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Out with the old, in with the new!
I'd like to make something clear:
I'm not against religion.
I'm not against the church.
I'm not against its symbols.
But an important part of our growth towards personal autonomy and independence, including spiritual independence, is questioning absolutely every religious expression, belief and practice we've inherited and adopted.
Some of us reject them altogether and move on.
Some of us hold it all under suspicion, analyze it all, then integrate what's useful and leave behind what isn't.
Spiritual independence means courageously choosing how you yourself are going to be *spiritual without fear of what others think or how they react.
(*When I use the word "spiritual" I do not necessarily include a divine being or the supernatural. For me it basically means the quality of our inner life.)