What is True Religion?

One day after hitting absolute rock bottom, I shouted from my veranda, “God there has to be more, surely this can’t be it?”

I had never considered myself to be a religious person, so when the word God came out of my mouth, I must say I was a wee bit surprised, to say the least.  But at the same time, it felt like it was a true relationship with God that had been missing all this time, and that for my life to change, I needed to look at the possibility that there was a God.

For me to even consider this was huge. Growing up, I was not religious and didn’t want anything to do with religion. I thought it was all rubbish, a waste of time and something that people used to hide behind to avoid not having to take responsibility for their behaviour, actions or thoughts. I believed that religion was something that instigated wars, caused people to behave in hypocritical ways and allowed a group of people to create something they called religion as a way to control, manipulate and influence others.

I know this sounds harsh, but as a young child heading into adulthood, from what I had observed, my perception was one that I later came to realise held some truth. However, the picture I had, and what I had observed of religion, was certainly not what I have now come to know true religion to be.

What if there was another meaning for Religion? What if for all these thousands of years we had falsely believed that God was a being that lived outside of us, that he was the only being that could grant us salvation and give us retribution, and permission to enter the golden gates of Heaven; or the supposed alternative, going to the fiery depths below, and that this was not actually true? What if religion was not outside of us but instead lived within us all?

What if we all have the ability to feel an inner glory, a fire that burns deep within, an inner-heart that waits for us to re-unite with it once more?

I have come to understand that True Religion is not something or someone that lives outside of us, it is not about visiting a place of worship or repenting our sins. True Religion is about building routines, rhythms and rituals that support us to live in a way that is based on love so that we can reignite the fire within our body and reconnect to the love that we are.

Knowing that all we need is already within, we have a choice to connect to our body and live by and from the impulses of our inner heart, or we can make the choice to ignore our body, and instead let our minds lead the way, allowing beliefs to guide us, instead of love and a sense of equality for all.

In contrast to the mind, which constantly seeks acceptance and recognition from others, the inner heart seeks nothing – it simply is. It knows it already has, and is, all that it needs – there is nothing else, only an allowing for one to be love, and to live in and from this place.

True Religion has no rules, there is no guide book, no dictates to follow, everyone and everything matters, there is always a bigger picture at play, a grander plan you could say, one that includes everyone and everything. Each one of us is affected and impacted by the choices we all make and the way that we choose to live. I have found that this way of life is not about self, but about everyone.

It is True Religion that re-connects us with our inner heart, allowing us to honour the amazing beings we are, supporting us to build and develop a relationship with ourselves and in turn, redeveloping our relationship with God.

After many years of attending Universal Medicine courses, retreats and presentations, it was this that I discovered for myself. I found that true religion was not just about God, it was about absolutely everything, and it was everything that needed to be encompassed when it came to the choices that I made in my daily life.

Before this I used to live with a lack of acceptance for myself, refusing to take responsibility for the choices I made and the life I had created, a life that I continually tried to escape from, to avoid, my life that stayed with me, no matter what I did or where I went. How can you truly escape from your own life? How can you change your life if you do not take responsibility for the choices you made in the first place?

It was not until I fully felt this, accepted it and began to take responsibility for myself, my choices and the life I had created, that things began to change.

And wow!… have they changed, all because I have chosen to love and honour all that I am.

Making heart-felt choices that support my body, eating foods that leave me feeling light, not heavy, dull or bloated, going to bed when I am tired, establishing a rhythm leading up to my bedtime, showering, preparing my bed by pulling back the sheets, lighting an incense and having a fresh glass of water next to my bed, not pushing my body beyond what I feel it is capable of in that moment and listening intently to the signs it offers me, the niggles and aches, no matter how large or small they are, are important and deserve to be heard as well as felt. These are just some of the things I now choose for myself and this allows my body to then be the marker for what comes next.

Beginning with a few simple but profound changes in my life with the ongoing support, love and inspiration of Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine, I am able to continue developing and deepening the love I have for myself and others by living a life of True Religion.

