Oiesis: The Deception

“When you are told from childhood that you are expected and commanded to behave in a way that will be acceptable only if you do it voluntarily... you remain permanently mixed-up. That, if anything, is permanent brain damage...” - Alan Watts I knew I would need to take a good, long and honest look at myself. Others had defined me to that point. I had assumed a role put upon me by someone else–by my parents and by the Jehovah's Witness community. They had told me who I was to be.  I had allowed this as it was the only way I knew. That is how life must be. Now, that role was…
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Something Even Better!

The thought didn't occur to me until the question was asked. The feelings were there. And the subconscious acknowledgement I was now in a better place emotionally and spiritually. I just hadn’t articulated it in my head until that moment. It was the dreaded conversation I imagine every child hates to have with a parent. The conversation wherein the child tells the parent what they least want to hear — that they’re doing something completely contrary to what was hoped for. Thing is in my situation, I’m not just a child anymore. I’m a grown-ass man speaking as a son to a father. The twist in my story is I grew up…
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Two Things Jehovah’s Witnesses Taught Me Without Saying A Word

When you screw up you need to straighten things out. The sooner the better of course but you do what you can. So, with a desire to please God and right the wrong I went to my spiritual leaders and confessed to them all of my transgressions from age 7 to the present. That was probably TMI for them but I wanted the cleanest slate possible. I spilt the beans on everything I felt even hinted at sin since I thought it would help.

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Oiesis: The Deception

“When you are told from childhood that you are expected and commanded to behave in a way that will be acceptable only if you do it voluntarily... you remain permanently mixed-up. That, if anything, is permanent brain damage...” - Alan Watts I knew I would need to take a good, long and honest look at myself. Others had defined me to that point. I had assumed a role put upon me by someone else–by my parents and by the Jehovah's Witness community. They had told me who I was to be.  I had allowed this as it was the only way I knew. That is how life must be. Now, that role was…
Read More

Something Even Better!

The thought didn't occur to me until the question was asked. The feelings were there. And the subconscious acknowledgement I was now in a better place emotionally and spiritually. I just hadn’t articulated it in my head until that moment. It was the dreaded conversation I imagine every child hates to have with a parent. The conversation wherein the child tells the parent what they least want to hear — that they’re doing something completely contrary to what was hoped for. Thing is in my situation, I’m not just a child anymore. I’m a grown-ass man speaking as a son to a father. The twist in my story is I grew up…
Read More

Two Things Jehovah’s Witnesses Taught Me Without Saying A Word

When you screw up you need to straighten things out. The sooner the better of course but you do what you can. So, with a desire to please God and right the wrong I went to my spiritual leaders and confessed to them all of my transgressions from age 7 to the present. That was probably TMI for them but I wanted the cleanest slate possible. I spilt the beans on everything I felt even hinted at sin since I thought it would help.

Read More

Oiesis: The Deception

“When you are told from childhood that you are expected and commanded to behave in a way that will be acceptable only if you do it voluntarily... you remain permanently mixed-up. That, if anything, is permanent brain damage...” - Alan Watts I knew I would need to take a good, long and honest look at myself. Others had defined me to that point. I had assumed a role put upon me by someone else–by my parents and by the Jehovah's Witness community. They had told me who I was to be.  I had allowed this as it was the only way I knew. That is how life must be. Now, that role was…
Read More

Something Even Better!

The thought didn't occur to me until the question was asked. The feelings were there. And the subconscious acknowledgement I was now in a better place emotionally and spiritually. I just hadn’t articulated it in my head until that moment. It was the dreaded conversation I imagine every child hates to have with a parent. The conversation wherein the child tells the parent what they least want to hear — that they’re doing something completely contrary to what was hoped for. Thing is in my situation, I’m not just a child anymore. I’m a grown-ass man speaking as a son to a father. The twist in my story is I grew up…
Read More

Two Things Jehovah’s Witnesses Taught Me Without Saying A Word

When you screw up you need to straighten things out. The sooner the better of course but you do what you can. So, with a desire to please God and right the wrong I went to my spiritual leaders and confessed to them all of my transgressions from age 7 to the present. That was probably TMI for them but I wanted the cleanest slate possible. I spilt the beans on everything I felt even hinted at sin since I thought it would help.

Read More

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