Posted in End of the World Prophecies, New World, world changes

Surviving the Shit Show!

Last night we had a ZOOM gathering of the Authentic Freedom community and we discussed the coming 6-9 months and what is likely on tap for our world.  You don’t have to be a prophet to see what is up ahead, though those who gathered are prophets in their own right.  You also don’t have to be an astrologer, but astrology is certainly confirming what many of us already intuitively know.  Really, anyone with eyes to see and a splash of logic can see what is happening……and while there is GREAT GOOD getting ready to emerge, things are likely to get a whole lot worse before they get better.

This is what we can prepare for in the coming months (and if it doesn’t come to pass, then we are no worse off for having approached the coming months with caution and lots of support):

  • Just today the President threw out the proposal to delay the November election. Funny (not funny) thing is that we spoke about EXACTLY THIS last night.  While the President doesn’t have the power to act alone in this decision, that hasn’t stopped him in the past…..so be ready for this very real possibility.
  • SHUT DOWNS. I am 100% certain we will be facing another shutdown in the fall/early winter related to Covid 19.  If not a government mandated shutdown we will at least be seeing schools and businesses making difficult decisions for themselves around how to stay safe and keep their staff, etc. safe with a virus raging.  My “spidey senses” tell me that Covid is going to get a lot worse before it gets better and we STILL don’t have the appropriate measures in place for proper prevention and treatment.  Masks certainly help, but try keeping a mask on a 5 year old!
  • More rioting. Civil unrest is not likely to halt.  People are pissed off – and rightly so.  Yes, there are some who are simply rioting for rioting’s sake, but underneath the chaos is hundreds of years of oppression trying to find its way out.  This oppression is not simply about race, it is about gender, sex, poverty, homelessness, lack of adequate resources, etc. etc. etc.  in the so-called “land of freedom,” people are waking up to all the ways in which they are not truly free.  In case you haven’t figured it out yet, we are in the middle of a revolution – one that is sorely needed.
  • Martial Law: This term has been thrown around a lot lately, but not from a place of hype. This term has surfaced from among those I know who are “in the know.”  Those who are former military or closely connected with the military who understand how and under what conditions martial law is ordered.  What does this actually mean in a nation as geographically expansive?  I imagine it will be a bit of a shit show – one hand not really knowing what the other is doing and people making it up as they go along.
  • Economic Collapse I’ve been predicting this for a LONG TIME! The U.S. economy is already a house of cards and the first Covid shut down initiated a market crash, the likes of which this generation has never seen.  But it’s not even close to being over.  Don’t even bother hoarding your cash, because when the bottom truly falls out, even your hoarded cash won’t have any value.


As in every single time I receive a prophetic message that looks bleak, I hope and pray that these visions will not come to pass.  But so far I’m batting a thousand.  So just in case my intuitive sense (reason and logic) are on-point, here is what you can do to prepare yourself and your loved ones so that you can survive the coming months and be made ready for the new world that will begin to show itself sometime early next year.

  • GOOD NEWS AHEAD know that there is good coming out of the current and future disaster. We are truly witnessing the death of an empire so that something new can take its place.  We don’t yet know what that new is, but it will involved new models of everything we have known:  governance, finance, banking, religion, healthcare, education, commerce, etc. etc. etc.  The new promises to be more just, more equitable, more compassionate and more harmonious.  But what is and has been first has to die before the new can begin to come forth.
  • SELF CARE SELF CARE SELF CARE I cannot say this enough! DO EVERYTHING that helps you stay healthy and emotionally well.  And then do it some more.    Exercise.  Healthy food choices.  Fresh air.  Community.  Meditation.  Spiritual Practices.  Spend time in nature.  Creative activities. Massage.  Body work.  Acupuncture. Dance.  Sing.  Netflix and chill!  Do it and do it some more.  YOU are your first priority.
  • Loved ones get priority: Forget the world “out there” and its pressure to conform. DO WHAT IS RIGHT for yourself and your loved ones.  For example, if that means doing virtual learning with your kids this school year, then do it.
  • Reach out to others: For example: Don’t forget the family next door who might not have the freedom to do virtual learning but wants to.  If you are supporting your kids in virtual learning, reach out to a working family and see if their kids need support.  During shutdown, if you know of someone who cannot leave their house for food, but you can, offer to help.  We can do these things safely.
  • Gather Your Doomsday Team gather around you those who you trust to be a source of support. RECIPROCITY is critical at this time.  We all need those we can go to when the bottom falls out and those who we are open to supporting when the same happens for them.  We have been conditioned to give, give, give, but not to receive.  The new world begins with reciprocity, and it starts by insisting on this in our own lives.
  • SUPPORT SUPPORT SUPPORT Support can come in any number of ways!  Online groups, communities, podcasts, etc.  Find those of like mind and hang with them.  Attend their gatherings.  Join their groups.  ACCEPT the support.

In short, YOU ARE NOT ALONE in this and there are a million ways we can support ourselves and each other as we move through this insanity of a world in its own collapse.

 

Toward that end:  If you haven’t already, please consider membership with the Authentic Freedom community.  Learn more HERE  For the remainder of the year, I am making all offerings available for every membership level.  Please allow yourself to accept this support.

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

It’s Really Ok to Grieve

There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that we are currently traveling through the death of the world as we have known it.  I also know that death, in this case, is not an ending.  Instead, as the old world is imploding upon itself, a new world is beginning to be born.  While we may have hope in the new that is coming forth out of this dying, it is also important to grieve.

Grief is the miraculous process that we have been given to move through that which is ceasing to be.  Grief creates the pathway through which we can release the old while making way for the new.  Grief, when engaged in fully, also helps to heal us from the loss so that we might be open to receiving the new life that is promised on the other side of the death.

The process of grief has been said to present itself to us in the following faces:

  • Shock
  • Denial
  • Bargaining
  • Depression
  • Anger
  • Sorrow
  • Acceptance

As it relates to the death our world is currently facing as brought forth through Covid-19, humanity is wavering somewhere between the stages of shock, denial, and bargaining.

Shock is the feeling we are all having as our lives have suddenly experienced a dramatic change.  Holy crap – this sh*t is real!  For many, (myself included), our lives have simply stopped.  With shock, all we can do is acknowledge the dramatic change while attempting to find our way into and through it.  As wave upon wave of new (and sometimes false) information comes our way, we may find our shock retriggered.  Again, acknowledge the trauma of the shock while trying to find a “new normal” for yourself.

Denial is when we don’t believe it’s real.  This is the state the U.S. was in for weeks/ maybe months as the virus was devastating other parts of the world, but hadn’t yet impacted us.  Many continue to be in denial over the potentially critical nature of the virus and the fear that many are experiencing as a result.

Bargaining is the stage that seems to be most apparent right now.  Bargaining is often characterized in a literal sense as in bargaining with God over the fate of a loved one.  Bargaining is also recognized in:

  • Desire for information: If we could only find enough information and the right information around this virus we will all be ok.
  • Attempts at control: Trying to find ways we can control the virus and the life we are living in the face of a pandemic. Some recent examples include:
  • Arguing over the perceived loss of civil liberties.
  • Protesting the stay at home orders.
  • Arguing for stricter stay at home orders.
  • Wearing masks/not wearing masks
  • Creating theories around what is true or not so that we can feel better (or in control)
  • Needing to be right.
  • Pointing the Finger of Blame: All the ways in which we criticize and condemn others for their response to the virus and our judgments around their response. This includes all the ways we shame others by telling them they are wrong.
  • If/Then scenarios: This somewhat falls into the control category. “If I wear my mask everywhere I won’t get it.”  “If I’m only with those who I know haven’t been exposed, then I’ll be fine.”  “If I think the right thoughts, take the right supplements, eat the right foods, then I will be fine.” 

 

All of these are natural human responses to grief.  There is no judgment of these reactions and none of them are wrong.  This is what we do when the world that we have known is suddenly yanked out from beneath us and we are left floating in the void of the unknown.  We are looking for something to hang on to, something that is concrete.  We grasp after the illusion of control when the world around us is completely outside of our realm of control.  We cannot delay the inevitable.  Neither can we stop it.

But there is one thing we can do to ease our fear and heal our pain:

LET GO

When we peel our grasping fingers off the throat of the dying world and allow ourselves to surrender to the unknown – this is where we find peace.  When we cease grasping after control, we will find that there is no risk of sinking into despair because instead, we will find ourselves being gently carried to whatever the new world might be for us.  When we let go we are able to grieve the loss of the old, find healing for our loss and be made ready for the new life that is silently calling to us from out of the depths of the void.

Where are you finding yourself in the grieving process?  What aspects of the dying world are your grieving?  What might you begin to let go of as you move through your own grieving process?

 

Posted in detachment, End of the World Prophecies, New World, world changes

Finding Peace in the Unknown

Good morning!  These are interesting times in which we are living and as an empath I am feeling it all.  This is what I posted on Facebook earlier this morning:

FRUSTRATION is the energy of the day. A night spent with dreams of frustration and woke up with an overwhelming external sense of frustration. This morning I prayed hard and will soon be returning to prayer to help loosen and free this energy – an energy that is not mine but is the current energy of our world. Humanity is unnecessarily fighting a battle against each other. There is literally nothing to fight against. To make it through the Covid-19 event, we have to simply let it be. Let it runs its course. Find our own peace in the midst of the external chaos. The only one we need to be concerned about is ourselves and our own peace. Find that peace and stay there. Once the chaos has completed its task the dust will settle and then we can begin to create our new world. In the meantime, let the chaos do its work of clearing the old to make way for the new.

Not only am I feeling this frustration on a global level, I am feeling it personally.  It’s not my frustration, but it is the inner conflict I am feeling as I stand in the middle between people I dearly love.  As it relates to Covid-19, the current conflict seems to be centered around:

Stay at Home vs. Return to Work

I have dear friends sitting at both ends of this spectrum.  Some are actively protesting the stay-at-home orders and want to see businesses back up and running.  Many of these are business owners themselves, so I get it.  On the other end of the spectrum are those I deeply love who are actively protesting “return to work.”  Many of these are considered seriously at-risk for not only contracting but dying from the virus.  So I get it.  The challenge with these opposing movements is that there is so much we do not know.  We are living in a state of complete unknown.

 

  • By staying at home are we simply delaying the inevitable?
  • Are we missing our opportunity to gain herd immunity?
  • If the original intention for the stay-at-home was to flatten the curve while also giving medical facilities an opportunity to gear up for what would eventually happen anyway and if the medical facilities are ready, does it make sense to stay at home?
  • Has the stay at home order simply been a government play to put us into a state of fear and to put us at their mercy?
  • Has the stay at home only provided an opportunity for those who created the virus to launch their vaccine (and God knows what might be in that vaccine?)?
  • Will returning to work put more people in danger?
  • Will millions of more people die because we returned to work too quickly?
  • Is it even safe for people to return to work?
  • If we return to work, how do we protect those who remain at serious risk?

 

The reality is that we have no idea the answer to any of these questions.  We don’t know what will happen when we return to work and we don’t know what will happen by continuing to stay at home. Meanwhile businesses are struggling and some will not survive the shutdown.  Government support has not been sufficient for many and has not been forthcoming for some.  Millions of people have contracted the virus and nearly 70,000 have died (in the U.S.). People are afraid.  And we do not know what we are looking at now, let alone in 2 years from now (when the CDC predicts this will finally be over).

We are living in a state of complete unknown.  Even that which is proclaimed as known one day changes the next.  We don’t know what information we are being given is true and what is made up.  We don’t know which conspiracy theory will prove true and which ones are simply false.  We don’t know which protests are real and which have been staged with paid actors to create an environment of fear.

The world has gone insane (or rather, the insanity that has always been there is simply coming forward into the light).  At the heart of this insanity are two things:

FEAR and GRIEF

People are afraid and have been made to be afraid.  On the outside, the fear is over the virus, but when we look deeper the fear is over our inability to control the unknown.

And beneath the fear of the unknown, is the even deeper fear which is the very real fear that arises in the face of death.  I’m not talking about the fear of dying from Covid-19 (though for many that fear is real).  Instead, I’m talking about an even bigger death.

Whether people are aware of this consciously or not, the world as we have known it is dying.  The world made out of fear, power and control is crashing down around our feet and in its dying, it is showing its hideous face.  And all this flailing about that we are currently witnessing in our world is the very real and human reaction to what we do not know or understand and that over which we have no control.

Herein lies the remedy to the current insanity we are experiencing: the world as we have known it is dying.  It has never been sustainable (except for the very very few).  Our best course of action is to stand back, get the heck out of the way, and let it burn.  We cannot control its death and we are hurting ourselves by trying.  For the sake of our own peace, we can acknowledge that there is too much we do not know while surrendering to the fact that we cannot control the old world in its dying.

And as the old world is dying, what if instead of creating opposing positions and fighting and arguing with each other over what we do not know and cannot control we came together in cooperation.  What if while the world is burning itself to the ground we came together (at a safe distance) in conversations around what we might begin building instead?

Posted in teachers

Handle with Care

I’m never sure how my role as unofficial pastor of Oshkosh will be called on, but when it is I am humbly awed by the tiny little ways I can be a vehicle for loving care and support, or to be the recipient of some profound gem of wisdom.  This morning, I experienced both, and it was the gem of wisdom is what hit me the strongest.

