Social media marketing is like anything in this world, i.e., projected thoughts with this content of the ego wrong mind. Online attacks locally for A Course in Miracles (ACIM) are via the countless comments, quotes and other postings wherein we react to our interpretation which then becomes the justification for our response (T-12.I.1) or our reason behind posting, etc. All students have a basic confusion between form and content in addition to what it means to join so let’s not sugar coat it: Social media marketing is forms (projected content of the ego wrong mind) from joining with the incorrect mind. Therefore, from the outset it’s some attacks until we forgive and start identifying (joining) with the proper mind.
Even in the Course, we all sit around online with some sort of a digital device mindlessly doing our ego thing. Okay, some might be standing, leaning or lounging:
Sitting around and referring to the Course is not similar thing as doing the hard work of studying the text and putting the principles into practice to discover what the Course means (Kenneth Wapnick, Rules for Decision).
In exactly the same Rules, Wapnick also says, “What provides the ego its power can be your having joined with it, your identification with it.” Forms are projected as a defense against the alternative and are merely with the ego wrong mind and thus they do not matter.
Since social media is about forms which are fragmented projections of the ego, we’re then perceiving the Sonship as fragmented making the error real. acim audio mp3 Specialness is valued being an idol placed before the Love of God and those perceived differences maintain the separation in the mind. Absolutely any fragmented attribute we judge in another online (or anywhere) must be noticed in every one of the Sonship since we’re really One in reality. That is why attack isn’t discrete and must be relinquished (T-7.VI.1).
Discrete means, “Individually separate and distinct.” All attack in just about any form is exactly the same and is intended to divide the entirety of the Sonship because it attacks (fragments) the Sonship via differences in place of sameness. Hence, we could see why Wapnick would say that it is silly to utilize the Course as a system when it’s clearly a Course situated in unity.
Finally, let’s add two other word symbol definitions since these are both used throughout the Course:
Demonstrate: Clearly show the existence or truth of something by providing proof or evidence.
Reminder: Something that produces anyone to remember something.
In the Course, “To show is to demonstrate (M-in.2) and we’re always teaching, or demonstrating the ego or God every moment, i.e., this content mind with which we have chosen to participate or identify. For contrast, this content of the ego is many projected and different forms; and this content of the proper mind is unity, sameness, i.e., Love (no projections). You can find no exceptions. It’s one or the other.
Our brothers are an integral part of us. They are those who teach us who we’re for our learning is a results of what we have taught them (T-9.VI.3) – the ego or God – always. Because the dreamer of the dream (T-27.VII.), our dream figures (those online with us and our brothers) are doing what we’re dreaming they are doing based on which we’ve taught (demonstrated). Therefore, they are innocent since it’s our dream. We taught separation or a murderous attack thought against God and so we all demonstrate said attack in several fragmented forms. Yet if we forgive ourselves for what we have taught (chosen) in place of attacking, we find who we’re through our brothers that are the same.
Whenever we are posting quotes, comments or use Course language “at” another we’re really attacking (unloving reminders). If we think of how “at” feels we realize we rely on separation and differences. The commands or demands of the ego must be answered “at” a separated fragment (brother) so we continue to demonstrate our original attack thought and repress our guilt. Course students then go and get online with your many ideas of specialness and their unloving reminders which fragments the mind and maintains the separation (the opposite of unity) that will be the problem.
From the social media platform to personal pages, online friends and groups, forms will be the focus on social media. Forms do not matter. Whenever we say they do, we shall automatically demonstrate the ego and be unloving and unkind, i.e., we harm others.
Surely there are occasions when a reminder can be loving and helpful, but often it’s not. Again, you need to always use being normal as a criterion. Normal people in the presence of someone who’s sick (and any mind that believes it’s separate is sick), especially a friend or relative, are kind. You do not have to become a spiritual giant or understand stand the difference between non-duality and duality to understand that when someone is sick and in pain, kindness must be offered compared to that person. As I have now been stressing, when you don’t look at fear or guilt, they’ll automatically be pushed down in your unconscious, and in the same way automatically is going to be project out – always. Inevitably, then you wind up judging and attacking other people (Kenneth Wapnick, The Healing Power of Kindness: Vol. 1, Kindle location 149, underline and parenthesis addition mine).
