Why “I See Only the Past”, Scientifically

Lesson 7, “I See Only the Past,” describes itself as “particularly difficult to believe at first.”My experience is that all of the Lessons that deal with the re-orientation of our understanding of Time can be challenging.

In addition to the spiritual and metaphysical reasoning behind these teachings, there is also a scientific angle that I like to share with fellow Course students.

When we look into space, we know we are looking into the past. When we see the sun, we are seeing it as it was 8.3 minutes ago. That’s how long it takes light to travel the 93 million mile gap.

So it is with everything. The travel time gap is minuscule, but everything we see with our eyes is necessarily a manifestation of its light emission or reflection at some point in the very, very, very, very immediate past.

Saturn, e.g., is 12 light hours away. The nearest star? 4 light years.

So our vision is always of the past. We just don’t think about it.

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