Posted in Authentic Freedom

Authentic Freedom Facilitator Training

I am excited to announce that we now have six men and women who have completed the Authentic Freedom Facilitator Training and another four who are approaching completion.  Those who have completed the process have found it to be personally enriching, providing them tools not only for their personal and professional life but inspiring them to seek ways in which they can share these tools with others. Facilitators are coming from all kinds of different fields:  Alternative Medicine, Customer Service, Business Owners, Stay-at-home moms, Retirees, Religious life, People in Transition.


The Authentic Freedom curriculum reaches a wide Audience  with applications in:

  • Spirituality
  • Religion
  • Psychology
  • Counseling
  • Recovery
  • Yoga
  • Meditation and Mindfulness
  • Holistic wellness
  • Ecumenism

And is perfect for:

  • Men and women looking for meaning, purpose and connectedness in their lives.
  • Non-practicing or Recovering Catholics or Catholics looking for more.
  • Progressive Christian Churches
  • New-thought and Unitarian congregations.
  • Recovery centers and groups
  • Non-denominational spiritual communities
  • Yoga centers

Authentic Freedom Facilitator Training is designed to meet your busy lifestyle with a one-on-one mentoring format.

  • Independent study
  • At your own pace

And, the flexible payment options make the program accessible to any budget.  (PS  Fees are a SUGGESTION, if you feel called to this, we will work out a fee and a schedule of payment to fit your budget!)


To learn more about the Authentic Freedom Facilitator Training, click HERE or call Lauri Lumby at (920) 230-1313 or email:


Lauri Lumby

Authentic Freedom Ministries





Posted in Authentic Freedom

Authentic Freedom Appeal

If in this blog you have found inspiration, support, guidance, learning, comfort, healing, validation, affirmation or just a good chuckle, please consider making a DONATION to Authentic Freedom Ministries.  Your $10, $25, $50 or $100 donation helps us to continue to offer this blog FREE OF CHARGE for those who are looking for support in their spiritual journey.  Through compassionate listening and attentive presence, I partner with those longing for meaning, purpose and connectedness in their lives.  DONATE NOW.  Your generous donation helps to keep this blog FREE and to make our programs and services available to everyone, regardless of their ability to pay.

Thank you

Lauri Lumby

Posted in Being Human, Inspiration

Longing for Connectedness

Continuing the exploration of my new mission statement:  Through compassionate listening and attentive presence, I partner with those longing for meaning, purpose and connectedness.  Today we are exploring the very human need for connectedness. 

No Man is an Island

While as individual human beings we may be able to live alone, as a species we can only thrive when we live in community.  As such, within us is a biological drive to connect.  This drive to connect helps us to find safety and security and to benefit from the individual gifts of the participants in our community.  In other words, being in community serves our survival needs, but even beyond that, we are stronger as a species.  Then there’s the whole continuation of the species thing….but we’ll leave that for another blog.  Today’s blog is about our instinctual and spiritual drive to connect….to find community… gather in packs, tribes, churches……to find people of like-mind….and to find a way to honor the diversity on a planet of 7 billion people!

Spiritual Direction provides the foundational resources to help us find our connnectedness.  Call Lauri today (920) 230-1313 or email to schedule your appointment today.

Life as an Example

I feel a little bit like “Everyman” when I explore my own search for connection.  As would be the case for most, my first experiences of connection came through my family of origin.  This is where I was born….so this is where I belonged.  Right?  Sometimes.  While I always knew love and support and that there was no question about my membership in this family, and that there was and is a deep well of unconditional love present there, somewhere in my journey, I became aware that I was completely UNLIKE some of the members of my family.  Temperments.  Beliefs.  Passions.  Gifts.  Drives, varied from person to person, and there were days I wondered, “What planet did I come from and who dropped me here because something feels very foreign.”  (For the record, I’m sure my parents have often wondered about this strange child that was born into their life!) I had the same experience with church.  More than anything else, the Catholic Church is a tribe.  You are born there.  Baptized there. Formed there.  Married there and presumably buried there.  You are accepted… long as you stay within the lines.  Here’s where I got/get in trouble.  From a very early age, I questioned some of the teachings and practices wondering, “Is this really how Jesus would respond?”  Often, the answer that came to me was “NO WAY” and I wondered:  How did I get here?  Do I really belong here?  Can I stay here?  More pointedly, Will they let me stay here?   Then there is the whole friend thing… we meander through this journey of life we wonder, “Who and where are my peeps….the people that feel like home, the think like me, that have the same values, goals, passions, drives, etc etc. etc.”

Spiritual Direction provides the foundational resources to help us find our connnectedness.  Call Lauri today (920) 230-1313 or email to schedule your appointment today.


I suspect that my journey to find connections is not unlike your own journey.  Trying to find the people with whom we feel resonance and with whom we can provide mutual honoring, support, understanding and acceptance.  As a species, when we feel that we belong, that we have found our peeps, we feel safe and the ground below us feels ready to accept, nurture and grow our gifts.  When we feel we belong, we are able to thrive.  This can be a tricky road, however, because at what cost are we willing to say we belong?  Sometimes, as we grow in self-awareness, the “tribe” to which we belong no longer fits and in order to continue our growth and in order to thrive again, we have to give up this tribe in search of the next tribe that will support who we are.  This is a scary thing because the “tribe” provides “safety” and “security” and in order to really grow, we have to find a new nest.  YIKES.  And the search for connection begins again.  Then kind of like dating (yuk), we have to try on lots of different “belonging” hats until we find the one that fits.  In order to find the belonging hat that fits, however, we have to know ourselves…..and that brings us back to our search for meaning and purpose.

Spiritual Direction provides the foundational resources to help us find our connnectedness.  Call Lauri today (920) 230-1313 or email to schedule your appointment today.

Lauri Lumby

Authentic Freedom Ministries

Posted in Spiritual Direction

Summer Specials

Through compassionate listening and attentive presence, I partner with those longing to find meaning, purpose and connectedness in their lives.  – Mission Statement of Authentic Freedom Ministries

I am running a summer special on personal, one-on-one sessions in Spiritual Direction – a 33.3% discount off of normal fees.  To schedule your in-person, phone or Skype session, call Lauri at (920) 230-1313 or email  For more information on Spiritual Direction, click here. 

Through the month of August, Spiritual Direction sessions will only be $60.00 per hour.  For more information, click here. 

If you are looking for the remedy to your own inner restlessness, impatience, rage, anxiety, depression, rage, loneliness – all symptoms of the longing that is God, our truth, calling us home, call or email Lauri today to take advantage of this special offer:  (920) 230-1313 or   

Spiritual Direction provides the compassionate listening and attentive presence that allows you to find the meaning, purpose and connectedness that you long for.  For more information on the ministry of Spiritual Direction, click here.

Often our outward behaviors are really just symptoms of our unrecognized longing or of spiritual and emotional wounds, fears and traumas that have not yet been resolved.  Do you struggle with:

  • Maintaining a healthy diet and exercise routine?
  • Naming and claiming your needs?
  • Feelings of being unfulfilled?
  • Burning resentment, anger, impatience or rage?
  • Feelings of unworthiness or of being unloved?
  • Expressing your needs, your creative talents, your truth?
  • Identifying your path, life direction, your own inner truth, your needs and desires?
  • Trusting what you think you know?
  • Belief in a loving God or Higher Power?
  • Unhappiness, loneliness, anxiety, worry, stress, depression, grief?

If any of these ring as true for you, call or email Lauri today to schedule an appointment (920) 230-1313 or

Session Payments can be made through Paypal and sessions can be accomplished in person, over the phone or via Skype.