Leaving religion and wondering “what now?” was a question I battled with for years. As I’ve written in other posts, I was brought up, like some of you reading this, in Christianity. I had fallen deeply in love with Jesus Christ in a way that was personal to me, it was a love for what He symbolized and that symbolism resonated with who I desired to be.
When it came time for me to embrace my spirituality (I had no choice, I felt as if I was caught up by a wave that I could not control), it was a very harsh time for me. In other words, things began happening, such as my spiritual initiation, which I translate to unlearning what I knew, and a new wave of explanation and education began to unfold in me.
So my journey to where I am now was a rough one spiritually and emotionally, because even though I accepted that the world was more than what I had thought it was and that there were things beyond the human understanding, and even though it was incredible to learn that death did not exist, and that humans were not created to be sick; even though I had learned so many wonderful spiritual things…
I still mentally held on to Jesus Christ.
Such is the power of fear.
Eventually, as my mind developed, I realized that often times things we read or study or things that even come to us through meditations are given to us as allegories, and not as literal or historical facts. And soon, as I progressed in my spirituality, my grip on to Jesus’s frock tail naturally loosened up until I totally let go.
(And I must say that the church hats, which I never wore, but which cracked me up to see them on the heads of several Church sisters, and the collection plates were some things I did not miss about my church days. Also remembering when Sister Smith’s teeth jumped out of her mouth and almost bit me when the Holy Spirit had caught her one Sunday evening was another reason I felt free and safe, lol.)
But in all truth, where I am now in my spiritual life and education, I can speak about the Christ consciousness with utmost respect as I do also about Muhammad and the Buddha, et al. Seeing them as stories that I can teach from, in regards to what they represent and not what they seem to be. Thus whether a story is true or untrue matters not if your “true eye” can spot the wisdom, where others read only history or superstitions.
I had already realized the road that I would be taking, but I remember Padrino, of whom I had written here of many times, that I had to choose a spiritual house for where I would lay my head. This meant that as I was progressing to become a spiritualist, practical and theoretical, I had to choose a Spiritual House of where I would belong. Not because of any doctrine or dogma, but where to host the Non-physical Beings that I had acquired in droves.
Let me explain this…
If I had remained in Christianity, then as my Spiritual Journey began, the Beings I was to begin working with (as I was being groomed to become a practical Spiritualist) would work with me under the Christian Force. The same is to be said if I had chosen Islam, or Buddhism, or Vodun — anywhere I had chosen to settle, the Non-Physical Beings would merely assimilate. Therefore, as a spiritualist, I would speak and work according to the Spiritual House I had chosen, but this does not mean that the Forces that I would work with were different according to either religion or tradition, the Forces would only express themselves according to my chosen Spiritual Settlement.
So Michael, Gabriel, Raphael, etc., these Celestial Beings (or “Angels”) within the Christian Order are a Force expressed as such through the Christian Faith. However, these same Forces would be expressed differently in any other faith or tradition, called upon by other names, and appearing in any form (including elements) in which it can be understood by the level of consciousness of the observer.
Thus, when a person is ready to leave their religion, you may look at this as removing the top of a calabash that has been enclosed. In other words, the desire to leave religion is not a frivolous desire to rebel, but a sudden calling to spiritually develop, and one can not do so if you are cocooned or trapped in one perspective. The mind is attached to a Universal Plane and therefore must be free to expand in order to develop.
I did not know this then. For then, I was spiritually a child, and understandably fearful of the unknown. Because when one becomes accustomed to one thing, one way, one life, especially one that defines happiness and suffering, stepping out of this understanding can be terrifying.
But one’s destiny is one’s destiny.
And there are times when you have to go down that rabbit hole, when you must heed to your calling, not by choice but by fate.
And other than your own destiny, there is the destiny of the Earth as a whole, and this destiny is what is always on schedule and must occur. At this time, the Earth’s Shift (a spiritual reformation) is occurring, and everything upon the Earth is changing, including you. So now if you’re here reading this post, it means that you are among the ones who are waking up within this moment or among the ones who are already awake.
However, there are those who are questioning the New Dawn and worried about stepping into something that is like an abyss, something unknown…
I’m Leaving Religion, What Do I Do Now?
- Know that this spiritual transformation that you are experiencing or are about to experience is a very normal one, and is occurring to millions of people as we speak. Always know that you are not alone in your quest. And there is nothing wrong with questioning. Because as sure as you see the Pastor upon the pulpit preaching from time to time, he, too, is experiencing his own transformation and has his own questions and wonders as well.
