Question: I question every experience, all information, personal motives — mine and others — including the ideas presented by The Religious Recovery Program.
In my quest for new spiritual insights, I have tried a variety of experiences. Some have resonated with me while others have not. To accept the validity of a new spiritual practice without questioning its effectiveness and its substance is reckless. For some of us, reckless acceptance of a religious system or a religious individual is what caused or permitted our religious abuse.
We would have been amiss not to warn our readers about questioning the things that are written and taught in the Religious Recovery program. Each of us learns and grows over the course of time. I have learned a lot of new things especially in the years following my break with my birth religion. But, years from now I may discover that some of the things I accepted might have worked for me at the time, but with new understanding and enlightenment, I might discover that some things no longer feel right, and this brings us back to Stone One again. We—you and I—are responsible for our own spiritual path.
Question every new experience. Don’t abandon old beliefs simply because they came from a system that you have discarded. Some things could be worth retaining. In particular, I loved the music of my previous faith. I may not agree with all the words, or be compelled to sing every stanza of every song, but I am able to enjoy the feelings of praise and worship that I enjoyed. We don’t have to reinvent the church. We can take what we like and leave the rest.
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