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Disappearance of the Universe: Straight Talk about Illusions, Past Lives, Religion, Sex, Politics, and the Miracles of Forgiveness

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What would you do if you were sitting quietly in your living room when a mysterious couple appeared from out of nowhere-and then told you they were "ascended masters" who had come to reveal some shocking secrets of existence and teach you the miraculous powers of advanced forgiveness?

When two such teachers appeared before Gary Renard in 1992, he chose to listen to them (a

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Published November 1st 2004 by Hay House, Inc. (first published 2002)
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Jan 04, 2008 Rogier rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spirituality, acim
This book reads like a whodunit, but almost surreptitiously it is a profoundly accurate introduction to A Course in Miracles. It accomplishes the impossible in this respect, and it has proven to be helpful both as an introduction for newcomers to the Course, as well as a refresher for long time students, not to mention it has helped many people who've become stuck in their work with the Course through an avalanche of commentaries which distort the Course, and introduce contradictions into its cr ...more
Jul 30, 2011 Heather rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
If this book was supposed to bring me peace- it didn't. I do agree that we should not identify with the ego, but we should try to lovingly watch it as our higher self and say 'even though I am not this illusion I love this illusion', thus gently detaching through acceptance, but still seeing the beauty of our journey. I have contacted my spirit guide and read many books about ascended masters. I felt that the guides, Arten and Pursah, spoke too harshly for me. They seemed to be pushing people to ...more
Jan 25, 2008 Wendy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: new-age
this book introduced me to A Course In Miracles that I now live by - it is a wonderful read for those following ACIM or for those interested in finding meaning to all that is
July Wolfe
May 27, 2011 July Wolfe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spiritual
I'm so grateful that someone recommended this book to me five years ago. It's a great explanation of the basics of "A Course in Miracles," a self-study course on the reliquishment of a thought-system based on fear, and the acceptance of a thought-system based on love. I had picked up the Course several times in my life but couldn't get into it. Half way through "Dissappearance," I went out and bought the Course and have been studying it since. Gary Renard breaks down the language and the concept ...more
Susan Sampson
May 25, 2012 Susan Sampson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Disappearance of the Universe by Gary Renard
This is, by far, the best book I've read in ten years. It may be reflect on the Course in Miracles, but it is more approachable. The Course's Biblical wording and cadence put me off. However, Disappearance was a grounded, visceral exploration of the whys and hows of a spiritual journey through life. Gary's grounded irreverence mirrored my own and spirit's understanding of that very human response made this book an astounding read.

Thirty years ago,
Angela Coulter
This is an awesome read... but only if you're ready for it! :-)

Wonder what the infamous "Course in Miracles" is all about? What I tell people is that this is sort of the Cliff Notes version, in a very conversational tone.

Even so, I found that even though I tend to tear through books, this one I had to take in half hour doses at a time (I would read it on the elliptical), because I would often need a few days to digest some of the stuff in here... very palatable, but HUGE in concept.

Totally wor
Nov 06, 2007 Paula rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you are ready for it, this book will start the process to radically change your life. There are several politically incorrect things about this book that will put some readers off however if you can look past those surface things, you'll find something you've been looking for your whole life.
Dupsie Oriyomi
Mar 29, 2011 Dupsie Oriyomi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Wow wow wow, It is amazing, I have never read any spiritual book like this before. It wasn't until this book that I heard of a course in miracles. I have read alot of spirituality books and buddhist version of enlightment and all sorts but nothing rang more true for me than this book.