I wouldn’t have believed such people even existed within the so-called A Course in Miracles community. Having been initiated into this community, I quickly started to think of it as a family group that needed to apply the very Course it claimed to believe in (Gary Renard, Your Immortal Reality, Kindle Location 466).
To say it in another way, social media is the main dream of devastation, a murderous thought against God. It’s the seeking without (in forms) to avoid looking within that will be the very heart of social media:
The search implies you’re not whole within and fear to appear upon your devastation, but prefer to seek outside yourself for everything you are (T-29.VII.4). What if you looked within and saw no sin? This “fearful” question is one the ego never asks (T-23.IV.3).
A loving reminder has practically nothing regarding forms since it is exemplary kindness of mind which vision is of sameness and unity – One. If nothing differs, there is nothing to attack for One is acquainted with God while in this world and sees only Christ in brothers. You might demonstrate something quite unique:
(2:1) In their mind [those that are sick] God’s teachers come, to represent another choice which they’d forgotten. Your only function will be a reminder to others they can make exactly the same choice you did – not necessarily through words, but through the love and peace you demonstrate to them. (2:2-3) The straightforward presence of a teacher of God is really a reminder. His thoughts look for the proper to question what the in-patient has accepted as true. The in-patient – really many of us – has accepted the ego’s thought system as true.
To repeat this important caution, all of the time you would never say the language, “The exact same choice I make you may make, because our minds are one.” Love’s presence that will be outside the ego’s thought system is what teaches, not by your words, but by the teacher you’ve chosen in your thoughts, the presence within you. You could be teaching ACIM and get every theological point correct, but if you have no love in your heart, you’re not teaching ACIM (Ibid Kindness, Vol.1, Kindle Locations 396-399, underline mine).
A teacher of God is anyone who has accepted their function, that will be to instruct and learn forgiveness… We teach what we’re learning and, once we teach it, we learn it (What It Means To Be A Teacher Of God, Part 1, FACIM, Kenneth Wapnick).
God’s peace is recognized in the beginning by just one thing: In every way it’s totally unlike all previous experiences. It calls in your thoughts nothing that went before. It brings with it no past associations. It is really a new thing entirely (M-20.2).
The ego commands action (like posting comments, quotes and using language “at” others). The Holy Spirit does not command. It merely reminds (T-5.II.7). Remember, it’s one or one other, i.e., an unloving or loving reminder. – always.
Do Not Harm
In the Appendix of, “The Healing Power of Kindness: Vol. 1,” Wapnick reprinted, “Do No Injury to Anyone.” It is really a short essay on implementing the Hippocratic oath to the practice of ACIM, i.e., a straightforward reminder for many students of A Course in Miracles who seek to apply its principles to living on earth (Kindle location 678). He explores how we ought to undertake an in depth and honest examination of how exactly we having been using others within our lives to fulfill our desires and needs, and how it’s harmful because we have no regard for the welfare of others. Using people for our needs can be an attack on them which engenders guilt in us (Kindle location 699). A “eureka” moment occurs – I finally realize I used the written word for attack (Kindle location 709, underlining mine).
Harm is the outcome of judgment. It’s the dishonest act that follows a dishonest thought. It is really a verdict of guilt upon a brother, and therefore on oneself. It’s the conclusion of peace and the denial of learning (M-4.IV.1)… (being an unloving reminder of the attack thought to others and thus ourselves)… Thus, Jesus is trying to explain to us how our judgments of others are preceded by our judgment of ourselves (M-4.IV.1, and Ibid, Kindle location 729). It states unequivocally – fairly early in his training – a student of A Course in Miracles must learn that harmfulness must be totally undone or he would never learn the Holy Spirit’s lessons (M-4.IV.1:8-11, Ibid, Kindle location 739, parenthesis addition mine)
If we’re not being kind (no harming and no attacking) we cannot learn nor understand the type principles of the Course because we’re not putting them into practice. We’re justing sitting around talking online with the ego via unloving reminders as attacks which are forms of exactly the same murderous thought because we refuse to appear within and do the forgiveness work.