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Cleanliness is next to Godliness

You’ve heard the phrase that cleanliness is next to godliness. That phrase is often used in the context of physical cleanliness. There is another level that we can use that phrase for. We can check our mental and emotional inventory. There are things that many of us harbor that sully our core, character ,and sense of self. It is up to us to make sure that we keep our internal house up to standard in terms of cleanliness. That helps us harness our divinity because it allows us to be unencumbered allowing for freer movement. This movement is both physical and mental movement.

When the physical house isn’t clean you set up for allergens to prosper like mold and dust. Mentally this translates to situations in your past that you haven’t dealt with. You often have reactions to preset conditions that you may not even be aware of. Sometimes you have to dig deep to even figure out what they are. Even once you realize what they are, you still have to put in that work to get rid of them. It’s like ‘not just top cleaning the table and chairs.’ It’s about getting the baseboards and cleaning those blinds. Allergens cause a certain reaction in the physical body. Mental allergens cause a certain emotional reaction in you. When you remove allergens you can work to be proactive vs reactive. That should be your goal, as that which is divine, is a proactive force in the world. We don’t need to wait for things to happen. We’re the ones that we have been waiting for.

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Not cleaning your house also makes it more likely that it will become infested with rodents and roaches. These are definitely unwanted visitors. These unwanted visitors mentally are the negative thoughts of others. They are the negative concepts that are out there. They are anything that prevents you from seeing your full potential manifested. Just like physical infestation, once they’re in there, it is hard to get them out because you have made a home for them. It is not just enough to clear them out. You have to deep clean and cover all entry points that they may enter. Mentally, when dealing with negative thoughts/people you don’t just have to clear them out of your head, you have to deny the negative people access to your head space. You have to totally change your environment.
Cleanliness allows you to see under the dirt and the grime. It allows you to see your essential self which is divine. This divinity is the true operating system of life. When you have access to it, its just like you ran virus scan on your computers. Things will start to run faster, smoothly, and without error. Just like a house that hasn’t been cleaned for eons, though, it will take some work to do the full cleaning of your temple. There might be some mold that you really don’t want to see. There are probably some deep corners that you are going to have to get down on your hands and knees to get. You might have to use a high grade disinfectant to really clean some of that stuff. Yet, trust me, once you are done with that cleaning, the aura of cleanliness may overwhelm you with its goodness. Treat yourself to the best.

ALife Bio Pic _ Updated Final C’BS ALife Allah is the co-author of the ground breaking Science of Self: Man, God and the  Mathematical Language of Nature and the co-editor of the seminal Hood Health Handbook: A  Guide to Health and Wellness in the Urban Community. He also is a contributing writer to the  Hood Health 101 column at the Source blog. He is a community solutionary who concentrates  on Hood Health, Science of Self, the Black Presence and youth empowerment. You can find  more about him at official webpage.
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