In the third article in the series on the “miracle” and the “mind,” we are going to bring kindness and unkindness to the discussion about specialness. In A Course in Miracles (ACIM), kindness is related to humility and learning and unkindness is by using arrogance and specialness. The miracle-minded obviously choose humility, learning and kindness which means they’ll eventually learn how to forgive all specialness that is what maintains the separation from God. Belief in separation pertains to everyone who is the One Son perceiving Himself as separate and different fragments. All unkindness stems from the anxiety in your brain once we repress our fear and guilt rather than forgiving our specialness desires. We blame and project it onto others that are really a part of us in reality.
You can find two books by Kenneth Wapnick on, “The Healing Power of Kindness.” Volume 1 is on, “Releasing Judgment” and Volume 2 on, “Forgiving Our Limitations.” For me, these ought to be required reading and continuing study for everyone who is a significant Course student. These passage says all of it:
Once you put aside the brilliant metaphysics of A Course in Miracles and its sophisticated psychological insights, the Course might be pared down to 1 simple rule: Be kind. If you should be not kind, then not only have you been not practicing the Course, there’s no way you may also begin to comprehend it. No matter how brilliant your comprehension of its metaphysics may be, if you are not being kind toward someone else, you’re not doing what this Course is asking (The Healing Power of Kindness, Vol.1: Releasing Judgment by Kenneth Wapnick, p. 10, underline mine).
Regardless of this admonition, we insist on being unkind:
This inability to seriously practice A Course in Miracles’kind principles of forgiveness that they study, and sometimes even teach, has perhaps been the most serious failing among its students. This book’s sequel, “Few Choose to Listen,” discusses how students often conceal their thought system of specialness under the guise of spiritual counseling or friendship. The absence of simple kindness is, unfortunately, unmistakable to all or any except the Course student making the spiritual pronouncements (The Message Of A Course in Miracles: All Are Called, p. 306).
The non-dualistic meaning of kindness can’t be understood here within the ability of dualism provided that specialness is continuously chosen because the ego arises from an unkind thought against God and Heaven. Our unwillingness to identify this in regards to the ego, and what all that thought system is capable to do, is something that hinders our progress with the Course. We ought to be ready to consider the ego with the Holy Spirit – the real Teacher – and take that darkness to Him for forgiveness. Nothing could be hidden and that’s straight from the Course.
Kindness To Others Is Kindness To Self
In his books on kindness, Mr. Wapnick also talks about the foundation of a person’s unkind behavior is the exact same fear (and repressed guilt) that is in our own mind and that is what unites us. We also have the exact same right-mind and the exact same ability to decide on between them. Choosing to be kind does not make us different or better; rather it means we are willing to rehearse the “kind principles” of the Course so that people can learn to comprehend everything it’s teaching. It’s simply a question of priority.
He continues on to say that in learning how to be kind towards others, we are practicing being kind toward ourselves because, “you and your brother are one. They’re a part of you. You are not different.” This goes directly to the heart of the ego’s thought system wherein the thought of difference is how a ego began – God and His Son were separate and different – and undoes it. a course in miracles and spiritual awakening Even the slightest hint of specialness may be the ego. What he says becomes clear if you really study and practice the kind forgiveness of the Course!
A significant student of the Course wants to understand what this means. These students prefer to be a pleased learner with the sole true teacher – the Holy Spirit – rather than a spiritually special teacher of the ego in virtually any form. They’re happy to master from Him how to be without any the burdens related to denying the Truth:
Forgiveness’kindness is obscure in the beginning, because salvation isn’t understood, nor truly sought for (S-2.I.1). And here you will lay down the burden of denying truth. This is actually the burden that is terrible, and not the truth (T-21-VI.7).
Self versus “self” -or- Identity versus “identity”
In the Course, there’s a difference involving the “Self” that is our true Identity as Christ and the “self” identity with the ego. This can be a key point to comprehend as the first accepts the event God gave us through being God-created; however the latter is self-created and completely dependent on the ego and its function of vengeance and maintaining separation. Everyone already believes they are the ego. We wouldn’t be here otherwise. To take into account the possibly of this being correct and needing correction restores aspire to your brain as it points to just how out.
When a spiritually special Course teacher (a type of unhealed healer) teaches specialness of the ego, they are being unkind towards others and thus themselves although they are highly unlikely to view it that way. They’re also improbable to think it is kind for you to definitely have boundaries using them because their fear and guilt (and anxiety) are very great. However, honestly considering the world, we see it is filled with the fragmented Sonship who is anxiety-ridden from identifying with the ego self. Unkindness is rampant in the world along with in the Course community. As Wapnick states though, we won’t learn the Course until we choose to be kind.
Our behaviors are the demonstration which mind we have chosen (God or the ego). The ego is just a vengeful and tyrannical thought system of unkindnesses whereas freedom from it’s tied directly to kindness:
Without anxiety your brain is wholly kind (T-6.III.3).
Freedom can’t be learned by tyranny of any kind (T-8.IV.7).
It is also unkind to improve the Course and spiritual specialness does that through competition with God and thus everyone. One small change effectually changes the entirety of the Course, a complete thought system. If you believe you recognize that, you don’t. Knowing you do, you will automatically be kind for you understand the inherent value kindness plays in learning and understanding the Course. As Wapnick states, “It’s a question of priority.”
When Kindness Calls
In conclusion, let’s reverse now to Mr. Wapnick and his book, “The Message Of A Course In Miracles: Few Choose To Listen,” and to Chapters 4 and 6 on spiritual specialness. I’ll highlight some important passages beginning with an extremely telling quote. First, however, allow me to also add this two-book set (including, “Few Choose To Listen”) also needs to be required ongoing study for serious Course students:
“Love is frightening because it’s all-encompassing and within it there’s no room for specialness or individual uniqueness.”
He continues on to indicate that whenever we are tempted to call attention as to the we think is some deficiency, or lack, we are seeking to create such limitation real and into something that divides the Sonship. The rock of salvation is that no-one can lose so another gains, i.e., there’s nothing to take from another, not their success. However, we do not understand this until we have spent the necessary time dedicated to learning why these words actually are correct and their true meaning. What our anatomical bodies appear to be doing tells us which internal teacher we have chosen – the ego or the Holy Spirit. The ego is limitations, judgment, specialness and separation – the very opposite of the Sonship as One.
Whenever we aren’t kind, we are not Course students or teachers of God (the Course as our path). When kindness calls, it must certanly be chosen as kindness contributes to miracle-mindedness. Unkindness is of the ego.