Are We All Born Religious?

What are you religious with? Are you religious with sport, food, work, a religion, fitness, Jesus, a Guru, Yoga, Love, Family… the list goes on?

Religion for me is not just about believing in God, reading the bible, going to church or following a certain order in life. A big part of it is how we live and our relationship to life, ourselves, to others and our values.

What are we religious with when we are born?

Our body, are we not? Just completely connected and feeling the presence of our delicate body, feeling and completely listening to our body’s cues and connected to what we need to support ourselves first and foremost, and of course connecting to our loved ones closest to us and our new environment.

Are babies not pure love and the absolute definition of joy and isn’t this what we all strive to be? So is it possible that babies are connected to something greater and more beautiful than we can even fathom, and obviously without any instruction to be so?

Could I go as far to say that babies know within – not on a conscious level but subconsciously and naturally as a part of their being – that they are a child of God? All knowing, as in feeling everything and in complete connection to themselves and everything around them. Babies accept and embrace people for all that they are with no judgment, all the while energetically feeling everything and everyone. For a baby there is no class, no creed, no color, no separation – they are simply a single humanity. Everyone is the same. Is this not being religious?

As we grow up, outside beliefs, peer pressure, societal expectations, ideals and knowledge come in and we can start to separate from that connected space we once held as true. The burden of these outside forces takes its toll so we begin to disconnect further from ourselves and from an otherwise body of God, a body of love and a body all-knowing of a deeper wisdom.

We’ve had it before, we have lived it before, we knew it inside out and it has never left, we just need to reconnect with ourselves and feel what is true for all of us.

The origins of religion come from the Latin words re-ligare or re-ligio which simply means to re-bind, re-bond and re-connect; perhaps this is referring to us returning to our natural state as we all are at birth.

By Aimee, Full time Mum of 2 children, Auckland, NZ

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God. It’s a Science.
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My Relationship with Religion

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393 thoughts on “Are We All Born Religious?

  1. It’s great you include Jesus in your opening question Aimee ‘What are you religious with?’ I’m pretty sure Jesus would have never agreed with, let alone wanted, the cult of personality that has arisen around him in the centuries since his passing.

    1. I agree Victoria, it cannot be further from the truth what has gone on and what we have fallen for since the passing over of Jesus… the bastardisation of what Jesus represented and lived.

  2. How very revealing Aimee, thank you for showing us the true meaning of religion ;
    “The origins of religion come from the Latin words re-ligare or re-ligio which simply means to re-bind, re-bond and re-connect; perhaps this is referring to us returning to our natural state as we all are at birth.

  3. “…For a baby there is no class, no creed, no color, no separation – they are simply a single humanity. Everyone is the same. Is this not being religious?…” This is a true description of religion, yet we don’t see this displayed in our world do we?

    1. It’s so crazy when it is written with such simplicity and clarity. What I mean is that it is hard to imagine how any of us could deny such a pure and clear truth. And yet…..just look at the world.

  4. Religion is very much about relationship for me too. It is in every part of life and the way I relate to it. There is a ritualistic aspect to how we are in life – how we cook, clean, the hobbies we pursue are all religious. The great thing about our relationship with God is that it is naturally there when we are born and it never goes away, no matter how we deny or squash it, its back again next life!

  5. We separate from that innate knowing because we are not met for the love that we are, then we take on ideals and beliefs in the hope that these will deliver the love that we have separated from. A very devastating choice indeed.

    1. Well said Jenny – thus is a devastating circle of choices that lead us further away from the love that we already are. Confirming each other, from core to core, being to being, love to love is so important so we are reminded of that inner spark and inner knowing that has never left us.

  6. It is amazing to connect to the feeling inside of belonging to something much grander than we can see and then realise that this feeling has been a constant presence in our lives and it is simply our connection to it or not that wavers… that is why we can call it a re-connection.

  7. Clearly after reading this blog it is clear to see that the word ‘Religion’ has been bastardised into something outside of ourselves, and used as a form of controlling people and gaining power. If we take it back like the author of this blog has done, we can feel how each and everyone of us knows the true meaning of religion at birth.

    1. Spot on. The bastardisation of religion has been the seed of unfathomable corruption, almost every war ever waged and gigantic chasms in humanity. Such a million miles from that innate religion we are all born with – equally so.

  8. Our relationship with everything and everyone reflects our relationship with God. What’s beautiful is that God is always having a relationship with us, and never are we not absolutely loved and cherished.

  9. Aimee, thank you – you have nailed it here: “The origins of religion come from the Latin words re-ligare or re-ligio which simply means to re-bind, re-bond and re-connect; perhaps this is referring to us returning to our natural state as we all are at birth.” True meaning of religion is to re-connect to who we truly are – something we all yearn for and seek all life long till we encounter it again at some point when we are ready for it – in other words when we are ready to feel the extent of ourselves that we have travelled away from the extent of love that is there to greet us and embrace us again and was waiting for us all along.

