Atheism simply means a disbelief in the existence of God (a denial of God if you wish.) Its important to understand this because to be Atheist does not mean one is not spiritual.
As I have said, in my life there is no question where the answer “God” could ever fit. I feel no lack of God’s word or any of those things our Theist friends claim so proudly. However, this does not mean I do not feel anything. There is something and it is a something for which there is no language to adequately describe. I can feel it, I can even see it if I try. But I know it is not God.
The thing I feel does not have a plan for me, it has no mission, it has no guidance to offer, it has no interests. It is simply there. I see it as the expression of the energy of life, of the interconnectedness of all life everywhere. The only inspiration one can get from it is that of knowing that all living things are interconnected, that when life is cared for good will come of it. The only guidance one can find in it comes from see the path that encourages life or discourages life.
I have no issue with my theist friends and their faith for I feel that we actually share a common awareness of the world. I am not out to destroy their faith… or their beliefs. But, then my friends of faith all realize that we each find our own way, that there are many ways to feeling connected to life (they would say God, and I politely wink and tell them and say “I know what you mean”.)