Letting Go with Guy Finley

Letting Go with Guy Finley


True Repentance

posted by Guy Finley

Question: What about the idea of repentance? On one hand, being repentant for ourselves — as certain old religious teachings say we should be — seems as much a part of being self-punishing as is just “cutting loose,” going wild, and then feeling terrible afterward for our reckless actions. Is there a true repentance beyond this idea of just living full of regrets that change nothing?

Answer: Let me offer this: True repentance has nothing to do with any ideas or images we may hold about ourselves as either being “bad” or “sorry” for what we have done. Real repentance is an unmistakable, instantaneous moment of insight where we see, to our shock, that something untrue, un-joyful, and self-destructive has been living our life and getting us to call ourselves — and know ourselves — by its presence. Lastly, this shock — and what it brings — leads to the birth, or the discovery, of a new kind of inner peace that has no opposites.



  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Caroline

    Had this realization a few weeks ago after reading “The Secret Of Letting Go” what an eye opener. The book had made a huge difference in my life as is “Let Go And Live In The Now” which i am currently reading. Its hard work every minute of the day but is well worth it.
    Thank You Mr. Finley

    Caroline Fitzgerald

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment VR

    I truly love everything Guy has to say. He’s very inspirational! However, I’ve been struggling with this idea of repentance for a while. I feel that it’s a bit irresponsible NOT to see our actions as “bad”, because somehow I feel this is an easy way out, without real accountability.

    If I’m not sorry for my wrongful actions, how can I make sure I don’t repeat them? Self-awareness does help in the process of living righteously, but there needs to be some kind of accountability for our past behavior. Living in the NOW is the best way to feel good about ourselves, but it does very little in terms of driving us to make ammends to those we might have hurt in the past.

    Just a thought.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Monk21

    We can be sorry for our sins, because we fear the loss of heaven.
    We can be sorry for our sins because we have offended God, a more perfect sorrow. We know we have harmed our relationship with God.
    With these sorrows must come a firm amendment to not commit this sin again. We may fall again, but we get up a try again.
    We sin every day, some in minor ways others are more serious. The Lords prayer spends more words on asking to be forgiven and asking for strength and guidance than anything else and Jesus says to pray it often. So this once saved always saved dogma is blown away with the Lord’s Prayer.

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