Posted in building the new world, End of the World Prophecies, world changes

The Calm before the Storm

In addition to moderating online courses, facilitating online discussions, holding local classes, (trying to) write the sequel to Song of the Beloved, creating my Authentic Freedom weekly lesson, all while putting in 15-20 hours at my side gig, I try to write at least one blog a week. But lately, I find that there just aren’t any words.  There is soooooo much going on “out there” that there is hardly time to catch a breath let alone come up with some sort of inspiration or comfort to get us through the insanity.

The world as we have known it is dying and there is literally nothing we can do, but stand back and watch it implode. When we think it just can’t get any crazier, more unsavory truths are revealed. There is no way to choose a side (not that we should be choosing sides!!!!) when it seems no matter where we turn insanity and corruption reigns.  Those who have benefitted from the system based in fear, power and control only cling more tightly to what they know only to find that the harder they squeeze, the quicker it escapes their grasp.  In spite of their best efforts, their world is dying as a new world is chomping at the bit waiting to take its place.

But knowing all of this does not make it any easier. The world “out there” is insane! It’s been that way for a long time and it seems to be getting worse.  But even in the worst of the worst there is an eventual tipping point.  We are nearly there.  Can you feel it?  I sure can!  It is enough on some days to make me want to find a cave somewhere and never come out.  But, my Soul knows better.  I/We are not here to escape.

We are here to be hospice for the dying world

while midwifing the new world as it is coming into form.

 

There is no escaping this part of our fate. Every time I threaten to head for Canada or seek asylum in Ireland, my Soul says, “That sounds really nice, but you know you have to stay here….no matter how bad things get.”  Yep.  I know this.  Even if the puppet masters decide to push the red buttons hurling us all into nuclear annihilation I know I’m meant to be here through it all.  (Fortunately I live in an area that will likely be a major target, so if the bombs are dropped, myself and my loved ones will simply be vaporized….hurray!  I would choose that any day over a zombie apocalypse!)

Knowing we are in the death throes of the hierarchical patriarchal world might ignite terror in the hearts of many, but for me, I cannot wait! As the Greyjoy’s say, “What is dead may never die, but rises again harder and stronger.” The dead in this case is not the world that is dying but the world that is seeking to be re-born. This is the world that dwells within us when we are connected with our original natures – a world where peace, justice and harmony reign and where power is equally shared by the all, not by the greedy few. This was the collaborative peace and harmony that human beings once knew when we remembered how to live as one. It is also the collaborative peace and harmony we already know when we find union within ourselves which then leads us toward cultivating harmony with others.

But all of this starts within. If we want peace in our world, we first have to find peace within. Finding peace within requires dedication, persistence, discipline, and we cannot do it alone. We need others to show and support us in and along the way. We need to know we are not crazy or alone in wanting to know peace within ourselves and to see that peace reflected in the world around us. We need encouragement and support on the days we stray from our path. And we need support in knowing how to drown out the shrieks of the dying world. We cannot save them. Neither should we try. We can only save ourselves and after we have saved ourselves (found peace within) we can reach out a hand in support for those who are coming to understand that they too want peace.

It is for this purpose that Authentic Freedom (dot) Love is expanding its service to the world. COMING SOON!  In the meantime, here is a glimpse into what we will be offering and how we are hoping to support us in coming together in community as we look forward to the dawning of the new world on the other side of the storm.

Posted in Authentic Freedom, Authentic Freedom Academy

Expanding Our Offerings – Coming Soon!

Here is a sneak peek of what we are hard at work creating and making available soon!  A huge shout out to Kim at Leadas.love for the backend work.  Watch this blog and your emails for the big REVEAL! 

Authentic Freedom (dot) Love is a community of women and men who are responding to the calling of their Soul to discover their own unique giftedness and how they are called to find fulfillment in these gifts while being supported and empowered in the use of these gifts in service to the betterment of the world.

We are here because we long for a more loving, more compassionate, more tolerant, more accepting and gentler world where the needs of all are met for the common good and where all of humankind can once again live in harmony, peace and understanding.

If you have found yourself here, you are either just beginning to hear the rumblings of your Soul, or have already come to know that you are among those who are being hospice to the dying world while midwifing the new world that is coming into form and are looking for people of like-mind with whom you can share this challenging and exciting calling!

We are changemakers, wayshowers, sh.t-disturbers, mystics and rebels. And here we are safe to question, explore, discover, be empowered and supported for our own unique giftedness and for how we are called to exercise these gifts in our world.

Authentic Freedom (dot) Love supports you through:

Education

On-Going Spiritual Formation

Social Network/Community (coming soon!)

Individualized Support

Empowerment

Publishing

 

Authentic Freedom is the life-work of Lauri Ann Lumby, OM, OPM, MATS who created the Authentic Freedom protocol which supports women, men and children in overcoming the unhealed wounds, fears, and societal conditioning which might otherwise prevent them from being their most authentic self – the person they were born to be and whom their Soul is calling them to be!

Lauri Ann Lumby, OM, OPM, MATS
Lauri Ann Lumby, OM, OPM, MATS

 

The Order of the Magdalene Priesthood Training and the Order of Melchizedek Training programs are our flagship offerings – for the serious student who is interested in being supported in their journey of self-actualization and vocational empowerment.

Posted in Authentic Freedom, Authentic Freedom Academy

Authentic Freedom is Becoming a Learning Community

Authentic Freedom is becoming a learning community.

In addition to my blog, my books, and online courses, the “new” offerings will include:

  • A weekly Authentic Freedom lesson
  • A social network (something like Facebook right on my own website!!!!!)
  • A monthly teachers circle

These offerings will be available through paid membership tiers running from $13.00 – $22.50 per month.  All but the social network option are already available but will now be streamlined and easier to access with a more purposeful vision.. Watch this site for updates and announcements on how to join!

The social network option will allow us to GET OFF FACEBOOK!  Hurray!  This will insure greater privacy and a more secure community of women and men who are serious about their inner work and who want to connect and build community on that level.  I am really looking forward to launching this option (SOON!).

If you have any questions, or need additional information, please let me know.  In the meantime, I welcome your prayers of support as I continue through the internal and external symptoms related to “upleveling.”  It has been doozie!  “Hello Trickster, the fact that you are here tells me something magnificent is happening!”

Authentic Freedom (dot) Love is a 25 year labor of love (blood, sweat, tears, heartache, ecstasy, fulfillment and joy) which began with my own search for meaning and fulfillment. Beginning with my Catholic upbringing and from there through nearly every spiritual tradition known to us today, the meandering path of my journey has brought me to one universal truth:

LOVE

Through this journey, I have discovered and been called to develop tools which supported me in coming to know this love and through this love, coming to know my unique giftedness and how I am called to find meaning and purpose in my life through the engagement and use of these gifts – first for my own fulfillment and then in service to the betterment of our world.

The mission of Authentic Freedom (dot) Love is to support you in doing the same.

Through our many offerings, we support you in coming to know LOVE and how to choose this LOVE over our culture’s fear-based conditioning. In addition, you have the opportunity to discover your own unique giftedness and how you are called to find fulfillment in these gifts and to feel supported and empowered in the use of these gifts in service to the betterment of the world.

Education

On-Going Spiritual Formation

Social Network/Community (coming soon!)

Individualized Support

Empowerment

Publishing

 

 Learn more about our philosophy of education HERE. 

Posted in Authentic Freedom, building the new world, Choose Love Revolution, Empowerment, Freedom

Taking Back Our Power to Choose

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Taking Back Our Power to Choose

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 Lauri Ann Lumby, OM, OPM, MATS

 

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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.

 

It is time that we say NO MORE by taking back our power to choose.

Fear is a choice. But in order to have the freedom to choose otherwise, we have to unravel ourselves from the conditioning that has made us afraid. The fears that tell us:

 

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

 

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.

 

Authentic Freedom gives you that power to choose by supporting you in identifying and then healing the fears that have kept you imprisoned by your cultural conditioning.

 

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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, MATSLauri 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. 

 

 

Posted in Authentic Freedom, Being Human, God

Reclaiming My Right to Be Excruciatingly Human!

