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Lauri Ann Lumby

Lauri Ann LumbyLauri Ann Lumby, OM, MATS is a  guide, an author and an educator. Lauri has been awakening and supporting individuals in their journey toward self-actualization through her  classes, workshops, retreats, writing, publishing, and one-on-one mentoring since 1995.  Lauri is the founder and director of Authentic Freedom Academy, the Spiritual Director to The Order of the Magdalene and the Order of Melchizedek, and facilitator for the One Tribe movement.  Lauri lives in Oshkosh, WI.

 

lauricurtsie2Lauri Ann Lumby is a catalyst.  Lauri sees beyond the masks we all wear to the truth hiding underneath.  In being seen, you will awaken to your truth, your purpose and your true mission in this life.

Lauri is a nurturer, holding you in a place of unconditional acceptance and love, creating a safe space in which your truth may emerge.

Lauri is a guide, leading you through the tangled forest of societal conditioning, unhealed wounds and fearful concern that are keeping you from living your truth.

Lauri empowers.  Like a mother eagle, Lauri supports you until you are ready to fly on your own – enjoying the freedom of the self-actualization that is your birthright and the fulfillment of your Divine and Humanly nature.

 

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After receiving her BBA in Marketing from the University of Iowa and finding nothing but dissatisfaction in the world of commerce, Lauri began her own search for self-knowledge. As part of this search, Lauri heard her call to active ministry and pursued her ministerial education and training through the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay/ Silver Lake College and her training and credentials as a Spiritual Director through the Norbertine Center for Spirituality in DePere.  After fifteen years as a Catholic lay-minister; specializing in adult spiritual formation, small faith communities, pastoral counseling, liturgy and sacraments; Lauri left institutional employment to establish a secular ministry where she could respond to the spiritual needs of a wider audience.  In 2005, in support of a lifelong calling, Lauri was ordained as an Interfaith Minister through the Universal Life Church in Modesto, CA. In March of 2015, Lauri completed her Master’s Degree in Transpersonal Studies (Psychology), with an emphasis in mindfulness, creativity, and active imagination practices, through Sofia University.

You can contact Lauri Ann Lumby, at (920) 230-1313 or lauri@authenticfreedom.love

Personal Mentoring/Spiritual Counseling

lauridocmartinwebshotcolor2013Lauri Ann Lumby is available for one-on-one mentoring and spiritual counseling, locally, over the phone and via Skype.

Call (920) 230-1313 or email lauri@authenticfreedom.love to schedule a session.

Lauri’s hourly rate for personal mentoring and spiritual counseling is $150.00.

Pre-payment is required for phone and Skype sessions. Please use the “donate” button on the sidebar menu of this site.

 

Testimonials from Lauri’s clients:

I had been to counselors on and off for 10 years and Lauri hit the bulls eye during our first session; after our second session, the grief that plagued me for over 10 years was gone, as it was my soul that needed recognition and healing – prior counselors only addressed the “mind”; Lauri helped me holistically.  As a result, I am me again.  I am whole, and I embrace life.    KU  Oshkosh

I have had the pleasure of attending all of Lauri’s classes as well as receiving personal spiritual direction/counseling.  Her ability to actively listen, assist you in plumbing the depths of your own heart and mine the gold that is deep inside of you allows you to find your own path to healing.  Lauri doesn’t tell you how to feel or think, but allows you to savor your own truth!          Linda S.  Oshkosh

After my thirty-five year relationship suddenly and unexpectedly ended, I sought Lauri’s help in dealing with the all-consuming grief, fear, anger, despair and confusion.  Lauri provided a safe haven where I was able to face the truth about myself, my life and my relationship.  This has been tremendously healing, empowering and freeing.  Lauri’s presence and influence in my life has been a deeply profound gift for which I will be eternally grateful.          Diane K.  Oshkosh

Authentic Freedom helps me everyday to overcome my fears and doubts and to move forward.  Lauri is wonderful at helping me think through my insecurities.  I do things more now from my own intuition rather than what “everyone else” does or tells me to do.   I am more at peace because I have less struggle with the ego and know that the Divine is always there to take care of me.  I just need to listen.     Debbie S.  Neenah

I was in a point in my life where I was at a cross roads. I had an idea of what to do but still questioned the answer and myself, Lauri helped me to find clarity and make an effective decision.     MS  Oshkosh

