In this next report in the line on the “wonder” and the “mind,” we are going to carry on our discussion of spiritual specialness as someone being selected by God to accomplish His function without knowing it is truly the ego. In A Course in Wonders (ACIM), many link being fully a Program teacher of Lord with being miracle-minded only once we see in several religions with picked spiritual leaders like a pastors, ministers and priests, etc.
In the initial report on spiritual specialness, we incorporated a offer by Kenneth Wapnick that, “Enjoy is calm and need not make assertions.” Being someone chosen by God to accomplish “god’s work” is definitely an assertion of the vanity; and it creates the error real. It is really a defense against God’s Love where we don’t recognize that we’re actually competitive with God (and thus everyone).
Mr. Wapnick also offers some wonderful passages that get right to the stage with this matter. They’re obtained from his two-book collection on, “The Message Of A Program In Wonders” that is stuffed using what the Program does and does not say. These quotes talk for themselves and do not need reinterpretation course in miracles :
Spiritual specialness describes persons working out their egos’specialness, but disguising it as religious dress. That often is available in the proper execution of believing they have received “special” instructions, “special” favors, or “special” commissions from “specific” divine individuals such as for instance Jesus or the Sacred Spirit, which serves to create these people spiritually distinctive from others and therefore more “specific” (Few Select To Listen, p. 141).
What we are calling “spiritual specialness” looks in the people of nearly all religious or spiritual movements. This frequently will come in the shape of thinking that the group or people have now been singled out by God or the Holy Spirit to execute some sacred function which will gain mankind and lead towards the preserving of the world. Nevertheless, such intrinsic specialness is obviously incorrect with the teachings of A Class in Wonders (Few Choose To Hear, p. 144).
Specialness can be seen in a variety of other styles beyond the labels just mentioned. For instance, claiming who we “share the point” with, i.e., different Class educators is exactly the same limelight error. We do all of this because of our enormous repressed fear and shame; and we do it in place of understanding and practicing the Course.
Therefore, if we can be truly miracle-minded, then we must be prepared to discover just what the vanity is and what their thought process is capable of doing. The Course emphatically states that nothing can stay hidden. We should be ready to have our arms filthy with the confidence if we are to understand correct forgiveness since specialness in virtually any sort connections in therefore immediately with sustaining the divorce from God.
Specialness is clearly arrogance and being in competition with Lord, so a teacher of God has nothing to do with being a Course teacher although many students feel otherwise. Taking a look at our arrogance for making this kind of assertion, we reverse to humility to instruct people therefore we can learn from it.