In this group of articles, we’ve been discussing specialness and more specifically spiritual specialness since it is becoming a prevalent form in the Course community. Like all kinds of specialness, spiritual specialness is a defense of the ego (against the opposite). It maintains the separation in the mind while the spiritual reason for differences. In this fifth article, we’re going to bring the discussion around to idols since it is meant in A Course in Miracles (ACIM).
You’ll recall from the fourth article on fragmentation, we’re seeking to become alert to when we are choosing the ego (Ken Wapnick) since the ego could be the the main mind that believes in division (T-5.V.3). Idols should warrant consideration and learning since they are ego:
Idol could be the symbol of the substitution of the ego for our true Self or god; a false belief that there can be something other than, or even more than God, and thus separate from Him, a belief which will be then projected onto the special relationship: people, things or ideas (Glossary-Index for A Course in Miracles, Kindle location 550).
This can be a answer to every problem that’ll confront you. Nowadays, you believe you are sustained by everything but God. Your faith is placed in the absolute most trivial and insane symbols; pills, money, influence, prestige, being liked, knowing the “right” people, and an endless list of kinds of nothingness that you endow with magical powers. All these specific things are your replacements for the Love of God (Lesson 50).
Here within the dream, or illusion, the phrase symbol definition for “idol” is, “An individual or thing that’s greatly admired, loved or revered.” Within the last article on fragmentation, we also discussed how spiritually special Course teachers are cult leaders and the phrase symbol definition for a “cult” which most do not consider is, “A misplaced or excessive admiration for a particular person or thing.” All of these symbols point to the same thing: Specialness in most its forms are idols meant to restore the Love of God and maintain the separation in the mind.
Throughout this series we’ve also referred to spiritual specialness as caring who they share the stage or limelight with, i.e., the special relationship and teaching their own ego version of the truth. Pun intended on that one: Let’s finish setting the stage with this discussion with the next quote from another author:
Everybody is searching for and express their truth a course in miracles. Their so-called truth is actually designed to keep them stuck where they are. What J is teaching in his Course is that the truth is not different for everyone. It’s not relative. He’s saying the truth is the reality whether you recognize and trust it or not. The reality is not at the mercy of your interpretation, and neither is his Course. He’s the Teacher, you’re the student. If that’s not the case, then why do the Course? (The Disappearance of the Universe, Gary Renard, page 92).
Idols of Specialness
Kenneth Wapnick is known for saying that the Course isn’t for people who believe they are “spiritual giants” which spiritual specialness believes. Spiritual giants use the first law of chaos: The reality is different for everybody (T-23.II.2) which will be what Renard’s quote is pointing us toward understanding. This can’t be said enough: Spiritually special “giants” teach their ego interpretation of the reality, i.e., a number of kinds of idols meant to restore God’s Love and maintain the separation. If this is actually the heart of the issue, then it’s probably recommended to genuinely wish to appreciate this to help you learn if you are choosing an idol, i.e., the ego.
The practical application of the Holy Spirit’s purpose is extremely simple, but it’s unequivocal. In reality, to be able to be simple it should be unequivocal (T-17.Vi.1:1-2). Jesus keeps saying that this is a quite simple course… why it’s simple: It’s unequivocal. There are not two various ways of interpreting this course. The Course is what it is. It says what it says. It doesn’t say different what to different people (Rules for Decision, Kenneth Wapnick).
Yet, that is precisely what spiritually special Course teachers as cult leaders are doing! Wapnick makes a very valid point that will help us understand when we are choosing an idol of specialness:
Have Jesus beside you within the illusion (and notice it says Jesus and not a spiritually special Course teacher) but don’t keep it that way. Don’t keep bringing Him into the illusion. You intend to learn how to go where He’s (Kenneth Wapnick, parenthesis addition mine).
Therefore, it’s imperative that you will be seeking to the Holy Spirit instead of an idol to teach you. What meaning is first, idols are our personal kinds of specialness which we all act out inside our lives in some way or another. However, this also includes not projecting our specialness desires onto others by not selecting a spiritually special Course teacher as a cult special idol thereby making that kind of ego into a replacement the Holy Spirit as our teacher which will be the same as an alternative for God’s Love.
Think about it. Cult leaders or the spiritually special do not believe laws apply to them whether they are breaking them outright or merely skirting the edges. History is filled with examples. In reality, they don’t really even think ethics affect them. They’re outside everything since they are “giants” chosen by God to complete his work whether as leaders or group members. If you select to endorse their specialness, you select specialness for yourself because we’re all of the same. It’s not true joining because it brings together what is first considered to be separate but isn’t really separate in reality. Belief in separation is reinforced, i.e., fragmentation is created to look real which divides the Sonship. There’s no other reason on the degree of the mind for why some are “in” the group and others are “out.”
Hence, the dream is a dream of devastation designed to conceal love and usurp God (Echoes of Eternity video on YouTube, Kenneth Wapnick). Therefore, it can’t be kind to ourselves or these spiritually special Course teachers to keep choosing idols of specialness to restore God’s Love whether we’re joining within their dream of specialness or making our own. There’s no difference.