Far and away the most accessible, popular and complete channeled exposition in the 20th century is A Course in Miracles (ACIM) channeled by Helen Schucman with the assistance of Bill Thetford. The channelers who have the greatest name recognition in the press are Edgar Cayce, Jane Roberts and Ruth Montgomery. The emphasis here is on those who have a substantial body of printed works.
The following is the beginning of A Course in Miracles it details the attributes of Miracles within the context of the Course ..
The course does not aim at teaching the meaning of love, for that is beyond what can be taught. It does aim, however, at removing the blocks to the awareness of love's Presence, Which is your natural inheritance. The opposite of love is fear, but what is all-encompassing can have no opposite. This course can therefore be summed up very simply in this way:
Nothing real can be threatened. Nothing unreal exists. Herein lies the Peace of God.
Principles of Miracles
1. There is no order of difficulty among miracles. One is not "harder" or "bigger" than another. They are all the same. All expressions of love are maximal.
2. Miracles as such do not matter. The only thing that matters is their Source, Which is far beyond human evaluation.
3. Miracles occur naturally as expressions of love. The real miracle is the love that inspires them. In this sense, everything that comes from love is a miracle.
4. All miracles mean life, and God is the Giver of life. His Voice will direct you very specifically. You will be told all you need to know.
5. Miracles are habits and should be involuntary. They should not be under conscious control. Consciously selected miracles can be misguided.
6. Miracles are natural. When they do NOT occur something has gone wrong.
7. Miracles are everyone's right, but purification is necessary first.
8. Miracles are healing because they supply a lack in that they are performed by those who temporarily have more for those who temporarily have less.
9. Miracles are a kind of exchange. Like all expressions of love, which are ALWAYS miraculous in the true sense, the exchange reverses the physical laws. They bring MORE love both to the giver AND the receiver.
10. The use of miracles as spectacles to INDUCE belief is wrong; or, better, is a misunderstanding of their purpose. They are really used FOR and BY believers.
11. Prayer is the medium of miracles. Prayer is the natural communication of the created with the Creator. Through prayer love is received, and through miracles love is expressed.
12. Miracles are thoughts. Thoughts can represent lower-order or higher-order reality. This is the basic distinction between intellectualising and thinking. One makes the physical and the other creates the spiritual, and we believe in what we make or create.
13. Miracles are both beginnings and endings. They thus alter the temporal order. They are always affirmations of rebirth, which seem to go back, but really go forward. They undo the past in the present, and thus release the future.
14. Miracles bear witness to truth. They are convincing because they arise from conviction. Without conviction they deteriorate into magic, which is mindless, and therefore destructive; or rather, the uncreative use of mind.
15. Each day should be devoted to miracles. The purpose of time is to enable man to learn to use it constructively. Time is thus a teaching device, and a means to an end. It will cease when it is no longer useful in facilitating learning.
16. Miracles are teaching devices for demonstrating that it is more blessed to give than to receive. They simultaneously increase the strength of the giver and supply strength to the receiver.
17. Miracles are the transcendence of the body. They are sudden shifts into invisibility, away from a sense of lower-order reality. That is why they heal.
18. A miracle is a service. It is the maximal service one individual can render another. It is a way of loving your neighbour as yourself. The doer recognises his own and his neighbour's inestimable worth simultaneously.
19. Miracles make minds one in God. They depend on co-operation, because the Sonship is the sum of all the Souls God created. Miracles therefore rest on the laws of eternity, not of time.
20. Miracles reawaken the awareness that the Spirit, not the body, is the altar of truth. This is the recognition that leads to the healing power of the miracle.
21. Miracles are natural expressions of total forgiveness. Through miracles, man accepts God's forgiveness by extending it to others.
22. Miracles are associated with fear only because of the fallacious belief that darkness can HIDE. Man believes that what he cannot see does not exist, and his physical eyes cannot see in the dark. This is a very primitive solution, and has led to a denial of the Spiritual eye. * The escape from darkness involves two stages:
A. The recognition that darkness CANNOT hide. This step usually entails fear.
B. The recognition that there is nothing you WANT to hide, even if you COULD. This step brings ESCAPE from fear.
23. Miracles rearrange perception, and place the levels of perception in true perspective. This heals at ALL levels, because sickness comes from confusing the levels. When you have become willing to hide nothing, you will not only be willing to enter into communion, but will also understand peace and joy. Your commitment is not yet total, and that is why you still have more to learn than to teach. When your equilibrium stabilises, you will be able to teach as much as you learn, which will give you the proper balance. Meanwhile, remember that no effort is wasted, for unless you remember this, you cannot avail yourselves of MY efforts, which ARE limitless. Only eternity is real. Why not use the illusion of time constructively?
24. Miracles enable man to heal the sick and raise the dead because he made sickness and death himself, and can abolish both. YOU are a miracle, capable of creating in the likeness of your Creator. Everything else is only your own nightmare, and does not exist. Only the Creations of Light are real.
25. Miracles are part of an interlocking chain of forgiveness which, when completed, is the Atonement. This process works all the time, and in all the dimensions of time.
Most channeled material that reaches the press is dictated for that purpose or typed directly by spirit. Most material about Edgar Cayce is an interpretation written by commentators on readings that were given orally such as these:
...coordinate the teachings, the philosophies of the east, and the west, the oriental and the occidental, the new truths and the old... Correlate not the differences, but where all religions meet- there is one God! "Know, O Israel, the Lord God is one!"
There may be different channels of approach, yes. For not all peoples walked in the field when the wheat was ripe. Neither did all stand at the tomb when Lazarus was called forth. Neither were they all present when He walked on the water, nor when He fed the five thousand, nor when He hung on the Cross. Yet each experience answered, and does answer to something within each individual soul-entity. For each soul is a corpuscle in the body of God.
The world, as a world...has lost its ideal. Man may not have the same idea. Man-all men-may have the same ideal!...that can only come with all having the one ideal; not the one idea, but "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, thy neighbor as thyself!" This [is] the whole law, this [is] the whole answer to the world, to each and every soul. That is the answer to the world conditions as they exist today.
"You create your reality according to your beliefs and expectations, therefore you should examine these carefully. If you do not like some aspect of your world, then examine your own expectations."
"Realize that your physical experience and environment is the materialization of your beliefs. If you find great exuberance, health, effective work, abundance, smiles on the faces of those who you meet, then take it for granted that your beliefs are beneficial. If you see a world that is good, people like you, take it for granted again, that your beliefs are beneficial. But if you find poor health, a lack of meaningful work, a lack of abundance, a world of sorrow and evil, then assume your beliefs are faulty and begin examining them."
"Your world is formed in faithful replica of your own thoughts...If you think positive suggestions to yourself about a situation you send telepathic ammunition for positive use. You must learn to erase a negative thought or picture by replacing it with its opposite."
"You form your own reality. But in forming that reality, you change other realities of which you do not know. The joy, the challenge, the responsibility, the creativity is yours. There is no other message that I can ever give you, or that you can give yourself. You are, each of you, All-That-Is experienced through your own individuality, and the transubstantiation of your flesh."
"You should tell yourself frequently 'I will only react to constructive suggestions.' This gives you positive ammunition against your own negative thoughts and those of others."
"A negative thought, if not erased, will almost certainly result in a negative condition. Say to yourself, 'That is in the past. Now in this new moment, this new present, I am already beginning to change for the better.'"
"It does not do to repress negative thoughts, such as fears, angers, or resentment. They should be recognized, faced and replaced. Recognize resentment when it is felt, and then realize that resentment can be dismissed. Initial recognition must be made. Then you must imagine removing the resentment 'by its roots' and replacing it with a positive feeling."
"You must watch the pictures that you paint with your imagination. Your environment and the conditions of your life at any given time are the direct result of your own inner expectations. If you imagine dire circumstances, ill health or desperate loneliness, these will be "automatically" materialized, for these thoughts themselves bring about the conditions that will give them a reality in physical terms. If you would have good health then you must imagine this as vividly as you fearfully imagine ill health."
for there is no danger there.
The voice of love that called you here to planet Earth
will not leave you to darkness. Your purpose
is vaster than the imaginings of the human mind.
Listen to me. Love is all there is.
Nothing more is needed to be known.
So open your heart and, in the name of that love,
welcome every bit of life that awaits you.
Your purpose is to be present, minute by minute,
breath by breath, tomorrow after tomorrow,
to the end of time itself.
I say this again and again: Work for God. He always pays His bills! What do I mean? When you work toward global peace, global love, and global harmony, which is the absolute destiny of this planet, you are doing God's will. Your payoff will be the harmony and expansion you will feel as you move your body, mind, and emotions into alignment. That which you are hoping and praying for, for the world, is what you will begin to receive for yourself. The gifts of God are right here in the kind of action we are asking from you. As you give to others, so you receive. It is the law. As you hold this planet in your heart with love and harmony and the wonderful excitement of humankind aligned, you will become that which you are giving.
