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Movement in consciousness

posted by Cheryl Petersen

From a Bible Lesson on the subject of “Movement” Golden Text: John 6: 16-21* 16 When evening came, his disciples went down to the sea, 17 got into a boat, and started across the sea to Capernaum. It was now dark, and […]

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The Heresy of Revisions

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Let me be blunt: revisions of religious texts, whether verbally or in print, are postmodern heresies. To which I say—Okay. First off, languages and circumstances change. The lifestyle of today is not the lifestyle of yesterday. When attempting to apply […]

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Writing Tricks Indirectly Help Prayer

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Elmore Leonard (1925-2013), author with bestselling books, gives 10 tricks for good writing. One of the tricks is to “use regional dialect, patois, sparingly.” In other words, keep the writing free of religious, medical, psychological jargon. I look at the […]

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Making a Good God Reality

posted by Cheryl Petersen

“And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good.”  Gen. 1:31 The knowledge that God made everything good can be difficult to act on. Everyday life experience contradicts that knowledge. Even second-hand experiences contradict the […]

Interpreting life rather than creating life

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Exodus 9 tells part of the story where Moses asked Pharaoh to let the children of Israel go. Pharaoh wasn’t too keen on losing his slaves, so Moses had to give him an incentive. With Moses came a slew of […]

Death and Dying

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Trauma of Torture

posted by Cheryl Petersen

While reading The Searchers, by Glen Frankel, I had to turn off my Nook. The book depicts the horrors of an Indian raid on early Americans in Texas. Members of the Comanche tribe attacked and tortured a group of settlers. […]

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 […]

Movie review: The Inn of the Sixth Happiness

posted by Cheryl Petersen

So, for some reason I noticed Ingrid Bergman has noticeable nose. I watched the film, The Inn of the Sixth Happiness, a take on the life of Gladys May Aylward, portrayed by the actress, Ingrid Bergman. Maybe her nose stuck […]

Reducing Pain

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Pain comes in many forms. It can be physical or mental. Either way, most of us don’t like pain and are thankful when it can be reduced at any level. I am a freelance writer and always am on the […]

Collapsing Time

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Timelines present a chronological sequence of related events along a drawn line. They aid readers to more quickly grasp information according to time. Timelines can also collapse time. Let me explain. The Bible spans millenniums. Taking the event of ascension, […]

Power of Propaganda

posted by Cheryl Petersen

The human psyche is indeed an enigma, an alien of sorts. Therefore, it is no wonder I feel a draw to study spirituality. Spiritual mindedness keeps the human mind realistic, in the world, but not of the world. Human minds […]

The Prodigal Son’s Older Brother

posted by Cheryl Petersen

The parable of the prodigal son, found in Luke 15, provides nutrient for those of us who feel lost in the world. The story is about a man who has 2 sons. The younger son, full of ambition and ardor, […]

The Word of God Revisited

posted by Cheryl Petersen

“The Word of God.” I hear those words often when visiting churches. What does that mean? The Word of God? If God is Spirit—not a humanlike creature—than God has a spiritual language, not a human language. Surely, the spiritual language […]

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 […]

Holisitc Approach to Spirituality

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Spirituality is explained critically from a holistic standpoint in this century. Historically, spirituality was knit tightly to religion—only because religion was the main source of knowledge up until a few centuries ago—and involved a lot of ritualism and superstition. The […]

New Pope

posted by Cheryl Petersen

The world has a new Pope, Jorge Mario Bergoglio, who took the name Francis. I am not a follower of Catholicism, however, I still know the value of including all religions and religious leaders in a prayer. We’ve all seen […]

Sexuality and God

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Womanhood and manhood are not biological destinies. As we tap into our spirituality, we can balance the intellectual and intuitive, home and work, family and career. Many religions depict God as Father-Mother, with all the wonderful qualities embraced by man […]

Les Miserables in a new light

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Reviews of Director Tom Hooper’s big screen adaptation of Victor Hugo’s book, Les Misérables are almost as entertaining as the film. The reviews exhibit barbed, bazaar, candid opinions that human beings are vulnerable to express. Last weekend, my husband and […]

