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
My True and False Experiences of God

597 thoughts on “What is True Religion?

  1. “What if there was another meaning for Religion?” The magic of reconnecting to the essence of our inner being and the truth of our divinity that is equally in all.

  2. Discovering that God is not outside of ourselves but within, is a huge transformation, because it means we no longer see God from the ideals and beliefs we held of him, but truly feel the love of god from within.

  3. I can confidently say I have had a few ‘religious experiences’ where I have felt deeply God by my side, and in me. Yet they still remain moments, peak experiences, because I have yet to weave that connection throughout my everyday. Simple question – why not? Its there for all of all of the time. We just have to choose it.

  4. A religion that knows love and truth and expresses both could well be a true religion. The catch is knowing and expressing both love and truth, rather than dogma.

  5. ‘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.’ This asks us to be responsible for every choice we make, to feel every message from our body and make changes accordingly.

  6. By making loving choices for ourselves we are actually introducing religion into our lives. As we are from love and then by introducing love into our lives we do appreciate the fact we are and deserve to live in the love of God. This is simply already religion, the acknowledgement that we are love and deserve to live that love that we all can sense lives within.

  7. “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 so simple and practical. Why did we make divinity so complicated?

  8. Most people who are members of an orthodox religion have the best of intentions and truly believe that they are connecting with God yet ironically the system that they are member of actually alienates them from the thing they crave – love and fullness. However, intention is not an excuse for anyone not to discern that what is being presented does not deliver what they desire – it is just more comfortable not to question.

  9. The false religion that I belonged to was all about self sacrifice for the good of others, when I came to understand what true religion meant and how to have it which started with connection to my innermost and loving myself instead of denying myself this was a huge turnaround to make, how simply divine it is to learn to live from the love that resides with in us that has always has been there.

  10. It is a sad state of affairs that it takes, for so many of us, to actually hit rock bottom before we will choose to gaze inwards and from there to commence our journey back to true religion, our soul and ultimately to God. The sadness for me is the fact that I had this connection as a child and walked away from it, and the beauty is, it has been waiting all along for me to reconnect with my Divinity and it has been indeed a love-ly homecoming.

  11. “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.” A great reminder for today – that religion is about everything, which includes every movement and every choice that I make – no matter how small. . Thankyou Nicole.

  12. I loved reading this blog again today Nicole, what a different world we would live in if people began to live true Religion. So many Religions today are lacking this deep wisdom, truth and love, it has been very powerful and inspiring to be introduced to The Way of The Livingness and to be part of a true Religion that is about developing a beautiful relationship with God and reminding us of the divinity and sacredness we are all truly from.

  13. When I came to Universal Medicine, even though ‘God’ was mentioned, it wasn’t until a few years later that the word ‘religion’ started to get uttered, and I could feel I knew exactly what it was, but I was doing my very best to avoid using that ‘r’ word to describe what it was Universal Medicine was presenting through The Way of The Livingness. I thought I was simply learning to live. Now it makes absolute sense that that is the true religion. It is about life being lived and its every aspect. We may try looking away, but it is not possible for us not to be in a relationship with the All.

  14. Its not that God creates wars, its the people who invest themselves into an ideology, don’t connect whatsoever with a true relationship with God, and then preach that in opposition to the next guy… Its crazy that this is what we thing religion is and have done for thousands of years… very revealing of the continued human condition.

  15. Let put it this way, instead of saying that a true relationship with God was missing, we could also say a false relationship with God is what I was engaged with…. And did not truly work. Saying it one way or the other may convey the same basic message. Yet, the second way allows us to become aware that a false relationship with God is the basis for false relationships with oneself and with the other ones.

  16. When we start to feel the innate truth that we’d live in the beholding love of God that is the interconnected oneness within and around us all, the idea of humanity railing against an external God becomes very surreal.

  17. When I read ‘True religion’ I can’t but listen within me and feel how it truly feels like. And this feels very different to what usually is presented in any religion. It’s not something external that I have to learn or fit in, it’s just living the sacredness in my daily life, having my own connection and communicaton with God, without separation, but by honouring the divine in me and allowing this to expand with my movements.

  18. Embracing the true meaning of religion felt like a liberation from the lies of what I thought religion was. Now knowing there is no more searching outside of myself for God and religion, but simply connecting to my inner heart and living from that love in every aspect of my life, knowing and experiencing God within.

  19. I am still developing what the word Religion means to me, still unwrapping it. There are a few comments on this blog that really add to what you have shared Nicole and its just a great conversation to re-imprint, as the word Religion has been used in many untrue ways over the years. I like how practical you make your relationship with this word Religion.

  20. In my experience and observations of people, it is like we all crave something more it is just about whether we give space to explore this or shut it down and try to fill it with something else.

  21. What you have expressed here Nicole is so true and wise; a reminder for us of the responsibility to live true religion for the benefit of all;
    “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.”

  22. True religion is us living in connection to the fact we are divine. Our greatest prayer is to move, breathe and speak knowing we are Sons of God and beings of light. Forgetting these essential facts leads to all the war, devastation, anger, blame and hurt we see. It just goes on, endlessly. We should always know you seem to say Nicole, that we are so much more than just the limited everyday that we see.

  23. We all know God, whether we admit it or not. We may wait until our dying breaths to admit it, but the knowing is there within.

  24. True religion is first and foremost deeply connecting with the love which resides within us, and through living and expressing this love fully, we are in connection with God the Universe and beyond.

  25. Religion as a re-uniting with God and the love that we innately are – coming home to our essence; that is true religion to me too. Thank goodness for Universal Medicine helping to bring back the true meaning of this word.

  26. True religion is the breath felt in our lungs, the connection to our heartbeat and the feeling of our feet touching the ground. We then take this connection within our bodies, into our daily living and bring greater awareness to our interactions with others. We can then continue to confirm, learn, appreciate and explore more and more of our connection to what living a religious life really is and how joyful it can really be.

  27. Without the knowing of God in my life everyday I feel a sense of giving up and what is the point of all of this. Yet as soon as I reconnect to the knowing that I am, as we all are, Sons of God then I get a renewed sense of purpose and zest for life.

    1. I know I certainly have tried to blame God and pretty much everybody else for what I have effectively chosen. The problem with this is nothing changes and things actually get worse. No one can ever make us do anything the question is how willing are we to be honest with the choices we have made because only then does true healing begin.

      1. And also blame him when whatever has happened we actually did it to ourselves and thus it’s our own responsibility to clear it away.

      2. God cops it! Yet his love is unconditional and he is always there waiting for our return.

  28. Religion is union and where would this union be if it was not first embodied with ourselves? The responsibility is for us to take the steps towards this union with our body.

  29. We are all deeply religious when we are deeply connected with our bodies, it is a natural relationship we have with everything around us and can truly feel our interconnectedness with the all.

  30. When this is truly understood – we come to feel that which is innately in us that makes religion. And so the most crazy thing we can imagine ourselves is that God is outside of us..It is like saying to a cat that it is a cow. So this connection from within us will only truly re-unite us to what true religion is. Hence we should be careful with what is written and shared all over the world : saying it is religion. We must always keep feeling the truth within us.

  31. True religion is listening to our inner heart and moving with all that juicy richness from within and sharing that reflection in every step, breath and word spoken. Thank you Nicole.

  32. There are multitudes of people in the world that don’t trust religion, don’t know what to think about God,or say they don’t believe there is such a thing and that is because man has done a pretty fine job of confusing the whole issue with a lot of conflicting information. I do feel though if we give ourselves the time to sit and feel we all do know true religion and the fact that God is everything and everything is everything whether we like it or not.

  33. I love this level of responsibility “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?” We have to be and live the change we want to see in our own lives, not wait to feel it is safe to do so, or for someone to invite us.

  34. Learning to live in connection to our Soul through every facet of human life is what true religion now means to me, and has allowed me to understand, accept and embrace that we are constantly in a relationship with God, the universe and all encompassed within. It is solely our choice as to whether we surrender to deepening this relationship, or our relationship is to resist it.

  35. It is true wisdom that we hold in ourselves, living from this wisdom and making the choices that we know we need to make is true religion. It is every part of our life’s.

  36. There is always the time and space to re-connect to the fiery truth of who we are, by the way we live. So religion is a living expression, intimately close with ourselves in deep relationship with our soul and with God.

  37. ‘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.’ Spot on Nicole, the wisdom you share in this blog is a beautiful reminder of living true religion and feeling the many joys this brings to not only ourselves but to all our relationships and every aspect of our lives.

  38. It is interesting to reread this blog in light of the fact that there is currently an Inquiry in Australia under way into the freedom of religion in this country. Religion in many ways needs to be treated not as something to be tolerated as a hobby or past time, but rather as something that remains one of the few untapped fields of exploration for human kind. At the end of the day, someone has to have it right, and if you do not allow for unfettered freedom of religion, then it is likely that by fostering a society that is not understanding of such a right, you are limiting the opportunity of all human beings to discover the truth in time – whatever that truth may be.

  39. bringing such simple practical changes into our lives, and listening to the body’s communication, and a depth and richness of the world is uncovered that we could never have previously imagined.. yet we can also recognise the fleeting glimpses of knowing that we have been offered all along – only now it is available for us to live constantly

  40. It is beautiful to feel the wisdom and fire of God within us. The way we live, breathe and move shows us that God is within us all and once realised brings a whole new level of love to the table. Thank you Nicole.

  41. It is a wonderful thing the more normal it becomes to relate to God in a natural way like that. I know that I have lacked the self-worth to be able to see that until more recently. Though I do recall a similar low time in my life when I walked out into a freezing night right after my mother died and I looked up at the stars like I was surrendering myself to the All, and it was in effect a call to God, and I did feel amazingly held even though very low at the time, and it got me through. In the moment I wasn’t afraid of anything.

  42. True Religion is there for each and every one of us in reuniting ourselves with the love within the inner-heart and feeling the glory of the Divine Order of the Universe.

  43. True religion is living lovingly with our selves and with others, taking responsibility for all our choices and their quality knowing that everything affects everything bar none.

  44. “How can you change your life if you do not take responsibility for the choices you made in the first place?” This is so true. God is not to blame for our lives, I have found God is there waiting for me, always has been waiting for me, for when I was ready to re-connect to the support that is there and was there even when I felt I was on my own. We make a choice to feel we are alone, to not ask for help, to reduce our vision to consider the only help we can have is from someone who is in the room, physically in our lives. The relationship we can re-build with God and love has so much support it blows me away. It is as simple as accepting that I am the one who holds it out.

  45. Your opening lines highlights for me how much blame I have had towards God and how we can test him. It seems to be a fairly common thing. If we get cancer often we ask God “Why me?” Even when we don’t think we believe in God we still direct questions like that too him. Asking God if there is more than this to life is like a demand to say, “Go on, show me and then I’ll know,” But what if he shows us all the time and we don’t see it? What if there is magic in so many things but we have an idea of what more should be? God has a pretty tough job with many of our attitudes towards him!

  46. It seems to me that the concepts of Heaven and Hell, or an eternity of beating ourselves up, or rewarding ourselves just seem like such human devices, merely an extension of what we do to ourselves everyday. My feeling of God is that it is so much grander than this – our relationship with divinity through our own choices.

  47. To consider that religion is something that lives inside us all is, to me, the quintessential science of life. And so, never is there a moment that passes when we are not engaged in the act of religion, as it is the very act of life itself.

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