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Resurrecting and ascending

posted by Cheryl Petersen

From 21st Century Science and Health: The carnal human mentality, misnamed mind, is mortal. In his resurrection and ascension, Jesus showed that a mortal creature is not our real essence. If it were not for the indissoluble immortal connection between […]

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Control is more than controlling someone or something

posted by Cheryl Petersen

In the Bible, the book of Job portrays a man, Job, who gets robbed of everything by the Devil. Everything human beings consider to be good and deserving gets taken away by the Devil. As Job lay in bed suffering, […]

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Slow motion research

posted by Cheryl Petersen

The TV and film industry do not have a monopoly on slow motion filming. High speed cameras are being used also in engineering, scientific and industrial research. Fast moving events, measurements and movements are captured on film and slowed down […]

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Mary Baker Eddy’s Poem: “Feed My Sheep”

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Feed My Sheep, by Mary Baker Eddy Shepherd, show me how to go O’er the hillside steep, How to gather, how to sow,– How to feed Thy sheep; I will listen for Thy voice, Lest my footsteps stray; I will […]

Amazing Sermon by Martin Luther King Jr.

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Here is an excerpt from Martin Luther King Jr’s sermon titled, “A Tough Mind and a Tender Heart.” “There may be a conflict between soft-minded religionists and tough-minded scientists, but not between science and religion. Their respective worlds are different […]

Balancing spiritual independence and group settings through leadership

posted by Cheryl Petersen

The fastest growing “religion” in the West is the trend toward spiritual independence. Spiritually independent people are eager to explore the teachings, texts, and techniques of all religions and refuse to be limited to or labeled by one religion alone. […]

Feed My Sheep

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Shepherd show me how to go O’er the hillside steep, How to gather, how to sow, How to feed Thy sheep; I will listen for Thy voice, Lest my footsteps stray; I will follow and rejoice All the rugged way. […]

Women’s History Month

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Celebrating Women’s History Month this month of March, I recall amazing women of today, yesterday, and long ago. Women from the Bible include Mary, the mother of Jesus, Ruth, the Moabite, Queen Esther, Priscilla, and Elizabeth. For a more complete […]

I still like my Pastor

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Unlike my contemporaries, who have drifted away from religion and either started attending another church or stopped going to church altogether, I haven’t drifted from my religion. But, I no longer attend church regularly. Back in the day, I was […]

Congregations still vital

posted by Cheryl Petersen

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, […]

New cells every day

posted by Cheryl Petersen

I can relate somewhat to the Buddhist perspective that the mind is non-physical, formless, shapeless, colorless, genderless, and has the capacity to cognize or know. The basic nature of mind is pure, limitless and pervasive. For this mind to also […]

Double Hypnosis

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Every now and then I read through the book Silence of the Heart, Dialogues with Robert Adams, who explains that this physical experience and the human egos are in a state of trance. Adams stresses the need to wake up […]

Aim to be saved

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Not Above the Law of Progress

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Illegal and illicit activities occur. They don’t normally set very well with society and they certainly don’t promote happiness or health. What is illegal and what is illicit? That is debatable. And, the definitions change over time and according to […]

Work remains to realize Eddy’s hope

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Today, in homes and churches, as well as on Twitter and Facebook, Mary Baker Eddy’s words are repeated. That is, of course, appropriate. Her words are thought provoking and filled with many profound images. Borrowing effectively from Christ Jesus, the […]

Mary Baker Eddy Saw Outside of Herself

posted by Cheryl Petersen

With her delicate, impressive, poetic features, Mary Baker Eddy seemed the embodiment of the modern evangelist as Renaissance woman. This 19th century figure was turned to for answers regarding God and healing by people who became her followers. At the […]

Foresight and the Future

posted by Cheryl Petersen

“Thank God men cannot fly, and lay waste the sky as well as the earth.” The quote was attributed to Henry David Thoreau, who died 40 years before Orville and Wilbur Wright flew the sky. Was it a prayer? Was […]

The Best Easter Gift So Far

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Easter is an interesting time of the year. Of course, friends and neighbors have been involved in Lent for a few weeks now. I’ve covered a story on Ukrainian Egg decorating—a rather impressive and fancy process. My husband came home […]

Avoiding Landscape Amnesia

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Spiritual lecturer and author, Marianne Williamson speaks on A Course in Miracles at The Saban Theatre, Monday evenings in Los Angeles, California. After reading her book, The Law of Divine Compensation and How it Works for You, I went to […]

Heroes and Heroines

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Humankind has a history marked by heroes and heroines. Confucius, Ruth, King David, Christ Jesus, Mohammad, Sojouner Truth, Abraham Lincoln, Corrie Ten Boom, the list goes on ad infinitum. We observe, study, and revere our heroes and heroines. Religions have […]

Is God Force Measurable?

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Researcher and author, David Wilcock, produced a book heavy with evidence of an unseen force at work in the universe. The book, The Source Field Investigations, contains a cache of records and data from around the world describing what is […]

Mindsets No Longer Living in the Past

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Mary Baker Eddy was a household name one hundred years ago—Christian, preacher, author—a Joel Osteen or Joyce Meyer of the 19th century. However, Eddy’s main book, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures made some rather bold statements for […]

Improve the Healing Art

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Question: Is not all [mental]argument mind over mind? Answer by Mary Baker Eddy: The Scriptures refer to God as saying, “Come now, and let us reason together.” There is but one right Mind, and that one should and does govern […]

Thoughts on Prayer

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Prayer won’t change God, because God is unchanging wisdom and Life, but prayer can adapt us to the Science of spiritual being. The premise of prayer must include the fact that God already knows what you need. We are never […]

Defending Reality

posted by Cheryl Petersen

As damaged as humanity is, endlessly bombarded with terribly bad news and idealistic or stupid entertainment, we can’t help but notice there is a vital core within us all that hungers for reality. We know the difference between what makes […]

Slavery and the Bible II

posted by Cheryl Petersen

A literal interpretation of the Bible is moot next to the fact that human slavery was deemed the norm throughout most of the recorded history. The world has recognized the incompatibility of slavery and societal wellbeing and legislation is passed […]

Mountains and Christian Science

posted by Cheryl Petersen

The principles of Christian Science, as laid out by Mary Baker Eddy, work for me. I would not have gone to all the trouble to revise and update Eddy’s book, Science and Health if the book didn’t have formidable meaning […]

Movie Review, I Am

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Tom Shadyac, a movie producer, went on a crusade to figure out what was wrong with our world and how we can fix it. He documented his discoveries in the film “I Am.” After meeting and talking with prominent people […]

Investing in Profitable Spiritual Emotions

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Emotions are varied and across-the-board, like cold cereals. And, I’ve learned to buy into the humdrum Crispix rather than the sugary Cocoa Puffs when it comes to emotional investment. Emotions are feelings which characterize our attitude, which in turn makes […]

Revisiting God

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Realizing her personal and spiritual wellbeing was at stake, Mary Baker Eddy redefined her life experience. Like many of her 19th century contemporaries, Eddy was motivated to look past time-honored traditions and rid herself of a life submissive to religious […]

Truth Seekers Journey

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Like some of my 1980’s contemporaries, as a truth seeker I discovered Mary Baker Eddy’s book, Science and Health, written in the 19th century. Eddy a Transcendental Romantic-era thinker and healer was plucked from decades of obscurity in the late […]

Latest Edition of Science and Health

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Miracles in the 21st Century

posted by Cheryl Petersen

My maternal grandma’s last name was Sheppard. She lived to be over one hundred years old. My husband’s maternal grandma’s last name was Shepard. She lived to be over one hundred years old. I was close to both grandmas. I […]

Stop Emotions from Hijacking Consciousness

posted by Cheryl Petersen

This is a terrible way to start an article, but it gets better fast. It was years ago and I had a form of Streptococcus that made my ear drain puss constantly. The doctor gave me antibiotics and told me […]

Looking at the Lord’s Prayer From a New Angle

posted by Cheryl Petersen

“Christ Jesus taught his disciples one brief prayer, which we name after him the Lord’s Prayer. The Lord’s Prayer is the prayer of Spirit, not of mortal perceptions. Jesus said, “Pray, therefore, like this:”[1] and he gave that prayer which […]

