Your Miracle Plus the Head: Spiritual Specialness.
This short article begins a series on what A Course in Miracles (ACIM) means when it speaks of the “miracle” and the “mind.” While most students can cite definitions from the Course, understanding the non-dualistic meaning within the knowledge of dualism takes some time to master and apply. It is only with the gentle guidance of the Holy Spirit that we can accomplish this unlearning-learning process. Correction is just in your brain of the perceiver and not through forms as true choice is between listening two voices: God or the ego. Claims to be of a “miracle mind” is actually the ego, forgiveness-to-destroy and spiritual specialness. The ego speaks first and the loudest. Love is quiet; and love is expressed nowadays through right-minded forgiveness.
Spiritual specialness is from the unconscious arrogance of the ego wrong mind which believes it is in competition with God. Since we’re all the same, we’re actually competing with everyone all the time until we learn this lesson. All conflict arises from the notion of competition. Spiritual specialness makes some relationships holy and others not because the ego’s agenda is that we don’t understand that the purpose given anything is in your brain from choosing with God or the ego. To take back our decision making ability is the idea of the Course.
The ego’s voice, which we mistakenly believe is the Holy Spirit, contains no humility nor dependence on God. Rather, it is the voice if you are self-created, i.e., the authority problem. Most of us have confusion regarding the writer of our existence (ego or God) and the difference between form (illusion) and content (mind where correction take place). To be miracle-minded, we can not be in conflict on any level for the right-mind itself is conflict-free. There is a distinction between right-miracle-minded and the miracle mind of the ego.
We’ve no honesty once we use spiritual specialness as we are saying we’re more holy, more chosen by God than another. This is a defense against the alternative and we will be discussing this subject in greater depth in subsequent article. Being more chosen is the antithesis of the Course’s message.
To keep this discussion, let’s start with some word symbol definitions. We shall look at both ego definition and the Course’s definition. Only the ego is fully definable because it is limitation itself. Perceived lack through projected forms (illusions) leads directly to spiritual specialness.
The Ego’s Miracle:
In the dictionary, the word symbol definition for “miracle” is: “An astonishing or welcome event that is not explicable by natural or scientific laws and is therefore considered to be the work of a divine agency.” The definition for “agency” is, “An organization with two or more parties.”
This is a perfect example wherein two separate parties, the ego god and its version of the vengeful God, compete for forms within the dualistic illusion since the “divine agency.” This is why forms don’t need correction but rather your brain that perceives this silliness is needing correction. Asking the ego god for a miracle event (to replace a form with a form) distorts prayer and the Son forgets who He is. The ego becomes the writer of the Son’s existence and spiritual specialness takes root wherein the Son who is choosing the ego, competes with God to create himself special to have noticed by God. As long as we don’t look at this, we remain a prisoner with this world.
A typical mistake for getting noticed here by God is to think that changing our mind will change our life (forms, bodies, behaviors, relationships, etc.). In line with the ego acim authors, if we’ve a great life, we avoid punishment but there are numerous versions (forms) of a great life so that’s packed with judgment. Again, changing forms make error real as it applies judgment that certain form is much better while condemning another.
There is no life beyond Heaven. Purpose is in your brain; and our life’s purpose is to master and practice forgiveness if we are to be miracle-minded. Peace, or inner peace, is all about content and not form. It is from choosing what is not with this world (the right-minded content of the Holy Sprit) which is the actual miracle-mind within the illusory world. The miracle is a shift in perception and not really a shift in form (illusion).
The Course’s Miracle:
In the Course, the word symbol definition for “miracle” is fairly long as a result of what all a miracle accomplishes. We’ve referenced some aspects but to fully understand the miracle, spending some time and willingness to unlearn the ego version and learn the ACIM version by starting with Chapter 1: The Meaning of Miracles. Additionally, Kenneth Wapnick has written a book called, “The 50 Miracle Principles of A Course in Miracles.” For the purpose of this brief article, it is sufficient for us to include these in to the discussion:
“The miracle forgives; the ego damns (C-2.10). Miracle-minded forgiveness is the only correction as it has no component of judgment at all (T-2.V.A). Wholeness is the perception content of miracles. Thus they correct, or atone for, the faulty perception of lack (T-1.I.41). Miracles arise from a miraculous state of mind, or state of miracle readiness (T-1.I.43). Miracles are an expression of inner awareness of Christ and acceptance of His Atonement (T-1.I.44).”
The Ego’s Mind:
In the dictionary, the word symbol definition for “mind” is: “The component of a person that permits them to be aware of the world and their experiences, to consider and to feel, the intelligence and brains, reasoning and judgment.” Intelligence is a key point which reveals the decision being made out of the ego wrong mind.
Intelligence is defined as, “The capacity to acquire knowledge and skills, intellect, judgment and reasoning.” Intelligence makes the entire world real (error real) by making use of judgment that certain form is preferable to another. When we look back at the Course’s definition for the miracle, “Miracle-minded forgiveness is the only correction as it has no component of judgment at all (T-2.V.A).
How quickly intelligence gets used as a weapon through spiritual specialness to compete with God is astounding. We believe we’re following the Holy Spirit’s guidance if it is actually the ego god. For instance, everywhere we use intelligence to manage other people’s issues which is really a blame projection. You can find no “other people’s issues” unless we first believe in separation and differences and desire to see our repressed guilt in another. Everyone and everything is a part of our mind. Further, to claim it is our job to manage or correct other’s issues take specialness to a much more arrogant level to be chosen by God. We’re literally saying with your ego that we may do the Holy Spirit’s job a lot better than Him which removes a billboard sign announcing our direct competition with God. It uses, “I’m a lot better than you” forgiveness-to-destroy, probably the most massive in separation between God and our brothers.
The intellect can also be at fault behind our need to produce a curriculum of teaching the Course through retreats and workshops for money. In other words, we’re now saying the Course’s curriculum by Jesus is insufficient and we are able to do better. We do this because we don’t understand the Course’s point that we are typical unhealed healers attempting to accomplish what we cannot do for ourselves and thus why we want the Voice for God. That is another point to be discussed in a future article. Very, hardly any are right-minded enough to allow the Holy Spirit lead the way in which because most believe they are in competition with God and others.
Nowhere does any one of this mean that we might not need boundaries with ego’s crossing the line with spiritual specialness. Actually, it is unkind not to possess boundaries when spiritual specialness gets control since it includes such massive arrogance of someone believing they are a lot better than another. Competition makes egos act incredibly vengeful due to the total belief in lack.
The Course’s Mind:
In the Course, the word symbol definition for “mind” is, “The activating agent of spirit, supplying its creative energy (C-1.1).” That is broken down into, “Right-mindedness which describes the Holy Spirit, forgives the entire world, and through Christ’s vision sees real life in its place (C-1.5); and wrong-mindedness which listens to the ego and makes illusions (C-1.6). Nowadays, the only remaining freedom is the freedom of choice; always between two choices or two voices (C-1.7).”
As Kenneth Wapnick once said, “Love is quiet and need not make assertions.” The miracle-minded realize that prayer is always to ask to learn how to forgive first in order that true prayer is released back in song. Our goal will be miracle-minded with the actual miracle mind of the Holy Spirit right-mind and that is only through choice. The energy of decision is the one remaining freedom as a prisoner with this world You are able to decide to see right (T-12.VII.9).