Addiction to Assumptions

posted by Cheryl Petersen

If there is one thing I’ve learned after being married 30 years it is that my husband and I think alike, but not really. It appears as though we can read one another’s mind which is nice because we do […]

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 […]

Selective Hearing, Selective Religion

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Why is it that my husband can hear me think, “The cookies are done,” and yet he can’t hear me verbally repeat over and over, “Please don’t wash my blouse with the mudroom rugs”? He can be on the other […]

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 […]

Exploring God is Like Exploring Nature

posted by Cheryl Petersen

With over 800 pages, The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World, by Daniel Yergin is keeping my attention. History, data, and environmental consequences are discussed. Movers and shakers are quoted. I’ve been introduced to Roger Randall […]

The Monk and the Motorcycle

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Driving slower than the speed limit through the Village of Delhi (Pop. 3087) in upstate New York, I could see ahead, two monks sporting brightly colored monastic robes and walking placidly along Main Street.  I piloted my motorcycle to the […]

Getting a Handle on our Mind

posted by Cheryl Petersen

From the Chapter: Power of Suggestion: Crowd Thinking as read in 4th edition of, 21st Century Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures. The power of suggestion has a long and capricious history. Research of the human mind and […]

Dubious Disciple Posted My Letter

posted by Cheryl Petersen

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Zen Kitty and Father’s Day

posted by Cheryl Petersen

I hear people talking about Father’s Day, especially sharing great advice received from their dads. I also get to see a dad in action here where I live. This dad loves his children. This dad is proud of his children […]

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

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 […]

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 […]

One of Those Days

posted by Cheryl Petersen

I am not boring, therefore I am not bored. Life is good, really good. I will accomplish everything on my long list today. So why do I wonder, What am I going to do with myself?   “You asked, ‘Who […]

New Successes

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Past successes are not the realities of today.  Reach for new successes.

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 […]

Fortunate Clash of New and Old

posted by Cheryl Petersen

We’ve all seen resistance to change. Human beings sometimes fear the new and therefore cling to the old. But, mostly, the new and old blend with a happy dynamic that makes for an interesting life. Last week in Marrakech, Morocco, […]

Empty Nest is Okay

posted by Cheryl Petersen

I recently met Anne and John Gohorel. They have circumvented the empty nest syndrome. Even though they live in a sparsely populated area, the Gohorels discovered a market for homemade organic bread and therefore started the new business of the […]

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 […]

Are You Praying for Healing?

posted by Cheryl Petersen

My prayer is more effective when I keep it unassuming and uncomplicated. I start with God, not a problem. My prayer can resemble a chat with God although it quite often is me contemplating an alternative word for God, such […]

What is God?

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Question. What is God? Answer. God is bodiless, divine, supreme, infinite Mind, Spirit, Soul, Principle, Life, Truth, Love.–Science and Health

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 […]

Hurricane Irene Series 5

posted by Cheryl Petersen

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Six Attitudes of Divine Science, II

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Revisiting the details behind a religion helps removes obstacles. In the 19th century, Mary Baker Eddy founded a religion for Christian Scientists, and in the Science and Health text, she answered the question as to whether or not Christian Scientists […]

Continued Intro to Cheryl Petersen, 5

posted by Cheryl Petersen

The shock of the crop loss eventually quit gripping our minds and Doug and I catapulted into a new zone of mental courage. The decision was made to stick it out and come up with a realistic long term farm […]

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Embody
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Happy Mother's Day
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Picking up litter
Our spring may be slow in coming this year in upstate New York. The trees haven’t even leafed out yet. Once the snow was gone, I picked up litter. Plenty of it, sad to say. The bags get so heavy that I leave them alongside the ...

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Time warp
Airplanes carry us around the world into yesterday or tomorrow. These experiences tweak my perceptions. I see my mind traveling to yesterday or tomorrow. Probably too often. I’d like to think I live in the now, but the infinite Mind ...

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