My Relationship with Religion

I have always found the words ‘religion’ and ‘God’ quite annoying and I didn’t really know why until I started questioning their meaning and re-interpretation – or misinterpretation to be more exact. I never knew how the word religion was originally used and what it really meant: because it had never been truly explained to me, I never knew the true meaning of religion.

Having grown up sailing around the world, and having met many different people from different cultures and organised religions, I didn’t understand how they all had a religion with a ‘god’ and their god was better than someone else’s God. And their religions were all so different. It never felt right… like seriously, we are all essentially the same, we are all one humanity but how can we have so many people with a different idea about religion and who is to say which one is right? The various Gods and organised religions and all the stories made me feel a little uneasy and untrusting, as in which one is the right one? I didn’t feel that any really sat well with me so I decided I didn’t want a religion at all.

What I chose for myself instead was to connect to nature and to myself and to trust in what I felt. In nature, away from the busy-ness and distractions, I was most able to connect to me and be still.

So I was religion-less, or so I thought for quite some time, until I came across Serge Benhayon who presented on true religion and how the word religion has been bastardised, and then it all suddenly made sense to me. It was not religion that I had a problem with, it was its misinterpretation that I reacted to. It was the separation that I noticed around the world, that was created by “my religion is better than yours” and “you will go to hell if you sin etc.”

As I began to understand the real meaning of the word, I had to ask myself why I avoided the word or why it made me feel uncomfortable and why so many people react to it. Since then I have learnt that the religious way of being is the relationship I have with myself and nature reflects a divine design which inspires me to reconnect more deeply with myself.

My religion is about reconnecting to me first and foremost. We are all one and the same and we are all connected. The more I develop the relationship with myself, the more I will be able to understand life and those around me. So instead of needing a shrine, temple or church, all I ever need is a deep connection to me.

My religion is now The Way of The Livingness, and it is essentially about the relationship that I have with myself first and foremost and how that then has an effect on everyone else. It is forever expanding as do I, and there is no right or wrong but a constant returning back to who I really am, each and every day.

By Rosie Bason, Goonellabah, NSW

Related Reading:
What is true religion?
No Time For Religion
What hurts – Religion Itself, or the Bastardisation of Religion?

 

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656 thoughts on “My Relationship with Religion

  1. True religion brings us to a sacred place where we are openly exploring life and the philosophy and science that a true religion brings, then as it all comes together our sacredness becomes our responsibility for everything.

  2. Same Rosie, the word religion used to mean many things to me, now through Universal Medicine and the way of The Livingness I feel I have come home and understand what it is truly about.

  3. Rosie this is the most simplest and most gorgeous way to describe religion and in this it keeps it totally accessible to us all. “My religion is about reconnecting to me first and foremost. We are all one and the same and we are all connected. The more I develop the relationship with myself, the more I will be able to understand life and those around me. So instead of needing a shrine, temple or church, all I ever need is a deep connection to me.”

  4. If we have a problem with the word religion, it is not that we have a problem with the word religion but rather that we have a problem with the institutionalised version of this word. Hence why we can find religion oppressive or controlling or dominating or something we do not want to be a part of – but this is the false version of the word religion. And if there is a false version then there must be a true version to explore.

  5. “. . . there is no right or wrong but a constant returning back to who I really am, each and every day.” If that way of living would be the base of each religion then the world would have only one religion as we are all one.

  6. Rosie like you I have discovered that the word religion has been totally misrepresented to the point where I feel it doesn’t bare any resemblance to the true meaning of the word.
    I am rediscovering its true meaning which I feel like you is a reconnection to me first this naturally enables me to connect to other people effortlessly because I can feel that we are all the same.

  7. To me religion is the connection within, the connection I have with divinity and how I live in accordance with this .. this is always work in progress for me.

  8. At school we did RE….Religious Education and none of it really made sense to me because it was explained in a way that made all the stories sound like fairy tales and I couldn’t connect to any of them, so I dismissed RE and the word Religion as being almost mythical but not relatable to the modern day world. But like you Rosie I did connect to nature and the stars and when I had a problem in life this is what I turned to. Through The Way of The Livingness I now have a much deeper understanding of the true meaning of Religion and that we are returning to what we already know but have long forgotten.

  9. ‘It was not religion that I had a problem with, it was its misinterpretation that I reacted to. ‘ I wonder how many people in the world feel the same; deeply religious people who have been turned off or take the nearest fit to what they know to be true.

  10. I ran away from religion for most my life as I could feel the fakeness in it. Now however I embrace it as I have found true religion, the religion that is in my inner heart.

  11. Rosie I agree with you there are so many different religions with their version of God which one is true? The word God has been misinterpreted throughout history so that I don’t feel I have a relationship with the word anymore and to me that’s the trick to get humanity to be confused or turned off by the word so that we turn away from the only thing that can save us which is our connection back to our soul, divinity, the universe.

    1. It’s such a trick to get us to turn our backs on the only thing that can save us, our connection back to soul, divinity and the universe.

      1. Spot on Karin, for our true power lies in our deep connection, so if you trick people to seek outside of themselves then they will not access their true power.

  12. Thank you for bringing back the simplicity to the word religion – it is about re-connection, with ourselves first and foremost.

  13. I find it amazing how little we care about what the true meanings of words are. We seem to be able to operate in an environment where the meaning of everything is fuzzy, where there is no clarity and where there is definitely no true truth. So we like to be in an environment where we have no solid foundation. This enables us to make it all up as we go along. We like to think it is all our creation, but who is pulling the strings?

  14. I used to react to the words religion and God too Rosie. Now that I understand their true meaning it makes sense why I reacted to the false version because deep down I do know what religion means and who God is.

    1. These words are Truly Sacred Chris, along with so many other words that have been shifted away from there energetic meaning, and bringing back the energetic science of words is upon us in this era.

  15. We are all in religion, all of the time, whether we ‘believe’ in God or have a relationship with God or not – the fact is that we cannot escape ourselves, and that is what religion is really about: building a deep relationship with ourselves, restoring our connecting back to our soul and learning to live from there, instead of the load of ideals, beliefs, expectations that we accept and/or put upon ourselves.

  16. Religion is actually really simple. When we return to who we are and build a relationship with ourselves we also start to build relationship with God. No wonder the word has been so corrupted and bastardised because in truth we do not need churches, priests bishops, cardinals or a Pope all we have to do is connect to our inner heart and we can feel God everywhere. We have been sold a humongous lie just so the Church has control over its people, by making them believe they have to go through the church to get to God.

  17. Rosie I can really relate with what you have shared here as I have hated religion in how it has been presented as well .. the bastardised versions. What came to me while reading your blog is when you said ‘What I chose for myself instead was to connect to nature and to myself and to trust in what I felt.’ (which again is similar to me as I felt at one and a stillness with me when I was in nature) was that could this have been true religion for you if it was you connecting to you while being in nature? As from my understanding true religion is the deeper connection we have with ourselves and the universe. It is the innate knowing that we all have but maybe do not just listen to. And Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine expand on this allowing no gaps but instead for all to be known as there is no secret in true religion its is pretty simple (how we live) and beautifull.

  18. So many people panic when they hear the word “religion” because of the abuse that has been done in the name of religion. We have to come to understand what true religion is because when it is lived no abuse is possible.

    1. I can understand why people react to the word religion because I once did too. Now I understand that true religion cannot have any violence or abuse. It just makes it so clear to me what religions we have in the world that are true and what are not.

  19. The word ‘religion’ has been so misrepresented and made so complicated, so divisive with all its re-interpretations and bastardisation of the word. When in fact it means the complete opposite simply, by first connecting to oneself which then allows a true connection to others.

  20. It seems too that that since time began there has been a movement that has not wanted humanity to know the truth about religion and its meaning. The truth has been twisted so much that it is taught that God is Judgmental, vengeful, angry and woe betide you if you get on the wrong side of him. This is the complete opposite of the truth of who he is, which is pure love; he doesn’t reside in any special building but is all around us as he is the very air we breathe.

  21. Rosie what you have shared is so beautifully expressed and very clear and shows me just how far away we have strayed from the true meaning of religion when we can go to war with each other all in the name of religion. If we were truly religious to live within our hearts there is no way we could harm ourselves or another person, so there would be no wars.

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