A Tiny Mad Idea with (the late) Ken Wapnick

Here I quote (all italics below) Ken’s words which, are published (Nov.22,2013) on http://www.avaiya.com  A very inspiring website helping people to understand                A Course In Miracles

 “One of the terms the Course uses to describe the separation, or our belief in separation, is a “tiny mad idea.” It’s tiny because it’s insignificant, meaning it had no effect, and it’s mad because it’s insane, and it’s an idea because it’s a thought, in other words, it’s not anything that’s in matter. And in one place, in the Teacher’s Manual, it’s talking about the separation, it says, “In time it happened long ago, in reality it never happened at all.” And there’s no way of accounting for it; if it never happened, what are we doing here? – Which is a question that everyone raises, not only A Course in Miracles students, but in so many other spiritualities. How did all this happen? Especially when you deal with a non-dual thought system. It was a question that plagued, for example, Plotinus, who’s perhaps the greatest Platonic philosopher, who followed Plato. And he had tremendous trouble; he was not a Christian, he did not believe in God, but he believed in the One, and that was his name for the Supreme Being in reality. And he struggled, as everyone does, with the idea “How could the One become many? How could this perfect One somehow end up here in the world?” And he never satisfactorily resolved it either. There’s really no way of resolving it without somehow making the tiny mad idea real and the world real.

 What the Course actually says, that if you ask, even the question, “How could the tiny mad idea have arisen?” – you’re saying it did arise and I want you to explain to me how it arose. So it’s really a statement masquerading as a question. That argument comes in the Introduction to the Classification of Terms. So it’s really not a question, it’s a statement that says, “I believe the world is real, the separation is real and I want you to account for it.” And anyone who is a damn fool enough to try to explain it is also falling into the trap of making it real.

 What Jesus then says, right after that passage is that, “Don’t let theology delay you, seek only the experience.” Don’t try to understand what can’t be understood. But when you have the experience of Love to which this Course leads you, within that experience of Love, which is non-dualistic, which is that of perfect Oneness, you will know that the tiny mad idea could never have happened and therefore it did not happen and then you wouldn’t even ask the question.

 The problem is that we believed it happened. We believed there could be an opposite of the perfect Oneness that God created; there could be an opposite to the Self, the resplendent Self of Christ that God created – at One with himself. And that opposite, that self, is what the Ego becomes, that’s what we think we are. And then we protect that self by making up a world that is itself an opposite of Heaven. So it’s always a question of the opposite to what has no opposites.

 At the beginning of the Course, it says, “The opposite of Love is fear, but what is all encompassing can have no opposite,” meaning there is no fear. Which then means that fear does not exist; the Ego does not exist. So again, we come down to the same basic issue that our lives here on Earth are really meant to deny the Ego’s denial of Truth – the denial of Truth meaning that separation is real, and we look at that in our own life by seeing ourselves as being separate from each other, otherwise that’s not true. Our bodies may be separate, but our Minds are all joined and are all the same.”

Now I, Paul on (beinginspiring), now mention the importance of the previous posts to personally overcome the dilemmas mentioned by David Banner and right back to Brene’ Brown, in one of my very first three posts! These are the message of Easter!   – > “Forgive them, for they know not what they do.”



I welcome your thoughts and comments

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s