A Course in Miracles – Day seven

This post was written by DoctorJay on December 13, 2009
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I see only the past.

The book says:  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.
  • It is the reason why you are upset because you see something that is not there.

For me it is the easiest thing to accept. It is scientifically true. We do only see the past. At best we become conscious of events 300 milliseconds after any event. There are cases where we become conscious of two near simultaneous events in the wrong order. I’ll write about the weirdness of consciousness and the fact that in reality we cannot but help live in Plato’s cave because of brain/consciousness issues.

We also live in the past because we always (outside deep meditation or mystical experiences) associate the current stimuli with past associations. Thus when I see a red car I associate it with all the red cars I have ever seen. This is colored by the fact that the very first car my parents owned was red, as was my first and my present car. It is interesting I love red cars but I had forgotten that my parents first car was red too. Most probably I selected red for my first car because of my parents first car.

The point is that both physiologically and psychologically we always live in the past. Thus of course “I see only the past.” Today’s lesson was easy to do. Also I did not have any major upsets. Again, I know intellectually that I’m only upset because I see something which is not there because I only see the past. It will be wonderful when I can remember that in the 300 milliseconds between the trigger and the upset.

Again it seems I need to write more about this in later posts looking at the issue from a cognitive science point of view.

I don’t know why I forgot to post this on the day or next day. So anyway I see only the past as I post this.

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