Our “special” Lie we believe
In ACIM we term it a “special” relationship whenever we look for love, truth, knowledge outside of ourselves. We look for it in a “special” person, a “special” place, a “special” job, etc. Inevitably that illusion crashes and we are left in the illusion of pain. There is nothing outside of ourselves. The Love we crave is in us, not another. But it takes a “Holy Instant” to see this. We so cling to the lie of “specialness.” We just do not want to lay it down, and so we go from one relationship to the next, one job to the next, one city to the next, always looking for that “special” something outside of us. It cannot exist. That means if I am feeling alone, betrayed, or loveless, it is not because of someone else. These are illusions of pain which I bring on to myself by searching externally for a “special” something that will please me forever. Only awakening to Love’s Presence can do that. The Holy relationship replaces the special one. In the Holy relationship do I experience love that is shared with you because we are One. There is no one special. Look at the implications of that Truth for the world. There is no chosen people (Israel or the USA) There are no “exceptional people” (the USA). Conversely, there are no special “evil people” that we must fight! You see how easy the concept of specialness creeps into the ego of nations. Wars are fought over our specialness! And so Jesus gives us a new Lord’s Prayer in the Course.
“Forgive us our illusions, Father, and help us to accept our true relationship with You, in which there are no illusions, and where none can ever enter. Our holiness is Yours. What can there be in us that needs forgiveness when Yours is perfect? The sleep of forgetfulness is only the unwillingness to remember Your forgiveness and Your Love. Let us not wander into temptation, for the temptation of the Son of God is not Your Will. And let us receive only what You have given, and accept but this into the minds which You created and which You love. Amen.”