Everyday Spirituality

Everyday Spirituality

Roadside flowers invade myopic view

posted by Cheryl Petersen

invasive_purple_loosestrifePurple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria) is a highly invasive non-native plant that threatens significant portions of Maryland’s marsh, swamp, and coastal habitats. By crowding out native wetland species, purple loosestrife can reduce biodiversity, eliminate food sources for marsh animals and change water flow patterns.

Alongside the roadsides in upstate New York, we see Purple loosestrife. I think the flowers are gorgeous. I love the bright sprigs of color up against the green background prominent here in the Catskill foothills. When driving, the purple flowers lift my spirit.

My attitude comes across as ignominy to the botanist, who has defined Purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria) as a highly invasive non-native plant that threatens native species. Purple loosestrife is a flower in the wrong place, a weed. The flower is censored out of the mindset for plant care. In fact, purple loosestrife should be killed in the eyes of the purist.

Purple loosestrife was introduced to eastern North America from Europe and Eurasia in the 19th century, brought from the old world as a cure for homesickness in an alien space.

This teaches me 3 lessons:

  1. What I consider familiar may be alien to others
  2. What I consider alien may be familiar to others
  3. The top two lessons affect how I communicate and connect with others

Acting on these lessons I find love is definitely the connecter, not flowers, not words, not lifestyles, not fashion, but love.

From 21st Century Science and Health, “Jesus’ words and works were alien to the world’s expectations and contrary to the world’s religious views. Mortals believed in God as humanly mighty, rather than as divine infinite Love…Intellectualism clings to the person of Jesus for salvation, instead of divine Principle, and the curing power of God is silenced. Truth deprives drugs of their imaginary power and clothes Spirit with supremacy. Science is the “alien within your gates,”[1] remembered not, even when its elevating effects pragmatically prove its divine origin and efficacy.”


[1] Ex. 20:10; Deut. 5:14

The inane and the insane

posted by Cheryl Petersen

corset 2Human beings wake up each day to find themselves doing everything from the inane to the insane. Women’s corset, being a suitable example.

Starting out as a fashion statement in the 1500’s women began wearing corsets made out of rigid materials and designed to diminish the waist, amplify the hips, and push up the boobs. Shorter definition: corset= torture.

The forced hour-glass figure went on until the early 20th century. But, it wasn’t wisdom that snapped men and women out of the unnatural behavior, it was necessity. During World War I, metal was in hot demand. The appeal was made to women to give up their corsets made of steel. Women not only donated corsets measuring 28,000 tons of metal for arms, they entered the workforce to make those arms.

I love reading this from 21st Century Science and Health, “Religious and medical systems treat physical pains and pleasures as if they are normal, but Jesus rebuked the suffering from any such cause or effect. The epoch approaches when true religion will be built on the understanding of the truth of being. However, people are slow to understand truth because they are obsessed with fashion, pride, bodies, and opinion. The fixation of materiality makes us weary and old because it goes against our higher nature. At some point, we will break through the fleeting and false and learn how Spirit, the great architect, has created men and women in Science.”



Clever ancestors

posted by Cheryl Petersen

stonehengeStonehenge, an important prehistoric monument in Britain, stimulates weighty conjecture in the circles of scientists, archeologists, and the impressed curious minded. Speculation says the large earthwork began 5,000 years ago and went through a series of uses, one being religious ceremonies.

Pictures of Stonehenge cause me to think of pictures of the 4,000-year old Egyptian pyramids. These magnificent man-made structures defy logic. No more, they mock human progress.

Progress today seems tightly knit to technological advancements. Electrification, automobiles, airplanes, the Positron Emission Tomography (PET scan), the Magnetic Resonance Imaging scanner (MRI scanner), the iPAD, the computer I’m using to type with right now, cranes, bulldozers, excavators.

These revolutionary machines can be linked to busy mortals mesmerized by a screen, an increase in nursing homes, and ravaged landscapes and skyscrapers. The supposed “progress” dulls in presence of the facts.

Moreover I can’t help but wonder, how did Stonehenge and the pyramids come to being without all this 20th century progress?

Logical speculations include the building occurred by rolling the rocks on logs or using oxen to pull stones, then using ramps for height.

Marissa McCauley reported online at Penn State, “For centuries, people have theorized how the great pyramids were built. Some have suggested that they must have been constructed by extraterrestrials, while others believe the Egyptians possessed a technology that has been lost through the ages.” Maybe our ancestors used metaphysical powers.

Metaphysical or mental technology, I believe, coincides with progress more than physical technology.

When I meet progressive people, it isn’t because they own they the latest in gadgetry, it’s because they succeed in promoting social justice, or they figured out how to have a productive relationship with their partner or children, or they assisted in cleanup of a manmade dump.

After experiencing metaphysical healing, it makes it all the more probable that Stonehenge or the pyramids were built through metaphysical prowess.

From 21st Century Science and Health, “Metaphysics resolves things into thoughts and exchanges the objects of sense for the ideas of Soul.”

Saying NO

posted by Cheryl Petersen

It’s a quick and snappy word. It’s easy to remember, but do we remember to say it appropriately?

The almost universal word, “no” probably began with hunkered down eyebrows, becoming more serious with a shaking head.

Well, we can take up that animation and its seriousness We can say, “No,” when too much food is put in front of us; when we want to drive instead of walk; when we need to stop anger and entertain mindful mercy.

It isn’t that human beings don’t say no. We say it plenty, but sometimes it’s aimed at the wrong thing. Rather than say, “I can’t,” we can follow through on opportunities that require a little imagination and less ego.

Say no to idle TV watching, repetitive negative behavior, making fun of other people, doubting your ability to do good.

We don’t even have to say “no” to God, when religious organizations make God out to be a bigoted numbskull. God is love and God loves us all and gives us the insight and ability to expand our consciousness of life and a purpose of good.

no yes maybe

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