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Reverend Laurie Sue Brockway For the Goddess in You
Summer 2008
by Rev. Laurie Sue Brockway

Wedding Goddess by Rev. Laurie Sue Brockway


Celebrating Life with Our Pets

“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.”
-- Anatole France

Celebrating our pets, and celebrating with our pets, has become a national pastime.

We love our pets.  And statistics show that we are willing to spend oodles on our poodles, kitties, horses and other animals, keeping them  well-fed, well-groomed, stylishly attired, happy, healthy and safe.

Pet Prayers and Blessings

More than 70 million American’s share their homes with cats, 60 million with dogs, and 2 or more adore their domestic birds.   At least 65% of all homes in the United States own at least one pet.  Financial surveys tell us that people spend more of their disposable income on their pets in times of economic expansion. For example, the most recent statistics tell us the pet care industry is raking in about 30 billion, and growing stronger.

Animal lovers agree that pet’s are a loving addition to our lives.

·         Studies have show that people who own pets live longer, feel better and feel they have a friend who will love them without conditions and listen without judgment. 

·         Pets bring comfort to the ill, mobility to the disabled, and sense of kinship and protection to children. 

·         For many people, the relationship with a pet mirrors the relationship they have, or would otherwise have, with a child or any intimate family member.  Many of us simply do not distinguish between animal and human family members. 

·         As our human relationships becoming trickier and more challenging in our lives, some of us choose to place focus on our pets as their primary relationships in life. 

·         More of us lavish attention on pets.  We look for ways to enjoy life together – living in pet friendly environments, traveling to animal friendly locales, toting doggies to special events, buying pet presents for birthdays, Christmas and beyond.

“For many of us, pets are as much a part of the family as any human member,” says my friend Dr. Dan Neuharth (Ph.D.), Marriage and Family Therapist and author of Secrets You Keep from Yourself: How to Stop Sabotaging Your Happiness.

 “Perhaps it’s the unconditional love pets provide. Perhaps having a smaller critter to care for and watch out for brings out the best in us. Perhaps pets are so themselves, so congruous, so present, that it gives we humans an inspiring example.”

A boom in honoring animal spirituality

In recent years there has been much growth and interest in animal spirituality, and human spiritual connection to animals.  We’ve seen a growing number of books exploring pets as our angels and guardians here on earth and on communicating with animals.  We have also seen a huge increase in “Blessings of the Animals” taking place around the country. Once the domain of the Catholic Church and some Christian denominations, more and more interfaith and non denominational groups are offering blessings for all the neighborhood pets.  Even our Pet Prayers interfaith ministry offers an annual blessing in conjunction with our local dog park.

Perhaps pets put us deeply in touch with a state if being that sages and spiritual leaders have tried to help us attain: Living in the moment. That’s what pet’s do best. And many would say that is the moment in which spirit can be most easily accessed.

Whatever the reason, we adore the domestic animals we invite into our lives. They fill a special place in our hearts, and homes. Not only do we treat them like family – or better in some cases!—we want for them all the things want for any family member.

Many people are recognizing the spiritual nature of all “creatures great and small.” A lot of them happen to be pet owners.  Pet Spirituality, and spirituality shared with our pets, is flourishing along with high end dog collars and gourmet fish food.  And celebrating life with our pets has become a way of life!

Copyright 2008. All rights reserved. Article adapted from Pet Prayers and Blessings: Ceremonies & Celebrations to Share With the Animals You Love, by  Laurie Sue Brockway and Victor Fuhrman, Sterling Publishers, August 5, 2008.


The Pet Prayers and Blessings Interfaith Ministry

For many of us, pets are as much a part of the family as any human member.

"That is why we are seeing more and more pooches walking down the aisle or bearing rings at weddings," according to Rev. Laurie Sue Brockway and Rev. Victor Fuhrman , interfaith ministers and authors of Pet Prayers and Blessings: Ceremonies & Celebrations to Share With the Animals You Love, due out from Sterling Publishers, August 5, 2008.

They have observed in their ministry work, and their own lives, that many owners recognize the divine nature of all “creatures great and small."

Pet owners consider their relationships to their animals sacred and essential. So the Reverends Brockway and Fuhrman, a married couple, treat prayers, healings and celebrations for pets in the same way that they treat human events they officiate of preside over.

Since they cannot be there in person to bless every pet, they have launched the Pet Prayers and Blessings Interfaith Ministry. There, soulful pet owners can request prayers and prayer for one another's pets. (www.PetBless.com)

Pet Prayers and Blessings, their forthcoming book, is a unique collection of blessings that specifically addresses the spiritual needs of modern-day pet owners .

Besides offering original prayers and adaptations of classics, it explains how to lead rituals and celebrations, and provides advice on involving pets in spiritual events, including those conducted by the clergy.

Although the book includes and honors many faiths, it is non-denominational and non-religious, and encompasses elements from many cultures and traditions.

For example, there are healing prayers for ailing animals, ceremonies for special occasions (such as the arrival of a new pet), and blessings for a long and happy life with your animal companion.

© Copyright 2007 Rev. Laurie Sue Brockway. All Rights Reserved. 

Rev. Laurie Sue Brockway is an interfaith minister and non-denominational wedding officiant who helps people get ready for love and marriage, and who blesses the unions of couples in love in unique and loving ceremonies. She is also widely known as a specialist in women's spirituality, empowerment and feminine wisdom. She is author of Wedding Goddess: A Divine Guide to Transforming Wedding Stress Into Wedding Bliss (Perigee Books, Spring 2005), A Goddess Is a Girl's Best Friend: A Divine Guide To Finding Love, Success and Happiness (Perigee Books, December 2002). Visit Rev. Laurie Sue at www.weddinggoddess.com.

For some inspiration, please check out this moving Goddess Meditation, http://www.selfhealingexpressions.com/goddess_meditation.html, as well as my new course, Discover the Goddess, http://www.selfhealingexpressions.com/course_overview_29.shtml

Goddess Pages by Laurie Sue Brockway

Rev. Laurie Sue

Read Reverend Laurie Sue's Past Columns:

Winter-Spring 2008 - "Connect with Green Tara for Personal Strength and Power"

Summer 2007 - "How to Form a Woman’s Spirituality Group"

Spring/Summer 2006 - "Call Forth Your Spiritual Warrior with Joan of Arc"

Oct-Dec 2005 - "Be Still, and Celebrate with The Goddess of Good Fortune"

July-September 2005 - "The Zen Way To Bridal Balance"

January-February 2005 - "Goddess Reflections"

October-December 2004 - "My Enduring Relationship with the Man of Steel"

August-September 2004 - "Move Forward … Make Change …"

April-May 2004 - "Meet the Amazing Alexander Kent Garrett"

Jan - Feb 2004 - "13 Steps for Making Your Romantic Dreams Come True"

December 2003 - Bring Light and Healing to Your Family for the Holidays

November 2003 - "Even In Midlife, We Can All Use A Fairy Godmother"

October 2003 - "The Secret to Serenity"

May 2003 - "A Gathering of Goddesses: Our Girlfriends Keep Us Real"

April 2003 - "Love Has Its Own Schedule"

March 2003 - "A Spring Time Reawakening To Soulful Love and Self Love"

February 2003 - "Marry Yourself First..."

December 2002 - "Who is the Goddess?" & "The Goddess Rocks!"

October 2002 - "How to Clear Your Love Clutter"

August 2002 - "How to Mourn a Broken Heart and Lost Love"

July 2002 - "Relationships That Nurture and Inspire Growth of the Soul

June 2002 - "Finding Peace in a Turbulent World"

May 2002 - "Sacred Sexuality For Modern Men and Women"

April 2002 - "When Someone You Love Pushes Your Buttons"

March 2002 - "When Life Has You Down, Remember You Are Loved"

February 2002 - "Plan a Valentine's Day Team Date"

January 2002 - "Do I Hear Him Knocking … From the Other Side?"

December 2001 - "How Do We Make Our Love Dreams Come True?"

November 2001 - "What is the Future of Love?"

October 2001 - "Getting to Know 'Lakshmi' the Goddess of Good Fortune"

September 2001 - "Can't Hurry Love... It Will Happen in Its Right Moment"

August 2001 - "Family Rituals Help Us Grow Into Loving Beings"

July 2001 - "Dreams Warn It’s Time To Own Your Power"

June 2001 - "A Fun Visual of Your Favorite Romance"

May 2001 - "Someday Your Mystical Soul Mate Will Come"

April 2001 - "Enjoy the Merriment and Fun of An Ancient Love Holiday"

March 2001 - "Nourish Yourself On a Date for One"

February 2001 - "Get Ready for Soulful Love"


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