I'm not sure what you mean by an "active or passive projection," although as used in my sentence it is certainly in the active voice. Maybe you could clarify for me. I was not deliberately lying to myself; but then deception is usually subtle.
I was wondering if you were actually trying to project it, or if it was just something you were doing unconsciously.
If my brain were magically able to answer all my doubts and questions, and revert to a state of substance-less belief, I have little doubt I would be able to "do it" again.
I get how doubt could prevent you. But have you tried?
Why did you qualify the belief as substance-less? I don't see why that matters in particular.
I mean, millions of people "do it" every day, to a variety of gods. Maybe you also "do it."
Sure, but I don't think those people haven't concluded that they're just projecting. I'm just curious if you can still do the projecting after you've determined that's what you're doing.
Oh yeah, so how did you determine this? Is it a deduction you had to accept after you stopped believing? Or was there something in particular that made you realize it?
These are the complexities of the human mind, but I'm not impressed with the way you worded it, as though it were a parlor trick.
That was unintentional, and I don't mean to belittle the experience. I'm just curious. Just asking questions.
Oh, I see what you mean. My completely made-up answer would be YES! I think some meditative step could quite well simulate the sense of peace and well-being generated by intense and prolonged prayer. I used to love those times alone with the Lord. A great sense of peace and tranquility would come over me. I would like to think that a deep and relaxed meditative state would replicate that, almost exactly.
Yeah, that's what I'm talking about. I figure you found the prayer rewarding and thought it would suck to loose that peace and tranquility just because you didn't believe in God anymore, especially if you can still get it through other means. I would have been disappointed if you thought that you couldn't.
I can't say this for sure, I'm not an expert in any of this. But I can speculate.
Meditation can be cool - but it isn't easy and it takes work. But when I get there I do like it.
How do you possibly not care much if what you believe is true or not?
Because it doesn't matter. I'm sure I believe things that are wrong, but at the end of the day it's inconsequential. (depending on the belief, obviously)
Like, I believe that aliens have been to Earth. If I'm wrong why should I care?