In this series of articles, we’ve been discussing specialness and more specifically spiritual specialness because it is now a prevalent form in the Course community. Like all kinds of specialness, spiritual specialness is just a defense of the ego (against the opposite). It maintains the separation in your head as the spiritual reason behind differences. In this fifth article, we’re going to create the discussion around to idols because it is meant in A Course in Miracles (ACIM).
You will recall from the fourth article on fragmentation, we’re seeking to become conscious of when we are choosing the ego (Ken Wapnick) because the ego may be the area of the mind that believes in division (T-5.V.3). Idols should warrant consideration and learning as they are ego:
Idol may be the symbol of the substitution of the ego for the true Self or god; a false belief that there might be something besides, or maybe more than God, and thus separate from Him, a belief that will be then projected onto the special relationship: people, things or ideas (Glossary-Index for A Course in Miracles, Kindle location 550).
This is actually the response to every problem that may confront you. Nowadays, you think you’re sustained by everything but God. Your faith is placed in the absolute 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 things are your replacements for the Love of God (Lesson 50).
Here within the dream, or illusion, the phrase symbol definition for “idol” is, “A person or thing that’s greatly admired, loved or revered.” Within the last few article on fragmentation, we also discussed how spiritually special Course teachers are cult leaders and the phrase symbol definition for a “cult” which most do not consider is, “A misplaced or excessive admiration for a specific person or thing.” All of these symbols indicate a similar thing: Specialness in all its forms are idols meant to replace the Love of God and maintain the separation in the mind.
Throughout this series we’ve also known spiritual specialness as caring who they share the stage or limelight with, i.e., the special relationship and teaching their very own ego version of the truth. Pun intended on that one: Let’s finish setting the stage for this discussion with the following quote from yet another author:
Everybody is searching for and express their truth a course in miracles. Their so-called truth is actually designed to help keep them stuck where they are. What J is teaching in his Course is that the simple truth is not different for everyone. It is not relative. He’s saying the simple truth is the facts whether you recognize and accept it or not. The stark reality is not susceptible to your interpretation, and neither is his Course. He’s the Teacher, you’re the student. If that’s false, then why do the Course? (The Disappearance of the Universe, Gary Renard, page 92).
Idols of Specialness
Kenneth Wapnick is known for saying that the Course is not for people who believe they are “spiritual giants” which spiritual specialness believes. Spiritual giants utilize the first law of chaos: The stark reality is different for everybody (T-23.II.2) that will be what Renard’s quote is pointing us toward understanding. This can’t be said enough: Spiritually special “giants” teach their ego interpretation of the facts, i.e., a variety of kinds of idols meant to replace God’s Love and maintain the separation. If this is actually the heart of the problem, then it’s probably advisable to genuinely wish to understand this in order to learn when you’re choosing an idol, i.e., the ego.
The practical application of the Holy Spirit’s purpose is very simple, but it is unequivocal. In fact, to be able to be simple it must certanly be unequivocal (T-17.Vi.1:1-2). Jesus keeps saying that this is a quite simple course… why it is simple: It’s unequivocal. You will find not two other ways of interpreting this course. The Course is what it is. It says what it says. It doesn’t say different items to different people (Rules for Decision, Kenneth Wapnick).
Yet, that is precisely what spiritually special Course teachers as cult leaders are doing! Wapnick makes a very valid point that may help us understand when we are choosing an idol of specialness:
Have Jesus beside you here in the illusion (and notice it says Jesus and not really a spiritually special Course teacher) but don’t keep it that way. Don’t keep bringing Him in to the illusion. You intend to learn to go where He is (Kenneth Wapnick, parenthesis addition mine).
Therefore, it is imperative that you will be seeking to the Holy Spirit as opposed to an idol to teach you. What meaning is first, idols are our own kinds of specialness which all of us act out inside our lives for some reason or another. However, and also this includes not projecting our specialness desires onto others by not choosing a spiritually special Course teacher as a cult special idol thereby making that type of ego into an alternative to the Holy Spirit as our teacher that will be the same as a substitute for God’s Love.
Consider it. Cult leaders or the spiritually special do not believe laws apply to them whether they are breaking them outright or merely skirting the edges. History is filled with examples. In fact, they do not even think ethics apply to them. They are outside everything because they are “giants” chosen by God to accomplish his work whether as leaders or group members. If you choose to endorse their specialness, you choose specialness yourself because we’re all of the same. It’s not the case joining since it brings together what is first considered to be separate but isn’t really separate in reality. Belief in separation is reinforced, i.e., fragmentation is created to seem real which divides the Sonship. There’s no other reason on the level of your head for why some are “in” the group and others are “out.”
Hence, the dream is an imagine devastation built to conceal love and usurp God (Echoes of Eternity video on YouTube, Kenneth Wapnick). Therefore, it can’t be kind to ourselves or these spiritually special Course teachers to help keep choosing idols of specialness to replace God’s Love whether we’re joining in their dream of specialness or making our own. There’s no difference.