Prayer works … but not because of anything “divine”

Even though I’m an atheist, I still pray — in a sense. But not because it draws upon the power of a divine force. It works because when we earnestly seek something that is personally attainable, we excite our own strength and belief, creating space and allowing time for possibilities that might not be there otherwise.

My form of prayer is a kind of meditation. It can impart calmness, clarity, coherence — often revealing insight and igniting action. Sometimes, even, there are fantastically positive results that I can’t explain. But that doesn’t mean there was any kind of magical wizardry at work. It’s all psychological … inner goings-on — nothing divine about it. Unless, of course, prayer triggers some physical laws of nature that we simply haven’t learned about yet. After all, we don’t know everything.