Everyday Spirituality

Everyday Spirituality

Languages within a Language

posted by Cheryl Petersen

courtesy of Columbia.edu

I meet a lot of people throughout the week as a newspaper reporter. I’ve concluded, although they all speak the English language, they have their own language within that language. And, if I don’t try really hard to understand them, there is a communication gap.

The staff on a college campus has their own language.

The car repair persons have their own dialect.

Scientists have their vernacular.

Computer programmers have their own lingo.

Religionists have their own idiom.

It’s all rather myopic when I think about it. But it can be hilarious.

My son-in-law, a computer coder at Microsoft was speaking with my computer illiterate Uncle. They were meeting for the first time.

Uncle: “So, what do you do?”

Son-in-law: “I work with Windows.”

Uncle: “Really, do you wash or install windows?”

And how do we hear, each one of us, in our own native language?”–Acts 2:8, Lexham English Bible

From the Preface of 21st Century Science and Health, “The vital components of 21st Century Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures are:

  • Use of the latest research made in technical, Biblical, religious, and medical study
  • New vocabulary from the expanding English language and today’s idiom
  • Footnotes
  • The use of modern English versions of the Bible
  • Treatment of today’s social issues
  • Movement toward a gender-inclusive language

Great effort was taken to keep the original meaning of divine Science intact. All first person references are Mrs. Eddy speaking.

With this said, I hope you continue to discover your spiritual potential to refine the art and skill of divine mental power.”

The Conservative versus Conservation

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Religion became easier to understand when I learned to distinguish the difference between the conservative and conservation.

The conservative believes all the problems have been solved and there is no need to do any more. The world has been created. The sacred texts have been written. The rituals have been established, and the hierarchy is to be revered.

Conservation however entails research and development.

The world is not what is seems. Either all things are sacred, or nothing is sacred. Rituals can be dropped and hierarchies are constantly invalidated.

Too often, we think religion and science are the source of spiritual healing. This is backward thinking. Spiritual healing happens, and religion and science are effective only when they adapt to the challenges of the world developments.

Basically, through research and development, the infrastructure for a healing religion or science is reconfigured to cope with the growing accounts of spiritual healing.

From 21st Century Science and Health, “As time moves on, the healing elements of pure spirituality will be honestly dealt with. Mind-healing will be researched and taught and will sparkle in all the elegance of universal goodness.”

Exploring God is Like Exploring Nature

posted by Cheryl Petersen

With over 800 pages, The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World, by Daniel Yergin is keeping my attention. History, data, and environmental consequences are discussed. Movers and shakers are quoted.

I’ve been introduced to Roger Randall Dougan Revelle (1909- 1991). A scientist and scholar, Revelle joined the Scripps Institute of Oceanography and later remarked, “It was revolutionary. Nothing that we expected was true. Everything we didn’t expect was true.”

Previous expectations that the ocean floor was flat and tedious were thrown out as mountains, canyons, and lakes were discovered under water.

Human expectations can throw us off. We expect our partners to be perfect. We expect our jobs to make us happy. We expect religion or science to give us truth. We expect God to punish sinners.

How about explore instead of expect?

Exploration allows us to base our decisions, not on theories and suppositions, but on analysis of actual data.

Partners aren’t perfect. Partners can figure out how to get along and bring out the best in one another. So, relationships can be deep yet magnificent.

Jobs do not make us happy. People are happy at their jobs. Apparently, as a happy attitude is brought to the job, happiness is shared and felt.

Religion and science have never given us truth because truth has to be discovered. Truth is constantly being discovered even through the venues of religion and science.

Sinners punish themselves, or are punished by other human beings, or get away with sin.

Data is constantly indicating a power or influence unknown to human beings. Everything from an eclipse to a germ to an atom, data broadcasts an unknown. This doesn’t mean the unknown is unknowable because data also proves unknowns become known.

God can be known. Leaving behind our human expectation about God, we can find a God of spiritual Love, highly principled, with an existence that expresses health, happiness, and purpose through us.

 

Don’t Sit on the Same Step–Move Up

posted by Cheryl Petersen

When realizing I could feel God’s love for me more than I could feel the pain racking my jaw, the pain diminished. My jaw was messed up due to a previous accident. Prayer helped but the problem persisted. I’d asked a few dentists if they could fix my jaw. Most of them were honest and said no. And, I didn’t take up the offer from the dentist who was willing to experiment on me with a procedure that might help. So, I was careful with my jaw for years. The joke is: I eat so slow that by time I’m done eating breakfast it’s time for lunch. Thankfully, the pain never overwhelmed the strong feeling I had that God was Love itself and infinite love is manifest through me.

I’d learned about God, Love, and Love’s healing ability through Christian Science as taught by Mary Baker Eddy. Through my study and practice of this spiritual Science, I’ve experienced wellness and improvement through prayer. And, more healing is to come so I remind myself that my prayer has to be guided by divine Mind, not my, or someone else’s human mind.

I’ve been aware of this statement, “If from any injury or from any cause, a Christian Scientist were seized with pain so violent that the Scientist could not mentally treat him or her self—and other Scientists had failed to relieve them—the sufferer can get temporary help. Then, when the belief of pain is quieted, the Scientist can treat his or her own case mentally. In this way we ‘test everything, hold fast to what is good.’” (21st Century Science and Health with Bible quote from I Thess. 5:21) But, for my jaw pain I never needed temporary pain relievers. The pain would subside after each mental treatment.

Ironically, over time, the mental treatment expanded to include the manifestation of not only a proper working jaw, but a proper working of Christian Science in the world. My attention was riveted on this directive from Science and Health, “Do not judge the future advancement of Christian Science by the steps already taken, unless you yourself will be condemned for failing to take the first step.”

The steps “already taken” didn’t need to pre-occupy my thoughts. I admitted many of the steps—rituals, repeating the same words—were fruitless anyway and my mind opened up to new ideas. Some of the ideas were scary, but in the end they were exhilarating and fruitful. The core project I took up was to revise and update Mary Baker Eddy’s Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures.  The project is still a work in progress but when did my jaw heal? I can only vaguely pinpoint a time in history. The relief was secondary to the gratitude I feel as I participate in the global sense of wellness and spiritual Science or knowledge that is alive today.

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