What’s Real?

Humanity may not have a hold on science or spirituality, but they have a hold on us. Genuine science and spirituality move with the ethical imperative to live in harmony.

The world may lack spirituality and people may not keep promises, but the people who practice self-evident truth and reformed attitudes are more likely to innovate, heal, and experience peace.

As with any reform, a transition period will be felt. Transitions are often unsettling and undesirable.

Songwriter Michael Franti sings, “You know it’s never been easy, Every day for everybody ain’t breezy…You know today would be a very good day just to have a good day.”[1]

To human sense, hope and hopelessness cycle faster near extinction. To our spiritual sense, hope and hopelessness surrender to the higher power and substance of infinite Spirit.

Christ said, “The truth will set you free.”[2]

It’s fair to admit that conventional science, religion, and traditions aren’t truth, not even sources of truth but only systems used to learn about truth and lies, the knowledge of good and evil. It’s fair to admit that these systems are imperfect and can wreak havoc on bodies, minds, and Earth.

It’s fair to say that unfair condemnation or denials of humanity and our systems add fuel to conflicting opinions that trash the body, mind, and environment.

The movement of mind and honest investigation neutralizes unfairness and escapes the box that confines mind to mayhem, science to symptomatic matter, or spirituality to organized religion.

As with any advancement, new terminology comes with it. The term, human mind defines the limited knowledge with which we must deal with on a daily basis. The term, infinite Mind defines the all-knowing Intelligence that inspires us with ideas that more intimately relate to a greater dimension of action and well-being. Infinite Mind is synonymous with divine Spirit, Live, Love. Spirit and spirituality give us spiritual senses, far superior to our physical senses which too often misinterpret evidence or can’t keep up with the new evidence.

We exercise our spiritual senses to discover the understanding that cools and purifies the atmosphere to invigorate mind, body, and our environment.

Spiritual exercise usually associates with prayer, meditation, or journaling gratitude but it’s also a mental treatment similar to medical treatments applied regularly and for specific reasons. We can give ourselves mental treatment using the medicine of infinite Mind.

Why would we mentally treat these statements: “The sun is rising,” “Let’s make love in bed,” or “I lost my keys.” Because they aren’t true. The sun is unmoving to a spinning Earth. Having sex makes babies, not love. We can’t lose that which always existed in Mind. The keys will be found or replaced or reconfigured.

Mental treatment guided by the law of infinite Spirit, reveals the possibility of divine reality, here and now, while at the same time revealing the impossibility of wearisome or fearful unrealities.

Think of a typical day. How much of that 24-hour period embodies and reacts to unreality? How often do we watch scripted performances, even with clumsy acting or cinematography? How often does blood pressure race when under a deadline? How often does attention engage hyperbole, white lies, or Botox smiles? How much time does the human mind spend intoxicated, robotically crazy busy, or dreaming away reality?

Science Journalist David McRaney suggested, “The world as you experience it, is a simulation running inside your skull, a waking dream.”[3]

Although using the metaphor of a computer simulation to explore reality is new to thinkers in the technological era, the symbol of a projected, illusive dream reality isn’t new.

Siddhartha Gautama (the Buddha) founded a faith 2,500 years ago, with more than 400 million followers today. Buddhists strive to “wake up,” by practicing inner peace, morality, meditation, and wisdom.

We must define unrealities as such and stop letting them control us. Spirit provides better things to do to witness to self-evident truth.

The fruit of matter or flesh is changeable beliefs and confusion; against such there are conflicting laws.

“The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.”[4] 

Human logic or matter has no intrinsic law, cause or effect. As symptoms, they come and go but ultimately pass away as logic ties itself to the spiritual inspiration that escapes into the infinite. Infinite Mind, Spirit, Love, is the only cause and effect, expressing us in all its glory and sacred purpose.

[1] Franti, Michael (1966– ), singer, songwriter, activist. “Good Day for a Good Day” 2021

[2] John 8:32

[3] McRaney, David. How Mind’s Change: The Surprising Science of Belief, Opinion, and Persuasion. New York, NY, 2022.

[4] Galatians 5:22-23


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3 thoughts on “What’s Real?

  1. Brian G May 23, 2023 at 8:50 am Reply

    Nice article Cheryl, heartfelt as usual!

    You may be interested to know that as a Christian Scientist, I have a Japanese dragon-riding Kannon statue in my study. Only because to me she is absolutely strong and beautiful. Reminds me to be “complete” as a compound male-female in Mind, and not go through life with only one lens.

    Re sex: just my viewpoint. It can be more than just making babies – there are ways not to have one of course. (Men can share that responsibility, or is that only my 70’s upbringing?) From a CS standpoint, this too can be a spiritual (divinely mental) way to demonstrate completeness with another using a different lens if done right mentally. It doesn’t have to get into the physical component, but can stay in Mind where it all originates anyway. Just my view and not for everyone.

  2. Cheryl Petersen May 24, 2023 at 6:37 am Reply

    Thanks for commenting, Brian,
    Logic based on spirituality improves thought and helps us take the next steps in a greater dimension of well-being. As a librarian staff member at the local children’s library, I observe men, women, LGBTIQA+ bring their children to read, play, laugh, potty train, practice good manners. I don’t see gender but do see the one cause and effect of Love. It’s beautiful. One complete Mind expressed.

  3. Brian G May 28, 2023 at 5:50 pm Reply

    Yep – if one gets in a twist about body, they are looking in the wrong direction and tend to stay there.

    A CS Sentinel article from 1972 by Merelice K. England “Bride and Bridegroom” expresses much the same – considered too advanced by many – but made a bit more palatable with that focus. I was read that as a kid, and only later in life did I understand.

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