If anyone has no prior knowledge of a course in miracles, this is probably the best place to start. As I said before, I have never heard of ACIM, I have heard sayings that "you are a part of God and he is a part of
Michael Taylor
May 08, 2012 Michael Taylor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-have
Another 1,000 pg book that vacuums iniquitous amounts of words from my short existence - but it did its job. It gave me a path through life by introducing me to A Course In Miracles. Gary Renard is a prophet in the sense that he introduces people to The Text, but he's still susceptible to the realm of human error which The Course says to exit. But it was interesting how this book primed me for the ACTUAL Course by having 100 bits and pieces like a trail of breadcrumbs. It made me hungry for it.. ...more
Using A Course in Miracles as a foundation, this text promotes the use of forgiveness as the tool to awaken from our shared dream and approach enlightenment. Odd premise but very useful material, everything in this book rung true to me. An interesting approach to the predicament of our reality.
Jan 07, 2016 Andreas rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spirituality
I have never heard of A Course in Miracles (ACIM) before so the mystic ideas here were absolutely new to me. It's not easy to accept them, which is also acknowledged by the author. To overcome the intellectual barrier you need to perform the exercises from ACIM (supported by the background knowledge) until the truth is experienced. For a reason that becomes obvious later, the author gets guidance from two, well, let's call them ghosts (or personifications, if you prefer this term). This is where ...more
Apr 07, 2012 Tonya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

"Under the Holy Spirit's thought system, the proper response to any situation is always love. When you think with the Holy Spirit, you're consistent in your attitude, which is love," (p.213).

" can experience the peace of God now" (p.254).
Oct 13, 2009 Tracy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I agree with alot of the ideas in this book. However, I believe it is a total fabrication with reguards to the Masters who converse with the author. Do yourself a favor, and skip this book and go straight to A Course in Miracles.
Matt Nielsen
This book is very strange and abstract. Much like the Osho book I picked it up purely because it sounded interesting to me at the time, and it was interesting. In fact, I had to put it down about half way through because it was just getting to be too much for me... too deep...

But I eventually picked it up and finished it and it really twists your mind around with regards to perception and how you look at this world and plane of being. Definitely worth looking at if you have ever wondered if this
Crystal J. De la Cruz - Hopper
I likely would have never read this book had it not been recommended & given to me by a dear psychologist friend whom I greatly respect. She said it was a great intro to A Course in Miracles. Perhaps she recognized the "WTF?" face I made when I flipped through the pages & skimmed over bits that were just beyond my ability to wrap my brain around at the time.

I must say, however, that regardless of one's personal or religious beliefs, world view, knowledge & understanding, or spiritua
Jake Chambers
Dec 13, 2011 Jake Chambers rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a GREAT book if you have any interest in the Course in Miracles. It is purist non-dualism, just as the Course in Miracles was, and not like the rash of new-agey books that are supposedly based on the Course in Miracles yet are decidedly not non-dualistic.

Summary: Neither you nor I nor the world nor the universe even exists. God did not create any of it. In fact, it is all but a dream from which awakening IS God (or Love or Happiness Itself or whatever you choose to call nonseparate Bliss
Jan 18, 2010 Mat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gary Renard's recollection of two ascended masters who appeared to him to teach him about existence through the principles of "A Course in Miracles." Regardless of whether or not you take his account as factual, this book will clear up any negative preconceptions you have with the Christian language and terms used as learning tools in "A Course in Miracles. If you've had experience with "A Course in Miracles," and couldn't get past that stigma, or if you simply could not understand what it was a ...more
Rebecca Davis
Jan 19, 2016 Rebecca Davis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book sounds like a joke book covered up as a little speech that came from himself.

Thomas and Thaddeus sound like two personalities that he made up to explain some stuff like he didn't want to explain himself. So to me, it sounds like he made up two people to explain, in a big conspiracy, about forgiveness of sins in the head.

He blamed stuff, through the two personalities, about forgiveness and blamed it on A Course in Miracles for giving ideas.

