What good comes from joining a community like this for support/therapy?

by dances with smurfs 23 Replies latest watchtower beliefs

  • dances with smurfs
    dances with smurfs

    Okay so if anyone can give some imput on this, I would really appreciate hearing different opinions!
    (its downright impossible to make decisions, big or small, these days....sigh)

    Ive been thinking alot about the possible consequences and outcome of joining in on a community like this and using it as a form of therapy or a support group type setting when struggling over the witnesses. Making friends, hearing experiences different and simular to yours and just feeling open and free in your own brian seems therapeutic enough. But are there any drawbacks? Things I should be careful of? Im already paranoid about being found out...which almost makes it not worth it...i think?

    I dont want to become obsessed or caught up for too long in this process because I really just want to live my life. Im still young, but even still I feel that SO much time has been wasted! SO much!! College, REAL friends, lifelong relationships, experience!! Im anxious out of my mind over it most of the time. Other times my meditation, deep breathing, yoga and herbal yummies keep me in a balanced and realistic place.
    I just want to therapize myself and move on you know? I understand that it will take time and that this is going to be uncomfortable in lots of ways...and I really dont think im in denial when I say that this should be easier than it seems if I have the right attitude and intention and goals.
    eh...im babbling about craziness.

    But you get my drift, eh? Thanks for any thoughts and opinions! Its desperately needed and appreciated!


  • man in black
    man in black

    It helped me realize that what I was feeling / experiencing when I left this religion was normal.

    And the support was - is greatly appreciated


    If your a Rock Collector..

    You can get people to mail you rocks..

    I sent this one to Germany..

    It took a lot of stamps and was hard to get in the Mail Box..

    ........................ ...OUTLAW

  • gubberningbody


    It'll help you laugh. Plus like Johnny said, knowing your experience isn't unique helps you detach and heal.

  • thetrueone

    Making friends, hearing experiences different and similar to yours and just feeling open and free in your own brain seems therapeutic enough.

    True, inner self expression is good for people that have been through strictly enforced mind manipulation and controls.

    A lot of people find answers to things they wondered about concerning the JWS organization, the value in forums like this give the opportunity

    to clarify subjects of interest through open discussion and evaluation.

    Opening the mind to different thoughts that were previously repressed lends to expand an individual's intellect.

  • Crisis of Conscience
    Crisis of Conscience

    man in black - It helped me realize that what I was feeling / experiencing when I left this religion was normal.

    And the support was - is greatly appreciated

    Completely agree. I'm still in but I finally feel that my feelings are normal.

    Also, I think peoples experiences here can empower you to make moves or deal with the situation better. For me it feels like the nudge I have been needing for a while.

    And not to mention the amount of laughing I do while reading some of the posts. It really helps to calm my frustration with this religion.

    It really is making me more confident in seeking my own happiness, not always someone elses. My 2 cents.


  • dances with smurfs
    dances with smurfs

    so only positivity so far! well thats good :)

  • EmptyInside

    Everyone here understands what I'm going through. I can't be open to how I really feel to friends and family still in the org. And people who never were Witnesses, just will never fully comprehend what it is like making the transition from restrictive religious life to freedom to live one's own life.

  • The Oracle
    The Oracle

    I think discussion boards like this can be helpful.

    Keep in mind, the journey is largely one that you will need to make alone, and not everything you read on here will work for you.

    Everyone deals with things differently.

    Everyone has a different threshold for confrontation.

    Everyone feels a different level of empathy for those left on the inside.

    The great thing is, you can read about and analyze all the turmoil, the joy and sadness, and the obstacles and challenges that different people face as they go through their awakening and eventual exit. And as you consider all the variety of circumstance, chances are you are going to relate to one or more of these experiences and will no doubt benefit from the things you read.

    One thing is certain - you are headed in the right direction.

    Enjoy the journey.

    The Oracle.

    PS: you can also benefit from the occasional "venting" session. I hear it can be quite therapeutic for ex-JWs.

  • laverite

    It's free.

Share this