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Concluding section from "A
Simple Clear and Direct Course" by Ken and Gloria Wapnick,
While certainly the
thought system of A Course in Miracles is difficult to embrace at
first, because of its total undermining of the ego thought system, students
need to cultivate an attitude of humility in recognizing that the solution
to the problem of not understanding does not rest in "different interpretations"
of the teachings, but rather in the recognition of the fear of losing one's
specialness in the presence of truth. Humility would accept the fact that
one's ego would inevitably attack the Course by striving to change it;
arrogance would deny such attack with a series of rationalizations and
interpretations that simply confuse the issue still further.
Lighthouse, Newsletter of the Foundation for A Course in
Miracles®, Vol. 4, No. 4, Sept., 1993.
Copyright by FACIM and reproduced here with permission.
As an aid in developing
this attitude of humility, students would do well in calling to mind the
words Helen heard herself speak one morning as she came out of her sleep:
"Never underestimate the power of denial." Jesus "borrowed" that idea later
for the Course, where in several places he cautions his students against
underestimating the ego's power: the intensity of its drive for vengeance,
the extent of its insanity, and our need to be vigilant against it (T-5.V.2:11;
T-7.III.3:5; T-11.V.16:1; T-11.VI.5:1; T- 14.1.2:6; T-16.VII.3:1).
Because of this
great temptation to underestimate the power of identifying with the ego,
Jesus speaks to his students as if they were children, who need to be taught
by an older and wiser brother about what is true and what is false. Children
believe they understand when they do not, and so Jesus cautions us:
the messages you have received and failed to understand, this course alone
is open to your understanding and can be understood. This is your
language. You do not understand it yet only because your whole communication
is like a baby's (T-22.1.6:1-3; second italics ours).
Rather than stubbornly
insisting that they know what is right, and that they have the wisdom of
judging the difference between truth and illusion, students of A Course
in Miracles would do well to approach its teachings with humility,
wonder, and a sincere desire to
learn from it, rather than trying
to teach it (and others) what it says. Recalling that Jesus views
his students as children who cannot discern truth from illusion, as their
eyes are clouded with the specialness that is protected by denial and projection,
one would gladly and humbly accept the loving hand that Jesus extends as
a gentle guide on the journey home. The readiness to turn away from specialness
and learn the curriculum still lies in the future, and awaits one's growth
into spiritual maturity and out of the fears of childhood that root one
in the past:
course makes no attempt to teach what cannot easily be learned. Its scope
does not exceed your own, except to say that what is yours will come to
you when you are ready (T-24.VII.8:1-2).
We thus urge all
students to realize that this Course is a very difficult spiritual curriculum
precisely because it is so simple, clear, and in direct opposition
to the ego's thought system. And so we say in closing: Respect your fear
of A Course in Miracles as a direct threat to your specialness,
and do not deny the illusions you have made and cherish as a substitute
for the resplendent truth of God. If indeed A Course in Miracles
is your spiritual path, then let
it lead you, by stepping back and
letting the simplicity, clarity, and directness of Jesus' own words be
your guide. Only then can he truly help you forget the hatred of specialness
you have made real, and recall at last the simplicity of the love that
has patiently awaited your remembrance.
TO CONCLUSION OF Few Choose To Listen: "Respecting the Magnitude
TO INTRODUCTION TO Few Choose To Listen: "Humility Versus Arrogance:"