Everyday Spirituality

Everyday Spirituality

Exploring the infinite

posted by Cheryl Petersen

For almost one hundred years now, astronomers have concurred that the universe is expanding. They’ve even decided the rate of expansion is increasing.

Patrick McDonald, of the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics, gave an example of an expanding universe, saying, “Acceleration is like you throw a ball up, and it starts going up faster and faster.” Normal attractive gravity is not the cause, therefore, the cause of acceleration has been dubbed “dark energy,” an unknown.

While astronomers are trying to answer their questions, which will probably only generate more unknowns, I’m reminded not to try to measure the immeasurable.

Astronomers are not the only thinkers that try to find a limit to the unlimited. Religionists do it also, even when they believe they have an unlimited God.

An infinite God is just that—infinite. No beginning, no end.

In the book, Science and Health, the first lines in the Bible are interpreted to read, “In the only…”

Starting our prayers with “the only” life and love being infinite, our minds open up to ongoing opportunities and possibilities.

We can see that no one single person, not even Christ Jesus, can fully represent God. Christ Jesus was the son of God, but not God, in and of the infinite.

Allowing in our prayers for the infinite to remain infinite, motivates us in new directions outside of time and place. We can know, or intuit, the best action to take for whatever situation we find our self in.

A long awaited trip was recently canceled that precluded my sister from traveling. There was no detectible reason why the trip should be canceled, however, a great peace followed. Sometimes, we can let go of our human plans and explore new ideas.

From 21st Century Science and Health, “God is indivisible. A part of God could not enter us; neither could God’s inclusiveness be reflected by a single person. If God was divisible, God would be manifestly finite, would lose the deific character, and would then become less than God. Allness is the measure of the infinite and nothing less can express God.”

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If you are in upstate New York…

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Hi Everyone,

I would like to invite you to the Unitarian/Universalist Society in Oneonta, New York, November 30. I will be giving the sermon, subject: appreciation.

The service begins Sunday at 10:30 a.m.

Church location is 12 Ford Avenue, Oneonta, NY

Happy Thanksgiving.

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Free Science and Health E-Book offer

posted by Cheryl Petersen

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Hiking a world marvel

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Taughannock_FallsPronounced Tuh-GA-nick, Taughannock falls carves a 400 foot deep gorge through layers of sandstone, shale and limestone that were once the bed of an ancient sea. With a 215 foot plunge, this waterfall stands three stories taller than Niagara Falls.

By happenstance, Doug and I came across Taughannock falls yesterday while on a road trip. I was looking for a restroom and we followed the signs to the State Park since it was only 1 mile off the main road we were traveling, Route 89.

The bathroom was acceptable. Relief. I could think better now. We noticed other cars in the parking lot and many intrigued people, bent on seeing something. We decided we’d check it out on the return trip home. We did.

We had no idea Taughannock water falls existed. Not a clue about its prestige. We were completely oblivious of the State Park and the work done so people could enjoy it.

A short path led to a viewpoint where the 215’ waterfall could be seen in the distance. It was quite lovely. The abyss was impressive and we could see tiny people walking around down at the falls. But we couldn’t figure out how they got there.

A fence separated us from the cliff edge and we decided to follow the fence. After about 10 minutes of walking it was apparent we weren’t close to an outlet down into the gorge, unless they had an elevator somewhere. All we could see were steep cliffs.

I asked an approaching woman about the trail. She explained we had to drive to Lake Cayuga where there was an entrance into the gorge. We had no idea a lake was nearby.

She said, “If we walked another 6 minutes, we’d come upon a nice modest water fall.” So we did. It was nice and modest.

The fence however continued so we decided to continue following it.

Finally,  after about 40 minutes, we could see across the abyss and spot the viewpoint where we stood earlier. We also saw in the far distance a lake. We met with a quandary. We didn’t really know if the fence would continue all the way around the gorge. We didn’t know if we could make it back to the car by dark. We didn’t bring water. So we asked another gentleman who was walking his dog.

“Oh yes, the hike/fence goes around but the part you haven’t walked yet has steep parts. You have to walk down steps to the entrance near the lake and then walk back up steps, which can be difficult.”

Doug encouraged me, “We can do it.”

Sure enough the first woman we spoke to soon approached us again. She had circumvented the entire gorge. “Ah, it was possible,” I greeted her. I told her we just realized the hiking path was a complete circle. She said, “I told you that the first time I saw you.”

She probably did, but we didn’t understand. When we first saw her, we only could see what they call the North Rim. We only understood a fraction of the big picture. She was familiar with the whole hike because she lived nearby and hiked it regularly.

I told the woman to look for us in the morning in case we were still wandering around. She laughed and agreed.

cheryl up steps smallDoug and I continued. We found the steps, made the descent and ascent just fine. We were amazed at the size of the oak tree leaves that had fallen to the ground.

After googling the falls this morning, I discovered the hike was less than 3 miles. Nothing to be afraid of at all. I recommend visiting Taughannock State Park if you are near Ithaca, New York.

From 21st Century Science and Health, “God, good, is self-existent and self-expressed, though indefinable as a whole. Every step toward spirituality is a step away from materiality and is a tendency toward God, Spirit. Material theories partially paralyze this attraction toward infinite and eternal good by a distraction to the measurable, flamboyant, and chaotic.

“Denying the claims of matter/energy is taking an important step toward the joys of Spirit, toward human freedom and the final triumph over the body.”

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