In this fourth article in the series on the “miracle” and the “mind,” we will discuss how the unkindness of specialness is translated by the ego into making the Sonship appear fragmented. While nothing is obviously fragmented or separate the truth is, the mind (because everything is in the mind) has the look of being fragmented because of the projected forms which are only ego judgments of specialness, uniqueness and individuality. These are used to make us be noticeable as special in a crowd of sameness and thus they divide the Sonship. This speaks to ab muscles heart the one problem: The separation. These judgments maintain it. No body is different. Most people are the exact same regardless.
Only equals are at peace and to be equal we ought to look past the differences seen with the 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 inside 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 state we are spiritually different (special) from what is truly a part people (the same) is saying we prefer to maintain the separation from God and that’s what we will actually learn and teach.
The function of the miracle isn’t to possess us stop choosing our egos. It is to possess us remember that we are choosing the ego. Again, I can’t emphasize this enough. It’s this that gets nearly all Course in Miracles students way off the mark (Rules for Decision, Kenneth Wapnick, underline mine).
Fragments are merely the dualistic method by which we perceive differences where there are none. Understand this quote from Kenneth Wapnick:
The Sonship [the whole] in its Oneness transcends the amount of its parts” (T-2.VII.6:3). Put simply, one cannot appreciate the pure wholeness and oneness of Christ by adding up the billions and billions of fragments that the entire world thinks may be the Son of God, a quantifiable entity consisting of certain quantity of separated fragments. Christ in His very nature is 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 Elect to Listen by Kenneth Wapnick, page 67, underline mine).
Because of this group of articles, we’ve been using spiritually special Course teachers as our example wherein they choose “spiritual dress” to create themselves more special and chosen by God to accomplish His work. This makes them different, i.e., be noticeable in a crowd as special from others that are their equals. In the context with this discussion, this makes fragmentation real because judgments are manufactured 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. When you compare yourself with others, wherein you are essential and they are not because Jesus gave you a unique assignment… you see differences where there are none (because you’re focused on forms which do not matter). The only way you must think of yourself as having a significant function is to appreciate everyone else comes with 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 participate in form however, not at heart as ego is about separation. a course in miracles lessons Put simply, while everyone shares the exact same ego, the ego says each one of these is different and not joined so there’s no true joining. Groups get together because they first believe they are separate and so they are essentially reinforcing that belief.
Everybody has memories of notorious cults ever; however, let’s make certain we understand what is supposed by a cult or its leader. The phrase symbol definition for a “cult” which most do not consider is, “A misplaced or excessive admiration for a specific person or thing.” Wapnick has pointed out that the Course is being made special and converted into a religion. It also falls in accordance with this is 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 reinforce ego.
Here is the answer to every problem that’ll confront you. These days, you think you’re sustained by everything but God. Your faith is put in the most trivial and insane symbols; pills, money, influence, prestige, being liked, knowing the “right” people, and an endless list of forms of nothingness that you endow with magical powers. All these things are your replacements for the Love of God (Lesson 50).
Cost versus Payment
In the Course, there’s a distinction between cost and payment and the ego always demands payment. Unhealed healers make an effort to heal for cash as payment (P-3.III.2) and as cult leaders, they may offer retreats in their property, wear workshops, etc. It’s not always about managing them as is most widely known about cults. What they offer places limitations on learning that exceeds the “cost” of any monetary payment.
You will see those of whom the Holy Spirit asks for payment for His purpose. You will see those from whom He does not ask. It should not function as the therapist [cult leader, spiritually special Course teacher] who makes these decisions. There’s a distinction between payment and cost (P-3.III.2).
Cult leaders, even yet in the Course, are like therapists, “… indeed useless to the world’s salvation. They make demands, and so they can not give. Patients (students) can pay limited to the exchange of illusions… and the fee is great” (P-3.III.3)
These so-called special leaders worry about fame, fortune, being known in the Course community, with whom they share the limelight and managing others issues, etc. Everything is a demand disguised as God so it’s really the ego. The demand may come in several forms but it offers placing “faith” within their ego god who becomes in-charge people to control our issues. Their ego may be the teacher and since their ego is exactly like ours, the other illusion is only exchanged for another, i.e., the fee is that people don’t learn anything that would actually help.
Additionally, cult leaders are utilizing the third and fourth laws of chaos, i.e., “You merely have everything you take” and having taken, “Another’s loss is their gain.” They take without realizing they can never take away anything except from themselves as the Son is One and undivided the truth is (T-23.II on The Laws of Chaos). Therefore, to show specialness is to show division and everything you teach you learn. That’s how simple it is usually to be mindless with the ego and not pay attention to what’s being chosen or as Wapnick points out, never to remember that you’re choosing the ego.
As long as specialness is chosen, what’s “kind” remains some differing judgments meant to attack fragments thus making them real. Fragments would be the symbol of the belief in separation. On another hand, once we practice true forgiveness, and want to release our specialness because unity and sameness are desired, the teacher of kindness may be the Holy Spirit. He helps us learn once we are choosing with this ego.
To be miracle-minded is by using forgiveness and take our specialness straight to Him and that’s not easy. We forget that assertions are the entire world or ego appointed defenses against its opposite. By their very nature, assertions make fragmentation appear real, which as Wapnick points out is ab muscles opposite of the Sonship as One. My personal favorite quote of his that I take advantage of as a barometer for the ego is, “Love is quiet and will not need to make assertions” because specialness makes assertions or demands.