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.
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.