In this fourth article in the series on the “miracle” and the “mind,” we will discuss the way the unkindness of specialness is translated by the ego into making the Sonship appear fragmented. While nothing is really fragmented or separate in fact, the mind (because everything is in the mind) has the appearance of being fragmented because of the projected forms which are only 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 the very heart the main one problem: The separation. These judgments maintain it. Nobody is different. Everyone is the exact same regardless.
Only equals are in peace and to be equal we ought to 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 exact same ego (the same fear and guilt inside 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 truly a part folks (the same) is saying we prefer to steadfastly keep up the separation from God and that’s what we will actually learn and teach.
The event of the miracle isn’t to have us stop choosing our egos. It is to have us know that we’re choosing the ego. Again, I can’t emphasize this enough. This is exactly 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 you can 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). In other words, one cannot appreciate the pure wholeness and oneness of Christ by adding up the billions and billions of fragments that the planet thinks is the Son of God, a quantifiable entity consisting of certain quantity of separated fragments a course in miracles. 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 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 series of articles, we’ve been using spiritually special Course teachers as our example wherein they use “spiritual dress” to make themselves more special and chosen by God to do His work. This makes them different, i.e., stand 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 manufactured about differences. Where you can find differences (instead of sameness) there is no peace and therefore the spiritually special cannot learn nor teach peace.
The ego thrives on the comparisons of specialness. When you compare yourself with others, wherein you are important and they’re not because Jesus gave you a particular assignment… you see differences where you can find none (because you are focused on forms which do not matter). The only method you need to consider yourself as having a significant 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 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 your mind as ego is about separation. In other words, 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 since they first believe they’re separate and so they’re essentially reinforcing that belief.
Everybody has memories of notorious cults ever; however, let’s make sure we know what is meant by way of a cult or its leader. The word symbol definition for a “cult” which most do not consider is, “A misplaced or excessive admiration for a certain person or thing.” Wapnick has pointed out that the Course is being made special and turned into a religion. Additionally it falls consistent with the meaning 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 bolster ego.
This can be a response to every problem that may confront you. In this world, you think 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 listing of forms of nothingness that you endow with magical powers. All these specific things are your replacements for the Love of God (Lesson 50).