There is a news story referring to a woman who was not crossing a border but was stopped by immigration control at an “immigrant checkpoint.” The video was being recorded on a cell phone by her child who was sitting in the back seat. Are We Crossing A Border? What came to light as I read this article was the difficulties that so many people feel when trying to make improvements to their life. The following is an excerpt from the article:
“Are we crossing a border?” Parmely responded….
“No,” he said, “But are you United States citizens?”
“Are we crossing a border?” Parmely responded. “I’ve never been asked if I’m a citizen before when I’m traveling down the road.”
“This is an immigration checkpoint,” the agent responded.
Sometimes I discover more sense to interpret current news articles from a spiritual angle. Many people often suffer the most stressful circumstances when trying to change their life in ways that bring improvement. Ironically, when someone changes their life for the worse no one is there to stop the occurrence. Thus, there seems to be a border between self-improvement and progressive deterioration. On one side of the border is the natural world, and on the other side is the spiritual world. There seems to be a rigid control of the border to complicate the process of crossing into the spiritual realm. On the spiritual side of the border one will experience self-control, patience, perseverance, faith, goodness, joy, peace, meekness, gentleness, kindness, goodwill, and love. Those qualities seem to undergo scrutiny. On the natural side of the border is common to see impatience, out-of-control responses, fatal attitudes, despair, evilness, sadness, violence, harshness, aggression, hatred, ill-will, and cruelty. Life changes according to how we perceive the natural and spiritual world, which determines if we desire to cross into the spiritual country. Let’s focus the next paragraphs on the difference of the two worlds relating to our health, security, social belonging, worth, and self-actualization.
We cross the border into the spiritual country when we realize that the condition of our inner earth is essential in meeting the physical requirements of the body. The basic health necessities of the body include food, hydration, and sleep. (As well as oxygen and excretion). Of course, age and physical ailments are also part of the health equation. The natural country and the spiritual country possess different attitudes and behaviors about those basic human needs. The natural country has a preoccupation with emphasizing food, sleep, age, and infirmities of flesh and blood. Citizens of the spiritual country acknowledges contributions to the life of the body, but with attitudes of self-control in consumption, patience through aches and pains, and perseverance in times when food and health concerns are at their worse. Thoughts, behaviors, and emotions differ between the natural citizens and the spiritual citizens. The natural will focus on the eventual death and aging of the body, whereas the spiritual focuses on hope, healing, comfort, and a heavenly home. The border police wants to know from which country your perspectives on health originates.
We cross the border into the spiritual country when we realize that our security comes from inner tranquility. Day to day life presents many issues relating to security from harm to the body, shelter, financial security, as well as security in our health and well-being. Health care coverage has been an unresolved issue for many years. The citizens of the natural country welcomes conversations on occurrences of tragedy, poverty, homelessness, and disease. Citizens of the spiritual country finds inner calm amidst the insecurities of the world. Tragic and unfortunate events do not turn the spiritual citizens away from the spiritual country. The meek and gentle spirit of peace of those who dwell in the spiritual realm are not pressured to conform to natural means of security, but they espouse safety in the environment through stable and conscientious means. The border police wants to know from which country is your source of security.
We cross the border into the spiritual country when we realize that constructive friendships, intimacy, and family are rooted in the qualities of the spirit. The citizens of the natural country forms friendships, intimacy, and family networks based on the things of this world. The type of things that builds a population based on economic security, raising children who learn to shun the spiritual country, and developing intimacy with those who avoid the spiritual world. For them, social belonging is an affirmation of their acceptance of the natural over the spiritual. The citizens of the spiritual country first forms bonds with the internal spiritual realm, then develops relationships based on fruitful interactions. For them, social belonging forms through interactions of kindness, goodwill, and love. We remain faithful to spiritual belonging when a lack of social belonging is used as pressure to conform to worldly standards.The border police wants to know from which country you are establishing your social life.
We cross the border into the spiritual country when we realize that self-respect through the divinity of our inner life supersedes the respect and praise from others. Of greatest value to our sense of worth is to realize that there is an inner source of esteem apart from external sources of praise. it is there that we feel valued when our health fails, or we are beaten and shattered, or are left friendless. The feeling of positive energy from the source within the spiritual realm keeps our esteem and sense of worth alive. The divinity of the soul does that for us when we cross the border into the divine country. Citizens of the natural country do not recognize the spiritual country and therefore will not acknowledge a divine presence of the soul. There sense of worth comes from the natural praise and achievements bestowed on them by those applauding the natural over the spiritual. We are not pressured by disparagement nor influenced by misguided praise to conform to the natural country. The border police wants to know whether your source of worth comes from the natural country or the spiritual country.
We know we have crossed into the spiritual country when we realize “The self only finds its actualization in giving itself to some higher goal outside oneself, in altruism and spirituality.” (Quote from Maslow). Citizens of the spiritual country does exactly that. The higher goal of altruism and spirituality is found across the border, in the spiritual country, where people thrive with positive energy. Their self-expression is full of words of optimism through faith, goodness, and joy. The citizens of the natural world will only speak of natural things while performing deeds only for the benefit of the natural world. The above quote will not flow from their mouth nor be exhibited in their behavior. Even so, we do not sacrifice who we are within our spiritual identity, but we remain optimistic when pressured to be identified by worldly standards. The border police wants to know if your identity is of the natural country or the spiritual country.
Have you crossed the border?
We can assess that there is a border between the natural country and the spiritual country. The diagnosis is that border control complicates the process of entering into spiritual territory. Even so, we plan to improve our natural life by entering into the spiritual realm. We implement that plan by welcoming the soft, moist, and flexible qualities that carries us across the border. Our success is evident when fruitful qualities blossom for our own welfare as well as for the welfare of others. May a meek and gentle spirit of peace be with us.
Some people will deny that there is something beyond the natural country. They are controlling the border to complicate the crossing into the spiritual realm. Controversy, conflict, and anger are their tools to disturb the peace found within the territory of the spiritual country. They attempt to guard the border of joy and optimism with the discouragement of pessimism, despair, depression, and sadness. Every social encounter for the “border agents” is a process of bargaining at the border of the two countries. The bargaining reveals their expectations of others to exchange the spiritual country for the rewards of the natural country. They will never accept open borders where the pursuit of happiness, spiritual liberty, and fullness of life exists.
There are populations of people who thrive in a country where natural desires have precedence over spiritual values. For them, it is easier to manage basic human needs then to be accountable according to how people feel inwardly and how they perceive the surrounding world. They demand submission of the natural human animal by closing the border to the spiritual country. The words that exit the individuals of those populations are intent in the purpose of magnifying basic human needs such as food, drinks, rest and security while downplaying spiritual needs such as self-control, perseverance, joy, goodwill, and meekness. Their behaviors can be described as being enforcers of the border. Whatever they do is designed to offer you service to accommodate the needs of the natural citizens while performing deeds to close off the border to spiritual citizenship.
The attitude of the border enforcers are evident in direct and indirect ways. Directly, it is obvious that powerful influences cater to a sense of self-actualization, a positive image of worth, and social belonging according to the natural world. In other words, spiritual self-expression, self-esteem, and socialization are prohibited at the border. They first expect their “subjects” to desire the natural cravings for food, drinks, rest, and security before they begin to introduce socialization. The border enforcers set up barriers to sentiments of spiritual food, water, rest, and security. Indirectly, the attitude of those who monitor the border are earning the wages of the natural country in exchange for closing entry into the spiritual country. They feel they have all they need in life as they present harsh negativity, and subtle refusal of decency, to those seeking entry into the spiritual country.
We allow the character of the border controllers to enter us for a couple of reasons. Those reasons manifest from the constant struggle to fulfill basic human needs. We figure the best way to have relief from the harsh “desert” conditions is to have people to like us. From that sense of belonging we begin to be bolstered with a new sense of worth. From that, we become like those who live for natural citizenship while closing the border to the spiritual city.
Those susceptible to adopting the border police attitude are exposed to groups who have an ardent purpose to close the border to the spiritual country. They are strongly influenced to adopt the ways of the border police, and their natural way of life depends on it. Naturally, their job, finances, security, family, worth to others, and their ability to be all they want to be depends on being a border police. They sacrifice the noble spiritual country due to a sense of dedication and duty to the natural world.
We can interrupt the cycle of being infected by the border police mentality. First, we understand that some people attempt to move us away from the spiritual country to see us crash and burn. It is necessary to understand that all civilizations unite over the centuries by the qualities found in the spiritual country. All others are diseased with discord, violence, and self-destructive struggles. We must only allow behaviors and words from the spiritual realm to exit what we say and do. In that way, we transfer the money necessary to buy the ticket that carries one across the border. Being filled with esteem knowing that we belong to a spiritual country enters the character of those living beyond the border. By the fruit of love, faith, peace, and perseverance we begin a new cycle that opens the border to a new heavenly kingdom.