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 actually fragmented or separate in fact, your brain (because everything is in the mind) has the appearance to be fragmented because of the projected forms which are only 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 main one problem: The separation. These judgments maintain it. No one is different. Everyone is exactly the same regardless.
Only equals are at peace and to be equal we ought to look after dark differences seen with the body’s eyes to the major point in A Course in Miracles (ACIM): Most of us have exactly the same ego (the same fear and guilt inside our mind) and that unites us. We also all have exactly the same right mind and exactly the same ability to choose between them. To say we’re spiritually different (special) from what is really a part of us (the same) is saying we prefer to keep the separation from God and that is what we will actually learn and teach.
The function of the miracle is not to have us stop choosing our egos. It is to have us be aware that we’re choosing the ego. Again, I can’t emphasize this enough. This is exactly what gets nearly 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 will 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). In other words, one cannot appreciate the pure wholeness and oneness of Christ by simply adding up the billions and billions of fragments that the planet thinks is the Son of God, a quantifiable entity consisting of certain number 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 Decide to Listen by Kenneth Wapnick, page 67, underline mine).
With this series of articles, we’ve been using spiritually special Course teachers as our example wherein they choose “spiritual dress” to create themselves more special and chosen by God to complete His work a course in miracles. This makes them different, i.e., stick out in a crowd as special from others who’re their equals. In the context of this discussion, this makes fragmentation real because judgments are created about differences. Where you will find differences (instead of sameness) there is 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’re not because Jesus gave you a particular assignment… you see differences where you will find none (because you are centered on forms which don’t matter). The only method you must consider yourself as having a significant function is to appreciate everyone else posseses 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 however not in mind as ego is about separation. In other words, while everyone shares exactly the same ego, the ego says each one of these is significantly diffent and not joined so there is no true joining. Groups come together 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 ensure we know what is supposed by way of a cult or its leader. The phrase symbol definition for a “cult” which most don’t consider is, “A misplaced or excessive admiration for a specific person or thing.” Wapnick has recently remarked that the Course has been made special and converted into a religion. In addition it falls in line with this is 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.
This is actually the answer to every problem which will confront you. Nowadays, you believe you are sustained by everything but God. Your faith is put in the most trivial and insane symbols; pills, money, influence, prestige, being liked, knowing the “right” people, and an endless listing of types of nothingness that you endow with magical powers. All these specific things are your replacements for the Love of God (Lesson 50).