STONE THREE CONTINUED
Question: I question every experience, all information, personal motives — mine and others — including the ideas presented by The Religious Recovery Program.
Instruction: Question Religious Recovery.
One thing I’ve learned from my spiritual journey is that most, if not all, religious experiences began with good intentions. Many have stayed true to those intentions, by many have not. This most often happens because they fall prey to the temptations of money, sex, power, and popularity. In some cases, they succumb to more than one temptation. Knowing this to be true gives me pause to consider, in what ways will the ideas of Religious Recovery be abused and misconstrued to mean things they were never intended to mean. It is my hope that this program will one day reach thousands of lives and help people heal from the abuses of religion or the religious, but it will disappoint me greatly if I, or another leader of Religious Recovery, becomes revered one day to a position of prominence above everyone else.
I also understand that as the program grows, temptations may arise for me and other leaders of the Religious Recovery program in the areas of money, sex, power, and popularity. If that happens, only time will tell if we are able to resist temptation and hold true to the values that will enable the program to succeed. With all that in mind, it is not without some true concern that I highly suggest to each person reading these words to question the teachings of Religious Recovery. I also would remind the reader that spirituality is like a flowing river, ever changing and ever moving. Some of the things we hold to be true today might seem a little less sure in the future. Flow with the river of spirituality because in its purest form it is fed by Love and its final destination is an ocean of Love that never ends. From the very beginning, we prayed that if the concepts of Religious Recovery were divinely inspired, then let it be hugely successful, but if the concepts and teachings were not divinely inspired, let it die a quick death. Time will tell which path the program will take. Our goal was to help people heal from any and all religious abuse they might have encountered, and we believed that healing should be free to all.
To those who are reading these words, today, thank you for the opportunity to speak to you. We hope we have been of help in some way, but we also want you to know that we hope we have guided you and not tried to lead you. Question everything we have written or said and make sure it resonates with your path. As they say in other healing traditions, “Take what you like and leave the rest.”
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