Saturday, June 18, 2005

The Goddess Re-Emerges Just In Time

by Rev. Laurie Sue Brockway

I believe the Goddess is re-emerging just in time. The Goddess is re-emerging to show us another side of ourselves, or at least to help us consider God is both masculine and feminine in nature, and therefore, that we all possess The Divine Within. She's come just in time. Here's why:

* Women feel left out of traditional religion. It's not just about becoming a clergy person or having power, it's about being able to recognize our own divinity. Men have been able to recognize their divinity through worship of a male divine. It's time that women access the Goddess Within, but first, we need role models.

* Men are shut off from their feminine energy, and quite frankly, in many cases from their softness as well. There is so little in religious environments in our culture - and most of the world's cultures - that nurtures that side of males. Men are suffering and our world is suffering because we still do not completely support the idea of men being sensitive, loving, gentle, forgiving, healing - even mushy.

This is so odd, because that was exactly what the ministry of Jesus Christ was about. Jesus was in so many ways the embodiment of both the male and female principle. Of Mary Magdalene, it has been said, "he could not see her in tears without himself weeping." He spent every waking moment of his ministry embracing people in his love, and continues to do so. I mean, who would dare call Christ a wimp? Yet we often label men who are in touch with that part of themselves by that name.

Because of the ingrained idea of a male divinity, our relationship lives are utterly confusing. Love means war when instead of accessing all the qualities of the male and feminine in ourselves, we seek partners to make us whole. We have to learn to come into relationships whole, and we can only do that when we embrace all aspects of the Divine.

* We've got kids to raise, and it's time we teach them that all of who they are is okay; that their sex doesn't have to assign them to specific gender roles; that we are all made up of the male and female principle, the yin-yang. If we raise our boys to know the divine only in male terms, then we deny them access to a part of themselves. If we teach our girls that the Feminine Divine only exists in fairy tales, they will grow up as Barbie Dolls instead of as Goddesses.

* We live in a world that is spinning out of control. This became so painfully evident with the September 11, 2001 attack on our nation, which brought forth a darkness that shocked and pained us all. But even before that, we were at war with one another and within ourselves, and our world reeled with imbalances: violence in our schools, people starving to death on a planet that has plenty of food to feed everyone, one natural catastrophe after another. Mom Nature has been trying to get our attention. God/ Goddess/ All There Is has been whispering in our ear. We must take stock of our world and ourselves. We must change, now.

New York author Rick Carrier told me that his book The Mother of God is about a female deity who walks the earth to come and tell us: CLEAN UP YOUR ROOM. It is time to clean up our planet, our personal lives, our pain, our wounding of one another and our earth, our relationships, our bad habits, our unconsciousness.

The Feminine Divine lives to love and protect all her children. She's there for us always but she's screaming out for our attention: "Listen to your mother," she calls, "I know what's best for you!"

Copyright Rev. Laurie Sue Brockway, all rights reserved, 2005. Reprinted here with permission.
Thanks to Spiritually Speaking too :)

Did Katie Holmes Sign a Contract ?

As sickening as those two are, I'm hooked on the gossip. A little tid-bit about the TomKat engagement from the Daily News :

"So here's what I'm hearing about that relationship.
A source VERY close to the deal is saying there's a contract.
It's worth $5 million.
It's for five years.
There will be no sex.
The deal was sealed June 7.
That's what I'm hearing."

Daily Buddhist Wisdom

Living in forests far away from other people is not true seclusion. True seclusion is to be free from the power of likes and dislikes. It is also to be free from the mental attitude that one must be special because one is treading the path.

Those who remove themselves to far forests often feel superior to others. They think that because they are solitary they are being guided in a special way and that those who live an ordinary life can never have that experience. But that is conceit and is not help to others. The true recluse is one who is available to others, helping them with affectionate speech and personal example.

From "Buddha Speaks," edited by Anne Bancroft, 2000. Reprinted by arrangement with Shambhala Publications, Boston,

Why Do I Blog?

Initially, I started blogging because I was feeling extremely frustrated by certain situations in my life. I was angry, in emotional pain and I was repressing all of it. Not sharing it with anyone and I was walking around with this tight feeling in my chest and throat from not opening my mouth and letting my emotions out.

I don't quite remember how I came across Blogger but that doesn't matter. Once I started, I became hooked. I blogged all the time. At home, at work - wherever. I just had so much to say and I felt like I had opened a faucet and it could no longer be closed. For as long as I could, I kept it my little secret. I wanted it to be something that was all mine and all about me. It was my therapy. At one point, it became more helpful to me than my actual therapist. Plus, it was free LOL.

I've been blogging eight months now and I have to tell you that I don't even recognize the person I was when I started blogging. I'm no longer repressed, angry or in pain. Yes, I still get into my crappy moods but I snap out of them pretty quickly now. Blogging is like journaling to me and it has helped me to open myself. I've made changes in my life. Positive, strong changes that happened when I was ready to make those changes and I have my blogging buddies to thank for that and also to Blogger for providing me with a forum that quite frankly took me away from my negative self.

Of course, all glory and praise goes to the Goddess and the Horned God. Without them, I would not be here. I give thanks to the Old Ones for their patience, love, guidance, direction and for helping me to realize my path and for always bringing me back when I stray.

Thank you to everyone for your friendship and support and continued readership.

This is why I blog. Enjoy your Saturday everyone! It's gorgeous outside :)


Strugglin' to Post

I've attempted to post about six times today and just couldn't finish what I started. I guess I didn't find it all that interesting and if I don't find it an interesting read, I don't think you all will either.

Just finished watching "The Wedding Singer" with Adam Sandler. I have always loved that film. I've seen it about 10 times already and I never get tired of it. I guess I'm a secret romantic hehe

So everywhere you go and every channel you turn to, the same shit. The TomKat Engagement. You know, I'm not completely cynical when it comes to love. I believe that it exists and that people do fall passionately in love BUT this whole situation reeks of "falsitude" ( is that a real word?) that I can't stand to even look at those two. I can't stand to see them overact, oversmile, overtouch, over kiss and overgush about one another. It's really sickening to watch. Change the channel you say? Or don't buy the mags? I still wouldn't be able to escape those two. Like the air, they are everywhere.

Oh well, maybe I'm the one with the issues. I wouldn't be surprised.

I'm still reading the book " Sex, Love and Dharma by Arthur Jeon. I have to say that it's blowing my mind. It really is a book that takes a very down-to-earth, practical but spritual approach to relationships. What's amazing is that he explains things in simple, laymen's terms but at the same time he's really relaying some heavy info. It's a great book and I highly recommend it.