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Resurrecting and Restoring the Divine Masculine Online Course

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

Learn more and register HERE or click on the image below:

 

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.

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Inquiring of the Wounded Masculine

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:

Your

Own

Broken

Heart?

Creating a space in which

Love

May

Find

A

Home.

 

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.” 

Posted in Authentic Freedom, Divine Masculine, men

Divine Masculine Course Bundle

Course Bundles are a terrific way to enjoy the courses you want at a discounted price. This bundle is specifically for the men in the crowd!  THREE powerful online courses for harnessing your Divinely ordained masculine strengths, while supporting you in naming, claiming and moving through any inner obstacles (fears or unhealed past wounds) that might be hindering your ability to live fully from your TRUE DIVINE giftedness.  When living from your Divine gifts, you will experience a life filled with meaning and purpose, fulfilling your own needs while being of service to the world.

Three online courses targeted to men for only

$279.00

(Over $100.00 in savings)

 

Course Bundle for Men includes:

 

The Hero’s Journey- Authentic Freedom for Men: Learn the seven core fears that prevent you from being your most powerful and fulfilled self, along with proven tools for moving through and conquering those fears.

Claiming Your Divine Masculine Power: The purpose of this course is to support you in claiming the Divine Masculine power that dwells within you. In this, we discard outmoded models of the masculine rooted in fear, power and control and wield the inherent masculine traits of compassionate and loving action, provision and protection that bring wholeness and balance to all.

Unleashing the Wild Divine Male with Gwyn ap Nudd: This course will be a guided vision-quest into the wilderness of shadow work. Through the archetype of Gwyn ap Nudd (Celtic Lord of the Underworld and God of the Hunt), you will be invited to identify and release all that stands in the way of your own Wild Divine masculinity – virile, potent, and a powerful activator of change.

 

 

 

 

Posted in Divine Masculine, divine mother, Jesus, Lessons

My Love Child

For the past several years, I have been operating two distinct and separate businesses: Authentic Freedom Academy and Temple of the Magdalene. While there has been much overlap between these two aspects of my offering to the world, they individually represent two aspects of my own being.  Authentic Freedom Academy represents the more linear, pragmatic, academic and therefore masculine aspects of whom I am.  Temple of the Magdalene has become the platform through which I have channeled the more interior, inner, shadowy, esoteric, and therefore feminine parts of whom I am.  I have bounced back and forth between these two poles depending on where I am in my personal journey and what aspect of myself needed attention.  I have always felt a little  divided as I have nurtured both of these offerings and confused as I have tried to navigate how best to share these offerings in the world.  The question has always been, “Who am I and where do I want to focus my attention?”

Not anymore. As will always be the case when we enter fully into the dance of the masculine (active) and feminine (receptive) within us, the Holy Child will be born.  Authentic Freedom (dot) Love is that child – born out of the full integration of the masculine and feminine within me, a new life has come forth – one that reflects all that I am and all I wish to offer in the world – the kind, the fierce, the courageous, the vulnerable, the self-righteous, the compassionate, the empathic, the steel-clad boundaries, etc. etc. etc.

This integration of the Divine Masculine and the Divine Feminine and the Love Child produced out of that union is the highest/deepest/most profound/ lesson and truth of every spiritual tradition that exists – whether it be Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Pagan, Indigenous, etc. etc. etc. As it relates to my own Catholic-Christian tradition, this is the most hidden of all of Jesus’ teachings…

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Authentic Freedom (dot) Love is my Holy Child.  What is yours?

Posted in Divine Masculine, shadow work

Into the Shadows with Gwyn ap Nudd

In this introduction to Gwyn Ap Nudd, King of the Tylwyth Teg (Fae) and Lord of the Underworld, you will come to understand his role as guardian of and guide through the shadows.  We enter into the shadow so that we can do the critical work of healing our unhealed wounds, while rediscovering, reclaiming and reintegrating the pieces of ourselves we have rejected, repressed or suppressed.  In order to become whole, shadow work is critical – though admittedly, not for the faint of heart.  Gwyn helps to guide us through and supports us in this task.

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In this course you will receive NINE Initiations and will be given specific tools, unique to the magic of Gwyn ap Nudd, to assist you in your journey of working through the shadows and claiming the wholeness that is your birthright – a wholeness that is both active and receptive, provisional and supportive, nurturing and empowering, expansive and protective.  Gwyn ap Nudd assists you with it all!

Whether Gwyn calls to you personally, or if you are simply interested in learning more about and thereby befriending the underworld gods, as Gwyn has been known by many other names:  Pan, Hades, Pluto, Cernunnos, The Horned God, and many others, this course is for you, Ultimately, Gwyn represents the part of ourselves that desires to be whole and which is willing to go into the depths to do so.

Lesson One – God under the Tor

Lesson Two – The Horned God

Lesson Three – Celestial Origins

Lesson Four – Gwyn’s Animal Totems

Lesson Five – Gwyn’s Labyrinth

Lesson Six – Carnal Knowledge

Lesson Seven – Chamber of Shadows

Lesson Eight – Gwyn’s Magic Book

Lesson Nine – Shamanic Initiation

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Lauri Ann Lumby, OM, OPM, MATS

Lauri Ann Lumby, OM, OPM, MATS

A note from course creator, Lauri Ann Lumby, OM, OPM, MATS:

In late January into early February of 2008, over the feasts of Imbolc/Michaelmas and the Feast of St. Brigid, I made a pilgrimage to Glastonbury, England, otherwise known as Avalon.  It was here that I was initiated as a priestess of Gwyn Ap Nudd – Celtic (specifically Welsh) Lord of the Underworld.

Being made priestess of Gwyn was not of my choosing, neither was I ordained by human hands.  Instead, the initiation was presided over by Gwyn, himself – a god I had not previously known.  Neither had I invited Gwyn into my presence.  He simply stepped forth into my life, made himself known, and then led me into the world of my own shadow, a labyrinthine journey that seems to finally have come to some sort of closure, but only after many years of both profound bliss and excruciating struggle.

The journey into our shadow is never easy – but it always brings forth its reward – the reward being a more whole, fully integrated version of ourselves.  From the perspective of modern-day psychology, it is only by journeying into our shadow that we have any hope of becoming self-actualized, knowing the fullness of our gifts, conscious of our human limitations, and able to live through them both freely and unencumbered, thereby enjoying a life of meaning, fulfillment and joy. Gwyn’s job, as I have learned, is to help us accomplish this task – if we allow him.

Lauri is the owner of Authentic Freedom Academy and founder of the Temple of the Magdalene and the Order of the Magdalene. She lives in Oshkosh, WI. You can learn more about Lauri’s other writings, programs and services at www.authenticfreedomacademy.com.You can reach Lauri at lauri (at) templeofthemagdalene (dot) com or (920) 230-1313. 
Posted in Divine Masculine, Healing

Healing the Wounded Masculine

Healing the Wounded Masculine

For three nights in a row I have had dreams about the wounded masculine – specifically the wounded masculine within me. As the ancients have said, when things come in threes, it is a clear message from Spirit. In this case, it is an invitation to recognize and then heal the wounded masculine within me and in doing so, providing an invitation, support, guidance and direction for others in doing the same.

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The Dreams

As is most always the case, dreams speak to us in the language of symbols. The dreams that came through for me are no different.  All of the dreams featured myself and a “lover.”  In each of the dreams, “the lover” was wounded, injured or broken in some way.  The first was a transgender male who had just had “bottom” surgery and was still in extreme pain in his newly attached “masculine” power center.  In the second dream, “the lover” was excruciatingly attractive, but was imprisoned by addiction.  The lover in the third dream was physically paralyzed from the waist down.  In every dream, I was the woman (feminine) trying to love the wounded male into wholeness – or at the very least to let him know that even in his brokenness, he was loved. As every dream interpreter would suggest, “the lovers” in the dream also represent aspects of myself – specifically the distorted masculine qualities I have taken on trying to make it in a world ruled by a distorted aspect of the masculine and driven by fear, power and control.  The wounded masculine in the dream represents how taking on these distorted masculine qualities have done damage to my soul.

How the Distorted (Unholy) Masculine has done me (us) harm

When we live in a culture ruled by fear, power and control, we are shown that the only way to succeed, to get your needs met, is through striving, driving, forcing, and cajoling. Achievement becomes our goal and is defined by external means.  In Western culture, achievement is measured by money, material possessions and fame.  If we become rich and famous, or better yet, get our own reality show, we have made it.  We have achieved the goal of Western society.  What we are not told, however, is that the striving, driving, forcing and cajoling that it takes to “make it” in a culture driven by fear, power and control, is killing us.  Perhaps not those who have “made it,” but the rest of us who are “forced” to live according to these means of “achievement” are dying.  And if those who have “made” it aren’t dying on the outside, they are dying on the inside for selling their Soul to the highest bidder.  The proof of this dying (the wounded masculine) is present all around us – from the destruction of our environment to increasing poverty to the rampant increase in stress related disease to increasing violence related to gun deaths, suicide and war.  The wounded masculine within all of us is screaming to be seen so we can begin to do the work of healing.

