IF GOD IS YOUR GOAL
By Gary Renard
“What would you do if you were sitting quietly in your living room when a
mysterious couple appeared from 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?”
— From ‘The Disappearance of the Universe’
That is exactly what happened to me in the early 1990’s. It turns out the Jesus we see in the Gospel of Thomas is teaching the same thing as He does today in A Course in Miracles. My teachers eventually got into the Course in detail, as well as doing something that is very rare; they presented the ACIM in such a way that people can now read and understand it for themselves. A Course in Miracles says that of the two seeming worlds; one being the world of God and two, being the world of man, that only the world of God is true. There may seem to be two worlds but in fact there is really only one.
Some mistakenly believe that A Course in Miracles is a dualistic system because it talks about both. What it says is that only one is true, which is Heaven; it is actually a non-dualistic system. That makes it different from virtually all other spiritual teachings in the world. Most spiritual teachings have God creating something other than Himself and then interacting with it. A Course in Miracles would say this idea is psychotic because it gives us a God who is insane. And it gives us a God who rather than being perfect love, made a world that includes hatred, anger, fear, and death.
These ideas are a function of opposites because there can be no death in Heaven. Death can only exist when you have a seeming opposite to Heaven. That is the madness of duality because it is what people believe is true but which God knows nothing about. That is because people are dreaming what A Course in Miracles would call, ‘the dream of death.’ When they awaken to what they really are, which is what real enlightenment is, they will see that the dream they thought their life was never truly existed.
There can be no true enlightenment without undoing the ego. Forgiveness is the means by which A Course in Miracles teaches us to ‘undo the ego.’ On a cosmic level the ego is simply the idea that we have an individual identity that has separated itself from its Source. That idea is the ‘false collective’ us. There is just one ego appearing as many. True forgiveness as taught by the great Masters like Jesus, undoes the ego. It accomplishes that by bringing people to a position of cause rather than effect.
The traditional kind of forgiveness, which the world practices, keeps the
separation intact by seeing others as having really done something. That idea is
like the old Newtonian physics where you have a subject and object that are
separate from each other. By seeing others as separate, it keeps the idea of you
as separate being real in your unconscious mind. It also keeps you in a position
of being at the mercy of the effects of the world. You are then a victim of the
world you see. Real forgiveness as taught by the Masters like Jesus and
Buddha, would see everything as being one and connected, thus there is
not really anyone else who is separate from you. Therefore, to forgive another
is to forgive your self.
This is much more in harmony with the new physics because it teaches that you cannot really separate one thing from something else. This puts you in a position of ‘cause’ rather than effect because you realize that you are everywhere and that the world is not being done to you; it is being done by you. Thus you begin to realize that the world is a projection of your own mind; one of your own making so you can forgive people not because they have done something but because they have not really done anything!
That kind of forgiveness we will call Quantum forgiveness as it undoes the idea of separation (the ego) in your unconscious mind. This is because of an important law of the mind which A Course in Miracles puts this way, ‘As you see him you will see yourself. As you treat him you will treat yourself. As you think of him you will think of yourself. Never forget this, for in him you will find yourself or lose yourself.’ There is no getting away from this. If they are guilty, you are guilty and that is what you will believe about yourself. But if they are innocent, then you are innocent because how you see the other person is simply going into your unconscious mind as a message about yourself.
Through this kind of forgiveness we realize the people we see out there are just split aspects of our own mind. A mind that thinks it is separate, but we can now allow the Holy Spirit to heal; to rejoin with our self. Jesus went through life 2000 years ago, forgiving everybody and seeing everybody as totally innocent. By doing that, He was looking past the body to what they really are, which is spirit, and every time He did that it was as though He was rejoining with Himself and becoming whole again. In that process of becoming whole again, He was actually awakening and returning to reality. When Buddha said, ‘I am awake,’ he meant that he had awakened. Jesus, in A Course in Miracles, is teaching us to awaken from what is the equivalent of a dream and return to what we really are, which is this idea of perfect oneness with God.
I think at some point one has to become like the prodigal son in Jesus’ story. You have to realize the world is futile because of its impermanence. Then you discover the only solution is to go Home because Heaven is permanent ecstasy and the world is ecstasy followed by horror. That is the difference between non-duality and duality. One is permanent and the other is false. That is what Jesus was talking about when He spoke of building upon the rock instead of the sand.
