Agnostic prayers, polytheistic prayers, and meditation chants.
February 19, 2014 8:15 AM Subscribe
I am an agnostic that really likes the calming effect of prayer, but am totally not interested in the monotheism or taking organized religion very seriously in general. Do you have prayer advice for me, and what sort of agnostic or polytheistic prayers (or meditative practices) do you take part in? Resources and recommendations are welcomed!
posted by Hawk V to Religion & Philosophy (20 answers total) 28 users marked this as a favorite
I used to not think very much about spirituality, but after much difficult life events and mental health problems, I find that on top of exercise, some way to "let go to a higher power" is an effective way to manage my own personal sanity.
The thing is, I'm not very interested in monotheism and organized religion in general. I'm now living in a 95% monotheistic country (hello Philippines!) and I find it all very unappealing. Several generations ago, my ancestors were Buddhist and/or polytheistic, but now nearly everyone in my family is monotheistic. So I'd like to seek an alternative that helps me and speaks to me. So...
1. Do you have experiences with agnostic/polytheistic prayers + meditative practices? If so, what are they and what works for you?
2. Are there specific ones you'd recommend for me?
Stuff I like:
-Conceptualizing female deities/goddesses as archetypes that represent energies in the universe (This sounds very woo but it works for me, as a woman that doesn't like how male-dominated the social and material world currently is. The last thing I want to do is pray to a male archetype.)
-Female deities/goddesses "of colour"
(Again, this may sound a little strange to others, but as an Asian from a country that was colonized by 2+ Western powers, and lived most of my life in the settler colony of Canada and felt perma-othered from the experience, the last thing I want to do is pray to a Western archetype.)
Aaaand go humour my woo!