With Lauri’s insightful guidance, I was able to understand my motivations better, and work towards replacing old, habitual and destructive thoughts and behaviors with new, life-giving ones that better revealed my authentic nature.     MS  Fond du Lac

Lauri was my guiding light through some very trying personal losses.     PG  Oshkosh

I have gotten more help in a shorter amount of time from Lauri Ann Lumby ‘s classes and counsel than from other counselors. Wonderful ~   Janet S. Oshkosh

 

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Beyond Christianity

On Monday, I wrote about how I am nothing like Richard Rohr. In particular, I mentioned how Richard Rohr is hard at work reforming Christianity, while I have moved beyond the need to reform an institution so that we might find the love that resides within all of us. In this, I guess one could say that I am inviting us to explore something beyond Christianity – something that hasn’t yet been given a name – but is already being born in our world.  Apparently part of this is being birthed through me. While the part that is being birthed through me has its roots in my Catholic upbringing, and I consider Jesus and Mary Magdalene the teachers that led me and then called me toward this, it is so much more than how people usually experience church.  I refuse, even, to call it church because for most of the people to whom I minister, church is a bad word.

So what is it? In truth, it is something that hasn’t even been given a name, and perhaps that is a good thing, for once we name a thing, we try to define it and put it in a nice, tight container so we can carry it around and show it to others.  Birth is messier than this and that which is being born needs the freedom to find its own feet and to discover its own name.  So, I’m getting out of the way and letting it be born and allowing it to find its own name.

While I can’t tell you what it is or what its name might be, I can tell you what it is made of. More importantly, I can tell you its purpose.

Its purpose is to provide a vessel in which women, men and children can come to know the love that they are and how they are uniquely gifted and called to be that love in the world. In short….our mission is self-actualization.

Unlike anything that has been accomplished before, the way in which we support this self-knowledge is through the seamless blend of psychology, pedagogy (education), creativity, and contemplative spirituality. In this way, individuals are supported in moving beyond their socialization into the truth that resides within their hearts.  Here is where we discover the freedom promised by all the great spiritual teachers that have gone before us:  Moses, Isaiah, Jesus, Mohammed, the Buddha, Black Elk, Sri Aurobindo and The Mother, Amma, the Dalai Lama, Gandhi, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. etc. etc. etc. etc. etc. and where we find the universal message within them all – the message of

LOVE.

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Learn more about Authentic Freedom Academy and our mission HERE. 

 

To being the exploration into your own truth and the love that resides within you, check out the Book of Life guided meditation and divination (hearing the voice of the Divine) tool. This is a tool/practice that you can return to again and again and again in search for the answers that reside only within your heart. Only $13.00!!!!!

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Authentic Freedom Academy – Exciting News!

For the past 20+ years, I have been developing curriculum – courses to support adults in the journey of self-actualization.  All of these courses arose out of my own process of self-development and are rooted in my connection with the contemplative Christian tradition, yet accessible to and meaningful for people of all beliefs.  I have taught these kinds of courses locally (in Oshkosh, WI), since 1994, first in the Catholic Church, and then to a secular audience. Literally hundreds of women and men have enjoyed the benefit of these courses and the testimonials speak for themselves.

NOW these courses are ALL available online and accessible to a global audience.  THIS is a dream come true and I am eternally grateful for my friend Kim Hageman who led me to the Mystery School of the Goddess and the online platform that makes this all possible and to Kimberly Moore of the Mystery School who has been a profound source of support as I have found my way into the world of online learning.

Learn about all of these courses HERE!  Check out the links on the right sidebar menu or follow the links below!

Authentic Freedom Curriculum (the hidden tradition of Christian Alchemy):

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Personal Growth and Development

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Weekly Inspiration and Support:

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Thank you for your interest in your own inner growth and development and for including Authentic Freedom Academy as a source of support and guidance in this journey!  Thank you also for sharing these resources with others!

In love and light!

Lauri Ann Lumby, OM, MATS

Founder and Director of Authentic Freedom Academy

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Welcome Home – Human 2.0

This has been a very interesting week at Authentic Freedom Academy – both personally, and professionally.   The theme of the past 18 months has been LET IT GO (cue Elsa) and there has been more and more letting go than anyone could have imagined back in January of 2015 when this all began (it really began LONG before that….this was just the compressed, hurry up and get this sh.t done version of YEARS of letting go and moving on!).

