Below is the list of resources that were consulted in the creation and development of our upcoming live course, Mary Magdalene and the Path of the Holy Bride. Click on the image below to learn more and register for the course.
Mary Magdalene and the Path of the Holy Bride
Begg, Ean, The Cult of the Black Virgin, Chiron Publications, 2006.
Bourgeault, Cynthia, The Meaning of Mary Magdalene – Discovering the Woman at the Heart of Christianity, Shambhala Publications, 2010.
Case, Paul Foster, The Tarot – A Key to the Wisdom of the Ages, Jeremy Tarcher, 1947.
Douglas-Klotz, Neil, The Hidden Gospel: Decoding the Spiritual Message of the Aramaic Jesus, Quest Books, 1999.
Douglas-Klotz, Neil, Prayers of the Cosmos, Harper One 1993.
Eisler, Riane, The Chalice and the Blade, Harper Collins, 1987.
Eisler, Riane, Sacred Pleasure, Harper Collins, 1995.
Ellis, Normanci, Awakening Osiris – The Egyptian Book of the Dead, Phanes Press, 1988.
Epstein, Perle, Kabbalah – the Way of the Jewish Mystic, Shambhala, 1988.
Ericco, Rocco A. Setting a Trap for God: The Aramaic Prayer of Jesus, Unity Books, 1997.
Fortune, Dion The Mystical Qabalah, Weiser Books. 1935
Harvey, Andrew, Son of Man – The Mystical Path to Christ, Jeremy P. Tarcher, 1998.
Haskins, Susan, Mary Magdalene – Myth and Metaphor, Harcourt Brace & Company, 1993.
Hauck, Dennis William, The Emerald Tablet – Alchemy for Personal Transformation, Penguin Compass, 1999.
Hoeller, Stephan, Gnosticism – New Light on the Ancient Tradition of Inner Knowing, Quest Books, 2002.
Kaplan, Aryeh, The Bahir Illumination- Translation, Introduction and Commentary, Samuel Weiser, Inc,, 1979.
Kaplan, Aryeh, Meditation and Kabbalah, Samuel Weiser, Inc., 1982.
Kaplan, Aryeh, Sepher Yetzirah – the Book of Creation in Theory and Practice, Weiser Books, 1997.
King, Karen, L., The Gospel of Mary of Magdala – Jesus and the First Woman Apostle, Polebridge Press, 2003.
Krafchow, Dovid, Kabbalistic Tarot – Hebraic Wisdom in the Major and Minor Arcana, Inner Traditions, 2002.
Kushner, Lawrence, The Book of Letters, Jewish Lights Publishing, 1975.
Kushner, Lawrence, Honey from the Rock – an Introduction to Jewish Mysticism, Jewish Lights Publishing, 2000.
Kushner, Lawrence, Kabbalah – a Love Story, Broadway Press, 2006.
Leloup, Jean-Yves, Judas and Jesus – Two Faces of a Single Revelation, Inner Traditions, 2006.
Leloup, Jean-Yves, The Gospel of Mary Magdalene, Inner Traditions, 2002.
Leloup, Jean-Yves, The Gospel of Philip, Inner Traditions, 2003.
Leloup, Jean-Yves, The Gospel of Thomas, Inner Traditions, 2005.
Leloup, Jean-Yves, The Sacred Embrace of Jesus and Mary – The Sexual Mystery at the Heart of the Christian Tradition, Inner Traditions, 2005.
MacDermot, Violet, The Fall of Sophia – A Gnostic Text on the Redemption of Universal Consciousness, Lindisfarne Books, 2001.
Malachi, Tau, The Gnostic Gospel of St. Thomas – Meditations on the Mystical Teachings, Llewellyn Worldwide, 2004.
Malachi, Tau, Gnosis of the Cosmic Christ – a Gnostic Christian Kabbalah, Llewellyn Worldwide, 2005.
Malachi, Tau, Living Gnosis – A Practical Guide to Gnostic Christianity, Llewellyn Worldwide, 2005.
Malachi, Tau, St. Mary Magdalene – The Gnostic Tradition of the Holy Bride, Llewellyn Worldwide, 2006.
