Each and every one of us has been uniquely and creatively gifted to be a vessel through which LOVE is made manifest in our world. In service to this unique giftedness, we have also been blessed with a certain kind of magic which allows these gifts to be used in service to the betterment of the world and in ways that are no less than miraculous. In the Catholic tradition in which I was raised, this magic is referred to as charisms, known in other traditions as spiritual gifts or in the yogic tradition as siddhis.
From the perspective of the Catholic tradition, The Catherine of Siena Institute has identified twenty-six charisms or spiritual gifts:
Discernment of Spirits
Speaking in Tongues
Interpretation of Tongues
A charism is not, however, to be confused with a gift or a talent. Talents are something we learn. Charisms are something with which we are endowed. The mark of a true charism is in its effortless accomplishment and in its miraculous fruits. When we are engaged in our charism, we find that the work of doing it is effortless and the results are far beyond what we know ourselves to be humanly capable of. The reason for this is that when engaged in our charism, it is not ourselves who are doing the work, but God doing it through us.
If you are in the Fox Valley, WI area, join us for the next eight weeks while we explore the question, “What is your magic?” All part of the weekly Superhero Gatherings. Choose from:
Each and everyone of us has been Divinely blessed with our own unique giftedness so that we might enjoy a life of meaning and purpose for our own fulfillment and for the sake of the betterment of our world. In this 8 week series, explore the charisms (spiritual gifts) that have been identified by traditional cultures and how you may be blessed and called to more fully utilize these gifts. We call these gifts magic because the fruits of their use is far greater than what you imagine yourself to be capable of.
To learn more, contact Lauri Ann Lumby (920) 230-1313 or email@example.com.
As violence, hatred, fear and ignorance continue to wrack our world, it is easy to forget that we are not powerless in the face of this violence. I remember a great teacher once reminding us that where two or more are gathered – there is love.
WE HAVE THE POWER TO CHANGE OUR WORLD – first by healing the violence within ourselves, then by acting as a source of LOVE, PEACE, HARMONY in the world. As we change ourselves, the world around us changes. As we heal ourselves, we are motivated and empowered to work for LOVE.
JOIN US this week at the Superhero gatherings as we work for unity, peace, harmony and love – first within ourselves, then in the world.
Authentic Freedom Academy isn’t any old academic institution. We don’t teach history or ‘rithmetic; instead, we offer programs and services in support of your journey of self-actualization. The roots of our work are in education, psychology and spirituality and the pillars are mindfulness, creativity and active imagination. The end result is transformation and empowerment. No, this work isn’t for everyone….but it is for the strong and courageous, the brave and insane, and those who believe there is more to life than Kanye and Kim and what might be reported on Fox News. In short, Authentic Freedom Academy is a lot like Hogwarts. Let me show you how:
1) Here there be MAGIC!
Life is a miracle and fantastically magical. Our desire is to help you see that magic!
2) We solemnly swear we are up to ALL GOOD!
To those attached to status quo, things as they are, a fearful, materialistic world, then it might look like we are entirely up to no good…….but for those with magic in their hearts and who can see past the illusion…..it’s all good!
3) Mischief Managed! Every day.
Giving you the tools you need to overcome the inner and perceived external obstacles to your own magical magnificence!
4) Platform 9 ¾:
The only way to get here is to close your eyes, point your luggage cart in the direction of that brick wall in front of you, run and TRUST.
5) Defense Against the Dark Arts:
Yes, there is darkness in our world. Fear too. We help you name those fears and give you tools for transcending them.
6) Lord Voldemort:
We all have an inner adversary – that voice of fear that keeps us small and seeks to keep us from the magical purpose for which we were born. We help you distinguish this voice from the voice of your Truth and give you tools for quieting “He who must not be named” so that you can hear the still, quiet, voice of your own SOUL.
Through mindfulness, creativity and active imagination practices, we help you remember and retrieve the forgotten pieces of your Soul.
