Everyday Spirituality

Everyday Spirituality

Are You Praying for Healing?

posted by Cheryl Petersen

My prayer is more effective when I keep it unassuming and uncomplicated.

I start with God, not a problem.

My prayer can resemble a chat with God although it quite often is me contemplating an alternative word for God, such as divine Mind, which leads me to see myself as spiritual idea or being.

I don’t focus on what other people have told me about God. In fact, I see myself only with God, away from any opinion about God. I’ve learned this technique through Christian Science as taught in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, where I read, “Being is holiness, harmony, immortality.”

I stay clear in my prayers, for example when I read this, “Science says: All is Mind and Mind’s idea. You must fight it out to the end. Matter, human mind, is of no help in this war,” I interpret that to mean simply that divine Mind is the healer. I do not complicate my prayer by assuming matter and human mind are adversaries.

Prayer shifts my consciousness to recognize and use spiritual principles of divine Mind, such as honesty, forgiveness, and moral courage. Similar to learning mathematical principles and applying them to add 9 plus 9, which reveals the answer of 18.

Now, if I need to use my fingers when counting. Fine. So be it. I am not guilty of misusing the science of mathematics by using my fingers. I know my fingers did not cause 9 and 9 to equal 18.

Likewise, if I use a temporary relief, such as a pain reliever, I am not guilty of misusing the science of Christ-spirit because I know that pill did not cause healing.

Prayer continues until I experience divine Mind’s truth, or what I call the Christ-spirit, shift my consciousness to the reality of “holiness, harmony, and immortality.”

Many times over, prayer is kept so simple that I do not need any temporal relief. Divine Mind’s healing power is felt superbly. I’ve had the 24 hour flu last 24 minutes. I’ve had achy joints and irritated nerves limber up and calm down, through prayer alone.

What is God?

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Question. What is God?

Answer. God is bodiless, divine, supreme, infinite Mind, Spirit, Soul, Principle, Life, Truth, Love.–Science and Health

Seclusion in the City of Redmond

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Writers dream of moving to a secluded, calm location and getting a lot of writing done. What’s funny is, I live in a rural area, definitely calm, and I still get writers block. But, here I am in Redmond, in a setting proliferated by busy people and the Microsoft Headquarters, with an overkill of time to write. My only distraction is walking the dog, because I am here pet sitting while our daughter travels with her husband.

I am surrounded by high tech, fast moving everything. When I take the dog for a walk, other walkers are texting or talking into doo-dads stuck on their ears. I don’t even own a cell phone. My daughter taught me how to call my husband on her phone and that is the extent of my usage.

In the house, I can’t even watch a movie because I can’t figure out how to operate the TV. I already crashed one computer so am working on a mini laptop. I know, our daughter’s husband will come home and say, “Oh, all you had to do was click the 9 ratio equivalent key and the computer would start right up.”

So, sitting here in Redmond, surrounded by vehicles, technology, and coffee shops (I’m not much for coffee), I am quietly writing. Oh, and reading.

The Redmond Library is fabulous. They don’t even have librarians to check you out or in. It’s all self-checking. Computers scan and give you a read out.

I am reading Microtrends by Mark Penn, and it is keeping me intrigued. Penn is a respected pollster in American politics and Microtrends covers a gamut of topics from old new dads, to unisexuals, to bourgeois and bankrupt. Under the unisex topic, Penn mentions that Unisexuals “may be the ideological heirs of the feminist, and revolutionary, principle that biology need not be destiny.”

From Science and Health, ” How can the brain, heart, blood, DNA, etc. be our identity? If our real nature is the material bodily structure, a portion of our being would be gone if a limb was amputated; a surgeon could remove our manhood or womanhood; or bacteria would annihilate our existence. What happens to the identity of an organ recipient? Or, how can DNA be the foundation of our identity? DNA mutates, replicates, and eventually dies therefore it can’t be a source of life. After a person is gone their DNA is still here on earth, so where is the individual? On another note, people have repeatedly proven that the loss of a limb cannot take away their manliness or womanliness. Many people, classified as disabled, have presented more nobility, more manliness and womanliness, than the polished athlete or glamour model—teaching society that true identity and nature comes from spirituality, consciousness.”

Christmas Presents Under the Tree

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Sometimes, I surprise myself. But, I’ve been busy writing, traveling, and babysitting our daughter’s pets, and it was until the other day, while walking through town, looking at twinkling colorful lights, that it dawned on me, people were shopping for Christmas presents.

I wondered, “Have I bought any presents this year, for anyone?”

I almost thought I forgotten presents entirely. Our family and friends really don’t need anything so it just doesn’t occur to me to buy something for the sake of buying something.

Then, I remembered. I did buy a present. I had gone to church about a month ago and there was a gift tree there, decorated with ornaments that listed items for children in the local community who needed them. I read an ornament and purchased an outfit for a toddler, wrapped it, and returned it to church to place under the tree.

I do hope the child has a happy Christmas and many more to come.

Merry Christmas everyone!

From Science and Health, “Can we lose our rich inheritance and God’s gifts? No!”

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