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Everyday Spirituality

Everyday Spirituality

Heroes and Heroines

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Humankind has a history marked by heroes and heroines. Confucius, Ruth, King David, Christ Jesus, Mohammad, Sojouner Truth, Abraham Lincoln, Corrie Ten Boom, the list goes on ad infinitum. We observe, study, and revere our heroes and heroines. Religions have tapped into this human tendency and applied it to God, even pushing us to have no other gods beside the one God.

I’m inclined to debate this religious ideal, not as an advocate for more than one God but as a realist that humankind needs their heroes and heroines. As a researcher and writer who has written material about the human nature and God, I think human protagonists inspire us to explore and experience spirituality (religions are optional).

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God is not all that simple to understand. Moreover, the religions that hype a perfect understanding of God—right…I don’t think so. God is infinite and although I’ve experienced amazing spiritual healing in prayer to the one infinite God, more progress is needed. I still study what can be chalked up as heroes and heroines. The key is not to adore the human protagonists to the point of idolization.

Human beings who idolize, also hate.

Anyway, a true hero or heroine does not want to be idolized or worshiped. Christ Jesus was remembered to have said, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone.” (Mark 10:18) Yet, Jesus told people to follow him.

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How can we have heroes or heroines without infringing on our love and respect to God? By applying the principles they stood for.

Protagonists who disregard their own life while taking a stand for the ideals of spirituality and equality are an inspiration. They show me how to choose empathy and altruism over the pursuit of worldly status or control. It takes a lot of guts to buck the human egos that pigheadedly take great pains to imprison the spirit in the letter, to defend a myopic human agenda, or to divide and conquer, but to know someone before me did it successfully, helps.

I’ll continue to observe the ideals of my heroes and heroines then translate those observations into experience that embody those ideals.

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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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