Sin, Confession and the True Religion of the Ageless Wisdom

I was born into the institutionalised religion of Catholicism. At the tender age of 7, my classmates and I all underwent the training, practices and rituals that would allow us to make our first confession – currently called reconciliation. After confession we became eligible for ‘Holy Communion,’ the act which, according to Catholicism, symbolically unites one with God.

Central to the rite of confession is the concept of sin and the notion that we are all sinners with different levels of severity. There were lesser or venial sins, like calling someone names or taking a biscuit without Mum’s permission – these were the sins of childhood we were advised. Then there were the very heavy feeling mortal sins like adultery and murder that some adults engaged in, to the detriment of their ‘Souls’.

It was understood that the greater the severity of the sin, the deeper the guilt one should feel and hence the more intense the penance to be done. The type and quality of penance was ordained by a priest in a confessional box, a place I experienced as a child as having a suffocating quality and a rancid smell, which left me feeling nauseous.

I had problems with this notion of sin from Day 1… and this was not only attributable to the smell of the confessional box.

I was a gentle and obedient child and couldn’t relate to any of the ‘sample sins’ presented to us. I didn’t call people names and my Mum kept a lock on the biscuit box; I never hit my brothers, sisters or friends. Asking adults what I could confess to the priest, as I was worried about the quality of our conversation, I was advised to just make up a couple. Ultimately, my only sin was following this advice and lying to the priest that I had committed sins that I hadn’t! So I was guilty of lying to keep people and the church happy. I noted that as long as my guilt about something was assured, everyone was content and the self-perpetuating system was upheld.

Much later in life, and with the true blessing and grace of the Ageless Wisdom, I felt to revisit this experience and review it from the perspective of what I feel to be universal truth.

Firstly, for me true religion is about the inner connection with Soul, my innermost essence, which allows me to re-connect with Divine energy. This connection with Soul allows me to connect with God through feeling. It is not possible for me to connect with God through consuming a piece of white wafer or by taking a sip of wine.

Secondly, what removes me from God is choosing an energy that God is not – that is, a non-Soulful energy, or a spiritual energy. Re-connecting with Soul, by re-choosing the quality of the energy in which I move, is what is required to re-establish my relationship with Our Father and the Divine energy that God is. Nominating and renouncing the other false, spiritual energy – the energy that is not who I really am – supports me in choosing the energy of Our Father with greater consistency. This is all accomplished by my own awareness and does not need a priest to hear and/or to absolve what I have done, nor to administer a penance.

Thirdly, my personal experience of guilt is that it is a false, emotional energy that is not of the energetic quality of God Our Father. It does not serve to reconnect us. In fact, in operation, it serves to disconnect us and to place us in a heavy energy that separates us further from God.

The true religion I now live, The Way of The Livingness, is based on living the qualities of God on this earth, the qualities of Stillness, Love, Truth, Harmony and  Joy, so that eventually we will not live on this earth at all, but return to our original Divine Soul Plane. The catholic religion of my childhood taught that I was born a sinner and could achieve salvation only through compliance to its tenets.

The Way of The Livingness presents that all children are born with a Divine potential within and that, with energetic integrity and responsibility, by choosing to align with this energy, our Soul, we start to discard all that is not of our true essence quite naturally. Neither the confessional box, nor any of the other rites, is ever needed for this.

By Coleen 

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Catholic Religion Today – is it a Healthy Option?
God’s Waiting Room
Religion and The Way of The Livingness – Audio

681 thoughts on “Sin, Confession and the True Religion of the Ageless Wisdom

  1. External actions can’t bring us closer to God only our inner movements can. God is the fabric of Life, He is the innermost of everything, therefore in order to return to Him, we must go inside. And the way to go deeper within is to clear all the debris (beliefs, ideals, pictures and emotions) that silently bar our way to going deeper. And the only true way to do that is to align to a consciousness that is true because if we’re still aligned to the pranic consciousness then we might feel that we’ve cleared those things but we won’t have, we’ll just have pulled in more of the same energy that’s preventing us from accessing God in the first place.

  2. I have never sat in a confessional box but can just imagine how dreadful they must feel. Sitting in a small wooden box and sharing what another has deemed to be ‘your sins’, knowing full well that you’re going to be judged and possibly condemned is not only awful but has nothing whatsoever to do with God. In fact the whole process is utterly ungodly and totally repressing.

  3. There is a knowing as a small child that trumps all education, it is a knowing of what is true Love, what honesty is and what ease and flow in the body is. When you choose to feel the harshness of the judgement that comes through confession, you start to realise this is not what God represents, and come back to a more inner wisdom approach. Time to unlearn!

  4. I agree with everything you say, to me the main stream religions are very hypocritical and do not make any sense to me.
    I never understood the notion of sin, as a child this didn’t make any sense to me whatsoever. And some religions are stuffed full of guilt, which I have discovered actually encourages us to feel as though we have separated from God because our guilt is too much for us to bear? This isn’t true either; I know we cannot be separated from God, because he is the very air we breath and the space we live in. We seem to have forgotten that we live in the universe, not just on this planet called earth which spins in space and that space is God, so he is holding us and so therefore we can never leave him as he can never leave us.

  5. Ironic how an institute such as the Catholic church who talks about sinning are known for doing this themselves .. aka abusing others. Walking your talk is certainly not done here!

  6. My dad always used to tell me that if i’m truthful and honest, I will be uncomfortable to people – it is my choice to decide what is more valuable.

  7. I recently watched a movie which very clearly exposed that it is common for the people who truly care about others to be pushed aside and/or out.In it there was a priest who was there for people, listened and lived his life in accordance to the teachings of Jesus to the best of his ability. However the people above him were thirsty for money and power, using their unresolved issues as fuel for all of the evil they were doing. It’s common in our world today, not just in the catholic church but everywhere we go – in our work place and on the street, the people who want to do true good step on the toes of the ones who are pretending, they become uncomfortable and figures of authority try to find ways to cut them out and make them disappear so that their plan is not rendered.

  8. Being advised by adults to ‘make up a few’ when you went into the confessional box just so you could have a sin or two to admit to is a lie in itself.

  9. What always stands out to me is that whatever rules we put on God or love, it does not make it god or love when the truth is, it isn’t.

  10. There is something sad and hilarious about making up sins in order to do what was required at confession.

    1. For me it is more sad than hilarious because the Catholic church are teaching children that it is ok to lie just to keep the status quo. Children naturally know what is true or not, so when asked to openly lie they are also going against what they know deep within is not true and yet this is accepted by adults and priests alike.

  11. The whole concept on Sin made me super confused as a kid, for how can someone who feels so much joy and love and playfulness be ‘a sinner’ it was a dead give away that what was said was not true. As I grew up though what I realise now is had I kept holding that truth key in my heart I would have been able to not rely on words but use my feeling as a super power.

  12. One day we will understand the concept of Sin and right and wrong have no place in evolution, today we are not there and for me these are still words and not a fully understand way of living, and that I feel is the point. What if we spoke only from how we lived, what felt true in our body then we would have an honest understanding about the world instead of out of touch theories in the mind about what is going on? What I do know is when I am in connection with that divine spark I feel inside the concept of Sin or Wrong or Right does not exist – life just is.

  13. I love this statement, ‘re-connecting with Soul, by re-choosing the quality of the energy in which I move, is what is required to re-establish my relationship with Our Father, and the Divine energy that God is’ – is saying we have free will to choose what is the truth for us. And Coleen you could feel the difference from a very young age. It’s always there to return to.

    1. Yes I love the fact it is through our movements that we re-establish the relationship with ‘Our Father and the divine energy that God is’. No big bills or loans to take out, simply a dedication to more awareness about the way we move.

  14. True religion lies within us all, it isn’t made up of how we need to be or behave, it just is. And then we spend years battling on what has been imposed upon us, lies, to what hasn’t been imposed, the truth and we become caught in this – truth, lie saga.

    We all know the truth and its whether we want to stand by this or not is the question to all.

  15. When we get brought up in that way, as a ‘born-sinner’, it just makes sense how we end up striving to become something/someone better and improved and constantly seeking recognition and approval in any form, and the measure of success is how well we have managed that journey through, and the history we have lived as a race of being is the testament to this – it simply has not worked.

  16. I can’t imagine how awful it must have been to go into a confessional box and relay your sins and ask for forgiveness, but worse than this you were encouraged to make up lies to satisfy the priest. What does this teach a child from young that it is better to lie than to tell the truth.

  17. For any religion to teach that we are born sinners and that our connection to God is only obtained through what we do and certain rules we must follow is pure evil and the antithesis of what true religion. The Way of The Livingness is a deeply honouring religion, honouring of the truth of who we are in essence and our innate ever-present relationship with God and our Godliness, and how we can live in connection to the light of our Soul through our living day.

  18. The whole process of preparing your children for confession is deeply abusive and goes against everything we innately are. This is pure indoctrination and yet we have accepted it on the grandest scale. How cleverly we have constructed these religions to keep us from knowing our own divinity.

  19. Knowing God as I did from the beginning of this life, it is bizarre to think that a religion has a ceremony called communion to ‘unite you with God’. All we have to do is breathe gently and we are united with God. Unlike mankind, God doesn’t have any conditions on us and the minute we choose to re-connect that union is there.

  20. ‘It is not possible for me to connect with God through consuming a piece of white wafer or by taking a sip of wine.’ All those man-made rites can bring nothing but illusion. My connection with God is up to me, how I choose to live on a daily basis and never about going to the church every week.

    1. Religion can not originate from outside of us and so there is no ritual, belief or building that can bring it to us. Our connection with God is not built on wishes or knowledge. It is through our living way that we access and build our own personal relationship with God.

