I WAS BORN IN 1969 and raised in the Jehovah's Witnesses cult. Over a period of 33 years (1986-2019) I served as a regular pioneer (full-time preacher), a ministerial servant (helper to the congregation elders), and eventually as an elder myself. From 2004 I identified as an "anointed" (born-again) Christian.

During my time as a Jehovah's Witness, I experienced acute symptoms of c-PTSD and bipolar disorder. This was due to "situational stressors" caused by sexual, mental, and spiritual abuse within my personal life and religion. Despite my deteriorating mental health, I was disfellowshipped (excommunicated) twice by Jehovah's Witnesses, first in 2006-2009 and then again in 2019. I am now viewed as an "apostate" and shunned by my JW family and former friends.

Since exiting Jehovah's Witnesses in 2019, and being divorced by my JW wife in 2021, I have—with the support of an excellent abuse counsellor—been navigating the difficult and painful process of healing and rebuilding a new life. I continue to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, generalised anxiety disorder, and periods of major depression with suicidal ideation. I have attempted suicide on several occasions as a direct result of Jehovah's Witnesses' shunning policy and parental alienation. However, there is more to me than just a life of abuse and trauma!

I have many layers—just like an onion. I am a PHP/MySQL web developer, a qualified life coach and first aid trainer, and a PTLLS qualified teacher. I am also highly creative and enjoy street photography, abstract painting, writing poetry, and composing music.

I now identify as "spiritual but not religious" with a leaning towards Pandeism and Eastern Spirituality. Although I am no longer a member of any religious denomination, I continue to explore my innate spirituality through prayer, meditation, dreams, and the creative arts—seeking truth, peace and purpose apart from religion.

OnionUnlimited is a place for me to share my life in the hope that doing so will help others who are facing similar challenges to mine.

Daniel Torridon

A message to Jehovah's Witnesses

If you were being brainwashed how would you know? If Jehovah's Witnesses were not "the truth" how would you find out?

Have you ever wondered why you are only supposed to read and watch information that presents JWs as "the truth"? This is what's known as confirmation bias. If you do some genuine research you will find you are being lied to!

For example, did you know Jerusalem was not destroyed in 607 BCE and that 1914 is wrong? The governing body perpetuates this lie because it keeps them in power. They are not the "faithful and discreet slave". They were not chosen by Jesus in 1919. They are cult leaders. They have no authority other than what you give them.

Moreover, the Watch Tower organisation is not clean. It has mishandled thousands of child sexual abuse cases. Check out the Australian Royal Commission investigation into Jehovah's Witnesses. Mandated shunning—even of abuse victims—is cruel. It is a violation of human rights that results in depression and even suicide.

Jehovah's Witnesses are not "the truth".

You are in a cult.

I have many layers

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