Disappearance of the Universe: Straight Talk about Illusions, Past Lives, Religion, Sex, Politics, and the Miracles of Forgiveness

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 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?

 When two such teachers appeared before Gary Renard in 1992, he chose to listen to them (and ask a lot of impertinent questions). The result is this startling book: an extraordinary record of 17 mind-bending conversations that took place over nearly a

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Overview

 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?

 When two such teachers appeared before Gary Renard in 1992, he chose to listen to them (and ask a lot of impertinent questions). The result is this startling book: an extraordinary record of 17 mind-bending conversations that took place over nearly a decade, reorienting the author's life and giving the world an uncompromising introduction to a spiritual teaching destined to change human history.

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Editorial Reviews

Midwest Book Review
"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."
"Reviewer's Choice" in the Small Press Bookwatch
Bob Olson
A refreshing, no-holds-barred course in spirituality... This book had me saying to myself over and over, 'Now that makes sense.
OfSpirit.com editor
Jon Mundy
. . incredible content . . . Gary Renard's book stays true to the hardcore metaphysics of A Course in Miracles.
Miracles Magazine
VENTURE INWARD
An enthralling voyage of the mind... you'll find it difficult to tear yourself away from this book.
Edgar Cayce's Association for Research and Enlightenment, Nov-/Dec 2003
Geoff Rotunno
Quite simply the most unusual and most well done spirituality title around.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781401905668
  • Publisher: Hay House, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/28/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 430
  • Sales rank: 75,544
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.09 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2005

    A Word to the Wise

    A good friend of mine recently became consumed in The Disappearance of the Universe, and has now moved on to A Course in Miracles. I have had an increasingly difficult time talking to her without getting a glazed smile and an earful of her new philosophy. As a clinical psychologist and concerned friend, I decided to read Disappearance to see what could possibly have such a hold over this person. After reading the book, I have some concerns. Although a story like this can seem like the perfect answer to a person searching for meaning, such a totalitarian philosophy can have damaging effects on a person's life and relationships. I have watched otherwise bright, social, independent thinkers become increasingly fixated, disturbed, and isolated after diving into a thought system like this. They often have difficulty relating to the 'unenlightened' or coping with the mundane 'physical world.' I'm not here to bash the book. It certainly is entertaining and imaginative. But I would caution anyone considering this book to keep a level head about it. These 'advanced' philosophies can be very consuming to a person's mind, and are often times intentionally designed that way. Remember, no matter what your spiritual beliefs, you still have a body and a world to take care of, at least for a while.

    13 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2005

    A Mind of My Own

    The Disappearance of the Universe uses the same authoritarian tone as A Course in Miracles, but adds a pinch of condescension for good measure. I have read both books from cover to cover, and both books give the same ultimatum: This is the truth, the only meaningful reality, 'a required course', and until you accept that, you will remain a mindless ego on legs, trapped in a meaningless illusion, fueled by fear, unable to know truth or love. Both books clearly and repeatedly state that our world is nothing more than an horrific nightmare filled with hateful creatures. Forgive my irreverence, but I wholeheartedly disagree. Unlike the 'ascended masters' in Disappearance, I see beauty in this great Universe of ours, and I intend to make it a wonderful place to live, while I seek God in my own way.

    12 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2005

    You had me right up to Mars

    I have to say I was really enjoying this story and even open to the possibility of spirit guides, until they made that remark about humans migrating to Earth from Mars. I hate to get caught up on one detail, but I think it's pretty huge. What can I say, I'm a biologist, and if you're going to claim these characters are truly ascended masters who know everything about humankind and the universe, you can't afford to get things wrong, especially something like this. If you compare the DNA of humans and apes, you can see that they're roughly 97% identical. We're also finding earlier fossils all the time that show our common ancestry. The ascended masters made the remark, 'You don't really think you descended from apes, do you?' as if that was somehow inferior. I see nothing wrong with the idea, in fact I think evolution is an amazing and beautiful process that has given us all the diversity of life we have on this planet. But these masters refer to it as 'miscreation', a criticism I take offense to. Once they made these remarks, the credibility of the whole book was shot.

