Everyday Spirituality

Everyday Spirituality


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.



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