Posted in Authentic Freedom, world changes

Authentic Freedom – the Hero’s Journey

Online training created and facilitated by
Lauri Ann Lumby, OM, OPM, MATS

Nine lessons
Done at your own pace
Done in your own time
Moderated by Course Creator
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Regularly price $270..00

Wartime discount:   $145.00 
(not including required text)

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Authentic Freedom is a protocol and practice developed by Lauri Ann Lumby which supports you in identifying and then healing the fears that have kept you imprisoned by your past wounding and cultural conditioning.

Through recorded lessons, reading, discussion, mindfulness and creativity practices, you will be given the tools to identify, heal and transform the fears that:

There is not enough.
You are insignificant and have nothing of value to offer the world.
You cannot live as our most authentic selves.
You are not loved (or that love has to be earned or can be taken away).
You  are not free to express our truth.
You do not know the truth.
You are alone.

At the end of this course, you will have the tools to support you in the continued liberation from your fears and the conditioning that has placed them there.

Taking Back Our Power to Choose
For the past 5000 years our world has been imprisoned by those who benefit from a people afraid.  For 5000 years, we have been conditioned by institutions that manipulate and control us through fear, guilt and shame.  Religious institutions, governments, corporations, banks, advertising, social media, education, health care, pharmaceutical companies and the insurance industry (to name a few) are all guilty of benefiting from a people afraid.  As has always been true of feudal societies, only a few truly benefit from a culture rooted in fear.  The rest are made to suffer while those who are manipulating us are getting rich at our expense.

When we stop believing in these fears by healing the conditioning that caused these fears in the first place, we are no longer vulnerable to manipulation and are free to choose love instead of fear.  In choosing love, we are able to experience the peace, freedom and union spoken of by the ancients and which has been taught by the highest expression of every spiritual tradition on this planet.

It is time that we say NO MORE by taking back our power to choose by healing our wounds and transcending cultural conditioning. 

Required Text:  Authentic Freedom – Claiming a Life of Contentment and Joy by Lauri Ann Lumby. (Available at Amazon.com in paperback or Kindle).

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SCRIPTURE (gasp!) Please note that with great intention I use Judeo-Christian scripture as part of this course.  I do so ON PURPOSE because for many in our culture, scripture has been used against them.  Christianity (especially certain expressions of Christianity) have twisted Jesus’ message of love into one of hatred and fear.  It is my hope that by presenting scripture in a different way – not as a vehicle of manipulation and control – but as a vehicle through which you can find and become empowered in LOVE- we can not only be healed of our societal fears, but also of those which have been heaped upon us by institutional religion.

 

Lauri Ann Lumby, OM, OPM, MATS  supports you in becoming a fully awakened and self-actualized human being by giving you the freedom to choose love in a world conditioned by fear.    Lauri does this through her trademarked protocol – Authentic Freedom which harnesses the knowledge and wisdom of the ancients and applies it in the modern world.  Here you will find fulfillment for the deepest longing of your Soul – to know and to be known.  Lauri is the owner of Authentic Freedom Academy and founder of the Temple of the Magdalene. She lives in Oshkosh, WI. You can learn more about Lauri, her writings, programs and services at Authentic Freedom (dot) Love. 

 

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Posted in End of the World Prophecies, New World, world changes

Separation of the Worlds

Good morning sisters and brothers, today is a BIG NEWS day!

After several experiences/events that all came together I believe we are at the “separation of the worlds” that has been heralded for years by the “ascension community.” I may be writing more about this in depth soon, but for now, this is what we need to know:

(This is shared from the membership section of this site.  To learn more and join, click HERE. )

1) The old world is dying and beyond repair. We have come forward with the offering of our gifts and they have been repeatedly refused. We cannot help or save the dying world. This much has become clear. We need to let it die…..even if that means standing back and watching it burn. (sad face)

2) This is heartbreaking and sad, so we must grieve. It is appropriate in the face of a dying world to grieve its death and to grieve all we have offered to help save it, which it refused. It is appropriate to grieve.

3) A time of retreat is also appropriate. We need time away from the dying world to create the space out of which the new world may come forth.

4) We need each other. We need to be support for each other as we grieve and as we support ourselves in making room for the new world that is coming forth out of us. We need each other as a check in, as a source of strength, encouragement and support. We will NOT get that support from the dying world, but only from those who are here to bring forth the new.

5) The temptation to get drawn back into the dying world WILL BE STRONG. We must do all we can to resist that temptation, remembering we are not here to save a dying world. WHEN we get drawn back in (the louder the dying world becomes the more we will be tempted), we will be reminded that that world is no longer our own and we will know it by how exhausted we will become when we allow ourselves to get drawn in.

6) Self-care is of utmost importance. In fact, it is the most important thing for us to do at this time. If we are to be the energy that holds the world in its death whole birthing the new, we need to be well cared for ourselves. Rest. Retreat. Self-nurturing. AND being in the company of like-minded people.

7) We cannot do this alone. I am beginning to suspect that it is for this very purpose that I was called to create this membership platform. To create a space where we can connect to gain strength and encouragement for what is coming – is already here.

8) Hope. The eternal promise is that death makes way for new life. This is the law of the universe. The even deeper law is that everything that has been came forth out of nothing – the great eternal void. Such will be the case of the new world. We cannot see it. (though glimpses of it are all around us). We might not even be able to dream it. But, we can feel it. It is in our DNA and in every cell of our being. The new world is who we are and why we are here. And there is nothing we need to “Do” to make it happen. It is happening through us. All we need to do is create space for the Being that is required for the emergence of that world.

9) Call. This is why we are here. To be witness to the separation of the world – the world that is dying and the world that is seeking to be born, and the birth of the new world begins with the worlds that we create for ourselves.

Love,
Lauri

 

Authentic Freedom (dot) Love is here to be a source of support for those who are here to be witness to the dying world while simultaneously bringing forth the new.  Learn more HERE. 

Posted in New World, non-violence, world changes

It’s Time to Awaken Out of Our Collective Paralysis

From the day that Donald Trump was elected President of the United States, my business took a HUGE hit.  Seemingly overnight, my business went from somewhat sustainable to me having to get a part-time “real” job.  When it would seem as if the opposite should be true – that people would be clamoring to my door in search of support, they have not.  Instead, it seems that those who were looking forward to more of the same in Hilary or Bernie retreated into their respective hidey-holes.  In shock and afraid, instead of coming forward in support of their desire for a new world, they beat a loud retreat.  Screaming from their half-opened door all they hate about Donald Trump and the “conservative regime,” while doing little to bring forth the new world they say they want.

Admittedly, I was initially one of those people.  But after giving myself over to the shock, I went deep within myself for an answer to my quandary – “How and why did this happen?”   The answer came quickly and clearly, and for this I must offer a heart-felt thank you to all those who supported the Republican platform by voting for Trump.  In clear and concise terms, I was told that Donald Trump was elected so that he could fulfill his mission as “Angel of Death” (Cue Prince of Egypt).  Again, I offer a heart-felt thank you for those who have supported Donald Trump because since the moment he took office the veil has been parted, revealing one shadow after another after another of the dying world.  From political corruption to child sex trafficking, to #MeToo, to corporate corruption, to inequalities in taxation, to the system that supports the rich getting richer on the backs of the poor, to corporate enslavement to the racism, sexism, nationalism, prejudice, and pride that seems to run our nation and its capitalistic agenda.

While I personally find Donald Trump to be a despicable human being, I can see beyond the person, the shock and the trauma into the higher purpose of his presidency.  If ever given a chance, I would personally thank him for what he has done to show us the shadow of Western culture.  In short – WE SUCK!  In our relentless pursuit of wealth, power and fame, we are destroying our world.  I could go on and on and one about all the ways this has shown itself to be true, but if you’ve read this far, you know how this has shown itself and this is NOT the point of my post.

The point is that Donald Trump has accomplished his mission.

NOW IT IS TIME FOR US TO AWAKEN OUT OF OUR COLLECTIVE PARALYSIS

…and get to work building the new world!

But first some words of comfort:

Building a new world does not mean anarchy;

Neither does it require revolution – not of a violent kind anyway.

I will add, however, that the extent to which we are uncomfortable or afraid of the new world is proportional to how much we are clinging to what we know and to what we have believed would sustain us.  This is true for conservatives, progressives, and liberals alike.  What is true in the natural world is true for us – In order to bring forth the new, something must to die – and that death is likely to be something we have made familiar and in which we have placed our beliefs (like the caterpillar before died to become the butterfly). Grief is assured as we let go of the old to make way for the new, and I (and many others like me) am here to help support you as you let go of that which no longer serves to help make way for the new.

