It was a gradual process for me to deprogram myself from the cultish christian institutional system and mindset. I stopped going to the church services in early 2011, as I have been learning and evolving in my own belief system. I found that the sermons no longer minister grace and peace to me as they used to, and I found myself disagreeing with many of the things the preacher said, such as the concept of sin, hell and the separation mindset of “us versus them” or “christians and non-christians”. I have come to see the futility of man-made labels such as “christians”, “muslims”, “buddhists” or “atheists” because such labels tend to create divisions among people. To me, we are all spiritual beings on a human journey.
Along the way, I have revisited some of the belief systems that I have studied in the past, such as Buddhism and New Age. Somehow, my foray into Christianity has helped me to see these belief systems in a new light because I am beginning to see the similarities in their basic teachings on love, compassion, unity and harmony. At the same time, I am also looking at Christianity in a new light because I no longer see it as something that is exclusive and discriminating. Once I peel away the old layers of religiosity and illusion from these belief systems, I see the source of love revealed in the core that unites different religions/faiths/belief systems/philosophies/schools of thought.
I agree with this quote:
“I begin with an observation from Meister Eckart, who says that “Divinity is an underground river that no one can stop and no one can dam up.” There is one underground river–but there are many wells into that river: an African well,a Taoist well, a Buddhist well, a Jewish well, a Muslim well, a goddess well, a Christian well, and aboriginal wells. Many wells, one river. To go down a well is to practice a tradition, but we would make a grave mistake (an idolatrous one) is we confused the well itself with the flowing waters of the underground river. Many wells, one river.” – Matthew Fox
As for detoxing from the harmful effects of condemning religious christian teachings, I find that talking about it and blogging about it helps in my process of deprogramming myself and finding greater peace.
“Confronting a trauma helps people to understand and ultimately assimilate the event. By talking or writing about previously inhibited experiences, individuals translate the event into language. Once it is language-based, people can better understand the experience and ultimately put it behind them.”
(From “Opening Up: The Healing Power of Expressing Emotions” by James W. Pennebaker)