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Part 1: Undoing The Way We See Things Now Lesson 7

I See Only The Past

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

It is the reason you are upset because you see something that is not there.

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. This first time-idea is not really so strange as it may sound at first.

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?

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 this body.

I see only the past in this face.

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.

Personal Notes:

Lesson 7 “I see only the past” I like this exercise very much. I am only too ready to stop seeing the past in what I see, in understanding in my thoughts, in my reactions, feelings, emotions, from past experiences, in perceiving to see something that is not there. I am ever so ready for a new beginning as a new creation in Christ Jesus, off with the old man, on with the new man. More than anything! I want God’s Will, God’s Thoughts, Ideas, Love, Goodness, Mercy, Grace, Strength, Wisdom, Discernment, to see with His eyes, hear with His ears, love with His heart, to walk, talk in Oneness with Jesus. I am all in! Everyday I wake up I am only too eager to release the past day and see what wonderful New Things God has for me today. But reminders are needed for me through out the day/year. Fresh and New this year is exciting. Thank you for sharing with me. Walk in Love my friend.

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