When I was twenty-one years old a friend of mine introduced me to the Church of Religious Science. It was the first time in my life that I learned I played any part in the direction of my life. I ran away from the commune I had been raised in when I was seventeen years old out of fear that I would end up a plural wife and spend eternity with a man I did not love. For the next five years I lived with the guilt and shame of going against God’s plan for me. I had no self-esteem and no direction in my life. I suffered in silence with the temporary reprieve of drugs, alcohol, food and sex.
My introduction to the Science of Mind principals literally saved my life. Knowing that my life is not predestined by anyone but me and that my choices create my life gave me the courage and power to begin the healing process and overwrite the fear based beliefs that had been engrained in me since childhood. The Church of Religious Science has since appropriately been renamed the Centers for Spiritual Living. Over the years I have attended many Science of Mind based centers including Unity & Unitarian Universalist (now the same) all of which teach that God is love and we are co-creators in this life experience. Occasionally I attended Agape Spiritual Center and a Center for Spiritual Living in my neighborhood.
I had been told from the time I was born that our religion was the only true religion. Now I know within myself that is not true – at least not for me. I am not a member of any church and instead choose to follow the will and guidance of my own soul in direct connection to Spirit. No middle man necessary.