The “Church” of the Magdalene

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Mary, called Magdalene (a title meaning “Great Tower”), more than any of the other apostles, understood, embodied and then went on to live out the teachings of Jesus. “Healed of seven demons,” Mary learned, through Jesus’ guidance, how to transcend and then heal the perceived separation between herself and the Divine along with all the resulting fears of this perceived separation.  In this, Mary achieved self-realization and became self-actualized – empowered to harness her own unique giftedness for the sake of her own fulfillment and then used these gifts in service to the betterment of the world.  Because Jesus has accomplished this for himself, he was then able to show Mary the way.  Jesus then empowered Mary, after his death, to continue this work in his stead.  This is what Mary went on to do.  Unfortunately, Mary’s story was left on the editing floor and no one knew the extent of the mission and ministry of the “church” Jesus founded through Mary Magdalene – until now.

Thanks to the discovery of Mary’s own gospel, and others that report of her prominence among the apostles and her role as the bearer of Jesus’ “secret” teachings, we now get a glimpse into the “church” that Jesus originally intended – a church that wasn’t a church at all, but was in fact, a mystery school – a place for higher level, esoteric learning, where participants are supported in knowing a deeply intimate relationship with the Divine of their understanding, then called into Oneness with that Divine so that they might realize the fullness of their human/Divine potential. Jesus, supported his followers in knowing what he had come to know within himself, and then empowered them to go out and do the same for others.  It seems that Mary, called Magdalene, is the only one who got this and was the only one who succeeded in bringing Jesus’ initial vision to fruition.

The “Church” of the Magdalene (if we can even call it that), seeks to continue the work that Jesus began and was then continued through Mary Magdalene.

Become a priest or a priestess of the Magdalene.  Learn more HERE. 

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Who Are the Magdalenes?

We are the Magdalenes. We live and walk and work among you.  We come from all walks of life, from every tribe of the human race.  We are women.  We are men.  We are those who have completed the task of Love.  We have been supported in applying the original teachings of LOVE offered by and modeled by Jesus (and all other great spiritual teachers like him) – the teachings on Love which were then fulfilled through Mary, called Magdalene, and which has continued to show itself throughout history through those who have seen beyond the veil to the love concealed within.

We have come to know the Love that we are in our Oneness within ourselves, with the God of our understanding, with each other and with all of creation. In being open to this Love, we know no separation.  Love transcends all beliefs, all creeds, all nationalities, all genders, etc.  In this Love, there is no race but the human race.  There is no sexual orientation but love.  There is no nation, only one world.  There is no religion – only love. Love is all there is and Love is all we work to see and to know. Any perceived division is only a temporary veil over the love that has not yet been fully realized.  When division arises, we seek out the wound that is at its core, and support the healing of that wound wherever possible, as Jesus and Mary, called Magdalene, did before us.

For two thousand years we have been concealed among you, waiting.  At this critical juncture in human evolution, we come forth to be seen and to be known so that you might find hope in a world that is dying and faith in a new world that is seeking to be born.

We are your teachers, your guides, your mirror. Through our eyes you are seen as Love and in our eyes, you see that Love.  From this Love you will either turn away in fear, or, come forward in Love.  Either way, we love you for who you are and for the path you have chosen, for we have come to know that even when we choose fear, this too is a choice for Love.  As the prophet once said, “In you, darkness and light are but one.”  Of course, we hope that your choice will be for Love, because we have seen the fruits of this Love.

In this Love, we have found our unique purpose through our Divine gifts, which we then utilize for the sake of our own fulfillment and then in service to the betterment of the world. In this, you will find us using our gifts in all walks of life whether we are mother, father, teacher, minister, physician, healer, counselor, businessperson, athlete, entertainer, artist, banker, accountant, educator, administrator, etc. etc. etc. There are no limits as to how or where we can apply the Love that we know, for this Love is infinite and universal.  It is this life of meaning and purpose that too shall be yours when you make the choice for Love.

But even more than meaning and purpose, the promise of Love is peace. In the depths of the Love that we are, we know a deep and abiding peace.  This is “the peace that surpasses all understanding,” and which allows us to navigate the twists and turns, ups and downs, joys and sufferings of the human condition.  While fear is always present as a consequence of choosing the human condition, Love provides the key to finding our way through that fear.  It is here that we come to know the “kingdom of God within” that Jesus promised – not in some heaven light years away, but right here, in the midst of the human experience.  It is for the sake of this purpose that we are here, to help you know what those “who have eyes to see” have come to known – the Love that has been here all along!

