Everyday Spirituality

Everyday Spirituality

Deformity is in the Eye of the Beholder

posted by Cheryl Petersen

As a newspaper reporter, I cover stories that not only support the fact that what we physically see and hear is a subjective state of human mind, but also that people utilize this rule to free themselves of that which hinders increased wisdom, happiness, and strength.

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One story was about an older gentleman who staged a one-man play depicting his life. He had little memory of his older sister, who was severely disabled and placed in a “warehouse” when she was eight-years old because at the time, in the 1950’s, that is what was done. The man never took the time to get to know his sister but he did attend her funeral forty years later and was dumbfounded to find a large crowd at the memorial service. He was poignantly astonished by the tears and comments coming from all those who grew to know and love his sister. When asked if he would like to say anything at the services end, he braved up and, with tears of sadness for missing out on what all those people did not miss out on–knowing his sister, he then thanked them for being her family.

In divine Science, the fact that beauty, or deformity is a subjective state of the human mind, and that the human mind can yield to a greater divine Mind that only knows beauty and intelligence, is a powerful tool we can wield to free ourselves of limiting perceptions.

Smell the Flowers

posted by Cheryl Petersen
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Choking on Ice-Cream

posted by Cheryl Petersen

It can be difficult to swallow new ideas or new ways of doing things, however it’s only choking on ice-cream

The Christian Science Monitor Weekly’s editor poses an interesting opening paragraph in the August 13, 2012 edition, “Where does intelligence come from? Biologists look to organic structures. Psychologists study influences and experiences. Theologians look to the spiritual.”

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Quite often, biologists, psychologist, and theologians are inclined to share views and learn from one another since most can admit intelligence needs cultivating. Not surprisingly, the new ideas or ways of doing things are hard to swallow. Even some theologians have a hard time swallowing what other theologians are sharing. They choke. But its like they are only choking on ice-cream. It melts and goes down okay. We can see infinite views.

We can take the time to swallow and digest new ideas before we wave them off.

Defending Reality

posted by Cheryl Petersen

As damaged as humanity is, endlessly bombarded with terribly bad news and idealistic or stupid entertainment, we can’t help but notice there is a vital core within us all that hungers for reality. We know the difference between what makes headlines and the abstract world of challenging living. Many of us are either tired of, or never got involved with, Hollywood hype, New Age spirituality, or consumerism. We can turn off our cellphones and TV’s and computers and solve problems before they become problems or we can at least fix problems pragmatically, getting at the root.

Cynicism or naivety surrounds literature when the words are interpreted to mean what a self-select group of people want them to mean or what they can convince others the literature means. For example over the last century, the readership of Mary Baker Eddy’s Science and Health dropped off dramatically when the words no longer had meaning practical to today’s realities. I’d remind myself to study Science and Health with appreciative attention rather than as if it was an empty mansion, ripe for occupation by bellicose forces of interpretation. It was inappropriate to use the content to justify church organization or a belief system suited to a culture living in a romanticized past.

When studying Science and Health in the late 20th century, I found deeper and broader and more effective meaning than what the current mass consciousness was reading. It became apparent the book needed revising and updating, a task Eddy accomplished over-and-again during her lifetime. Thus, I produced 21st Century Science and Health, now in its 4th edition. The task is unarguably a great adventure pushing consciousness to find more meaning in everything I read or experience. I meet people on a daily basis who practice the principles taught in Science and Health whether they read the book or not.

This new brighter picture emboldens me as I give mental treatment and I feel greater healing. The God of Love becomes accessible even tactile. The Christ of Truth, not a human personality, is validated and freeing.

 

 

 

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