In 1992, two beings seemed to Gary Renard, told him they were ascended masters, and, over an amount of years, gave him their interpretation of A Course in Miracles, later to be published in his book The Disappearance of the Universe. The Course is a profound work, almost 1,300 pages, poetically expressed and difficult to understand, which was spiritually dictated by Jesus to a psychiatrist, Helen Schucman. It enables an individual who studies and practices its teachings and mental exercises to gradually eliminate the ego.
In spiritual teachings, the ego is one’s false sense of identity, of who and what one really is. It is like an accumulation of related thoughts that arises from and includes the fundamental, underlying believed that we are separate from God. It keeps one oblivious of the truth that they’re standing in the current presence of God. It causes us to believe we are limited, mortal beings, instead of unlimited, eternal Spirit, one with God.
From the ego arise guilt, fear, attachment to the body, selfishness and suffering. God and our true identity, the immortal Self, are blocked from our awareness. The purpose of the Course would be to dissolve the ego and its false ideas so that individuals can directly experience God, God’s extension as Spirit (also spoken of while the collective Son, the Self, or Christ), and Heaven. The Course contains many powerful declarations about the character of God, Spirit, and their creations, and the reality that the seemingly separate Sons of God are divine, created in the image and likeness of God. These declarations help dissolve the ego and its illusions and lead us toward direct knowledge of our reality as Spirit.
In the Course, Jesus speaks of God as being transcendental, beyond form and duality, quite simply, beyond the planet, or universe, once we perceive it. In order to dispel our illusions and heal our minds, God created the Holy Spirit to utilize us on the planet, guiding and inspiring us through the “inner voice” and through divine messengers. The Holy Spirit leads us out of darkness into the light and love of the Christ. When all our illusions are gone, we are filed with love and light, and realize our eternal oneness with God.
The Course teaches that the planet isn’t real. This is practical if we consider “reality” when it comes to the glorious, transcendental reality of God while the Absolute, beyond form and duality. This sort of reality is different from the truth we ascribe to the planet because it is knowledgeable about the physical senses, brain, and ordinary thought processes a course in miracles lessons online. Truly enlightened beings, who through oneness with the Christ Mind are able to experience the blissful, eternal reality of God, Spirit, and Heaven, teach that the planet, as seen with the body’s eyes and the thoughts of the ego, can be an illusion, although some of them talk about it as having existence. By this they mean that the illusion of it exists.
Arten and Pursah – both beings who interpreted the Course for The Disappearance of the Universe – say that, prior to the illusion of the planet arose, there was only God and the Christ Mind (a glorious extension of God, wholly identified with God, Its Creator). Then, a really small facet of the Christ Mind wondered what it might be want to be on its own, quite simply, in addition to the rest of Spirit. From the creative power with this thought arose the ego and the specific experience of being separate from God. Each goes on to say this tiny facet of the Christ Mind came to simply accept the ego included in itself and the ego’s thoughts as its own. Next, feeling guilt for having separated itself from God, it made the universe and bodies as a “hiding place” to flee imagined punishment for what it had done, and, dividing itself into many individual minds, it entered these bodies. Since they were beneath the influence of the ego’s physically oriented, false concepts, these minds had lost their awareness of being one using their Creator and, thus, identified themselves with the physical body and its limitations. In accordance with Arten and Pursah, this is the way humanity came into being. The whole scenario (Disappearance, Chapter 4) took invest thought only – not in reality, as reality is understood in the context of the Course – hence it can be an illusion.
Arten and Pursah’s teachings about why and how the universe and human bodies were made aren’t found in the Course. The Course says that the Sons of God made an environment of their particular imagining, but does not give any factual statements about the sequence of events or try to put into words the character of the “substance” where the planet was made. However, many enlightened masters have taught that the universe and bodies were developed by God or an facet of God and infused with Spirit, and that humans, or at the least most of them, having been given the gift of free will to believe and act as they chose, imagined themselves as separate from one another and God, and fell from grace. Some sacred writings mention that God is still creating and explain the character of the Fall. Though different masters describe the Creation from different perspectives, each of them concur with the teaching of the Course that the planet is unreal, in the sense that individuals perceive it when it comes to dualities (opposites), relativity and change. From their particular, personal experience during exalted states of awareness, they’re acquainted with the glorious, eternal, unchanging reality of God, Spirit, and the best heaven – the Heaven spoken of in the Course – and they teach that, on the other hand, the planet, once we experience it, can be an illusion and not real. They often talk about it as a cosmic motion picture or dream, projected onto the screen of human consciousness, which will be unlike God, Spirit, or the best heaven, as well as the divine light that’s the substance with this cosmic dream. In addition, each person’s experience of the planet is subjective, colored by the character and content of the person’s mind. Even time can be an illusion, for, as Jesus and the masters tell us, only the eternal present is real.