I found I had crossed that line, [on her first escape from slavery,
1845] I looked at my hands to see if I was the same person. There
was such a glory over everything." -
Harriet Tubman (1820?-1913)
Even those who have the most basic understanding of metaphysics
and the teachings of the Master Mind Jesus, know that
"freedom" is of the Spirit ... we are meant to be free ...
freedom is in our DNA. Whenever we feel trapped, we seek to escape
our entrapment. This has been true throughout the history of the
world. The seeking of freedom has an inherent power in it
energizing the human mind. Our thoughts of freedom lift us to a
higher vibration of energy in mind. Spirit is Mind and Mind is
God, so our conclusion is that the more we desire freedom, the more we
desire to express the Life of Spirit within us.
As I sat in meditation on the 4th of July, Independence Day here
in the United States, my thoughts went to freedom. It was over a
hundred years after Harriet Tubman expressed her feelings after crossing
that line, that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. exclaimed, "free at
last, free at last!" Human bondage is not unique to America
... it was just more disgraceful because our Constitution proclaims that
"All Men Are Created Equal" ... no slave, no servant, no slave
owner or master is derived from these words. These words spoke to
the Spirit in all men and women for they connect us to the Highest Truth
about us. But, slavery is subtle ... and like poverty, disease and
other ills ... it has not been completely eliminated from the collective
consciousness yet ... not in America or other parts of the world.
It has just taken on different forms.
I love America, and since God has created me
with the capacity to do so, I love the entire Universe, for I know It is
the Body of God. But, for this lesson I am going to refer to
America as we can only tell the truth about what we know to be the
truth. This is a lesson about escaping economic poverty in 2008
... in America. Who are these people escaping "economic
poverty"? ... they are the 12-million people who are referred to as
"illegal aliens" ... a distinction given them by politicians.
Knowing that words have power, these words, "illegal aliens"
were chosen specifically to alienate Americans from displaying any
compassion for them. Being for or against "illegal
aliens" can make the difference between a politician being elected
... or not. Politicians who have never met an "illegal
alien" will use this term freely to arouse the worst in the
consciousness of the voting public. And, by and large, most people
don't understand that "negative" thoughts and ideas can only
create more negativity ... in other words, we continue to fill our
Congress with ineffective people who have lost their focus on solutions
in lieu of blame! Blame never gets us to solutions ... for it
negates the very Good that is possible.
There is a solution. We will find it as
we gain a greater understanding of the consciousness of those who are
immigrating. Like Harriet Tubman, they are escaping
"entrapment" ... the prison of poverty ... and seeking
"freedom" from it. The latest census for Mexico listed
the population at 103,263,338 ... so, we can know that not everyone in
Mexico is seeking to migrate to the United States. The latest
United States census listed the population at 286,196,812 ... not
counting undocumented immigrants. However, if wages in America for
unskilled labor was at $2-$4 a day ... and in Mexico the same type of
labor paid $10-12 an hour ... how many Americans would cross the border
into Mexico? I would imagine more than a few would be willing to
swim across a river or jump a fence if this were the case. The
desire to escape "economic poverty" and experience freedom
from it, is just as strong in Americans as it is in our brothers and
sisters across the border.
Whenever I hear that there are "12-million
illegal aliens" in the United States, I realize that there are
"12-million people who are not free" ... living their lives
daily in the "shadow of freedom" yet not free.
People who are working to provide for their families and at the same
time living in fear of being deported back to $2-$4 a day compensation
for their labor. And most Americans are not even conscious of the
benefits that we receive from the labor of these workers or what they
went through to make it into this country. Can any of us imagine
what it takes to save the money to get into this country while working
for $2-$4 a day? And how impossible it would be for most of these
workers to have the necessary time or the money to do what is necessary
to come here legally? Can't we see how strong this desire for
freedom is that so many of our immigrant population will climb a fence,
swim a river ... and worse ... to get into a country where most do not
even speak the language ... in hopes of escaping economic poverty?
This takes great faith, strength and hope ... and these come from the
It is time we "raised our
consciousness" regarding immigrants. It is time for us to see
them as our brothers and sisters, rather than "aliens."
They are here ... they are in the same "image and likeness of
God" that we are. We are One with them in Spirit and in
Truth. It is the Truth that we are "always in our right and
perfect place" ... and so it is for our immigrant population ... it
would be foolish for us to think otherwise. There is an
immigration solution that will benefit all of us ... and it is time for
us to know what it is, so that "free" means "freedom for
SO IT IS!
Dr. Henry Lee Bates
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