Atheism’s Role in Our Evolution

Why would I be addressing this topic on a blog site that deals with Spirituality?  Simply put Atheism is a very spiritual point of view about Existence.  (We are all spiritual beings even if we may not see ourselves this way.)

My Identification With Atheism

I journeyed through Atheistic dogma – and yes it is dogma or simply another set of beliefs that are counter to traditional religious belief precepts.  Most of my life was spent identifying as Atheist.  As with others who see themselves in this way I felt deeply moved by humanity’s plight as well as the Earth’s.

I was entranced by the beauty of nature

and revelled in the glory of the creative arts. I felt fortunate to be alive and wanted to add whatever talents and capabilities I had to the greater good of humanity and our Earth.

A good portion of humans move through this stage in their spiritual journey as it is part of their process and may be linked to their personality type or one of their archetypes (energetic signatures).  Often one of the archetypes is the Rebel, the personality type may include a strong logical component or be focussed most on mental body attributes.

Blind Faith

Atheism is an equal and opposite reaction to the concept of an outside force or being that watches over us and takes care of us.

  • It is a departure from seeing ourselves as having no part in our Being-ness, in how our life transpires or in how we create.
  • It is a step towards understanding our individuality even though it often includes a strong sense of separation.

Atheism is a big step beyond blind, unaware faith.

  • It is a step toward understanding our creative potential.
  • It points out the inconsistencies of traditional religious precepts.
  • It points out that we are responsible for our reality on an individual and collective plane.
  • It begins to bring some clarity to what part we play in how our world appears to be and how our individual lives play out.

The Next Step

But human evolution and our spiritual evolution does not stop there.  We continue to grow and evolve.  All belief systems including Atheism contain a strong element of resistance to seeing anything other than the beliefs that are held so tightly.  If this does not sit well with us we need only look to any group that holds beliefs that differ from ours to see this resistance.

Letting Go of Beliefs

It is not easy to release our attachment to our beliefs.  We don’t like change.  Beliefs comfort us to some extent and yet they can cause us much suffering especially when they are inconsistent with our experience.  We will dismiss experiences that push at our beliefs as being coincidence or not real.  It takes huge amounts of energy to hold a point of view in place and even more to try to convince someone else of our point of view.  When we can relax our grip on our beliefs we experience an audible sigh of relief.

Atheism holds an important place in our spiritual evolutionary process.  Not everyone will proceed through it as it is not necessary for all to do so.  However, Atheism can point the way to the next step in our spiritual evolutionary journey.

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About Coach Mary

Mary is a Master Maven Coach (Maven Method™) - one of the deepest reaching and most effective coaching methods at present and is also trained in the Golden Flow™ Method of releasing blocks and flowing with life. She has completed the Mastery of Awareness and Transformation courses with Kris and Kalyn Raphael, certified personal growth guides from the don Miguel Ruiz lineage (world renowned author of The Four Agreements). Mary’s life experience has exposed her to many varied careers, many joys and some deeply painful events. She has released and healed the crushing grief from the death of her son to rediscover the love and joy of life. All have led to an inner awakening and a drive to know her Self deeply and to live life fully, consciously and with Intent. Among her dreams is to guide and support others in their journey through self-awareness and transformation.
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3 Responses to Atheism’s Role in Our Evolution

  1. RedChef says:

    I have a strong feeling that most — kneejerk — reaction to the concept of “atheism” is one of despair and terror: “Aughh!! If there’s no big guy “up there” looking out for us and making the rules, and there’s nothing after death, then what are we doing here?!? That’s too much personal responsibility with no personal reward!”. Therefore it must not be true. End of thinking. I know that kind of false logic has scared the willies out of *me*… 😉

    Because there is no big old white-haired guy making famine and flood and “granting” us babies and flowers, there is therefore nothing after physical death?

    Who said those things necessarily go together?

    I was confusedly astonished when I read about the outraged reaction to the writings of a man* who, through long-term and thorough study of the available information on both, came to “believe in” both atheism and spiritualism, in the late 1940’s. The atheists called him a traitor!

    Why? 😉

    *Anyone interested enough to want further information on the mysterious man can get it from me; believe it or not, I wasn’t able to find any relevant information on the internet to which I could direct anyone (my reading was of the old-fashioned variety).

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