The ironic thing is that you do not have to give up the world at the level of the physical. You can live a normal life and that is because Quantum forgiveness is done at the level of the mind, which is ‘cause’ and nothing whatsoever to do with the level of the world, which is ‘effect.’ It is definitely not about giving up the world; it is simply about changing the way you look at it.
That is why A Course in Miracles says this is a course in cause and not effect. By dealing with the cause you are in a position of power. You have the power to return Home to reality instead of staying trapped in illusions. On the way Home you begin to have experiences which tell you what Home is like. Once you have those experiences, there is no turning back because there is no comparison between the joy of Heaven and the world of man, you used to think was real.
It is important for us to remember that classic spirituality is not about fixing up our lives. It is about ‘waking-up’ from our lives — and that is not just a small distinction; it is everything. I do not say there is anything wrong with other approaches because all paths lead to God in the end. But I think people can save themselves a lot of time in awakening from the cycle of birth and death, and end reincarnation if they make that the goal.
Ironically, when they do, they will also have a better life in the process because they are now dealing with something that has real power, which is being at the cause instead of something that has little power, which is dealing with effect. This is the approach of A Course in Miracles; dealing with real power, which is being at cause.
Over of the past several years I have been learning and practicing what my
teachers came here to reveal. I travel and speak nearly every weekend around the
Canada, as well as
Australia. My life has been completely transformed and it is my ministry
to share all that was given to me with those who are ready to hear the truth. It
has been quite a journey and one that is bringing me closer to my goal of waking
up and going home to God.
A Look the Future: What to expect in 2012
Near the end of my second book “Your Immortal Reality: How to Break the Cycle of Birth and Death,” my ‘ascended masters,’ Arten and Pursah, take me on a look into the future. Here is some of what was revealed.
As many of you know, the Mayan calendar ends in the year 2012. Some say that the world will come to and end at that time.
Arten assured me the end of the world is not scheduled for that time. The year 2012 is the end of a cycle, not the end of the human race. At the end of a cycle, a new phase starts. A cycle is merely a repetition of what has already happened before in a different form, which proves that the more things change, the more they stay the same.
In the new cycle there will be a lot of good mixed in with a lot of bad. There will be so much concern about the environment and ending global warming that the U.S. government will take action. It will take some time to turn this around and we will experience extremes in weather conditions, but it will be turned around and it will allow people to feel more optimistic about the future.
One hundred years ago the average lifespan was 49. Now it is 75. By late in this century, the average life span will have risen to 100, and some will live to be 130. People may not feel safe, but the truth is that people are safer than they have ever been. That is why they are living longer.
Hydrogen-powered cells are the energy of the future. Over the next couple of decades, the trend in America will be toward hybrids. In Europe, the effort will be concentrated on hydrogen power.
Quantum computers will boggle the mind, space elevators will raise heavy cargo through the air and into orbit, tourists will take trips to the moon, and teleportation will be a reality — all of these things will happen in the not-too-distant future.
Space travel of the future will not always be done on spacecraft. It takes days
to fly to the moon, but one day we will be able to beam someone there in
A Glimpse of My Third Book
In “Love Has Forgotten No One: The Answer to Life,” my ‘ascended master’ teachers, Arten and Pursah, will guide you through a way of dissolving the illusions of time and space and returning to Reality, which is Perfect Love. This is not love the way the world commonly thinks of it. It is an all-encompassing kind of love that is perfect spirit; innocent, unflawed, immortal, invulnerable, and forever fearless.
Real love, which is divine in nature, must be experienced, for it is beyond words. Yet words and practice are needed to help lead you to that experience. The knowledge of what it is like to be one with your Source is the awesome mystical experience described by Masters throughout the ages. It is the greatest sense of awareness anyone can have while still appearing to be in this world.
This book will teach you exactly how to get that experience, which upon the end
of your physical existence will become your permanent reality. You will find
that indeed, love has forgotten no one.
Gary Renard, the best-selling author of “The Disappearance of the Universe” and “Your Immortal Reality,” has been described as one of the most interesting and courageous spiritual speakers conducting workshops worldwide. “The Love Has Forgotten No One Cruise,” based upon his upcoming book, is set for July 13-20, 2008. For further details, visit: www.garyrenard.com and click on the Appearance page.
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