With apologies to L. Frank Baum, I'm amending your book title for some philosophizing about "Is" rather than "Oz."
I'm no longer religious. But I've still as awe-inspired as I ever was. What I find so awesome now isn't God, or guru, or any other imagined divinity.
It's the inarguable presence of Is.
No faith, no dogma, no theology, no anything is required to demonstrate the existence of Is. That's because Is is existence.
There Is is. Here Is is. Everywhere Is is. Awesome!
Yet as obvious as Is is, what I really love about Is is how mysterious it is. Is is like God, except infinitely more believable.
Religious believers claim that God always has been, is, and always will be. Well, I prefer to dump "God" and substitute "Is." Or "existence." (Note the "is" in the middle of "existence.")
Yes, something always has been, is, and always wil be. Praise Is!
That's our past, our present, and our future. Forever and ever, without end or beginning. If this doesn't fill you with awe, wonder, and some spine-shivering when you contemplate it, the Wizard of Is hasn't graced you with its magic.
I feel Is. Deeply. Clearly. Passionately. Often I'm moved to say "thank you." Not to anyone or anything in particular.
Which isn't anyone or anything in particular. Existence just Is. There's no need for God when Is enters your heart.
You may think I'm crazy, as wild-eyed as any other religious nut who claims to understand what the cosmos is all about. You're welcome to your opinion.
I just invite you to contemplate the nature of existence, of Is, for yourself. There's no time or space between you and Is. The only distance between us and Is is our lack of attention.