But back to the original message.  If we say we want change in our world.  If we believe it is time for the old to pass away to make way for the new.  Then it is time for us to WAKE UP out of our paralysis and get to work.  But, here’s the deal:

 

Building the new world has NOTHING to do with what is “out there.”

and

Building the new world is 100% an inside job! 

 

We cannot bring forth the new world that we yearn for in our collective souls without first anchoring that world within ourselves – and that is no easy task.  It requires that we, like our nation/world, pull back the veil of all that we have hidden from ourselves:

  • Our fears.
  • Our wounds.
  • Our past traumas.
  • Our privilege.
  • The true source of our comfort.
  • And everything within and outside of us that separates us from others (conditioning).

 

Then we have to FEEL the reality of this separation.  We must feel and face our fears, our wounds, and our traumas and bring them into the cauldron of transformation that resides within us.  We must be willing to be freed of these fears, etc. and the “benefits” we get from remaining in that fear.  Then we are required to identify all the ways in which we benefit from a culture of separation and “let that shit go.” All of this is easier said than done which is why in the past, very few have been up to that task.  But, if we are serious about wanting a new world and wanting to be part of bringing that forth, unless we do this deep, inner work, WE WILL FAIL.  Period.

But this time we do not need to fail.  We have the tools, the resources and access to the ancient teachings which support us in healing from the wound of separation so that we can once again live in the world as it was meant to be:

Who is with me?

 

The programs and services of Authentic Freedom (dot) Love are here for the single purpose of supporting you in doing the inner work of anchoring the new world within you.  Learn more HERE.

 

 

Posted in End of the World Prophecies, New World, world changes

It’s Loathsome and Hideous, Yet I Can’t Look Away

It’s Loathsome and Hideous, Yet I Can’t Look Away

These immortal words from the TV series Seinfeld, perfectly sum up the times we are in and the greatest temptation for those of us who are here to build the new world.

We live in a time when everything around us seems to be in conflict.  Everything we thought we knew about our world and the perceived security it claimed to provide is falling around us.  In the U.S. we have become a nation divided within a world divided….and we seem to somehow be the cause of that global division.  The world around us no longer makes sense – if it ever did, and the people around us have most definitely stopped making sense.  (cue David Byrne)

We are living in one of the most magnificent times in the history of human beings – both from the perspective of devastation and from the place of promise.  The shadows have all come out to play.  That which we have ignored, denied, shoved under the rug – have all made themselves loudly known.  Racism.  Sexism.  Classism. Privilege.  Nationalism.  The sins of unbridled Capitalism. The sexual crimes of men in power. The sins of the power elite (who is really the cause of global and domestic terrorism?????  Hmmmmm???)  The nature of the beast is as hideous as it is captivating.  As veil upon veil upon veil gets torn away and the views become increasingly disturbing, one is tempted to want to go into battle, or simply collapse in despair.  To some, there is no hope as the truths of our world prove to be increasingly horrific.  The world “out there” has become like a runaway train or a 40-car pileup – it is terrifying to behold, and yet we cannot look away.

The greatest temptation as we view the world hurling itself toward its own destruction is to rush in to try to save it.  But we cannot.  Neither should we try.  The world built on fear, power and control is imploding upon itself and THANK GODDESS!  It is long past time for the world of fear, power and control ruled by rich white men to come to its natural end.  Unbridled pride, gluttony, greed, vengeance, jealousy (competition), hatred and ignorance are and have proven themselves to be unsustainable to anyone other than those who are holding the gold.  What the gold-bearers have not yet realized, however, is that in destroying the world they will inevitably be destroying themselves.  (But maybe, they are that selfish and that short-sighted.)

The truth that is coming to bear is that an unsustainable system will eventually collapse upon itself.  This is EXACTLY what we are currently witnessing in our world, and there is nothing we can do to stop it.  Its life has come to its natural end, making room for a new world to be born out of the ash. For that new world to be born, we need to STOP engaging with the old and dying world.  We need to allow the shriveled, whimpering Voldemort to die his own peaceful death.

In other words, “pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.”  As the dying world continues to vie for our attention, we are distracted from the purpose we came here to fulfill.  We are not here to save the dying world.  We are here to build something new.  That something new is happening right here in our very midst (look at what the young people are doing) and we are each here to play our own role in the creation of something new.  When we engage in or with the dying world, try to make sense of what is happening “out there” or try to convince others of our cause, we are distracted from the task we came here to complete.  We cannot build our new world when drawn in by the moans of the dying world, neither can we care for ourselves when administering aid to that which cannot be saved.  As harsh as this may sound, it is our job to let it die, and if that means covering our ears to the death wails and covering our eyes to the death and devastation, then so be it.  (This does not mean we cease from doing our part to care for the casualties of a world at war with itself.  It is still our job to advocate for the voiceless and to support the needs of the choiceless.  Let love be your guide.) Like a spoiled rotten child, the dying world will do everything in its power to keep us in their drama.  Just say no.

Discipline.  Persistence.  Tenacity. Let these words be our mantra as we do everything in our power to keep ourselves free of the magnetic drama of the world destroying itself so that we can tend to what we are really here for – to build a WHOLE (rooted in union, harmony, peace, collaboration, compassion and love) new world.

For support in building your own new world, check out Lauri’s formation program, The Order of the Magdalene Priesthood Training. This program supports you in coming to know your own unique giftedness, your Soul’s purpose and teaches you how to identify and transcend the fears that might otherwise prevent you from fulfilling that purpose.  Learn more HERE. 

Posted in New World, world changes

Changing the Vibration of Our World

Twilight visitations:  Yesterday morning while in meditation, I was visited upon by a Presence.  It appeared first as a flash of light, then as a star, hanging just outside my window.  The “star” was filled with the Presence(s) of Knowing and Truth.  Then the star began to speak – not in the language of words, but in the language of knowing.  Delivering to me what I need to know in this moment – a message I am now being asked to share with the world.

We are here to change the soul and vibration of our world.

I already knew this on some level, and I’m certain you do too.  But in this most recent transmission, the fact became even more clear – along with the method.

The method is not about doing.  Doing is the work of a dualistic world.  Instead, the method is in our BEING.  It is by our very presence that the energy of our world is being transmuted from fear into love; separation into union.  Simply in being ourselves, the vibration of our world is changing; but even more so when we add intention to our being.

As a “transmitter,” this is my mission and purpose on this plane – to simply BE and Transmit the new vibrations that are needed so desperately in our world.

The same is true for you, in your own unique soul gift, mission and purpose on this plane.

We did not come here to be human.  We’ve seen what human beings have done to their world.  We are here to be love and in being that love, changing the very fabric of the world, along with what it truly means to be human.  While it may not seem so at times, the world is changing simply because of our presence because this is what we came here to do (oops….BE).

Click on the image below to learn about all the ways you can connect with others, also here to change the vibration of our world.

Posted in 6D, Magic, Mystics, world changes

From Fear to Magic

What appears to be chaos, disorder and destruction is simply our new world being born.  When we get out of our mind, and into our hearts, a whole other story is being told.  And it is a story of MAGIC!

 

Where Universes are Being Made

The world beyond union is where I’m being called.

Beyond the place of “We Are One.”

Beyond the idea of “Love.”

Instead, this is where we are not only

One with God

One with Love

One with Truth –

We ARE God

We ARE Love

We ARE Truth

We are darkness.

We are light.

We are all that is and all that is not.

Beyond even “I Am” or “I am That”

Here, “I become.”  “I create.”

Bringing forth out of Nothing

That which was once only a dream, an imagining, or an idea of the mind.

The effortless, seemless, unfolding of:

NO-THING into SOME-THING

The place where universes are created…

A universe of our own making.

Brought forth from

All the seeds we’ve planted

All the darkness we’ve transformed

All we have suffered

All we have endured

And all we’ve celebrated with wonder, joy and thanksgiving.

It is “the realization of things hoped for, and evidence of things unseen.”

Pure and simple – it is magic.

 

The above is an excerpt from my Authentic Freedom Weekly Lesson.  To learn about how to receive the full version, click on the link below:

Posted in Mystics, New World, world changes

After We Destroy Ourselves – Reflections on a Dying World

After We Destroy Ourselves

Copyright Lauri Ann Lumby

Today I’m hearing (and feeling) the cries of the world.

Too much death.

Too much violence.

Too much destruction –

and not enough people who care.

Humanity looking away as another father buries his son –

Turning a deaf ear to the plaintive wails of the mother

who lost her child to the darkness of this world.

The world is burning and no one cares.

Except those who will profit from the flames –

White men wreaking havoc in a world where they don’t belong.

