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Women and Magic: Taking Back our Power

Below is an excerpt from The Order of Melchizedek training program which empowers you with knowledge and skills to support you in the truest purpose of magic – to be a vessel through which the Divine vision of Love can be made manifest both in your own life and in the world around you.  Learn more HERE.

Women and Magic:  Taking Back Our Power!

For the past 5000 years, since the warring hoards, with their jealous and wrathful gods, conquered the people of peace, all that is Holy within us has been suppressed.  This has been especially true of a unique holiness possessed by certain women and men – men and women who had heard and accepted the call to be a channel through which Divine Love was to be known in our world.  These men and women had been charged with holding and maintaining the balance and did so through their intimate connection with the Divine.  They were said to speak and lay with the “gods” and in this they came to know the fullness of Love, becoming the bearers of Love in the world.  They then brought this connection forth in the world through their gifts of healing, teaching, and prophecy. They saw the presence of the Divine in each and every thing and through this observation, guided by the Divine, learned how to heal with both the matter of the earth and the energy of the Divine.  In “speaking with the gods” and observing the movements of nature, they learned to predict nature’s events and how to harness the powers of nature – earth, air, water and flame.  They understood the workings of the human body and how to support the transition into life, maintaining wellness, and acting as guardians at the threshold into death.  With the voice of the Divine to guide them, they were able to discern truth and support the cause of justice and did so by allowing the Divine to speak and act through them. With the eyes of the Divine to guide them, they perceived the shifting of the tides – including that which heralded harmony’s destruction and the coming of their own death as a force and a power for maintaining the delicate balance of Human and Divine, Masculine and Feminine, Death and Life.

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History has called these people witches. 

And for 5000 years, those who carry the fear of the warring hoards, with their jealous and wrathful gods, have tried to rid the world of those who would speak and act for the cause of Love.  For 5000 years, women and men who have been called to be a force of Divine Love in the world and who have tried to do so through their unique gifts of healing, teaching and prophecy have been sought out, chased down, hunted, and killed for daring to share their gifts.  In the West, millions upon millions have died for wanting to live the fullness of their powers of Love – the Crusades, the Inquisition, the Witch trials and burnings, Joan of Arc burned at the stake, the Holocaust, and countless wars fought “in the name of God”.  If the voice of Love wasn’t killed, it was silenced or imprisoned by laws meant to keep the power of Love from making its way forth in the world – laws or corporate policies that makes it impossible for midwives to share their gifts, herbalists fined for prescribing plants not approved by the FDA, healers condemned by their Church for “doing the work of the devil.”   For 5000 years, men and women who bear this call, who have been Divinely appointed to be a force of Divine Love through which harmony can be restored and then maintained in our world have been demonized, condemned, silenced, and in many cases, killed for “being a witch.”

The “Witch’s” Purpose is Love.

Our world is broken and it is dying and there has never been a time when it was more critical that the cause of LOVE be empowered in the world. What was true 5000 years ago is still true today – certain women and men have been uniquely called to be a force of Divine Love in the world so that the world might be restored to and maintained in its originally intended state of harmony and peace.  Those who have been called “witches” are the force through which LOVE will have its way and the world will be restored to its originally intended state of harmony and peace.

If you are one who has heard this call, who has sensed the power of the Divine within you, who has glimpsed the gifts of healing, teaching and prophecy awakening in you, you are not alone and your time is NOW.  In the company of your brothers and sisters who have already awakened and who are in the process of awakening, step forth from the chains of oppression, be freed of the guilt which has imprisoned you and your ancestors before you, walk forth into the light of your Divine call and BE THE LOVE that you were called to be so that our world can once again be free!  We need your gifts and we need them now.  The burning times are over and it is once again time for Love to be known in the world and it wants to be known through you!

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Catholic Witch?

Catholic Witch?  According to “Google” apparently this is how many people find my blog.  When I saw the “if you type idiot” thing yesterday, I became curious.  What happens if I type “Catholic Witch” into the Google search bar?  Well, I found out!  It’s me!  Hee Hee.  Here’s a little reflection that is part of the introductory materials in my new training program, The Order of Melchizedek.  Am I a Catholic Witch?  I guess I’ll let you decide!

