Social media is like anything these days, i. e., planned thoughts with the content of the ego wrong mind. Online attacks in the neighborhood for a Course in Miracles (ACIM) are via the many comments, quotes and other listings in which we respond to our handling which then becomes the justification for our response (T-12. I. 1) or our reason for posting, etc. All students have a basic confusion between form and acim content as well as what it means to join so let’s not sugar coat it: Social media is forms (projected content of the ego wrong mind) from joining with the wrong mind. Therefore, from the outset it is a series of attacks until we reduce and start identifying (joining) with the right mind.
Even in the Course, we all 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 talking about the Course is not similar thing as doing the hard work of studying the writing 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 provides ego its power is your having joined with it, your identification with it. inches Forms are planned as a defense up against the opposite and are only with the ego wrong mind and thus they cannot matter.
Since social media is all about forms which are fragmented projections of the ego, we are then perceiving the Sonship as fragmented that produces the error real. Specialness is valued as an idol placed before the Love of God and those perceived differences maintain the divorce in the mind. Absolutely any fragmented characteristic we judge in another online (or anywhere) must be noticed in all of the Sonship since we’re really One in reality. That is why attack isn’t individually distinct and must be relinquished (T-7. VI. 1).
Individually distinct means, “Individually separate and distinct. inches All attack in different form is the same and is meant to part the entirety of the Sonship because it attacks (fragments) the Sonship via differences instead of sameness. Hence, we can see why Wapnick would say that it is silly to use the Course as a weapon when it’s clearly a program situated in unity.
Finally, let’s add two other word symbol updates since these are both used throughout the Course:
Demonstrate: Clearly show the existence or truth of something by providing proof or evidence.
Reminder: A thing that causes you to definitely remember something.
In the Course, “To teach is to demonstrate (M-in. 2) and we are always teaching, or proving the ego or God every moment, i. e., the content mind with which we have chosen to join or identify. For contrast, the content of the ego is many planned and different forms; and the content of the right mind is unity, sameness, i. e., Love (no projections). There are no exclusions. It’s one or the other.
Our bros are a part of us. They are the ones who teach us who we are for our learning is because what we have taught them (T-9. VI. 3) : the ego or God : always. As the dreamer of the dream (T-27. VII. ), our dream figures (those online with us and our brothers) are doing what we are woolgathering they are doing based on what we’ve taught (demonstrated). Therefore, they are innocent since it is our dream. We taught divorce or a murderous attack thought against God and so we all demonstrate said attack in many fragmented forms. Yet if we reduce ourselves for what we have taught (chosen) instead of assaulted, we find who we are through our bros who are the same.
When we are posting quotes, comments or use Course language “at” another we are really assaulted (unloving reminders). If we think about how “at” feels we know we believe in divorce and differences. The statements or demands of the ego must be answered “at” a separated fragment (brother) so we continue to demonstrate our original attack thought and repress our remorse. Course students then go and get online with your many ideas of specialness and their unloving signs which broken phrases the mind and maintains the divorce (the opposite of unity) which is the problem.
From the social media platform to personal pages, online friends and groups, forms are the focus on social media. Forms do not matter. When we say they do, we will automatically demonstrate the ego and stay unloving and unkind, i. e., we harm others.
Surely often times a reminder can be loving and helpful, but very often it is not. Again, you should always use being normal as a requirements. Normal people in the presence of someone who is sick (and any mind that believes it is separate is sick), especially a friend or family member, are kind. There is no need to be a spiritual giant or understand stand the difference between non-duality and duality to know that if someone is sick and in pain, kindness should be wanted to that person. As I have been straining, when you do not look at fear or remorse, they will automatically be pushed down in your unconscious, and just as automatically will be project out : always. Inevitably, then you wind up judging and assaulted 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 program in Miracles community. Having been initiated into this community, I quickly started to think about it as a family that needed to practice the very Course it claimed to trust in (Gary Renard, Your Immortal Reality, Kindle Location 466).
To say this in another way, social media is area of the dream of devastation, a murderous thought against God. It is the seeking without (in forms) to avoid looking within which is the very heart of social media:
The search implies you are not whole within and fear to look upon your devastation, but prefer to seek outside yourself for what you are (T-29. VII. 4). What if you looked within and saw no sin? This “fearful” question is one the ego never asks (T-23. 4. 3).