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    Learn to Honor Yourself in 2010

    Saturday, January 9, 2010, 5:01 PM [General]

    By Laurie Sue Brockway

    Let 2010 be the year you make some big dreams come true! If you are searching for true love, or in a relationship where you are not being treated well, learning to honor yourself is the key to success.

    We may say we want love, success, and happiness, but we don’t always back up our dreams with self honoring actions.

    Without self-honoring, we have no foundation to uphold or contain love, self esteem, and true potential. Someone can love you with more heart than you ever imagined, but where will it go if you have no internal mechanism for recognizing pure love? The universe can shower you with opportunities, but you will miss the best plums on the tree because you won’t think you deserve to reach for them.

    Self Love Meditation: Take 10 to 20 minutes every morning to center yourself and meditate to a piece of music that feels heart-opening to you. One that I like is this moving and soul stirring chant, “Open My Heart,” by Ana Hernandez and Ruth Cunningham, off their CD HARC: Inside Chants.

    Hear this wonderful chant "Open My Heart" at www.myspace.com/anahermusic.

    Read more about building and enchancing self-worth in 10 Ways to Honor Thyself. www.beliefnet.com/Health/2008/09/10-Ways...

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    Vatican "Tweaks" The Seven Deadly Sins

    Tuesday, March 11, 2008, 8:39 AM [General]

    By Rev. Laurie Sue Brockway 

     

    The Catholic Church expanded its list of Seven Deadly Sins to ten today. Mind-damaging drugs and genetic experiments are the new no-nos.

     

    They join original seven sins: lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy, and pride.

     

    Wikipedia shares some insights about the original seven: "Listed in the same order used by both Pope Gregory the Great in the 6th Century AD, and later by Dante Alighieri in his epic poem The Divine Comedy, the seven deadly sins are as follows: Luxuria (extravagance, later lust), Gula (gluttony), Avaritia (greed), Acedia (sloth), Ira (wrath), Invidia (envy), and Superbia (pride)." Now you have the Latin, too.

     

    Just in case you need a refresher, Wikipedia also points out: "Each of the seven deadly sins has an opposite among the corresponding seven holy virtues (sometimes also referred to as the contrary virtues). In parallel order to the sins they oppose, the seven holy virtues are chastity, abstinence, temperance, diligence, patience, kindness, and humility."

    As Frances D'emilio of the Associated Press reports: It's not the first time that the Vatican has sought to put a modern spin on sin. Last year, the Vatican took on the problem of highway accidents, issuing a kind of "Ten Commandments" for drivers against the sins of road rage, alcohol abuse and even rudeness behind the wheel.

     

    Some people expressed confusion about how the Catholic Church can "tweak" the bible. I believe that the 7 Deadlies originally were "adapted" from the word of the Bible but that there is not actual list, a la The Ten Commandments. (But correct me if that is not so).

     

    Just for the record, when it comes to "sin", I think Eve got a bum wrap!

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    New Study Sheds Light On Interfaith/Nondenominational Weddings Trend

    Wednesday, February 27, 2008, 6:35 PM [General]

    By Rev. Laurie Sue Brockway 
     
    A recent study on religion in America may provide some insight into the growing trend in interfaith and non-religious weddings. 
     
    The U.S. Religious Landscape Survey, released February 25 by The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, tells us that more than a quarter of Americans have abandoned or switched from the faith of their birth and 16.1 percent consider themselves unaffiliated.
     
    The study does not specifically cite statistics on Interfaith weddings or marriage, as far as we can see. However, the fluidity of people's religious beliefs is obviously opening the door to increasing numbers of interfaith unions. The evidence that such a large number of Americans have stepped away from organized religion points to the increased demand for non-denominational or non-religious wedding ceremonies.
     
    Of the group of unaffiliated individuals, about 4 per cent say they are Agnostic or Atheistic. So they may still believe in God but not religion, per see. Does that mean that the rest of the nonaffiliated are affiliating with some spiritual practice?
     
    Just over 12 percent says they are connected to "nothing in particular".
     
    Hmmm... it is fascinating to see such a changing sentiment about religion. It appears that a fair number of people are making choices to follow a path that is personally fulfilling. Or not follow one at all.
     
    The survey was based on interviews with 35,000 people.
     
    In the scheme of things, the survey says that people are "moving around" among different faiths and houses of worship and that the "Unaffiliated" was the fourth largest group.
     
    1) Evangelical Protestant Churches 23.3%
    2) Catholic 23.9%
    3) Mainline Protestant Churches 18.1%
    4) Unaffiliated, 16.1 %
     
    In addition to all this, there are some interesting findings on most all of the worlds faiths, broken down in several ways -- such as where in the nation and marriage statistics. I do not see any mention of earth-based religions, though, in this report, unless they are under the 0.3 per cent of "other world religions."
     
    Read about the new study on Beliefnet.com.
     
     
     
    Interfaith Lotus Yantra image available from The Lotus Temple.
     
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    Wishing Wall and Prayer Requests

    Wednesday, February 20, 2008, 8:49 AM [General]

    Dear Friends -

     

    Many of you have contacted me to ask me to pray for you or hold the intention with you for that which you would like to create in life.  Happy to do that, and ask that you place your requests here.

     

    Post your prayer requests as well as your special "wishes" in the "comment" part of this journal entry.

     

    People of all faiths and practices, and those who feel disconnected from religion and God, are welcome to post prayer requests. We will pray for you that you receive these things and more.

     

    I kindly ask that once you post a prayer, please take a moment, if you feel moved, to also pray for the others who have posted prayer requests. That is the spirit of community!

     

    Sincerely, Rev. Laurie Sue Brockway

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    28 Million Americans In Interfaith Unions

    Thursday, January 17, 2008, 1:41 PM [General]

    Wowsa! That's the latest number, according to The Today Show on NBC. And that number does not even include blended-culture unions!

     

    You might want to view the Today Show segment on interfaith couples. Really gives you food for thought and some ways to consider raising an interfaith family.

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    Spirituality is So Subjective!

    Friday, January 11, 2008, 12:18 PM [General]

    By Rev. Laurie Sue Brockway

     

    I am wondering... is the Belief-o-Matic a sort of spiritual Wizard of Oz?

     

    Answering the questions takes us on a journey... and we might look to it for answers ... only to find they are actually inside us, and we have to figure things out for ourselves.

     

    Its a very cool tool for exploring your spiritual personality traits, preferences and possiblities and calculating the different faiths you resonate with. Yet after thinking about it yesterday, I wondered, why isn't their a catagory called "interfaith" or "multifaith"? Hey, what's up with that?

     

    I have to say, even though the Belief-o-Matic tells me my belief's are in keeping with a "Neopagan" sensibility, I still experience and language my path and practice as very interfaith.

     

    As an interfaith minister, its pretty easy and natural for me to blend in many different elements from many faiths, professionally and personally. I've written books on goddesses of the worlds traditions, multifaith marriages, interfaith prayer for pets, and have created ceremonies utlizing the wisdom and ritual of all faiths.To me it is just about BLENDING.

     

    Its been pointed out to me by my husband, who is also an interfaith minister trained in the same seminary as I, that Neopagan is a religion. I felt completely Duh! when he mentioned it. Like how can I be an interfaith minister and not know that its an actual "religion."

     

    But... in pondering that... I realized I always interpreted it more as an umbrella term to label people who do not fit into traditional Pagan religions and practices, and those of us who like to live multiculturally.

     

    I wonder. Is that interpretation completely off?

     

    This is fascinating! I believe if I asked 12 people what Neopagan means to them I would get 12 different answers.

     

     In the Soulmate Project, I asked people how they'd define a Soulmate and I got 30 different answers.

     

    This dialog and language around "labeling" our spiritual selves very interesting! What great fodder for growth and evolution. Get's you thinking.

     

    Our spiritual experiences, our personal neurology and way of languaging things, and our interpretations are all so different.

     

    Aha... could that be why religion and spirituality are such an individual, subjective and personal experience?

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    Wow! I just took the Belief-o-matic Quiz

    Wednesday, January 9, 2008, 10:03 PM [General]

    By Rev. Laurie Sue Brockway 

     

    I have to say I was a little shocked at first. I always call myself a very "interfaith" person but Belief-o-Matic tells me I am 100 percent "neopagan".

     

    Ok... I've been outed by Belief-o-Matic! Guess it is time to come out of the closet!

     

    What exactly is neopagan, anyway... I think it is another word for not traditionally religious and definately open-minded. Like "Interfaith,"  neopagan is not a religion. It is more of philosphy on life (I think) and an open-minded spiritual practice.

     

    When I perused the rest of the scores, I realized that the test was probably pretty accurate as is also confirms I am a New Age gal and Unitarian and New Thought in my thinking. No surprise there.

     

    In fact the top 12 results pretty much show I am not defined by one religion or practice, and i do enjoy a fairly high degree of traditions that I resonate with. The only one I am not too familiar with is Scientology. Here are my results.


     
    1.  Neo-Pagan (100%)
    2.  New Age (89%)
    3.  Unitarian Universalism (89%)
    4.  Mahayana Buddhism (74%)
    5.  New Thought (72%)
    6.  Reform Judaism (72%)
    7.  Scientology (71%)
    8.  Liberal Quakers (70%)
    9.  Hinduism (68%)
    10.  Sikhism (65%)
    11.  Mainline to Liberal Christian Protestants (63%)
    12.  Theravada Buddhism (61%)
    13.  Christian Science (Church of Christ, Scientist) (54%)
    14.  Bahá'í Faith (53%)
    15.  Jainism (53%)
    16.  Orthodox Judaism (52%)
    17.  Secular Humanism (50%)
    18.  Orthodox Quaker (43%)
    19.  Taoism (43%)
    20.  Islam (42%)
    21.  Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) (36%)
    22.  Nontheist (31%)
    23.  Mainline to Conservative Christian/Protestant (30%)
    24.  Eastern Orthodox (24%)
    25.  Roman Catholic (24%)
    26.  Seventh Day Adventist (23%)
    27.  Jehovah's Witness (17%)
     
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    The Soulmate Project Thriving on Beliefnet's New Online Community

    Monday, January 7, 2008, 11:06 AM [General]

    By Rev. Laurie Sue Brockway
    Featured on Beliefnet Relationships 

     

    People always ask me for advice on love and romance and now I am guiding them in the process of getting ready for love in a new online community at Beliefnet.com.

     

    We already have more than 100 members and it is growing strong with engaging dialog and sharing of ideas. 

     

    The Soulmate Project grew out of many years as a relationship coach and wedding officiant, working with singles and couples to get ready for love, and my work as a relationship contributor for Beliefnet.com/Relationships.

     

    The Soulmate Project is designed to bring some meaningful and thoughtful dialog to the topic of finding and identifying true love. While the members are mostly soulful singles, I invite engaged couples to join in the conversation and share their love stories as an inspiration! I notice there are some members who are married who have joined, just to exchange views as well.

     

    And send your single friends!

     

    Beliefnet.com has created a very cool and welcoming online community that is filled with people of all faith backgrounds.

     

    What I love about this online community is people of all faiths are connecting and sharing, in peace and harmony (far as I can see). The Soulmate Project welcomes people of all backgrounds and, again, I am witnesses the coming together of people of diverse backgrounds for meaningful dialog.

     

    The Soulmate Project is free, as is Beliefnet's new community. You do have to join and create a profile to be part of the project. Check out mine.

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