Marion, Jim, Putting on the Mind of Christ – The Inner Work of Christian Spirituality, Hampton Roads, 2000.
Matt, Daniel C., The Essential Kabbalah, Harper Collins, 1995.
Meehan, Bridget Mary, Delighting in the Feminine Divine, Sheed and Ward, 1994.
Meehan, Bridget Mary, Exploring the Feminine Face of God, Sheed and Ward, 1991.
Munk, Michael L., The Wisdom in the Hebrew Alphabet, Mesorah Publications, 1983.
Pagels, Elaine, Beyond Belief – The Secret Gospel of Thomas, Random House, 2003.
Prakash, Prem, The Yoga of Spiritual Devotion – a Modern Translations of the Narada Bhakti Sutras, Inner Traditions, 1998.
Silva, Freddy, the Lost Art of Resurrection, Inner Traditions, 2014.
Starbird, Margaret, The Woman with the Alabaster Jar, Bear & Company, 1993.
Starbird, Margaret, The Goddess in the Gospels – Reclaiming the Sacred Feminine, Bear & Company, 1998.
Starbird, Margaret, Mary Magdalene – Bride in Exile, Bear & Company, 2005.
Unknown Author, Meditations on the Tarot – a Journey into Christian Hermeticism, Jeremy P. Tarcher/Putnam Press, 1985.
Winter, Miriam Therese, WomanWitness – a Feminist Lectionary and Psalter – Women of the New Testament, Crossroad Publishing, 1991.
Winter, Miriam Therese, WomanWord – a Feminist Lectionary and Psalter, Crossroad Publishing, 1990.
Early Registration Discount if enrolled before December 15, 2020.
Learn more HERE.
Mary Magdalene and the Path of the Holy Bride
(it’s not what you think!)
Live online course
Created and facilitated by Lauri Ann Lumby, OM, OPM, MATS
13 Lessons starting January 13, 2021*
Wednesdays 6:30 – 8:30 pm central time
Live gatherings are held on ZOOM and lessons are recorded for later viewing by those who are unable to attend the live gathering,
Early Registration Discount – 20% off the regular course tuition. Enroll HERE.
Mary Magdalene and the Path of the Holy Bride provides an opportunity to discover, learn and embody the path completed by Mary Magdalene in becoming the Holy Bride.** The Holy Bride is the fulfillment of the journey of merging with and embodying the Divine – both for our own sake and in service to the betterment of the world.
Explored through the lens of the Divine Feminine and gathering from traditional and gnostic scripture in partnership with the Jewish mystical tradition of the Kabbalah, you will learn the path that Mary Magdalene followed in becoming the Holy Bride. Like Mary, you will discover the deepest secrets hidden within these sacred texts of becoming The Holy Bride and you will be given the resources, tools and support to need to grow in that journey of becoming.
Week One: Introduction to the Course
Week Two: Mother of the Living
Week Three: The Sophian Mysteries
Week Four: Immaculately Conceived
Week Five: Logos
Week Six: Full of Grace
Week Seven: The Fierce Mother
Week Eight: The Holy of Holies
Week Nine: The Bridal Chamber
Week Ten: The Dark Mother
Week Eleven: The Shekinah
Week Twelve: The Holy Bride
Week Thirteen: Putting on the Red
*Scheduled dates for 2021: 1/13, 1/20, 2/3, 2/10, 2/17, 3/3, 3/10, 3/17, 3/24, 4/7, 4/14, 4/21. Week Thirteen is completed on your own.
**Contrary to popular belief, the Holy Bride has nothing do with the human construct of marriage or sexual union.
Tuition: $325.00 paid in full or in four installments of $88.00 each.
Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have been declared the projected winners of the 2020 presidential/vice presidential race. While I voted for Biden/Harris I do not count this projected win as a victory. After four years of violent division along political lines, no matter the winner of the presidential race, our nation has lost. We are further lost by the fact that neither candidate seem to be interested in or capable of facilitating the broad-sweeping change that is truly necessary in our nation. Campaign promises notwithstanding, division continues to plague us with a political system that continues to be less about the people our politicians represent and more about those who pad their pockets.
