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I'll explain what I mean. There are better and worse states of consciousness to be had in life. By that I don't mean moods: I mean the sort of headspace you're forced to live in as a result of what you believe about reality. I have extensive experience of two pretty bad ones.

The first is Evangelical Christianity - my mind made subservient to an irrational divine text, striving to live up to an idealistic moral code that is a very bad fit for the human animal, leading to a life of inevitable moral failures and lots of self-hatred, as a I viewed myself as a constant disappointment to God.
The longer I have lived and the more I have learnt, the more I'd like to hear just one major world religious leader announce firmly that the invisible, undetectable entity they believe exists does not. I think the number of non-believers will eventually become a majority over those who do, but it will take nearer to a thousand years than hundreds.
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The second is atheism - reality reduced to a mere mechanism, everything stripped of meaning, life without value or purpose.
Oh, absolutely not! I found it quite the opposite; not as dramatically as some - because I had never been deeply immersed in dogma, but a very small missing piece slotted into the jigsaw and the picture became whole and real and far, far more interesting, exciting and wonderful than it had been before
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Pantheism and non-duality were "consciousness enriching" because they infused life with meaning without poisoning it the way religion did. (Let me add one important caveat here: "enriching consciousness" was not the motivating factor in any conclusion I came to; it just happened as the natural consequence of getting rational clarity.)
Yes, I can see how that would follow a much greater change.
One of the questions which came up as far as I was concerned in any discussions - which were fairly often in my family - was that of how can God be on both sides in the war (WWII? Even my father, whose belief in God out there somewhere was absolute, couldn't get his head round that one!

