House As a Metaphor for
There is a bit of Hindu wisdom
that describes everyone as a house with four rooms
-- one physical, one mental, one that is emotional,
and another that is spiritual. "Most of us tend to
live in one room most of the time, but unless we go
into every room every day, if only to keep it aired,
we are not a complete person", observes Rumer
Godden, author of the memoir A House With Four
'The House of Belonging' is another
concept about living the life that you were meant to
live, a life where you are courageously true to
self. It is worth considering.
Sarah Ban Breathnach describes it as a metaphor
for the "earthly home of the soul" but notes that in
ancient Celtic tradition it is also used to
represent the deep sense of safety, contentment, and
joy found in connection with intimates who could be
described as "soul friends".
We at the Goddess Path, count ourselves blessed
to have several such friends. Some of them even
volunteered to share their words of wisdom with you
this month, giving me a chance to spend some time
working on the re-embodiment of my self and my
So we thank Rev. Laurie Sue, The Wedding Goddess
and author of "A Goddess Is a Girl's Best Friend"
for sharing her thoughts on the Art of Spring
Cleaning . . . clearing the path for love, of Self
Spring Cleaning for the Heart and Soul
your home and open up your love life
By Rev. Laurie Sue Brockway
Is your love life at a standstill?
Are you feeling kind of stuck in the winter blahs
and lack-of-relationship blues? Does life in general
look a little messy? Do things seem out of balance
and off-centered? If so, it may be time for a spring
cleaning of the heart and soul!
I am convinced -- and I have seen -- that we
can pray and Feng Shui our way out of a love rut …
and into a great relationship.
It may seem wacky to think that a pile of old
magazines or relics from relationships past that are
collecting dust can keep new love at bay, but
clutter and memorabilia can impact your love life.
Why not utilize the stir of springtime to clean
house in your life, on all levels, and get yourself
even more tuned-up for love! A good, soulful
spring-cleaning will bring you a fresh start for the
season of love.
In order to truly be ready to engage in a good
relationship, you have to be committed to bringing
order into your life on all levels --
physical, psychic, emotional, financial, and
spiritual. It is often a process of gently
releasing, letting go, identifying and giving up
that which stands in the way of letting love in.
This includes unsuitable relationships and
unsuitable ties to old flames (you know the ones!).
Let yourself mourn what you must leave behind -- an
important process-- and then you can move on.
There is a very specific spiritual law that states
that “nature abhors a vacuum.” Get rid of something
and something new can come in. All of the worlds
religions have specific ways to release the old --
from body, mind and spirit. And in Feng Shui,
releasing clutter is the number one step to
transforming your life. And there is a reason for
this: If your life is too cluttered or filled up
with “stuff,” if your house is messy or your mind is
disorganized, if you are not honoring your body or
your spirit, it very hard to feel connected to your
own divine nature and therefore it is difficult to
create a life of your choosing. It’s harder yet to
magnetize a partner who has it together and can
brings a lot to a relationship.
This is the time to at least start to
rethink your romantic game plan and slowly work your
way toward transforming -- or releasing -- the
relationships that are not your soul mate and
the things in your life that do not represent the
kind of relationship you would like to be in.
bet for a fresh start is to make symbolic gestures
in the physical realm. Clearing the decks of
disarray will help you create a healthy foundation
for your life. And then, a healthy foundation in
your life will help you create the space for your
love to come in. These things take time. Be gentle
with yourself but start somewhere!
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'Life Cleaning Tips'
© Copyright 2006 Reverend Laurie Sue Brockway All
About the Author (and be sure to check out
her workshop 'Invoking the Goddesses of
Love' . Details below.)
Rev. Laurie Sue Brockway is a
non-denominational wedding officiant and
relationship coach known for her warm, loving and
creative approach to blessing couples in love and
helping people find true love. She’s author of
Wedding Goddess (www.WeddingGoddess.com)
and Find Your Spiritual Soul Mate (www.selfhealingexpressions.com)
Hestia, Goddess of Home and Hearth