Heal Jerusalem Heal the World

For 5000 years Jerusalem has been the epicenter of Western cultural and religious conflict. The cause of this conflict is not Judaism, Islam or Christianity, but something even more ancient than any of the three religions who vie for the privilege of calling Jerusalem “home.”  If we truly want peace in the Middle East, this something more ancient needs to be healed.  In healing the wound that for 5000 years has festered in Jerusalem, we will be taking a quantum leap toward the healing of our world.

Jerusalem, Palestine, Israel, Gaza, Palestinian conflict

We don’t know exactly how, when, why, or under what circumstances it happened, but somewhere around 5000 years ago, there was a major shift in the cultural and spiritual beliefs of the Western world (For a detailed description of this shift and the cultural ramifications, please read the work of Riane Eisler). Where before this shift people lived in relative peace and harmony, after the shift, there has been nothing but war. Prior to this shift, the spirituality of the Mediterranean region was earth-centered, and the Divine was known as both female and male, both of which existed as humanity’s loving parents.  After the shift, the feminine was supplanted, along with her beloved partner, and both were replaced with an exclusively male, vengeful, jealous and warring god.  Judaism, Islam and Christianity emerged out of the wound of this split and have been at war with each other and themselves ever since.

This primordial shift represents the core wound of Western culture – the separation of holy masculine and feminine resulting in what I have come to call either the unholy or wounded aspects of our human nature. When the holy aspects of our human nature are supplanted, the result is a culture rooted in and based in fear, power and control.  In Western culture, this is the patriarchal/hierarchical structure which has ruled for the past 5000 years.  In their imbalanced expressions, Judaism, Islam and Christianity embody this patriarchal/hierarchical privilege which can result only in conflict because where there is privilege, there will always be those “without.”

Hence the violence that has defined Western culture for 5000 years which is currently playing out in Jerusalem – the city known as “God’s peace” even before Judaism began (GN 14: 18). This current wave of violence is the same as every previous conflict over who gets to claim Jerusalem as their personal possession – the Jews, the Moslems or the Christians – a strange projection of the age-long battle over whose God is the true God. In their imbalanced expressions none of their gods are “the true god” for they are gods made out of fear, power and control.

The truth that the primordial tradition knew is that the Divine is love and that this Divine bears many (infinite) faces and an equal number of names – or as Rumi said, “is nameless and faceless.” This is the Divine Abraham, Moses, Mohammed and Jesus all came to know.  God as love.  Until we, like the ancients to whom we give credit as the founders of our Western religions traditions, know this love within ourselves, we will never know peace.  And until we know this love, we will never know what the ancients knew, that Jerusalem is at once no body’s home and everybody’s home for God’s peace is known not by a temple on a hill, but by what we know in our hearts.  When we heal the separation between Jerusalem (God’s peace) and ourselves, only then can we begin to heal our world.

Both the Authentic Freedom Leadership Training and the Magdalene Priest/Priesthood Training support you in healing and transforming the wound of separation.  Take the FREE preview course to learn more:

Authentic Freedom Leadership Training

Posted in New World, non-violence, Oneness with God | Tagged , , ,

Mary Magdalene the First Pope?

Who did Jesus really ordain as his successor – Peter or Mary Magdalene? This is a question that has plagued Christianity since Jesus died on the cross.  Michael Hearns’ groundbreaking book, Mary Magdalene – the First Pope, sheds new light on the question of apostolic succession and does so in the most surprising of ways – through engineering and architecture.

Book Review

Specifically, Michael has broken the code of the mathematical formulas used in the construction of the tabernacle first built by Moses.  Overlaying the construction of the tabernacle with the gospel narratives of the resurrection of Jesus, Michael presents irrefutable evidence that it was Mary Magdalene, not Peter, who was designated Jesus’ successor.  As the only one of the disciples able to accomplish the work of the High Priest by entering into the Holy of Holies, Mary Magdalene became the first witness to the resurrection, and the one designated by Christ to continue his mission in his stead and the one who truly bore the keys of the kingdom. These discoveries not only cast Mary Magdalene in a whole new light, but invite a radical departure from two thousand years of male privilege by restoring women to their rightful place as leaders of the Church Jesus inspired.

Mary Magdalene – the First Pope is a must read for all Magdalene aficionados and for any interested in sound scientific evidence of the truths that we might otherwise only know in our hearts.

Michael Hearns: My profile is best outlined by my track record in resolving some of the most cryptic puzzles and unsolved mysteries in the Bible, which have challenged potential saints and academia throughout the centuries. A significant breakthrough came in the research work when I detected two formulas, which were related to the practise of recording the movements of the planets. It is known that the ancients were engrossed in studying the heavens and recordings of their observations have been found on ancient Babylonian tablets. But nobody suspected that the ancient Hebrews had somehow acquired very sophisticated recordings of the night sky. Now that the numerical data has been decoded the big picture can be outlined and it is on a higher plane of intelligence. The findings show that the biblical prophets used the data on astronomy to map images or write messages of their visionary impressions relative to a metaphysical gateway to heaven in the afterlife.

Learn more about Michael at: www.sevenbiblewonders.com.

Posted in Mary Magdalene | Tagged , , ,

Christianity and Guilt

Exploring the role of guilt in the formation of the Christian religion

Since the time of its inception, Christianity has been a religion rife with conflict. One such conflict is the 2000 year old battle between the two sides of the Christian message – that which is based in fear and the other which is rooted in love.  Understanding the experiences out of which Christianity emerged, one has to wonder, is the religion of Christianity merely an expression of the unresolved guilt and shame experienced by the disciples who denied and abandoned Jesus at his greatest hour of need? When we look at the long dalliance between Christianity and guilt, one has to wonder.

Christianity and guilt, Christianity and shame, guilt, shame,

What follows is a “fictional” account of what may have happened:

Once upon a time, there was a bunch of fishermen who met this dude named Jesus. They thought this Jesus was pretty cool.  First he taught them a better way to fish, and then he showed them how to walk on water.  After the theatrics he taught them how to love. These fishermen thought Jesus was the next best thing after leavened bread – something that was a luxury for fishermen – because which one among them had time to wait for bread to rise?

Things were really cool with this Jesus guy. They got to travel.  Meet new people.  Hear amazing stories.  They got invited into the homes of those they never thought they’d be able to dine with.  They saw amazing things happen and miracles performed.  The sick were healed.  The blind were able to see.  And Jesus spoke in a way that made their heart feel warm and their soul feel at peace.

But then one day, people started to become angry over Jesus’ words. Angry words were exchanged and the next thing the fishermen knew, their buddy Jesus was hauled off to prison and brought before the Roman governor where he was tried for treason.  Treason?  (They also heard words like blasphemy….and other scary words).  Jesus was just trying to teach people how to love.  The fishermen were surprised, but mostly they were afraid.  If people came to know that Jesus was their friend, would they be imprisoned and tried too?  So they hid.

And they kept hiding. They heard that Jesus’ trial didn’t go well and that he had been sentenced to death.  Now they were really afraid.  So they kept hiding.  They hid all the while the women knocked on their door saying, “Come out.  Come with us.  We need to support our friend.  We need to be with him.  We need to offer our love and support.”  But the women’s pleas could not break through the fishermen’s fears.  So they continued to hide.

They hid after the women came and told them Jesus had been crucified and that he had died. They hid after the women came to tell them Jesus had been buried.  And they continued to hide until three days later, on the morning after the Sabbath when Mary Magdalene (Jesus’ favorite) knocked on the door and proclaimed that Jesus lived.  But even then, they only opened the door a crack, and then swiftly slammed it in Mary’s face.  “She must have lost her mind.  Jesus cannot have survived a crucifixion.  And ‘he has risen?’  What does that even mean?”

But then, Jesus himself showed up. He walked right through the closed and bolted door and showed them.  “See.  I have not died so as never to be seen or known again.  I am now with you, always, along with the Spirit who is with and in me.” Only then did the fishermen open the door to Mary Magdalene who stood there tapping her feet with her arms across her chest…saying with her eyes, “I told you so!” For a brief moment, the disciples hung their head in shame – first because they had not listened to the Magdalene, the one Jesus favored above them all; and secondly, because they had abandoned their friend at the time of his greatest need.  But just as quickly as the guilt and shame surfaced, they began to make their excuses.

Jesus listened to their bargaining and then began to remind them of all he had taught them about peace and love and how they could experience the kingdom of God right here in the midst of the human experience. Jesus continued to teach them, empowering them with the light of his Spirit so they might go forth and share the good news he had proclaimed:  “Turn your gaze only toward the Divine within, for here is where you will find the kingdom of God.”  (While the disciples were being tutored for the umpteenth time, Mary Magdalene and the other women were already about their mission of teaching people how to love.) Then Jesus told the disciples, “I must ascend,” and took off for good.  Now the disciples were on their own, so they did what Jesus told them to do, “go out and preach the good news.”

This would have been all fine and good except that the male disciples could not let go of that sense of guilt and shame over having abandoned their friend. The wound of shame festered and soon, they could only remember Jesus’ message through the lens of their unhealed shame.  As a result, they went forth preaching “the good news,” but soon it took on a new flavor.  This message was not the pure message of love Jesus had proclaimed and which Mary and the other women continued to share in the world.  Instead, the message became tainted by shame.  Instead of the overwhelmingly uplifting message of unconditional love, the love of God became conditional and wrapped in fear.  God was no longer the prodigal father of which Jesus spoke; instead he became a wrathful God making impossible demands on his children with the overarching and overwhelming threat of eternal punishment in a place called hell.  The cause of Jesus’ death became the sin of humanity.  Judas was Jesus’ betrayer and it was the Jews who killed him.  Women and sexual intercourse became the cause of original sin.  As the wound of shame continued to fester, the message of love became eclipsed to the point where it no longer remained.

But, while the disciples who retained the wound of shame preached a message tainted with fear, those who had no shame, because they had stood by the side of their beloved teacher and friend – Mary Magdalene, Mother Mary, Lazarus, Joseph of Arimathea, Martha, the other Marys, the youngest disciple (and Jesus’ own brother) John, and a few others taught a message of love. They went out into the world doing what Jesus taught them to do.  They began with showing people how to connect with the Divine within.  Then they supported them in coming to know that this connection – which felt like peace, love, contentment and joy – was their original nature and what Jesus called “the kingdom of God.”  Then they taught them how to connect with their own unique gifts and to hear the voice of the Divine which led them to their truth and to the purpose of their life path.  They gathered in community for meditation, contemplation and prayer.  They broke bread together and shared all things in common for the sake of the common good.  They went out into the world teaching, healing, supporting and empowering people – showing them how to be free by teaching them how to love.  In this expression, God was not to be feared but was instead, the source of unconditional and unmerited love. In this they came to know that there was indeed no separation – only love – and they lived in peace and walked softly upon the earth while diligently praying that their brothers and sisters might find healing and self-forgiveness for the guilt and shame they have been harboring for the past 2000 years.

Lauri Ann Lumby, OM, OPM, MATS provides support for your unhealed wounds of guilt and shame, including those experienced through institutional religion. She provides this support through one-on-one spiritual direction/counseling, her writing and online courses.  You may contact Lauri directly at lauri@authenticfreedomacademy.com.

 

 

 

 

 

Posted in guilt, shame, Spiritual Direction | Tagged , , ,

Denying Death – Jesus’ and our own

Denying death seems to be the primary preoccupation of Western culture. Our religions reflect (or maybe inspired) this in their wholesale denial of Jesus’ death.  How can we stop denying death so that for once we might live?

As I was moderating and reflecting on the student discussions in my online Magdalene Priest and Priestess Training this morning, I began to wonder:

Have we ever really dealt with and appropriately acknowledged Jesus’ death?

Theologically, socially, collectively, I believe we have not. Very much in the same way that Western Culture collectively denies (or tries to deny) the very real truth that each and every one of us are on a slow (and in some cases hasty) march toward our inevitable death.

death, denying death, Jesus' death, God's will, death and dying, death

Jesus was whipped, tortured, and hung on a cross to die the slow and painful death of crucifixion – the most painful and torturously slow deaths reserved by the Romans for only the worst criminals. Jesus suffered and died while Mary Magdalene, his mother Mary, a few other female companions and (perhaps) John watched. While the aforementioned accompanied and did their best to offer prayer and words of support for their beloved Jesus, the rest of the disciples were hiding in the Upper Room – afraid that by their presence they too might suffer Jesus’ fate.

Jesus died because 1) death is the inevitable outcome of the human experience. And 2) because some human beings are jerks.

But nowhere in our Christian theology are the aforementioned given as reasons for Jesus’ death. Instead, we are given platitudes like:

It was God’s will.

Jesus died to atone for our sin.

Jesus was the sacrificial lamb.

Jesus died to save us.

He’s in a better place.

At least he’s no longer suffering.

Blah Blah Blah.

What kind of God kills his own son so that we might be free??????? A jerk of a God, that’s what I think.  My God (as Jesus said) is a God of “mercy not sacrifice.”  My God is the prodigal Father/Mother who is standing with open arms waiting for his/her children to come home to the love that they are – never judging or condemning her/his children for BEING HUMAN – making mistakes so they might grow, exploring the world so they might learn, venturing away so they may return.  The God of love that I have come to know in my relationship with Jesus wasn’t the cause of Jesus’ death, human beings were.

As such, it was NOT God’s will that Jesus would die. There was no atonement or sacrifice needed for the “sin” of being human.  Jesus died for one simple reason – because some human beings are jerks.  They were afraid of who he was and what he tried to teach….so they killed him.  Period.  Death, as we all know, is the natural consequence of the human journey – some just get there earlier than others.

BUT…in Western culture, we live in a constant refusal of death…and I sometimes wonder if the source of this denial is a projection of the male disciples’ guilt for not having the courage to be a source of support for their teacher and friend when he was dying. We demonize and try to delay aging.  We plasticize and paint the bodies of our dead to make it appear as if they are still living.  We separate ourselves from the process of decay and death.  We avoid those who are ill or dying.  Then we do everything we possibly can to numb ourselves so that we don’t have to face the inevitable outcome of our human experience – which is death.

When we can no longer deny death, but still need to hold it at arm’s length, we come up with platitudes to make ourselves feel better – the very same platitudes our religion has offered us in response to Jesus’ death: It was God’s will, he’s in a better place, at least she’s no longer suffering.  If we believe it was God’s will, etc. then we don’t truly have to acknowledge the very real pain of death and the loss we experience because of it, or the guilt of having (for now) survived it.  Denying death by holding it at arm’s length allows us to deny the very real fear we all experience in the face of our ultimate demise.

We live…..so that we might die.

I don’t believe there is anything morbid or defeatist in acknowledging this truth. The journey of life is the same as the journey toward death….and we make of it what we will.

Jesus made the most of the life he was given. Then human beings took it from him.

We are given the very same choice. We can make the most of the life we are given until human beings, disease, an accident, etc. take it from us. God knows when we will die, but God isn’t the one doing the killing.  It is a natural and inevitable consequence of the human experience and the quicker we embrace this truth, the more free we are to enjoy what life has to offer. In accepting death, the fear of it no longer has power over us.  Herein lies the path to our true freedom…the same path that Jesus discovered when he overcame his own bargaining, denial, anger, fear and sorrow over death…and in this we can truly say that Jesus died so that we too might live.

spiritual counseling, Lauri Ann Lumby, transformational counseling, empowerment, healing and transforming fears and unhealed woundsAs a trained Spiritual Director and Transformational Educator, Lauri Ann Lumby, OM, OPM, MATS, provides support for those moving through the grieving process – whether it be the loss of a loved one or brought on by one of life’s many transitions.  Email Lauri today at lauri@authenticfreedomacademy.com to learn more.

 

 

Posted in Death, Jesus | Tagged , , , , , | 2 Comments

The Call of the Prophet and the Prophet’s Revenge

The call of the prophet is to change the world. As prophets we are gifted with the ability to see what in our world is in need of healing and transformation and how to support that transformation.  Prophets come in all shapes and sizes and walk among us within all sectors of our culture.  Prophets are right there underneath our noses, working for positive non-violent change in our homes, our schools, our medical facilities, our corporations, our government, and yes, even in the military.  As prophets we each have a unique calling specific to our circle of influence or area of expertise.  As Albert Nolan so astutely observed:

Prophets are people who speak out when others remain silent. They are watchful of the areas in need of reform in their own society, their own country, or their own religious institutions. True prophets are men and women who stand up and speak (or act) out about the practices of their own people and their own leaders – while others remain silent. True prophets are not part of the authority structure. Prophets are never appointed, ordained or anointed by the religious establishment. They experience a special calling that comes directly from God, and their message comes from their own personal experience of God. (Jesus Today – A Spirituality of Radical Freedom, Orbis Books, 2008, pp. 63-67)

The prophet’s call is to change the world. The challenge to being a prophet, however, is that as a voice for change with a vision of our future and how to get there, we disturb the status quo.  In order to make a change….we have to…..change.  And as I have learned, the human species is more afraid of change than they are of death (why else would a woman who is being regularly beaten by her husband stay?).  As such, the world’s response to the prophet is one of two things:

    • To make the prophet the enemy.
    • To ignore them all together.

If you are a prophet, you are familiar with these responses. I know I am.  What the local Catholic Church did to me in response to my request for reform (which really wasn’t reform at all…it was simply a request to return to the mission Jesus originally began which was to teach people how to love) was everything short of a literal burning at the stake.  (Cue Mel Brooks).  After leaving the Church my work continues to be met by our popular culture with mostly silence and blank stares.  I am not alone.  I know prophets in the fields of teaching, religion, medicine, the arts, government, etc. who have met with much of the same.  It is the prophet’s curse – that and a fair dose of existential rage over who does get heard in a culture based in fear, power, control, greed, gluttony, sloth, deception and corruption.

As a prophet, however, we do not live in that world. We cannot live in that world.  If we did we would die.  The prophet has no choice but to stand in the integrity of our gift, our call, our mission and our purpose.  When we stray from our truth, our calling, our path, when we try to sell out for the cultural norm, we are punished.  This punishment is not an act of Divine retribution, but the natural consequence of denying our gifts.

What is true for the prophet, however, is also true for all of humanity. Each and every person on this planet has been uniquely gifted to be a vessel through which the transformational power of Divine love is meant to be manifest in our world.  Every single person.  And yet, very few heed the true calling of their soul, dooming them forever to a life of quiet desperation  – in our modern world, selling out to the house, the car, the status, the fame, the power, the money.  While they may be successful based on societal standards, they are not fulfilled within.  Some are aware of this lack of fulfillment, many feel it but choose to numb it in any of the various ways in which our culture silences the voice of our inner truth – food, alcohol, sex, gambling, TV, the internet, drugs, constant doing and achieving.  All the while, writhing from within over the insatiable longing of their soul.

While I do not believe in Divine retribution, I do believe in karma. When we ignore the calling of our soul, we suffer.  While as a prophet I might find some measure of comfort or a righteous sense of justice over this truth, but I do not.  Instead it makes me sad.  While I might be tempted to seek a prophet’s revenge on those who choose to ignore the calling of their soul, I do not.  I only want them to be free.  While I might have the tools to help people find that freedom, I cannot make them drink.

Lauri Ann Lumby, self-actualization, spiritual awakening, prophet, call of the prophet, Lauri Ann Lumby, OM, OPM, MATS supports you in your spiritual awakening and your journey toward self-actualization through her writing, online courses and one-on-one spiritual direction.

You can reach Lauri at lauri@authenticfreedomacademy.com or by calling (920) 230-1313.

 

 

 

Posted in Authentic Freedom, self-actualization, spiritual awakening, Spiritual Development | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

Existential Rage, Appropriation and Sheeple

Yesterday it hit me like a ton of bricks: Existential Rage – the energy of my mission, purpose and calling seeking its fulfillment coming up against the brick wall of perceived obstacles to its fulfillment.  It was another one of those days where I felt like a voice crying out in the wilderness speaking only to sand watching the gathering pool of blood at my feet from hitting my head against the impenetrable brick wall to being seen, heard and appreciated for my work.

Mary Magdalene, cultural appropriation, existential rage, self-actualization, spiritual awakening

I know my work has value. I know my work is important for the evolution of our species.  I know that those who find and make a commitment to the programs and services that I offer benefit greatly.  In fact, their lives are transformed, their wounds healed, and most importantly, they are empowered with tools that will continue to support them as they try to navigate this thing called life. Those who have worked with me one-on-one or taken my courses rave about the wonders that have occurred in their lives because of the work we have done.

So here I am, working out of a place of integrity, holding fast to my mission and purpose, standing firm in my education, experience, background and being very careful to stay in my lane (I am a white woman of Celtic and Scandinavian descent, raised Catholic, who completed her ministry and spiritual counseling training in the Catholic Church who has dedicated her life to the study of scripture, theology, developmental psychology, spirituality and contemplative meditation practices). While I have learned from other traditions and might recommend some of their practices (Tonglen, Ho’oponopono), I remain committed to Jesus and Mary Magdalene as my teachers and teach only that which arises out of this Judeo-(and sometimes Celtic) Christian Mystical platform.  Over the years I have developed a solid platform – Jesus as a teacher of self-actualization and Mary Magdalene as the one he ordained to carry on his mission after his death. This platform corresponds directly with the Jewish Kabbalah, and in fact, seems to be its fulfillment (more on that in the months to come).

So, why the existential rage? Because….here I am, staying in my own lane, presenting Mary Magdalene in the only way that is appropriate – within the context of her relationship with Jesus and her role in the (what we now call) Christian narrative barely making my way in the world while others are getting rich off the Magdalene name without the education, background, experience or credentials to do so.  Mary has been co-opted from the Christian narrative and turned into a commodity for others to exploit.

But it’s not just about Mary Magdalene. This existential rage I am feeling is about every single person I see getting rich off of other people’s vulnerability – placing themselves in a position of perceived authority and manipulating others through their insecurity and fears.  Those who enable instead of empower.  Those who lord their “knowledge” and “gifts” over others so as to make themselves rich.  The gurus, self-help experts, pastors, preachers, Ted Talk givers, “psychics” who gather flocks of obedient followers who cannot wait to be told what to do and how to live their lives. Those who are successful because they benefit from a culture made up of millions of people who have never been given the resources, tools or support to reason, discern or exercise their own truth.

Herein lays the root of my existential rage. My mission is to support people in their spiritual awakening and in their journey toward self-actualization.  Inherent within this journey is the invitation to discover our own truth, and to find the skills to reason, discern and exercise that truth.  This is what I believe Jesus did for his disciples– and Mary Magdalene with him.  But maybe the hard truth for me is the same truth Jesus and Mary Magdalene faced:  people do not want to wake up – they do not want to discover their own truth.  Because the truth is, when we unravel ourselves from the voice of the outside perceived authority, we are accountable to and responsible to no one but ourselves (and the authority within that I call God).  When we stand in our own truth, there is no one else to blame.  We are accountable to and responsible to ourselves.  Period.  On many days, it’s just easier to be told what to do, and then we can blame someone else when it doesn’t go well.

In a world made up of sheep, I sometimes wonder where is there a place for me?

 

 

Posted in Being Human, Discernment, Inspiration, Mary Magdalene, self-actualization, Spiritual Development, Spiritual Direction | Tagged , , , , | 3 Comments

The Secret to Manifesting Abundance

I have spent my entire professional life chasing after the secret to manifesting abundance. I have followed both the Capitalistic model of achievement and the so-called spiritual laws of attraction. It wasn’t until I understood the real secret that my life became abundant.

magic, manifesting abundance, manifesting, the secret, prosperity gospel, Law of attraction, law of abundance

The “hard work” model

I have worked my ass off, one year making as many as 10,000 cold calls chasing after the promise of abundance. I have worked up to 100 hours a week chasing after abundance. I have networked, sent out press releases, written hundreds of letters of introduction, mailed hundreds of fliers and brochures, plastered the internet with thousands of blog posts and professionally written articles.  I have hosted workshops, classes, events, retreats. I have followed the advice of marketing experts.  I have employed the help of a strategic planning team.  I have pounded the pavement, looked under every bush and beneath every stone.  I have climbed mountains.  When all of this proved futile, I turned to the “spiritual” experts.

“The Secret”, “The Law of Attraction” and “Law of Manifestation”

I have thought the right thoughts. I have censored my negative thoughts.  I have recited mantras, offered prayers.  I lighted candles. I Feng-shuied my home and my office. I have written it down, visualized it, and believed it to be real.  I have set an altar, cast spells, carried crystals, put it in a cauldron and burned it – setting my prayers out on the wind. I followed the “energy alignment” protocols said to “guarantee” abundance. I slowed down in my doing so that I could simply be and allow.  I surrendered, submitted, let go.  I “trusted” my ass off and when I was out of energy for trusting, I asked for help in trusting.

The Prosperity Gospel

Then I wondered, if something was wrong with me or if I had done something wrong. Did “God not love me enough (as the Prosperity Gospel preachers claim) that I should be so poor?  Did I need to pray more?  Give more money to my “church?”  Confess my “sins?”  Had I sinned in leaving my Church and was I now being punished?  Of course I knew none of this to be true, but surely I must have done something wrong or there must be something wrong with me if all of these formulas worked for others but they haven’t worked for me.

In every way shape and form, I “asked” and it wasn’t given. Or wasn’t it?

The Secret to Manifesting Abundance

The secret to manifesting abundance is that THERE IS NO SECRET. The truth is that there is nothing we can manifest on our own.  When manifestation happens, it is simply GRACE.  Manifestation happens not because we thought the right thoughts, or worked hard enough, or planted enough seeds, or cast the right spell, or appeased God enough with our prayers.  Manifesting abundance happens because it is our Soul’s purpose at that moment in time.  That is an action of pure Grace.  And everything is Grace – even that which we want to judge as adversity, challenge, failure and loss. Everything is Grace as Grace is simply the natural unfolding of our Soul, leading us along the path we need for the fulfillment of this life’s purpose –  the joys and the sorrows, the births and the deaths, wellness and disease, financial prosperity and financial lack, the struggles and the victories – it is all Grace.  When we realize this truth and accept everything as the natural and necessary unfolding of our soul, then, and only then, are we truly abundant.

For everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven.

Ecclesiastes 3: 1

Lauri Ann Lumby, OM, OPM, MATS is an author,  Spiritual Director, Transformational Educator and mentor.  Lauri supports you in your spiritual awakening and journey toward self-actualization.  Schedule a private session with Lauri today by emailing lauri@authenticfreedomacademy.com.

 

 

 

Posted in Authentic Freedom, manifestation | Tagged , , , , | 3 Comments

The Practice of Faith

Faith is a certitude of the soul (which knows the truth of its own destiny and mission) which does not depend on reasoning…calling the lower nature out of its petty present to a great self-becoming…

(Dalal,A.S., Ed., 2001, A Greater Psychology, pp. 199-203)

 

“Faith is not something that happens by our effort, but is an inherent knowing and natural outpouring of the Soul. The Soul knows who we are and what we were made to be and do in this life. The Soul then communicates to us, through faith, what we need to support this purpose, all for our highest good. The Soul is the origin of faith. Faith is the communication that resides within us as a deep, deep knowing of something as being true. As such, there is a vast difference between the deep knowing of something as being true and in our highest good and something we want.” (Lauri Ann Lumby from her online course What’s Your Magic.)

faith, self-actualization, testing our faith, practicing our faith, discernment, spiritual gifts,

Defining Faith

Faith is the natural outpouring of our Soul’s knowledge of who we are – our unique giftedness and how we are called to find meaning and purpose in our lives, both for the sake of our own fulfillment and in service to the betterment of our world. Faith is both a state of being and a conversation – a conversation between ourselves and our Soul (that which some might call God). It is by faith that we are able to discern our path and those things along our path that will either hinder or support our Soul’s unfolding. While faith is not something that happens by effort, it does require practice.

Practicing Faith through Discernment

The first practice of faith is discernment – the process of distinguishing the voice of the ego/false-self and the voice of the Soul (God). Discernment in itself is a practice that takes time, attention and presence to be able to distinguish the various ways in which our Truth speaks to us. With practice, we learn that our Soul’s truth is that which leads us toward expansion, a sense of contentment, fulfilment, joy and ease. The voice of the adversary/ego/false self, whispers to us in doubts, fear, confusion; and leads us toward that which makes us smaller (constriction). The practice of discernment never ends as our Soul’s mission is ever-expanding.

No One said it would be Easy

While the Soul’s truth leads us toward ease, this is not to say that the journey is easy. In fact, it is everything but. The path of our Soul is a process of initiation and as Tau Malachi says, “the path of initiation is not the path of least resistance, but is, in fact, the path of most resistance. (Gnosis of the Cosmic Christ – a Gnostic Christian Kabbalah, pg. 177)” If there is anything that will be tested in our journey toward self-actualization (the psychological term for our Soul’s fulfillment), it is faith.

Faith, again, is the voice of our Soul speaking truth. In order to hear and heed that voice, however, we have to overcome a multitude of obstacles to living that truth:

Societal Conditioning: We live in a culture that tells us to listen to everything BUT the voice of our Soul. Instead, we are taught to listen to the voice of the outside perceived authority (parents, pastor, teachers, peers, advertising, TV stars, etc. etc. etc.) for guidance and direction in our lives. When we dare to veer from that path toward the path of our Soul, we are punished.

Tribal Rules: These are the “shoulds” that are laid out for us by the collective outside perceived authority. Don’t speak unless you are spoken to. Don’t rock the boat. Don’t draw attention to yourself. Don’t tell the family secret. Don’t break the rules. Be seen and not heard. Your needs are unimportant. It is your job to meet everyone else’s needs. These rules are enforced with the threat of punishment, or worse, banishment.

Unacknowledged Fears: Beyond our healthy and appropriate survival fears, fear is the result of conditioning. These are addressed in my book and online course Authentic Freedom and I will share them with you here: there is not enough, I have nothing to contribute to the world, I can’t be my most authentic self, I am not loved (or love is conditional and has to be earned or taken away), I am not free to express my truth, I do not know my truth, I am alone. Moving these fears is a necessary and on-going step in our Soul’s unfolding.

Unhealed Wounds: There is no such thing as a “functional family.” All parents are operating out of their own unhealed wounds – the times they have felt rejected, unheard, unseen, unacknowledged, betrayed, lied to, cheated on, etc. etc. etc. Until these wounds are acknowledged and healed, they come out sideways in behaviors that are either self-harming, or doing harm to another. As children of wounded parents, we experience our own set of woundedness, and then pass this on to our own children (again, until we do the work of healing these fears). Healing these wounds frees us to live the life of our Soul intends for us.

Life Itself: Life itself gets in the way of exercising our faith and our ability to listen to and adhere to the voice of our Soul. As is often said of the human condition, “Life sucks and then you die.” In the human journey we experience loss, suffering, illness, death, hurt, betrayal, tragedy, ongoing challenges and difficulties. In those times when everything around us seems to be turning to sh.t, we might wonder if, like the biblical character Job, God has given our life over to Satan’s command. This could not be farther from the truth, but on some days it sure feels that way. As the prophet Isaiah reported on God’s behalf:

For my name’s sake I defer my anger,
for the sake of my praise I restrain it for you,
so that I may not cut you off.
See, I have refined you, but not like silver;
I have tested you in the furnace of adversity.
For my own sake, for my own sake, I do it,
for why should my name be profaned?
My glory I will not give to another

Isaiah 48: 9-11

This does not mean that God plans and orchestrates the adversity, but that the adversity that is inherent within the human condition is an opportunity for us to hone our resolve and recommit ourselves to the path of our Soul. It is like the small-self saying, “Are you sure about that?” As we move through these adversities, we are strengthened in our faith and empowered in our ability to live the life we were meant to live – one that is meaningful and with purpose, through which we are finding fulfillment in the use of our unique giftedness, both for our own enjoyment and for the sake of the betterment of the world.

What practices are you finding helpful in cultivating faith and heeding the voice of your Soul?

 

Lauri Ann Lumby, OM, OPM, MATS provides support for your spiritual awakening and journey of self-actualization through her writing, online courses, and one on one mentoring. To schedule a one-on-one session, email lauri@authenticfreedomacademy.com.

Posted in Faith | Tagged , , , , , , ,

The Benefits of Using Authentic Freedom with Reiki

Reiki is one of many modalities of energy medicine incorporating hands-on-healing or the laying on of hands for the purpose of supporting the body in returning to its natural state of wellbeing. With knowledge of the Authentic Freedom process, a Reiki practitioner can greatly enhance the benefits of a traditional treatment, both for their client and for themselves.

Reiki, hands on healing, laying on of hands, Reiki and Authentic Freedom,

How Reiki Works

Using light, non-invasive touch in conjunction with the energy centers of the body (chakras), Reiki supports the body in releasing blocks to wellness and in returning to its natural state of energetic balance, thereby supporting the body in returning to its natural state of wellbeing. When the life force energy (Ki) is flowing freely, the body will reflect this in healthy vitality. Stagnation in the life force energy manifests in illness and disease.  Knowledge of the chakras, along with their physical correspondences assist the Reiki practitioner in identifying where the body’s Ki (life force energy) is not flowing so they may further assist their clients in releasing these blocks. Reiki works not only on the physical, but also on the emotional, mental and spiritual level – acknowledging that the source of many states of dis-ease is related to issues on these deeper levels of experience.  In traditional Usui Reiki training, the practitioner is taught the standard protocol for hands-on-healing with the invitation to know and trust that whatever healing is appropriate for the client’s highest good will be taken care of on any of the aforementioned levels.

Read my response to the Catholic Bishops’ prohibition against Reiki HERE.

Integrating Authentic Freedom with Reiki

Authentic Freedom adds an additional layer to the support a Reiki practitioner may offer their clients. Authentic Freedom provides knowledge and tools for working with clients on the deepest spiritual level – most often the truest source of emotional, mental and physical imbalance.  By supporting clients on the spiritual level the practitioner is going straight to the source of dis-ease.  Additionally, knowledge of the Authentic Freedom philosophy provides the practitioner with tools they are able to share with their client which the client may then employ for on-going healing and support.  This approach saves time and effort in the healing process while supporting the client in the experience of enduring change.

How Authentic Freedom Enhances Reiki

Using the seven chakras as a point of reference, Authentic Freedom has identified the seven spiritual fears/wounds which are at the heart of many (if not most) emotional, mental and physical states of dis-ease. When a Reiki practitioner is able to support their client in tracing back their physical, emotional or mental symptoms to the corresponding spiritual fear/wound, awareness takes place and the first layer of healing is accomplished.  Identifying the true source of imbalance (or as I call it, “naming the demon”) is the first step in authentic healing.  From that point, the Reiki practitioner supports their client in letting go of this fear through hands-on-healing.  With Authentic Freedom, however, the healing doesn’t end with the table treatment.  Authentic Freedom includes a wide variety of mindfulness, meditation and creativity practices which the Reiki practitioner may prescribe for their client so that they may continue and deepen the healing on their own.

Incorporating Authentic Freedom with Reiki accelerates the healing process by getting to the deepest source of imbalances while providing the practitioner and the client with tools for on-going and enduring healing and support.

To learn more about the Authentic Freedom process, read my book Authentic Freedom – Claiming a Life of Contentment and Joy or enjoy the benefit of personal instruction in this protocol through my online course.

Posted in Authentic Freedom, Healing, Reiki | Tagged , , , , ,

Healing the Wounded Masculine

Healing the Wounded Masculine

For three nights in a row I have had dreams about the wounded masculine – specifically the wounded masculine within me. As the ancients have said, when things come in threes, it is a clear message from Spirit. In this case, it is an invitation to recognize and then heal the wounded masculine within me and in doing so, providing an invitation, support, guidance and direction for others in doing the same.

wounded masculine, distorted masculine, holy masculine, healing the wounded masculine, patriarchy, divine masculine

The Dreams

As is most always the case, dreams speak to us in the language of symbols. The dreams that came through for me are no different.  All of the dreams featured myself and a “lover.”  In each of the dreams, “the lover” was wounded, injured or broken in some way.  The first was a transgender male who had just had “bottom” surgery and was still in extreme pain in his newly attached “masculine” power center.  In the second dream, “the lover” was excruciatingly attractive, but was imprisoned by addiction.  The lover in the third dream was physically paralyzed from the waist down.  In every dream, I was the woman (feminine) trying to love the wounded male into wholeness – or at the very least to let him know that even in his brokenness, he was loved. As every dream interpreter would suggest, “the lovers” in the dream also represent aspects of myself – specifically the distorted masculine qualities I have taken on trying to make it in a world ruled by a distorted aspect of the masculine and driven by fear, power and control.  The wounded masculine in the dream represents how taking on these distorted masculine qualities have done damage to my soul.

How the Distorted (Unholy) Masculine has done me (us) harm

When we live in a culture ruled by fear, power and control, we are shown that the only way to succeed, to get your needs met, is through striving, driving, forcing, and cajoling. Achievement becomes our goal and is defined by external means.  In Western culture, achievement is measured by money, material possessions and fame.  If we become rich and famous, or better yet, get our own reality show, we have made it.  We have achieved the goal of Western society.  What we are not told, however, is that the striving, driving, forcing and cajoling that it takes to “make it” in a culture driven by fear, power and control, is killing us.  Perhaps not those who have “made it,” but the rest of us who are “forced” to live according to these means of “achievement” are dying.  And if those who have “made” it aren’t dying on the outside, they are dying on the inside for selling their Soul to the highest bidder.  The proof of this dying (the wounded masculine) is present all around us – from the destruction of our environment to increasing poverty to the rampant increase in stress related disease to increasing violence related to gun deaths, suicide and war.  The wounded masculine within all of us is screaming to be seen so we can begin to do the work of healing.

The Wounded Masculine in Me

As a woman working in a world ruled by the distorted masculine (or what some are now calling toxic masculinity), I have been told that the key to success is hard work and that the harder I work the more successful I will become. I have been told that my success is measured by how much money I make and how famous I become.  I have been told that if I am struggling financially, or if my books aren’t best sellers, it is because I have not worked hard enough and that if I want more money or renown, I simply need to work more.  I’ve also been told by the distorted masculine in the “new thought” communities that my success is dependent on my thoughts.  That if I think good thoughts (and the right thoughts) then I will have everything I want in the way of money and success.  And if I have not yet achieved my financial goals, or I am struggling financially it is because I’m thinking the wrong thoughts or not working hard enough at thinking right thoughts.  There are those who say “God wants you to be rich and famous” and if I’m not yet rich and famous it is because I haven’t done enough for God (or put enough money in the collection basket).  I’ve been given formulas, strategic plans, marketing plans from so-called business experts who say the answer is to blog more, network more, send out more fliers, hold more classes, offer more free stuff, do more promotions, write more classes, write more classes on “this topic,” do more podcasts, offer more videos, do seminars, get my own TedTalk, offer more workshops and retreats, travel more, etc. etc. etc. etc. etc.  Everyone has an answer to how to “build my success” but here’s the thing:

I’ve done everything the world (based in fear, power and control which measures success in money, material possessions and fame) has told me to do and it is killing me! Not only is it killing me, it has produced nothing.  I’m not rich (on many days I’m just trying to keep a roof over my head) and I’m certainly not famous.

Yes, I’ve published some books, I have a few internet “followers” and a small community of students and clients, but none of this came as a result of driving, striving, forcing or cajoling. None of this came by following someone’s “formula for success.”  Instead, it came from following the promptings of my Soul which have absolutely nothing to do with “working harder” and everything to do with magic – or what some might call love.

Healing the Wounded Masculine in all of us

While some might find joy in driving, striving, forcing and cajoling (none of which should be confused with the Spirit-driven quest to fulfill the purpose of our Soul which sometimes looks like “hard work”), I suspect that the vast majority of humanity, like me, is suffering under the current “formula for success.” In order to heal our suffering, we have to go against the cultural norm, turning away from the voice of the distorted masculine that says “work harder, work more” and turning toward the voice of our Soul.  The voice of our Soul is that which speaks to us in the quiet places within when the mind is at rest, communicating to us the formula for “true success” – that which provides the resources, the inspiration and the drive for fulfilling our Soul’s purpose.  Our Soul’s purpose is made up of the unique way in which we have been gifted to find meaning in our lives and through which we find fulfillment in sharing these gifts for ourselves and for the sake of the betterment of the world.

Harnessing the Holy Masculine

While the process of listening to the voice of the Soul arises out of the Holy Feminine within us, the Holy Masculine puts the Soul’s guidance into action. The inner masculine supports the desires of the Soul, protecting it from outside (and inner) interference, and providing all the Soul needs to come into its fulfillment. The way in which the Holy Feminine reveals the path of the Soul and in which the Holy Masculine tends to the unfolding of the soul differs from one to another, but for me, this is what it looks like –

In listening to the Holy Feminine:

  1. I have come to understand that my Soul’s purpose is love.
  2. The unique way I have been called to be that love in the world is to support the spiritual awakening and self-actualization of humanity.
  3. I live out that calling through my unique gifts of vision (prophecy), empathy, discernment, encouragement (counseling), teaching, writing, leadership and healing.
  4. In order to serve humanity in this capacity, I need to tend to the needs of my Soul, specifically, the need for: solitude, daily meditation and prayer, nourishment (for both my physical body and my soul), exercise, family, healthy loving and mutually supportive friendships, spiritual community.

What does this look like on a daily basis? This is the work of the Holy Masculine:

  • Dedication to my daily (twice daily) spiritual practice.
  • Yoga
  • Walks in nature
  • Time for reading and learning
  • Time for writing
  • Honoring my need for solitude
  • Preparing nourishing and enjoyable meals for myself and my family
  • “Be” time with my children
  • Time with friends
  • Remaining active in the wider community
  • And in the midst of this, my Holy Child calls for play!

Now here’s the funny thing, when I am diligent in tending to the needs of my soul (the masculine quality of provision and support), those things by which we measure “success” in our Western world (money, notoriety) take care of themselves. When I put my needs first, what I need in order to survive in this world (for me that equals: paying students and clients, book sales) simply shows up.  Not because I worked hard or followed some “proven formula for success,” but simply because I took care of myself.

This is the magic of the Holy Masculine – when we allow “him” to provide, support and  protect the needs of the Soul (an act of profound self-love), the rest simply falls into place.

 

 

 

Posted in Divine Masculine, Healing | Tagged , , , , , | 2 Comments