I love to clean my own car. One of my jobs at home when I was a young teenager was to clean the family car at the weekend and I loved getting soap everywhere, all over myself and the car and then being allowed to use the hose to wash it all off and would occasionally squirt someone from the family who happened to be nearby. Our neighbour would ask me occasionally to clean his car too and would pay me the equivalent of my weekly pocket money, so that was always a bonus.
But I have been super busy recently and my car was quite grubby. This didn’t feel good, so I decided to use a car wash place nearby. This wasn’t an automated car wash, but a small local business set up by some enterprising young men to hand-wash cars. As I drove up, I was met by two smiling guys who sprayed clean water all over my car while I waited in the queue.
I moved the car forward to the next station and jumped out of the car. This must have been unusual because the next two young men looked startled that I didn’t want to stay in the car. Then I looked around and observed that most people sat in their cars texting on their phones, looking at their messages or listening to music. I told the guys it was the first time I had been and wanted to watch and chat to them, so they put me safely in a corner where I wouldn’t get wet. Then they systematically worked as we chatted together and they soaped my muddy wet car. As I watched them something started to happen to me… my own body felt like it was getting a deep clean too. I moved my shoulders and my body tingled and relaxed as I watched these men move harmoniously, anticlockwise around my car. I have observed a symbolic correlation between the car and my body: if the engine is my heart and the wheels are my limbs, the bodywork is my physical exterior, and the interior is my pulse inside. There was a release of tension inside me that I had been previously unaware of – it let go and disappeared.
Whilst I was there, I decided to have the inside of the car cleaned too, so one of the guys moved the car to the next station and talked to me as he hoovered the inside and the floors. He was from Albania and said they were all immigrants from different Eastern European countries. They had all come through difficult times but now they all loved working together. They didn’t ever squabble, they have an equal wage and they were all very appreciative to have found good work. He laughed and said how work kept him fit, with no need for the cost of a gym membership. He worked quickly and efficiently, and my car gleamed and shone when it was all done.
What did I learn from this?
- There are always opportunities to connect to people in our everyday lives. Our interactions with whoever we meet at home and at work is what can expand us in our day: from the car washing guys to the butcher, we can be open to developing our relationships.
- No matter what situation presents to us in life, there will always be a learning from it. Understanding that we always get what we need as a lesson for learning stops any reaction or victim mentality.
- Working is good for us and people are the biggest commodity in a company. Staying interactive and working keeps us involved in life. When we make life about the people we meet, it allows us to share our reflection and them to share theirs.
- It is very healing to observe people working in brotherhood together. We used to live together in harmony many, many lifetimes ago and can feel the joy of this when we see its return – something which Universal Medicine illustrates by example very clearly.
I thanked them all and they stood and waved as I drove away. When we are openhearted with others, it gives them an opportunity to be open with us too. I felt I had received a lesson in equality and brotherhood and also had a huge cleansing myself…
And had a gleaming, sparkling car to drive!
By Gill Randall, Complementary Esoteric Practitioner, Physiotherapist, Wife and a Woman returning to who I am, Oxfordshire, UK