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 will help.
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.