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 complete His work without recognizing it’s truly 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 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 will not need to make assertions.” Being someone chosen by God to complete “god’s work” is an assertion of the ego; and it generates the error real. It is a defense against God’s Love wherein we don’t notice that we’re actually competing with God (and thus everyone).
Mr. Wapnick also has some wonderful passages that get straight to the level on this matter. These are obtained 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 require reinterpretation:
Spiritual specialness refers to people acting out their egos’specialness, but disguising it as spiritual dress. This frequently is available in the form of believing they’ve received “special” instructions, “special” favors, or “special” commissions from “special” divine persons such as for example Jesus or the Holy Spirit, that serves to create these folks spiritually different from others and therefore more “special” (Few Choose To Listen, p. 141).
What we are calling “spiritual specialness” appears in the members of nearly all spiritual or religious movements. This usually is available in the form of believing that the group or members have now been singled out by God or the Holy Spirit to execute some holy function that will benefit humanity and contribute towards the saving of the world. However, message of a course in miracles such intrinsic specialness is actually incorrect with the teachings of A Course in Miracles (Few Choose To Listen, p. 144).
Specialness is also seen in many different other kinds beyond labels just mentioned. Like, claiming who we “share the stage” with, i.e., other Course teachers is the exact same limelight error. We do all this due to our enormous repressed fear and guilt; and we take action instead of learning and practicing the Course. This is a course on sameness and one which exemplifies kindness:
This inability to genuinely 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 Choose 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) with 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 a simple reading or two, without really recognizing what is involved with its ongoing study and constant practice. Humility, on the other hand, seeks only to master, which originates from students’recognition of how determined by their egos they have truly made themselves to be. They therefore become grateful for the chance the Course offers them to let go – finally and truly – of the investment in uniqueness, self-importance, and specialness, the core of the problem that maintains the separation from God” (Few Choose To Listen, p. 84, underline mine).
Humility is of the right mind, which recognizes its dependence on God, while arrogance is of the wrong mind, which feels it’s in competition with Him (Glossary-index, p. 106).
Therefore, if we are to be truly miracle-minded, then we should be prepared to explore precisely what the ego is and what its thought system is capable of doing. The Course emphatically states that nothing can remain hidden. We must be willing to have our hands dirty with the ego if we are to master true forgiveness since specialness in just about any form ties in so directly with maintaining the separation from God.
Teacher of God
Specialness is actually arrogance and being in competition with God, so a teacher of God has nothing to do with being truly a Course teacher although many students believe otherwise. Considering our arrogance for making this assertion, we turn back to humility to instruct us so we could study on it:
Humility, on the other hand, could have students notice that A Course in Miracles is “unlike” every other spirituality they have seen, and therefore what is required of them may be 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 just anybody 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 the exact same in ego wrong mind, the exact same in Holy Spirit right-mind and the exact same ability to choose 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, this is of an “unhealed healer” is someone trying to provide what he hasn’t received. In other words, this states the fine line between the humbleness of learning and arrogantly teaching what we do not know. Remember, an advanced teacher of God is wholly dependent upon God and has resolved the “authority issue.” This individual knows that God is the writer 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’re wanting 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 inside their invented function, they suspect those they are trying to falsely teach of the exact same treachery – betrayal of God – that they unconsciously feel they’ve done. Thus, they wind 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 in the dream is true forgiveness (correcting the mind). In no way can it be easy; however it will do to really have the willingness to master it – only a little and then plenty 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 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 determined by God and what a huge burden specialness has really been: