The Way of the Livingness: Understanding True Religion

The only time I was placed in the spotlight of religion was when I was at school and had to take a class on RE – Religious Education. Even then I would either play truant or mess about in class with friends.

So, having grown up with no experience of religion I had no frame of reference as to what was good or bad; I never had any time for religion itself as it never made sense to me and I always felt it wasn’t the truth. And then there was God, the man in the sky with the big white beard. What was he all about?

I could never understand how religion would say that God loves us but then there are all these rules that, if you don’t follow them, you will be punished.

As an example, one thing that stands out with Christianity that I could never get to grips with was that if you are a Christian you are supposed to be good, kind and benevolent.

What does being good, kind or benevolent have to do with being religious? Those qualities come from inside a person and we shouldn’t need a religion to tell us to be this way.

Being religious and being good has no correlation as is evidenced by the fact that throughout history most wars have been fought in the name of ‘religion’. There has been a lot of bloodshed just because someone thought their God was better than someone else’s God.

Universal Medicine and Serge Benhayon have presented to me ‘The Way of the Livingness’ and have inspired me to know who God really is, and that true religion is not dogmatic or hypocritical.

For me, this is what true religion means:

  • True religion is realising that we don’t need someone to tell us that we have to ‘get or find God’ because God is already inside each and every one of us.
  • True religion is not something that divides us but unites us All – as we are all equal sons of God. I know that I am no more or no less than any other as I am an equal Son of God.
  • True religion is how I live my life on a day-to-day basis and taking full responsibility for all my choices.
  • True religion is being aware of what my body is feeling and honouring that by expressing that feeling.
  • True religion is knowing that before I can truly love another, I have to love myself first.

I feel that every religion has an element of truth to it and that truth is ‘Love’. But in my experience what I have seen in many other religions is that there are too many rules and conditions, there is too much of “my religion is the best and only through my religion will you get to God.”

God is pure love and pure love does not judge or have rules or conditions. What ‘The Way of the Livingness’ presents is a simple way to return to our natural essence… LOVE.

With ‘The Way of the Livingness’ I can say that I finally understand what true religion is.

Inspired by the work of Universal Medicine and Serge Benhayon

By Tim Bowyer, Age 51, London Bus Driver 

This blog originated as a comment in response to: The Way of the Livingness – the Religion I’ve Always Known

962 thoughts on “The Way of the Livingness: Understanding True Religion

  1. How far off track are we when we have to use the word True so we get an understanding of what is being shared. And as you have exposed, Tim there is no dogma or criticism of others.

  2. Many resist religion because of the great work done by those who have bastardised the word.

  3. ‘There has been a lot of bloodshed just because someone thought their God was better than someone else’s God’. We only have to reflect on present and past world history to know how true this is.

  4. The more we live religiously, the more we get to experience and understand what religion actually is and where it leads to, while we grow in the ever-deepening relationship with God. Hence sharing or expressing what true religion is will have many forms of expression, but in essence will always be one and the same thing – the path back to the oneness we come from.

  5. An interesting point to start with: UNDERSTANDING true religion. Usually we are growing up or feel drawn into a religious belief, dogma or practice for whatever reasons, but whenever have we started to understand and therefore know what religion truly is before agreeing and or aligning to any concept, idea or faith? Understanding will help us to differentiate between the seeming and the real.

  6. The thing is that we are already naturally religious and for us to not be is a resistance to our innate way of being. As we are in essence the sparks of God we cannot but be in relationship with Him and the absoluteness of love that we are. In our connection to and surrender to the truth of who we are, our innate way of being is lived from our knowingness within, as such a Soulful and truly religious life is naturally lived.

  7. After shying away from all institutionalised religions for most of my life, I have now claimed The Way of The Livingness as my religion. It is a way of living that begins with me and how I choose to live, with the awareness of my responsibility to every other member of humanity and the knowing that everything I do to myself I do to another. It is a way built on love for myself which then naturally ripples on out to all, and it is a way which honours each and every one of us as an equal brother; it is ‘true religion’.

  8. There are no rules – we are simply guided by the way things feel and then we make choices based on that. The quality of our life and our connection to the divine is naturally defined by the quality of those choices – a very simple equation that requires no qualifications, education or massive IQ. Just for us to be ourselves.

  9. Religion in truth is the most natural way of being and living there is, we just need to undo the created complications that have bastardized the simplicity we come from and hence return to by the lived practice of religion in truth.

    1. Thank you Alexander, this is so beautifully expressed and I whole-heartedly agree. Religion is in-truth the most exquisite expression and reflection of our innate atonement with God, the true power of who we are.

    1. And true religion unites us all, ‘True religion is not something that divides us but unites us All – as we are all equal sons of God.’

  10. “True religion is knowing that before I can truly love another, I have to love myself first” When I read this I’m reminded of all the abuse inflicted by priests, nuns, monks clerics and teachers in formalised religions and recognise that any abuse of another comes from their own lack of self love. To train and ordain priests, ministers and teachers without this fundamental teaching at its heart invites abuse of self and others.

    1. The bastardisation of religion has put many people off religion. Institutionalised religions are corrupt, and can be abusive, they are a far cry from the true meaning of religion.

  11. Being religious is a way of living that reflects our connection to love, to our Soul, to God and to each other that we honor, choose to live with and be governed by in every aspect of our lives, knowing that we are all of the same essence and so all equal and deserve to be respected and met as such. Religion is not just something that we compartmentalise, to only being religious when we go to church, or that it is an on and off switch that we turn on when feel like it or it suits us.

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