Author Archives: Cheryl Petersen


Traditions can be healthy. They can be used to advance spiritual good. We have an example of this in the Bible, when Jesus dealt with the ritual of baptism.

Jesus came to John the Baptist, at the River Jordan, to be baptized. John resisted. He felt Jesus should baptize him instead. Jesus said, “Let it be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.”[1]

At this point, baptism became more meaningful. It became a mindful experience. John or Jesus weren’t the primary figures, God was. John and Jesus embraced humility and acknowledged a love and reverence for a Higher Power.

The event in turn was marked with peace and a powerful message from Spirit. “And when Jesus was baptized, immediately he went up from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on him; and behold, a voice from heaven said, ‘This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.’”[2]

Rituals are unavoidable. We eat, we go to jobs, we participate in ceremonies, and we bend to hierarchies. As long as traditions don’t become ego trips or mechanical nonsense, a higher ideal can infuse these practices with holy purposes.

[1] Matthew 3:15

[2] Matthew 3:16-17; Mark 1:10-11; Luke 3:22; John 1:32-34

Legalized racism diminished

Give yourself time, 186 minutes, to watch the film, Separate but Equal, starring Sidney Poitier as Thurgood Marshall, real-life mid-20th century, attorney for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People who fought and won for desegregation of the public schools in 1954. Marshall went on to become the first black-American to reside on the Supreme Court.

Written and directed by George Stevens Jr., this film follows the true story of the NAACP court challenge of racial school segregation in the Brown vs. Board of Education. It shows a peaceful struggle that helped to destroy the legal validity for racial segregation in American and contribute strongly to the civil rights movement.

From 21st Century Science and Health, “Spiritual and moral freedom is found in Soul.”


I read this in The History of God. I like it:

“The unaided intellect cannot reach the vision it seeks; it is continually coming up against barriers to understanding that demand that we change our attitudes. In all cultures, human beings have been driven by the same imperatives: to be intelligent, responsible, reasonable, loving and, if necessary, to change. The very nature of humanity, therefore, demands that we transcend ourselves and our current perceptions, and the very nature of serious human inquiry.”—Karen Armstrong, The History of Godpurple flowers

Cautious open mindedness

I try to be open-minded without absorbing useless information.


Because I don’t know everything. And, there is a lot of useless information available.

We human beings tread on forces of incomplete knowledge; new knowledge is being revealed each day.

The knowledge in my head is incomplete, so to speak. It’s like a mathematics student who learns the principle of addition. The student gets addition correct but isn’t yet aware of subtraction, division and so on.

Or, the knowledge about my physical body is incomplete. I learn something new each day about the body and even though the body is impressive, it’s still an incomplete, immature idea in knowledge.

So, I need to be open-minded. I need to be open to receiving the knowledge I need for each moment. I can do this with an all-knowing divine Mind, ever revealing useful ideas.

The all-knowing isn’t defined as a mind that knows all at once, all data and statistics and truths. It’s defined more so as a mind always knowing true ideas exactly when needed.

Divine Mind doesn’t know or create incomplete ideas. Therefore, the all-knowing Mind didn’t create physical bodies. Mind created all the right ideas about a body, but not the physical body in and of itself because it always includes an unknown.

We were created to embody complete, spiritual, harmonious, beautiful ideas.

This eliminates the stress that comes with trying to make an imperfect body into a perfect body. We can instead know, and act on, what the all-knowing Mind is knowing, holy, just, purposeful, humble, grateful, honest ideas.

Have you ever experienced a time when you did something unexpected and later discovered it kept you safe? The idea came from divine Mind. Those ideas are present and powerful all the time.

  And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left.–Isaiah 30:21, ESV

What really is connected?

Technology has allowed human beings to be more connected than ever before. Until the batteries die.

But, the idea of connectivity has taken hold on consciousness. It’s logical to believe to we all are connected by something. What I do or think affects others, what they do and think affects me, and so on around the world. Most of the time.

So, in thinking about this, I’m concluding that connectivity isn’t between material particles and quantum energy, but between truths.

I think the ideas of honesty, health, holiness, and harmony are all connected.

I think the ideas of dishonesty, disease, hate, and disorder never connect. At least not for long. They seem to always self-destruct.

I watched the film, “I Am,” directed by Tom Shadyac, the other night. “I Am” is a documentary about Shadyac’s pursuit of truth. After an accident, he realized there was more to life than money and fame.

Shadyac interviews prominent thinkers, including Howard Zinn, Desmond Tutu, Lynn McTaggart, for their insights into truth. It becomes obvious to him that there is more good going on in the world, than bad.

An experiment with a bowl of yogurt demonstrated how our emotions and thoughts can influence living beings and things. They discussed the mounting data being collected to verify the power of the human consciousness.

I think the data is only a symbol of the greater reality. The consciousness of good will maintain connectivity, while the consciousness off bad, will disconnect and self-destruct.

Isaiah 55: 8-9, ESV

For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
    neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
    so are my ways higher than your ways
    and my thoughts than your thoughts.

Thought Control

The power of thought continues to be a hot topic. The fields of psychology, psychiatry, counseling, and hypnotism have been opened up and are being cultivated by a significant portion of the population. Brains are probed and studied extensively. The potential of mind over matter draws attention from all corners of world.

Mind forces exist. Thoughts can be very powerful. In the 20th century, Carl Jung[1] classified three human psychic levels: (1) consciousness, (2) the personal unconscious, and (3) the collective unconscious.

In the 21st century, cutting-edge technologies are used to control prosthetic limbs geared to respond to electrical commands from the brain down the spinal cord and then through peripheral nerves. But are these electrical commands reliable? Do they vary from one human mind to another? Do they point to many minds, some of which may be nefarious?

Even though the study of thought power has become sophisticated, we still don’t understand how to control our minds and bodies, whether we have real or artificial parts or not. We don’t grasp why the personal or collective unconscious can make us do things we wouldn’t normally do. Theories are considered based on studies showing that societal issues, from workplace rudeness to weight gain, are contagious.[2]

Mental health is important, but when looked for in the human mind, health feels precarious, almost imaginary. Human mind studies, philosophical and psychological loops can even create paranoia, making us scrutinize every single thought floating in the mental milieu.

When studying mind, we must learn the difference between human thoughts and divine thoughts. We must guard our self against any situation where human thoughts control our own, whether it’s through crowd thinking, brainwashing, peer pressure, superstition, hypnotism, mesmerism, magic, or necromancy, all based in the theory that mind is in matter.

The thoughts of human beings have nothing to do with divine Mind. Although some human thoughts are better than others, to give them power is—unconsciously and automatically—to give power to the evil thoughts also held in human minds. This despotism is but a phase of nothingness and is destroyed by spirituality.

Human knowledge is identified as that which comes from the belief that Mind is dividable or isolatable. The human mind experiences its own knowledge. Mind study becomes risky and suffering is prolonged when we wrongly give separate human minds power to control life, or the world. God is power.

God is Life, God is substance. God is Mind. Divine knowledge is identified as that which comes from the one Mind. It leads to goodness, unselfishness, forgiveness, humility, bravery. Divine knowledge follows the law of progress.

We must spiritually think for ourself, and image forth divine knowledge; otherwise, indifferent, self-destructive, and depressed behavior is believed to be our own thinking and it will be exhibited. We also need to encourage in others their right and responsibility to know and act on divine thoughts.

Don’t personify evil.

Divine knowledge exists, is in force, and has ultimate power. Divine thoughts are intelligent, fruitful, unified; they belong to us. As we escape from the claims of human mind, the whole human family is blessed and virtue is promoted in the community. But we can be duped again by the ignorant or malicious teachings that result in physical limitations or moral idiocy.

The mild forms of mortal thought control disappear and more aggressive features come to the fore. Threatening, terrorizing, and bigoted thoughts—created and harbored in human minds are weaving webs of more complicated and subtle crimes—provide a steady stream of fodder for human mind study.

To stay on guard against the mortal claims, we must acknowledge, study, and demonstrate thoughts of the one good Spirit. Spirituality must become the basis of our thought process.

Spiritual growth counters the temptation to either languish in states of indolence and apathy, or jump into extremist actions. We can discover that the human mind, even bulked together with many minds, is powerless before divine Mind.

The mental qualities of dishonesty, lethargy, revenge, malice, and arrogance will not heal the sick. If they appear to, it is temporary and leaves the case worse than before.

In divine Mind there is no human mortal mindedness, there is no transference of mortal memes and false teachings.

We must consider the motives behind mind study. What is motivating power? Is it money or modesty? Is it jealousy or justice? Is it lust or love? Is it fear or moral courage?

Life and being are of God, the source of true thoughts, passing from God to us. Evil has no reality in divine Mind.

The development of our mental powers must be done with God, Love. God has given us the rights of self-control, logic, and conscience. We are properly self-governed when guided and propelled by Truth and Love.

[1] Jung, Carl Gustav (1875-1961) Swiss psychiatrist and founder of the school of analytical psychology.

[2] accessed September 2015;, accessed September 2015

All-knowing Mind

I was taught, or rather, I learned, that God is all-knowing. God was also defined as divine Mind. The all-knowing divine Mind.

This is not the same as those times when I get bossy and think I know everything. No, it’s much more. It’s a Mind that doesn’t get stymied by fact and fiction. In fact, divine Mind goes untouched by, by what?

To answer this question, I needed to come up with an algorithm I could work out.

With my religious background, I pulled in life experiences. I separated the divine Mind from the human mind.

The human mind is made up of human knowledge. Some brilliant facts, some good knowledge, some bad. Facts and fiction, all swirling around in the human mind.

But greater, even greater than all the human minds in the world put together is the all-knowing divine Mind. This Mind is made up of divine knowledge. All good.

Divine knowledge radiates truthfulness. Ideas of the divine Mind are those really good ideas that pop into our heads exactly when we need them, if not before.

From the Bible, in Isaiah, I’ll read, “Behold, the former things have come to pass, and new things I now declare; before they spring forth I tell you of them.”


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