And thank God/dess we had no idea the extent of the letting go or we may have quit before even getting started. Because this is ultimately what all this LETTING GO has been about……to prepare us for a WHOLE NEW BEGINNING…..

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And this new beginning is HERE and it is NOW (cue the Fifth Dimension…literally).

First of all….take a deep breath and allow yourself to rest for just a moment in all you have accomplished on your own personal journey:

It started by learning how to connect with your God-self, rediscovering the bliss, peace, contentment and love that your Godself IS. For awhile you may have felt as if this was the key, the purpose of the life journey – to learn how to be God.  But if you are like many others you learned the hard way that this is NOT what the human journey is about as you struggled to pull yourself up out of the pile of mala beads and zafu cushions with angelic choirs ringing in your ears, disappointed, despairing, lonely and BROKE because your life purpose HERE is not to be God (we are already gods).

Your purpose here is to be HUMAN. But not the kind of human we have been accustomed to……instead, we are here to BIRTH a NEW/ORIGINAL way of being HUMAN.

HUMAN 2.0 is not about being human as we have known it – fearful, separate, angry and violent. Human 2.0 is also not about being God.  Instead, Human 2.0 is about being HUMAN in the way that Jesus was human, in the way that the Buddha was human, in the way that the Dalai Lama, Amma, Anandamayi Ma, Yogananda, and many others who have gone before us have experienced their human/godself.

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Human 2.0 is about the complete and full integration of our Godself and our Humanself…..not escaping the human condition so as to be God, but allowing our Godself to be fully embodied in our HUMAN self. In other words, Human 2.0 is about God living IN and THROUGH us – or another way to put it – God walking around on this very planet in our bodies.  We are God walking around in flesh.

The funny thing about Human 2.0 is that this is in fact as it has always been….we just didn’t know it because of the veil of separation we chose in taking on the human condition so that we could evolve the human condition to where we are today (are you dizzy yet???).

Which brings me back full circle. WELCOME TO THE NEW WORLD!  A world in which we KNOW our Godself.  A world in which we live from our Godself.  A world in which we act as Gods – allowing LOVE to guide and direct our lives and acting only from this place and perspective of LOVE.  ONLY from LOVE.

We have arrived….even if we aren’t quite feeling it yet….we are here, exactly what we came here to do and why we’ve struggled through the last several years of what often felt like HELL. (Cue Panic at the Disco!)

Which then brings me back to full circle again….this has been an interesting week at Authentic Freedom Academy and it is because of this week’s theme that I know we have arrived. EACH and EVERY client (and in my own work that preceded this week) who set foot in my office this week exhumed the deepest, darkest of their core wounds and brought them to the surface to be healed and released (congratulations WARRIORS….you did it!…cue Imagine Dragons!).

The moral of the story is that there is NO BAGGAGE ALLOWED in the New World. We do not get to step fully into our Original SELF with the remnants of our Core Wounds still intact.  We must be purged, freed, released and healed of our CORE WOUNDS so that we are once again free to live as our original self – FULLY HUMAN and FULLY DIVINE.  In this we know beyond the shadow of a doubt that we are LOVE and that every situation we encounter arises in service to this LOVE.  If the situation seems to trigger our fear, our anger, our hurt or our shame, it is because there are parts of us that still don’t know we are LOVE.  If a person triggers our fear, etc. it is because a part of us have forgotten we are LOVE.  From this perspective, we are done with blame, resentment, transference and projections and only live in search of where LOVE wants to be known in us.  Or as Jesus said, “Love your enemies.”

Welcome to the New World – a world built out of love, for the sake of love, in service to love where we know the LOVE that we are and where we allow this LOVE to live in and through us.

In other words: WELCOME HOME!

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Mission Possible!

Our Mission:

Authentic Freedom Academy is a center for experiential education, supporting the transformation of human consciousness through the integration of Western psychology and Western Spirituality, equipping students to be agents of positive, non-violent change in the world.

We accomplish this mission through:

  • writing and publishing
  • one-on-one mentoring
  • local and online courses
  • on-going service to the community

 

Outer change begins with inner change.

Inner change begins with self-knowledge.

Self- Knowledge leads to self-actualization.

Self-actualized individuals, are inherently non-violent, cooperative and collaborative, and are naturally motivated to use their unique gifts in service to the betterment of the world.

 

Authentic Freedom™ is a trademarked protocol developed by Lauri Ann Lumby, OM, MATS, founder and director of Authentic Freedom Academy. Authentic Freedom™ integrates specific tools and practices of Western Psychology with those of Western Spirituality, resulting in a powerful process through which participants are supported in becoming self-actualized and are then empowered to share their unique giftedness in service to the betterment of the world.

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Specific Tools used in Authentic Freedom™:

  • Western, Eastern and Indigenous Mindfulness, Contemplation and Journey practices
  • The Spiritual Exercises and Rules of Discernment of St. Ignatius
  • Creativity Practices
  • The Myers-Briggs Personality Profile
  • The Enneagram Temperament Tool
  • The Spiritual/Personal Gifts Inventory
  • The Authentic Freedom™ protocol

 

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From Western Psychology, Authentic Freedom™ draws from:

  • Carl Jung’s creative imagination, archetype and shadow work
  • Abraham Maslow’s hierarchy of needs and theories of self-actualization
  • The humanistic theories and creativity practices of Carl and Natalie Rogers
  • The stages of spiritual development of James Fowler and John Westerhoff
  • Bill Plotkin’s development of the human Soul

From Western Spirituality, Authentic Freedom™ has its roots in the original teachings of Jesus* which were then formalized into the meditation, contemplation and service practices of Western Monasticism, specifically those favored in Benedictine, Franciscan, and Ignatian spirituality.

*The original teachings of Jesus are those rooted in the universal (and non-religious) call of love:

  • love of God (the God of your own understanding)
  • love of Self
  • love of Neighbor – recognizing that all of humanity is our neighbor

and then:

  • lived out through acts of compassion
  • working for justice

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What Authentic Freedom is not:

  • Authentic Freedom is not counseling.  Whereas counseling focuses on treating “disease” and supporting behavior modification and recovery, the focus in Authentic Freedom is self-awareness and deep, enduring transformation. Authentic Freedom may include the healing of old wounds and unresolved trauma, but it is accomplished through supporting deep, inner change.  In Authentic Freedom, anxiety, depression and panic attacks are not pathologized but are acknowledged as symptoms of the Soul longing for its fulfillment, symptoms that subside on their own the closer we get to the purpose of our Soul.
  • Authentic Freedom is not life-coaching.  While encouragement and support are a big part of Authentic Freedom, the emphasis is on personal responsibility, accountability and empowerment.  The goal of Authentic Freedom is that one day you will no longer need our services because you will have all the tools you need to fly on your own.

NOTE:  If you are under the care of a licensed therapist or life coach, you will find that Authentic Freedom complements this work by providing you with additional tools in support of your overall goals of self-care.

 

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Authentic Freedom Academy Online Courses!

I am so excited to share the ongoing expansion of our online academy!!!!!!  Check out all the courses, created and facilitated by Lauri Ann Lumby and Authentic Freedom Academy that are now available in online versions!  Click on the images below to learn more and to register!  And please share this post on your social networking sites!  Thank you!

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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays – the year in review

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from Authentic Freedom Academy and me!

This is the time of year I like to pause and reflect on what has been and dream about what might be.

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In looking back, 2015 has been the year of LETTING GO! I knew this as we entered the year and gave myself over to a letting go and surrendering practice.  I knew I had to be willing to LET IT ALL GO with absolutely no knowledge of what I was letting go of and for what purpose, only that I had to TRUST and BELIEVE that if I was being invited to let go so deeply, there must be something AMAZING coming on the other side of the letting go.  What I discovered is that there seemed to be no end to the letting go and just when I thought I had this letting go thing figured out, the universe (or my spiritual director) helped me see there was still more I had to be willing to release.  Over and over and over again, I put it all in the “bucket” for release.  And when I thought I had enough in the bucket, I put in some more.  Even if I tried, I could not possibly give words to all I have been invited to release, so I won’t even make an attempt here.  Suffice it to say that the letting go all culminated in the crazy virus that left me immobile for an entire month with nothing to do but LISTEN and BE OPEN to what God/dess might be trying to say.  And boy, oh boy, did SHE have a lot to say, mostly in clues and whispers, but it was certainly a lot to take in, most of which I am still processing today.

Fortunately, I am able to give words to some of what she had to say as it ultimately boils down to one thing: BIRTHING (more of) MY SOUL!

