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Prayer Without Belief

It's been said that prayer requires no belief, and I like this idea. Prayer itself is an expression of our innermost thoughts and fears, joys and sorrows. There's no necessity to have it all figured out, or to belief in deity at all, to pray with your whole heart. So for those of us who do believe in some form of deity, what would it be like to pray without belief?

For me, as a Pagan, I've found that worshiping nature is extremely valuable to me in ways I can't express. I like to sit down in the grass, among flowers and other plants, or in front of a tree, and simply worship and pray. It may be with or without words, or just with my body, as my body is my greatest connection to the earth. This act of prayer may go beyond normal rationality or convention, but it requires no belief.

If you didn't believe in a deity of some sort, would you still pray? What would it be like?

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On a side note, if anyone uses prayer beads to help with prayer (which is a whole 'nother discussion unto itself,) I have created a community devoted to that subject. I hate to spam, but thought some here might like it. paganbeads I created it for Pagans, but anyone can join.

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nebulosity
May. 23rd, 2009 03:43 pm (UTC)
I use prayer beads. We should make a post in this community and have everyone talk about their prayer beads (if they use them).
merzbeat
May. 23rd, 2009 03:44 pm (UTC)
I agree. I can make one in a bit, unless you want to.
nebulosity
May. 23rd, 2009 03:49 pm (UTC)
I'd love to see you make a post about it. :)
merzbeat
May. 23rd, 2009 04:01 pm (UTC)
Done. :)

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