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, your brain (because everything is in the mind) has the look of being fragmented because of 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 ab muscles heart usually the one problem: The separation. These judgments maintain it. No body is different. Most people are exactly the same regardless.
Only equals are at peace and to be equal we must look past the differences seen with the body’s eyes to this major point in A Course in Miracles (ACIM): We all have exactly the same ego (the same fear and guilt inside our mind) and that unites us. We also all have exactly the same right mind and exactly the same ability to decide on between them. To state we are spiritually different (special) from what is actually a part people (the same) says we prefer to steadfastly keep up the separation from God and that is what we shall actually learn and teach.
The big event of the miracle isn’t to own us stop choosing our egos. It’s to own us know that we are 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 manner 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). Quite simply, one cannot appreciate the pure wholeness and oneness of Christ simply by adding up the billions and billions of fragments that the planet thinks could be the Son of God, 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 Choose to Listen by Kenneth Wapnick, page 67, underline mine).
Because of this group of articles, we’ve been using spiritually special Course teachers as our example wherein they choose “spiritual dress” to make themselves more special and chosen by God to accomplish His work. This makes them different, i.e., stand out in a crowd as special from others that are their equals. In the context of this discussion, this makes fragmentation real because judgments are created about differences. Where you will find differences (instead of sameness) there’s no peace and therefore the spiritually special cannot learn nor teach peace.
The ego thrives on the comparisons of specialness. Whenever you compare yourself with others, wherein you are very important and they’re not because Jesus gave you a unique assignment… you see differences where you will find none (because you are centered on forms which don’t matter). The only method you ought to think of yourself as having an essential function is to realize everyone has 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 but not at heart as ego is about separation. Quite simply, while everyone shares exactly the same ego, the ego says each one differs and not joined so there’s no true joining. Groups come together since they first believe they’re separate and so they’re essentially reinforcing that belief.
Everybody has memories of notorious cults in history; however, let’s ensure 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 already remarked that the Course has been made special and turned into a religion. In addition, it falls consistent with this is of a cult and spiritually special Course teachers as cult leaders because of 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 reinforce ego.
This can be a answer to every problem that’ll confront you. These days, you imagine you are sustained by everything but God. Your faith is positioned in probably the most trivial and insane symbols; pills, money, influence, prestige, being liked, knowing the “right” people, and an endless list 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’s a distinction between cost and payment and the ego always demands payment. Unhealed healers attempt to heal for cash as payment (P-3.III.2) and as cult leaders, they might offer retreats in their home, put on workshops, etc. It’s not always about living with them as is most widely known about cults. What they feature places limitations on learning that exceeds the “cost” of any monetary payment.
You will see those of whom the Holy Spirit asks for payment for His purpose. metaphysics of a course in miracles You will see those from whom He doesn’t ask. It will 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 yet 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 only for the exchange of illusions… and the cost is great” (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 this really is the ego. The demand can come in several forms but it contains placing “faith” within their ego god who becomes in-charge people to control our issues. Their ego could be the teacher and since their ego is the same as ours, the other illusion is only exchanged for another, i.e., the cost is that people don’t learn anything that would actually help.
Additionally, cult leaders are utilizing the third and fourth laws of chaos, i.e., “You simply have that which 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 instruct specialness is to instruct division and that which you show you learn. That’s how simple it is to be mindless with the ego and not focus on what’s being chosen or as Wapnick points out, not to know that you are choosing the ego.
As long as specialness is chosen, what’s “kind” remains some differing judgments supposed to attack fragments thus making them real. Fragments are the symbol of the belief in separation. On another hand, when we practice true forgiveness, and wish to let go of our specialness because unity and sameness are desired, the teacher of kindness could be the Holy Spirit. He helps us learn when we are choosing with your ego.
To be miracle-minded is to use forgiveness and take our specialness directly to Him and that’s not easy. We forget that assertions are the planet or ego appointed defenses against its opposite. By their very nature, assertions make fragmentation appear real, which as Wapnick points out is ab muscles opposite of the Sonship as One. My personal favorite quote of his that I personally use as a barometer for the ego is, “Love is quiet and will not need to make assertions” because specialness always makes assertions or demands.