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Everyday Spirituality

Everyday Spirituality

New Pope

posted by Cheryl Petersen

The world has a new Pope, Jorge Mario Bergoglio, who took the name Francis. I am not a follower of Catholicism, however, I still know the value of including all religions and religious leaders in a prayer.

We’ve all seen good people turn bad, and bad people turn good, therefore, the personality isn’t necessarily prayed for. My prayer encompasses all people to be influenced by love and truth.

To live my prayer and thus make it valid, I will strive to be more loving, yet truthful, today and tomorrow. I can already see the need for me to replace, negative thoughts I’d barbed yesterday, with spiritual thoughts today. Prayer has a position.

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Avoiding Landscape Amnesia

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Spiritual lecturer and author, Marianne Williamson speaks on A Course in Miracles at The Saban Theatre, Monday evenings in Los Angeles, California. After reading her book, The Law of Divine Compensation and How it Works for You, I went to hear her speak. Williamson is bold, bright, clever, and attracted my respect.

Williamson reminds me of other spiritual leaders who have not succumbed to Landscape Amnesia, forgetting how different the surrounding landscape is from 5, 50, or 100 years ago.

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Effective healing strategies take into account the physical and mental landscape of today. The language and studies of 5-, 50-, or 500-years ago do not prove valid today.

Scientific evidence shows that we can’t reconcile spirit and biology or human mind. Therefore, I’m comfortable getting to know a God that is Spirit.

In divine Science God is not humanlike but is Spirit, Mind. it’s important to know, the human mind and divine Mind are not the same thing. They don’t even cooperate. Divine Mind is supreme and fully capable of controlling the human mind with love, health, and usefulness.

We read in 21st Century Science and Health “Real ideas flow from the divine Mind. Unreal thoughts, coming from the brain or from auras, are extensions of the human mind; they are an accumulation of imprinted mortal beliefs and experiences. Ideas are spiritual, harmonious, and eternal.”

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Threats of Attack

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Supposedly, North Korea has threatened nuclear attack against its aggressor. We will never know the whole story unless we personally talked with leader, Kim Jong Un, which probably isn’t going to happen.

But because the threat is splashed throughout the media, it’s pretty difficult to ignore. The warning generates worry and strain.

It’s a matter of keeping our head on straight. No over action and yet no inaction. Going by my own puny experience, I do remember when our first grade daughter attended a school known for its bad reputation. The day she entered I made a vow to be involved, actively but not with a smoldering passion that could burst out and over react.

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Every day, I surrounded the school with a prayer. One day, it became urgent that I pray more for the school, the community, and the children. I did.

Our daughter came home and confirmed what was eventually spread over the media. A bomb threat had been received at the school office. All of the children were quickly and calmly evacuated. Neighboring homes were opened up to allow the children to come inside out of the freezing cold winter weather. Hours passed. A bomb squad searched and found no bomb. School was resumed.

The test of my prayer was not to prove prayer works but to love more. And, love was definitely felt for our child, the teachers, the school staff, the neighbors, and the community, including the caller who hopefully found something better to do.

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Sexuality and God

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Womanhood and manhood are not biological destinies. As we tap into our spirituality, we can balance the intellectual and intuitive, home and work, family and career.

Many religions depict God as Father-Mother, with all the wonderful qualities embraced by man and woman. We read in 21st Century Science and Health, “Spirit is our primordial and ultimate source of being. God is our Father-Mother, and Life is the law of our being.” I think this ideal attributes to successful people today.

The status of humanity is being raised. Woman and man are not limited to sexual organs. God, Spirit, doesn’t have physical organs. We can identify with Spirit and freely express our spirituality with all the qualities normally attributed to male and female.

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