Reflections from Everyday Life

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

Related Reading:
In our essence we hold a natural harmony with each other. We are pulled to being one. (Including Audio)
Living religion: the living practice of connection
Why Work?

657 thoughts on “Reflections from Everyday Life

  1. ‘There was a release of tension inside me that I had been previously unaware of – it let go and disappeared.’ In a universe where everything is energy this makes complete sense, in a world where we deny this immutable fact we could be left scratching our heads over this one. What a beautiful example of this truth and how when we take care of what supports us, we heal.

    1. That would be incredible to see exactly when we change with a reaction (with replay too) or exactly how someone affects us. The more we connect to the body, the less we would need the mirror.

  2. I agree Gill that there are always opportunities to connect to people no matter where you are. Recently I was staying at a hotel and went down for breakfast. As the waitress came to take my plate away I said hello. Once she had recovered from the shock of someone talking to her we struck up a conversation. I learnt about her shift, how they were always busy in the restaurant that she likes the early shift. It was a simple pleasant chat but how often do we ignore each other as we are so wrapped up in our own personal stuff. It is really noticeable to me just how much hotel staff are ignored in particular by the people staying at the hotel, it’s as though they are invisible!

  3. When my house is clear and clean I feel that in my body. I used to leave things lying around and clean up only when it got to the point of too much, I can’t stand it. Now when I get something out I put it back. When I go downstairs I take something with me. 25 years ago my then partner explained this to me and, though I got the logic, there was a real barrier to doing so, like such a dead weight effort to put things back. I feel I’ve appreciated feeling spacious in my body and more willing to be with myself that’s made the difference.

  4. Love this Gill, very cool, what great experience.
    “When we are openhearted with others, it gives them an opportunity to be open with us too”

    So true all we need to be is ourselves and the world responds.

  5. I love how the outer reflects the inner and vice versa. When I have a clean car or have done some tidying or decluttering I feel more spacious in my body. And feeling that spaciousness and openness in me inspires me to want that reflection in my outer world too.

  6. I love how the outer reflects the inner and vice versa. When I have a clean car or have done some tidying or decluttering I feel more spacious in my body. And feeling that spaciousness and openness in me inspires me to want that reflection in my outer world too.

  7. No matter where we go and no matter what we do, we have opportunities to connect with people and learn more about them and ourselves in the process. Every encounter is a moment offered to be with our own divinity and that of another.

    1. Ha Ha so well said Steve, and so true too! we walk around with blinders on our eyes and then wonder why we do not grow and evolve!

  8. When we look at everyday life as a reflection of us, as a way of learning about ourselves, it becomes a very powerful way of living. We realise and come to understand that we are constantly offered gifts from heaven, that there are no coincidences only perfect constellations.

  9. Thank you Gill, I really love people and being with them, we each have so much to offer by way of reflection, unique but equal at the same time. It’s very humbling when others let you in and share who they are and their lives.

  10. “There are always opportunities to connect to people in our everyday lives”. There sure are, and many more than we realise some times. But sadly, in the world today many are so wrapped up in their own little worlds, often with their heads down staring at a little screen, that life and all the wonderful people in it pass them by, and they don’t even notice. When we miss out on connecting to others, we are missing out on such a wonderful and enriching part of our lives.

  11. Team work does not have to look a certain way, in Occupational psychology we are taught all of the right characteristics of the team – the correct level of diversity in terms of race, age, tenure & male to female ratio. There are all sorts of explanations around why certain teams works and others don’t. However, what I have learned from attending Universal Medicine events is that it is not about the correct diversity ratio, but an alignment to the same energy. When we align to the energy we come from, team work becomes a breeze – there are no arguments and no office politics, there is no comparison, no competition and nobody feels less or more. That is real teamwork, where all members feel equal to contribute and do so.

    1. That’s what’s missing in the tick box approach Viktoria, as you say it’s the source of energy we align to.

      1. It is so true we often use formulas to attain and maintain a cohesive group and yet it often misses the mark as we deny the harmony of our innate equality in essence.

    2. I love it Viktoria, we can be taught so much on a temporal level, but no-one ever mentions what energy we align to and this is a crucial point. I love your wisdom bringing this awareness to this platform.

      1. Thank you Gill, according to somebody at work today it’s a generation thing to want to understand things. But is it? Or is it that we live in a world where people are becoming more aware and not afraid to question what’s going on? With that, some people are more open to this opportunity to expose the unspoken taboo subjects, and others are not.

    1. Exactly and it is in the most challenging of times that we often learn and grow the most, that has been my experience as its the times that ask you to really stand for the truth you know is true and not back down. Hold strong and steady.

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