I began journaling in 1993 after my father died, at the suggestion of my therapist. In 2010 I began posting my musings via blogging. 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. Nonetheless, 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 control have something to do with the exodus?
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 blog form 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
- I’m placing snippets of each blog post on the Home page, for a quick overview of my offerings to readers.
- Nine of my newest posts are noted in the right side column.
- Use the Search Bar at the top of each blog for anything specific you may wonder about.
- 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 abuse of all kinds, feel free to explore.
- If you’re an ex-member of a high-control religious group, I welcome your comments and I’d love to hear your story.
Staying well clear of corporate religion is important for my sense of self-sovereignty. 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!