    2. On the face of it it does seem preposterous but then these acts to affect people but perhaps not the way the acts are advertised.

  21. Religion or the word religious has much of a stigma, the dark cloud of judgement prevails over those who devote their lives to God and believe in him. They’re classed as mindless, and foolish for not believing in the scientific proof. But how many of us have actually seen this scientific proof of the cell mutation? How many of us can truly say they understand every aspect of how we have come to be how we are today? My guess is that it’s not many of us, and the majority of us have bought into this version of evolution through listening, and accepting what others have told us as the truth. But what if those people heard it from somebody who heard it from somebody else who had a bias, or his research was not set up correctly? How can we just believe hearsay, and then call the people who believe in God crazy and mindless followers? Our hypocrisy is arrogant, deceitful and very dishonest.

    1. The world seems to be full of hypocrisy and we would be wise to see below the surface of what we have considered our normal to decide if we truly want it to be our normal.

    1. Yes agreed Chris and in experiencing the difference the truth rings loud and clear. As a child educated through a Catholic school where my innate and strong sense of my connection to God was constantly challenged to the point that I gave in and shut it down, to many years later this sense being reignite inspired through the philosophy of The Way of the Livingness, there is no question in my experience which religion honors the truth of who we are and empowers us to live this truth through our living day and which religion seeks to dis-empower us.

  22. We are held by God, never will God consider us as sinners, these are all man-made false beliefs to keep us unknown to the divine wisdom that is in all. Even babies who were born dead, or died in the first days of their lives were buried at the edges of the cemetery, because they were said to sinners as they were not baptised…babies are beings straight from heaven.

  23. The whole idea of sin is to instill fear. There is no need to be fearful of making mistakes because all that is required is to take responsibility for our mistake and correct them. It does not have to be something that condemns us as the notion of sin does.

  24. We are born into the arms of God and so it is we return. This is not a process of ‘removing sins’ but a process of discarding all that has come to stand between us and Thy Father so that we may once again stand in the fullness of the love we are and are from.

  25. Guilt is an energy opposite to compassion and understanding, that serves only the one purpose of disconnecting a person, or group of people from their innate sense of completion, dignity, grace and power that comes from one´s connection to Soul / God. It intends to cripple a son of God to only know himself as a son of man, a mere human being made from clay, at the mercy of a judgemental transcendental deity.

    1. Absolutely it is intrinsic to maintaining control of the masses to make them feel guilty and less, sinful such a horrible lie that imprisons.

  26. It was very similar to me with the confession ritual. I didn´t feel guilty of anything other than not feeling guilty and thus not complying with what obviously was considered to be normal for people in general. But the ‘born a sinner’ serves as an axiom that guarantees that at some point the sense of guilt eventually creeps in, intoxicating the innocence and compassion that otherwise is our nature.

  27. The idea that we are born impure and must purify ourselves or seek redemption for this impurity is perhaps one of the greatest lies we are ever sold. We are gods who have forgotten they are gods and while there is a period by which that which is ungodly must be taken into consideration so we can take responsibility for our errant ways, identifying with the waywardness by way of remorse, regret or guilt only leads to further separation between the ungod and his/her true godliness.

  28. Having been bought up being told that God was there to punish us for our sins, it did take me a while to let go of this and see instead how God is there constantly and always to support us to return back to God, without judgment just pure love. It also helps to understand that there are many things that go on in life, but all of them are down to the choices that we make and the consequences of them will be in this life or past lives.

  29. Confession keeps is in ‘right/wrong’ ‘good/bad’, rather than every experience has something to learn from so therefore, “what have we learned from this?” Its also removed responsibility because someone is absolving us from our wrongs, which they cannot do in the first place. Whereas when we look at the learning and unpack this for ourselves, we have entered the process of healing whatever the hurt is. This is us taking full responsibility for ourselves.

  30. How could keeping someone in a perpetual state of guilt and shame via the many imposing messages of the Catholic Church (such as everyone being born a sinner, and needing to confess our sins to a priest) possibly bring us any closer to a sense of communion with God, when all it really does is keep us feeling contracted and potentially much worse on an emotional level about ourselves, diminishing our self-worth. It’s also worthy to note that if Jesus’ true teachings of the Law of Karma were not erased by the later authors of the Christian Bible, there would be no need for anything like a confessional, because everyone would know that the return to balance and harmony inherent in the Universe, would bring back to the person who performed an unloving act a similar one to them to learn from, and life is just about learning to be more love in that way.

  31. It is only by reconnecting to the godly spark within us that we begin to see more clearly all that does not match this majesty. From here the process of renouncing may commence as we begin to discard and deconstruct the many false layers that have stood between ourselves and God; ‘the all that God is’ and thus ‘the all that we all are’. This is the path of true religion – a reconnecting back to our innate godliness so we once again stand in the truth of who we are.

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