In 1999 (it actually started long before that), I began a process that completely changed my life and shifted the container in which I was called to serve the betterment of the world. Initially, my service to the betterment of the world began in the container of the Catholic Church. I received my call there. I completed my ministry and counseling training there. I worked and ministered there for 10+ years.
Now I serve the second largest religious denomination in the United States (and maybe the Western world), made up mostly of non-practicing Catholics, and welcoming all who feel called to knowing themselves more deeply and serving the betterment of the world through their own unique gifts.
The foundational tool and process I use to support these men, women and children in their quest is Authentic Freedom™ – a tool revealed to me through diligent research, study, meditation, prayer and openness. Authentic Freedom contains the ancient secrets of Christian Alchemy – that which Jesus came to know himself, and which he then sought to teach his followers. Mary Magdalene, the one who most fully embraced and embodied these teachings, then went on to teach these practices to her own disciples – that is until the emerging patriarchal and hierarchical Church drove these teachings underground. Glimpses of these teachings are found in the Gospel attributed to Mary Magdalene and I believe, comprise the pages that were found missing from Mary’s gospel when discovered in the desert of Northern Egypt. Glimpses of these teachings can also be found in the monastic traditions of contemplative prayer – especially within the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola.
Like all forms of alchemy, Authentic Freedom provides the step-by-step instructions and processes by which “base metal” is turned into gold. Here, the “base metal” is our human consciousness – complete with all our fears, phobias, compulsions, neuroses, “bad habits,” unhealthy thought and behavior patterns – that which institutional religion might call “sin.” The base metal is comprised of all those things within us that keep us from knowing our original nature as ONE with God, One within ourselves, one with each other and all of creation, and in keeping us from our original nature in Oneness, keeping us from the peace, contentment, joy and love that is our Divine Inheritance. Authentic Freedom, through the traditional processes of calcination, dissolution, separation, conjunction, fermentation, distillation and coagulation, transforms all that contributes to this false perception of separation, heals and releases it so that we can discover our own inner Philosopher’s Stone, the “gold” of our true and Divine self which is fully conscious of our own unique giftedness, and free of the inner hindrances to these gifts so that we are empowered to share these gifts in the world for the sake of our own fulfillment and in service to the betterment of the world.
Now, the secrets of Christian Alchemy are no longer hidden, but are out there in the open, accessible to anyone who feels called to embarking on the deeply transformative process of their own self-knowledge and personal empowerment. This process is available first through my book Authentic Freedom – Claiming a Life of Contentment and Joy. This book provides the framework, processes and tools for beginning that process of inner transformation. Learn more about Authentic Freedom HERE. For those who are called to take the process deeper, the entire curriculum I developed in support of this process is now available online through my Magdalene Priestess/Priest Training program. Learn more about the Priestess/Priest training HERE, and at our dedicated site to the Magdalene HERE. And finally, to get an intellectual view of what Authentic Freedom looks like in a glance, check out our main website HERE.
If you are interested in learning more about Authentic Freedom – the Secrets of Christian Alchemy, please contact Lauri Ann Lumby at (920) 230-1313 or firstname.lastname@example.org.