In 1992, two beings appeared to Gary Renard, told him they were ascended masters, and, over an amount 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 understand, which was spiritually dictated by Jesus to a psychiatrist, 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 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 that they’re standing in the current presence of God. It causes us to believe we’re limited, mortal beings, instead of 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 because 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 familiarity with our reality as Spirit.
In the Course, Jesus speaks of God as being transcendental, beyond form and duality, in other words, beyond the entire world, or universe, once we perceive it. To be able to dispel our illusions and heal our minds, God created the Holy Spirit to work well with us on earth, guiding and inspiring us through the “inner voice” and through divine messengers. The Holy Spirit leads us out of darkness into 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 entire world isn’t real. This is practical if we think of “reality” in terms of the glorious, transcendental reality of God because the Absolute, beyond form and duality a course in miracles lessons online. This kind of the reality is completely different from the truth we ascribe to the entire world since 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 entire world, as seen with your body’s eyes and the thoughts of the ego, is definitely an illusion, although a number of them speak of it as having existence. By this they imply that the illusion of it exists.
Arten and Pursah – the two beings who interpreted the Course for The Disappearance of the Universe – say that, before the illusion of the entire world arose, there is only God and the Christ Mind (a glorious extension of God, wholly identified with God, Its Creator). Then, a tiny aspect of the Christ Mind wondered what it might be want to be by itself, in other words, independent of the rest of Spirit. From the creative power with this thought arose the ego and the actual connection with being separate from God. Each goes on to express that tiny aspect of the Christ Mind came to just 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’d 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. According to Arten and Pursah, this is the way humanity arrived to being. The whole scenario (Disappearance, Chapter 4) took devote thought only – not in fact, as the reality 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 aren’t found in the Course. The Course says that the Sons of God made a world of their very own imagining, but doesn’t give any information regarding the sequence of events or try to put into words the type of the “substance” from which the entire world was made. However, many enlightened masters have taught that the universe and bodies were produced by God or an aspect of God and infused with Spirit, and that humans, or at least many of them, having been given the gift of free will to think and act as they chose, imagined themselves as separate from each other 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 entire world is unreal, in the sense that we perceive it in terms of dualities (opposites), relativity and change. From their very own, personal experience during exalted states of awareness, they’re knowledgeable about the glorious, eternal, unchanging reality of God, Spirit, and the best heaven – the Heaven spoken of in the Course – and they teach that, on the other hand, the entire world, once we experience it, is definitely an illusion and not real. They generally speak of it as a cosmic motion picture or dream, projected onto the screen of human consciousness, that is unlike God, Spirit, or the best heaven, or even the divine light that’s the substance with this cosmic dream. Furthermore, each person’s connection with the entire world is subjective, colored by the type and content of the person’s mind. Even time is definitely an illusion, for, as Jesus and the masters reveal, only the eternal present is real.