In this fourth article in the series on the “miracle” and the “mind,” we are likely to discuss how the unkindness of specialness is translated by the ego into making the Sonship appear fragmented. While nothing is in fact fragmented or separate in reality, the mind (because everything is in the mind) has the look of being fragmented due to the projected forms which are only ego judgments of specialness, uniqueness and individuality. These are used to make us stand out 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 exactly the same regardless.
Only equals are at peace and to be equal we ought to look after dark differences seen with your body’s eyes to the major point in A Course in Miracles (ACIM): Most of us have exactly the same ego (the same fear and guilt within our mind) and that unites us. We also all have exactly the same right mind and exactly the same ability to choose between them. To say we’re spiritually different (special) from what is truly a part people (the same) is saying we prefer to maintain the separation from God and that is what we shall actually learn and teach.
The function of the miracle isn’t to have us stop choosing our egos. It’s to have us remember that we’re 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 manner in which we perceive differences where you can find none. Look at this quote from Kenneth Wapnick:
The Sonship [the whole] in its Oneness transcends the amount of its parts” (T-2.VII.6:3). Quite simply, one cannot appreciate the pure wholeness and oneness of Christ by simply adding up the billions and billions of fragments that the planet thinks is the Son of God a course in miracles audiobook, a quantifiable entity consisting of certain number of separated fragments. Christ in His very nature is just a perfect and undivided One, as Mind, and He loses that essential characteristic which defines His Being if fragmentation of some 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).
For this number of articles, we’ve been using spiritually special Course teachers as our example wherein they use “spiritual dress” to make themselves more special and chosen by God to complete His work. This makes them different, i.e., stand out in a crowd as special from others who’re their equals. In the context of the discussion, this makes fragmentation real because judgments are manufactured about differences. Where you can find 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 you can find none (because you’re centered on forms which don’t matter). The only path you ought to think of yourself as having a significant function is to understand everybody else has 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 join in form however, not in your mind as ego is about separation. Quite simply, while everyone shares exactly the same ego, the ego says each one of these differs and not joined so there’s no true joining. Groups bond 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 know what is intended with a cult or its leader. The word symbol definition for a “cult” which most don’t consider is, “A misplaced or excessive admiration for a certain person or thing.” Wapnick has recently remarked that the Course has been made special and converted into a religion. Additionally it falls in line with the definition of a cult and spiritually special Course teachers as cult leaders due to 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 can be a answer to every problem which will confront you. In this world, you imagine you’re sustained by everything but God. Your faith is put in probably the most trivial and insane symbols; pills, money, influence, prestige, being liked, knowing the “right” people, and an endless set of kinds of nothingness that you endow with magical powers. All these exact 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 attempt to heal for cash as payment (P-3.III.2) and as cult leaders, they may offer retreats in their property, put on workshops, etc. It’s not necessarily about living with 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 wants payment for His purpose. You will see those from whom He doesn’t ask. It will not function as therapist [cult leader, spiritually special Course teacher] who makes these decisions. There is 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 cannot give. Patients (students) can pay just for the exchange of illusions… and the fee is fantastic” (P-3.III.3)
These so-called special leaders value fame, fortune, being known in the Course community, with whom they share the limelight and managing others issues, etc. Everything is just a demand disguised as God so this really is the ego. The demand may come in lots of forms but it contains placing “faith” in their ego god who becomes in-charge people to manage our issues. Their ego is the teacher and since their ego is the same as ours, then one illusion is only exchanged for another, i.e., the fee is that people don’t learn anything that will actually help.
Additionally, cult leaders are using 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 that they may never take away anything except from themselves as the Son is One and undivided in reality (T-23.II on The Laws of Chaos). Therefore, to teach specialness is to teach division and everything you show you learn. That’s how simple it is to be mindless with the ego and not pay attention to what’s being chosen or as Wapnick points out, to not remember that you’re choosing the ego.
As long as specialness is chosen, what’s “kind” remains some differing judgments designed to attack fragments thus making them real. Fragments are the symbol of the belief in separation. On the other hand, when we practice true forgiveness, and want to let go of our specialness because unity and sameness are desired, the teacher of kindness is the Holy Spirit. He helps us learn when we are choosing with this ego.
To be miracle-minded is by using forgiveness and take our specialness right to Him and that’s not easy. We forget that assertions are the planet or ego appointed defenses against its opposite. By their very nature, assertions make fragmentation appear real, which as Wapnick points out is the very opposite of the Sonship as One. My 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.