Plumbing of the Inner Life

Plumbing is the system of pipes, drains, fittings, valves, and fixtures, installed for the distribution of potable water for drinking, heating and washing, and waterborne waste removal. “Plumbing” also refers to the skilled trade which installs and maintains it. The plumbing industry is a basic and substantial part of every developed economy. The word derives from the Latin plumbum for lead, as the first effective pipes used in Roman era were lead pipes. “Plumbing” often denotes the supply and waste system of an individual building, distinguishing it from water supply and sewage systems that serve a group of buildings.

Plumbing relates to the pipes, valves, and fittings that tunnels to the divinity of the soul. Clear plumbing allows divine characteristics to flow in us, whereas clogged plumbing inhibits a free flow of inner goodness. The plumbing in our home could become clogged with hair, grass, hardened build-up, and waste of various types which prohibits the movement of water. In a similar way, the plumbing of our inward being can become clogged with unfruitful attitudes, conflict, dry and hardened demeanor, wasteful living, and habitual pessimism. All of those attitudes prohibit us from finding our way to the divinity of the soul. We become primal instead of divine as our spiritual pipes become desolate, full of confrontations, disrespect for the sanctity of life, irreverent towards the divine presence residing in our soul, and overwhelmed with fatal negative energy. Even then, we can find our way to the supreme being of our inner life by keeping primal instincts in check and allowing the deity of this universe to flow in us. We know our spiritual plumbing is open and unclogged when we begin to fill with fruitfulness, tranquility, respect for the value of life, reverence for the supernatural presence which permeates our world, and positive energy in our self-expression.

Plumbing relates to the pipes, valves, and fittings that flow with the fulness of the spiritual fruit. Clear plumbing allows the fruit of love, peace, faith, and perseverance to oooze forth from our inner being, but clogged plumbing is encumbered with hatred, conflict, despair, and attitudes of finality. This principle is just about identical to the clogs in common household drains. The drains become full of various types of debris which results in the inability of the pipes to move water through the system. In a spiritual sense, the plumbing of our inner life becomes clogged with the debris of hatred, cruelty, ill-intentions, violence, harshness, domineering aggression, despair, evilness, sadness, out of control responses, impatience, and fatal attitudes. Attitudes like those do not allow the soft waters of the spiritual fruit to flow through the human spirit. Even so, by not allowing those characteristics to manifest we begin the process of unclogging the pipes of our soul. As negative attitudes are kept at bay we begin to allow a flow of spiritual waters to flow freely in our emotions, thoughts, and behaviors. In that event, the plumbing of our spiritual being has motion through kindness, goodwill, meekness, gentleness, joy, goodness, patience, and self-control.

Our spiritual plumbing can be clear or clogged relating to our health. We should desire constructive habits to flow freely through our plumbing by self-control in how we relate to our physical body, patience for healthy results, and perseverance in routines conducive to our health. Our mental, physical, and emotional health becomes encumbered when our pipes become clogged with over indulgence, seeking quick results or short cuts to feel healthy, or giving up and succumbing to terminal attitudes. In essence, we reach for a bottle of “Drano” to clear what ails us and in that bottle of Drano exists substances that causes further deterioration of our spiritual plumbing. We begin to depend on substances to soothe our physical and primal existence which does nothing to nourish civil and fruitful characteristics. Our eating and drinking becomes a tool to pleasure us without allowing true comfort to flow through our pipes and valves. This is like Drano sitting on a clog without penetrating the barriers to inner blossoms of our physical well being. When our breathing and sleep becomes impeded to the point of making it difficult to revitalize our inner state we depend on substances to make us feel “alive,” but the clogged spiritual life remains. In effect, our inward being experiences the build up of unsanitary attitudes towards our own health which adds more corrosion to our spiritual welfare. Effective unclogging of our soul hinges on our ability or desire to allow fruitful attitudes to permeate in what we think, feel, and do about our fleshly health.

Our spiritual plumbing can be clear or clogged relating to our safety. When the pipes and valves of our inner life allows the free flow of the waters of fruitfulness we exhibit signs of meekness and gentleness to convey a persona of peacefulness. In this event we relate to one another in a way that communicates a sense of safety to bodily health. Because of that sense of security we build a comfortable life with those at home or in other places in which we find shelter. That clear plumbing allows us the opportunity to experience tranquility from day to day from within ourselves which provides stability in our thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. However, clogged plumbing sets in from clinging to primal urges of fleshly desires resulting in much selfishness leading to domineering aggression, harsh attitudes towards others, and violence of various types. Those barriers to tranquil interaction has negative consequences resulting in bosily harm, domestic violence, and instability in daily activities of living.

Our spiritual plumbing can be clear or clogged relating to our place of belonging. The unclogged condition of our spiritual life allows goodwill and kindness to flow freely to enable us to show the characteristics of love. From that love comes the fluidity of tolerance, acceptance, intimacy, and a warm welcome to enhance our place of belonging. In contrast, clogged plumbing comes from the hard and calloused places of our soul where various forms of hatred, bad intentions, and cruelty begins to manifest. From that insensitivity comes forth intolerance towards the differences of others, rejection of those we deem undesirable, sexual abuses, and isolation from civil social fellowship.

Our spiritual plumbing can be clear or clogged relating to the light of our divine worth. When our inner life flows freely with the light of the divine worth of humanity we discover a new self-respect for ourselves and others. We begin to revere the spiritual fruitfulness that lives, and has the potential to live, in the soul of others. In that spiritual fruitfulness flows the soft liquidity of serenity as we esteem the divine qualities of love, peace, faith, and perseverance in our relationship with the divinity of our inner life. From there flows a mutual reverence for the sanctity of life for humanity. We cherish the deity of this universe which makes us equals around the globe. The discovery of positive energy in our relationship to one another becomes something we treasure. When our spiritual plumbing becomes cloggeed we disrespect ourselves, disrespect others, and have no reverence for the divinity of our inner life. We become hardened with calloused deposits of unfruitfulness. Our inner fruitfulness withers away leaving us barren of civil qualities leading to self destructive thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. We no longer respect the spirit of peace but instead are full of internal conflict and become confrontational with others. There is a loss of respect for life in every form making us feel that our own human flesh is worthless as well as having no regard for the life of others. The clogged plumbing of our spiritual being manifests with debris creating nagativism in how we view ourselves and others which spills over in our self-expression.

Our spiritual plumbing can be clear or clogged relating to the self-expression of our identity. When our spiritual plumbing is clear we identify ourselves with positive energy and that flows fluidly in the joy, faith, and goodness of what we say and do. Our words convey hope, optimism, and good cheer as our behaviors demonstrates acts to bring happiness, smiles, and a positive view of what the future could have in store. In contrast, when our inner life becomes clogged with hardened primal desires then negativism spills over in how we view ourselves which is evident in what we say and do. Because of the negativism clogging our thoughts, feelings, and responses our words and deeds express pessimism, a degree of evilness, and despair. The present situation is viewed as fatally terminal resulting in a dismal outlook for the events to come in the future.

We can assess that plumbing exists relating to our spiritual being. The diagnosis is that clear plumbing keeps us open to the spiritual fruitfulness of our inward divinity, but clogged plumbing impairs that flow of goodness. It is our plan to keep our inmost pipes and valves flowing with every civil and socially oriented fruit. We implement that plan by responding to everyday circumstances with soft, moist, and tender attitudes. Our success is eveident as spiritually fruitful characteristics flow freely in the attitudes of our thoughts, emotions, and behaviors.

Some people are in denial about how essential clear plumbing is to keeping our inner life in tune with socially oriented qualities. They often express their anger when fruitful qualities surface relating to kindness, gentleness, joy, and perseverance in goodness. Their angry attitude clogs the inner being from feeling peace, tranquility, and serenity. Likewise, they often convey pessimism, sadness, and despair when goodwill, meekness, faith, and patience begins to flow forth. They express negativism which is the clogging agent preventing the spirit of joy, optimism, and happiness from moving through the pipes. Their idea of bargaining involves conversations or negotiations that leave your spiritual plumbing clogged with turmoil while they attempt to be the solution to your unfruitful situation. In any event, acceptance that our inward pipes must be clear to flow with fruitfulness is the only way to prevent our valves from being clogged with negativism and anti-social behaviors.

There are reservoirs of people whose emotions, behaviors, and thoughts are clogged with unfruitful sentiments and uncivil attitudes towards a civil and harmonious community. The attitudes that exit them are full of words and behaviors that reveal the sentiments blocking the flow of fruitful characteristics. Their words are full of contempt for compassion, peacemaking, nurturing, the inward divinity, and optimism in self-expression. In turn, the behaviors they perform incite friction in their effort to clog the free flow of soft, tender, and humane exchanges. Those attitudes transfer directly through people who thrive on clogged plumbing within the malicious intent to establish themselves as the only plumber in town. Indirectly, those attitudes transfer through people whose spiritual plumbing is clogged by uncivil deeds, therefore they attempt to block the flow of a compassionate civil spirit. They attempt to hide their inhumane behaviors from a people full of light.

The attitude of accepting the clogged condition of our inner life enter us according to what we value or esteem in life, which relates to our sense of self-worth. We would accept the offering of “Drano” to sit on top of a stubborn clog in preference to facing ridicule, embarrasment, or other debasing feedback from those around us. In that event, we receive praise from others who support us “as we are” even though they have no intentions of removing the barriers to frutiful inward characteristics. In fact, they contribute to the faulty plumbing by adding more “Drano” to a drain that will not soften, loosen, or otherwise flush through the pipes. We become accepted in a population of people who incite a detrimental way of life.

The people susceptible to accepting a terminal attitude relating to the “uncloggable” nature of the human animal are rigid in their beliefs, attitudes, or idealogies. They simply accept that “Drano” is the protocol for emotional turmoil, mental anguish, and physical ailments. With that, they are inflexible, intolerant, and exclusionary of any way of life that differs from their own standards of living. The plumbing of their inner being is full of barriers that prevents attitudes of fruitfulness from flowing freely in their relationship to others and self.

We can interrupt the cycle that causes the clogging of our inner plumbing, valves, fittings, and pipes. We do that by realizing the hardness of the clog dissipates through soft, moist, and tender attitudes. Those pliable and effective charactersitics unclogs our spiritual plumbing with kindness, goodwill, meekness, gentleness, goodness, joy, patience, self-control, love, peace, faith, and perseverance.

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