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I’m trying to decide if I should convert to a more spiritual, less religious, path. My family is very religious, and that’s how I was brought up. I’ve been reading on the spiritual life, and I’ve decided it’s the life for me. How do I do this openly without guilt or criticism? Is there a way to explain it to others without insulting their beliefs?
It’s great to hear that you are listening to your soul and trying to allow your inner voice to guide you on your path – whatever that path may be. There are no instructions or rules when it comes to walking a spiritual path vs a religious path. You have the freedom to become all you desire and create your own new beliefs. You may even choose to keep some of the beliefs you were raised with if they still resonate with you and bring you joy. There is no right or wrong when you follow your soul.
You will have people in your life who disagree with your choices and new path. It’s going to happen. You cannot prevent it. No matter how happy you are – no matter how much explanation you give – no matter how good of a person you become – there will be some who cannot be open to anything but what they know and believe. And, unfortunately, many will fear your involvement in a cult or “witchcraft” (movie version, not reality); they will fear you going to hell as their religion believes.
All you can do moving forward is control who you are and how your respond to criticism. Understand that negativity you come across is about them and their own fears. It’s not about you and if you can take criticism with that attitude you will be better for it. It won’t be easy, but you’ll be learning lots of ways to help you with negativity on your path.
There will also be lots of people in your life who want to understand though. There will be lots of people who love you and want the best for you, but who simply don’t understand what your new path is about. If you hope to explain it to them, you’ll first have to become self-aware and spend some time doing internal work to be able to express your thoughts and feelings. Meditate for answers. Be mindful of your thoughts and feelings. Get clear on your intentions and desires for this new path.
- Why are you feeling this way?
- Why do you want to begin a spiritual journey?
- What does spirituality and a spiritual life mean to you?
- What was missing in your life?
- Why does spirituality resonate with you?
- How is spirituality bringing you joy and happiness and fulfillment?
- Do you still love and accept your religious family and respect their beliefs?
- How do you feel about heaven and hell?
- How do you feel about God?
Those are just a few things you might want to consider before trying to explain it to your family and friends. You may not have the answers right now. You probably don’t. And it’s okay to tell people you are seeking those answers.
I wish you all the best on your journey.
Love & Light
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