Our perception often differs from the reality and we often face situation when our expectations and perception differs from the real life. In this respect, I would refer to my personal experience, when I was baptized in my childhood. As I grew up in a religious family, I expected a miracle before I was baptized because I perceived it like a sort of divine ritual but the reality turned out to be quite different. In contrast to my expectation of a miraculous process of my baptizing, I faced the routine process of baptizing as if I was a mere subject to the traditional ritual conducted by the priest day after day. As a result, I felt being a mere believer, who is absolutely insignificant in regard to the divine plan, while I expected a sort of enlightenment, a catharsis in the course of baptizing.
However, in actuality, I participated in a routine religious ritual, when the priest used his authority, which was granted to him by the church, baptized me. My parents were present during the ritual and they supported me because I believe that was a sort of sacred process for them. As for me, I was a bit disappointed because I did not feel that catharsis I expected for and the ritual was not a miracle but a mere routine. We made some regular actions, which all believers do, when they are baptized.
After the ritual I did not feel anything had changed. Frankly speaking, I did not expect the diving glory pouring over me after the ritual of baptizing but still I expected something really different, more sacred and spiritual.
In fact, I believe that such a disappointment and such a difference in my perception and real life was the result of my great expectations and idealized views on the procedure of baptizing and the routine ritual that is normally conducted in the course of baptizing. My perception of this ritual was influenced by my religious views as well as views of my parents. As a result, I believed that baptizing was a sacred process, a sort of divine ritual. However, in reality, the process was quite different and conducted in a routine way. In addition, I was too young to understand the spiritual significance of the ritual. To put it more precisely, I focused on the practical side of the ritual, while I paid little attention to its spiritual side. As a result, I was disappointed, although I probably underestimated the spiritual significance of baptizing. My creative thinking was probably underdeveloped in that time and, being a child, I believed that God would bless me in the course of baptizing but I failed to understand the symbolic meaning of the ritual.
In such a way, I was disenchanted in baptizing in that time but still I learned that reality is quite different from my perception and my idealized view of the surrounding world. Nevertheless, I was not disappointed in religion. Instead, I was rather concerned with the critical evaluation of all concepts and activities. In such a way, I could manage to avoid psychological trauma and further disappointments, when the real life was quite different from my perception and expectations.
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