By Gary R. Renard
If you're in search of a soul-expanding, spiritually-oriented book that tackles delicate subjects with a "no-holds-barred, in-your-face" approach, get your hands on a copy of Gary Renard's "The Disappearance of the Universe: Straight Talk About Illusions, Past Lives, Religion, Sex, Politics, and the Miracles of Forgiveness." Over the course of more than 400 pages, Renard recants the seventeen conversations that he personally had with Arten and Pursah, ascended masters who periodically visited him for nine years.
According to these ascended masters, both had lived numerous incarnations, some of which occurred during the time of the "historical Jesus." At that time, Arten, who appeared to Renard as a male, was Saint Thaddaeus; Pursah, who appeared to Renard as a female, was Saint Thomas. Both were therefore two of the original disciples.
Renard describes his visitors as having "revealed no less than the secrets of the universe, discussed the true purpose of life, spoke in detail about 'The Gospel of Thomas,' and bluntly clarified the principles of an astounding spiritual document that is spreading throughout the world to usher in a new way of thinking that will become more prevalent in the new millennium." He exonerates the bluntness of Arten and Pursah by explaining that, "Even though there are statements made by the masters in these pages that may appear to be harsh or critical in their printed form, I can witness that their attitude should always be taken to include gentleness, humor, humility, and love."
The "spiritual document" that Renard refers to is "A Course in Miracles" (ACIM). However, within the foreword of "The Disappearance of the Universe," D. Patrick Miller, publisher of "The Complete Story of the Course" states, "This book is not a substitute for 'A Course in Miracles,' but I'm confident that it will serve many as a bracing preview or a radical review of the teaching's fundamental principles." Perhaps Miller summarizes it best by referring to Renard's book as "a supplemental teaching guide of Course principles."
Forgiveness is the primary focus of both books. "The Disappearance of the Universe" discusses the need for forgiveness to enable our journey "home," as well as the need to understand that this world is just a dream, including our perceived separation from "Him." As Renard questions at the end of the book while discussing the events of September 11, 2001, "Was the Holy Spirit's forgiveness really the way out, leading to the peace of God, my return to Heaven and the disappearance of the universe? I finally knew for sure that the answer to all of these questions was yes."
While I personally found "The Disappearance of the Universe" by Gary Renard to provide a fresh new perspective on old topics, it did so in a manner that I realize others might label as "offensive", "farfetched", and/or "disturbing." If you have no qualms about ascended masters who supposedly have permission from Jesus to refer to him as "J" and the same ascended masters warning you that "if you want to be handled with kid gloves then go to a theme park," then I would recommend this book for you. However, it would be unfair of me to not make clear that this book is not for everyone; while the same could actually be said of every book, this book seems to be one that readers either love or hate. That seems quite appropriate for a book that focuses so strongly on forgiveness and duality.
Donna McLaughlin Schwender is the "soul proprietor" of One-Eared Dog, Ink. As a freelance writer living in upstate New York.