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Questioning Cat, I had a similar experience with night terrors. In times of depression I would be haunted by the idea that I was the devil's spawn. I started getting spooked over slamming doors and other "unexplainable" events. This was after many years of atheism.

One of my favorite RDF posters posted an article he wrote about The Loadstone. This led me to consider how early people must have been spooked by its invisible powers and how later the loadstone became useful.

One night I had a dream that the devil was writing on my arm using derma-script. I could feel the fear rising, but I was able to stay with it because of curiosity. Then a sinister voice said, "The answer is on a game show." I could hear the Jeopardy theme song! I started giggling and woke up laughing.

The second post advising you to face the fear, feel it in full and let it dissolve, is excellent advice.

So far, I have found it to be very freeing to not have those vestiges of my former christian beliefs haunting me.

Also there are atheist groups dealing with recovering from religion.

Tue, 24 Jul 2012 12:45:46 UTC | #949982