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The Secret to Manifesting Abundance

I have spent my entire professional life chasing after the secret to manifesting abundance. I have followed both the Capitalistic model of achievement and the so-called spiritual laws of attraction. It wasn’t until I understood the real secret that my life became abundant.

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The “hard work” model

I have worked my ass off, one year making as many as 10,000 cold calls chasing after the promise of abundance. I have worked up to 100 hours a week chasing after abundance. I have networked, sent out press releases, written hundreds of letters of introduction, mailed hundreds of fliers and brochures, plastered the internet with thousands of blog posts and professionally written articles.  I have hosted workshops, classes, events, retreats. I have followed the advice of marketing experts.  I have employed the help of a strategic planning team.  I have pounded the pavement, looked under every bush and beneath every stone.  I have climbed mountains.  When all of this proved futile, I turned to the “spiritual” experts.

“The Secret”, “The Law of Attraction” and “Law of Manifestation”

I have thought the right thoughts. I have censored my negative thoughts.  I have recited mantras, offered prayers.  I lighted candles. I Feng-shuied my home and my office. I have written it down, visualized it, and believed it to be real.  I have set an altar, cast spells, carried crystals, put it in a cauldron and burned it – setting my prayers out on the wind. I followed the “energy alignment” protocols said to “guarantee” abundance. I slowed down in my doing so that I could simply be and allow.  I surrendered, submitted, let go.  I “trusted” my ass off and when I was out of energy for trusting, I asked for help in trusting.

The Prosperity Gospel

Then I wondered, if something was wrong with me or if I had done something wrong. Did “God not love me enough (as the Prosperity Gospel preachers claim) that I should be so poor?  Did I need to pray more?  Give more money to my “church?”  Confess my “sins?”  Had I sinned in leaving my Church and was I now being punished?  Of course I knew none of this to be true, but surely I must have done something wrong or there must be something wrong with me if all of these formulas worked for others but they haven’t worked for me.

In every way shape and form, I “asked” and it wasn’t given. Or wasn’t it?

The Secret to Manifesting Abundance

The secret to manifesting abundance is that THERE IS NO SECRET. The truth is that there is nothing we can manifest on our own.  When manifestation happens, it is simply GRACE.  Manifestation happens not because we thought the right thoughts, or worked hard enough, or planted enough seeds, or cast the right spell, or appeased God enough with our prayers.  Manifesting abundance happens because it is our Soul’s purpose at that moment in time.  That is an action of pure Grace.  And everything is Grace – even that which we want to judge as adversity, challenge, failure and loss. Everything is Grace as Grace is simply the natural unfolding of our Soul, leading us along the path we need for the fulfillment of this life’s purpose –  the joys and the sorrows, the births and the deaths, wellness and disease, financial prosperity and financial lack, the struggles and the victories – it is all Grace.  When we realize this truth and accept everything as the natural and necessary unfolding of our soul, then, and only then, are we truly abundant.

For everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven.

Ecclesiastes 3: 1

Lauri Ann Lumby, OM, OPM, MATS is an author,  Spiritual Director, Transformational Educator and mentor.  Lauri supports you in your spiritual awakening and journey toward self-actualization.  Schedule a private session with Lauri today by emailing lauri@authenticfreedom.love.

 

 

 

Posted in Authentic Freedom, manifestation, Raised Catholic

The Spiritual Law of Manifesting

As we believe, so shall it be.

 In the popular book The Secret, and all the related pop-culture myths on manifestation, it is said that our thought governs our ability to get what we want.  In other words, “If we want something, all we need to do is think the right thoughts.”  In this mythology, the opposite is also true, “If you are not getting what you want, it is because you have thought the wrong thoughts.”

While there may be some truth to these myths in causal (3D/duality) consciousness, in the world of Unity Consciousness none of this is true. If you are already living in Unity consciousness (or at the least, holding the intention to live from a place of Oneness), if we even try to think our way into manifesting, it will fail and likely blow up in our face.

In Unity consciousness, manifesting what we want isn’t even the question and thought has nothing to do with it.  Instead, manifesting in Unity consciousness is about a process of emptying, being guided, believing, allowing, taking action where needed,  and receiving.

First we have to be emptied of all perceptions and belief systems rooted in the false perception of separation. Most importantly, we have to be healed of all the inner wounds and fears that keep us from remembering our original nature as One with that which some might call “God,” One with ourselves, one with each other and one with all creation.

