In this second article in the series on the “miracle” and the “mind,” we’re going to carry on our discussion of spiritual specialness as someone being chosen by God to accomplish His work without recognizing it’s actually the ego. In A Course in Miracles (ACIM), many link being a Course teacher of God with being miracle-minded just even as we see in lots of religions with chosen spiritual leaders such as a pastors, ministers and priests, etc. In the initial article on spiritual specialness, we incorporated a quote by Kenneth Wapnick that, “Love is quiet and need not make assertions.” Being someone chosen by God to accomplish “god’s work” can be an assertion of the ego; and it generates the error real. It is a defense against God’s Love wherein we don’t recognize that we’re actually competing with God (and thus everyone).
Mr. Wapnick also has some wonderful passages that get straight to the level with this matter. They are obtained from his two-book set on, “The Message Of A Course In Miracles” which is filled with what the Course does and doesn’t 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 comes in the form of believing that they have received “special” instructions, “special” favors, or “special” commissions from “special” divine persons such as for example Jesus or the Holy Spirit, all of which serves to create these people spiritually distinctive from others and therefore more “special” (Few Choose To Listen, p. 141).
What we are calling “spiritual specialness” appears in the members of nearly all spiritual or religious movements. This usually comes in the form of believing that the group or members have already been singled out by God or the Holy Spirit to do some holy function that will benefit humanity and contribute towards the saving of the world. However, such intrinsic specialness is clearly not the case with the teachings of A Course in Miracles (Few Choose To Listen, p. 144).
Specialness is also noticed in a variety of other forms beyond labels just mentioned. For example, claiming who we “share the stage” with, i.e., other Course teachers is the exact same limelight error. We do all this due to our enormous repressed fear and guilt message of a course in miracles 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 they study, and sometimes even teach, has perhaps been probably the most serious failing among its students. This book’s sequel, “Few Choose 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 any or 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 form of believing that certain has “mastered” the Course by way of a simple reading or two, without really recognizing what is involved with its ongoing study and constant practice. Humility, on the other hand, seeks only to understand, which originates from students’recognition of how dependent on their egos they have truly made themselves to be. They therefore become grateful for the ability the Course offers them to let go – finally and truly – of the 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 proper mind, which recognizes its dependence on God, while arrogance is of the incorrect mind, which feels it’s in competition with Him (Glossary-index, p. 106).
Therefore, when we are to be truly miracle-minded, then we should be prepared to explore exactly 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 obtain our hands dirty with the ego if we are to understand true forgiveness since specialness in virtually any form ties in so directly with maintaining the separation from God.
Teacher of God
Specialness is clearly arrogance and being in competition with God, so a teacher of God has nothing regarding being a Course teacher although many students believe otherwise. Taking a look at our arrogance for making such an assertion, we reverse to humility to instruct us so we could study from it:
Humility, on the other hand, would have students recognize that A Course in Miracles is “unlike” some other spirituality they have seen, and therefore what is required of these may be the openness to being taught by “it,” as opposed to “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 differs or special. We are the exact same in ego wrong mind, the exact same in Holy Spirit right-mind and the exact same ability to choose 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 meaning of an “unhealed healer” is someone trying to offer what he hasn’t received. In other words, this states the fine line involving the humbleness of learning and arrogantly teaching what we don’t know. Remember, an advanced teacher of God is wholly dependent upon God and has resolved the “authority issue.” This person knows that God is the author of the existence and never gets confused. Very few are at this advanced stage.
Unhealed healers are, “Arrogant, selfish, unconcerned and actually dishonest (P-3.II.3).” Through specialness, they’re wanting to invent a function, i.e., a chosen Course teacher of God (for example) if they cannot even accept the event God gave them (and do not know what that basically means either). By believing in their invented function, they suspect those they are trying to falsely teach of the exact same treachery – betrayal of God – that they unconsciously feel they’ve done. Thus, they end 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 does work forgiveness (correcting the mind). In no way is it easy; nonetheless it is sufficient to really have the willingness to understand it – only a little and then a lot of willingness.
The Course is individual study and practice; and while messages come through forms, the “form” of the Course is sufficient. We are 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 dependent on God and exactly what a huge burden specialness has really been: