Why is losing my faith a good thing? To find out the answer, we must understand the difference between faith and confidence. And, the meaning behind the word faith.
The Best Thing That Could Happen
How Confidence and Faith Differ
Confidence is the “high degree of certainty” that something has or will occur. It is something that we can test. For instance, it is highly probable that the sun will rise and set. We build this degree of confidence in the evidence of sunrises, and sunsets.
Faith the belief in things that have no proof. Faith is a term that the cultural narrative assigns to those who hold religion above reason. The belief in religion is a slippery slope. It often includes imaginary friends and enemies or Gods and Devils. So, why is losing my faith in these fictional entities so important?
The Slippery Slope of Faith
Faith begins with the acceptance of the existence of imaginary friends and enemies. This seems innocent enough. This is the door that makes the mind susceptible to other baseless ideas. If you can accept that the imaginary friend exists, then it becomes easy to accept the existence of an imaginary enemy. This the basic concept of the black and white fallacy underlying dualism.
Dualism is an oversimplified way to categorize perception. It acts like blinders. It makes it possible to ignore or reject any information that doesn’t fit within the worldview. It also supports the idea that religious prejudice is not only acceptable it is preferable.
Mitigated dualism is the basis of the Abrahamic religions of Christianity, Islam, and Judaism. These are the rebranding of the Assyrian, Persian, and Babylonian mystery religions. This is where the Abrahamic religions get the underlying philosophy of mitigated dualism. This flawed philosophy contains many contradictions and illogical premises. This is why these religions need interpreters. They need to explain away the problems inherent in the system. They use groupthink manipulation tactics to present mythology as fact.
So, if someone doesn’t believe in the same imaginary friend they are not acceptable. And, the slippery slope continues downward. Once they are not acceptable, then it justifies discrimination, prejudice, and bias of all kinds. It justifies genocide, racial, ethnic, and gender discrimination. But these negative beliefs are okay because their belief system says it is acceptable. This is why losing your faith is the best thing that could happen. It is good for me and the world.
The Benefits of Losing Your Faith
Faith and belief are boundaries. So, when you remove boundaries you can think and reason more clearly. You can see the programming that underlies your thinking. So, you can spot the negative and harmful prejudice and bias. This allows you to change it.
1) Become a Freethinker
You can become a freethinker. Leo Tolstoy is the first to use the term and define it.
Freethinkers are those who are willing to use their minds without prejudice and without fearing to understand things that clash with their own customs, privileges, or beliefs. This state of mind is not common, but it is essential for right thinking… ― Leo Tolstoy
A freethinker is someone who sees through the programming of the cultural narrative. More importantly, they can remove this negative programming from their minds. They cultivate the use of logical reasoning and common sense. They improve their observational skills. They learn to connect with their intuitions. This results in a greater level of intuitive and analytical reasoning.
The dominant cultural narrative skews the definition of reason and common sense. When we are under the influence of the cultural narrative, then we reflect its bias and prejudice. This makes us more susceptible to accept other things that are not true or factual. They produce value judgments on a sliding scale which overrides our common sense. This makes our judgment skewed by religious prejudice and bias.
For instance, ask a group of people if they are law-abiding citizens. 100% will answer yes. But then ask them if they went over the speed limit in the last week? Most people break some man-made law at least once a day.
2) Return to our Original State of Innocence
We are born without beliefs. We are born without the belief in any gods. This makes us atheists. In this original state, we live in happiness and joy. When we lose our faith in mythology, we can return to our original state of innocence. To do this we must overcome the fears that maintain our beliefs.
Newborn children represent perfection and the state of being to which each of us is duty-bound to return. In the instant after you were born, you were fearless, pure love, innocent, infinitely wise, of boundless potential and beautifully connected with the unseen hand that created the universe. Most of us on the planet today have lost this connection to our authentic selves, this original state of being in which we were unafraid to walk toward possibility and reach for the stars. We have forgotten who we are. ― Robin S. Sharma
3) Become a Kind Person
Once you return to your natural state of being several doors open. The virtues of the spirit lead us on the path of kindness. You can go almost everywhere when you are on this path. Most people will accept those who are kind and considerate.
Yes, some will reject and scorn you for developing a conscience. Sadly, some greedy, prejudiced, and biased people find their way into positions of power. Don’t let this deter you from making the world a better place. Become a kind person. It is a legacy that touches the lives of many people.
Losing My Faith ― Overcoming Fear
Our beliefs about reality come from the programming that we receive. Most of this programming takes place in our youth. This is when we are most susceptible to programming. It usually comes from people we trust, our parents, and spiritual leaders.
If you don’t have faith or belief in God or an imaginary friend, you can skip this section. If you believe in religion, then losing your faith is probably very scary. Your faith is likely a large part of your identity. This is exactly what they want. It keeps you a customer. And it makes you an advocate for whatever agenda they want you to follow.
God is a powerful metaphor. Religion uses this metaphor as a tool for recruitment and retention. It links your faith to your relationships and even your livelihood. This is another tactic to keep you a customer. They use these social systems to cement you to their belief system. This keeps you from asking questions. Heaven forbid, pun intended, that you become a freethinker.
You can overcome these fears. There are some practical steps you can take to reduce the fear and increase the joy in your life. Negative cultural programming comes from organized religion. They target two groups in the population, children, and those in crisis.