Then, from this place of intimate connection with Source/our Higher self, we free ourselves of our own plans, ideas, strategies, agendas, itineraries, need to know and to control and be open instead to Higher Guidance – the place where truth resides. We have to receive this truth and believe it no matter how startling, counter-cultural, life-altering it might be.

And then, we have to believe. Belief, I have learned is the key to manifesting the guidance we receive from that place of intimate connection with Source.  As we believe it, so shall it be.  This belief starts with perception.  How do we judge the circumstances of our life and the world around us?  If we believe that what we are seeing is negative and will lead to our destruction, then it will.  If we believe that what we are seeing from a higher perspective, from the Divine perspective colored by love, then we will trust that it will unfold in our highest good (even if what is happening includes a loss, a failure or a disappointment.)  Once we learn to guide our perception to the highest good, then we have faith and trust that all roads are leading to the fulfillment of the guidance we first received.  As we believe it to be, it shall be so.  Then, we allow the natural unfolding of this manifestation and we are open and willing to receive all we need for this dream to be made manifest. And if there is action to be taken on our part, the revelation and guidance of this comes, again, from this place of Oneness.

Emptying. Accepting Guidance.  Believing.  Allowing.  Taking Action when guided.  Receiving.

Let me offer a concrete example of this as I have witnessed it in the Catholic Church of my youth. Every day, while presiding over the mass, the priest takes a simple glass of wine and a plate of unleavened bread (or communion wafers), says a few words and prayers over them and viola, they are suddenly transformed into the body and blood of Christ.  Yes, the appearance of the bread and wine remain, but the substance has been transformed (transubstantiation) into the body and blood of Christ.  This transformation doesn’t not happen because the priest performed the “Jesus magic,” (though that is likely what some Catholics believe); it is because he and the people BELIEVE that the bread and wine have now been transformed so that they may receive the Presence of Christ in consuming the bread and the wine.

  • Emptying so the will of the Divine can be fulfilled.
  • Believing in the guidance and the manifestation of that guidance.
  • Allowing it to be done through us.
  • Taking action where guided.
  • Receiving the manifestation of the Divine guidance.

And the bottom line: As we believe, so shall it be.

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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.

 

Posted in About Lauri, Authentic Freedom, Being Human, Forgiveness, Freedom, guilt, Healing, Jesus, Lessons, manifestation, self-actualization, Spiritual Practices, teachers

There’s Nothing Noble or Courageous about Being Poor

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I share my stories of personal growth and transformation because I learned long ago that as I heal these wounds in myself, similar wounds are somehow being healed in others…especially when I am courageous enough to share.

So….here goes another sharing….this one confessing a long-held jealousy and hatred of the rich – especially those who seem to bask in their privilege bragging, boasting, showing off all that their wealth provides (ala Kim Kardashian and Kanye West).

I am totally aware that this pattern of jealously is merely a projection of my resentment over “not being rich.” I also now understand that it has also been a reflection of the way in which I have rejected the part of me that longs for a life of comfort where my financial needs are all being met and in which I don’t have to worry where my next rent payment will come from.  Deeply imbedded in this rejection is a coping mechanism that I was only able to identify today – I had somehow, somewhere decided that there is something noble and courageous in being poor (I sense this somehow stems from my Catholic upbringing).  In spite of Jesus’ admonishment about it being more difficult for the rich to enter into the Kingdom of Heaven that it would be for a camel to fit into the eye of a needle (the explanation of which is a whole other blog entirely!), there is nothing noble or courageous about being poor!

My earliest recollection of “hating the rich” started with my grade school nemesis, who here shall remain unnamed. This nemesis was not initially an enemy, in fact, she was a friend (or so I thought).  She was the only one among my classmates who was obvious about what her parents possessed in the way of status, power, position and “wealth.”  Most of us didn’t care, (which is perhaps why she was so loud about it.) and it truly wasn’t her verbosity that soured our friendship….it was her cruelty. Somewhere, somehow, she decided I was her competition.  This envy then came through in duplicitous acts – being kind to me and inviting me to her parties, then being downright cruel to me every chance she got.  In my young mind, mean and rich must mean the rich are mean, right?

