In 1992, two beings appeared 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 really a profound work, almost 1,300 pages, poetically expressed and difficult to understand, that was spiritually dictated by Jesus to a psychologist, Helen Schucman. It enables a person 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 a collection of related thoughts that arises from and includes the basic, underlying believed that we are separate from God. It keeps one oblivious of the fact they’re standing in the clear 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 always to dissolve the ego and its false ideas so that we can directly experience God, God’s extension as Spirit (also spoken of since 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 work with us on earth, 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 a course in miracles lessons online. This makes sense if we consider “reality” with regards to the glorious, transcendental reality of God since the Absolute, beyond form and duality. This type of the truth is very different from the reality we ascribe to the planet because it is knowledgeable about the physical senses, brain, and ordinary thought processes. Truly enlightened beings, who through oneness with the Christ Mind are able to go through the blissful, eternal reality of God, Spirit, and Heaven, teach that the planet, as seen with your body’s eyes and the thoughts of the ego, can be an illusion, although a number of them talk about it as having existence. By this they mean that the illusion of it exists.
Arten and Pursah – the 2 beings who interpreted the Course for The Disappearance of the Universe – say that, prior to the illusion of the planet arose, there clearly was only God and the Christ Mind (a glorious extension of God, wholly identified with God, Its Creator). Then, a tiny aspect of the Christ Mind wondered what it may be prefer to be by itself, quite simply, in addition to the rest of Spirit. From the creative power with this thought arose the ego and the actual experience of being separate from God. Each goes on to state that this tiny aspect of the Christ Mind came to 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 escape 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. Based on Arten and Pursah, this is one way humanity came into being. The whole scenario (Disappearance, Chapter 4) took devote thought only – not in reality, as the truth is understood in the context of the Course – hence it can be an illusion.
Arten and Pursah’s teachings about why and how a 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 own imagining, but doesn’t give any information regarding the sequence of events or try to place into words the character of the “substance” where the planet was made. However, many enlightened masters have taught that the universe and bodies were created by God or an aspect 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 while 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 character of the Fall. Though different masters describe the Creation from different perspectives, they all agree with the teaching of the Course that the planet is unreal, in the sense that we perceive it with regards to dualities (opposites), relativity and change. From their 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, in comparison, the planet, once we experience it, can be an illusion and not real. They generally talk about it as a cosmic film 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 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.