Everyday Spirituality

Everyday Spirituality

Finding the sacred

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Some things in life, we treat as sacred: relationships, spirit, the earth, our work.

We are bewildered when other people treat them irreverently. Deep down we know the truth of the matter, that we must treat our earth with respect, otherwise it will be destroyed.

Yet nothing in this material world is permanent, although the trust, creativity, and beauty of our relationships, the earth, and our work is.

This helps me when I flop back and forth believing the Bible is sacred, or not. I read in 21st Century Science and Health, “The Scriptures are sacred. Our aim must be to have them understood spiritually, for only by this understanding can truth be gained.”


I can expand on this verse and remind myself that my relationships are sacred as I understand them spiritually. Spirit is sacred as I understand it internally. My work is sacred as I comprehend it spiritually. And, the Bible can be sacred as I understand it in the form of ideas.



Spiritual cause

posted by Cheryl Petersen

From Abridged Chapter, Science of Being

A terrible habit is to believe without understanding. Spiritual leaders are often misunderstood. Followers, who misinterpret their leader, will also misinterpret themselves. To understand Jesus the Christ takes time; even his disciples had a difficult time grasping his words and works.

petri dishesJesus didn’t get hung up on the physical symptoms or causes, but searched the spiritual cause. He was patient with himself as he practiced surrendering the mortal or fleshly senses. The closer he got to God, the further away he got from the arrogant conformists bent on restricting Spirit to a ritual or human ideology. Using common sense and scientific conclusions, Jesus was a scientist of Mind. He was inspired by Life, Truth, and Love. He wasn’t inspired by human emotionalism or agendas any more than he was inspired by a hormone. Hormones have no power. Put a hormone or chemical in a petri dish and see if the petri dish is inspired or vitalized.

Jesus took a scientific approach, moving forward in thought with effective arguments. The better he understood God, the more he was misunderstood by the materialist thinkers. He knew the Ego was Mind, instead of the body.


The role of integrity and honor

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Excerpt from Modern Christian Science Bible Lesson

John 5: 1-9, 16-30 (NIV)

Jesus went up to Jerusalem for one of the Jewish festivals. Now there is in Jerusalem near the Sheep Gate a pool, which in Aramaic is called Bethesda and which is surrounded by five covered colonnades. Here a great number of disabled people used to lie—the blind, the lame, the paralyzed. 4-5 One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to get well?”

“Sir,” the invalid replied, “I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.”


Then Jesus said to him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.” At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked.

The day on which this took place was a Sabbath,

[T]he Jewish leaders began to persecute him. 17 In his defense Jesus said to them, “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I too am working.” 18 For this reason they tried all the more to kill him; not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was even calling God his own Father, making himself equal with God.

19 Jesus gave them this answer: “Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does. 20 For the Father loves the Son and shows him all he does. Yes, and he will show him even greater works than these, so that you will be amazed. 21 For just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, even so the Son gives life to whom he is pleased to give it. 22 Moreover, the Father judges no one, but has entrusted all judgment to the Son, 23 that all may honor the Son just as they honor the Father. Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father, who sent him.


24 “Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life. 25 Very truly I tell you, a time is coming and has now come when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God and those who hear will live. 26 For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son also to have life in himself. 27 And he has given him authority to judge because he is the Son of Man.

28 “Do not be amazed at this, for a time is coming when all who are in their graves will hear his voice 29 and come out—those who have done what is good will rise to live, and those who have done what is evil will rise to be condemned. 30 By myself I can do nothing; I judge only as I hear, and my judgment is just, for I seek not to please myself but him who sent me.


From 21st Century Science and Health

Those who are healed through metaphysical Science may not understand the Principle of the cure. They may even impute their recovery to change of air or diet, not rendering to God the honor due to Spirit alone. Entire immunity from the belief in sin, suffering, and death may not be reached at this level, but we may expect a decrease in these evils; and this scientific beginning is in the right direction.

The dream that human mind and error are real or permanent must yield to reason and enlightenment. Then human beings will perceive the insubstantiality of sin and sickness, and sin and sickness will disappear from consciousness. The harmonious will appear real and the inharmonious will become extinct. Erroneous perceptions are seen as false gods, nonbeings; gods we do not desire to honor or fear.


The time for thinkers has come. Truth, independent of doctrines and time-honored systems, knocks at the portal of humanity. Contentment with the past and the cold conventionality of materialism are crumbling away.

In our deliverance, we rejoice in peaceful honor, immortality, and spiritual freedom.



posted by Cheryl Petersen

The human body is riveting, intricate, and sophisticated. It also is vulnerable and can be twisted, therefore I can’t help but ponder its origin. I think the origin of the physical body is the human mind, not God.

In the first chapter of the book of Genesis in the Bible, we read about a God that made light, trees, and animals. Then people as image. We were given dominion, not domination, but dominion to give identity to the boundless array of spiritual creation.

As my concept of light turns to enlightenment, and my idea of trees turns to ever-rejuvenating newness, and my thought of animals coincides with courage and egoless strength, I can take those ideas and express them, with authority. We’ve been given the dominion to give identity to all the glorious spiritual ideas. We embody spirituality.


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