In this second article in the series on the “miracle” and the “mind,” we’re going to carry on our discussion of spiritual specialness as someone being chosen by God to complete His work without recognizing it’s actually the ego. In A Course in Miracles (ACIM), many link being fully a Course teacher of God with being miracle-minded just as we see in lots of religions with chosen spiritual leaders such as a pastors, ministers and priests, etc. In the initial article on spiritual specialness, we incorporated a quote by Kenneth Wapnick that, “Love is quiet and need not make assertions.” Being someone chosen by God to complete “god’s work” is an assertion of the ego; and it makes the error real. It is really a defense against God’s Love wherein we don’t recognize that we’re actually competing with God (and thus everyone).
Mr. Wapnick also has some wonderful passages that get straight to the point with this matter. They are obtained from his two-book set on, “The Message Of A Course In Miracles” which will be filled in what the Course does and does not say. These quotes speak for themselves and do not need reinterpretation:
Spiritual specialness describes people acting out their egos’specialness, but disguising it as spiritual dress. This frequently is available in the shape of believing they’ve received “special” instructions, “special” favors, or “special” commissions from “special” divine persons such as for example Jesus or the Holy Spirit, which serves to create these people 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 is available in the shape of believing that the group or members have already been singled out by God or the Holy Spirit to execute some holy function that will benefit humanity and contribute towards the saving of the world. However, such intrinsic specialness is clearly false with the teachings of A Course in Miracles (Few Choose To Listen, p. 144).
Specialness is also seen in a variety of other forms beyond the labels just mentioned.acim soundcloud david hoffmeister For instance, claiming who we “share the stage” with, i.e., other Course teachers is the same limelight error. We do this because of our enormous repressed fear and guilt; and we do it as opposed to learning and practicing the Course. This is a course on sameness and 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 absolute most serious failing among its students. This book’s sequel, “Few Elect to Listen,” discusses how students often conceal their thought system of specialness underneath the guise of spiritual counseling or friendship. The absence 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 complete setting the stage (pun intended) for this brief article, let’s generate what Wapnick addresses on arrogance versus humility:
“Arrogance takes the shape of believing that certain has “mastered” the Course by way of a simple reading or two, without really recognizing what’s involved with its ongoing study and constant practice. Humility, on one other hand, seeks only to understand, which arises from students’recognition of how dependent on their egos they’ve truly made themselves to be. They therefore become grateful for the ability the Course offers them to let go – finally and truly – of their investment in uniqueness, self-importance, and specialness, the core of the issue that maintains the separation from God” (Few Choose To Listen, p. 84, underline mine).
Humility is of the best mind, which recognizes its dependence on God, while arrogance is of the incorrect mind, which feels it’s in competition with Him (Glossary-index, p. 106).
Therefore, if we should 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. The Course emphatically states that nothing can remain hidden. We should be willing to obtain our hands dirty with the ego if we are to understand true forgiveness since specialness in virtually any form ties in so directly with maintaining the separation from God.
Teacher of God
Specialness is clearly arrogance and being in competition with God, so a teacher of God has nothing to do with being fully a Course teacher even though many students believe otherwise. Considering our arrogance in making this assertion, we turn back to humility to teach us so we are able to study on it:
Humility, on one other hand, would have students recognize that A Course in Miracles is “unlike” every other spirituality they’ve seen, and therefore what’s required of these is the openness to being taught by “it,” as opposed to “their” unconscious teaching the Course what it is saying (Few Choose To Listen, p. 86, underline mine).
In ACIM, a teacher of God is just anybody who chooses the Course as their path. That’s it! There’s no arrogance, no judgment and thus nobody is different or special. We are the same in ego wrong mind, the same in Holy Spirit right-mind and the same ability to select between them. Equals are at 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 offer what he hasn’t received. Put simply, this states the fine line involving the humbleness of learning and arrogantly teaching what we don’t know. Remember, an enhanced teacher of God is totally influenced by God and has resolved the “authority issue.” This person knows that God is the writer of their existence and never gets confused. Not many are at this advanced stage.
Unhealed healers are, “Arrogant, selfish, unconcerned and actually dishonest (P-3.II.3).” Through specialness, they are wanting to invent a function, i.e., a chosen Course teacher of God (for example) if they cannot even accept the function God gave them (and have no idea what that basically means either). By believing in their invented function, they suspect those they are attempting to falsely teach of the same treachery – betrayal of God – that they unconsciously feel they’ve done. Thus, they find yourself 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 in the dream holds true forgiveness (correcting the mind). In no way could it be easy; but it will do to really have the willingness to understand 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 are 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 actually is to be dependent on God and just what a huge burden specialness has really been: