Date: July 10, 2018 03:40PM
I've posted a lot about taking my power back and owning it in my Very Personal Exit Process from Mormonism aka Changing My Mind. I grew up with the adage: "It's a woman's prerogative to change her mind." And I did. Many times, about a lot of subjects, people, etc.
Internalizing the principle of owning my own power has become the most self affirming, proactive, powerful thing I have ever done as an adult female. And, I've endeavored to do it with an attitude of gratitude. Also, very powerful as my perspective changed. Nothing can disturb my peace of mind when I own my own power. No one else has the power to offend me, for instance. I've jokingly said, I'm too lazy to bother with it.
I've given myself permission to allow my World View to evolve; trying out ideas/notions/principles, determining what works for me without acquiescing to those that would invade and control my life on any level, whatsoever. I've come up with a simple phrase that works 100%, all the time: "Make Nice."
I've made many concrete changes from my life living it as a believing Mormon. It started with using my own mind, using common sense, critical thinking skills, asking questions, finding what could be answered with facts and what could not.
I've determined that I have no need to place any faith in metaphysical, visionary claims that are encapsulated into religious form as some kind of pseudo evidence. What I previously believed as fact; upon gaining "further light and knowledge" was, in fact, a combination of plagiarisms, untruths, illegalities, fraud, scam, hoax, all beautifully clothed in religious trappings, requiring great faith.
The process of leaving the invasive, controlling, teachings in Mormonism is a daunting undertaking.
Deleting and changing the automatic thinking scripts can take years as they are so well ingrained by subtle, and not so subtle imprinting from the unrelenting repetition.
Now, I am free. It is a kind of freedom that has no bounds;no fear of repercussions or punishments, from artificial religious beliefs and teachings.
In the process of leaving the artificial overlay of religious teachings from Mormonism, I've examined all of my life, before converting, during and after. I've learned to make peace with all of my life. I've learned not to take any of what has happened, personally. What others do is about them, not me. Forgive, not forget, let go. I have no regrets. I learned about human behavior and how it could influence me and all of the pressures of life that can be brought to bear upon me.
My new World View is composed of the ideas, principles and notions that I find work. I'm a believer in Universal Principles such as: Love one another, and The Golden Rule; treat others as you want to be treated.
The older I become, the more I realize that life is very, very short. Living in peace, enjoying life and getting to the laughter is what it's all about. I'm happy to have lived as long as I have. I've managed to out live two generations in my direct family. As long as I am able, I will spread the good word: take your power back and own it, live in peace and get to the laughter.
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 07/10/2018 03:43PM by SusieQ#1.