Posted in Christ Consciousness, Jesus, Mary Magdalene

The Magdalene’s Lament

My Beloved Christ,

For 2000 years I’ve awaited your return. As you wander the hallowed halls of the heavenly kingdom, I have languished in my earthly prison, forever and always alone, and longing for you. As you are serenaded by a choir of heavenly hosts, I am plagued by the suffering cries of humanity – howling, weeping, begging, groveling and gnashing their teeth for an end to their suffering.

And I suffer along with them – lifetime upon lifetime upon lifetime of suffering – rejected by your male disciples, condemned by the Church as a whore, silenced by the magisterium, hunted down by crusaders, burned at the stake for being a witch, drawn and quartered by the inquisition, cast out for the sake of another’s envy. Lifetimes of suffering.

Oh yes, there have been glimpses of joy – in my God-blessed children, the men of courage and strength who have loved me, my beloved sisters and brothers who have returned to me life after life after life. Yes, there have been moments of joy and the satisfaction of love and a purposeful mission; and yet, even these do not endure, for you are not where you belong here, at my side.

2000 years I’ve awaited your return. Accepting my fate in human skin, even when it means I suffer more for lack of you.  My Spirit is strong, but my flesh is weak.  I long to stroke your hair, to gaze deeply into your chameleon eyes, to feel the touch of your lips on mine and to once again be held in your loving embrace.

copyright 2016 Lauri Ann Lumby

Lamentation of Christ by Botticelli
Lamentation of Christ by Botticelli

 

Posted in Beloved Partnership, Christ Consciousness, church, God, Jesus, Mary Magdalene

My Easter Gift to You!

Today we commemorate the resurrection of Jesus as the Christ and the witness of his resurrection by Mary Magdalene who was then ordained by Christ to share the good news with the other disciples. My Easter gift to you is an excerpt from Lesson Five of my online course, “Resurrecting the Magdalene.”  If you are interested in learning more about the full course and the course options, click on the corresponding icons to the right of this blog, or click on the links below:

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The Resurrection of Jesus, the Christ

Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance.

So she came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, and said, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!”  So Peter and the other disciple started for the tomb. Both were running, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. He bent over and looked in at the strips of linen lying there but did not go in. Then Simon Peter came along behind him and went straight into the tomb. He saw the strips of linen lying there, as well as the cloth that had been wrapped around Jesus’ head. The cloth was still lying in its place, separate from the linen. Finally the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went inside. He saw and believed. (They still did not understand from Scripture that Jesus had to rise from the dead.) 10 Then the disciples went back to where they were staying.

11 Now Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb 12 and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus’ body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot.

13 They asked her, “Woman, why are you crying?”

“They have taken my Lord away,” she said, “and I don’t know where they have put him.” 14 At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus.

15 He asked her, “Woman, why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?”

Thinking he was the gardener, she said, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.”

16 Jesus said to her, “Mary.”

She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means “Teacher”).

17 Jesus said, “Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’”

18 Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the news: “I have seen the Lord!” And she told them that he had said these things to her.

John 20: 1-19

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Resurrecting The Magdalene e-course Lesson 5 excerpt:

…  The bottom line is that we have no way of knowing the literal truth of any of the gospels, only that they communicate stories that were handed down for many years before they were written down by specific people for a specific audience, based on what they remembered or, more likely, what they wanted their audience to believe about Jesus, his life, and his teachings. That is not to say, however, that the gospels do not contain deep and profound truths – especially when we extract the gospel stories from the doctrine that has been developed around then, bringing them into our own prayer, and allowing God to reveal the truths contained within the stories that are personally relevant to us in our own journeys.

Beyond our own personal reflections on the gospels, there are a few things we may be able to surmise from the texts, especially for our current purpose of understanding what might really have taken place during the events surrounding Jesus’ resurrection.

