Let Love teach you what You are.
There are no beginnings and no endings in God, Whose universe is Himself. Can you exclude yourself from the universe or from God, Who is the universe? ~ACIM
Without you there would be a lack in God, a Heaven incomplete, a Son without a Father. There could be no universe and no reality. ~ACIM
Eric: There is a common belief that in the theology driven explanations of ACIM, that when the Son of God (Life) is no longer separate from God (The Giver of Life), then the universe will disappear. I had no real reason to think otherwise, but one day I was meditating after reading a book on physics and a thought so “loud” came into my mind that has caused me to re-think this often accepted explanation of the universe.
Nowhere in the course does it say that the universe will disappear. When it speaks of the universe throughout the course, it speaks of the universe as God the Father and/or God the Father and God the Son.
To me, ACIM is a form of idealism, as the course says that everything is an idea and then gives specifics, such as : You are an idea, God is an idea, Space and time are ideas, the ego is an idea (miscreation), the Holy Spirit is the idea of healing, etc.
So if space and time are ideas, what is needed to make such ideas make space and time? It seems to me to be form. Form is needed to create a mind construct of space. Something interesting about the physics book (not a new age physics book) I was reading, was it speaking of how the mind invents space so to speak. It is a mind construct to put form in context.
For the idea of time to come into being, form is also needed. For form gives the idea that things change. Without form changing, there would be no sense of time.
So what does the course say disappears? At one point, the course says that the sun will disappear along with the stars, etc. It is form that disappears. The sun and stars, but looking closer at this, the sun and stars are NOT the universe. They are forms within the universe. They are perceived limits within the universe which is limitless.
The course tells us, “Decide but to accept your rightful place as co-creator of the universe, and all you think you made will disappear.”
Eric: What is it that we made when denying or rightful place as co-creator of the universe? Would it not be form which would then create the limits of space and time? There is a lot of talk about the Mind being outside space and time. I don't think there is any real such thing. There is no mind outside space and time, because that is an implication of location. If we remember that the course is a form of idealism, and thoughts CANNOT leave their source. It would then be a mind that is not identified with the idea of space and time.
Looking at the course as a form of idealism again, looking at this passage about the universe makes a lot of sense to me.
“The Will of God is one and all there is. This is your heritage. The universe beyond the sun and stars and all the thoughts of which you can conceive belong to you. God's peace is the condition for His Will. Attain His peace, and you remember Him.”~ACIM
Eric: The universe beyond the sun and stars and all the thoughts we can conceive. What is this saying? It seems to me that since thoughts cannot leave their source and everything is an idea, then the universe that is “beyond” the sun and stars is referring simply to the universe beyond limited perception of form and space and time and all conceptual thought of the concrete mind are truly the universe in which we are co-creators along with God.
So does the universe disappear? It doesn't seem so. The course doesn't say so. The universe is limitless and formless. For something to disappear, it would first have to appear, and the formless cannot appear. For form is a limit and God is limitless. And as the course says over and over, that God IS the universe.