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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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Jesus, my teacher

In our secular, post-modern world, do we dare to call Jesus of Nazareth our teacher and guru and not end up looking like a “Jesus Freak” (not that there is anything wrong with that)?  I will attempt this dangerous feat and hope not to get burned.  🙂

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I cannot claim to know the ultimate truth about who Jesus was and who he continues to be as the Christ.  All I know is that I claim Jesus as my teacher, guru, counselor and guide because of the things I have learned from him, through his life and through his teaching.  The reason I call him teacher is because of what I  have come to understand as the truth that Jesus taught and continues to try to help us to understand.

  • God is unconditionally loving, kind, compassionate and merciful.
  • We are One with God and through this oneness we are one with each other.
  • God is love.  God made us out of love, for love and by love.  As such, love is our true nature.  This Divine love cannot be denied, nor does it have to be earned.
  • All people are created as equal and are valued equally by God and we are invited to do the same. There is no discrimination based on race, creed, religion, gender or sexual orientation.  All are love.
  • There is no sin, therefore, there is nothing to be forgiven.
  • The desire to be forgiven is ours alone.  We desire to be reconciled to the God that we have chosen to believe is separate from us.
  • What we call sin is merely a reflection of a deeper unhealed spiritual wound, rooted in our false perception of separation from God.  This unhealed wound is what has sometimes been called “original sin”.
  • What we perceive as sinful behavior is a cry for help.  The “sinner” needs healing, not condemnation or shame.
  • Jesus came to heal this wound that affects all of humanity.
  • Jesus was raised from the dead (though I’m not exactly sure what that means) and through the resurrection, fully embodied his own Christhood.  As the Christ, he is able to be present to each of us in an intimate and personal way as friend, counselor, teacher, healer and lover
  • Jesus continues this healing work through each of us when we allow ourselves to be vessels through which his healing love can be shared in the world.
  • Each of us is uniquely gifted to be a vehicle of God’s healing grace.
  • When we accept the call to use our gifts in service to this healing, we are participating in the Body of Christ and the very act of salvation.

I guess I would say that the above list is my personal creed.  These are the principles out of which I desire to live my life and the motivating factors for the ministry work that I perform.  Of course, I don’t always succeed in living this out, but it is my driving intention.  I do not seek to impose these principles on anyone else, neither do I assume Jesus to be everyone’s chosen guru.  While I recognize that there are many teachers who have come to share the same truth that Jesus came to reveal, it is through Jesus that I began to get a glimpse of this truth and can honestly say that it is because of my relationship with Jesus that I have found healing and freedom in my own life.  This is why I call Jesus my teacher.

Lauri Lumby

Authentic Freedom Ministries

http://www.authenticfreedom.net