A world poisoned by greed,

Made toxic by lust – and not just of the sexual kind.

Man’s unbridled quest for power and ownership

of a world that belongs to no one –

Least of all them.

While humanity cries, Mother Earth is silent –

She has taken matters into her own hands.

“If these humans can’t care for me as I have cared for them….

Then they’ve got to go.

Goodbye stupid humans.

This experiment has failed.”

I wouldn’t blame Her if She shifted her poles and simply shook us free.

Starting over after the damage man has done has healed.

Earth always wins.

Humanity is an ignorant, selfish, self-centered species.

After 200,000 years, you would think we would learn.

But the rules of evolution are clear:

Figure it out or die.

The times we are in feel like the end of the human race.

After Mother Earth casts us off

or we do it to ourselves,

will another species rise to take our place?

If history is correct, I believe this will be so.

Perhaps we are already here.

 

If you are one who believes they will remain after the world has destroyed itself, or who believes they embody the seeds of the new species, consider joining our growing community.  Love Warriors.  Dragon Riders of the Apocalypse.  The New Humans…..whatever name you want to give yourself.  You are not alone!  

Posted in New World, non-violence, world changes

Become an Agent of Non-Violent Social Change

Love Warriors Basic Training Course

The Love Warriors Basic Training Course provides you with the basic knowledge and skills needed for being an agent of non-violent social change.  Gathering from the work of Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr. and the field of social psychology and human development, you will be empowered to enter into the full use of your gifts as an agent of Peace and  Love in the world.

With the proper foundation of non-violent philosophy, along with the tools for non-violence and peaceful conflict resolution, we can take our first steps in waging a “war” for peace.  A war, not fought with guns or bombs, but a war won through deep listening with the purpose of understanding, with an eye toward the greater good of the all.  Here compassion and union are our guides while ignorance and separation fall away.

Make the small investment of $25.00 toward your commitment to non-violence and then if after this course you want to do more, please consider joining our “Beloved Community.

Enroll in the Love Warrior’s Basic Training HERE.

 

In the Love Warriors Basic Training Course, your studies will include:

  • The Universal Declaration of Human Rights
  • Gandhi’s principles of non-violence
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. and his vision of non-violent action
  • Martin Luther King, Jr’s vision of the Beloved Community
  • The Triple Evils as identified by MLK
  • Dr. King’s principles of non-violence
  • The Six Steps of Non-Violent Social Change
  • The Non-Violent Pledge
  • Practices for Harmonious Communication
  • Conflict Resolution
  • The Importance of Personal and Spiritual Development
  • Historical Models of Non-Violent Social Action
  • Rules for Engagement within a Beloved Community
  • Invitation to join our Beloved Community

Enroll in the Love Warrior’s Basic Training HERE.

 

Love Warriors is the fulfillment of the mission of Authentic Freedom Academy.  Love Warriors empowers you in fulfilling your personal mission of being a vessel of peace and love  in our world through your unique giftedness, specifically by being an agent of positive, non-violent social change.

 

Love Warriors know:

Who they are.

Their place in the world.

What their gifts are and how they are being called to use these gifts for the sake of their own fulfillment and in service to the betterment of our world.

 

Love Warriors Provides Support through:

Love Warriors Basic Training

With the option of becoming a part of our Beloved Community – a membership which includes:

  • Ongoing inspiration and support through our Authentic Freedom Weekly newsletter.
  • Ongoing education through our online courses.
  • One-on-one mentoring/spiritual counseling
  • A private, safe and secure social network.
  • Monthly “Teacher’s Circle”

 

Love Warriors is made up of:

Women and Men from all educational and spiritually formative backgrounds who are committed to working for love and peace in our world using civil, non-violent means.

Young people who are looking for a place to explore their own calling, share their voice,  and who may be looking for support in their own desire to work for positive change.

 

Enroll HERE. 

Posted in End of the World Prophecies, world changes

Surviving the End Times

When I was seven years old, I had a dream that the world was ending.  I asked in the dream how we could prevent this from happening.  I was told to gather my friends, go in search of “Lincoln’s authentic bones” and “restore them to their rightful place.”  Even at the age of seven I understood the symbolic meaning of this dream and have been preparing ever since.  Well, it seems that the end times are now here.  Not the apocalyptic destruction of the world as some have interpreted the prophet’s words.  Instead, it is the end of the world as we have known it – a world built on fear, power and control, ruled by a rich and powerful few.