Then came “Jane P. Morgan” (name changed to protect the guilty).  “JP Morgan” was a sorority “sister.”  She was also “new rich.”  Every single day, she would descend the front staircase of the TriDelt house and loudly proclaim to anyone who was within earshot, an inventory of what she was wearing that day (or should I say “who”), and how much each item cost.  Her $700.00 Gucci shoes, $300.00 Coach purse, $300.00 Ellen Tracey skirt, and $400.00 Ralph Lauren sweater.  Nobody gave a crap what, who or the price of what she was wearing that day.  Because the seed of money-hate had already been planted in me, I self-righteously echoed the inventory of my own clothing choice for the day – My $30.00 Target knock-off Coach bag, my $5.00 vest and $7.00 skirt from Ragstock and my dad’s old Hanes T-shirt.  Upon reflection, I was as proud of my “Little Orphan Annie” wardrobe as JPM was of her designer fare.  Me thinks we both protesteth too much.

For 35 years, the ghosts of the nemesis and JPM have haunted me – hurling their taunts and jeers over all they have, reminding me of what I do not – Success. Fame.  Status.  Power.  Riches.  Wealth.  Money.  I have intermittently run from these ghosts and when I tire of running, returning their jeers with my own self-righteous poverty. When it isn’t the voice of the nemesis or JPM whispering in my ear, it is the Pepsodent smile of a certain disgustingly rich Christian minister, Kanye and Kim, “The Donald” and every other filthy rich individual who waves the banner of their wealth for all to see.  And when I grew tired of their whispering, I dug my heels even more deeply into my “noble” poverty.

Jesus was poor, right?! (or was he really?????? Scripture doesn’t really say).  The Church always lauded the blessings of the poor, the sick, the lame….they will be the first welcomed into the Kingdom of Heaven.  If I want to be perfect, loved, welcome home by our “Heavenly Creator” it would be better if I were poor, right?  And then I look into the faces of the truly poor and decide that if they are to be fed, clothed, housed, it is best if I make do with only the bare essentials so that they may one day live.  If the rest of the world won’t take care of them, then Lauri Lumby needs to.  Right????

WRONG! And if I didn’t get this message the fourteenth time, God made sure this past weekend that I would get it!  After not just one….but three….encounters with my own resentment toward wealth, I had to ask myself a difficult question:

 

“How is my repulsion of the rich reflective of my own unhealed wounds around money?”

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OUCH. OUCH.  OUCH….and… OUCH!

 

Not just ouch……world spinning, bring me to my knees, full-blown panic attack OUCH!

(Karen Schmidt….are you listening? Thank you for being the first to TRULY see the source of my panic attacks!  I love you!)

 

Again, OUCH which brings me full-circle:

 

There is nothing courageous or noble about being poor! In fact, it sucks!  I’m damn tired of putting the burden of poverty on my own shoulders out of some misplaced wound (lie) about money and those who wield it.

Because here is something I know about the world….

Not every person who is rich is evil. In fact, many rich, kind, benevolent people come to mind:  JK Rowling, Kate Middleton, Oprah Winfrey, Ellen Degeneres (aka “generous”), Meryl Streep, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie….all kinds of rich and famous people do amazingly loving and generous things with their money….money about which they make no boasts.

I also know that within everyone who boasts of their wealth, or shows off what they have, is a wound greater than any wound I could possible imagine. So for them I pray – for their fear, unhealed wounds, insecurities, lack of self-knowledge, etc. the same fear, unhealed wounds, insecurities and lack of self-knowledge that led me to judge the rich in the first place!

HELLO MIRROR!

I’m sorry. Please Forgive Me.  I love you.  Thank you!

And so it is…..AMEN!

When Lauri Ann Lumby isn’t being a self-righteous hag, she is helping others to identify and bring healing to the unhealed wounds within themselves – those wounds which are preventing them from being their most authentic, self-actualized and fulfilled selves.  Click here to learn more about what Lauri Ann Lumby provides through Authentic Freedom Academy. 

 

 

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The Function of Divine Will and Divine Timing in Unity Consciousness

A big title for a big topic.  This is what came through today as I was pondering the question of how manifesting, timing, etc. function in Unity Consciousness.  Who knew I’d been judging it all from the perspective of separation – until today!  When we transcend separation, this is what happens:

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In Unity Consciousness (or what some might call Christ Consciousness), there is no such thing as “Divine Timing” or “Divine Will.” In Unity Consciousness, we are freed of the false perception of separation such that there is no separation between ourselves and God.  Instead, the separate mind steps aside so that the Godself can live in and through us through our unique being.  In this state, God’s will becomes our will – manifesting as our needs, our wants and our desires. The separate mind, no longer afraid, simply says “YES” through a state of deep, inner knowing, that which is known as right and true, mostly in our hearts.  In this, everything arises in the perfect way in the perfect time and we are inwardly guided to act at the exactly perfect time in the exactly perfect way in support of what is now our heart’s desire. We are no longer waiting for “Divine will” to be revealed or for “Divine Timing” to play out because if the desire is in our heart, it is Divine Will and the time is now.