Susan

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Welcome to Darryl Sloan our author of the month for June 2019 47233 Graham Hancock 04-Jun-19 15:43
Re: Welcome to Darryl Sloan our author of the month for June 2019 518 Darryl Sloan 04-Jun-19 19:05
Re: Welcome to Darryl Sloan our author of the month for June 2019 451 Susan Doris 07-Jun-19 07:13
Definitely not an atheist 620 Robert Jameson 15-Jun-19 07:52
Re: Definitely not an atheist 425 Darryl Sloan 17-Jun-19 10:55
The goldfish analogy 393 Robert Jameson 22-Jun-19 07:23
Re: The goldfish analogy 380 Susan Doris 22-Jun-19 10:53
Re: The goldfish analogy 375 Robert Jameson 22-Jun-19 12:27
Re: The goldfish analogy 388 Susan Doris 22-Jun-19 15:04
Re: The goldfish analogy 381 Eddie Larry 22-Jun-19 19:16
Making something up is terrific and necessary in Science IF 382 drrayeye 22-Jun-19 21:44
Everything is natural 375 greengirl5 23-Jun-19 00:12
Don't stop there 383 drrayeye 23-Jun-19 00:47
Re: Don't stop there 380 hendrik dirker 23-Jun-19 03:35
I met Thomas Kuhn once, Hendrik, 373 drrayeye 23-Jun-19 05:34
From my 'Out of left field' file 373 Robert Jameson 23-Jun-19 09:55
Re: From my 'Out of left field' file 391 Susan Doris 23-Jun-19 12:52
Re: From my 'Out of left field' file 397 Robert Jameson 24-Jun-19 00:52
The paper clip analogy 372 Robert Jameson 23-Jun-19 00:27
Re: The paper clip analogy and chance 384 greengirl5 23-Jun-19 05:07
Monkeys bashing typewriters does not stack up 377 Robert Jameson 23-Jun-19 10:09
I believe you! 363 greengirl5 23-Jun-19 12:23
science jargon 380 drrayeye 23-Jun-19 06:54
Re: The goldfish analogy 375 Darryl Sloan 24-Jun-19 17:56
big bang 372 drrayeye 24-Jun-19 23:45
Re: big bang 372 Robert Jameson 25-Jun-19 03:18
Re: big bang 358 Susan Doris 25-Jun-19 05:16
Science vs. philosophy vs. pop culture 369 drrayeye 25-Jun-19 06:56
Re: Science vs. philosophy vs. pop culture 377 Susan Doris 25-Jun-19 07:15
There is more to science 366 drrayeye 25-Jun-19 12:10
Re: Science vs. philosophy vs. pop culture 377 Eddie Larry 26-Jun-19 21:51
Re: Science vs. philosophy vs. pop culture 382 Susan Doris 27-Jun-19 07:28
Rant of the month 370 drrayeye 27-Jun-19 08:30
Re: Rant of the month 356 greengirl5 27-Jun-19 23:15
Teach your children 370 drrayeye 28-Jun-19 03:36
Re: Teach your children 378 Susan Doris 28-Jun-19 05:11
Re: Teach your children 361 Darryl Sloan 28-Jun-19 08:17
Re: Teach your children 364 Susan Doris 28-Jun-19 10:21
Re: Teach your children 364 Susan Doris 28-Jun-19 13:06
Re: Science vs. philosophy vs. pop culture 358 Eddie Larry 27-Jun-19 19:02
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Evidence for a creator 373 Robert Jameson 28-Jun-19 09:45
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Re: Evidence for a creator 377 Robert Jameson 29-Jun-19 07:52
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Re: Evidence for a creator 360 Susan Doris 30-Jun-19 15:28
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Re: Evidence for a creator 372 Susan Doris 30-Jun-19 04:52
Re: Evidence for a creator and great scientific minds 365 greengirl5 30-Jun-19 05:42
scientistic jargon misses nuances 359 drrayeye 30-Jun-19 12:33
Re: scientistic jargon misses nuances 360 Susan Doris 30-Jun-19 14:02
Re: big bang 367 Darryl Sloan 25-Jun-19 19:26
Re: big bang 361 Susan Doris 26-Jun-19 05:10
Re: The goldfish analogy 378 Eddie Larry 25-Jun-19 00:53
Re: The goldfish analogy 364 Darryl Sloan 25-Jun-19 19:36
Re: The goldfish analogy 373 drrayeye 25-Jun-19 20:13
Re: The goldfish analogy 377 Susan Doris 26-Jun-19 05:16
Re: The goldfish analogy 361 Darryl Sloan 24-Jun-19 17:48
Re: The goldfish analogy 378 Darryl Sloan 24-Jun-19 17:46
Re: The goldfish analogy 365 Susan Doris 25-Jun-19 05:26
Re: The goldfish analogy 375 Darryl Sloan 25-Jun-19 19:43
Re: The goldfish analogy 371 Susan Doris 26-Jun-19 05:25
Re: The goldfish analogy 363 Eddie Larry 26-Jun-19 21:42
Re: The goldfish analogy 371 Darryl Sloan 24-Jun-19 17:30
"self" between the eyes 368 drrayeye 24-Jun-19 23:53
Re: "self" between the eyes 375 Darryl Sloan 25-Jun-19 19:48
Re: "self" between the eyes 361 drrayeye 25-Jun-19 20:09
Re: Welcome to Darryl Sloan our author of the month for June 2019 398 rulebook54 24-Jun-19 19:45
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Re: Welcome to Darryl Sloan our author of the month for June 2019 369 Susan Doris 25-Jun-19 05:39
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Re: Welcome to Darryl Sloan our author of the month for June 2019 368 Eddie Larry 25-Jun-19 14:21
Re: Welcome to Darryl Sloan our author of the month for June 2019 365 Susan Doris 25-Jun-19 15:12
Re: Welcome to Darryl Sloan our author of the month for June 2019 370 Eddie Larry 25-Jun-19 16:21
Re: Welcome to Darryl Sloan our author of the month for June 2019 378 Darryl Sloan 25-Jun-19 20:18
the kingdom of God is within you 373 drrayeye 25-Jun-19 20:36
Re: the kingdom of God is within you 363 Susan Doris 26-Jun-19 05:39
Re: the kingdom of God is within you 366 drrayeye 26-Jun-19 06:33
Re: the kingdom of God is within you 355 greengirl5 26-Jun-19 07:10
Re: Welcome to Darryl Sloan our author of the month for June 2019 362 Eddie Larry 25-Jun-19 20:42
Me 369 greengirl5 26-Jun-19 03:08
Re: Welcome to Darryl Sloan our author of the month for June 2019 370 Susan Doris 26-Jun-19 05:31
Re: Welcome to Darryl Sloan our author of the month for June 2019 367 Darryl Sloan 26-Jun-19 20:20
Re: Welcome to Darryl Sloan our author of the month for June 2019 368 Darryl Sloan 25-Jun-19 20:04
Re: Welcome to Darryl Sloan our author of the month for June 2019 373 Eddie Larry 25-Jun-19 20:37
Re: Welcome to Darryl Sloan our author of the month for June 2019 366 Darryl Sloan 26-Jun-19 20:22
Re: Welcome to Darryl Sloan our author of the month for June 2019 377 Eddie Larry 26-Jun-19 20:34
Cats and dogs 355 greengirl5 27-Jun-19 23:27
Re: Welcome to Darryl Sloan our author of the month for June 2019 387 Susan Doris 26-Jun-19 06:54
July coming up 361 greengirl5 26-Jun-19 07:41
Cosmic consciousness-theism! 374 greengirl5 26-Jun-19 07:50
Re: July coming up 364 Susan Doris 26-Jun-19 09:08
Re: July coming up 367 greengirl5 26-Jun-19 10:46
Re: Welcome to Darryl Sloan our author of the month for June 2019 376 Darryl Sloan 26-Jun-19 20:31
love from above 388 drrayeye 26-Jun-19 23:51
Re: love from above 376 Susan Doris 27-Jun-19 07:36
Kohlberg 358 drrayeye 27-Jun-19 08:06
Re: Kohlberg 366 Susan Doris 27-Jun-19 11:04
Piaget 365 drrayeye 27-Jun-19 19:21
Re: Piaget 363 Eddie Larry 27-Jun-19 21:49
Re: Piaget 350 Susan Doris 28-Jun-19 05:23
Re: love from above 352 Darryl Sloan 30-Jun-19 18:43
No time! ? ? 358 greengirl5 30-Jun-19 23:49
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It's not in the text 384 drrayeye 26-Jun-19 21:25
Re: It's not in the text 389 Susan Doris 27-Jun-19 07:41
How Suart saves his family 375 drrayeye 27-Jun-19 08:17
Re: How Suart saves his family 381 Susan Doris 27-Jun-19 11:07
No 374 drrayeye 27-Jun-19 18:21
Am I the only one? 383 greengirl5 27-Jun-19 23:53
Re: Am I the only one? 364 Susan Doris 28-Jun-19 05:33
Re: Am I the only one? 358 greengirl5 28-Jun-19 08:00
Re: It's not in the text 378 Darryl Sloan 28-Jun-19 09:08
Let's try a different approach 365 drrayeye 28-Jun-19 15:42
Re: Let's try a different approach 364 Darryl Sloan 30-Jun-19 18:58
You are a good guy! 385 greengirl5 28-Jun-19 23:51
Farewell, everyone! 388 Darryl Sloan 30-Jun-19 20:22
Re: Farewell, everyone! 361 drrayeye 30-Jun-19 23:11
lets hear it for the universe 367 jazzmumbles 01-Jul-19 00:55
Re: Farewell, everyone! 368 Eddie Larry 01-Jul-19 02:47
Re: Farewell, everyone! 379 Robert Jameson 01-Jul-19 05:55
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