In the third article in the series on the “miracle” and the “mind,” we are likely to bring kindness and unkindness in to the discussion about specialness. In A Course in Miracles (ACIM), kindness is connected with humility and learning and unkindness is by using arrogance and specialness. The miracle-minded obviously choose humility, learning and kindness this means they’ll eventually learn to forgive all specialness that is what maintains the separation from God. Belief in separation pertains to everyone who’s the One Son perceiving Himself as separate and different fragments. All unkindness stems from the anxiety in your brain whenever 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 will 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.” I think, these must be required reading and continuing study for anybody who’s a serious Course student. These passage says it all:
Whenever you reserve the brilliant metaphysics of A Course in Miracles and its sophisticated psychological insights, the Course could be pared down to at least one simple rule: Be kind. If you’re not kind, then not only have you been not practicing the Course, there is no way you may also begin to understand it. Irrespective of how brilliant your comprehension of its metaphysics might be, if you should be not being kind toward another person, you are not doing what this Course is asking (The Healing Power of Kindness, Vol.1: Releasing Judgment by Kenneth Wapnick, p. 10, underline mine).
Despite this admonition, we insist on being unkind:
This inability to seriously practice A Course in Miracles’kind principles of forgiveness which they study, and sometimes even teach, has perhaps been probably 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 underneath the guise of spiritual counseling or friendship. The lack 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 knowledge of dualism so long as specialness is continuously chosen because the ego hails from an unkind thought against God and Heaven. Our unwillingness to acknowledge this about the ego, and what all that thought system is capable to do, is a thing that hinders our progress with the Course. We must be willing to consider the ego with the Holy Spirit – the true Teacher – and take that darkness to Him for forgiveness. Nothing may be hidden and that’s straight from the Course.
Kindness To Others Is Kindness To Self
In his books on kindness, Mr. Wapnick also covers the foundation of a person’s unkind behavior is the exact same fear (and repressed guilt) that is employed in our personal mind and that is what unites us. We also provide the exact same right-mind and the exact same ability to select between them. Choosing to be kind does not make us different or better; rather it means we’re willing to apply the “kind principles” of the Course so that we can learn to understand everything it is teaching. It’s only a question of priority.
He continues to say that in learning just how to be kind towards others, we’re practicing being kind toward ourselves because, “you and your brother are one. They are a part of you. You are not different.” This goes straight to one’s 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. Even the slightest hint of specialness is the ego. What he says becomes clear if you actually study and practice the kind forgiveness of the Course!
A serious student of the Course wants to learn what this means. These students would prefer to be a happy learner with the only real true teacher – the Holy Spirit – rather than a spiritually special teacher of the ego in just about any form a class in miracles.They are happy to understand from Him just how to be without any the burdens connected with denying the Truth:
Forgiveness’kindness is obscure initially, because salvation is not understood, nor truly sought for (S-2.I.1). And here you’ll lay down the burden of denying truth. This is the burden that is terrible, and not the facts (T-21-VI.7).
Self versus “self” -or- Identity versus “identity”
In the Course, there is 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 understand as the initial accepts the big event God gave us through being God-created; but the latter is self-created and completely determined by the ego and its function of vengeance and maintaining separation. Everyone already believes they’re the ego. We wouldn’t be here otherwise. To think about the possibly of this being correct and needing correction restores aspire to your brain because it points to the way out.
Each time a spiritually special Course teacher (a form of unhealed healer) teaches specialness of the ego, they’re being unkind towards others and thus themselves although they’re highly unlikely to view it that way. They are also improbable to believe it is kind for you to definitely have boundaries with them because their fear and guilt (and anxiety) are very great. However, honestly looking at the entire world, we see that it is filled with the fragmented Sonship who’s anxiety-ridden from identifying with the ego self. Unkindness is rampant on the planet along with in the Course community. As Wapnick states though, we won’t learn the Course until we decide to be kind.
Our behaviors would be the demonstration that mind we’ve chosen (God or the ego). The ego is a vengeful and tyrannical thought system of unkindnesses whereas freedom from it is tied straight 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 total thought system. If you were to think you realize that, you don’t. If you know you do, you’ll automatically be kind for you recognize the inherent value kindness plays in learning and understanding the Course. As Wapnick states, “It’s a question of priority.”