Everyday Spirituality

Everyday Spirituality

Panic

posted by Cheryl Petersen

I drove my car into the garage after attending church last Sunday. Hobbes bounced over to see me. As I pet him, I could tell something was amiss. Calvin was absent. While trying not to panic,  I walked around outside, calling Calvin’s name, but no kitty. I needed warmer clothes on so went back into the house for a heavier coat. After walking around a larger parameter, calling Calvin’s name, but to no avail, I had still to go get even warmer clothes to wear.

Calvin found

Again, walking around outside in the falling snow, I thought about how God never loses someone. We are all loved so much, so ongoingly, with such a strongly attractive love, we can’t get out of the pull.

I heard gun shots. Then it occurred to me to call Calvin’s name, but to stop walking and wait. Fear had to be dissolved. Sure enough, a minute later I saw a black streak. And, I calmly approached Calvin who fully realized it was my voice. Calvin did get lost, and the noises made it difficult to come to my voice.

After hugging, we came home, me with a very warm heart.

 

Calvin knows its me

“Love is patient, love is kind… It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. ” (I Cor. 13, NIV)

Calvin and Hobbes (in the back)

Reversing Cat Myths

posted by Cheryl Petersen

A few cat myths are: black cats are unlucky, and we hate dogs. Not true.

Relaxing with Venus, a dog I love

I am not black, but one of the new kitties Cheryl brought home is black and she has been most fortunate to have around. We play and I show her where we can climb trees. Also, we do not hate anything. We may need to become familiar with new animals or noises or people, but we cats love to love.

Myths come from misunderstandings. The longer a myth has been around, the more time there is for ridiculous stories to get attached to the myth, but they still don’t make the myth true.

The same goes for God. It is a myth that God created us vulnerable to making mistakes. God did not create human beings, but spiritual beings, and our spirituality is able to reverse human mistakes.

From 21st Century Science and Health, “If we look to the body for pleasure, we find pain; for Life, we find death; for Truth, we find error; for Spirit, we find its opposite, matter. Now reverse this action. Look away from the body into Truth and Love, the Principle of all happiness, harmony, and immortality. Hold thought to the enduring, the good, and the true, and you will bring these into your experience as they occupy your thoughts.”

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

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