Is this religion? Why the cross?

The short answer is “no”, and because the cross has been used for millennia as a symbol of inner wisdom.

The longer answer: I have come to see religion as an outer portrayal of what should happen inside of us. The clues offered by the architecture of churches and temples, and by religious texts are immense, but it takes awareness to see them for what they are. The steps I discuss in my book and talks allows for that awareness to develop, and when it does, you will see what I see, and feel what I feel.