In this fourth article in the series on the “miracle” and the “mind,” we are going 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 the truth is, your brain (because everything is in the mind) has the look of being fragmented due to the projected forms which are nothing more than 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 heart the main one problem: The separation. These judgments maintain it. No one is different. Many people are exactly the same regardless.
Only equals are at peace and to be equal we must look past the differences seen with your body’s eyes to the major point in A Course in Miracles (ACIM): All of us have exactly the same ego (the same fear and guilt in 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 state we’re spiritually different (special) from what is truly a part people (the same) says we prefer to maintain the separation from God and that’s what we will actually learn and teach.
The big event of the miracle is not 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 way in which we perceive differences where you will find none. Look at this quote from Kenneth Wapnick:
The Sonship [the whole] in its Oneness transcends the sum of its parts” (T-2.VII.6:3). Put simply, one cannot appreciate the pure wholeness and oneness of Christ simply 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 amount 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).
With this group of articles, we’ve been using spiritually special Course teachers as our example wherein they choose “spiritual dress” to produce 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 with this discussion, this makes fragmentation real because judgments are manufactured about differences. Where you will 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. When you compare yourself with others, wherein you are important and they are not because Jesus a course in miracles free audiobook gave you a unique assignment… you see differences where you will find none (because you are focused on forms which do not matter). The only path you ought to consider yourself as having an important function is to realize 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 your brain, then their purpose is specialness, uniqueness and thus separation and fragmentation by seeking to divide the Sonship. They join in form but not in mind as ego is approximately separation. Put simply, while everyone shares exactly the same ego, the ego says each one of these is significantly diffent and not joined so there’s no true joining. Groups come together simply because they first believe they are separate and so they are essentially reinforcing that belief.
Everybody has memories of notorious cults in history; however, let’s ensure we understand what is meant with a cult or its leader. The term symbol definition for a “cult” which most do not consider is, “A misplaced or excessive admiration for a certain person or thing.” Wapnick has recently remarked that the Course is being made special and turned into a religion. Additionally, it falls consistent with this is 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.
Here is the answer to every problem that may confront you. In this world, you believe 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 list of kinds 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 distinction between cost and payment and the ego always demands payment. Unhealed healers attempt to heal for money as payment (P-3.III.2) and as cult leaders, they may offer retreats in their property, placed 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.
There will be those of whom the Holy Spirit asks for payment for His purpose. There will be 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 is a distinction 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 just for the exchange of illusions… and the price 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 just a demand disguised as God so it is the ego. The demand can come in lots of forms but it contains placing “faith” in 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 just exchanged for another, i.e., the price is that people don’t learn anything that would actually help.
Additionally, cult leaders are utilising the third and fourth laws of chaos, i.e., “You simply have what you take” and having taken, “Another’s loss is their gain.” They take without realizing that they may never eliminate 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 what you show you learn. That’s how simple it will be mindless with the ego and not pay attention to what is being chosen or as Wapnick highlights, never to remember that you are choosing the ego.
So long as specialness is chosen, what is “kind” remains a series of differing judgments meant to attack fragments thus making them real. Fragments will be the symbol of the belief in separation. On the other hand, whenever we practice true forgiveness, and desire to let go of 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 utilize forgiveness and take our specialness directly 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 opposite of the Sonship as One. The best 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.