The Wounded Masculine in Me

As a woman working in a world ruled by the distorted masculine (or what some are now calling toxic masculinity), I have been told that the key to success is hard work and that the harder I work the more successful I will become. I have been told that my success is measured by how much money I make and how famous I become.  I have been told that if I am struggling financially, or if my books aren’t best sellers, it is because I have not worked hard enough and that if I want more money or renown, I simply need to work more.  I’ve also been told by the distorted masculine in the “new thought” communities that my success is dependent on my thoughts.  That if I think good thoughts (and the right thoughts) then I will have everything I want in the way of money and success.  And if I have not yet achieved my financial goals, or I am struggling financially it is because I’m thinking the wrong thoughts or not working hard enough at thinking right thoughts.  There are those who say “God wants you to be rich and famous” and if I’m not yet rich and famous it is because I haven’t done enough for God (or put enough money in the collection basket).  I’ve been given formulas, strategic plans, marketing plans from so-called business experts who say the answer is to blog more, network more, send out more fliers, hold more classes, offer more free stuff, do more promotions, write more classes, write more classes on “this topic,” do more podcasts, offer more videos, do seminars, get my own TedTalk, offer more workshops and retreats, travel more, etc. etc. etc. etc. etc.  Everyone has an answer to how to “build my success” but here’s the thing:

I’ve done everything the world (based in fear, power and control which measures success in money, material possessions and fame) has told me to do and it is killing me! Not only is it killing me, it has produced nothing.  I’m not rich (on many days I’m just trying to keep a roof over my head) and I’m certainly not famous.

Yes, I’ve published some books, I have a few internet “followers” and a small community of students and clients, but none of this came as a result of driving, striving, forcing or cajoling. None of this came by following someone’s “formula for success.”  Instead, it came from following the promptings of my Soul which have absolutely nothing to do with “working harder” and everything to do with magic – or what some might call love.

Healing the Wounded Masculine in all of us

While some might find joy in driving, striving, forcing and cajoling (none of which should be confused with the Spirit-driven quest to fulfill the purpose of our Soul which sometimes looks like “hard work”), I suspect that the vast majority of humanity, like me, is suffering under the current “formula for success.” In order to heal our suffering, we have to go against the cultural norm, turning away from the voice of the distorted masculine that says “work harder, work more” and turning toward the voice of our Soul.  The voice of our Soul is that which speaks to us in the quiet places within when the mind is at rest, communicating to us the formula for “true success” – that which provides the resources, the inspiration and the drive for fulfilling our Soul’s purpose.  Our Soul’s purpose is made up of the unique way in which we have been gifted to find meaning in our lives and through which we find fulfillment in sharing these gifts for ourselves and for the sake of the betterment of the world.

Harnessing the Holy Masculine

While the process of listening to the voice of the Soul arises out of the Holy Feminine within us, the Holy Masculine puts the Soul’s guidance into action. The inner masculine supports the desires of the Soul, protecting it from outside (and inner) interference, and providing all the Soul needs to come into its fulfillment. The way in which the Holy Feminine reveals the path of the Soul and in which the Holy Masculine tends to the unfolding of the soul differs from one to another, but for me, this is what it looks like –

In listening to the Holy Feminine:

  1. I have come to understand that my Soul’s purpose is love.
  2. The unique way I have been called to be that love in the world is to support the spiritual awakening and self-actualization of humanity.
  3. I live out that calling through my unique gifts of vision (prophecy), empathy, discernment, encouragement (counseling), teaching, writing, leadership and healing.
  4. In order to serve humanity in this capacity, I need to tend to the needs of my Soul, specifically, the need for: solitude, daily meditation and prayer, nourishment (for both my physical body and my soul), exercise, family, healthy loving and mutually supportive friendships, spiritual community.

What does this look like on a daily basis? This is the work of the Holy Masculine:

  • Dedication to my daily (twice daily) spiritual practice.
  • Yoga
  • Walks in nature
  • Time for reading and learning
  • Time for writing
  • Honoring my need for solitude
  • Preparing nourishing and enjoyable meals for myself and my family
  • “Be” time with my children
  • Time with friends
  • Remaining active in the wider community
  • And in the midst of this, my Holy Child calls for play!

Now here’s the funny thing, when I am diligent in tending to the needs of my soul (the masculine quality of provision and support), those things by which we measure “success” in our Western world (money, notoriety) take care of themselves. When I put my needs first, what I need in order to survive in this world (for me that equals: paying students and clients, book sales) simply shows up.  Not because I worked hard or followed some “proven formula for success,” but simply because I took care of myself.

This is the magic of the Holy Masculine – when we allow “him” to provide, support and  protect the needs of the Soul (an act of profound self-love), the rest simply falls into place.

 

 

 

Posted in Authentic Freedom, Being Human, Divine Masculine, New World, self-actualization, world changes

Finding a New Language in the Non-Dual World

Yesterday I received the following response to my recent blog, Inviting the Men to Join Us.  First of all I want to thank Shakur for offering these insights.  They could not be more perfectly timed.  Please read Shakur’s insights below, followed by my response.

Lauri, I really appreciate the call for men and women to join together and create the world that we wish to live in and the work you are doing to help more femininity blossom in our world. As a man who has been deeply involved in spiritual pursuits over the last decade and someone who tends to appreciate feminine traits more than most men I have met, I also appreciate the acknowledgement that the systems we have been living in affect both men and women.

However, I struggle with the dichotomy you seem to be creating, which I think many others do as well, in defining some traits and behaviors as holy or divine and therefore others as unholy and toxic. I think the frequency with which we, especially those involved in spiritual community, divide while calling people together is counterproductive. From what I can see in doing so we are just changing the divide from men vs women to holy people vs unholy people. And from what I have seen there are many traits and behaviors that some would label as unholy / toxic masculinity that others would consider holy. When a man (or a woman for that matter) seeks to preserve their culture, defend their family, believes that competition leads to excellence and is desirable, I often see those in spiritual communities or in progressive communities denounce and judge them. And I believe that act of judgement is counterproductive as it tends to generate anger and shame on both sides, and as I said just changes the dividing line instead of diminishing it.

I believe that if we want more peace we are going to need to accept that there are many views of what is holy, that as Jesus said we will be surprised to see who is sitting at his table, and we will need to be ok with disagreeing about those things and allow each other the ability to choose different ways of living. I say this trusting that we can be one and yet be many, while understanding it doesn’t mean it will be easy. I say this in the belief that accepting these differences will allow those of us who do wish to create the union of masculine and feminine, and that share a similar viewpoint about what that would look like, can focus our energies on coming together and creating that which we wish to see in the world without being distracted by the effort to coerce anyone else into living the way we want to. And honestly, I think if we did that and created places where what you describe as the divine feminine and masculine come together and support one another that many people who would not have thought they would want that will come to see the beauty in it.

I hesitate to post this because I am concerned it will come across as combative and my views on this won’t be popular, but I offer them in the hope that we can have some dialogue about it and have the chance to broaden my way of thinking as well.
– shakur

Shakur, I cannot thank you enough for sharing your thoughts and concerns.  You are absolutely right on every point.  I don’t find your sharing combative in the least.  Instead, I find it compelling.  There are a million thoughts I have in regards to your sharing, and I think the bottom line is that our language is failing us.  Even in writing my most recent posts on what I am calling the “Holy Masculine,” I found myself struggling to find appropriate words.  There are no words in my native tongue that truly describe what I am feeling in my heart and in my soul – a longing for union – where as a species we can come together in celebration of what is holy and sacred and unique and magnificent in each of us while also celebrating the things within us that make us human – insecurities, fears, unhealed wounds, illness, disease, etc.  And yes, what one person considers holy another might judge as profane.  And yet, I believe we are being called into an even greater expression of our humanness where we might begin to move beyond judgment toward loving compassion.  And yet, our language has no words for this.  Instead we are stuck with the inherent dualism of the English language where everything is either/or, black or white/ right or wrong/ male or female/ etc. etc. etc.

