This Miracle Along with the Intellect: Kindness
September 12, 2020 Business
In the 3rd article in the series on the “miracle” and the “mind,” we will bring kindness and unkindness to the discussion about specialness. In A Course in Miracles (ACIM), kindness is connected with humility and learning and unkindness is with arrogance and specialness. The miracle-minded obviously choose humility, learning and kindness which means they’ll eventually figure out how to forgive all specialness that is what maintains the separation from God. Belief in separation relates to everyone who is 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 instead of forgiving our specialness desires. We blame and project it onto others who’re really an integral 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.” In my opinion, these should really be required reading and continuing study proper who is a serious Course student. The following passage says everything:
Whenever you reserve the brilliant metaphysics of A Course in Miracles and its sophisticated psychological insights, the Course could be pared down to 1 simple rule: Be kind. If you should be not kind, then not just are you not practicing the Course, there is no way you may also begin to know 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).
Not surprisingly 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 absolute most serious failing among its students. This book’s sequel, “Few Elect to Listen,” discusses how students often conceal their thought system of specialness beneath the guise of spiritual counseling or friendship. The lack of simple kindness is, unfortunately, unmistakable to any or all 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 cannot be understood here within the knowledge of dualism so long as specialness is continuously chosen as the ego hails from an unkind thought against God and Heaven. Our unwillingness to recognize this about the ego, and what all that thought system is capable of doing, is a thing that hinders our progress with the Course. We ought to be ready 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 discusses the origin of a person’s unkind behavior is exactly the same fear (and repressed guilt) that’s working in our personal mind and that’s what unites us. We likewise have exactly the same right-mind and exactly the same ability to select between them. Choosing to be kind does not make us different or better; rather it means we are willing to practice the “kind principles” of the Course so that individuals can learn to know everything it is teaching. It’s merely a question of priority.
He continues on to say that in learning how exactly to be kind towards others, we are practicing being kind toward ourselves because, “you and your brother are one. They are an integral part of you. You’re not different.” This goes right to the center of the ego’s thought system wherein the concept of difference is how the ego began – God and His Son were separate and different – and undoes it. Even the slightest hint of specialness may be the ego. What he says becomes clear if you really study and practice the sort forgiveness of the Course!
A serious student of the Course wants to learn what this means. These students prefer to be a pleased learner with the only real true teacher – the Holy Spirit – instead of a spiritually special teacher of the ego in just about any form a class in miracles.They are happy to understand from Him how exactly 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 will lay out the burden of denying truth. This is the burden that’s terrible, and not the truth (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 is a key point to know as the initial 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’re the ego. We wouldn’t be here otherwise. To take into account the possibly of the being correct and in need of correction restores aspire to your brain as it points to just how out.
When a spiritually special Course teacher (a kind of unhealed healer) teaches specialness of the ego, they’re being unkind towards others and thus themselves although they’re highly unlikely to see it that way. They are also not likely to believe that it is kind for someone to have boundaries using them because their fear and guilt (and anxiety) are so great. However, honestly taking a look at the entire world, we see it is filled up with the fragmented Sonship who is 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 choose to be kind.
Our behaviors would be the demonstration which mind we have chosen (God or the ego). The ego is a vengeful and tyrannical thought system of unkindnesses whereas freedom from it is tied right to kindness:
Without anxiety your brain is wholly kind (T-6.III.3).
Freedom cannot be learned by tyranny of all kinds (T-8.IV.7).
It is also unkind to alter 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 believe you recognize that, you don’t. If you know you do, you will automatically be kind for you realize the inherent value kindness plays in learning and understanding the Course. As Wapnick states, “It’s a question of priority.”