Find Signs of Renewal in My Oft Maligned Religion

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Every Sunday morning when I was a child, my parents would take my brothers and sisters and me to Sunday School. This ritual continued through my teen years and includes memories of learning Bible stories and hanging out with people […]

Not Hating Religion but Loving Christ and Feeling Healing

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Christ Jesus’ story is so epic, it could be thought of as a foundational legend for research into Mind-healing. You may know the tale, but it doesn’t get old: Just over 2000 years ago, Jesus developed a skill that could […]

Crying Heart

posted by Cheryl Petersen

I just received a call from a friend who broke off a close relationship. I love them both and don’t want them to hurt. I also just read about a U.S. soldier who turned himself after killing 16 people in […]

An Exercise that Carries Out What Exists

posted by Cheryl Petersen

My exercise of healing power is more effective when: -Healing power isn’t divided or measured. -Healing power is seen as a tool to exercise. -When exercise is not seen as the cure-all, but God is seen as All-in-all. Healing power […]

Funny Bible School Bloopers

posted by Cheryl Petersen

I love to have a good laugh. Here are some Vacation Bible School Bloopers uttered by innocent children, read from the Farm Show Magazine. – Noah’s wife was Joan of Ark. -Jesus was born because Mary had an immaculate contraption. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

A Course in Miracles is Studied

posted by Cheryl Petersen

“I come here because we respect one another,” said Sabina, a participant in A Course in Miracles gathering in upstate New York. The group meets once a week to support and encourage one another on their spiritual journey to find […]

Physicians Can Be Wise Spiritual Guides

posted by Cheryl Petersen

When I became pregnant, I made special effort to select a midwife who was spiritually inclined. I found Julie, a woman with common sense and the strength to use calm wisdom. Julie delivered both our daughters. The first daughter came […]

Poetry and Piano

posted by Cheryl Petersen

I sometimes listen to Cheryl play piano and sing. She sings terrible, but that doesn’t ruin the poetry. Here is one song: “Shepherd, show me how to go O’er the hillside steep, How to gather, how to sow, How to […]

Hawayo Takata Practiced Art of Healing

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Hawayo Kawamuru was born on December 24, 1900 in Kauai, Hawaii. She married Saichi Takata and had two daughters.  Soon after, Saichi Takata died suddenly and Hawayo Takata, who then went by the name Takata, was left to care and […]

System of Divine Science Intact

posted by Cheryl Petersen

While always controversial, Mary Baker Eddy’s theories have been exceptionally influential in Mind-healing. The impact of this 19th century spiritual leader remains extraordinary. Eddy formulated her theories within the framework of what she termed, divine Science, a.k.a. Christian Science. Her […]

Rookie Mistakes in Spiritual Healing

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Success in spiritual healing is warranted only as we find and follow our own pace. Whether a pro or a rookie, here are six pitfalls to avoid when practicing spiritual healing. Gunning the start. Running headstrong, for example into an […]

Getting Back Up after being Shot Down

posted by Cheryl Petersen

My ears were being assaulted by profanity voiced somewhere in the house. I went to investigate the uncommon occurrence and discovered the profanity was coming from the TV. A show called “Bulls**t”, hosted by Penn & Teller, was on. Penn […]

Be a Top-Notch Student

posted by Cheryl Petersen

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 […]

Independence Day is Every Day

posted by Cheryl Petersen

With July 4 upon us, I would like to take a commercial break from my introduction and touch on this day of celebration. During the American Revolutionary War (1775-1782) against Britain, a Declaration of Independence was signed by 56 brave […]

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Resurrecting and ascending
From 21st Century Science and Health: The carnal human mentality, misnamed mind, is mortal. In his resurrection and ascension, Jesus showed that a mortal creature is not our real essence. If it were not for the indissoluble immortal ...

posted 9:49:49am Apr. 04, 2015 | read full post »

Good dissolves bad
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posted 9:54:06am Mar. 25, 2015 | read full post »

Keeping mercy
Deut. 7:9 Know therefore that the Lord your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations. (English Standard Version) Know now then that the ...

posted 8:07:29am Mar. 16, 2015 | read full post »

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