God never asks you to do anything that does not increase the love in your heart, the harmony in your awareness, and the compassion of your being. What we are asking for today is something very specific. What you give in these next few weeks and months you will also receive &emdash; deeply. We need you. We need your help, as you need ours. We are all in this together &emdash; one mind, one heart.
The more people you can agree with, and feel at ease and relaxed around, the more the tension between you dissipates. Those boundaries of separation soften and become more gentle. If you are missing love in your life, you may be looking at the differences rather than the similarities between you and other people. As you relax and soften around the seeming separations, you will be participating in the expansion of planetary love. The greater the love in the world, the greater the potential for future love. It moves out in ever-expanding waves.
The Problem of Pain
Once there was a little soul who knew itself to be the light. This was a new soul, and so anxious for experience. "I am the light," it said. "I am the light." Yet all the knowing of it and all the saying of it could not substitute for the experience of it. And in the realm from which this soul emerged, there was nothing but the light. Every soul was grand, every soul was magnificent, and every soul shone with the brilliance of God's awesome light. And so the little soul in question was as a candle in the sun. In the midst of the grandest light -- of which it was a part --it could not see itself, nor experience itself as Who and What it Really is.
Now it came to pass that this soul yearned and yearned to know itself. And so great was its yearning that one day God said, "Do you know, Little One, what you must do to satisfy this yearning of yours?." "Oh, what, God? What? I'll do anything!" The little soul said. "You must separate yourself from the rest of us," God answered, "and then you must call upon yourself the darkness." "What is the darkness, oh Holy One?" the little soul asked. "That which you are not," replied God, and the little soul understood.
And so this the soul did, removing itself from the all, yea, going even into another realm. And in this realm the soul had the power to call into its experience all sorts of darkness. And this it did.
Yet in the midst of all the darkness did it cry out, "Father, Father, why has Thou forsaken me?" Even as you have in your darkest times. Yet I have never forsaken you, but stand by you always, ready, to remind you of Who You Really Are; ready, always ready, to call you home.
Therefore, be a light unto the darkness and curse it not. And forget not Who You Are in the moment of your encirclement by that which you are not. But do you praise to the creation, even as you seek to change it.
And know that what you do in the time of your greatest trial can be your greatest triumph. For the experience you create is a statement of Who You Are -- and who You Want to Be.
... There are those who say that life is a school, and that these things which you observe and experience in your life are for your learning. ... but I tell you again you came into this life with nothing to learn -- you have only to demonstrate what you already know. In the demonstration of it, will you function it out, and create yourself anew, through your experience. Thus do you render it holy.
You deserve to have a wonderful life filled with love, abundance, good friends, excellent health, and loving relationships. As you open to your higher good you are aligning with your Higher Self and soul. Start by believing that a good life is naturally yours, not something you have to earn or pay for. It is the higher plan of the universe for all beings to have lives of beauty, harmony, and abundance.
The principle of allowing is very important. You allow things into your life easily and effortlessly all the time. There are many things you think you deserve, and you do not think twice about having them. You can increase the good you bring into your life by learning how to allow yourself to have what you want.
You do not have to do anything to "deserve" your higher good. You are a good and worthy person. People who have abundance, loving relationships, and happiness are not more deserving or better than you. They simply allow more good things to come into their lives.
Think of some of the good things you easily allow into your life right now. Give yourself a moment of appreciation for being able to allow your higher good in these areas. If every night you mentally made a list of all the good things you allowed into your life that day, you would more easily learn how to allow even more good things into your life.
Hurt is a little different, because hurt takes time to heal. Anger can be healed instantly: Someone makes you angry, you explode, you express it, they responsibly receive your anger and handle it, and you're done. It's not there an hour later. But hurt is a wound, a cut, a tear in your self-esteem, in your essence, and it takes time to heal.
Hurt is probably the worst thing you can do to somebody. If you make them angry, you can deal with that, depending on the degree and the intentionality. But if you hurt somebody, then that's harder to deal with because it does take time. It's harder for them to heal it, and it's more responsibility for you. It's the one emotion that has time. Therefore, the most devastating thing you can do to someone is to consciously hurt them. And to hurt them physically is less detrimental than hurting them emotionally, psychically or spiritually. A physical hurt can mend. You have torn an illusion, made a dark spot in a light. But an emotional hurt is real. A psychic hurt -- to lead them off their path -- is detrimental to their growth. You have slowed someone down. To spiritually hurt somebody, to spiritually misguide them, is the biggest hurt of all. It's the most devastating emotion you have. Likewise, once you move outside of time, hurt doesn't exist. It's the worst thing than can happen in your physical life because of the time factor, but once you move outside of time then hurt diminishes. So it all balances.