We are the Magdalenes. Our mission and purpose is Love – the Love that is YOU!


Lauri Ann Lumby, OM, OPM, MATS, is the founder of the Temple of the Magdalene and the creator and facilitator of the Magdalene Priest/ess Training Program.  Learn more about becoming a Priest/ess of the Magdalene HERE.

Click on the image above to register for the FREE Magdalene Priestess Training preview course.


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Welcoming the Magdalene Priesthood

I am honored and excited to welcome for new women into the online Magdalene Priestess Training, with three more in discernment.  It is an exciting time for the birthing of a new expression of what it means to be church without being Church.  If something in this tugs at your heart, and you wish to learn more about the Magdalene Priesthood, read on, or contact me for more information.  lauri (at) templeofthemagdalene (dot) com.

Mary, The Magdalene is the only one identified to have completed the full course of Jesus’ teachings (“healed of seven demons”) and was initiated as co-equal partner and Beloved with Christ. It was to The Magdalene whom Jesus first revealed his resurrected/Christed Self and it was The Magdalene he commissioned to share the good new with the other disciples and to continue his work in his stead. As “The Magdalene” and designated “Apostle to the Apostles,” Mary was “the great tower,” shining the light of truth in a world separated by fear.

The Order of the Magdalene continues this work in The Magdalene’s name so as to awaken the world to the truth of Mary’s role in Jesus’ ministry and life, and the higher truth of Jesus’ mission of LOVE which Mary alone understood, thereby restoring 2000 years of defamation at the hands of a patriarchal, hierarchical Church, further undoing the harm done to women specifically and the feminine in general. In restoring the Holy Feminine to the Jesus story, we also create the space in which the Holy Masculine can reclaim its place in our world, thereby supporting the world in the returning to its original nature in unity, harmony, peace and love.

Being a priestess of the Magdalene is about restoring the world to its original nature as LOVE.  As was true of Jesus’ disciples, priestesses of the Magdalene fulfill this mission in their own unique way, relevant to their own unique giftedness and the way they are called to share these gifts in the world in service to LOVE.  The ways in which current Magdalene priestesses are living out their call includes:

  • Counselors and Therapists
  • Holistic Healthcare providers
  • Artists
  • Writers
  • Wives and Mothers/Husbands and Fathers
  • Teachers
  • Professors
  • Philanthropists
  • Public Speakers
  • Shamanic Practitioners
  • Ordained Ministers and Officiants
  • Spiritual Directors
  • Massage Therapists
  • Hands-on Healers/Reiki/Acupressure/Healing Touch Therapy
  • Yoga Teachers
  • Meditation Teachers
  • Medical Doctors
  • Business Owners

Thank you for exploring the Magdalene Priestess Training.  I look forward to journeying with you.

From the Magdalene, through me, to you!

In love,

Lauri Ann Lumby, OM, MATS

Temple of the Magdalene and Order of the Magdalene

Learn more HERE. 

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Welcoming the Divine Masculine

I am so honored and excited to be part of this on-going dialogue with Tom Clute.  Please join us in exploring the advent of the Divine Masculine!  Thank you Tom for your perspective and for accomplishing and embodying the Divine Masculine and for providing this model and example for all of us!  Click HERE to listen to the discussion.






“Towards an Ecology of We” 

 Thomas Clute, MSW

 Sacred Personhood Researcher and Explorer


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Meeting Mary Magdalene

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The Magdalene Priesthood

The Magdalene Priesthood reclaims and restores the original priesthood modeled by Jesus, who became Christ, and which was fulfilled through his most devoted disciple, co-equal ministry partner, and Beloved, Mary, called Magdalene.

The Magdalene Priesthood is not about hierarchy, neither is it patriarchal nor clerical in nature. The Magdalene Priesthood is grounded in the egalitarian model favored by Jesus – one in which every individual is honored as uniquely holy and sacred and where no one person rules over another. The Magdalene priesthood seeks only to serve the common good of the all, not the privilege of the few.

The Magdalene Priesthood does not set anyone apart as the intermediary between ourselves and the God of our understanding. Instead, women and men called to this priesthood serve as supportive guides and teachers, empowering you in a directly intimate and personal relationship with your own God.  The God of your understanding may appear as male, female, as Presence, Essence, Spirit, Love, nameless or faceless.  The Magdalene Priesthood understands that the Divine reveals itself to each of us in our own unique way and according to our own unique temperament and needs and honors this unique revelation as holy.

In the Magdalene Priesthood, salvation is not about appeasing a jealous and wrathful god. Neither is it about earning our heavenly reward in the hereafter.  Instead, salvation is known by an increasing inner experience of contentment and peace achieved through years of diligent attention to the Source of love and a disciplined practice of turning away from and moving through the fear that tries to keep us from this love.  This is the Kingdom of God about which Jesus spoke, which can only be found within.

Mary Magdalene preaching and teaching

Those called to the Magdalene Priesthood have been empowered to name and claim their own unique giftedness and have been empowered to use these gifts, first, for the sake of their own fulfillment, and then in service to the betterment of the world. As such, priests and priestesses of the Magdalene serve in whatever capacity they feel called.  Some live out their priesthood as teachers, healers, mothers, fathers, artisans, activists, advocates, scholars, entertainers, protectors of the land, peacemakers, reformers, prophets, serving the needs of the less fortunate, business owners, politicians, etc. etc. etc.  There is no limit as to how the Magdalene Priesthood might be fulfilled.  Additionally, there is nothing that might set a priest or priestess of Magdalene apart from another, except perhaps the love that radiates from their being.  As such, there are not special “outfits” to be worn. Priests and priestesses of the Magdalene follow the example of Jesus and Mary Magdalene by wearing clothing similar to those they serve.

LOVE is the sole mission of the Magdalene Priesthood. Those called to this priesthood have come to know the love that they are in their Oneness with the Divine – the same Oneness that Jesus came to know within himself and then supported his disciples in coming to know within themselves.  Mary, called Magdalene, mastered this love and then went out to empower others in knowing this Love, as Jesus, as Christ, ordained her to do.  The Magdalene Priesthood fulfills the Magdalene succession by reclaiming and restoring the ancient and original priesthood modeled by Jesus and fulfilled by Mary, called Magdalene.


Lauri Ann Lumby, OM, MATS, has accepted the call to be a vessel through which the Priesthood of the Magdalene might be restored. If you believe you may be called to the Priesthood of the Magdalene Learn more HERE.






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Unchoosing Fear

Each and every moment of each and every day we choose which world we are living in. We are either choosing to live in the world of fear or the world of love. If we are choosing the world of fear, we are easily manipulated by the world that is dying and in the midst of its own collapse – a world that is ruled by fear, motivated by the desire for power and control.  If we are choosing the world of love, we are no longer vulnerable to the fear-based world and live in a world where there is peace, contentment, joy and faith and trust that all is unfolding in service to the higher good.  What world do you want to live in?  What world are you choosing?

Choosing the world of LOVE begins by unchoosing fear. Yes, we really DO have the power to unchoose fear (though the current patriarchal/hierarchical structures that are dying do not want us to know this, and neither does the media, or advertising).  Unchoosing fear begins with knowing how to identify fear in action, a skill few of us know how to do.  In fact, the old and dying structures did a really good job of teaching us how to fear and all the things we should be afraid of – death, war, violence, hunger, homelessness, hell, rejection, condemnation, and that we would not be loved unless we are a size 4, driving a Lexus and living the life of the Kardashians.  As such, unchoosing fear starts when we STOP listening to the old, fear-based, power and control driven institutions and start listening to our hearts instead.

The next step in unchoosing fear is being willing and able to identify what fear actually feels like and knowing when our fears are being triggered. Unchoosing fear then invites us to identify all the behaviors we tend to engage in when we are afraid – gluttony (over and under consumption), lust (giving our power away or trying to manipulate others through fear), wrath (harboring resentments, seeking vengeance), envy, greed (withholding our gifts or hoarding our resources), sloth (refusing to use the brain God gave us to reason, discern and exercise our truth), and pride.  Finally, unchoosing fear invites us to CEASE from engaging in our fear-driven actions and do the cold, hard work of healing the fears that causes those behaviors in the first place.

Choosing to live in the world of Love begins by unchoosing fear. How are you unchoosing fear so that you can live in a better world?

Lauri Ann Lumby supports you in unchoosing fear and choosing the world of love through one-on-one mentoring, online classes, workshops, retreats and writing.  Learn more about Lauri and her offerings HERE. 