DAMN IT. All these years I’ve been serving (internally anyway) the wrong kind of GOD!!!!!  In my head I know better….and my work reflects that.  But internally, I’ve been serving the GOD of someone else’s making.  ARRRRRGGGGHHHHH!

Hi. My name is Lauri.  I’m a recovering perfectionist.

Trying to be perfect

Maybe that’s all you need to know…..but maybe not. For as long as I can remember, I have tried to be perfect.  The perfect daughter.  Perfect student.  Perfect pianist.  Perfect dancer.  Perfect friend.  Perfect wife.  Perfect mother.  I’m not sure if I was born this way or if it is a product of my conditioning or a little of both.  The Enneagram suggests we are born with our “Type.”  There is no doubt that I am a Type 1 on the Enneagram and that I undoubtedly look at myself, the world and my life experiences through the lens of this question: “How could this be better?”  So there’s that.

I am also acutely aware of how my early life experiences along with my Catholic upbringing fostered the critical nature of this lens. Little messages along the way which have said I’m not good enough, there is something wrong with me, the way I’m doing things is wrong, what my Soul needs and wants is not in line with what society expects from me….and worst of all…..the ongoing message of a jealous God examining my every move and like Santa Claus, keeping a record of all the bad I’ve done in my life – bad for which there will be some sort of punishment – if not in this life, then certainly in the next.

But I’m not bad!

But here’s the thing. I’m not bad.  I’ve never done anything bad.  Yes, in the normal stages of childhood development I fought with my siblings and was likely mean to them at times.  Yes, I became angry at my parents and sometimes grumbled against their guidance.  Yes, in college and early adulthood I made the usual “mistakes.”  But ultimately, I’ve never done anything to intentionally harm another or to do damage in this world.

So if I’m not bad and I’ve never done anything bad, then why have I spent a lifetime feeling so bad? Feeling as if there is something wrong with me?  In response to this deep inner feeling of wrongness, I have done a WHOLE LOT OF WORK.  Healing the pain from past abuse.  Healing trauma.  Undoing negative conditioning.  Reclaiming all the parts of myself that I locked away deep in my subconscious because it might not be “acceptable” in this world.  I have opened Pandora’s Box and have welcomed every single demon therein – meeting it, listening to its fears and concerns and supporting the healing and transformation of all my old wounds so that I might not only feel better about myself, but so I might also feel better about this world and my place in it.

This week while reading the comments of the women and men in my Magdalene Priestess Training I realized there was one final demon to tackle.

My favorite Moses scene is when he throws the tablets to the ground in disgust, rage and disappointment over his people.  This is me everyday!  And yet, I’m just as guilty of confusion, doubt, and running after distractions and shiny objects (hello Facebook).  UGH!  We are excruciatingly human – and isn’t that the point!?  God loves us no matter how dense we can be at times….and this is THE GOOD NEWS.  We are utterly ok exactly as we are in this and every other moment. God doesn’t care.  This is a lesson about Unconditional Love I am still trying to learn.  God doesn’t care if I enjoy a glass of wine.  God doesn’t care if I’m depressed and unmotivated.  God doesn’t care if some days I just don’t give a fuck.  God doesn’t care that on some days I despise the human race.  Because God knows WHO I AM and in the center of all my human frailty there is Love.  Just plain Love.  And Love is who I am even when (maybe especially when) I am excruciatingly human!  

That demon’s name is “GOD”

Now, before you get your undies in a twist, let me explain.  The GOD who I am calling a demon, is not God – but is instead, the god of someone else’s making.  This is not the God who Jesus spoke of who loves without condition.  This is the GOD made up by a hierarchical and patriarchal system who rules by fear, power and control.  This is the GOD who was created to make us feel bad about ourselves, to plant seeds of doubt, confusion and pain in us …. all so that this hierarchical system might control us.  Because here’s the thing – if we believe in a GOD who is always judging us, who is measuring our humanness against us and who is waiting to punish us for that evil, then we will always be afraid.  We will feel badly about ourselves and can therefore be easily manipulated.  You see, when GOD’s love can be taken away, if we have to earn that love, if we will be punished for angering this GOD, then we will do anything to gain the approval of this GOD – a GOD that ultimately has nothing to do with God, and everything to do with humans that want us to look toward them as the ultimate authority so we will do what they tell us; and humans who wants our money.  Notice- the Church is not the only creator of this GOD.  Oh no….they are co-conspirators with every other hierarchical institution which has arisen out of a desire to have power and control over the masses.

The Demon isn’t only in the Church

Oh, and for the record…..a whole lot of “New Age,” “Ascension” and “Prosperity Gospel” people also preach this kind of GOD. You know…the GOD who will only reward us if we “think the right thoughts.”  The GOD who isn’t actually a GOD but is in fact ourselves – because WE are GOD and our life is created by what and how we think.  If we think the right thoughts we will get what we want because WE are GOD.  And if we think the wrong thoughts, then we can expect the consequences of these thoughts because we are GOD and we made it happen.  And if what we have in our lives is not what we want (if we are poor, struggling with illness, experiencing difficulty in our lives) it is because this GOD who is US is punishing us for thinking the wrong thoughts and the solution to changing what we do not want in our lives is to simply think better thoughts.  Or perform magic spells.  Or do the right ritual.  Or light a candle.  Oh wait….there’s more.  We also need to be PERFECT.  If our life isn’t what we want it to be it is because there is some wound in the way and if we clear that wound (fear, compulsion, etc.) then our external life will magically change. Ourselves disguised as a demon disguised as GOD.

(For the record, I’m all in favor of healing our wounds….it is what I do best……but healing our inner wounds is NO GUARANTEE of a change in our external lives.  Jesus never promised EXTERNAL abundance – only the abundance we know within when we are free.  #authenticfreedom). 

THIS is the demon GOD that remains at the bottom of my Pandora’s Box. The GOD that says I’m not good enough.  That I will never be good enough.  That no matter how hard I work to heal my past wounds, fears, etc. I will never be free because this GOD is looking over my shoulder waiting to hand out reward and punishment.  The GOD that has me believing that my life experience will change if I can just figure out what about me is soooooo wrong and heal that one thing so that everything will be good again. DAMN IT.  All these years I’ve been serving (internally anyway) the wrong kind of GOD!!!!!  In my head I know better….and my work reflects that.  But internally, I’ve been serving the GOD of someone else’s making.  ARRRRRGGGGHHHHH!

NO MORE! Today, I reclaim my RIGHT TO BE HUMAN. Excruciatingly human! Jesus spoke of a God who loves without condition.  A God who made me exactly as I am – for a reason and a purpose – and THIS creation is PERFECT.  I am already loved by God.  I don’t have to earn God’s love and it cannot be taken away.  I was LOVED into being and I am LOVE itself – and this version of love swears like a sailor, enjoys a glass of wine at the end of the day, on some days despises the human race, becomes impatient with ignorance and intolerance, grows enraged in the face of injustice, is at times judgmental and self-righteous and is sure that my way is right – or at least better; who loves deeply, burns passionately, gives generously – even if sometimes out of a “need to help or to feel loved,” who hates certain individuals and harbors resentment like Gollum harbors the ring.  Sometimes I’m depressed and unmotivated.  Other days I’m a workaholic.  I have anxiety, suffer with migraines and sometimes have panic attacks.  Like Denis Leary sings, sometimes I’m an Asshole but I can also be one of the kindest people you will ever know.  This is me in all my excruciating humanness exactly like God made me and there is nothing wrong with me and nothing wrong with how I am living my life.  And the parts of my external life which I wish would change (Gawd I’m tired of always having to worry about money and how my next bill will be paid) have absolutely nothing to do with something I have yet to heal, or some thought I need to correct.  SHIT JUST HAPPENS.  This is life.  And God has nothing to do with it and neither do we.  We are here to be human – excruciatingly human and maybe somewhere in that humanness we have the opportunity to discover that in addition to being human we are also LOVE.

 

Posted in Authentic Freedom, Oneness with God

Where is the Kingdom of God?

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

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

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

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

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

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Posted in Choose Love Revolution

Choose Love – Join the Revolution!

Join the Choose Love Revolution:  Go our CHOOSE LOVE Facebook page HERE.  Once there, like and then follow our page.  As a follower of the page, you will receive notifications of “Choose Love” posts to that page.  We then invite you to SHARE those “Choose Love” posts on your own social media sites.  You may have to first save the post from the Choose Love page to your own image files or copy and post if it is a text post.  By sharing these posts, you are part of the “Choose Love” revolution.  Thank you in advance for your support and for your help in choosing love in a world conditioned by fear!

My mission and purpose on this human plane is LOVE. Pure and simple, I am here to be LOVE and live from that LOVE.  This is a truth I have always known, but it has taken me 53 years to unravel from the conditioning that sought to tell me otherwise.

The same is true for you. You are here for the single purpose of love.  Period!  There is no other purpose to the human experience.  We are here to learn how to love.

This is the truth that has been taught by every single spiritual teacher from Abraham and Sarah, to Isaac and Ishamel, to Moses and Miriam, to Jesus and Mary Magdalene, the Buddha, Kuan Yin, Mohammed, Black Elk, the Thirteen Grandmothers, Amma, the Dalai Lama, and every other spiritual teacher we might try to name. They all taught the same thing (sometimes using different words) – LOVE.

We are here for the purpose of love and the simple truth is that LOVE IS A CHOICE. It really is that simple.  While simple, it doesn’t mean the choice is easy.  In order to choose love, we first have to unravel from all the ways in which we have been conditioned by fear.  Fear that has been taught to us by:

  • Our tribe
  • Our church
  • Our government
  • Our education system
  • The medical system
  • Corporations
  • Advertising
  • Banks and other financial institutions
  • Our culture
  • Our family
  • Our friends
  • Our teachers
  • Our pastors
  • Etc. etc. etc.

We do not need to look very far to see how we have been conditioned how to fear. Unless we are face to face with a hungry lion, or a man with a gun, fear is simply a matter of conditioning. Oh yes, our survival fears are very real, but the rest are simply lies told to us by those who are either in a place of fear themselves, or who have found that they can manipulate and control others through the use of fear.  Shame on them!

But we have a choice. We can CHOOSE LOVE instead of the lies we’ve been told.  We can choose love instead of fear.  And if we don’t have the tools to assist us in choosing love, Authentic Freedom.Love is here to help.

But Authentic Freedom cannot do this alone! We need your help.  The first step in that help is to let the world know that Love is a choice, and to invite the world to make that choice.  Here is what you can do and my invitation to you:

Go our CHOOSE LOVE Facebook page HERE. Once there, like and then follow our page.  As a follower of the page, you will receive notifications of “Choose Love” posts to that page.  We then invite you to SHARE those “Choose Love” posts on your own social media sites.  You may have to first save the post from the Choose Love page to your own image files or copy and post if it is a text post.  By sharing these posts, you are part of the “Choose Love” revolution.  Thank you in advance for your support and for your help in choosing love in a world conditioned by fear!

Love,

Lauri

 

Posted in Authentic Freedom

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Posted in Authentic Freedom

Weekly Love Letter

The greatest need of the human Soul is to know love. The ancients knew this and provided resources and tools to help us remember, not only that we are loved, but that we are the very nature of LOVE itself.

 

 

(dot) Love is a subscription service through which you will receive a weekly reminder of the love that you are, along with the support you need to:

Be that Love!

 

Incorporating the wisdom of the ancients with inspirational words and powerful tools of support, (dot) Love is like a warm mug of coffee on a cold winter day or the hug that you need when you are sad or feeling alone!

(dot) Love inspires you to take time out of your busy week to savor the nurturing and support you most need for yourself, and so you can go back out into the world being that love for others.

 

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(dot) Love Weekly

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When the time for Pentecost was fulfilled, they were all in one place together. And suddenly there came from the sky a noise like a strong driving wind, and it filled the entire house in which they were. Then there appeared to them tongues as of fire, which parted and came to rest on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in different tongues, as the Spirit enabled them to proclaim. Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven staying in Jerusalem. At this sound, they gathered in a large crowd, but they were confused because each one heard them speaking in his own language. They were astounded, and in amazement they asked, “Are not all these people who are speaking Galileans? Then how does each of us hear them in his native language? We are Parthians, Medes, and Elamites, inhabitants of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the districts of Libya near Cyrene, as well as travelers from Rome, both Jews and converts to Judaism, Cretans and Arabs, yet we hear them speaking in our own tongues of the mighty acts of God.”

Acts 2: 1-11

  

The Holy Spirit and Kundalini

In the Pentecost narrative, the Holy Spirit is depicted as something outside of us, coming down upon the disciples, as if from the heavens. The purpose of the Holy Spirit, as described in this narrative, is to empower the disciples to live fully out of their unique spiritual gifts (here described as speaking in tongues) in service to God and for the betterment of the world. The Holy Spirit empowers them to act in ways beyond what they might have previously thought possible.

In the Hindu and Yogic traditions, there is a similar kind of empowering energy and experience known as Kundalini. Kundalini is thought to be the seed of our potential, carrying within it our unique giftedness and call to service. As we grow and mature spiritually, the Kundalini is awakened and empowers us to live our potential to its fullest. The difference between Kundalini and the Holy Spirit, as it is depicted in the Pentecost narrative, is that Kundalini resides within us and eventually explodes out of the top of our head as opposed to coming into the top of our head from outside of us. I often wonder if Kundalini and the Holy Spirit are not in fact one and the same.

How have you become aware of a spiritual awakening happening in you?

How have you supported this spiritual awakening?

 

Spiritual Practices – Welcoming the Holy Spirit

Set aside 20-30 minutes to enter into this meditation practice. You will need your computer or personal music device to access the music that will be used in this practice.

  1. Sit in silence. Begin your practice with a personal prayer/request/statement of intention that your desire is to welcome the Holy Spirit – to be open to awakening the Holy Spirit’s within (or outside) of you. In stating this intention, you are agreeing to accepting the gifts the Spirit wishes to awaken and empower in you.
  2. Listen to the following song, Veni Sancte Spiritus, from the Taize community: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eaet60_DuFY
  3. As you are listening, imagine that the Holy Spirit is either coming down upon you, or awakening from the center of your belly and arising within you.
  4. Listen to the song a second time and repeat the visualization if you feel so called.
  5. Be attentive to any physical, emotional or mental sensations you may experience during the meditation.
  6. Record your thoughts and reflections in a journal or notebook.

 

Authentic Freedom

“Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.”                    

(1 Cor 3: 17)

In the Epilogue to Authentic Freedom, we speak of the process of discernment. Discernment is the process we use to distinguish the voice of Truth (God) from the voice of our ego. The primary distinction between God and ego is concisely articulated by Paul in his first letter to the Corinthians. Truth leads us to freedom. Freedom, however, is not something that is measured outside of us, but is known in an inner experience of expansiveness. Freedom leads us to love, peace, joy, contentment and fulfillment. Freedom is known in a life where there is meaning and purpose through which we are freely and generously sharing our own unique giftedness in service to God for the betterment of the world. This is Authentic Freedom.

 

How are you experiencing the freedom that is your Divine heritage?  

Where are you experiencing this freedom as being constricted?

What are the fears that are causing you to live a life that is anything less than free?

 

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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

When it’s Appropriate to Cease from Striving

Each and every one of us are on this plain for the sake of fulfilling our Soul’s purpose.  Our Soul’s purpose is that which gives our life meaning and a sense of purpose and through which we are empowered, through our unique giftedness to be a vessel through which the Divine is made real in our world.  We are the vessel of God’s love and it is through our Soul’s purpose that we are able to be and do this.

The fulfillment of our Soul’s purpose requires effort on our part.  We take steps to discover who we are and what our unique gifts are.  We do the work of identifying, healing and releasing that within us that might otherwise hinder the fulfillment of our Soul’s purpose (fears, unhealed wounds from our past, compulsive behaviors, etc.).  We connect with the Divine within for guidance on how we are called to live out our Soul’s purpose and we take steps toward that end.  These are the appropriate and necessary steps in striving toward our Soul’s purpose. But, at some time, we have to cease from striving.

Like the farmer who has cultivated her field and planted his seed, at some point the hard work must end.  Now it is time for nature to take its course.  The sun shines.  The rains fall.  And the seed grows.  Not because the farmer is standing over the seed yelling at it to hurry up and grow, hurry up and produce fruit.  The seed grows because that is what a seed does.  It grows in its own time, in its own way and the growth depends upon the whims of nature.  None of this is within the farmer’s control.  At this point, all the farmer can do is wait and hope….and in some cases, pray.

