Everyday Spirituality

Everyday Spirituality

Serious or Curious about Loneliness

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Relationships are a big part of life. They are interactions.

So what do we interact with? Do we relate to human arrogance, self-seeking policies, spending and earning money, or priding our self in our spirituality? Do we associate with the superior/inferior attitudes? These relationships are lonely or isolated.

Turning to another view, do we relate to sharing, hard-work, taking responsibility for our actions, being open-minded? These relationships are inclusive and full of wonder and friendships.

From 21st Century Science and Health, “In our scientific relationship to God, we find that whatever blesses one blesses all.”

Serious or Curious about a Happy Marriage

posted by Cheryl Petersen

With the 50% divorce rate, it appears as though many people are only curious about marriage, not taking it too seriously. However, to tolerate a bad marriage, while believing that is the serious responsible thing to do, is not very conducive to individual and collective happiness. Remember, a grumpy person at home means a grumpy person at work or in the grocery store. So, how do we seriously feel happy, especially in a marriage?

Happiness correlates to similar interests, but this doesn’t mean couples have to have the same interests. I have very little interest in sports, whereas, my husband, Doug can listen to a sports game for hours. We do, however, have the same interest in fair play and achieving goals, two qualities that stretch beyond sports. The result of this identical spiritual interest is that Doug keeps his sports watching to a minimum and I can actually appreciate sports enough to cover a sports story for the newspaper as a freelance writer.

From 21st Century Science and Health, “Mutual compromises will often preserve an arrangement which might otherwise become unbearable. It is not necessary for both spouses to participate in every annoyance and care of household duties. Responsibilities, inside and outside the home, can be performed with appreciation for one another. Fulfilling the different demands of their united spheres, compassion can blend in sweet confidence and joy, each partner sustaining the other. This love honors the bond of interests and affections, in which the heart finds peace and home.”

Serious or Curious about Evil

posted by Cheryl Petersen

The word “evil” needs to be used thoughtfully. It is straightforward to classify Hitler with evil. However, when we fostered children, and some children appeared to be evil incarnate, I made it a point seriously to reject the word evil. Curiosity, as to the why the child’s behavior tended to be evil, was moot next to the eagerness to win a victory over evil.

Research shows that enlightened spiritual paths commonly involve a directive to fight off evil, since evil always seems to be hurling crap at us. However, the approach to exclude, avoid, argue with, or point fingers at evil, is not nearly as effective as getting to know God. Seriously, to wrap myself up with the thoughts and love of infinite Love, God, is most successful to fight off evil.

I didn’t force myself to love a naughty child. We can’t love that which God did not create. Divine Science taught me my ability and right to reflect the love of infinite Love, like the moon radiates light. And, when I was on top of it spiritually, that expression of love made it so the fear and confusion that came hurling at me from the child would not penetrate me. More wonderful, the fear and confusion also did not bounce off and go back to the child and evil loosened its grip on the children.

With a mind full of an effort to love spiritual goodness, I was able to receive sensible ideas that helped us move forward in productive behavior. From 21st Century Science and Health, “At all times and under all circumstances, overcome evil with good. Know yourself, and God will supply the wisdom and the occasion for a victory over evil. Love is a protective covering. Wear it! Wrapped up in love, human hatred can’t reach you. The confirmation of a higher humanity will unite all interests in the one divinity.”

The Serious and the Curious

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Salespeople are trained to detect and distinguish between the serious shopper and the curious shopper. Serious shoppers have a defined intent to purchase, or “do” something; whereas, curious shoppers are “just looking.” Frequently, the curious comes disguised as the serious. Think of all the exercise equipment sitting in closets, bought by those who were seriously going to exercise but apparently were content “to look” as though they exercise. Are we serious, or curious, when it comes to spirituality?

To be passionately serious about spirituality doesn’t necessarily guarantee a spiritual experience. Yet, to be curious, or eager to learn, can open the door to an experience beyond the human mortal stuff. Seriousness and curiosity are insignificant compared to knowing exactly where our interest is placed.

Both, the serious and curious include the element of interest, and the type of interest we have determines how spiritually involved we are. An interest in divine Spirit and spirituality embraces thoughtfulness, without the sternness. An interest in social position or policies leaves spirituality out in the cold.

Divine Spirit and spirituality is interesting. From 21st Century Science and Health, “The calm, strong forces of true spirituality are manifest as health, purity, and a magnanimous self. Spiritual mindedness must expand the human experience until the beliefs of temporal being are clearly exposed as impositions. Confusion, danger, and disorder will then give everlasting place to the scientific demonstration of divine Spirit and to God’s child.”

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