What the Word Religion Means to Me

by Rosie Bason, Mullumbimby, NSW

I don’t know about you, but for me, up until recently, whenever I heard the word religion I wasn’t really comfortable with it.

I grew up with no religion as such, although my mother was brought up in a catholic family, so that way of living was still brought to me on many levels.

Having grown up sailing around the world I had the opportunity to experience first hand a lot of different types of religions and having learnt to speak a few different languages, I can see that when you do not have the correct translation or definition of a word, then you can really get the wrong idea about something.

From my experience the word religion meant that you were part of a group, separate to the rest of the world or the others who had another group – which was also separate. And each of these groups had their own beliefs about how you should live.

To fit into each of these groups you would have to live and act in a certain way, tick the boxes, go to church on certain days and pray to god, or go to the mosque and pray to Allah and there didn’t seem to be any room to be yourself.  In fact, if you didn’t obey the rules there were serious consequences. You could not be part of one group and also be part of another – you had to choose one and couldn’t be part of it all.

Recently at a Universal Medicine event with Serge Benhayon and another presenter, I was given a different translation to the word religion. I was so amazed that the word I had in mind was so different to its apparent true meaning – it appears to be from the Latin word ‘religare’ which means ‘to bind or bring together’.

For the first time in a long time, I was able to experience how it felt to be in true religion last week at the Universal Medicine retreat held at Lennox Head. There was brotherhood – and this feeling brought me to tears on a few occasions because deep down inside I know it and have been missing it for so long, yet couldn’t find it anywhere.  What was so lovely was the fact that there was a large group of people (over 300) from varied walks of life, and everyone was open with each other, accepting, not judging, allowing each person to be who they are without needing to impress or fit into another’s ideals or beliefs of how they should be.  To me the feeling of harmony in the room was palpable.

The Way of the Livingness (as Universal Medicine presents) is now my religion. It allows you to be you and accepts everyone else as they are; there are no rules or regulations – you will not go to hell if you make a mistake.  You can come and go as you like, you do not have to DO anything to impress, you just have to BE YOU. There is no one to follow, no one to be like.

It is for me just a way of living that allows me to be responsible for me and to be part of the whole. I know for me, that being part of the whole means I take responsibility for everything I do because I accept the fact that it affects everyone and all beings in nature equally.   

140 thoughts on “What the Word Religion Means to Me

  1. Very interesting and clear contract you present here, Rosie – being part of the whole, and being part of a group that sets itself up separate from others – and both are known as ‘religion’ and it highlights so well how separation and not taking responsibility go hand in hand.

  2. The way you describe your experience with Universal Medicine, who wouldn’t want that? Who wouldn’t want a loving environment to come together and learn more about yourself and the universe.

  3. What a beautiful description of religion. This is true religion and not the warped, bastardised form we see in the world today.

  4. It is our natural way of being to be religious, to live in union with our body, being the universe and all that it encompasses, in equal-ness with all, who we are in essence, through which we realise that our relationship with God is eternal, ever-present and forever waiting to be explored. When we commit to bringing this loving connection to the life we live, we live a religious life, representing a way of living that is simply an externalisation and expression of this inner-quality through all that we do.

  5. True religion is a relationship with the whole. A huge difference to the limiting institutionalised grouped religions. I like the way you have put it Rosie – to be the real you.

  6. Why is it that so many hear the word religion and get unsettled? This does not necessarily happen with any other words. We have to come to grips with the fact that the word religion is a special one; a word very dear to all of us because it touches our essence.

  7. Wow – for someone like me who has been so allergic to religion and god my whole life, I read this and think ‘yes!!! if there is a religion, this is it, this makes sense.’ I then can appreciate the fact that what I’ve been reacting to is not religion itself, but the way I have witnessed it being practiced before me which hasn’t felt true in any way. The concept of punishment for not following orders for example baffles me and is contradictory to what I hear being preached. That along with the hypocrisy of many who follow religious orders in public and then in the privacy of their own home will do the exact opposite.
    Accepting and acknowledging that every choice we make has an effect on everyone is responsibility of the highest order. This makes sense to me!

  8. The word religion has had a bad rap for a long time mainly because religion has focused on reducing people and misrepresenting God, instead of confirming that we are all the Sons of God and can have a deeply loving relationship with God – that’s why The Way of The Livingness is a true religion in every way, shape and form.

  9. We do many things in or under the name of religion but have you ever seen it lived to this,”It is for me just a way of living that allows me to be responsible for me and to be part of the whole. I know for me, that being part of the whole means I take responsibility for everything I do because I accept the fact that it affects everyone and all beings in nature equally.” We currently can have many forms or different meanings for things and at times when you see something or the meaning of something it just makes sense. I never saw a form under the name of religion that actually practically made sense to what I saw but now that has changed with The Way of The Livingness.

  10. Well presented Rosie. It is so true that the standard accepted practice of religion is separative yet each professes to be love, yet how that could be when unless one abides by the rules of the religion one is excluded. That to me is a cult.

  11. One of the beautiful truths from The Way of The Livingness is that not only are all people equal, but so too are we all equal with the great teachers and sages of history. We all have that same greatness within.

  12. The Way of The Livingness is a way of living that offers the freedom to be who you naturally are and not to conform to anyone else’s ideals and beliefs. A loving obedience to your inner-heart and to the love of God.

  13. As you so accurately say Rosie, religion is something that is felt and not dictated, it is a relationship with ourselves and all others, not the way the current organised religions dictate what it means.

  14. When I used to hear the word religion I used to think of having to conform, and it was only their way – it felt really constricting.

    I loved your description of The Way of The Livingness being your religion it feels totally freeing, no rules, no impositions just you nothing but the real you. Great sharing.

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