The Kogi tell us, “You mutilate the world because you don’t remember the Great Mother. If you don’t stop, the world will die.” Please believe us, they say. You must stop doing this. “Do you think we say these words for the sake of talking? We are speaking the truth.”
-From: ALUNA the movie: A MESSAGE TO LITTLE BROTHER
by Charles Eisenstein
Metanoia, the transliterated Greek word often defined as “repentance”, has frequently been explained as turning around to go in the opposite direction. Actually, that understanding corresponds with epistrepho, and metanoia means more of a change of mind, a change of heart, a transformation. When one experience metanoia, one’s understanding and knowledge has changed and the result is a revelation which leads to “epistrepho” or repentance.
When Paul talks about spiritual things being undecipherable to the unspiritual or “unbelievers,” he’s basically talking about those who have not experienced metanoia. Metanoia is beyond our reason, our intellect, or our will. It takes place on a purely spiritual plane.
This may help explain why I find it so frustrating when discussing the care of our planet and the collective responsibility we have in caring for God’s Creation. Not that I am a spiritual guru by any means, that’s hardly the case, but, I do realize after some transformation over the years that we are brutal to our world and each other.
Along with this transformation or metanoia, one begins to remember. It’s an ancient memory, one passed on through us from the generations before, that we have been given this beautiful orb in which to live, and we have neglected our duty to care for it.
Therefore, it appears that to engage in argument about this, frustrated and angry about what seems so apparent to me, is to pray and meditate, and to also do so collectively, I will be better off in redirecting my energy into my own understanding of the transformation that continues in me, and opening windows and doors for others to view or step through to their own experience of metanoia, than to engage in soul-sucking arguments. Building trust, not animosity will unite us more quickly, for it is, indeed, a grim situation. Perhaps we begin with bringing back the stories about the Great Mother.
(credit is given to Tammy Pruitt for her Greek lessons)