In this number of articles, we’ve been discussing specialness and more specifically spiritual specialness because it has become a prevalent form in the Course community. Like all kinds of specialness, spiritual specialness is just a defense of the ego (against the opposite). It maintains the separation in your brain while the spiritual reason for differences. In this fifth article, we’re going to bring the discussion around to idols because 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 whenever we are choosing the ego (Ken Wapnick) because the ego may be the part 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 the true Self or god; a false belief that there can be something apart from, or maybe 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 is actually the reply to every problem that will confront you. In this world, you believe 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 set of kinds of nothingness that you endow with magical powers. All these 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 is 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 specific person or thing.” All of these symbols point out a similar thing: Specialness in all its forms are idols meant to replace 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 this 1: Let’s finish setting the stage for this discussion with the next quote from still 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 fact remains not different for everyone. It’s not relative. He’s saying the fact remains 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 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 truth is different for all (T-23.II.2) which will be what Renard’s quote is pointing us toward understanding. This cannot be said enough: Spiritually special “giants” teach their ego interpretation of the facts, i.e., a number of kinds of idols meant to replace God’s Love and maintain the separation. If here is the heart of the situation, then it’s probably advisable to genuinely wish to understand this so you can learn if you are choosing an idol, i.e., the ego.
The practical application of the Holy Spirit’s purpose is very simple, but it is unequivocal. Actually, in order to be simple it must be unequivocal (T-17.Vi.1:1-2). Jesus keeps saying that this is a very easy course… why it is simple: It’s unequivocal. There are not two other ways of interpreting this course. The Course is what it is. It says what it says. It doesn’t say different items to different people (Rules for Decision, Kenneth Wapnick).
Yet, this is precisely what spiritually special Course teachers as cult leaders are doing! Wapnick makes a very valid point that may help us understand whenever we are choosing an idol of specialness:
Have Jesus beside you within 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 intend to learn how to go where He’s (Kenneth Wapnick, parenthesis addition mine).
Therefore, it is imperative that you are seeking to the Holy Spirit instead of an idol to instruct you. What that means is first, idols are our personal kinds of specialness which we all act out within our lives in some manner or another. However, this also includes not projecting our specialness desires onto others by not picking a spiritually special Course teacher as a cult special idol thereby making that kind of ego into an alternative to the Holy Spirit as our teacher which will be exactly 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 full of examples. Actually, they don’t even think ethics apply to them. They’re outside everything since they’re “giants” chosen by God to accomplish 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 the case joining since it brings together what is first believed to be separate but isn’t really separate in reality. Belief in separation is reinforced, i.e., fragmentation is made to look real which divides the Sonship. There’s no other reason on the amount of your brain for why some are “in” the group and others are “out.”
Hence, the dream is a desire devastation made to conceal love and usurp God (Echoes of Eternity video on YouTube, Kenneth Wapnick). Therefore, it cannot be kind to ourselves or these spiritually special Course teachers to keep choosing idols of specialness to replace God’s Love whether we’re joining inside their dream of specialness or making our own. There’s no difference.