A Note from Lauri Ann Lumby, OM, OPM, MATS, program creator and facilitator:

For my entire life I have been fascinated by magic.  Naturally drawn to the mystical, I found my childhood role models in Samantha Stevens, Morticia Addams and Lily Munster.  In my teens, I become overwhelmingly obsessed with anything that had to do with King Arthur and read every book on the subject that I was able, ultimately culminating in the Arthurian masterpiece, The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley.  To say that I loved Tolkien and Star Wars would be an understatement, and Excalibur was my friend.  

This love for magic was further supported by my Catholic upbringing which brought me up close and personal to magic that “turned bread and wine into the body and blood of Christ,” that healed the sick, exorcised demons, and made a humble human into the “child of God.”  Jesus magic was everywhere and the rituals which facilitated this magic spoke to something very deep within my Soul. 

Fast forward into adulthood, along with formation as a Catholic lay minister, I studied Wicca, Native American spirituality, Celtic myth and magic.  I set up my home altar and when I asked for guidance it came in the form of a brick which flew through the air, awakening me to my true purpose which had to do with Priesthood – but not the priesthood I had grown up with.  As it turned out, neither was my call to Priesthood somehow wrapped up in any of the neo-pagan, priestess or goddess movements.  Instead, it seems like it was a Priesthood that predated all of these – what I have heard recent authors call “the primordial tradition.” 

In the Judeo-Christian tradition in which I was raised, this primordial tradition is given a name:  The Order of Melchizedek.  First mentioned in the Book of Genesis as relating to the High Priest of Salem, Jesus is also mentioned as associated with this tradition.  What distinguishes the primordial tradition from the systems of magic popular today is that in the Order of Melchizedek:

  • Magic is not done for the sake of “getting what we want,” but for the sake of aligning our purpose with that of the Divine.
  • It is not we who are “doing” the magic; it is the Divine working through us. 
  • The Order of Melchizedek “keeps it simple,” acknowledging that the true power of magic is not in complicated rituals, invocations, chants or spells, but is in our intention to be One with the Divine – surrendering our own will to the Divine, and emptying ourselves so that the Divine might live in and through us. 
  • We acknowledge and accept what was said to be true of Jesus: 

Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God,
did not regard equality with God as something to be grasped,
 but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave,

being born in human likeness.
And being found in human form, he humbled himself
and became obedient to the point of death— even death on a cross.

Phil 2: 5b-8

It is for all of these reasons that in spite of more training programs on magic and ritual (including the ancient Jewish mystical system of the Kabbalah) than you can shake a stick at; I have endeavored to create a training program that presents magic in another light.  Welcome to this journey!  

Learn about the Order of Melchizedek HERE, and take advantage of the special early-registration discount.

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The Hidden Tradition of Christian Magic

“The Hidden Tradition of Christian Magic” from the Order of Melchizedek Training Program. Learn more HERE.

Once upon a time, I was the perfect little Catholic school girl.  Hair in pigtails.  White blouse, plaid jumper, knee highs and sensible oxfords.  Every morning I proudly walked to the corner to catch my bus with all the other good little Catholic school boys and girls.  I was proud to don my uniform.  I was proud to be among my “tribe.”  I was proud to wave the banner of righteousness with Jesus as my guide.

That’s the Lauri that the outside world perceived. But, there was another Lauri lurking under the mask of the Cath-o-lick Girl!  This was Lauri the witch.  Mrs. Hodgson saw her when I flirted with Pat Gerber instead of listening to her lecturing us about all the ways we might say God’s name in vain.  Sr. Loretta saw her when I questioned the Church’s teaching on what happened to people who were not baptized.  Mr. Pavlock saw her when I tried to dot my i’s with hearts.  Mrs. Neff saw her when instead of tending to my math lesson, I was throwing superballs and watching them ricocheting off the ceiling, floor and blackboards with the naughty boys.  And Fr. (now Bishop) Doyle saw her when I challenged his believes on his clerical privilege (he had the balls to tell us got to go to heaven before us, simply because he was a priest, and regardless of his moral character….he thought he got a free pass!)