  • In each and every gospel account, Mary Magdalene is named as one who is witness to the resurrection. The same cannot be said of any other “named” witness.
  • Scripture scholars further highlight this point in noting that Mary is named. Scholarly consensus holds that for a woman to have been named, she must have had a central and critical role in the story of Jesus (remember, women had no personal value within the culture of first-century Palestine). Mary is named in every gospel account of the resurrection, including that portrayed in the Gospel of Mary Magdalene (one of those that didn’t make the cut).
  • Beyond being named in scripture as witness to the resurrection, Tradition has always honored Mary Magdalene as first witness to the resurrection, so much so that in the very early Church, Mary was identified as “Apostle to the Apostles,” for this is what she was.

“But what about Peter?” we might ask. He is named in both the gospel of Luke and the gospel of John.  There is an easy explanation for Peter being named in Luke’s gospel.  Scripture scholars tell us it is unlikely that the author of Luke was a direct follower of Jesus.  Instead, Luke was most likely a follower of St. Paul, who actually never met Jesus personally.  Paul (as Saul of Tarsus) was initially a persecutor of the followers of Jesus, himself ordering the stoning of St. Stephen, the first martyr.  Paul later had some sort of mystical experience through which he encountered the risen Christ and then became a champion for the Jesus cause.  Paul likely gained his knowledge of the Jesus story from Peter and the other male disciples who presided over the first Christian community in Jerusalem, long after Mary Magdalene left the scene (more on that in the next lesson).  By this time, it is likely that the Petrine (Peter) agenda had already been cemented within the Jerusalem community.  Because Mary was such an integral part of the story, she could not be omitted altogether, but her role was easily downplayed by having Peter, himself, witness to the empty tomb.

Then there is the gospel of John. John’s gospel is markedly different from any of the other gospels and seems to be of a genre unto itself – a gospel that is a theological reflection on the first 100 years of the Jesus movement and on some of the traditions, rituals, and practices that had already become part of the emerging Christian tradition.  While one of the later gospels written, John’s gospel also possesses parts of the Mary Magdalene tradition that are not present (or are downplayed) in the other gospels including the Wedding at Cana, the story of the Samaritan Woman at the Well and the Anointing at Bethany.  In regards to the story of the resurrection, John’s gospel presents a study in contrasts.  First, Mary goes to the tomb.  She then runs to tell Peter, who comes to the tomb to see that it is empty.  After Peter (and the unnamed disciple) depart Mary sticks around and has a direct and personal encounter with Jesus, who then tells her to go tell the other disciples.

The conflicting information in this gospel has confounded me for years, until I brought this reading deeply into prayer and meditation and the answer became glaringly obvious. The gospel of John contains two separate stories of the resurrection account – one in which Mary is the witness, another where Peter is given privilege.  It is my personal belief that the passage regarding Peter was inserted into the Mary story to suit the later Christian Church (second – third century) who sought to put forth a decidedly patriarchal and hierarchical agenda.  Within this agenda, there can be no room for a woman who was obviously commissioned to a leadership role by none other than Jesus, himself.  But, don’t take my word for it.  Go back and re-read the resurrection account from John – first including the italicized text, then without that portion of the text, and then decide for yourself.

If you are interested in learning more about the Resurrecting the Magdalene e-course, or the abbreviated version “Magdalene Activation” click on the icons above in the right-hand column of this blog. You might also enjoy my novel, Song of the Beloved – the Gospel According to Mary Magdalene available HERE.  Happy Easter!

 

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A Prayer to the Magdalene

Prayer to the Magdalene

Portrait of the Magdalene by Dana Lumby
Portrait of the Magdalene by Dana Lumby

Mary, called Magdalene,

Great Tower of Faith,

Beloved of Christ:

 

We humbly come before you in search of your intercession.

We ask for your eyes that we may see,

Your ears that we may hear,

Your wisdom that we may know,

Your heart that we may love,

Your feet that we may walk the pathways of truth,

Your hands that we may serve.

Grant us this request-

That we, like you may become fully self-actualized,

Realizing the fulfillment of our Soul’s purpose in this life:

 

To know love.

To be love.

To serve on behalf of love;

And if it be ordained as such,

That we serve this love, as you did,

In the company of our Beloved.

