Upstate New York artist, Richard Kathmann allowed me to video his thoughts on spiritual abundance.
Kathmann trained as a painter in college, however he took a job at a Museum to receive a pay check which always paid for everything he needed. But, after 20 years, Richard was starving spiritually. Therefore, he quit his job and took up painting the woods. As time went on, Kathmann discovered the death of the spiritual starvation and the life of living with peace and gratitude.
From 21st Century Science and Health, “You can rejoice in secret beauty and abundance, hidden from worldliness, but known to Spirit.”
My comment: I was inordinately struck when Richard pointed out that trees “record” the fact that even though “we sometimes are outclassed by neighbors, we can adapt and find the light.”
Scientist’s appreciate the spirit of discovery, and as a metaphysical scientist, I’ve learned to appreciate the spirit of discovery that characterizes divine Science and its contributions to the research of spiritual Mind, God.
In divine Science, a clear distinction is made between human mind research and spiritual Mind research. Human mind research analyzes passing thoughts, while divine Mind research gets to know spiritual thoughts that are reliable and effective in the manifestation of wellbeing.
Excellence in teaching and excellence in research are compatible and mutually reinforcing. People are not “told” what truth is, but are scientists in their own right to discover truth. Students of Mind-science can continually experiment and discover spiritual truths that manifest balance and healing.
I’ve found 19th century metaphysician Mary Baker Eddy, through her book, Science and Health, to be a primary teacher in the study of divine Mind and its healing effect on mind and body. However, it is best not to accept Eddy’s concepts as a canon of works or collection of facts handed down to believers through a church system.
While reading literature on spirituality and Mind, we want to challenge ourselves to think more clearly and begin to formulate sophisticated ideas for ourselves. We are not empty barrels to be filled with nice words or concepts. We are thinkers and doers. We are fully capable of understanding the universe of “God with us,” and demonstrating its rules.
In the June 2011 Smithsonian Magazine there is an article titled, Ready for Takeoff, by Richard Conniff, discussing how aerial drones are being used for peacetime work. Drone (unmanned) aircraft has been restricted to war zones until recently when the likes of engineer Tad McGeer, from Bingen, Washington, began asserting the fact that drones can assist in everyday civilian efforts. Consequently, a drone was employed to evaluate disaster damage at a nuclear power plant in Japan, April, 2011, after the tsunami.
The crux of this story is the fact that ideas are not confined to an exclusive organization or limited in their usefulness. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist, or a spiritual guru, or a church leader, to manifest an idea useful to humanity.
When the heart is ready, and sometimes even before, useful ideas come to us and we can be assured that the power to manifest those ideas is one with the idea. Through the framework of an all-loving, intelligent God, as the source of all real ideas, it can be seen that everyone is entitled to spiritual ideas; a fact that eliminates the belief that some human beings are superior to others and have a corner on spiritual power.
Don’t be reluctant to test spirituality and its positive influence on human life. “Aren’t we all amateurs?” Tad McGeer asked the Smithsonian reporter.
Trust the spiritual idea that, “The human mind, inspired with spiritual understanding, becomes more resilient and is capable of increased stamina.” (21st Century Science and Health)
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Zen Kitty here,
Living in upstate New York, in a quiet home, in the woods, gives me the opportunity to explore and reflect. Not to say I didn’t explore and reflect the first six weeks of my life when I lived in the one hundred year old barn with my multitude of aunts, uncles, brothers, sisters, and cousins (yes, I am a pure-bred barn cat). A contemplative wonder has always had a grip on me. That is probably why Cheryl singled me out a couple of years ago and brought me to her house.
It is okay to be singled-out sometimes and I’ve obviously been singled-out again as a guest writer for Everyday Spirituality, however, I wager that there are many cats and dogs and horses, and so on, who are somehow connected to Beliefnet, who understand where I am coming from and where I am going. Love and Life.
So, all you 4 legged friends, please leave a comment (with a link to your picture) and let me know what you’re finding in your exploration and reflection.
Our cat species may not have the human capability to invent things, but we aren’t very complicated. While human beings invent words (and I’ve noticed some people use those words excessively while not saying a darn thing), cats are minimalists. One word, Meow, generally gets an idea across just fine.
Meow. It is time to go watch flowers bloom.
We forgive you mommy
“If you knew the gift of God…” are words imputed to Christ Jesus in the Gospel John. This gift of God is also imputed to us.
God’s gifts are not restricted to that which can be observed and studied, the material reality. God’s gifts are not reducible to only that which can be discovered
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Congregations still vital
Despite the ongoing decline in Churches of Christ, Scientist, the rise in people who claim to study Christian Science, but not adhere to a religious organization, should be seen positively, especially by religious people.
To accept this as good news, however, requires listening to what these spir
posted 9:33:50am Mar. 08, 2014 |
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Zen Kitty's evening muse
English Standard Version (ESV)
Jesus Appears to the Disciples
19 On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being locked where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.”
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Mom insisted I take piano lessons when I was a kid. I'm glad now, although it was a struggle for me to practice back then. As an adult, it relaxes me to sit down and play. I teach myself harder pieces, but will pull out easier books that I can sight-read, such as The Joy of Piano, arranged music Den
posted 9:55:23am Mar. 01, 2014 |
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Facebook vacuum is okay
Hi, my name is Cheryl Petersen, and I used to be a Facebook user. I’ve been free of the social media site, Facebook, for almost a year now, during which 99.9% of the time, I’ve never looked back.
I was a Facebook user for about 5 years, first signed up by Trafford Publishing, publisher of my
posted 8:36:15am Feb. 26, 2014 |
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