But the point of this reflection is not politics. It is about being an empath and what the past four years have been like for me and for my sisters and brothers who have been equally affected. With all that has transpired over the past four years, I am having a difficult time trusting this “win” while waiting for the other shoe to drop. The prophet in me doubts there will be a peaceful transition. More importantly, I am seeing how the “two sides” still seem to be at war with each other and beyond the actions of the departing president, there are those on both sides who seem to want to continue the battle.
It is this battle that has left me feeling shredded. As an empath, I have felt this battle deep within my own body. I have felt the battle of our nation in every fiber of my being, experiencing the sensation of being torn apart as the nation has done this to itself. Every fight on social media, every news story depicting people against people, every conspiracy theory, every Q-Anon campaign, every violent word that has come forth out of the mouths of my human sisters and brothers have torn me apart.
As a trauma survivor, I know well the symptoms of PTSD and my personal triggers. The past four years have put me on high alert and have impacted me no matter how much self-care I have done, meditation I have performed, shadow work I have accomplished, or how many times I have reached out to my doomsday team for support. To say it plainly, the past four years have SUCKED and there is not one side to blame. (not to mention I don’t believe in blame anyway). We are all guilty of participating in this division, including myself. And I am heartbroken over the way Americans have treated Americans in the past four years. If I still believed in shame, I would say we should be ashamed. But what we really need to do is heal.
And the thought of trying to heal the mess we have made of our nation is beyond exhausting. I cannot even bring myself to entertain this idea or what it might look like. As one who has carried the burden of this division and done all I can do to try to be a source of healing, I feel a little used up. My set-point is hope, but truthfully, in this moment, hope is difficult to muster. Part of me has lost faith in the American people. How can we be so cruel and hateful? How can we be so ignorant of and uncaring about the needs of others? Why must everything be a fight? Why can’t we just get along? I don’t understand it.
It is for all of these reasons that I have been and will continue to be quiet about the outcome of this election. Until we learn how to come together for healing and in support of the common good, we have all lost.
Copyright Lauri Ann Lumby www.authenticfreedom.love
Will This Game Ever Come to an End?
Copyright Lauri Ann Lumby
Sitting in the discomfort of unknowing.
Nervous, edgy, impatient.
Irritated and annoyed by the smallest of thing.
Unable to focus
Or to find anything to hold my interest.
Pacing the room
and the corridors in my mind.
Afraid to exhale –
Not knowing what may come
in allowing myself to breathe.
With nothing else to cling to or to occupy my restless heart,
thoughts become addled with
unfounded guilt and self-doubt.
In the midst of the unknowing
the demons come out to play.
Internal compass spinning
in the vain attempt to locate magnetic north.
Will the roulette wheel ever stop spinning?
Or are we doomed to an eternity of waiting –
always in anticipation of when
the next ax is going to fall.
As I often say to my friends, “Every day is Halloween at the Lumby house!” Halloween is my most favorite holiday and has been for as long as memory serves! Last night my daughter asked me what I was going to dress up for today. I replied, “I have no need to dress up. I’m a witch every day.” She implored me, “Don’t you have a black dress you can wear or something?” To which I reminded her, “I do, but then I would just be dressing up as myself.” THIS is how much Halloween is part of my bones. In honor of this sacred day, I have shared a couple poems for the season. Enjoy! With love, Lauri.
Strange and Wonderful Creatures Like Me
Copyright 2013 Lauri Ann Lumby from Returning – a woman’s midlife journey to herself
Fairies and dragons
Elves and trolls
Witches and goblins
Pumpkins and broomsticks
Frogs in a pond
Vampires and Werewolves
Blood dripping fangs
Coffins and daggers
Doors that go Bang!
Cauldrons and fire
Potions that bubble
Swamp dripping mire
I love all things strange, dark and mysterious
Woodlands at midnight
The stranger the better
Families Munster and Addams
I’m sure I am one of them
Just call me “Black Madam”
On any day I’ll cast ye a spell
Put on a hex or
Ring a church bell.
