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The Disappearance of the Universe

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  4,757 ratings  ·  264 reviews
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 ( ...more
Paperback, 448 pages
Published November 1st 2004 by Hay House (first published 2002)
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Jan 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: acim, spirituality
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 rated it it was ok
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 rated it it was amazing
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
Modupe Field
Feb 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
July Wolfe
May 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
J.W. Baccaro
May 27, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It's difficult for me to truly rate this book. I would actually had given it a 4—maybe even 5 star rating had the author claimed it was a work of fiction, but he does not. It was suppose to have really occurred.

Pursah and Arten (the two ascended masters), apparently come to the author while he was meditating, just appearing out of thing air, sitting on their couch, and begin to tell him strange things about the world, things about Christ Jesus (who they refer to as “J,” mostly), and how they wer
Susan Sampson
May 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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,
Apr 04, 2016 rated it it was ok
I picked up this book (as it happens so often) based on the cool title. And its references to A Course In Miracles was another draw for me, since I love ACIM. And it didn't hurt that the book has 4-5 star reviews on GoodReads.

So it was a huge disappointment to me that I couldn't relate to the book - I couldn't relate to the tone of the dialogues between the author and the ascended masters who appear to him on his living room couch, I couldn't get past the amateur language, and I couldn't bear t
Barbara K.
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
Oct 08, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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.
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
Kevin Orth
Oct 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Scandalous! If you are firmly invested in the dominant paradigm do NOT read this book. The author challenges many, firmly, long held beliefs about the Bible, Jesus's life, and other things long since "concluded as truth".

I read this a couple years ago and am coming back to it now that I am A Course in Miracles student, this book takes a lot of the ACIM concepts and makes them more accessible and easy to understand.

Highly recommend if you are willing to have your assumptions challenged. I recomme
Feb 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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.
Finally, I’m done.
Yeah, that was honestly my first thoughts as I closed the book on the last page.
I had several issues with this book and it’s content and setup. I will name them here, in no particular order.
* the many contradictions. Yep say one thing, then say another. Or do another. Or set rules and give directives. For others to follow of course. But if you are enlightened of course you don’t have to. Geez.

* the many repetitions: I really felt like I was being forced to read the same book ov
Pete Brigham
Aug 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Gary Renard came to the New Thought spirituality world with a unique background. A survivor of a decade’s worth of gigs as a rock guitarist, Gary once claimed that his experiences with the enhancing substances of that lifestyle left him with no memory whatsoever of the 1980’s. Despite this, or maybe because of it, Gary started meditating. One day two “beings” appeared to him during a meditation session, and over the course of several years and many appearances, the two Ascended Masters carefully ...more
Bill Sheridan
Jul 14, 2015 rated it did not like it
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
Michael Taylor
May 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
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.

Jun 27, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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.
Feb 28, 2008 rated it really liked it

"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).
Mar 11, 2009 rated it it was ok
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.
Crystal J. De la Cruz - Hopper
Nov 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
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 spiritual evolution,
Jake Chambers
Nov 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Aug 08, 2017 rated it did not like it
The author is on an acid trip he never came back from.
Jan 18, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Jan 03, 2016 rated it liked it
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
Heidi Helen Pilypas
Nov 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spirituality
This is one of the most challenging books I’ve ever read. A lot in me resisted what I was reading. Having grown up as a Christian, I’ve had a certain view on the world. I believed, for one, that God created the world. This book suggests otherwise, that it was not God that created the world at all. Otherwise, God would have to be cruel, with cancer, and war, and suffering in this world. I have to admit that reading this made a lot of things make sense for me. Questions I had in Christianity and q ...more
Francisco De Aldana
Jan 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
The world is a Dream and Forgiveness is the key to Awakening and Salvation.

Calderón, arguably Europe´s greatest Modern playwright, had already said as much in La vida es sueño (1628) ("Life is a Dream"). But Calderón, a vitalist who avoids falling into the subjective and cognitive idealism of a George Berkeley, made clear that Love, including "Special" romantic Love when rooted in the heart, is Real -even in this unreal world: "Solo a una mujer amaba/que fue verdad creo yo/ en que todo se acabó
Dec 31, 2016 rated it did not like it
I read this book several years ago but never reviewed it. After having just read Renard's second book I just had to review this one too.
"The Disappearance of the Universe" was a very accessable summary of A Course in Miracles, which I was studying at the time. So I recommend it if you are having trouble understanding the basic teachings of ACIM. But then again, there are other ACIM writers who are great at making ACIM more accessible. I have read numerous books by Robert Perry, I found him hones
Matt Nielsen
Mar 14, 2008 rated it liked it
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
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