Posted in Authentic Freedom, Oneness with God

Where is the Kingdom of God?

For anyone raised in a traditional Christian household, Heaven is considered to be the Kingdom of God and what we spend our lives trying to attain. If we are good enough -follow the Ten Commandments, do what Jesus told us to do, be like Jesus, then maybe – only maybe – we might get to go to heaven when we die.  Heaven is the place of eternal peace, somewhere “up there” (in the clouds or something) where we get to see those who died before us and hang out with the angels and saints.  But if we aren’t good enough, we will be cast into the fiery pits of hell where we will suffer for all of eternity.

This threat of eternal damnation is the weapon used by institutional religion to mold us into a people afraid. We are afraid of the jealous, wrathful God whose love we have to earn and which can just as quickly be taken away.  We are afraid for all the ways in which God will punish us in this life when we misbehave.  We are conditioned to believe that every moment of suffering and pain is God’s way of punishing us for things we don’t even know we did.  I mean – for real – this version of God has been punishing all of humanity since the beginning of time for Adam and Eve’s disobedience.  We’re being punished for something we didn’t even do!

This is how institutional religion gains its control – by putting us in an ever-anxious place of fear and trepidation – looking over our shoulder for any wrong we might have done, shaming ourselves over that misdeed, and then doing everything we can to make ourselves right with God. We go to mass. Give money to the church.  Fast. Abstain from life’s pleasures.  Oh wait…..it sound’s an awful lot like Lent – the 40 days set aside in the Church calendar in which we are expected to make ourselves right with God.

But here’s my question – if we believe in the God that Jesus taught – the one of unconditional love and mercy – then where and how could we ever have gone wrong with God? The answer is that we cannot.  God loves us no matter what.  At least that’s what Jesus said.  Jesus spoke of a God who loves without condition; who seeks mercy not sacrifice; and who is forever standing at the gate with arms wide open waiting to welcome our return.  And there is no question about our return!  There is no other place that we can go after we have completed this human experiment but back to the Source from which we came.  That Source is God. At least that is what we’ve been told.

BUT we don’t have to wait until we die to be in the presence of eternal love. Even in the perceived separation of the human experience, we are never separate from God. Jesus said so!

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Posted in New World, non-violence, Oneness with God

Heal Jerusalem Heal the World

For 5000 years Jerusalem has been the epicenter of Western cultural and religious conflict. The cause of this conflict is not Judaism, Islam or Christianity, but something even more ancient than any of the three religions who vie for the privilege of calling Jerusalem “home.”  If we truly want peace in the Middle East, this something more ancient needs to be healed.  In healing the wound that for 5000 years has festered in Jerusalem, we will be taking a quantum leap toward the healing of our world.

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We don’t know exactly how, when, why, or under what circumstances it happened, but somewhere around 5000 years ago, there was a major shift in the cultural and spiritual beliefs of the Western world (For a detailed description of this shift and the cultural ramifications, please read the work of Riane Eisler). Where before this shift people lived in relative peace and harmony, after the shift, there has been nothing but war. Prior to this shift, the spirituality of the Mediterranean region was earth-centered, and the Divine was known as both female and male, both of which existed as humanity’s loving parents.  After the shift, the feminine was supplanted, along with her beloved partner, and both were replaced with an exclusively male, vengeful, jealous and warring god.  Judaism, Islam and Christianity emerged out of the wound of this split and have been at war with each other and themselves ever since.

This primordial shift represents the core wound of Western culture – the separation of holy masculine and feminine resulting in what I have come to call either the unholy or wounded aspects of our human nature. When the holy aspects of our human nature are supplanted, the result is a culture rooted in and based in fear, power and control.  In Western culture, this is the patriarchal/hierarchical structure which has ruled for the past 5000 years.  In their imbalanced expressions, Judaism, Islam and Christianity embody this patriarchal/hierarchical privilege which can result only in conflict because where there is privilege, there will always be those “without.”

Hence the violence that has defined Western culture for 5000 years which is currently playing out in Jerusalem – the city known as “God’s peace” even before Judaism began (GN 14: 18). This current wave of violence is the same as every previous conflict over who gets to claim Jerusalem as their personal possession – the Jews, the Moslems or the Christians – a strange projection of the age-long battle over whose God is the true God. In their imbalanced expressions none of their gods are “the true god” for they are gods made out of fear, power and control.

The truth that the primordial tradition knew is that the Divine is love and that this Divine bears many (infinite) faces and an equal number of names – or as Rumi said, “is nameless and faceless.” This is the Divine Abraham, Moses, Mohammed and Jesus all came to know.  God as love.  Until we, like the ancients to whom we give credit as the founders of our Western religions traditions, know this love within ourselves, we will never know peace.  And until we know this love, we will never know what the ancients knew, that Jerusalem is at once no body’s home and everybody’s home for God’s peace is known not by a temple on a hill, but by what we know in our hearts.  When we heal the separation between Jerusalem (God’s peace) and ourselves, only then can we begin to heal our world.

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Posted in Aramaic Prayer of Jesus, Christ Consciousness, Jesus, Oneness with God

What Does it Mean to be Like Jesus?

Jesus did not come to teach us how to get to heaven. Jesus came so that we might know how to experience heaven on earth. We experience heaven on earth when we, like Jesus, we come to understand the truth of Oneness:

The glory that you have given me I have given them, so that they may be one, as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become completely one, so that the world may know that you have sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.   John 17: 22-23

(Learn more about Jesus’ teachings on Oneness in our online course Deepening Freedom – The Aramaic Prayer of Jesus. )

Jesus experienced this Oneness as peace, contentment, love and joy. In this state of Oneness, Jesus was able to transcend the inherent fears and false perceptions of the human condition, avoid the temptations of the ego/false self, and find clear guidance and direction in his life.  Jesus called this experience of Oneness “The Kingdom of God” and sought to teach everyone who would listen how to attain this state of Oneness.

In coming to know this Oneness ourselves, we remember that we are the beloved children of God. In this the mission of Jesus has been fulfilled for we have become like him – Daughters and Sons of the Living God who is known and experienced as love.

Beloved:
See what love the Father has bestowed on us
that we may be called the children of God.
Yet so we are.
The reason the world does not know us
is that it did not know him.
Beloved, we are God’s children now;
what we shall be has not yet been revealed.
We do know that when it is revealed we shall be like him,
for we shall see him as he is.

1 JN 3: 1-2

Listen to Lauri’s guest appearance on Healing Fountain with Cindy Bentley HERE.  

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

We Are All Called to Be Priest

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

Posted in Lessons, Mary Magdalene, Oneness with God, self-actualization, Spiritual Formation, Spiritual Practices

Union – Available NOW!

My latest book, Union – A Year of Spiritual Lessons and Practices with Mary Magdalene is available NOW through Amazon!

Mary Magdalene is many things to many people, but to the initiated, she is the Beloved of Christ, his co-equal partner, and guardian of the mystical teachings and practices of the Western spiritual tradition. More than any other disciple, Mary understood the mystical, gnostic, and alchemical teachings of Jesus.  Mary came to embody these teachings and was empowered by Christ to deliver these teachings to the Western world.

Union – a Year of Spiritual Lessons and Practices with Mary Magdalene is a collection of lessons which when diligently applied, empowers the reader to experience the truth of Oneness (Union) that Jesus taught and which Mary Magdalene came to embody. These lessons were revealed to Lauri Ann Lumby through her intimate partnership with the Magdalene/Christ and support the reader’s journey toward remembering their original nature as Love.

Each lesson includes:

  • Scripture
  • Inspirational Reflection/Lesson
  • Suggested Meditation/Contemplation Exercise
  • Mini-lesson in Authentic Freedom™ – Lauri Ann Lumby’s Trademarked Protocol for Achieving Union.

It is suggested that the lessons be completed one per week in the order given as the lessons are laid out according to an ancient, forgotten wisdom which embraces the knowledge of the linear and cyclical process of human transformation. You may, however, complete these lessons in any order you like, perhaps making your choices, instead, according to the themes listed.  These lessons are meant to support and sustain you in the face of whatever challenges life might present to you.  It is encouraged that you return to these lessons as often as necessary and as the need arises in your life.

Lauri Ann Lumby, OM, OPM, MATS is a Modern Magdalene Priestess, spiritual counselor, educator and author. For over twenty years, Lauri has researched, studied and put into practice the hidden teachings of the Judeo-Christian tradition and discovered within them rich and effective tools for facilitating self-awareness and self-actualization. These teachings and practices prove that beyond the doctrine resides the truth that unites all people – the truth of Oneness in Love.

As a priestess of the Magdalene/Christ, Lauri shares these teachings through her on-line and local courses, one-on-one mentoring, writing and publishing, and through her Magdalene Priestess Training program.

 

 

Posted in Authentic Freedom, church, Inspiration, Jesus, Lessons, Mary Magdalene, Mystics, Oneness with God, Raised Catholic, temptation

A Witch! A Witch!

Responding to the Catholic self-appointed inquisition.

Just when I think I am off their radar and free of the wrath of the Catholic self-appointed inquisition, they rear their fearful head. This morning as I was enjoying a glimpse of the new and expansive opportunities that are coming my way, not the least of which is the pending release of my new book – Union – a year of spiritual lessons and practices with Mary Magdalene, this shows up in my email.  Not one….but two emails from the same individual spewing their wrath:

You wicked evil christian. You thought you could deceive me and lead me to believe you really discern spirits when in fact you said it led you to practice Reiki, an occult practice forbidden for Catholics.

The Lord rebuke you. It sickens me you practice Reiki.

Your charism is not from God. The occult practices indicate otherwise. What I don’t understand is why mix catholicism with the occult?

Even if you have the charism, I know you are not in the truth because you are an occult practioner who is doing what is forbidden by Catholic practice. What happened to you…

I’m really saddened to see that you practice the occult because if you really do have the charism of discernment, The Church and people really do need it and not mixed with occult practices…

Normally, I would not give any energy or attention to emails such as these, but today, I find myself particularly annoyed, not because of their words, but because of the larger message behind these words which is:

If you are a woman who happens to be doing the work that Jesus did, you are evil, wicked, doing the work of Satan and condemnable as a witch.

As it relates to being a witch, I wear that mantle proudly for to me being a witch means:

  • Dedicating my life in service to the Divine and in support of the betterment of our world.
  • Emptying myself so as to be a vessel through which the Divine might be known in our world through my own unique gifts.
  • Allowing the Divine to work through my spiritual gifts of discernment, teaching, encouragement, leadership, pastoring, prophecy and healing to transform our world from fear into love.
  • Engaging in ritual practices for the purpose of concretizing my commitment to God which then act as efficacious signs of grace…by which divine life is dispensed to us (ref. Catholic Encyclopedia).
  • Strengthening my commitment to God and to the mission of love through daily meditation, contemplation and prayer.
  • Being of service to others as a source of love in all things.

I see none of what I do as contrary to the Christian message, most especially as this message was modeled by Christ. Jesus taught.  He prophesied.  He counseled. He meditated and prayed. He performed ritual.  He led.  He pastored.  He laid on hands for the purpose of healing, expelling demons (fears) and to empower those he taught to do what he had done.

It wasn’t only men whom Jesus empowered to continue his work. The FIRST ordained to continue Jesus’ work was Mary Magdalene (John 20), and she was a woman!  Sadly, the early response to Mary Magdalene’s role as successor to Jesus was ridicule, condemnation and slander.  She immediately went from being Jesus’ co-equal partner, the one who first saw the risen Christ and the one sent forth to share the good news, to adulterous woman, prostitute, whore….in other words….a witch.  What happened to Mary Magdalene two hundred centuries ago has been the burden inflicted upon all women thereafter who have attempted to do what Jesus did and be whom he called them to be.  The message has been clear:

If you are woman called to do the work of Christ, you are not welcome and we will enforce this ban by calling you a witch, a heretic, a whore, a blasphemer, who does this work in the company of Satan.

