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 do His work without recognizing it’s actually the ego. In A Course in Miracles (ACIM), many link being fully a Course teacher of God with being miracle-minded just even as we see in many 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 need not make assertions.” Being someone chosen by God to do “god’s work” can be an assertion of the ego; and it generates the error real. It is really a defense against God’s Love wherein we don’t observe that we’re actually competing with God (and thus everyone).
Mr. Wapnick also has some wonderful passages that get straight to the level with this matter. These are taken from his two-book set on, “The Message Of A Course In Miracles” which is filled in what the Course does and doesn’t say. These quotes speak for themselves and do not want reinterpretation:
Spiritual specialness identifies people acting out their egos’specialness, but disguising it as spiritual dress. This frequently will come in the proper execution of believing they have received “special” instructions, “special” favors, or “special” commissions from “special” divine persons such as for instance Jesus or the Holy Spirit, that serves to make these people spiritually distinctive from others and therefore more “special” (Few Choose To Listen, p. 141).
What we’re calling “spiritual specialness” appears in the members of almost all spiritual or religious movements. This usually will come in the proper execution of believing that the group or members have been singled out by God or the Holy Spirit to perform some holy function which will benefit humanity and contribute towards the saving of the world. message of a course in miracles However, such intrinsic specialness is actually false with the teachings of A Course in Miracles (Few Choose To Listen, p. 144).
Specialness can be seen in a variety of other styles beyond the labels just mentioned. Like, claiming who we “share the stage” with, i.e., other Course teachers is the same limelight error. We do all this because of our enormous repressed fear and guilt; and we do it rather than learning and practicing the Course. This can be a course on sameness and one that exemplifies kindness:
This inability to truly practice A Course in Miracles’kind principles of forgiveness they study, and sometimes even teach, has perhaps been probably the most serious failing among its students. This book’s sequel, “Few Elect to Listen,” discusses how students often conceal their thought system of specialness beneath the guise of spiritual counseling or friendship. The lack of simple kindness is, unfortunately, unmistakable to all except the Course student making the spiritual pronouncements (All Are Called, p. 306).
Finally to finish setting the stage (pun intended) with this brief article, let’s make what Wapnick addresses on arrogance versus humility:
“Arrogance takes the proper execution of believing that one has “mastered” the Course with a simple reading or two, without really recognizing what’s involved in its ongoing study and constant practice. Humility, on another hand, seeks only to learn, which arises from students’recognition of how dependent on their egos they have truly made themselves to be. They therefore become grateful for the ability the Course offers them to release – finally and truly – of the investment in uniqueness, self-importance, and specialness, the core of the situation that maintains the separation from God” (Few Choose To Listen, p. 84, underline mine).
Humility is of the best 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, when we should be truly miracle-minded, then we should be ready to explore just what the ego is and what its thought system is capable of doing. The Course emphatically states that nothing can remain hidden. We should be willing to have our hands dirty with the ego if we’re to learn true forgiveness since specialness in virtually 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 fully a Course teacher although many students believe otherwise. Looking at our arrogance in making this kind of assertion, we turn back to humility to show us so we are able to learn from it:
Humility, on another hand, could have students observe that A Course in Miracles is “unlike” any other spirituality they have seen, and therefore what’s required of these may be the openness to being taught by “it,” rather than “their” unconscious teaching the Course what it is saying (Few Choose To Listen, p. 86, underline mine).
In ACIM, a teacher of God is just anyone who chooses the Course as their path. That’s it! There’s no arrogance, no judgment and thus no one differs or special. We are the same in ego wrong mind, the same in Holy Spirit right-mind and the same ability to select between them. Equals are at peace from choosing miracle-mindedness or the right-miracle-mind wherein His Vision sees sameness in everyone.
In the Course, the definition of an “unhealed healer” is someone trying to offer what he hasn’t received. In other words, this states the fine line involving the humbleness of learning and arrogantly teaching what we do not know. Remember, a sophisticated teacher of God is completely influenced by God and has resolved the “authority issue.” This person knows that God is the author of the existence and never gets confused. Very few are at this advanced stage.
Unhealed healers are, “Arrogant, selfish, unconcerned and actually dishonest (P-3.II.3).” Through specialness, they’re trying to invent a function, i.e., a chosen Course teacher of God (for example) once they cannot even accept the function God gave them (and don’t know what that basically means either). By believing within their invented function, they suspect those they are attempting to falsely teach of the 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 here in the dream does work forgiveness (correcting the mind). Certainly not can it be easy; but it will do to have the willingness to learn it – only a little and then a lot 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 how 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 is to be dependent on God and exactly what a huge burden specialness has really been: