Rev. Marian Starnes

Rev. Marian Y. Starnes lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. She is co-founder of the Brigade of Light and Terra Nova Center, a non-denominational retreat center, and is a well known lecturer and spiritual counselor. She is the publisher of the Crystals of Light Newsletter which covers many different aspects of individual spiritual development.

Her down to earth approach to ordinary day-to-day problems has endeared her to thousands. When asked to describe her ministry, she shrugs and says, “I guess I teach practical spirituality.” Born intuitive and clairvoyant, she downplays her psychic gifts, and considers herself a minister and a student of the University of Life.

Marian has written hundreds of articles about the practical Life experiences that the sincere spiritual seeker encounters on their Homeward journey. She is a strong believer in the divine part of Humankind, and her favorite, and most frequently used maxim is, “if you can dream it, you can do it!”


Letters From Summerland  is her first book.



A Look Back

Sunday, October 25, 2009, is our 40th anniversary. Forty years ago I, with a friend stood on the side of Brown Mountain, NC and had an experience that changed my life in every way.

I was contacted by a Being of Light who said he was The Ancient One called Love. He said he needed a “voice” for a message of Love and Hope to humanity, and I had, somehow, heard his call.

I asked what he wanted from me, and he replied, “Everything.”

If I agreed he said my deeply troubled marriage would end peacefully and I would leave the telephone company where I had worked for 13 years. I would need to completely trust in Divine guidance. He gave me many guidelines, all of which come to pass, and he was very specific that I was not to “advertise” my gifts — which, at that time I certainly didn’t understand—and I was to allow Spirit alone to send people to me. It would spread by word of mouth and I would travel to many places to speak, but was never to prepare notes of any kind. I had to trust the Source to speak through me, which happens even unto this day.

I speak at 11:00 am every Sunday in the chapel at Terra Nova Center which is now the location of The Brigade of Light Motherhouse.   Terra Nova Center is a non-denominational retreat center in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. From this inspiring and sacred place, we focus our light and energy on several charities, our ministry and counseling those who reach out for greater understanding.

In Blessed Love Light
Rev. Marian Starnes