Coming to terms with God

May 7th, 2011
George Burns as God

George Burns as God

I am an atheist. I don’t believe in God. By that I mean I don’t believe there is any intelligent force guiding events. Sure, I recognize that I could be wrong about that, but I find the idea of God (or whatever you want to call it) pretty far-fetched.

In the last several years, though, I’ve taken great interest in various spriritual books. Here are my favorites:
The Mastery of Love, by Don Miguel Ruiz
The Power of Now, by Eckhart Tolle
Loving What Is, by Byron Katie

These books truly changed my life and allowed me to be happy; to let go of so much disdain I constantly felt toward my fellow humans. I got so much out of them, but they all centered around some concept of God. In order to fully take them in, I had to come to terms with “God”. I had to understand why the ideas in the book still resonated with me even though I have a fundamentally different view of reality than their authors.

All that which is beyond my control

For me, at least for the types of books and philosophies that resonate with me, I found that “God” could pretty seemlessly be replaced with this one phrase, “all that which is beyond my control,” and the concepts made total sense to me.

Here’s just one example: Byron Katie writes that there are three kinds of business: my business, your business, and God’s business. You need to stay in your own business. So much of my energy was being spent in “God’s business” or in what I now realize is all that which is completely out of my hands. What a waste of time and energy.

There are a lot of worthy ideas out there. There are great spiritual books, great philosophers, and even great preachers. It is a shame to dismiss everything they say simply because they have God at the center of their lives and speak in those terms. As an atheist, I would do myself a disservice to close myself off to what so many others have to share.

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3 Responses to “Coming to terms with God”

  1. Aunt Kathie Says:

    Great reading list. Mastery of Love is one of my favorite ever books. I read during the darkest days in AZ and it helped me to survive the pain of that experience. I think that a big part of the problem people have with “God” has to do with all the crap that has been attached to the word by “the Church” and much of the distortions that have come out of organized religion. I always liked the Native American concept of “Great Mystery,” or “all that is.” From doing reiki, I know/believe that there is something intelligent that is bigger than my sense of myself. You might enjoy the Conversations with God books by Neale Donald Walsh. I’m rambling. Sorry.

  2. Get Skinny, Go Vegan. Says:

    Have you seen “Letting go of God” by Alison Sweeny?? You would LOVE it!

  3. Glastonbury Dentist Says:

    Well that’s your point! After all we don’t know what lies ahead. We’re not all sure if there’s life after death neither sure if God is waiting out there..But what if its true?

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