    8 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2007

    Enlightenment Cards

    I read 'Disappearance' six times in the first year I owned it. As an eager student of spirituality for 50 years, I thank Gary, Arten and Pursah for their help. I've also gone on to study 'A Course in Miracles.' Though no one is likely to read my review way back here, I want to add that the 'Enlightenment Cards,' companion to 'Disappearance' are absolutely, breathtakingly beautiful! I bought several sets as gifts for friends who I know enjoyed 'Disappearance.' They're lovely to hold, inspiring to read, and I have them as reminders, displayed all over my house, used as bookmarks, etc., a great tactile experience to accompany a rewarding thought system.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 22, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Great Introduction to The Course!

    I have found that this book takes a gradual process in presenting ideas of reality and alternate possibilities for any reader, and does so in a way that it makes either accepting these ideas, or not, effortless. I have also found it to provide background information that helps in understanding such concepts, so that you fully understand what it is trying to express prior to moving on to the next concept.

    This is a MUST READ for anyone that is looking for something more, either on a spiritual path, or in the determination of their own purpose, or in simple understanding of what may bring them true inner peace and relief from the stresses of their life. I cannot say enough amazing things about this book because since I read it I haven't looked at anything the same and nor will I!!

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    The best book ever

    If you are reading A Course in Miracles you will need to read this book. It will bring you greater understanding of the Course and the message of Jesus. I've already read it twice. I have searched and read many books over the past 2 years...and now my search is over for the meaning of life. All I need to do now is practice, practice, practice...forgiveness! I do not read anything that is recommended by Gary R. Renard because I want to always stay the path of A Course in Miracles.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2009

    Uggh! Regret buying.

    This is one of those books you should take a seat and read the first hundred or so pages and not just buy immediately. It may be irritating, or useful. I am all about truth, personal change and being open minded. All for spiritual growth, but this book really got on my nerves. One of the only books in the past decade of reading that irritated me so much. I regretted spending the money and wasting my time. Moving on to other authors.

    4 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2009

    Don't waste your money

    I bought this book online following previous reviews. What a mistake!! (I usually browse books in the store before buying.) This book is full of "will explain later...more details later..." blah, blah, blah.
    No specifics. I would not recommend this book not even to beginners. It's a mix of different sources. If you don't follow the Bible or don't agree with it, don't get this book.

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 5, 2009

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    On The Right Course!

    I remember that lazy summer night I went to Barnes & Noble, all comfortable and relaxed, and roaming the whole store thinking what will today bring me. And so I just picked a section and a book stuck out to me, this one. "How could the Universe disappear?" I said out loud to myself, and when I picked up the book, (the only one of its kind there) my life changed forever. I can say that I am definitely a changed individual because of this book. The teachings, the values, and the goodness that comes out of Gary's book is nothing but happiness.

    The way in which Gary displayed the story to us was brilliant, funny, touching, and yes, believable. You don't have to take every single thing he says to heart, or mind, but take what you will that would make life true to you. Whether afterwards you'd want to read A Course in Miracles is completely up to you but it may not be for you, this book might be enough, even if it quenches your thirst for a time, you have enough to go on and find the rest for yourself.

    The inspiration I got from this book, was the inspiration I gratefully got back because now I know that the passions I had growing up are the passions I want all through my time here. And regardless of what follys may follow, I know the way I will treat them is what feels right to me, forgiveness is ten times better than holding any type of anger, it heals tremendously. ALL BECAUSE OF THIS BOOK! This will open your eyes to possibilities you may have secretly contemplated with yourself but when spoken through Gary's words, it just makes it that more sensible. Atleast read it, you're sure to get something out of it.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    This book has given me the Truth. It has literally changed my life.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2009

    Thought Provoking

    I must say that the title of disappearance of the Universe sounded like something from a Scifi movie, but it isn't. In a strange way it makes sense. It will make you rethink everything that you have been taught to believe. I would recommend this to people who are ready to change their lives.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 19, 2011

    Great Read, highly recommend prior to reading "A Course in Miracles"

    This was a great read! Gary and the Ascended Master's who visited him were very funny which not only felt down to earth (no pun intended;) but made a serious topic feel light and I couldn't put the book down. The review that said they were turned off by the book because of the Ascended Master's stating they came from Mar's or somewhere like that I didn't read that anywhere, sorry. There was a short blurb when Gary asked about if ET's existed and the response was yes, I would have to agree, other's may disagree, but I believe they exist.