While it would be easy for me to get on my feminist bandwagon, I find here that I cannot as these accusations of being in the company of Satan go beyond gender. In fact these are the exact same accusations heaped upon Jesus by the self-appointed inquisition of his own time:

When Jesus had driven out a demon, some of the crowd said: “By the power of Beelzebul, the prince of demons, he drives out demons.” Others, to test him, asked him for a sign from heaven. But he knew their thoughts and said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself will be laid waste and house will fall against house. And if Satan is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand? For you say that it is by Beelzebul that I drive out demons. If I, then, drive out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your own people drive them out? Therefore they will be your judges. But if it is by the finger of God that I drive out demons, then the Kingdom of God has come upon you. When a strong man fully armed guards his palace, his possessions are safe.

But when one stronger than he attacks and overcomes him, he takes away the armor on which he relied and distributes the spoils. Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.

Luke 11: 15-26

 

Apparently ANYONE who tries to do the work that Jesus did is vulnerable to condemnation. When I pierce through the veil of these accusations I see one thing:

Fear – specifically, the human fear of that which is outside of our control.

Catholic (and most religious) doctrine, wraps life up in a tight little ball. We are told what to believe, what not to believe, what is good and what is evil. Theologians might have the freedom to argue about these beliefs, but the common person sitting in the pew is expected to believe without question. For many, believing without question provides the perceived surety they crave in an otherwise unsure world. The problem is that life CANNOT be wrapped up in a tight little ball for us to control. The truth is there is very little we truly know and even less that we can control. Those who have been called beyond these tightly defined parameters, who are comfortable in the world of the unknown, where life embodies many shades of grey and where freedom is found in ambiguity become a threat to those who cling to the illusion of surety. To the latter, it is easy to think of the former as evil as our presence stirs their fears and the unhealed wounds that cause them to cling to what they think they know. Witches….shit-disturbers, we might be one and the same. J

While my initial response to the emails above was annoyance and my second response was hurt, I can now sit in the compassion of understanding the fears that caused this person to lash out in this way. I am sorry for the unhealed fears that cause them to seek after surety. I am sorry for the fact that my presence has triggered these fears. But even more so I am sorry that they chose not to use the tools that Jesus gave them to heal those fears so that instead of finding separation, they might have found the love that unites us both. In this, there are no witches, there is no inquisition, there are only human beings trying to find peace in an otherwise fearful world.

 

 

Posted in About Lauri, God, Oneness with God, Surrender

Only God – The Practice of Radical Self-Reliance

Today’s blog is a deeply personal sharing of a spiritual practice that I have been invited into. It is a practice that has been whispering in my ear for the past several months and only now am I able and willing to accept it.  (Of course I was only willing after being brought to my knees….but that is another story for another day.)

This is a practice of radical self-reliance where I am being invited to release my attachments to all those persons, places, things outside of me where I have sought after guidance, support and love.  In this, there is only one thing left, and that is God.

God and me. Me and God.

As I enter into this practice, I am astonished by all the causes of distraction in my life – all those things I have run to in an attempt to escape the deep pain of everything: loneliness, boredom, isolation, feelings of lack, anxiety, depression, fear, anger, resentment, wrath, lusting after control, the desire for recognition and fame, money, status, power, etc., etc., etc.,.  It’s all there.  And it’s present in everything.  In this practice, I am making a diligent attempt to turn away from each and every one of these distractions so that I can simply be with God.

God and me. Me and God.

In this, I have released every resource I have turned to for guidance. I have let go of everything that promises better days ahead and makes predictions about where we are and where we are headed.  I have let go of the black hole of Facebook except when necessary for personal or professional purposes.  I am continuing to stay away from the fear-based media.  I have ceased making plans, setting agenda, creating itineraries.  I have let go of the compulsive need to frequently check emails hoping for some nicer, brighter news.  In this, all that is left is Me and God In THIS MOMENT.  When I find myself tempted to indulge in these externals, I STOP and turn within to God.

Me and God. God and Me.

As Saints Paul and Augustine both observed, our hearts are ever restless until we rest in God……and rest in God alone. I guess you could say I am testing their theory.

 

 

Posted in Authentic Freedom, Boundaries, Inspiration, Lessons, Oneness with God, Spiritual Practices, teachers, temptation

Confronting the Adversary

Depriving the Devil of His Power

Today’s teaching is about how to handle the “Devil” when he comes to call.  Here I will use a recent personal experience to illustrate how to confront the adversary, thereby depriving him of his power while restoring ourselves to our natural state of peace.  

When I mention the devil, I’m not referring to the dude in the red tights with horns and a pitchfork. Here I’m speaking about Satan, the name used in scripture to represent the inner adversary – the energy within us that comes forth in our lives to tempt us away from the path of our truth and who does so through our ego attachments, unhealed wounds and unacknowledged fears. Satan most often shows up within us in our fears, self-doubts and insecurities, but because we are One, Satan sometimes shows up through the actions of another who plays the role of the Adversary so as to show us what is in need of healing within us.

The Adversary can show up at any time in our lives, but “he” shows up more forcefully as we are preparing to or are in the midst of stepping more fully into our truth. The closer we get to our truth and to fulfilling the Divine purpose for our lives, the harder the Adversary works against us.  In this regard, the Adversary is something to be welcomed as he is in fact signaling that we are on the right path and he is giving us the opportunity to strengthen our resolve and grow in resiliency.  In this sense, the Adversary is our friend because he gives us an opportunity to see him for who he is, identify the inner fear that he is triggering within us and then move through and heal those fears so that we are even more free to live out our Divine purpose. In the personal experience of the Adversary that I am about to share, I have decided to receive him as a friend, as a sign that I am on the right path and in this I can thank him for reflecting back to me the fears that are still in need of healing as I move forward in my path.

Here’s how my experience of the Adversary showed up to me this morning:

As I mentioned earlier this week, I have entered into a professional collaboration with Kayla Burger of DesignLife. She recently featured some of my work in her video blog on anxiety, depression and panic attacks.  Kayla and I have arrived at a similar approach to dealing with these conditions in our own lives and have generously shared this approach with others as a complement to traditional methods of treatment.

In response to this video blog and my sharing of it, the following comment was posted:

Kayla was kind enough to delete the post, recognizing it as evidence of spite. She then shared the information with me and I immediately knew from whom the comment originated. My first reaction was to feel hurt.  Then I felt angry.  I chose not to reach out to the individual who wrote the comment as I knew it wouldn’t do any good.  While I know I did nothing wrong, they have formed their opinion.  I have hundreds of satisfied students and clients, and the opinion of one has no bearing on the experience of hundreds. Furthermore, I strongly believe that the truth stands on its own and wins out in the end.

In spite of deciding all of this, I still felt disturbed so I put my own tools into practice, recognizing this comment as the work of the Adversary. The timing of the Adversary’s arrival is quite interesting as Confronting the Adversary was the very topic of my Order of Melchizedek training course yesterday.  Also interesting is that the past week has been a huge time of expansion for me with the collaboration with DesignLife, the Feast of the Magdalene Summit and the upcoming Wild Woman Renaissance Summit that I will participate in on August 1st.  Expansion.  Expansion.  Expansion.  No wonder the Devil came a callin’!

In choosing to post these comments on Kayla’s site, this person played the role of the Adversary – triggering and reflecting back to me the fears that are not yet healed in me – the fear of rejection, or being seen as a fraud – both reflective of my own personal need to be seen as good, helpful and loveable. In spewing their wrath, this person has unwittingly helped me to see my unhealed fears and has provided me with an opportunity to do the work I know how to do to bring healing and release to these fears. They also helped me to see that I am indeed on the right path or the Adversary wouldn’t have shown up so forcefully.  Applying all I know about the Adversary I am now restored to peace and in this, I actually find myself grateful for the person who posted these comments on Kayla’s site.

Thank you dear friend for accepting the calling of the Adversary and in doing so, helping me to recognize and heal some fears. Know that I am grateful and as I am accepting the task of healing that you have set before me, I am holding you in love.  I wish you peace.

 

 

Posted in About Lauri, Being Human, God, introverts, Mystics, Oneness with God, Ponderings, Relationships, Spiritual Direction, Surrender

Only God

a personal reflection by Lauri Ann Lumby

This morning’s blog is coming from a deeply personal place and arising out of a place of fragmented vulnerability….so apologies ahead of time for momentary incoherence. 😉

image credit: www.checorreaphotography.com

2017 has been quite an interesting year so far. The most exciting things have been my soul-discovering trip to Ireland and the “new” things that are beginning to be birthed in my world including a promising business partnership and a burgeoning Magdalene Priestess Training program!

