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Everyday Spirituality

Everyday Spirituality

The Difference Between English and Math

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Math was always one of my favorite classes.  I’m not saying math is always easy, but to learn basic math rules and come up with correct answers after following those rules, is pretty cool.

English on the other hand was not one of my favorite classes. The rules for sentence structure eluded me however I can tell the difference between math and English rules. It reminds me of the difference between rules of divine Science and church rules.

As I follow the rules of Christian Science, I discover well-being, inclusiveness, and spiritual power. It’s cool.

As I follow church rules, I undoubtedly find a position in church—status so to speak—and that is okay. However, church can also keep one very busy and the busyness can be a temptation to replace the rules of divine Science with church rules. So, when seeking healing or progress through divine Science, I have to shake the stupid belief that following church rules—going to church, following the Church Manual,  reading Bible Lessons, taking Christian Science Class Instruction, or subscribing to literature published by the Christian Science Society—is following the rules of divine Science.

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The rules of divine Science are taught in the book, Science and Health, written in the 19th century by Mary Baker Eddy.  The book also provides examples of how to apply the rules. While following the rule of committing thought to an honest achievement, I revised Eddy’s book and published 21st Century Science and Health. The revision maintains the rules of divine Science however with updated examples.

Following these metaphysical rules results in a tangible sense of progress that glorifies God, good. Trick is, you can’t pick and choose what rules to follow. When the Pharisees asked Jesus why Moses commanded to give a writing of divorcement, he replied, “Because of the hardness of your hearts.” The rules to pay attention weren’t so much getting a divorce, or not. The rule to pay attention to was softening the heart.

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Society’s rules hopefully are aimed to reflect divine rules however it sure helps immensely in life not to get the rules confused. Reading through 21st Century Science and Health you will come across rules you can abide by and feel a grand result:

The rule that the greater (love, mind, life, attitude, goal) controls the lesser.

The rule that appearances are often mistaken, leading to false conclusions.

The rule that we can be controlled by divine intelligence, rather than human planning.

The rule that we can remove fear from thought and sickness from the body.

The rule to live the right, not just talk it.

The rule of perpetual harmony.

The rule to become one with Christ consciousness.

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The Invisible War: Critique

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Watching the film, The Invisible War was a bit disconcerting yet encouraging. The film won the audience award at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, and I have to say, Director, Kirby Dick and Producer, Amy Ziering, did an outstanding job of shining a light bulb on the dark military secret of uncontested rape within that culture. About a dozen women, and a man, were interviewed on the prevalent problem of rape and assault within the military. When justice was asked for, these people were retaliated against.

I don’t like war and I have no idea when human beings will outgrow it. Life experience has taught me however that real growth starts within, so to see courageous women, and men, come forward and demand justice against violent crimes within the United States Services, is promising.

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The film was watched by Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, who a few days later directed commanders to hand over all sexual assault investigations to a higher-ranked colonel.

When watching The Invisible War it helps to keep in mind the bigger picture. Women are also fighting to be treated as equals in the service even fighting in combat.  For a balanced perspective on fighting for equality and justice, rather than fighting against one another, I recommend reading The Christian Science Monitor Weekly, Issue 32, 7/2/2012, article titled, Up in Arms. Former Black Hawk pilot, Tammy Duckworth, who lost both her legs in combat while piloting, believes women should have full rights to serve in the military in any position.

Bear in mind, to be assaulted by an enemy is polar opposite to being assaulted by a friend and ally. Christ Jesus told us to love our enemies (Matt. 3:44). How can we love our enemies when we don’t even love, respect, and care for our friends?

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Modesty is Acoustically Profound

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Never underestimate yourself. If you have a vision that is meant to embrace the hearts of humanity, go ahead and take those tiny modest steps to fulfill the promise. It is unnecessary to have highfalutin ideals that require an institution or trend to get kick started.

Beautiful embracing improvement happens with small changes, that seem trivial in the beginning but taken together the trifles add up to a huge impact on the environment and consciousness.

I recently learned about Olga Bloom, a retired concert violinist who mortgaged her home and turned an old coffee barge into a floating concert hall.

Check it out on Bargemusic.

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Zen Kitty Admires a Cat on a Leash

posted by Cheryl Petersen

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