In this fourth article in the series on the “miracle” and the “mind,” we will discuss how a unkindness of specialness is translated by the ego into making the Sonship appear fragmented. While nothing is clearly fragmented or separate in reality, your head (because everything is in the mind) has the appearance of being fragmented due to 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 usually the one problem: The separation. These judgments maintain it. No-one is different. Most people are the exact same regardless.
Only equals are in peace and to be equal we must look after dark differences seen with your body’s eyes to this 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 say we’re spiritually different (special) from what is really a part folks (the same) says we prefer to maintain the separation from God and that is what we shall actually learn and teach.
The function of the miracle is not 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. This is exactly what gets almost 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. 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 simply by adding up the billions and billions of fragments that the entire world thinks may be the Son of God a course in miracles lessons, 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 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 choose “spiritual dress” to produce themselves more special and chosen by God to accomplish 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 this 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 essential and they’re not because Jesus gave you a unique assignment… you see differences where there are none (because you’re dedicated to forms which don’t matter). The only method you ought to think of yourself as having an important function is to realize everyone 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 head, then their purpose is specialness, uniqueness and thus separation and fragmentation by seeking to divide the Sonship. They participate in form however not at heart as ego is approximately separation. Quite simply, while everyone shares the exact same ego, the ego says each one is different 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 make certain we know what is supposed by a cult or its leader. The phrase symbol definition for a “cult” which most don’t consider is, “A misplaced or excessive admiration for a certain person or thing.” Wapnick has recently pointed out that the Course has been made special and changed into a religion. Additionally, it falls in accordance with the definition of a cult and spiritually special Course teachers as cult leaders due to 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 strengthen ego.
This can be a answer to every problem that may confront you. In this world, you imagine you’re sustained by everything but God. Your faith is placed 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 exact things are your replacements for the Love of God (Lesson 50).
Cost versus Payment
In the Course, there is a distinction 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 always about living with them as is most widely known about cults. What they give 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 will not be 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 yet 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 only for the exchange of illusions… and the fee is excellent” (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 this really is the ego. The demand may come in many forms but it offers placing “faith” inside their ego god who becomes in-charge folks to handle our issues. Their ego may be the teacher and since their ego is exactly like ours, then one illusion is just exchanged for another, i.e., the fee is that people don’t learn anything that could actually help.
Additionally, cult leaders are utilizing 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 reality (T-23.II on The Laws of Chaos). Therefore, to instruct specialness is to instruct division and what you educate you on learn. That’s how simple it is usually to be mindless with the ego and not pay attention to what is being chosen or as Wapnick highlights, not to remember that you’re choosing the ego.
Provided that specialness is chosen, what is “kind” remains some differing judgments supposed to attack fragments thus making them real. Fragments are the symbol of the belief in separation. On the other hand, once 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 once we are choosing with your ego.
To be miracle-minded is by using 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 the very 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 always makes assertions or demands.