Everyday Spirituality

Everyday Spirituality

Thanking Vets is to Learn From Vets

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Veterans were first collectively remembered on November 11, 1919, set as Armistice Day. Celebration originally centered on suspension of business for a 2 minute period beginning at 11 a.m. with the day also filled by public meetings and parades. On June 1, 1954, President Eisenhower signed legislation changing the name of the legal holiday from Armistice Day to Veteran’s Day.

Most of us know a veteran. One veteran in particular, who I know personally, Mr. Fischer, has taught me valuable lessons. I have to fight for independence. And, that fight involves sacrifice. But, the sacrifice is not to be bemoaned. No whining. When a job needs to be done, do it with courage and humility.

Mr. Fischer, who served in the Army for 20 years, has views that coincide with what I just read in November 6 Parade Magazine. An Unbreakable Bond interviewed 6 wars, 6 vets. Yenas Hagos, who served in Iraq responded to the question as to whether or not he sees himself as a hero. Hagos answered, “No. I went and served my country. I did my part.”

Colin L. Powell, retired U.S. Army General, also provided his insights, pointing out that men and women are motivated for different reasons to serve but after joining they give their all for our country.

Veteran’s Day is every day. To maintain the spirit of gratitude for those who fight for our country, I read books such as Colin Powell’s autobiography, My American Journey. Words from veterans unlock the naïvety that tempts me to take things for granted. I have to work for my freedom to understand, be spiritually minded, be healthy, and have the ability to have good-will toward all people.

 

From 21st Century Science and Health, “If Truth is overcoming error in your daily walk and talk, you are a better person and can finally say, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” This is having our part in the at-one-ment with Truth and Love. Don’t continue working and praying, expecting a surrogate savior, expecting that because of another person’s goodness, suffering, and triumph, that you will reach that person’s harmony and reward.”

Zen Kitty and Calvin and Hobbes

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Look who Cheryl brought home. Calvin and Hobbes.

At first, I was very skeptical about Calvin and Hobbes. They would playfully bounce and chase each other in the lawn and garden, and I was afraid they would hurt themselves by falling off the rock wall. They tried to include me but they made me nervous and I could only watch. Sometimes their spirited activity was too much for me so I’d go off and do what I’ve done my whole life.

Then finally, I realized Calvin and Hobbes were okay. I could see how Cheryl loves them just as much as she loves me. I made the effort to respond to the times they try to connect with me. I started to participate in their escapades and discovered it was a glorious time. I still do my own thing, but I also share time and happy energy with Calvin and Hobbes. I now understand when Cheryl reminds me that we all are helping and watching out for one another while discovering the newness of love and life.

Getting Back Up On Our Feet

posted by Cheryl Petersen

The Smithsonian Magazine ran an article in its September issue titled, A+ for Finland, discussing Finland’s extraordinary achievement in education. A little background reveals, for hundreds of years, the Finns were stuck living between the two rival powers of the Swedish monarchy and the Russian czar. As far as the children’s education, they generally attended school for 6 years and only the privileged or lucky got a quality higher education (not a promising future).

Article author, Lynnell Hancock reported, “The landscape changed when Finland began trying to remold its bloody, fractured past into a unified future.” Getting back up on their feet however was not an easy task. After declaring their independence in 1917, Finland was plunged into a civil war, “leaving the country scared by bitter divisions and a punishing debt.” But, the country got back on its feet and has designed and implemented a stellar educational program which overshadows the United States.

Whether it is a single person, a country, or a religion, the principle of getting back on our feet to stand for an exceptional ideal is valid. Moreover, we can look before we walk to make sure we don’t trip up. But, everyone has the right and ability to pick themselves up and feel their uprightness and worth.

From Science and Health, “Citizens of the world, accept the “glorious freedom of the children of God,” and be free! This is your divine right. The self-deluded temporal perceptions, not divine law, has captivated you, made you arthritic, made you a procrastinator, weakened your body, and ruined your reputation.

“We must begin however, with the more simple demonstrations of control, and the sooner we begin the better. The final demonstration takes time for its accomplishment. When walking, we are guided by the eye. We look before our feet, and if we are wise, we look beyond a single step in the line of spiritual advancement.”

 

Physicians Can Be Wise Spiritual Guides III

posted by Cheryl Petersen

A physician of osteopath gave a lecture recently on doctoring in the 19th century. Dr. Brown reminded the audience that although an incredible amount of discovery occurred in the 19th century it took decades to learn how to apply the knowledge.

It is one thing to discover an idea, but quite another to apply the idea to benefit humanity. One reason being, the learning process requires an “unlearning” of assumptions.

When it comes to spiritual healing, frequently, the public assumes that Christian Science insists on reading the Bible almost exclusively along with Science and Health. A closer look at this assumption reveals 3 facts:

  1. The assumption is false. Reading the Bible and Science and Health singularly produces narrow-mindedness and a lack of cultural intellect.
  2. Students of Christian Science practice adhering to Truth, not a book.
  3. Books are tools, not powers that be. As a result, the Bible offers an opportunity for spiritual growth.

Our application of healing truths becomes more reliable and humane as we learn and unlearn properly.

From Science and Health, “Whatever resembles an idea governed by Principle, furnishes food for thought. Through astronomy, art, natural history, chemistry, music, and mathematics, thought passes naturally from effect back to cause…Academics of the right sort are requisite. Observation, invention, study, and original thought are expansive. They should promote the advancement of human mind to a higher consciousness, out of all that is mortal.”

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