The nature of reality is that which you are living and yet do not have. Truth is, what you want is not your reality. Now the reality is living the lack in need of the want and the want is not the reality. The reality is that you don't have what you want.
Now how do you change all of that?
Consciousness and energy, do you know what that is? The two principles of the universe or of that which is termed cosmic life. Some of you know that. Let me reiterate: There are only two principles in the universe. The universe is not moral; it is amoral. It is not subjective; it is objective. And with that virgin territory comes only two principles that create the nature of reality. They are called consciousness and energy. Consciousness is that which you perceive; energy is the active ingredient to manifest it into life. And the two create reality.
All that you know -- forget the good and bad -- but all that you know, that you have experienced, that you have seen, that you understand, that is tangible you, that makes up the identity that you are, you have created in your life through consciously energizing them into an experience. You don't know any more than what you consciously have endeavored to create. Creation then follows moral, good and bad -- and, of course, there's the subjective element. But there are only two principles, consciousness and energy, and they constitute God, or the forever I Am that is I Am. The great slumbering void is God.
Now consciousness and energy are that which is termed an empowered light force whose destiny in evolution was, through involution, to descend elevations and degrees and levels of vibration. Consciousness and energy began on the seventh level of thought, created and lowered itself seven vibratory levels to become a conscious being, that which you are. Reality, that which is cellular mass, is created from the conscious mind that is awakened, and you are the 'awakened' that does the creating.
Your destiny, which is in your soul, is like a book. And the title of the book is called Evolution, to evolve through seven levels, to reverse the process of involution and raise the frequency from mass back to the thought consciously awakened. God is asleep! Gods are the awakened adventurers consuming the unknown sleeping God to awaken consciousness. That is your journey.
The Oneness of All Things
All things on this planet are made from the same elements that are common to the planet. Yet Human beings who walk here tend to feel that they are indeed apart from the dirt of the earth. They walk upon it-they see its grandeur, and wonder at its beauty. They also fear its power, but they feel that they are beings who are completely apart and separate from it.
We wish to remind you of something very special. The elements that are contained in your body also represent the elements that are contained on the planet. Like a closed environmental system, all that is here belongs to the earth-and especially the Human body. All of the things that went into the growth of the Human from that you call Mother was collected from the earth, ingested, and it allowed the mother to grow along with the child-and here you are! It is the dirt of the earth, therefore, that grew the nourishment that fed the mother and allowed you to exist.
As you know the cycle of life, you also know what happens at the end: The Human returns to the basic elements, does it not? The cycle is indeed complete. Still, Humans feel that they are apart. The item that tells them they are apart, intuitively, is what we wish to speak about. But before we do that, we wish to enhance the reminder that you are part of the elements of the actual planet.
We have spoken of the "consciousness of Gaia." So it is that we have spoken of the fact that humanity and the planet are seen as one unit. You cannot separate them-ever. That is the balance of it, and it will always remain in that fashion. Remember your history? The indigenous peoples of your land recognized the connection. They did more than recognize the connection, they enhanced it-through celebration, through honor, and through ceremony. Let this be a time for you to hear once more that ceremony is appropriate to again ground, link, and anchor you to dirt of this planet! It will only enhance what is to follow in your future-and what is to follow can be grand indeed. It has to do with that package on your lap that we will show you in a few moments.
Finally, they honored the life that also was their sustenance. They saw the cycle that permitted the buffalo to be consumed for their own benefit and that of their kind, as well as the horse to carry their burden. They honored them in their ceremonies and in their drawings, and they considered them all a part of life along with the dirt of the earth. We remind you of this because part of your discovery and your enlightenment is a return to these basics-a return to the knowledge that the consciousness of the planet belongs to you, and that is the next subject.
"The 'point of decision,' as it is called in all hierarchical circles, was reached during the period between the Full Moon of June, 1936, and the Full Moon of June, 1945. The point of decision covered, therefore, nine years (a relatively brief time); it resulted in the decision arrived at by the Christ to re-appear or return to visible Presence on Earth as soon as possible, and considerably earlier than had been planned It was also made with the full understanding and co-operation of the Masters and the senior initiates. This was inevitably so, because Their participation and help were imperative. They also necessarily had to be with Him in thought, and co-operating mentally, because His reappearance connotes a great hierarchical approach to humanity and a great spiritual event."
