Changing Paths challenge day 26 — wobbling

Spiritual wobbles can happen when your spiritual path becomes out of synch with your religious community. They can be dry spells, when it feels as if the source of your spiritual life has dried up, or the wobble can propel you out of your old path and into a new one. It depends how severe the wobble is.

A wobble can be due to moral issues, such as finding your tradition too sexist, too homophobic, too rigid, or too controlling. We could call this ethical dissonance.

Alternatively, a wobble can be due to cognitive dissonance: finding that your tradition does not explain the world adequately (it doesn’t explain the existence of evil, or suffering, or even creation).

It can be multiple issues at once. Either way, it’s hard working through the issues alone. That’s why I wrote Changing Paths: in order to help others navigate their way out of one tradition and into another (I’m counting agnosticism and atheism as traditions here) without too much residual trauma.

Changing Paths is published by 1000Volt Press and is available from all the usual online stores. Ask your local bookseller or library to stock it!

The goal of the book is to help you decide your own path by guiding you through the perils and pitfalls of the terrain, and asking questions to help you deepen your understanding of the reasons for your desire to change paths.

You can find the story of my wobble, which is also featured in the book, at my other blog, Dowsing for Divinity.

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