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The Disappearance of the Universe: Straight Talk about Illusions, Past Lives, Religion, Sex, Politics, and the Miracles of Forgiveness Paperback – October 31, 2004
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It is a new way of looking at the world as told to the author by two ascended masters. Once you believe what the masters have said, then you go on to the next book, A COURSE IN MIRACLES. This book, which is a major eye-opener, will have to be read more than one time for complete comprehension. I highly recommend this book. It is like no other.
For me, this book is Holy Spirit’s help to take me to the next level. This book has served the ONE SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT PURPOSE. I am speaking of FORGIVENESS. Through the course, I gained the knowledge and understanding of the components of forgiveness, but somehow wasn’t able to put them all together. Then, along came this book and now I get it.
Forgiveness process is: learning to believe and see that this world is just a dream, that I am not this body, that what this body sees and feels and experiences is not happening. That no one is doing anything to me, because what I see and experience out in the world is really my own projected hatred and guilt which are inside me. But this is not real either, because I never sinned against God. I never separated from God. The real me is and has always been one with God all along. So, I do not have to run and hide from God and I have nothing to feel guilty about. I did not do anything wrong.
Forgiveness is being aware of all of this and then letting go of what this body sees and experiences and feels. It is learning to detach and separate myself from this world, by not getting emotionally involved in its activities, by remembering that this is just a dream, that it is not real and it is not happening.
Finally, since this body is not me, then, it does not matter what happens to this body. I can completely detach and separate from this body and have no personal investment nor attachment to this body. But since this body is here in this illusory world at the moment, then, by all means, Holy Spirit please utilize it for the good of all oneness.
The above is my personal paraphrase, elaboration and extension of the process of forgiveness as described in the book. As it is said in Gary’s book, the words do not matter, it is the attitude that is important.
So, the truth is here. Now, comes the diligent part of applying it which is the next phase of my life.
By the way, it really doesn’t matter to me where or from whom Gary received these insights, whether they came from ascended masters, Pursah and Arten, or from other sources. All this truth comes down from Holy Spirit anyway, regardless of the mouth through which it is spoken.
There are many other spiritual gold nuggets that I have gleaned from the reading of this book. And, I was also able to fill in some spiritual gaps, things I was curious about, with the information from this book as well. But, there are also some pages and chapters, especially towards the end, that just do not add up for me. Throughout, I heavily relied on Holy Spirit’s guidance and discernment to sort through everything to determine what to keep and use and what to discard.
Lastly, I was able to understand this book precisely because I have spent considerable amount of time studying the course first. The course was also the place where I learned to discern Holy Spirit’s thoughts and messages.
But, then, your path may be different. So, may the Holy Spirit guide you.
Thank you, Holy Spirit. Thank you, Pursah and Arten. Thank you, Gary. Thank you, Patrick Miller. Thank you, Hay House Publishers. Thank you, Amazon. And thank you Pip, my beloved spiritual co-traveler, who told me about this book to begin with.
PS. Since finishing this book, I have returned back to my studies in the course... And, after having read Gary's book, I am noticing a huge difference. The truths in the course touch me on a much deeper level. There is great clarity. This book has and is helping me tremendously in my spiritual path... the goal of which is full awakening. So, again, thank you everyone.
before i go further i will say that yes, i have drunk the acim kool-aid.
acim is not an easy read especially for someone militantly stuck in an ego based way of thinking. experts are everywhere. it seems that cleverness and "intelligent" banter yield little.
the course appeals to us using a different sensibility. everyone i know comes to the course with a mountain of ego baggage and long-held misperceptions. it is our choice to hang on to that mess or let it go thru the course's unconventional forgiveness process.
so hopefully the comments and arguments and ego objections surrounding gary's book will not dissuade anyone from giving it a read.
personally i got about halfway thru the book kicking and screaming before i realized that there was something in it that was of value. i (ego) was so annoyed with his personality and upset that i was going to have to read it again. but this time with a mind that was more open.
yes it is easy to criticize gary and the disappearance except for the fact that
the book is extremely helpful in making the course more accessible. you may not like the wisecracking gary but what his arten and pursah say about the course is dead on.
yes there are what seem to be digressions into some of gary's personal areas of interest. and he does introduce some ideas that may run parallel to the course while not actually ever being in the course material verbatim.
that however does not take away from the book's overall helpful nature.
i'll give one example. gary goes on at length about past lives and reincarnation. he frequently revisits the issue in a variety of ways. the course merely asks if the concept is helpful? it goes on to say To some, there may be comfort in the concept, and if it heartens them its value is self-evident. i suggest reading the section about it in the manual for teachers.
enough. i have been reading the course for over 3 decades. gary's book has been invaluable.
i heard someone say that if acim is a can containing the truth. gary's book is the can opener. corny but fairly accurate.
to those who struggle against the course or the disappearance i say 'go in peace.'
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Easy to read, harder to understand. Might change you life.