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.”
What is the cutting edge of healing? It’s in learning the principles Jesus teaches and applying them without exception. Explore the ACIM healing principle that you can only offer the world a gift of lilies, or a crown of thorns. There are only two options. These two states of mind are really all that you can offer the world. What lens are you looking through? This takes mind training. Without mind training, we have no idea what we are offering beyond the words. We’re clueless until we start to see clearly the subtleties of the ego and its defense mechanisms.
How do I live a better life in this world? How do I make more money? How do I stay young? All of these questions involve the world and the body. They are all defenses against Awakening. Every single question! Yet Jesus said in “A Course in Miracles” that there is one helpful question: What is it for?
David defines Christ as love and then says Christianity is a defense against Christ/love. In essence he says this is true of all religions. The ego has taken something in form (e.g., Jesus Christ, Buddha, Mohammed) and then turned it into a religion. David then reinterprets the word “religion” to mean a peaceful state of mind. David does not view himself as belonging to any formal religion but instead part of a religion of oneness and truth.
Our only function is forgiveness. To forgive the world we made, we need only expose and welcome the darkness when it comes instead of pushing it down. Then, accept and allow it no matter what it looks or feels like, without judging yourself. Finally, just hand it over to the Spirit and it is literally gone.
It is difficult to understand what it means to be afraid of love. We are defending a self-concept that was made to take the place of love. What is being defended is a false identity. The goal is to uncover everything the mind is identified with in this world with the goal of seeing it all as the same. It is a helpful use of time to look at what we are identified with. Defensiveness is a good clue and is a great opportunity for true forgiveness. It is a journey of discovery to find everything that is not the truth, exposing the ego. Healing is all-encompassing.
As long as you perceive symbols of love and hate, there is still a deception going on. These symbols are heavily endowed with meaning, and undoing them takes a lot of mind training. Any reactive experience to seeming outside influences is another opportunity to see something that is in need of healing. All things are neutral to the Holy Spirit.
Often people say about the Course, “Ah, at last, a spiritual approach for intellectuals!” For different reasons, one might think that highly intelligent people, Christians, or even atheists may take to it, but the responses are not predictable. Emotions are sometimes overwhelming, too strong to want to feel. ACIM is not meant to cover over these, but to reveal them. Movies and music can help. In this way, life will seem fresh and like an adventure. Stuffing feelings or using the lessons as affirmations or mantras will only stunt your spiritual understanding.