Posted in Authentic Freedom, building the new world, Christ Consciousness, Empowerment, Initiation, Inspiration, Jesus, Magic, Oneness with God, priestess training, Spiritual Formation

We Are All Called to Be Priest

Yesterday morning, I had the great honor of ordaining six women as High Priests in the Order of Melchizedek. In addition to having already completed the Authentic Freedom Mastery program, and for several, The Magdalene Priestess Training, these women committed themselves to eleven months of diligent study in the ancient, alchemical rituals and practices of the gnostic Christian tradition.  The intention and purpose of these studies is Union – union with the Divine, union within ourselves, union with all of humanity and union with all of creation.  The end result of these studies and the purpose of the ordination are to accept the call, and become empowered in the task of being a vessel of the Divine and being of service to the Divine intention of love.  In being a vessel of and servant to Divine love, we become agents for healing and transforming our world. This is the priesthood that we are all called to embody.

Each and every one of us is called to be priest – not in the sense of what we currently understand priesthood to mean. Instead, we are all called to be priest as Jesus was called to be priest:

In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to the one who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. Although he was a Son, he learned obedience through what he suffered; and having been made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him, having been designated by God a high priest according to the order of Melchizedek.  HEB 5: 7-10

Jesus did what we are all called to do. In following his longing, he discovered God.  Jesus discovered an intimate relationship with that which he called “Abwoon,” – a relationship what he experienced as parental and which he felt as unconditional love.  Surrendering to the embrace of this love, Jesus found wholeness and was healed of what might have otherwise kept him from this wholeness (tempted in the desert for 40 days).  In being healed, Jesus discovered his original nature as One with God in love and within this love, discovered the call to go forth, sharing what he learned with others and healing people along the way.

Jesus did not provide this example and model so that we might place him on a pedestal, separate from us, and something to be worshipped. Instead, Jesus adhered to his calling and remained diligent in his task so that others might also be free.  It was in his Oneness with God where Jesus discovered his freedom – a freedom that allowed him to look beyond the outside perceived authorities to the Truth within and in knowing this Truth, accepting the fullness of his call – to be a vessel of Divine Love and being of service to this love so that world might be healed and transformed.

For those raised in the Christian tradition, Jesus was just the beginning. Salvation did not end when Jesus was raised from the dead.  Instead, the process of salvation continues.  Jesus provided the model and we are called to continue the work that he began those many years ago.  Whether we call Jesus our teacher or not, the invitation is the same.  We are all called to be priest:

  • Following our longing to the Divine within.
  • Discovering our Oneness with the Divine in love.
  • Allowing ourselves to be healed and transformed of the inner fears and unhealed wounds that might remain as obstacles to knowing and being the love that is our original nature.
  • Being a vessel of Divine Love.
  • Being of service to this Love so that the world might be healed and transformed.

 

How are you living out your own call to being priest?

 

The Temple of the Magdalene and Authentic Freedom Academy provide resources and tools in support of your own call to be priest, specifically through the Authentic Freedom Mastery and Magdalene Priestess training programs.

Stay tuned for the Order of Melchizedek training which will be live in 2018 (completion of the Magdalene Priestess Training is a pre-requisite for admission into this program).

 

 

 

 

Posted in Authentic Freedom, building the new world, Freedom, Inspiration, Lessons, self-actualization, Surrender

My Watch is Ended

Night gathers, and now my watch begins. It shall not end until my death. I shall take no wife, hold no lands, father no children. I shall wear no crowns and win no glory. I shall live and die at my post. I am the sword in the darkness. I am the watcher on the walls. I am the shield that guards the realms of men. I pledge my life and honor to the Night’s Watch, for this night and all the nights to come.

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Once upon a time, I had a mission and a purpose.

Initially, that mission was to support people in discovering and cultivating a personal relationship with Jesus. I discovered this calling and then sought to fulfill it within the embrace of the Catholic Church.

The longer I worked in and for the Church, the more I came to realize the sins of the Institution and made it my task, like Sts. Francis and Clare, to reform the Catholic Church – turning it away from fear, power and control and toward the love of Jesus that inspired its inception.

When this proved to be an unwelcome and impossible task, I turned my gaze outside the Institution and sought to support people in becoming spiritually fulfilled – giving them the tools to discover the answer to the following questions and then empowering them to live out their answers:

  • Who am I?
  • Whose am I?
  • What are my gifts and how am I called to use them for the sake of my own fulfillment and then for the sake of the betterment of the world?

