Why Blog about “Getting Out of Babylon?
I don’t know who else is writing about why blog about getting out of Babylon. Simply put, I began journaling at the suggestion of my therapist, after my father died in 1993. In 2010 I began posting my musings via blogs. I’m still trying to heal after leaving the family religion of Jehovah’s Witnesses in the year 2000. They really set me up to fail if I dared leave — I can see that now. They try hard to retain their followers by their innumerable frightening rules and beliefs — the worst being the Armageddon tale of woe. And the threat of disfellowshipping, shunning, and literally endless rules, regulations, commands, orders that no human can keep perfectly. I think that’s the whole point, actually. Corporate religion would keep their members paralyzed in fear, instead of happily enjoying and living life.
All the fear-based teachings don’t prevent folks from waking up, and “getting out of Babylon” however. Comparatively speaking, a full two-thirds of those “born-in” end up leaving, according to the Time article America’s Unfaithful Faithful.
“…Jehovah’s Witnesses, with a turnover rate of about two-thirds. That means that two-thirds of the people who told Pew they were raised Jehovah’s Witnesses no longer are…”
Perhaps the ever-heightening levels of mind-control have something to do with the exodus?
Write Like No One Reads It!
If I dance like no one is watching, I also write like no one is reading! These days, I write what’s in my heart, even when I’m feeling conflicted. Scribbling words with my pen is kind of amazing, because writing usually facilitates sorting out my disparate — odd — thoughts.
Undoubtedly, writing helped me draw the conclusions I did about such “industrialized” religion from Babylon. I wrote about my disquieting beliefs long before I left the dysfunctional patriarchal belief system. After a hundred journals filled with rants, I thought perhaps others in my situation might appreciate them. So, I put them into blogs in case what I post enables someone else to escape with their souls still intact.
Whatever. Even if no one reads my blogs, I still enjoy writing. It helps me sort through my baggage and decide what beliefs are important to me and what to discard. It is an ongoing kind of “therapy”.
Plans for this Blogsite — Babylonian Religion
- I’m placing snippets of blog posts on each appropriate page link — on the navigation bar.
- My newest blogs are posted on my Home page, for a quick overview of my offerings to readers.
- Nine of my newest blogs are noted in the right side column.
- Use the Search Bar at the top of each blog for anything specific you may wonder about. I may have written about the subject if it is related to religion. The Search Bar will also take you to my archived pages. It’s all good!
- If you’re an ex-member of a high-control religious group, I welcome your comments and I’d love to hear your story.
- If you’re curious about what it’s like after being raised in a cloistered community with a high level of mind-control, manipulation, deception, misogyny, and hierarchical abuses of all kinds, feel free to explore.
Staying well clear of industrialized religion is important for my sense of self-sovereignty and vital well-being. I’m done with being co-dependent with a religion. I am free from it — time to be true to me now — and that feels wonderful!
Feel free to look around! Follow along if you wish. Take what serves you and leave the rest. It’s your call.
Blogroll for “Getting Out of Babylon”
Why isn’t recruiting children a crime? Recently I watched a YouTube video that shook me to my core. The content creator saw a Jehovah’s Witness (JW) woman by her cart, in a playground setting, surrounded by small children. I’d leave a link, but she appears to have taken down the video. She was terribly upset as she described what she observed. When I heard what she had to say, I was disturbed also. She watched a religious organization recruit children. It’s bad enough that Jehovah’s Witnesses indoctrinate their own children, but when they try to lure other people’s children into their nasty religion, that’s where I draw the line. Read more >>
Destroying files of pedophiles in the congregation is common practice? Elders concealing offenses due to “church policy”? In other words, church policy enables pedophilia in congregations? The Jehovah’s Witnesses organization settled nine lawsuits — so far? A Judge recently fined the Jehovah’s Witnesses organization with $4,000 a day for hiding pedophile members’ files? Who knew that Jehovah’s Witnesses and pedophilia could appear in the same sentence? Read more >>
Recent headlines reveal that child sex abuse among Jehovah’s Witnesses is pervasive. Here is an article located on a Catholic news website about the legal problems which the Jehovah’s Witnesses religion are now facing. This issue may or may not take some of the heat off the Catholics: Jehovah’s Witness leader urges elders to destroy sex abuse records. Read more >>
There is a Bible Story found in the book of Genesis where humans decided they would build a tower into the heavens and make a great name for themselves. It became known as the Tower of Babel. God apparently wasn’t happy with their plans, so used — of all things — confusion as a weapon of choice. He confused their language. Out of one became many different languages. Read the account here: Read more >>
Malidoma Patrice Somé, who authored “Of Water and the Spirit” says his village elders believed that it is utterly impossible to survive being caught between two conflicting belief systems. In his case, the conflicting beliefs occurred between his family of origin and the residential school system, with no common ground. Unhappily, coming from two such opposing backgrounds is a deadly combination. Read more >>
Why is it so important to deconstruct my belief system as an adult? What could possibly go wrong with the beliefs with which we were raised? Don’t laugh — these are valid questions. To me, the need for a deconstruction process became obvious and I trust my readers will soon readily understand also. When I write, I see my father in me, especially Read more >>
Strange things have been happening in our so-called Christian lands. So many rules and contradictions it boggles the mind! The cartoon does leave me with a few questions, though. Christians believe in human blood sacrifice. Do animals? If animals eat humans, is it a “sacrifice”? Read more >>
I tried hard to be a good girl so I could live in that happy paradise where all the good people would live someday, if they could be obedient enough. It was crucial to be obedient. Frighteningly so. My school friend Vicky said our family was going to hell because we didn’t go to her church on Sunday. She also informed me that her religion was the truth and ours was false.
