Thoughts that Illuminate
Make Room for a Miracle
Yesterday my family heard what appears to be devastating news. The news involved a young man,
a heart, a virus attack, a loss of income, loss of normalcy, and possible loss of life. As I heard the
news I became increasingly aware of a shift of my inner state. Just moments before and for days
previous, I had experienced unwavering peace, and seconds later after hearing the news I felt
rattled, unnerved, anxious and fearful. From my past learning I knew the change from peace to fear
came about, not from the news itself but from my belief in what my body’s eyes and ears were
reporting. My decision to rest my “eyes” on the form of a man, a heart, a virus and death and then
judge it as very real and very true was the cause of my suffering. Although I have learned this in
the past with my work with A Course In Miracles, in this situation it did seem very real and very true.
Going to bed last night I asked the Holy Spirit to teach me about how to deny the false and accept
the true even in the midst of something as seemingly real as a heart condition and possible death.
I would like to share the teachings given to me that are really meant for all of us because we all
“see” many forms of devastation that seem to be the truth about the world and ourselves. I call
these teachings the three W's. Who do you trust to guide your seeing? Where are you putting your
faith? What is it that you desire? The Holy Spirit began with the first of the three W's…..Who do you
This teaching came to me in a dream. I found myself in the presence of an old boyfriend whom I had
a deep connection with. We always shared an unspoken feeling of deep trust, love and safety. As
soon as I saw him in my dream I completely surrendered to these feelings. It was effortless and
natural because he was trustworthy. He said, “Follow me; I want to show you something.” Without
giving it any thought I began to follow. The man symbolized to me what trust felt like, how easy and
natural it was for me to surrender and trust someone who is trustworthy. It reminded me of the
feeling a young child would have who holds the hand of her father while going through a carnival
house of mirrors trusting he would not lead her into anything that would hurt her. When I awoke I
realized at once the message from the Holy Spirit. I was asked to trust Him to lead me where I
needed to go for the truth; trust that truth is true even when I don’t see it and trust that He does see
it and will show me. I now could answer the first of the three W's. Who do you trust to take you
where you want to go? I effortlessly and naturally trust the Holy Spirit.
The second of the three W's; ‘Where are you putting your faith?’ came to me this morning as I
asked for a reading from ACIM. “It is impossible that the Son of God lack faith, but he can choose
where he would have it be.” (T.21.III.5:1) The Holy Spirit was asking; "Where are you putting your
faith? In the visible form that brings pictures of devastation or in the invisible spirit that flows with the
gift of life in every person and every thing?" In other words, was I giving my faith to illusions or to
truth? Was I putting my confidence and trust in only what my body’s eyes could see and hear and
making the decision that must be what is true? Faith is the wind beneath the wings of perception. It
carries our mind to see what we have faith is there to see. If I have confidence and trust in the
visible form this will be what carries the wings of perception and the visible form is what I will see. But
if I have faith in what I cannot yet see and do not yet understand, my wings will fly past the visible
form to the truth of what is really there. Where am I putting my faith? I put my faith in truth; still
invisible but the power of faith will carry my vision to what I want to see.
The last of the three W's; ‘What is it that you desire?’ surprised me for it seemed that I had already
stated my desire to release this form of devastation. Having been led to give trust and have faith, it
seemed all that was left was to take a simple step to receive a miracle of changed perception. But
there was one more block to the present moment “when vain imaginings part like a curtain to reveal
what lies beyond them.” What this question of desire was really asking was this; ‘what world do you
really want?’ Here is the razor’s edge that we walk when we are asked to desire only truth. We may
wholly desire this particular form of devastation to go away, but we may not desire other forms of
the illusion to go with it. If I have the desire to let go of seeing my brother as sick, but still desire to
hold onto my role as a teacher, my aspirations of success, or anything else I “value” here, than my
desire is not made whole and the focus stays on visible form. If I desire to see my brother as the
holy Son of God but still desire to see his choice to be separate as real and having real
consequences than the truth stays behind the curtain. An open curtain can reveal what is behind it,
but it only opens if you will let go of wanting what stands in front of it. “…let go of all the things you
think you want. Your trifling treasures put away…..for the treasure of salvation.” Could it be that I
was still holding on to a desire for the trinkets of this world? Was I still desiring to see a choice for
separation as real and having real consequences. If so, then my desire was split between wanting
both worlds. When the Holy Spirit asked, “What is it that you desire? What world do you really
want?” I was being asked to bring my full desire to rest on what lies behind the curtain not in front.
“Seek ye first the Kingdom of Heaven, because that is where the laws of God operate truly” (T.7.IV.
7:1) is a statement of desire. Seek first God and truth before seeking for anything in this world.
Desire only this and the curtain will open and reveal to you the gifts of the Kingdom.
We all have our own set of illusions that call to us screaming “I am real”. You know which ones they
are because they seem to hold your mind in its grip claiming “this one” cannot possibly be false. If
we “want to exchange all suffering for joy this very day” we must make room for a miracle by
answering the three Ws.
* Who do you trust to guide your seeing?
* Where are you putting your faith?
* What is it that you desire?
If you trust the Holy Spirit, put your faith in what lies beyond visible form and desire only Heaven,
than you have given your consent and acceptance for the curtain to open. What will be revealed is
only love “while nothing to be feared remains.”
After receiving this teaching I was filled with gratitude to the Holy Spirit for this gentle and loving
response to my distress call. He taught me how to make room for a miracle. Today has been a day
of peace as I practice giving trust, faith and desire. If you are caught in the grips of an illusion that
is calling out to be seen as true, picture the Holy Spirit holding out His Hand while He says, “Follow
me I want to show you something”. He only asks for you to give your trust, your faith and your
desire so that He may lead you to joy.
References: W.#161, W.#164, W.PII.13, T.21.III
Written by: Patti Fields