8) Fantastical Creatures:
Why can’t there be dragons, pixies, mermaids, talking pictures, griffins, giants and shapeshifters? In the world of magic….all things are possible….and everything we can imagine is here to teach us about ourselves. Here, we embrace them.
9) Professors McGonagall and Dumbledore:
Each and every person is uniquely gifted and called to be a source of love and transformation in the world. Our teachers and guides are here to help you find yours.
10) Harry Potter of course!
We all need our heroes – those who have gone before us in search of their inner treasure and who have found it. We look to the great spiritual teachers of our human (and non-human) past to learn how to get there!
To learn more about Authentic Freedom Academy, please contact our “Head Mistress” (wink!) Lauri Ann Lumby firstname.lastname@example.org or (920) 230-1313. Or….check out our weekly Superhero Gatherings and discover your magic!
Each and every one of us has been uniquely and creatively gifted to be a vessel through which LOVE is made manifest in our world. In service to this unique giftedness, we have also been blessed with a certain kind of magic which allows these gifts to be used in service to the betterment of the world and in ways that are no less than miraculous.
At Authentic Freedom Academy, we serve to help you uncover your own unique magic and we support you in overcoming the inner fears and perceived obstacles to living and sharing that magic in the world (aka self-actualization).
The weekly Superhero gatherings is one vehicle through which this support is made available to the Fox Valley, Oshkosh, Appleton, Fond du Lac, Neenah, Menasha, Omro, Winneconne, etc.
Please join us for this week’s Superhero Gatheringwhere we will be exploring the question of YOUR MAGIC! Using Shamanic Journeying techniques which empower us to engage our active imagination, we will access Divine guidance in response to the question:
During this week’s gatherings of the Superhero Academy, we explored the fruitful time we are now entering into….the time of the VOID. Void time arrives after all the work has been done and the seeds planted and all we can do is WAIT. The void is a time of both reward for work well done and preparation for the new life that is waiting to BURST FORTH…..interestingly….sometime around Easter this year (April 4-5). While the Superhero Report is usually only available by subscription (SUBSCRIBE HERE
and also receive the weekly Authentic Freedom Virtual Church video service and meditation newsletter), I thought this so critical to where we are moving as a species, that I chose to make it available to all! In celebration of the VOID time….I share with you two poems about entering into the VOID. Enjoy!
Sitting in the Void
Copyright 2015 Lauri Ann Lumby
Sitting in the void.
Quiet and Still.
Waiting for what has been to take root within…
Or quietly pass away.
Breathing. Sighing. Resting.
A seed in the soil
Where there is nothing else to do but
Listening in the silence
For a trickle of rain,
The rush of the wind,
The warmth of the sun penetrating the earth.
Here in the darkness, there is nothing to see –
Only a wall of dirt – as in a grave.
In a grave that is not a grave,
Something unimaginable –
Wholely and completely new and unknown
Is waiting to be born.
As all at once a seed becomes a tree – so shall it be for me.
Time Standing Still
Copyright 2015 Lauri Ann Lumby
What does one write when there are no poems to be written,
No words to be said,
No songs to be sung?
When all one can do is wait…
In this place where time is void.
When all that can be done has been done
And there’s nothing left to plan…
or figure out.
After the Universe exhales
And before She takes her next breath
Pressing pause –
Holding our breath
Almost afraid to breathe –
Not wanting to interrupt Universe’s creation
Knowing if a butterfly is removed too soon from its shell it will die –
Not desiring a similar fate for ourselves.
Joining with time where time is void and simply standing still.
In this week’s Superhero Academy gatherings, we continued our exploration of 6D consciousness and Divine Manifestation by learning about the critical skill of discernment.
Discernment is defined as the process through which we distinguish the voice of God/Truth/Higher Self/Love from the voice of our False Self/Ego/Adversary.
