Thursday, March 22, 2018

Any Excuse Will Do

People have a deep, hidden need to project their unconscious guilt onto somebody else, and any excuse will do. People do this in a thousand subtle ways. They don't know they need to, or why. If they did then they wouldn't do it. ~ The Disappearance of the Universe

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

They Don't Fit Together

The Course and Christianity don't fit together. The Course is saying that the body is illusory and is based on a thought system that is actually the antithesis of God, if there could be an antithesis of God. Christianity has served to perpetuate the thought system that results in a sate of seemingly separate bodily existence by elevating J's body to one of extreme specialness - thus fulfilling the needs of people to validate their own experience of uniqueness and individuality. ~ The Disappearance of the Universe

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Use Study Groups for Forgiveness

Study groups are not mentioned at all in the Course, like going to church, they should be viewed primarily as a social phenomenon. They are not always the best source of information either, but if they are given to the Holy Spirit and used for forgiveness, then you can be certain He'll be happy to participate with you. ~ The Disappearance of the Universe

Monday, March 19, 2018

Energy is Nothing

There is a very simple criteria that the Course gives you to distinguish between the real and the unreal, "Whatever is true is eternal, and cannot change or be changed. Spirit is therefore unalterable because it is already perfect, but the mind can elect what it chooses to serve. The on only limit put on it choice is that it cannot serve two masers."

So the fact that energy can be changed means that by its very nature it is untrue. It is not our intention to deflate the enthusiasm of your New Age buddies who are so ga-ga over energy. But energy is nothing. It's a waste of time, a trick, just another device for building your house upon the sand instead of on the rock. Sure, it may be a helpful idea for some people to be interested in the unseen instead of the seen. But we came to help you save time, so we need to say what we need to say. The good news isn't that energy can be changed, the good news is that the mind that made it can be changed. ~ The Disappearance of the Universe

Sunday, March 18, 2018

One Correct Interpretation, not 20,000

Arten: Let me ask you something. If today you have 20,000 churches that don't really understand J's message - and I assure you they don't - and if you have them all disagreeing about what J's message is supposed to mean, and in the meantime the world hasn't changed - not really - then do you honestly believe it will serve humanity if you end up with twenty thousand different interpretations of A Course in Miracles?

Gary: I take it that's a rhetorical question. Which is why you emphasize that if I really learn J's message as it's presented in his Course, then there is really only one possible correct interpretation. I think it's going to take some big people to be willing to give up their interpretations. But i also gather that there are inherent benefits in doing so. ~ The Disappearance of the Universe   

Saturday, March 17, 2018

A Mental Process

The Course is a mental process, not a physical one. Eventually you'll understand that EVERYTHING is a mental process and not a physical one. ~ The Disappearance of the Universe

Friday, March 16, 2018

Suffering is Built in the Unconscious Mind

There are happy people as well as suffering bastards in every religion. Look at the way some individual Hindus choose to suffer in their worship of God. Even the happy members of different religions suffer eventually. It's built in the unconscious thought system. That's why Christians want to believe that J suffered and died for their sins. ~ The Disappearance of the Universe

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Social Phenomenon

The Course is always done at the level of the mind, not out in the world. Going to church, temple, or any place of worship should be viewed as a social phenomenon. Some kind of public worship has always been an important part of society, and it is obvious that many of today's religious institutions are positive influences in their communities. But where you will really find salvation is in the mind. There is nothing inherently holy about any physical place or object. They are merely symbols. Thus it is possible to belong to any particular religion or organization, or do anything else you would normally do in life, and still practice the thought system of the Course at the level of the mind. ~ The Disappearance of the Universe

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

The Voice

The Voice can speak to you in many ways. It is not necessary for people to hear the Voice the way Helen Schucman did, and most never will. The Holy Spirit works with people in many different ways. He can speak to you by giving you his thoughts. These thoughts may just come into your mind. Sometimes you will not realize they were given to you, but sometimes you'll notice that they seemed to come to you from someplace else - although there is not really anyplace else.

This Voice is also the voice of Buddha and all ascended masters who eventually completed their part along with J. J and Buddha are not in competition with each other. Such fantasies are for members of religions, not them. Their Voice may also communicate with you in the dreams that you have in bed at night, not that those dreams are any more or less real than your daily projections. Relating to you in your nocturnal dreams is one of the Holy Spirit's favorite ways of working with people. But sometimes His Voice may simply come to you in the form of an idea from another person that rings true for you.
~ The Disappearance of the Universe

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Reliable Guidance

I was just beginning to realize that if all problems and issues were decided within the context of the Course's larger message of forgiveness - which was clearly not the same as the world's idea of forgiveness - then the problem or issue that needed to be forgiven would cease to be important in the mind of the student. That didn't necessarily mean that action might not sometimes be appropriate. Having made room for the Holy Spirit, the student would attain a state of mind where he or she would be much more likely to hear reliable guidance about what kind of action to take in any given situation. ~ Gary R Renard, The Disappearance of the Universe

Monday, March 12, 2018

When Will the Kingdom Come?

J was teaching that the Kingdom of Heaven is something that is present, if not presently in your awareness. "The disciples said to him, 'When will the Kingdom come?' He said, 'It will not come by watching for it. It will not be said, 'Behold here,' ore 'Behold there.' Rather, the Kingdom of the Father is spread out upon the earth, and people do not see it."

J is not saying here that the Kingdom of the Father is in the earth. Indeed, he knew that the earth was in our minds. He was speaking about something that people do not see because the Kingdom of Heaven cannot be seen with the body's eyes, which are only capable of beholding limited symbols. Heaven does not exist within the realm of perception, but is the genuine form of life that you will eventually become completely aware of. ~ The Disappearance of the Universe

Sunday, March 11, 2018

How Many are Ready to Listen?

You cannot understand how much J, who is now totally identified with the Holy Spirit, wants to completely join with you. That's why he said, "Whoever drinks from my mouth shall become like me. I myself shall become that person, and the hidden things will be revealed to that person." 

The mystical joining that J is talking about here is something that happens quiet literally. The lessons of true forgiveness that allow this to take place are not for everyone all at once - they are for those who are ready to receive their individual instruction.

J says, "I shall choose you, one from a thousand and two from ten thousand, and they shall stand as single one." Of course, J chooses everyone, all the time. But how many are ready to listen?  ~ The Disappearance of the Universe

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Holy War

Gary: Don't some people believe holy wars are justified? Arten: Another oxymoron if there ever was one.Gary: Even Edgar Cayce said wars are sometimes necessary.Arten: There's a world of difference between Holy and necessary. Edgar was a fine and gifted man, but he would be the first one to tell you that he wasn't J. J laughed at the idea of spiritualizing violence, just as he laughed at the world.~ The Disappearance of the Universe


Friday, March 9, 2018

Dressing up the World

The real goal isn't dressing up your life; it's about awakening from what you think is your life! Then you're building your house upon the rock. J's message isn't about fixing up the world. When you body appears to die, what are you going to do with what you believe is the world? As far as the world is concerned, you can dress it up, but you can't take it anywhere. ~ The Disappearance of the Universe