Everyday Spirituality

Everyday Spirituality

Zen Kitty Camouflage

posted by Cheryl Petersen

During the summer, when the grass is green, you can see me a mile away. Ah, but after a dusting of snow in the winter, I am incognito. Can you find me?

Where is Zen Kitty?

Can you find me?

 

How about now?

 

Looking for Zen Kitty

 

Calvin sees Zen Kitty and races to play

 

“Your life is now hidden with Christ in God.” (Col. 3:3, NIV)

Sex Workers and Going to School

posted by Cheryl Petersen

The sex trade in Thailand is noticeable. My daughter and I worked at an orphanage where girls were attending school instead of working the streets. However, volunteers soon learn to drop all delusions that going to school is saving these girls.

Image from OnlineOriginals

It was a mental battle for the girls. While they were eating rice 3 times a day and wearing donated clothing, they had old friends who were wearing cute clothes, using cell phones, painting their nails, and not doing homework.

To promise the girls success through school was so arguable that we instead concentrated on the true success of overcoming fears and the unknowns. And, we didn’t act as though sex workers were evil or bad or unsuccessful. They were people just like us. And like many of us, we desire something different or more meaningful in life and will struggle to make a change.

The change becomes practical, and more lasting, when we focus on overcoming fears and the unfamiliar, rather than mulishly forcing a human accomplishment. I’ve always marveled at Christ Jesus, who never tried to convert people to a particular human lifestyle. Jesus saw the spiritual good in others and encouraged them to expand on that good.

The substance of our being is wisdom, patience, honesty, and the confidence that we all have a right to more meaning in life. We all have the ability to help our self and others in a way we understand. Put in another way, it is self-righteous to force what is best for me on someone else, and I will only hear repeated what Christ Jesus said to the chief priests and elders of the people, “The prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God ahead of you.” (Matt. 21:31, NIV)

A few decades ago, Thailand had a horrendous epidemic of HIV/AIDS and only until a Dr. Wiwat helped the prostitutes admit, and defend their right to health, was the epidemic stopped. The seasoned workers trained the young girls how to insist the clients use condoms. A confidence was gained. A unity was strengthened.  And benefits were recognized and felt.

It is the confidence and strength that carries us all to the next level of change. Even though I’ve never worked in the sex trade, I still need a confidence in health, unity, and spirituality to experience the kingdom of God, whereas a confidence in my line of human work is useless.

From Science and Health, “Jesus perceived in Science the perfect person, who appeared to him where sinning mortals appeared to worldly thinkers. In the perfect person, the Savior saw God’s own likeness, and this correct view of man and woman healed the sick. Consequently, Jesus taught that the realm of God is intact, universal, and that person is pure and holy.”

Calling All Teens

posted by Cheryl Petersen

We love our music; however we play it too loud. We are losing our hearing.

Let’s start a new trend. Less Volume, More Hearing.

Who can start the trend?

Teens. Teens are best at texting, tweeting, calling, and passing the info along.

 

Less Vol

We All Can Be Free

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Human beings were slaves to chance and fate until Newton’s theory of absolute physics came into being. Scientists were freely able to manipulate our surroundings and situations by simply applying physical laws. But the opportunity of independence from the material world did not come for the mass population. Materialist supremacy reasserted itself making human beings dependent on the very physical matter they now could control. Matter was necessary and wanted, otherwise physical rules could not be applied. Society resembled a state of servitude barely better than slavery.

Determined to act on a meaningful freedom, collaborating physicists incorporated consciousness into the equation and 3 hundred years later modern science was solidified. Albert Einstein declared the world of relativity in which the observer became part of the observed. Einstein put forth his theory of relativity because matter proved itself unstable.

Sputnik in orbit

Freedom was no longer relegated only to the experts who knew how to apply the rules of physics, but could be experienced via consciousness to the masses.

Ironically, the essence of modern science, positioning itself on consciousness, has been compared to the teachings of ancient Eastern philosophies, such as the Chinese Tao Te Ching or divine Science as promulgated by American religious leader, Mary Baker Eddy, who wrote the book, Science and Health.

Verse 1 of Tao Te Ching reads, “The Tao that can be told is not the eternal Tao.”

From 21st Century Science and Health, “The relativity of matter, the complex human body, and the turbulent earth are fleeting concepts of humans, trained to believe life is mortal. Fleeting concepts have their day before the permanent facts and their completeness in Spirit appear.

“Albert Einstein recognized, and made public, the General Theory of Relativity. Time, space, and mass are relative, or in other words not absolute. Now that time, space, and mass are better identified, they are more correctly studied.

“Sputnik and NASA changed the world view when launching into outer space. Setbacks happened, but courage set the precedence. Consequently, the philosophies based on what physical senses say have become extinct. The physical law of gravity can’t define us. Space exploration, thought expansion, bravery, and open-mindedness, continues.”

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