For further support in unchoosing fear, check out my book Authentic Freedom – Claiming a Life of Contentment and Joy available for purchase through Or, check out the Authentic Freedom Mastery Course – an online curriculum which supports you in choosing to live in a better world.

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When the World You Have Known is Dying

What do we do when the Universe is emptying us of everything we have known in our lives, when everything on which we have depended for our fulfillment and survival is slowly being stripped away?

These are the questions I am asking myself at this very interesting juncture in my life. Every single way in which I have defined, experienced, described my life in the past 20 years is quickly falling away.  Every label I have given myself, every title, every name, has become irrelevant.  In this, I find myself without a name, a title, a way to describe myself, my business, or the work I do in the world.  I feel as if I am floating in the middle of the ocean in a boat without a compass, rudder, sail or paddle to guide me.  In this, I know I am not alone as I look upon the lives of my spiritual brothers and sisters, and the world at large, which all seem to be going through a similar emptying.

In the past, this level of emptying might have frightened me. But, at the ripe young age of 52, I have had enough experiences of letting go and emptying to know that this emptying is not without purpose.  I also know that fighting the death only delays its end, making the letting go all that more painful.  Instead, I have surrendered.  I have completely surrendered myself into the arms of the Divine Mother who explained in her own voice that she is carrying me to where I need to be.  It is only through complete and radical surrender that She can carry me.  So surrender I have done.  I am allowing myself space to grieve the end of what I have known.  I am allowing myself the freedom to STOP making plans, to STOP coming up with ideas, strategies, the next great formula for professional success.  Instead, I am allowing the emptying and allowing it some more.

I am surrendering and allowing because there is something else I have learned in this 52 year journey – when we surrender into the arms of the Divine, when we let go of our own planning and orchestrating, when we calm the inner fears that cause us to cling to what we have known out of some false sense of security, we are brought into a life far better than the one we had before – one that we could never imagine for ourselves, one so great and magnificent that we would think ourselves unworthy. This is the life that I will have room for once the dying and the emptying is complete.  And to this new life I say, “AMEN.”



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What World Do You Live In?

In the human experience, there are two worlds – the world of fear and the world of love. The former, is ruled by fear through power and control and manifests as division, separation, judgment, which then creates prejudice, discrimination, ignorance, hatred, violence and war.  The latter is ruled by love through curiosity, wonder, the desire to learn and grow, to understand and to connect.  The latter produces community, union, peace and harmony.

Which of these two worlds are you living in? Is the world you are living in defined by fear or is it known by love?  Whether you are living in a world defined by fear or one ruled by love, it has been your choice.

We choose the world we are living in and we choose it by where we place our energy and our attention. When we give our energy and attention to fear, when we allow the fear that is “out there” to guide us, we have chosen to live in the world of fear.  When we instead, give our energy and attention to love and refuse to give our energy and attention over to the world of fear, we live in the world of love.

It really is this simple.

Fear begets fear. Love begets love.  Period.

What world are you choosing to live in?  



The Authentic Freedom Mastery course supports you in choosing the world of love over the world of fear. Learn more HERE.






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Healing the Mother Wound Retreat

Healing the Mother Wound

One-day Women’s Retreat

with Lauri Ann Lumby

Friday, May 5, 2017

9:00 am – 4:00 pm



As women, our most intimate and foundational relationship is with our mothers. Our relationship with our mother is complicated at best, and has made us who we are – for better or for worse.

Healing the mother wound frees us to transcend the challenges of the mother/daughter relationship which then allows us to live more fully in our own truth. No longer carrying the burden of our mother’s unacknowledged shame, or bearing the wounds of our mother’s projections, we are able to shine our own light in the world.  Healing the mother wound transforms not only our relationship with our own mothers, but transforms the entire ancestral lineage, healing all those who have gone before us and those who have come after us, including our own daughters and sons.


Healing the Mother Wound

At the home of Linda Johnson

7863 Cut Off Lane

Larsen, WI 54947

Retreat limited to 15 attendees.

$75.00 payment secures your place in the retreat.

Vegetarian/Gluten-Free lunch provided through:


To register, send payment to:

Lauri Ann Lumby

Authentic Freedom Academy

1103 School Ave.

Oshkosh, WI 54901

Email lauri @ authenticfreedomacademy (dot) com, or call (920) 230-1313 for more information.

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