House As a Metaphor for
A metaphor that is part of Hindu wisdom
describes everyone as being a house with four rooms
-- one physical, one mental, one that is emotional,
and another that is spiritual. Rumer
Godden, author of the memoir A House With Four
Rooms, observes that "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".
'The House of Belonging' is another
useful concept about living the life that you were meant to
live, the one where you are courageously true to
self. It is well worth considering.
Sarah Ban Breathnach describes it as a metaphor
for the "earthly home of the soul". She notes that in
ancient Celtic tradition the concept is also used to
represent the deep sense of safety, contentment, and
joy found in connection with others who best could be
described as "soul friends".
I count myself blessed
to have such friends. One of them is providing words of wisdom
this month, giving me a chance to spend more time
visiting the four rooms in my house.
So I thank Rev. Laurie Sue, aka The Wedding Goddess, for sharing her
inspiring 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
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)
The Goddesses of Springtime