Whose praises do we sing?

If you are reading this, you have probably been around the block spiritually. You have most likely read much more than A Course in Miracles. You have probably read other channeled material, like Seth or Ramtha. You have probably read and watched Deepak Chopra and Eckhart Tolle. You have probably seen The Secret and What the Bleep? You probably know enough to throw around a few concepts from quantum physics.

Surveying your entire experience of contemporary spirituality, how often have you  been told of your magnificence and your power? How many times have you been assured that you are divine, one with God; that you even are God? How often have you been told that you are one with the all, that you encompass all of reality, that you are everything? How many times have you heard that you have untold potential, that you are currently using only 10% of your brain, that you can bend the universe to your will, that you create your reality? How often have you been taught that you are totally worthy of love, that you are love?

Now ask yourself an additional question: How often have you been told these same things about others? How many times do you hear that they are magnificant, that they are divine, one with the all, unbelievably powerful, and totally worthy of love? How often do the teachings you read sing their praises?

The answer is surely not “never.” But just as surely, the answer is a lot less than in the first case.

Why is that? Obviously, it can’t be that these things are only true about you. There does not exist an entire market of contemporary spirituality that’s there only there to serve you. The things being said in all those books are supposedly true for every reader of the books. And since the potential readers are anyone, those glorious truths, if they are true of anyone, must be true of everyone.

Can the imbalance be a matter of relevance? Maybe these things are true of everyone, but the only truly relevant thing is that they are true about you. But how can we say that the nature of others is not relevant to you? Your reactions to others, your feelings about others, your relationships with others, are all based on your assessment of who they are. The question of who they are, therefore, is one of the most relevant questions that could ever be asked.

So again, why does this rather massive imbalance exist? Could it all come down to nothing more than simple bias, a simple favoring of the importance of oneself over the importance of others? Could it be a bias that is so pervasive in the culture that we don’t see it, because as we switch from one spiritual teacher to another, or from a book to a television show to the newspaper to a movie, we encounter it in all of them?

One place we don’t encounter it, however, is in the pages of A Course in Miracles. If we take off the glasses of contemporary spirituality and culture and read those pages with open eyes, we find them singing the praises of other people all the time, on nearly every page. And trying, again and again, to get us to rise above our egotism and learn to sing those praises ourselves.