Everyday Spirituality

Everyday Spirituality

Breaking ruinous patterns

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Talking with my cousin the other day, the subject of parenting came up. We both appreciated learning about a Father/Mother God that everyone could call their parent. We learned the idea from a religion but she pointed out the idea can also be innate to us.

She told me about her husband’s background. His mom was a war-bride, from Japan, living in America. She had 6 children and an alcoholic spouse to take care of, until her spouse drank himself to death. While raising her six children, the mother would tell them, “You are not your father. You are you. You can make good choices in life.”

All 6 children were touched by their mother’s words. They grew into responsible adults and successful family oriented individuals.

 

 

 

Slow motion research

posted by Cheryl Petersen

The TV and film industry do not have a monopoly on slow motion filming. High speed cameras are being used also in engineering, scientific and industrial research. Fast moving events, measurements and movements are captured on film and slowed down to see what actually happens, where the naked eye only sees a blur.

When reading the Bible, I can slowly read the Bible and determine what must have felt in the past like a blur to Bible characters. One minute Saul is out to punish Christians, the next minute he is halted in his steps and struck blind. (Acts 9)

Then there is King David, who one minute is bored, then the next minute he is in bed committing adultery. (II Sam:11)

Events can happen so fast we feel lost in hopelessness.

But, we can slow the human mind/ego down. We can see with common sense and spiritual sense what actually happens.

We can detect the triggering thoughts and motions that lead to anger, depression, fear, and find the capacity to replace them with love, truth, and joy.

Our capacity to experience goodness strengthens as our understanding of God strengthens. God isn’t a human mortal, slow, fast, bored, or witless at times. God is Spirit, a divine Spirit that guides us with awareness.

The problems are that the unaware human ego wants to be aware of itself, or that when we do become aware, we want to immediately deny the awareness because it goes against our expectations and desires.

The Bible makes it sound as though Christ Jesus knew he was going to be crucified. I probably would have shrugged that off and acted surprised as if it happened so fast I didn’t see it coming. But, slow motion shows all the steps that led up to the event. Thankfully, God loves us and wins.

What crowd are we in?

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Read from the book, A Heart Like His, by Beth Moore, “All of us need to be surrounded by people who are invited to hold us accountable and question the questionable.”

A buzz in my ear from life

posted by Cheryl Petersen

The woods around us are teeming with black flies. During the muggy summer days those flies are doing what? Flying.

This morning on my walk the flies were so thick I thought I might breathe one in. I felt annoyance build up as I tried to swat them away. Then I looked beyond the buzzing in my face and kinda snickered.

Here I thought they were annoying me when they live in the woods. The flies were doing what they do all day long. I was only going for one walk early in the morning. I was the annoyance in their path.

Could you imagine going about your business and bumping into a great big hot sweaty thing?

The new perspective didn’t resolve the issue but it did allow my mind to move in a different direction other than annoyance embedding itself and wanting to kill all flies. This is a dead end road and though the mind might look busy, death is mindless.

Sure enough, I was able to think differently. I considered a report I needed to write up and I was home before I knew it.

A Mind moving toward life…now that’s a buzz worth responding to.

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Breaking ruinous patterns
Talking with my cousin the other day, the subject of parenting came up. We both appreciated learning about a Father/Mother God that everyone could call their parent. We learned the idea from a religion but she pointed out the idea can also be innate to us. She told me about her husband’s backgr

posted 7:58:13am Jul. 28, 2014 | read full post »

Slow motion research
The TV and film industry do not have a monopoly on slow motion filming. High speed cameras are being used also in engineering, scientific and industrial research. Fast moving events, measurements and movements are captured on film and slowed down to see what actually happens, where the naked eye onl

posted 8:54:00am Jul. 24, 2014 | read full post »

What crowd are we in?
Read from the book, A Heart Like His, by Beth Moore, “All of us need to be surrounded by people who are invited to hold us accountable and question the questionable.”

posted 10:52:14am Jul. 20, 2014 | read full post »

A buzz in my ear from life
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posted 9:27:16am Jul. 16, 2014 | read full post »

Church leader's interpretation needs rounding out
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