In this fourth article in the series on the “miracle” and the “mind,” we will discuss the way the unkindness of specialness is translated by the ego into making the Sonship appear fragmented. While nothing is in fact fragmented or separate in fact, the mind (because everything is in the mind) has the look to be fragmented because of the projected forms which are simply ego judgments of specialness, uniqueness and individuality. These are accustomed to make us be noticeable as special in a crowd of sameness and thus they divide the Sonship. This speaks to the very heart the one problem: The separation. These judgments maintain it. No body is different. Everyone is the same regardless.
Only equals are at peace and to be equal we should look past the differences seen with your body’s eyes to this major point in A Course in Miracles (ACIM): We all have the same ego (the same fear and guilt within our mind) and that unites us. We also all have the same right mind and the same ability to decide on between them. To say we are spiritually different (special) from what is actually a part folks (the same) says we prefer to keep the separation from God and that’s what we shall actually learn and teach.
The big event of the miracle is not to possess us stop choosing our egos. It’s to possess us be aware that we are choosing the ego. Again, I can’t emphasize this enough. This is what gets virtually 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 sum of its parts” (T-2.VII.6:3). In other words, one cannot appreciate the pure wholeness and oneness of Christ by adding up the billions and billions of fragments that the world thinks may be the Son of God, a quantifiable entity consisting of certain number 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 one of its forms is acknowledged as real (The Message of A Course In Miracles: Few Choose 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 use “spiritual dress” to produce themselves more special and chosen by God to do His work. This makes them different, i.e., be noticeable in a crowd as special from others who’re 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 so the spiritually special cannot learn nor teach peace.
The ego thrives on the comparisons of specialness. Once you compare yourself with others, wherein you are essential and they are not because Jesus gave you a special assignment… you see differences where there are none (because you are centered on forms which do not matter). The only way you should think of yourself as having an important function is to appreciate everyone 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 participate in form however not at heart as ego is approximately separation a course in miracles audio. In other words, while everyone shares the same ego, the ego says each one differs and not joined so there’s no true joining. Groups get together since they first believe they are separate and so they are essentially reinforcing that belief.
Everyone has memories of notorious cults in history; however, let’s make certain we know what is meant with a cult or its leader. The word symbol definition for a “cult” which most do not consider is, “A misplaced or excessive admiration for a particular person or thing.” Wapnick has remarked that the Course is being made special and changed into a religion. Additionally it falls in accordance with the meaning of a cult and spiritually special Course teachers as cult leaders because of the demands of these ego. Assertions, demands and needs are clues that the ego has been chosen. Special faith is taught by the ego to reinforce ego.
This is actually the reply to every problem which will confront you. In this world, you imagine you are sustained by everything but God. Your faith is placed in 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 things are your replacements for the Love of God (Lesson 50).
Cost versus Payment
In the Course, there’s a difference between cost and payment and the ego always demands payment. Unhealed healers try to heal for the money as payment (P-3.III.2) and as cult leaders, they may offer retreats in their house, put on workshops, etc. It’s not necessarily 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.
There will be those of whom the Holy Spirit requests payment for His purpose. There will be those from whom He doesn’t ask. It will not be the therapist [cult leader, spiritually special Course teacher] who makes these decisions. There’s a difference 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 price is very good” (P-3.III.3)
These so-called special leaders care 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 this really is the ego. The demand may come in several forms but it includes placing “faith” in their ego god who becomes in-charge folks to manage our issues. Their ego may be the teacher and since their ego is the same as ours, the other illusion is just exchanged for another, i.e., the price is that individuals don’t learn anything that would actually help.
Additionally, cult leaders are utilizing the third and fourth laws of chaos, i.e., “You just have what you take” and having taken, “Another’s loss is their gain.” They take without realizing that they can never take away anything except from themselves because the Son is One and undivided in fact (T-23.II on The Laws of Chaos). Therefore, to teach specialness is to teach division and what you teach you learn. That’s how simple it will be mindless with the ego and not pay attention to what’s being chosen or as Wapnick highlights, not to be aware that you are choosing the ego.
Provided that 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 one other hand, whenever we practice true forgiveness, and wish to release our specialness because unity and sameness are desired, the teacher of kindness may be the Holy Spirit. He helps us learn whenever we are choosing with this ego.
To be miracle-minded is to use forgiveness and take our specialness right to Him and that’s not easy. We forget that assertions are the world or ego appointed defenses against its opposite. By their very nature, assertions make fragmentation appear real, which as Wapnick highlights is the very opposite of the Sonship as One. My personal favorite quote of his that I use as a barometer for the ego is, “Love is quiet and will not need to make assertions” because specialness makes assertions or demands.