Everyday Spirituality

Everyday Spirituality

Zen Kitty on How to Change Others

posted by Cheryl Petersen

I can change Cheryl’s mood. When she gets uptight and weary, I go to her and quietly know Love and Life. I’m not expecting anything from her or from the world. I know one Holy Spirit. Cheryl calms down immediately and smiles.

Don’t underestimate your “knowing” ability to influence a change in others for the better. If I can change others for the better, you can.

Zen Kitty

 

 

 

–“Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.” Ps. 46:10, NIV

Learning How to Drive

posted by Cheryl Petersen

My dad put me in front of the steering wheel of the farm truck when I was 6 years old. By the time I was 12, I was operating tractors. When I turned 15, Driver’s Education was a breeze for me. During class, the Driver’s Ed. Teacher would take 2 students at a time out on the road for practice. The first time out, I drove first. No problem. When my classmate’s turn came to drive, the once relaxed teacher was now frightened out of his wits as the newbie driver almost got us all killed. The driver exhibited a colossal lack of orientation, driving all over the road. It struck me as uproarious and I remember laughing hysterically in the back seat, trying to be quiet and respectful to the teacher who was beet red in the face with sweaty panic.

My classmate only had waking and running to reference. Probably never even had a big-wheel to drive around the neighborhood as a kid. But, people can work and learn together. I finally got my laughing under control as the teacher hit his brake. I encouraged my classmate and the teacher calmed down and we made it back to the school.

This is what is happening in China right now. New drivers are learning how to orient themselves to their vehicle, their surroundings, and other drivers. Because for over half a century, very few people, out of over a billion inhabitants, know how to drive.

Peter Hessler, author of Country Driving: A Journey Through China from Farm to Factory, explains how in 2001 in China, “The ratio was 128 people for every vehicle, similar to the United States in 1911.”

Although in 1922, the Chinese were headed in the same direction as the United States, developing road systems and selling cars. But when the Japanese invaded northern China in 1937, the war crippled the auto market. Then the Mao communist government made it impossible for people to own a car until the Reform years.

I use this “car driving story” as an analogy and compare it to being on a spiritual journey.

Spirituality requires a new orientation, new references. Willingness, courage and practice are necessary because someone or something could put obstacles in our mind. Fortunately, as we learn, there will be people patient enough to help us on our spiritual journey. Don’t be intimidated by the people who tell you to reference an old way of doing things. The Chinese are not starting out by driving Model-T’s. They have modern vehicles. Reform and revise according to your situation today. And, don’t quit.

If someone is laughing at you, take a deep breath and keep learning. They are not laughing “at you” but at the fear. They really know you can master the skill of spiritual knowing and healing. Keep building on the reference of divine Spirit, God, because it does orient you to spiritual power.

From21st Century Science and Health, “Jesus cast out devils (evils) and healed the sick. Followers can also drive fear and all evil out of themselves and others and heal the sick. God will heal the sick through us whenever we are governed by God. Truth banishes error now as surely as it did twenty centuries ago.”

Outgrowing the Old Doesn’t Need to be Prickly

posted by Cheryl Petersen

It is common for human beings to outgrow clothes. Children outgrow clothes due to the sheer fact their bodies grow. Adults outgrow clothes due to style and fashion changes. Human beings are also known to outgrow friends and churches which can sometimes create a prickly situation. However, the prickles can be dulled by realizing that it isn’t so much we outgrow people and places, but we outgrow ways of thinking. It is quite natural to outgrow thoughts in all areas of life. Cultural, social, religious, and scientific ways of thinking are constantly outgrowing themselves.

Sometimes an outgrown way of thinking is simply thrown out like a pair of tight uncomfortable shorts. Good riddance. Other times we hold on to an outgrown thought because it is devotedly cherished and became the center of ever shrinking universe. But more often than not, our thinking is a work in progress and religion and science are tools used to put on the new and improved thoughts for good practical use.

In the field of science, Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge, Stephen Hawking, wrote in his book, A Briefer History of Time, “The twentieth century saw man’s view of the universe transformed: we realized the insignificance of our own planet in the vastness of the universe, and we discovered that time and space were curved and inseparable, that the universe was expanding, and that it had a beginning in time.” Moreover, in the field of metaphysics, scientists are putting on new thoughts of an infinite, consequently in the process of outgrowing the thinking that there is a beginning and an end.

The religious field is also maturing past old philosophies. Frances Hunter wrote in the book, How to Heal the Sick, “I have heard people say, ‘God sent this sickness on me to teach me a lesson; he is teaching me something.’ I find it difficult to believe that, because would God give something as horrible as sickness to his children? Would you do that to your children? And think how much more God loves us than we love our earthly children?” Frances Hunter threw out the old thinking that God sent sickness and her ability to heal the sick through prayer to God increased.

New technologies and discoveries are turning old ways of thinking upside down and shaking them out of their boots. To pretend some things don’t change is to put obstacles in the way. Everyone outgrows things at different rates, and as that fact is appreciated, we all can keep putting on the new.

From 21st Century Science and Health, “By taking “off your old self with its practices,”[1] mortals are clothed “with immortality.[2]

“We cannot fathom the nature and quality of God’s creation by diving into the pitfalls of human belief. We can reverse our feeble undertakings—our efforts to find life and truth in the insubstantial—and outgrow the physical and mortal evidence. It helps to look past the temporal, to the eternal idea of God. Eternal, clearer, higher views inspire the God-like person to reach the absolute center and circumference of Being.”


[1] Col. 3:9

[2] I Cor. 15:53

Creamy White Friday

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Wow, there is an official Black Friday website. But, then the word “official” is a relative term,  approved by a self-appointed few.

I tend to follow the unofficial, whatever that means. And, look for the extraordinary. For example, I’ll skip the mainstream stores November 25 and check out Christmas at the historic Bovina Creamery. Seasonal music, creamy delights, trees, wreaths, hot cider and a crackling bonfire.

Look for, and experience, an extraordinary weekend.

 

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