This blog is about the book The Disappearance of the Universe. A book which my group’s facilitator, Stephanie, plugs with a cheerful smile each week. I regularly attend A Course in Miracles (ACIM) group study which I love and enjoy very much. I find ACIM to be uplifting and enlightening. It is the weekly food for my soul. Although I’ve been an ongoing student of ACIM for some years, I still find new passages that shed light on things that happen to be going on in my life where I can apply principles from the course. Many times I find a passage or verse that I can give to a client to provide understanding or comfort for their particular issue.
Whenever someone in the group is struggling with a concept or with the Shakespearean like language of ACIM, Stephanie holds The Disappearance of the Universe and suggests that they read it. She insists that it will help them understand what ACIM is trying to convey. She said it was a great book for beginners of ACIM.
I shrugged it off the first few times she brought the book up, as I didn’t consider myself a beginner. Then I began to experience my own questions about me, God’s son, the Holy Spirit and our relationship. Stephanie lovingly popped up the Disappearance of the Universe again and that is when I decided to buy the book and read it. So here is my personal interpretation, review and recommendation.
This nonfiction book is about Gary R. Renard’s (the author) account of a series of visitations for nine years by two ascended masters, Pursah and Arten, who had been in other life times Saint Thomas and Saint Thaddaeus. The ascended masters talk about knowing Jesus as his disciples. They say that many of the things that Jesus was quoted as saying and doing is untrue. They talk about how Jesus didn’t speak much yet when he did, it was profound, usually metaphorical and many times conceptually above the understanding of the people of that time. Therefore the interpretation of his words may not be what was truly intended.
The ascended masters came to Gary for him to write this book and let people know that the Jesus that has been presented to us (in the bible and in other writings) is not the Jesus of 2000 years ago. They say that the voice or Christ consciousness that spoke to Helen Schucman, and thereby created ACIM, is the same voice. The truth.
They also say that ACIM is now being misinterpreted too perhaps because of it's often difficult to understand metaphorical and scholarly type language. The Disappearance of the Universe is straight talk in everyday language which makes it easy to comprehend the true meaning of Jesus’s words.
In the book, Gary has conversations with the masters about all kinds of subjects including the big four…money, politics, religion and sex. The master’s address each subject always bringing the message back to love, nonjudgment oneness, and forgiveness. The conversations between Gary and the ascended masters are playful and take away the hard-edged language of ACIM. It helps brake down concepts into understandable and applicable impressions. A lot of the metaphors used in the Bible and ACIM are explained (finally!)
The purpose of the Disappearance of the Universe, I think, is to help unlock the door that may keep some people from the true light. I believe that it can help you bring light into your heart and mind by helping to open up understanding to what the Christ consciousness is truly trying to convey in ACIM.
The Disappearance of the Universe gives a better understanding of oneness, separation, the ego, illusions, reincarnation, duality, death, linear time, holographic time and other advanced spiritual concepts than any other book I have read thus far. This book is super easy, funny and illuminating. My big take away that corresponds to other books and spiritual teachers is that forgiveness can only come from within because nothing is being done to you. It is being done by you. Everything in your life is your ego's projection. Health included. To get more of this meaning, you'll need to buy and read the book. (I'll have to call Gary and tell him to drop me some coin this plug.)
Be advised that the book presents advanced thinking concepts. If you are deeply rooted in the physical world, this book will probably annoy you. If you are a hard core Christian with unwavering faith in the Bible, you may consider this book blasphemous. If you have the show me, prove to me idealism I would say that it is not your time to have this information.
If however you are open to learning advanced thought, new thought, above this physical realm thought, give it a read. I’m going to put this book in my top 10 recommendations for these reasons:
It’s a fast fun read.
It’s a book that anyone can understand if they don’t believe it.
It’s the perfect companion book or introductory book to ACIM.
You don’t need to be a student of ACIM to benefit profoundly from this book. It stands well on its own.
It has helped me personally understand advanced spiritual concepts.
It can help people who question their belief in the Bible although not in God or Jesus.
It’s available on audio format, which I love, love, love.
Get it. Read it. Live it.