In this fourth article in the series on the “miracle” and the “mind,” we will discuss the way the unkindness of specialness is translated by the ego into making the Sonship appear fragmented. While nothing is actually fragmented or separate in fact, your brain (because everything is in the mind) has the appearance of being fragmented due to the projected forms which are simply ego judgments of specialness, uniqueness and individuality. These are used to make us be noticeable 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. Nobody is different. Most people are the exact same regardless.
Only equals are at peace and to be equal we must look past the differences seen with the body’s eyes to the major point in A Course in Miracles (ACIM): All of us have the exact same ego (the same fear and guilt in our mind) and that unites us. We also all have the exact same right mind and the exact same ability to decide on between them. To express we are spiritually different (special) from what is actually a part folks (the same) is saying we prefer to keep the separation from God and that’s what we will actually learn and teach.
The function of the miracle isn’t to possess us stop choosing our egos. It’s to possess us remember that we are choosing the ego. Again, I can’t emphasize this enough a course in miracles. This is what gets virtually all Course in Miracles students way off the mark (Rules for Decision, Kenneth Wapnick, underline mine).
Fragments are merely the dualistic manner 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 entire world thinks may be the Son of God, a quantifiable entity consisting of certain amount of separated fragments. Christ in His very nature is just a perfect and undivided One, as Mind, and He loses that essential characteristic which defines His Being if fragmentation of any one of its forms is acknowledged as real (The Message of A Course In Miracles: Few Choose to Listen by Kenneth Wapnick, page 67, underline mine).
For 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., be noticeable 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’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 essential and they are not because Jesus gave you a special assignment… you see differences where you can find none (because you’re dedicated to forms which don’t matter). The only path you need to think of yourself as having an important function is to realize everyone else comes with 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 mind as ego is all about separation. Put simply, while everyone shares the exact same ego, the ego says each one of these is different and not joined so there’s no true joining. Groups get together since they first believe they are separate and so they are essentially reinforcing that belief.
Everyone has memories of notorious cults in history; however, let’s make certain we know what is intended by way of a cult or its leader. The word symbol definition for a “cult” which most don’t consider is, “A misplaced or excessive admiration for a specific person or thing.” Wapnick has noticed that the Course will be made special and changed into a religion. In addition, it falls in accordance with the definition of a cult and spiritually special Course teachers as cult leaders due to the demands of their 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 imagine you’re sustained by everything but God. Your faith is placed in the most trivial and insane symbols; pills, money, influence, prestige, being liked, knowing the “right” people, and an endless listing of kinds of nothingness that you endow with magical powers. All these specific things are your replacements for the Love of God (Lesson 50).