 

We ask this in your name

And in the name of your own Beloved,

Jesus, the Christ.

Amen.

If you are interested in learning more about the Magdalene, check out my e-courses, available through Mystery School of The Goddess.  Click HERE to learn more.

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Sacred Body Awakening and Sacred Sexuality

I am honored and excited to introduce you to one of my Magdalene sisters, Anaiya Sophia.  Anaiya Sophia is a mystic, author and initiator of Sacred Marriage and the Mystical Teachings of the Feminine Christ. She is a wellspring of both wisdom and experience and is known for her role in birthing New Paradigm Relationships, Divine Sexuality and the Awakening of the Sacred Body. Anaiya shares her gifts through her video transmissions, workshops, retreats, pilgrimages and books including: Open your Heart with Kundalini Yoga (Harper Collins, 2002) Pilgrimage of Love (Lulu, 2011), Womb Wisdom (Inner Traditions, 2011) Sacred Sexual Union (Inner Traditions, 2013), The Rose Knight (Lulu, 2014) and Divine Relationship (Inner Traditions, 2016).

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Anaiya lives in the Occitan region of Southern France, a land shrouded with myths and legends of Mary Magdalene, Cathars, Troubadours and the Knights Templars. It is here in this heartland that she receives small groups who feel the impulse to explore this work in the safety of her home. Together in union with the land – an immersive initiation into the Sacred Feminine is guaranteed.

Below, Anaiya shares with us two free video transmissions on sacred body awakening, along with information on her Sacred Body Awakening.  You can learn more at her website www.anaiyasophia.com

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VIDEOS:

Sacred Body Awakening Part One

Sacred Body Awakening Part Two

Experience the ecstatic reunion of your body, mind, heart and soul. This is an initiation process into the revival of the Sacred Arts, the Mystery Teachings of Mary Magdalene, and the ones who came before her who knew the ‘ways’ of opening the body and heart to the fullness of life, both inner and outer. In the past the term ‘Sacred Arts’ was feared and forced underground, leading to a distortion of the teachings and their inherent beauty.  Now, there is a revival and hunger for these Mystery Teachings to come full circle and imbue us once again with their ecstatic tenderness and fierceness to go all the way, so we may become the most powerful, beautiful and illumined version of ourselves in this lifetime. This is nothing less than a massive evolutionary leap.

We shall explore Sexuality, the fullness of embodying our divinity, humility and intimacy with one another, emotionally, physically and soulfully. We shall experience what it means to love with all of our bodies, to show up without armour, to forgive with the whole of our hearts and to stay true to ourselves when facing conflict.  We shall ascend together, descend together and bring forth the fruit that is within us, as we have waited a very long time for this moment so our sacred gifts can be born.  The Path of Sexuality and Love is so often unclear and unlived because so few have blazed the evolutionary trail ahead of us. It takes a huge heart to walk this path, and an incorruptible connection with the Divine to continue to go deeper.  And that is why I am inviting you with warmth, tenderness and a dose of fierce urgency to come and replenish your soul and experience joyful heights of mystical opening along with delicious depths of divine embodiment, within the sacred space of my home with sincere aspirants and dedicated lovers of God. As this embodied aspect of the Feminine is needed NOW.  For one another, and for the ones who will no doubt flock to our doors after such an experience.

A whole new meaning for the Divine Union of masculine and feminine within will be revealed. It will be an astonishing adventure to the frontiers of consciousness, a wild romp to the depths of our soul and a beautiful chance to plug ourselves into the heart of God/Goddess and begin to let our life be perfumed with ever-present grace.   While the retreat will be based in love and joy, its guide, Anaiya Sophia, is no spiritual lightweight. She is intensely committed to go through whatever humbling’s and fierce truth-telling is required to open to the full divinity that can move through you. She offers medicine of a gnostic variety, transmissions and stories from the Christ Soul.  Often at night you will be invited to curl up in candlelight as she imbues you with the Divine Love of Mary and Yeshua.  Her transmissions touch a place within the heart and soul that thirsts for more, and more shall most definitely come. She knows that we need to feel the staggering love of the universe in every cell in order for us to truly birth what we are capable of birthing, and this includes the body, our sexuality, our breath, our words, our touch and our relationships.  That staggering love is not found in intellect alone, No, it is found in entering into ecstatic, poetic and celebratory realms together. A Realm of deep touch, deep presence and deeper still, the depth of the soul where the unveiling of your role in the revival of the Sacred Arts can and will be discovered.

