Meditation: Good for Believers and Non-Believers
Dozens of times a day, athiests pray to god and devout believers
in God deny His existence. Everyone, including athiests, subconsciously
and consciously say things like "I hope this will happen" or "I hope
that won't occur." This magical thinking is a form of prayer and all
prayer implies a belief in a higher power who is able to receive the
prayer and grant its request. Similarly, when anyone, even a person who
professes belief in a God, expresses a belief that evil will overcome
good or even that there is something "wrong" in their life, they have in
fact denied their God's omnipotence, omniscience, omnipresence, etc.
Taking these odd truths as further demonstration that the average
person is very much in need of alot of inner help that only meditation
brings, it is the position of the Meditation Society of America that a
practicioner need not believe in God to gain benefits from meditation.
In fact, by meditating, an athiest could become aware of their
hypocritical prayers and a believer could see the contradictory nature
of their verbalizations of doubts about God.
There are many meditation techniques, such as the "Prayer
Meditation" (#82), that have been handed down through the centuries
specifically to unite the meditator with his God, to teach him how to
serve Him or Her better, or some such goal that would be inapplicable to
an athiestic practicioner. So, although some of the techniques we will
be sharing may mention God, it is the position of the Meditation Society
of America to neither encourage or discourage anyone, of any belief or
religious background from using or agreeing to any of the methods or
concepts we share. We simply want to make them available and hope they
As has been expressed many times, in may ways, by many wise
beings, there are many paths to Peace. We'll be glad to show them to you
and will never imply that any one of them is the best or only one. As
you grow and evolve in consciousness, the entire universe gains and
evolves as well, so we all benefit. Meditation is the best way to
achieve this growth and evolution and we suggest you try it and hope you
find it beneficial.