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“When sitting the brother sees the flower wilting and the rust coming out, he feels his bone bending; then into his head the hoe comes to till the garden that never fades. The brother that is clear-sighted goes out of his own head, goes up into My Hand. His head becomes gold […]
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.
03mar17 182C41 Réponse
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In His immense Wisdom, with The Revelation of Arès, the Father gives us a very simple key: penitence, to unlock the door that will permit Good to enter the world. Perhaps we do not insist enough on this simplicity as realization of His Design. Mankind expects the complications and obscurities of the legal system—laws are the base of the legal system and there are so many, even jurists are becoming lost. Man has in his heart, in love, the code which enables him to put away in a closet all legal codes.
We must awaken love, make a hole in the indifference, coldness, laziness, ice…prelude to frozen specters…so that Good, too far removed, may return. What has man become? Not only condemned to die—each of us is, only the moment of execution varies—but miserable, hungry for peace and happiness yet incapable of giving himself that peace and happiness. Everything becomes quite complicated in this world, so much so that this complication agitates and derails the mind, prevents the fulfillment so necessary to happiness. I was having lunch a short while ago with my grandchildren and I said to myself: they are preparing their baccalaureate exams, soon they will enter institutions of higher education, and the worries of life will begin. The preparation of peace, the solution to the worries, is in the love they will give, because one only receives love if one gives love.
27fev17 182C21 extrait du réponse
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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 […]
« Notre vie spirituelle est basalement existentielle. Notre destin est entre nos mains, résulte de nos efforts : Ce n’est ni la foi, ni la prière, ni un miracle, qui nous sauvent, même si le miracle — au reste aléatoire — existe, mais le Bien que nous faisons. C’est seulement de ce Bien accompli par nous que nous pouvons être conscients et sûrs. L’homme a choisi et créé librement le Mal, (Rév d’Arès 2/1-5) et donc l’homme choisira et se replacera librement dans le Bien. C’est en cela que l’homme est image et ressemblance du Créateur.
L’homme n’a rien à attendre de Dieu, sauf la Parole, mais à tout à attendre de lui-même. »
09dec16 179C61 Réponse
Our spiritual life is fundamentally existential. Our destiny is in our hands, results from our efforts. Neither faith nor prayer nor a miracle saves us, even if miracles exist—random, by the way— but the Good that we do. We can only be conscious and sure of this Good accomplished by us. Mankind chose and freely created Evil (The Revelation of Arès 2/1-5) and therefore will choose and put himself freely in Good. That is how mankind is in the image and likeness of the Creator. Mankind has nothing to expect from God other than the Word, but everything to expect from himself.
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Half asleep on a plane, or was it a train, I was drawing this in my mind. Then once home, at a moment without sleep, I put it down on paper.
“… “ I turned my anarchy into anarkhia, a constructive insurgence,” you say, brother Angel, and it is absolutely true that the first head to be brought down is one’s self, which is the source of pride, that is to say, of the error which consists in believing oneself to be superior to others and thus killing Love.
Pride is ice, the man unfurled over himself freezes: nothing passes from him to the other. Love is the Fire, the Wind of the thaw. There cannot be anarkhia without Love and there is the difficulty, I know. Anarchists believed they were serving anarchy by killing. Alas, they were only in anger and anger, like pride, imprisons the being under the glacier of a long cold pressure. Reading works about anarchy, I did not find any allusion to what seems to me to be essential for developing a happy powerful anarchy, Love. One must admit that most anarchists are not believers, but still, I found that bizarre.
We must live with the hope that man be cured from his illness of submission. Why does man weaken himself thinking he absolutely needs rulers, laws, coercive protectors? It is an illness, one of those deep illnesses become congenital, inherited by the poor choice made by Adam (Revelation of Arès 2/1-5). We must give humanity the hope of being cured from this evil through which politics and religion live. Anarkhia, when it will begin to be put into practice in small human unities like it is practiced in our missions, will be a celebration following millenniums of being deprived of liberty and independence. They say that we only use 10% of our brain, but has anyone conceived the notion that the inactive 90% is the result of constraint of the mind, thought?
This thought, these capacities finally liberated, yes, it is penitence that will give it to us.”
15sep16 177C66 Réponse
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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
“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
“…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
…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
“…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
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