In this fourth article in the series on the “miracle” and the “mind,” we are likely to discuss how a unkindness of specialness is translated by the ego into making the Sonship appear fragmented. While nothing is in fact fragmented or separate in fact, your brain (because everything is in the mind) has the look to be fragmented because of the projected forms which are simply ego judgments of specialness, uniqueness and individuality. These are accustomed to make us stick 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. Nobody is different. Many people are the exact same regardless.
Only equals are at peace and to be equal we should look after dark differences seen with the body’s eyes to this major point in A Course in Miracles (ACIM): Most 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 select between them. To state we are spiritually different (special) from what is actually a part folks (the same) says we prefer to maintain the separation from God and that’s what we shall actually learn and teach.
The event of the miracle is not to possess us stop choosing our egos. It’s to possess us remember that we are choosing the ego. Again, I can’t emphasize this enough. This is what gets virtually all Course in Miracles students way off the mark (Rules for Decision, Kenneth Wapnick, underline mine).
Fragments are merely the dualistic method by which we perceive differences where there are 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 by adding up the billions and billions of fragments that the world thinks may be the Son of God a course in miracles quotes, a quantifiable entity consisting of certain level of separated fragments. Christ in His very nature is really a perfect and undivided One, as Mind, and He loses that essential characteristic which defines His Being if fragmentation of any one 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 number 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., stick 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 created about differences. Where there are differences (instead of sameness) there is no peace and 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 are not because Jesus gave you a unique assignment… you see differences where there are none (because you are focused on forms which do not matter). The only path you need to consider yourself as having an essential function is to realize everybody else 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 participate in form however not in your mind as ego is all about separation. Put simply, while everyone shares the exact same ego, the ego says each one of these is significantly diffent and not joined so there is no true joining. Groups come together because they first believe they are separate and so they are essentially reinforcing that belief.
Everyone has memories of notorious cults in history; however, let’s make certain we understand what is meant by way of a cult or its leader. The phrase symbol definition for a “cult” which most do not consider is, “A misplaced or excessive admiration for a certain person or thing.” Wapnick has already remarked that the Course is being made special and changed into a religion. In addition, it falls consistent with the meaning of a cult and spiritually special Course teachers as cult leaders because of the demands of the 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 reply to every problem that may confront you. In this world, you believe you are sustained by everything but God. Your faith is put in the most trivial and insane symbols; pills, money, influence, prestige, being liked, knowing the “right” people, and an endless listing 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 is 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 might offer retreats in their house, placed on workshops, etc. It’s not always about managing 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 wants payment for His purpose. There will be those from whom He does not ask. It should not function as therapist [cult leader, spiritually special Course teacher] who makes these decisions. There’s 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 not give. Patients (students) can pay just for the exchange of illusions… and the cost 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 really a demand disguised as God so it is the ego. The demand may come in several forms but it contains placing “faith” in 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 only exchanged for another, i.e., the cost is that individuals don’t learn anything that could actually help.
Additionally, cult leaders are utilising the third and fourth laws of chaos, i.e., “You only have what you take” and having taken, “Another’s loss is their gain.” They take without realizing they can never remove anything except from themselves because 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 what you coach you on learn. That’s how simple it is usually to be mindless with the ego and not pay attention to what’s being chosen or as Wapnick highlights, to not remember that you are choosing the ego.
As long as specialness is chosen, what’s “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 want to release 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 by using forgiveness and take our specialness straight 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 very opposite of the Sonship as One. My 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.