In 1992, two beings seemed to Gary Renard, told him these 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 really a profound work, almost 1,300 pages, poetically expressed and difficult to comprehend, that has been spiritually dictated by Jesus to a psychiatrist, Helen Schucman. It enables a person 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 a collection of related thoughts that arises from and includes the fundamental, underlying thought that we’re separate from God. It keeps one oblivious of the fact they are standing in the current presence of God. It causes us to trust we’re limited, mortal beings, in place 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 goal of the Course would be to dissolve the ego and its false ideas so that we can directly experience God, God’s extension as Spirit (also spoken of as the collective Son, the Self, or Christ), and Heaven a course in miracles lessons online. The Course contains many powerful declarations about the character of God, Spirit, and their creations, and the facts that the seemingly separate Sons of God are divine, created in the image and likeness of God. These declarations help to dissolve the ego and its illusions and lead us toward direct familiarity with our reality as Spirit.
In the Course, Jesus speaks of God as being transcendental, beyond form and duality, put simply, beyond the world, or universe, as we perceive it. In order to dispel our illusions and heal our minds, God created the Holy Spirit to work with 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’re filed with love and light, and realize our eternal oneness with God.
The Course teaches that the world is not real. This makes sense when we consider “reality” when it comes to the glorious, transcendental reality of God as the Absolute, beyond form and duality. This type of the reality is very 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, can be an illusion, although many of them talk about it as having existence. By this they signify the illusion of it exists.
Arten and Pursah – the 2 beings who interpreted the Course for The Disappearance of the Universe – claim that, before 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 could be prefer to be on its own, put simply, in addition to the rest of Spirit. From the creative power of this thought arose the ego and the specific connection with being separate from God. Each goes on to state this 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 these 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. Based on Arten and Pursah, this is one way humanity arrived to being. The entire scenario (Disappearance, Chapter 4) took invest thought only – not the truth is, as the 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 are not found in the Course. The Course says that the Sons of God made a full world of their particular imagining, but does not give any information regarding the sequence of events or try to put into words the character of the “substance” where the world was made. However, many enlightened masters have taught that the universe and bodies were produced 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 think and act while they chose, imagined themselves as separate from one another and God, and fell from grace. Some sacred writings mention that God continues to be creating and explain the character 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 we perceive it when it comes to dualities (opposites), relativity and change. From their particular, 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, on the other hand, the world, as we experience it, can be an illusion and not real. They often talk about it as a cosmic movie or dream, projected onto the screen of human consciousness, which will be unlike God, Spirit, or the greatest heaven, as well as the divine light that is the substance of this cosmic dream. In addition, each person’s connection with the world is subjective, colored by the character and content of that person’s mind. Even time can be an illusion, for, as Jesus and the masters inform us, only the eternal present is real.