Hello Deepak, For four years I had been a very conservative and very zealous Christian. But for the past 6 months I have become tired of trying to be holy and perfect. I have been breaking away from conservative evangelicalism. Since I have stopped attending church and the fundamentalist community I have tried to find peace through spirituality and not religion (such as practicing meditation and yoga). My question is this. By letting go of my former religious traditions how can I deepen my relationship with God without feeling guilt, fear, and unworthiness? It has taken a lot of strength to even feel the freedom I do today. But I know God is there because I have felt him. How do I find the confidence to enter his presence and know that he is watching over me? Thank you
Don’t let your old concepts of God and spirituality limit your spiritual growth or your confidence. Let your actual experience be your guide. You have said how you can feel the presence of God. That is all you need for confidence that God is there, not words or beliefs. When you feel the divine presence, there is no separation or guilt or fear. All that comes from the ego mind. That small mind is also the source of the concepts about holiness and perfection, and those ideas are very far from the actual experience of God felt in your inner Being.