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The Disappearance of the Universe

Updated on July 28, 2013

The Author's Endorsement

Gary R. Renard, a successful professional guitar playerfrom Massachusetts in the USA, is the author of a most remarkable book called "The Disappearance of the Universe". The book is a result of a spiritual awakening the author underwent and is a very compelling endorsement of another book called "A Course in Miracles".

The Book Finds Me

I found the book in the local second hand shop where it was lying on the floor and I felt it was begging me to pick it up. I showed the book to my wife who was with me at the time and asked her to read the blurb at the back. We agreed that it sounded interesting and it wouldn't be for a number of weeks before I would actually start to read the book.

For the next few weeks I kept feeling the pull of the book to pick it up and read it but for whatever reasons I kept resisting until I came down with a mysterious illness and was confined to my bed for a week. It was during that week that I started to read the book and I couldn't put it down.

A few weeks later my wife also started reading the book and as a result of reading this book I purchased The Course in Miracles and am diligently pursuing the course with my wife.

Don't Be Put Off

The introduction to The Disappearance of the Universe put me off a little when I read in it that the author would be describing conversations he had with ascended masters who appeared to him out of the blue one day.

The introduction is written by D. Patrick Miller of Fearless Books who was contracted by the author for a professional assessment of the book and though he too initially felt put off he was very glad he wasn't.

It was Patrick Miller's words in the introduction that encouraged me to continue and I am glad I persisted.

My Spiritual Journey

I have been on a spiritual quest my whole life and had reached a kind of cul-de-sac in my journey when I came across this book. The book is now already filling in the missing pieces to many of my own ontological investigations over the years and I am so happy to be back on the spiritual road again in earnest.

I have also written an article about the course and here is link to that:

Introduction to A Course in Miracles.

It Is Not Another Cult or Religion

The Disappearance of the Universe is not a substitute for A Course in Miracles nor is it another religion or cult but if I had not read it I am not sure if I would have started A Course in Miracles in this lifetime.

By reading the Gary Renard's endorsement of A Course in Miracles I started the self study course with an awareness that helps me appreciate more the ideas presented in it and I feel that it has prepared me for the work that now faces me.

Inner Teacher

Sri Sathya Sai Baba was the spiritual teacher I had chosen to be my spiritual guide for many years. Though I only physically met this holy man once I met him many times in my dreams down through the years and felt him guide me through difficult times in my life.

Sai Baba passed away on Easter Sunday 2011 and I think it is fitting that I then be drawn to a course that tells me how to find my own inner spiritual guidance.

Resurrection of the Mind

I have also written an article called Resurrection of the Mind which briefly summarises what I have learned from reading The Disappearance of the Universe.

My spiritual journey has only recently begun in earnest and I feel so grateful for the all the wonderful opportunities presented to me in this life to be where I am today, having what I have, doing what I do and being who I am and surrounded by the people I love.

Please Watch The Interview

Following is a 7 minute video that shows an interview with the author talking about the book. I hope you take the time to watch this insightful video clip so you get a real feel for the experience I am trying to describe in this article.

The Author - Gary Renard


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      Xavier Nathan 5 years ago from Isle of Man

      Thank you Steve I am glad you found this useful and I too am glad I read this book before starting ACIM.

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      steve b 5 years ago

      The authors words at the end of the video fit my expereince of the books perfectly. ACIM is like a can. I read ACIM yrs ago and felt that it was hard to understand. Now after reading Disappearance of the Universe it is like being handed a can opener. Thank you. I wish I had read this yrs ago.

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      Xavier Nathan 6 years ago from Isle of Man

      d.william, I am so glad and actually relieved to see you back commenting on my hubs. I was worried about you and hope all is well with you. I can't wait to read your interpretation and I hope you benefited from the experience of reading the book. Thank you.

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      d.william 6 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      Well, i have finally finished reading the book and this hub of yours. Although my interpretations were much different than yours, the fact that people are truly starting to look at spirituality through a different lens, pleases me greatly. My interpretations will be posted today via a new hub i have written on my review of the book. I am looking forward to reading "a course on miracles", and catching up on the many hubs i have yet to read, since i have been unable to do so, of late.

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      Xavier Nathan 6 years ago from Isle of Man

      Thank you Nell.I am glad this piqued your interest and I am certain that you won't be disappointed. Please let me know how you get on.

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, this sounds fascinating, I will have to go check it out, and catch up on your other hub, thanks nell

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      Xavier Nathan 6 years ago from Isle of Man

      Thank you always exploring. I am glad you found this of interest. Please let me know how you get on with the book.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Like so many others, i've been on a spititual quest most of my adult life, trying many different churches and beliefs, could never find the peace my soul was wanting. I started reading Edgar Cayce's books and was enlightened. I am still on that journey. I watched the video in it's entirety, he seemed thuthful. I would like to read the book. Thank you for sharing.


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      Xavier Nathan 6 years ago from Isle of Man

      Very nicely put.

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      Ron Hooft 6 years ago from Ottawa

      Well the but is this: Imagine the levels of reality that exist in typing words on a computer. What does this process look like on the atomic level? After all, that’s what we are working with: electrons.

      The illusion is the type face, and yet that too is real in it’s own right because it is the end result of the underlying process.

      It isn’t that everything we see is just in our heads or just an illusion. It’s all that too. But the illusion comes from not seeing the underlying layers that create it. So the illusion is not an illusion, it is reality as relative to this layer.

      The wall is solid to us because it is a wall on our layer of existence. It is not solid on the atomic level. So which is the reality? Both are. Yet neither are reality on their own because they are not on their own.

      Part 4 is out as of yesterday afternoon. ;)

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      Xavier Nathan 6 years ago from Isle of Man

      Thank you Slarty. You got me all excited there for a minute when I read the words "I agree" and then you went and spoilt it all with "But not in the way you may think" LOL

      By the way I have stopped reading your amazing series about your life I want to wait for Part 4.

      I don't want to read the series out of sequence so that is why you haven't seen me comment on the other parts you have published.

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      Ron Hooft 6 years ago from Ottawa

      Thanks for bringing this to my attention. Believe it or not I agree with it. But not in the way you may think. "Nothing unreal exists." "You can't go back to what you already are." "If the universe is made by god you are a victim" The list of one liners I found in this video are the same as the ones I have found and used for years.


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      Xavier Nathan 6 years ago from Isle of Man

      You are most welcome Alastar.

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      Alastar Packer 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Very interesting Spirit. There are many paths a person can take & your hub Consciousness Is was most intriguing. Thank you Spirit for making these available for folks to look into when, and if they desire.

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      Xavier Nathan 6 years ago from Isle of Man

      Thank you RealHousewife and yes you are right. When we are ready the path opens up to us. Let me know what you think of the video won't you?

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      Kelly Umphenour 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      SW - very interesting. Great description - that you were "at a cul de sac"! Isn't it funny how things can find us just when we need them? It was there all along and maybe you just weren't looking for it? IDK but I always have to wonder about stuff like that. I'm off tom watch the video!

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      Xavier Nathan 6 years ago from Isle of Man

      Thank you No_Clue and I ma glad this hub piqued your interest. Let me know how you get on.

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      No_Clue 6 years ago

      Thank you, Spirit Whisperer, for sharing this, which has certainly piqued my interest in both books. I, also, have been on a spiritual path throughout my life, and seek the Truth...I will get copies and see where it takes me. Again, thank you!