In this series of articles, we have been discussing specialness and more specifically spiritual specialness as 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 as it is supposed in A Course in Miracles (ACIM).
You will recall from the fourth article on fragmentation, we’re looking to become aware of whenever we are choosing the ego (Ken Wapnick) since the ego may be the area of the mind that believes in division (T-5.V.3). Idols should warrant consideration and learning as they are ego:
Idol may be the symbol of the substitution of the ego for our true Self or god; a false belief that there may be something besides, or even more than God, and thus separate from Him, a belief which is then projected onto the special relationship: people, things or ideas (Glossary-Index for A Course in Miracles, Kindle location 550).
This is actually the answer to every problem that will confront you. These days, you believe you are sustained by everything but God. Your faith is put in the most trivial and insane symbols; pills, money, influence, prestige, being liked, knowing the “right” people, and an endless set 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, “A person or thing that’s greatly admired, loved or revered.” Within the last few 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 certain person or thing.” Most 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 described spiritual specialness as caring who they share the stage or limelight with, i.e., the special relationship and teaching their very own ego version of the truth. Pun intended on that one: Let’s finish setting the stage because of this discussion with the next quote from still another author:
Everybody is trying to find and express their truth a course in miracles. Their so-called the fact is actually designed to help keep them stuck where they are. What J is teaching in his Course is that the simple truth is not different for everyone. It’s not relative. He’s saying the simple truth is the facts whether you recognize and accept it or not. The truth is not at the mercy of your interpretation, and neither is his Course. He’s the Teacher, you’re the student. If that’s false, then why do the Course? (The Disappearance of the Universe, Gary Renard, page 92).
Idols of Specialness
Kenneth Wapnick is noted for saying that the Course isn’t for people who believe they’re “spiritual giants” which spiritual specialness believes. Spiritual giants utilize the first law of chaos: The truth is different for anyone (T-23.II.2) which is what Renard’s quote is pointing us toward understanding. This can’t be said enough: Spiritually special “giants” teach their ego interpretation of the facts, i.e., a number of kinds of idols meant to restore God’s Love and maintain the separation. If this is the heart of the issue, then it’s probably advisable to really want to appreciate this in order to learn when you’re choosing an idol, i.e., the ego.
The practical application of the Holy Spirit’s purpose is very simple, but it’s unequivocal. In reality, in order to be simple it must be unequivocal (T-17.Vi.1:1-2). Jesus keeps saying that this can be a very simple course… why it’s simple: It’s unequivocal. You can find not two different ways of interpreting this course. The Course is what it is. It says what it says. It doesn’t say different things to different people (Rules for Decision, Kenneth Wapnick).
Yet, this really is precisely what spiritually special Course teachers as cult leaders are doing! Wapnick makes a really valid point that could help us understand whenever we are choosing an idol of specialness:
Have Jesus beside you here in the illusion (and notice it says Jesus and not really a spiritually special Course teacher) but don’t keep it that way. Don’t keep bringing Him into the illusion. You wish to learn to go where He is (Kenneth Wapnick, parenthesis addition mine).
Therefore, it’s imperative that you are looking to the Holy Spirit rather than an idol to show you. What that means is first, idols are our personal kinds of specialness which we all act out inside our lives in some way or another. However, and also this includes not projecting our specialness desires onto others by not picking a spiritually special Course teacher as a cult special idol thereby making that type of ego into a replacement for the Holy Spirit as our teacher which is exactly the same as a substitute for God’s Love.
Think of it. Cult leaders or the spiritually special do not believe laws apply in their mind whether they’re breaking them outright or merely skirting the edges. History is full of examples. In reality, they don’t really even think ethics affect them. They are outside everything since they are “giants” chosen by God to do his work whether as leaders or group members. If you select to endorse their specialness, you select specialness for yourself because we’re most of the same. It’s incorrect joining as it brings together what’s first thought to be separate but isn’t really separate in reality. Belief in separation is reinforced, i.e., fragmentation is created to seem real which divides the Sonship. There is no other reason on the amount of the mind for why some are “in” the group and others are “out.”
Hence, the dream is a dream of devastation built 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 help keep choosing idols of specialness to restore God’s Love whether we’re joining inside their dream of specialness or making our own. There is no difference.