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 do His work without recognizing it is actually 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 lots of religions with chosen spiritual leaders like a pastors, ministers and priests, etc. In the first 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 do “god’s work” can be an assertion of the ego; and it generates the error real. It is really a defense against God’s Love wherein we don’t recognize that we’re actually competing with God (and thus everyone).
Mr. Wapnick even offers some wonderful passages that get straight to the level with this matter. These are taken from his two-book set on, “The Message Of A Course In Miracles” which is filled using what the Course does and doesn’t say. These quotes speak for themselves and do not need reinterpretation:
Spiritual specialness refers to people acting out their egos’specialness, but disguising it as spiritual dress. This frequently comes in the form 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’re calling “spiritual specialness” appears in the members of almost all spiritual or religious movements. This usually comes in the form of believing that the group or members have been singled out by God or the Holy Spirit to do some holy function that’ll benefit humanity and contribute towards the saving of the world. However, such intrinsic specialness is clearly incorrect with the teachings of A Course in Miracles (Few Choose To Listen, p. 144).
Specialness can also be seen in many different other designs beyond labels just mentioned. As an example, claiming who we “share the stage” with, i.e., other Course teachers is exactly the same limelight error. We do all of this as a result of our enormous repressed fear and guilt; and we get it done in place of learning and practicing the Course. This can be a course on sameness and one which 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 probably 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 underneath the guise of spiritual counseling or friendship. The absence of simple kindness is, unfortunately, unmistakable to all or any except the Course student making the spiritual pronouncements (All Are Called, p. 306).
Finally in order to complete setting the stage (pun intended) for 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 in its ongoing study and constant practice. Humility, on another hand, seeks only to understand, which comes from students’recognition of how influenced by their egos they’ve 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 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 is in competition with Him (Glossary-index, p. 106).
Therefore, if we should be truly miracle-minded, then we must be ready to explore precisely 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’re to understand true forgiveness since specialness in 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 related to being truly a Course teacher even though many students believe otherwise. Looking at our arrogance to make this kind of assertion, we turn back to humility to teach us so we could learn from it:
Humility, on another hand, might have students recognize that A Course in Miracles is “unlike” any other spirituality they’ve seen, a course in miracles online retreats and therefore what is required of these 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 merely anyone who chooses the Course as their path. That’s it! There’s no arrogance, no judgment and thus no one is different or special. We are 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 in 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 has not received. Put simply, 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 completely influenced by God and has resolved the “authority issue.” This individual knows that God is the author of the existence and never gets confused. Not many are in this advanced stage.
Unhealed healers are, “Arrogant, selfish, unconcerned and actually dishonest (P-3.II.3).” Through specialness, they are trying to invent a function, i.e., a chosen Course teacher of God (for example) if they cannot even accept the function God gave them (and do not know 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 – 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 within the dream holds true forgiveness (correcting the mind). In no way can it be easy; but it will do to truly 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 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 actually is to be influenced by God and exactly what a huge burden specialness has really been: