Everyday Spirituality

Everyday Spirituality

Truth Seekers Journey

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Like some of my 1980’s contemporaries, as a truth seeker I discovered Mary Baker Eddy’s book, Science and Health, written in the 19th century. Eddy a Transcendental Romantic-era thinker and healer was plucked from decades of obscurity in the late 20th century and her writing was embraced as a rediscovered classic because of Eddy’s rich depictions of human life and the struggles of human beings and truth seekers.

So, when I heard that Science and Health needed revising and updating, I agreed to do the work. I could see how the outdated 19th century language and the no longer valid examples created too much wiggle room for misinterpretation and misuse; whereas, Science and Health reveals not only the history and the culture of Christianity, but also shows a Christ-like healing love, untangled from the expectations of society and religious organization. The message isn’t about repressing our self or who we are, but about people waging war with the forces that hold us back.

The revision 21st Century Science and Health exposes how a person can claw away at the external boundaries of class, gender, or religious organization, to figure out who they are and what they want. Human beings aren’t yet free from the burden of human history and the constraints placed on us by society. Therefore, 21st Century Science and Health, conveyed in Christian dialect, shows how to struggle with love and Christ, instead of the world. This is not a book about church, but about people getting to be.

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Miracles in the 21st Century

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My maternal grandma’s last name was Sheppard. She lived to be over one hundred years old. My husband’s maternal grandma’s last name was Shepard. She lived to be over one hundred years old. I was close to both grandmas.

I would listen to our grandmothers talk about their younger years. They would explain in reverent awe about the days when the latest inventions were so astounding they were unbelievable, because so contrary to what they knew before. They remembered riding in the first horseless carriage, getting electricity, seeing the first airplane, using the first telephone. All of these miracles knocked their socks off.

Our children in France

Today is different. Miracles are taken for granted because they occur constantly and are familiar. I expect to video/chat with our daughters who live 3000 miles away. I expect nothing less than it taking 9 hours to go visit them. I expect electricity to keep me warm, cool, help me prepare dinner, boot my computer.

I also expect spiritual healing, Christ-like systematic healing.

At the turn of the 20th century, healing and improvement through the power of God was becoming believable. Mary Baker Eddy established a church designed to bring into everyday lives the element of spiritual healing. Unfortunately, the church began petering out the middle of the 20th century but fortunately, the ideal of spiritual healing took off. The miracle of divine healing became familiar, inclusive, global.

There are more books than ever on the market today depicting the naturalness of healing non-intrusively, mindfully, equally, and with compassion. There are groups of people around the world supporting and healing one another by tapping into the law of God and harnessing a healing spirituality. Many doctors and physicians acknowledge a greater power.

I’ve learned not to take for granted this healing. I’ve learned not to assume one healing is real and another is not. Even though I study Christian Science, I’m convinced no religion has a corner on healing.

Healing is healing. It’s natural and gives us hope and impetus to strive for better healing. Healing is happening and the more I acknowledge Christ-like systematic healing, the more I experience it. The end result is experiencing what is considered miracles.

I’ve met a lot of people who have experienced miracles. We may not completely understand what happened, but we will, one day.

From 21st Century Science and Health, Miracle. That which is divinely natural, but must be learned humanly; a phenomenon of Science.”

 

Stop Emotions from Hijacking Consciousness

posted by Cheryl Petersen

This is a terrible way to start an article, but it gets better fast. It was years ago and I had a form of Streptococcus that made my ear drain puss constantly. The doctor gave me antibiotics and told me in 10 days it would be cleared up. Moreover, the doc didn’t give me much hope that my hearing would return. I went home, took one of the pills, and went to bed. In the morning I wanted to go to church, so I did, but stayed away from other people by sitting in the far pew and not talking to anyone. During the service, we sang a hymn with these words written by religious leader Mary Baker Eddy, “Thou wilt bind the stubborn will, Wound the callous breast, Make self-righteousness be still, Break earth’s stupid rest. Strangers on a barren shore, Lab’ring long and lone. We would enter by the door, And Thou know’st Thine own. So, when day grows dark and cold, Tear or triumph harms, Lead Thy lambkins to the fold, Take them in Thine arms.” During the singing I noticed that my infected ear stopped producing puss. Instantly. The cloth I’d been using to wipe my ear was no longer needed, ever again. I didn’t need any more antibiotics and within two weeks normal hearing returned.

Was I impressed? You bet. To this day, I can be filled with formidable, fierce emotions recalling that church service. While singing those words, my thoughts were humbled, I felt one with Love, God, and the world was quiet. I realized—in mind and body—that Spirit ruled over the flesh.

Oh sure, the world and flesh got loud again and the first thing it did was try to make me want to keep the fierce emotions alive. But how? Do I adore the words to that song? Do I tell everyone else they will be healed by going to church? No. To invest my time and energy in human emotions is conducive only to diminishing returns.

The dictionary definition for emotion is a natural state of mind—including joy, boredom, anger, love, hate, horror, stoicism, piety, etc. But, the human emotions are not very reliable. In fact, they seem to get us into more trouble than not. Relationships riveted on emotionalism are shaky. Emotional eating is a racket. Emotional religiosity leads to divisiveness. And, emotional healing is not dependable. No matter how terribly enormously bad we want to heal a situation, sometimes it just doesn’t happen. So, what do I do about it?

Learn from someone with a better track record. One person is Christ Jesus.

Interestingly, Christ Jesus got rather emotional after finding out one of his best buddies, Lazarus, had died. But reading further, it appears as though Jesus shook the weepy emotion long enough to remind everyone around him that the point of his actions isn’t to appease an emotion but to see the glory of God, Life.

Jesus prayed before raising Lazarus from the dead. (John 11)

Ironically, throughout the Gospels, Jesus was described as angry, weary, creative, patient, pointed, but his emotions didn’t overshadow his acute consciousness of God has life itself, love, presence, and substance. Therefore, coinciding with my healed ear, I’ve concluded we do have the ability, not to try to be emotionless, but to set the emotions aside long enough to wrap ourselves up in the consciousness and reality of divine Spirit–healthy, whole, and purposeful.

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