Social networking is much like anything these days, i.e., projected thoughts with the information of the ego wrong mind. Online attacks in the community for A Course in Miracles (ACIM) are via the numerous comments, quotes and other postings wherein we answer our interpretation which then becomes the justification for our response (T-12.I.1) or our reason for posting, etc. All students have a fundamental confusion between form and content as well as what it means to join so let’s not sugar coat it: Social networking is forms (projected content of the ego wrong mind) from joining with the incorrect mind. Therefore, from the outset it is some attacks until we forgive and start identifying (joining) with the best mind.
Even in the Course, most of us sit around online with some sort of an electric device mindlessly doing our ego thing. Okay, some might be standing, leaning or lounging:
Sitting around and discussing the Course is different thing as doing the work of studying the text and putting the principles into practice to find out what the Course means (Kenneth Wapnick, Rules for Decision).
In the same Rules, Wapnick also says, “What gives the ego its power is your having joined with it, your identification with it.” Forms are projected as a defense against the contrary and are just with the ego wrong mind and thus they cannot matter.
Since social networking is about forms which are fragmented projections of the ego, we are then perceiving the Sonship as fragmented making the error real. Specialness is valued being an idol placed before the Love of God and those perceived differences maintain the separation in the mind. Absolutely any fragmented attribute we judge in another online (or anywhere) must certanly be seen in every one of the Sonship since we’re really One in reality. That’s why attack isn’t discrete and must certanly be relinquished (T-7.VI.1).
Discrete means, “Individually separate and distinct.” All attack in any form is the same and is supposed to divide the entirety of the Sonship as it attacks (fragments) the Sonship via differences in place of sameness. Hence, we could see why Wapnick would say it is silly to use the Course as a weapon when it’s clearly a Course located in unity.
Finally, let’s add two other word symbol definitions since they’re both used through the entire Course:
Demonstrate: Clearly show the existence or truth of something by providing proof or evidence.
Reminder: Something that causes you to definitely remember something.
In the Course, “To instruct is to show (M-in.2) and we are always teaching, or demonstrating the ego or God every moment, i.e., the information mind with which we have chosen to participate or identify. For contrast, the information of the ego is many projected and different forms; and the information of the best mind is unity, sameness, i.e., Love (no projections). There are no exceptions. It’s one or the other.
Our brothers are a part of us. They are the people who teach us who we are for our learning is a result of what we have taught them (T-9.VI.3) – the ego or God – always. Because the dreamer of the dream (T-27.VII.), our dream figures (those online around and our brothers) are doing what we are dreaming they are doing based on which we’ve taught (demonstrated). Therefore, they are innocent since it is our dream. We taught separation or even a murderous attack thought against God and so most of us demonstrate said attack in many fragmented forms. Yet when we forgive ourselves for what we have taught (chosen) in place of attacking, we find who we are through our brothers that are the same.
Once we are posting quotes, comments or use Course language “at” another we are really attacking (unloving reminders). When we consider how “at” feels we know we rely on separation and differences. The commands or demands of the ego must certanly be answered “at” a separated fragment (brother) so we continue to show our original attack thought and repress our guilt. Course students then go and get online with your many ideas of specialness and their unloving reminders which fragments your brain and maintains the separation (the opposite of unity) which is the problem.
From the social networking platform to personal pages, online friends and groups, forms would be the concentrate on social media. Forms don’t matter. Once we say they do, we will automatically demonstrate the ego and be unloving and unkind, i.e., we harm others.
Surely there are times when a note can be loving and helpful, but frequently it is not. Again, you ought to always use being normal as a criterion. Normal people in the clear presence of someone who is sick (and any mind that believes it is separate is sick), especially a friend or family member, are kind. You may not have to be always a spiritual giant or understand stand the difference between non-duality and duality to learn that when someone is sick and in pain, kindness should be offered to that particular person. As I have been stressing, when you do not look at fear or guilt, they will automatically be pushed down in your unconscious, and just like automatically is going to be project out – always. Inevitably, then you wind up judging and attacking other people (Kenneth Wapnick, The Healing Power of Kindness: Vol. 1, Kindle location 149, underline and parenthesis addition mine).
