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!”