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Posted in New World, world changes

How to Create the World You Want to Live in

As the world around us is imploding upon itself, there is a great temptation for us to want to fix/save/change that world.  The truth is, we cannot change the world “out there” until we build a new world “in here.”  As my friend Lauren Gorgo often says, “It’s an inside job.”  Below are the steps that you can take to create a new world for yourself – one that is of your own making and which will sustain itself no matter what happens “out there.”  Let’s get started, shall we?

 

  1. Turn your gaze AWAY from the dying world. (Stop trying to fix what you don’t like “out there” – you can’t fix it anyway.)
  2. Turn your gaze inward.
  3. If you don’t already have one, establish a meditation/mindfulness or contemplation practice – something that supports you in connecting to the Oneness within.
  4. Identify the separation within you (fears, false perceptions, unhealed wounds, past traumas).
  5. Find tools for healing the separation within you (hint, at Authentic Freedom, this is one of our areas of expertise).
  6. Apply those tools over, over and over again.
  7. Learn to identify when your fears and wounds are triggered.
  8. Return to steps 5 and 6 again, again, and again.
  9. Find out who YOU are. What are your gifts and passions? What is your temperament?  What is your personality type?
  10. Explore how your temperament and personality type help or hinder your desire for peace.
  11. More of step 5 and 6.
  12. Explore what is life-giving for you and what is soul sucking (activities, places, relationships, etc.)
  13. CHOOSE what is life-giving. Discard what is not.
  14. Go back to steps 5-6….but this time, as it relates to societal conditioning.
  15. Repeat steps 1-14 over and over and over again until you are living in the world you have made for yourself.

Now the most important step:

16. Unlike the world that is dying which measures its success by externals, the world that you are creating for yourself is measured by how it makes you feel within. If you have diligently and persistently applied the steps above, the world that you created for yourself should feel more loving, compassionate, contented, peaceful, gentle, kind, joyful; and filled with wonder and awe.

I call her Joy

Authentic Freedom (dot)Love supports you in creating a new world – one made out of love, not fear, union, not separation.  Please check out all the ways in which we can support you:

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Posted in Weekly Lesson

Judge Not

It is sometimes said that life is the greatest teacher.  In this week’s lesson, I could not agree more.  The lesson this week is all about judgment.  Specifically, we are going to explore our own tendency to judge……EVERYTHING, and how judgment keeps us out of the present moment, thereby disturbing o...

Posted in Icons for a new world

New Icons to Love

In honor of the women in our country who are currently experiencing ridicule and condemnation, I have created two new icons – one speaking to our South-American, Central-American and Mexican sisters and brothers.  The other giving honor to our Muslim sisters and brothers who are seeking only peace in an otherwise intolerant world. (images available on a wide variety of medium in my online store.  Click on the images below to learn more)

Let me introduce you to:

 

Chicomecoatl – Aztec Goddess of Hearth and Harvest

 

Hagar-Keturah:  Mother of Islam

 

Visit my online store to view all available icon images:

Posted in Weekly Lesson

Celebrating Mary Magdalene

This Monday, July 22nd is honored by the Catholic Church as the Feast of Mary Magdalene.  While the institutional Church has its own characterization of the Magdalene, here we celebrate and honor her as more than just Jesus’ disciple; but also as devoted student, initiate, co-equal partner,  (possib...

Posted in Authentic Freedom, Being Human, Choose Love Revolution, Lessons, non-violence, Spiritual Development

Acknowledging My Own Racism

Racism is a hot topic these days.  As it shows up in our media and our politics, we are reminded of the prevalence of racism in our country and those who suffer as a result.  As the topic of racism emerges front and center, I hear many white people arguing, “I’m not racist.”  I would suggest that if we need to defend our racism, we may, in fact, be racist.  As an awakened human being, I would like to say I am not racist.  However, when I am completely honest with myself, I am aware of the subtle ways in which I am, in fact, racist – not because I want to be, but because it was how I was conditioned.  The good news is that I can acknowledge the subtle ways in which conditioned racism comes out sideways and begin to do something about it.  I would invite you to also reflect on how racism may be present in your life, and what you might be able to do about changing that.

Acknowledging my Racism

As a white person of European descent,

If I don’t acknowledge my own racism,

It cannot be healed.

Ashamed am I to admit the subtle presence of racism within me –

The things I don’t mean to do, but come out anyway

because of my white, middle-class conditioning:

Making judgments based on what I think I am seeing

with nothing but conditioning forming that judgment:

 

What I’ve seen on TV.

Heard from family or friends.

What’s been portrayed in the media

 

The ease with which I’m tempted to judge a race

based on the singular action of a morning hold-up;

One man’s desperate action

unfairly coloring my view of an entire population….

 

Not really, but sometimes.

