A "Cleaning Lady" That Makes Us "Keep House", and One Named "Our Conscience" & A Cosmic One Who Means Business!
Marie Antoinette Had to go to Church and Face a Cosmic Physical Episode
And The Cleaning Lady Just Might Stop And Say:
"If you throw it away, it won't need to be cleaned!"
Maybe We All Can Observe That Which We Constantly Hold On To.
Things We Are Just Afraid To Throw Away.
Weight Loss, a Sarcastic Mouth, Unrepentant Bad Opinions That plague Us Night and Day. Whatever it is.
Some Things May Need To Be Cleaned Up Just By Being THROWN AWAY.
Heart and Mind SERIES
"I have to get cleaning, before the Cleaning Lady Comes." said the Fearful Person. Our Conscience acts like a Divine Judge scolding us. A Cosmic Cleaning Lady with a Punishment that we fear. These all play parts in Religion & Law keeping us on the straight and narrow.
(1) Our life is filled with constant anticipation of judgment. We must not be looked down upon, even by the Cleaning Lady.
(2) Cleaning as a BIG TOPIC, instead of cleaning the house, declares we spend all of our lives attempting to live to a higher standard, and if in our attempts, perhaps we fail at those higher standards, there is always the standard just below that one. and
(3) There is indeed a level of clean that must be attained, so that in order that higher levels of "Clean" can be addressed.
"My Fair Lady" - The Famous Musical
Remember "My Fair Lady"? The Linguist/Professor/Anthropologist took on the assignment of transforming a street urchin female into a British Lady. This tale, originally written by George Bernard Shaw, was a declaration that so much of Propriety has to do with surface manners and speech and topics of conversation.
Before he could do anything with her, he had to change her accent. A street bound speech pattern could not fool anyone. Even if there was native genius and humorous brilliance locked in that person, her coarse accent would reveal her every time. And so, came about the song "The Rain in Spain Stays Mainly in the Plain". She had to use the "Clean" Accent to demonstrate and declare her class.
The ultimate lesson of the play is that a real beautiful person does lies under the OUTER SKIN of their style, no matter what they look like or sound like.
Cleaning Up Your Personal Act Is NOT Unimportant. It reflects Your Inner Heart
Someone who is looking for a job in this challenging marketplace has to learn good speech patterns, get a resume, have transportation, be able to interview formally and answer prying questions. That is the first "clean up" that one must receive before they can get that excellent job offer and job skill testing. Modernity has laid many standards upon us as individuals. And everyone knows it too. Clean up before you can "clean up" in obtaining the bounty of the modern American life.
Jewish Festival - Days of Unleavened Bread - Passover
The Spring festival called the "Days of Unleavened Bread" and "Passover" refers back in Biblical history to the story of Moses and the Exodus. Because they were pressed for time, the bread to be baked was put together without leavening. Why? Because leavening (the sweetness that blends with the elements to cause the bread to "rise") takes time. Sitting there, you have to wait for that rising before it is baked. So, in their haste, the Israelites made bread quickly so that they could have food on the run. This was also a tremendous CLEANING EXERCISE.
Christian Lent - Also During Late Winter/Spring
The period of Lent is much the same exercise--spiritually and physically and psychologically. The Lay person is instructed to choose consciously and pick that thing, item, food, treat, habit that being made ABSENT would have a cleaning or purging effect that in accomplishing it, it would bring us closer to our Ideal, our God.
"I Got Out with the Family Bible and the Clothes on my Back"
Have you seen distressed individuals evacuating their homes after a California fire? What you can grab, what you can put in a SUV, what you can get after a day's work -- all of these are the breakdown of levels "cleaning intensity". What you end up with is tantamount to a super cleaning exercise.
The person who says: "I got out with the family bible and the clothes on my back" is telling you about a complete cleaning on a overwhelming personal scale As the centuries have passed, nature and tradition have declared that spring cleaning is very advisable. From Festivals to Fires, the lessons are out there for our consciousness. Most Anyone will tell you that.
The Cosmic Cleaning Lady
Back to the Cosmic Cleaning Lady. Americans are plagued by a super abundance of clutter because we are a Consumer Society. The home cleaning service that you might hire will come into homes that are filled with "THINGS". This clutter actually needs to be thrown away, but we just don't have time to box it, bag it, or call a truck and a crew to get rid of it.
Spiritually, our souls are burdened often times, with the p There actually is a kind of sweet clarity that we can attain when we look beyond the physicality of life. When we are not as materialistic, (truth be told we are often too beset with materiality) as we are overwhelmed with life's daily concerns. This robs us often of spiritual lives. It steals away intimate moments. It makes us distracted, on the go, restless people.
The Kabbalah and "Tikkune"
The Kabbalah speaks of tikkune, or things we must learn. We as living souls are constantly burdened with duties that discourage us, blocked by curtains of darkness that keep us in a non-illumined condition and what many would today call "karmic burdens" that just get in our way. These elements of life are the things we try to avoid, ignore, walk around or deny. They are the "cleaning up" that we need to do before we meet the "Cleaning Lady".
In the end, why is judgment so bothersome? Not because we are going to fricasee on a spit, because in a new life, we are going to have to repeat the undone, the unrehearsed, the ignored, the "dirty laundry" of our present and our past.
It's not that the Cleaning Lady is that hard on us. She is going to have one of those big smiles and move through each of your rooms and provide some "Help".
"Are you sure you still want all this stuff?".
And your answer?
"You know, I really have been wanting to get to that little corner of the room. Thanks for pointing it out."
As Humans We Don't Know What The Cleaning Lady Might Demonstrate
When the "Cosmic Cleaning Lady" finally comes to our Lives,
She puts one hand on her hip,
And Leans on her Mop with the Other
And casts a "Lysol Eye" on our Spiritual States.
© 2012 Christofer French