  10. Absolutely Aimee – we are born all knowing and this all knowing-ness never ceases, it is us that move away from that inner wisdom and attracted to mental intelligence that mankind have favoured over the intelligence of our inner heart.

    1. Yes Rachael, the mental intelligence keeps is trapped in this world of creation is which we are in separation from God, while religion to the true meaning of the word, brings us a life in co-creation where we work with God and harmonious together.

  11. What a great expose that we are all born with an innate sense of our connection with the whole of life and the Universe and open to feeling the expansiveness of it all and that we actually train our young out of it so we end up as an adult with a fraction of the awareness of that connection.

    It was significant for me to read: “Religion for me is not just about believing in God, reading the bible, going to church or following a certain order in life. A big part of it is how we live and our relationship to life, ourselves, to others and our values.” Because that shows how my every single choice in life matters, and when chosen with care, love and honouring has the potential to support me in deepening my awareness.

  12. If it is true that we are all religious because our our natural connection with God through our inner heart, the the concept of the institutionalised religions is exposed in its illusory ways in full, as these religion do not bring us closer to God but instead leads us further away from him.

  13. Could we even be religious with ourselves when we are born? Could we realise our connection to the Universe from day one? Could it be that it is so natural and normal that we do not even have to think about it? In fact when do we start thinking and what fashions that thought?

  14. I reckon we are born religious, we are born knowing innately who we are, we may at times forget this, but whether we choose to hang onto it or to bury it deep down we know it lifelong, and as a wise man once said we are only ever a breath away from knowing it again.

  15. “Are we all born religious?’ This is such a great question and one that I would say is seldom, if ever asked. If we consider religion or being religious as having a connection to and a relationship with God, the universe and everything in it then we are most definitely born religious. This has nothing to do with being born into an institutional church/religion and everything to do with our innate divine nature.

  16. Thank you Aimee, the simplicity you shared is profound and life changing if we only stay with what is felt within our inner-most. What then keeps us in that connection is our movements and the power that comes from expressing our truth and not holding back is universally needed! Moving with the freedom that comes from living in our divine truth is a reflection that is constellating those who are blessed by that reflection.

  17. It’s great to debunk the whole pomp, ceremony, dogma of religion. As you say, our religion can simply be our relationship with our body. I know that my body is a zillion times wiser and more loving than any religious doctrine, practice or leader that I have come across!!

  18. Is it possible that religion can be anything that supports us to re-build our connection with our innate divinity? So therefore the way we walk, the way we brush our teeth, the way we lay our head on the pillow…all of these could be religious? It’s interesting to consider this and I have found that by treating such ‘mundane’ activities with this level of ceremony and ritual and grace reaps amazing rewards and deepens my connection with my soul. Something that being in church has never done!

  19. Amiee when you ask the question
    “Are we all born religious”
    I would say yes we are all born with an innate knowing of God. I know this to be true from my own experience I knew as a child that I had a true Father he was not my blood Father there was a knowing in my little body of a power that was holding me and that power felt very tender and I felt cocooned in the most delicious quality that I cannot describe with words, I never felt alone. I lost contact with this feeling and didn’t reconnect back to it until I met Serge Benhayon. I felt the same tenderness and qualities in him I felt as a child. And having known him now for quite some years it makes complete sense to me that I would feel these qualities in him as he is a sent son of God to remind us all that within us we all have this true knowing of God.

  20. “Babies accept and embrace people for all that they are with no judgment, all the while energetically feeling everything and everyone. For a baby there is no class, no creed, no color, no separation – they are simply a single humanity. Everyone is the same. Is this not being religious?” What a beautiful knowing we are all born with and can return to and feels so deeply beautiful and knowing of.

  21. In the past i would have said no, but now after learning and connecting to the truth I wouldn’t question it for a second. Re-Interpretations of words can be extremely harmful. If you look at all the different meanings of religion and how close they all are at being the same just with slight or large variations. To know and feel God within me and know and feel how we all have the same level of connection no one more or no one less. This sure is true Religion.

  22. In the true meaning of the word we are all indeed born religious, and the thing is, this quality does not come and go, it is always there…. We are the ones who choose to feel this or not.

  23. Focusing on any compartmentalization of life be it religion, politics, work, parenting, education, art and the list goes on, makes me anxious, as it seems an escape from the fact that life is about everything. Making something more important or all important is a diversion from this truth that everything is about everything, my body tells me the distraction from this truth is not something it enjoys.

