BoB from California now living in North Carolina. -- Raised in a religious culture that might be called American Christianity. As we all do, I developed my religious beliefs from my relatives later in life discovering therefore that my religious truth was relative rather than absolute. I also ascertained that what I chose to believe in a spiritual sense was pretty much what I desired to believe. I accepted those things from my parents and authority figures and peers in my early culture which I wanted to believe. As I matured I continued to morph my faith into something I desired rather than insisting on finding absolute truth about God myself and others, which I now believe is true and pure spirituality. I have now abandoned faith that satisfies my desires and pursue avidly to know the absolute truth about me, you and God.
Religion ceased to be religious. When I discovered that “religion” is defined as “bondage to a creed”, no wonder I wanted to stop being religious. Since I found freedom at every level in my life from any bondage whatsoever, my religious pursuits ended and my relationship pursuits became prolific. I have changed my misperceptions into correct perceptions. This changed my fantasies into realities. For each of us, our perceptions are our reality. Loony bins are full of misperceptions which are so far from reality they require restraints and padding to protect the residents from harm to themselves and visitors. When angst or anxiety perplex my soul, I look for a misperception so as to exchange it for reality which brings real truth to me and takes away the misery of soul.