What to read before ACIM

Dana  post by Dana Taylor–Part Three in a Series on A Course in Miracles

Before you dash out and purchase a copy of A Course in Miracles, I would advise finding books to familiarize yourself with the concepts of the material. There are many floating around now. Marianne Williamson has become a prominent voice for ACIM. A Return to Love has now reached “classic” status. So, you might check it out.

One day  while I was wandering a now-defunct Border’s Bookstore (sigh) ,a book drew my attention– The Disappearance of the Universe by Gary Renard.  An inner voice fairly screamed, “READ THIS!” The premise is certainly unique–the author, Gary Renard  suddenly looks up in his living room one day to see a pair of people sitting on his living room couch. They are the Ascended Masters, Pursah and Arten, who were once disciples of Jesus. They are answering Gary’s prayer for guidance. From December of 1992 to December of 2001, they appear to Gary at various intervals and impart “Straight talk about illusions, past lives, religion, sex, politics, and the miracle of forgiveness.” It’s a BIG book.

The set-up sounds kooky, but the book is engaging and the material delivers a great foundation for tackling A Course in Miracles. Gary is your average Every Man given the golden opportunity to ask spiritual masters all the questions his heart desires. The book is entertaining and intriguing.

Read the author’s note and excerpts at Gary Renard.com.

This might be just the right book at the right time for you in your  continuing Supernal Adventure. Enjoy!

Take care–





3 comments on “What to read before ACIM

  1. Renard claims that once you wake up the universe disappears (it was all an illusion, right)? So don’t you have at least one little nagging doubt? If Renard has woken up, if he fully understands what he teaches, then what is he still doing here (other than making money selling books, etc.)?

    Shouldn’t he just have went “poof” and disappeared once he got it? 🙂



    • The book is entertaining reading and can introduce some ACIM principles, but like everything else, we shouldn’t park common sense at the door. Thanks for stopping by!

      • Actually isn’t that pretty much what ACIM teaches, that is, that it was all a big mistake and everything is illusion? When I was studying ACIM (and I did for a number of years) people there were telling me that the world is not real. My definition of “real” is that which can cause me pain. By that standard it is real enough.

        My experience with ACIM is that common sense is the first thing that gets parked at the door, as you put it. Renard its seems takes it even farther.

        I heard people in ACIM say things like “God doesn’t make mistakes,” and I agreed with them. I don’t think this world is or ever has been a mistake. And God did make it, at least that is what I believe.

        There was one thing however in ACIM, in the workbook, that I agree with without reservation. That is the statement that: “The truth is true and nothing else is true.”



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