Learn more about the Order of Melchizedek Training Program, a training in Christian Magic HERE.

Now, don’t get me wrong.  I was mostly a good girl, too good in the opinion of many (I was only a little self-righteous!).  But, my true self could not help but come out sideways as I worked on being perfect so that I could earn the love and approval of my parents, my teachers, and ultimately, God.

My true self, found meaning in the mystical and the magical and while there could not have been a better place to grow up than in the Catholic Church that is all about mystery and magic – something was always missing.  While I wasn’t conscious of this at the time, I’m curious now to know if deep down I wondered why only the priests got to do the magic.  It seems rather unfair.  Only the priests got to turn the bread and wine into the body and blood of Christ, heal the sick, absolve sins, magically turn an ordinary child into a child of God, and exorcise demons.  What was up with that?

Thankfully, there were many things outside my Catholic experience that did speak to and reflect the magic of my Soul.  Samantha Stevens in Bewitched.  The Wicked Witch of the West.  HR Puffinstuff.  Mary Poppins and all the Disney fairy godmothers, evil queens and witches.  And Sleeping Beauty’s Maleficent – the best cinema villain – only because she was sooooo misunderstood.  How would you feel if all your sisters were invited to the ball but you were not?  I’d be pissed too!

So, when I became a grown up, many books and resources crossed my path that reflected and called forth the magic within that wanted to be know – the Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley, most notably.  Learning about the feminine magic of the mystical isle, set me off on a quest that has taken 26 years to complete (Saturn’s second return).  The winding and twisting path of discovering my magic took me into the exploration of Wicca, Celtic paganism, Neo-Paganism, Neo-Shamanism, the Mysteries of the Golden Dawn, Kabbalistic magic, Egyptian magic, the gods and goddesses of the Celtic and Hindu traditions, the Emerald Tablet, the Egyptian Book of the Dead, in-depth study of energy medicine, Chi Qong, Yoga, Bhakti, and the ancient and continuing tradition and practice of alchemy.  In my quest, I had devoured everything that came into my path that had to do with magic.  Oh, does Harry Potter count too?  I think it should!  Expecto Patronum!

Magic, I learned, was in my blood.  Everything I studied felt like a remembering.  But even after all this study, something still was missing.  While I appreciated all the tools I had gathered, practiced, learned and honed from all these different traditions, the Christian component was missing.  Or rather, the Jesus component.  Something deep within me said that my journey to magic would not be complete until I found the Jesus link.

As it turns out, the Jesus link had been right in front of my nose the whole time:

  • In scripture  (Hebrews 5: 7-10)
  • In the First Eucharistic Prayer during the Catholic mass (http://catholic-resources.org/ChurchDocs/EP1-4.htm)
  • In the ordination of the Catholic priesthood and by extension, all who are baptized.  http://catholicexchange.com/the-order-of-melchizedek

There it was, right in front of my eyes.  Jesus was a priest according to the Order of Melchizedek.  Catholic priests are ordained into this order.  This is the priesthood activated within all believers through their baptism (and in my mind, by extension, anyone who might consider Jesus to be their teacher whether they are baptized or not.)

The magic I had longed for, searched for, and hungered for my whole life had been there all along in my teacher Jesus and within the Catholic Church in which I was raised.  The problem was, (and still is) that women and those called to intimate partnership through marriage are barred from this magic.

Then there is the problem of the secrets.  In the Catholic Church, all we see is the external Christian magic – the consecration of the bread and wine, the pouring of water in baptism, the laying on of hands in confirmation, etc.  In fact, the external magic may be all that remains in the Christian magic of the Catholic Church. My task has been to exhume the magic that I believe has been buried since the day that Christianity sold itself out to the patriarchy. When Christianity became a monarchy instead of the egalitarian and democratic experience that Jesus modeled (though remember, Jesus wasn’t a Christian he was a Jew), everything of the esoteric (and by association, the feminine) was set aside, and later condemned as evil.

Now, there may be a good reason for hiding away the magic.

