Evolution is a process in which you seem to proceed from one degree to the next. You correct your previous missteps by stepping forward. This process is actually incomprehensible in temporal terms, because you return as you go forward. The Atonement is the device by which you can free yourself from the past as you go ahead. It undoes your past errors, thus making it unnecessary for you to keep retracing your steps without advancing to your return. In this sense the Atonement saves time, but like the miracle it serves, does not abolish it. As long as there is need for Atonement, there is need for time. But the Atonement as a completed plan has a unique relationship to time. Until the Atonement is complete, its various phases will proceed in time, but the whole Atonement stands at time’s end. At that point the bridge of return has been built. T-2.II.6:1-9
A Course in Miracles . Foundation for Inner Peace. Kindle Edition.
This passage is dense. There are a lot of ideas expressed in it. If it were unpacked, deconstructed, here’s what we might learn:
Evolution is a process which moves forward absorbing the learnings from the past and making use of them in the future.
Evolution seems paradoxical because we return to our nondual oneness as we move forward shedding the events, activities, experiences of the ego world.
This evolutionary process seems to take time in the world of the ego and its culmination is the realization of the Atonement when time will end because it no longer has any purpose.
In Alcoholics Anonymous it is suggested, in step eleven, that we improve our conscious contact with God. This step encourages us to seek the Atonement, the healing of the separation of human beings from the Oneness.
In Unitarian Universalism we join together to affirm and promote the inherent worth and dignity of every person which resides in our shared Divinity. It is through division and separation that we have created hell and the recognition of our shared Divinity brings about the Atonement.
Today, we remind ourselves that we seek to be One again.