I see nothing as it is now.
This idea obviously follows from the two preceding ones. But while you may be able to accept it intellectually, it is unlikely that it will mean anything to you as yet. However, understanding is not necessary at this point. In fact, the recognition that you do not understand is a prerequisite for undoing your false ideas. These exercises are concerned with practice, not with understanding. You do not need to practice what you already understand. It would indeed be circular to aim at understanding, and assume that you have it already.
It is difficult for the untrained mind to believe that what it seems to picture is not there. This idea can be quite disturbing, and may meet with active resistance in any number of forms. Yet that does not preclude applying it. No more than that is required for these or any other exercises. Each small step will clear a little of the darkness away, and understanding will finally come to lighten every corner of the mind that has been cleared of the debris that darkens it.
These exercises, for which three or four practice periods are sufficient, involve looking about you and applying the idea for the day to whatever you see, remembering the need for its indiscriminate application, and the essential rule of excluding nothing. For example:
I do not see this typewriter as it is now.
I do not see this telephone as it is now.
I do not see this arm as it is now.
Begin with things that are nearest you, and then extend the range outward:
I do not see that coat rack as it is now.
I do not see that door as it is now.
I do not see that face as it is now.
It is emphasized again that while complete inclusion should not be attempted, specific exclusion must be avoided. Be sure you are honest with yourself in making this distinction. You may be tempted to obscure it.
Since our mind is preoccupied with past thoughts, we see nothing as it is NOW. It is okay if we do not fully understand this lesson as of yet. It is the recognition that we DO NOT know which is the prerequisite for undoing our false ideas. Focus today on the application of this thought rather then its understanding. When we remember that we know nothing, but are open to learning everything, we will learn it.
Begin to apply this thought to the things that are closest to you, and then move further away. Be sure not to specifically include or exclude anything from todays lesson. All are to be included.
Each little application of this lesson, carries a little darkness away from the mind. These applications of light have come to clear your mind of all darkness and of pain. Find gratitude to yourself, for willingness to continually apply these lessons.
Love and Peace!