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Reverend Laurie Sue Brockway, The Romance Reverend

Soulful Love
June 2002

by Rev. Laurie Sue Brockway

Every month, our Soulful Singles "Romance Reverend" shares her sage insights on relationships and getting ready for soulful love!  Send your questions to RomanceRev@SoulfulLiving.com.

Finding Peace in A Turbulent World

Peace Prayers for India, Pakistan and You

Dear Romance Reverend,

How can any of us hope to maintain our spirituality when media keeps flinging news alerts at us that keep us in a perpetual state of fear?  -- Liz, from Queens, New York

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Dear Liz –

I wrote an article in the 1980’s about a professor who got the first grant ever to study the effects of bad news on human beings. It turned out that bad news was a bummer, it added to depression, insomnia, phobia, fear… but it was also discovered that we humans have a "morbid curiosity" that keeps us coming back for more, that our morbid attraction to bad news propelled us to continue to watch disturbing news accounts. Viewers also blamed the messengers – the newscasters – for delivering the news. But take one look at the baby face of CNN’s Bill Hemmer and see if you can pin it all on him <smile>… We have to find the balance between getting the news we need to know… and taking time out from the intrusion of TV news reports that feed us repetitive negative messages.

Indeed, the challenges of our times have taken on a very surreal quality, but it is up to us soulful folks to remember that in many ways the events of our times are the illusion of our human reality – not the reality of our souls. There is a part of us all that dwells close to God, Goddess, All there is, untouched by the stirrings of all the insanity and uncertainty. We can only get to it from within – by improving our own lives, making ourselves stronger and reconnecting to the soulfulness that brought us to the pages of Soulful Living in the first place.

This question of feeling unsafe, unspiritual, disconnected has come up time and again in the past few months – for all of us. How could it not? For some of us, soulfulness has been lulled to sleep by the energetic force of fear and concern that has gripped our planet, and has been further effected the repetition of media reports, the fear for personal safety, and lack of well-publicized global support for the Heart and Soul. War, anger, hate, despair, disputes, intolerance, suicide bombers, death, grief, loss are all getting a lot of publicity. Thank goodness we have this web magazine to remind us that bad news is not the only news.

There is a quote from Rev. Linda Wise that I once saw in a Science of Mind magazine: "As busy as the outer world may become, remember that the secret place of the most High is always accessed from within."

Amen. Never has this been more important to remember! Now is the time to refocus your energy on creating a comfortable and personal spiritual practice that will empower you to regain your strength, balance and trust in Divine Providence. It does not have to be based on any one religion. People who feel disconnected from their religion sometimes inadvertently disconnect from God. Our spiritual practice and our experience of the sacred are as personal and unique as a fingerprint. It really is up to us, personally, to seek the right path, and to allow our search to be expansive, and inclusive of anything that we feel naturally drawn to.

There are so many ways to commune with spirit and relax, as a way of reconnecting to your soulful self. Consider an array of activities – internal and external – that bring great peace and balance. For some of us it will be mediation and prayer, for others it may be a long hot bubble bath after an intense physical workout. You may revel in massage or the all-over relaxation and rejuvenation of foot reflexology; the rest of us may opt to sit in a park or a forest and hug a tree. You can incorporate all, or some, into our personal practice, and you will likely find your needs will vary from time to time. A ritual experience such as a sacred Japanese tea ceremony may bring a profound sense of peace when you already feel calm; if upset, talking about problems and releasing their charge may be the precursor to accessing the peacefulness within.

Here are some tips that may help with both the practical and spiritual aspects of getting beyond overwhelming bad news and getting back in touch with your soulful, loving self. It is really a matter of choosing a path of self-improvement that will lead you away from feeling stuck in fear and mayhem and ultimately leads you to a greater sense of your own divine nature. Although it is important that we all be aware of any true danger and threats to our well-being and the well-being of our country and neighbors, it is also essential that we take time out so we can learn to live with "high alerts" -- and not have our lives be defined by them!

  • Create a Sacred Space. Sometimes it helps to create and utilize external environments that can be our "sacred space," a personal temple in which we can establish a "direct link" to the Divine Mind.
  • Take time out. It is important to carve out time to get away from the stresses of daily life and recharge your battery – even if getting away is to sit in a quite place for 10 minutes and chill out. Anytime you feel yourself going into overwhelm, you must decompress. Otherwise, your mind continues to build on the essence of pending catastrophe, instead of calm.
  • Change behaviors. We can all work on altering behavior that make simple things complex – such as drama, exaggeration, acting out, and worrying. If you tend to overreact, it will exhaust you and alter your sense of reasoning and reality. Leave the personal drama to the theater! Reserve judgment and stay calm. Do things to create calm and avoid agitation – like cutting down on caffeine and getting more sleep. Life will give you a lot of opportunities to practice calm and if you take each as an opportunity to grow, you will become a more patient and accepting person, less affected by media reports.
  • Be alert and aware, but do not become a media victim. Limit the amount of TV you watch. It is notorious for filling your brain with fear. The repetitive nature of TV news reports will get you if you don’t balance is with positive talk and affirmation. Listen to music that is soothing, uplifting, and joyous. Make sure that for all the bad news you balance it with exposure to good, hopeful media (such a books and pleasant TV shows) and melody.
  • Laugh more than you have laughed in the past nine months. Studies show you can raise your energy, uplift your life and improve emotional and physical health with laughter. Rent funny movies, or romantic comedies, and watch a bunch of them until you feel better.
  • Treat every life experience as sacred – even fear. Sri Rama once said, "Live every moment as if you are building a temple." Can you imagine how powerful you would feel if, next time you hear a news alert that you just stopped in that moment to center yourself, take a moment to relax and say a prayer? Or even to just toss the fear over to the Divine and say, "please heal this for the highest good." When we stay in touch with the sacred nature of life itself, all of life becomes your temple. You feel "connected" wherever you are.

When you re-waken to the peace within, you will be able to connect with your soulful nature and higher self in any circumstance. Not only will this change the way you experience and view life, it will alter shared moments with others. Remember that how you experience the world and all the feelings it conjures up in you is still up to you. Take charge of your life by tapping back into your soulful nature!

© Copyright 2002 Reverend Laurie Sue Brockway  All Rights Reserved. 

Peace Prayers for India, Pakistan and You

"The outward freedom that we shall attain will only be in exact proportion
to the inward freedom to which we may have grown at a given moment.
And this is a correct view of freedom, our chief energy must be concentrated
on achieving reform from within."
- Mohandas K. Gandhi

The people of Kashmir – both Muslim and Hindu – immediately took to their mosques and temples to pray for peace when they learned things were heating up in the area. To add some light to the situation that has stirred fear and concern in so many, you may want to take a sacred moment to recite a prayer. Here are two peace prayers that someone passed along to me, one from the Hindu perspective and one from the Muslim perspective, as well as The Great Invocation, from Lucis Trust, a non-denominational prayer that called upon the "Christ Mind" and the famous "Serenity Prayer," for your own peace of mind. If none of these prayers appeal to you, write or speak your own.

1. Light a candle, to represent the Light of the Divine – by all names, faces, interpretations. This is the light, which lives within all of us.

2. Now close your eyes and center yourself so you can send peaceful vibes to the places in the world where peace is threatened. Only send energy to the world when you are feeling stable, centered and secure.

3. Remember, all of our prayers count. They really do!


Hindu Prayer for Peace

Oh God, lead us from the unreal to the Real.
Oh God, lead us from darkness to light.
Oh God, lead us from death to immortality.
Shanti, Shanti, Shanti unto all.
Oh Lord God almighty, may there be peace in celestial regions.
May there be peace on earth.
May the waters be appeasing.
May herbs be wholesome, and may trees and
plants bring peace to all.
May all beneficent beings bring peace to us.
May thy Vedic Law propagate peace all through the world.
May all things be a source of peace to us.
And may thy peace itself, bestow peace on all,
and may that peace come to me also.


Muslim Prayer for Peace

In the name of Allah,
the beneficent, the merciful.
Praise be to the Lord of the
Universe who has created us and
made us into tribes and nations,
That we may know each other, not that
we may despise each other.
If the enemy incline towards peace, do
thou also incline towards peace, and
trust God, for the Lord is the one that
heareth and knoweth all things.
And the servants of God,
Most Gracious are those who walk on
the Earth in humility, and when we
address them, we say "PEACE."


The Great Invocation (for planetary peace)

From the point of Light within the Mind of God/dess
Let light stream forth into the minds of all people.
Let Light descend on Earth.

From the point of Love within the Heart of God/dess
Let love stream forth into the hearts of all people.
May Christ return to Earth.

From the centre where the Will of God/Goddess is known
Let purpose guide the little wills of all people
The purpose which the Masters know and serve.

From the center which we call the race of men and women
Let the Plan of Love and Light work out
And may it seal the door where evil dwells.

Let Light and Love and Power restore the Plan on Earth.

--Lucis Trust


Serenity Prayer (for personal peace)

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I can not change.
The courage to change the things I can.
And the wisdom to know the difference.


What is Your Peace Prayer for the World?


Read Reverend Laurie Sue's Current Column


Read Reverend Laurie Sue's Past Columns:

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"

Reverend Laurie Sue Brockway is an author, teacher and contemporary clergy person who specializes in matters of the heart and soul. As an ordained interfaith minister and non-denominational wedding officiant, it is her honor to regularly marry couples in love.

Prior to becoming a minister she enjoyed a successful and colorful 20 years in media as a widely published journalist, editor and author of several books on relationships and romance—as well as being a noted spokesperson on those topics. She was editor-in-chief of two national magazines and several regional publications, and her articles have been published around the world and in many newspapers and national magazines, such as the NY Daily News, The Washington Post, Women’s News, New Woman, Ladies’ Home Journal and Child. She evolved years of specialized reporting in the field of male-female relationship dynamics into a more spiritual pursuit that led her to train to be an interfaith minister, and then establish her wedding ministry along with a number of popular relationship enhancement programs. Her wedding ministry is based in New York.

She is also dedicated to bringing about a deeper awareness and understanding of the Divine Feminine. As a graduate of The New Seminary in NYC, the world’s premier seminary for interfaith ministers, she was educated and trained in the tenants, spiritual practice and worship of many faiths. She became a specialist in the feminine aspects of God in all the world’s religions. Today, she is widely recognized as a minister, teacher and scribe specializing in women’s spirituality and The Divine Feminine from an interfaith and all-inclusive perspective. She is on the board of directors of World Light Fellowship, heading up their Feminine Faces of God programs, and is Founder of Our Mother’s House, a cyber ministry at www.OurMothersHouse.org.

Long devoted to helping women access the "Goddess Within," she is currently working on two books that bring the wisdom of ancient archetypes to modern women. Her newest book, A Goddess Is a Girl's Best Friend, is due out from Perigee Books in December 2002.

To be placed on a mailing list for information about A Goddess Is A Girl’s Best Friend: OurMothersHouse@aol.com


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