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Everyday Spirituality

Everyday Spirituality

Women’s History Forges Ahead

posted by Cheryl Petersen

In the United States, the innovation, bravery, courage, and determination of women are being celebrated during March’s Women’s History Month, to ensure a collective progressive attitude toward women. Circa 1792, Mary Wollstonecrafts wrote a book called, “A Vindication of the Rights of Woman.” It was the beginning of a long battle.

In 1893, New Zealand granted women suffrage on the national level. Australia followed in 1902, but American, British, and Canadian women did not win the same rights until the end of World War I.

Modern women reflect on History, for example, Linda Wilson, upstate New York resident, recalls Eleanor Roosevelt, Inez Cole, and Caperton Preston, saying, “These women don’t inspire me in a specific way to ‘do’ something specific in life. Rather they inspire my realization that women can forge their own path,” says Linda Wilson, who was reared during the 1940’s and 50’s when women were seen primarily as wives-mothers-nurses-teachers. “Women should never let a cultural norm prevent them from taking a path that runs against the cultural grain.”

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Wilson not only described to me the accomplishments of Roosevelt, Cole and Preston, but also added a funny side-note related to Preston, showing women are noteworthy yet practical loveable human beings.

At the age of 88 years, Miss Preston had the physique and posture of a young woman. Miss Preston also taught Linda the word “jackass.” Linda was 5 years old at the time and during a dance class, Miss Preston protested, “Point your toe, you jackass!” Linda went home delighted with the new word and called her mother a jackass. Her mother asked Linda where she learned such language. “Miss Preston,” the child answered. Linda received a spanking for lying and she began crying. When Linda’s father came home, the story came out. Her dad replied, “Linda isn’t lying. That is how I learned that word.” Linda’s dad had taken ballroom dancing from Miss Preston as a teen. He accidentally tripped Caperton and she fell to the floor and said, “Get me off this floor, you jackass!”

The mental landscape of equality still needs leveling and developing, but we can do it.

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Nurture Immunity

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Looking Under the Car

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Last night, I got in the car and waited for Doug.

Just before Doug got in the car, I asked, “Please check under the car for a cat.” Doug rolls his eyes and bends over, trying not to get dirty, and looks under the car, which is 7 inches off the ground, and jokes, “There are 6 cats and a turkey under the car.”

See, I have an image in my head of a cat hiding under a vehicle. Doug knows this image is in my head and therefore will take the time to check under vehicles even though he is confident that if there was a cat under the car, the noise  of opening and closing doors would scare it out before it got hurt. He humors me literally and checks, but his ability to be in tune to mental conditions keeps the peace and furthermore aids his prayers.

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When we are praying for healing, we need to be aware of the images in thought in order to deal correctly with the mental state. If we are praying for other people, it helps to know their mental state is probably different than our own.

Doug’s prayers are effective with me because he knows I have images in my mind that he does not. He doesn’t over analyze my images. He doesn’t hypnotize me to change the images in my mind. He can read my mind and then tell it with authority to be quiet, while divine Mind is acknowledged as tangible and effective in healing.

“Then Jesus got into the boat and his disciples followed him.  Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. The disciples went and woke him, saying, ‘Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!’ He replied, ‘You of little faith, why are you so afraid?’ Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm. The men were amazed and asked, ‘What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!'”   (Matt. 8:23-27, NIV)

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Telling a Story

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Our stories are our realities; however, realities change. Interestingly, our story can change before our reality changes. As a reporter, I’ve noticed that people who stop repeating stories tainted with bitterness and depression, and start telling stories infiltrated with hope and gratitude, receive improved realities.

“Sing to the LORD a new song;
sing to the LORD, all the earth.” (Ps. 96:1, NIV)

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