In this second article in the series on the “miracle” and the “mind,” we’re going to keep our discussion of spiritual specialness as someone being chosen by God to complete His work without recognizing it is really the ego. In A Course in Miracles (ACIM), many link being fully a Course teacher of God with being miracle-minded just as we see in several religions with chosen spiritual leaders like a pastors, ministers and priests, etc. In the 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 makes the error real. It is just a defense against God’s Love wherein we don’t understand that we’re actually competing with God (and thus everyone).
Mr. Wapnick also has some wonderful passages that get straight to the stage with this matter. These are extracted from his two-book set on, “The Message Of A Course In Miracles” which is filled with what the Course does and does not say. These quotes speak for themselves and do not want reinterpretation:
Spiritual specialness describes people acting out their egos’specialness, but disguising it as spiritual dress. This frequently comes in the proper execution 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, that 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 almost all spiritual or religious movements. This usually comes in the proper execution of believing that the group or members have already been singled out by God or the Holy Spirit to do some holy function that may benefit humanity and contribute towards the saving of the world. However, such intrinsic specialness is actually false with the teachings of A Course in Miracles (Few Choose To Listen, p. 144).
Specialness can be noticed in a variety of other types beyond labels just mentioned. As an example, claiming who we “share the stage” with, i.e.,a course in miracles david hoffmeister audio other Course teachers is exactly the same limelight error. We do all of this due to our enormous repressed fear and guilt; and we get it done instead of learning and practicing the Course. This can be a course on sameness and one which exemplifies kindness:
This inability to genuinely practice A Course in Miracles’kind principles of forgiveness which they study, and sometimes even teach, has perhaps been the absolute 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 absence of simple kindness is, unfortunately, unmistakable to all except the Course student making the spiritual pronouncements (All Are Called, p. 306).
Finally to complete setting the stage (pun intended) because of this brief article, let’s make what Wapnick addresses on arrogance versus humility:
“Arrogance takes the proper execution of believing this one has “mastered” the Course by way of a simple reading or two, without really recognizing what is involved in its ongoing study and constant practice. Humility, on one other hand, seeks only to master, which originates from students’recognition of how influenced by their egos they’ve truly made themselves to be. They therefore become grateful for the chance the Course offers them to release – finally and truly – of these investment in uniqueness, self-importance, and specialness, the core of the situation that maintains the separation from God” (Few Choose To Listen, p. 84, underline mine).
Humility is of the right mind, which recognizes its dependence on God, while arrogance is of the incorrect mind, which feels it is in competition with Him (Glossary-index, p. 106).
Therefore, when we are to be truly miracle-minded, then we ought to be prepared to explore precisely what the ego is and what its thought system is capable of doing. The Course emphatically states that nothing can remain hidden. We should be willing to obtain our hands dirty with the ego if we’re to master true forgiveness since specialness in virtually 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 fully a Course teacher although many students believe otherwise. Taking a look at our arrogance for making this kind of assertion, we turn back to humility to teach us so we are able to study on it:
Humility, on one other hand, would have students understand that A Course in Miracles is “unlike” any spirituality they’ve seen, and therefore what is required of these could 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 anybody who chooses the Course as their path. That’s it! There’s no arrogance, no judgment and thus no-one is different or special. We are exactly the same in ego wrong mind, exactly the same in Holy Spirit right-mind and exactly the same ability to choose 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 give what he hasn’t received. Put simply, this states the fine line between the humbleness of learning and arrogantly teaching what we do not know. Remember, an advanced teacher of God is totally based mostly on God and has resolved the “authority issue.” This individual knows that God is mcdougal of these 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 trying to invent a function, i.e., a chosen Course teacher of God (for example) if they cannot even accept the big event God gave them (and have no idea what that actually means either). By believing in their invented function, they suspect those they are attempting to falsely teach of exactly the same treachery – betrayal of God – which they unconsciously feel they’ve done. Thus, they end up 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 within the dream is true forgiveness (correcting the mind). By no means is it easy; but it is enough to have the willingness to master it – only a little and then plenty of willingness.
The Course is individual study and practice; and while messages come through forms, the “form” of the Course is sufficient. We are to only look with the Holy Spirit as our guide in learning 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 influenced by God and exactly what a huge burden specialness has really been: