I prepared some plums for jam, cutting them in half and covering them with sugar overnight. The next day when I lifted the lid, I saw a brown mass, not very appetizing. As I heated and stirred, the mixture was transformed, changing to yellow then red, a beautiful crystalline transparent crimson. The transformation amazed me and reminded me of the one we can effect within ourselves.
“(Just as) milk curdles, you heat the Core (inside yourself, so) the ha* curdles. You heat (the ha), you burn the gold; your brow hits the stone (where) My Pace (goes); (so) the ha curdles, (becomes as hard as) rock, (and yet) nothing (is) lighter (than it).”
The Revelation of Arès xxxix 8-10
“He sends down water from the skies and the channels flow each according to its measure: but the torrent bears away the foam that mounts up to the surface. Even so from that (ore) which they heat in the fire to make ornaments or utensils therewith there is a scum likewise. Thus doth Allah (by parables) show forth Truth and Vanity: for the scum disappears like froth cast out; while that which is for the good of mankind remains on the earth. Thus doth Allah set forth parables.”
Qur’an xiii 17 (Usuf Ali translation)
We must not be afraid to heat things up within, to question what we have been taught, what society and the system try to impose. We can indeed transform ourselves so as to recover the divine Image and Likeness in which we were created. It is a long process of refining. Our tools are love, peacemaking, forgiveness, freeing ourselves from prejudice, developing our spiritual intelligence. This is what The Revelation of Arès calls entering into penitence. This is how we will recreate the world and find happiness as it spreads from one person to the next.