01. July 2016 · Comments Off on The Disappearance of the Universe – Book Overview · Categories: Afterlife, Consciousness, Death, Healing, NDE, OBE, Power of Thought, reincarnation, spiritual healing, Uncategorized · Tags:

the-dissapearance-of-the-universeLately my partner and I have been studying A Course in Miracles (ACIM) for the second or third time. (ACIM was originally published in 1976 and gained immense popularity in the 1980s.) At the same time we’ve been reading books related to ACIM as well. The book that most captured my attention was The Disappearance of the Universe by Gary Renard, which was published in 2003. I purchased it then and felt that now would be a good time to review it.

The story goes like this. In the early 1990s Gary Renard underwent a powerful spiritual awakening when he began to be instructed by two ascended masters named Pursah and Arten, who eventually identified their previous incarnations as including those of Saint Thomas and Saint Thaddaeus. He said that they appeared to him in the flesh in a series of 14 meetings spaced out over 9 years. I know that’s a hard story to believe, but whether you believe the storyline or not, The Disappearance of the Universe has become an enormously popular book based on the teachings of ACIM. And I believe that you will get a lot out of it regardless. The reason for this is that the  conversations center around the ACIM material and how it relates to events in Gary’s everyday life as well as to world events of the 1990s. This method of teaching, I feel, makes it more understandable.Gary Renard-2

As we have been reading the ACIM it has become ever more apparent that ACIM was written almost specifically for the Scribe, Helen Schucman herself, who was basically an atheist psychotherapist  living in a Judeao-Christian world. All the way through the scribing process, which took 10 years, she resisted and had grave doubts about the validity of the material. And later, after it was complete, she still had grave doubts and never really related to or believed in the material fully.

The problem that we have with the ACIM material is that it seems based primarily in a Judeao-Christian-Freudian psychological framework.  And furthermore, the material keeps pounding away at the concept of the Ego in endless approaches, which after a while becomes difficult to endure.  This approach, I suspect, may have been perfectly tailored to convince the author, Helen Schucman herself, after reading so many variations of the theme it eventually becomes oppressive.

a-course-in-miracles-acim-bizThe Disappearance of the Universe book, in my opinion, makes a wonderful transition and shapes the ACIM material into a more modern framework of understanding. There have been other authors who have attempted to translate the ACIM material into their own understanding, for which many have been criticized.  I say, So What?  I never believed that God ever stopped speaking to humanity. He/She/It, whatever you want to name It, keeps on trying!

Amazon has a powerful and insightful review of The Disappearance of the Universe book which was written by Michael Wilkinson. “THE PREMISE: When you dream at night that someone is chasing you, in the dream it feels very real and no one in the dream could likely convince you that it was not real. But in truth you are home in your bed. When you wake up, the dream disappears, because it was never real in the first place, and you find you were in your bed the entire time. Well, the basic premise for the Disappearance of the Universe is that we are really home in God, but dreaming a dream that we are bodies living this life. Of course our true home is out of our awareness. Yet when we wake up, the universe will disappear, because it was never real in the first place, we were at home in God the entire time. This is indeed an incredible and hard to believe premise. But what if it is true?”  This description, I feel, is much more succinct than the hundreds of rambling pages of ACIM.

Michael Wilkinson summarizes nicely with, “If you are already familiar with A Course in Miracles, this book is a must-read. I had studied the Course for over a decade, and even served as a group facilitator for several years. I was humbled by how little I understood and truly practiced non-dualism and how I had missed the critical message of practicing forgiveness every moment of every day as THE key tool for making the “journey without distance.” The conversations in the Disappearance of the Universe make crystal clear the purpose of practicing “advanced” forgiveness, the steps in how to do it, and the way to live in this world as a teacher of God. Perhaps most importantly, the message is completely consistent with A Course in Miracles, which is quoted over 300 times by Gary Renard’s special visitors.”

The concept of practicing Forgiveness is a simple concept that is also emphasized in the teaching of Hoʻoponopono, which is the ancient Hawaiian practice of reconciliation and forgiveness. This point is easy to overlook in the voluminous ACIM text, but is critical to understand if you want to experience Miracles. For myself, I like to go one step further and simply bless people and situations by visualizing the Light of the Holy Spirit around them. It doesn’t get any easier or simpler than that! Try it for yourself and you will see Miracles!

The Disappearance of the Universe is a great book, which will magically transform your “Ego Mind” thinking to that of your God Mind. As Michael Wilkinson says, “So read this book if you are ready to have many of your beliefs challenged and if you are ready to learn how to truly experience and express the peace and love of God.”  Then, as Jesus said, “All things are possible!”

