In 1992, two beings appeared to Gary Renard, told him they 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 know, that has been spiritually dictated by Jesus to a psychologist, 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 much like an accumulation of related thoughts that arises from and includes the essential, 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 think we’re limited, mortal beings, as opposed to unlimited, eternal Spirit, one with God.
From the ego arise guilt, fear, attachment to your 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 whilst the collective Son, the Self, or Christ), and Heaven. 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 knowledge of our reality as Spirit.
In the Course, Jesus speaks of God to be transcendental, beyond form and duality, in other words, beyond the world, or universe, once we perceive it. In order to dispel our illusions and heal our minds, God created the Holy Spirit to work well 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 in 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 is sensible if we consider “reality” when it comes to the glorious, transcendental reality of God whilst the Absolute, beyond form and duality a course in miracles lessons online. This sort of the truth is very different from the reality we ascribe to the world since 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 world, as seen with the 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 signify 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 clearly was only God and the Christ Mind (a glorious extension of God, wholly identified with God, Its Creator). Then, a really small part of the Christ Mind wondered what it could be like to be alone, in other words, in addition to the rest of Spirit. From the creative power of this thought arose the ego and the specific experience of being separate from God. Each goes on to express that tiny part 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 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 to be one using their Creator and, thus, identified themselves with the physical body and its limitations. Based on Arten and Pursah, this is how humanity arrived to being. The entire scenario (Disappearance, Chapter 4) took place in thought only – not the truth is, as the truth is understood in the context of the Course – hence it is definitely 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 does not give any information about the sequence of events or try to place into words the type of the “substance” that the world was made. However, many enlightened masters have taught that the universe and bodies were produced by God or an part of God and infused with Spirit, and that humans, or at the very least most of them, having been given the gift of free will to think and act because 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 type of the Fall. Though different masters describe the Creation from different perspectives, all of them agree with 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 own, personal experience during exalted states of awareness, they are knowledgeable about the glorious, eternal, unchanging reality of God, Spirit, and the greatest heaven – the Heaven spoken of in the Course – and they teach that, in comparison, the world, once we experience it, is definitely an illusion and not real. They generally talk about it as a cosmic motion picture or dream, projected onto the screen of human consciousness, which is unlike God, Spirit, or the greatest heaven, as well as the divine light that is the substance of this cosmic dream. Furthermore, each person’s experience of the world is subjective, colored by the type and content of this person’s mind. Even time is definitely an illusion, for, as Jesus and the masters inform us, only the eternal present is real.