The more I offered this support outside the Church, the more I discovered that these are not religious questions, but universal in nature. These are the questions that are answered in our common journey toward self-actualization. In conjunction with this belief, I believed that if we would all just find our self-actualization that we would have peace and harmony in our lives. With this, my mission became nothing short of saving the world!  No small goals for Lauri Ann Lumby!

The problem, however, is that the world does not want to be saved.

The sad truth is that the majority of humanity is content to live in status quo, desperately clinging to their judgment, fears, perceived separation, need to be right and the need to make someone else wrong. Even as I write this I am aware of my own culpability in this regard, creating my own version of “us and them.”  SIGH!

These are the mountains I used to be willing to die on. These are the battles I fought; the causes I have given my life to; and for which I have risked and lost much.  Like a member of “The Night’s Watch,” I have devoted my life to these causes and offered up similar vows. Toward what end?  Like Jon Snow who was betrayed and then murdered by his own brothers, I find I have no fight left in me.  And like Jon, I turn the cloak I have donned as a champion of Love over to another hand while uttering Jon’s immortal words,

“My Watch is Ended.”

If humanity wants to continue to choose separation, fear, judgment, separation, hatred, violence, war, sickness, poverty, death and despair, who am I to change their mind?  I have no need to convince anyone of anything…even the invitation to peace and love.  I find it is all I can do to find peace myself and to share what I have learned with a few interested souls.  Maybe that is enough for one person’s life, to find their own state of inner peace.  For those who are interested in learning the tools that I have found helpful, I will always be here.  Otherwise, it seems my watch here is ended.

Posted in Authentic Freedom, building the new world, Inspiration

What World Do You Live In?

In the human experience, there are two worlds – the world of fear and the world of love. The former, is ruled by fear through power and control and manifests as division, separation, judgment, which then creates prejudice, discrimination, ignorance, hatred, violence and war.  The latter is ruled by love through curiosity, wonder, the desire to learn and grow, to understand and to connect.  The latter produces community, union, peace and harmony.

Which of these two worlds are you living in? Is the world you are living in defined by fear or is it known by love?  Whether you are living in a world defined by fear or one ruled by love, it has been your choice.

We choose the world we are living in and we choose it by where we place our energy and our attention. When we give our energy and attention to fear, when we allow the fear that is “out there” to guide us, we have chosen to live in the world of fear.  When we instead, give our energy and attention to love and refuse to give our energy and attention over to the world of fear, we live in the world of love.

It really is this simple.

Fear begets fear. Love begets love.  Period.

What world are you choosing to live in?  

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The Authentic Freedom Mastery course supports you in choosing the world of love over the world of fear. Learn more HERE.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted in About Lauri, Authentic Freedom, building the new world, Freedom, Jesus, Mary Magdalene, self-actualization

We Choose the World We Live In

Before man are life and death, good and evil, whichever he chooses shall be given him.

Sirach 15: 17

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Every single moment of every single day, we choose the world we are living in. There is nothing “new” about this choice.  New Agers and those from the New Thought, Starseed and Ascension communities in their foundational message about choice are simply echoing the wisdom of the ancients.  Moses was given the key to this truth. Isaiah and Jeremiah gave the Israelites this choice.  Jesus made this choice and taught his female and male disciples how to do the same.  Mary Magdalene made this choice and became witness to the risen Christ. St. Francis of Assisi made this choice and transformed the Church as did Teresa of Avila, Julian of Norwich and Hildegard of Bingen.  Meister Eckhart made this choice as did Gandhi, Mother Theresa and the Dalai Lama.

We choose the world we are living in and that choice is as simple as choosing between love and fear. This choice between love and fear then produces the way in which we perceive, approach and live in our world – are we choosing life or death, good or evil?  Again, it all boils down to one simple choice – love or fear.

When we choose love over fear, we soon discover:

  • There is nothing to fear.
  • There is no reason to hate.
  • We have no enemies.
  • The world is beautiful and peaceful.
  • People are inherently kind to one another.
  • Instead of fearing those who differ from us, we become curious and long to get to know them.
  • We come together in communion instead of building walls between us.
  • We see possibility instead of defeat.
  • We see endings as new beginnings.

