In 1992, two beings appeared to Gary Renard, told him they certainly 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 comprehend, 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 get rid of 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 related thoughts that arises from and includes the basic, underlying thought that we are separate from God. It keeps one oblivious of the fact they’re standing in the presence of God. It causes us to believe we are limited, mortal beings, rather than unlimited, eternal Spirit, one with God.
From the ego arise guilt, fear, attachment to the human body, selfishness and suffering. God and our true identity, the immortal Self, are blocked from our awareness. The objective of the Course is 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 nature 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 to be transcendental, beyond form and duality, quite simply, beyond the world, or universe, once we perceive it a course in miracles questions and answers. To be able to dispel our illusions and heal our minds, God created the Holy Spirit to work with us in the world, guiding and inspiring us through the “inner voice” and through divine messengers. The Holy Spirit leads us out of darkness to the light and love of 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 world isn’t real. This is practical if we consider “reality” in terms of the glorious, transcendental reality of God while the Absolute, beyond form and duality. This type of the reality is completely different from the fact we ascribe to the world as it is knowledgeable about the physical senses, brain, and ordinary thought processes. Truly enlightened beings, who through oneness with the Christ Mind have the ability to go through the blissful, eternal reality of God, Spirit, and Heaven, teach that the world, as seen with your body’s eyes and the thoughts of the ego, is definitely an illusion, although some of them talk about it as having existence. By this they imply that the illusion of it exists.
Arten and Pursah – the 2 beings who interpreted the Course for The Disappearance of the Universe – say that, ahead of the illusion of the world arose, there is only God and the Christ Mind (a glorious extension of God, wholly identified with God, Its Creator). Then, a very small facet of the Christ Mind wondered what it may be want to be on its own, quite simply, independent of the rest of Spirit. From the creative power of the thought arose the ego and the specific experience of being separate from God. They’re going on to express that tiny facet of the Christ Mind came to simply accept the ego as part of 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 certainly were under the influence of the ego’s physically oriented, false concepts, these minds had lost their awareness to be one with their Creator and, thus, identified themselves with the physical body and its limitations. Based on Arten and Pursah, this is one way humanity arrived to being. The whole scenario (Disappearance, Chapter 4) took invest thought only – not in fact, as the reality is understood in the context of the Course – hence it is definitely an illusion.
Arten and Pursah’s teachings about why and the way the universe and human bodies were made aren’t present in the Course. The Course says that the Sons of God made a full world of their very own imagining, but doesn’t give any information regarding the sequence of events or try to put into words the nature of the “substance” where the world was made. However, many enlightened masters have taught that the universe and bodies were created by God or an facet of God and infused with Spirit, and that humans, or at least many, having been given the gift of free will to think and act because they chose, imagined themselves as separate from each other and God, and fell from grace. Some sacred writings mention that God is still creating and explain the nature of the Fall. Though different masters describe the Creation from different perspectives, all of them buy into the teaching of the Course that the world is unreal, in the sense that individuals perceive it in terms of dualities (opposites), relativity and change. From their very own, personal experience during exalted states of awareness, they’re acquainted with the glorious, eternal, unchanging reality of God, Spirit, and the highest heaven – the Heaven spoken of in the Course – and they teach that, on the other hand, the world, once we experience it, is definitely an illusion and not real. They generally talk about it as a cosmic movie or dream, projected onto the screen of human consciousness, that is unlike God, Spirit, or the highest heaven, or even the divine light that’s the substance of the cosmic dream. Additionally, each person’s experience of the world is subjective, colored by the nature and content of this person’s mind. Even time is definitely an illusion, for, as Jesus and the masters reveal, only the eternal present is real.