  24. It’s not hard to have a moment with God. Sit in the warmth of the sun for a moment, feeling the stillness of nature around and within you and you will feel the absoluteness of needing nothing, and having it all right there. There is pure contentment when we are connected with ourselves.

  25. The prefix “Re” always implies that we are doing something again -so Religion is about coming back to something that we already know. Something so simple which we can make so complicated. Thank you for reminding us about this simplicity, Aimee.

  26. So if we can be religious about anything that totally debunks the ideal or belief that religion is worshipping God and Jesus. When I feel into the word Religion it is expansive and includes everything not just God and Jesus. How words have been abused, neglected and ignored because it has suited.

  27. Babies remind me of that connection so clearly, the simplicity of the connection to the love we are from, the interconnectedness of us all. We are blessed to have that reflection in our lives.

  28. If we are all born religious it takes away ‘having’ to be part of a religion. We are all born with the religion of our own inner heart, what happens next is a series of movements that take us away from this natural knowing, it is then we seek outside ourselves and when no longer hold that inner wisdom we fall for all manor of trappings around us.

  29. These words – a child of God – have over the ages held many connotations. But bringing them here back to the quality and the precious nature of a child has for me, the most filled truth of these words – there is no denying the divinity that a child holds.

  30. As a baby we all simply are. We have no identity and yet there is a wisdom and knowing in us that defies the argument we are a blank slate at birth. The opposite is true- we are universal and this never leaves, just gets buried beneath the illusion that we’re all individuals living in isolation from each other.

  31. If you could define the Religion I would like to be part of it’d be one which was all about warmth, easiness and Love. It’d be exactly as you say Aimee a way to reclaim and reinstate the natural, stress free state we lived and knew as babies. It’s philosophy would focus on equality and ultimately that we can only have all of this by choosing to embrace life and connect. This Religion is actually here today – The Way of The Livingness – and for sure, it is my way.

  32. The truth of what religion is breaks down all the pictures of how religion looks like in the world–a congregation, priests who are of age, a building where people gather, a book that people abide by…none of these images or no images in-truth can present what religion is. Religion is a lived union and intimacy we have with ourselves and hence also with life, we are born with this until we choose to ignore it, but it is still with us whenever we simply connect back.

  33. Beautiful Aimee – “For a baby there is no class, no creed, no color, no separation – they are simply a single humanity.” It’s so clear when you put it this way!

  34. Babies just live that they are a child of God. ‘For a baby there is no class, no creed, no color, no separation – they are simply a single humanity. Everyone is the same. Is this not being religious? Yes, very simple as the truth always is. Thank you Aimee.

  35. “Are babies not pure love and the absolute definition of joy and isn’t this what we all strive to be? So is it possible that babies are connected to something greater and more beautiful than we can even fathom, and obviously without any instruction to be so?” Absolutely, which is great confirmation that this is what we can return to when we recognise that it has been all the other stuff – the hurts and so forth that we have allowed to get in the way of this our natural way of being and expressing through life. I deeply appreciate the support of Serge Benhayon in helping me to see this and to be more my natural self than I have been for years.

  36. Thank you Aimee, this religion is within us from birth.. A beautiful reminder: ‘Babies accept and embrace people for all that they are with no judgment.’ We should come back to that ‘way’ inside us again.

  37. It makes sense to me that religion means to reconnect the very word gives the truth of what it is to be religion. The fact we have travelled so far from this truth in our current religions is deep sorrow we all bear. Knowing God never judges and welcomes home his son of man irrelevant of how far we stray in our desires to create heaven on earth!

  38. “For a baby there is no class, no creed, no color, no separation – they are simply a single humanity.” So, what happens to many of us that we begin to lose this innate sense of knowing and with it our natural way of living religiously and in time live in exactly the opposite way? The wonderful thing is though that we can return to this simple way of being at any moment, with our next choice.

  39. I agree with the list you present, Aimee, and it feels like being religious is our attempt to know ourselves by association with something we hold as true or give the highest value in our life.

  40. What babies have we all have, except that as adults we try and pretend that we do not have it. We are all a part of a stupendous universe and just in the same way that a baby can connect to it so can we. It just requires us to want to do it and a willingness to drop our arrogance.

  41. Babies see and know a person by their essence and inner quality before they see the rest. This is something we never lose but just grow to avoid.

  42. The purity of a baby reminds us of the purity within ourselves that we never lose, just disconnect from as the forces from the world we have created slowly undermine us as we grow up and conform to the expectations of the world around us.

  43. I love the origins of the words Religion. It takes all the bastardisation out of it and brings it back to the simplicity of the meaning of life.

  44. This makes absolute sense: that we are born religious, which simply means being connected to our bodies, to our essence and to God. And then by becoming an adult we unlearn this connection: Is THAT what becoming an adult is all about? To get disconnected from our essence, from God?

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