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The Promise of New Life in the Darkness

After death is the promise of new life. This is the Easter message and the law that nature teaches us over and over and over again.  A seed it planted.  It germinates and grows.  It matures and bears fruit.  It dies, returning to the earth where it plants the seeds for the next life to begin.

Original drawing by Lauri Ann Lumby

So is the true of our human experience. Even our cells are continually involved in this eternal journey of birthing, growing, maturing, dying, and then being born again.

But this dying and rising is not limited to the growth of our cells. This is the eternal dance of our human experience – if we have the courage to surrender to the journey – especially when it all looks like death.  Like it felt for me on Monday.  Facing the end of our dreams, is one of those moments that feels like death.  For me, this death was palpable.  I felt like death.  I felt the weight of death.  I felt as if my body had become my own tomb made out of lead.

Then yesterday I woke up to the dawn of a new day. Rather, I woke up to the void – the place within the tomb where the life that once was lay in repose.  It was an apt position for the final session of a 5 year journey (for some, longer for others) I had been facilitating – learning as I go.  This was the final session of the Order of Melchizedek training that I have been piloting locally before making it wholly available online.  In this portion of the training we had been studying the Aleph Beis and its connection to the major arcana in the Tarot. Yesterday’s lesson (the final lesson) was on the Hebrew letter “Tav” and The World card in the tarot. You will have to take the class to understand how these two seemingly opposing systems are connected, but as a way to bring the course to a close, I facilitated a shamanic journey for those in attendance, while joining them in my own journey.

In my journey, I was led to every journey I had done before. I was brought to every location, every person, every being, every animal, etc. and in each scene, that which appeared to be outside of me was absorbed into me. All perceived division was absorbed into and became part of me. This absorption continued and continued and continued, until I saw that I had become a black hole. I was the black hole and I was in the black hole, drawing in and absorbing every single aspect of the life I have lived so far. It was all drawn inward toward the center of the black hole – a center that doesn’t really exist. The energies of my whole life were being drawn in and compressed – compressed to the point of nothingness and everything. The depths of the void filled with unlimited potential. All that has been was being compressed, transformed and was becoming “fuel” for the life of the black hole. What I then came to understand is that everything was being compressed – the old life was coming to an end, and was being used as fuel/compost for the new life/new world/new universe that will burst forth out of the other side of the black hole once maximum compression was reached.

Today I sit in the black hole. Nothing more to do. Nothing more to be. This world I have known is done. Complete. I am whole. I sit in the void as the new life is being born in secret. I will know it when it arrives. Until that time. I simply am – Lauri.

 

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New Online Course – Shamanism Intensive

Take stand-alone or as part of the Order of Melchizedek Training Program

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The Level Two online Training for the Order of Melchizedek introduces you to the traditional shamanic practice of journeywork.  Journeywork acknowledges the creative imagination as a gateway to Divine communion and as a tool for obtaining Divine guidance.  You will be introduced to the foundations of a “shamanic call in a culture without a culture” and will then have an opportunity to learn and practice shamanic journeys. Working in five different “worlds,” you will meet your power animal, spirit teacher and other teachers and guides in those respective worlds who will support you through their unique gifts in discerning your Divine path. In addition to providing guidance, journeywork supports our inner healing and transformation both in this life and in lives we have already lived.  After this course you will equipped to facilitate your own journeys and to lead journeys for others.  

Start anytime.  Do at your own pace.

 

Lesson One:  Defining the Shamanic Call

Lesson Two:  Identifying the Shamanic Call

Lesson Three:  Discernment – Shamanic Call or Psychosis?

Lesson Four:  The Initiation Crisis

Lesson Five:  The Shamanic Call and Shadow Work

Lesson Six:  The Shamanic Journey – Lower World Journeys

Lesson Seven: Upper World Journeys

Lesson Eight: Underworld Journeys

Lesson Nine: Journeys to the Heavenly Realms

Lesson Ten: Middle World Journeys

Lesson Eleven:  Bringing it all together.

Learn more and Register HERE.

Required Texts: 

Tedlock, B. (2005). The woman in the shaman’s body: Reclaiming the feminine in religion and 

medicine. New York, NY: Bantam Books

Walsh, R. (2007). The world of shamanism: New views of an ancient tradition.  Woodbury, MN:

Llewellyn Publications.

 

A Note from Lauri Ann Lumby, course creator and facilitator:

Before embarking on this journey, I want to thank you for stepping into the question of your own shamanic call.  I wrote this course for those, like me, who have received the shamanic call, but have been mostly unsupported in this call because of the culture in which we were raised.  For those of us who live in the West (Western Europe, United States, Canada, even Australia and westernized parts of South America and Asia), we are so far removed from our ancestral roots and from the indigenous traditions of our own native peoples that the shamanic call isn’t even a consideration.  Instead, what shamanic cultures would understand as characteristic of a shamanic call, Western culture judges as illness, at best, or at the worst – insanity.   As such, those living in a Westernize culture who are experiencing an authentic shamanic call are left to their own devises, most often misunderstood, judged and even condemned for the experiences of their shamanic call (including high sensitivities, vivid dreams and nightmares, intuitive and psychic abilities, strange and frequent illnesses, depression, anxiety and even psychosis).

Some have found their way through this call by adopting practices and traditions of indigenous peoples, ie: “walking the red road” as Caucasian Americans might refer to the Native American traditions they have adopted and attempted to make their own.  Others might find support through practices of the Mayans, Peruvians, Inuit or Aboriginal people.  While we have much to gain by learning from other cultures, for those with Western European roots, the best we can ever do is to pretend, because these practices are not authentically our own.

The purpose of this course is to validate and authenticate your shamanic call and to give you some simple tools and support for embracing and exercising this call in your daily life.  While this course is just a beginning (Shamanism 101, if you will), through this process you will have an opportunity to:

  • Understand the characteristics of a shamanic call.
  • Discern your own shamanic call.
  • Understand the spiritual crisis that often heralds the shamanic call.
  • Learn basic tools for beginning to utilize this call.
  • Find your own language, arising out of your own mythology and spiritual background for embracing your shamanic call.
  • Discover the basic tools of the shaman of ritual and journeying.

Much of what will be shared here arose out of my personal journey of discovering and embracing my own shamanic call, along with contemporary research in the field of Transpersonal Psychology which has shed light on this call, especially for those in the Westernized world.

To complete this course, you will need yourself, a notebook or journal and a box of crayons.  I invite you to enter into this process with an attitude of inquiry, curiosity and wonder, for this is ultimately what the shamanic call is all about – seeing the world and our life experience through the lens of magic – for as a shaman, this is what you are!   The original title of this course was “Broken Wings,” because in a culture without a culture, we most often find the hallmarks of our call looked upon with suspicion and judgment, effectively clipping our wings and making it impossible for us to fly.  In this course, I want to help you to fly!

Thank you for giving yourself permission to explore this call within yourself and for taking the time to more deeply discern this call.  I am happy and grateful to be a source of support for you as you move through this process and toward that end, I am available for brief email exchanges and for more intensive private consultations at my regular hourly rate.  Please consult my website for details.

In Gratitude and Love,

Lauri Ann Lumby, OM, OPM, MATS

Authentic Freedom Academy/Temple of the Magdalene Mystery School

www.authenticfreedomacademy.com

 

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Receiving a Vision and Seeing it Through

For many years I have used the Tarot as a source of guidance and support. I do not believe the cards themselves are guiding me, but that the archetypal images are reflecting back to me the deep truths I know in my heart but sometimes cannot see through the intrusions of the mind.  Yesterday morning, at another crossroads in my life, I laid cards.  What came through at once surprised me and affirmed what I have known all along.  I have many times been given a vision of my mission and purpose in this life.  This mission has not changed and is being fulfilled in the timing that can only come from the Divine. As I told a friend on Monday,

“I am very clear on my mission. As the Catholic Church (and other forms of institutional religion) implode upon themselves, I am here as a bridge, a source of comfort and a guide.  I am able to speak the language of the people who will be leaving the Church.  I can be a source of comfort and support for their grief and shock.  I will support them in finding healing from the trauma and break free of co-dependency.  I will provide them with tools in a language with which they are familiar that will empower them in finding their own truth.”

This is the work I have been doing for the past 25 years and the work I will continue to do. In laying cards, this has, once again, been confirmed:

Here were the cards I drew:

The Empress: At the center is the card that represents self. Here, she is the Empress.  The Empress, here represented by St. Helena represents the reception of a vision/mission/purpose and the courage and strength to see it through.  The Empress tells us, “You know what your mission is…..stick with it….be true to your mission….and see it through. In remaining diligent and faithful, it will be fulfilled.

High Priestess: The second card represents the situation we are currently facing. Here, represented by the Magdalene who plays the role of priestess.  The priestess card is all about the inner journey, the esoteric, mystery and intuition. The priestess card presides over the gateway between life and death is able to communicate with “the gods.”  The Priestess tells us to listen to the voice within and act according to its dictates.  She tells us to trust our intuition even (especially) when it makes no logical sense whatsoever.  She reminds me that this is what I am to continue to do for myself, while supporting others in doing the same.

Ten of Staffs: To the right of the two center cards is the card that represents new beginnings and inspiration. Here – the ten of staffs which represent RESURRECTION.  What has died will find new life.  The phoenix will come forth out of the ash.  Considering all the endings and “death” I have experienced in the past many years, I can only take this as a message of great hope and promise, confirming what I have always believed  –  if the Universe is asking so much to come to an end, it must be for the sake of something HUGE.  I welcome whatever that might be.

6 of Cups: At the bottom is the card that presents transition. Connected with the element of fire it represents taking in what is life-giving and letting go of that which no longer serves.  This is the corner of transformation.  As the 6 of cups, this card represents service – specifically service to others.  Here, depicted as Jesus washing the feet of his disciples – a card of humble service and the inversion of hierarchy.  I take this as an invitation to hold true to my commitment and focus on humble service – avoiding the temptations of the ego to place oneself above others as “teacher” or “priest” or “guru” but instead as companion.  We are all on this journey trying to figure our own sh.t out.  If I can help others find themselves in the middle of the debris of our human experience, then I am humbled and grateful to do so.

The Star: The card to the left represents the process of coming into maturity – approaching the fruition of our labors. In the traditional Tarot, this is the Star card, here portrayed by Teresa of Avila in her vision of the interior castle (heaven) and the seven step process of getting there.  This card represents our own ascension (attainment of self-actualization and bringing that into our lived experience.)  It also represents a breakthrough and an opportunity suddenly becoming available.  I’ll take it!

Knight of Swords: The top cards represent the outcome of the journey. The first card, the Knight of Swords, invites us to explore our demons and our attitude toward them.  Are they our enemy and something to be destroyed, or can we find a gentler way of dealing with the perceived obstacles both within and outside of us?  St. George invites me to take the gentle path and to work toward integration and union rather than destruction.  Interestingly this is EXTREMELY relevant at this time in my journey.

Nine of Coins: The final card is the card of true abundance – a spiritual abundance providing material support. It also represents receiving the fruits of our labors. This is the experience I’ve been waiting for….and may it be so!

If you are interested in learning the Tarot from a Christian perspective, check out the Tarot of the Saints by Robert M. Place. The Tarot is also explored in depth in my online Order of Melchizedek Training Program. 

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Order of Melchizedek Level One Training

20 lessons in ritual and divination practices

This is the first course in the full Order of Melchizedek Training Program created and facilitated by Lauri Ann Lumby, OM, OPM, MATS.  This course provides the foundation for ritual and ceremonial magic, integrating Kabbalistic teachings with the simple practices of native cultures.  The rituals here are adapted to meet the intention of Union, moving beyond the popular notion that the purpose of magic is to “get what we want.”  Employing these practices supports and amplifies the intention of Union while facilitating the healing and release of that which resides within you that is blocking the experience of Union and hindering your ability to be an empty channel through which the Divine Purpose of Love can be made manifest in our world.  While appearing simple, these lessons will have a profound impact on your inner and outer experiences.  You will be changed and your life will change as a result. 

 

Stand Alone Price:  $660.00 payable in full or in three installments of $225.00 each.  

 

Pay in full here:

or click BELOW for the 3 month payment plan. 

 

NOTE:  There are no refunds on online courses.  If you withdraw before completing your payments, you will be invoiced for the balance due.

 

Course Outline: 

Lessons One:  UNION

The original meaning and purpose of magic

Lesson Two:   Ritual of Dedication

A daily dedication in service to the Divine

Lesson Three: Attunement to the Divine Name

A daily attunement to the Divine Name

Lesson Four:   The Hexagram/Anahata/Star of David/Seal of Solomon

The power and meaning of the 6-sided star

Lesson Five:   Emanating Love ritual

A daily ritual for clearing and sanctifying space

Lesson Six:  Agape (Divine Love) Bath

            A daily practice for clearing and aligning our energetic bodies

Lesson Seven:  Introduction to the Tarot and its Kabbalistic origins

The tarot as a metaphor for our own “hero’s journey,” as and a teaching tool for the Kabbalah, and as a source of divination

Lesson Eight:  The Wheel of Life/ The East

Introduction and attunement to the Divine directions

Lesson Nine: The South

Lesson Ten: The West

Lesson Eleven: The North

Lesson Twelve: Spirit/the Heavens

Lesson Thirteen: Gaia

Lesson Fourteen:  The Divine Names

Attuning to and applying the power of the Divine name

Lesson Fifteen:  Tree of Life/ The Kabbalah (introduction)

The ancient mysticism of Judaism and the path of consciousness evolution

Lesson Sixteen: Archangels (introduction)

Our helpers and our guides

Lesson Seventeen:  The Holy Bride

The lost feminine archetype and the culmination of the human journey toward enlightenment.

Lesson Eighteen: White Magic vs. Black Magic

Humility and pride in magic

Lesson Nineteen: The Adversary/the role of temptation

The inner forces which seek to obstruct our path

Lesson Twenty:  Ordination

Ordination as a Level One practitioner

Required texts and materials for this course: 

B.O.T.A. or traditional Rider-Waite Tarot themed card deck with guidebook. (I use the Gnostic Tarot of the Saints by Robert M. Place )

Modern Magick by Donald Michael Kraig  (As a reference book only.  Buy it used!)

Gnosis of the Cosmic Christ by Tau Malachi

The Emerald Tablet by Dennis William Hauck

Suggested Reading:

Witchcrafting by Phyllis Curott

Celtic Magic by D.J. Conway

NOTE:  There is a significant discount when you register for the FULL Order of Melchizedek Training Program.  Click on the image below to learn more.

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.

 

Posted in Being Human, Jesus, Order of Melchizedek

Enlightenment Means Being Fully Human

In no way, shape or form do I profess to have attained enlightenment. In fact, if someone has to tell you they are enlightened, they are not.  Those who have reached true enlightenment, like Jesus, have come to know that:

“… though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God as something to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of all human beings, and being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.  Phil 2: 6-8

Enlightenment is not about escaping the human condition or denying the human experience. Enlightenment is about being fully human and embracing all that it means to be human – death and all.  While the path toward enlightenment does include ascending toward and coming to know our true Divine nature, as Jesus came to know and which he demonstrated to his disciples.  Enlightenment doesn’t end there.  As Jesus demonstrated, once we have come to understand our inherent Union with God…

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

…we then have to bring that Union into our human form and live that union fully. While the journey toward enlightenment begins with ascending, it can only be fulfilled when we allow that Union to descend fully into our human form so it can be lived out in our human experience.  In this, we become, like Jesus, fully human and fully divine.

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Herein lays the challenge with many of the modern-day interpretations of enlightenment. Instead of honoring the fullness of the human experience, many of the ways in which enlightenment (ascension, 5D consciousness, etc.) is spoken of today, would lead one to believe that enlightenment is all sunshine and roses.  It is not.  Enlightenment does not mean we have some magical way of avoiding the darkness of the human experience…or that we have to.  With true enlightenment, we still experience pain, suffering, sorrow, loss, betrayal, disappointment, and the sharp pain of rejection.  When we attain enlightenment, we are not given a “get out of jail free” card.  In fact, for many who have attained enlightenment, it seems the human experience is that much more painful.  Look at Jesus for example.  He was condemned, beaten, and crucified on a cross.  Enlightenment didn’t make Jesus’ life easier.  If anything, it made it more difficult.  HOWEVER….because Jesus had become enlightened – both fully human and fully Divine…..he had the tools within him to face all that life gave him – including his suffering and pain.  Jesus didn’t run from, ignore, or try to “la la” the reality of the human experience away….he embraced it….crucifixion and all.

The Order of Melchizedek Training includes study of the Kabbalah and the Tree of Life – tools which guides us in our journey of ascending and descending – ascending into Union and bringing that Union (Love) fully into our human experience. Learn more by clicking on the image below.

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Christian Magic?

The Order of Melchizedek is here to support us in reclaiming and reactivating Christian magic – the ancient and secret magic of the Christian tradition.  This is the magic that Jesus learned in his own journey of self-realization and self-actualization and the magic that he taught his disciples.  (an excerpt from the Order of Melchizedek Level One Training).

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The roots of this Christian magic reach way back in time, long before David designated himself high priest (PS 110) and long before the patriarchal tribes of Abram found themselves in the land of the Canaanites and received their blessing from the high priest Melchizedek (GN 14).

The roots of this magic go back farther still to a time when the One God was known as a genderless God who was nameless and faceless but who had many names and many faces to better serve the needs of the people.  This was a God that could be he, she, breath, spirit, fire, mother, father, king or queen; and in whom the people could see reflections of themselves. In seeing themselves in God, they discovered that this God could be known, and in knowing this God, they would know themselves.

The roots of this magic go back to a time when the people lived in peace – a peace that arose in the knowledge that they were inseparable – one with each other and one with their God.  All people lived in harmony for they knew that it was through this harmony that they could best survive. The magic that they practiced supported this union.

Union is the purpose of Christian magic and the rituals and practices of the Order of Melchizedek, and these rituals and practices support this union:

  • Union with the Divine
  • Union within ourselves
  • Union with each other
  • Union with all of creation

It is in this place of Union that we find ourselves and it is through this Union that we learn and understand that each of us, in our uniqueness, is a temple of the Divine and that it is through us that the Divine seeks to be known and made manifest in this world.  Here the will of God is made manifest within and through us as each of us are called to be reflections of the Divine in human form – fully human and fully Divine.  Here is where we find our own fulfillment and where the Divine purpose of the human experiment finds its fruition.

Click HERE to learn more about the Order of Melchizedek Training Program.

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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!)

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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.