Dreaming of an atheist or being one oneself may simple be that one does not agree with what the organised church teaches, or because the person does not believe in God.
But being an atheist is a form of blindness. The reason is that they are missing seeing what the roots of religion are. The roots are not about worshipping an external and all powerful deity. There is a much more direct and personal reason.
Take for instance your own existence and your origins and continued existence. Can you see that you are a life form that connects with the Earth? Can you also see that as such you would not exist without the existence of the universe? Astronomers are searching for life on other planets because it is so rare and extraordinary. Yet you are a life form that is the survivor of life from the very beginnings of simple life on this planet. You are extraordinary too, yet you probably have no idea of how you work because it is mostly unconscious. Maybe you have read about the body, but that is not the same as honouring and working with the life process that keeps you alive. Can you honestly say, “What the hell am I?” and listen and learn. For you are really what religion is about. You are the great mystery.
I witnessed an atheist talking to a woman he was confronting, “Religion;” he said, “that’s surely a direction for failures and people who can’t really cope with facing reality.”
And the woman he was accusing of this inability to face reality said, “You poor man! Is your mind or awareness so tiny that you have never realised the forces and processes of your own body are beyond anything you understand? Can’t you see that your very existence is brought about by things so far beyond your knowledge that it is only a statement of your impoverishment to suggest an awareness of God is an expression of some sort of smallness and failure. Have you never understood that? Have you not seen that religion is not only an acknowledgement of what we fail to understand and yet depend upon, but it is also an opening to it, a willingness to relate to it? It can also be something far more even than that. It can be an active loving relationship with what gives you life. And such love is an exchange, a sharing, and a way of merging one with another. It is an exchange – a sharing of bodily fluids – the very substance of life. Imagine that; a glorious love affair with the very spirit of life! A love affair with the invisible and forever indefinable. Is that something you are afraid of?”