First, there are the practical reasons:

  • Magic has power.  Psycho-spiritual maturity is required in those performing magic, along with a strong system of accountability.  Power is a great temptation and one needs to be strong enough to resist this temptation.
  • REAL magic is for one purpose and one purpose only – Union with God.  In this union, we uncover and discover our truth.  Not all are ready for the knowledge of and consequences of their truth.

Then there is the political reason:

  • Again, magic is power.  REAL magic – the kind that leads us into Union with the Divine creates and supports a self-actualized and empowered population of women and men who know who they are, what their gifts are and how they are called to use them.  And they are not afraid to use them.  Institutions built on fear, power and control fear this kind of REAL power, because it cannot be manipulated and controlled. No wonder the Cathars were massacred.

My task has been to remember these ancient practices of Christian Magic that I believe were part of Jesus’ training through his experiences in Egypt, with the mystical orders of Judaism, and during his time in India among the great Hindu masters.  The reason Jesus was acknowledged as a priest in the Order of Melchizedek, is because these practices, like Jesus’ teachings, are not limited to one single religious belief system or practice, but are indeed, Universal.

Lauri Ann Lumby has researched the hidden tradition of Christian Magic and now makes it available through the Order of Melchizedek Training Program.  Learn more by clicking on the image below:

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Announcing: The Order of Melchizedek Training Program

Order of Melchizedek Two-Year Training Program

The Primordial Tradition of Judeo-Christian Magic

Ritual, divination, shamanism, healing, and the Kabbalah for the purpose of attaining Divine Union.

EARLY REGISTRATION PRICING HERE

The Order of Melchizedek, created and facilitated by Lauri Ann Lumby, OM, OPM, MATS, is a two-year training program with an emphasis on ritual, divination, shamanic practices, healing and in-depth study of the Kabbalah. Through knowledge and practice, you will learn and discover the true origins and purpose of magic – which is to achieve Divine Union.  When we, like Jesus and the High Priest of Salem, achieve this state of Union, we become a vessel through which the loving nature of the Divine can be made manifest in our world, proving the alchemical adage, “As above, so below.”

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The Order of Melchizedek is made up of six individual courses, completed in succession (follow the individual course links for detailed descriptions of each course):

Order of Melchizedek Level One Training

Introduction to ritual and divination practices

22 lessons

Order of Melchizedek Level Two Training

Shamanic Practices Intensive

7 lessons

Order of Melchizedek Level Three Training

Authentic Freedom – healing spiritual fears and their resulting compulsions

9 lessons

Order of Melchizedek Level Four Training

Aleph/Beis Attunements and the Major Arcana of the Tarot

24 lessons

Order of Melchizedek Level Five Training     

Deepening Freedom – The Aramaic Lord’s Prayer

10 lessons

Order of Melchizedek Level Six Training (Final)

The Kabbalah including Sefirot Attunements

14 lessons

Each course includes scripture, reading, lecture, mindfulness and creativity exercises, instruction, practice and discussion. There are several required texts and the remainder of the work is completed online.  The course is made to be completed in 91 weeks, but you may take as long as you need to complete the required work.

The program also includes six one-on-one mentoring sessions with program creator and facilitator, Lauri Ann Lumby.

The Order of Melchizedek training is highly transformational, supporting you in exorcising the fears, false perceptions and ego attachments that might otherwise prevent you from knowing Union, and empowering you with knowledge and skills which will support you in understanding the truest purpose of magic – to be a vessel through which the Divine vision of Love can be made manifest both in your own life and in the world around you.

Early Registration Pricing HERE.

A Note from Lauri Ann Lumby, OM, OPM, MATS, program creator and facilitator:

For my entire life I have been fascinated by magic. Naturally drawn to the mystical, I found my childhood role models in Samantha Stevens, Morticia Addams and Lily Munster.  In my teens, I become overwhelmingly obsessed with anything that had to do with King Arthur and read every book on the subject that I was able, ultimately culminating in the Arthurian masterpiece, The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley.  To say that I loved Tolkien and Star Wars would be an understatement, and Excalibur was my friend. 

