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)

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

  1. Religion is something that is very confirming of who we are. There is a truth known to all deep within about God and our relationship with God and that we are made of the same stuff as God. Realising that I am here and God is where God is simply because of our choices is huge and very humbling.

  2. This is beautiful wisdom Rod and perfect for me to read this morning ‘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.’

  3. To be able to connect to God, we need to prepare the body first by the way we move and make choices. Through a divinely aligned body we can connect to a deeper essence of us that comes from God and knows God inside out, through that we have access to all that God is.

  4. Thank you Rod for sharing the beautiful truth Universal Medicine has presented that we are love and in that love God lives within. “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.” mine too Rod.

  5. Reading this I felt how interesting it is that we want proof of God or to know God or even trust in God, yet most the time we are coming from a body that does not know itself, doesn’t trust itself and isn’t being cared for or held with love. It’s beautiful to read Rod how once you felt the possibility of God and his beholding light and love of everyone, you made steps to support yourself more, which then re-connected you to what you have always known, “…that God is always present within me.”

  6. Likewise I’ve not developed a relationship with God for many reasons – being confused, embarrassed, it not being cool, being distracted. What a waste, and as this relationship starts to develop now I realise how huge it is to have this amazing feeling and connection inside me, that is accessible all the time.

  7. Love is most definitely the prove of there being a god. The love we can feel inside is truly magical, it is the Divine nature that brings us to the honouring of the beauty in every day life.

  8. Ditto Rod – I started my relationship with God by looking at it through the eyes of those that have spent the last few millennia representing him, and given religious history and all the slaughter, mayhem and separation that has been meted out in his name was unsurprisingly confused. Its when I started to look for God inside, and in my everyday that I realised that here was a very different, truly inspiring relationship that has blossomed inside me. This makes a lot more sense.

  9. From recognising that God is Love and substituting the word God for Love you were able then to bring that Love into your life and in the way you were/are living and this brought you to stillness. ‘Through stillness I connected to my inner heart and a glorious love within… my essence.’ A great journey that is open to all of us however it takes dedication, which is really a continued opening to love, and with that you have turned your life around. Very inspiring Rod.

  10. I am truly appreciating a very different relationship with God now and like you Rod, am finding that God is in every part of my living. How I choose to live allows or blocks out my ability to feel the love of God which starts with a deep knowing and loving of myself in the world. Thank you Serge Benhayon for presenting the truth.

  11. The title says it all Rod…God and religion. A way of life…… It is by our way of living that we will come to know God and the true meaning of religion.

  12. Rod,
    On reading your sharing I can feel how I always knew God was love, and this is why I could never understand mainstream religion. Like you Universal Medicine has reminded me that religion is plainly and simply my connection with the love that lies within. The love of God which lives inside all of us, making the choice to connect with it and allow ourselves to be guided by it.

  13. The Way of The Livingness is the first religion that has sat comfortably with me and that I absolutely know and can feel is wholly true. It’s a way of life and a way of living in constant communion with something grander than physical everyday life.

  14. True Religion as in “The Way Of The Livingness” as presented by Serge Benhayon, is to me the most honest, and truthful, and Soulful Religion I know. I am so grateful for the truth that God is within each and every one of us and we are all his equal Sons!

  15. Thank you Rod, thank you for showing that God, religion, love, people, the world … become very simply and very enjoyable when we take the responsibility that is ours and take our life in our own hands and leave the blaming and complaining behind.

  16. “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.” Beautiful Rod – so simply expressed but you have it in a nutshell.

  17. There is incredibily stunning wisdom in realising that if you truly embrace and embody love, all will work out.

  18. The Way of the Livingness is beautiful in that it starts with simplicity and then upon that simplicity it builds layer upon layer of truth, every piece fitting together perfectly and making perfect and complete sense, revealing a God who never imposes on our will yet ceaselessly communicates with every one of us offering each of us the choice to evolve.

  19. I too returned to God with the support of Universal Medicine. When I totally shunned God in my early 20’s I was very shut down and alone. Workshops presented by Serge Benhayon and esoteric healing helped me to open up to myself and the world again. In this opening up it was clear that there was so much more to life than what we see. I began to feel the warmth, surrender and stillness that is available inside me, and in fact inside everyone and I began to feel we are all so connected, and not only with each other but also with God. I also began to feel equal with God, feeling him as another spark of warmth who holds us all, which is why we have to be equal, because we are all inside him. I would not have been able to feel any of this if I hadn’t of seen through the lies and bastardisations of the word religion and the word God and I thank Universal Medicine for supporting this process.

  20. Thank you Rod. I too had confined God and religion to the same basket which resulted in my feeling that something was missing. You express it beautifully in “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.”

  21. I can relate to all you share Rod as I also turned my back on God for many years – no wonder I felt miserable during this time as I was shutting myself away from love. Developing my relationship to God these past few years has been key to deepening the relationship to myself and all my relationships and has bought more simplicity and joy to each day.

  22. I love how you have made the word God accessible during this piece of writing. God can be a huge word to sallow especially if we have been indoctrinated by others of the meaning and disagree with it. God should be accessible and almost should be held as a causal life occurrence for all to discuss and chat about.

  23. ‘Universal Medicine helped me to open up my heart – the rest was my choice.’ Awesome statement Rod! What a different place the world is when you take ownership of your own choices.

  24. “I felt embarrassed to be associated with God.” Yes, it’s like turning your back on the best friend you will ever have (because you believed all the lies that were being told about them), who’s always been there – steady and consistent, accepting you no matter what you say or do – just waiting patiently without judgment for you to come to the realisation that all along who they are is and has always been pure love.

  25. Rod, I was particularly struck by the way you have summed up your concept of religion as being a personal relationship with God, yet something that also recognised that you are part of the brotherhood of humanity. This understanding takes away any notion of ‘should’ or ‘have to’ or rules that usually apply with other religions which then form a complicated pathway to God. Letting go of old beliefs has been a slow process for me but I am gradually feeling my way back as the way that God and religion is presented through Universal Medicine simply makes sense.

  26. Universal Medicine brings the beauty and holiness of God to this Earth. It brought God into my life… again, and I am forever thankful to them for this. Universal Medicine presented many things that were tremendously challenging for someone like me, a declared Atheist for almost all my life so far. It was not very easy to renounce my beliefs, yet, being honest and truthful with what I felt, it arrived a point I could not keep denying it. Renouncing to my deep ingrained beliefs was not hard at all. To keep running away from God was a possibility that I have not chosen. God is going to be a fact of life for the rest of my lives.

  27. Over the past few weeks I have been reconnecting to my relationship with God, letting go of preconceived notions about who he is and simply feeling just how loved I am. This is religion and it is something I cherish.

  28. Having no Issue concerning God, but big issues about religion and its presentation early in my life I am reconciled to The Way of The Livingness being a Religion. I can see you have had a wonderful turnaround from the presentations of The Way of The Livingness as Presented by Serge Benhayon, as you say God and Love being the same.

  29. A beautiful turnaround Rod and now you are inspiring others with your choices. That’s what I love about Serge Benhayon and everything he presents he truly lives – his strong integrity and deep love for humanity invites us to feel this is equally in us too.

  30. Rod I relate to ‘throwing the baby out with bath water’ when it comes to God & Religion. I saw the hypocrisy and plain nonsense that is part of many religions, and the slavish adherence to out dated teachings and concluded that God did not exist. Now that I understand the true meaning of the word I can claim that I am religious, and slowly I am allowing myself to know God again.

  31. Thank you, Rod- you have really nailed this and I love it. My religion is my connection to God through loving and appreciating all that I am and there is no church building, priest, confessional or Sunday ritual in sight. I am living this everyday and am learning and feeling more about this beautiful connection every day.

  32. Rod- you say so much to the world when you write “God is something to ‘feel’ rather than ‘think’ about or ‘study’.” It blows away any argument the Agnostic, atheist or skeptic could put forwards if this is the starting criteria. While we reduce who we know ourselves to be through the mind there will be all sorts of seemingly intelligent and rational ways to deny the love that is God. Rod you certainly shake off some of God’s misnomers here and this is a sure step towards being more free to feel God is Love.

  33. Thank you for sharing your development towards finding and re-connecting to you knowing God. What you describe I have often observed in people, throwing out God in disgust because of the bad taste many religions leave once we look a bit deeper into what really goes on within those religions. I liken that to the saying ‘Throwing out the baby with the bathwater”. It makes so much sense when we realise that God had nothing to do with those religions; he did not make them. It’s humans, like you say, who made the religions to suit them, to control others. What Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine have presented to us, and anybody who is ready to listen, makes so much sense and brings back responsibility to each of us to live God here and now. And we all can see how much that is needed in our world. We are our own saviours, as we can choose every day how we want to live; with truth, love, harmony, stillness and joy, we just need to re-connect to these fundamental qualities within us all equally.

