Although the term "Spiritual Atheist" may initially sound like an oxymoron to some, it is most definitely not. It is entirely possible to not believe in "God", and yet still be deeply spiritual.
Let's explore this idea a bit more.
Obviously, Spiritual Atheists do not believe in the existence of "God"; but, unfortunately, there are many different (and often ambiguous) ways in which the term "God" is currently commonly used. For this reason, it is critical that I clarify exactly what it is that Spiritual Atheists do not believe in. If this is not done, any inquiry such as this one will quickly become unnecessarily confused and ultimately meaningless.
For the purpose of clarifying exactly what it is that Spiritual Atheists do not believe in, "God" means "an entity who allegedly exists outside of the universe and who allegedly created and rules the universe".
I am sure that it will also be very helpful if I clarify my use of the term "the universe". In this case and context, the term "the universe" necessarily includes "everything that has ever existed, now exists, or will ever exist".
Now that I have explained what it is that Spiritual Atheists do not believe in, I can introduce the spiritual aspect of Spiritual Atheism.
I have been pondering the nature of spirituality for as long as I can remember. From my perspective, people tend to make this inquiry much more complicated than it actually is.
From my perspective, to be spiritual is simply to realize (consciously or unconsciously) that everything in the universe is ultimately connected (even if apparently only very subtly by a cause and effect relationship over unimaginable apparent distances in time and space) and to think, speak, and act accordingly.
Said more simply, to be spiritual is to realize that we are all infinitely and eternally interconnected and to think, speak, and act accordingly. It is this simple, yet profound, realization that separates Spiritual Atheists from traditional Atheists.
For the truly mystical Spiritual Atheist, it is obvious that the so-called "God" that most traditional Theists worship and adore (and that most traditional Atheists reject and abhor), is actually (and ironically) a symbol (and idol) that represents the profound and mystical being and nature of the universe itself. That is to say, that "God" is, in fact, a reference to the universe itself.
Sometimes I wonder... could it be any more obvious?
It is important to point out that if "God" was universally recognized as a reference to the "the universe itself" (or a personal name given to it) rather than a literal and external (to the universe) being; then to be an Atheist would mean that one did not believe in the existence of the universe. Obviously, this would be a nonsensical position that would render the terms Atheist and Theist equally nonsensical. Nonsense indeed!
In fact, when the majority of Theists and Atheists finally do realize that "God" is actually a reference to the "the universe itself"; the terms Theist and Atheist will begin to lose their meaning, fall out of use, and ultimately become historical references only. But much more importantly, people will begin to see existential and spiritual truth much more easily, and begin to make ever-better choices.
Or so I hope! And I hope that day comes soon enough!
From a Spiritual Atheist's perspective, life on planet Earth is quickly being literally consumed by the results of existential and spiritual ignorance.
Greed has always been a significant problem; but with our current (let alone future!) technological capabilities, it has become an inestimable threat. To make matters worse, the so-called "smart" people who are creating and evolving said technology are not (yet) "smart enough" to stop what they are doing and help enlighten mankind instead. (If this is you, please come join us!)
Indeed, this seems to be a very precarious time in the course of our precious planet's life and the wisdom that Spiritual Atheism offers is desperately needed.
If you would like to explore Spiritual Atheism in more depth, you are especially encouraged to read my book entitled, Spiritual Atheism: The Way of Wisdom.
In love, I offer you my perspective of Spiritual Atheism.
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