The Atheist Dilemna
To unleash the healing ability of the mind, it needs to reach a certain state, the state of relaxation mentioned earlier. How do you achieve this without religious activities or chemicals? The idea is to be similarly immersed as you would in a religious activity, in an activity that engulfs your consciousness and brings about the feeling of relaxation. For some people, it is simply like meditation but like religious activities, it is about putting your faith into something that releases you from worries. What if you are an atheist could you put your faith in such a state? I don’t think it is possible, for the mere belief in the existence of an all powerful force that is good and protective is what facilitates the release of fear and worry. This seems so unfair, as though the life of an atheist is so crude and fearful, fearful of the next occurence that is beyond his or her control. Therefore for the atheist to achieve this state, he must have an acceptance approach, a resignation to a future that just is what it is, and to accept is as it comes and deal with it as best as possible. Is an atheist therefore without fear? I doubt that, but maybe in the moment of fear the atheist finds peace in his acceptance of the outcome, whatever that may be. A person of faith normally attributes this to God’s way. It is really quite similar in that sense, God never gets blame while that atheist doesn’t assign blame through acceptance. It is what it is. I felt this in the chaos surrounding the events leading up to the eventual passing of my father.