Claiming Back Religion

I grew up in a religious family – not what I would call devoutly so but with the focus of attending church each Sunday and having a faith in something; let’s say ‘godly.’ This was a faith that meant little to me at the time as the God that was talked of felt un-relatable – it just didn’t resonate in my body so the teachings had little to no impact on my life.

As a small child I was very loving and caring for others, but I would not attribute my values or my actions to having been influenced in any way by attending church, I would attribute them as being naturally religious. 

I knew that the gentle caring boy I was had nothing to do with church, it was just me.  Just as I knew that the attributes of love and care for their fellow man that I saw in others who attended church were qualities equally held within them, and that their attendance was really about connecting with others in community.

Observe young children and their innate acceptance, care and trust in others will become evident. Could this be a version of being religious we should all seek to master? A religion seen as a connection to our divine qualities and not an outer measure of faith and obedience?

Throughout time, people have been divided and diminished by religion, and violence has often been used to control and to conquer. Therefore I often ask myself, what does this form of religion bring us and why would we need to have faith in something that is external to the everything we already are. This feels like it comes from a lack of trust we have allowed in and a straying from the deep wisdom we all have within, but constantly choose to block – often by giving our power to institutions who claim to have the answer.

I now know without a doubt that religion truly is something that comes from our own connection to ourselves and to God.

Religion for me stems from within and is about acting with integrity, considering everyone in our actions and taking responsibility for our life. If one’s own life blossoms through how we live, then the opportunity to support others by nature becomes that much greater.

If a five-year-old child appreciates their friend, has complete love, care and compassion inbuilt, then what could possibly be a deeper, more meaningful religious experience than this? If we want to thank God for life, what better way than through our connection and acceptance of our self and others as equal ‘Sons of God.’ This acceptance is not found in reading a script and believing it means this or that, but is drawn from a connection to a wisdom that cares deeply and respects the feelings of everyone, whether seemingly the same or vastly different.

Our religious experiences must do more than tolerate other faiths: at the heart of true religion is a deep acceptance firstly of ourselves and from that love a deep acceptance of everyone, no matter what they believe or how they act.

Misinterpretations of age-old teachings may not consider everyone equally, but it is within us each to feel what the truth is and how we wish to be in this world. There need be no clinging to a faith if it does not resonate with the vibration of love we know the world needs.

The Way of the Livingness was gently and slowly introduced by Serge Benhayon as a religion, knowing as he did the negative association many have with that word. But it is far removed from other religions I have seen or experienced; it is in fact a re-claiming of this word that represents us as we truly are, in full technicolour, free of comparison, control, judgement, jealousy and all the other emotional currencies we exchange with in everyday life.

This is religion that stems from within – it is impulsed and drawn out by our own experiences. It is neither from an external concept, nor is it housed in an imposing building or encased by dogma: this makes sense to me – it puts me at ease and it puts us all at the heart of our religion.

I can place trust in something that suggests that I act with more purposeful care, decency and respect for others, more understanding, more commitment to people and to situations. To be more connected and aware of my inner knowing, how to handle situations using deep wisdom I have lived before but disconnected from. This way of living does not have rules and boundaries, just a knowing that we all hold something magical that is there to reignite; an ever-evolving relationship with religion, through oneself, with others, with life itself. This is religion as we can all know it… grounded in intuitive common sense.

By Stephen Gammack

Further Reading:
The Way of The Livingness is my Religion
Are We All Born Religious?
Religion – a separative force or a healing power?

243 thoughts on “Claiming Back Religion

  1. True religion and our love for God comes firstly from our connection and honouring of our bodies as when we live this way we are in connection with the all, this in itself exposes the lies of man-made religions that rely merely on indoctrination and dogmas keeping one away from the divine source within ourselves.

  2. It is perhaps one of the greatest moments on earth when you realise that all the natural joy and beauty that you experience is because of who you are and not because of anything else.

  3. True religion asks nothing of us, it allows us to respond to what we know is innately true, honouring, respectful and honest. These are inborn qualities that reside in every cell in our bodies, and when felt, honoured and expressed, lead us back to God within.

  4. “As a small child I was very loving and caring for others, but I would not attribute my values or my actions to having been influenced in any way by attending church, I would attribute them as being naturally religious. ” I wholeheartedly agree its these natural innate values that I also felt i held as a kid that actually helped me feel that what was presented in church or through the religious education I had was missing a key ingredient – Love & Truth.

  5. Going to Church every Sunday does not make you a ‘good person’ and being a member of something does not define the quality of your being, especially if you follow their dogma. The more we feel deep inside what is truth, the more true will be our expression.

  6. Life is not to do with being ‘good’ but living the truth. There’s nothing we need to achieve, or to get to. All that is asked is that we live who we are – Love. When we align to this way, every moment of every day is our prayer to God, every step all about the connection. It’s not a big deal but it is a big step to let go of all the beliefs and ideals that make us think we are less than divine. Thank you Stephen for the beautiful sermon.

  7. “I knew that the gentle caring boy I was had nothing to do with church, it was just me.” The truth is so clear and simple when we remain connected to our naturally divine state of being.

  8. Given we are all from the one God we do not need religions that asks us to worship a God outside of us. All we need is to re-connect to our innate wisdom and our own spark of God who resides with in. This is why I love The Way of The Livingness it is the only religion I know which presents the fact that we are all equal Sons of God and all equally as powerful and all knowing.

  9. The innocent power of this claim is gorgeous: “I knew that the gentle caring boy I was had nothing to do with church, it was just me”. How have assigned the wise and loving expression of wonderful people to religion, when if any religion was true, the first thing we would be reminded is that our true nature is just as loving caring and gentle of this young boy and “the kingdom of God” does in fact reside inside us.

  10. ‘A rieligion seen as a connection to our divine qualities and not an outer measure of faith and obedience?’ This is Obedience to our true nature.

  11. I find it utterly amazing to observe children and the way they interact with each other, being naturally inclusive, knowing and honouring of who they are, as you have mentioned here, this is true religion and we can be constantly inspired by this to return to that which we left behind and yet is bursting to come out to be shared with all.

  12. ‘Our religious experiences must do more than tolerate other faiths: at the heart of true religion is a deep acceptance firstly of ourselves and from that love a deep acceptance of everyone, no matter what they believe or how they act.’ Living this way brings so much joy and beauty to life Whereas tolerance keeps people at odds with each other under the guise that we’re getting on when it’s not true. Accepting tolerance as the pinnacle of relations prevents us from going beyond and seeing we are all one.

  13. The Way of The Livingness is a Way that puts our body at ease, in its natural posture, a living turn towards God. It is a Way of being that confirms the truth of who we are.

  14. ‘I knew that the gentle caring boy I was had nothing to do with church, it was just me.’ The innate knowing and wisdom we can all connect to is there, it is who we are. To try to attribute it to something outside of us is so dishonest it is evil – we rob ourselves of knowing who we are. Instead we keep chasing the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow not realising we are the gold.

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