In 1992, two beings did actually Gary Renard, told him they were ascended masters, and, over a period 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 know, which was spiritually dictated by Jesus to a psychiatrist, 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 fundamental, underlying believed that we’re separate from God. It keeps one oblivious of the fact that they’re standing in the presence of God. It causes us to think we’re limited, mortal beings, as opposed to unlimited, eternal Spirit, one with God.
From the ego arise guilt, fear, attachment to the body, selfishness and suffering. God and our true identity, the immortal Self, are blocked from our awareness. The goal of the Course is always to dissolve the ego and its false ideas so that individuals can directly experience God, God’s extension as Spirit (also spoken of as the collective Son, the Self, or Christ), and Heaven. The Course contains many powerful declarations about the character 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 dissolve the ego and its illusions and lead us toward direct knowledge of our reality as Spirit.
In the Course, Jesus speaks of God as being transcendental, beyond form and duality, put simply, beyond the world, or universe, even as we perceive it a course in miracles lessons online. To be able to dispel our illusions and heal our minds, God created the Holy Spirit to work well 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 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 world is not real. This is sensible when we consider “reality” when it comes to the glorious, transcendental reality of God as the Absolute, beyond form and duality. This kind of reality is completely different from the truth 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 your body’s eyes and the thoughts of the ego, can be an illusion, although a number of them talk about it as having existence. By this they mean 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 world arose, there clearly was only God and the Christ Mind (a glorious extension of God, wholly identified with God, Its Creator). Then, a really small aspect of the Christ Mind wondered what it may be prefer to be alone, put simply, apart from the rest of Spirit. From the creative power of the thought arose the ego and the actual connection with being separate from God. They’re going on to say that tiny aspect of the Christ Mind came to simply accept the ego within 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’d done, and, dividing itself into many individual minds, it entered these bodies. Since they were under the influence of the ego’s physically oriented, false concepts, these minds had lost their awareness of being one making use of their Creator and, thus, identified themselves with the physical body and its limitations. In accordance with Arten and Pursah, this is one way humanity came into being. The whole scenario (Disappearance, Chapter 4) took invest thought only – not in fact, as reality is understood in the context of the Course – hence it can be an illusion.
Arten and Pursah’s teachings about why and how 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 regarding the sequence of events or try to put into words the character of the “substance” where the world was made. However, many enlightened masters have taught that the universe and bodies were created by God or an aspect of God and infused with Spirit, and that humans, or at the least many, having been given the gift of free will to consider and act because they chose, imagined themselves as separate from one another and God, and fell from grace. Some sacred writings mention that God continues to be creating and explain the character of the Fall. Though different masters describe the Creation from different perspectives, each of them buy into the teaching of the Course that the world is unreal, in the sense that individuals perceive it when it comes to 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, on the other hand, the world, even as we experience it, can be an illusion and not real. They usually talk about it as a cosmic film or dream, projected onto the screen of human consciousness, which is unlike God, Spirit, or the best heaven, as well as the divine light that is the substance of the cosmic dream. In addition, each person’s connection with the world is subjective, colored by the character and content of the person’s mind. Even time can be an illusion, for, as Jesus and the masters reveal, only the eternal present is real.