the agony and ecstasy of releasing your beliefs

"Releasing Belief" cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward

“Releasing Belief” cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward

Do you like this cartoon? You can purchase a fine-art print of it HERE.

Losing your beliefs can be agonizing.
Losing your religion can be frightening.

It may not necessarily mean the total loss of all belief or religion. It can just mean the radical changing of your beliefs.

I remember when my beliefs were changing. It was a most difficult process for me because I’m so loyal and dedicated. I constantly felt like I was betraying my heritage, my faith, and my God. The most challenging transformation came though in 2010. I’d had a dream which was the turning point in my life. I awakened to a new world and life beyond belief.

And I mean that literally. It was beyond belief. Belief was no longer a part of my spiritual vocabulary. It’s an incredibly peaceful and compassionate place.

The realization suddenly dawned on me that even though my belief helped me get to a point, it was now the very thing that held me back.

St. Paul said that there was faith, hope and love, but the greatest of these is love. I wonder now if he intuited that there was a place of love beyond faith and hope, not necessarily in the afterlife, but now.

This cartoon was inspired by Noelle Marie’s reflection of Anita Moorjani’s book, Dying to Be Me: My Journey from Cancer, to Near Death, to True Healing. I read this book when it first came out and found that it reflected my own insight following that dream I had. It was a joy to read because it reflected my own discovery and experience.

Here’s a quote from Moorjani:

“When I step into the realm of ambiguity I’m really at my most powerful. Letting go of all previous beliefs, disbeliefs, dogma, and doctrines puts the infinite universe at my disposal and works to give me the best possible outcome for my life. This is where I receive the most internal clarity. It’s where magic happens.”

This is something we talk a lot about at The Lasting Supper. In fact, we’ve talked about Moorjani’s book and her ideas. It’s wonderful to be able to talk about these things and express our own agonies and ecstasies as we journey towards our own spiritual health and independence. Will you join us?

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1 Response

  1. Noelle Marie says:

    David – I LOVE the cartoon! Thank you for reading my blog post – I’m excited to connect with you. Your community sounds AMAZING! So great to see that these new communities are rising. It’s TIME for us to rise out of the shadows and be our authentic selves, whatever that means for each person. I have found so much joy and life beyond religion and beliefs, and for a long time thought I was all alone it it. Now I am finding COMMUNITY as well. It’s exhilarating! Blessings to you and the amazing work you’re doing. Love, Noelle

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