The popular aphorism, “Cleanliness is next to Godliness”, reminds us of the importance of counteracting the entropic tendency of everything going to chaos. We have to consciously, put effort into reverting this disintegration, by putting order. It dispenses energy and continual effort.
I have kept myself busy (and out of trouble) cleaning
closets, painting walls and doing spring cleaning, these last days. It is not
only good for the house, but good for my body (Reverend Mother always said,
that the best exercise was doing housecleaning!) and my soul. It discharges dirt,
disorder and negativity, depression or guilt, making way for singing!
My Mother’s Puritanical upbringing got me into the
healthy habit of keeping everything clean and orderly; of arranging and
re-arranging things for everything to have its place; of picking things up
immediately after use, so as to avoid cluttering; of continuously giving things
I don´t use, to someone who may need them. However, I don´t obsess about it. I like to think our home is clean-friendly,
where my rat-like nature has me saving everything; the cat and dog get on the
furniture to share with us and eating is allowed in the ‘living’ room. Ceremonials
on Christmas, Halloween, Easter…bring change to our daily life with re-organization
of the furniture and routines.
Making a ‘home’ in a house is a full-time job. It
hopefully, makes your loved ones want to be there. So it is important to keep a
stress-free ambiance to allow them to relax. Not only dirt, but screaming and
fighting have to be actively avoided. I was shocked when the sex-workers I gave HIV tests to, told me that husbands who bought their 'favors', frequently blamed the conditions they lived at home, for their wanting to avoid it. Rituals from shamanistic and religious
settings help cleanse such negativity. In the Carmelite Monastery we would
cleanse every room before sleep, going through them in choral prayer with a lit
candle, incense and bell. It holds true for homes. Peace has to be borne from
Not only the home, but the body has to be cherished
and cared for. Even the astral aura can be cleansed (not necessarily with
shaman flowers or eggs!) but a simple shower after a nightclub or a rough day.
One always picks up negativity, from people in angry or stressful situations
such as traffic or endless queues.
In loving, it´s always good to shower together before
love-making; perhaps a bath. At least wash your hands before touching!
I feel so ‘re-lived’ when I clean. It´s even better
than confession, because you are left with tangible ‘ordi-nation’ and makes you
feel ‘good’…worthy of being loved.