Recently I had one of my marvelous enlightened insights. These occur regularly now that I've forsaken the confines of "thou shalt" religiosity.
I'm not sure how much more enlightened and insightful I can become. Maybe infinitely. Can't be sure, since one of my core insights is that uncertainty and unknowing are part of the human condition.
Mystery is us. Also, the cosmos.
Anyway, My Big Insight (haven't copyrighted it, so feel free to share, steal, embrace) is this:
If you've given up unfounded religious beliefs that you used to embrace, yet miss the pleasurable feelings those beliefs produced, keep the feelings and discard the religion.
For example, I used to believe that whatever happened to me had some purpose, a deeper meaning. That made me feel protected, safe, secure -- even if what was going on was unwanted, painful, disturbing.
As I was recollecting this, suddenly I realized those good feelings were still close at hand. I remembered how I felt in my true believing days. Then that feeling stopped being a memory. I was experiencing it, now.
Without the religion. Without the unfounded beliefs. I'd simply embraced the positivity of the good feelings directly, changing my outlook on life without the crutch of unproven religious dogma.
Give it a try. Recollect your most wonderful religious feeling. Then subtract the religion from it. What's left is yours, always available to you. Now.