Preoccupied with Past Thoughts

ACIM Workbook Lesson 8 – for Saturday, January 8, 2011

Affirmation:  “My mind is preoccupied with past thoughts.”

Selected Passage:

“This idea is, of course, the reason why you see only the past.  No one really sees anything.  He sees only his thoughts projected outward.  (WB13)”


This passage is a major statement on a basic tenet of A Course in Miracles.  We see our thoughts projected outward.  We create our reality.  When we see suffering, we must come to realize that it is a dream, that it is not real.  Likewise, the happy dreams that we project and see through our perception are just as unreal.  But the happy dreams come as we change our minds about our purpose in this world.  We are being prepared for Awakening, the means of which are explained in ACIM.

“Projection makes perception,” a refrain in the Text, is explained here.  We do not have actually an outer world at all; we are living a dream, a mass dream that is shared by our brothers and sisters and all of the material world.  “There is nothing outside you” is stated in the Text also.  And Jesus continues that this is what we must ultimately come to understand.  Not everybody is ready to accept this metaphysical tenet.  And the practical ACIM does not ask us to accept that for which we are not ready.

We do not wish our minds to be preoccupied with past thoughts.  The past is over; let us move into the present and ultimately into the future.  But we can only live in one reality at a time, and that ought to be the present.


Dear Father/Mother,

May I live in the present today; may I leave the past behind, and may I understand that what I see are my thoughts projected outward.  If this seems strange to me (and it does), may I rest in the surety that Jesus is trustworthy.  He will take me where I am, and then lead me gently to understand the metaphysics of what he is saying.  I do not have to struggle to understand anything that is presently difficult for me to accept.

Thank You for Your presence in my life.  I love you.  And I will try to live in the present today.


Author: Celia Hales

I intend "Miracles Each Day" to offer inspiration and insight into A Course in Miracles, A Course of Love, The Way of Mastery, Choose Only Love, Mirari, and similar readings.

2 thoughts on “Preoccupied with Past Thoughts”

  1. I checked the acronym ACIM and thanks to you i learned a new thing today. I’v read your entry and tried to understand it the best i could since Jesus is not my thing. Vive la difference! Nicole

    1. Dear Nicole,

      Thanks for reading! I just posted your comment.

      The individual who scribed “A Course in Miracles (ACIM)” was reluctant to say that she believed that Jesus had channeled it to her. So you don’t have to get lost in that understanding to get benefit from ACIM. One of the principal individuals in bringing the Course to the public just wrote a whole book in which he did not mention Jesus’s attribution at all.

      I hope that you will read my blog as your time permits. Some of the early writing (see the “about”) gives what I consider to be the very best quotations from ACIM. You can find this material by clicking on the archives, the month that you want.

      I very much appreciated hearing from you! Vive la difference! is just fine.

      Most cordially, Celia

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