Originally Posted by ophelia
Or if you can, get your hands on the documentary "What the Bleep Do We Kow?"
Don't forget to look inward as much, if not more than, outward.
Ophelia knows what she is talking about. Listen to her.
Religion can definitely send you in the right direction, I respect you for seeing that. Just know that religion without passion will not get you anywhere closer to what you are looking to achieve.
I respect religion and those who are dedicated to Christ. If it were not for my past belief in Christ, I would likely not be where I am today. I am working my current job today thanks to a strong believer of Jesus. I gave my time and my money for Jesus with prayers for a long-term payback. I got the payback, yet learned my belief in God was just a stepping stone of my success. My ultimate success turned out to be a result my belief in myself, thanks to my belief in God.
Religion is always going to be how you perceive it. It is kickass if you can heartedly believe. I have learned through my experiences with God that he is of the greatest tools to wake up and see reality. Whether you believe in God or not, the bible can be a daily learning tool. The best place to start is church.
I don't live for God anymore. I have learned that he is really a tool of enlightenment. He has enlightened me to realize that I am as I define myself, which kicks ***.
"What the bleep do we know" is a profound movie for us SA'ers.
It teaches us we can change all by ourselves if we want to. It helps us realize that we can easily screw up and make wrong decisions at any time, and that screwing does not define us as losers. Samantha is a perfect example of someone who deals with thew same crap us SA'ers do everyday. She's blind, but is able to learn that blindness does not define her, just like our SA. SA is an excuse for our unhappiness. This movie, after watching it many times is slowly teaching me to laugh at my SA. I can't describe the feeling of that.
If you are serious about religion, the scientists and docs in that movie definitely support the concept of a higher being. They are smart as they do not reject any possibility of reality.
Best of luck to you. If you do one thing, watch the movie passionately mentioned above. Be open minded when you do. I never used to be open minded because of my stupid SA, but I am now. I really don't fear SA anymore because I know it is all in my mind and I am caring less and less about how others perceive me.
You are moving along the right track mimiaus
, keep moving.