“In these loving thoughts is the spark of beauty hidden in the ugliness of the unholy relationship where hatred is remembered; yet there to come alive as the relationship is given to Him [Holy Spirit} Who gives it life and beauty. That is why Atonement centers on the past, which is the source of separation, and where it must be undone. For separation must be corrected where it was made. (T-17.III.5)”
We see here A Course in Miracle’s emphasis on changing our special relationships into holy. Here Jesus calls our special relationships “unholy,” and this is a stunning indictment. He would not have us be lost in ruminations and recriminations of the past. But Atonement centers on the past, because that is where the problems are. Now, in the present, we can always change—and Jesus would have us do so.
The presumed separation was in the past, eons in the past—but we have not yet gotten over this illusion. We did not, could not actually separate from God, though we thought that we could. As has been said many times, we are part of God, and so separation is factually impossible.
But in illusion anything can seem possible.
We give our unholy relationships, the ugliness of it all, to the Holy Spirit to correct for us. And He does so, not long off in the distant future, but here, now, when we ask—if we are sincere.
We aim to be sincere.