This love for magic was further supported by my Catholic upbringing which brought me up close and personal to magic that “turned bread and wine into the body and blood of Christ,” that healed the sick, exorcised demons, and made a humble human into the “child of God.” Jesus magic was everywhere and the rituals which facilitated this magic spoke to something very deep within my Soul.

Fast forward into adulthood, along with formation as a Catholic lay minister, I studied Wicca, Native American spirituality, Celtic myth and magic. I set up my home altar and when I asked for guidance it came in the form of a brick which flew through the air, awakening me to my true purpose which had to do with Priesthood – but not the priesthood I had grown up with.  As it turned out, neither was my call to Priesthood somehow wrapped up in any of the neo-pagan, priestess or goddess movements.  Instead, it seems like it was a Priesthood that predated all of these – what I have heard recent authors call “the primordial tradition.”

In the Judeo-Christian tradition in which I was raised, this primordial tradition is given a name: The Order of Melchizedek.  First mentioned in the Book of Genesis as relating to the High Priest of Salem, Jesus is also mentioned as associated with this tradition.  What distinguishes the primordial tradition from the systems of magic popular today is that in the Order of Melchizedek:

  • Magic is not done for the sake of “getting what we want,” but for the sake of aligning our purpose with that of the Divine.
  • It is not we who are “doing” the magic; it is the Divine working through us.
  • The Order of Melchizedek “keeps it simple,” acknowledging that the true power of magic is not in complicated rituals, invocations, chants or spells, but is in our intention to be One with the Divine – surrendering our own will to the Divine, and emptying ourselves so that the Divine might live in and through us.
  • We acknowledge and accept what was said to be true of Jesus:

Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God,
did not regard equality with God as something to be grasped,
 but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave,

being born in human likeness.
And being found in human form, he humbled himself
and became obedient to the point of death— even death on a cross.

Phil 2: 5b-8

It is for all of these reasons that in spite of more training programs on magic and ritual (including the ancient Jewish mystical system of the Kabbalah) than you can shake a stick at; I have endeavored to create a training program that presents magic in another light.

Learn more about Lauri Ann Lumby HERE.

EARLY REGISTRATION PRICING HERE.

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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).

 

 

 

 

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The World I Choose – Undoing the Lie

On January 13, 1965, I was born into this world. (Actually, I was dragged in by my left foot, kicking and screaming.)  At 52 years of age, I clearly remember everything I knew as truth before coming into this world.  I knew that our world was made by love, of love and for the purpose of love.  I knew that as reflections of our Loving Creator, people were kind, thoughtful, generous, giving.  I knew that like the Loving Creator that finds its expression through us, we are meant to be observers and listeners and experience this world and all our human experiences through the eyes of curiosity and wonder, in this, all is seen and experienced in the way it is seen through God’s eyes who judges it all as “good.”  I knew, that like the Creator who finds its expression through us, we have the ability to create through our thoughts, intentions and words, and that we are here to play and create, rather, we are here to co-create with our God, making heaven on earth as God intends.  I also knew that all that I knew to be true was what all of humanity knew to be true and that in this truth, we would live in peace and harmony as God had intended.

These are all the things I knew to be true, until the world showed me something else. Very quickly I learned that humanity had forgotten the truth it had come into this world knowing and had instead constructed a mountain of lies based on everything but these truths.  Suddenly, people were no longer kind, generous or giving.  Everything of the earth was meant to be controlled and human beings were inherently evil, born with the stain of “original sin,” not made of love at all, but unworthy of God’s love.  Life was no longer an exciting journey of co-creation, it was a slow and painful funeral dirge toward our certain damnation unless we appeased the angry gods.  We no longer had the power to create, only the power to destroy. Our Divine powers of co-creation were called “witchcraft” and “sorcery” and condemned to the point where magic was no longer real (unless it was the magic of the priests who could miraculously turn bread and wine into the body and blood of Christ).

These were the lies with which I found myself confronted very soon after taking on my human form. These are the lies that we are all confronted with and which take us away from the love we knew and know in the deepest places in our heart where our truth resides.  These are the lies that have made the human experience so difficult for me.  Why?  Because I know something else, and for the past 52 years a war has been raging within me between the truth I know in my heart and the lies that I’ve been shown.