Make no mistake this retreat will be a truly transformational journey, one that will take you into parts of your being you may have never met, from the glorious heights to the murky shadows. However, it is journey based in totally unconditional, divine love and it will be undertaken with deep reverence and holy respect for every single aspect of your being. She believes, or perhaps more rightly KNOWS, that the time has come for us all to take part in the birth of the Divine Human. The Divine Human emerges out of the mysteries of the sacred marriage – an alchemical process in which the opposites in us (particularly masculine and feminine) are fused to create a divine third – the androgynous “love child” that is the Divine Human.  And it is through the Sacred Arts that this child can be ‘conceived’ and guided into form.  You may have touched, remembered and even hungered for this vision in your heart, but if you want to fully experience it in a living and breathing way, you’ll need an immersive environment with the right community, right teacher and right practices. It’s one thing to receive these teachings through the internet – and much depth and beauty can open in that way – but it’s truly an evolutionary next step to do so in communion with other people.

You will be invited to step out of your private, individual practices and enter into sacred sexual embodiment.  This work is coming through the Feminine expression of Christ Consciousness.  All the prayers and practises will be coming from the spiritual tradition of Mary Magdalene, a continuous lineage with the Feminine Principle that throughout the centuries has preserved its spiritual dignity, without need for permission or recognition from the patriarchy.  Through your embrace of the Sacred Arts, you’ll…

  • Find places and spaces within your body that were holding into sexual trauma, heartbroken memories and rejected parts of self
  • Open to a larger field of divine grace, love and surrender that is only possible in woman-to-woman healing, loving and presence.
  • Be empowered to embody the Mother, Lover and Mystic with no fear of sharing.
  • Learn how to ‘hold and imbue’ sacred relationship to catalyse inspirational soul growth and depth of intimacy.
  • Learn to experience and replicate new forms of ritual healing.
  • Nurture the ecstatic flame at the core of your womb.
  • Ignite deeper spiritual energies in your body via transformational body practices.
  • Enjoy precious time for meditation and practice and be able to share the fruits of your awakenings with others.
  • And to explore the land and legends of Sacred France and its ancient connections with the Cathars and Mary Magdalene. This region is famous for its heretics (original meaning ‘to choose’), sanctuary for Mary Magdalene/John the Beloved, and homestead of the Cathars.

Learn more about Anaiya Sophia at www.anaiyasophia.com.

Posted in Being Human, Beloved Partnership, Initiation, Mary Magdalene

Order of the Magdalene

This past Tuesday, I had the great privilege of witnessing four women accept the call to be bearers of love in the world through their own unique giftedness as they received acceptance into the Order of the Magdalene/Christ.  One participant, after receiving ordination, was gifted with the following message – for those present and for all who might read this.  Here was the message imparted upon her:

“We are the light that is changing our planet.  We are the Magdalene.  Keep your hearts open and we ( Mary and friends) will work through you.  Many men are coming forth as Divine Masculine.  It is as if the curtain has dropped.  You cannot hide any longer. The curtain was fear.  The masculine and feminine are partnering.” 

Lewis Williams, SFO
Lewis Williams, SFO

These words could not better describe what I have understood to be true about the call of the Magdalene/Christ – to birth into the world the full integration of the Human and the Divine within us through the embodiment of the Divine Masculine and Divine Feminine coexisting in harmony within us.  We are becoming a new order of human beings – modeled by Jesus and Mary Magdalene and other Beloved Partners like them.

