People who claim to be religious often aren't. Such individuals believe that following some doctrine, dogma or egotistical self-appointed "agent of God" makes them religious, when in fact following anything, like a brainless sheep, represents the antithesis of true religion. Not being able to think for yourself is not a mark of great religious piety but a sign of being cut off from creativity, which is the realm of the Creator Itself. No person blindly following the uncreative life prescribed by a religious doctrine is close to the Creator but is in reality deadened to the creative life force, which is "God"; hence, he or she is unreligious....

In fact, not knowing yourself represents unenlightenment, which is considered the opposite of a religious experience in many cultures and religious traditions. Even the writer of the biblical text of Galatians (4:19) invokes his followers as, "My little children, with whom I am again in travail until the Christ be formed in you." (Emphasis added.) What this remark clearly means is that until you become Christ—"Christ" being a spiritual state of union with divinity, not a Jewish man—you are still a child, not a completed adult. The whole point of real religion is to create enlightened, awakened, fully formed adults who take responsibility for themselves and do not pass it off on any savior, messiah or father god. A religion that causes one to become crippled, self-mortifying and self-deprecating is not a religion but a social system of controlling the masses through psychological deformation and retardation....