HOw to Lose Your Faith Without Losing Your Mind
Editor: This is one of the way to see our beliefs in the right way. Choosing the great one without killing the others [Deivine Signor]
For a person who has decided to leave their religion, the world can suddenly seem like a confusing place. Here are a few simple steps that can help you make sense of things again.
- Have faith. No, not that kind of faith – you’ve had enough of that. Instead, have faith in your own ability to get through life without religion. No matter what it might feel like for the first few days or weeks, it’s not the end of the world. Trust yourself – it took a lot of guts to reach the point you’re at right now, so there’s every reason to believe you’re going to be just fine.
- Celebrate your freedom. You might feel like you’ve suffered a big loss, and that’s normal – but you’ve also gained more than you might think. Remember all the little things you disliked about your religion? You don’t have to put up with those any more. No more fidgeting in church or putting up with the bad coffee after services – and more importantly, you’re free to think for yourself. Trust that the benefits of freedom will soon make up for anything you may feel you’ve lost.
- Stay true to yourself. Just because you’ve let go of your faith, it doesn’t mean you have to give up your philosophy or even your spirituality. Religion doesn’t have a monopoly on the answers to life’s big questions. You might not be able to find spiritual inspiration in the Bible or your holy book of choice anymore, but have you tried a good sunset lately?
- Watch out for guilt. Even though you don’t believe in your religion anymore, it is normal to experience feelings of guilt and fear for some time. Religious beliefs can be deeply ingrained in our minds, and even though we may reject them consciously, subconscious remnants may persist. If you have a thought which creates feelings of guilt or fear in regard to your decision to leave religion, simply recognize it as an irrational product of the subconscious mind and move on.