The same is true for us.  When we have done everything we can do to support the fulfillment of our Soul’s purpose and when any additional effort toward that end simply feels “like work,” it is time to stop.  We have cultivated the soil.  We have planted and tended the seeds.  Now there is nothing left to do but wait, hope, and pray.

Where have you witnessed these cycles of planting and waiting in your own journey?

Spiritual Practice – Waiting

When we are at the stage of our spiritual development and the Soul’s unfolding where our work is done, all we can do is wait.  Waiting is probably the most difficult part of the journey because in it, there is nothing we can do to hasten things along and our “doing” only ends up being counterproductive. So we wait.  But in the waiting is where all our “demons” show themselves – doubt, fear, unbelief.  It is also in the waiting where we find ourselves seeking, grasping, trying to find something “to do.”  It is also during the waiting where we might be tempted to give up on our Soul’s unfolding all together.  It is in the waiting that our spiritual practice is ever-more critical. In the waiting we double up on our spiritual practice and we employ every practice we have to DO NOTHING.

Sitting in silence is one of the most challenging of all spiritual practices.  But during these times of waiting, it is ever more important to seek after the silence.

For your spiritual practice this week, I invite you to SIT IN THE SILENCE.  Just be.  Just sit.  Do not do.  Do not think, ponder, reflect.  Just be.

Observe the depth of transformation that takes place by allowing yourself to simply be.

Authentic Freedom – 

Last week we spoke of the sacral chakra and its relationship with shame.  This week, we address the sacral chakra as the center of our creativity and where the seed of our Soul’s purpose resides.  Who we are and who we are meant to be in this life dwells within the center of our lower abdomen.  It starts there as a seed – the seed of God that is planted within us.  Within this seed is the knowledge of who we are and who we came to be in this life.  Our life journey is about nurturing and cultivating that seed so that we can be the people God made us to be.  This is our unique contribution to the world and the way in which we are called to be God’s love in the world.  The fear related to this energy center is the fear that “I will not be able to bring forth life that will persist.”  When we heal this fear, we come to understand that we have been uniquely gifted to be a vessel of Divine love in the world and we work toward being this.  Fortitude is the virtue that arises out of us when we understand our giftedness and our call and fortitude supports us in working toward the fulfillment of that call.

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What is Authentic Freedom?

Authentic Freedom Academy supports the spiritual awakening and self-actualization of change agents. As a center for experiential education, we support 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 (spiritual counseling)
  • 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.

Authentic Freedom has applications in:

  • Personal Development
  • Parenting
  • Relationship Support
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Business Management

As a tool for professionals in the fields of:

  • Counseling
  • Psychology
  • Ministry
  • Education
  • Spiritual Guidance/Spiritual Direction
  • Life-Coaching
  • Reiki, massage, acupuncture, and any other hands-on healing protocols

 

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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Enjoy the benefits of Authentic Freedom through:

One-on-one mentoring with Lauri Ann Lumby.

The Authentic Freedom Online Course:

Read the book and the companion user’s manual:

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Training Programs which include the Authentic Freedom Protocol:

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My Approach to Scripture: You will notice that scripture plays a predominant role in my writing and in most of my local and online courses. Please note that my approach to scripture is unlike any you have likely experienced before!  I do not approach scripture from a dogmatic or doctrinal perspective.  Neither do I use it as a way to instill fear or manipulate specific actions or behaviors.  Instead, I approach scripture as the ancients did – as a collection of stories which have the opportunity to reflect back to us aspects of ourselves.  In this way, scripture becomes a vehicle through which our highest self can speak to us – providing guidance, support, inspiration, nourishment and even healing.  When we pierce through the veil of other people’s interpretations and allow the Divine to speak to us personally and directly through these ancient texts, we discover the transformational power of The Word as it was originally intended – as a tool to guide and sustain us on the path of love.

 

lauriprofilecolorwebshot2013Contact Lauri Lumby today to find out how Authentic Freedom might be for you. lauri@authenticfreedom.love or (920) 230-1313.