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I read your post. Several times. I couldn't formulate a response because I kept getting all four tires completely bogged down in the mud of that first sentence. All my mind can come up with is... WHAT!?
I been several things too, starting with Jehovah's Witnesses as a child, then moving on through many flavors of Baptist, attended some Holiness, Methodist, Catholic, etc., and finally ended up in the very Pentecostal Assembly of God church. After that, the atheism floored me from above with no warning and, at first, scared me spitless, till I could gradually realize that there not being a god meant there weren't the other things like hell, heaven, demons, ghosts, etc. But that took a while.
I have a lot of trouble with "spirituality" because it often seems basically New Agey BS or simply a euphemism for emotions run amuck. I have a lot of trouble wuith the idea of "subjective experiences" in that, I surely have had many, but I have gotten way past the notion that anything within any of those experiences has any particular relevence in the objective world.
I'm glad you're atheist again and I have questions... let's try, if you don't mind, what do you think are the chances you would ever be something othe than atheist in the future? You you think you were the various things because you chose to be at the time? Do you accept the notion of "Free Will"?
I've reached to point of saying, What's in a name? Though I feel I need to say I am and Atheist in order to uphold the principles in Richard Dawkins books, I am still a Buddhist too; and when I said I was a Buddhist, I tried to make it clear that I was a non-theological Buddhist.. I believe fully in Free Will, Reincarnation, Kensho, Satori, and Nirvana. None of these imply a personal god , so barring a miracle, I doubt I will make any future profession of faith. Nevertheless, I decorate my office with deities, statues and pictures of gods, angels and other religious figures, mostly left over from my sojourns, but still held dear by me. My being an atheist doesn't keep me from loving all the gods.