In this fourth article in the series on the “miracle” and the “mind,” we are likely to discuss how the unkindness of specialness is translated by the ego into making the Sonship appear fragmented. While nothing is obviously fragmented or separate in fact, your brain (because everything is in the mind) has the appearance of being fragmented because of the projected forms which are nothing more than ego judgments of specialness, uniqueness and individuality. These are used to make us stick out as special in a crowd of sameness and thus they divide the Sonship. This speaks to the heart the one problem: The separation. These judgments maintain it. No one is different. Many people are the same regardless.
Only equals are at peace and to be equal we should look past the differences seen with your body’s eyes to the major point in A Course in Miracles (ACIM): All of us have the same ego (the same fear and guilt inside our mind) and that unites us. We also all have the same right mind and the same ability to choose between them. To say we are spiritually different (special) from what is really a part people (the same) says we prefer to keep the separation from God and that is what we shall actually learn and teach.
The function of the miracle is not to own us stop choosing our egos. It is to own us remember that we are choosing the ego. Again, I can’t emphasize this enough a course in miracles. It’s this that gets virtually all Course in Miracles students way off the mark (Rules for Decision, Kenneth Wapnick, underline mine).
Fragments are merely the dualistic method by which we perceive differences where you can find none. Understand this quote from Kenneth Wapnick:
The Sonship [the whole] in its Oneness transcends the sum 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 is the Son of God, a quantifiable entity consisting of certain quantity 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 any 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).
With this number of articles, we’ve been using spiritually special Course teachers as our example wherein they choose “spiritual dress” to produce 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 that 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 is no peace and therefore 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 very important and they’re not because Jesus gave you a particular assignment… you see differences where you can find none (because you’re focused on forms which do not matter). The only way you must think of yourself as having a significant function is to appreciate everyone 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 brain, then their purpose is specialness, uniqueness and thus separation and fragmentation by seeking to divide the Sonship. They participate in form but not in your mind as ego is all about separation. Quite simply, while everyone shares the same ego, the ego says every one is significantly diffent and not joined so there is no true joining. Groups bond since they first believe they’re separate and so they’re essentially reinforcing that belief.
Everyone has memories of notorious cults in history; however, let’s make certain we understand what is meant with a cult or its leader. The phrase symbol definition for a “cult” which most do not consider is, “A misplaced or excessive admiration for a certain person or thing.” Wapnick has already remarked that the Course will be 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 strengthen ego.
Here is the answer to every problem that’ll confront you. These days, you think you’re sustained by everything but God. Your faith is placed in probably the most trivial and insane symbols; pills, money, influence, prestige, being liked, knowing the “right” people, and an endless set of forms of nothingness that you endow with magical powers. All these specific things are your replacements for the Love of God (Lesson 50).