There is something bright and clear, without falsity, without biases, tranquil and unmoving, possessed of vast consciousness, fundamentally without birth and death and discrimination, without names and forms and words. It engulfs space and covers all of heaven and earth, all of form and sound, and is equipped to function. This one thing is always with each and every person. Whether you move or not, whenever you encounter circumstances and objects, it is always very obvious and clear, clear everywhere, revealed in everything. It is quietly shining in all activities. As an expedient, it is called Mind. It is also called the Path, and the king of the myriad dharmas, and Buddha. Buddha said that whether walking, sitting or lying down, we are always within it.
— T’aego (a Korean Zen master from the 1300s)
This passage resonates with me. I think many, like myself, are “cursed” to have a mystical bent. For those of us with this “mental defect”, our Atheism always feels a little compromised. But the mystical side of our ourselves is comfortable with this compromise because it is our very nature. We each have our own perceptions, but what we choose to do with our perception is what defines us !
Note: The circle is from the famous Zen Oxherder Series (here, here, here)