(The Reappearance of the Christ, p. 69)
"The Christ and His disciples, the Masters of the Wisdom and the Great Companions, are approaching nearer to the physical plane. The work of mental preparation for that event, and th construction of the thought-form of the advent or Second Coming, has now been completed."
(The Externalisation of the Hierarchy, pp. 503-504)
"The early signs of His approach with His disciples can already be discerned by those who know it and rightly interpret the signs of the times. There is (among the signs) the coming together spiritually of those who love their fellow men. This is in reality the organising of the outer physical army of the Lord - an army which has no weapons but those of love, of right speech and right human relations. This unknown organisation has proceeded with phenomenal speed during the aftermath of war, because humanity is sick of hate and of controversy."
(The Externalisation of the Hierarchy, p. 598)
"Historically speaking, your world has been defined most explicitly in the last five hundred to six hundred of your years by scientists and by learned intellectuals and you have not questioned this. The world seems solid. You seem solid. You all seem to live in the same world at the same time. Not so. It is not so at all."
"You are moving into the fourth dimension of experience. The third dimensional experience is composed of thinking. The fourth dimensional experience is more involved with perceiving, utilizing the entire being."
"You have been defined so precisely that you do not question who you are. You have accepted a thousand years of definition from those you consider authorities because they happen to speak louder or publish books or gather degrees. That is nonsense."
"Always question what you hear, including what we are telling you. Become your OWN authority. This is what Terra is moving towards each one discovering their own integrity, their own completeness of being, their own responsibility to themselves and to the world that they participate in."
"You will discover how to become this authority by trusting yourselves and by questioning what you are told, particularly from your governments, school systems, television and newspapers. Read between the lines. It would do you a great amount of good."
Eva Pierrakos channeling the Pathwork Teachings
"Actually the ultimate goal is described in many many lectures. But these are words before you can get a feeling experience. And perhaps the best way at the moment to answer you is very simply: Deep within you is an essence of life, a nucleus of consciousness and energy that you may call God, you may call the cosmic self, you may call your spirit, you may call the transpersonal, unified all-consciousness -- whatever name you give it is immaterial. The aim is that you know that this is who you are; that you lose the illusion of being this isolated dot in the universe. And in order to attain this experience of your reality, it is necessary to eliminate those areas of your present manifest consciousness that created the illusion in the first place -- the misconceptions and negative intentionality and denial of truth. Whether the truth is in concept or the truth is in feeling makes no difference. This is, perhaps very briefly put, the aim of the path."
Automatic typing from Susy Smith's mother
"There is no quick or easy way to learn goodwill toward humanity, but the first step is taken when one begins to see the need of it. Since all are enduring the same struggles and learning the same lessons and trying for the same goals, it should not be difficult to attain a feeling of kinship and compassion for them. To think kindly of others will be easier when it is realizzed that each must eventually become aware of the necessity to progress. For if you know this, and the one who injures you does not, then you can pity that soul for the lack of understanding of the monumental task ahead. Instead of hating, forgive. Think to yourself, 'God bless him,' and then forget the grievance."
"The way to learn to improve yourself is this: know first that thoughts are actual things. Then you can realize that every negative thought that enters your mind must be denied and a positive thought substituted for it so that the power that the negative thought exerts may be cancelled by a positive power immediately put into play."
"It is laborious to do this at first., but it will grow easier with practice, until finally the reaction of denial to any negative thought will become instinctive. The substitution of a positive thought will also become a matter of habit. Soon you will notice evidence of the progress you have made and the improvement in your life because of it When friends begin to ask what it is that has brought that glow of happiness to you so constantly, you will suddenly realize that a constructive force is revealing itself continuously in your life, and you will know such peace as you previously would not have believed possible."
Paul Ferrini joining with the Christ Mind
"Do not concern yourself with what others do or leave undone. It is not your responsibility to evaluate their thoughts or actions. Simply be responsible for how you think and act. For if you think and act with God you will influence others without saying a single word."
"Charity is found only in self-responsibility. Do the very best you can for yourself and others and leave the rest for God to do."
"You are not responsible for the choices that others make, nor are they responsible for yours. However, you can and must learn from one another, for what you choose is not that different from the choice your brother makes. You make many of the same mistakes."
"Mistakes are opportunities for learning. To condemn your brother for making mistakes is to pretend to be mistake free, which you are not. I have asked you before and I will ask you again: which one of you will throw the first stone?"