Image credit: Robert M. Place

Shakur, the phoenix I see rising out of your beautiful words is the idea that as we move through this evolution in consciousness, we need to move beyond the words we use to separate – male/female, masculine/feminine, holy/unholy, and find something new. What is beautiful about this is that as the English language is inherently dualistic and there are few words for the fluid movement within unity, we will have to work together to find/create a new language.  Shakur, perhaps this is part of your calling….to help us find a new language that more closely describes a humanity that is one in celebrating diversity and where we are all empowered to find our own unique expression of our personhood.  My sense is that this will be an ongoing conversation as we find our way and our place in this new world we are creating.  Shakur, thank you for the amazing gifts and insights you bring to this co-creation!!!!

 

Love,

Lauri

 

 

 

Posted in Divine Masculine

Resurrecting and Restoring the Divine Masculine

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 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

Only $49.99!!!!!

Created and Facilitated by Lauri Ann Lumby, OM, OPM, MATS

 

Learn more and Register HERE.

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.

Artist: Lewis Williams, OSF

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.”

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The Rise of the Divine Masculine

The Divine Masculine is a quality that resides within all of us – whether we identify as man, woman or other. In Western “civilization,” the Divine Masculine has been mostly absent as we have lived under the tyrannical reign of the unholy masculine.  The unholy masculine is the corruption of all that was originally intended in the divine masculine and is known by its motivation which is fear, power and control. The unholy masculine takes control and then rules through these motivations, making others subservient to it, creating a hierarchical, patriarchal paradigm which privileges male over female,  competition over cooperation, taking over sharing, war over peace, violence over harmony, etc. etc. etc.  It is the unholy masculine (along with its hideous partner the unholy feminine) that is destroying our world.

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The Divine and Holy Masculine is none of these things and is/was the original way in which human beings were meant to live – in partnership with the other half of our Divine Souls – the Holy Feminine.

The purpose of the Divine Masculine is to defend our Soul. The Soul is the Divine within us which seeks to be known in and through the world.  The Soul is the bearer of our unique giftedness and the unique calling we all have to find meaning and fulfillment in our lives, for our own sake and then in service to the betterment of the world.  The Soul knows who we are and who we are called to be.  But, because we live in a world that does not honor our Soul, the Soul has become vulnerable.  Instead, the world around us (that has been created by the Unholy Masculine) tries to tell us who we are and how to live our lives.  Every time our Soul – our true calling – tries to make itself known, we are criticized, condemned, judged, even rejected because the Soul cannot be put into a box.  Our Soul wants FREEDOM in a world that seeks to imprison us with its fear.

As we begin to listen to the voice of our Soul, a great healing takes place. We begin to see through the lies and manipulations of the unholy masculine (and the unholy feminine).  We also begin to see how we have all indulged in and been controlled by the unholy within and outside of us.  We come to understand the deep woundedness within us that caused the unholy to emerge in the first place and we work toward healing these wounds.  Then, and only then, can the Holy within (that which is our truest nature) begin to emerge.

For people of all genders, this journey begins with the rise of the Divine Feminine. We begin to understand our feminine gifts of receiving and allowing, nurturing and supporting.  We become comfortable with our emotions, the ever-shifting sands of the human experience, the light and the darkness that is the human journey.  We get to know death, and loss, challenge and hardship and we learn how to be with it all.  Finally, we do the deep excavating work of Soul Retrieval – diving deep into our own shadows where we have hidden, stuffed, even rejected the parts of our Soul that we (or our society) would not accept….and we bring them forth into the light.  Here, we begin to know who we are, what we need and how we are called to be in the world. Once we get a pretty good handle on this….the Divine Masculine steps in.

The Divine Masculine is the energy within us of provision and protection. The Divine Masculine is the hunter, going out into the world and bringing to us what we need to support the unfolding of our Soul’s purpose.  The Divine Feminine tells the Masculine what is needed, and “he” brings it.  The Divine Masculine is also the gallant knight who stands at the gate to our Soul defending its unfolding.  In this role, the purpose of the Divine Masculine is to set boundaries, to say who and what will be a source of support for our Soul’s mission and purpose and then unapologetically says who or what shall pass through our gate.  (This unapologetic nature is something I have long admired in the men and women that I know who possess this trait!)

As divine expressions of the Love that made us all and seeks to be known in and through us, we deserve nothing less than becoming our true Divine nature – masculine and feminine, and ultimately whole.

 

Where are you in the journey of being your true Divine Self?

To begin the process of unfolding your own Divine Self, check out the Authentic Freedom Mastery Course and the Magdalene Priestess Training.