In 1992, two beings did actually Gary Renard, told him they certainly 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 a profound work, almost 1,300 pages, poetically expressed and difficult to understand, that has been spiritually dictated by Jesus to a psychologist, 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 similar to an accumulation related thoughts that arises from and includes the fundamental, underlying believed that we’re separate from God. It keeps one oblivious of the fact they’re standing in the clear presence of God. It causes us to trust we’re limited, mortal beings, as opposed to unlimited, eternal Spirit, one with God.
From the ego arise guilt, fear, attachment to the human body, selfishness and suffering. God and our true identity, the immortal Self, are blocked from our awareness. The objective of the Course is to dissolve the ego and its false ideas so that we can directly experience God, God’s extension as Spirit (also spoken of since the collective Son, the Self, or Christ), and Heaven a course in miracles lessons. The Course contains many powerful declarations about the nature of God, Spirit, and their creations, and the truth 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 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, as we perceive it. To be able 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 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 isn’t real. This makes sense if we think of “reality” in terms of the glorious, transcendental reality of God since the Absolute, beyond form and duality. This type of the reality is completely different from the fact we ascribe to the world as it is familiar with the physical senses, brain, and ordinary thought processes. Truly enlightened beings, who through oneness with the Christ Mind can experience 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 many of them speak of 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, 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 tiny facet of the Christ Mind wondered what it might be prefer to be on its own, in other words, in addition to the rest of Spirit. From the creative power with this thought arose the ego and the specific connection with being separate from God. They’re going 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 they certainly were under 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 the way humanity arrived to being. The entire scenario (Disappearance, Chapter 4) took place in thought only – not the truth is, 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 the universe and human bodies were made aren’t present in the Course. The Course says that the Sons of God made an environment of their own imagining, but doesn’t give any factual statements about the sequence of events or try to place into words the nature of the “substance” from which the world was made. However, many enlightened masters have taught that the universe and bodies were created by God or an facet of God and infused with Spirit, and that humans, or at least most of them, having been given the gift of free will to consider and act as they chose, imagined themselves as separate from each other and God, and fell from grace. Some sacred writings mention that God continues to be creating and explain the nature of the Fall. Though different masters describe the Creation from different perspectives, all of them concur with the teaching of the Course that the world is unreal, in the sense that we perceive it in terms of dualities (opposites), relativity and change. From their own, personal experience during exalted states of awareness, they’re acquainted with the glorious, eternal, unchanging reality of God, Spirit, and the best heaven – the Heaven spoken of in the Course – and they teach that, in contrast, the world, as we experience it, is definitely an illusion and not real. They generally speak of it as a cosmic film 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 world is subjective, colored by the nature and content of this person’s mind. Even time is definitely an illusion, for, as Jesus and the masters reveal, only the eternal present is real.