In this second article in the series on the “miracle” and the “mind,” we’re going to continue our discussion of spiritual specialness as someone being chosen by God to do His work without recognizing it’s actually the ego. In A Course in Miracles (ACIM), many link being truly a Course teacher of God with being miracle-minded just even as we see in several 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 will not need to make assertions.” Being someone chosen by God to do “god’s work” is an assertion of the ego; and it generates the error real. It is really a defense against God’s Love wherein we don’t know that we’re actually competing with God (and thus everyone).
Mr. Wapnick also offers some wonderful passages that get straight to the point on this matter. These are obtained from his two-book set on, “The Message Of A Course In Miracles” which can be filled using what the Course does and doesn’t say. These quotes speak for themselves and do not need reinterpretation:
Spiritual specialness identifies people acting out their egos’specialness, but disguising it as spiritual dress. This frequently will come in the proper execution 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, which serves to create these folks 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 virtually all spiritual or religious movements. This usually will come in the proper execution 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 message of a course in miracles. However, such intrinsic specialness is obviously false with the teachings of A Course in Miracles (Few Choose To Listen, p. 144).
Specialness is also noticed in a number of other types beyond the labels just mentioned. As an example, claiming who we “share the stage” with, i.e., other Course teachers is the same limelight error. We do all this because of our enormous repressed fear and guilt; and we take action in place of learning and practicing the Course. This can be 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 the absolute most serious failing among its students. This book’s sequel, “Few Choose to Listen,” discusses how students often conceal their thought system of specialness beneath the guise of spiritual counseling or friendship. The lack of simple kindness is, unfortunately, unmistakable to all or any except the Course student making the spiritual pronouncements (All Are Called, p. 306).
Finally to finish setting the stage (pun intended) because of this brief article, let’s bring in what Wapnick addresses on arrogance versus humility:
“Arrogance takes the proper execution of believing this 1 has “mastered” the Course with a simple reading or two, without really recognizing what’s associated with its ongoing study and constant practice. Humility, on another hand, seeks only to understand, which originates from students’recognition of how influenced by their egos they have truly made themselves to be. They therefore become grateful for the ability the Course offers them to let it go – finally and truly – of the investment in uniqueness, self-importance, and specialness, the core of the issue 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 can be truly miracle-minded, then we must be willing to explore just what the ego is and what its thought system is effective at doing. The Course emphatically states that nothing can remain hidden. We should be willing to get 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 obviously arrogance and being in competition with God, so a teacher of God has nothing related to being truly a Course teacher even though many students believe otherwise. Considering our arrogance in making such an assertion, we reverse to humility to instruct us so we are able to learn from it:
Humility, on another hand, might have students know that A Course in Miracles is “unlike” every other spirituality they have seen, and therefore what’s required of them is the openness to being taught by “it,” rather than “their” unconscious teaching the Course what it says (Few Choose To Listen, p. 86, underline mine).
In ACIM, a teacher of God is simply 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’re the same in ego wrong mind, the same in Holy Spirit right-mind and the same ability to decide on between them. Equals are in 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 give what he has not received. Quite simply, this states the fine line involving the humbleness of learning and arrogantly teaching what we don’t know. Remember, an enhanced teacher of God is wholly based mostly on God and has resolved the “authority issue.” This person knows that God is the writer of the existence and never gets confused. Hardly any are in this advanced stage.
Unhealed healers are, “Arrogant, selfish, unconcerned and actually dishonest (P-3.II.3).” Through specialness, they are wanting to invent a function, i.e., a chosen Course teacher of God (for example) once they cannot even accept the big event God gave them (and have no idea what that basically means either). By believing within their invented function, they suspect those they are trying to falsely teach of the same treachery – betrayal of God – that they unconsciously feel they’ve done. Thus, they find yourself 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 within the dream does work forgiveness (correcting the mind). Certainly not could it be easy; however it is sufficient to really have the willingness to understand it – only a little and then lots 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 understanding how 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 is to be influenced by God and just what a huge burden specialness has really been: