In this second article in the series on the “miracle” and the “mind,” we’re going to carry on our discussion of spiritual specialness as someone being chosen by God to complete His work without recognizing it’s truly the ego. In A Course in Miracles (ACIM), many link being truly a Course teacher of God with being miracle-minded just once we see in many religions with chosen spiritual leaders such as a pastors, ministers and priests, etc. In the very first article on spiritual specialness, we incorporated a quote by Kenneth Wapnick that, “Love is quiet and will not need to make assertions.” Being someone chosen by God to complete “god’s work” is an assertion of the ego; and it creates the error real. It is a defense against God’s Love wherein we don’t know that we’re actually competing with God (and thus everyone).
Mr. Wapnick even offers some wonderful passages that get straight to the level on this matter. These are extracted from his two-book set on, “The Message Of A Course In Miracles” that is filled in what the Course does and does not say. These quotes speak for themselves and do not need reinterpretation:
Spiritual specialness identifies people acting out their egos’specialness, but disguising it as spiritual dress. This frequently will come in the form of believing they have received “special” instructions, “special” favors, or “special” commissions from “special” divine persons such as for instance Jesus or the Holy Spirit, which serves to make these people spiritually different from others and therefore more “special” (Few Choose To Listen, p. 141).
What we’re calling “spiritual specialness” appears in the members of virtually all spiritual or religious movements. This usually will come in the form of believing that the group or members have already been singled out by God or the Holy Spirit to perform some holy function that may benefit humanity and contribute towards the saving of the world. However, such intrinsic specialness is actually incorrect with the teachings of A Course in Miracles (Few Choose To Listen, p. 144).
Specialness is also noticed in many different other types beyond labels just mentioned. As an example, claiming who we “share the stage” with, i.e., other Course teachers is the same limelight error. We do this due to our enormous repressed fear and guilt; and we take action as opposed to learning and practicing the Course. This can be a course on sameness and the one that exemplifies kindness:
This inability to genuinely practice A Course in Miracles’kind principles of forgiveness they study, and sometimes even teach, has perhaps been the most serious failing among its students. This book’s sequel, “Few Choose to Listen,” discusses how students often conceal their thought system of specialness under the guise of spiritual counseling or friendship. The lack of simple kindness is, unfortunately, unmistakable to all except the Course student making the spiritual pronouncements (All Are Called, p. 306).
Finally to finish setting the stage (pun intended) because of this brief article, let’s bring in what Wapnick addresses on arrogance versus humility:
“Arrogance takes the form of believing that certain has “mastered” the Course by a simple reading or two, without really recognizing what is associated with its ongoing study and constant practice. Humility, on the other hand, seeks only to master, which originates from students’recognition of how dependent on their egos they’ve truly made themselves to be. a course in miracles online retreats They therefore become grateful for the chance the Course offers them to let go – finally and truly – of the investment in uniqueness, self-importance, and specialness, the core of the problem that maintains the separation from God” (Few Choose To Listen, p. 84, underline mine).
Humility is of the best mind, which recognizes its dependence on God, while arrogance is of the wrong mind, which feels it’s in competition with Him (Glossary-index, p. 106).
Therefore, if we are to be truly miracle-minded, then we ought to be ready to explore just what the ego is and what its thought system is capable of doing. The Course emphatically states that nothing can remain hidden. We must be willing to have our hands dirty with the ego if we’re to master true forgiveness since specialness in any form ties in so directly with maintaining the separation from God.
Teacher of God
Specialness is actually arrogance and being in competition with God, so a teacher of God has nothing regarding being truly a Course teacher even though many students believe otherwise. Taking a look at our arrogance for making this assertion, we turn back to humility to show us so we could study on it:
Humility, on the other hand, could have students know that A Course in Miracles is “unlike” any other spirituality they’ve seen, and therefore what is required of these may be the openness to being taught by “it,” as opposed to “their” unconscious teaching the Course what it says (Few Choose To Listen, p. 86, underline mine).
In ACIM, a teacher of God is just anyone who chooses the Course as their path. That’s it! There’s no arrogance, no judgment and thus nobody is significantly diffent or special. We’re the same in ego wrong mind, the same in Holy Spirit right-mind and the same ability to decide on between them. Equals have reached peace from choosing miracle-mindedness or the right-miracle-mind wherein His Vision sees sameness in everyone.
In the Course, this is of an “unhealed healer” is someone trying to provide what he hasn’t received. In other words, this states the fine line involving the humbleness of learning and arrogantly teaching what we do not know. Remember, an advanced teacher of God is completely dependent upon God and has resolved the “authority issue.” This person knows that God is the author of the existence and never gets confused. Hardly any have reached this advanced stage.
Unhealed healers are, “Arrogant, selfish, unconcerned and actually dishonest (P-3.II.3).” Through specialness, they are attempting to invent a function, i.e., a chosen Course teacher of God (for example) once they cannot even accept the big event God gave them (and do not know what that really means either). By believing within their invented function, they suspect those they want to falsely teach of the same treachery – betrayal of God – which they unconsciously feel they’ve done. Thus, they find yourself attacking pupils and teaching (and so will learn) the ego’s forgiveness-to-destroy.
Contrast that with how simple the Course is: Our only function in the dream does work forgiveness (correcting the mind). In no way is it easy; however it is enough to really have the willingness to master it – a little and then a lot of willingness.
The Course is individual study and practice; and while messages come through forms, the “form” of the Course is sufficient. We’re to only look with the Holy Spirit as our guide in understanding how to “know ourselves” and thus eventually resolve the authority issue (author of our existence) by undoing the ego which frees us from dependence on it. Eventually, we realize how “freeing” it actually is to be dependent on God and exactly what a huge burden specialness has really been:Read More