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    This will be a little difficult for me to answer without fear of being judged, but here goes...

    When I was in high school, I had more questions than answers regarding Hinduism (the religion I was born into) as well as Catholicism - so I started searching for answers in other places. During my junior and senior year, I started experimenting with Wicca. I originally wanted to try this path because I thought I could use the knowledge to protect my mom from certain negative influences in her life. There were a few friends of mine who encouraged it, since they knew of my love for nature and of my later desire to become more "connected" with nature in a sense. One such friend (he later died from brain cancer just a few months before I turned 18) saw and described my personality as "a rainbow across a blue sky" - he therefore rechristened me 'Iris'.

    I eventually reverted back to Hinduism once I began to understand the scriptures in a new light; but at the same time, I'm grateful for the lessons in humanity, tolerance and mercy that I learned during my high school phase, because they have helped me become a kinder person.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AngelLight2012 View Post
    This will be a little difficult for me to answer without fear of being judged, but here goes...

    When I was in high school, I had more questions than answers regarding Hinduism (the religion I was born into) as well as Catholicism - so I started searching for answers in other places. During my junior and senior year, I started experimenting with Wicca. I originally wanted to try this path because I thought I could use the knowledge to protect my mom from certain negative influences in her life. There were a few friends of mine who encouraged it, since they knew of my love for nature and of my later desire to become more "connected" with nature in a sense. One such friend (he later died from brain cancer just a few months before I turned 18) saw and described my personality as "a rainbow across a blue sky" - he therefore rechristened me 'Iris'.

    I eventually reverted back to Hinduism once I began to understand the scriptures in a new light; but at the same time, I'm grateful for the lessons in humanity, tolerance and mercy that I learned during my high school phase, because they have helped me become a kinder person.
    I don't think anyone is going to judge you for this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saudade View Post
    I don't think anyone is going to judge you for this.
    Okay - thanks.
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    Come to think of it, I'm now calling myself a Sith Taoist, perhaps a category that the "Closed Fist" philosopher named Bladed Thesis in Jade Empire may be.



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    I was raised Catholic by vaguely theist parents. I tried to be a good believer when I was a schoolchild, but I always related more to the overarching concepts and archetypal patterns in the religion than in the beliefs themselves. When I was a teenager I was a neo-Pagan for a bit. The interesting thing is I feel like I have always harbored the same sort of beliefs, even if their outward manifestations changed.

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    A catholic education is an excellent innoculation against religion.
    I remember a running joke that there is no faster route to atheism than Catholic school.

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    It was more of a transition from religion to spirituality for me. It seemed the more I learned about the Christian religion, the more clearly I saw that the teachings directly opposed religious doctrine in favor of a personal spiritual journey.

    I remember even as a little kid learning about the Pharisees at catholic mass and being like "helloo! is this 10-year-old the only person who sees the connection here?"

    So with that, I've come to seek God from whatever personal point my unique set of circumstances find me in. I read a quote once that there should be as many religions as there are people, and I really believe that. Each individual's set of practices, actions, etc. should be his own as a unique creation. It's the focus on being internally led to action rather than externally led to spirituality.

    For example I use Eastern meditation to help me connect to the spiritual realm. That exact practice might not work for others, in which case they shouldn't do it. For me, I've found it to be an enriching "religious practice".

    This is liberating because it's not on me to be perfect. It's on God to be perfect and on me to seek him and trust his guidance. I don't always do that as well as I should, but I will never stop striving for it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RaptorWizard View Post
    Come to think of it, I'm now calling myself a Sith Taoist, perhaps a category that the "Closed Fist" philosopher named Bladed Thesis in Jade Empire may be.
    .....Have you ever played Xenogears? You might like it, judging by the impact the game had on some fans.

    Anyway, I went from Protestant Christian to Deist to (reluctant) agnostic (I forgot if I already participated in this thread).

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    Quote Originally Posted by nicolita View Post
    It was more of a transition from religion to spirituality for me. It seemed the more I learned about the Christian religion, the more clearly I saw that the teachings directly opposed religious doctrine in favor of a personal spiritual journey.

    I remember even as a little kid learning about the Pharisees at catholic mass and being like "helloo! is this 10-year-old the only person who sees the connection here?"

    So with that, I've come to seek God from whatever personal point my unique set of circumstances find me in. I read a quote once that there should be as many religions as there are people, and I really believe that. Each individual's set of practices, actions, etc. should be his own as a unique creation. It's the focus on being internally led to action rather than externally led to spirituality.

    For example I use Eastern meditation to help me connect to the spiritual realm. That exact practice might not work for others, in which case they shouldn't do it. For me, I've found it to be an enriching "religious practice".

    This is liberating because it's not on me to be perfect. It's on God to be perfect and on me to seek him and trust his guidance. I don't always do that as well as I should, but I will never stop striving for it.
    I have a similar philisophy on this. I don't mean to offend anybody, but as a child, it was disheartening to see how many people studied and supposedly piously followed religious doctrine but lived lives incongruent with the values they claimed to uphold. As an adult, unfortunately, in most of my experiences with those who claim to be orthodox, I have witnessed them being exclusivist, running in social cliques where they deliberately leave people out based on discriminatory criteria and treat each other shabbily in struggles over power. I actually can't make sense of what the heck they are doing because these actions are then followed up by sermons about "inclusion of all people" and "limitless compassion."

    And people believe them. And they act all buddy-buddy. So, I find myself more interested in how people interpret religious beliefs and how it informs their life as opposed to what religion they subscribe to and how devout they claim to be.

    And like nicolita, meditation is crucial for me.
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    I was raised mildly Catholic. Then I switched from Christianity to nothing.

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