By Nicole Serafin, Woman, Wife, Mother, Hairdresser

Further Reading:
Observation builds trust
Religion|Unimedpedia
My True and False Experiences of God

597 thoughts on “What is True Religion?

  1. “True Religion is about building routines, rhythms and rituals that support us to live in a way that is based on love so that we can reignite the fire within our body and reconnect to the love that we are.” Religion is who we are and how we live everyday. It is our constant teacher and we are forever students because we are learning and growing from how we interact, move and express with everyone in any given moment. That is a pretty cool religion in my book.

    1. Yes and the fact we can live in a way that builds a knowingness of that relationship in our body is what our bodies have been trying to tell us for years, if not lifetimes!

  2. When the truth that you have shared here is embodied, Nicole, that everyone and everything matters, life no longer is about self and the small world we call our reality, but constantly about the whole, how the quality of our intrinsic divine nature can be felt and shared in any given moment.

  3. Thank you Nicole for a beautiful sharing, “I found that true religion was not just about God, it was about absolutely everything, and it was everything that needed to be encompassed when it came to the choices that I made in my daily life.” This truth I am gradually coming to understand that absolutely everything is important even down to the way I comb my hair and the ripple effect it has along with everything else, on humanity.

  4. God does permeate everything but we tend to keep away from that by holding ourselves less than God – only when times get rough do we consider God either in blame or distrust or maybe something else. The key thing in my experience is to accept the fact that we are all divine and to let that out, only then will we truly know what God truly is. God is not meant to keep to ourselves, if that is possible, but there for everyone else to also see they are heavenly.

  5. It is the way I prepare myself for bed that supports my sleep and the way I prepare myself in the morning that supports my day. Each day leads to the next as we complete another 24hour cycle so what I do on one day impacts the next. ‘True Religion is about everything’

  6. Growing up in the Catholic religion something never felt right for me, I was never comfortable with the word religion or the beliefs about God that the church held, so I eventually turned my back on all religions. I was then introduced to The Way of The Livingness presented by Serge Benhayon and I got to feel very clearly this was a true religion, a religion that was about truth and love and my deep connection with everyone and everything.

  7. Indeed ‘True Religion is about everything’, it starts with our connection to ourselves, or rather our reconnection, and unfolds into the grandness of our equal connection and part to play in the all. This is true responsibility and true joy.

  8. It has been awesome to be reminded that we don’t need to believe in God ever, we just have to live and move in a way that constantly reaffirms the innate connection and belonging we have to God and to the Universe. Easier for a child than the overthinking, overanalysing, emotional baggage-laden adults we may have created ourselves to be.

  9. This is the truth about religion, taking our own responsibility for the life we live, and when we don’t we live with the consequences. It is key to then not be the victim of our own choices but feel that it is us who chooses how our life plays out. It is us that is choosing all, and when we choose to truly support our body we are supported to the utmost degree by the divinity that is inside us all.

  10. “True Religion is about building routines, rhythms and rituals that support us to live in a way that is based on love so that we can reignite the fire within our body and reconnect to the love that we are.” I love this line Nicole, because it is us simply living and allowing ourselves to connect to the very core of who we are and that’s the divine love of God. Thank you.

  11. Nicole, this is a beautiful summation of what true religion really is. Much of what is imposed on us masquerading as religion may have a little truth but not the whole truth. What you have shared feels inclusive of everyone and everything with no exceptions, and therefore contains the whole truth.

  12. If I look back at what God or who God was to me growing up it wasn’t a pretty picture. I remember not being able to work it out fully. He was a person? No not really, he lives among us?, I couldn’t see him, who was a he? Well not really either, he made everything? yes created it, Out of what? The earth. There was so many questions I had and nothing made sense to me, it didn’t make sense what everyone was saying about God and I found it contradicted and changed constantly. What I know now makes so much more sense as God is an energy, yes it is a person or being but not as we see as human beings. I was trying to make sense of God from only seeing myself as a physical human being but yet so much of our world is not physical. The more and more I open up and become aware of the energetic world with respect to the physical world the more life and God in life makes sense. So much of my view of the world was upside down and I had a view of God in the same way.

