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Redeeming Eve – New Online Course

 

We are all familiar with the story of Adam and Eve and the “fall of humanity.”  Beginning with the writings of Paul of Tarsus (or maybe before even this), Eve has been cast in the role of temptress and the cause and origin of “original sin.”  It was through Eve and her act of disobedience that evil entered our world. Since then, Eve, and all of humanity, especially women, have been condemned, forever seeking after the redemption from humanity’s “fall.”

What if humanity never fell and the “disobedience” of Eve was not disobedience at all? What if Eve’s actions were all for the purpose of awakening humanity out of our unconscious state to one in which we know the difference between good and evil and through which we are able to discern our own path in our journey home to our true nature?  What if Eve was meant to eat of the fruit so that humanity could become “like gods,” conscious of our own separation and the spark within which beckons us home?  What if Eve was not the source of original sin, but was instead, the cause of our awakening and by that awakening, the Mother of all the Living?

In this mini-course, you will have an opportunity to explore the story of Adam and Eve, its true origins, and the deeper message beyond the patriarchal overlay.  Freed from the lens of fear, power and control, Eve is no longer “sinner” or “temptress” but is the Awakener of Humanity and the Mother of all the Loving.  Here, Eve is the model of the empowered feminine – awakening to our true nature as fully Human and fully Divine.

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

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Awakening Attunement Ritual

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The Dark Goddess in the Bible

 

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Every culture and religious/spiritual tradition has its dark goddess. There is Kali in the Hindu religion, Pele in the Hawaiian culture, the Celts have the Morrigan, the Sumerian’s had their goddess Erishkegal who ruled over the Underworld. Each of these dark goddesses had their own unique gifts and purposes within the mythologies of these ancient cultures.  Some were creators, others destroyers, some held sway over dark magic and others presided over the transformational journey – both in life and in the time between.  Whatever her gifts and her purpose, the dark goddesses’ presence was integral to the health and wellbeing of the culture.

The same can be said of the dark goddesses within the Judeo-Christian tradition, but unlike the pre-Christian cultures who speak openly about their dark goddesses, building altars in their honor, performing rituals and celebrations on their behalf, marking their feast days as an integral part of the cycle of the year, the Judeo-Christian dark goddesses remain in the shadows. She is known only by those (mostly) women who have dared to risk condemnation and banishment by acknowledging the presence of the dark goddess and speaking her names; for unlike her pre-Christian counterparts, the dark goddess of the Judeo-Christian tradition has been suppressed, even demonized, in favor of the patriarchal, hierarchical god.

The Goddess, whether of darkness or light, however, cannot remain in the shadows and will find her way out, making herself known in whatever way she wishes. As the Goddess in her light form has found her way out in the Christian Mother Mary, so too has the dark goddess made herself known in the pseudo-historical/mythological women who have played pivotal roles in Judeo-Christian his/herstory.  These are the women who suffered condemnation under patriarchal rule and who were made scapegoat for the sins of the men who ruled.  These were the women who were leaders in their own right, but were later condemned as witches, harlots or whores.  These were the women who played the role of transformer, but were later judged as evil.  These were the Goddesses who ruled as equal beside their masculine counterpart but who were later set aside in favor of a god who is only man.

Lilith – Adam’s “first wife,” made of the same substance as Adam.

Eve – The Mother of the Living

The Witch of Endor – Counsel to the King

Bathsheba – Mother of Wisdom

Asherah – Co-ruler with Yahweh

Jezebel – Priestess of Asherah

Chokhmah – Holy Wisdom

Mary Magdalene – Co-equal with Christ

Salome – Making the Way for Christ

The Whore of Babylon – Catalyst for Change

 

In all her forms, the Dark Goddess of the Judeo-Christian tradition performs one task, she presides over the process of transformation. In this role, she is the harbinger of death, a catalyst for change, the witness to the dying and midwife to new life.  As is true of all Dark Goddesses, the Dark Goddess of the Judeo-Christian tradition in fierce.  She dares the darkness of loss, suffers the unknown of the time in between and endures the pain that always comes in bringing forth new life.  These are the gifts promised to those who give their allegiance to the Dark Goddess and the blessing imparted on those who simply find their way into her embrace through the challenges of their own life experience.  For those with eyes to see, the Dark Goddess is alive and well in the Judeo-Christian tradition and lying in wait for those who seek after her blessings.

In this online course, you will have an opportunity to meet each of these Dark Goddesses of the Judeo-Christian tradition and through learning, meditation, creativity exercises and ritual, become attuned to their presence. With the support of the Dark Goddess, you will find the courage to move through the trials of life and be empowered, like her, to be a vehicle for transformative change.

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lauridocmartinwebshotcolor2013A note from Lauri on the Dark Goddess:

In the past several years, I have become more and more aware of my call to be a “shadow worker” (read my blog about shadow workers HERE).  Having been raised Catholic and receiving the majority of my ministerial and counseling training through the Catholic Church, “shadow worker” was a phrase foreign to me, and admittedly brought up images of demons, the devil, and other evil things lurking in the shadows.  What I have come to understand that shadow work is the Goddesses work, specifically, that of the Goddess in her “Dark” forms.

To me, the Dark Goddess is that which supports us in being present with that which others might avoid – fear, depression, melancholy, loneliness, evil, violence, disease and death.  The Dark Goddess supports us in being present in and through these areas of “darkness” in our lives and this work is no less holy than holding someone in the light…in fact, it might be more holy.  As I have reflected on this very real “shadow” experience in my life, I have come to understand that the Dark Goddess is not absent from the Catholic/Christian tradition in which I was raised, but is in fact, quite present.  She is present for those who have eyes to see and ears to hear her voice which whispers to us through the words of the patriarchal agenda and the men who wrote the scriptural text.  The Dark Goddess is where she should be found – hiding in plain sight….when we have the courage to look.

