In this fourth article in the series on the “miracle” and the “mind,” we are likely to discuss how the unkindness of specialness is translated by the ego into making the Sonship appear fragmented. While nothing is actually fragmented or separate the truth is, the mind (because everything is in the mind) has the appearance of being fragmented due to the projected forms which are nothing more than ego judgments of specialness, uniqueness and individuality. These are accustomed to make us stick out as special in a crowd of sameness and thus they divide the Sonship. This speaks to the heart usually the one problem: The separation. These judgments maintain it. No-one is different. Many people are the same regardless.
Only equals are at peace and to be equal we ought to look after dark differences seen with the body’s eyes to the major point in A Course in Miracles (ACIM): Most of us have the same ego (the same fear and guilt in our mind) and that unites us. We also all have the same right mind and the same ability to select between them. To express we are spiritually different (special) from what is actually a part people (the same) says 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 possess us stop choosing our egos. It is to possess us be aware that we are choosing the ego. Again, I can’t emphasize this enough. This is exactly what gets nearly all Course in Miracles students way off the mark (Rules for Decision, Kenneth Wapnick, underline mine).
Fragments are merely the dualistic manner in which we perceive differences where you will find none. Look at this quote from Kenneth Wapnick:
The Sonship [the whole] in its Oneness transcends the amount of its parts” (T-2.VII.6:3). Put simply, one cannot appreciate the pure wholeness and oneness of Christ by adding up the billions and billions of fragments that the planet thinks may be the Son of God, a quantifiable entity consisting of certain number of separated fragments. Christ in His very nature is really a perfect and undivided One, as Mind, and He loses that essential characteristic which defines His Being if fragmentation of some of its forms is acknowledged as real (The Message of A Course In Miracles: Few Decide to Listen by Kenneth Wapnick, page 67, underline mine).
Because of this group 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 a course in miracles. This makes them different, i.e., stick out in a crowd as special from others who are their equals. In the context of the discussion, this makes fragmentation real because judgments are made about differences. Where you will find differences (instead of sameness) there is no peace and and so 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 are not because Jesus gave you a unique assignment… you see differences where you will find none (because you’re centered on forms which don’t matter). The only way you ought to think of yourself as having a significant function is to understand everybody else has 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 interact form however, not at heart as ego is approximately separation. Put simply, while everyone shares the same ego, the ego says every one is significantly diffent and not joined so there is no true joining. Groups come together because they first believe they are separate and so they are essentially reinforcing that belief.
Everyone has memories of notorious cults ever; however, let’s make sure we know what is intended with a cult or its leader. The term symbol definition for a “cult” which most don’t consider is, “A misplaced or excessive admiration for a certain person or thing.” Wapnick has already noticed that the Course has been made special and converted into a religion. Additionally, it falls in accordance with the definition of a cult and spiritually special Course teachers as cult leaders due to 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 reinforce ego.
Here is the answer to every problem that may confront you. These days, you believe you’re sustained by everything but God. Your faith is positioned in the absolute most trivial and insane symbols; pills, money, influence, prestige, being liked, knowing the “right” people, and an endless set of types of nothingness that you endow with magical powers. All these things are your replacements for the Love of God (Lesson 50).