Recovery from Religion

Religious Trauma Syndrome: It's Time To Recognize It

I’m really struggling and am desperate never to go back to the religion I was raised in, but I no longer want to live in fear or depression.  It seems that I am walking through the jungle alone with my machete; no one to share my crazy and sometimes scary thoughts with.

"Religious Trauma Syndrome" discussion

This is to let you know about a discussion I had about Religious Trauma Syndrome Thursday, March 3 on "God Discussion," which is a call-in radio show on line from 7-9 pm Pacific time.  It has been archived so you can still listen to it.

Steps in Recovering from Harmful Religion

This is a summary outline I’ve come up with for recovering from authoritarian religions like fundamentalist Christianity.

In my years of experience, I’ve found that for a lot of people (not everyone), the leaving process takes time and has some important steps. This outline is not meant to be a formula or cover the issues in depth, but I hope it is useful for you to think about.


“Release and Reclaim” virtual support group

Recovering from religious indoctrination can be difficult but it doesn't have to be lonely.  You can take part in a very supportive "Release and Reclaim" virtual group.  

Reclaiming Gratitude

Recently I had a very short, but encouraging little dream right before waking up. I had been feeling burdened by all the problems in the world. In my dream I got the message that “the butterflies are working to lift our spirits.” I woke up surprised and delighted. Later I shared it with a couple friends who also liked it, amused by the image. 

How Finding Jesus Helped Me Deconvert

        If you come to San Francisco
        Be sure to wear flowers in your hair
        If you’re going to San Francisco
        You’re gonna meet some gentle people there

                                                                    Scott McKenzie

I met Jesus in Golden Gate Park many years ago and he helped change my life. He sent me in a new direction – away from Christianity.

I was reminded of it on Sunday, October 25, because it was the 40th anniversary of Woodstock, celebrated with enthusiasm at Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. I wandered through the crowd with my grown son, Ryan, as we pushed our bicycles, enjoying the sights and sounds – 60’s music coming from the bands,tie-dyed banners, the smell of incense and herb, and booths selling candles, New Age books and music, psychedelic art, and healthy food. The event was free, and so was the painting – on your face, cloth banners, or sheets of paper on the ground. Peace signs were all around. The folks with gray hair and fond memories were well represented, but so were young people who missed the Summer of Love. Young girls had long hair and headbands, flowers, and even wings.

So Do You Believe in God?

I get this question so frequently, I’ve decided to make a better effort to reply.  To be honest, I don’t like the question because it presumes we know what those words mean.  Here are some responses, touching on more or less serious aspects of the topic.  

1.  Which god?  Do you mean Zeus, Baal, Athena, Shiva, Allah, Jehovah, or some other?  If you mean one of those, then no.   I am not a theist.  I don’t believe in an individual being that created and now controls the world.    

Is it Ok to Celebrate Christmas, Even if You're Not a Christian?

by Valerie Tarico

I just love Christmas!" my friend Hannah confessed recently, "even though I'm appalled by Christianity." She sounded sheepish, as if loving Christmas somehow made her bad.

Poor Hannah. I understand her tone of apology. What Hannah is appalled by isn't the broad range of kind, thoughtful Christians in her community . . .

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