In this fourth article in the series on the “miracle” and the “mind,” we are going to discuss the way the unkindness of specialness is translated by the ego into making the Sonship appear fragmented. While nothing is obviously fragmented or separate in reality, 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 used 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 main one problem: The separation. These judgments maintain it. No-one is different. Many people are the exact same regardless.
Only equals are at peace and to be equal we should 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 within our mind) and that unites us. We also all have the exact same right mind and the exact same ability to choose 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’s what we shall actually learn and teach.
The function of the miracle isn’t to have us stop choosing our egos. It is to have us be aware 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 way in which we perceive differences where you can find 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). 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 may be the Son of God, a quantifiable entity consisting of certain quantity 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 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).
Because of this number 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 accomplish His work. This makes them different, i.e., be noticeable 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 and so 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’re not because Jesus gave you a particular assignment… you see differences where you can find none (because you are dedicated to forms which do not matter). The only way you ought to consider yourself as having a significant function is to appreciate everyone 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 a course in miracles audio. 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 although not at heart as ego is approximately separation. Quite simply, while everyone shares the exact same ego, the ego says each one is significantly diffent and not joined so there’s no true joining. Groups bond because they first believe they’re separate and so they’re essentially reinforcing that belief.
Everybody has memories of notorious cults in history; however, let’s ensure we know what is supposed by way of 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 specific person or thing.” Wapnick has noticed that the Course is being made special and turned 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.
Here is the reply to every problem which will confront you. These days, you imagine you are sustained by everything but God. Your faith is positioned in the most trivial and insane symbols; pills, money, influence, prestige, being liked, knowing the “right” people, and an endless listing of types of nothingness that you endow with magical powers. All these specific 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 the money as payment (P-3.III.2) and as cult leaders, they may offer retreats in their house, placed on workshops, etc. It’s not necessarily about coping with them as is most widely known about cults. What they give places limitations on learning that exceeds the “cost” of any monetary payment.
You will have those of whom the Holy Spirit asks for payment for His purpose. You will have those from whom He does not ask. It will not be the 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 in the Course, are like therapists, “… indeed useless to the world’s salvation. They make demands, and so they can’t give. Patients (students) can pay only for the exchange of illusions… and the cost is fantastic” (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 just a demand disguised as God so this really is the ego. The demand may come in many forms but it includes placing “faith” in their ego god who becomes in-charge of us to control our issues. Their ego may be the teacher and since their ego is the same as ours, the other illusion is only exchanged for another, i.e., the cost is that individuals don’t learn anything that would actually help.
Additionally, cult leaders are utilising 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 reality (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 is to be mindless with the ego and not pay attention to what is being chosen or as Wapnick points out, to not be aware that you are choosing the ego.
Provided that specialness is chosen, what is “kind” remains a series of differing judgments supposed to attack fragments thus making them real. Fragments will be the symbol of the belief in separation. On the other hand, when we practice true forgiveness, and desire to forget about our specialness because unity and sameness are desired, the teacher of kindness may be the Holy Spirit. He helps us learn when we are choosing with this ego.
To be miracle-minded is to use forgiveness and take our specialness directly 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 personal favorite quote of his that I personally use as a barometer for the ego is, “Love is quiet and need not make assertions” because specialness always makes assertions or demands.