A COURSE IN MIRACLES

LESSON 7

I see only the past.

1. This idea is particularly difficult to believe at first. ²Yet it is the rationale for all of the preceding ones.
 ³It is the reason why nothing that you see means anything.
 ⁴It is the reason why you have given everything you see all the meaning that it has for you.
 ⁵It is the reason why you do not understand anything you see.
 ⁶It is the reason why your thoughts do not mean anything, and why they are like the things you see.
 ⁷It is the reason why you are never upset for the reason you think.
 ⁸It is the reason why you are upset because you see something that is not there.

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This idea [you see only the past] is particularly difficult to believe at first. ²Yet [the idea you see only the past] is the rationale for all of the preceding ones [ideas].
 ³It [you see only the past] is the reason why nothing that you see means anything.
 ⁴It [you see only the past] is the reason why you have given everything you see all the meaning that it [everything you see] has for you.
 ⁵It [you see only the past] is the reason why you do not understand anything you see.
 ⁶It [you see only the past] is the reason why your thoughts do not mean anything, and why they [your thoughts] are like the things you see.
 ⁷It [you see only the past] is the reason why you are never upset for the reason you think.
 ⁸It [you see only the past] is the reason why you are upset because you see something that is not there.

Substituted

You see only the past is particularly difficult to believe at first. ²Yet you see only the past is the rationale for all of the preceding ideas.
 ³You see only the past is the reason why nothing that you see means anything.
 ⁴You see only the past is the reason why you have given everything you see all the meaning that everything you see has for you.
 ⁵You see only the past is the reason why you do not understand anything you see.
 ⁶You see only the past is the reason why your thoughts do not mean anything, and why your thoughts are like the things you see.
 ⁷You see only the past is the reason why you are never upset for the reason you think.
 ⁸You see only the past is the reason why you are upset because you see something that is not there.

Simplified

The reason for all the preceding ideas is that you see only the past.

2. Old ideas about time are very difficult to change, because everything you believe is rooted in time, and depends on your not learning these new ideas about it. ²Yet that is precisely why you need new ideas about time. ³This first time idea is not really so strange as it may sound at first.

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Old ideas about time are very difficult to change, because everything you believe is rooted in time, and depends on your not learning these new ideas about it [time]. ²Yet that [everything you believe is rooted in time] is precisely why you need new ideas about time. ³This first time idea is not really so strange as it [this first time idea] may sound at first.

Substituted

Old ideas about time are very difficult to change, because everything you believe is rooted in time, and depends on your not learning these new ideas about time. ²Yet everything you believe is rooted in time is precisely why you need new ideas about time. ³This first time idea is not really so strange as this first time idea may sound at first.

Simplified

Everything you believe depends on your ideas about time. You need new ideas about time.

3. Look at a cup, for example. ²Do you see a cup, or are you merely reviewing your past experiences of picking up a cup, being thirsty, drinking from a cup, feeling the rim of a cup against your lips, having breakfast and so on? ³Are not your aesthetic reäctions to the cup, too, based on past experiences? ⁴How else would you know whether or not this kind of cup will break if you drop it? ⁵What do you know about this cup except what you learned in the past? ⁶You would have no idea what this cup is, except for your past learning. ⁷Do you, then, really see it?

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Look at a cup, for example. ²Do you see a cup, or are you merely reviewing your past experiences of picking up a cup, being thirsty, drinking from a cup, feeling the rim of a cup against your lips, having breakfast and so on? ³Are not your aesthetic reäctions to the cup, too, based on past experiences? ⁴How else would you know whether or not this kind of cup will break if you drop it [the cup]? ⁵What do you know about this cup except what you learned in the past? ⁶You would have no idea what this cup is, except for your past learning. ⁷Do you, then, really see it [the cup]?

Substituted

Look at a cup, for example. ²Do you see a cup, or are you merely reviewing your past experiences of picking up a cup, being thirsty, drinking from a cup, feeling the rim of a cup against your lips, having breakfast and so on? ³Are not your aesthetic reäctions to the cup, too, based on past experiences? ⁴How else would you know whether or not this kind of cup will break if you drop the cup? ⁵What do you know about this cup except what you learned in the past? ⁶You would have no idea what this cup is, except for your past learning. ⁷Do you, then, really see the cup?

Simplified

Your experiences and knowledge depend on your past experiences.

4. Look about you. ²This is equally true of whatever you look at. ³Acknowledge this by applying the idea for today indiscriminately to whatever catches your eye. ⁴For example:

⁵I see only the past in this pencil.
⁶I see only the past in this shoe.
⁷I see only the past in this hand.
⁸I see only the past in that body.
⁹I see only the past in that face.

5. Do not linger over any one thing in particular, but remember to omit nothing specifically. ²Glance briefly at each subject, and then move on to the next. ³Three or four practice periods, each to last a minute or so, will be enough.

W-pI.6 I am upset because I see something that is not thereW-pI.8 My mind is preöccupied with past thoughts