- Introspection – Introspection is key to self-development. One has to become familiar with one’s self before he or she goes on a spiritual journey. The woes of life allows for most of the world’s citizens to never know themselves or who they are. However, when the clarion call has called you to go and seek, you have now become a seeker, but the first thing that you must find again, is you.
- NOTEBOOK – This is a very important tip. On this journey, you must keep a notebook with you because as you begin to explore this part of life, many revelations will come to your mind. Whether you immediately understand your sudden thought or not, you will understand when it is the right time.
- Expect The Unlearning Process – Because the great majority of the world has been indoctrinated into something, in order to transform, you must unlearn absolutely everything you think you know, as well as all that you might have been taught by your own family, culture, society or religious system. The unlearning process is not easy and can cause emotional distress in the person who has a desire to know more about life.
- Resisting Fear – Try your best to resist fear. If you have questions, don’t be afraid to ask them or research them. Religion and fear go hand in hand, and as it was with me, it can also be the same with you, wherein which you want to explore, but the fear of blasphemy or going against what you have been taught is a thought that can try to hold you back. But the fact that you are asking questions at all means that your Higher Self wants to expand and know its way. Trust your Spirit and go searching. You’re on a quest for knowledge.
- Time With Yourself – Try to spend as much time with yourself. This will allow you to know or to get an understanding of the things that you believe may be lacking in your life, spiritual or otherwise. If you take the time to look back at yourself, you’ll realize that there’s so many things within and about you that you missed, and time alone with yourself will center you, which is what you need for your journey. In these times of searching for yourself and searching for answers, the Non-Physicals that have been with you all your life as guides will be activated in a way to serve you in your self-development, and will guide you in where to look and who to speak to.
How Do I Pray Now?
Prayer is one of life’s secrets, and it is an incantation that one puts out to whomever or whatever you believe in for your wants, needs or desire. But if you are shifting out of religion and need to know to whom to address your prayers from now on, address it to whom ever or whatever your heart desires. Spirit out of body is Intelligent and Wise, and the “to who” of your prayer does not matter, it is the incantation and the intent towards whatever Force of your belief you direct it.
What You Should Avoid On Your Journey
- Impatience – One of the most important things for you to know is that this transformation is not an overnight one as many Instagram and Facebook pseudo-spiritualists may make it appear. It is a journey that takes years to accomplish. As Marie Von Eber said, “In youth, you learn, but with age, you understand.” It is also a personal internal journey that only expresses itself externally, so while you may develop your intellect, it is the Inner Understanding which determines one’s spiritual growth.
- Sharing With Naysayers – Avoid sharing your journey with naysayers because their own misunderstanding will only stall your own growth and set you back.
- Avoid Wearing Darker Colors – During your spiritual education, avoid wearing/using darker colors, whether in your furniture decor or things that you wear. The reason for this is that now that you are opening up to awakening to the world, you will also be tested on this quest by negative energy that will be attracted to those who shroud themselves physically in darkness. In time, you will realize the importance of symbolism in spirituality.
- Avoid or Limit Your Alcohol – This tip is quite deep to explain, but to simplify it, allow yourself to be as pure as possible during your awakening. For those who like to drink, that is no problem, just do all things in moderation.
- Avoid Becoming Involved In Many Things At Once – One thing that you must also know is that while the interest in spirituality sweeps the Earth, those who are less receptive to the Shift will experience it in a different way, such as obsession or search for power. These people will often find themselves going from practice to practice, feeling impatient with different ideas, or simply over-excited about all of them. A true seeker walks the path with humility and patience, and when he finds something along his way he cherishes it, holds on to it deeply and tries his best to understand it before he evolves from it.
Now, everything I have put here does not apply to absolutely everyone, because some of you are just stirring from slumber and may not want to wander too far into this topic. While others believe themselves to be wide awake and are ready to plunge head first into the depths of an unknown ocean where they are not yet ready to swim.
But it is my hope that this post will speak to the ones who are questioning all the things that they knew through religion and other things, and those who want to explore. This journey, regardless if you believe that this decision is yours, please know that you are waking up to a new phase of your life, one that the Earth’s Shift has brought with it.
Not what we experience, but how we perceived what we experienced determines our Fate.Marie Von Ebner