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 complete His work without recognizing it’s really the ego. In A Course in Miracles (ACIM), many link being truly a Course teacher of God with being miracle-minded just once we see in several 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 complete “god’s work” is definitely an assertion of the ego; and it creates the error real. It is really a defense against God’s Love wherein we don’t observe that we’re actually competing with God (and thus everyone).
Mr. Wapnick also has some wonderful passages that get straight to the stage with this matter. They are extracted from his two-book set on, “The Message Of A Course In Miracles” that will be filled with what the Course does and does not say. These quotes speak for themselves and do not want reinterpretation:
Spiritual specialness describes people acting out their egos’specialness, but disguising it as spiritual dress. This frequently is available in the shape of believing they have received “special” instructions, “special” favors, or “special” commissions from “special” divine persons such as for instance Jesus or the Holy Spirit, that serves to produce these people spiritually different 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 is available in the shape of believing that the group or members have already been singled out by God or the Holy Spirit to perform some holy function which will benefit humanity and contribute towards the saving of the world. However, such intrinsic specialness is actually incorrect with the teachings of A Course in Miracles (Few Choose To Listen, p. 144).
Specialness is also noticed in a number of other kinds beyond the labels just mentioned. For example, claiming who we “share the stage” with, i.e., other Course teachers is exactly the same limelight error. We do all this because of our enormous repressed fear and guilt; and we take action rather than learning and practicing the Course. This is a course on sameness and the one that exemplifies kindness:
This inability to seriously practice A Course in Miracles’kind principles of forgiveness which they study, and sometimes even teach, has perhaps been the most serious failing among its students. This book’s sequel, “Few Decide to Listen,” discusses how students often conceal their thought system of specialness under the guise of spiritual counseling or friendship. The lack of simple kindness is, unfortunately, unmistakable to all except the Course student making the spiritual pronouncements (All Are Called, p. 306).
Finally to complete setting the stage (pun intended) because of this brief article, let’s make what Wapnick addresses on arrogance versus humility:
“Arrogance takes the shape of believing any particular one has “mastered” the Course by way of a simple reading or two, without really recognizing what’s involved in its ongoing study and constant practice. Humility, on another hand, seeks only to learn, which arises from students’recognition of how influenced by their egos they have truly made themselves to be. They therefore become grateful for the chance the Course offers them to release – finally and truly – of their investment in uniqueness, self-importance, and specialness, the core of the situation 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 wrong mind, which feels it’s in competition with Him (Glossary-index, p. 106).
Therefore, if we can be truly miracle-minded, then we ought to be ready to explore just what the ego is and what its thought system is capable of doing. The Course emphatically states that nothing can remain hidden. We must be willing to get our hands dirty with the ego if we’re to learn true forgiveness since specialness in any form ties in so directly with maintaining the separation from God.
Teacher of God
Specialness is actually arrogance and being in competition with God, so a teacher of God has nothing to do with being truly a Course teacher although many students believe otherwise. Considering our arrogance to make such an assertion, we turn back to humility to teach us so we are able to learn from it:
Humility, on another hand, might have students observe that A Course in Miracles is “unlike” some other spirituality they have seen, a course in miracles online retreats and therefore what’s required of them could be the openness to being taught by “it,” rather than “their” unconscious teaching the Course what it is saying (Few Choose To Listen, p. 86, underline mine).
In ACIM, a teacher of God is just anybody who chooses the Course as their path. That’s it! There’s no arrogance, no judgment and thus no one is significantly diffent or special. We’re exactly the same in ego wrong mind, exactly the same in Holy Spirit right-mind and exactly the same ability to select between them. Equals are at peace from choosing miracle-mindedness or the right-miracle-mind wherein His Vision sees sameness in everyone.
In the Course, the definition of an “unhealed healer” is someone trying to provide what he hasn’t received. Quite simply, this states the fine line between the humbleness of learning and arrogantly teaching what we don’t know. Remember, a sophisticated teacher of God is wholly dependent upon God and has resolved the “authority issue.” This person knows that God is the writer of their existence and never gets confused. Hardly any are at this advanced stage.
Unhealed healers are, “Arrogant, selfish, unconcerned and actually dishonest (P-3.II.3).” Through specialness, they’re attempting to invent a function, i.e., a chosen Course teacher of God (for example) if they cannot even accept the big event God gave them (and have no idea what that really means either). By believing in their invented function, they suspect those they are attempting to falsely teach of exactly the same treachery – betrayal of God – which they unconsciously feel they’ve done. Thus, they wind 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 in the dream holds true forgiveness (correcting the mind). By no means is it easy; but it is sufficient to have the willingness to learn 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 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 really is to be influenced by God and what a huge burden specialness has really been: