Learning about near-death experiences caused me to rethink just about everything I thought I knew. But some commenters think I’m headed in the wrong direction. I want to thank a reader named Robert who took the time to speak his mind.
His words are in bold below. As you read more of what he has to say, the motivation behind his first question will become clear.
“I’m curious, are you now a Christian?”
No, nor am I involved with any other religion.
It’s interesting that religion is the main focus of your remarks because my post mentions it only once, and in a less than favorable light. (I said that primal therapy had become a religion for me, and I came to understand how limiting that was.)
Still, I’m glad you said what you did and expressed your feelings openly. I understand that anyone with a deep mistrust of religion can find it hard to be objective about the sorts of things we discuss here. You probably assume, as I used to, that spirituality and religion are one and the same.
This is a re-revised version of a guest post that appeared on Robert McLuhan’s blog Paranormalia.
During the 1990′s my worldview changed dramatically. A longtime materialist and atheist, I gradually became convinced that psychic phenomena and life after death are real. It was an about-face as unexpected as it was healing.
My story is an example of how a long-held belief can keep us from seeing the obvious.
So what do I mean by militant skeptic? Well, as I saw it, notions about ESP, past lives, God and the like were nonsense, and I had little patience for people who felt differently. If anything related to spirituality came up in conversation, I would get visibly annoyed, even angry.
Actually, “skeptic” isn’t the right word. Skepticism implies a negative evaluation of the evidence. But you can’t evaluate what you refuse to look at, and when it came to supposedly unexplainable events, I kept myself from seeing what I didn’t want to see.