 

Ashamed am I of the vestiges of racism

that somehow took root in me by no fault of my own.

Knowing better, yet still aware of when the racism slips through.

 

I don’t mean it – but there it is:

The averted gaze

The skip of a heart beat

The racing mind

Anxiety

Clutching my purse more tightly toward me

Looking for an exit plan

 

For no reason other than the lies I’ve been told

And a few negative experiences…

 

But it was a white man who raped me;

and white men who have betrayed and abused me.

So why the unfair judgment of men of color

when life has shown me it’s white men I should fear?

 

Ahhhhhh – the power of conditioning.

 

But I now understand I can choose otherwise.

As a self-aware human, I can move past my conditioning by:

Acknowledging it.

Seeing it when it arises in me.

Choosing otherwise.

And in the process, healing.

 

In my heart of hearts, I wish I could be completely free

of the subtleties of racism – because I know better.

But I humbly acknowledge I may never be completely free.

Even so, I am committed to doing what I can

for my own sake and for the sake of all those

who have been unfairly judged simply because of the color of their skin…

 

I know as human beings we are ONE,

and it is only fear that divides…

and when we heal that fear,

we find that only love remains…

And I choose love!

 

Copyright 2019  Lauri Ann Lumby

 

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Posted in Authentic Freedom, New World, world changes

The Walls Come Tumbling Down

As  the evils and corruption of the world continue to reveal themselves, heralding the end of the world as we have known it, it is time to come together with the REASON WE ARE HERE – to assist in the bringing forth of the NEW WORLD.

It is for this purpose that Authentic Freedom (dot) Love was made, along with the services we provide to support you in:

1) Navigating the death throes of the world in its collapse
2) Detaching from the instinctual desire to “fix” things.
3) Holding TRUE to your vision of a new, gentler, more loving and tolerant world. 

Please join us!

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  • Subscribing to our Blog.  It is always free!
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  • Increasing your involvement with a Plus Membership which gives you access to our Private Social Network.
  • Connecting with other leaders in the human evolution movement by joining our Teacher’s Circle with a Premium membership.

We are here because we long for a more loving, more compassionate, more tolerant, more accepting and gentler world where the needs of all are met for the common good and where all of humankind can once again live in harmony, peace and understanding.

If you have found yourself here, you are either just beginning to hear the rumblings of your Soul, or have already come to know that you are among those who are being hospice to the dying world while midwifing the new world that is coming into form and are looking for people of like-mind with whom you can share this challenging and exciting calling!

We are changemakers, wayshowers, sh.t-disturbers, mystics and rebels. And here we are safe to question, explore, discover, be empowered and supported for our own unique giftedness and for how we are called to exercise these gifts in our world.

Join us and help us be hospice for the dying world while simultaneously building a new world for ourselves and for the generations that will follow. 

 

Posted in Weekly Lesson

Naming and Claiming our Needs

This week’s lesson is an attempt to give voice to an issue that has been IN MY FACE the last 6 months around unmet needs and the societal conditioning that seems to infringe on 1) Our ability to clearly identify, name and claim our needs and 2) actually getting these needs met.  The experiences I ha...

Posted in Spiritual Direction

Announcing: Icons for a New World

I have spent my lifetime coming to know myself. As an educator and counselor, writing has always come easy, but art has come as a great surprise. My art comes from my heart and has its own message for those for whom the message is intended.

Thanks to the encouragement (ass kicking) of several of my spiritual sisters, I am now offering my art for sale.  Click on the image below to access our online store!

Posted in Inspiration

Independence Day Message

Today in the US, we commemorate the signing of the Declaration of Independence, the day when the US citizens declared their freedom from British rule. Of course things didn’t end there as the Revolutionary War had only just begun and continued to be fought until 1783. It took a little over 7 years for the US to actually gain its independence.

But, as we all know, the “war” for freedom continues. Here at Authentic Freedom, we are concerned about the any limitations to human freedom in our world, but more importantly, we acknowledge that TRUE FREEDOM can only be known from within. Authentic Freedom is defined here as a persistent and enduring sense of peace, contentment and joy that is INDEPENDENT of the external circumstances in our lives. This truth has remained self-evident throughout human history – women, men and children who have been able to find peace within themselves even in the face of some of the most dire experiences of the human condition. They found this peace by detaching from the externals and drawing their attention within…..deep within in their connection with Self (that which some call “God”).

My invitation for us today is three-fold:
1)To continue our work on cultivating inner freedom.
2) To read and reflect on the documents which set forth the ideas of freedom in our country and in the world.
3)To pray for all the people in our world who are suffering because of the infringements on their own personal freedom and dignity.

http://www.ushistory.org/declaration/document/

https://constitutionus.com/

https://www.un.org/en/universal-declaration-human-rights/