I wouldn’t have believed such people even existed within the so-called A Course in Miracles community. Having been initiated into this community, I quickly started to consider it as a household that needed to apply the Course it claimed to believe in (Gary Renard, Your Immortal Reality, Kindle Location 466).
To say it in another way, social networking is part of the dream of devastation, a murderous thought against God. It is the seeking without (in forms) in order to avoid looking within which is the heart of social networking:
The search implies you are not whole within and fear to check upon your devastation, but prefer to get outside yourself for that which you are (T-29.VII.4). Imagine if you looked within and saw no sin? This “fearful” question is one the ego never asks (T-23.IV.3).
A loving reminder has practically nothing to do with forms since it is exemplary kindness of mind which vision is of sameness and unity – One. If nothing is different, there is nothing to attack for One is at home with God while these days and sees only Christ in brothers. One would demonstrate something quite unique:
(2:1) For them [those that are sick] God’s teachers come, to represent another choice which they had forgotten. Your only function is to be a note to others that they may make the same choice you did – not necessarily through words, but through the love and peace you demonstrate to them. (2:2-3) The easy presence of a teacher of God is really a reminder. His thoughts require the best to question what the patient has accepted as true. The individual – really most of us – has accepted the ego’s thought system as true.
To continue this important caution, all the time you’d never say what, “The same choice I make you may make, because our minds are one.” Love’s presence which is outside the ego’s thought system is what teaches, not by your words, but by the teacher you have chosen in your mind, the presence within you. You may be teaching ACIM and get every theological point correct, but when there is no love in your heart, you are not teaching ACIM (Ibid Kindness, Vol.1, Kindle Locations 396-399, underline mine).
A teacher of God is anyone who has accepted his / her function, which is to show and learn forgiveness… We teach what we are learning and, even as we teach it, we learn it (What It Means To Be A Teacher Of God, Part 1, FACIM, Kenneth Wapnick).
God’s peace is recognized initially just by a very important factor: In most way it is totally unlike all previous experiences. It calls to mind nothing that went before. It brings with it no past associations. It is really a new thing entirely (M-20.2).
The ego commands action (like posting comments, quotes and using language “at” others). The Holy Spirit does not command. It merely reminds (T-5.II.7). Remember, it’s one or one other, i.e., an unloving or loving reminder. – always.
Do Not Harm
In the Appendix of, “The Healing Power of Kindness: Vol. 1,” Wapnick reprinted, “Do No Harm to Anyone.” It is really a short essay on implementing the Hippocratic oath in to the practice of ACIM, i.e., an easy reminder for many students of A Course in Miracles who seek to apply its principles to living on earth (Kindle location 678). He explores how we must undertake a detailed and honest examination of exactly how we having been using others in our lives to fulfill our desires and needs acim audio mp3, and how it is harmful because we have no regard for the welfare of others. Using people for our needs is an attack on them which engenders guilt in us (Kindle location 699). A “eureka” moment occurs – I finally realize I have used the written word for attack (Kindle location 709, underlining mine).
Harm is the outcome of judgment. It is the dishonest act that follows a dishonest thought. It is really a verdict of guilt upon a brother, and therefore on oneself. It is the conclusion of peace and the denial of learning (M-4.IV.1)… (being an unloving reminder of the attack considered to others and thus ourselves)… Thus, Jesus is trying to explain to us how our judgments of others are preceded by our judgment of ourselves (M-4.IV.1, and Ibid, Kindle location 729). It states unequivocally – fairly early in his training – that the student of A Course in Miracles must learn that harmfulness must certanly be totally undone or he would not learn the Holy Spirit’s lessons (M-4.IV.1:8-11, Ibid, Kindle location 739, parenthesis addition mine)
If we are not being kind (no harming and no attacking) we cannot learn nor understand the sort principles of the Course because we are not putting them into practice. We’re justing sitting around talking online with the ego via unloving reminders as attacks which are typical forms of the same murderous thought because we refuse to check within and do the forgiveness work.