The young are easy to indoctrinate. Unfortunately, this is a common practice. Immature minds are easy to program especially by those they trust. Children trust their parents and adults who appear to have their best interests in mind. These people teach them not to touch fire and to be careful near places where they could fall. The adults they trust also immerse themselves in the doctrine and dogma of religion.
Children born into families with deeply held religious beliefs nearly always become converts. They receive instruction from an early age. No freedom of choice. No other worldviews are available. Children have no other frame of reference. Children are less likely to distinguish fact from fantasy. So, it is easy for them to mistake mythology as fact. The people they trust would certainly only tell them the truth, right? The need to believe becomes ingrained as part of individual identity. Believing their religion becomes a necessity, not a choice.
Some people believe that subjecting children to religious programming is child abuse. Richard Dawkins noted scientist is of this opinion. Others believe that as long as there is no clear harm to the child it is not child abuse. It is simply the structured indoctrination of established tradition.
People in Crisis…
The other sizeable population susceptible to religious programming are those in crisis. People find religion when vulnerable because vulnerable are easier to brainwash. It doesn’t matter what the crisis. The crisis could be financial, emotional, or health. It doesn’t matter. Religion uses a crisis to make converts. Because converts turn into paying customers. You pay with money and with conformity to religious stereotypes they provide. Once they get a critical mass of the population, then they can program any agenda.
Consequently, we see that the need to believe ― overcomes reason. Many people live in cultures dominated by these paradigms. So, appearing like you are a part of the crowd is not just a way of life, it’s a necessity.
How to Lose Your Religion
1) Test Your Path
So, the first thing we recommend you do is to test your path. I test my path regularly. See if your path will make you the person who leaves a positive mark on this world. Follow the links to find out how to test your path and how to find a just and verdant belief system. This one of the best things that you can do to ensure you get where you want to go in your spiritual work.
We also recommend you use the practical strategy of using emotional checks. This is a proven strategy to help you stay on track and keep your emotional equilibrium. It is essential when you walk on the sacred ground of your worldview.
2) Question the Cultural Narrative
Next, become like a child. Learn to ask questions again. If you ask any pastor, preacher, or priest they will tell you that young children ask the toughest questions. Many a Sunday school teacher learns to lose their faith because of the insightful questions of children. If God is all-powerful why doesn’t he just kill Satan? Why are there so many versions of our perfect religion? If God is love and forgives everyone, why did he create Hell?
So, learn to question the cultural narrative. If you were indoctrinated into your religion as a child it was not your fault. However, as an adult, it is your responsibility to correct this negative programming. Otherwise, you will perpetuate negative prejudice and bias.
Religious people claim that it’s just the fundamentalists of each religion that cause problems. But, there’s got to be something wrong the religion itself if those who strictly adhere to its most fundamental principles are violent bigots and sexists.
— David G. Mcafee
3) Focus On Consciousness Development
The best thing that you can do is become a better person. The world needs people able to think and solve problems. This is good for you and the world. So, focus on developing and developing your awareness. Find tools to enhance your ability to learn and to think critically. Find teachers you can show ways to expand your awareness and investigate higher states. Don’t fall into the trap of becoming a follower.
Create your path. All you need are tools, not faith and belief. You can have confidence in the time-tested tools of spiritual exploration.
Spiritual technologies are tools for exploring consciousness. They result from generations of research by cultures around the world. These processes stand up to the test of science. They are repeatable and measurable. Everyone who can follow a process can use these tools. We call the practice of these processes spiritual exploration.
You can list these tools in several ways. Some fall into more than one group. We like this simple method of grouping.
The first group is several analytical tools to enhance critical thinking. The Enneagram Personality Profile is the first tool of our blended learning process. This tool provides insight into the mechanisms of ego, personality, and instinct.
The second group is the tools of logical reasoning. These tools help you to think logically and assess information using common sense. These tools are Logical reasoning, spotting logical fallacies, and logical axioms.
Next, a research tool we call Comparative Analysis. This is a process to help us explore and compare belief systems. This process is a scientific process form of comparative religious studies. Together these analytical tools give a solid foundation of common sense thinking. They sharpen your ability to discern facts from fiction.
Seated meditation is the heart of most spiritual practices. This includes a wide range of meditation techniques. It starts with Beginning Meditation and Mindfulness Meditation. It progresses to more advanced forms like Japa Meditation the Siddhis of Patanjali.
This is another foundational element that strengthens the mind-body connection. Moving meditation is another tool key to our health and wellness. This progression includes several methods of energy collection. Here we teach Forest Bathing, Qigong, and Tai Chi. It also includes more contemporary processes for Grounding, like Tree Grounding and Sun Gazing.
Pathways for expanding awareness include a variety of tools. This group includes practical tools like a Spiritual Journal and Automatic Writing. Here we introduce Lucid Dreaming, the Shamanic Journey, or Guided Meditation. There are also techniques for Third-Eye Awakening and soul memory awareness.
Healing practices are the last group. This branch includes Pe Jeut, Reiki, and Shiatsu. Self-care is an important element of this group. It is vital for normalizing our inner work and maintaining our health and wellness.
The best thing that you can do for yourself and the world is to lose your prejudice and bias. The largest source of negative prejudice and bias comes from organized religion. So, make losing my faith a goal. You can do it. Help make the world a better place to live.
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Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia