Everyday Spirituality

Everyday Spirituality

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.


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.


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.


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.


Healer Awareness

posted by Cheryl Petersen

An excerpt from the Abridged version of the chapter explaining healing. Click here for full text.

Healers can relate to silence and divine anointing rather than to mind grabbing procedures or treatments. Divine Science inspires the perception of truth. As the truthful perceptions become clearer, error self-destructs. What shall it be, Truth or error? Because Truth is infinite, error should be known as nothing. Because Truth is omnipotent in goodness, error has no power. Do not suppose there is a counterpart to Truth. Confidence in the divine increases, as we realize that Truth is real and error is unreal. Error is a coward before Truth.


Here are a few basic points of awareness in divine Science:

  • -The human body and the human mind are made up of the same thing, errors. This is similar to ice and steam being made of the same thing, water.
  • -The brain is not mind. Mind is not a brain. Mind is immortal Spirit, Love.
  • -The human mind is temporal, fickle, dying. The divine Mind is eternal, constant, alive.
  • -The physical body can’t be sick without the human mind. Divine Mind can control the human mind with health.
  • -Matter or quantum energy is not the medium of existence.
  • -We want to acknowledge Truth and what it has done for humanity.

Our innate spirituality inspires us to be moral and allows us to be alive to God’s healing promises. It is easier to heal sickness rather than sin, because although we don’t like to be sick, we sometimes like to sin. The fear of disease and the love of sin are the main sources of our problems. Love and knowledge frees us from fear. “The reverent and worshipful fear of the Lord is the beginning (the chief and choice part) or Wisdom.” (Prov. 9:10, Amplified) “Full-grown (complete, perfect) love turns fear out of doors and expels every trace of terror!” (I John 4:18, Amplified) To remove the negative effects of fear produced by sin, you must overcome both fear and sin.

Establish the scientific sense of health, and you relieve the inflammation, burn, pain, trauma, calcification, rash, disorder. Truth allows the organs to resume their healthy function. It is easier to heal, than it is to teach how to heal. The truth of being, whispered into the ear of human mind, can bring relief.


Online Bible Class

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Boston College School of Theology and Ministry offers online classes and I decided to join in. The Gospel of Mark is the session I’m currently enrolled in and have to say, it is interesting and simple. I’ve never taken an online class before (must sound like I’m from the dark ages to many of you) but for personal spiritual growth, I gave it a shot.

All participants introduce themselves and answer questions, typing out their text. A facilitator keeps the conversation going and I feel welcome to join in. Participants are from around the world and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed reading the comments. People are very thoughtful and they shed light on new thoughts for me to contemplate.


The Gospel of Mark is regarded by scholars as the first Gospel written. It is concise. Maybe the writers of Matthew, Luke, and John thought the story of Christ Jesus needed elaboration, because their books are longer.

Already I’ve discovered, I’m guilty of a “homogenized” view of the Gospels. I tend to blend ideas from all four Gospels into one. The online class is forcing me to take a look at the Gospel of Mark alone. I don’t feel compelled to convert to a new radical view, but just be more aware.

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