In 1992, two beings did actually Gary Renard, told him these 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 understand, which was spiritually dictated by Jesus to a psychologist, 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 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 clear presence of God. It causes us to believe we’re limited, mortal beings, instead 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 to dissolve the ego and its false ideas so that individuals can directly experience God, God’s extension as Spirit (also spoken of since the collective Son, the Self, or Christ), and Heaven. The Course contains many powerful declarations about the type of God, Spirit, and their creations, and the reality 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 understanding of our reality as Spirit.
In the Course, Jesus speaks of God to be transcendental, beyond form and duality, in other words, beyond the planet, or universe, even 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 a course in miracles lessons online. The Holy Spirit leads us out of darkness in to 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 makes sense when we think of “reality” in terms of the glorious, transcendental reality of God since the Absolute, beyond form and duality. This type of the truth is completely different from the fact we ascribe to the planet since it is experienced 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 planet, as seen with the body’s eyes and the thoughts of the ego, can be an illusion, although a number of them speak of it as having existence. By this they mean that the illusion of it exists.
Arten and Pursah – both beings who interpreted the Course for The Disappearance of the Universe – say that, prior to 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 really small aspect of the Christ Mind wondered what it might be prefer to be on its own, in other words, in addition to the rest of Spirit. From the creative power of this thought arose the ego and the actual connection with being separate from God. Each goes on to state this tiny aspect of the Christ Mind came to just accept the ego as part of 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 escape imagined punishment for what it’d done, and, dividing itself into many individual minds, it entered these bodies. Since these were under the influence of the ego’s physically oriented, false concepts, these minds had lost their awareness to be one with their Creator and, thus, identified themselves with the physical body and its limitations. In accordance with Arten and Pursah, this is the way humanity came into being. The entire scenario (Disappearance, Chapter 4) took place in thought only – not the truth is, as the truth is understood in the context of the Course – hence it can be an illusion.
Arten and Pursah’s teachings about why and the way the universe and human bodies were made are not present in the Course. The Course says that the Sons of God made an environment of their very own imagining, but doesn’t give any details about the sequence of events or try to put into words the type 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 many of them, having been given the gift of free will to think and act because they chose, imagined themselves as separate from each other and God, and fell from grace. Some sacred writings mention that God remains creating and explain the type of the Fall. Though different masters describe the Creation from different perspectives, all of them buy into the teaching of the Course that the planet is unreal, in the sense that individuals perceive it in terms of dualities (opposites), relativity and change. From their very own, personal experience during exalted states of awareness, they are knowledgeable about the glorious, eternal, unchanging reality of God, Spirit, and the highest heaven – the Heaven spoken of in the Course – and they teach that, in contrast, the planet, even as we experience it, can be an illusion and not real. They generally speak of it as a cosmic movie or dream, projected onto the screen of human consciousness, that is unlike God, Spirit, or the highest heaven, or even the divine light that is the substance of this cosmic dream. In addition, each person’s connection with the planet is subjective, colored by the type and content of the person’s mind. Even time can be an illusion, for, as Jesus and the masters tell us, only the eternal present is real.