The Divine Feminine’s Lament
copyright Lauri Ann Lumby
Across lifetimes we have journeyed.
Between dimensions we have travelled.
Together building universes
Until Fear tore us apart.
For eons we’ve sought our reunion…
And for a brief moment we met.
For that brief moment I had hope.
I opened the door to loving you –
Not the man cloaked in glamour,
But the man behind the mask.
Naked, vulnerable and made impotent by a competitive and hostile world.
In that brief moment I saw you –
But just as quickly you were gone.
And my heart was once again torn in two.
Once There was Union
copyright Lauri Ann Lumby
When I pierce the veil of time and peer across dimensions, it is only Union I know.
Where we were One in heart and mind.
Here we felt safe and our world was made of joy.
Singing the songs of creation.
Making universes with our love.
Then the whole world danced with joy.
We were happy then.
Love holding us together
Until fear tore us apart –
Casting our souls into the Void,
Spitting us out on the other side.
Trembling in our nakedness,
Separate. Alone. Afraid.
Forever cursed to searching for what we once had.
Yearning. Longing. Crying out.
Finding only sorrow in our search.
Temporary distractions and momentary satisfactions.
While holding the excruciating pain of longing in our hand.
Will we ever find our way home to the love we once knew?
I in you and you in me.
One as the Universe intended.
The purpose of this course is to provide a platform and a guide for those interested in reclaiming the unrealized Divine Masculine that already dwells within them. In this, we discard the Unholy/Wounded Masculine which is rooted in fear, power and control, and resurrect the loving provision and protection that brings balance and wholeness to us all.
7 self-guided, online lessons centered on experiential and embodied learning.
Knowledge based lessons integrated with mindfulness and creativity based activities.
Reflection and optional discussion.
For people of all genders
Created and Facilitated by Lauri Ann Lumby, OM, OPM, MATS
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The Divine Masculine is the power within us to be a source of loving provision and protection for ourselves and for those in our care. The Divine Masculine is part of our original nature as men and women who have been created in the image of the Divine. While we have been conditioned to think of the masculine as strictly related to male, the Divine Masculine is inherent within all of us regardless of our gender identification. When the Divine Masculine is fully embodied, the qualities that we have been conditioned to think of as the positive qualities in men, emerge out of all of us – qualities related to action, provision, protection, setting boundaries, getting needs met, and building (to name a few). Under the reign of the Divine Masculine and the Divine Feminine, humanity thrives – moving toward our original state which is one of peace, contentment and joy where we live in harmony with one another in beloved partnership and cooperative engagement.
Unfortunately, the Divine Masculine (along with the Divine Feminine) has been sorely missing in our world. Between 5,000 and 10,000 years ago (depending on whose theory you subscribe to), humanity experienced a dramatic change in our societal constructs. In this, the Divine within all of us was supplanted by the unholy aspects of our human nature. Fear took hold and with it the Unholy Masculine and the Unholy Feminine were born.
The Unholy Masculine arises out of and conditions us through fear. It creates oppressive behavioral patterns and institutional structures, while building hierarchies which privilege one (race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, economic status, etc.) over another. Under the reign of the Unholy Masculine the majority suffer. The only ones who benefit from that which arises out of the Unholy Masculine are the few who have placed themselves in positions of power.
The Unholy Feminine is powerless in the face of the power of the Unholy Masculine, resulting in either manipulative, deceitful, or victim behaviors used as a way to try to regain that power. Again, this Unholy Feminine is present within all of us, regardless of our gender identification.
The Authentic Jesus as an historical example of the Divine Masculine.
In this course we turn to the Western model of the Divine Masculine as it was lived out through Jesus of Nazareth who became Christ. Piercing through the religious dogma and doctrine that has imprisoned Jesus’ message of love, partnership and equality, we find the original Jesus – a human being who came to know and understand his true Divine nature, thus embodying his full divinity (masculine and feminine). In doing so, he became both fully Divine and fully human, the ultimate intention of the human experience. To use the language of modern psychology, Jesus became self-actualized – knowing who he was, what his gifts were, and how he was called to share these gifts. He was able to live for the sake of his own fulfillment and in service to the betterment of the world. Jesus then sought to guide his disciples in doing the same.
Mary, called Magdalene, is the only one of Jesus’ disciples who was said to have completed this process of initiation (“healed of seven demons”), applying Jesus’ example and teachings, and becoming fully self-actualized herself. Here, Mary (Magdalene) becomes the model of the Divine Feminine.
But more than this, Jesus and Mary together provide the example of the Divine Masculine and the Divine Feminine as present, integrated and fully embodied within all of humanity.
This is our goal – to follow the example set forth by Jesus and then fulfilled through Mary Magdalene – to create an opportunity to welcome the Divine Feminine and the Divine Masculine within us and to embody them fully in our lives. In this, we realize our full Divine nature as present within our human form and here we find peace – not only for ourselves, but for all of humanity. It is here that we become “the change we want to see in the world.”
Learn more and register HERE.
Scripture Disclaimer: You will notice that scripture plays a predominant role in my writing and in most of my local and online courses. Please note that my approach to scripture is unlike any you have likely experienced before! I do not approach scripture from a dogmatic or doctrinal perspective. Neither do I use it as a way to instill fear or manipulate specific actions or behaviors. Instead, I approach scripture as the ancients did – as a collection of stories which have the opportunity to reflect back to us aspects of ourselves. In this way, scripture becomes a vehicle through which our highest self can speak to us – providing guidance, support, inspiration, nourishment and even healing. When we pierce through the veil of other people’s interpretations and allow the Divine to speak to us personally and directly through these ancient texts, we discover the transformational power of The Word as it was originally intended – as a tool to guide and sustain us on the path of love.
