Social networking is much like anything nowadays, i.e., projected thoughts with the information of the ego wrong mind. Online attacks in the neighborhood for A Course in Miracles (ACIM) are via the many comments, quotes and other postings wherein we react to our interpretation which in turn becomes the justification for our response (T-12.I.1) or our basis 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 form (projected content of the ego wrong mind) from joining with the incorrect mind. Therefore, from the outset, it’s a series of attacks until we forgive and start identifying (joining) with the best mind.
Even in the Course, all of us sit around online with some kind of an electronic device mindlessly doing our ego thing. Okay, some could be standing, leaning or lounging:
Sitting around and speaking frankly about the Course is not the same thing as doing the work of studying the writing and putting the principles into practice to discover what the Course means (Kenneth Wapnick, Rules for Decision).
In the same Rules, Wapnick also says, “What gives the ego its power can be your having joined with it, your identification with it.” Forms are projected as a defense against the contrary and are only with the ego wrong mind and thus they don’t matter.
Since social networking is about forms which are fragmented projections of the ego, we’re then perceiving the Sonship as fragmented making the error real. Specialness is valued as being an idol placed prior to 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) should be observed in all of the Sonship since we’re really One in reality. That is why the attack isn’t discrete and should be relinquished (T-7.VI.1).
Discrete means, “Individually separate and distinct.” All attack in virtually any form is the same and is intended to divide the entirety of the Sonship because it attacks (fragments) the Sonship via differences instead of sameness. Hence, we are able to see why Wapnick would say it is silly to utilize the Course as a system 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 giving proof or evidence.
Reminder: Something that creates you to definitely remember something.
In the Course, “To instruct is to demonstrate (M-in.2) and we’re always teaching, or demonstrating the ego or God every moment, i.e., the information mind with which we’ve 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). acim You can find no exceptions. It’s one or the other.
Our brothers are an integral part of us. They are the people who teach us who we’re for our learning is a consequence of what we’ve 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’re dreaming they are doing based on what we’ve taught (demonstrated). Therefore, they are innocent since it’s our dream. We taught separation or even a murderous attack thought against God and so all of us demonstrate said attack in lots of fragmented forms. Yet if we forgive ourselves for what we’ve taught (chosen) instead of attacking, we find who we’re through our brothers that are the same.
Once we are posting quotes, comments or use Course language “at” another we’re 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 should be answered “at” a separated fragment (brother) so we continue to demonstrate our original attack thought and repress our guilt. Course students then go and get online with one of these many ideas of specialness and their unloving reminders which fragments your brain and maintains the separation (the opposite of unity) that 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 shall automatically demonstrate the ego and be unloving and unkind, i.e., we harm others.
Surely there are occasions when a memory can be loving and helpful, but often it’s not. Again, you should always use is normal as a criterion. Normal people in the presence of someone who’s sick (and any mind that believes it’s separate is sick), especially a friend or member of the family, are kind. You may not have to be always a spiritual giant or understand stand the difference between non-duality and duality to understand that when someone is sick and in pain, kindness ought to be offered compared to that person. As I have been stressing, when you may not look at fear or guilt, they’ll automatically be pushed down in your unconscious, and just as automatically will soon be projected out – always. Inevitably, then you end 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 think about it as a family that needed to rehearse the very Course it claimed to trust in (Gary Renard, Your Immortal Reality, Kindle Location 466).
To state this in another way, social networking is the main dream of devastation, a murderous thought against God. It’s the seeking without (in forms) to prevent looking within that is the very heart of social networking: