In 1992, two beings did actually Gary Renard, told him these 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 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 a person 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 similar to an accumulation of related thoughts that arises from and includes the essential, underlying thought that we’re separate from God. It keeps one oblivious of the truth that they are standing in the presence of God. It causes us to think we’re limited, mortal beings, in place of 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 objective of the Course is always to dissolve the ego and its false ideas so that we can directly experience God, God’s extension as Spirit (also spoken of because the collective Son, the Self, or Christ), and Heaven a course in miracles lessons online. 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 as being transcendental, beyond form and duality, in other words, beyond the planet, or universe, as we perceive it. In order to dispel our illusions and heal our minds, God created the Holy Spirit to utilize us on earth, 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 planet isn’t real. This is practical when we think of “reality” in terms of the glorious, transcendental reality of God because the Absolute, beyond form and duality. This sort of the truth is different from the reality we ascribe to the planet because it is familiar with the physical senses, brain, and ordinary thought processes. Truly enlightened beings, who through oneness with the Christ Mind have the ability to 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 show that the illusion of it exists.
Arten and Pursah – the two beings who interpreted the Course for The Disappearance of the Universe – claim that, before the illusion of the planet arose, there is only God and the Christ Mind (a glorious extension of God, wholly identified with God, Its Creator). Then, a tiny aspect of the Christ Mind wondered what it might be like to be on its own, in other words, apart from the rest of Spirit. From the creative power with this thought arose the ego and the specific experience of being separate from God. They go on to express that tiny aspect of the Christ Mind came to just accept the ego included in 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 had done, and, dividing itself into many individual minds, it entered these bodies. Since these were beneath the influence of the ego’s physically oriented, false concepts, these minds had lost their awareness of being one using their Creator and, thus, identified themselves with the physical body and its limitations. According to Arten and Pursah, this is how humanity came into being. The whole scenario (Disappearance, Chapter 4) took devote thought only – not in fact, as the truth is understood in the context of the Course – hence it is an illusion.
Arten and Pursah’s teachings about why and how a universe and human bodies were made are not within the Course. The Course says that the Sons of God made a full world of their very own imagining, but does not give any factual statements about the sequence of events or try to place into words the nature of the “substance” from which the planet 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 very least most of them, 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 is still creating and explain the nature of the Fall. Though different masters describe the Creation from different perspectives, all of them agree with the teaching of the Course that the planet is unreal, in the sense that we perceive it in terms of dualities (opposites), relativity and change. From their very own, personal experience during exalted states of awareness, they are 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, on the other hand, the planet, as we experience it, is an illusion and not real. They generally 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, as well as the divine light that is the substance with this cosmic dream. Furthermore, each person’s experience of the planet is subjective, colored by the nature and content of the person’s mind. Even time is an illusion, for, as Jesus and the masters tell us, only the eternal present is real.