Lesson #7 - I see only the past.
Our life experience on the ego plane is based on our social conditioning. We call it “learning.” Life is a series of lessons that school us in what we are told is reality. But this “learning” is watching the shadows dance on Plato’s cave wall.
We take our past experiences and learning (conditioning) and project it onto current perceptions and experiences distorting what is happening in the here and now. It is hard to rise above our past experiences and not project them onto current and future experiences. If you want to understand what a person is likely to perceive and experience in the present and the future, learn about what has happened to them in the past and the meaning they have made from these past experiences. Very few people, unless very mature, live in the present and can experience the here and now as a pure, fresh, and virgin happening.
Unitarian Universalists covenant together to affirm and promote the free and responsible search for truth and meaning but 99.9% of them are searching for this truth and meaning in the past in the world of the ego and social conditioning. Sadly, only 00.01% are here now in the world of the soul where there is no time. In the Course of Miracles, being here now in the present is called the Holy Instant. May you enjoy more Holy Instants, but first you must give up the past.