I kept hearing, "It changed my life! You’ve got to read it!" from people in my Course in Miracles group in New Hampshire.
Then, I took a trip to California in the spring of 2009 to see Marianne Williamson and Deepka Chopra speak about Success and Prosperity in Los Angeles. The women at my lunch table were saying, “Disappearance of the Universe changed my life!"
If you read Hay House books regularly, you will see that most of the authors quote from A Course in Miracles and in some cases, like Doreen Virtue and Wayne Dyer, they say that A Course in Miracles changed their life.
When you hear of a book changing lives the way A Course in Miracles has, you have to take a peak. And, that I did. I asked Hay House to send along a review copy, so I could see what was in this book.
To begin with, I've been a student of A Course in Miracles on and off since the mid 1980s. I think I listened to every one of Marianne Williamson's cassette tapes when they came out in the 1990's. I’ve read all of Marianne's Williamson's books and have seen her speak in person three times over the years. I've read Journey Without Distance by Robert Skutch, Love is Letting Go of Fear, by Gerald Jampolsky, A Talk Given on A Course in Miracles by Kenneth Wapnick, In the Spirit of Business by Robert Roskind, and Gifts From a Course in Miracles by Frances Vaughn and Roger Walsch. So I definitely have experience reading books about A Course in Miracles…good books.
As I started reading The Disappearance of the Universe, my head tilted to one side with a puzzled look, then another as I started reading phrases from Gary Renard such as, "So, Thomas Jefferson was able to cut through the religious and dualistic bullshit and get to what's important. At the same time, I should remember that a lot of people need the bullshit until they're ready to give up the unnecessary stuff and cut to the chase."
I asked myself, Do I need to keep reading the words, "Bullshit, Asshole, Smart Ass, Idiot, Moron," and lots of sarcasm and talk about the author's sexual interests, in order to appreciate A Course in Miracles? Do I need to put up with Renard speaking disrespectfully about Marianne Williamson and Gerald Jampolsky by making a crack about their books by saying that he's’ trying to think of a title for his new book to talk about A Course in Miracles , "So far it's between Love is Letting Go of Beer and A Return to Beer."
No, I really don’t nor should anyone else.
Renard says "No [Marianne Williamson is not the main teacher of the Course]. Our sister Marianne [Williamson], whom I call the holy rap artist, is just one teacher. I saw her on Larry King Live last week and if I didn't already know better, I would have thought she wrote the Course."
Holy rap artist? Why would any real student of the Course be disrespectful to Marianne Williamson or anyone else for that matter?
When Gary talks about two entities appearing to him in his living room to correct the history of Jesus and the Bible and then introduce him to the Course, I stopped reading and thought, hmmmm...
If you practice A Course in Miracles, you know the past is irrelevant and doesn't need correction by any higher vibrational alien beings. Even if a higher vibrational being did appear to Gary, it would be doubtful that they would be using the words ass, and idiot. I hardly think that they would say, "Right now, the world has its head planted firmly up its butt looking for the light. There isn't any light up there."
After reading most of the book and feeling slimed, I asked my Course in Miracles group what they saw in the book that I didn't. Several of them told me that the book spoke in plain, “Joe six pack" English--something they could identify with. They told me Disappearance of the Universe was their first exposure to A Course in Miracles concepts and that it changed their life by bringing them to reading and working with A Course in Miracles.
Now, I understood why it changed their lives. They had never been exposed to more respectful authors who discussed A Course in Miracles concepts…like Marianne Williamson. That made sense, but it also made me think there had to be a better way.
In my opinion only, this is a low energy way to A Course in Miracles. The language can be disgusting, and the author is insulting to more respected authors who have written on the topic. If you like lapping up information from a dog's bowl instead of a silver platter, you will loooove this book. It gets two stars instead of one, because A Course in Miracles concepts are introduced in this book...and I'm being generous.
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