I am certain the end times are upon us as I gaze out into the increasing polarization and insanity of our world.  I know it more intimately by the SOS calls I am getting from family, friends, clients and students of their own world seemingly falling apart.  I also see it in the many conversations with my Magdalene sisters and brothers of the chaos they are witnessing in the lives of people they love and care for.  As the patriarchy (the system built on fear, power and control) approaches its final days, the death throes will only become louder.  As those currently in power, those who benefit from their power, and those who have been indoctrinated by their power cling to survival, chaos will rise.

It is not for us to become distracted by this chaos, however, or get drawn into it.  Instead, we are invited to tend to ourselves so that we might not only survive the end times, but thrive upon the ashes of what will remain after the patriarchy has burned itself to the ground. Now more than ever we must tend to ourselves, because:

We are not here to save the dying world.  We are here to witness its destruction while supporting ourselves in building something new.

Self Care.  Self Care.  Self Care.

Surviving the end times while supporting ourselves in building something new starts and ends with SELF CARE.  This is the greatest irony in a world ruled by those who care for no one but themselves, while conditioning us to think of everyone but ourselves.  (what!?)   Yep…you heard that right.  To survive the dying world, we have to turn the tables on our conditioning.  Instead of “me last,” we have to start thinking “ME FIRST.”  In order to do this we have to look deep within ourselves for the answer to this question:

WHAT DO I NEED?

Seems simple right?  Not so much.  What we actually need to feel peaceful, whole, content, joyful and fulfilled has been buried under a lifetime of conditioning.  Who you truly are and what you truly need is buried under a mountain of “shoulds” and “should nots.”  Just pause for a moment and think of all the “shoulds” that currently govern your life.  Some may be obvious, others more subtle.  Here’s a simple one:  “You should pay your bills on time.”  Says who?  And Why?  Who is harmed if you pay your bill a day late, or two weeks late?  As long as it gets paid, who cares?  Speaking of paying your bills…another should:  “You should pay off all your debts. Only bad and irresponsible people file bankruptcy.”  Again….says who?  In a world where money is literally based in debt and where banks are getting rich on the backs of the poor and where the system is set up to keep us imprisoned by debt…then what is wrong with saying “NO” to the system that imprisons us?  Speaking of imprisonment – here’s a more subtle one – “You should be nice to others.”  Again, why?  If “being nice” is an obstacle to us getting our needs met, setting boundaries in our life, or keeping ourselves and our loved ones safe, then we can most certainly dispense with “being nice.”

Ultimately, surviving the end times is about extracting ourselves from that which has imprisoned us – those things set forth by the ruling (and dying) culture which have kept us from truly being free.  Free people know their truth, live from that truth and refuse to be hindered by a culture or a system that would prevent them from being that truth. 

First Aid for the End Times

  • If we want to survive the end times, there are a few critical things that support our self-care:
  • DO NOT get drawn into or distracted by the chaos of the dying world.  LET IT DIE.
  • Refrain from trying to fix or save a world that cannot be saved!
  • Tend to your triggers.  WHEN the death rattle of the dying world triggers your fears, anxieties or unhealed wounds – TEND to those wounds.
  • BE 100% accountable for your own shit!  Anxious?  Afraid?  Insecure?  Threatened?  Worried?  Obsessed?  NAME IT.  CLAIM IT.  Do something about it!
  • CHECK YOURSELF!  Don’t take your wounds out on others or try to make them someone else’s responsibility.  HEAL YOURSELF.

If you need help with any of the above, that is my area of expertise!  Get instruction and support through my online courses, one-on-one mentoring, read my book Authentic Freedom, subscribe to my Authentic Freedom Weekly lesson, become part of our social network, join our Teacher’s Circle.  I am here for the sole/soul purpose of supporting you in unraveling from the dying world while creating the world in which you truly want to live.

