ACIM Workbook Lesson 8 – for Saturday, January 8, 2011
Affirmation: “My mind is preoccupied with past thoughts.”
“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.
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.