London Bridges Nursery Rhyme Brings Spiritual Inspiration

08/20/2015 15:08

From Wikipedia: "London Bridge Is Falling Down" (also known as "My Fair Lady" or simply "London Bridge") is a traditional English nursery rhyme and singing game, which is found in different versions all over the world. It deals with the depredations of London Bridge and attempts, realistic or fanciful, to repair it. It may date back to bridge rhymes and games of the late Middle Ages, but the earliest records of the rhyme in English are from the seventeenth century. The lyrics were first printed in close to its modern form in the mid-eighteenth century and became popular, particularly in Britain and the United States in the nineteenth century."

In this nursery rhyme, London's bridge is broken down, but a solution to rebuild through material resources seems elusive. If they build with wood and clay it washes away, build with brick and mortar it will not stay, build with iron and steel it will bend and bow, build with silver and gold  it will be stolen, set a man to watch over it he will fall asleep and be given a pipe to smoke all night. Manmade bridges will eventually deteriorate and the flesh becomes weary trying to guard the sum of all the materials that comprise the bridge. It's quite apparent that building a society on substances that are temporary and that eventually erode is much more than the human flesh can bear to watch over. That carnal society breaks down. To have a truly solid social structure the bridge that connect us with one another is based on spiritual qualities that endure over time, even through the deterioration of the physical world. The spiritual fruit builds up and creates reassuring bridges as we relate to one another. 

London Bridge is broken down,
Broken down, broken down.
London Bridge is broken down,
My fair lady.

Build it up with wood and clay,
Wood and clay, wood and clay,
Build it up with wood and clay,
My fair lady.

Wood and clay will wash away,
Wash away, wash away,
Wood and clay will wash away,
My fair lady.

Build it up with bricks and mortar,
Bricks and mortar, bricks and mortar,
Build it up with bricks and mortar,
My fair lady.

Bricks and mortar will not stay,
Will not stay, will not stay,
Bricks and mortar will not stay,
My fair lady.

Build it up with iron and steel,
Iron and steel, iron and steel,
Build it up with iron and steel,
My fair lady.

Iron and steel will bend and bow,
Bend and bow, bend and bow,
Iron and steel will bend and bow,
My fair lady.

Build it up with silver and gold,
Silver and gold, silver and gold,
Build it up with silver and gold,
My fair lady.

Silver and gold will be stolen away,
Stolen away, stolen away,
Silver and gold will be stolen away,
My fair lady.

Set a man to watch all night,
Watch all night, watch all night,
Set a man to watch all night,
My fair lady.

Suppose the man should fall asleep,
Fall asleep, fall asleep,
Suppose the man should fall asleep?
My fair lady.

Give him a pipe to smoke all night,
Smoke all night, smoke all night,
Give him a pipe to smoke all night,
My fair lady."

Within us there is a divine presence that works to build fruitfulness as we live in our physical world so that we can reach to one another through constructive bridges. Envision how soft our bodies are with flesh, blood, water, muscles, and tissues; as well as envisioning how fragile our bones can be that can be broken, splintered, and smashed. To build constructive bridges to one another we would have to relate to each individual in a way that is considerate of the welfare of our bodily presence. The spiritual being within us is the source to help us to do that. In contrast, imagine trying to build your inner life with wood, clay, brick, mortar, iron, steel, or silver and gold; that would be quite ludicrous because we would succumb to severe consequences. We would be nothing more than a scarecrow hanging on a post, or a sculptor in the center of a garden, or a robot, or an ATM machine; this is quite unrealistic. In the same way, it's impossible to build positive bridges to one another as a scarecrow, a sculptor, a robot, or an ATM machine; which makes it quite obvious why bridges fall between friends and cultures collapse. In this light, we see how ridiculous it is to try to build a society, and even personal relationships, on things made of wood, brick, iron, or Wall Street riches; but quite reasonable how necessary the work is of the deity that lives to create harmony in us and around us. That divine presence works to produce spiritual fruitfulness, tranquility of inner life, harmony through a reverence for the sanctity of life, to make us aware of each individuals divne worth, and to mobilize us with positive energy. With all this happening from within us we are able to transfer those characteristics in our relationship to others to build durabe bridges in our community from the eternal spirit. In contrast, trying to build relationships on carnal, fleshly, or earthy resources deteriorates interpersonal bonds and fragments the bridges we need to function in society. From dependence on materialism we would be desolate of good fruit, be conflicted relating to who has what, lose sight of the sanctity of life in the quest to have at the expense of others, be irreverent to the divine goodness working in the soul, and be consumed with negative energy rooted in the desire for worldly gain. The flesh would grow weary trying to keep watch over a materialistic people in a selfish and savage world.

The moisture of the spiritual fruit are real qualities within us that enable us to build a durable bridge to one another. We connect with others in a positive way through kindness, goodwill, gentleness, meekness, goodness, joy, patience, self-control, love, faith, peace, and perseverance. These are eternal qualities that will exist even though the material world around us falls apart. The spiritual fruit are much different than wood, brick, iron, silver, or even a person's ability to create them. The writers of this nursery rhyme "London's Bridge" knew the temporal nature of worldly resources as well as the weariness in the flesh trying to guard the bridge from collapse. They knew wood and clay would wash away to make the bridge unsuitable for crossing, and likewise trying to build bridges to one another with the dryness of hay mixed with an effort to be social would soon deteriorate. The dryness is like attitudes of hate, unkindness, and ill-intentions in the process of engaging one another; social bridges like that are bound to fragment into interpersonal friction. Durable bridges come about by the fruit of love, goodwill, and kindness that enable us to make a genuine effort to connect with one another in the spirit of harmony. Brick and mortar would not be suitable for bridge building because of the fragile hardness, but is suitable for building walls, and even then brick and mortar will not stay because they easily crack, break, and eventually fall apart. Likewise, trying to build bridges to one another is like trying to talk to a wall if our inner being is as hard as brick and mortar. One person would be as hard as the other and the extreme difficulty of fruitful agreements would cause someone to eventually break and crack. The moist softness of the spiritual fruit enables us to blossom fruitfully on the inside to build bridges to one another by persevering in our efforts to connect with others, to show patience for the other person to show a crack that allows the bonding fruit to bloom, and self-control when interacting with stubborn people who are calloused to positive social interactions. We all know the consequences when iron and steel bends and bows when it's necessary to have erect and stable structures. A bent and bowed bridge would be too lopsided to allow safe passage from one side to the other. Trying to build a social infrastructure on personalities equal to the iron emotions of a robot would be worst then wood, clay, brick, and mortar. Personalities of iron and steel would have walls so tight that not an ounce of good fruit would materialize from one person to the next. That society would seek to destroy all the interactions that form through the softness of the fruit of the spirit. The society would be full of despair, evilness, and pessimism instead of the qualities that builds bridges to stable relations, such as faith, joy, and goodness.About all that would be left to build bridges with would be silver and gold, but with the hard callousness in the community that would be targeted to be stolen away. With those types of bridges, people's understanding would be limited to monetary and materialistic gain and know nothing of relating to one another with divine qualities. Those divine qualities include fruitfulness in relationships, tranquility, respect for life, reverence for the inner deity, and positive energy. Setting a man to watch over all the hard ways happening between one another would be too burdensome as the flesh would grow weary in trying to maintain a safe and secure environment. However, through the soft moistness of the spiritual fruit we can build enduring bridges through meekness, gentleness, and peace.


Our Health  
A healthy physical body enables us to build constructive bridges which also includes the health of fruitful attitudes. Because our inner being is similar to the soil of the earth, we need to keep plenty resources of seed in us so that when we feel desolate in the effort to reach to others there will continue to be fruitful blossoms in our spirit. When our health deteriorates in mind, emotions, and body as a result of inner hardness then our connection with one another also deteriorates. As London Bridge nursery rhyme reminds us; "Bricks and mortar will not stay, will not stay, will not stay, bricks and mortar will not stay, my fair lady. Suppose the man should fall asleep, fall asleep, fall asleep, suppose the man should fall asleep, my fair lady?" Suppose that our mouth is the portal in which we input a funnel to fill the body with many things such as nutrition, water, oxygen, sleep for rejuvenation, sanitation, self-control, patience, and perseverance; this would be a well maintained body to benefit our physical welfare in all the right amounts. The brain, emotions, flesh, and blood would be given all the opportunities available to function in a healthy manner to relate to one another in a way as to build a constructive and durable bridge. In contrast, it's when we begin pouring foreign substances into the funnel, substances that are contrary to the body's healthy functioning, that our mental processes become deprived, emotions become reckless towards the welfare of physical matters, and behaviors are conducted in a way that sabotages fruitful interaction. For example instead of nutrition in goes junk food, instead of hydration in goes drinks that poison the body, instead of rejuvenating sleep we exhaust ourselves or sleep too much, instead of sanitation the body becomes full of toxins, and instead of oxygen we pollute ourselves with smokes. These negative in-pourings into the body will eventually erode the bridge of healthy relationships because a person would grow weary of trying to rationalize unfruitful and negative habits in the presence of healthy and fruitful individuals. This happens because a person craves the pleasures of the flesh more than fruitful attitudes, which in turn hardens the person to the texture of brick and mortar as they attempt to hide away their destructive ways. Positive bridges to one another is a result of patience living in us to allow the body to accumulate healthy blossoms in the same way we desire fruitful attitudes to blossom. With that patience is self-control to screen the substances we allow to flow into the funnel and into our body to build our health along with healthy attitudes. With that patience is perseverance to continue in reaching to one another in the prayerful attitude for the welfare of the body, and in the hope of fruitfulness in our interactions. The infinite intelligence enlightens us enough to care for our physical body, to grant compassion for the welfare of others, and to allow a fruitful perspective to join us together to construct social bridges through the eternal spirit. 

Our Safety
A safe and secure environment makes it possible to build an enduring bridge to one another. Keeping our mind active with thought processes relating to constructive attitudes to others facilitates resources to quell negative responses to others to enhance our stability among the population we are in. When we offer ourselves to others in the attitude of peace, meekness, and gentleness we make it possible for the receiver to feel safe and secure from harmful effects. This enables us to make a connection with one another in a way that enhances the tranquility in the community that surrounds us. The physical welfare of every person is safe and secure because there is a prayer for serenity in all we receive and impart during our transactions. The places where we reside shelters us from undesirable external circumstances and is made more safe and secure for those we live with when bridges are built with each resident through a gentle and meek attitude of peace. In this event, we stabilize the bridge within our environment because we seek to diminish disturbances in favor of enhancing a serene atmosphere. In contrast, remove the components that give us a safe and secure environment and we would live around people where conflict, strife, violence, aggression, domination, harshness, and turmoil would manifest. In essence, the bridge to one another falls apart in the stormy weather that arises from inner insecurities. We would have to be more vigilant to guard the people of our communities from bodily harm, domestic terror, and chaos from an unstable foundation. That unstable foundation being built on materialistic quests and cravings for the pleasures of the flesh while rejecting the input of the fruit of the spirit. Who would be able to watch over such a savage, selfish, and hostile community where conflict sparks while trying to build bridges to others through tranquil attitudes? As stated in "London Bridge;" "Set a man to watch all night, Watch all night, watch all night, Set a man to watch all night, My fair lady. Suppose the man should fall asleep, Fall asleep, fall asleep, Suppose the man should fall asleep?" What a horrid thought, the guards that protect our neighborhoods, homes, children, loved ones, and community in general "fall asleep" to leave us helpless in a world that takes what they want by force with utter disregard for the qualities of inner life. However, the infinite presence within us supersedes the chaos that surrounds us to grant to us peace, comfort, and perfect calm, an infinite source that works fruitfulness in our brain, emotions, and behaviors.

Our Place of Belonging
Pleasant social networking is the essence of durable networks from person to person. Those pleasant qualities come from the pools of moisture that are are part of our inner life, and that softness trickles into us like the rains coming to earth, which enables us to flow with social qualities to establish durable bridges from one person to the other. That moistness is the substance of the attitude of love, kindness, and goodwill which creates in us the character of devotion, being sensitive to the welfare of others, and to perform charitable deeds. In the spirit of those attitudes come bonds of harmony to bridge us together in a pleasing place of belonging. The bonds of that bridge works because there is tolerance of differences, acceptance for the person as they are, an invitation for others to belong in a loving environment, there is spiritual sensual intimacy, and in essence there is compassion. Bridges built on materialism and physical gratification while rejecting fruitful attitudes will house various degrees of hatred, cruel intentions, and ill-will; and those bridges will deteriorate. This is like trying to fashion pottery with wood when the substance should be moist, pliable, and flexible to shape the desirable vessel. Have you ever had people approach you only to rub you the wrong way and almost cause you to feel hatred, rudeness, and ill intentions towards the person? Those bridges do not endure, but serves as an example of a person whose inner life is of the substance of wood and clay as they try to mold you into a materialistic person seeking physical gratification at the expense of others. As the London Bridge nursery rhyme reminds us, "Wood and clay will wash away, wash away, wash away, wood and clay will wash away, my fair lady". Do we attempt to build relationships that easily come apart, or do we allow the fruit in the spirit to bond us together? Bridges made of wood and clay will engage other people to spew forth their intolerance, hatefulness for your way of life, disgust with your sensuality, and extreme discrimination to exclude you from civil functioning. This are temporal bridges due to the friction the cause with the essentials of the eternal spirit. A desirable place of belonging comes because we are aware that we are more than a scarecrow in a garden, but are capable of building bridges through a warm and compassionate love through the infinite source of fruitful moisture.  


Our Worth
Our worth is more valuable than the sum of our money or the number of possessions we own. We would be very volatile in our self-esteem as earthly resources would rise and fall; as we possess a lot we would be elated with a high opinion of ourself, and with every materialistic shortcoming we would fall into depression relating to our self-image. Those up and downs based on earthly prosperity would make the bridge from one person to the next very volatile as well; in high times we would approach others to boast of our successes, and in low times we would avoid the disgrace of peer scorn. In fact, to others our worth would amount to that of an ATM machine; when money comes forth from us they bestow flattery, but when we no longer issue money then no one comes around, or when they do come they ridicule our poverty. It's impossible to relate to others in a durable and constructive way when those interactions are based solely on merchandise and money. Values based on silver and gold makes us spiritually desolate, leads to friction resulting from materialistic issues, evaporates the compassionate moisture in us to have at the expense of others, rejects the infinite being of the soul in exchange for an unfruitful desire for things and pleasure, and impedes the stimulation of fruitful motion as they seize the opportunity for materialistic gain. Thieves and scammers would be prevalent to mirror the quote in the "London Bridge" nursery rhyme, "Silver and gold will be stolen away, silver and gold will be stolen away, my fair lady." Durable bridges occur when we estimate the worth of one another according to the infinite presence of our inner life, which imparts to one another the esteem of infinite worth. That measure of mutual esteem creates a stable bridge and does not swing back and forth with times of prosperity and poverty. That stable bridge comes from the infinite source that creates in us spiritual fruitfulness to give the ability to quell the disparagement that causes friction due to attitudes relating to merchandise and money. That infinite presence keeps us moist with soft and tender attitudes to avoid degrading others who live in poverty or has abundance. We yearn to perpetually stimulate fruitful motion in our interactions with one another. When we recognize the infinite potential in others it shows in the positive connection that transpires to build a durable bridge. Mutual respect for the universal deity brings people together in a way that supersedes money, merchandise, and destructive pleasures.

Our Identity
Who we are comprises everything that is within us including thoughts of our beliefs, feelings of our emotions, and how we relate to physical aspects of the world. From the self-expression flowing from our inner life we relate to one another in a way that enhances a durable bridge or impedes constructive connections. Basically, what we say and do reveals the secrets of our inner being according to how we interact with those around us. Somebody who is known to be inflexible, hard, and rigid are hostile to the bridge leading to fruitfulness within self, and therefore are as hard as steel and iron when relating to the identities of those that are moist and soft with fruitful attitudes. Likewise, when we meet others whose demeanor is as hard as steel and iron they have no fruitful intent in what is said or done. When iron and steel bends and bows it creates instability in the structure that is suppose to be held erect, and thereby for those known to share love in a metallic world would cause that society to bend and bow. Alternatively, in sharing love with one another it causes the hardest substance, infrastructure, and society to bend and bow. "Iron and steel will bend and bow, bend and bow, bend and bow, iron and steel will bend and bow, my fair lady." The expression of aggression, adventurous inhumanities, and cruel influence from rigid identities in that hardened world would cause sadness, despair, and diminish goodness as they pressure the attitudes of those known by spiritual qualities to submit to an attitude focused on merchandise, money, and physical gratification. The bridge to a constructive society would detriorate by having no faith in approaching others, feeling no joy in fellowship, and sensing evil in the presence of wholesome gatherings. In contrast, a constructive society begins when there exist faith in the goodness of one another that brings us joy in the anticipation of coming together. That constructive optimism for communal harmony begins from within ourselves where we honor the infinite presence that works fruitfulness in us so that we can build a bridge to one another through smiles, hugs, and spiritually sensual intimacy. By being soft, moist, and tender we learn to welcome those comforting qualitie as being from an infinite intelligence and power that is stornger than the most durable steel and able to melt the strongest iron like butter in the sun. Because we identify with the wonders of the universal deity we begin to be known as builders of humanity as we express our words and deeds in a manner as to bring optimism and good cheer in spiritual qualities.

We can assess that building a society on wood, clay, brick, mortar, iron, steel, or silver and gold is much different than building a society on love, peace, faith, perseverance, goodwill, gentleness, joy, and self-control. This first is of the non-eternal elements of the earth, whereas the second is of the eternal qualities of the spirit. The diagnosis is that relating to one another strictly rooted in materialistic values will cause social bridges to collapse by deteriorating interpersonal bridges built on spiritual qualities. Even then, we plan to relate to one another according to the softness that lives within us to impart positive attitudes to those we meet from day to day. We implement that plan by welcoming the incarnation of the spiritual fruit so that we can personify the qualities necessary to establish relationships that continue for the days to come. We know we are successful when we always reach to others from the goodness that is within by placing more value on fruitful inner qualities than merchandise and money. 

There are some elements that are like pathogens that cause attitudes to absorb the character of wood, clay, brick, mortar, iron, steel, or silver and gold instead of qualities that are compatible to the softness of flesh, the moistness of blood, and the stability of bones. They deny that durable social interactions come by the qualities of the spirit as they form personal relationships based on materialism and physical gratification. Attitudes of anger, debate, strife, and conflict arise over earthly concerns as negativity is like an avalanche on the efforts to come together through a peaceful, tranquil, and serene attitude. That is the process by which constructive bridges deteriorate. Likewise, when people would join together through a smile of joy, optimism, and hope there would be a mudslide of pessimism, sadness, and depression to destroy happy harmony. When fruitful bridges are rejected that leaves nothing more to connect society with as unfruitful sentiments arise within the course of physical gratification, seeking merchandise, and craving money. Acceptance of the infinite intelligence that lives within us is necessary because that living deity is also the power that rewards with spiritual fruit for reverence to the goodness of inner life. In that light, we see how that infinite presence joins humanity together globally, on every continent, and in every neighborhood. 

The people who oppose fruitful attitudes in favor of merchandise and physical gratification gather and grow among others who are destructive to constructive bridges to one another. The attitudes that exit them are words that turn softness to wood, fruitfulness to mortar, adaptability to steel, and philanthropy into a craving for money. Their behaviors are intent on guarding the material resources upon which they attempt to build a society, but grow weary in the flesh and exhaust resources due to battling the infinite qualities of fruitful bridges from one person to the next. Those attitudes transfer directly through those who attempt to rule over humanity by defeating the infinite source of spiritual connection by drying the moistness of our inner being where fruitful qualities exist. Their intent is to portray themselves as the infinite source while plundering your spiritual fruitfulness while attempting to build social bridges through things made of wood, clay, brick, mortar, iron, steel, silver, or gold. Indirectly, the attitude of destroying fruitful bridges to one another is a result of craving non-eternal substances to have materialistic possessions, money, and over indulgence of the pleasures of the flesh. The infinite presence in us and around us supplies us with a durable bridge to one another through fruitful attitudes, while non-infinite attitudes are rooted in the deviations of the flesh that cause fragmentation and conflict when attempting to connect with others.

Where within us do attitudes that create weak and fragile interpersonal bridges enter us? They enter because we love to receive flattery or praise for engaging others in a way as to turn their moisture to wood, or to receive notoriety for being a brick wall against fruitful interactions, or to have recognition for having the attitude of steel towards infinite qualities, and to receive rewards of money and other materialistic possessions for impeding constructive bridges. Some people feel these things are better than being ridiculed and disparaged for being soft, weak, or being easily bent or persuaded, or considered indifferent to monetary and materialistic needs. In this event they form associations among those people whose inner life are as wood, mortar, iron, and silver, which are non-eternal attitudes that cause social bridges to collapse. They deteriorate society by separating the needs of the flesh from the soft moistness of the spiritual fruit that espouse eternal qualities. The bridge that unites the flesh with the spirit is the same bridge that unites one person to the other.

Some people are susceptible to the influences that cause social bridges to deteriorate because their mind is unaware of the nature of the infinite presence living in them. That negatively affects their feelings about those around them to cause various degrees of anti-social behaviors to cause them to weaken harmonious bridges. If they understood the nature of the soft moisture existing in them then they would be more reverent to the qualities flowing from that tenderness. It's because of their blindness to those supernatural qualities that they neglect their inner wetness and turn to wood, brick, and steel as they develop a strong want for money and merchandise. Durable social bridges begin to collapse in the susceptible host as the eternal value of fruitful qualities begin to be hidden under a wall of hardness. We can interrupt the cycle of becoming a scarecrow, a garden sculptor, a robot, or an ATM machine by knowing social bridges are built by attitudes of goodwill, peace, joy, and perseverance. The soft moistness of the spiritual fruit come from the source of an infinite intelligence, infinite power, and infinite presence. That infinite life source works in us divine qualities to build durable bridges within our society from person to person.

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