  34. ‘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.’ Rod I did this too, mistaking religion to mean the many versions of God as presented by religious organisations or faiths. I have come to know that religion is a way of living that reconnects me to my innate wisdom.

  35. Wow! Yes what a turnaround Rod. When you share “But God is not here to provide for me, blame or fix things up” that really resonated with me. Until I was introduced to Universal Medicine and Serge Benhayon I was very much into the blame game and often it was directed at God. Taking back responsibility and bringing self loving choices into my life has completely opened up a whole new way of living. Thank you for sharing your amazing journey.

  36. Beautifully summed up Rod ‘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.’ A blueprint for living life in a way that is loving to ourselves and others.

    1. Succinctly said Joe and so true, for without that connection to our essence, we will be at the mercy of the ideals and beliefs that dangle like carrots outside of us and separate us from that essence.

  37. Rod, what you have written is such a finely yet simply detailed way to understand what ‘unfolding’ is all about. How you went from knowing you were shut down to love and taking responsibility for your own communion with God. It all matters doesn’t it?! From what we eat and drink to how we are with others, all plays a vital role in us being open to the God within. I will read this again.

  38. I can really relate to what you are saying Rod; especially that God is something to ‘feel’ rather than ‘think’ about or ‘study’. For me also, accessing feelings was not so easy after a lifetime of ignoring or suppressing them. Universal Medicine helped me to return to the purity of stillness I had not felt since I was a child. God was naturally there, I just have to clear out the clutter that is in the way.

    1. Beautifully said Bernard – God was naturally there, I just have to clear out the clutter that was in the way. We all are an equal part of God.

  39. You have opened up something big here Rod, that God and religion are not here to fix things up. Religion is the way we live, and the choices we make and the responsibility we take with ourselves, whether each moment is of love or not. We are in religion every moment when love is lived.

    1. Here here, very well said. What Rod has exposed is indeed a game changer. So often I see mainstream religion as a sort of ‘free for all’, like you can do what you want without being held accountable because God will take your sins and always forgive you. I agree when you say ‘ Religion is the way we live, and the choices we make and the responsibility we take with ourselves..’

  40. Rod, the way you have expressed in such simplicity and clarity is deeply beautiful and full of love. How interesting we get caught up in a word, when we hold onto its definition through thinking, when by feeling it through our whole body, this word canopen up a whole different scenario. And how interesting that without the clarity and connection with our body, we cannot access the true wisdom of life.

  41. Thank you for sharing your understandings about the misinterpretations of the true messengers that have resulted in the divisive groupings that have separated into conflicting organised religions. As you so say “Religion is not about rituals, clothing, adornments, rules or fear. After all how can there be fear with love?” Universal Medicine brings us back to the universal love of God equal for all. God is love, we are all, every one of us regardless of beliefs or lack of them, Sons of God, therefore we are all love in essence and true religion is a re-connection to the love that is in the inner-heart of all.

  42. Seeing god through the eyes of the plethora of different religions that are available in this day and age with their variety of interpretations gives us many different versions of what people think god is. So much so it can become quite confusing. Great blog Rod.

    1. Absolutely Suse and not only that, I used to believe that there were several gods, one from each religion – all fighting against eachother. How could you not think that as a child while you were taught contradicting theories?

  43. For me I am finding that inner relationship with God that you speak of Rod and how my awareness of such connection is directly tied to my choices, thoughts, words and actions with the last three all dependant on the first.
    When I focus on the feeling of God within my body nothing is bigger than me and nothing is a problem or a big deal. The more I connect to being aware of God the more I feel at home in myself and a sense that I need not look elsewhere for my answers to life.

    1. So true Leigh ‘The more I connect to being aware of God the more I feel at home in myself’ and the more my life flows because of this connection.

    2. I love the way you express this Leigh and the fact that when we connect to our inner heart and feel the divinity / God within, there is a flow, ease and effortlessness which comes with this.

  44. Love most certainly is very very simple and equally as practical for us all. It is not separatist in any way imaginable. So God is therefore felt through a Livingness of Love because if we are not living True Love with ourselves and one another how can we ever know God?

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