Expanding our capacity to Love and discovering inner Peace of mind are both thoroughly worthy goals whether you think there is a God or not.

After all, Happiness and fulfillment are totally inner states. We all know beautiful people, talented people, and rich people who are tortured within…unhappy inside.

Funny thing is, once you untwist the twisted human condition, the reality of the Spirit is right there. It doesn't require a leap of belief at all, just a resolution of the basic human misunderstanding.

God isn't unavailable, God is just clouded by the pile of crap our ego has stuck to it.

What does that mean?

The basic human misunderstanding is this: We have collected a series of ideas, thoughts, concepts and opinions of ourselves that we believe to be our Identity. We whip this illusion into being with an incessant internal dialog referring to the collective memory of our personal history, our fears, and our projections regarding the future.

Our fears and tenuous self worth power the witch’s brew of insecurity and angst that make up this phantom self.
This mentally created self can never be truly happy for long because it's just a fake idea we assume to be ourselves. When we calm the mind, and remain present in the Here and Now, this phony self fades and we have moments of peace and ease. The idea of Meditation, prayer and everyday mindfulness is to break the habit of clinging to a false identity and acquire a new habit of resting in our Real Self, which is pure, sweet Awareness, always linked to "God" the Universal Being.

No faith required.

The effort in seeking this is never wasted because curing the mind in this life brings happiness regardless of "God" or "non God."

The only drawback is that it requires some sincerity and persistence because it's a deeply ingrained lifelong habit that has to be loosened.

Opening to unconditional Love similarly transcends the phony identity and places us in natural harmony with ourselves and others.

Many paths lead to this same discovery and there are certainly "Christian" ways of doing that.

But you can't get far while holding on to your anger, hatred, and twisted attachment to your ego ideas. (and thinking badly of yourself is just as twisted as thinking yourself to be superior.)

Happiness comes from within. Even if you transcend your false idea of Self through selfless charitable work, you're still curing the bogus idea of Self that you are habituated to.

Peace is experienced within.
This life is the ultimate mystery and finding Truth is the ultimate "climb." Whether you think you are on a Path or not, Life is going to churn your experience and show lessons to you.

Are you going to take the challenge to explore yourself or just ignore it and try to squeeze some shallow pleasure out of life on the short trip to old age and death?

Just some food for thought

and Love