How about that to make our brains explode.  Explains a lot and now I will be testing this theory.  Test it out yourself too and let me know what happens! 

 

Love,

Lauri

 

Posted in 6D, Authentic Freedom, End of the World Prophecies, Magic, manifestation, world changes

Crossing the Threshold into the New World!

As I recline into reflection on this past week’s (years) galactic events (solar eclipse, equinox, full blood moon lunar eclipse, Wave X, etc.) I am acutely aware of having crossed a major threshold – and the rest of the world with me. Like the people of Who-ville screaming out to Horton, the only being who could hear, the collective “we” chanting/shouting/proclaiming/declaring/celebrating:

We are here! We are here! We are here!

And like the people of Who-ville, I feel as if we have not arrived at some place new, but instead, that the rest of the world finally knows we are here. Rather, the world has finally caught up with what we have known and imagined all along.

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But, where exactly are we? My experience of where we are is exactly where we have always been but were unable to see/experience/know/BELIEVE. The place we are IS HOME.

What in the world does that mean? What does it mean to be home? First, what home is NOT!

Speaking only for myself (though I suspect many of you as well), I have known – from a very early age – that I was not born to live in the 3D world (the world of duality), but that I was born to live in a different kind of world – one that for many years I could not name – but I certainly had known. I was confirmed in this knowledge through all the things of the 3D world that made absolutely NO SENSE to me. Things like – fear, power, control, competition, deceit, doing harm to another, violence, hatred, war, prejudice, selfishness, narcissism, abuse, waste, conspicuous consumption, unbridled consumerism, etc. etc. etc.

I was also confirmed in the knowledge that I was not made to live in the 3D world when ALL the ways of manifesting in the 3D world eluded me. NOTHING came to me through the “tried and true” 3D methods for achieving success and every time I tried to do things the way “the experts” say it is done, I FAILED – and I failed miserably – and then I died from the trying – suffering exhaustion, sickness, anxiety, panic and even depression as I tried to fit my 5D (unity-directed) Spirit into a 3D (separation-directed) world. But, the things that I truly needed in my life, those things that were expressly for my Soul’s highest good, all came into my life through no effort on my own but through SHEER MAGIC – along with my ability to hear/see Magic when it showed up and then saying YES to it.

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Which brings me to the discussion of what home IS:

Home is the manifestation of all that we know in our hearts to be true and the fulfillment of our Soul’s deepest inner knowing/desire.

Let me give you some examples:

For my whole entire life, there are certain things I have known to be true.

  • I have known of a place where all my needs were being abundantly met in a way that allows me to live simply, comfortably, in a place of beauty and safety that makes me feel at home but does not deprives others of this same human right.
  • I have known that I am uniquely gifted and that my life has meaning and a purpose – both for my own fulfillment and for the sake of the betterment of the world.
  • I have known that there is nothing (but myself) holding me back from being my most authentic self (except perhaps the Soul’s timing).
  • I have known that I am here for the purpose of love – to love and to be loved and to enjoy the fruits of BELOVED PARTNERSHIP. I have carried within me a deep knowing of what Beloved Partnership is and what it feels like and I that my Soul would tell me when I was straying from the kind of relationship my Soul was destined to experience.
  • I have known the inner experience of withholding my truth and that only in expressing my truth would I find freedom.
  • I have known myself to be my own authority and that my Soul desires for me to know my truth and communicates truth to me through deep inner knowing, dreams, intuition, learning, life experiences, people with whom I come in contact, prayer and my creative imagination.
  • I have known that I was never alone and that I could not walk this path alone and that I am ultimately One with God in Love.

Finally, I have known in the deepest places of my Soul that the way all of the above comes into being is as if by MAGIC. The manifestation of our Soul’s deepest knowing and desires is meant to be effortless and to be experienced through the greatest of ease – like Samantha Stevens wiggling her cute little nose or waving her gossamer-draped arms in the air – POOF- all we are meant to be will be made real and present in our world.

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Welcome Home!

