I’ve been atheist my whole life and I am past 65 years old.
What I did not know where that my body felt religious all the time.
But the cognitive dissonance made it impossible for me to admit this.
My wild guess is that organized religion exploit and abuse natural feelings.
Compare with music. I trust that music is a natural way to express feelings.
But such music can be made commercial and regulated and exploited.
Somebody “own” the music and forbid others to play it unless they pay.
Religions are a bit like that in that they own their God and you can not
just start to express religious feelings and refer to God without them
saying it is a false god or a ersatz religion. Them want to own the expression.
Now compare with music. Independent music scene try to express
and distribute music outside of commercial corporations.
Independent music (often shortened to indie music or indie)
is music produced independently from major commercial record labels
or their subsidiaries, a process that may include an autonomous,
Do-It-Yourself approach to recording and publishing.
So it would be possible to have religious expression that would be
independent of Churches and known religious traditions.
Instead of saying that one express religious feelings one could
name them natural feelings of awe and wonder about the Universe
and a need to care about all of Humanity and express this individually
or in like-minded groups.
Compare with computer and software industry. You have independent
distribution of Linux Operating System. Each developer make their own
version of Linux. Only the Kernel is same. And as long as they don’t steal
from each other but refer to where they got inspired they are allowed
to share their distribution and cooperate with like-minded for to improve it.
I’m not good at explaing this but ask if anything is not clear?
So what I maybe talk about is an art form more than religion?
An expression of natural feelings that reminds of religion but are an art performance?
Edit. Suppose I fail to realize these to not be independent
but individualistic expressions within a particular religious tradition?
One could name it non-affiliated religious expressions
to promise that one really are independent seems to claim too much?
Inter-dependent religious expressions? Sounds almost subjectively correct?