meta·noia noun \ˌme-tə-ˈnȯi-ə\
Origin of METANOIA
Greek, from metanoiein to change one’s mind, repent, from meta- + noein to think, from nous mind
First Known Use: 1577
Although the word “metanoia” holds the meaning of repentance, it also stands for an immense alteration of oneself in terms of mind, spirit, character, and morals. This is the definition I am calling upon in an attempt to pull it away from Christian stigmas that impose the guilt of a sinner, for the guilt of one’s own existence.
The deeper meaning of the word Metanoia goes unnoticed by many, in a world that could use something wholesome amidst the emptiness portrayed in the content of our media, entertainment, or even daily lives. To me, Metanoia has taken on an added dimension, surpassing a way to describe an experience, and becoming the experience itself, and the means to attain it. In the Introduction of my fictional creation of this, I write:
“In this particular story, Metanoia is not just a word for spiritual transformation, but a complex design of pathways fitted into a singular, universal journey of truth. This journey passes through various mediums, providing a diverse means to understanding. Metanoia is the road that souls are on in one form or another. We travel on it alone, on different paths, occasionally intersecting with souls with whom we are familiar.”
Thus, life is both individual and shared simultaneously, with the main goal being the progression of the soul.