Everyday Spirituality

Everyday Spirituality

Stepping out of eating disorders

posted by Cheryl Petersen

From 21st Century Science and Health:

In seeking a cure for digestive and food related problems, don’t consult matter.

Physical particle/waves do not express Spirit. God is infinite omnipresent Spirit. If Spirit is all and is everywhere, what and where is this limited so-called substance? Remember, truth is greater than error and we cannot put the greater into the lesser. Soul is Spirit, and Spirit is greater than body.

This new-born understanding that neither food nor the stomach, without the consent of human mind, can make us suffer, brings with it another lesson, that self-indulgence, gluttony, or bulimia, are sensual illusions and can’t give you satisfaction. This phantasm disappears as we better understand our spiritual existence and walk the line of a balanced life.

Food affects the body only as fleshly mind has its material methods of working. One method is to believe that proper food supplies nutriment and strength to the human system. Another method is to believe we have no self-control. The human mind’s recipe for health never gets it right, whereas Truth regenerates this fleshly mind and feeds thought with the bread of Life.

Food has less power to help or to hurt us after our thought has transformed to the spiritual. Without the consent of human mind, food and the stomach can’t make you suffer. It is a human deception to believe you have to eat if you feel hungry. It is another deception to believe purging food will help you stay thin.

As the crude footprints of the past disappear from the dissolving paths of the present, we shall better understand the Science which governs these changes, and stand on firmer ground. Every sensuous pleasure or pain is self-destroyed through suffering. There can be painless progress, attended by life and peace instead of disorder and death.

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Planting garden bulbs

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Bulbs should be planted as soon as the ground is cool. In most parts of the country, this would be around the time of the first frosts, when evening temperatures average between 40° to 50° F. But you should plant at least six weeks before the ground freezes. Look for bulbs that are plump and firm. It’s typically best to avoid bulbs that are soft and mushy or have mold growing on them. Also look for big bulbs; the bigger they are, the more they generally bloom compared to smaller bulbs of the same variety. The bulbs need the chill factor they will acquire during the winter months in order to bloom in the spring.

Summer flowering bulbs on the other hand need to be dug up this fall, or they will rot if they acquire too many cold hours. Dahlias and gladiolas need to be dug up and stored in a cool, but not freezing, dark space.

From 21st Century Science and Health:

The worldwide thinking that matter/energy has life, results in thinking death is a law. So, people, cells, jellyfish, and flowers are supposed to die. But the fact remains, that God’s universe is spiritual and indestructible.

Spirituality causes people to turn naturally from temporal wave/particles to eternal Spirit, as the flower turns from darkness to light.

The only intelligence or substance of a thought, a seed, or a flower is God, the creator of it. Mind is the Soul of all. Mind is Life, Truth, and Love which governs all.

Though the grass seems to wither and the flower to fade, they reappear. Erase the figures which express numbers, silence the tones of music, give the human being called person to the bacteria, and yet the producing, governing divine Principle lives on, in the case of people as truly as in the case of numbers and music.

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Feel-good stuff

posted by Cheryl Petersen

From 21st Century Science and Health:

On our spiritual journey, if we sympathize with mortality, we will be at the beck and call of error and follow a zig-zag course getting nowhere. If we travel with the worldly minded, we get sucked into a nasty cycle. A good example of this is randomly walking around the shopping mall, making feel-good purchases, and eating junk food with friends. We return home, thinking we had a good time and feeling satisfied. However, when re-thinking the situation we realize that too much time and money was wasted. So, we repeat the trip to the mall but buy books on time and financial management, or dieting.

Our moral and spiritual progress will be monotonously slow if we constantly bounce back and forth between futile habits and the hope of forgiveness. Selfishness and stupidity cause constant retrogression. We must wake up to Christ’s demand, however, the waking generally causes suffering. We feel like we are drowning. We struggle to stay above the water. And, through Christ’s precious love our efforts are rewarded with success.

Gender fluidity and spirituality

posted by Cheryl Petersen

In our sex obsessed world, the propaganda of twirling human gender and identity can’t help but alter language, views, laws, and religious creeds.

The terms “non-binary” or “gender fluidity” have recently been added to the more newly established titles of: gender neutral, gay, lesbian, and transgender.

Then we have people who believe their views on gender have not altered, although their response resembles deeper entrenchment in the time-honored definitions of maleness and femaleness; their reaction markets physical laws as if they never can be broken. Mona Charen, American columnist and political analyst, wrote in her column, ‘Gender fluidity’ is nothing more than fantasy, “Maleness or femaleness is imprinted on every cell, influences every muscle and fiber, affects every body system, and colors every thought.”

red dressNo question, when menstruating, it feels as though femaleness influences my body and mind, but I’ve discovered I can turn away from the body and focus on spiritual truths of courage, wisdom, and divine authority. The result? My body quiets down and I’m influenced by a greater strength from outside myself.

No question, issues and decisions surrounding sex and sexuality come up in life, right along with travel, talents, and jobs.

It looks as though we can choose what sex to be, where to travel, and what job to pursue.

But, the flesh, our travels, talents, and jobs, do not comprise our life. To argue with others or argue within our own mind as to how the flesh defines us is to argue for mortality and against spirituality.

Paul wrote to the Corinthians, “So we are always of good courage. We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, for we walk by faith, not by sight. Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord. (II Cor. 5:6-8, ESV)

Being away from the body (flesh) is not synonymous with ignoring the body, but is in line with controlling it without the need to justify our mortality or flesh all the time. The fascination and preoccupation with sexuality progresses humanity not at all, unless we can get past the fixation.

I don’t love or hate my body, my travels, or my job. I may sound passionless, but I chose rather to live, move, and be active, and I find a greater power beyond the flesh. I find a future of widening possibilities. I find spiritual Life, Truth, and Love.

From 21st Century Science and Health, “Human mind and body are one. Neither exists without the other, and both must be replaced by spiritual Mind. A material body is an embodied concept of human mind. This mortal mind builds its own superstructure of which the fleshly body is the denser portion. From first to last, the body is a sensuous mythical human concept.

“The sensations of the body must either be the sensations of a human mind or of matter flesh. Nerves are not mind. It is provable that Mind, God, is not mortal. Is it not equally true that human mind and its matter flesh do not appear in the spiritual understanding of being?

“Do not believe in any supposed necessity for failure, adversity, or ruin, knowing (as you ought to know) that God never requires obedience to a physical law because no such law exists. Linear thinking is destroyed by the law of God, which is the law of Life eternal instead of death, the law of harmony instead of disorder, the law of Spirit instead of the flesh.

“In Science, Mind is one, including noumenon and phenomena, God and Mind’s thoughts.”

“We progress out of the thinking that life and sensation are in the body by understanding what constitutes ourselves as the image of God, and then Spirit will have overcome the flesh.

“We are learning to lay down our fleshliness and gain spirituality by ridding our self of a mortal identity. Universal Love is the divine way.”

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