In 1992, two beings seemed to Gary Renard, told him they certainly were ascended masters, and, over a period 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 just 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 someone 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 similar to an accumulation of related thoughts that arises from and includes the essential, underlying believed that we are separate from God. It keeps one oblivious of the fact that they are standing in the current presence of God. It causes us to trust we are limited, mortal beings, in place of 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 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 since the collective Son, the Self, or Christ), and Heaven a course in miracles lessons. The Course contains many powerful declarations about the type 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 familiarity with 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, as we perceive it. To be able 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 to 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 world is not real. This is sensible when we think of “reality” with regards to the glorious, transcendental reality of God since the Absolute, beyond form and duality. This sort of reality is completely different from the truth we ascribe to the world since it is experienced with 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 an illusion, although a number of them speak of it as having existence. By this they mean that the illusion of it exists.
Arten and Pursah – the two beings who interpreted the Course for The Disappearance of the Universe – claim that, before the illusion of the world arose, there was 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 might be want to be on its own, quite simply, apart from the rest of Spirit. From the creative power with this thought arose the ego and the particular experience of being separate from God. They go on to state this tiny facet of the Christ Mind came to 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 escape imagined punishment for what it had done, and, dividing itself into many individual minds, it entered these bodies. Since they certainly were underneath the influence of the ego’s physically oriented, false concepts, these minds had lost their awareness of being one making use of their Creator and, thus, identified themselves with the physical body and its limitations. In accordance with Arten and Pursah, this is one way humanity arrived to being. The whole scenario (Disappearance, Chapter 4) took invest thought only – not the truth is, as reality is understood in the context of the Course – hence it is an illusion.
Arten and Pursah’s teachings about why and how a universe and human bodies were made are not present in the Course. The Course says that the Sons of God made a full world of their own imagining, but doesn’t give any factual statements about the sequence of events or try to put into words the type of the “substance” that the world 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 many, having been given the gift of free will to consider and act as they chose, imagined themselves as separate from one another and God, and fell from grace. Some sacred writings mention that God remains creating and explain the type of the Fall. Though different masters describe the Creation from different perspectives, they all buy into the teaching of the Course that the world is unreal, in the sense that individuals perceive it with regards to dualities (opposites), relativity and change. From their own, personal experience during exalted states of awareness, they are acquainted with the glorious, eternal, unchanging reality of God, Spirit, and the greatest heaven – the Heaven spoken of in the Course – and they teach that, in contrast, the world, as we experience it, is an illusion and not real. They generally speak of it as a cosmic film or dream, projected onto the screen of human consciousness, that will be unlike God, Spirit, or the greatest heaven, as well as the divine light that’s the substance with this cosmic dream. Additionally, each person’s experience of the world is subjective, colored by the type and content of that person’s mind. Even time is an illusion, for, as Jesus and the masters reveal, only the eternal present is real.