“Are we Catholic?” I asked my dad at our next bible study session. “Could we go to Vicky’s church?” Read more >>
Living from the mind or heart — which do I prefer? I’m back from my walk, after enjoying the singing finches, the sweet smelling hyacinth in our back yard, our front yard, as well as areas throughout the neighborhood. This walk really got me into my heart. The walk inspired me and I began thinking about the difference between living in my mind vs. living from my heart. Read more >>
What are false overlays on reality when looking at deception practices in institutions these days? In a previous post I showed how the Watchtower Corporation uses a deception strategy called “Inversion” to confuse and mislead vulnerable hearts and minds to follow their cult. I decided more needs to be said about this common practice of inversion used in their religion. In the image I posted, I show how the inverted image is embedded into the Watchtower itself. Read more >>
Quoted from CC BY SA Energetic Synthesis. All content is available under Creative Commons Attribution Share Alike unless otherwise noted. “In everyday life, Inverted Systems allow for the production of artificial storefronts or business facades that more effectively hide the real intentions of that industry from the public, which allows for easy dark infiltration to feed corruption, reversals and blackmail. The imposters hire Psychopaths and marketing propaganda teams to represent them, while operating from within the deep compartmental layers built upon the same inverted system of energy. Read more >>
One of my readers wrote a letter explaining a rather odd behavior in her family. While her side of the family is not Jehovah’s Witness, her husband’s side was raised in the religion, but hubby was never active. She is very comfortable and relaxed with the immediate side of her own family and they freely express and interact with one another lovingly. On the other hand, when her hubby’s family members sporadically come around, she senses a very different feeling. Read more >>
What is an expert? According to Danish Physicist Niels Bohr, “An expert is a person who has made all possible errors within a limited range of human experience.” I can certainly claim my fair share of obstacles and “errors” during my lifetime which challenges the very foundations of mental health and emotional wellness. Early on, I became labelled as the “sick one” in the family. Read more >>
Every once in awhile I see political or religious leaders speaking of women’s rights. These are mostly (but not always) men who know nothing of what it means to be a woman. They claim authority based on their adherence to a religion or some public policy. They profess to be following their conscience.What conscience? I know from being an ex-member of the fundamentalist Jehovah’s Witness religion on the far left of the spectrum that there are various definitions of conscience. According to Wikipedia, conscience is an aptitude, faculty, intuition, or judgment of the intellect that distinguishes right from wrong. Read more >>
Halloween: My beloved teacher in Grade Two said if any of us had a younger brother or sister, we could bring them to school one special day. It was Halloween and I proudly invited Andy, my brother next in line. The teacher handed out a picture of a cow for all her students and guests to color. I looked over to see that Andy was coloring his cow in different-colored polka-dots. I thought his picture was so great that I asked the teacher for another picture. I wanted to color my cow with polka-dots too. The other kids thought that was just awful because real cows didn’t look like that. They were brown with white, or black and white, or beige — but never pink, blue, and green polka-dots! Read more >>
How does someone become “brainwashed”? Years ago, I heard from the platform an elder of Jehovah’s Witnesses bragging. While going door-to-door he was asked, “How can you let yourself get so brainwashed so as to believe this stuff that you are saying?” His reply? “My brain needed a good wash!” His comment emoted a chuckle from the audience. Apparently, the congregation believed brainwashing was a good thing. How do patriarchal religions become radical so as to promote practices such as female sexual mutilation (like some Muslims), or Polygamy (like some Mormons), or shunning of family members (like Jehovah’s Witnesses)? Read more >>
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