In this fourth article in the series on the “miracle” and the “mind,” we are going to discuss how a unkindness of specialness is translated by the ego into making the Sonship appear fragmented. While nothing is clearly fragmented or separate in fact, the mind (because everything is in the mind) has the appearance to be fragmented because of the projected forms which are nothing more than ego judgments of specialness, uniqueness and individuality. These are accustomed to make us stick out 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. Many people are exactly the same regardless.
Only equals are in peace and to be equal we should look after dark differences seen with the body’s eyes to the major point in A Course in Miracles (ACIM): We all have exactly the same ego (the same fear and guilt inside our mind) and that unites us. We also all have exactly the same right mind and exactly the same ability to select between them. To say we’re spiritually different (special) from what is truly a part of us (the same) says we prefer to keep the separation from God and that is what we shall actually learn and teach.
The big event of the miracle isn’t to own us stop choosing our egos. It is to own us remember that we’re choosing the ego. Again, I can’t emphasize this enough a course in miracles. 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 you can find none. Look at this quote from Kenneth Wapnick:
The Sonship [the whole] in its Oneness transcends the amount of its parts” (T-2.VII.6:3). Put simply, one cannot appreciate the pure wholeness and oneness of Christ by adding up the billions and billions of fragments that the world thinks may be the Son of God, a quantifiable entity consisting of certain amount 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).
Because of this series of articles, we’ve been using spiritually special Course teachers as our example wherein they choose “spiritual dress” to make themselves more special and chosen by God to accomplish His work. This makes them different, i.e., stick out in a crowd as special from others who are their equals. In the context of the discussion, this makes fragmentation real because judgments are made about differences. Where you can find differences (instead of sameness) there’s no peace and and so the spiritually special cannot learn nor teach peace.
The ego thrives on the comparisons of specialness. Once you compare yourself with others, wherein you are very important and they’re not because Jesus gave you a special assignment… you see differences where you can find none (because you’re focused on forms which do not matter). The only path you need to consider yourself as having an important function is to realize everybody else posseses 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 but not at heart as ego is approximately separation. Put simply, while everyone shares exactly the same ego, the ego says every one is different and not joined so there’s no true joining. Groups bond since they first believe they’re separate and so they’re essentially reinforcing that belief.
Everybody has memories of notorious cults ever sold; however, let’s make certain we understand what is intended with 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 noticed that the Course is being made special and converted into a religion. In addition it falls consistent with the definition of a cult and spiritually special Course teachers as cult leaders because of the demands of these ego. Assertions, demands and needs are clues that the ego has been chosen. Special faith is taught by the ego to reinforce ego.
This is actually the response to every problem that’ll confront you. These days, 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 things are your replacements for the Love of God (Lesson 50).