27. August 2013 · Comments Off on Stilling the Storm, Barking Dogs & Crying Babies · Categories: Power of Thought, Uncategorized · Tags:

Over the years I have had many opportunities to still the storm, barking dogs crying babies. It has taken me many years to finally realize that my thought has real power; much more power than one would normally attribute to everyday thinking.  All thought has power, but there is a type of thought that is far more powerful than ordinary thought and can accomplish much more. It is a kind of thinking that is focused, more consistent and is thus more powerful than everyday thought. I call this type of thought Coherent Thought.

Most people are, no doubt, familiar with the power of concentration. Many times, concentration is the type of thought we use when trying to solve a particular problem or remember something. And as we all know, sometimes it doesn’t always yield the results we are seeking.  Sometimes we find that once we release the problem from hard concentration, the answer seems to materialize as if by magic. What is happening when we release a problem in this manner?

Accessing a Greater Mind

Through relaxing and opening our mind, we can gain access to a Greater Mind, a larger world of potential.   Most people believe that the modern scientific process was created in the same logical manner which it uses to analyze data.  False!  Rene Descartes used an intuitive process when he “invented” the modern scientific process. It all came to him in a “flash” of inspiration. Many top scientists have used the intuitive process in making breakthroughs in their thinking. Einstein was another. He stated that, “we cannot solve problems at the same level at which they are created.”

Intuitive Thought is powerful, because it allows us to tap into a larger Mind for answers. This is one step above ordinary thought because with it we can solve problems, gain insights, receive guidance, and generally have a greater sense of awareness of our life and our surroundings. Yet as powerful as Intuitive Thought is, there is yet another level of thought that is actually beyond the Intuitive.  I call this advanced level, Coherent Thought.

Coherent Thought

What is Coherent Thought?  How does it operate? What can we accomplish with it? My definition of Coherent Thought is this. Coherent Thought is a type of resonant thinking that vibrates or harmonizes with the Divine. The way it operates is actually very simple. I have had many experiences with Coherent Thought.  Using this process, I was able to still storms, calm crying babies (at a distance) and pacify barking dogs without ever being in their presence.  How is this possible?

My theory is that we all live in a Sea of Thought and we have been given the ability to use our thought either in a chaotic, unfocused manner or in a coherent focused manner.  Most people have not been trained to use their thought power properly. They run around with scattered, cluttered minds, wondering why they can’t make any headway. By harmonizing our thought with the highest ideas we can possibly align with, we then begin to live lives of greater health, wealth and productivity. I would also call this “flow.” There have been many masters and sages throughout the ages who have been able to demonstrate this natural  power. I think Jesus was alluding to this power when he said things like, “With the faith of a mustard seed,” or “Ye are gods.” I think he was trying to tell us that we had some of the same power that he demonstrated when he calmed the storm, raised the dead, and healed the sick.

Stilling the Storms, Barking Dogs and Crying Babies

So, what will it take for us to get it? When will we stop giving our inherent power away?  I started out by experimenting with stilling storms so that my young kids could play a game of soccer. It worked so many times that after a while I really started to believe.  What I would think was, “If it be for the highest good of all, I would like to have the impending storm stop.” And usually it did!  On other occasions while sitting in noisy airport lobbies, I tried calming crying babies. What I would think was “That baby is getting whatever it needs to make it happy and peaceful.”  Lo and behold, every time I tried it, it worked! On other occasions when I was feeling annoyed with the endless sound of a neighbor’s howling, barking dog, I would think this, “I send the Angel of Peace to be with that dog.”  And the dog would be quiet. Other situations which benefit from Coherent Thought are health problems, traffic jams, difficult relationships, stuck business situations, etc.

Resonating with Higher Thought

When using Coherent Thought, it is wise to try for the highest thought possible.  Harmony is always a good thought to have. Peace is another good one, and Love is perhaps the highest of all thoughts. God gave us free will choice to think and act in any manner we choose, but doesn’t it make more sense to choose Higher Thoughts over negative, lower thoughts?  I always like to say,  “Whoever has the highest thought wins, but then everybody wins!” By choosing higher thoughts we all win!  God is very fair in this way.  If we choose to mire our minds in lower thoughts, we will find that we have little or no power and will feel defeated at every turn, but that is a choice we have the freedom to make. Most people are somewhere between being mired in the gooey muck and being semi-focused. Very few venture into the realm of powerful Coherent Thought. If we did, and could sustain it long enough, we might just start to fly – without wings!   So the next time you feel bothered by some situation, try resonating to the highest thought- feeling you can muster and hold that for at least a couple of minutes. Then just let it fly away!  Maybe you will begin to still the storm, barking dogs crying babies too!