Author Archives: Cheryl Petersen

Moving an Alzheimer’s patient

Instead of trying really hard to heal spiritually, I’ve learned to stop myself. I’ve decided that If God is healing, then God is healing all the time. Nonstop. I don’t make healing happen. I don’t need to look for something to heal.

Instead of praying for healing, I pray to see God healing. It is right in front of me, part of my experience.

As the cloud’s shadow passes over me when out in the woods walking, or as an idea enlightens my thought, healing results.

???????????????????????????????Months ago, I’d planned to help husband/wife friends move from Arizona to Washington State. The husband has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and was in a wheelchair. The wife told me, “Cheryl, he responds to you without confusion.”

The morning before I needed to fly to Arizona, I got sick. Food would not stay down. My husband told me, “This healing is here because you are the one for the job.”

We were staying at my husband’s sister’s house and she nursed me with mother love. By that afternoon, an hour before my scheduled flight, I was well enough to pack. My brother-in-law took me to the airport early and we both agreed that if I felt I should cancel my traveling that he’d return to pick me up at the airport and take me back to their house for rest. “I don’t mind one bit,” he said. His trust in God, through his Latter Day Saints faith, held a purity I could feel.

Healing continued and I traveled to Arizona. The husband and wife were ready and waiting to travel and move to Washington. The flight went without a flaw.

I was grateful that the husband did respond to me. Though the airports were hectic and loud, he was calm and hopeful.

I pondered “spiritual Alzheimer’s,” living in the past with confidence, yet easily angered when asked to do more than what the limited perspective expects.

Then I read from Matthew 4:1, 8-10:

“Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And after fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry…[Then[ the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to him, “All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.” 10 Then Jesus said to him, “Be gone, Satan! For it is written, “‘You shall worship the Lord your God and him only shall you serve.’”

Though I believe that in spiritual reality there is no devil, there is a devil to contend with humanly. The devil of Alzheimer’s will be cast out and until then we can prove it step by step. The devil was rebuked during our travels and we did worship God, Love, resulting in a gracious experience. We hope to continue.

The ascension

From 21st Century Science and Health:

On the road to Emmaus,[1] Jesus was known to his friends by the words that made their hearts burn within, and by the breaking of bread. The divine Spirit, which identified Jesus centuries ago, has spoken through the inspired Word and will speak through it in every generation and milieu. Spirit is revealed to the receptive heart and is again seen driving out evil and healing the sick.

Physique is not Spirit, and Jesus proved this point. After his resurrection he proved to the physical senses that his body was not changed until he ascended in thought; in other words, until his understanding of Spirit, God, expanded. To convince Thomas that mortality has nothing to do with Spirit, Jesus caused him to examine the nail marks and the spear-wound.[2]

Jesus’ unchanged physical state after the resurrection posits a progressive state beyond the grave. The spiritual growth that allowed Jesus to rise from the dead was increased even more to allow him to ascend. Jesus was “the way;”[3] that is, he marked the way for humankind. The final display, called the ascension, closed the earthly record of Jesus, and this world’s human minds and physical senses could no longer detect Jesus.

After Jesus’ ascension, his students received the Holy Spirit. Meaning, that by all they had witnessed and suffered they were wakened to a clearer understanding of divine Science. The scientific spiritual interpretation and understanding of Jesus’ teachings and demonstrations gave them a faint conception of the Life that is God. This allowed them to stop interpreting people through human knowledge and turn their thoughts instead to divine knowledge. Through the Holy Spirit they gained the true interpretation of their glorified Master and became better healers, leaning no longer on matter or human mind, but on divine Principle.

[1] Luke 24:13

[2] John 20:27

[3] John 14:6

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The resurrection

From 21st Century Science and Health:

Through experience, the disciples became more spiritual and better understood what the Teacher had taught. Jesus’ resurrection was also their resurrection. The resurrection was a critical revival, for soon their dear Master would rise again in what has since been called the ascension, when Jesus was no longer heard or seen physically. Jesus’ ascension was the reward for his faithfulness. The resurrection advances individual and collective consciousness. It moves the people’s thoughts out of spiritual dullness and blind belief into the perception of infinite possibilities.

What a contrast between our Lord’s last supper before the crucifixion, and the spiritual breakfast with his disciples after the resurrection. In the bright morning hours on the shore of the Galilean Sea, his misery was seen to have passed away. Majesty prevailed. The disciples’ grief transformed into repentance. Their arrogance was rebuked and their hearts were renewed. Convinced of their unprofitable toil in the dark, and wakened by their Teacher’s voice, they changed their methods, turned away from temporal things, and threw their net on the right side. Their new understanding of Christ, Truth, gave them a new perspective on life in divine Mind, rather than in human mind.

We commemorate, in the dawn of a new light, this spiritual meeting with Christ. We bow before Christ, Truth, to receive more of Spirit’s reappearing. We commune silently with the divine Principle, Love. We celebrate Christ’s victory over death, his probation in the flesh, and his final ascension above matter (flesh).

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Every piece of the quilt is important

I met a man who quilts. Superbly.

He went into part-time retirement and got bored so he watched his wife, a quilter, and decided to give it a go himself. He’s made a dozen stunning quilts over the last 6 years.

A stone cutter by trade, he loves to challenge himself with geometric designs.

“Some of the quilts I make have more than 2,500 pieces,” he said. “The pieces are so small I can lose them.” But he finds all the pieces and completes his projects.

It reminds me of something from the Bible: Jesus said, And a “woman, having ten silver coins, if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp and sweep the house and seek diligently until she finds it? And when she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin that I had lost.’”—Luke 15: 8-9

Jim Byrden shows his Twisted Ribbon triangle quilt at Franklin Train Museum cropped

The newness of prayer

My husband just returned from a trip out west. In Seattle, Washington, he boarded an airplane after 6 a.m. and was in Albany, New York before 6 p.m. Seattle clock time was 3 p.m.

A nine hour trip that took him 3,000 miles. Doug went from sixty degrees Fahrenheit to one degree. From flowering rhododendrons to shimmering frosty trees and three feet of snow on the ground. Kinda funny.

Two hundred years ago, this reality was  not experienced.

Today, people take travel excursions regularly and know to take a winter coat to wear over their shorts and t-shirt when they arrive at their destination.

When we are praying, take this disparity into account. Too often our prayers don’t work, or wander around aimlessly, because we are trying to repeat a prayer that was experienced yesterday. We are only taking into account what the physical senses say now.

Prayer is to experience the glorious ever-expressing God. Prayer is to be prepared for a God expressing more gloriousness, more life, more love, more truth.

I think the Buddhists glimpse the importance of “being quiet” in order to stop the interrupting human mind trying to direct our prayers. “A coat will only make you sweat,” says the human mind.

The Science, or knowledge of Christ, Love is directing our prayers and revealing the newness and beauty and balance we need today. It’s our right to experience the new.

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Global maple syrup grading system

Here in upstate New York, maple farmers are in the middle of their hectic season. Some farmers tap up to 18,000 maple trees, from which drips sap when the weather warms up during the day. The sap is boiled down to syrup. The farmers are family owned and operated, many selling maple products on the farm.

New York State Maple Weekends are the last two weekends in March, during which the public is invited to the farms, to see firsthand the operation. www.mapleweekend.com

As of January 2015, New York State began grading maple syrup according to a global standard, a move spearheaded by the International Maple Syrup Institute more than ten years ago.

Previously, grading was based on color descriptors and states and provinces had their own grading systems. Now the descriptions grade according to color and taste and all states and countries use the same system.

The new labels are: Grade A Golden; Grade A Amber; Grade Dark; and Grade A Very Dark.

Grade A Golden is identical to what was Grade A light amber. And, the Grade A Dark is virtually what was classified as Grade B. But it’s all still delicious natural pure maple syrup.

It doesn’t surprise me that this “new grading system” could be related to the Bible.

I read in the Bible, historical content showing humanity grading one another. But, in the thousands of years covered in the Bible, there is a noticeable shift fighting for equality. We have a God that loves us all equally.

From I Corinthians

20 Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21 For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe. 22 For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, 23 but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, 24 but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25 For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

26 For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. 27 But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; 28 God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, 29 so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. 30 And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, 31 so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”

Tom Kauffman at maple syrup chart cropped

Summer is not surprising us…

Poets have written for centuries about the effect of spring. In year 1922, T.S. Eliot penned:

-April is the cruellest month, breeding

Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing

Memory and desire, stirring

Dull roots with spring rain.

Winter kept us warm, covering

Earth in forgetful snow, feeding

A little life with dried tubers.

Summer surprised us…

The Wasteland

Thoughtful poetry aside, I’ve found no one here in upstate New York carrying an element of “surprise” in regard to upcoming warmer weather. More like, “We’re ready, get on with it Mother Nature.”

But people are keeping their spirits up.

We trust nature to turn the tide. Spring and summer can’t be stopped. Interestingly, with the added human inventions of heat and lighting, I also find many people have been very busy during the winter.

Inside projects and renovations are getting accomplished, baking, painting, scanning seed catalogs and ordering plants.

Activity is normal and we learn to balance our physical and spiritual activity, both in the winter and the summer. Although the seasons come and go, God loves us all and we can maintain a sense of purpose and hope.

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