In birthing my Soul, She wanted me to realize how much energy I had been giving away and how much of that was being done with no regard for my own health and wellbeing, and how much of it was being done without return. She very loudly said, “ENOUGH OF THAT!”  The very strong invitation (command) that arose out of this awareness was:

TAKE CARE OF LAURI FIRST! Fortunately, there were specific commands regarding what this means and how to implement this command – which had some to do with boundaries and even more to do with creativity – specifically, nurturing my creativity and making time to create a priority in my life!  (DUH!)

The second part of Birthing my Soul had to do with being willing to step OUT of my comfort zone, RECEIVE support, and LET others help me. The stepping out, receiving support and letting others help supported me through my illness and then culminated in a business opportunity that has already taken root and is now getting ready to EXPLODE!  The best part of this opportunity is the way it happened (miraculously and without much effort on my part) and that it is the fulfillment of a long-held dream to one day teach at Hogwarts!  (I’m not kidding!).  For the past two years I have told the universe that “When I am JK Rowlings rich, I’m going to start my own Hogwarts.”  The great news is that this opportunity requires almost no investment on my part (other than time) and it is about as close to Hogwarts as one can get!  A huge thank you to my sister-witch-friend who helped get this ball rolling!  So, I know that this business opportunity is just the tip of the iceberg as to what 2016 has in store…..but without further ado……

I am excited to announce that I have been accepted into the teaching faculty at Mystery School of the Goddess – an online platform providing resources and courses for feminine EMPOWERMENT:

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Whoot Whoot! Please check out Mystery School of the Goddess, sign up for their email mailing list, or even better yet, their FREE quarterly journal.  Here you will find some of my courses, along with other courses being offered by equally amazing women!

And rest assured, I will STILL be teaching classes in Oshkosh, working with people one-on-one and supporting the community through enrichment and education opportunities….at least for now….because one of the other things I had to let go of was an attachment to image, mission, vision and place, stepping into what presents itself in the moment with no attachment to outcome or duration. Talk about learning how to be free!

Speaking of being free – this is my Christmas wish for you and yours – that you HEAR the imminent and immanent call to your own freedom. That you find support for accepting that call and the courage to nurture and cultivate this call so that you may find remember your original nature as LOVE, where you know peace, contentment, and joy and where you experience a life of meaning and purpose, where you are fulfilled in the generous sharing of your unique giftedness – both for your own sake, and for the sake of the betterment of the world.  Because God/dess knows we need you and your gifts as we work together in re-creating our world!

Merry Christmas and Cheers to a fantastic new year and an even more fantastic NEWLY LIBERATED YOU and a newly envisioned world!

Love,

Lauri Ann Lumby

 

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

Full Circle and the Fulfillment of a Dream

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

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

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

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

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So, I rebranded my business “Authentic Freedom Academy”

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

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

I launched a networking group.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

So there it is:  Authentic Freedom Academy

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Authentic Freedom Mastery Course (aka Superheroes)

Order of the Magdalene/Christ

Spiritual/Life/Spiritual Entrepreneurial/Beloved Partnership Counseling

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

 

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

 

 

 

Posted in Authentic Freedom, creativity, Freedom, Inspiration, Jesus, Lessons, self-actualization, Spiritual Formation, Spiritual Practices, Surrender, Virtual Church

The Seed of Happiness

One of the ways that Authentic Freedom Academy supports self-actualization and personal empowerment is by providing nourishment and support for psycho-spiritual development.  The Authentic Freedom Virtual Church and accompanying Agape’ Meditation newsletter is one way we accomplish this goal.  Each week, subscribers receive access to the meditation newsletter and video lesson – centered on the non-dual teachings of Christ.  Below is a sample of what you might expect to receive as part of subscribing.  To learn more, go to our Virtual Church page and Subscribe! 

June 14, 2015 – Eleventh Sunday Ordinary Time

Agape’ Meditation Practices Newsletter

Supplement to the Authentic Freedom Virtual Church Service

 

 Scripture Readings:

Jesus said to the crowds: “This is how it is with the kingdom of God; it is as if a man were to scatter seed on the land and would sleep and rise night and day and through it all the seed would sprout and grow, he knows not how. Of its own accord the land yields fruit, first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear. And when the grain is ripe, he wields the sickle at once, for the harvest has come.” He said, “To what shall we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable can we use for it? It is like a mustard seed that, when it is sown in the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on the earth. But once it is sown, it springs up and becomes the largest of plants and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the sky can dwell in its shade.” With many such parables he spoke the word to them as they were able to understand it. Without parables he did not speak to them, but to his own disciples he explained everything in private.