In A Course in Miracles, the whole concept is
María Greene
En mi búsqueda personal de Dios, el sentido, o lo que sea (que es básicamente lo mismo) he leído UN MONTÓN DE LIBROS, y este es lejos de los más angustiantes que me he encontrado. Fue tanto así que pensé en abandonarlo en una plaza, jaja, para que alguien más se "iluminara", pero al final no lo hice porque 1) me había salido muy caro y 2) no quería horrorizar a los pobres transeúntes. A mí me hizo llorar y después, todavía peor, me hizo llegar más allá del llanto, donde solo hay vacío, sinsentid ...more
Bill Sheridan
Jul 14, 2015 Bill Sheridan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Really not sure what to make of this book although I was hoping it would provide me with some enlightenment with regard to he meaning of life! The open-minded part of me can start to relate some of the 'crazier' concepts of the universe expressed in this book to some of the latest concepts of the universe put forward by quantum physicists, but the sceptical part of me thinks that this is a con. The idea of these two individuals, Pursah and Arten (the 'ascended masters') appearing out of the blue ...more
This book was a recomendation by a dear friend. I began reading it late yesterday. The first chapter was interesting and I felt there was truth to it. As I continued reading, I marked several passages, and additional reading recommendations. However, the further I got into the book, the more I thought I was reading a script for an infomercial for ACIM. Forgiveness and love are universal messages. This may be the right teaching for some, but I prefer Tolle.

Mar 23, 2014 Jackie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: alternative
I own this book in physical hard copy but it has sat on my shelves for years and then finally decided to just get the audio version to listen to while I am commuting. While I really appreciated the content; I initially found myself having some resistance to what felt like corny audio conversation back and forth.....I got over it, but for those that choose to listen to the audio version -just be prepared. There were many insights that I was able to take away. The only other part of the book that ...more
Nov 24, 2010 Alesa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a book that I have been studying (not reading) for about six months now. It's about the Course in Miracles, and adds depth to my understanding of the Course. I am very grateful to the author for writing it. Like the Course itself, it is transformational -- a true gem. I real only a page or two at a time, wanting to digest and comprehend every single word.
May 28, 2012 Patricia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Como estudiante de Un Curso de Milagros e integrante del equipo de traducción , no puedo sino compartir que el lenguaje simple y claro de este libro presenta la espiritualidad practica que propone el Curso desde un lugar que todos podemos comprender. Tiene que haber una forma mejor de vivir en este mundo y esa otra forma es el perdón.
Aug 29, 2008 Ineke rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A book that you should read. Not easy. Makes you feel uneasy sometimes. But necessary if you want to understand what life is really about and how we can end this endless struggle and stress we create for ourselves. If you want to find inner peace and go beyond the illusion of wordly happiness, read this book.
Sep 09, 2011 Kathie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a great way to open the door to studying "The Course in Miracles". Gary gives it to the reader in layman's terms so you can begin to understand "The Big Blue Book". This course of study is for anyone who is looking for a spiritual belief system with the foundation of unconditional love.
Jan 12, 2009 Cathy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting; a different perspective that I appreciate on some biblical stories. I struggled with the theme that wove heavily throughout the book i.e., A Course In Miracles. I have no interest in ACIM. But, I loved the bottom line message, forgiveness.
Diana Miles-Hannah
This was a real eye-opener and helped me organize my feelings and thoughts about a greater purpose for humans.
Sky Feather
Jul 12, 2015 Sky Feather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sky by: Atma
There are wise, profound, intelligent messages expressed from the two Guides that were appearing in a physical form to the author, saying that they are transferring the words of Jesus (J. in the book). The book is mainly focused on analyzing 'A Course in Miracles' combined volume books, by Helen Shucman. I have not yet read the 'Course in Miracles' but as I have read from many others it's not easy to read, yet it's so profoundly wise (there are many aphorisms of the Course in Miracles quoted in ...more
Barbara Klaser
This book unlocked A Course in Miracles (ACIM) for me. I'd been reading ACIM for a while, very slowly. I sort of got it, sort of didn't, and it just went very slowly. I'd just started to gain a more intense interest in it when I came across materials from three authors: Kenneth Wapnick, Robert Perry, and this author, Gary Renard. I kept seeing this book recommended very strongly by some and dismissed as a fraud by others. So I decided to see what all the fuss was about and added a sample of it t ...more
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