I was already against religion for a long time before becoming Atheist, yet I held very strong spiritual beliefs. I was very much into New Age woo stuff: reincarnation, astrology, ascended masters, vortexes, crop circles, chakras, crystals, channeling, you name it.
When I became interested in science I found most of my beliefs handily debunked and after a few years, realized that I did indeed lack a belief in what I used to call "Spirit". It was how I referred to a non-dogmatic consciousness that I believed created the universe from itself.
I'm curious how many other people had similar beliefs before becoming Atheist.