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Penitence is not contrition

For The Revelation of Arès and for us, Arès Pilgrims, penitence is not contrition, nor deep regret nor remorse of having offended God and committed sins, with the intention to correct one’s faults and never fall into them again.  Penitence in the Word of Arès and for us Arès Pilgrims is just the active intention to stop sinning (RA30/16) with the accomplished action of being men and women of Good cultivating within themselves absolute Love, including loving the enemy, forgiveness of all offenses, total peace, reviving within the almost snuffed out lantern of the heart’s intelligence or spiritual intelligence (RA32/5), becoming free beings (RA10/10), free from all prejudice, laws, powers, fears.  In other words, penitence for us is the conscious and wilful application to our lives of the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7) in which we see the dynamic heart of the Gospel.  In other words, The Revelation of Arès retains only the positive and constructive meaning of penitence.  Therefore I do not have, and my brothers and sisters in faith do not have, a feeling of guilt.  I am not, and none of my companions in faith are, a morbid person who feels like some kind of monster and forces himself to destroy the monster within, but rather is someone who changes his life (RA30/11).  The word repent does appear in The Revelation of Arès, but with the same sense as the word penitence as a dynamic for changing life from evil to good.  It is a repentance which constructs, not a repentance that laments its past faults.  The Father says in The Revelation of Arès, “If they stop sinning, I stop recollecting their past” (RA30/13) and “I will forget their hatred” (RA28/16).  For a penitent, one’s neighbour, any other human being, is what was, for example, La Boétie for Montaigne and Montaigne for La Boétie, another self.  “Because it was him and because it was me,” said Montaigne.  It’s this feeling which I call the co-penetration of beings, the sharing of joys and sufferings, which dominates the spirit of penitence for us.

As long as the world is not dominated by the will –that we may do Your Will (12/4)—to become a world of beings of Good, not a world crying over their evil, and as long as the world will see in a fault something to be punished and expiated rather than something which must disappear, and as long as the world does not see God’s Judgment Seat as a building site, the continuation of the Creation of the world rather than the courtroom of a sanctioning judge, this world will remain as it is, a world of Evil.

This radical change in the meaning of penitence is, what’s more, problematic in our mission.

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http://michelpotayblog.net/182.html/182SeindAbraham-comments-french.html

03mar17 182C41 Réponse

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Brave Christmas Rose

Hellebore blooming   I was shocked by what I heard on the news this morning via one of our local radio stations (I thought they were more or less independent but now I realize they go right along with the system).  They informed us that measures of heightened security will be taken at the Breton […]

About Anarkhia and Penitence

Here are some excerpts from replies to comments on the blog entry 177 by Michel Potay.

“…Politics and its mother religion want to be done with problems of conscience, but we on the contrary force ourselves to awaken this conscience.  I even heard a person I encountered while seeking penitents say that intelligence was going extinct and should be replaced with instinct.  ‘What instinct’, I asked.  ‘The animal instinct of course’, they replied.  ‘No’, I said, ‘we are not animals, but men with a conscience.  No animal has a conscience.  They live in a universe of signals.  We live as Children of God, that is to say intelligent, and we can reawaken this conscience as one stirs up a fire.’”

23aou16 177C11 Réponse

http://michelpotayblog.net/177.html/177anarkhiadespenitents-comments-french.html

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“I believe that nothing is possible on the level of society as long as we have not succeeded in spreading the idea that first man must personally change his life (RA 30/10-11).”

25aou16 177C18 Réponse

http://michelpotayblog.net/177.html/177anarkhiadespenitents-comments-french.html

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“…Our penitence is anarkhia, since it rejects the power of evil in all of its forms.  We shall soon engage in the hardest striving for Good within us, around us, on Earth.  Politics seeks a cohesion of the masses under the law, police, courts of justice, but we work towards renewing the value of individuality and liberty—two of the five gifts God gave Adam, creating his spiritual nature: love, speech, creativity, liberty and individuality—and thus we must literally re-create the world and re-create ourselves…”

25aou16 177C21 Réponse

http://michelpotayblog.net/177.html/177anarkhiadespenitents-comments-french.html

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…Yes, « the world will change in the assembly or will not change ».  In our assembly, the loop will be joined, that is to say that the process of penitence will have caused Evil to disappear and will have installed Good.  We have created and begun our assembly with The Revelation of Arès as a starting point which encourages us to refuse the hypocrisy, conscious or very often unconscious, of the religious Jews, Christians, Muslims or others, who while believing they are combating Evil, often without realising it, exercise a form of Evil which is paralysis, a mummification of faith.  Faith is Life.  To immobilize it by wrapping it in the bandages of dogma is Evil, that is to say, something which inhibits the march towards Life.

