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Everyday Spirituality

Everyday Spirituality

Depression Did Not Originate with God

posted by Cheryl Petersen

At work, in the break room, a pill box was laying next to the sink. Someone has been taking those pills. Then, Judith sprinted into the break room and with a relieved look on her face, picked up the pill box, said, “Thank goodness, my pill box is still here,” and looking up at her co-worker, continued with, “ I have depression.”

Judith’s apparent nobility at managing the fashionable condition of depression was, well, depressing. Most of us have felt sad and worthless. During those times, our thinking gets muddled and in general, life feels like a black hole. Oddly, Judith’s therapy for her clinical depression includes pills that come with the side effects of muddled thinking and constipation.

An increasing number of doctors, psychiatrists, and psychologists are concluding that the way we think, act, react, and feel can be a powerful influence on our physical and mental health. This conclusion is not new. In Old Testament Biblical times, “Hezekiah repented of the pride of his heart,” and life got better. To repent is to think and act different.

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However, thinking different isn’t assuming positive thinking is an elixir, although optimism is better than pessimism. Thought is very powerful on the mind and body, but the key to healing is to know the thought of Truth, not the positive thoughts of human. Medically speaking, there is no universal standard of chemicals in the brain that can guarantee happiness for every human being; neither is there a set of human thoughts that can produce wellbeing scientifically. Religiously speaking, faith, focused on the scientific sense of God, benefits body and mind. The medicine of Truth can erase depression.

Administer this alterative Truth with a faith or conviction in a spiritual reality: “God never made depression. Depression is not necessary.” This truth understood can remove the mistake that people are bound to be depressed and our thoughts and actions can be grounded on the truth. God made simple joy. Then God made us to image that joy forth.

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Is God Force Measurable?

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Researcher and author, David Wilcock, produced a book heavy with evidence of an unseen force at work in the universe. The book, The Source Field Investigations, contains a cache of records and data from around the world describing what is usually chalked up to as mysteries. Near death experiences, dreams, pyramid power, and energetically driven evolution are a few of the mysteries examined.

“The Source Field is the key to unlock all of these mysteries,” writes Wilcock in his Preface. In Chapter One, Wilcock wrote, “And best of all, these discoveries are very positive—ultimately proving that most people’s idea of a loving God is, in fact, alive and well.”

When reading The Source Field Investigations I can’t help but compare and contrast to the knowledge I’ve gained through the study and practice of divine Science as found in the book Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures.

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The study of divine Science pushes the subject of a loving God to include God as infinite Love itself. This releases the mind from falling back on the prong that makes God humanlike or measurable, which is what happened in Chapter three of The Source Field Investigations when Wilcock wrote, “I want to make it clear that I do not consider the Source Field to be some abstract, metaphysical idea. I agree with many Russian scientists who have concluded that the Source Field is directly measurable—as a spinning current within gravity.”

Granted, metaphysical ideas do appear abstract at first however they become obvious with time and experience. For example, experience teaches us that measurable units can only lead to exploitation, ownership, and loss. Anytime we believe our source of happiness and health comes from a measurable unit, the negative human nature rears its ugly head and starts claiming possessiveness, envy, suspicion, and disappointment.

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I’ll keep reading The Source Field Investigations because Wilcock’s desire shows promise. However, divine Science points out the simplicity of yielding to an infinite resource for health and happiness. We read in 21st Century Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, “A limited mind manifests all sorts of anomalies, and causes the mind-in-matter theory to be seen as conflictive. No one has found temporal mind, life, or love sufficient to satisfy the demands of human lack and anguish. Our desires and aspirations ache to be fulfilled and a reward is felt when we stop limiting infinite Mind to finite resources. Infinite Mind can’t lose its character as inexhaustible Love, eternal Life, omnipotent Truth.”

 

 

 

 

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What to do with a Flop

posted by Cheryl Petersen

All that is left of the infamous cake

I made a cake from scratch the other day. It didn’t turn out because I have a habit of not following the recipe. I threw in the ripe banana lying on the counter and I added some bran flakes for fiber. Oh, I also reduced the sugar. Not surprisingly, the cake looked great but fell after I took it out of the oven. It was rather doughy inside.

I stared at the cake. Do I throw it out?

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After tasting it and concluding the cake was still edible I broke up the cake into large clumps. I then mixed up some eggs, milk, coconut, confectioner sugar, and whole cranberries and poured on the top cake. I baked it for about 9 minutes and whala, delicious pudding cake.

When life turns out to be a flop, don’t throw it out. Look at the situation honestly and listen for a new radical idea outside the current conventional context, but within the realm of divine Mind, and find a new purpose.

The key is not to let the human ego take over the situation. The human ego will keep you busy trying to change the flop life into the life that should have been but doesn’t exist. Our spiritual mindedness however will respond to the reality of Life divine. We read in II Corinthians, “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away, behold, the new has come.”

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Healing through Christian Science mental treatment begins with divine Life and ends with divine Life. Prayer is used, not to change mortal life, but to wake up to spiritual Life. And, because God is our life, prayer will reveal a truth about God. Such as the truth that God did not create human beings, but spiritual beings. Or, that life doesn’t have a beginning and end, but is continuous.

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Heads Up on Sin

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Sin is controversial to say the least but instead of debating it, I try to focus on walking the fine line between not blowing sin out of proportion and not blowing sin off.

If I blow sin out of proportion, a heavy gloomy fog moves into my mind. I lose sight of our unity with the one sinless God and evil becomes real.

If I blow sin off, I become oblivious to my own shortcomings yet become overly sensitive to the sins of others. Egotism and hypocrisy creep into the psychology and I wonder why goodness is being depleted. No rather, I blame others for the depletion as if there is a cause and effect other than God, Love, Truth.

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When it comes to sin, it is prudent to have a balanced perspective. God is sinless but I can’t ingrain myself in a routine of mentally and audibly protesting against the reality of sin so much so that I forget to overcome sin in myself.

“In those days they shall no longer say: The fathers have eaten sour grapes,  and the children’s teeth are set on edge.But everyone shall die for his own iniquity. Each man who eats sour grapes, his teeth shall be set on edge. Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah.”–Jeremiah 31:29-30

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