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Gender fluidity and spirituality

posted by Cheryl Petersen

In our sex obsessed world, the propaganda of twirling human gender and identity can’t help but alter language, views, laws, and religious creeds.

The terms “non-binary” or “gender fluidity” have recently been added to the more newly established titles of: gender neutral, gay, lesbian, and transgender.

Then we have people who believe their views on gender have not altered, although their response resembles deeper entrenchment in the time-honored definitions of maleness and femaleness; their reaction markets physical laws as if they never can be broken. Mona Charen, American columnist and political analyst, wrote in her column, ‘Gender fluidity’ is nothing more than fantasy, “Maleness or femaleness is imprinted on every cell, influences every muscle and fiber, affects every body system, and colors every thought.”

red dressNo question, when menstruating, it feels as though femaleness influences my body and mind, but I’ve discovered I can turn away from the body and focus on spiritual truths of courage, wisdom, and divine authority. The result? My body quiets down and I’m influenced by a greater strength from outside myself.

No question, issues and decisions surrounding sex and sexuality come up in life, right along with travel, talents, and jobs.

It looks as though we can choose what sex to be, where to travel, and what job to pursue.

But, the flesh, our travels, talents, and jobs, do not comprise our life. To argue with others or argue within our own mind as to how the flesh defines us is to argue for mortality and against spirituality.

Paul wrote to the Corinthians, “So we are always of good courage. We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, for we walk by faith, not by sight. Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord. (II Cor. 5:6-8, ESV)

Being away from the body (flesh) is not synonymous with ignoring the body, but is in line with controlling it without the need to justify our mortality or flesh all the time. The fascination and preoccupation with sexuality progresses humanity not at all, unless we can get past the fixation.

I don’t love or hate my body, my travels, or my job. I may sound passionless, but I chose rather to live, move, and be active, and I find a greater power beyond the flesh. I find a future of widening possibilities. I find spiritual Life, Truth, and Love.

From 21st Century Science and Health, “Human mind and body are one. Neither exists without the other, and both must be replaced by spiritual Mind. A material body is an embodied concept of human mind. This mortal mind builds its own superstructure of which the fleshly body is the denser portion. From first to last, the body is a sensuous mythical human concept.

“The sensations of the body must either be the sensations of a human mind or of matter flesh. Nerves are not mind. It is provable that Mind, God, is not mortal. Is it not equally true that human mind and its matter flesh do not appear in the spiritual understanding of being?

“Do not believe in any supposed necessity for failure, adversity, or ruin, knowing (as you ought to know) that God never requires obedience to a physical law because no such law exists. Linear thinking is destroyed by the law of God, which is the law of Life eternal instead of death, the law of harmony instead of disorder, the law of Spirit instead of the flesh.

“In Science, Mind is one, including noumenon and phenomena, God and Mind’s thoughts.”

“We progress out of the thinking that life and sensation are in the body by understanding what constitutes ourselves as the image of God, and then Spirit will have overcome the flesh.

“We are learning to lay down our fleshliness and gain spirituality by ridding our self of a mortal identity. Universal Love is the divine way.”

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Control is more than controlling someone or something

posted by Cheryl Petersen

In the Bible, the book of Job portrays a man, Job, who gets robbed of everything by the Devil. Everything human beings consider to be good and deserving gets taken away by the Devil.

As Job lay in bed suffering, his friends visit. The older friends start psychobabbling as to why Job is in his predicament. Job argues with them. It reminds me of when I think about God from a human standpoint, I wonder how God could be better than human beings. I ask God how I can be better. I ask a lot of questions.

But in the Bible, their chatter gets them nowhere so the younger friend, Elihu, finally pipes up with a different approach.

Among other questions, Elihu asked: Do you know how Go controls the clouds and makes his lightning flash? (Jer. 27:15, NIV)

abundanceJob and the friends didn’t answer, but I answered for myself: “no, no I don’t know how God controls.”

Basically I finally admitted, my human knowledge has its limits. It takes a mental effort to turn away from the human knowledge and be open to spiritual knowledge.

It’s no wonder that after Elihu spoke, the thoughts in the room made a shift. The friends became quiet and Job began conversing with God.

We read in the Bible, “Then the Lord spoke to Job out of the storm. He said: 2 ‘Who is this that obscures my plans with words without knowledge? Brace yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer me.’” Job 38:1-3

Even my human concept of the word control isn’t the same as what Spirit knows. I think of human parents controlling their children, but that can go awry. Parents can become abusive or lose control. I think of democratic laws controlling the people, but that still too can present a battle of the wills as though conflicting elements control us.

Spiritual knowledge removes the conflicting element from control.

God isn’t a heavy-handed being. God doesn’t have laws in place that punish us when we break them. God is Spirit, an irresistible influence that attracts our every thought and action. If it looks as though we stray from God’s control, we are using human knowledge to see with.

Spiritual knowledge knows one. One truth, one life, one outcome.

Job’s life was restored to him in abundance.

A deep breath of color

posted by Cheryl Petersen

hillside from hwy 16 closer smalltrees cows cecils bright smallFrom 21st Century Science and Health, “The nature of spirituality is peaceful and blessed.”

You will go out in joy
    and be led forth in peace;
the mountains and hills
    will burst into song before you,
and all the trees of the field
    will clap their hands.   Isa. 55:12, NIV

One chip is enough

posted by Cheryl Petersen

dark-chocolate-raisinet-granola-bars-9Marketing experts adapt people to the habit of eating not just one chip, but the whole bag. The problem with this doctrine is we get fat and confused.

Many year ago, by sheer circumstance I was recuperating from an accident and found I just couldn’t eat very much at a time. One chip, or rather saltine cracker, was enough. Oddly, I discovered one cracker did the trick of quieting hunger pangs.

After a quick recuperation, I found myself eating but with more spiritual insight. I was able to stop myself from reaching for more chips.

When hunger pangs hit, I can sometimes overlook the pangs and keep about my work, not eating calories I don’t need. When the pangs are voracious, however I slowly eat one bite of a healthy oat bar (sometimes its one bite of ice-cream) and sure enough the pang is quiet enough that I can go about my business.

Over the years, the “one chip is enough” theory holds weight better for me. Or rather the theory doesn’t hold too much weight. I find a contentedness in not giving food so much power. One chip is fine.

“All creatures look to youto give them their food at the proper time.” Psalms 104:27 NIV

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Gender fluidity and spirituality
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