September 1, 2020
Ask Deepak

Spiritual Atheism.


When your mind and heart are truly open abundance will flow to you effortlessly and easily.


I have been on a spiritual quest for years and have moved from organized religion to a place that is kind of a combination of Buddhist philosophy and atheism.  I meditate and practice yoga and these are an integral part of my daily life.  I know there are many people who would say they no longer are a part of an organized religion or do not even believe in God in the traditional sense yet they do seem to believe in a “Source” or “the Universe” or “the One”.  I really hate to say this but…I don’t get it.  Isn’t a belief in one of these still a belief in a supernatural power i.e. “the Divine”?  Isn’t this just a different slant on believing in “God”?  I respect the beliefs that people have and am not trying to criticize.  I’m just trying to understand how, why or what gets people to this point?  If one “sends their intentions into the Universe” what do they think the Universe is?  Again, I’m not trying to be critical, just trying to get my head around this.  Thank you so much for any insight you can provide.


When people say they no longer follow traditional religion but still believe in a universal source underlying all existence, they are not speaking of a physical source of the universe. They mean the basis of their own physical existence as well as the basis of everything in the universe shares a unified source. That doesn’t make it  anymore supernatural than our own non-material existence. There very fact that you conceive or experience a ‘you’ inside that wrote this email to me, means that you implicitly believe in your own non-physical existence. That doesn’t mean you believe in a personal Deity. And if they believe that the universe responds to their thoughts, that doesn’t mean it is a who that has to respond. Thoughts are   activity from our mind, the subtle aspect of our nature, and it is not unreasonable that that activity would have a reaction from the corresponding subtle level of nature in our environment.



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