God & Religion. A Way of Life (Part 2)

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!

Part 1: God & Religion. Why Bother? (Part 1)

149 thoughts on “God & Religion. A Way of Life (Part 2)

  1. “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. And it is through this connection that I re-connected to God, because I realised that God lives within us all, it is not about religion but about true connection.

  2. This is a great way to define Religion Rod… ‘Simple, personal, all encompassing and loving….. a way of living’. Nothing awkward, complicated or imposing – direct access to God at all times whenever we choose it.

  3. There are so many misconceptions about God that are based on fear but to understand and accept that God is love really opens your eyes to the misinterpretations we have been indoctrinated with in the past.

  4. I was interested to read how you shut down to both religion and to God. It didn’t happen quite like that for me. I knew institutionalised religion was a lot of baloney but somehow I knew that God knew that too and was not impressed by any of it. So I shunned institutionalised religion, all of it, but kept communicating with God.

  5. I guess it will take some time till we rid ourselves from the impact reinterpreted words such as God and Religion has had with us. I grew up with a meaning of God that wasn’t at all true but at that age I didn’t feel I had the authority to claim my version of God since the other version was what everyone else accepted. I think with the application of self love we will slowly claim back what God really means and what being religious truly means as well. That it’s very natural and not at all exclusive to anyone, and you need no degree to know about God, it’s a knowing we are all born with, fully mastered from the word go.

  6. Just like you Rod, “Universal Medicine helped me to open up my heart – the rest was my choice.” It didn’t take long to say yes to open up my heart but when Serge Benhayon first mentioned God, part of me wanted to run. But thankfully there was a much bigger part that wanted to stay as this was what I had been looking for, for what seemed forever. So, I stayed and as a result today, and every day, I celebrate my re-connection to God and to me.

  7. I love this blog as it takes all the false and complex pictures, ideals and beliefs, that we have been sold, as to who or what God is and turns them on their head to simply reveal that God is nothing less than love.

    1. Those eyes need to be seeing clearly as it is a terrible fact of this world that there are many street sellers hawking their version of God, misshapen and twisted by their own investments and personal agenda.

  8. “Through stillness I connected to my inner heart and a glorious love within… my essence.” – Everything about modern day life seems to distract and lure us away from feeling that stillness that lies within us, waiting to be felt (I know I sure have avoided it) via all of what we are sold is important in life (having fun, exhibiting drive in our work at the expense of our body, being competitive in sports and in school, video games, coffee, energy drinks, etc.). Isn’t it time to ponder on why that may be the case in the first place? Could it be that we are being distracted away from the most important thing of all that will bring us connection with our souls, God, and true purpose in life?

  9. When Universal Medicine presented The Way of The Livingness as a religion I was anxious, having deliberately chosen to leave the Roman Catholic church when I was 18 and having lived most of my adult life as an agnostic. Over the years, I have come to accept God as a fact of life, not so much as a belief, but because it makes sense. I still can’t feel God within but I know that will come as I allow myself to be more still.

  10. It makes sense how so many of us have had difficulty relating to God as a concept according to pictures presented by organized religions and as a result rejected Him. He is a multi-dimensional being and a relationship with Him encompasses the physicality and beyond, it is a lived experience.

  11. We are taught about God from a book, and we create images in our heads of what God looks like. We imagine God to be forgiving or angry, and we know that He loves little children. But we are not taught to FEEL God, to connect deep within and feel the presence of God that is in all of us equally.

  12. I wonder how many people of ‘differing religions’ would come together in the awareness that God is Love. Love to find out!

  13. “God is something to ‘feel’ rather than ‘think’ about or ‘study’.” I loved this line Rod, most of my religious life has been thinking about God, and studying to find God, but with no avail, I had not learnt to feel God, and did not know that God lived within me and that by my gentle breath I could simply connect to him. As my connection deepens so does my sense and love for myself as a divine being grow.

  14. I’ve always known there has to be a God of some sorts, but what life presented by way of picturing God didn’t quite work for me. I refused to believe that there was no God at all. Universal Medicine presented God, as you mentioned by how God feels. This God I understand, as there’s far more understanding when I feel something, rather than mentally visualising it.

  15. As you say Rod, for all of us it “meant being gentler” to start with, and as we were so lost we had to start with what we could handle and that is the Gentle Breath Meditation.

  16. “Through stillness I connected to my inner heart and a glorious love within… my essence.” When we connect to the inner stillness of our essence we can feel the Divine love flow through every particle of the body.

