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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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Gary Renard slowly and carefully wrote The Disappearance of the universe over a period of nine years after undergoing a powerful spiritual awakening in the early 90's when he met two beings who he describes as ascended masters. Today, Gary is an author who writes, travels and discusses metaphysical principles with other spiritual seekers all over the world.
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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.
Review: The Disappearance of the Universe, by Gary Renard.
There is no world. For those who are ready to hear it, this is basis of Renard’s amazing book. The idea of no physical universe will return your mind to God. With this idea you awaken to the Atonement, the realization of unity with your Creator. The ideas in this book derive and expand upon lessons in A Course in Miracles.
The Renard book starts with Plato’s allegory of the cave; a predicament we find ourselves in today. This was one of the first recorded references to the idea that we are not seeing reality. Plato’s allegory compared our perceptions to people chained in position inside a cave with just a dim light casting shadows on the far wall. The chained prisoners are so used to seeing only dim shadows that they believe this to be the real world. In the allegory, one of the prisoners is led to the mouth of the cave, into the sun, which at first is painful and dazzling. The narrative continues with the enlightened man going back into the darkened prison and trying to explain to his former comrades the existence of a brighter experience outside of the illusion. He is met with scorn and ridicule.
Try to tell people today that the world they are seeing is an illusion. As Plato suggested then, and Renard contends now, you too will be met with scorn and ridicule.
The book also touches on modern physics, which comes to the same conclusion: the material world is an illusion. It states that human consciousness affects the material world. A variety of physical experiments and mathematical formulations indicate, among other strange things, that 1) physical objects can be at more than one location simultaneously, 2) the thoughts of the observer can determine an object’s properties, and 3) an action in one location has instant effects on other object millions of miles away. The books sums it up nicely on page 36: “Everything that appears to exist is really inseparable thought. . . Everything is in your mind, including your body.”
The theme of the material world being unreal derives from A Course in Miracles. Several passages are quoted from this book to underscore the idea that there is no physical universe. Examples:
“If this were the real world, God would be cruel. For no Father would subject His children to this as the price of salvation and be loving.” Page 125.
“There is no world! This is the central thought the course attempts to teach. Not everyone is ready to accept it. . . But healing is the gift of those who are prepared to learn there is no world, and can accept the lesson now. Their readiness will bring the lesson to them in some form which they can understand and recognize.” Page 212.
“This world you seem to live in is not home to you. And somewhere in your mind you know that this is true.” Pg. 298.
“Ultimately, space is as meaningless as time. Both are merely beliefs.” Pg. 317.
Renard’s book stands alone as a rare look into the nature of reality. For students of A Course in Miracles, it expands upon and illuminates the many lessons in the Course. I highly recommend this book for spiritual seekers.