Garbage, Toilets and Cars – My Normal, My Religion

by Priscila Azeredo de Souza, London, UK 


I clearly remember when, as a kid, I made a decision not to throw any rubbish on the streets. It feels surreal for me to even mention it today, but when I was a kid the streets in Brazil were very dirty and it just seemed ‘normal’.

I realised that if there were things I didn’t like in this world, I had a responsibility to not contribute to them. I also remember that once I made that decision, I found my first obstacle – very often I could not find bins – but that didn’t stop me. I was so firm in my decision that I would carry garbage in my pockets, bag, or wrap an apple core in  paper or plastic until I could find a bin – this became ‘my normal’.  


Around that same time, I was at the toilet at my parent’s house and the toilet paper was just about to finish. I knew I should replace it, but I was too lazy to get another toilet roll from the cupboard and I thought that ‘someone else’ would replace it. And something very interesting happened… guess who was the next person to use the toilet? Me!!!!

So I learned a big lesson that day: what you do to another you do to yourself! From that day on I decided I would replace toilet papers or leave a spare one whenever they were about to finish.

And again, a little obstacle – like when I am running late and think I shouldn’t bother with replacing the toilet paper… but no; on these moments I would only stop and laugh and honour my commitment to replace the toilet paper, no matter what. Another ‘my normal way’ established.

Toilets also taught me that no matter how dirty a public toilet, I will not contribute to its dirtiness, if not clean a little bit ­– like using the paper towel to quick clean around the tap. I do it on airplanes too and this is ‘my normal’.

Toilets are awesome schools, I learn a lot with them!


It was about 6 years ago, when I was living in a very small city in Brazil that I made another decision that would change the normal to ‘my normal’. It’s very common in Brazil for people to simply quick stop in the middle of a road to drop someone or pick up something from a shop – ‘it’s only a quick stop, it won’t take a minute’.

While I was living in this city I used to quick park in the middle of the road just to drop off some dvds at the video centre (‘it takes me 30 seconds max…’). But NO!, I realised that was not right – that simple act could affect someone else who would have to wait for me to leave…

I so clearly remember the day I questioned the fact that I was contributing to the exact situations I would complain about.

In Brazil, for example, people complain a lot about the culture of ‘taking advantage of others and situations’… but was I not acting exactly the same in this example with the car? And even worse, contributing to it?

So, from that day on, no more quick stops in the middle of the road whenever I liked. And of course, the next time I went to drop off the dvds, there were no places to park nearby the dvd place, and so I had to park a bit far away from it. But it didn’t affect me – I had already committed to the decision and would not back off, no matter what.

I was often criticised for doing such things and I would hear common discouraging sentences as:

  • ‘What you are doing is so tiny and will not make any difference, this is not going to change the way people behave’
  • ‘You are a fool… the only one doing that…’

It didn’t matter because I MATTER and I MAKE A DIFFERENCE. This is my normal, the way I do things; the way I feel deep within is the way to live…


This is my RELIGION. And it’s a great fun doing it!

When I attended my first Universal Medicine workshop about 3 years ago and Serge Benhayon mentioned ‘Energetic Integrity’ and ‘Energetic Responsibility’ and how we affect everyone else with everything that we do, it was already my experience. The reflection of Serge’s integrity is very powerful and it forever inspires me to deepen my own, in everything that I do in my life.

I recently took part in an amazing group discussion on ‘Esoteric Philosophy’ with Serge. In the group we had the opportunity to discuss (in very practical and detailed examples) how the way we behave in our homes, streets, and supermarkets affects everyone. A new horizon opened up for me after that. What amazed me the most was the fact that although what others shared was not exactly my personal experience, it was something that deep within I had already considered and knew to be true.

I left the discussion feeling very inspired; since then I’ve deepened enormously my understanding of Energetic Integrity and Energetic Responsibility. They are forever expanding, encompassing of everyone. Everything matters and everyone matters.

This is my religion; this is my way. THE WAY OF THE LIVINGNESS.

328 thoughts on “Garbage, Toilets and Cars – My Normal, My Religion

  1. Reading the examples especially picking up litter and making sure there is toilet paper for the next person made me chuckle. I often go for walks down a country lane where I live. Sometimes there will be litter or stones and branches on the lane which I will remove. I also make sure there is always toilet paper at hand in my home and in other peoples houses too if the roll needs changing. Another example is parking my car. Whenever I park my car I am always considerate of others making sure I park close to another car so there is more space for others to park their cars. It is so natural for me to do these tasks that I never think twice about doing them… I just do them because I feel it is the right thing to do. Thank you Priscilla for your examples in life where there’s no doubt that everything we do affects everything and everyone.

  2. Working in any office or shop that has a kitchen that all employees use, exposes how people live in their homes. I’m sure everyone knows that feeling of coming to use the sink next and there is water splashed everywhere or food left in the sink and not cleaned. You can feel the lack of respect and care that has been left there for the next person. I’ve made a commitment to not leave it for someone else and clean it like I have not been there. I know these are small things but affect us greatly.

  3. Small things eventually add up to become big things. For example, letting someone into heavy traffic in front of me from a side road, I often see them then letting others in in front of them too. We never know how small responsible acts will affect others and the trickle down effect this can have.

  4. It was once suggested to me to leave a place more beautiful than I found it. An example of this is a workplace staff room. The work surface often has coffe stains, water, dirty teaspoons on it. It doesn’t take a moment to have a quick tidy up so it is cleaner for the next person to use.

  5. I love the attention to detail you pay and do not waiver from despite the world being ignorant of the fact how much every little deed counts and contributes to the all, either to true change or to repeating all that what is not working.

  6. I like the reference here, that a decision made in energetic responsibility and claimed becomes “my normal”. So simple and also significant, for if others react, what you are doing has been seen and clocked. A clear path for another to follow.

  7. ‘In the group we had the opportunity to discuss (in very practical and detailed examples) how the way we behave in our homes, streets, and supermarkets affects everyone.’ The more we behave in a manner that lovingly supports society, slowly society will be willing to also lead by the same example.

  8. When one person changes one thing it is observed by everyone there, and if another is inspired by what they see, change eventually happens.

  9. Thank you Priscila, since I last read your blog I’ve realised I don’t feel resentful to always be the one to change the toilet roll (!) anymore, but instead I just feel the quality of my movements and the opportunity to express my love, care and tenderness into every task. It feels very joyful because it’s about the quality of my being and not the task itself. It’s a beautiful opportunity to bring more love into the world through my movements.

  10. How we act affects us and the quality of our lives so to commit to these things even when others ridicule it is important because it is all the small details in our lives that make up the quality of our lives.

  11. I have a big smile on my face in reading this Priscila – which only brightened all the more with your mention of Esoteric Philosophy. I have also heard Serge Benhayon present on this subject in just the terms you have described so well here – i.e. that everything we do impacts upon the whole.
    So, if I park my car too close to another’s, and they then are ‘squeezed’ to open their own car door, I have not been an Esoteric Philosopher one iota – I have only considered ‘me’ in the equation.
    I love that you brought such awareness and responsibility to your actions and choices from a young age – even in an environment which did not reflect to you that this way of such consideration of others was deeply valued. And yes, that it will all come back to bite us karmically, in both senses – by our holding of others in the highest regard, or not.

    1. I relate to having a smile reading this article the whole way through as well and in particular as you say the fact of someone so young in life seeing what was needed from their experience and going for it and not waiting for the world to change. This is significant for us all in that often we look for a ‘perfect storm’ scenario as a time and place ‘we will do that’ and yet here we have a situation where it’s clearly not something to wait for. It is always time for us to honour deeply what we feel and see is needed, no matter what “garbage” is lying in the streets around us.

  12. It says much about the state of humanity when we are having to have a notice/reminder, or even a rule, about how we behave around others and that is treated as ‘shoulds’ rather than our normal to be respectful and considerate.

  13. Everything matters, now that is not something I hear very often. You hear everything in moderation but you don’t hear everything matters. What I love about Universal Medicine is that it likens us all to bright, vibrant, pure babies, it says, if we treat babies with such divine care, then why do we change that level of love the older we get? Why do we keep a babies room one way but then litter on the street? Its a beautiful way to look at life, that everyone and everything is important.

  14. I love your degree of commitment Priscila, it is in the little things that all add up to making a strong foundation in our life and our relationship with everyone and everything. I love the responsibility and self love in these words” I MATTER and I MAKE A DIFFERENCE.”

  15. We all do indeed have an inner-sense of knowing of what is true and what is not, a quality that we are all born with, one which never really leaves. It is only that we learn to over-ride this sense through our desire to fit in and be part the ‘deemed’ normalities of society. However, it is our natural way of being to be guided by our inner-truth, an inner-quality that represents our equalness, who we are, and as such when we honor the truth we feel we then live in honor of the truth of us all.

  16. How tempting is to simply do as others do? How justifiable is to do what everybody else do even if this has negative consequences on us from time to time? And, yet, we can choose not to do as others do based on the awareness of what feels natural for us in our bodies and what does not.

  17. I felt the same when I first attended a Universal Medicine presentation…that I already knew this respect and decency was missing in the world, I knew something just wasn’t right in the world simply by the feeling I had when I witnessed all the abuse that went on around me. It’s awesome to know that there are others out there who feel the same and are committed to not conforming.

  18. What reflection do we offer another if we allow the standards to drop in society? To be more energetically responsible in the world doesn’t really take any effort or time and it confirms to others the power and strength felt when we live and move in this ‘normal’ way.

  19. It somewhat feels abnormal at first to have an impulse to do something through the counter of my mind or other’s ideals, but when I act on it the space I fill rejuvenates more of who I already am. I fill more of me. If there is opposition to what I have already felt I know there is truth there to be claimed.

  20. There are plenty of ‘life schools’ available to us if we’re willing to see these opportunities as such. The potential to practice and develop our energetic integrity and responsibility abounds, each and every day. We’re in God’s school – and how beautiful is that.

  21. The ripple effect of energetic integrity and energetic responsibility flows through everyone as we all live in the same pool of energy.

  22. Priscila what I love is the fact that despite the criticisms you had something speaking louder within you and you continued to make those changes. Energetic integrity and energetic responsibility and consistency also goes hand in hand. With this in mind a new rhythm is formed and if one day this rhythm is broken something certainly feels not normal then.

    It is those small changes that make a difference – less is worth more…..

  23. Haha and I love this article. Especially the title, as this is what got me interested in what was being said. This article is so, so true and how little things we do, that we commit to, may appear as though they have no impact, but truly are hitting big marks in the wider view of things. As has been said in this article, we only think these little things don’t matter and yet when we truly look at things, we are adding to something we have already seen isn’t a great way for us to be. I love the responsibility and stand taken throughout this article and had a smile on my face at every turn. It’s like every sentence backed up what I already knew and did.

  24. I so relate to this!! That niggling feeling when you want to let something slide, but you know if you do, you’re sending a much bigger message than it would appear. It can be annoying, but it’s definitely worth setting the bar at a level that actually supports everybody.

  25. A great tale of realisations and renunciations. If we listen to our inner self there are always prompts to move on from behaviours that harm us and at the same time everyone else. And when we do we offer others a reflection that they can either choose to learn from or not.

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