Speaking My Truth

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Speaking My Truth

Posted: 20 May 2016 02:10 PM PDT

Between age seven and puberty,

God looked human for me

and I took religious stories and symbols literally.

Later,

my beliefs were determined by dogma and doctrines

handed down by religious authority figures.

With further development,

I grew to a stage of critical reflection,

where the religious stories and symbols were de-mythologized

and my self-actualizing drives emerged.

Late in life,

I became alive to paradox and the truth

in apparent contradictions,

and was freed

from the confines of tribe, class, religion, or nation.

At my earlier levels,

Others represented a threat,

or objects of derision,

even opportunities for conquest or conversion.

I am now much more accepting of Others,

living in a universalized faith,

characterized by my taste and feel

for a transcendent moral and religious actuality,

with devotion to compassion

and an enlarged vision of Community.

I realize now that my religion-driven tension

stemmed from a dogmatic and tribal mindset

typical of those stuck in the early stages of development.

Throughout the world,

tension and conflict arise

when religions bump up against one another,

and against those of us

whose perspectives are more pluralistic

and inclusive.

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Author: Sr Jessica Efo

I am a 67 year old female, retired. Our Church proclaims a miracle as just over two weeks ago my eyesight was restored as it was 26 years ago when I began to lose it due to the Adenoma mentioned on my WordPress. I get about in my Power Wheelchair and enjoy bush walking and photography. My blog site is managed by my husband - Br Andrew efo

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