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 as presented by Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine, 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 Hensey (BA Hons; Dip. ED

Related Reading:
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. There’s such a clear contrast here, one religion is all about making you feel you are a sinner and need to be saved by something external to you, available if you obey it’s tenets, the other simply and clearly states we have it all within and it’s for us to move and be in a way that allows us to connect to that and the more we do so, the more we discard anything which does not belong to that. I grew up with the first and left it, feeling it’s falsity and imprisonment, I now live the second with great joy and a feeling of finally being home.

    1. One way pretty much says ‘you’ll never be able to live in a way that will give you access to God’ and the other says ‘you are already God and if you move in a particular way you’ll know it in your body’.

  2. “the true blessing and grace of the Ageless Wisdom as presented by Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine,” when you feel it you know you have found the way and that way is The Way of The Livingness.

  3. The biggest lie in the world is that we are born sinners and the only way to god is through an institution that falsely claims a connection to god. The spark of god is eternally within us and if we live “to thyne own self be true” then we will know god very well and no illusion will trick us. “The way of the livingness” has shown me people who live with upmost responsibility and inspired me to untangle myself from the illusion of the world.

  4. I don’t have any direct recollections of confessional but these old imprints were clearly in my body, as I too seemed to believe that we are sinners even though there was not much I could dredge up on myself. It was years later in a Singing Workshop that I was able to release myself from this notion of ‘sin’ as I was able to feel the truth of our innocence and un-taintable love. Sure there are bad things not to do, but they are not who we are, we are love. We have been sold one massive lie about being sinners that is the very opposite of that truth.

  5. I am raised catholic and too remember the smell of the confession box. I did not liked the smell but too did not understand the principles of confession but now I start to understand why. I had no sins to confess as sins do not exist and I knew that a a little boy. The smell of the confession box does remind me to this imposition the catholic church was putting on me. And not only me, but all people that felt to be part of this religious movement too, an imposition that is false and does not bring any relief as being told, only a deeper ingraining in the obscurity the Catholic Church has made religion to be.

  6. I too was brought up a Catholic, and swallowed all that they had presented because from a young age I wanted to serve God, but that religion did nothing to further that desire, instead it took me away from the connection that was deep inside of me, into a world of trying to please God, but always with the guilt of a sinner unworthy of Gods love. Thank God for the truth of The Ageless Wisdom that has been given to us to resurrect us from the lies of the past.

  7. “I noted that as long as my guilt about something was assured, everyone was content and the self-perpetuating system was upheld.” Goodness this really gets my goat (or blood boiling if the expression is unfamiliar!) It is such a game, such a manipulation and one we encourage children to subscribe to that caps there connection to the Love and Divinity they are from. Thank Heaven for finding Universal Medicine and being reminded that this is not who we are, where we are from or what we are made of and therefore not a requirement of God. OK goat set free now and blood back to normal temperature.

  8. Talk about committing the sins of all sins, maybe not but creating an organization that fools you to think that it has any knowledge about God when it hasn’t cannot be good karma. But I have to also say that we the people has to also discern what we allow to be a truth. Maybe we find it convenient to go into a box and confess which allows us to go out and do the same thing all over again but that is like a drug addict needing his/her pimp.

  9. Having being bought into a Catholic family I can relate very well to everything you share Coleen, the way the Catholic religion constantly reinforces you are a sinner has nothing to do with a loving God and everything to do with the bastardisation of the truth of God in order to control and manipulate people.

  10. ‘Firstly, for me true religion is about inner connection with Soul, my innermost essence, which allows me to re-connect with Divine energy’ – this religion has no beliefs or impositions placed upon us, it is truely divine and from God.

    1. When we bring religion to its purity, to what it actually is about we set in place an understanding that can’t be fought for it encompasses the all and does not exclude anyone or anything.

  11. The idea that we could possibly be free of sin in those days was considered a sin. It was like you sinned by the mere fact that you were breathing. Sinning for existing and feeling unworthy of God’s love was how I felt as a child being brought up as a catholic.

    1. As I am raised in a catholic family as well I do remember very well that the concept of being a sinner did not made sense to me as a child. But over time I let some of this energy enter which made me to feel at times sinful for whatever may have happened through me. And that is one example of the evil that the institutionalised religions bring. They bring a man made doctrine to be followed in order to be a ‘good’ Christian, Muslim or Buddhist that maybe one day will bring salvation. But all what it does is to impose you with beliefs what you are not, beliefs that take you away form your inner core in which we all hold that spark of God that otherwise would be easily lived.

  12. I always wondered how guilt can be part of being religious? We make mistakes and sometimes even severe ones but where does guilt fit into learning from the mistakes and making restitution? Neither of these benefit from guilt.

    1. This is a great point Christoph for us all to ponder on for guilt can be a debilitating emotion that can be both overwhelming and all-consuming in the way it erodes us from living our potential.

  13. Great expose here of rituals that are done in the name of God and yet in my eyes only serve to disconnect rather than support our innate Godly connection.

  14. It’s no wonder why we end up with self worth and self judgement issues when by the concept of sin we are constantly being told we are ‘bad’ or ‘wrong’

  15. By virtue of who we are we are united with God all of the time, so why do we need a rite that consecrates what is already there? We could say, it does not matter because it does not harm. Well, the imprint you receive in any of those rites, stays with you, in your body. It does harm you.

  16. ‘…So I was guilty of lying to keep people and the church happy.’ I can relate to this experience, it mirrored my own. I felt the ridiculousness of this at the age of 6 and the irony was not lost on me even at that age.

  17. Gosh this is so insidious and archaic ‘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.’

  18. The whole falsity of how we have made institutionalized religion to be is now the way we need to face and see the lies set up — are actually a clever way of avoiding the unavoidable truth — God is love, we are are that love, we are God, and God is our Religion.

  19. Imagine holding a baby in our arms and thinking they are sinners?. This just exposes the fact that the concept of sin is pure evil and has nothing to do with religion or God.

    1. Yes we were told we are a born sinner and so we lived up to that like an aspiration. Imagine if we were told we are a son of god!

  20. “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,” A way of living where you feel the love of God in, through and all around you.

  21. When we are in connection to our Soul, we are in connection to God in which we are always in relationship with. With this connection our every move is a religious one, naturally so guided by this connection. It is only in our separation to our essence that we are moved by lovelessness, by evil, as in our essence we are as we are born, the innate Sons of God, absolute love personified which is far from sinners or needing any institutionalised religion to tell us who we are and what we need to know God.

  22. How much of my life was I caught up in the whole Sin and confession? Most of it, its like it was what I understood the truth to be and yet as a kid it never made sense – what had I done wrong, it made me not want to speak the truth in case I was wrong and then ended up having to confess my sins. Anyway to cut a long story short its great to have the support of Universal Medicine to start to let go of the whole “I am a sinner” concept.. on the surface its all gone but I still notice a few of the ways I do things are trapped and held by that way of thinking.

  23. I strongly disagree with this religious dogma about Children and sinning. I was brought up in the Roman Catholic faith and I have found it is very difficult to extract oneself from it as this particular consciousness is very invasive within my body.

  24. What an extraordinary concept to lay upon humanity… Sin… If this was introduced now it would be absolutely derided. It is really extraordinary how blinkered we have become when such a truly awful concept is still accepted and actually lived by.

  25. Reading this I get a real sense of the compressing weight of a rite that constantly negates our innate Divinity, purity, and Godly essence. We are untainted and divine in essence and if we are supported to appreciate that then we give ourselves a true foundation from which we can then be honest and observe and take responsibility in our life for where we aren’t living that, but from a knowing of who we are first, not from being made to feel less or a ‘sinner’.

  26. It is interesting to consider when we lie to another to keep them happy how do we disconnect from our own relationship with ourselves?

  27. When do we begin to ask the question why so many in the world prefer to live with out, or with a lessened level of decency and respect than what, deep down, they know is not their truth?

  28. This article simply exposes just how false institutionalised religions are, to promote guilt, when the truth is to accept the choices we make and to take responsibility to acknowledge where and how in our life we are not living with decency and respect. As to go to church to have ones sins absolved, only to repeat the same sins next week is not a foundation of accepting responsibility and adjusting how one lives to forever deepen ones level of decency and respect.

  29. I remember hating confession with a passion, it was horrid and unnecessary. Dressing little girls up as brides considering the church’s role as a breeding ground for paedophiles is something that should be abolished.

    1. I have never been to confession but there is something very dark and sinister about it, any idea that a person will feel better or lighter for having relinquished their sins is just a hook to draw people in. Makes me think of the creepy guy in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang who used sweets to lure the kids into his wagon.

  30. “I noted that as long as my guilt about something was assured, everyone was content and the self-perpetuating system was upheld.” Wow this is incredible! Instead of celebrating and appreciating a child for their honesty and integrity, you were encouraged to lie in order to keep the status quo intact. The reflection of innocence and integrity is too much, so it is squashed and corrupted so everyone else can continue to stay comfortable.

  31. Thank you Coleen, I have always found it interesting that certain religions require you to confess your sins, because if we work from the fact that God does not judge us, there is nothing to confess. The Way of the Livingness has taught me that it is through my connection to my body and soul, that brings me my true connection to God.

  32. I always used the 2 same ‘sample sins’ every week when I went to confession and received the same amount of prayers that I had to say to make up for sins I did not even commit. The whole thing was a set up to make you think that you were a bad person and you would continue to be this, there was never a mention, nor appreciation of any aspect of you, only that God, if you were ‘good enough’ would forgive your sins.
    Whereas The Way of The Livingness confirms we are from the same source as God and we are innately divine and that we will all eventually return to being the Gods we are, we simply need to re-connect to ourselves and keep letting go of whatever is not our true essence…

  33. Coleen what you are sharing is huge that it is seemingly more important to lie about something to keep the self -perpetuating system in place, than to tell the truth and question the church and its relationship with God. Which to me is built on a false foundation to keep people suppressed and under it’s control. I remember reading in the ‘National Geographic’ magazine that the Roman Catholic Church has a Library full of illustrated documents that showed just how they tortured and persecuted people in order to bring them into line with what they considered was the truth, their version of God.

  34. ” Secondly, what removes me from God is choosing an energy that God is not ”
    This is so simple and practical and makes sense. Being un- Godly would have to remove one from God.

  35. This is a powerful and gorgeous blog to re-read Coleen. On reading this sentence tonight there is a sense of exquisite delicateness within my being and an amazing blessing deep inside of me. Thank you.
    “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”.

  36. To have a ritual like ‘Holy Communion’ that is said to symbolically unite one with God implies that we aren’t innately connected with him but to me it is clear that we are all connected with God in our innate essence and that true Holy Communion comes from the quality of our living way, the expression of this essence, and not a wafer and wine!

  37. Thank you Coleen – you state it so beautifully – to align with our Soul, we have the Living Way of The Livingness to naturally discard that which is false and not of Love. No disempowering intermediary or rites required.
    “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.”.

  38. In reading this article looking at aspects of the Catholic Religion and The Way of The Livingness, I hands down choose to be a student of The Way of The Livingness.

  39. Organised religion has a lot to answer for…. I also remember worrying about my first confession, maybe all children do…. Organised religion only as the power it does because we as a humanity give it power/time/space to control us.

  40. That’s awesome Coleen. Amazing how hypocritical organised religions can be. It’s really quite shocking what we allow ourselves to believe and fall in line with. It does the very thing the religion claims to protect us from – separation.

    1. It certainly isn’t inspiring either, and in fact quite devastating in the way it totally undermines a person.

  41. I’ve always had a problem with confessional boxes too, how can it be ok to do whatever you want, confess then you be free of it – to me that removes the need for integrity and the ultimate responsibility for all our actions, the whole process seems completely removed from any understanding of how life works and the understanding that everything we do, whether it be godly or ungodly, has consequences.

    1. Yes it makes no real sense to me either, and negates us really learning from our mistakes/ wayward ways and responsibly putting that learning into action… And is very dis-empowering to say that that we need another to ‘forgive us’ on God’s behalf when God never judges in the first place! The whole judgement thing just seems like a big distraction from us having clarity on what we really chose and why and how we then choose to move on from that.

  42. There is no ‘get out of jail free’ card in life. We cannot ‘commit a sin’ and then ‘confess’ and be ‘free’. It absolves personal responsibility, which is something that the world is crying out for at the moment.

    1. Absolutely, confession does not change the facts of what happened or give us a “get out of jail free card”, it doesn’t matter that we made a mistake but we do need to take responsibility for our actions.

  43. “… true religion is about the inner connection with Soul, my innermost essence, which allows me to re-connect with Divine energy.” Yes to this. No religious institution can make up for this inner knowing of the divine.

  44. To me we are all innately united with God in our essence, something that is there within us inherently and so to say that we need a specific ritual or ceremony to symbolically unite us with God, is like denying the connection that is already within us, rather than simply honouring what is already there and expressing from that connection.

  45. It really is extraordinary how some institutions are specifically designed to keep humans subjugated, whereas some organisations are there to foster true brotherhood, and reconnection in its best possible way.

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