I know that if you are reading this blog, what has been true for me has also been true for you – for many, many years, your great big SOUL trying to fit into a too-small world. Well……..this time is OVER and the world is finally big enough for your magnificent, glowing, MAGICAL SOUL! You are here! You are here! You are here! Welcome home and bask in the knowledge of your Soul at rest and all the things you need for the sake of your Soul coming to you in magical and miraculous ways! I can’t wait to see all the things our True Home has in store for us! Bibbity! Bobbity! Boo!

If you want to hear more about the new world and practices to help us fully receive the new world, check out yesterday’s Sunday Service HERE. 

 

 

 

Posted in 6D, Authentic Freedom, End of the World Prophecies, Freedom, Inspiration, Magic, manifestation, world changes

We Have Arrived in the New World

LOVE IS ALL THERE IS!

Brothers and sisters,

We have arrived.  We have arrived in the new world. We have left behind duality (3D) and have stepped fully into Unity Consciousness (5D). It has been a long, hard journey of purging, releasing, cleansing and freeing ourselves of all that is no longer life-giving and not supportive of the world we have dreamed of and the world that has finally come to be.  The past few weeks have been a doozie….solar eclipses, an equinox, tomorrow’s full blood moon and lunar eclipse and WAVE X which reaches out to us all the way from the galactic core as the fullest expression of love.  Pope Francis’ visit to the U.S. and his audiences with Congress and the U.N., along with all the minds and hearts he has touched with his unconditional loving presence perfectly reflects what we are really in for.

Our world has changed and there can no longer be any doubt about this.  Our minds and hearts have been broken opened and we see that we are no longer alone (not that we ever were).  We are not the only crazy ones who have dreamed of a more loving world and we are not the only crazy ones who have assumed great risk to follow the vision of our Soul’s and the deep knowing in our hearts.  All of our hard work, all the risks we have taken, the financial gambles we have endured are all paying off as we are allowed to be the first witnesses to the TRUTH – the Truth that the world is made of LOVE and is made for the purpose of LOVE and that we were placed on this earth to carry this vision and see it become real.  The veil of ignorance and fear that has obscured this TRUTH has fallen and now all that remains is LOVE.

This is a time of great celebration – a celebration that will continue to grow as the LOVE that we are continues to find its way into full manifestation and as we bear witness to the new creations that are being born out of this love.

Thank you for holding on to this vision and for being a source of anchoring the reality of this love in the world.  As a partying (parting) gift, I want to share with you a poem that arose out of me yesterday as I completed the first assignment in the “Be the Force” course that I am taking with Lauren Gorgo.  Thank you Lauren for helping us to remember our Magic=Love=Freedom!  XXOOXXO

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Freedom is: Love is All there is.

Copyright 2015 Lauri Ann Lumby

 

Freedom is experiencing life as a dance –

An exuberant celebration of the Love that

dances through me and

tumbles through my fingers,

through my eyes,

and out of my mouth –

like glimmering jewels paving the highways and byways-

sparkling and twinkling

catching humanity’s eye so that they might find their way home –

an easily marked roadway that leads to:

“All Are Happy Here.”

Where gifts are freely shared

Because they are fully known.

Like the Pied Piper whistling his tune,

My dance irresistibly calls the world into

Its own Oneness.

Oneness defined by Love,

Known by Grace,

Experienced as Ease.

Where all find peace, fulfillment and joy;

Where all needs are met in abundance –

Not only that we might survive but so we may also

THRIVE!

Creation and manifestation happening as if by Magic

because I know the love that I am and live it freely,

exuberantly, abundantly and with all generosity –

easily treating others with Love because

Love is all there is.

 

The absence of love (fear) no longer part of my consciousness as

Love, Love, Love, Love, Love is all there is.

The absence of love (fear) is no longer because

Love, Love, Love, Love, Love is all there is.

Love in its fullness and Love in the process of being born.

 

All is only Love.

Love is all there is.

And in the face of love in the process of being born,

We can only respond with Love.

Freedom is: Love is all there is.

Love

Lauri

 

Posted in 6D, Inspiration, Jesus, Magic, manifestation, Mystics, Oneness with God, world changes

Catching Up with Ourselves

If you are reading this blog, chances are you feel in your heart a deep burning to be part of making the world a better place. You have carried within yourself a vision of a different world than the one in which we have been living. You know that as a species we are capable of so much more than what we have settled for in the past 5000 years. You know in your heart that human beings are capable of creating a planet that lives in harmony and peace, that understands that it is care for (rather than dominion over) our planet that will sustain us, that love and unity are entirely possible if we put our minds (and hearts) to it. You know that you are here for this reason and you will not rest in peace until this reason has been accomplished. The problem is that most of your life you have felt alone with these thoughts and entertaining this vision has likely put you in conflict with most of those around you, the institutions in which you were raised and the “tribal” rules of your family and the communities in which you found yourself living. In order to heed the voice of your Soul/heart, you had to step outside the status quo, rock the boat and disturb the sh.t; or the pain of rejection was just too great a risk and so you hid your gifts away hoping you wouldn’t be seen for the PROPHET you are.

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The good news is that you are not alone, the time of hiding has come to an end and the world is finally ready for our vision and our gifts (or there are finally enough of us waking up that the scales have tipped and the world can no longer ignore or resist our presence and our mission). As Stephanie Azaria (TheCosmicPath.com) mentioned last week, “we are catching up with ourselves.” In other words, the reason and purpose for our lives and our unique call is finally catching up with the vision we have held onto all these many years.

Sally (Sandra Bullock) plays a modern-witch in the movie Practical Magic.

For me, it is all about the magic – specifically the magic that will create our world anew – the magic that inspired me first through fantasy in the forms of Samantha Stevens (Bewitched), Morticia Addams, Sally Owens (Practical Magic), Rowan Mayfair and Michael Curry (The Witching Hour), Obi Wan Kenobi, Merlin and Morgan LeFay, Galadriel and Gandalf the Grey. I have known in my heart of hearts, in my Soul of Souls that magic is not only possible but quite real. I have also known that we don’t have to wiggle our nose to make magic happen but that it simply arises out of our beings when in partnership with the Divine and the highest purpose of our Soul. Jesus called this magic FAITH. As I have come to understand it, faith is not an act of will as has often been interpreted, but is instead and natural unfolding of our Soul’s purpose when we are courageous enough to get our minds out of the way. Faith produces miracles and requires no effort on our part except to get out of the way. While we may need to take action on the Divine guidance offered, nose wiggles and magic wands are not usually required to get the job done.

Magic, I believe, is what will make our world anew and as I see it, magic is already happening. Magic is happening for me in the miraculous way my initial vision of reforming The Church has ultimately come to pass, but ironically I no longer feel the need to reform or change anything. I simply feel called to continue the work Jesus did of bringing people to LOVE and teaching them about ONENESS. The rest, I have learned, is taking care of itself. In heeding this call, a new/original model of church and priesthood have emerged on their own – not by my efforts to change things, but by my willingness to do nothing. As if by magic, something new and wonderous has emerged. As it grows, its roots reach deep into the earth and its branches reach out to embrace the wider world and soon this tree will be seen by all. This tree is showing the world a new/original way of supporting humanity in its individual and collective psycho-spiritual growth – the kind of growth that helps to support the birth of a new and more loving world. Now, if that isn’t magic, I don’t know what is!

And, I’m not alone. Each and every one of you has your own unique vision, mission and purpose for this life. You have held this vision in your heart and if you are honest with yourself, it BURNS within you. This vision is waiting to be acknowledged, nurtured and cultivated so it can find its own roots and branches, supporting the new life that is waiting to be born through you. The world has caught up with your vision and now it is time for you to set it free!

 

Posted in creativity, Divine Revelation, Empowerment, Lessons, Magic, manifestation, Spiritual Practices

666 – Divine Power Made Manifest or the Antichrist?

A great disservice has been done to one of our numbers.  The number I am referring to is the number 6.  6 has been maligned due to book of Revelation and its reference to the number 666 as being the number of “the beast.”  While 666 did refer to a literal “beast” to an early Christian community (Roman Emperor Nero), the reference truly ends there. Unfortunately, literalist interpreters of scripture have taken the 666 ball and run with it, maligning 666 along with the number 6 by associating it with the Antichrist, the devil, Satan, temptation, hellfire and damnation (so much so that in medieval times, those born with a sixth finger on one hand were killed for being a child of Satan).  In truth, the number 6 has nothing to do with evil, the devil or the Antichrist, but instead has everything to do with Divine Will and making it manifest on the earth.

Robert DeNiro as Louis Cypher in Angel Heart.
Robert DeNiro as Louis Cypher in Angel Heart.

But, before I get into the serious stuff….two fun video clips from Sesame Street on the merits of number six:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nKfY6kapyBY

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TjNvS8M_7dQ

 

Now, back to business…..to fully comprehend the number 6 and what it represented before certain institutions go their hands on it, we have to turn the clock back a few thousand years to the advent of gematria.  Gematria is defined as:  an Assyro-Babylonian system of numerology later adopted by Jews that assigns numerical value to a word or phrase in the belief that words or phrases with identical numerical values bear some relation to each other or bear some relation to the number itself.  The earliest Hebrew use of gematria is in the association of numbers with the individual letters of the Hebrew alphabet (Aleph-Bet).  Vav, the sixth letter in the Hebrew alphabet is the symbol of completion, redemption and transformation. Vav, in the shape of a hook, represents reaching “up” toward heaven and bringing it down to earth, representing the famous wisdom statement, “As above, so below” – or as Jesus would have said, “seek ye first the kingdom of God, and all these things will be added unto you,” or as Jesus further implored in the Lord’s Prayer, “thy Kingdom come.”

6, therefore, represents the process of seeking Divine guidance so as to make Divine will manifest on this earth plane.  In the Hermetic school, this process was called alchemy and was the task of the magi.  In Indigeneous cultures, this was the job of the shaman.   In the hands of the magi and the shaman, Divine guidance is sought through the use of creative imagination (as in shamanic journeying techniques, mystical visions or engaging in the Christian practice of Imagination/Contemplation).  In these practices Divine guidance is communicated through a symbolic narrative – a dreamlike story.  Within the experience, assignments are given and tasks are completed which somehow activate change and transformation on the physical, real-world, plane.  Heaven is brought to earth simply by engaging in the process.

From this perspective the number six then, has nothing to do with the Antichrist, but instead, has everything to do with personal power – specifically, our ability and call to connect with the Divine and to bring Divine will into manifestation in our lives.  When we engage in these practices, we are working to bring the “kingdom of God” into our earthly experience – we are bringing forth the “New Jerusalem” as envisioned in the book of Revelation.

Photography credit:  Jeremy Harpole, Deviantart.com
Photography credit: Jeremy Harpole, Deviantart.com

It is important to recognize, however, that the Book of Revelation itself was never meant to be taken as prediction of the end times or as a warning of a time when the Antichrist would rule. Instead, it was written to a specific audience of Christians who were suffering under the persecution and slaughter of the Roman Emperor Nero.  Nero, was the Antichrist, “the beast” about whom the author was referring.  The gematria (number association) of his name just happens to be 666!

The book of Revelation was included in the bible because its message transcended the specific audience to which the author of Revelation was writing, and the times in which they were living.  While Revelation was about Nero and his persecution of Christians, those who assembled the bible recognized a more universal message – one communicated in the language of a shaman or mystic.  When we step back from the details (horrible beasts, harlots, plagues) and look at the wider, larger story, the universal message (beyond that of persecuted first-century Christians) becomes clear:

When we remember God (the Alpha and the Omega) as the center of our life, we experience heaven on earth.

When we forget God, we live in hell.

And as it relates to 666:

God’s goodness (three*) insures that we will find the power within ourselves to manifest heaven on earth (six) for our own highest good and for the goodness of all humanity.

*( The triple 6, (3) relates to the Hebrew letter Gimmel, which means, God’s goodness)

If this is true then why have we been led to believe that 666 is evil and to be associated the devil, hellfire and damnation?   Why would an institution want us to be fearful of our own personal power that arises in our intimate connection with God so as participate with God in bringing heaven to earth?  I’ll let you answer that question.

lauridocmartinwebshotcolor2013Lauri Ann Lumby teaches practices which engage the active imagination, empowering others to be a vessel through which Divine guidance is received and made manifest on this earth – thereby helping to bring heaven to earth.  To learn more, contact Lauri Ann Lumby (920) 230-1313 or email lauri@authenticfreedom.love.

Posted in Authentic Freedom, Authentic Freedom Academy, church, Discernment, Divine Revelation, manifestation, self-actualization, Spiritual Formation, Spiritual Practices

Full Circle and the Fulfillment of a Dream

As I mentioned in last week’s blog, the past six months have been a time of profound release.  God doesn’t speak to me in literal words, but the Divine guidance (in so many words) was clear:  “Be ready and willing to let go of EVERYTHING.  You are being emptied so that you can be filled with something far greater than you could ever imagine for yourself.”

I can assure you the emptying was not (and still isn’t) pretty.  There was anger, frustration, impatience, lots of temper tantrums and grief….oceans of grief…and sometimes these oceans were tears of joy or relief.  I believe I have cried more in the past three months (especially) than I have in my entire life up until now.  What a powerful time!

Gratefully, I was not required to do this letting go alone or absent of support.  Instead, there were innumerable times in which I experienced the clear and visible hand of God at work and in which I felt upheld by God’s grace….from the glimpses of my “new life” that would sometimes peek in, to the mini inspirations for changes to my website, branding, etc., to the host of angels I saw surrounding, supporting, protecting, and celebrating me, to the tiny group of Magdalenes who showed up for formation and ordination so that the world might be changed, to the many human hands who offered a listening ear, healing touch, and loving presence.

In all of this, I still had no idea what was coming forth or what this “new life” might look like that was being born through me in the letting go.  All I could do was remain in the PRESENT MOMENT, listening, receiving, waiting, acting when necessary….TRUSTING that God knows what God is doing while quaking in my boots over my complete lack of control over this unfolding.  I was clearly NOT IN CHARGE…..something invisible was doing the work THROUGH ME and I was to simply allow it.

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So, I rebranded my business “Authentic Freedom Academy”

I changed the look to be less about me and more about something like Hogwarts.

My hard drive crashed and destroyed my ability to create video services (no matter how hard and how many times, in how many ways and for how many dollars, I tried to restore this function) which made me examine the bigger message here.

I launched a networking group.

I created new ways to promote my services to different audiences.

I clearly heard the courses that will be made available in 2015/2016 and scheduled these courses.

I claimed and launched the “Order of the Magdalene/Christ.”

AND THEN……two weeks ago an invitation was extended to me that brought all of the above together and presented the fruits of all this letting go and receiving.  My teacher, friend and colleague from the yoga studio where I practice asked me, “Lauri, what would you think about offering a Sunday service at the studio before the 9 am yoga class?”

The answer was an easy YES – perhaps the easiest YES I have ever felt come out of me.  It was a YES so easy and RIGHT that I felt everything awaken in me and ground at the same time.  All my cells lined up in celebration and in DEEP knowing that the answer to this question was a BIG FAT YES YES YES YES YES!

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And then I saw it.  What is being born through me in all this letting go and receiving is exactly what I set out to create 13 years ago……a NEW/ORIGINAL way of being CHURCH.

Be assured, I’m not going to call it church (because of all that brings up for people), but it is exactly what I have envisioned and held within my heart for (at least) 13 years:

A place where people can gather in community to be nourished by the Divine word, and supported in Divine presence through contemplation and prayer, integrating the treasures of both Western and Eastern spiritualities.

A place where people can be supported in their individual journey of self-actualization – discovering their own unique giftedness and how they are called to share these gifts and passions for their own fulfillment and in service to the betterment of the world.

A place where people can find support for the challenges of the human condition – death, divorce, job loss, medical diagnoses, parenting, grief, etc. etc. etc.

A place where people can mark the beginnings and endings of life in a way that is rooted in love and honoring of their inherent greatness (instead of cloaked in ideas of sin, punishment, shame).

A place that honors LOVE and UNITY above all  – recognizing that all are One with God in LOVE and LOVE and ONENESS are the cures for all that is ailing in our world.

There it was – clear as day and exactly as I imagined it would be 13 years ago – except WAY EASIER.  No more fighting old models of Church.  No more arguing against the old regime.  No more feelings of defensiveness or a need to do battle.  Instead – a clean, clear, sure rightness about my mission and purpose – free of my old attachments, unhealed wounds, fears, false perceptions, judgments, etc.  Simply free and open and standing as truth in its own right.

So there it is:  Authentic Freedom Academy

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Authentic Freedom Mastery Course (aka Superheroes)

Order of the Magdalene/Christ

Spiritual/Life/Spiritual Entrepreneurial/Beloved Partnership Counseling

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Rites of Passage

Supporting others on similar paths (SWIM, Affiliates, AF Teachers)

 

In coming full circle, back to the original dream, and the one that truthfully never left my heart, I understand why Sarah laughed.  (Sarah spent her whole life dreaming of a child until she eventually had to give up the dream as she had reached hold age.  Then one day, the Lord sent a messenger to tell Sarah that in nine months she would bear a son.  And then, Sarah laughed. I imagine she laughed even harder when God’s message turned out to be true.)