Humility Versus Arrogance Part 5 - Conclusion

By Kenneth Wapnick, Ph.D.

From The Message of A Course in Miracles, Introduction to Volume 2 which is entitled
Few Choose to Listen, copyright 1997 by the Foundation for A Course in Miracles

As with any great spiritual text, A Course in Miracles can be understood on many different levels. It has been said of the Hindu spiritual gem the Bhagavad Gita that while its message is for all, peoples' understanding will be equal to their varying stages of spiritual development. One could say the same about A Course in Miracles, and so regardless of where students are on their spiritual journey, they will find something of value in its pages. And as they grow spiritually, so will the treasures of the Course increasingly open up for them.

Therefore, students may work with A Course in Miracles in any way they choose, and at any level on which they feel comfortable, as they feel guided by the Holy Spirit. And their understanding and the benefit they derive from their study is that study's own justification. However, it would be a mistake for them then to conclude, again like the blind men with the elephant, that their level of understanding constituted the reality or truth of the Course. Once that occurs, we have seen the crossing of the line from humility to arrogance. As their capacity to understand would expand, these students would then be able to take in more and more of the Course's richness. But if they think that the water held in their little cup is the ocean, then they will never learn of the ocean's vastness and real nature. Similarly, with A Course in Miracles, if students believe their limited understanding is the Course, then their learning will be stunted and their learning potential limited. It is to help free students of that littleness at the expense of their true magnitude that is, in the final analysis, this book's goal.

Few Choose to Listen is divided into chapters that reflect the different kinds of errors students are prone to make. We begin with a discussion of the three books of A Course in Miracles themselves, and how each is an important part of the integrated curriculum. This includes a consideration as well of the two supplements that were scribed after the Course -- Psychotherapy: Purpose, Process and Practice and The Song of Prayer [Note: these two pamphlets are now included in the Third Edition of ACIM] -- and their relationship with A Course in Miracles. This chapter is followed in turn by discussions of the Course's use of language, the roles of Jesus and the Holy Spirit, including the important distinction between form and content, the relevance or irrelevance of groups on A Course in Miracles, with specific reference to students joining together in networks, communities, churches, etc., and finally a discussion of making the error real and the dangers of minimizing the ego. One final note: It has probably already been apparent from this Introduction that there is some overlap between All Are Called and Few Choose to Listen. This is inevitable, as discussion of students' misunderstandings of A Course in Miracles often necessitates some treatment of what it does say. Thus, some important common themes end up being discussed in both books, and some passages from the Course presented in both places as well.


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