It really is this simple.

My choice is for love. What are you going to choose?

 

lauriprofilecroppedLauri Ann Lumby serves as a source of support for those longing to choose love over fear. Lauri supports you in making this choice through one-on-0ne mentoring and through her local and online courses, specifically, the Authentic Freedom Mastery program.  Learn more about Lauri HERE, and check out the Authentic Freedom Mastery program HERE. 

 

 

Posted in building the new world, Divine Masculine, Magic

New Course: Masculine Divine Magic

Activating and Empowering the Magical Powers of the Divine Masculine

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The inherent magic of the Divine Masculine is to protect and provide, and to do so from a place of loving support. The Divine Masculine possesses the magic of receiving abundantly from what the earth has to offer while standing as a source of protection for a planet that so generously provides.  The Divine Masculine is called to protect and provide for those in his care and to support those who cannot otherwise care for themselves.

This seven week series offers simple ritual practices for supporting men in bringing forth their true, Divine, magic and does so within the safe company of like-minded men.

 

Wednesdays 5:30 – 7:00 pm

February 22

March 1, 8, 15

April 5, 12, 26

Fee: $150.00

 

Classes held at:

Authentic Freedom Academy

1103 School Ave.

Oshkosh, WI 54901

 

Facilitated by Lauri Ann Lumby, OM, OPM, MATS

lauriprofilecroppedLauri Ann Lumby, is a transformational guide, educator and author. Lauri has been supporting individuals in their journey toward self-actualization through her classes, workshops, retreats, writing, publishing, and one-on-one mentoring since 1995.  Lauri is the founder and director of Authentic Freedom Academy, and the Spiritual Director to The Order of the Magdalene and the Order of Melchizedek and the facilitator of the One Tribe movement. Lauri lives in Oshkosh, WI.

To register for the course, call Lauri at 920-230-1313 or email lauri @ authenticfreedomacademy.com.

Distinguishing the Masculine and Feminine –  Divine and Unbalanced:

Comparison of the Masculine/Feminine, Divine/Imbalanced from "Rise Sister Rise" by Rebecca Campbell

Comparison of the Masculine/Feminine, Divine/Imbalanced from “Rise Sister Rise” by Rebecca Campbell

Posted in building the new world, detachment, End of the World Prophecies, world changes

The World That is Dying is Not My Concern

Yesterday I was given a very important reminder: the world that is dying is not my concern.

Before you get your activist undies in a bundle, please allow me to explain:

For 5000+ years, we have languished under patriarchal rule, defined here as that which has been based in fear, power and control. This cultural paradigm has harmed all of us – women, children and men alike.  This paradigm has deprived us of the inner wisdom and knowledge of the feminine, along with the feminine gifts of gathering and building through cooperation and collaboration, with an eye toward peace and harmony.  This paradigm has also deprived us of the holy aspects of the masculine traits of guardianship, provision, protection and support.

This world, based in fear, power and control is dying. It is in the midst of its own collapse and it needs to die.

As we look out there toward the dying world, it is easy to get caught up in our reactions to those things we believe will cause us harm or deprive us of certain rights and liberties. It is easy to jump to conclusions about the meaning and outcome of certain actions and events.  We are tempted to cast judgment, which then triggers our anger and fear.

All of these reactions tempt us away from the Truth – that all of those things we see “out there” that are arising out of fear, power and control, are merely the old world in its death throes. Giving our energy, attention and reactions to the dying world tempts us away from the job we are supposed to be doing – building the new world.

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If you are reading this blog, you are one, among millions, who are here to help build the new world. Period.  We are not here to rescue the old world.  We are not here to stitch up or bandage its wounds.  We are not here to administer medication so the old world can put off its necessary and long overdue death.  We are not even here to watch. The world that is dying is not our concern.

Instead, our mission on this planet is to build the new world. We do this by holding our attention and focus on the vision of what we came here to create, not allowing anything to distract us from this vision.  We do this by connecting with and gathering with others who are also called to build the new world.  And we do this by holding space for those who are ready to leave the old world behind and join the movement that is intent on building something new.

If you live in or near Oshkosh, WI, join us on Monday evenings at 6:30 for our One Tribe gatherings, where we support each other in building the new world. Authentic Freedom Academy. 1103 School Ave. Oshkosh.

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