Toward that end, I am once again offering my Resurrecting the Magdalene course for women and men in the Oshkosh and surrounding area who are interested in claiming the Divine within them – both masculine and feminine – and learning how to do so through the model of Mary Magdalene in her time with Jesus.  To learn more, click HERE. 

 

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Resurrection of the Magdalene Part II – Adoration and Activation

Resurrecting the Magdalene Part II – Model of Adoration and Activation

Last week, with the start of my new course on Mary Magdalene, including the Magdalene Activation and Ordination, we began the process of raising Mary from the dead. (Read last week’s blog HERE) After 2000 years of being maligned, misrepresented, denigrated, demoted, it is time to restore Mary Magdalene to her rightful place beside Jesus as devoted student and disciple, co-equal ministry partner, beloved, wife and even Co-Christ (put down your pitchforks, I promise to explain).

Last week we disproved the lies put forth about Mary as adulterous woman, sinner, possessed of demons, and restored her to her rightful place as the ONE who most fully understood Jesus’ teachings and who not only understood them, but took them to heart and embodied them.  Mary Magdalene became fully self-actualized as Jesus had been and in doing so, realized her own nature as both fully Divine and fully Human – thereby experiencing her own Christhood.  (remember – “Christ” is an honorific title, not a last name!).  In realizing her own Christhood, Jesus gave her the title “Magdalene” which means “Great Tower” (of faith and beacon of light).

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This week we explored how it was that Mary was able to accomplish this task – becoming fully self-actualized and in doing so, becoming like Jesus – a Christ and a Magdalene.  Mary accomplished this by giving devoted attention and by offering her adoring presence to the one who had accomplished this before her – Jesus:

As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. (Luke 10: 38)

Jesus was at first Mary’s teacher and guide and the one who provided the example of what it means to be self-actualized and how one accomplishes this level of psycho-spiritual development.  With single-minded focus and devoted attention, Mary sat at Jesus’ feet, taking in every word, soaking up the radiant love that freely and generously flowed through him and taking it all into her heart.  Through this rapt attention, Mary herself was transformed – her fears and unhealed wounds healed – and all sense of separation repaired so that like Jesus, she too came to understand the truth of Oneness.  Through this unimpeded transmission from teacher to student, Mary came to embody all that Jesus had come to know within himself and what he sought to share with others.  In receiving the fullness of Jesus’ teachings, in embodying all he had come to know, in freely and openly sharing herself in the world, Mary became like Jesus – a beacon of Divine love through which others came to be healed and transformed – and one by one – the world with them.

Mary provides for all of us an example of how we too can become fully self-actualized – experiencing the full integration of the Divine and the Human within us and embodying the Holy aspects of both.  Through Mary’s example, we are reminded that the way to our own Christhood begins with single-minded, devoted attention to our teacher – in this case Jesus (there are other teachers who have come to teach us how to become self-actualized – Moses, the Buddha, Mohammed, Indian Gurus, Medicine Men and Women, from all cultures and all traditions!).  Through this single-minded attention we are healed and transformed and the love embodied by our teacher, Jesus, is soon embodied in us so that we, like Jesus and Mary, can be beacons/vessels through which our world is transformed from fear into love.

 

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Calling All Magdalenes

This is for all those I know (and don’t yet know) who bear the energy and call of the Magdalene.  It is time.  It is time for us to step into the power of the Magdalene.  The world needs our gifts.

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I AM the Magdalene

I am the Magdalene – this is what I am called to embody.  Called to be a vessel through which Jesus’ message of love is shared in the world, continuing his mission as he has called me to do.  Confident, uncompromising, strictly adhering to the truth of Oneness that Jesus came to reveal.

  • Through word and witness, teaching and preaching and by living Jesus’ law of love through devotion and prayer,  works of healing and counsel.
  • Modeling the same commitment to contemplative prayer that Jesus embraced – the vehicle through which he came to know his own Oneness with God and the tool he shared to help others come to know this truth.
  • Helping others find healing of the seven demons of fear that reinforce our perceived separation from God so that we may once again live in the peace and joy that God intended.
  • Guided by the Inner Voice of the Divine that speak truth to the heart.
  • Confident in God’s loving counsel.
  • Uncompromising in adherence to that Inner Voice.
  • Moving in Compassion and Love for all.
  • Patient and Trusting in Divine Providence.
  • On-Fire with God’s Love.
  • With Christ as my Beloved to accompany me.

