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Everyday Spirituality

Everyday Spirituality

Contagion of good

posted by Cheryl Petersen

I’m not very sporty. You probably wouldn’t want me on your baseball team, unless it was to keep score or serve water.

I can’t catch or throw a ball, really. Certainly not dependably.

When I do catch something thrown at me, I’m flabbergasted, almost thrilled to know it’s possible.

To catch a ball is to hold the ball. To feel it.

I’ve noticed I can catch a tune the same way. Whenever I go shopping at the local grocery store, I leave the store with a tune in my head.

Whatever the store’s music selection, or whatever the volume is, their songs get caught in my mind. Sometimes, I don’t like the songs and it takes a while to get them to stop re-playing in my mind.

But, it shows me that I catch sounds, mentally. I catch perceptions and sensations through mind.

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So, when I’m with someone who has negative thoughts, I challenge myself NOT to catch those thoughts.

I’ve taken it a step further and when I’m with someone who has a contagious illness, I challenge myself NOT to catch their thoughts on the illness.

I don’t hug sick people and I wash my hands after shaking hands with someone who maybe sick, but I’m discovering that if my mind is thinking about spirituality, I don’t so much catch the thoughts of sickness.

I’ve even wondered, Why don’t I catch good thoughts? Healthy thoughts? Because I can.

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Instead of fearing for what my body can or can’t catch, I look at what my mind is catching. Thoughts of God, good, at contagious. They keep me safe.

Psalm 91: 9-11

Because you have made the Lord your dwelling place—
    the Most High, who is my refuge—
10 no evil shall be allowed to befall you,
    no plague come near your tent.

11 For he will command his angels concerning you
    to guard you in all your ways.

 

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Transistors and transitioning to divine energy

posted by Cheryl Petersen

After cleaning the house, shoveling snow off the driveway, and driving to town to cover the Beautification Committee meeting for a newspaper article, I receive a call. “Can you get to the school to interview the Superintendent about Common Core testing in the classroom?”

I check the time, do some mental math, and answer, “Okay.”

My movement shifts up a gear. If I’m going to get to the school Superintendent, I need to get my information quicker. No chit-chatting. Not a simple task at the Beautification meeting where committee members are agreeably pleasant to talk to.

They even have cookies and coffee, however I rarely eat while working. Some people insist I eat until I point out that eating and interviewing don’t mix well. It’s not only difficult to talk with my mouth full, its uncouth.

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They understand, but they still offer me cookies and coffee.

And, when my plans changed, so did my routine of declining to imbibe in refreshments.

I knew I’d need some energy to get through the next job of interviewing the school Superintendent. So, I asked, “Can I have a brownie?”

Of course, came a resounding answer. “Take some for the road.”

I did.

While driving to the school and eating brownies, I thought about humanity’s demand for energy. I want energy, not only for my body but for my vehicle and house Billions of people in the world are wanting energy of some kind, calories, electric, oil, solar, hydro.

My neighbor, an electronic engineer, recently told me that he believed the single greatest invention of the 20th century was the transistor.

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Transistors replaced bulky vacuum tubes, used to amplify weak currents, or energy.

Electron Man said, “Cheryl, the transistor was invented or the phenomena was discovered, which ever way you see it, in 1949 by Bell Labs and received a Nobel Prize. We started seeing transistor radios in the mid to late 60’s. We couldn’t have gone to the moon in 1969 without it, as vacuum tubes are too heavy, fragile, require too much power and too much space. We simply didn’t have the rocket technology to move that much mass until the transistor.”

A transistor is a semiconductor device used to amplify and switch electronic signals and electrical power.

Electron Man explained, “The amount of energy we use today is a fraction of what we would use without semiconductors also. I’m building circuits that use microamps with .000001 amps, and nanoamps with 0.000000001 amps. A vacuum tube uses up to several amps, that’s a magnitude of one million to one billion times more energy required for tubes!”

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He added, “We advanced to large scale integration, or LSI, which is many transistors in a very small package and that enabled home computers, printers, the internet, satellites, cell phones, tablets, LED TV’s, etc., etc. We would not have photo voltaic modules or electronic fuel injection in cars, LED lighting or compact CFL’s without the transistor.”

So, we not only demand energy, but we can use that energy efficiently and wisely.

I’ve learned this with food. My body functions better when I eat healthy foods. I also drive a car that gets good gas mileage.

This got me to thinking about spiritual energy.

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Spiritual energy helps me get through those times when I don’t have brownies, or when I need good ideas in order to be productive during the day. Where does spiritual energy come from?

Spirit. God. It can never run out. It won’t crash. Spirit is infinite.

From 21st Century Science and Health.

“Divine energy unites everyone’s consciousness to God, the one immortal Spirit.

“Caffeine and other related stimulants aren’t equal to truth when you need energy or inspiration.

“It is proverbial that Mother Teresa,[1] and other philanthropists engaged in humanitarian work have been able to undergo, without weariness and danger, that which ordinary people could not endure. The explanation lies in the support which they derived from the divine law, supreme to the human law. The spiritual demand crushes the material demand, and supplies not only energy but also endurance, which surpasses all other aid.

“Let us feel the divine energy of Spirit, bringing us into newness of life and recognizing no human or material power as able to destroy.”

[1] Mother Teresa (1910–1997) Albanian Roman Catholic nun.

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No mental block in divine Mind

posted by Cheryl Petersen

After asking a lady a question, she started to answer then stopped and said, “Oh my, I just went brain dead. I can’t think of the word I want.”

I said, “That happens to me all the time,” not to compete with her but to assure her I was fine waiting until she found the word she wanted. She did.

As a writer, words elude me regularly. Even today, I was writing and became baffled. I knew what word I wanted, but the word “speculative” came to me and I typed it out only to stare at it and think, “Something is wrong with this. Is the p in the wrong place? I don’t think it’s what I mean.”

No other words for that particular spot in the article came to me. I changed speculation to hesitation and felt better.

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It was hours later, on a walk, when it dawned on I was looking for “skeptical.” Thankfully, my deadline isn’t passed, so I can change it.

We aren’t brain dead. They are just words. They come and go. We have gestures and tones to overpower the lack of the correct word.

My interview went fine this morning. The lady became comfortable and fulfilled the article need.

At the end of the day, my vocabulary has sometimes been reduced to 8 words. Hi, no, yes, maybe, I’m hungry, that thingy. Alas, life and love go on.

“For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people. Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God.”—I Peter 2:15-16, ESV

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Traveler or tourist?

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Turn Right at Machu Picchu, by Mark Adams, has my attention presently. Adams tells his story of traveling the Machu Picchu area in Peru, with an antisocial Australian survivalist and several Quechua-speaking, coca-chewing mule tenders as his guides. Adams writing is funny, strong, and sensitive to the multifarious characters this world provides.

I’m not going to go into the details of the book. But, I want to share with you when Adams distinguished between being a traveler and being a tourist.

A lot of times, we use the words “traveler” and “tourist” interchangeably. Which is fine. But, travelers have been slotted as people who try to immerse themselves in the local culture. Whereas tourists tend to stay in their comfort zones.

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Travelers crave wandering the unfamiliar and crossing paths of the unknown. They want to meet new people unlike themselves. They want to learn phrases in different languages. They don’t mind a change of plans, if they even have plans. They come home with a broadened worldview and a deeper consciousness.

A tourist, well, they stick to plans and rules. They take pictures of themselves in front of all the popular sites. They tick off all the places they’ve seen as if the journey was a competition. They want to sleep in clean sheets and wear makeup. They come home with souvenirs.

I thought of this in relation to my spiritual journey. Am I a traveler, or a tourist?

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Do I crave the unfamiliar? Do I want to become familiar with the unknown?

If I don’t, I only repeat yesterday’s consciousness, yesterdays mantra, yesterdays inspiration.

I can reverse this.

Even if I repeat yesterday’s human routine, I still can mind travel into a new, more spiritual consciousness. I can become more familiar with love and spirit. I can turn right at divine Mind and take in the view of infinite Life.

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