Perhaps the hardest transition for post-Mormons to make is in granting themselves permission to be their own “prophet,” their own “seer,” and their own “revelator.” Their own “bishop.” Their own “President.” Their own “apostle.” Their own “patriarch.” Their own “holy ghost.”
After decades of relying on an external source of authority, it’s surprisingly difficult for so many post-Mormons to feel comfortable placing trust and confidence in themselves — in their own conscience, their own instincts, their own intellect, their own decision-making capabilities, and in their own “inner-guide.”
So many of us feel most comfortable relying on someone or something external. And we come by it honestly. Most of us have been conditioned to act this way since birth. And it wasn’t really even insidious. Our parents and leaders were honestly trying to help us – in the best way they knew how.
This is not just a Mormon phenomenon. This is a human phenomenon.
But make no mistake. This is the greatest gift of a religious faith transition….if you can gain the confidence to claim it.
Even Jesus said, “The kingdom of heaven is within.” I like to think that this is what he meant.
Finally, once you’ve taken your authority back from a high-demand religion, or from any relationship for that matter, PLEASE DO NOT give it away to another person or organization.
If you do, then you may as well go back to church.
You were the “Holy Ghost” all along.
“There is a voice inside of you that whispers all day long, ‘I feel that this is right for me, I know that this is wrong.’ No teacher, preacher, parent, friend or wise man can decide what’s right for you – just listen to the voice that speaks inside.”
– Shel Silverstein