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 accomplish His work without recognizing it is truly the ego. In A Course in Miracles (ACIM), many link being truly a Course teacher of God with being miracle-minded just even as we see in many 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 need not make assertions.” Being someone chosen by God to accomplish “god’s work” can be an assertion of the ego; and it makes the error real. It is just a defense against God’s Love wherein we don’t observe that we’re actually competing with God (and thus everyone).
Mr. Wapnick even offers some wonderful passages that get straight to the level with this matter. They’re obtained from his two-book set on, “The Message Of A Course In Miracles” that will be filled in what the Course does and doesn’t say. These quotes speak for themselves and do not need reinterpretation:
Spiritual specialness refers to people acting out their egos’specialness, but disguising it as spiritual dress. This frequently is available in the proper execution of believing that they have received “special” instructions, “special” favors, or “special” commissions from “special” divine persons such as Jesus or the Holy Spirit, which serves to produce these individuals spiritually different from others and therefore more “special” (Few Choose To Listen, p. 141).
What we are calling “spiritual specialness” appears in the members of virtually all spiritual or religious movements. This usually is available in the proper execution of believing that the group or members have now been singled out by God or the Holy Spirit to execute some holy function that will 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 a variety of other designs beyond labels just mentioned. For example, claiming who we “share the stage” with, i.e., other Course teachers is the same limelight error. We do all this as a result of 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 that they study, and sometimes even teach, has perhaps been the most serious failing among its students. This book’s sequel, “Few Elect 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 any or 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 make what Wapnick addresses on arrogance versus humility:
“Arrogance takes the proper execution of believing any particular one has “mastered” the Course by way of a simple reading or two, without really recognizing what is involved with its ongoing study and constant practice. Humility, on the other hand, a course in miracles online retreats seeks only to master, which originates from students’recognition of how dependent on their egos they’ve truly made themselves to be. They therefore become grateful for the chance the Course offers them to let it go – finally and truly – of the 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 proper 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, if we are to be truly miracle-minded, then we must be ready 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 are 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 related to being truly a Course teacher even though many students believe otherwise. Taking a look at our arrogance for making such an assertion, we turn back to humility to show us so we can study from it:
Humility, on the other hand, could have students observe that A Course in Miracles is “unlike” any spirituality they’ve seen, and therefore what is required of them is the openness to being taught by “it,” rather than “their” unconscious teaching the Course what it says (Few Choose To Listen, p. 86, underline mine).
In ACIM, a teacher of God is simply anybody who chooses the Course as their path. That’s it! There’s no arrogance, no judgment and thus no body differs or special. We’re the same in ego wrong mind, the same in Holy Spirit right-mind and the same ability to choose between them. Equals are in peace from choosing miracle-mindedness or the right-miracle-mind wherein His Vision sees sameness in everyone.
In the Course, the meaning of an “unhealed healer” is someone trying to provide what he has not received. Quite simply, this states the fine line between the humbleness of learning and arrogantly teaching what we don’t know. Remember, a sophisticated teacher of God is completely dependent upon God and has resolved the “authority issue.” This individual knows that God is the writer of the existence and never gets confused. Hardly any are in this advanced stage.
Unhealed healers are, “Arrogant, selfish, unconcerned and actually dishonest (P-3.II.3).” Through specialness, they’re wanting to invent a function, i.e., a chosen Course teacher of God (for example) once they cannot even accept the function God gave them (and have no idea what that basically means either). By believing inside their invented function, they suspect those they are trying to falsely teach of 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 here in the dream does work forgiveness (correcting the mind). In no way is it easy; nonetheless it will do to really have the willingness to master it – only 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 just what a huge burden specialness has really been: