland and will be moving to country Victoria soon. They provide spiritual support and spiritual healing and according to their neighbors, do nothing but laugh, explaining why their website is called: http://www.LaughMore.com.au 

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