by Rod Harvey, Marketing Manager, Gold Coast, Australia
For about 40 years, I shunned the ‘God’ word – it brought up all sorts of reactions. I saw God through the eyes of the religions I had read about and rejected. I felt embarrassed to be associated with God.
Then I had ‘a change of heart’.
The catalyst was Serge Benhayon from Universal Medicine. Over the last six years I‘ve enjoyed attending Serge’s presentations and found them to be informative and enlightening. Serge presents possibilities: something to take away and ponder on.
I realised that the great religious leaders brought many truths to the world; however those truths were changed and reinterpreted by insecure, possessive and angry men who moulded religion to suit their own purposes.
I recognised how I had metaphorically placed ‘God’ and ‘Religion’ into the same basket, so if one didn’t work for me, then by default the other did not either.
Gradually I considered the possibility that ‘God is Love’ – a theme that appears to be consistent throughout various religious groups and accepted by millions of people around the world. By substituting the word ‘Love’ for ‘God’, I started to open up and break through my barriers.
The concept that ‘God is Love’ was revelatory for my pre-conditioned brain. And that’s where I had been stuck – inside my brain! God is something to ‘feel’ rather than ‘think’ about or ‘study’.
But accessing feelings wasn’t so easy. Because I had shut myself down from feeling deeply, I needed to make changes if I wanted to open up. This meant looking at my choices and taking more care of myself, altering what I ate, drank and improving my sleep. It meant being gentler, more present with what I was doing and making changes to the way I related and expressed to others. It involved unravelling and discarding old beliefs and patterns I had held on to. It meant taking time out to be still, rather than get caught up in distractions that pulled me away from myself.
As I gradually opened up, I found those moments of stillness. Through stillness I connected to my inner heart and a glorious love within… my essence. Within that space I felt divine love and understood that God is always present within me. I realised it was me who had built up the fortress to try to shut God out.
But God is not here to provide for me, blame or fix things up. I still have to take responsibility for the choices I make and I regularly go ‘off track’. Yet if I embody love, all will work out.
I also realised that this connection to love is something we all have within us at all times, even if we have shut it down. It can bind us together in unity.
Religion is not about rituals, clothing, adornments, rules or fear. After all how can there be fear with love?
I now see religion as my personal union and relationship with God, along with being open and loving with others. Simple, personal, all encompassing and loving: that’s my religion. It’s a way of living.
Universal Medicine helped me to open up my heart – the rest was my choice.
Wow, what a turnaround!