Health:
Is Religion Healthy?

Clematis
 

Is it Selfish to take care of Your "Self" First?

Taking care of the "self" first is not selfish, unlike what many of us were taught. Self-care is a very important aspect of acquiring and maintaining excellent health. Esther has been active in taking care of her health for over twenty-five years in Saskatchewan, Alberta and now British Columbia. Her ongoing development process began in the 1980's. When her health underwent significant shifts, Esther decided to try some Reflexology treatments. She responded well and was able to stop taking prescription painkillers. Read her blog for more information.

Religious Harms

Religions’ harms is a topic for serious discussion,especially because religion has been put on a pedestal that no one is allowed to address or question, lest they question God.

The traumas members experience must be validated in order for healing to begin. Validation makes them real, and then a plan of action can be implemented to reclaim the lost parts of the self harmed by religion.

The “empowering” message of assured healing is an important aspect of off-setting religious abuse, because the Jehovah's Witness religion set their members up to fail upon leaving — the disempowering aspects of religion.

Believe in Yourself, Change is Possible

"You are so free that you can choose bondage!" Perhaps you have heard these words uttered. It is a true statement of belief. But, what happens when a person has been bound by a strict patriarchal system put on her or him by parents? What if the person says, "Okay, my soul has experienced enough of that, so what's next in my life of freedom? I want to leave now, but the elders/my parents/my partner won't let me."

If a person comes to that crossroads of decision, no one can prevent her or him from growing into that next experience. The soul will naturally lead or guide an individual into that next growth step.

So as not to minimize the challenge, changing one’s inherent belief system is not as straight forward as one might initially think.  It takes concerted effort to change damaging core beliefs. Certainly, the expression, “Religion is the opiate of the masses,” was not said in error by Karl Marx.* Dangerous belief systems create co-dependence with religion — capable of destroying the family unit by first destroying the natural familial bonds and replacing them with a religion. Esther’s family is just one example of the truth of that statement.

Beyond Phoenix of Faith, Esther networks with other supports such as Online Forums where readers can login anonymously to meet others like themselves who are on the same escape path. Esther feels these supports are imperative, since some religions attempt to alienate people who wish to leave by attempting to “force” or “blackmail” such ones back into the fold of religious co-dependence and dysfunction. If one truly desires to leave, one can see clearly the point where religious freedom ends.

In conclusion, Jesus words to the paralytic may apply to all who wish to grow beyond what they learned from their parents' patriarchal religion, "...Get up, pick up your cot and walk." (Mark 2:9) In other words, they are free if freedom is what they choose!

Overall, Esther believes oppressive religions will become a thing of the past. Patriarchal bondage will surely lose its appeal, as more knowledge of such clandestine activities becomes available. With help and support, peoples’ fondest wishes for freedom will become a reality!

The author believes this book is a helpful resource in the areas of Women's Studies, Humanities, Philosophy of Religion and Psychology.

Read Introduction to Phoenix of Faith

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* “Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature...It is the opium of the people. The abolition of religion as the illusory happiness of the people is the demand for their real happiness. To call on them to give up their illusions about their condition is to call on them to give up a condition that requires illusions.”—Karl Marx

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