The crippling impact of religion involves the way it convinces people how weak, incapable and helpless they are. This morning I read the following;
"The key to accessing God's power is to understand how much we need Him to do anything that's of real value in life. The truth is, whether we realize it or not, we're all desperate for God every minute of every day. I am weak, but He is strong."
This belief and attitude are one of the greatest obstacles and deterrents to personal growth and development. I address this mentality often in the religion recovery work I do with people.
The truth is that you naturally have the ability, capacity, tools, and skills to guide and direct your life meaningfully, ethically and effectively. Through the use of your fundamental human faculties such as logic, critical thinking, empathy, reason, conscience and intuition, you can capably lead your life.
You have the ability to take action, be effective, influence your own life, and assume responsibility for your behavior. You have the capacity for initiating, executing, and controlling your own volitional actions in the world. Where you feel incapable of doing so due to internal restraints, you can seek help and assistance.
You are capable of self-management, which is your ability to regulate your emotions and resulting behaviors in ways that are useful and beneficial for oneself and others. You are equipped to take personal responsibility for your happiness and well-being and cultivate a life of meaning and fulfillment. This includes self-care, coping with unmet wants or needs, persevering when faced with obstacles, and aligning your actions and choices with your values and what matters most to you in life.
Do we do all this perfectly? No. Do we do this alone? No. We can look upon ourselves with acceptance, patience, and compassion, and not demand perfection from ourselves. We are capable of cultivating loving and caring relationships. We are capable of seeking professional help and support when we need it. All of these actions are a sign of strength and not weakness.
The idea that you are powerless and inept to guide and manage your life is false.
I have a spiritual counseling practice in Nashville, TN. Several years ago, I began doing work with people from all over the world through video calls. There are several reasons why people contact me for spiritual counseling, including:
Making sense of God outside of religion.
Seeking a more expansive, meaningful and human spirituality.
A life crisis has caused them to question their personal or religious beliefs.
Searching for answers to life’s existential questions such as the meaning and purpose of life.
Interested in exploring faith and spirituality beyond the boundaries of their religious background or tradition.
Want to address the root cause of suffering in their life.
Desiring a whole relationship with themselves through self-discovery, self-acceptance, self-trust, and self-care.
Needing to unshackle themselves from toxic religious beliefs.
Wanting to break through self-sabotaging inner dialogue and self-imposed limitations holding them back.
Seeking to explore a non-religious spiritual path or secular philosophy for life
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