In this fourth article in the series on the “miracle” and the “mind,” we are going to discuss the way the unkindness of specialness is translated by the ego into making the Sonship appear fragmented. While nothing is really fragmented or separate in reality, the mind (because everything is in the mind) has the looks of being fragmented because of the projected forms which are nothing more than ego judgments of specialness, uniqueness and individuality. These are used to make us stand out as special in a crowd of sameness and thus they divide the Sonship. This speaks to the very heart usually the one problem: The separation. These judgments maintain it. No one is different. Everyone is the exact same regardless.
Only equals are at peace and to be equal we must look after dark differences seen with the body’s eyes to this major point in A Course in Miracles (ACIM): All of us have the exact same ego (the same fear and guilt within our mind) and that unites us. We also all have the exact same right mind and the exact same ability to select between them. To state we’re spiritually different (special) from what is really a part of us (the same) is saying we prefer to maintain the separation from God and that is what we will actually learn and teach.
The event of the miracle isn’t to possess us stop choosing our egos. It’s to possess us remember that we’re choosing the ego. Again, I can’t emphasize this enough. This is what gets virtually all Course in Miracles students way off the mark (Rules for Decision, Kenneth Wapnick, underline mine).
Fragments are merely the dualistic way in which we perceive differences where there are none. Look at this quote from Kenneth Wapnick:
The Sonship [the whole] in its Oneness transcends the sum of its parts” (T-2.VII.6:3). Quite simply, one cannot appreciate the pure wholeness and oneness of Christ by simply adding up the billions and billions of fragments that the planet thinks could be the Son of God, a quantifiable entity consisting of certain quantity 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).
With this group of articles, we’ve been using spiritually special Course teachers as our example wherein they use “spiritual dress” to create themselves more special and chosen by God to complete His work. This makes them different, i.e., stand out in a crowd as special from others who’re their equals. In the context with this discussion, this makes fragmentation real because judgments are manufactured about differences. Where there are differences (instead of sameness) there is no peace and therefore the spiritually special cannot learn nor teach peace.
The ego thrives on the comparisons of specialness a course in miracles. When you compare yourself with others, wherein you are important and they are not because Jesus gave you a particular assignment… you see differences where there are none (because you are focused on forms which do not matter). The only method you ought to consider yourself as having an essential 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 in your mind as ego is about separation. Quite simply, while everyone shares the exact same ego, the ego says each one of these is different and not joined so there is no true joining. Groups bond since they first believe they are separate and so they are essentially reinforcing that belief.
Everyone has memories of notorious cults ever sold; however, let’s ensure we understand what is intended with a cult or its leader. The word symbol definition for a “cult” which most do not 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 changed into a religion. Additionally it falls in line with this is of a cult and spiritually special Course teachers as cult leaders because of 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 strengthen ego.
This can be a reply to every problem which will confront you. In this world, you imagine you are 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 list of types of nothingness that you endow with magical powers. All these things are your replacements for the Love of God (Lesson 50).