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 do His work without recognizing it is truly the ego. In A Course in Miracles (ACIM), many link being fully a Course teacher of God with being miracle-minded just even as we see in lots of religions with chosen spiritual leaders like 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 need not make assertions.” Being someone chosen by God to do “god’s work” is an assertion of the ego; and it creates the error real. It is really 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 point on this matter. They are extracted from his two-book set on, “The Message Of A Course In Miracles” which will be filled using what the Course does and doesn’t 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 comes in the form of believing they’ve received “special” instructions, “special” favors, or “special” commissions from “special” divine persons such as for instance Jesus or the Holy Spirit, all of which serves to produce these folks 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 nearly all spiritual or religious movements. This usually comes in the form of believing that the group or members have already been singled out by God or the Holy Spirit to do some holy function that will benefit humanity and contribute towards the saving of the world. However, a course in miracles online retreats such intrinsic specialness is clearly incorrect with the teachings of A Course in Miracles (Few Choose To Listen, p. 144).
Specialness is also observed in many different other forms beyond labels just mentioned. Like, claiming who we “share the stage” with, i.e., other Course teachers is exactly the same limelight error. We do all this as a result of our enormous repressed fear and guilt; and we get it done in place of learning and practicing the Course. This is a course on sameness and one which exemplifies kindness:
This inability to seriously practice A Course in Miracles’kind principles of forgiveness they study, and sometimes even teach, has perhaps been the absolute most serious failing among its students. This book’s sequel, “Few Decide 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 complete setting the stage (pun intended) for 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 involved in its ongoing study and constant practice. Humility, on the other hand, seeks only to understand, which arises from students’recognition of how determined by their egos they have truly made themselves to be. They therefore become grateful for the ability 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 proper mind, which recognizes its dependence on God, while arrogance is of the wrong mind, which feels it is in competition with Him (Glossary-index, p. 106).
Therefore, if we are to be truly miracle-minded, then we should be ready to explore just what the ego is and what its thought system is effective at doing. The Course emphatically states that nothing can remain hidden. We ought to be willing to obtain our hands dirty with the ego if we are to understand true forgiveness since specialness in virtually any form ties in so directly with maintaining the separation from God.
Teacher of God
Specialness is clearly arrogance and being in competition with God, so a teacher of God has nothing to do with being fully a Course teacher although many students believe otherwise. Considering our arrogance in making this kind of assertion, we reverse to humility to show us so we can study on it:
Humility, on the other hand, would have students understand that A Course in Miracles is “unlike” every other spirituality they have seen, and therefore what is required of them may be 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 just anyone who chooses the Course as their path. That’s it! There’s no arrogance, no judgment and thus nobody differs or special. We’re 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 has not received. Quite simply, 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 totally based mostly on God and has resolved the “authority issue.” This person knows that God is mcdougal of these existence and never gets confused. Not many have reached this advanced stage.
Unhealed healers are, “Arrogant, selfish, unconcerned and actually dishonest (P-3.II.3).” Through specialness, they’re trying to invent a function, i.e., a chosen Course teacher of God (for example) when they cannot even accept the function God gave them (and have no idea what that really means either). By believing inside 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 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 holds true forgiveness (correcting the mind). Certainly not is it easy; however it will do to really have the willingness to understand it – only a little and then lots 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 learning 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 really is to be determined by God and just what a huge burden specialness has really been: