The purpose of a midlife crisis, perimenopause and menopause (from a spiritual perspective) is to move us beyond childbearing to birthing ourselves…and this is as true for men as it is for women. During midlife and menopause, we are invited to leave behind the life we have known to make room for the new life that is trying to be born through us. In birthing our new selves, we are birthing our Soul – the unique way we are creatively gifted to find meaning, purpose, connection and fulfillment in our lives and the way in which we find fulfillment by contributing to the betterment of our world. Ultimately, the midlife journey is about approaching, discovering, cultivating, embracing and living Authentic Freedom, a term I coined years ago to describe this process.
Midlife, Menopause and Authentic Freedom
Apparently, the word is out. Everyday, on my Google stats, people are finding me by typing in the keywords Authentic Freedom. This is the title of my first book and the curriculum for personal and spiritual development that I created. I cannot take full credit for the creation of this term, authentic freedom, as it is apparently something Pope John Paul II used to describe the very thing I presume to teach. So…..what is authentic freedom? Allow me to quote from my book:
Authentic Freedom is a way of life characterized by the consistent experience of inner peace, out of which we are free to openly share the gifts that God has given each of us. Authentic Freedom is our divine inheritance and the way that God intends us to live. (p. 1)
In my book, I then go on to describe all the things that prevent us from living the life God intended us to live and which keeps us from the contentment, joy, expansiveness, love and fulfillment that is inherent is both our Divine and human call. Until we achieve this end for which we were made, we are doomed to a life of quiet desperation, restlessly searching and longing for that which cannot be named. That which cannot be named is no less than our SOUL, our TRUE SELF, the person we were made to be. The midlife journey and all the rough patches that go along with that is directing us toward the birth of our Soul, toward the authentic freedom that we were made to experience. If you have not yet accepted this invitation and set your foot upon the path…WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? Love, compassion, joy, peace, fulfillment and healthy intimate connections are waiting for you if you would only say yes. Again…WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR????
Lauri Ann Lumby has mentored hundreds of men and women on their midlife journey toward a life of authentic freedom. To meet with Lauri in persons, over the phone or via Skype, call (920) 230-1313 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.