  17. Having been bought up in the Catholic faith for many years it was obvious that this religion was designed to crush and reduce you – especially if you are a woman. And now experiencing The Way of The Livingness for many years I can truly say this is a true religion that reminds you and celebrates you as an equal Son of God. I am so blessed to be a part of this religion and for re-connecting back to the truth of God.

  18. Trying to see God through the eyes of established religions is an impossible task even if we try very hard. And, it is not us who fail; the problem lies with the eyes on offer and us saying yes to it and engaging in a pattern of movement that guarantees walking away from God even if we tell ourselves that we are walking towards Him.

    1. This is what (in my experience) many religious groups claim to do (with prerequisites however) and yet its the very opposite. That’s because love doesn’t come with a prerequisite.

  19. Through out my life I have prayed to a God that was out there, separate from me, mainly because I was considered a sinner who had to ask forgiveness before God would consider me his child, understanding now that this is not true, it has taken time for me to learn to love myself and to feel worthy of God’s love, as I bring more tender loving care to my body I feel more of this love within me I am starting to feel a deeper sense of my connection to God.

  20. ‘God is Love’ and love is who we are. The more I began to develop a loving relationship with who I am, the more I have realised that my relationship with God is inseparable, as we are in fact the sparks of God no less. God is not separate from us, or an unreachable communion that can only be attained through our doing good deeds and death. We can never escape the fact that we are held within the ever-present body of God and that as the fiery sparks that we are we are, through the way we live we represent this vibration. As such a religious life is lived when we surrender to being who we are, through which our Godliness is our natural way of being.

  21. This two-part blog is epic, it really feels like you are writing on behalf of us all. I relate so much to what you have shared. Unfortunately, it’s still a bipolarish situation for me, back and forth about being settled with The God word and feeling ashamed and hoping it doesn’t come up, it all depends how I have been living and who I am sharing it with. It’s great for me to keep reading stuff like this, it keeps opening my heart up even wider.

  22. I too used to feel embarrassed when mentioning the word God as if I was claiming Santa Claus was real. Yet, I would conveniently allow him to appear in my landscape at some occasions to justify my judgment, or to explain away the unexplainable. He never was a full-time presence in my life for a very long time. Even though I always knew there was more to life than meets the eyes, I never allowed God to be that missing piece which actually holds and makes sense of everything, or maybe just did not want to use that word to give Him the full credit. There’s actually quite a bit of stuff there. This feels like the relationship I need to go deeper into honesty with.

  23. It is impossible not to feel God when connected to my inner heart yet I realise I have wanted to separate the two. I have wanted to blame God when the going got tough thinking that if there was a God he would save me yet at the same time knowing it was my responsibility to connect to my inner most and live from my essence. The ideals and beliefs that we think we have overcome can still arise as they are not healed in full, the deeper we go.

  24. I have had an issue with God, because I felt that he didn’t truly exist because if he did then humanity would not treat each other as they do. Through Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine I found that God is actually in me to connect to whenever I connect to my inner self, what I was missing was the connection to my inner being.

  25. ‘God is something to ‘feel’ rather than ‘think’ about or ‘study’. What you share here Rod is something for me to definitely ponder on….

  26. This description of religion brings with it responsibility for how we are and relate with others. A way of being that brings people together. “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.”

  27. When I first heard Serge Benhayon share that God is love and that this love reside within me, I knew I had returned home to a truth that I knew and lived in the past, and thus began my journey of discovering and then discarding all that I had taken on which was preventing me from connecting to and living life from my loving heart.

  28. Learning that how I had always known God from within was in fact a reality that brought up much for me. As I then had to unravel (and continue to unravel) the way I lived which did not (does not) honour what I know.

  29. I used to have a pretty common picture of God as the man with the white beard and booming voice, sitting on high in judgement of us ridiculous human beings messing up all the time. As a consequence I wanted nothing to do with him. But I now know God personally, He talks to me all the time – not with a voice that shatters glass, but through symbols in nature, so-called coincidences and so many other ways. He is within me as he is within us all and the stronger and deeper my relationship with myself becomes, so too does my relationship with God. I know the latter through the former and I love that.

    1. I had a similar experience and view of God as the all-knowing, all-judging being way up on high – and so felt resentful of this imaginary God-figure who I couldn’t see but felt judged by all the same. I felt guilty about everything that I did, that it was never enough. What I’m now feeling is that God is everywhere – in me, in us all, in nature – it’s a feeling that there is this abundance of spaciousness, stillness and joy that is there waiting for us to connect to it and choose it.

  30. The concept of praying and trusting my life in God only through faith has always felt disempowering to me, because when I take responsibility for my choices there is nothing and no one to blame, including God. When I choose Love, that which is God and also everyone equally, support is always around.

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