by Thrice-Vile Temptress:
“The true meaning of prayer is to use one’s life force in the most positive way for the betterment of one’s personal life as well as the world; it is a fundamental part of human life.” This was written in response to the following question and attributed to Masami Kondo of “The New York Times” (Look at Joyousam’s answer):
I couldn’t agree more with Joyousam here. I remember twice attempting to say that I prayed although I was an atheist, and being attacked by all sides. I consider prayer to be exactly as Joyousam puts it (and far less wordy than I could!;-) – utilizing one’s life force to send positive and healing energy. Whether in supplication to a god or to humanity – we pray in our kindness, our compassion and love. It is not so much whom we pray to but the energy we send from ourselves.
Agreed or no? Why?
Pangel, I agree with you completely. I don’t believe in deities but I used to call sending positive energy to the universe “sending it to God” – I only stopped utilizing the term because it has become so overused, and can mean a million different things. I call it spirituality for the most part now. My nomenclature is different but my beliefs are not. I am a spiritualist who doesn’t believe in a deity or deities. I found before that saying this didn’t make sense to a lot of people so I finally went with atheist because I do not believe in what the definition of “God” is or was or has become – but I do believe much like you do. I pray often and I should more. The only way to do it is to come back to myself and realize when I’m letting the struggles in life affect me so much that I forget somehow to let that good energy out. I think this is true of a lot of people, religious or non.
Thanks to all of you for your lovely answers!
Madpol – Atheists + Science does NOT equal stupid. Atheism is a LACK OF BELIEF IN DEITIES. It is NOT a belief in science always being correct, it is NOT a belief that theories are absolute proof, it is not a reason to insist that something is what it isn’t – it’s just an absence of God(s). I don’t know what atheist would tell you that something is wrong because it’s “unscientific”. Simply put, unscientific means there WAS no experiment – an experiment would involve science. If there was and it showed that the razor blade remains sharp than it’s scientific. Just because it goes beyond scientific norms doesn’t mean it won’t be proved. I don’t need proof for everything – I have faith in a number of things, especially spiritually. I am of the mind, however, that I may be very, very wrong. That’s why I call it ‘faith’ – until I know for sure I cannot dwell in absolutes. Faith amidst an utter ABSENCE of proof however, is not my cup of tea. That would be like saying Santa is real. No can do.
Answer by Patrick the Carpathian
Joyousam’s observation was an excellent one. I wish I was that smart.