What is My True Religion?

When I came to the works of Serge Benhayon, I was invited to look at my relationship with religion. At first, all I could do was worry – worry about what would be said about religion and the effect this would be having on the people around me, including myself. I seemed to carry an inner-tension I had built up since I was young that would result in an increasing heartbeat the moment religion was spoken about.

For years it would activate all my past experiences of when religion was being heatedly discussed and fought over. Many of the conversations I would hear from my family members and people around would differ so much. I would be feeling quite uncomfortable as people would be sharing different thoughts, different ideals, which would often bring disharmony and destruction into the group.

When Serge first presented on religion, all I could feel and see were those images, those beliefs, those frightening moments, the feeling of war and absolute separation this subject or ‘word’ is causing currently and has caused in the past. My body shook in reaction to these images I had taken on around this word ‘religion.’ I remember it as clearly as yesterday.

So the moment when Serge introduced the word religion, I was bracing in my chair, my automatic response, waiting for the disharmonious conversations to happen. Yet this time it was not the case at all: instead of disharmony, there was a stillness, a love, a holding that held us together, a union, a space and place where there was understanding of each other and courage to trust.

At first I thought it was the word religion that was the negative one, but in this presentation I made a commitment to truly feel what was going on for me. I could see people around me equally react to this subject/word quite strongly. I was intrigued by the offering now given to us all to ponder on.

What does the word religion mean to us? And does it actually represent the religion that is in truth dear to us? And so, is the word religion used and lived in its true meaning?

I felt a little uncomfortable as those questions popped into my mind. I took the time to just sit still and observe whatever I was feeling around this subject. Even though I felt like running away like I always would do when this subject is raised, this discussion somehow felt true and was one that I wanted and was ready to face.

The presentation continued and I knew we were on a path of true and open discussion.

Having the feeling that all the people around me were quite shaken up through the questions being posed and discussing what religion meant to them, I was feeling truly safe, simply because I felt inside that for the first time in my life, the matter of religion was truly being asked without any demand whatsoever. We were being offered a space to truly ponder with no right or wrong scenario – one I had never been offered before. The nervous tension I had been carrying, including the quickened heartbeat, had eased. The feeling of truth and the purpose of what religion truly meant seemed to rise as my heart expanded.

The thing is, all I can say from my ponderings over what occurred this time is that the questions presented by Serge Benhayon offered me so much to consider. It wasn’t just simply the questions themselves, but the way they were discussed that actually inspired me to be more open again to my relationship with the word religion. Instantly, the false images and ideals I had been running with seemed to stand out naturally, as simply a deception and distraction away from the truth.

What I had found was that I had been living on the interpretations, opinions, judgements and expressions about this word, but never truly made it my own. I did not allow myself to have a relationship with the word religion on my own, nor discern how I felt about it. I became aware of what I felt, and at the same time looked at all these images, beliefs, and thoughts I had about religion. I could feel how many of them weren’t actually true to me. Yet I had lived by them, thinking they were true. No longer did these concepts fit as I became more aware of the truth in my heart.

I could feel how it was easier to go with the ideals, emotions, beliefs and expectations of those around me, or even blame others if it suited. But I always had felt that there was more. I could feel that if I were to stand up to feel my own truth about my personal relationship with religion, I would stand out and have more chance of being disliked. So I continued my reflection and simply observed my ways. I observed the way I looked at religion, and if there was anything to ‘living religiously.’ I can remember finding it almost scary to go there. It made me feel more real, vulnerable and tangible and at the same time I felt visible to people from the outside, as if they could see through me like looking through a glass door.

Was I in any way, shape or form religious? And if I was, was this then a bad thing? Instantly I could feel the flavour of hiding again. As I was being more observant with my own behaviours and old patterns around religion, I started to taste the false beliefs I had been walking in. I started to feel how many of these thoughts and questions pulled me away from the actual religion I was feeling on the inside of my heart’s truth. Oh wait, what did I just say? Could it be that what I had thought, believed, and acted on, even though I made myself a non-Christian, non-Islamic, non-Jew, non-Buddhist, non-Hindu etc, besides the bits of truth I carried from them, was so very different to what I felt religion meant within me?

Yes… it did. And at the same time I could feel how everyone had their own space to choose what it meant to them. All the converting and imposition that I once thought religion was about simply faded away.

Honesty and my observations brought me back closer to the truth I know. And so I allowed my power to come out and stand in the fact that I am a deeply religious person. Even though this means the absolute opposite of what is going on in all the religions in the world today, it is okay.

Even though I was not choosing to conform to the norm, I felt an inner joy and deep inner-strength back again, at the same time feeling One and the same with everyone I was choosing the truth I felt in my heart. Even though there were some parts in life that did reflect the truth of my heart, it was in that very moment that I felt more universal, more expanded and closer to the All. I brought myself back, my religion back, which was not at all anything outside of me, but an activated connection and confirmation from within me. I felt a love that had no words, simply a connection to God. In this space all I found was what I now call my religion.

It was a moment of realisation. I could no longer put aside the truth I was feeling inside and I had to claim it for myself – as it is who I am. I knew that I would no longer fit into a certain box I had held myself in for so, so long. I was willing to take that step, even though I knew I had to leave behind my old behaviours – being nice to people, giving myself away for recognition or approval and wanting to be liked by people around me.

I also let go of certain needs – needing people to fulfil me, to make me feel good or better about myself. I accepted that people all of a sudden might see me as different, as an outsider. This also meant no longer holding on to relationships that naturally no longer worked and/or felt true or respectful.

All of this brought an enormous strength back in my body. With that there came trust and all I could feel was GOD, Love, People and Brotherhood in action. My true personal relationship with religion became bright and alive again.

All of this was inspired by the teachings of Serge Benhayon: not only on that specific day, but at all the courses, presentations and sessions thereafter. Serge presents a livingness known as The Way of The Livingness, which is based on true religion in our every way –every day.

I came to feel that there is no such thing as having no religion or not being religious, but that we all have a deep knowing of what religion is. It is just a matter of connecting to it again. We are ALL part of it. We know we are all the same and religion binds us All.

Let us all re-awaken to the simple ways of what true religion is. It is within us all.

By Danna Elmalah

Further Reading:
My Relationship with Religion
Religion is my Everyday
Why Serge Benhayon and The Way of The Livingness Makes Sense

446 thoughts on “What is My True Religion?

  1. The true religion from within our own bodies in connection with the universe is a constantly flowing livingness of all we are and the humility and dedication to this is an expansion and beauty from within reconnected to and chosen with our soul.

  2. “instead of disharmony, there was a stillness, a love, a holding that held us together, a union, a space and place where there was understanding of each other and courage to trust.” How beautifully written, and exactly how it should be. If we feel threatened at all by religion there is no love.

  3. When there is anything in life we have a reaction in, it is worth it to get to the core of what this is about. In the many tested experiences personally, any reaction is a shying away from living the truth that we know. The steps I would take is to first appreciate that I do know truth. And in the energy of appreciation explore what it is that I have held back in living. If I react to the word religion, it must be that I know the truth of it to not buy into what is being fed to me, so instead of reacting against what I know to not be the truth of religion, why do I not live what I know is true? For myself personally, I have for many years given up living what is true because it felt futile to do this on my own, but without initiating–how would we ever have a reflection in the world, a point of light which others can clearly see? If we hold back in living, how would we ever break out of our self-chosen aloneness? So the thoughts of thinking there is no use to do this, is a chosen disempowerment to step away from our natural power and leadership. Just like all things in life, we are re-imprinting on everything back to truth, one step at a time.

  4. There are so many different religions.. which is interesting in itself, especially when some judge those who are not in ‘their’ chosen religion.

    1. I too have found pretty much all institutionalised religions I have come across to be judgemental of each other. I feel it doesn’t have to be this way and no matter what we believe in, the truth is we are all equal Sons of God.

  5. Re-connecting and embracing the fact that I am deeply religious I can feel how my body feels at ease with this and how much I’m appreciating no longer having an issue with the word religion or a religious way of life.

  6. This shoes how religion comes from the body, and not from any rules or regulations or stories. It makes it so simple and perhaps that is why we try and complicate it and try to own it.

  7. “I felt a love that had no words, simply a connection to God. In this space all I found was what I now call my religion. ” it is a simple as that a connection to God, yet the word Religion has been so misused.

  8. Sometimes when all we’ve seen in life connected with a certain word have been judgments, opinions, beliefs and ideals that we find off-putting, untrue or repulsive then we cast aside the word as something we don’t want in our life and whilst it may be true to say no to the unloving behaviours we see it doesn’t necessarily mean that that word has no true use – it may just be that it is an entirely different essence to what we are used to it being associated with.

  9. I was willing to take that step, even though I knew I had to leave behind my old behaviours – being nice to people, giving myself away for recognition or approval and wanting to be liked by people around me.

  10. Religion, in honesty in the past I didn’t like what I saw when I observed people who said they lived it and so I would rant about it, and this was reaction was from thinking I was hurt. The hurt was from a bastardisation of the word religion, I am religious and I always have been regardless of my reactions. This I feel is true for all us, life to learn, life for relationships, life to Love, life for reconnection, we all want that. Religion.

  11. “…instead of disharmony, there was a stillness, a love, a holding that held us together, a union, a space and place where there was understanding of each other and courage to trust.”
    I agree, I have looked into many religions and was searching to find ” the right one for myself” but never found a stillness and harmony as I have found it with Universal Medicine”

  12. I would be amazed at how much I now love the word religion, if I had not started to understand the true meaning of the word.

    1. Yes I agree too, now I understand the true meaning it has changed my whole view, before it was a word I did not like using or being associated too.

  13. Religion comes from our connection with our body. It provides the truth of how to live in relationship with the All.

  14. It is so valuable to become aware of our relationship with words, the preconceptions we have of them, our assumptions and also that we can re-imprint our relationship and expression of words. Religion is a beautiful example of this, I used to think it was for other people…now I know it is a word and activity that is there for all of us.

  15. What a powerful realisation, Danna – “I started to feel how many of these thoughts and questions pulled me away from the actual religion I was feeling on the inside of my heart’s truth.” When we re-connect to the inner heart we return to a natural relationship with God that is true no matter what colour our skin is.

  16. “What is My True Religion?” – for me it simply boils down to connection; without connection I am (and I feel) lost. When true connection is there, i am home.

  17. Serge Benhayon’s presentations on the true meaning of religion are the most enlightening sharing. A word that has been so misused and abused has come to light in its truth for us all to choose.

  18. I was at a women’s group today where we were each expressing what we felt were our own qualities, and I was sitting next to a woman whose claiming of her divinity (by that word) and her relationship to God – constantly so – was just so amazing and inspiring. I don’t often consider myself as having divinity and today I realised I do have it, I have it in spades.

  19. “The nervous tension I had been carrying, including the quickened heartbeat, had eased. The feeling of truth and the purpose of what religion truly meant seemed to rise as my heart expanded.”
    Danna its amazing to feel how the ill thoughts and life times of mistrust around the word religion has been so engrained both in your own body but also in those around you, this is extraordinary or perhaps not so when we truly digest the giant momentums of war, power & separation that accompany this word. In observing that others are equally shaken up we can share honestly and support one another to let go of the angst within our bodies and re-imprint with the true meaning of love, togetherness and support that is our natural religious way.

  20. “What does the word religion mean to us? And does it actually represent the religion that is in truth dear to us? And so, is the word religion used and lived in its true meaning?” What I love about this is the power in bringing back the true meaning of words; I was adverse to the world religion because nothing in any religions I had seen reflected what was true to me. So by re-imprinting the word religion it allows us to still use something that is universal and innately part of us.

  21. “… At first, all I could do was worry – worry about what would be said about religion and the effect this would be having on the people around me, including myself…” This highlights just how much the many various and sometimes defiant and defended ideas of religion that has been imposed upon a human being.. the tension and recoil felt in the body is telling of the disharmony so many variations of the word ‘religion’ which is so opposite to joy, stillness and harmony and love.

  22. This piece is a great representation of what a relationship with religion can bring either: everything that is love and truth or the despair, constant seeking, contraction and indulgence.
    What is also great to be aware of, is the many people that are choosing no or not having a relationship to the institutionalised religions, are still in a relationship of disconnection to the divine within and God our father.

  23. “there is no such thing as having no religion or not being religious,.. we all have a deep knowing of what religion is” Many claim not to be religious but from observing people in everyday life I see how most are ‘religious’ (true or not) to something whether it is their cup of coffee every morning, break, lunch, break, and dinner or the football they watch every week or whether it is all the caring activities we bring ourselves each day. By choosing to live religiously with the care I bring to myself and in connection with my body, I have found this way a first step to reconnect to what lays within and return to the All we all know deep within. It has helped me to discard any beliefs held around what I thought religion was and see how being religious is simply a way to support me to connect to myself, others and the universe.

  24. ‘And so, is the word religion used and lived in its true meaning?’ – Far from it – I have to say that for me it was a huge wakeup call to realise that the true meaning of religion, which I had been avoiding my entire life, based on what the common world religions were representing. What a difference it makes to understand that the word religion simply means re-alignment or re-connection to myself, and by that, to the all. And how far from the true meaning of religion have the traditional religions strayed.

    1. Yes, Eva, true religion is almost unrecognisable in the way we treat each other nowadays and in the separatism of organised religion.

  25. I have been visiting a very religious country, interestingly talking to the locals they seem to be in agreement that religion has played a major factor in all wars is very intolerant towards people. So then I said but your living in a very religious country and they admit they are but they don’t believe in it. This is very interesting because if I had asked that question say 20 years ago I would have got a very different answer. This lead me to wonder if religion is loosing it’s iron like grip on people as they wake up to feel the shackles that control them and are at last breaking free of them?

    1. Wow That is really interesting Mary. I read in the news yesterday about countries where women are never allowed to call their husband by their first name and the consequences are sometimes life changing in severity if they do, and yet gradually women are starting to want to break out of that now, and drop rules that are no longer meaningful to them and their lives today, so it seems likely that things are changing.

  26. “For the first time in my life, the matter of religion was truly being asked without any demand whatsoever”. The big difference here is that participants were asked rather than told how they should feel or what they should believe. Many of us avoid religion because of the imposition we have experienced.

  27. I know that I have always known inside what true religion is and even when it was not a conscious knowing, my body knew it well, hence the tendency to react against the stories of religion I was presented with as I grew up. Now religion is claimed and consciously part of my everyday, I know the truth of it and rather than react I know the strands of truth in what has been so falsely presented as being religion.

  28. “is the word religion used and lived in its true meaning?” – there are so many different versions (as in meanings) of the word religion that it becomes like a situation where people are speaking a different language and you can have misunderstandings and miscommunications happen so easily. One version of religion can be so different from another person’s version of religion. This is crazy – we really need to bring back the true meaning of words so that we can really communicate properly.

  29. Religion is one word which can sure cause a lot of reaction in people. The word has become so misused that many of us dis-trust what we think religion is. But in truth religion is none of what we mistrust as how could we mistrust connection with ourselves?

    1. Indeed Nikki, for eons we have settled for another’s version of religion, we have denied what we know is true in our hearts and this has left us hurt and lacking in trust. Serge Benhayon has supported us to reclaim our homeo stasis; our connection to truth, a religion that celebrates the all that we all are.

  30. The word ‘religion” has been taken away from us. By that I mean it’s meaning has been so dramatically changed that we know not how much it actually offers us, which is nothing, absolutely nothing like the commonly understood meaning of religion today.

  31. I agree we are all religious, we all have felt there is more to life than just physical matter. I say celebrate our relationship with what we do not see but feel. I would describe the connection as simple, still and holding, but I say stay open to how this evolves so no pictures. I am settled now in body and mind and I have no doubt I and we are religious. Rebind, reconnect, return.

  32. The word religion comes up with so many ideals and examples that do not settle well in the body, but when this word was introduced by Serge Benhayon it was different: “instead of disharmony, there was a stillness, a love, a holding that held us together, a union, a space and place where there was understanding of each other and courage to trust.” What a difference and so beautiful to feel and know the truth of true religion resonating from inside us all as our very living way in every moment, in our connection to our soul, God and the Universe.

  33. Why do we react so much to the word ‘religion’, and the word ‘God?’
    Is it because of our life experiences of the abuse, lies and corruption that has occurred in the name of both when deep down we know the truth of what it means to be truly religious, and to be openly connected to God, but we hide that away for fear of retaliation of some kind?

  34. This statement is so inspiring Danna…”…there is no such thing as having no religion or not being religious,.. we all have a deep knowing of what religion is.” Imagine this as headline news – this completely turns humanity’s ideals and beliefs around current religion upside down.

  35. It is interesting as I too still find myself bracing at times, when I hear the words religion or faith – but it is when they are used in a way that is a bastardised version and I can feel the loaded misunderstanding that can come from this. But here is where my role lies – an opportunity to speak, to present, to talk true religion so that the true meaning of this word is brought back to us all, rightly so. But in order to do this free from reaction, I still feel I need to be more accepting of the fact that some poeple will always judge and choose to see things in a certain way no matter how you present, and hence we cannot present with any justification or ‘trying’ to explain. It is simply about the beauty of being, and with us simply being, we live the true meaning for all to see and feel.

  36. The letting go of relationships that no longer feels true is part of the process of being truly honest with ourselves and an honouring of our own discernment.

  37. It is curious to me how something that at heart is meant to unify us all, appears to be the root of so much division. I say appears to be because it seems to me, it is in truth we that create the division, in our misrepresentation of what love and religion truly are.

  38. I could feel my reaction to the word Religion being introduced to the presentation. There was a definite discomfort with all that it conjured up for me which hung on beliefs around ‘blindly following something’, the uncoolness of religion, and my experiences of the words never matching the way that person lived. There was nothing I felt of worth in my to-that-point-version of religion. However now, thanks to Serge Benhayon’s unwavering delivery of true religion, I am free to feel the truth of what I know religion to be in my body and in my growing experience of living with religion as a daily element of life. I no longer associate with or react to those old beliefs.

  39. The word religion is so laden with beliefs, ideals and pictures of what this means that to use the word today is pretty much a guarantee to get some sort of reactionary response. Once understood in it’s true meaning of the word, a great deal can be contemplated free of such impositions.

  40. Isn’t it fascinating how we have ‘trigger’ words in society that normally cause huge amounts of disharmony, tension, judgement, abuse and separation that everyone reacts to immediately when they are said. Have we explored in depth WHY it is these particular words though? That perhaps the abuse and separation is the opposite of what they can truly offer humanity?

  41. I can understand the worry you felt about mentioning religion. Often when the word is used people’s eyes glaze over, and they don’t take you seriously. But being religious means taking ourselves and the world very seriously in terms of the care we take in the way that we live and the care we have for ourselves and others. Religion is not some wishywashy belief system. True religion means living in a very connected way being super aware of what is going on. Very different from what the regular person may think or believe.

  42. “I felt a love that had no words, simply a connection to God. In this space all I found was what I now call my religion.” What a contrast to what we have been led to believe religion is about. I have had a similar unease whenever religion was discussed, but now that I also know what it means to be truly religious I have come to accept it as just being part of who I am and not something I have to do.

  43. When Serge Benhayon first started presenting on religion I could not hear what he was saying as, having been brought up in a Catholic Church, I had a deep fear and hatred of the word and anything connected to it. All I remembered was the punishing and unloving god that I had been raised to believe. It took a lot of breaking down of my old beliefs around religion before I could understand the true meaning and how to live a religious life that is loving and genuinely caring of all. I am so appreciative of Serge for persevering with his presentations on this matter in the face of so much resistance not only from me but from most of the congregation that had also been subjected to all the lies from different Churches they had attended when younger.

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