But as he closed the latches to his overstuffed suitcase, he remembered that there was still an important book about spiritual growth in his room that he wanted to take with him.
Stan grabbed the book but was now facing a dilemma. The problem was that his suitcase was already crammed full.
Suddenly a beautiful angel appeared in Stan’s room. Since Stan believed in the existence of God’s heavenly angels he welcomed the glowing guest.
The beautiful angel told Stan that he and his suitcase were a symbolic and mimetic analog, representing his deeper spiritual situation. The physical contents inside his suitcase were actually the values and qualities of his inner soul.
“What do you mean?” asked Stan.
“Well,” replied the angel, “you physically want to move to a better place—just like your inner soul would like to reach heaven. Your suitcase represents everything you feel is necessary to make the trip. But it is your spirit as well as your body that wants the change. And, you now realize that you have an important spiritual book that you’d also like to take along but it won’t fit into your luggage.”
The angel continued, ”In life we have to make an inventory of what fills up our heart and mind. If we decide that something new needs to be added we must remove something of less value in order to make room for it. That is how the Lord God’s Love and Wisdom works in our lives. You just can’t add spiritual qualities to your life if you cling to the things that get in the way. These obstructive qualities of your personal baggage—which usually address the ego and one’s self-importance—need to be removed. You cannot serve God and mammon.”
Stan then opened his suitcase to see if there were anything inside that he could remove to make space for his spiritual book. The process wasn’t as easy as Stan had hoped it would be. There was already another book inside—How To Be Popular, Make Lots Of Money And Attract Women. He still valued it. What a sacrifice!
Stan felt a strange kind of tormenting heat well up inside him. This heat would forge his decision in determining where he would really be heading next—both spatially and spiritually.