    I also ordered Gary's daily enlightenment cards but can't comment on them yet they are on their way, but I look forward to them.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 26, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    If you are a searcher for Truth, this is the best of all. I have a huge meta & theo library but I think they have all lead me on wonderful winding paths to where Gary Renards books take us towards the better understanding of "A Course in Miracles". For those of you who have no other 'religious' books at all, this is the one to have. This isn't just something you read once and put down. It is about how to live this life.
    I bought my Nook Color, my first digital reader, just because I want to carry this book, Gary Renards other book and 'A Course in Miracles' with me at all times.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2005

    Just Add Water And Stir

    After reading The Disappearance of the Universe, the most troubling thing I have found is how desperately unhappy so many people are with their present state of existence (i.e. their humanity). In these modern times, and especially in America, we want all the answers and we want them yesterday. So it's no surprise to me that another book has surfaced that attempts to take some of the best qualities of the world's great religions and boil them down into one hard-and-fast formula for salvation. How grand, a book that explains everything, and shows you how to get out of this mess we call life. Having reached a ripe old age and being privileged to study many of the great philosophies of our world, I have come to appreciate the rich diversity of our species and the universe we live in. I have found great joy in savoring the moment and realizing that this life is all about the journey, and God is right here with us. Time is not the enemy; it's function is to divide up our experience into precious moments. When I get to the finish line, as we all will, I may not get the gold medal, but I'll have the satisfaction of knowing that I soaked up every delicious minute of the adventure.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2013

    How this book ever got 4.5 stars instead of 5 is beyond me. Aft

    How this book ever got 4.5 stars instead of 5 is beyond me. After 31 years of searching through every religion, every spiritual document out there including theosophy, new age etc, this book is finally where I rested and stayed. This is the highest truth there is, and for once I can say I found truth, instead of pieces of truth leading down another dead end. This book is not for the light-hearted but it is life transforming in every way possible and is the end of the road. Written in easy to read style with humor and honesty. For those ready to go home to God, and not mess with the illusion anymore, this book is for you. <3 Thank you Gary for changing my life, for being willing to write this and finally giving me what I searched for all these years!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 18, 2011

    Very intriguing-Recommend for the open minded

    I was seduced by the conversation between the characters.The concepts may be a bit much for many,but are well within every ones grasp. All that is needed is an open mind and a desire to change for the better.I highly recommend this reading to those who are looking for a life changing experience.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 13, 2010

    This book was lifechanging

    After reading this book, I started to look at everything differently. I was already a student of ACIM, but reading this just opened my eyes. The shocker was that God did not create the world I did and it's my movie and I am the director and producer through my thoughts and belief's.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2006

    Highly Recommended

    This book has lead us to A Course in Miracles. Without this book, I think it may have been a challenge for me to just pick up ACIM and really get it and see the point of it. God is.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 5, 2014

    Highly Recommended

    This book is highly recommended for everyone that is ready to receive the message that is inside. I believe you must have a spiritual insight rather than a religious outlook if that makes any sense of the matter. You must be able to look with-in to follow along with writing of this book. I believe if put in the hands that are not ready, will put it down before they can get the full impact. May God Bless and be always in your heart so you don't have to seek him outside of you.

    Dale

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2013

    Awesome book

    This book was thought provoking and really gives you something to think about. It challenges everything conventional religion and spiritualism teaches. Makes so much more sense. Really, words to live by...

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