The Magnificence of Living
People ask, “if your religion isn’t about gods, what, really, is the point? Why do you do it?”
It’s a valid question, because there are several things that Atheopaganism isn’t for. It isn’t for entreating supernatural assistance, nor for attempting to influence the physical Universe through wielding of unseen forces. It isn’t for attaining an afterlife.
No, Atheopaganism can’t offer those things. It operates within an understanding of finites: that the Universe is finite (there are things we imagine that are not so); that our lives are finite (we die); that our powers are finite (we cannot affect the course of physical events merely by wishing to do so, however ornate and fervent our wishing may be.)
But what we can offer instead is a spiritual sense of meaning and purpose in life as being a part of people growing to be better people, celebrating the experience of living, and working to make the world a better place. A place with more love, more happiness, more justice, more wisdom, and a more reverent, healthy relationship with the Earth.
It is a high calling. It demands that we work on ourselves, on our communities, and on our societies.
Our religion is about those things. It is about celebrating the unlikely gift of being alive, living to the fullest, and giving back to the world of which we are a thinking, feeling part.
It’s about wisdom. It’s about using ritual and meditative techniques to heal from your woundedness and learn compassion from it. It’s about building and experiencing community. It’s about deepening the sense of connectedness with and celebration of the All That Is. It’s about creating more inclusiveness, and breaking down boundaries that oppress.
And it’s about joy. It’s about profundity, but it’s also about play. It can be solemn, but it can be raucous. From the fervent stillness of contemplating a single burning candle to the ecstasy of dancing wildly, or singing at the top of your lungs.
“When I found Atheopaganism, it felt like finally coming home”H.J., an Atheopagan