But today, I declare an end to this war. No longer do I need to fight between the world I know and the world I’ve been shown, because I now understand that it is simply a matter of choice.  Do I believe the lies I’ve been shown or the truth I know in my heart?  The answer to that question is simple:  I choose the world I know in my heart because the other one is simply a lie.  I have never lived in that world of lies.  I have never believed that humans were inherently evil.  I never believed in a god whose love had to be earned, or one who would take “His” love away.  I never believed in a God who was only male – or who was made in our own image.  I never believed that the priests owned the magic.  I never believed that the human experience had to be HARD and that we had to bite, scratch, beg, borrow or steal to make our way in the world.  No.  I say no to these lies and yes to my truth.

With this choice, the world that I live in is made up of love. In this love, life becomes a dance of welcome, wonder and ease, where work has meaning and purpose and feels nothing like work, for here our work is our play.  Magic is real and everything is magical because it is seen through the eyes of love.  People are kind, and when they are not, it is simply because they have forgotten.  Evil does not exist in my world, only forgetfulness and in this, there is nothing to forgive – only something to be remembered.  In my world, I am co-creating with the Divine a world of magic and wonder, bringing forth creations of love and for the purpose of love.  And in this, everything I need to complete my mission of love shows up as if by magic….because magic is what it is.

This is the world I live in and if you want to, you can live here too.

I found the power to claim my truth through the Authentic Freedom process that was created through me.  Learn more about the Authentic Freedom Mastery Course HERE.

 

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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

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I Know Why I’m Here

I know why I’m here. I’ve always known it.  From the first time I heard this song:

And every minute thereafter, I have known it. It has only taken me 51 (almost 52) years to believe it.

I am here to be hospice to a dying world and to support the birth of the new that is already coming forth out of the ash. In case I didn’t get it when I first heard “The Age of Aquarius,” my Soul made sure I knew in a dream I had when I was just a child.  The dream was of the coming of the end of the world and the assignment I was given to gather my friends and do what we needed to do to save the world from complete and total collapse while restoring the world to its original intention in integrity, honesty, peace, justice and love.

As I have meandered through the first two 26-year cycles of my life, the what and how of this mission has been made more and more clear, while at the same time seeming more cloudy and confusing. What this looks like and the form it will take is cloudy.  What it is made up of is clear:

  1. LOVE. Specifically, the love I have learned through Jesus. I didn’t learn what the institutions taught through their politicalized version of Jesus. I learned directly from the man. I learned it through prayerful study of scripture and in finding the truth beyond the words as guided by my own deep source of inner truth. I learned it through personal, intimate encounters and conversations with Jesus and with him, the Magdalene. I learned it through teachers from other spiritual traditions who were saying the same thing, which then ultimately brought me back to Jesus. I learned it through dreams, visions, higher levels of learning, and through the rich personal experiences of my life. Here, I bypassed doctrine and dogma and learned what is true for me….and that truth is LOVE.
  2. MAGIC. I don’t mean “hocus pocus” magic like that reserved for ordained, “celibate” men, waving their hands and turning bread and wine into the body and blood of Christ (don’t get me wrong, this magic can be real magic depending on the intention of the one doing the magic and those receiving it). I also don’t mean using magic to get what I want or by manipulating the elements for my own selfish end. No, I mean REAL MAGIC. The Magic that is the Divine in us working through us to manifest a higher goal….and that goal brings us back to #1, LOVE.

This is the Magic that defies the laws of nature, that defies the rational and logical mind and that sets Newtonian physics on its ass. The very Magic that Moses did when he parted the Reed Sea, that Miriam did when she found water in the desert, that Elijah did when he brought a dead child back to life, that Mother Mary did in hearing the Angel’s call, that Jesus did when he healed the sick, fed the hungry, gave sight to the blind, set captives free, raised Lazarus from the dead and that Mary Magdalene did in being catalyst and witness to the resurrection.  This is the Magic that all of these great teachers came to know through their own intimate connection with the Divine that dwelt within them.  And this is the Magic that I am called to REMEMBER so that I can fulfill my mission and support others in fulfilling theirs.

 

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Confessions of a Catholic Witch

I have always known I was a witch. For 364 days a year, however, I simply pretended I was not.   Only on Halloween as I donned my black robe, black pointy boots and a black did I feel completely at home.  For the remaining days of the year, I felt like a fake….sort of….for if there is one place where a witch is at home (until she is found out that is), it is in the Catholic Church.

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Nowhere else, among all of the western religions, is magic as prevalent as it is within Catholicism. Where else can a man utter the phrase “hocus pocus” (hoc est corpus meum) and turn the simple elements of bread and wine into the body and blood of Christ, or through the imposition of hands release a person from “the devil’s” grip?

The smells, the bells, the little altars everywhere, the haunting strains of Latin chant, the saints to whom I could pray to remedy any struggle or ill, and the votive candles that I lit to solidify my intentions bring my dreams to fruition – all spoke to the witch inside of me who knew the world was magic and that magic could be brought forth in the world. Magic in its truest sense – the Divine working through us in support of the love within that is seeking its place in the world.

The Goddess knew what she was doing when I was born into a devout Catholic family – one that had been Catholic for many generations. She knew what she was doing when she planted me within the single western religion that honors the worship of both a male and a female God. (While Jesus’ mother, Mary, is not officially recognized as a goddess by the Catholic Church, people sure treat her as if she were.  Wouldn’t one have to be a goddess to be the “Mother of God?”)  She knew what she was doing when she placed me within the only western tradition that recognizes the use of amulets (saint medals, scapulars and rosaries), magical potions (holy water and anointing oils), incense and salt for keeping evil at bay.

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Being a Catholic witch has not been easy, however, which is why I have hid my truth for all these fifty-one years. While I was drawn to everything that speaks magic within the Catholic Church, in being a witch, I also saw through the lies, the deception, and the subtle ways in which the Church manipulated people through fear.  At a very early age, I became aware of the hypocrisy within the Church and was not afraid to call it out.  As an adult, I have maintained this practice and there is a big file in our local Catholic diocese with my name on it to prove it.  Apparently the Church is not interested in those who see through the mask of piety and the illusion of holiness.

It was ultimately this hypocrisy that caused me to leave the Church I once adored – all because I dared to study and practice Reiki. It is apparently ok for a priest to practice laying on of hands in support of a person’s desire for healing, but Goddess-forbid a lay person, OR WORSE, a woman should do the same.  By a Church that claims it is not doing magic in turning bread and wine into the body and blood of Christ, or in healing the sick through the imposition of hands, it was of witchcraft and sorcery I was accused and then condemned for doing “the work of the devil.”  Me thinkest they protesteth too much!

Because I no longer feel welcome in the local Church which has effectively burned me at the stake, I have chosen for the past eight years to fast from the Eucharist. This does not mean, however, that I ever stopped being Catholic – more importantly, a Catholic witch.  I heal the sick through the imposition of hands.  I ordain women and men into their own giftedness (magic) and send them forth into the world where their magic can be shared.  I baptize people into the love that they are and confirm them into being that love in the world.  I hear people’s confessions – and absolve them of their “sin” by helping them to heal the deeper inner fears that cause their addictive and non-loving behaviors.  I sit with people in the pain of grief and prepare them for their death.  I preside over weddings and funerals.  I provide spiritual nourishment through the Eucharist that is within each and every one of us when we allow ourselves to BE the Body and Blood of Christ.

For living out my call in this way, you could call me priest, or priestess, but as it was in the most ancient traditions, and in response to the accusations against me, I prefer to be called a witch.

 

 lauriprofilecroppedLauri Ann Lumby has been called many things: mother, daughter, sister, friend, wife, lover, writer, author, poet, teacher, counselor, healer, priest, shit-disturber, heretic and witch. It is “witch” which is her favorite. Lauri lives in Oshkosh, Wisconsin with her two teenage children and is the owner of Authentic Freedom Academy where she helps her students and clients turn their world from fear into love.  Learn more about Lauri at www.authenticfreedomacademy.com.

 

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