In the assembly we localized the first cause of Evil which is fear of one another which must be replaced by love of one another.  Was not barbarism born from the fear of one another?  One destroys the other, be it physically or intellectually, one destroys all that he does out of fear of him and what he does, one wants to remain as one is, without evolving, because one is fine, just like those with a toothache fear the dentist and prefer to stay home, feeling better with their pain than they would feel under the dentist’s drill.  We have installed the dentist’s drill, penitence.  In that way we are really combating Evil, beginning with the Evil within; we are not satisfied with believing, we act, we do.  Thus we strive, as does The Revelation of Arès, “to lead men to discover that love, reason, conscience and action in liberty, tools given to men from God’s very own Hand, will re-create the planet.”  Since most men do not understand because their minds are lacking the door through which action upon themselves might pass, the action of change, we strive for the moment to find those whose minds are not hermetically closed, those where that door exists, even if it is only a small louver window, those we call the ripe ears of grain.

30aou16 177C32 Réponse

http://michelpotayblog.net/177.html/177anarkhiadespenitents-comments-french.html

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“…our political era seeks to eliminate the private individual in order to install what I call a standard man, who has no personality, who lives according to social standards decided by those in power, no longer plays any role, is nothing more than a human machine with interchangeable functions.  Those in power can dominate that man.  Those in power cannot exercise their domination on men like us, men who rediscover their liberty, each one his own, each one the creator of himself, each one the image and likeness of the Creator…”

01sep16 177C37  Réponse

http://michelpotayblog.net/177.html/177anarkhiadespenitents-comments-french.html

 

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Link to the original blog entry 177 in English:

http://michelpotayblog.net/177.html/177penitentsanarkhia-comments-english.html

 

Advancing in spiritual life

“Nothing is easy, all goes slowly, we carry time as a very heavy burden, but little by little we see clearly and advance… Living spiritual life—as opposed to religious life—is very difficult because spiritual life happens within whereas religion comes from outside oneself.  Spiritual life, although it has a unique goal throughout the world which is the Union of All that is the Creator and all creatures, takes place in a wide variation of form and thought, because there is a constant rapport between spiritual life which is unique with the variable environment of the moment.  Thus for example original Buddhism, of Buddha, one of the greatest prophets of the Highest, aligns with the principle of reincarnation which was current in the Vth century BC environment in India, whereas in the XXIst century CE, we align with the unicarnation (I invent the word here) of our time, and yet both are true, for we are what has followed from the spiritual life that preceded us and at the same time responsible for our instantaneous destiny.  We have neither the words nor the way of thinking to express this truth apparently contradictory, but that will come.  Just as you become conscious of something calling you…”

http://michelpotayblog.net/176.html/176mosaismedesPA-comments-french.html

excerpt from 14aou16 176C111 Réponse

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Spiritual Laziness

“In as much as I speak to those around me, I find an important number of persons who consider the accumulation of laws and powers by bureaucrats in the police force, the tax offices, justice system, etc., to be excessive, even unacceptable, and yet they submit to them.  It is therefore that they prefer after all the unacceptable to the effort, certainly an enormous one, required to change their lives themselves.  The same is true of religion.  Most believers do not seek the real sense of the Creator’s Calls; they submit bone-idly to religious and superstitious dictates.  One finds the same lazy reflex, the search for ease or convenience, with the Hebrews in the desert when they complain, “If only we had died by the Lord’s hand in Egypt! There we sat around pots of meat and ate all the food we wanted, but you (Moses and Aaron) have brought us out into this desert to starve this entire assembly to death.” (Exodus 16:3 NIV)”

excerpt from 14aou16 176C111 Réponse

http://michelpotayblog.net/176.html/176mosaismedesPA-comments-french.html

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The Comfort of the System

“ …I do not believe that those who listen to us are as many as that who perceive our discourse as ‘abstract and impracticable’, but rather that they feel—because millenniums of power and laws above them have rendered them passive, therefore instinctively lazy—that following politics and the law is a lot less tiring than the penitence of which we speak.  In other words, people see comfort in politics and the law!…”

http://michelpotayblog.net/176.html/176mosaismedesPA-comments-french.html

excerpt from 14aou16 176C111 Réponse

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…people no longer know what justice and happiness is

“…people no longer know what justice and happiness is.  They don’t understand that happiness depends only on themselves.  If they expect a good world, they must begin by being good themselves.  They must understand that happiness depends only on themselves and not on an ideology or laws…  You want happiness?  You are the master of the situation!  Start practicing love, peace making. thinking with intelligence free from prejudice, and you will begin to change the world.  Another world?  It is our job!  It is not the job of politicians, intellectuals.  At the end of the day, we are the only masters of the game…”

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24jun16 175C112  Réponse

http://michelpotayblog.net/175.html/175LePelerinage-comments-french.html