In this series of articles, we have been discussing specialness and more specifically spiritual specialness as it is becoming a prevalent form in the Course community. Like all forms of specialness, spiritual specialness is a defense of the ego (against the opposite). It maintains the separation in the mind as the spiritual reason for differences. In this fifth article, we’re going to bring the discussion around to idols as it is meant in A Course in Miracles (ACIM).
You will recall from the fourth article on un curso de milagros fragmentation, we are looking to become aware of when we are choosing the ego (Ken Wapnick) because the ego is the part of the mind that believes in division (T-5.V.3). Idols should warrant consideration and learning as they are ego:
Idol is the symbol of the substitution of the ego for our true Self or god; a false belief that there can be something other than, or more than God, and thus separate from Him, a belief which is then projected onto the special relationship: people, things or ideas (Glossary-Index for A Course in Miracles, Kindle location 550).
Here is the answer to every problem that will confront you. In this world, you believe you are sustained by everything but God. Your faith is placed in the most trivial and insane symbols; pills, money, influence, prestige, being liked, knowing the “right” people, and an endless list of forms of nothingness that you endow with magical powers. All these things are your replacements for the Love of God (Lesson 50).
Here within the dream, or illusion, the word symbol definition for “idol” is, “A person or thing that is greatly admired, loved or revered.” In the last article on fragmentation, we also discussed how spiritually special Course teachers are cult leaders and the word symbol definition for a “cult” which most do not consider is, “A misplaced or excessive admiration for a particular person or thing.” All of these symbols point to the same thing: Specialness in all its forms are idols meant to replace the Love of God and maintain the separation in the mind.
Throughout this series we’ve also referred to spiritual specialness as caring who they share the stage or limelight with, i.e., the special relationship and teaching their own ego version of the truth. Pun intended on this one: Let’s finish setting the stage for this discussion with the following quote from yet another author:
Everybody is trying to find and express their truth. Their so-called truth is actually designed to keep them stuck where they are. What J is teaching in his Course is that the truth is not different for everyone. It is not relative. He’s saying the truth is the truth whether you understand and agree with it or not. The truth is not subject to your interpretation, and neither is his Course. He’s the Teacher, you’re the student. If that’s not the case, then why do the Course? (The Disappearance of the Universe, Gary Renard, page 92).
Idols of Specialness
Kenneth Wapnick is known for saying that the Course is not for those who believe they are “spiritual giants” which spiritual specialness believes. Spiritual giants use the first law of chaos: The truth is different for everyone (T-23.II.2) which is what Renard’s quote is pointing us toward understanding. This cannot be said enough: Spiritually special “giants” teach their ego interpretation of the truth, i.e., a variety of forms of idols meant to replace God’s Love and maintain the separation. If this is the heart of the problem, then it’s probably a good idea to really want to understand this so you can learn when you are choosing an idol, i.e., the ego.
The practical application of the Holy Spirit’s purpose is extremely simple, but it is unequivocal. In fact, in order to be simple it must be unequivocal (T-17.Vi.1:1-2). Jesus keeps saying that this is a very simple course… why it is simple: It’s unequivocal. There are not two different ways of interpreting this course. The Course is what it is. It says what it says. It doesn’t say different things to different people (Rules for Decision, Kenneth Wapnick).
Yet, this is precisely what spiritually special Course teachers as cult leaders are doing! Wapnick makes a very valid point that can help us understand when we are choosing an idol of specialness: