A true relationship with healing = true religion

by Jenny Ellis, Esoteric Practitioner, Brisbane

As someone who grew up without the influence of organised religion and in a largely atheist household, I had no meaningful experiences I would ever have called religious. I did however have a great deal of experience with what I might have once called healing, being involved in and passionate about health and fitness most of my younger life and studying natural medicine for several years.  To link the words religion and healing at the time however, could not have been more absurd in my view, and so to come to a point today where I now link healing and religion inextricably reflects a significant shift in my understanding.

When we think of healing, I dare say for most the word has lost its real meaning in everyday life and would be considered synonymous with the current dictionary offerings of: alleviating, palliating, easing, helping, softening, lessening, mitigating, attenuating, allaying and so on.

Historically in many cultures religion and healing have actually shared a close relationship. Shamans and priests held the power to ‘heal’ the sick through restoring the relationship of the individual with the unseen dimensions. A disturbance in this relationship was seen, and still is, amongst some religious enthusiasts as a valid cause of illness.

This understanding, particularly in the face of our adoption of evidence-based medicine, has for many taken a radical turn away from these historic origins.

Today an apparent relationship between religion and healing would appear to exist primarily amongst those who remain religious enthusiasts or within cultures where this relationship with the unseen dimensions remain an intrinsic part of daily life.

What does it mean to heal?

So what does it mean to ‘heal’ really? And what is the relationship we have with this in everyday life?

What does it actually mean to be ‘religious’?

And what then is the real relationship between the meanings of these two words?

The true meaning of the word healing appears to be of Germanic origins. From the German heilen and Dutch helen which in translation means ‘to make whole’. From these come the old English word heilen: which is ‘to cure, save, make whole, sound and well’.

This begs a further question then as to what does it actually mean to ‘make whole’? Is that merely the alleviation of symptoms and discomforts, as our current thesaurus synonyms would suggest, as well as what the majority of our current health-care system is geared towards? Or is there more to us than meets the eye, so to speak, and are we in fact not capturing what it means to ‘be whole’ in our current paradigms?

What is true religion?

And then what is true religion?  From its history, we know it is a word derived from the Latin word ‘religio’, which means to ‘re-read, re-trace, re-consider diligently the connection or relationship with God’.  However, there is no question that our current understanding and use of that word has strayed far from these origins.

From this meaning, it appears a distinctly personal relationship is referred to and not one necessarily fostered by or belonging to an institution, an organised religious movement, a building or a designated individual. It is, by this inference, a personal relationship that refers to that which re-unites us with our essence, or in other words, reunites us with the divinity we are.

There is a very apparent parallel to be understood when it comes to healing.

The entire movement of ‘holistic medicine’ over the past 30 years has rested on the fact there is more to us than a physical body. Naturopathy and Chinese Medicine in particular are two prime examples. They rest their tenets and approach on the body being influenced by not just a myriad of external influences but also by emotions, mental activity and what is loosely referred to as ‘stress’. There is no question these are valid observations, as most of us would acknowledge these things in life can affect our sense of wellbeing and vitality and life is made up of all these.

What does it mean to make ‘whole’?

These approaches however, while perhaps taking into consideration a greater acknowledgement of a ‘whole’, would still appear to be leaving us way short of the mark, if in fact we are also in some way to re-unite with a divine aspect within, in order to ‘make us whole’, as true healing requires.

To make whole, means to restore something that is fundamentally complete, intact, everything it was in its origins. And if we are from divinity, then this implies that to be ‘complete’ or ‘whole’ means also to be re-united with that part of us. No wow factor, no hail-Mary’s necessary, simply a restoration of a completeness that would have us feel utterly and completely normal, albeit a new-normal you might say, for in this ‘whole’ state we would also be fully aware of the fact of our divine essence, as well as our physicality, emotionality and our mental aspects.

The connection between healing and religion in that sense becomes very clear but there is an even more decided reason for these words to be so intrinsically linked.

What I have discovered in working with Universal Medicine Therapies and applying the teachings of the Ancient Wisdom, is that it is the divine essence that IS the very life-giving principle responsible for instigating healing within the body. Restore our connection and relationship to it, and we will also restore the body’s enormous capacity to rebalance and heal, thus supporting and sustaining our vitality and function.

What is the ‘healing principle’?

The ‘healing principle’ within the body is something wondrous and constant –  just watch the miraculous healing unfold when our skin is broken, something occurring on a micro-level we observe and for the most part, take for granted every day.

This ever-present healing aspect is captured at a physical level by the concept of homeostasis: the body’s unceasing movement towards healing itself, rebalancing. It is us and our moment-by-moment choices that create the obstacles to this natural and unceasing movement towards healing.

We have a world constantly searching for meaning in life with a growing sense of urgency. We have every possible institution and industry on earth to support seeking this way or that – we have many billions of people involved in organised religion and religious movements, subscribing to various systems of belief, paths of spiritualism and schools of philosophy – and yet unrest, disharmony and dis-ease are increasingly prevalent the world over.

It follows that if religion, in its truest sense, is synonymous with true healing, then what humanity is historically and presently engaging in on the whole cannot be true religion and our efforts to heal cannot be true healing either. The two cannot exist in isolation to one another, regardless of what we call it, when one is truly healing, one must be in true religion at the same time.

Separation from Essence = dis-ease 

The ultimate relationship between religion and healing is reflected in one word: essence.  If the human essence is in fact divinity, then any disconnection from or discordance with that essence, is basically us not living or being what or who we truly are, complete and united. From this perspective, it’s then easy to understand how that disconnect or discord would underlie all dis-ease and disharmony within the body.

And so, it is through religion we heal and through healing we find religion, in the truest meaning of these words.

Read more:

  1. What is religion? 
  2. What is true religion? 
  3. Religion – a separative force or a healing power? 


615 thoughts on “A true relationship with healing = true religion

  1. “What does it mean to make ‘whole’?” – this is a great question that exposes the fact of how we have been compensating the obvious un-whole-ness that we sense. And when we understand that the word ‘religion’ in truth means to re-connect, re-bound, it just reveals the true nature of the grandness that we are and how we have been avoiding that, and how the true healing is in the reverse of this obvious bastardisation that we have allowed to be manufactured eons ago.

  2. If we don’t consider if the meaning of a word has been changed we are at the mercy of those who are clever with words. Not having considered myself clever with words I was less than discerning for much of my life. It is time to be wise and not take words at face value.

  3. It is a great point Jenny makes here about the exposure of the word religion and its true meaning. It takes me back a long, long time ago where I am at one with the word and my connection to God long before any institutionalised religion was formed to come full circle to welcome and embrace once again its true meaning and living in connection to God, everyone and everything on this plane of life.

  4. “If the human essence is in fact divinity, then any disconnection from or discordance with that essence, is basically us not living or being what or who we truly are, complete and united. From this perspective, it’s then easy to understand how that disconnect or discord would underlie all dis-ease and disharmony within the body.” I agree wholeheartedly from my own experience of returning to my essence. What I would add to the conversation is that our disconnect to and discord with our essence doesn’t just affect the body, it actually affects the whole of society – the way we are with each other and with life in general. True healing and religion are not just for an individuals wellbeing, but to restore wholeness to communities.

  5. Another great example of how words have been robbed of their true meaning to the point that they can mean anything that you want them to mean. We need to wake up to the fact that you can only have truth if words are restored to their true and absolute meanings.

  6. This is very beautiful. After reading this it’s just impossible to imagine how one can be without the other. Many years ago ‘healing’ for me was almost synonymous with curing or improving. It did have a whiff of something beyond the physical about that word, but that is where I dumped anything that I could not quite understand or explain, but that is exactly where the truth of us in essence unites these two words – healing and religion – and explains the unexplainable.

  7. “If the human essence is in fact divinity, then any disconnection from or discordance with that essence, is basically us not living or being what or who we truly are, complete and united.” I would agree that the human essence is Divinity and yes we would feel it strongly when we step away from that. It then becomes a sickness – to be so disconnected from our essence.

  8. “it is through religion we heal and through healing we find religion,” Beautiful. To reconnect to our essence of who we are is healing and in healing the separation from who we are we find our reconnection to our essence.

  9. We all know innately inside us somehow that the choices we make are hugely powerful – and that if we truly want things to change then they will. It’s this internal knowing of our godliness and living in accordance to this, that is religion to me

    1. Yes, we do indeed all know, we just give our power away to the belief that change is hard or that change is scary. But we have walked away from embracing who we are and what we bring and the outplay of that is there in the statistics for illness and disease – that is the scariest bit to me.

  10. True religion ‘ a personal relationship that refers to that which re-unites us with our essence, or in other words, reunites us with the divinity we are.’ When I read these words I understand the importance of living my essence and returning to being who I truly am, because without it I live in disharmony which opens the door to illness and disease.

  11. ‘Historically in many cultures religion and healing have actually shared a close relationship.’ Religion and healing do belong together, there is a recognition of the whole person with their Soul, not just a functional body but the body with Divine particles flowing through it.

  12. A beautiful description of true medicine and how in connection with ourselves we are able to return to a wholeness and way of being that is natural and divine in essence.

  13. A fabulous article and what really stood out for me today was the word ‘Restoration’, they way it was written and the way it felt, I felt inspired, supported in my return to who I am in essence. To restore ourselves offers the truth that we do not need to look for solutions and fixes, we instead allow ourselves to surrender to a return, what is already known.’

    1. Yes.. restoration makes me think of meticulously restoring a precious work of art to its original glory. The same is true of our bodies and ourselves: we are already glorious, but sometimes we get lost in the world and forget that, and need to do some meticulous and loving work on ourselves to feel and emanate that beauty again.

  14. Restoring the whole is a matter of reconnection back to the inner heart as disconnection from self and others is the modern dis-ease.

  15. “And so, it is through religion we heal and through healing we find religion, in the truest meaning of these words.” In the past I would never have associated these two words, but having a true and deep understanding of the meaning of each one thanks to Serge Benhayon, the above statement now makes complete sense to me.

  16. ‘So what does it mean to ‘heal’ really? And what is the relationship we have with this in everyday life?’ Great question. Emphasising the word ‘really’ I would hand on heart signpost anyone to Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine for they are the true deal when it comes to living, understanding and teaching about this ✨

    1. So true, Vicky. Nowhere else have I come across any organisation that takes every single aspect of a person and supports them to heal energetically, emotionally and physically.

  17. Returning to truth, to God, to Love, to knowing you are divine. Whatever we want to call it, the fact is, this is one journey we are all on whether we choose to accept it or not. It works better when it’s embraced!

  18. This simple truth that we are Divine in our essence – just by accepting this truth makes absolute sense of everything in life and beyond. The fact that we have been denying this truth all along, the fact that illness and disease keep increasing as we think we are ‘advancing’, the fact that our body constantly works to keep us alive and bring back homeostasis when it is off, and accepting that we are Divine in our essence and start having a relationship with that part, that is religion.

  19. Your blog demonstrates how there is an immutable relationship between healing, religion, philosophy, medicine, science and the human body, which further suggests that the way we live has a lot to do with the All – that is everything is related to everything, from thoughts, to actions, to behaviours and movement.

  20. My feeling upon reading this is that we still need to claim the truth of the word Religion, and in this claiming lay a path for humanity to walk upon to return to the true nature of our being.

  21. Running the body ragged and then expecting it to deliver top results is arrogant and irresponsible. Common sense tells us that the way we treat the body will determine how well it will be and how well it will perform for us.

  22. We are all part of the whole, so to run our bodies in separate parts does not make sense and a path for dis-ease and disharmony.

  23. I know when I disconnect from the divine essence, there is tension and an un-ease. It is the best radar I could ever hope for.

  24. No wonder there is so much illness and disease in the world when the religions of the day seem to breed separation from our essence and each other, true religion and true healing cannot be separated and yet most of us don’t connect the two and so have no hope of true wellness.

    1. Yes, we have come to accept tension as normal but not realised it is a warning sign that we have separated from ourselves and our essence. The tension is saying “yoohoo, where are you going? You forgot yourself – come back!!!”

  25. What I’ve come to understand and appreciate is that a true religion is one where i have built a deep and true connection with myself and in that with God and with everyone. Growing up i was told religion was about giving myself up to some greater thing outside of me, something ‘make believe’. The difference is felt so clearly in my body today that I can stand here knowing what true religion is.

  26. Working as a practitioner myself I feel the sacredness of what I can bring, and I have come to see that in the honouring of myself, knowing that I am enough, and bringing all of me to what I do is in itself a religious way of being in the true sense, a connection with God.

  27. The origins of the word healing are beautiful – ‘to make whole’ – and highlight just how non ‘weirdo’ the word actually is. Through having a relationship to things that brings us back to ourselves, refresh or mend the body and our rejuvenation rituals, we are having a relationship to healing.

  28. It really does make sense if to heal is to “make whole”, for how can a body be whole with out connection with its inner most core? It cannot and it is here that we find we are true religion, for the moment we connect to our core, we feel everyone else’s.

  29. When I connect to my essence (my inner heart) my body responds instantly, it is like it is given the space to restore homeostasis and harmony. It is when this happens that I have a sense of our bodies’ innate and vast wisdom.

  30. If we see and treat the human body as something that is divine and belongs to God, then health and vitality naturally follow. For why would we treat the body as a dumping ground for excess food, excess emotion, alcohol or drugs if we can feel that the body is naturally divine. To connect to our divine essence is something that we can choose to do and it feels so beautiful. But sometimes we choose to dull ourselves down. If we do this, then we stay in our familiar state of ill health, depression and dis-ease.

  31. It’s brilliant how you break down that our illnesses and diseases are much more than physical complaints, but they are a result of how we live, move, walk and talk over a certain period of time, and as a result a real healing needs to encompass not just the physical aspect but the whole life aspect.

  32. The spiritual aspect of our being in health has been ignored in general by Western Medicine and is a reflection of increasing levels of illness and disease in the world. Hence it is essential for it to be included in one’s healthcare for true healing to occur.

    1. Well said, could the ever rising rates of illness and disease be contributed to by the fact that western medicine practitioners are only addressing one level of of our health and well-being?

      1. Nothing happens in isolation, everything is inter-connected. Hence in medicine the whole person needs to be addressed and not just the symptom for true healing to occur.

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