In this fourth article in the series on the “miracle” and the “mind,” we will 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 the truth is, your head (because everything is in the mind) has the appearance to be fragmented because of the projected forms which are only ego judgments of specialness, uniqueness and individuality. These are used to make us be noticeable as special in a crowd of sameness and thus they divide the Sonship. This speaks to the very heart the main one problem: The separation. These judgments maintain it. No body is different. Most people are the same regardless.
Only equals have reached peace and to be equal we must look after dark differences seen with your body’s eyes to the major point in A Course in Miracles (ACIM): We all have the same ego (the same fear and guilt within our mind) and that unites us. We also all have the same right mind and the same ability to select between them. To say we’re spiritually different (special) from what is actually a part of us (the same) says we prefer to keep up the separation from God and that’s what we will actually learn and teach.
The big event of the miracle is not to own us stop choosing our egos. It’s to own us be aware that we’re choosing the ego. Again, I can’t emphasize this enough. It’s this that gets nearly 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. Understand this quote from Kenneth Wapnick:
The Sonship [the whole] in its Oneness transcends the amount of its parts” (T-2.VII.6:3). Quite simply, one cannot appreciate the pure wholeness and oneness of Christ by adding up the billions and billions of fragments that the entire world thinks could be the Son of God, a course in miracles a quantifiable entity consisting of certain number of separated fragments. Christ in His very nature is just 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 Choose to Listen by Kenneth Wapnick, page 67, underline mine).
Because of this series of articles, we’ve been using spiritually special Course teachers as our example wherein they choose “spiritual dress” to create themselves more special and chosen by God to do His work. This makes them different, i.e., be noticeable in a crowd as special from others who are their equals. In the context of this discussion, this makes fragmentation real because judgments are manufactured about differences. Where there are differences (instead of sameness) there’s no peace and so the spiritually special cannot learn nor teach peace.
The ego thrives on the comparisons of specialness. Whenever you compare yourself with others, wherein you are essential and they’re not because Jesus gave you a particular assignment… you see differences where there are none (because you’re centered on forms which do not matter). The only method you need to think of yourself as having an important function is to realize everyone 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 your head, then their purpose is specialness, uniqueness and thus separation and fragmentation by seeking to divide the Sonship. They participate in form however, not in your mind as ego is about separation. Quite simply, while everyone shares the same ego, the ego says every one differs and not joined so there’s no true joining. Groups come together since they first believe they’re separate and so they’re essentially reinforcing that belief.
Everybody has memories of notorious cults ever; however, let’s make certain we understand what is intended by a cult or its leader. The term symbol definition for a “cult” which most do not consider is, “A misplaced or excessive admiration for a certain person or thing.” Wapnick has recently remarked that the Course is being made special and turned into a religion. Additionally it falls in line with the definition of a cult and spiritually special Course teachers as cult leaders because of the demands of the ego. Assertions, demands and needs are clues that the ego has been chosen. Special faith is taught by the ego to bolster ego.
This is actually the reply to every problem that will confront you. In this world, you think you’re 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 forms of nothingness that you endow with magical powers. All these exact things are your replacements for the Love of God (Lesson 50).