In this second article in the series on the “miracle” and the “mind,” we’re going to continue our discussion of spiritual specialness as someone being chosen by God to complete His work without recognizing it is truly the ego. In A Course in Miracles (ACIM), many link being a Course teacher of God with being miracle-minded just even as we see in lots of religions with chosen spiritual leaders like a pastors, ministers and priests, etc. In the very first article on spiritual specialness, we incorporated a quote by Kenneth Wapnick that, “Love is quiet and do not need to make assertions.” Being someone chosen by God to complete “god’s work” can be an assertion of the ego; and it creates the error real. It is just a defense against God’s Love wherein we don’t notice that we’re actually competing with God (and thus everyone).
Mr. Wapnick also offers some wonderful passages that get straight to the stage with this matter. They’re taken from his two-book set on, “The Message Of A Course In Miracles” which is filled using what the Course does and doesn’t say. These quotes speak for themselves and do not require reinterpretation:
Spiritual specialness identifies people acting out their egos’specialness, but disguising it as spiritual dress. This frequently comes in the form of believing they’ve received “special” instructions, “special” favors, or “special” commissions from “special” divine persons such as for instance Jesus or the Holy Spirit, that serves to make these individuals spiritually different from others and therefore more “special” (Few Choose To Listen, p. 141).
What we are calling “spiritual specialness” appears in the members of almost all spiritual or religious movements. This usually comes in the form of believing that the group or members have already been singled out by God or the Holy Spirit to perform some holy function that’ll benefit humanity and contribute towards the saving of the world. However, such intrinsic specialness is actually incorrect with the teachings of A Course in Miracles (Few Choose To Listen, p. 144).
Specialness can also be seen in a variety of other designs beyond labels just mentioned. As an example, claiming who we “share the stage” with, i.e., other Course teachers is the same limelight error. We do all this because of our enormous repressed fear and guilt; and we do it in place of learning and practicing the Course. This can be a course on sameness and the one that exemplifies kindness:
This inability to seriously practice A Course in Miracles’kind principles of forgiveness which they study, and sometimes even teach, has perhaps been the most serious failing among its students. This book’s sequel, “Few Decide to Listen,” discusses how students often conceal their thought system of specialness underneath the guise of spiritual counseling or friendship. The lack of simple kindness is, unfortunately, unmistakable to any or all except the Course student making the spiritual pronouncements (All Are Called, p. 306).
Finally to finish setting the stage (pun intended) for this brief article, let’s make what Wapnick addresses on arrogance versus humility:
“Arrogance takes the form of believing this 1 has “mastered” the Course by way of a simple reading or two, without really recognizing what is involved with its ongoing study and constant practice. Humility, on the other hand, seeks only to master, which comes from students’recognition of how determined by their egos they’ve truly made themselves to be. They therefore become grateful for the chance the Course offers them to let go – finally and truly – of the investment in uniqueness, self-importance, and specialness, the core of the problem that maintains the separation from God” (Few Choose To Listen, p. 84, underline mine).
Humility is of the right mind, which recognizes its dependence on God, while arrogance is of the incorrect mind, which feels it is in competition with Him (Glossary-index, p. 106).
Therefore, when we can be truly miracle-minded, then we should be prepared to explore precisely what the ego is and what its thought system is effective at doing. a course in miracles online retreats The Course emphatically states that nothing can remain hidden. We should be willing to have our hands dirty with the ego if we are to master true forgiveness since specialness in just about any form ties in so directly with maintaining the separation from God.
Teacher of God
Specialness is actually arrogance and being in competition with God, so a teacher of God has nothing related to being a Course teacher even though many students believe otherwise. Considering our arrogance in making this kind of assertion, we turn back to humility to teach us so we are able to study from it:
Humility, on the other hand, might have students notice that A Course in Miracles is “unlike” some other spirituality they’ve seen, and therefore what is required of them may be the openness to being taught by “it,” rather than “their” unconscious teaching the Course what it says (Few Choose To Listen, p. 86, underline mine).
In ACIM, a teacher of God is simply anyone who chooses the Course as their path. That’s it! There’s no arrogance, no judgment and thus no body differs or special. We’re the same in ego wrong mind, the same in Holy Spirit right-mind and the same ability to select between them. Equals are in peace from choosing miracle-mindedness or the right-miracle-mind wherein His Vision sees sameness in everyone.
In the Course, the definition of an “unhealed healer” is someone trying to give what he hasn’t received. Quite simply, this states the fine line between the humbleness of learning and arrogantly teaching what we don’t know. Remember, an advanced teacher of God is wholly influenced by God and has resolved the “authority issue.” This individual knows that God is the author of the existence and never gets confused. Very few are in this advanced stage.
Unhealed healers are, “Arrogant, selfish, unconcerned and actually dishonest (P-3.II.3).” Through specialness, they’re wanting to invent a function, i.e., a chosen Course teacher of God (for example) if they cannot even accept the big event God gave them (and do not know what that really means either). By believing inside their invented function, they suspect those they are attempting to falsely teach of the same treachery – betrayal of God – which they unconsciously feel they’ve done. Thus, they wind up attacking pupils and teaching (and so will learn) the ego’s forgiveness-to-destroy.
Contrast that with how simple the Course is: Our only function here in the dream is true forgiveness (correcting the mind). In no way could it be easy; nonetheless it will do to really have the willingness to master it – a little and then lots of willingness.
The Course is individual study and practice; and while messages come through forms, the “form” of the Course is sufficient. We’re to only look with the Holy Spirit as our guide in learning to “know ourselves” and thus eventually resolve the authority issue (author of our existence) by undoing the ego which frees us from dependence on it. Eventually, we realize how “freeing” it really is to be determined by God and just what a huge burden specialness has really been: