Saturday, January 26, 2008

Book Review: Disappearance of the Universe

According to A Course in Miracles, the universe as we know it is actually an illusion, or a bad dream. In the real world, we are all together with God. That may sound a little crazy to any newbie recovering materialists who may be visiting. Which brings me to this quote:

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. Would you call the cops? Call a psychiatrist? Call out for pizza?

Those of you who are further along the path of recovery will no doubt choose the third option. That's a good thing, because you wouldn't want to miss Disappearance of the Universe by Gary Renard, which is the best introduction I've seen to date to A Course In Miracles.

Just to give you newbies a bit of background information, there are two paths available to recovering materialists: the mystic and the hermetic. The mystic path aims directly at union with the Infinite; the hermetic path has the same goal, but the emphasis is on integrating the different parts of the personality and bringing the experience of the Infinite into this world. Recovering materialists should know about both paths in order to make an informed decision. Just for the record, I prefer the hermetic path, but your mileage may vary.

In Disappearance of the Universe, the two characters who appear to Mr. Renard give an exposition of the principles set forth in A Course in Miracles. The book is very easy to follow, with plenty of questions and answers and clarifications of the important points. The concept of forgiveness if covered at length (let's just say that it's not what you think it is). There's also a little plot twist near the end.

After reading this book, I then went on to read the Course in Miracles. You probably will too.

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