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Everyday Spirituality

Everyday Spirituality

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.

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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.

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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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Globalized Religion

posted by Cheryl Petersen

In rural upstate New York, the public schools are having an intense time with the budget cuts. Many community leaders are getting together to share ideas and develop workable policies apropos to the region, with the common goal of providing the best possible education to the children.

The schools that don’t adapt to the challenges of national development appear to be faltering. But for those who realize the communities are not working separately or as competitors, opportunities are discovered.

The whole scenario typifies the world situation of globalization. Working and living in isolation is passé. Walls have come down. Technology has aided in our ability to work together with shared knowledge.

Care must be taken not to be rigidly concerned about maintaining a status-quo, but to focus of basic necessities. This keeps the goal of providing the best possible education to the children possible.

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This state of affairs can roll over into religion, also a business that is becoming global. Barricades of dogma are coming down. Technology is aiding in our ability to work with shared knowledge toward the common goal of increased spirituality and healing.

From 21st Century Science and Health, “A fragrance becomes favorable only as it escapes into the surrounding atmosphere. The same is true in regard to our knowledge of Truth. Spiritual understanding, shared, can help waken others who are overrun with negativity.”

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Adapting to New Thoughts of Healing

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Don’t get trapped

Trapped by their own inertia, healers fail to give serious attention to that which allows the thought to adapt to the challenges of world development.

From the book, 21st Century Science and Health, “You command the situation if you understand that temporal existence is a state of self-deception and not the truth of being. Fleshly mind is constantly producing on temporal body the results of false opinions; and it will continue to do so, until human error is deprived of its imaginary powers by Truth. Christ, Truth, sweeps away the gossamer web of temporal illusion. The most Christian state is one of integrity and spiritual understanding, and this is best adapted for healing the sick.

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“Always begin your spiritual treatment by quieting the fear of patients. Silently reassure them as to their exemption from disease and danger. Watch the result of this simple rule of Mind-healing and you will find that it alleviates the symptoms of every disease. If you succeed in wholly removing the fear, your patient is healed. The great fact that God lovingly controls all, which naturally causes the self-punishment of anything that works against Life, Truth, and Love, is your standpoint from which to advance and destroy the human fear of sickness. Mentally and silently plead the case scientifically for Truth. You may adapt the reasoning to meet the peculiar or general symptoms of the case you treat, but be thoroughly persuaded in your own mind concerning the truth which you think or speak, and you will be the winner.”

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Funny Bumper Sticker

posted by Cheryl Petersen

This bumper sticker caught my eye yesterday.

I got closer and saw what it said.

After chuckling, I thought, Well, they have humility to admit they might need help.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From the book, 21st Century Science and Health, “The Science of Mind reverses the delusive evidence that soul is in a body. We can admit the fact that Soul is not in a body and the body is accountable to Mind. People are the humble expressions (servants) of calm Mind, though it seems otherwise to our immature perceptions. We will never understand spiritual facts if we don’t reverse the outward appearance or remove the false imprints on the brain. Man and woman are not a dichotomy of non-intelligence and intelligence. Soul, substance, is God, unchangeable and intelligent; and we coexist with and reflect Soul, God, for we are God’s image.”

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