I am the Magdalene, I in her, and she in me.

Lauri Ann Lumby www.yourspiritualtruth.com

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The Gospel of Sophia – Book Review

I haven’t yet finished reading The Gospel of Sophia, not because it is not holding my interest, but because this book is meant to be SAVORED! Tyla Gabriel has done a fantastic job of presenting in Encyclopedic fashion the critical importance of the Divine Feminine in all her forms. This book is not just a lesson in the Divine Feminine, it is an attunement – and an ordination. As I have been reading the book, I am being transformed. EMPOWERMENT, specifically, FEMININE EMPOWERMENT is the gift that comes in being open to the spirit of Tyla’s words. Miracles have been happening in my life since encountering The Gospel of Sophia and I imagine they will for you as well. Please get this book and savor it drop by drop by drop as you enjoy the Divine love you will experience while enjoying its nourishment.

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KNOW HER.  For the first time in print the secrets of the Mystery Schools and highest yoga tantra concerning the primacy of the Divine Feminine Trinity are revealed through self-evident scholarship and inspiring, panoramic views of the three Goddesses.  The biographies of a Mother Goddess, who created the world and is found in every creation story, the Daughter Goddess, who descended like Christ from heaven to redeem fallen matter, and The Holy Sophia, who travels along with humanity as it evolves, is told in detail with accompanying documentation that is historic and deeply stirring.

The three biographies of the Mother, Daughter and The Holy Sophia conclusively answer all cosmological, philosophical and theological questions about the divine that have engaged the hearts and minds of thinkers since the beginning of time.  The Gospel of Sophia gives the reader an opportunity to see the divine pictured in ways that have never been offered in one book.  Volume I is a source text that points directly to the reader’s ability to experience the divine through the thinking, feeling, and willing aspects of the reader’s consciousness.

The Gospel of Sophia is a Living Imagination of our time.  Simple symbols and parables will bring the reader to experience Sophia in ways that have only been dreamt about before or described as inspirations that were not connected to a stream of wisdom that self-initiates the practitioner.

The reader will move from an aspirant seeking knowledge to an initiate who begins to experience Sophia-Christos in a process of self-initiation.  This vision of the Great Goddess is unparalleled in the literature on the current revelation of the Divine Feminine Trinity.

The Gospel of Sophia is intended for spiritual initiates only.  If you are not on an esoteric path of conscious, self-directed initiation, the contents of these esoteric materials may not resonate with you at this time on your spiritual journey.   How will you know if you are a spiritual initiate?  Please read the sample materials offered on Tyla’s website.  If they stir your soul and spirit, you will know that you, the student, are ready, and a teacher has appeared.

 

TylaWells.jpgAbout the Author

Tyla Gabriel, ND is a board certified naturopath as well as an internationally known entrepreneur in education and business.  She holds a graduate degree in Humanities from Florida State University, where she began her life-long studies in religion, mythology and philosophy, eventually leading her to the path of Anthroposophy.  As a philosopher and theologian, her writings and teachings on the pivotal role of the Divine Feminine Trinity have broken ground that is tantamount to a new revelation of the divine that necessitates a complete revisiting of our approach to the world and ourselves.

The Gospel of Sophia is the testament of an aspirant of Sophia who has been given self-initiation with the assistance of the Divine Feminine Trinity as guide and teacher.  From the first revelation of Sophia through Pelee, to the Etheric Christ experience several years later, Gabriel has followed the luminous path of study and communion with Sophia-Christos to become an initiate of Sophia.  The teachings about the Being of Sophia are the result of living Imaginations given to her by spiritual beings that inspired her over many years, guiding her to active Intuitions that unveil the hidden nature of the Great Goddess.