MK 4: 26-34

 

Additional Readings:

EZ 16: 22-24

PS 92: 2-3, 13-15

2 Cor 5: 6-10

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We Know Not How

This week’s gospel speaks to us of the kingdom of God – its abundance and fruitfulness. The same could be said of ourselves and the fruitful outcome of our life’s journey – its purpose and how we are called to find fulfillment within ourselves and in service to the betterment of the world.

 

The seed provides the perfect metaphor for the journey of our Soul. The seed bears deep within itself – invisible to the eye – something that says what the seed will be when it grows up. A sunflower seed has no choice but to become a sunflower (or squirrel food). The same is true of an acorn, a wheat berry, an apple seed. The seed, when given the proper protection, nourishment, water and light, has no choice but to become that for which it was made. Once the seed is planted and the resources it needs provided, the seed simply becomes its purpose. This happens of its own accord – and not because someone “made it happen.”

 

This is also true for us. Deep within ourselves is something invisible, yet concrete, that says who God intended us to be when we come into our own ripeness. We, like the seed, need the proper environment, nourishment, safety, support, water and light, to become that for which we were made. Once this is provided (often by our own hand), and we are willing to plant the seeds to make this happen….it happens on its own. Again, not because we, or someone else, made it happen. Coming into our own fruitfulness is the natural consequence of giving ourselves what we need to not only survive, but also thrive.

 

What is the seed in you that is trying to be born?

What can you do to provide safety, nourishment and support (ie: boundaries) for your own becoming?

 

 

Spiritual Practices – The Seed Inside of Us

For this week’s meditation, you will need some relaxing (or energizing) music, two blank sheets of paper and some crayons.

 

Begin by setting up a work area. A place you can comfortably engage in meditative art. Have everything in the space that you will need to complete this meditation.

 

Put on the meditative (or energizing) music. (I like Violin Concerto in D Minor by Bach) Listen intently to the music, allowing yourself to feel its movement – the rising and falling of the music, tempo changes, listening for the individual instruments, etc. Allow the music to inspire your soul.

 

While you are feeling the music, imagine a seed. Be open to whatever seed presents itself to you.

 

With your paper and crayons. Draw that seed.

 

As you continue to listen to the music, reflect on the seed. What is significant about the seed you chose? Is it large, small? What does it produce? Is it abundant in its production (like the mustard seed) or does it produce something rare? Reflect on how you are like this seed.

 

After this portion of the reflection feels complete, on the second sheet of paper, draw a picture of yourself growing out of the seed. What are you becoming? Draw this.

 

Authentic Freedom

In Authentic Freedom, we focus our attention on the kingdom of God within us (Malkuthakh), and how it is known by a state of inner peace, contentment, compassion and joy. While we may not experience the fullness of the kingdom until after we depart this life, Jesus came to teach us how to experience the kingdom here and now.  One part of enjoying Malkuthakh is to become the person God made us to be. Each and every one of us is uniquely gifted and called by God to experience fulfillment in our lives through the use of our own unique gifts – both for our own enjoyment and in service to the betterment of our world. The work of this begins in childhood through the environment provided by our parents, teachers, ministers, etc. Yes, we sometimes have to undo that which was not supportive of our Soul’s development. As grown ups, however, we now have a choice. It is our responsibility, for the sake of our Soul and for the purpose of our own inner contentment, to create and uphold the environment in which our Soul’s purpose can finds its fruition. This begins by naming and claiming our needs and setting boundaries around these needs. In doing so, we are preparing the soil in which the seed of our Soul may take root and grow. Then it is our job to feed and water it. And finally, it is our task to GET OUT OF THE WAY and let our seed grow in the way and time that it needs to….all according to God’s plan.

 

How are you preparing and environment in which the seed of your Soul may take root and grow?

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10 Ways We Are Like Hogwarts!

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:

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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.

7) Pensieve:

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 lauri@authenticfreedom.love or (920) 230-1313.   Or….check out our weekly Superhero Gatherings and discover your magic!

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