In this fourth article in the series on the “miracle” and the “mind,” we will discuss how a unkindness of specialness is translated by the ego into making the Sonship appear fragmented. While nothing is in fact fragmented or separate the truth is, the mind (because everything is in the mind) has the appearance of being fragmented because of the projected forms which are simply ego judgments of specialness, uniqueness and individuality. These are accustomed to make us stick out as special in a crowd of sameness and thus they divide the Sonship. This speaks to the very heart usually the one problem: The separation. These judgments maintain it. No one is different. Many people are the exact same regardless.
Only equals have reached peace and to be equal we must look past the differences seen with your body’s eyes to the major point in A Course in Miracles (ACIM): All of us have the exact same ego (the same fear and guilt in our mind) and that unites us. We also all have the exact same right mind and the exact same ability to select between them. To express we’re spiritually different (special) from what is actually a part of us (the same) says we prefer to keep up the separation from God and that is what we will actually learn and teach.
The function of the miracle is not to possess us stop choosing our egos. It is to possess us be aware that we’re choosing the ego. Again, I can’t emphasize this enough. This is what gets almost all Course in Miracles students way off the mark (Rules for Decision, Kenneth Wapnick, underline mine).
Fragments are merely the dualistic way in which we perceive differences where there are none. Understand this quote from Kenneth Wapnick:
The Sonship [the whole] in its Oneness transcends the sum of its parts” (T-2.VII.6:3). In other words, one cannot appreciate the pure wholeness and oneness of Christ simply by adding up the billions and billions of fragments that the entire world thinks could be the Son of God, a course in miracles a quantifiable entity consisting of certain amount of separated fragments. Christ in His very nature is really a perfect and undivided One, as Mind, and He loses that essential characteristic which defines His Being if fragmentation of any of its forms is acknowledged as real (The Message of A Course In Miracles: Few Decide to Listen by Kenneth Wapnick, page 67, underline mine).
For this number of articles, we’ve been using spiritually special Course teachers as our example wherein they choose “spiritual dress” to make themselves more special and chosen by God to accomplish His work. This makes them different, i.e., stick out in a crowd as special from others that are their equals. In the context of the discussion, this makes fragmentation real because judgments are made about differences. Where there are differences (instead of sameness) there’s no peace and therefore the spiritually special cannot learn nor teach peace.
The ego thrives on the comparisons of specialness. Whenever you compare yourself with others, wherein you are important and they are not because Jesus gave you a particular assignment… you see differences where there are none (because you’re dedicated to forms which do not matter). The only path you must think of yourself as having a significant function is to understand everyone else posseses an important function too: forgiveness (The Healing Power of Kindness, Vol. 2: Forgiving Our Limitations by Kenneth Wapnick, location 884, Kindle, underline mine).
Cults are groups that believe themselves special from everyone else. Cult leaders are like any group leader who make themselves and their group special. Since purpose is in the mind, then their purpose is specialness, uniqueness and thus separation and fragmentation by seeking to divide the Sonship. They interact form however not at heart as ego is about separation. In other words, while everyone shares the exact same ego, the ego says each one is different and not joined so there’s no true joining. Groups come together since they first believe they are separate and so they are essentially reinforcing that belief.
Everybody has memories of notorious cults ever; however, let’s ensure we know what is supposed with a cult or its leader. The term symbol definition for a “cult” which most do not consider is, “A misplaced or excessive admiration for a specific person or thing.” Wapnick has recently pointed out that the Course has been made special and changed into a religion. Additionally it falls in accordance with the definition of a cult and spiritually special Course teachers as cult leaders because of the demands of their ego. Assertions, demands and needs are clues that the ego has been chosen. Special faith is taught by the ego to bolster ego.
This is actually the answer to every problem that may confront you. These days, you imagine you’re sustained by everything but God. Your faith is placed in probably the most trivial and insane symbols; pills, money, influence, prestige, being liked, knowing the “right” people, and an endless list of kinds of nothingness that you endow with magical powers. All these exact things are your replacements for the Love of God (Lesson 50).