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’s truly 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 lots of religions with chosen spiritual leaders such as 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 do not need to make assertions.” Being someone chosen by God to accomplish “god’s work” can be an assertion of the ego; and it creates the error real. It is a defense against God’s Love wherein we don’t know that we’re actually competing with God (and thus everyone).
Mr. Wapnick also has some wonderful passages that get straight to the level on this matter. These are 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 will come in the form of believing they’ve received “special” instructions, “special” favors, or “special” commissions from “special” divine persons such as Jesus or the Holy Spirit, that serves to produce these people spiritually distinctive from others and therefore more “special” (Few Choose To Listen, p. 141).
What we’re calling “spiritual specialness” appears in the members of virtually all spiritual or religious movements. This usually will come in the form of believing that the group or members have now been singled out by God or the Holy Spirit to do some holy function that’ll benefit humanity and contribute towards the saving of the world. However, such intrinsic specialness is obviously incorrect with the teachings of A Course in Miracles (Few Choose To Listen, p. 144).
Specialness is also observed in a variety of other types beyond labels just mentioned. Like, claiming who we “share the stage” with, i.e., other Course teachers is the exact same limelight error. We do all of this due to our enormous repressed fear and guilt; and we get it done in place of learning and practicing the Course. This can be a course on sameness and the one that exemplifies kindness:
This inability to truly practice A Course in Miracles’kind principles of forgiveness which they study, and sometimes even teach, has perhaps been probably 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 a course in miracles online retreats The lack of simple kindness is, unfortunately, unmistakable to all or any except the Course student making the spiritual pronouncements (All Are Called, p. 306).
Finally to finish setting the stage (pun intended) with this brief article, let’s make what Wapnick addresses on arrogance versus humility:
“Arrogance takes the form of believing any particular one has “mastered” the Course with a simple reading or two, without really recognizing what is involved with its ongoing study and constant practice. Humility, on one other hand, seeks only to understand, 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 go – finally and truly – of these investment in uniqueness, self-importance, and specialness, the core of the issue 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’s in competition with Him (Glossary-index, p. 106).
Therefore, if we can be truly miracle-minded, then we should be willing 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 should be willing to have our hands dirty with the ego if we’re to understand true forgiveness since specialness in just about any form ties in so directly with maintaining the separation from God.
Teacher of God
Specialness is obviously arrogance and being in competition with God, so a teacher of God has nothing regarding being fully a Course teacher even though many students believe otherwise. Considering our arrogance to make this kind of assertion, we reverse to humility to instruct us so we could learn from it:
Humility, on one other hand, could have students know that A Course in Miracles is “unlike” any other spirituality they’ve 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 simply 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’re the exact same in ego wrong mind, the exact same in Holy Spirit right-mind and the exact 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 give what he hasn’t received. Put simply, this states the fine line between the humbleness of learning and arrogantly teaching what we don’t 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. Very few are in 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) once they cannot even accept the big event God gave them (and have no idea what that basically means either). By believing within their invented function, they suspect those they are trying to falsely teach of the exact same treachery – betrayal of God – that 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 is true forgiveness (correcting the mind). By no means could it be easy; however it is sufficient to have the willingness to understand it – 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’re 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 dependent on God and exactly what a huge burden specialness has really been: