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Everyday Spirituality

Everyday Spirituality

Footsteps in Truth

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Click here to preview, and buy, a discussion on what steps to take next in life.

Excerpts:

Spiritual power is not used to control or ignore the fleshly sensations but to become aware of Spirit, of honesty, connectedness, humility, joy, grace, wellbeing, wisdom, peace, and integrity. Honing our spiritual power takes time, experience, and comprehension. We can take care of our bodies while yet learning what divine Science reveals.

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Every day makes its demands upon us for higher proofs rather than professions of Christian power.Christianity is not false, but religions which contradict its Principle are false. Ritualism and creed suffocate spirituality. To trust material conservatism is to distrust Spirit. To trust Spirit is to bless the human family. Crumbs of comfort come from singing, preaching, and practicing an inspiration of wisdom, Truth, or Love.In the sacred sanctuary of Truth we hear solemn important voices. Footsteps of Truth follow the law of progress. It can be a slow process to reach perfection, so getting started now is better.

Click here to preview, and buy, a discussion on steps to take in life.

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Collapsing Time

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Timelines present a chronological sequence of related events along a drawn line. They aid readers to more quickly grasp information according to time.

Timelines can also collapse time. Let me explain.

The Bible spans millenniums. Taking the event of ascension, a timeline can be drawn that includes Enoch, Elijah, and Christ Jesus. Apparently, none of these three men died, yet they lived in different eras. Enoch “Walked with God and was not.” (Gen. 5:24) “Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.” (II Kings 2:11) “Then the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven.” (Mark 16:19)

Enoch                                                                        Elijah                                Christ Jesus

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Fold the timeline together and I can see the idea of ascension is alive and well, not confined to a period in time or to one person.

The same idea extends to divine healing.

Hannah was barren for years. After being prayed for, she bore children (I Samuel 1). Elisha heals polluted waters (II Kings 2). Peter and John healed a lame man (Acts 3:1)

Hannah                                                                                            Elisha                                    Peter and John

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Collapse the timeline and the idea of healing is found alive and well throughout all time.

Now, I can also be a skeptic. Biblical people have an upper-hand right? Why? I don’t really know, it’s just that the Bible is set up as though the writers are special, more special than us. But, this is not so. I can easily collect more information and add to the timeline of healing and walking with God.

John Wesley, founder of the Methodist faith, prayed for, and received, divine healing. Wesley was also acutely aware of the mid-18th century social conditions and encouraged a practical ministry that advocated healthy lifestyles and cleanliness.

Mary Baker Eddy, a 19th century spiritual leader left behind documented evidence of successful healing through the power of spiritual understanding.

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As the 20th century opened up, Smith Wigglesworth was found traveling the world, giving many proofs of divine healing.

Mid-20th century, Charles and Frances Hunter ministered to thousands of people, healing many who needed it.

I’ve experienced divine healing, and continue to feel encouraged as time collapses and God’s power is seen as effective today as it was yesterday.

John Wesley                Mary Baker Eddy   Smith Wigglesworth          Hunters                 me

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Power of Propaganda

posted by Cheryl Petersen

The human psyche is indeed an enigma, an alien of sorts. Therefore, it is no wonder I feel a draw to study spirituality. Spiritual mindedness keeps the human mind realistic, in the world, but not of the world.

Human minds are vulnerable to propaganda. The rage to drink bottled water is a prime example of unthinking human minds… until we realized tap water is fine and we don’t want a glut of plastic bottles polluting our earth. Or, another example is the propaganda in North Korea, telling the people they are superior, yet they starve and are isolated from the world.

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The book, Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea, by Barbara Demick, gives an in-depth look into propaganda and the people who have bucked it. The tome speaks of extraterrestrial courage and stamina in the midst of dark ages thinking.

The Democratic People’s Republic of North Korea has been a Communist regime since 1945, and is a sheer clear example of totalitarianism in a modern world. The well-researched story line follows a hand full of people who escaped North Korea.

The book shows the subtly of human reasoning assuming it is divine. It is a case of falsehood claiming to be truth. Ironically, I can see traces of this oppressive framework within countries that vend freedom of expression.

Freedom of expression isn’t generally associated with the freedom to express restriction, starvation, conformity, or pain. Yet this is the result of a leader enforcing the belief that their knowledge and way is superior. This also happens in the fields of science and religion.   We are told certain things are true, when they are not. So, we are careful to follow Truth, God, rather than human ideology.

Freedom of expression means we want, and can, freely to express life, creativity, joy, and wellbeing.

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The Show Goes On

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Because Mary Poppins and The Sound of Music were two of my favorite movies, I took to reading the book: Home: A Memoir of My Early Years, by Julie Andrews. But, this is after years of preferring to know Mary Poppins and Maria the nun, more than Julie Andrews.

In her book, Home, I was introduced to a hard working woman with great stamina, Julie Andrews. She takes the reader on a journey revealing a difficult upbringing in war-torn Britain to quick fame when in her twenties.

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Andrew’s seems lucky, however, she had to work non-stop for her breaks. And, as challenging as it must be to be famous, I commend her straight talk and generous tone. Thankfully, I still regard Mary Poppins and Maria the nun turned mother of the Von Trapp family, my heroes. And now I know, it took more than Julie Andrews’ great voice to bring those ideals to manifestation. The people behind the scenes are also stalwart, bringing positivity to the universe.

So, whether we are in the spotlight, or behind the scenes, we all play a role in life.

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