I See Only The Past


As you practice today’s lesson, you experience how incredible it really is. You sit down for a moment, forget everything, and let the words wash over you. This is about you, here and now. Somebody is trying to tell you something.

I See Only The Past.

This idea is particularly difficult to believe at first. Yet it is the rationale for all of the preceding ones.

  • It is the reason why nothing that you see means anything.
  • It is the reason why you have given everything you see all the meaning that it has for you .
  • It is the reason why you do not understand anything you see.
  • It is the reason why your thoughts do not mean anything, 
     and why they are like the things you see .
  • It is the reason why you are never upset for the reason you think.

Old ideas about time are very difficult to change, because everything you believe is rooted in time, and depends on your not learning these new ideas about it. Yet that is precisely why you need new ideas about time. 

Beyond the thoughts of which you are now aware, lie your real thoughts. They are waiting for you. They are the thoughts you think with God. It is in the willingness to let go of all ideas about what you perceive, that a new perception can come to you. And this is what you really want. Lets look a little further.

Look at a cup, for example. Do you see a cup, or are you merely reviewing your past experiences of picking up a cup, being thirsty, drinking from a cup, feeling the rim of a cup against your lips, having breakfast and so on? Are not your aesthetic reactions to the cup, too, based on past experiences? How else would you know whether or not this kind of cup will break if you drop it? What do you know about this cup except what you learned in the past? You would have no idea what this cup is, except for your past learning. Do you, then, really see it?

As you practice this lesson, you become aware that everything you perceive, you see from a past reference. This is not really seeing, it is literally holding on to old ideas about yourself, about the world, about the people in it. You can change your mind. You can see things differently. You can see.

Look about you. This is equally true of whatever you look at. Acknowledge this by applying the idea for today indiscriminately to whatever catches your eye. For example:

I see only the past in this pencil. 
I see only the past in this shoe. 
I see only the past in this hand. 
I see only the past in that body. 
I see only the past in that face.

As you allow the words to sink in, to work in you, you experience a letting go. You stand in an awareness of what has been and what is now. There is no need to bring the past into the now. There is no safety in it. There is no need to link time together in your mind, to sequence time, trying to find some safety in a place of chaos. It is not there. Depend on God. Let the Holy Spirit reveal to you what things truly are. Let Him take care of everything. All you have to do, is apply today’s lesson as you are asked.

Do not linger over any one thing in particular, but remember to omit nothing specifically. Glance briefly at each subject, and then move on to the next. Three or four practice periods, each to last a minute or so, will be enough.



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