Breaking the Consciousness of Working as a Cleaner

Recently, I realised some beliefs that I had about working as a cleaner. While on holiday I started to break the consciousness around cleaning.

I was sharing with some other people and the floor became very dirty, so I decided to clean it. As I was vacuuming and mopping, I could feel some resistance in me about cleaning the floor. I asked myself, why is this so?

I work partly as a cleaner and partly as a nanny. In the last 3 years I have experienced cleaning family homes, shops, seminar-centers etc. I started working as a cleaner because I didn’t have work in my usual field. I knew that there are always cleaning jobs available and the payment is good in comparison to other jobs.

I started working as a cleaner in a building that was used for holding seminars. I cleaned the whole seminar house for several days, for 4-5 hours at a time: I liked it and I was good at it because of my attention to detail. I take my time to do the cleaning and prefer to complete one room at a time so I don’t get confused with the jumping backwards and forwards.

Even though I was enjoying it and I knew that I was doing a good job, there was still a part of me that felt that working as a cleaner does not belong on the list of jobs that you would like to speak about. I was raised with the belief that you are what you do. So it was about identification with what I do and getting recognition and identification through a job title, or if I was earning a lot of money. I defined this as being ‘successful’.

My father was a dentist. I have studied and completed my Sociology degree at university. As I was not truly committed to work and didn’t want to take responsibility for my life, I worked in many different fields, often only for a short time… thinking that in the next job or field it will be different.

When I told my parents that I was working as a cleaner, they reacted strongly, which didn’t make it pleasant for me. I continued, but the more I started to accept that it is fine to work as a cleaner, the more my parents also accepted it… which was great!

I had an experience cleaning a sink in a bathroom and it was pure joy because the energy I was in expanded when I cleaned the sink. So I discovered that if I feel harmonious in my body and I stay with that quality then it is wonderful to move my body and clean a house. I have found that the activity of cleaning is absolutely neutral but we have tainted it with something negative, something which many of us don’t even like doing in our own homes. Many of us seem to have an unwritten attitude or rule that says No Way! to working as a cleaner.

I also had the belief that working in a physical job is not as much valued in our society compared to an office/business job.

I once thought that it would be too tiring and that my body wouldn’t be able to handle a lot of physical work. Which is all not true. I have found that my body loves to move when I clean and I end up having more energy than I can imagine, especially if I am working in a way that fully considers and is loving to my body. It is important to honor what the body is telling us.

What is truly exhausting is to live and express without love because this is not natural to our divine essence. So, to not feel the dis-ease of not being love and separated from others, I created distractions. I used emotions and food as my daily companions and for creating problems. Now I can see how long I have continued this way of living – not truly choosing to make it all about love, and only love. And that I have chosen this way of living for such a long time, accepting misery and disregard, keeping myself small as my way of being. But love is available now – I just received the picture – love waits on the doorsteps of my house, it is always there for me, I just need to open the door to my heart. We can’t lose love but we can fight it and deny it.

Through studying with Universal Medicine and Serge Benhayon I have learned that what truly counts is not what I do but how I do it, and in which energy am I working. For example, if I am miserable and angry then this quality can be felt in the work I do.

There are only two energies to choose to be in:

The one that is of love and connection to your true self, the Divine/God/to all people –

or the one that is not of love and is in separation to God, to yourself and others.

If I choose to be love, I feel joyful and loving. I then clean with this love and joy for the house and the families I work in and for.

Now I get to feel and know how important it is to not only take care of myself when I am working as a cleaner in other people’s homes, but also to lovingly take care of myself equally in my own surroundings, for example, keeping my own house clean and tidy. As soon as I do not look after my clothes or tidy the kitchen after me, then that reflects to me that I am not in harmony and am not consciously present with myself.

I have really connected to this recently – that “everything matters“: we can not ignore anymore things which do not feel right for us. And our marker needs to be our body – not our mind.

By Janina Koch,Cologne/Germany (EASL)

275 thoughts on “Breaking the Consciousness of Working as a Cleaner

  1. I have a lovely memory from a trip to China some years ago. Walking down one of the very busy streets I came across a group of people who appeared to be sweeping the footpaths, but what took my attention was that they were dressed in matching uniforms; it was red, with epaulets with gold tassels and a matching hat. Yes they looked so distinguished in their uniforms but it was the way they worked that felt amazing; they were worked so quietly and with such focus that you could feel that they actually liked their work, that they were honoured for it, and that was brought to every stroke of their broom.

  2. I love cleaning too Janina and what a joy it is to bring our connection from our bodies and hearts to do the task at hand. Yesterday I cleaned out our storeroom at work and I took my time to make sure that everything was placed in order and easily accessible for everyone in our team. It felt so lovely once completed and it really allowed me to appreciate just how much our quality and way of being can truly change the feel in any environment we are in.

  3. We think we can get away with things we used to do, even without concerning how it feels but in truth we never can. In myself I notice there can be a sense of ‘this should be possible’ when my whole body is telling me the opposite. And yes, I am allowing myself to be more honest nowadays because my body knows that “everything matters”.

  4. I agree, Janina – judging/valuing ourselves according to what we do takes away the joy we actually feel in doing that activity. There may be a societal belief held by many, and I know for myself that I have fought very hard against it. It is not about ‘recovering’ self-worth, or swapping the belief with a more agreeable one – deeper still within us we know the truth, that we are what we are regardless and that can never be changed.

  5. How many people can say that they have jobs that allow them to connect to harmony and love while doing it? Not many. People always complain about their jobs. So, jobs have to be seen not just in terms of social prestige but also in terms of service and service is not just to others but also to ourselves.

    1. I agree if jobs were seen in terms of service rather than social prestige we’d have a very different set of values when it came to how we saw all the different roles available.

  6. The simplest jobs I do are often the jobs I love the most. I work as a store manager but one of my favourite things to do is sweep the outside of the shop. There is no job too small or not truly rewarding when done with a bit of care and a bit of magic.

  7. Still one of my favourite blogs! Many gems of wisdom here about love and presented so simply and joyfully – thank you Janina! This is so true and succinctly expressed “What is truly exhausting is to live and express without love…”. We can so easily attribute our woes to any one problem in life yet underneath it all is the ache of our own lovelessness.

  8. One job being better than another is a massive consciousness that many are held under. It has been a way that humanity have created separation and inequality between us. Truth being that we are all equal and all come from the same source than it’s energetically impossible to be better than another.

  9. I also was raised with the belief that our worth is calculated on what we ‘do’; thanks to the teachings of Serge Benhayon I now know better. I love cleaning also Janina and I am fully aware that it is the quality of what I bring to cleaning; in fact anything we do; is the key.

  10. This is pure revelation in a world predominantly based upon ‘more’ and ‘less’… We are considered ‘more’ if we work in particular professions, and ‘less’ in others – it runs insanely deep and does take a willingness to be deeply aware, and a level of lived truth, to extricate ourselves from this… The truth being as you’ve shared here Janina – that it’s not about what we do, but the quality of our all that we bring to it.
    The world is turned on its head as we restore this true energetic value to all of our ‘work’ and every footprint that we leave, over the kudos given to skills, abilities, and the number of letters after one’s name…

  11. ‘What is truly exhausting is to live and express without love because this is not natural to our divine essence.’

    Fabulous Janina, I love it. Not only have you broken the consciousness of job status for yourself but what you have shared here does it for us all. And you’ve given us the recipe for true harmony and vitality. There is no merit in any activity no matter how impressive it seems unless it is conducted in the quality that moving from and with love naturally confers.

  12. “The belief you are what you do” – this blog is super interesting, I’ve discovered in myself recently part of my confidence in myself comes from knowing what I’m doing, so in situations where I don’t know what I’m doing my confidence rapidly disappears, so instead of holding onto the sense of who I am and taking it to whatever needs to be learnt, I don’t make a clear distinction between me and and work, or what I’m doing.

  13. Jobs are a service to people, whether it’s as a cleaner or a CEO, every thing is relevant and particularly the quality in which we bring ourselves to each and every job as that is the reflection and the imprint that is left, for example a company where the cleaner isn’t valued, and doesn’t value themselves either, leaves no foundation for the company to work in, whereas if you have a cleaner who is valued and values themselves, it sets a beautiful platform for others to bring their own quality to the next step, and so on.

  14. An amazing testimonial that the success in life is not about what we do, but how we do it. Do we do our jobs and anything for that matter being in the fullness and joy of ourselves? Or do we do life being in the misery and complication which is not who we are in truth at all? It is always our choice and our consequence to experience. Life is deeply empowering knowing we have the power to change what we do not like.

  15. Thank you Janina for sharing your experience, there is so much in what you have shared and I love the way you have outed the ‘judgements’ that can be carried over and acted on regarding the valuing of different jobs. The quality can be felt clearly in everything we do and to be able to leave this divine imprint that you have alerted us to is gorgeous.

  16. Great point – the marker has to be our body and not the mind which will come up with whatever explanation and reasoning suits and can be made to fit into how we think we want it to be.

  17. The body will want to communicate more than we typically want to hear, but learning to listen to it, and then learning to honour what is being said will bring a new way of living that is caring and loving.

  18. I hear young people talk about certain jobs as being beneath them. I used to think that way especially in my teens and twenties, but I too ‘have learned that what truly counts is not what I do but how I do it.’

  19. I have just remembered that when I was a child, the rubbish collection workers went on strike. Our household rubbish was piled up on the streets in unsightly smelly heaps for weeks. It was not pleasant and I remember thinking then how we take things like our rubbish collection for granted or look down on workers who do jobs like that.

  20. When Love is what we make every choice about how freeing is that for our spirit. So it can clean out all the ideals and believes it has about life and the illusion of how we are actually affects everything we do. Could it be with the way we do anything even our most humble tasks it can have Loving imprints?

  21. Being in harmony and bringing harmony to all you do is such amazing service, ‘ I discovered that if I feel harmonious in my body and I stay with that quality then it is wonderful to move my body and clean a house.’

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