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Discovering the Goddess through Biblical Women

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For over 2000 years, the bible has been interpreted through the lens of the patriarchal, hierarchical male. Not anymore! Through this course, Discovering the Goddess through Biblical Women, Lauri Ann Lumby, OM, MATS, peels back the veil of patriarchy, revealing the presence of the Goddess in the archetypal roles played by biblical women throughout HERstory.

Each day, through the duration of the course, you will receive a brief history of a great woman of biblical history, along with reflections on how these women provide powerful examples and models for each of us to follow.  You will meet and spend time with thirty different women of the Judeo-Christian scripture, beginning with Eve – Mother of All the Living and concluding with Mary Magdalene – Priestess and Beloved of Christ. These are women who have endured struggle, tragedy, violence, heartbreak, and who have been victors in the end.  Whether they died for their cause (Lot’s wife) or became a queen (Esther), they were powerful women who reveal the face of the Goddess. Through these biblical women, we see the Goddess, in seeing the Goddess, we begin to see ourselves. In viewing the biblical women in this way, we have an opportunity to rescue these women from HIStory and shed new light on their stories, this time, as Goddesses in their own right.

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Posted in Divine Revelation, Spiritual Practices, the bible

The Bible (aka Scripture) gets a Web Redemption

A few weeks back, I gave Jesus a “Web Redemption” ala Daniel Tosh of the Comedy Channel’s show, Tosh.O.  Today, I will attempt the same with the bible (aka scripture).  Acknowledging that scripture might be an even more sensitive issue than Jesus, however, I will not be donning the superhero persona of The Tosh….but will just be plain old Lauri!


Catholics and the Bible

Unlike Protestant churches whose doctrine is typically derived sola scriptura (meaning the Bible contains all knowledge necessary for salvation and holiness), Catholic doctrine is derived from a combination of scripture and tradition. My understanding is that for those raised in Protestant churches, (Lutheran, Methodist, Anglican, Pentecostal, Evangelical, United Church of Christ, Congregational, etc.), scripture is the foundation of their faith formation.  They have the opportunity to study scripture, are invited to memorize scripture citations, etc.  Growing up Catholic, these opportunities were not the focus of our faith formation.  (Vatican II proposed to change this).  In fact, my mother’s generation was dissuaded from even attempting to read or comprehend scripture.  Only the priest had the proper education, experience and power to read and interpret the Bible.   As much as the Catholic Church argues that we have ample exposure to scripture through the mass, through the Catechism and in various offerings of scripture study, and that Vatican II has opened up the doors for us in the pew to learn and understand scripture, the end result is that most Catholics still end up with little knowledge of scripture.  In my opinion this is not necessarily a bad thing (but not for the same reasons the Institution may have wanted to keep us in the dark about scripture all those years prior to Vatican II).

The trouble with the Bible and Doctrine

I feel bad for the Bible in a way.  Here is this nice little book that is filled with poetry, mythology, historical narratives, wisdom writings, songs and geneaologies all written within certain periods of history to specific audiences written by authors with a specific intention.  The problem is that we keep trying to interpret this book through our own personal perspective and then proclaim it to be the absolute truth for everyone. Every generation, every religious tradition, every culture has attempted to interpret the Bible and in doing so have proclaimed, “This is the one truth and the only way to interpret the Bible.”  The Catholic Church has done this and every denomination after them.  When we examine the vast differences in interpretation of scripture, how are we supposed to know what is true and what is not?

The Bible gets a Web Redemption

The good news is that we can leave the arguments about scripture interpretation to the religious institutions.  I suspect these institutions will never come to a consensus in this area and will forever be arguing their respective points of doctrine.  The even better news is that scripture is not just a resource for constructing religious doctrine but is a rich source of Divine wisdom, personal guidance, inspiration and healing…..WHEN we approach it through the experience of contemplative/mystical prayer.    This contemplative/mystical  (and non-doctrinal) approach to scripture is the path that I have found most enriching and the vehicle through which scripture was redeemed in my own eyes.  It is this path that I share with my clients, class participants, and now I share this path with you.

Releasing Scripture from the chains of dogma

In the contemplative approach to scripture, we remove scripture from its institutional, doctrinal, dogma-oriented trappings and regard it as simply another source of wisdom literature.  Parker Palmer in his book, A Hidden Wholeness, speaks of this approach as The Third Way. From Parker Palmer’s perspective, The Third Way is any vehicle we use that facilitates our connection with truth – specifically, the highest and most authentic truths about ourselves that we keep hidden and locked up deep within our consciousness.  Poetry is the vehicle used my Mr. Palmer.  In the Christian Contemplative/Mystical tradition, scripture provides the vehicle for accessing that hidden truth.  In the coming days, I will share with you various ways in which scripture can be used as a vehicle for receiving Divine guidance, inspiration, healing and knowledge in a deeply personal and intimate way, unencumbered by the limitations of institutional interpretation.  In this way, perhaps the Bible can enjoy its own Web Redemption!

What have been your experiences with scripture?

Do you perceive scripture as a valuable or problematic tool (or something in between)?

Where have you seen scripture used in non-loving ways?

How might you be open to perceiving scripture through a new lens?

Lauri Lumby

Authentic Freedom Ministries

http://yourspiritualtruth.com