Discernment is the process we use to determine if the guidance we are accessing through our meditation practices is indeed coming from Source or if it is simply our ego at work trying to keep us small.
Discernment requires that we arrive at some foundational agreements:
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In this week’s gatherings of the Superhero Academy, we took our next step into the process of Divine Manifestation (alchemy, magic, co-creation), accepting the challenge of 2015 which I have designated “The Year of Magic.” Before working with the sixth dimension technologies for co-creation, there is important foundational work that needs to be accomplished. This week we began that foundational work by exploring the topic of Soul and the Soul’s inherent knowing which is identified as Faith. Those who attended this week’s gathering then had an opportunity to participate in a Shamanic Journey – a process of working with the creative imagination in order to access Divine Guidance and through which the technologies of the sixth dimension are eventually acquired. Below are the notes from this week’s discussion, along with a link to the opening song we used to start things off!
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As one of my teachers used to say, “Every story is true, some of them actually happened.” In the case of A Myth for the New Awakening you decide – is it live or is it Memorex?
(with gratitude and due credit to Solara who through her book Starborne, first told me about “home.”)
Hail, people of earth. I am Aniyakah, Chief Ambassador of the Galactic Federation of Light, along with my male partner, Oniyakah. While the Galactic Federation represents many stars and star systems, he and I are from the planet Anu, the seventh planet in orbit around the great star Alnilam – the center star of the belt of what you call the constellation of Orion. You will never “see” our planet from the place of the current earthly vibration as we reside within the thirteenth dimension – one many times beyond the current vibration of Earth. While you may not be able to see or perceive our ancestral home, this does not prevent you from knowing or knowing of us in this plane.
Thousands of earth years ago, an envoy of interdimensional beings from many star systems was commissioned to journey to Earth, first as explorers, and then as liberators. This is how we first came to be among you. The envoy from Anu settled in what you now call the British Isles and what you once called Gaul while those from other star systems settled in power centers of the South, the East and the North. As the children of Anu, we first came to Earth in light form – vibrating at such high frequency that the indigenous humans perceived us as angelic or fairy-like beings. The indigenous people of what you call Ireland and Wales called us fae folk or thought us to be gods (which we are not). We henceforth became known as the Tuatha de Danaan and many stories were created about us and our interaction with the indigenous humans.
We lived among these people in peace for many hundreds of your earth years. As I mentioned, we were initially treated as gods and given due honor and respect for our presence and for the healing and transformational presence we were among them. What we discovered over time, however, was that the indigenous humans could not be in our presence for long without feeling disturbed. The pure love and light that lay dormant within them – the love that was their true nature – was continually triggered as the pure love and light that we embodied worked to awaken them to their true nature. As our love interacted with their forgotten love, they experienced discomfort. While a few found themselves able to bear this discomfort which then allowed them to awaken to their truer nature, the vast majority did not have the inner tools for bearing the discomfort of love’s awakening. As such, for more and more, we began to represent the source of this discomfort (which in fact, we were). Instead of tending to this discomfort, however, they turned toward us in violence, eventually waging war against us as described in the Irish myth of the battle between the Sons of Mile and the Tuatha de Danaan. Legend says that instead of having the conversation “in that way,” we “turned sideways into the light;” leading people to believe we had retreated to the fairy kingdoms under the hills or that we simply disappeared into another dimension. While there is truth in both of these interpretations – what we did from the perspective of a three-dimensional, dualistic “reality” was to become like the indigenous humans around us. We lowered our vibration to meet up with theirs. In doing so, we experienced the same consequence of the human condition as them – forgetting our true origin and our purpose for arriving on this plane.
The good news is that these higher vibrations – where we are one with our shared God-nature, takes time to forget and can never be completely forgotten. For several millennia, we functioned as more remembering than forgetting. You have seen these vibrations of ourselves in your stories of the gods and goddesses of the ancient lands and in the priests and priestesses in what you imagined as the druids, the oracle of Delphi and other holy men and women of the British Isles, Gaul and the Germanic lands (other love beings from other star systems will share with you similar tales of their journey in lands of the East, North and South). Throughout time, we have made ourselves known through the great spiritual teachers, saints, medicine women and men of Western Europe. As time wore on, we moved from more remembering to more forgetting and we all collectively fell into a period of great darkness – a time marked by much violence, war, discrimination and hatred among all of humanity. Fortunately, there were some to pierced through this darkness to be heralds of the light, but even these became fewer and farther between.
As is true of time…..what came from light and moved into darkness will eventually find its way back to the light. This is where we have been moving and where we find ourselves today. More and more are awakening to the light and can be recognized in the great heralds of love who have found their way into the collective awareness – Jesus, the Buddha, the teachers of the Kabbalah, the Sufi Masters, Mother Teresa, Gandhi, Krishna Muerti, Martin Luther King, Jr., Amma and the Fourteenth Dalai Lama among them. It is not enough, however, for one great leader to emerge if the collective does not itself awaken. It is for this reason that I come before you today. The tide has turned and the time of forgetting has come to an end and that the GREAT REMEMBERING is at hand.
It is time for the children of Anu, the children of the other star systems of Orion, the children of Sirius, the children of the Pleiades, the children of Andromeda, the children of Atlantis and Lemuria and the children of EARTH to awaken!!!! It is time for us to lay down the cloak of forgetfulness and to take on the mantel of remembrance. It is time to awaken – to awaken to our true nature as ONE with the great Divine light – one with our true nature as love.
Regardless of the dimension from which you hail, you are beginning to remember – to remember your true origins beyond the third dimensional human plane – origins on other planets, from other star systems, from the angelic plane and from the heavens themselves, – all sent here to help humanity awaken – to help us all move out of our collective sleep – to remember our true origins in love. In this, there will be no “mothership” to take us home – for we are already home – home on the planet we came to uplift to higher states of consciousness – specifically to move us all beyond a consciousness rooted in fear to one firmly anchored in love.
The time of forgetting has come to an end and now is the time to remember our true nature, and in doing so, helping the rest of humanity do the same.
Yours in all love and light!
Chief Ambassadors of Anu of the Galactic Federation of Light
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Divine Manifestation, Divine Alchemy, Divine Magic – an Introduction
In this week’s Superhero Gathering, we began our discussion, exploration and learning about Divine Manifestation and Divine Alchemy (aka Magic). The following reflection from one of the participants pretty much sums things up:
It is time for magic to begin, to keep my heart, our hearts alive, to bring heaven to earth and turn the debris of our lives that we mistook for a mistake and allow the Divine Alchemy to turn it into gold. The time for Divine Manifestation has arrived as we co create with Our Creator that which has been placed in our hearts, pruned, trimmed, fertilized, watered, tilled, deeply planted and rooted. It is time for fruition, blossoming bursting joyous reaping of all that has been laboriously, carefully, tearfully, confusingly, maddeningly sown. The Dark Night of the Soul now brought into the beautiful light of day.
As we hold out our hands to receive, our faces to the sun to shine, our hearts expanded and open to all that has been promised and held sacred we co create the destiny that we have held in incubation for years awaiting this time of active birth, ownership and becoming!
The fullness , completion, the abundance has arrived and we have struck the gold in the humility of LOVE!
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In Coming Weeks
In the coming weeks, we will explore this topic of magic more closely. Included among future topics are:
Soul – defining and understanding Soul
Discernment – the process through which we distinguish the voice of God from the voice of our ego.
Temptation – how it will show up and how to navigate it.
Accessing 6D Consciousness
Understanding and utilizing the technology of 6D.
Manifesting our Soul’s Purpose
Experiencing Abundance and Prosperity in the work of our Soul.
Superhero Gatherings are offered:
Mondays 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Tuesdays 9:00 -11:00 am
Facilitated by and held in the home of Lauri Lumby