I see only the past and I can relax now, knowing that all I need to do while I seem to be in this world is to listen to the Holy Spirit and follow His guidance. I don’t have to strive for anything or to set any goals, because I see only the past. I don’t have to think about what to do in the future, because I see only the past. I have no control over the world I made, and never did, because I see only the past. “This world was over long ago” (T-28.I.1:6) and I rest in this Holy Instant, now. “I see only the past. This idea will be very important in our awakening, because this idea must be first acknowledged before an experience can come that is beyond it. This idea is so important that the first six Lessons of the Workbook are all based on it. You might say it is a very fundamental step on the seeming ladder of awakening. There will be ideas that will come along that may seem very radical like, “the script is written”, an idea that seems very perplexing to students of this Course, but actually, is just another form of this lesson number 7, “I see only the past.” So, when we say “I see”, it means “I perceive.” I perceive a world of images, a world of sequenced images that seem to come one after another in what seems to be called daily life, in what seems to be a linear cosmos, moving from past to future in that direction, and yet all that, all those perceptions are based on the past. The meanings that are seen, experienced, are based solely on the past. If everything I perceive is the past, it can show at once how delusional are the thoughts and images that pass the mind. I say delusional, because if you think of this in terms of making a series of choices that all seem to be different throughout the day, choosing this over that, choosing to stay or to go, preferring one thing over the next, watching your eyes be drawn to one thing instead of another thing, planning the day, having a schedule, following a calendar, you are presuming that there is something going on other than the past. There seems to be something actively present and actively unfolding in the direction of the future. Presumptions of seemingly different locations in time and space, different increments of time, some much shorter and tinier, some much, much longer, all rest on the belief that this world is somehow dynamic and unfolding.”
ACIM Meditation – I am upset because I see something that is not there. Nothing of this world resembles reality because the ego made up the world and the ego knows not of God. The ego is a hallucination and is only capable of making more hallucinations. That is why you cannot expect this world to tell you who you are. You can only be supremely happy if you know who you are and the Holy Spirit is the means to do so. The Holy Spirit is the bridge given us to escape from time and enter into eternity. Sink deep and allow this ACIM meditation to strengthen your connection with the Holy Spirit. “Today’s Workbook Lesson is giving us the chance to unpin, to unwind from the belief in being trapped in appearances. When our very identity of love of the living Christ, a perfect idea in the Mind of God, has been forgotten and completely pushed out of awareness, appearances seem to have come to take the place of love and light. This condition could be called hallucination. It is like when a thirsty traveler walking through a desert, feeling scorched, hot, parched and dry may hallucinate an oasis of shade and water. The sleeping Son of God has believed himself to be bereft of his holy Father, his creator. He finds himself lost and wandering in a desert of images, a desert of perception that God did not create: a fantasy world, a fictitious, linear stream of images that have nothing to do with reality, nothing to do with eternity, divine love and happiness. And so, the first step in healing from this apparent condition of separation is to realize that all upsets experienced are coming from a perception which is not there.”
These thoughts do not mean anything. Today we begin a practice of meditation. The workbook lessons are guiding us, helping us to train our minds to meditate. And the first three lessons are: “Nothing I see means anything,” “I have given everything I see all the meaning it has for me,” and “I do not understand anything I see.” These first three lessons are the very beginning of letting go of all meaning of what is perceived, all meaning of the linear perceived world of time and space. It’s like the first three lessons are opening the lid of a can, and then, as we peel that lid off, we are told these thoughts do not mean anything. So today’s lesson is the first lesson from Jesus that is addressing thoughts. The first three lessons’ addressed perception, and now, lesson number four addresses directly the thoughts of a sleeping mind. So, we now make the attempt to stop, and watch, and sink within toward “Be still and know that I am God”, toward the truth of our being. Move away from the temporary, the ephemeral, the fleeting, and inward towards certainty. Focus on this idea for today, “These thoughts do not mean anything.”
Part of the spiritual journey is to heal the beliefs in sickness, pain and death. These beliefs can feel very ingrained to a mind that’s identified with the body. It can seem frightening to take a closer look at these thoughts when we’d rather avoid them. When faced with thoughts of death it can seem intensely fearful, our instant reaction can be to distract away from the fear, but these can be used as mind expanding experiences. In handing all of our thoughts over around sickness and death we can let the Holy Spirit interpret and heal our perception around these beliefs to free our mind from suffering.
What is consciousness? In “A Course in Miracles” (ACIM), the word consciousness is used in a specific way. Jesus teaches in ACIM that consciousness is the domain of the ego, and because it is the domain of the ego it is subject to training. David Hoffmeister talks to us about our right mind and wrong mind. The wrong mind, or the part identified with the ego, is the only part that requires training. Awakening can be seen as a process of popping through the various layers of consciousness. Enlightenment is when you have purified your mind to such an extent you are ready for God to take the final step.
You have been reliving the tiny instant of darkness, over and over again. Now you’re aware of it and you can turn your attention away from it. Jesus is working to pull the deceived mind’s attention into devotion and love. You’re in heaven already, only you believe you’re still in the tiny instant of terror. You’re afraid of God’s Love. Here’s where Jesus takes you step by step out of this terror, back into Love.
The Holy Spirit knows what the untrained mind believes in. While one believes he is in a body in a world and dealing with differing situations, there seem to be steps towards the Atonement. The Holy Spirit knows exactly what steps need to be taken to uncover the truth of who we are. As we learn to hear this guidance and follow these steps we will be shown the way.
Jesus teaches in ACIM that this cosmos is built like a prison for our mind. Therefore we must look closely at the shadows within to discover if they are true or untrue. Holy Spirit knows the illusion is not real, so he is the very best guide out of the prison, not the symbols themselves. Give them to the Holy Spirit and see the healing happen through them.
Spirit has only one purpose: to extract you from the you that you believe you are in this world and take you back into the light and wholeness that is all there is and all that has ever been. The extraction process is highly individualized but is always a cleansing of the mind, a rinse that washes away all that is not of God. Let’s join in the “tractor beam of love!”
David uses a tree as an analogy for consciousness. Consciousness is not real. The ego is suspicious when you play with the leaves, but when you get to the trunk, to the decision point, it gets vicious. “Truth is restored to you through your desire.” (T-20.VIII.1:2) David reads a selection from “Purpose Is the Only Choice.”