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The Disappearance of the Universe: Straight Talk About Illusions, Past Lives, Religion, Sex, Politics, and the Miracles of Forgiveness [Paperback]

Gary R. Renard
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Nov. 15 2004
In 1992, Gary Renard experienced a startling calling: two teachers, or "ascended masters," appeared to him to reveal the miraculous powers of forgiveness. He chose to listen to what they had to say, and the result is a record of 17 conversations that took place over nearly a decade, reorienting the author's life and giving the world an uncompromising introduction to a spiritual teaching.

"An impressively detailed examination of the essence of life and what it means to live fully ... a welcome and recommended addition to Metaphysical Studies reading lists." -Reviewer's Choice in Midwest Book Review

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"An impressively detailed examination of the essence of life and what it means to live fully ... a welcome and recommended addition to Metaphysical Studies reading lists." -- Reviewer's Choice in Midwest Book Review

"An impressively detailed examination of the essence of life and what it means to live fully." -- Midwest Book Review

About the Author

Gary R. Renard (Maine) is a professional guitar player who took his life in a different direction after he heard a "calling." Today he is a private investor and writer who travels and discusses metaphysical principles with other spiritual seekers.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
As a long time student of "A Course in Miracles" I've read most of the books that purport to teach the Course. This is the only one I've ever read that makes the Course totally understandable. There is a reinvigoration of energy going on around the Course because of this book. But you don't have to be a student of the Course to get a lot out of "The Disappearance of the Universe." It's a great read, it's full of fascinating and useful spiritual information, and in many cases people who I"ve talked to consider it to be the most significant book in their lives. I agree.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Renard has a wonderful book here Aug. 24 2004
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If you have any interest at all in "A Course In Miracles", get this book. It is very helpful, with some background explanations of terms and principles in the Course. And very readable too, much easier than the Course - (but this book also cautions that nothing is a substitute for the Course itself). Renard also ties in selections from the Nag Hammadi scrolls, specifically the Gospel of Thomas. Read the book to see what the connection is.
Altogether, a wonderful read. I have bought copies for a number of friends.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Super Aug. 24 2005
Format:Paperback
I love this book for many reasons. First of all, it has a good sense of humor, second, it has more useful spiritual information in it than any other book I've ever seen, thirdly, it explains why the world and the people in it are the way that they are, and fourth, how to solve the problem of human existence. All this is put in the framework of discussions the author has with two "ascended masters" who he says appeared to him in the flesh from out of nowhere. Whether you're ready to believe that or not doesn't matter. The content of this book is awesome.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
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The "Disappearance of the Universe", does just that. It is the modern day portal, between the world of multiplicity and form to the symbolic-less meaningful reality of formlessness. Pursah and Arten are fun, I would like to meet up with them for a few beers and maybe some Guinness. They are in contrast, to Jesus's somewhat fatherly and directive tone in ACIM, where he emphasizes alot of work to be done and no time to be lost. He wants to hasten our empty and meaningless misadventures in the horizontal pathway of time through the vertical pathway to Truth, always available to us in the Holy Instant. During the apparent timeframe that "A disappearance of the universe", was written, and before , I got around to reading, "A Course in Miracles", I entered enlightenment through the spiritual superfluidity, of Osho and Atisha, most particularly, through, Osho's tapes, expounding "The book of wisdom" , but I have to say, "A Course in Miracles", offers the most practical course and direct approach to enlightenment, that I have come by, or expect to come by. It's central message of forgiveness re-inforces, the true reality, which is one of non-differentiation, and which follows naturally, from the seemingly altrusitic practice that it propounds. The cental contribution of "The disappearance of the universe", is to package ACIM in a more readable form suitable for a majority. It bridges both the worlds, while still holding out a bridge to the real world.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Read Aug. 24 2005
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This is one of the best books I've ever read. I've read it three times. It answers more questions than any other spiritual book, including all the big questions. But it also gives you a practical way of living in the world. I saw the author give a workshop in person and he is the most real, humble, funny and brilliant spiritual teacher I've ever seen. If you want to read something that explains the entire universe, this is it!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read of Course Students April 23 2004
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I started reading "The Disappearance of the Universe" believing I was reading another 'conversations' book, and was wonderfully surprised and gratefully mis-informed.
My experience of Gary's delightful book was that of Gratitude. Grateful that a book has been written that addresses so deeply and seriously the one and only message of "A Course in Miracles". FORGIVENESS. As a Course Group facilitator, I encourage others to read it....be vigilent and attentive to the message!
Gary's book "The Disappearance of the Universe" has assisted in deepening my awareness of the simplicity and importance of Forgiveness. Not only at a deep inner personal level, but also one of seeing my brother as the messenger of my salvation by acknowledging his innocence and visioning him as forgiveness. Then forgive the mind that projected anything other than perfect innocence.
In the end, it really doesn't matter. This is a dream, after all, in which we think we're here. Since we believe we're here, why not have some fun. Read Gary's book, take what you want and leave the rest.....and don't miss the message....Forgiveness is the way of return, through the thin veils of darkness into the Real Dream, where God waits our return to where we never left. Thank you God is...thank you.
Blessings......
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Experience For All Spiritual Seekers April 7 2004
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The Disappearance of the Universe (DU) is a truly unique spiritual book in that it doesn't fool around but gets right to the point from the word go and doesn't hold anything back. It's blunt and authoritative. There's absolutely nothing vague or ambivalent about this book. It's in your face. The style and humor are very unusual for a spiritual book, but that serves to lighten the sometimes serious topics that need to be discussed. The result is a book that could stand alone as one of the best Gospels ever written.
In a way, The Disappearance of the Universe could be viewed as the answer to "The Passion of the Christ," that movie in which the insane thought system of sin, guilt, fear, suffering and sacrifice is sold once again to a new and unsuspecting generation. Unlike "Passion," DU is about the real Jesus, because it's about unconditional love and forgiveness and how to have the same experience of God that Jesus did. He wasn't about suffering and sacrifice, and neither are the teachers in this book, Arten and Pursah, aka. Saint Thaddaeus and Saint Thomas. Renard, the recorder of his experiences, including the conversations with these two enlightened masters who appeared to him in his living room from out of nowhere, is the sometimes wise-cracking student.
It's refreshing to have a couple as the teachers, including an independent and feisty woman as the main teacher. (She was Saint Thomas, a male, in a previous incarnation.) The clarity is amazing as the two teachers speak from a Jewish perspective about their friend, the master named Y'shua. Most teachings about him, calling him Jesus in English, present the revisionist, made up Christian version of him.
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