You can learn more about Tyla Gabriel at www.ourspirit.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Virtual Church Meditation Supplement

Below you will find the Agape’ Meditation newsletter – supplement to the Authentic Freedom Virtual Church, for this coming Sunday, May 18th..  The theme this week is “Do Something About it.”  How are you called to continue the work of Christ in the world?

 

Agape’ Meditation Practices Newsletter

Supplement to the Authentic Freedom Virtual Church Service

 

 Scripture Reading:

Jesus said to his disciples: “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You have faith in God; have faith also in me. In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If there were not, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back again and take you to myself, so that where I am you also may be. Where I am going you know the way.” Thomas said to him, “Master, we do not know where you are going; how can we know the way?” Jesus said to him,I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you know me, then you will also know my Father. From now on you do know him and have seen him.” Philip said to him, “Master, show us the Father, and that will be enough for us.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you for so long a time and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on my own. The Father who dwells in me is doing his works. Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or else, believe because of the works themselves. Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever believes in me will do the works that I do, and will do greater ones than these, because I am going to the Father.”

John 14: 1-12

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Additional Readings:

Acts 6: 1-7

Ps 33: 1-2, 4-6, 18-19

1 Pt 2: 4-9

 

 Greater works than these

Two weeks ago, we were invited to look for God. Last week we were invited to listen for God. This week, we are invited to do something about it. The work that Jesus began in his lifetime only scratched the surface of the work that is yet to be accomplished in bringing forth love in the world. The work that Jesus proclaimed to be his to accomplish: feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, giving sight to the blind, setting captives free, healing the sick, is ours to do as well. In this week’s reading, we are reminded that we are called to continue the work that Jesus has done and that when we apply what we have learned through Jesus, that the work we accomplish will be even greater than what Jesus was able to do.

How are you applying Jesus’ teachings of love?

How are you continuing the work that Jesus began?

  

Spiritual Practices:

In this week’s reading, Jesus acknowledges that it is through his Oneness with God that he is able to accomplish the work that he has done. It is this same Oneness that empowers us to be love in the world in the way that Jesus was love in the world. It is the false perception of separation from God that prevents us from remembering the love that we are and from accomplishing the Divine work that God has in mind for us. Healing this false perception of separation allows us to transcend the fears that keep us from the path of our truth and from the path of love. Remembering our Oneness with God is as close as our breath, as near to us as silence and as intimate as the beat of our heart. This week, you are invited to practice one of the following techniques for remembering your Oneness with God. In order to hear the shepherd’s voice, we first need to set time aside to listen and then we have to be open to hearing and believing the words that are spoken to us in the silence of our hearts. This week, you are invited to begin the practice of silence.

 

  • Sit quietly, placing one hand over your heart. For 10-20 minutes, remain in this posture, feeling the beating of your heart. When your mind wanders, bring your awareness back to the sensation of your heart beating.
  • Sit quietly. Draw your attention to the sensation of your breath. Pay attention to your breath as you draw it in and as you give it release. For 10-20 minutes, maintain your attention to your breath. When your mind wanders, bring your awareness back to your breath.
  • Using your favorite internet music channel (Spotify or Rhapsody for example), search for “Hildegard of Bingen.” Choose a music piece that is 7-10 minutes long. Preferably with headphones, listen to that piece of music. Keep your attention sharply attuned to the music, listening to the rise and fall, ebb and flow of the piece. Allow the music to carry you.

 

How did the above practice(s) draw you into a deeper state of peace? Be aware that in this state of peace, you are remembering your Oneness with God.

 

Authentic Freedom

In Authentic Freedom, the core spiritual wound is our false perception of separation from God. It is this false perception of separation that is the cause of our fear; and fear is the cause of all non-loving and compulsive human behaviors (sin). When we remember our Oneness with God, we know peace, love, joy, contentment and bliss and we find that our lives have meaning, give us a sense of purpose and fulfillment and unfold with a sense of ease. Jesus came to remember his Oneness with God and teaches us how to do the same.

 

How are you being called to remember your Oneness with God?

