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The light of Love emits light spontaneously

The ever-revealing Truth is changing the universe. Progress removes restraints. The finite yields to the infinite.  Although we’re trained to disregard mind over matter, or healing that defy conventional biology and genetics, we find nothing in matter and ask for more light.

We progress spontaneously, as light emits light, when we regard creation from the standpoint of Soul, eternal Life, instead of from personal realities or illusive matter.

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Did Mary Baker Eddy Make a Mistake?

Want to read something funny?

Before Mary Baker Eddy became Mary Baker Eddy, she was a 19th century spiritual leader who taught the Science of Being and its healing explanation to students, explaining that God is divine Mind and Life; that there is no life in human minds, things, places, organizations, drugs; reality is Spirit and spirituality.

Mary wrote a book, Science and Health: First Edition, in which she wrote, “The mistake the disciples of Jesus made to found religious organizations and church rites, if indeed they did this, was one the Master did not make; but the mistake church members make to employ drugs to heal the sick, was not made by the students of Jesus.”

So, religious organizations are a mistake, unmade by Jesus?

Then, Mary Baker Eddy organized a church, The First Church of Christ, Scientist. That’s pretty funny.

Was her religious organization a mistake? Apparently yes, if her words mean what they say, but those words also say a lot more. The words recognize that human beings have needs and because there is no instant when we zap fully into spirituality, in the meantime, we eat, cloth ourselves, have jobs, take medicine, go shopping, go to church, study, pray, share information and discoveries.

The mistake is believing, or disbelieving, that church saves us.

I believe, Truth saves.

Stand on the side of our spirituality

The belief that human beings and human knowledge is an image or power of God, is what separates us from understanding Life, God. The belief that the body is the source of Intelligence makes one liable to mistakes and extinction. God doesn’t live in changeable bodies. God is Spirit, and our original and only self-hood is the image of Spirit.

Revel in the Joy

It’s amazing how hanging out with children can mute mental and bodily complaints.

Sore muscles vanished yesterday when the five-year-old neighbor boy came over to play with our grandchildren, five and eight years old. At the lunch table, we all began a detailed, serious conversation about school. Teacher’s names, how old everyone was in kindergarten and third grade, the big class, how kindergarteners get to third grade, music, crafts, recess, rain days when recess was inside a big room where they eat also.

Our five-year old grandson left his chair and walked into the kitchen inquisitively.

“Is everything all right?” his mother asks.

“I ate a bad bite of food,” he said.

“Spit it in the garbage.”

But he dribbles the food into his hand and dissects it to find…

“I think it’s a tooth,” he turns to us and says.

“Smile,” said his mother.

We all broke out in smiles and celebration. His first lost tooth. Adorable. Hugs all around.

The neighbor boy, sitting next to me, turns and says with bright eyes that see a wonderful future, “Now, he goes to first grade.”

I nod, but don’t explain that losing a tooth is not quite the condition to getting to first grade. Because we all were happy to keep reveling in joy.

Matthew 6:33, “If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers—most of which are never even seen—don’t you think he’ll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you? What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving. People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.”–The Message

What happens after covid?

Sammy moved back to New York City today.

The vocal, colorful, multifarious City was Sammy’s home before moving, to what is referred to as the cabin, March of 2020, when the covid epidemic began is protracted journey from a fearsome devil-power to a reminder that humanity gains insights from scientific and religious research that reveal new ways of thinking about ourselves and the cosmos.

Although Sammy had strange digs, she did not have it hard. She lived with her grandparents and parents and participated uniquely in Mom’s newly developed home-schooling curriculum for children.

Dad worked from home but quit his job in 2021.

Because the company Dad worked for in the past wanted his technological knowledge to become somewhat obsolete, they paid him, not to work for his new company, for an entire year. At that time, Sammy and Dad became more familiar with one another.

Everyone in the household became more familiar with, not so much, one another physically, but also spiritually. The presence of spirituality was treated as paramount to getting along as a team and the presence of divine Intelligence was treated as the Principle of not believing everything one was told and the ability to discern the Truth behind truths. The rewards were tangible. Everyone got along so well, it became a wonderful new normal.

But it’s back to work at the office for Dad, so goodbye cabin.

Grandma, who stays at the cabin with Grandpa, told Sammy, “We’ll miss you.”

Then Grandma smiled because she wondered if Sammy was thinking, “I won’t miss being more familiar with who left the bathroom stinkier!”

Grandma said, “We’ll keep familiar the good times and new ways of treating one another. We’ll remember to keep our hands clean, to keep our germs to our self, and to give people their mental and physical space, even if its respectful quiet time. We’ll remember that all creation is connected by and of God, Truth, Intelligence, and that it’s imperative to humanity’s wellbeing that we share gratitude, patience, honesty, and goodwill.”

Sammy said, “Meow,” and got in the car.

Beautiful Sammy

Divine Life Remains

It’s difficult to fathom. Nearly impossible to see or feel. But divine Life is cause and effect.

Life isn’t divided. Life isn’t half of anything. Life isn’t a causing spirit, eventually up against its effects of manifest truth or love.

If divine Life were divisible, we could believe that the spirit of Life caused the effect of creation, with infinite effects/beings that can evolve, devolve, or do everything in their power to submit to divine Life and live forever in heaven.

But divine Life remains cause and effect.

I am not cause or effect.

I am, you are, inclusive to, the one cause and effect of divine Life. As much as we don’t want to admit it sometimes, the spirit of life goes on, despite the happiness and horrors of human life, of birth, growth, decay, death.

Humility, perhaps humiliation, allows us to recognize this pattern of life as cause and effect, even when we want to insist on that which we can’t, human life as either cause or effect.

Creation remains, intelligence remains, love remains without human life or knowledge because it existed before human life.

It’s difficult to fathom one cause and effect when I’m giving power to causes other than divine Life. It’s nearly impossible to see or feel the effects of divine Life when I’m expecting effects that can’t possibly come from an indivisible divine Life.

I think it’s logically consistent, emotionally prudent, and spiritually sound to get to know and acknowledge one cause and effect. The cause and effect of divine Life, inclusive of us and all.

“Though the way is dark in mortal sense, divine Life and Love enlighten the way, and destroy the restless human thinking, the fear of death, and the supposed reality of [hopeless irrationality].”–21st Century Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures: A modern version of Mary Baker Eddy’s Science and Health

Giving credit where credit is due

Ask:

 Does the human mind consciously or unconsciously counteract these thoughts?
“Eat only what you need.”
“Forgive this person.”
“Exercise more.”
“Return their smile.”
“You can keep discovering the reality of divine Spirit.”

Does the human mind’s refusal to follow through on those thoughts mirror these bodily conditions?
Excessive blood pressure.
Persistent pain.
Lethargic digestion.
Unresponsive brain.
Depression.

Matthew 22:37
“And [Jesus] said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’”

21st Century Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures: A modern version of Mary Baker Eddy’s Science and Health:
“Citizens of the world, accept the “glorious freedom of the children of God,”[1] and be free! This is your divine right. The self-deluded idolatrous views, not divine law, has captivated you, made you arthritic, made you a procrastinator, weakened your body, and ruined your reputation.

“Sickness, sin, and destruction must at length recoil before the divine rights of intelligence, and then the power of Mind over the entire functions and organs of the human system will be acknowledged. It is proverbial that Mother Teresa,[2] and other philanthropists engaged in humanitarian work have been able to undergo, without weariness and danger, that which ordinary people could not endure. The explanation lies in the support which they derived from the divine law, supreme to the human law. The spiritual demand crushes the material demand and supplies not only energy but also endurance.

“We learn that divine Mind is the master of the human mind and physical senses and can vanquish sickness, sin, and loss. Exercise this God-given power. Take possession of your body and direct its feelings and actions. Advance in the strength of Spirit to resist all that is unlike good. God has made you capable of this and nothing can stop the ability and power divinely bestowed on your spirituality.

“We can never treat human mind and matter separately because they combine as one.

“Scientifically speaking, there is no human mind out of which to make incomplete beliefs proceeding from illusion. This misnamed mind is not an entity. What we call matter is only a false sense of substance, since its substance has no sensitivity. The one Mind contains no human opinions. All that is real is included in spiritual Mind.”

Isaiah 12:4
“And you will say in that day: “Give thanks to the Lord, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the peoples, proclaim that his name is exalted.’”


[1] Rom. 8:21

[2] Mother Teresa (1910–1997) Albanian Roman Catholic nun.

A prayer

All-wise, God. Healthy Mind of all.
Knowing presence that I seek.
Relieving, restoring. Receiving, giving.
Forgiveness, honesty, and trust in good.

–Cheryl Petersen

Springtime Poetry

Moving.
Bursting through the cold hard ground.
Flowers. Grass. Weeds.
Unstoppable.
Spring.

Moving.
Cultivating. Weeding.
Bursting through cold hard minds.
Faithfulness.
Unstoppable.
The living Mind. Us.

Psalm 85
“Faithfulness springs forth from the earth,
    and righteousness looks down from heaven.
The Lord will indeed give what is good,
    and our land will yield its harvest.
Righteousness goes before him
    and prepares the way for his steps.

“Don’t be startled at the brisk claims of evil. Evil is the belief that good is absent. Instead, think it natural to love good. Cultivate the reality of health and spiritual power.”—from science & religion to God: A narrative of Mary Baker Eddy’s Science and Health, by Cheryl Petersen

April is National Poetry Month.

Translating matter into Spirit through Christian Science

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