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 fact, the mind (because everything is in the mind) has the looks to be fragmented due to the projected forms which are nothing more than ego judgments of specialness, uniqueness and individuality. These are accustomed to make us stand out as special in a crowd of sameness and thus they divide the Sonship. This speaks to ab muscles heart the one problem: The separation. These judgments maintain it. No one is different. Most people are the same regardless.
Only equals are at peace and to be equal we must look after dark differences seen with the body’s eyes to this major point in A Course in Miracles (ACIM): All of us 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 choose between them. To say we’re spiritually different (special) from what is actually a part folks (the same) is saying we prefer to maintain the separation from God and that’s what we will actually learn and teach.
The event of the miracle isn’t to own us stop choosing our egos. It is to own 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 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 entire world thinks may be the Son of God, a quantifiable entity consisting of certain quantity 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 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).
With this number of articles, we’ve been using spiritually special Course teachers as our example wherein they choose “spiritual dress” to create 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 created about differences. Where there are differences (instead of sameness) there is 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 important and they’re not because Jesus gave you a special assignment… you see differences where there are none (because you are focused on forms which don’t matter). The only path you must consider yourself as having a significant function is to understand everyone comes with 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 in mind as ego is about separation. In other words, a course in miracles teacher while everyone shares the same ego, the ego says every one is significantly diffent and not joined so there is no true joining. Groups get together because they first believe they’re separate and so they’re essentially reinforcing that belief.
Everyone has memories of notorious cults ever sold; however, let’s ensure we understand what is intended by a cult or its leader. The term symbol definition for a “cult” which most don’t consider is, “A misplaced or excessive admiration for a particular person or thing.” Wapnick has recently remarked that the Course is being made special and changed into a religion. In addition it falls in accordance with the meaning 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 is actually the answer to every problem that’ll confront you. Nowadays, you imagine you are sustained by everything but God. Your faith is put in the absolute most trivial and insane symbols; pills, money, influence, prestige, being liked, knowing the “right” people, and an endless listing of forms 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 is a difference between cost and payment and the ego always demands payment. Unhealed healers make an effort to heal for cash as payment (P-3.III.2) and as cult leaders, they may offer retreats in their house, wear workshops, etc. It’s not at all times about coping 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 have those of whom the Holy Spirit asks for payment for His purpose. You will have those from whom He doesn’t 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 cannot give. Patients (students) can pay just for the exchange of illusions… and the cost is excellent” (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 will come in several forms but it offers placing “faith” inside their ego god who becomes in-charge folks to manage our issues. Their ego may be the teacher and since their ego is just like ours, the other illusion is just exchanged for another, i.e., the cost is that individuals don’t learn anything that would actually help.
Additionally, cult leaders are using the third and fourth laws of chaos, i.e., “You just have everything you take” and having taken, “Another’s loss is their gain.” They take without realizing that they’ll never remove anything except from themselves since the Son is One and undivided in fact (T-23.II on The Laws of Chaos). Therefore, to show specialness is to show division and everything you coach you on learn. That’s how simple it is to be mindless with the ego and not focus on what’s being chosen or as Wapnick highlights, not to remember that you are choosing the ego.
As long as specialness is chosen, what’s “kind” remains a series of differing judgments designed to attack fragments thus making them real. Fragments are the symbol of the belief in separation. On another hand, whenever we practice true forgiveness, and wish 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 our ego.
To be miracle-minded is to utilize forgiveness and take our specialness right to Him and that’s not easy. We forget that assertions are the entire world or ego appointed defenses against its opposite. By their very nature, assertions make fragmentation appear real, which as Wapnick highlights is ab muscles opposite of the Sonship as One. My personal favorite quote of his that I take advantage of as a barometer for the ego is, “Love is quiet and do not need to make assertions” because specialness makes assertions or demands.