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?

285 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.

    1. Yes Francisco, we have these amazing messengers in front of us everyday, exposing and presenting a true way to live, and we dismiss and undermine them at every opportunity, saying they are only young and they don’t understand, yet who is it that really doesn’t understand?

  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.

  15. Your observation of young children’s innate acceptance, care and trust in others, as well as their natural tendency to feel at one with nature and life, is a great measure of true religion.
    “A religion seen as a connection to our divine qualities and not an outer measure of faith and obedience” is certainly one that my heart understands.

  16. Woah woah woah! What a powerful piece of writing from a man who is living it. Awesome and inspiring, thank you. I particularly love what you write here – the world would be a different place if this truth was adhered:

    ‘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.’

  17. Claiming back religion is simply claiming back the fact that we are all the light of God – it lives within, it is who we are and where we come from. We’ve forgotten that and so have most mainstream religions.

  18. “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.” Thank you Stephen for this beautiful sharing of what religion really is and how you have found a way to express this shows that is innate and from a deep essence within that already has a precious relationship with God – evidence that it lies within us all, just waiting to be tapped into.

    1. The naturalness of our relationship with God is in every cell of our body and is always there behind all our wayward choices and patterns of behaviour. Being curious about this fact, exploring it in ourselves and out in the world means we can meet people more deeply than at a facade they may be presenting.

  19. Serge Benhayon has been amazing at peeling back the layers and re-interpretations of bastardised versions of religion, and in so doing has restored it to its true meaning, without which we would be lost. So many people have an aversion to religion and the word itself, and this stems from the fact of the bastardisation, however, when we allow ourselves to connect to the truth, we cannot deny that religion is within us and well and truly alive, it is simply about us activating this and allow it to blossom in a true and purposeful way, unaffected by any ideals or belief to make it into something it is not.

    1. indeed Henrietta, it is that we have created a conundrum of the word religion to put it outside of us while in fact it is simply that inner connection to our inner most everybody equally has. This shows to me to that the way we are currently living as a society is not it, that there is another way of living we all know from inside and are craving for many ages. Thanks to Serge Benhayon we have now back The Way of The Livingness, this way of living we all once will return to and will be united by.

  20. “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.’” . . . I certainly cannot think of a better way than this. Well said Stephen.

  21. True religion is innately within each and every one of us and is from God. Seeking it outside ourselves either through dogmas, the clergy, so called religious buildings etc. only serves to lead us further away from our divine origins.

    1. And the more people I talk to the more I see that everyone knew this as a child, this knowing of God/Divinity/Love inside us… I find this very inspiring as a foundation for returning from our waywardness.

  22. The Way of The Livingness celebrates our connection with ourselves as the divine beings we are, equal Sons of God. Little kids live this so naturally until they learn behaviours from others.

  23. ‘it is within us each to feel what the truth is and how we wish to be in this world’ – what a totally beautiful invitation and responsibility – to realise and activate that we have a choice every step of the way about how to be in relationship with ourselves, others and the world.

  24. What a beautiful claiming back of true religion with the oneness, love and truth in our hearts and simply living this.

  25. This is key “There need be no clinging to a faith if it does not resonate with the vibration of love we know the world needs.” We can trust in the feel of things as to whether they are truly bringing the Love and a loving way to humanity or not.

  26. People love to live in a community. It is the natural way to live so I agree most people join churches to feel that they are part of a community. It is sad that we feel we cannot form a community without a church. I feel this is something that the church has instilled through fear over the ages with witch hunts and crusades and the likes. In fact the church has hijacked people’s natural sense of community for their own purposes.

  27. “I now know without a doubt that religion truly is something that comes from our own connection to ourselves and to God.” Yes, and so I know with all my heart that I have been a religious person in the true meaning of that word all my life, something I would have denied for much of my life believing that all that “other stuff” was being religious when truly it is so so simple, and just a knowing within.

  28. It is really beautiful to feel religion is not boud to any of the buildings we see around like churches or mosques but lives inside us every single moment of the day.

  29. The beauty of knowing God inside us cannot ever be taken away from us and this is something Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine offer us all to know again and reclaim true religion as our living way in connection with the all in our deeply beautiful connection with ourselves lovingly.

  30. The ‘religion that stems from within.’ I love this sentence. Our innermost, our essence, is the place where each and every one of us can connect deeply with ourselves and with God.

  31. I was reading recently about how in the dark ages the Religion of the day would send out the priests and monks into the community and rather like the sales people of today, sell the idea that if you want a fast track to heaven then you must give the church your money and the church fathers would guarantee you a place in heaven. No wonder there are certain religions that are sitting very pretty on a mountain of ill gotten money and investments, through the miss selling of God. And I wonder if that is why so many people don’t want to have anything to do with God because they can feel in their bodies they were ‘ripped off’ and instead of blaming the church, or themselves because they were ripped off as it were, they blame God.

  32. “Religion for me stems from within and is about acting with integrity, considering everyone in our actions and taking responsibility for our life.” Although this is what most religions profess to be about, it is not neccessarily the case, often with the clergy/priests etc preaching one thing but then living another. But the Way of the Livingness as taught by Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine is a religion that includes every aspect of life with the utmost integrity, leaving no area or person more or less improtant than another and where responsibility for all that we do is key.

  33. “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.”
    Beautifully said Stephen, through this every evolving relationship our eyes continue to see more, our ability to read and feel is reawakened and the depth of our innate wisdom resurfaced.

  34. ‘religion seen as a connection to our divine qualities and not an outer measure of faith and obedience’. Well said Stephen – obedience to our true nature.

  35. How refreshing is it to know that there is a way of living that is respectful and decent to others. That simple step means everything to me, for it innately says we are all worth being treated with respect, every single one of us.

  36. This is great Stephen, and it raises a question? Could it be that religion or should I say True Religion has never divided people but as you have shared Stephen, “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.” So True Religion is about our divine connection to our Soul, which is us holding the Love we are and appreciating a life that is Soul-full to the best of our ability!

  37. The thing I never got about religion before The Way of The Livingness, is that t all seemed to revolve around fear, the fear of God, the fear of hell and the so called devil. Love was commonly talked about but it never felt true.

  38. Being religious is so natural that any external theory becomes strange when not related with what we feel within ourselves. The experience always precedes the theory, not on the contrary.

  39. True Stephen we are all naturally religious, connected to a wisdom in our body we can only avoid feeling but is always there for us. And the next quote is deeply resonating within me ‘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.’ This is knocking out any ‘right’ or ‘wrong’, there is no judgement possible.

  40. I can place trust in that too Stephen. If I am asked to take more responsibility for my own behaviour and can offer more to others as a result, that is the religion I can be part of.

  41. Love what is shared here Stephen, as it highlights how we all had a natural sense of true religion when we were young, through to our connection to our inner-most essence, to our truth within. We are all naturally religious, and as we are the Sons of God it is our innate way of being to live in connection to God through our connection to Soul. The fact is that we are always in a relationship with the oneness of God, the universe and all it encompasses including all of humanity, this is inescapable. As such when we embrace, honor and surrender to all that is on offer through this relationship, true religion is naturally lived.

  42. There is no more beautiful feeling than to be religious (in union) with ourselves, the acceptance of ourselves no matter what choices we have made is a miracle that opens up our acceptance of the world and in an instant we let in more of the world and our entire universe expands. Living religion is an universal expansion.

  43. It is about time we limit the use of the expression ‘a religious family’ to refer to a family that is in religion (re-binding, re-connecting, re-turning).This makes sense, because deep enough, religion is a pattern of movement.

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