Picking Up the Pieces and Moving On

Picking Up the Pieces and Moving On

By John Woods, Survivor of Religious Abuse

This week marked the third anniversary of my exodus from Christianity.  There has been much healing during this year, especially over the past three months.  I am now free to explore all of my beliefs in greater depth, without fear, and without a need for confirmation of their validity.  As Robert Plant so eloquently put it, “there are two paths you can go by,” and I chose the one that emphasizes the good and concentrates on now.

About the only thing that I have retained from the past is my belief in a Higher Power, a Divine Source that guides and provides, that watches over all of us with nothing but pure love.  Out of habit, I still call this presence God, but find myself addressing it more and more as Divine Spirit.  I have indulged in a life long interest in Angels and have been learning more about each of them, as well as the Archangels, and how each of them play a role in my life.  I have long believed that there are “angels on this earth, masquerading as humans” who are in just the right place and right time in my life.  I have even started acknowledging and learning about the “realms of the faeries.”

I have also found that interacting with others who have been through the same journey as I have emerged from, is helpful to both me and to those who are just beginning their way out.  I have met some awesome people, and their stories and support have been invaluable.

I will continue to share stories about those who cause hurt and pain by invoking their beliefs upon others.  While I try to respect the paths of all, that doesn’t mean I will sit back and not protect those who are persecuted.

I will also continue to share items that I feel are uplifting, inspirational and thought provoking.  We all need encouragement along the way, and as Rumi said “we are just walking each other home!”

To Read John’s Story of Abuse: John Wood’s Story

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