 

Bonus Material for Empaths

If you are an empath, what I said above about self-care is of infinite importance.  As empaths, we are not only experiencing our own emotions related to the simultaneously dying and birthing worlds, we are feeling the emotions of everyone else.  With this, self-care becomes even more critical.  Self-care that is radical in the face of our action-oriented culture.  As empaths we MUST:

  • Carve out time for the energies we are feeling to be transmuted and released.  (this is the job we are doing for the sake of our world….and no, we don’t get “paid” (not in any material way anyway) to do this work).
  • Honor whatever is happening in our bodies and emotions. NO JUDGMENT.
  • Remember that what we are feeling may not be our own.
  • Don’t react or try to “fix” how we are feeling.  BE WITH IT and it will move.  What we resist will persist.
  • REST!  REST!  REST!  NAP!  NAP!  NAP!  Our bodies are processing deep and powerful energies and it is taxing to our fragile human systems.  Give yourself a break for Goddess’ sake!
  • Nurture yourself.  Take time to do what you love.  Read.  Relax.  Create. Spend time in nature.  Spend time in nature!  (I need this reminder! )
  • If you don’t have one already, cultivate a regular spiritual practice.
  • Surround yourself with loving and caring people.  Dump the energy suckers!  You have enough work to do without being a host for parasites too!
  • Without being a fanatic – eat well.  Your body will tell you what you need.  No need to embrace any radical (more shoulds) diet.  Just eat what feels right to your body.  Also, be gentle on any body-shaming you might be tempted to engage in.  Sometimes we need a little extra weight to nourish the world that is trying to be born through us.
  • Professor Lupin was right – a small piece of chocolate does wonders in restoring our bodies from the ravages of Dementors!
  • Reach out for support when you need it!  Not if you need it.  WHEN you need it.
  • Remember you are not in this alone.

NOTE:  This is an excerpt from this week’s Authentic Freedom Weekly Lesson.  The full lesson is available by subscription and includes practices for applying this each lesson. Learn more HERE.

 

 

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Mass Shootings – Today I’m Just Tired

Yesterday we heard news of our 251st, 252nd and 253rd mass shootings.  I don’t need to rehash the details here…..we all know – angry, hateful men with automatic weapons unloading their hatred on crowds of innocent people. People who are innocent in our minds, but guilty in the minds of the murderers for simply being born a certain race, religion, sexual orientation – or whatever other reason these domestic terrorists choose them as their victims.

And terrorists are exactly who and what they are.  As our nation claims to be fighting terrorism worldwide, the real terrorism is right here within our own borders, and the terrorists are U.S. citizens – the vast majority of them White. Men.

I could get into the politics of all this, or bring up questions about the second amendment.  I could go on and on about the socio-political, psychological roots of domestic terrorism.  I could talk about toxic masculinity.  I could bring up the fear, hatred, ignorance, etc. that causes one man to hate another.  I could discuss the stresses of our culture and the fear and anxiety that cause young men to kill others.  I could pull out the millions of threads that are at the heart of violence and hatred in America…

But quite frankly, I’m too f’ing tired.

 

Yesterday afternoon, I sat on my patio and cried.  I wept for every single thing that is wrong with our country and every single thing that has created the environment where 253 mass shootings can take place within a 215 day period.  I wept for the victims and their families.  I wept for the universal feeling of helplessness where literally the best we can come up with is “thoughts and prayers.”

What are we to do in the face of such a deep, pervasive, systemic issue?  Gun control isn’t the only answer.  And quite frankly, it might not be the answer.  If someone in this country wants to get ahold of a killing weapon, whether they are legal or not, they will find a way to get one.  (“The Troubles” in Ireland are a not too distant memory to remind us of how easy it is to get killing machines in a nation where guns are illegal.)

Even more pointedly, shooting people with guns has really nothing to do with guns.  It has to do with everything else that creates so much fear or hatred in another human being that they want to kill.  It has to do with everything that creates an environment that supports murder as the appropriate outlet.  It has to do with everything that deprives human beings of the ability to be formed into healthy, whole individuals with effective tools for managing their anxiety….and everything to do with a culture that supports separation over compassion and love.

In my heart and in my mind, it is our culture that is to blame – a narcissistic, self-centered, materialistic, consumeristic, individualistic, racist, sexist culture where “every man is for himself.” 

We have done this to ourselves.  We have created the culture and the environment in which it is possible to have 253 mass shootings in 215 days.  Seriously……WTF?

I’m tired.  Just tired.   And if you are reading this, I bet you are too.

Like many I know, I’m at a loss for what to do or how to respond.  The best I can do is pray (I do believe in the power of AUTHENTIC prayer) and choose NOT to live in that world.  I can make the choice for love, but until those who are part of the pervasive American culture choose otherwise, we will only have more of the same.

Today I’m tired and I’m sad for a world that continues to choose hatred over love, separation over connection, ignorance over understanding and fear over compassion.

I’m just tired.