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 comprehend, which was spiritually dictated by Jesus to a psychologist, Helen Schucman. It enables someone 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 much like a collection of related thoughts that arises from and includes the basic, underlying believed that we are separate from God. It keeps one oblivious of the fact they’re standing in the clear presence of God. It causes us to believe we are limited, mortal beings, in place 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 people can directly experience God, God’s extension as Spirit (also spoken of while the collective Son, the Self, or Christ), and Heaven. 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 understanding of our reality as Spirit.
In the Course, Jesus speaks of God to be transcendental, beyond form and duality, put simply, beyond the planet, or universe, even as we perceive it. In order 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 a course in miracles lessons. The Holy Spirit leads us out of darkness in to the light and love of the Christ. When all our illusions are gone, we are filed with love and light, and realize our eternal oneness with God.
The Course teaches that the planet isn’t real. This is sensible when we consider “reality” when it comes to the glorious, transcendental reality of God while the Absolute, beyond form and duality. This sort of reality is very different from the fact we ascribe to the planet 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 planet, as seen with the body’s eyes and the thoughts of the ego, is 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 two beings who interpreted the Course for The Disappearance of the Universe – say that, before the illusion of the planet arose, there clearly was only God and the Christ Mind (a glorious extension of God, wholly identified with God, Its Creator). Then, a very small part of the Christ Mind wondered what it might be like to be by itself, put simply, independent of the rest of Spirit. From the creative power of this thought arose the ego and the specific experience of being separate from God. They’re going on to say this tiny part of the Christ Mind came to 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 underneath the influence of the ego’s physically oriented, false concepts, these minds had lost their awareness to be one with their Creator and, thus, identified themselves with the physical body and its limitations. In accordance with Arten and Pursah, this is one way humanity arrived to being. The entire scenario (Disappearance, Chapter 4) took place in thought only – not in fact, as reality is understood in the context of the Course – hence it is an illusion.
Arten and Pursah’s teachings about why and the way the universe and human bodies were made aren’t found in the Course. The Course says that the Sons of God made a full world of their own imagining, but doesn’t give any information about the sequence of events or try to place into words the nature of the “substance” that the planet was made. However, many enlightened masters have taught that the universe and bodies were developed by God or an part of God and infused with Spirit, and that humans, or at the least many, having been given the gift of free will to believe and act while 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, each of them concur with the teaching of the Course that the planet is unreal, in the sense that people perceive it when it comes to dualities (opposites), relativity and change. From their own, personal experience during exalted states of awareness, they’re familiar with 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 planet, even as we experience it, is an illusion and not real. They often talk about it as a cosmic film or dream, projected onto the screen of human consciousness, which is unlike God, Spirit, or the greatest heaven, or even the divine light that’s the substance of this cosmic dream. Furthermore, each person’s experience of the planet is subjective, colored by the nature and content of that person’s mind. Even time is an illusion, for, as Jesus and the masters reveal, only the eternal present is real.