Playing a much more central role in 2017, however, has been the ever deepening and every widening journey of LETTING GO! It seems everywhere I turn I am being invited to let go of that which I used to turn to as a source of familiarity, routine, surety, security and support.  It seems I can’t take a single step without being confronted with something asking for release.  This release has included the need to redefine relationships (the nature of, my expectations or hopes around, boundaries, etc.), to let go of certain hopes and dreams; and more materially, facing the need to find new housing and buy a new car.  The whispering threat under all of this letting go is, “And HOW are you going to pay for that?????”  UGH!

As it all came to a head this past weekend with the resurfacing of my deepest core wound and its source, I knew that the letting go was not about letting go, but was in fact about letting in. Specifically – letting God in.

In this realization, I must give credit and gratitude to my experience as a Spiritual Director (and a mystic). If I did not have the awareness of what the Divine call looks like, I would have been in much more despair than I have been (believe me, I’ve spent many hours on the couch wallowing in my grief, despair and perceived helplessness) and not known where to turn or how to make sense of every rug being pulled out from beneath my feet.  God isn’t an asshole (though sometimes it feels like “He” is.).  When we are being invited to let go….it is always for the purpose of letting in.

So, what does it mean when life is inviting us to release EVERYTHING upon which we have previously based our lives and EVERYTHING we formerly turned to as a source of hope and support? It means that life is supporting us in knowing that in the end, there is ONLY God.  Everything that we know of in our human experience is fleeting and temporary – relationships, jobs, homes, cars, money, belongings, our health and wellbeing, life itself.  It is all temporary and in the end, it all passes away.  When all has passed away….what is left is God.  Me and God.  God and me.  And when Lauri Ann Lumby is no longer, there is only God.

I am also grateful for my spiritual director, Leanore, who supported me yesterday in verbalizing my awareness and affirming the invitation. The purpose of all this letting go is so that I can let God in – to let God in on an even deeper level than I have ever done before.  To let God in so that I might know a deeper experience of God’s love.  To know God as my source of support.  To surrender into God’s hands knowing and trusting that God is carrying me to exactly where I need to be.  Most importantly of all….to do what I tell everyone of my students to do – to make God the number one priority of my life, to give all my energy and attention to God, to be open to receiving and being compelled and empowered by God’s love.  It is not about the temporary and fleeting things of this world, it is about God…..and only about God.

In closing, I want to share these words from Stephanie Azaria’s daily post (quoting one of her writers, Marie DesRoches at www.thecosmicpath.com.  If this isn’t God speaking to me, I don’t know what is:

In 3D I used to “think” of surrender as giving up my way and “doing” what God wanted.  In 5D I Align WITH the God That I Am and allow myself to BE all that I AM – expressing, moving, choosing, loving, breathing, WITH and IN that Presence.” 

 

Posted in Authentic Freedom, New World, Oneness with God, women

Eve Speaks – The “Fall of Man” from Another Perspective

Eve Speaks Part 2

Hello my dear children, I have spoken to you once before about my (our) Divine origins and how I (we) were created in the image and likeness of Divine Love and freely chose to engage in God’s play at being human, how we chose the perceived separation from our Divine Source in Love and Oneness so that we could experience ourselves as individual and unique so that God could experience Godself in all if Her infinite number of expressions. Now you all know the story that has been told of this separation, how the human experience in all its pain and suffering is actually punishment for disobeying God by eating the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.  While some may find comfort in this interpretation of the ancient tale, there is another perspective and an even deeper truth that lies hidden within this story for those who have eyes to see.

As I mentioned in the first telling, the story of “the fall of man” is not even original to the Hebrew people who in the latter days approaching the Common Era, placed this story in their scriptures. Instead, this is a Babylonian story borrowed by the Hebrews from the popular Gilgamesh Epic as it helped to explain their plight as conquered and indentured slaves of the Babylonians. Once a thriving and powerful nation, Israel had been conquered, their temple destroyed, and all people of value deported to Babylon to live as slaves to their conquerors.  They had lost their home.  They had lost their God.  Believing in a punitive and jealous god, it made sense to them that they were being punished for something terrible they had done.  They then chose women, and all that had been associated with feminine power – the serpent, the fruit, knowledge and wisdom – as scapegoats for their suffering and pain. This battle between the warring patriarchal god and the peace of the divine feminine had been going on for ages, but the Babylonian captivity cemented this divide.

This is the historical perspective on my tale. But, for those who have eyes to see, there is an even deeper truth – one that resonates beyond history and speaks to the Soul of the human race – a people that long to be freed from the pain and suffering of the human condition and returned to their original state in Oneness with LOVE in God.  This is the story of EVE as awakener.  But even more than this, this is the story of WOMEN as the Awakeners – those sent to become awakened themselves and then through their own awakening, to become awakeners for others – most especially the men.  Here is how it goes in the book of Genesis:

Now the snake was the most wise (usually translated “cunning”) of all the wild animals that the Lord God had made. He asked the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You shall not eat from any of the trees in the garden’?” The woman answered the snake: “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden; it is only about the fruit of the tree in the middle of the garden that God said, ‘You shall not eat it or even touch it, or else you will die.’” But the snake said to the woman: “You certainly will not die! God knows well that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened and you will be like gods, who know good and evil.” The woman saw that the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eyes, and the tree was desirable for gaining wisdom. So she took some of its fruit and ate it; and she also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made loincloths for themselves.

When they heard the sound of the Lord God walking about in the garden at the breezy time of the day, the man and his wife hid themselves from the Lord God among the trees of the garden. The Lord God then called to the man and asked him: Where are you? 10 He answered, “I heard you in the garden; but I was afraid, because I was naked, so I hid.” 11 Then God asked: Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I had forbidden you to eat? 12 The man replied, “The woman whom you put here with me—she gave me fruit from the tree, so I ate it.” 13 The Lord God then asked the woman: What is this you have done? The woman answered, “The snake tricked me, so I ate it.”

21 The Lord God made for the man and his wife garments of skin, with which he clothed them. 22 Then the Lord God said: See! The man has become like one of us, knowing good and evil! Now, what if he also reaches out his hand to take fruit from the tree of life, and eats of it and lives forever? 23 The Lord God therefore banished him from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from which he had been taken. 24 He expelled the man, stationing the cherubim and the fiery revolving sword east of the garden of Eden, to guard the way to the tree of life.

 

20 The man gave his wife the name “Eve,” because she was the mother of all the living.

 

Genesis 3: 1-13, 21-24, 20

 

This is the largest, widest, deepest truth of the Genesis tale – WOMEN are the AWAKENERS of the human experience. To state this in more universal terms, apart from the human temptation to divide by gender, the DIVINE FEMININE is the awakener of the human condition as it is embodied in women or in men.  THIS is the task of the Divine Feminine as it is embodied in human form – to WAKE US UP.  Specifically, to wake us up out of the illusion of separation – the illusion that is the cause of our fear, the cause of our “sin” and the cause of the suffering and pain in the human experience.  The Divine Feminine within us is that which REMEMBERS our ONENESS with Love, with God and with all of Creation.  The Divine Feminine within us is that which awakens us to this remembrance and then calls us to return to our origin in Unity and Wholeness.  As it plays out in our masculine/feminine roles, (I use these terms as they relate to energy, not gender.  Masculine being the active, protective, provider energy and Feminine being the energy of receptivity, allowing, and receiving) it is the feminine which is called to awaken and in its awakening, to guide and support the awakening of the masculine.  As such, if you are in a traditional male/female relationship, it is the woman who first awakens, and then it is her task to help her male partner awaken.  It is also the task of the female to awaken the children.  There is a complicated way in which all these energies play out their roles, but for now, I trust you get the gist.

EVE was not a disobedient sinner who through her “sin” brought punishment to the whole human race. EVE is the AWAKENER who calls us all to awaken out of the sleep of ignorance into the knowledge of THE TRUTH – that LOVE is our original nature.  She then shows us how to return to that LOVE – right here in the human experience, thus returning us all to the Garden where we will experience heaven on earth.