If you are real and strange like me
I’ll see you at twilight ‘neath yonder Yew tree.
Which Witch is Witch?
Copyright 2016 Lauri Ann Lumby
Dark curling hair (or any color or style for that matter)
A piercing gaze
Seeing all the way through to your Soul.
At home in the world between worlds
And a bridge between the two.
Here to bring forth God’s will
As Embodiment of the Goddess.
Wisdom from the depths of infinity.
A prophetess, a seer, a priestess, teacher and healer.
A shit-disturber and changemaker.
Present at the thresholds of life and death.
Mistress of shadows.
Queen of the Underworld
– where Souls rest from what has been,
preparing for what is yet to be.
Survivor of the Inquisition and the Burning Times,
The Whore of Babylon
And the Virgin Queen of Heaven.
Much to patriarchy’s chagrin,
She cannot be destroyed.
She is here to stay.
In a world that now wonders which way to turn,
This Witch is which.
Sisters and brothers,
Why all the divisive language? Why, as we are getting closer to the day of the presidential election, are we continuing the “us vs. them” rhetoric? Rhetoric which is casting “the other” in the role of villain and our own favored candidate in the role of savior? Are we voting and hoping for a savior?
If we are looking for Trump or Biden or any of the other presidential candidates to save our nation, we are looking and hoping in the wrong direction. The salvation we are all looking for WILL NOT come from outside of us. It can only come from within.
I know, to many that may seem like “whoo whoo talk” or sounds a little religiously familiar; but the truth of the matter is that the mess we have gotten ourselves into as a nation started with ourselves. In other words, we have no one else to blame, and it is only our own actions that will bring forth any change.
You want to change the world? Then change yourself!
The ills of our nation began in the desire to have power and control in worlds where we felt powerless. Whether it was religious persecution or the longing for a better life that brought us here, or if we were dragged here in chains for the purpose of servitude, it was fear that brought us here. Fear compels us to seek separation (if for no other reason than to paint ourselves as heroes and the other as the villain) and separation is exactly what has defined this nation even before those men signed the Declaration of Independence.
- Male and female.
- Black and white.
- Civilized and barbarous.
- Rich and poor.
- Catholic and Protestant.
- Educated and Ignorant.
- Gay and Straight.
- Republican and Democrat.
The list goes on and on and one. It is separation that has defined our nation and this separation was brought about by our own hand. As such, if we truly want to save our nation (it’s a good start in the direction of saving the world), then we have to put an end to separation. But separation doesn’t end because we want it to. Separation ends when we heal the wound that created separation in the first place. Which brings me back to my original point:
If we are voting and hoping for a savior, we are looking in the wrong direction.
Saving our nation begins with saving ourselves and that is an inside job. When we heal what is separate within us, only then are we able to be a vehicle through which the separation that plagues our world can be healed. It starts with ourselves and it starts within.
The process is woefully simple, but I have found that few have the courage or tenacity to do this great work. The great work of which I speak is simply this:
Learning how to love.
Learning how to love begins by learning how to love ourselves. Loving ourselves is the natural consequence of healing all that is separate within us: our fears, our past traumas and our fear-based conditioning. Loving ourselves includes learning to love the parts of ourselves we have been conditioned to believe are unlovable – our vulnerabilities and imperfections; and most importantly – our shadow. Our shadow is the accumulation of what we have rejected/suppressed or repressed inside of us along with all the parts of ourselves that remain unlived.
As we learn to love ourselves, we find that the walls of separation we have build around ourselves and others, begin to fall away. Suddenly we have empathy for another’s pain. We have understanding of another’s challenges. We can see the world through the eyes of those whose experiences have differed from our own. And we learn compassion. When we learn compassion we discover that there is beauty in diversity and that every single human being has needs that are worthy.
Most importantly, we learn what the ancients knew full-well, a species which is divided will destroy itself. A species that can come together in cooperation and collaboration in support of the common good will thrive.
The only true savior is that which we can find within ourselves. Isn’t time we stop looking outside of ourselves for a savior and start looking within?