  13. Wow, thank you for this thought, “True Religion is about building routines, rhythms and rituals that support us to live in a way that is based on love so that we can reignite the fire within our body and reconnect to the love that we are.”

  14. It doesn’t make sense to me how we can worship a God that is outside of us without first honouring ourselves. It says in the bible that we are all children of God and so from God so doesn’t it make sense to respect and honour this truth. My connection to God within me is becoming stronger as I re-awaken and commit to myself more deeply. The way in which I choose to live my live is evolving, refining a rhythm in my day that truly supports me and therefore, those around me.

  15. This I can and do embrace, ‘It is True Religion that re-connects us with our inner heart, allowing us to honour the amazing beings we are, supporting us to build and develop a relationship with ourselves and in turn, redeveloping our relationship with God.’

  16. How different my perception of Religion is now also, Nicole. To think that many are still chained to the beliefs and restrictions of many Churches that would have us believe that there is a Hell for all who sin and do not have absolution! All I can say is Thank God for Serge Benhayons sharings of The Way of The Livingness.

  17. ‘ I found that true religion was not just about God, it was about absolutely everything, and it was everything that needed to be encompassed when it came to the choices that I made in my daily life.’ Many of us live with the feeling that we are not enough, that we are wrong, and that we need to ‘improve’ our ways. My question is, who invented the word ‘sin’? The Catholic Church claims we are all born with ‘Original Sin’ and that only the rituals of the Church can absolve us of our sins. But that means we can sin and seek absolution and sin again, not truly learning anything. Personally I prefer the concept that through reincarnation we get to experience the consequences of our choices – directly, and repeatedly until we naturally choose differently. To me that makes far more sense than the concept of going to a place of eternal damnation called Hell.

  18. “In contrast to the mind, which constantly seeks acceptance and recognition from others, the inner heart seeks nothing – it simply is.” This is so beautiful to read as I know from essence that this is true, not only to me but for all equally so. I know we all will return one day to this way of living, a way of living where we simply are, live from our inner heart and that is known as The Way of The Livingness as being presented for years by Serge Benhayon, and lived already by many students of Universal Medicine.

  19. True religion is something I had not known was possible until being introduced to The Way of The Livingness through Universal Medicine. Religion is my every day, and with no bells or whistles I am all I can be with whatever I am doing.

  20. Are we driven by our minds, which constantly seek acceptance and recognition from others, or from that inner connection, ‘ the inner heart seeks nothing – it simply is. It knows it already has, and is, all that it needs – there is nothing else, only an allowing for one to be love, and to live in and from this place.’

  21. Religion is a living way, living from the inner fire that is love. A gorgeous way to live, being open and taking the responsibility is all that is asked.

  22. True religion lives within and is waiting for us to connect, it is about us connecting to that inner glory, living in a way that supports and builds that inner connection.

  23. I grew up not liking religion, seeing the wars etcetera that were carried out in its name, it seemed so hypocritical. I now understand the true meaning of religion, ‘It is True Religion that re-connects us with our inner heart, allowing us to honour the amazing beings we are, supporting us to build and develop a relationship with ourselves and in turn, redeveloping our relationship with God.’

  24. Religion is a word that I associated with sin and guilt, punishment and boring sermons. How wrong was I! Religion is the warm, tender, loving re-connection to my innermost, religious moments in my daily life are the fun-moments when I care for myself and express who I am.

