SPIRITUAL HEALING – CULTURAL STRESS PART 1 (INTERNATIONAL INTERNET SEMINARY MENTAL HEALTH)
STRESS FROM NEW CULTURE Are you stressed today? Are you stressed
out from having to be in a culture that is different from yours? Are you a visible
minority that is struggling to make it in your new found culture? Are you an immigrant
that is having hard time adopting your new society? Are you having difficulties getting
rid of your old habits? Are you stressed from these conditions? Then you may be suffering
stress from your new culture. This is called Stress from Acculturation, or Acculturative
stress. Stress in environment may be one of the causes
of mental illnesses. Environmental stressors can develop into mental disorders, such as
depression and anxiety disorders, low self-esteem, adjustment disorders, suicide, violent episodes,
and other harmful behaviors. Studies have found that mental illnesses are higher in
immigrant population who have hard time adapting into their new culture.
Stress can cause physical symptoms such as headaches, upset stomach, chest pain, high
blood pressure, and sleeping disorders. Stress can make existing illnesses worse.
Stress can result in serious diseases, such as heart diseases, diabetes, asthma, and high
blood pressure. Over 75% of all doctor’s visits are said to be stress related ailments.
Stress may also result in higher use of drugs, alcohol, and tobacco, causing more problems
in the person’s life. Stress is one of the greatest factors in mental
illnesses. We must first relieve our stress, in order to achieve better mental health.
We can take on stress and overcome it, through Spiritual Therapy in Jesus.
Living in an assimilated society, or “melting
pot”, and living in a multicultural society or “salad bowl” can be a challenge to
all of us. New comers have to learn new cultures, new languages, new mannerisms, new
lifestyles, and they often have to work in less fulfilling jobs. They often have lower
status than they had in their home country, having to start life all over again.
I am a visible minority living in North America.
I face these challenges daily, and even more so, as I am a visible minority who is a mental
patient on government support. I have been through a life of immigration, learning a
second language, and adopting new beliefs, while still keeping my identity in my sub-culture
in Jesus. We are all immigrants in North America. The
visible majority, or Western people, immigrated into North America from Europe, Blacks came
here from Africa, Hispanics came here from Spain and South America, and Asians immigrated
here from Asia. North America is an immigrant society, and a world, where you find people
from all over the world. The only true “Natives” of North America are Native Americans, and
we should respect them as the rightful owners of land.
European migrants came into North America first, and founded and built North America,
as we know it today. They tend to have established statues today, as they have had more time
to build their homes in this land. Later immigrants are going through the same process
of building a home in newly found land.
When our world is a mixture of diverse people, with diverse thoughts, diverse beliefs, diverse
ideologies, diverse traditions, diverse back grounds, what we must find is a common denominator.
A common denominator that unites us, a common denominator that makes us one, a common denominator
that makes us belong into one body. I believe that we can have a common denominator in Jesus.
Jesus loves everyone no matter their background, Jesus loves everyone regardless of their sub-culture,
Jesus loves everyone from all nations of the earth, unconditionally and equally.
There is no discrimination, no racial profiling, no financial status, no power struggle in
Jesus. In Jesus, there is spiritual peace, spiritual comfort, spiritual healing, and
hope for the future! All people from all nations can get along in peace and love in
Jesus Christ! We are all members of one body. We all a
part of the bigger picture. Our society is a bigger picture than ourselves, and we
belong in society as citizens. But a bigger picture than society, a bigger picture than
citizenship and nationality, and a bigger picture than race and sex, is God. God is
the biggest picture of them all. The body that we must belong into first, must be the
body of God, and the Body of Christ is the Church. The body of the Church encompasses
the world, and transcends into the spiritual realm of the Holy Spirit. We must be members
of the Body of Christ, and become functioning, valuable parts in the body.
We can find the common denominator in Jesus. We can belong in the same body of Christ.
Once we have a common denominator, and a same body, there will be no more distress from
adapting into a new culture. Our new culture is Jesus, and Jesus will help us to become
valuable members of the Church. The spiritual world of Jesus has no boundaries,
no discrimination, no corruption, no nationalism, no difficulties. There is no stress in Jesus.
Let me guide you to the spiritual environment of Jesus, and heal your broken spirit through
Spiritual Therapy in Jesus today.
SETTING GOALS Find your place in society.
Finding your place in society, and knowing your part is the first step. Just like your
body has many members, you are a member in your culture. At times, we are not content
with our given roles in society as minorities, and we feel like we are left out, but all
members of the body are valuable, and they all serve a purpose. The parts that serve
less fancy functions are just as crucial as the parts that look fancy. All parts of
the body must function together, in order to have a painless, working body.
1 Corinthians 12:14-27 Even so the body is not made up of one part
but of many. Now if the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong
to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. And if the
ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not
for that reason stop being part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would
the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell
be? But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he
wanted them to be. If they were all one part, where would the body be? As it is,
there are many parts, but one body. The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t
need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!”. On the
contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and the parts
that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are
unpresentable are treated with special modesty, while our presentable parts need no special
treatment. But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked
it, so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal
concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is
honored, every part rejoices with it. Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of
you is a part of it. Find your place in society, and be content
that you belong in your society as a valuable member. Work and serve your society as the
part that makes the whole body beautiful.
Let go of old habits Being content and happy in your new environment
requires letting go of old habits. Old ideologies, old traditions, old thought patterns, old
habits, and old beliefs, might be making your new life difficult. Most old habits and
patterns of thoughts are based on nationalism that might go against your new environment.
Our goal is to help you to let go of your old self, and to find the new you.
Ephesians 4:22-24 that you put off, concerning your former conduct,
the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and be renewed in
the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according
to God, in true righteousness and holiness. You can find the new you in Jesus. You are
a new person in your new society, with a new life and new spirit.
Finding Jesus will help you to establish yourself in a supportive and loving Christian community.
Christian friends will help you to overcome your old self and become a new person in Jesus.
All you have to do, is to accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior, and let go of your old
self. Christians like myself, would love to help you establish yourself as a new Christian.
Contribute to your sub-culture
You are a functioning member in society, and you have decided to find the new you. Now,
it’s time to give back to your sub-culture, where your people are struggling with the
same difficulties that you had. You can help new comers like yourself, to
guide them to have better ideas of the new land. Invite them into your life, and lead
your sub-culture as a person who have been through it all.
Proverbs 11:14 Where there is no counsel, the people fall;
But in the multitude of counselors there is safety.
Counsel new comers from your country, and lead them, so that they do not fall, and find
safety through your previous experiences. Lead your people to Jesus, and help them find
salvation and eternal life. You are a leader of your sub-culture, in the Body of Jesus.
In our next video, we will get into achieving
our goals, through Spiritual Therapy in Jesus. God will fill you with the Holy Spirit to
overpower acculturation stress, and fill you with peace, comfort, and love.
Please watch part 2 to destroy stress, and receive spiritual healing in Jesus.
Thank you for watching our videos! I pray
that this video has helped you in your daily walk with the Lord.
I am Paul Min, the president and founder of International Internet Seminary. I write the
textbooks, record them for the audio, and produce all the videos.
Excuse the lighting by the way. I am uncomfortable showing my face in public, because I am a
social outcast, and I am extremely ugly. And excuse me if I sound like I mumble and my
nose is blocked. I have sinus problems, and I am on a lot of antipsychotic medications
that make my jaws lock. I really try hard to open my mouth more.
The reason why I am on antipsychotic medications is because I have severe schizophrenia and
depression. I have bad auditory and visual hallucinations, and severe depression that
make me secluded from the rest of the world. The depression began when I first started
Bible college in Florida. I learned church history for the first time, and found that
New Testament Church history was almost exclusively the history of the Western world. Asia and
Africa seemed to have been secluded from the Gospel in Church history.
I felt as if God did not evangelize Asia and Africa as much as Western civilizations, which
depressed me. I knew that God loved the world through Jesus Christ, but it seemed as if
God did not love Asians and Africans as much as Europeans and Americans.
And the school that I went to turned out to be a King James Onlyist church, which made
the situation even worse. I fell into a deep depression, disappointed
at God and the one sidedness of Church history. I felt weak and powerless all the time. The
school kicked me out for being depressed. When I got expelled from school, the depression
turned into schizophrenic symptoms. I started to hear voices and see spirits. I became a
homeless man, wandering around in buses, preaching the Gospel on the streets.
I attempted suicide by cutting my face and arms. I was taken to the hospital where I
was diagnosed with Schizophrenia. The hospital put me on medications, and I
went on opiates, that made the symptoms a little better, but made me a living dead.
I was one of those psychotic street bums who wandered the streets aimlessly.
But by the grace of God, the symptoms have improved. I studied the Bible in an on-line
seminary, which really helped me. I was able to finish a PhD in Theology, and continue
my dream of one day, becoming a worthy man of God.
I would like to minister to the unfortunate people in the world, and help them through
my internet seminary videos. Bible study really helped me to cope with my schizophrenia, depression,
and addiction. I would like to help people with mental illnesses, learning disabilities,
and drug addiction, that are living in poverty without hope, and tell them that Jesus loves
them. I would especially love to help out unfortunate people in Asia and Africa, who
have not had the Gospel for most of their history.
But I find it very hard to do on my own. I am on government support, and struggling to
make ends meet. The little money that I get is spent on purchasing equipment and making
videos. I am living far below the poverty line, at the moment. I am surviving in government
housing, where Muslims bash me daily. Your donations can make a big difference in
my life today. I am surviving on government support, and I would like to get off government
support. I would love to be able to pay my own bills through God’s work.
Please donate today. Even a dollar or two will help me out. Other generous amounts will
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ill people in unfortunate situations. Persons with mental illnesses in developing countries
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