 

 

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Christ is Risen – the resurrection through the eyes of Mary Magdalene

Happy Easter!  In celebration of this auspicious day, I gift you with an excerpt from my yet to be released novel, Song of the Beloved – Jesus through the eyes of Mary Magdalene.  Enjoy another perspective on Jesus’ resurrection from the woman who knew him the best.  And, don’t forget the virtual service, available HERE.  Happy Easter!

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In Mary’s words:

While Jesus had done his best to prepare me for what lay ahead, seeing his broken, beaten body hanging on the cross cleaved my heart in two. The man I loved beyond all else lay dead. He was gone. As the stone fell before the entrance to the tomb, a strange sense of finality filled my being. It is finished. Never again would I see my beloved. Never would I hear his strong, loving voice. Never again would I behold the curl of his hair, nor the twinkle in his chameleon eyes that seemed to carry within them the entire world. Never again would I feel the tremor of my heart when his skin brushed against mine or the peaceful calm of his serene presence as he sat beside me in prayer. The terror and inexplicable grief that had pierced my heart was replaced by a cold nothingness. I felt neither joy, nor sorrow, anger nor contentment. I felt nothing but the cold, stark barrenness of the tomb where my beloved’s dead body now lay.

After the final refrain of the Kaddish, we returned the two miles to Bethany, to the house of my brother Lazarus, in silence. Too aggrieved to partake of the Sabbath meal, we retreated to our separate quarters in silence.

On the morning after the Sabbath, I awoke before dawn in the same way that I had every day after Jesus healed me and raised me from the death in which I had existed. Upon waking, I expected to feel nothing but the numbness of the days past. I expected to desire nothing but to roll over and return to the world of sleep. Instead, I felt the urge to resume my ordinary routine of morning meditation in the garden. I arose and proceeded into the garden to the bench I had shared with Jesus every morning for the past three years. I approached the bench and lovingly ran my hand over its marble seat recalling what Jesus and I had shared in this sacred space. The grief of this loss suddenly overtook me and I collapsed on the ground as my tears splattered over our bench.

As I knelt beside the bench weeping with head in hands, I felt a faint shift in the air around me. I lifted my head slightly to see if perhaps Lazarus had come out to join me. As I looked up, my heart leaped into my throat and ceased beating. My beloved Jesus stood there before me. I rubbed my eyes to make sure it was not some trick of the rising sun, but there he was as real as he had been all those past times in prayer and even more so, he stood before me in flesh and blood.

I stood and reached out to embrace him, to feel his skin on my cheek, and he opened his arms to return my embrace. We had held each other for but a moment, when Jesus gently pulled away. He took my face in his hands, lightly kissed me on the lips and said, “Mary, I am with you always, even until the end of time and it is time for you to come into your own power, to embrace your own Christhood. In this, I must ascend. And, you must not cling to me so that you too may rise. You must go to my brothers in Jerusalem to let them know I have risen and you must explain to them its meaning.” With that he kissed me again on the mouth. “Mary, be empowered in the flame of the Shekinah, God’s Holy Spirit.” He departed from my sight as quickly and as silently as he had arrived.

I stood there in silent wonder. Even death had no power over my beloved. As sure as he had been here just one week ago, he stood before me again. I felt his touch, the brush of his lips on mine, the comfort of his embrace. Just as suddenly, he was gone. I inhaled deeply in the hopes of comprehending this experience and the cock crowed. I remembered Simon’s denial of Jesus and was provoked by Jesus’ words, “Go to my brothers in Jerusalem.” I ran into the house to be greeted by Martha, Salome and Lazarus’ sleepy faces. “I have seen the Lord. He is risen just as he said he would.” I ran to each of them in turn, took their hands in mine, and looked into their eyes, “It is true. He has conquered death. He came to me in the garden. He is risen!” As I relayed the message to their open minds and hearts, they were able to see the truth as I had witnessed it. As a group we embraced in celebration. “We must go to Jerusalem! Jesus instructed me to tell his brothers there that he has been raised from the dead.” We immediately departed for Jerusalem where we knew the Galilean disciples stayed in hiding.