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    It makes me wonder if the 'religion' you are talking about sounds familiar to everyone or only if you have been a part of it?!

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    I know what "church" (they would never call themselves a church) I grew up in. I know of a few that are similar although there are some differences.

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    The fact that they would never call themselves a church probably answers my question :/

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    I was brought up around the 'occult' actually. I'm a Christian now. I've seen some horrible things that are imprinted into my head quite visually...


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    Wow! You all must be very strong people to be able to get away from these influences and live in a way that feels right for you!

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    Wow, indeed. This thread and the strong people who escaped some pretty bad influences are really interesting indeed.

    I have never been in a cult, thank goodness, but I was educated at a religious school, rebelled against it and investigated satanism (not as black as you'd expect) have a weird relationship with the occult and parasychology, a deep interest, I suppose, and most recently have been interested in buddhism and have spent some time learning meditation and practice at a buddhist temple.

    The thing I really like about buddhism is it's credo of 'try an idea out for yourself, and if it doesn't work for you, junk it.' At least that's how they see it where I was learnin'. You are not expected to just 'believe in stuff because we told you so', but instead to test things out in real life and see if the psychology works for you.

    I used it after a bad hospitalisation for Bipolar to reprogram myself with positivity instead of the negative thoughts I was brought up with. Have found it's explained a lot to me about why people operate the way they do.

    Good luck to all of you on your spiritual journeys, wherever they may lead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BaronessM View Post
    Wow, indeed. This thread and the strong people who escaped some pretty bad influences are really interesting indeed.

    I have never been in a cult, thank goodness, but I was educated at a religious school, rebelled against it and investigated satanism (not as black as you'd expect) have a weird relationship with the occult and parasychology, a deep interest, I suppose, and most recently have been interested in buddhism and have spent some time learning meditation and practice at a buddhist temple.

    The thing I really like about buddhism is it's credo of 'try an idea out for yourself, and if it doesn't work for you, junk it.' At least that's how they see it where I was learnin'. You are not expected to just 'believe in stuff because we told you so', but instead to test things out in real life and see if the psychology works for you.

    I used it after a bad hospitalisation for Bipolar to reprogram myself with positivity instead of the negative thoughts I was brought up with. Have found it's explained a lot to me about why people operate the way they do.

    Good luck to all of you on your spiritual journeys, wherever they may lead.

    What you have said about Buddhism is exactly the reason I like it. There is no blind faith, it encourages questioning. I don't think I will ever be a practising Buddhist (well you never know), but it is something that sort of feels right, it does not feel threatening. There is no do this or you will go to hell.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Square777 View Post

    They were also forced to become 'spirit-filled'... where they speak in tongues. Apparently it's a sign god is in you, or however it works, so comes naturally and it's not something you force.

    Been there, done that.

    PM me and I'll link your DH to a Facebook group for people who've been 'put out' or 'fallen away' - the debrief is a relief

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    Quote Originally Posted by WorkingClassMum View Post
    Been there, done that.

    PM me and I'll link your DH to a Facebook group for people who've been 'put out' or 'fallen away' - the debrief is a relief

    thanks.. would be an interesting read...
    DH honestly though isn't damaged or anything LOL, he is pretty easy going, he just accepts that it's not part of his life, doesn't deliberately set out to upset his parents so doesn't make a fuss.
    It probably irks me more than him ( i guess as an outsider looking in, and even though I'm sure tehy've tried to convert me).. i'm a lost cause LOL

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    Wow!!

    Big all round.

    xx


 

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