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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Hay House UK; Rev. Ed edition (24 Feb 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401905668
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401905668
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.9 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,321 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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."

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Gary Renard slowly and carefully wrote The Disappearance of the universe over a period of nine years after undergoing a powerful spiritual awakening in the early 90's when he met two beings who he describes as ascended masters. Today, Gary is an author who writes, travels and discusses metaphysical principles with other spiritual seekers all over the world.

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50 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Cindy Casey on 17 Sep 2003
Format: Paperback
"The Disappearance of the Universe" is an amazing and startling book. The author, who as far as I can see is just a regular guy with no academic background, has managed to do what the other popular books about "A Course in Miracles" definitely did not do: make it truly understandable! Not only that, but this book does it in a way that's fun to read. Not that it isn't challenging; on the contrary, this book is substantial, formidable and if one wants to follow this path - demanding. But if you're ready for it (and not everybody is) this book actually tells you how to apply advanced spiritual teachings to your everyday life in a practical way. Oh by the way, it also manages to completely explain the universe at the same time in a way that I've never seen done before. Because of these many facts, I certainly have to give the author the benefit of the doubt when he says that these in-the-flesh appearances and conversations with two ascended masters (Saint Thomas and Saint Thaddaeus) actually took place. Indeed, who can judge that they didn't if they weren't there? The conversations in the book are so realistic, the timeline they follow so authentic, and the author so unlikely to write this book that I now believe him when he says at the beginning in his Author's Note: "...I can vouch for the extreme unlikeliness of this book being written by an uneducated layman such as myself without inspiration by these masters." Personally, I think Gary Renard has given the world a book that succeeds on so many levels it is perfectly appropriate to describe it as amazing and startling. It deserves both success and appreciation.
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By "champagne20" on 9 April 2004
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Is it possible for any of us to ever attain the level of Ultimate Masterhood (graduation from this world) in the context of our everyday, mundane existence? What rules our reality? Are we even aware of the origins of our limitations? How does one break free of this crazy world? These are some of the fascinating topics discussed in this new book.
We have been told that, for our willingness to follow Spirit, we can expect fulfillment of the promise: "Ask and ye shall receive." Astonishingly, for the author, the response to his spiritual pledge came right after one of his meditations, in the form of two ascended masters who allegedly materialized out of thin air in the comfort of his living room. Arten and Pursah, as they are named, disclose that in one of their previous incarnations they were respectively Saint Thaddaeus and Saint Thomas, both contemporary disciples of Jesus. They inform Renard that they will share a series of 17 sessions together. These would turn out to span nine years.
A few pages into the book, the reader is convinced of the writer's sincerity. Renard is, by his own admission, a layman with a limited education. A work-at-home husband with no children, he lives in rural Maine where his quiet surroundings allow him to meditate regularly. In his times of prayer he often tells Jesus how he wishes he could have been one of His disciples so he could have been taught personally by the Master.
These moments are cherished by Renard but he finds himself more often at war with himself and others. Yet one day, he makes the clear determination that this painful pattern has to stop. "There must be a better way," he thinks, and he offers the olive branch to a former adversary as a stepping stone to removing conflict from his life.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl Lamonte on 19 Mar 2004
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I've been studying A Course in Miracles since 1978. I've read all the popular and many of the not so popular books about it. I've seen and heard all the best teachers. This book takes a back seat to no spiritual book in the world, and having just seen the author in person, he takes a back seat to no spiritual teacher in the world. The Disappearance of the Universe is the state of the art of spirituality. It's the future happening now. It uncannily serves as both an introduction to the uninitiated as well as an advanced explanation of ACIM to experienced practitioners. It does this by explanations of spiritual principles that are as clear and sharp as a laser beam. It has humor that works just right to lighten the more serious topics that are discussed.
Either Saint Thomas and Saint Thaddaeus really appeared to Gary Renard in person as he says and gave him all of this information, or Renard himself has a tremendous gift for combining his personal life experiences with the very best spiritual teachings in the world. The book would work either way, but if Renard could write this on his own then why would he prefer the false humility of presenting himself as the student instead of the teacher? I think the book works so well because Renard is one of us, and he engages his teachers in language that we can accept and understand, making very advanced metaphysical principles and their applications refreshingly accessable to any interested student.
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135 of 146 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 Aug 2005
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Seeing all the reviewers who've rated this as 5 stars, I'm guessing there are a lot of believers amongst the reviewers (I'll put my hands up and admit that I am not). However, to anyone who believes this stuff, please don't take my review as an attack, but rather as a "forgiveness opportunity". How could it be otherwise, since I'm apparently not a separate person from you? Now, on to the review:

I couldn't decide whether the author was schizophrenic or just a canny business man, who had realised that the New Age market can be very lucrative, especially if you promise the key to eternal life or a return to the source. Towards the end of the book, I was leaning towards the latter, because of all the inconsistencies between what he was purporting to believe, and how he was actually acting (and in fact how his ascended master guides decribed their own behaviour)

The premise of the book is essentially: the world does not exist, and we do not exist as separate consciousnesses from fellow humans (or Martians, or Alpha Centaurians for that matter... or dogs or cats or beetles I shouldn't wonder). Anyway, the world is an illusion that we have constructed and are projecting from Heaven, because we mistakenly once had the idea "what if" (there was something beyond this unimaginable perfection that we experience all the time). Because this is an imperfect thought that cannot exist in Heaven, we had to create an illusory world outside of heaven, this being the universe that we believe we are experiencing now. Buried deep within us is the belief that God would be angry with us if he knew we'd created this horrible imperfect universe, so we fill this illusory world with pain and hurt, to distract ourselves and keep ourselves from knowing who we are.
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