“If we look more closely at religious customs, we can see how attachments to them can have a very negative effect on a person’s spiritual growth potential…Organized religion essentially wraps things up in a tight package that requires little if any contemplation on the part of the individual church member. While this tends to simplify life, it clearly limits one’s ability to strike out and discover his or her own perception of the truth. Moreover, when someone in the congregation does choose to pursue a different path, the response from those remaining firmly in the fold, especially parents, relatives, and friends, is generally not very positive.
If you are a person that truly wants to explore new spiritual path(s), recognize right now that you simply need to drop any concerns that you may have about what those who remain firmly attached to religious traditions will think of you. If you are ever to come to a meaningful awareness of who you really are, you must be willing to leave no stone unturned in your quest.”
Jeff Maziarek, in “Spirituality Simplified”
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