  25. Religion and being religious had always bought a mix of feelings to me. I grew up in a catholic dominated community and so church on Sunday’s was always a bit of a drag and as a kid I never wanted to go. At school it was the same, I didn’t understand it so I wanted nothing to do with it. As I grew nothing had changed and only there were things I didn’t understand in life, I did wonder about God. I didn’t relate God or religion to everyday life, it was just something you did on Sunday or when things were dire. I have come to know more depth to these two things through The Way Of The Livingness and now see more of what they truly are. I can’t believe everything I thought they were before and how tricked I was into thinking all those things. God and religion are one and the same and have nothing to do with a building or a place. They are you, me and all of us and actually bring us together. Anything that supports a divide isn’t truly aligned to God or religion, it’s a version that is just using the names as headings for it’s own purpose. It may sound harsh but that is my experience and the only thing that feels true and simply makes sense.

  26. This is such a gorgeous presentation of your relationship with the word religion. It’s unusual to share such a personal experience of what religion truly means and it’s not a very openly talked about topic, but why not? In the same way people talk about and have a relationship with the weather, their food, television and work, we all have our own feelings of what religion is and how it plays a part in our lives/the world.

  27. I was brought up believing that being religious was making a connection to something outside of myself and I spent 50 years searching for, and endeavouring to make that connection. Discovering through the Ageless Wisdom, as presented by Serge Benhayon, that to connect with God was by and through connecting with myself has and is a true ‘God-send’.

  28. I always enjoy reading your sharing Nicole and find they are so spot on ! Life is about our connection to God , the God within us all. I feel the Religion as taught by The Way of The Livingness is showing us a truly Loving God that sees us as His equal Sons.

  29. What we are denying when we deny religion is all the false and harmful things that take place under the name of religion. Most of what comes under the umbrella of the word religion is nothing whatsoever to do with true religion. This is pure evil in the true energetic meaning of the word evil which is anything that separates us from who we truly are. Connecting to who we truly are is religion and therefore to interfere with that or bastardise the word is pure evil.

  30. It is deeply beautiful to discover that true religion is one that encompasses every aspect of our daily living, where we are responsible for the quality of the lives that we are living, through the choices we make. And that the choice can be to live Soulfully, in connection to our love within, in connection to God through all we do, bringing a richness to life that I had only sensed was possible and almost had given up on thinking it was unattainable. Through the Way of The Livingness I now as best I can, choose to live a quality of life that celebrates the joy and glory that we are all here to live together, whilst always exploring and learning the never-ending depth of richness of evolution that is available for us all.

  31. The thought of religion used to conjure up all sorts of pictures of rules and regulations that didn’t make a whole lot of sense to me. But through the teachings of Serge Benhayon I have experienced that religion is a connection within myself, and that connection brings forth the light of my soul, and this has been the most incredible realisation and self-education.

  32. Religion is on offer to everyone, every single one of us, without needing us to be special or adhere to rules. Religion is already within us, we only have to realize it and live it out.

  33. The truth of the word religion has nothing to do with the man-made version of the definition, and therefore, when this man-made definition has come to replace the true meaning of this word, what we are reacting against is not truly religion, but the bastardized version of it. The truth of the word religion is the unifying relationship we have with God and our Soul, and then with everyone and everything else, it is a relationship that never stops.

  34. I always found the idea of repenting your sins a little weird. I can remember being in Year 3 at a Catholic school and having to go into the confession box and tell the priest about my sins in preparation for my first communion. I didn’t know what to say as I was a pretty fair and decent kid so I made up a lie that I had stolen something. The priest got angry and was never the same with me after that- it felt so far away from what I felt God to be that I lost faith in religion. These actions also contradicted all the stories I know of Jesus and his life. My understanding of God is, he holds us in who we are and it is for us to uncover the true depth of our love.

  35. True religion does live within and is always patiently waiting for us to connect. For me it is about me connecting to that inner glory and living in the rhythmns, routines, movement, ways of being etc that support that inner connection, love, and truth to the best of my ability. Anything that claims to be religion but is ‘a way to control, manipulate and influence others.’ is absolutely a bastardisation, human reinterpretation and misinterpretation of the grand love we come from and God. Religion is lived through us – if a person’s body does not physically reflect openness and love it shows very clearly. We all, because we do all have that equal inner flame in us – can have it reflecting in our physical body through the love and self care and connection we choose moment to moment.

