RE: atheist look at the lord's prayer
I agree with your analysis.
However, i cannot work with "atheist mystic"
To know your higher self is to know God exists.
And not exist as in, this bearded guy in a cloud, but exist as in this being you have on speed dial and communicate with often.
I know its hard to answer people when they ask you what religion are you...
but hey, most people think that Buddhism is a religion.