We live in a world ruled by fear, power and control, all symptoms of the wounded masculine. When the masculine within us avoids its vulnerability, or denies its fear, it can’t help but come out sideways. This is what it looks like…..and what can happen when the masculine lays down its sword and allows itself its pain.
Inquiring of the Wounded Masculine
Copyright Lauri Ann Lumby
With bold proclamations
and words of grandeur,
you deny your vulnerability.
Hiding behind a mask of bravado,
declaring your mastery,
while mocking your own weakness
as it’s reflected in their eyes.
Hiding in the dark and twisted forest,
Grown out of the corpses of millions of dead.
Their hearts laying in piles beneath your feet.
The bounty of the conqueror –
but what is the victory in killing your own?
No stronger for the killing.
Left hungry in the destruction.
Consuming another’s vulnerability only serving to feed your own.
What will it take for this cycle to end?
The masculine lost and broken
In fear of its own humanness,
Feigning strength while revealing only weakness.
What is it you truly need?
Someone to sit with you in your fear –
who will not shrink from the monster you’ve become
or the demon you believe yourself to be?
One who will partake of the feast of broken hearts,
relieving you of the burden
So that in its place you may tend to:
Creating a space in which
If you are interested in healing the wounded masculine and resurrecting the Divine Masculine within you, check out my online course, “Resurrecting and Restoring the Divine Masculine.”
Below is an excerpt from this week’s Authentic Freedom Lesson, available to online subscribers. To learn more an subscribe, click HERE.
Today I am weary. As many who will read this can relate, I have never really felt at home in this world. I have never understood human beings in their tendencies toward selfishness, cruelty and injustice. The violence in our world confounds me. I just don’t understand why human beings make the human experience so dang hard. It is absolutely ridiculous to me that we have poverty, hunger, homelessness, and war, and that the needs of so many in our world go unmet….
In my mind (and in my heart), the human experience should be simple. We work together to make sure the needs of the all are met. Period. We care for those who cannot care for themselves. We reach out a hand in support to those who are struggling. We teach a man to fish. We care for our world. We cherish and protect our natural places. We find a way to live in the world without destroying it. We recycle and reuse. We educate our populace and empower them to discover and use their gifts for their own fulfillment and in service to the world. We provide each other with the means to be well. We us sustainable methods of farming and we don’t pollute our crops. If/when we become sick, we care for each other and provide the resources for people to get that care. When we have conflict, we sit down and talk it out. We honor people for their unique gifts, and we celebrate our differences.
This all seems so simple to me, and yet human beings continue to operate outside of these (I guess I could call them) ideals. But it doesn’t have to be this way and every prophet who ever existed has known this and have tried to get it into the thick fat skulls of humanity that there is another way….
The world as we have known it is dying. After 5000+ years of patriarchal reign, the world built on fear, power and control is imploding upon itself. The symptoms of this death are everywhere to be seen by those who have eyes to see – increasing prejudice, hatred and divisiveness, a rapidly growing gap between those who have and those who have not, increasing violence, rampant corruption, greed, gluttony, over consumption and the most obvious of all symptoms – the revelation of deceit. The veil has been torn away and we are able to see clearly all the lies we’ve been told and the deceptions that have been played – all for the sake of power and control. Playing out on a global scale, the world as we have known it is dying and the death the symptoms of this death are evident in every single hierarchical institution created by man – religion, government, corporations, banking, healthcare, and education.
While the dying out of the old system is global, it is playing out in our own little worlds as well. In the tiny little town of Oshkosh, Wisconsin where I reside, for example, the death of the current educational system is happening in real time. Underfunded and over-challenged, our tiny little community is trying to figure out how to get blood from a turnip and (as always) it will be the vulnerable among us who will suffer. Those with means will always find a way to coerce an outcome favorable to them and have the available resources for navigating change. The same is not true for the poor or for the otherwise vulnerable (powerless) in our community. As a social justice advocate, I find myself in the throes of “the battle” while simultaneously understanding that what we are experiencing in Oshkosh is simply a microcosm of the macrocosm and another symptom of a dying world. We can do our best to support the needs of the vulnerable (ie: protect our children and the teachers who are trying to serve them), but we cannot prevent the system’s inevitable death.
Yes. Death is inevitable. By its design, the systems of fear, power and control that rule our world are unsustainable and after 5000 years, we have reached that point of critical mass. It is time for the house of cards to fall – and falling it is. If you want to see the fall playing out in real time, just watch a few minutes of the impeachment hearings (rolling my eyeballs out of my head!). Our dying systems cannot be saved. As is true of all life forms, there comes a point where death is not only inevitable, it becomes an act of mercy.
In the face of these deaths, mercy is our calling. We can be witness to the dying world, but we cannot save it. Any attempts to do so would only prolong the suffering. We can be hospice for the dying – offering comfort, counsel, a listening ear and a compassionate heart as the dying struggle through their fears and their attachment to what has been. We can also be hope for the dying – offering a vision of a new world that is not yet known. We can be promise for the dying – assuring them that in every death is the promise of new life. Our final act of mercy will be sitting vigil with the dying institutions while those who are here to build the new world are finally free to complete the task they came here to perform, no longer hindered by the weight of a dying world.