  36. Your opening question to God , “God there has to be more” just shows that even though we may not say we are any one thing, that we all in fact do know that there is something more than us no matter what we may call it. Even if you didn’t put the word God in there the question, as I think many ask in life, would be directed to a more knowing grandness. This for me shows that every one is in fact religious.

  37. ‘the inner heart seeks nothing – it simply is. It knows it already has, and is, all that it needs – there is nothing else, only an allowing for one to be love, and to live in and from this place.’ Beautifully expressed Nicole. I am part of an Esoteric Yoga program (Union with God) and felt at the end of the session my connection to my inner heart was full and complete, with no need for outside stimulation, which is a contrast to how I was feeling the hour before!

  38. Religion is a word that has been deliberately corrupted so that people will react to its false presentation – and in this way will not be open to the immense power and our connection to Divinity that is our birthright and so we continue to live blindly in ignorance to the truth of who we are.

  39. The word ‘religion’ has been bastardized over the ages which for many of us has kept us seeking God outside of ourselves through an institution, a dogma or a building. What comes to mind is what Jesus said “The Kingdom of God lives inside us” and this is where I have found my true religion. The more I develop a way of living and my movements are in accordance with the natural flow of the universe, I feel God within me and within everything around me.

  40. Your blog shows so well how reinterpretation or misuse of words can create a detachment from something like religion because we do not like what we associate religion with. But, what if what we considered as religion is not religion and what truly is religion is something we love and deeply long for? It is the ultimate set up to keep ourselves from connecting with ourselves, our inner hearts and with that, with God.

  41. What is true religion? It is the connection to the universal pulse of love light and the truth that we are divine. No rules, no dogma, no should, just the fact that we are part of everything.

  42. I love the question you pose here Nicole, it reminds me of a huge-ever-burning fire in the home hearth, crackling and burning merrily away with warmth and beauty during the winter nights – highly symbolic to me of of the inner fire that is always there waiting within for us to return to it.
    “What if we all have the ability to feel an inner glory, a fire that burns deep within, an inner-heart that waits for us to re-unite with it once more?”

  43. You could have written this blog for me Nicole, I too grew up not feeling the real love in religion and only seeing the bigotry and war that was often carried out in its name, yet coming to The Way of The Livingness and understanding that real religion is in all of us and that we are all equal sons of God and that we know this through our connection to our inner heart, it is not a mind or knowledge thing makes perfect sense to me. We are all so much more then what we are currently living and The Way of The Livingness offers an opportunity for us to see the potential divinity that is in every move we make.

  44. How simple true religion is. How simple true devotion is. How simple and exquisite is the application of true rituals that support you to deepen constantly and be in connection with the real you, with your soul. How simple is true ceremony, and the movement of grace in all that we do when ceremony underpins the routines we have.
    Religion in truth is beyond words. It is Godly. Deeply precious and a way of living that I will forever cherish.

  45. “the picture I had, and what I had observed of religion, was certainly not what I have now come to know true religion to be.” the same for me, how is it possible that we let the simplicity of religion be taken over by the complexity of dogma and control? I’ve certainly come to understand true religion is very different to the what I considered religion to be, in fact the two are completely opposite.

  46. It is so important to understand that we cannot escape from life and that we are an integrated part of it if we like it or not. Acceptance of this fact is a huge hurdle to take as in that we also have to acknowledge that we have contributed to the waywardness our societies are in. This is true religion, to see all of life as our responsibility and that in that I cannot make others accountable for but only myself.

  47. “What if we all have the ability to feel an inner glory, a fire that burns deep within, an inner-heart that waits for us to re-unite with it once more?”
    What an absolutely glorious divine world it would be. The choice and responsibility is ours!

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