In this second article in the series on the “acim teacher” and the “mind,” we’re going to continue our discussion of spiritual specialness as someone being chosen by God to do His work without recognizing it is really the ego. In A Course in Miracles (ACIM), many link being a Course teacher of God with being miracle-minded just as we see in many religions with chosen spiritual leaders such as 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” is an assertion of the ego; and it makes the error real. It is a defense against God’s Love wherein we don’t recognize that we’re actually competing with God (and thus everyone).
Mr. Wapnick also has some wonderful passages that get straight to the point on this matter. These are taken from his two-book set on, “The Message Of A Course In Miracles” which is filled with what the Course does and does not say. These quotes speak for themselves and do not need reinterpretation:
Spiritual specialness refers to people acting out their egos’ specialness, but disguising it as spiritual dress. This frequently comes in the form of believing that they have received “special” instructions, “special” favors, or “special” commissions from “special” divine persons such as Jesus or the Holy Spirit, all of which serves to make these people spiritually different from others and therefore more “special” (Few Choose To Listen, p. 141).
What we are calling “spiritual specialness” appears in the members of almost all spiritual or religious movements. This usually comes in the form of believing that the group or members have been singled out by God or the Holy Spirit to perform some holy function that will benefit humanity and contribute towards the saving of the world. However, such intrinsic specialness is clearly not the case with the teachings of A Course in Miracles (Few Choose To Listen, p. 144).
Specialness is also seen in a variety of other forms beyond the labels just mentioned. For example, claiming who we “share the stage” with, i.e., other Course teachers is the same limelight error. We do all of this because of our enormous repressed fear and guilt; and we do it instead of learning and practicing the Course. This is a course on sameness and one that exemplifies kindness: