Most of the time, it isn’t enough to just regret something. That tend to end up vague, and although well-intentioned, doesn’t have much power in our lives. But when we clearly state it out loud, then, somehow, it has much more power to affect us. Likewise, clearly stating a positive intention, and then letting that sink down within, has much more power than just vaguely wishing things were different.
I personally don’t see the “why” behind this. I can speculate, but I’d get a bit far out ahead of my own practice and experience, and don’t want to accidently mislead someone. Instead, let me say that I just sense the effect. I put ‘A’ into the machine, and then ‘C’ comes out.” I can only guess what ‘B’ might be, but in a way, I don’t need to know. If I reliably know that if I start with ‘A’, I’ll end up with ‘C’, then that’s enough to go with.
The best analogy I can come up with is sitting at a table with someone else and being thirsty. I can sit there all evening, wishing someone would give me some more water (and likely go thirsty all evening!), or I can just say out loud, “could I have some more water?” Once I do that, the people around me, the energy around me responds.
Repenting of the Ten Evil Actions
I now deeply repent of having killed.
I now deeply repent of having stolen.
I now deeply repent of sexually improper thoughts and behavior.
I now deeply repent of having lied.
I now deeply repent of having spoken manipulating words.