For the past almost 20 years, The New Moon Café and Coffee Shop has been my official home away from home.  It is one of my places of refuge and a place I can go to for my daily hug – both in the form of a cup of dark roast and in the loving relationships I have cultivated and enjoyed with owners and the ever-evolving staff of young people (young to me) who work there.  The New Moon draws an eclectic crowd of students, artists, professors, business owners and the local disenfranchised.  At the New Moon everyone is welcome (unless they try to cause harm to someone working or another customer).  I love the New Moon and during this shutdown I have made it a point of visiting there as much as possible to help support their being able to continue past the Covid-19 frenzy.

It was just this frenzy that became the point of conversation as I stopped at “the Moon” after my Sunday yoga practice.  Behind the counter were two young women I haven’t seen since the shutdown and it was a reunion of sorts.  As the only customer in the place, we had time to chat.  “How are you surviving shutdown?”  I asked.  Both women shared their respective tools for managing in the midst of the Covid-19 crisis along with their observations of what they see happening in our world.  For anyone who is still critical of Millennials and Gen-Xers, I would say, you have not met the crew at the Moon.  Both young women had a really good handle on their own self-care, along with a deep well of compassion for a world in distress.  The message that pierced through the many aspects of Covid-19 we explored was this:

 

Handle with Care!

 

Through the wisdom of these young women, I was reminded of the many reactions we are witnessing to the Covid-19 event and the invitation to not be too hasty in judging those reactions.  Instead, these wise young women reflected on the necessity of holding  these reactions in loving compassion.  We do not know how people’s unhealed fears, past traumas, or societal conditioning might be influencing their reaction to Covid-19 and everything related to this (literally) viral event.  We don’t know people’s individual vulnerabilities – most especially those who may have a health situation that makes them especially susceptible to the virus.  We do not know what tools people have or (most likely) don’t have for managing, stress, the unknown, fear, the inability to control, etc. etc. etc.  We just don’t know.  Neither will we know unless we ask, and even then, we might not understand.  How can we know unless we have walked a mile in their shoes?

The bottom line is this:  when we feel ourselves triggered by other people’s reactions to Covid-19 we are invited to refrain from judgment, contain our temptation to react and then Handle with Care.  Instead of casting a finger of criticism or blame, can we instead hold each other in loving compassion?  Maybe if we learn to handle each other with care, together we can find our way through the Covid-19 event and to the new life that is seeking to be born on the other side of this crisis.

 

Thank you Sierra and Kristi for your compassionate wisdom!  <3 <3 <3

Original Art by Lauri Ann Lumby

 

 

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

Let it Burn!

Don’t Miss the Deeper Messages of the Covid-19 Pandemic

For the past several years, I have spoken over and over and over again about the impending death of the patriarchal/hierarchical world – that which is rooted in fear, power and control.  I have known for years that something big was coming that would put a complete halt to our culture and our economy.  I also knew this something big would cause a stock market crash which would eventually lead to a complete global financial collapse (this is yet to come – though there may be some safeguards in place to prevent this).

I had no idea what form this “something big” might take, but here we are.  With the Covid-19 pandemic and the global reactions to it, we find ourselves exactly where I long ago saw us to be going.  As of this writing, globally 2.75 million have been diagnosed and 193,000 have died.  Borders have been closed. Airline travel has ceased.  Education has gone online if not cancelled.  Many business employees are working from home and online, and many businesses have closed entirely.

As we sit in the middle of the pandemic in a world uncertain about how best to respond to the pandemic caused by a virus for which we currently have no cure (other than our own immune system and its ability (or inability) to fight the virus, we are witness to a wide range of human reactions.  Fear. Panic.  Hysteria.  Anger. Blaming.  Shaming.  Condemning.  We are also experiencing an overwhelming amount of information and opinions about protection, prevention, and treatment.  Then there are the questions about when and how to open things up again.

It is easy to become overwhelmed, angry or afraid in the face of the externals related to Covid-19.  When we become fixated on these externals, however, we are missing what is REALLY happening underneath the panic and fear related to the pandemic.

What is REALLY happening, thanks in part to Covid-19, is that a new world is being born. Before that new world can fully emerge, what remains of the patriarchal/hierarchical world has to die.  In order to die, it must first make itself known.  Covid-19 is helping us to see everything that is wrong with our culture and with our world and what quite simply no longer works. In every single institution built on the foundations of fear, power and control, we are being given an opportunity to see – to really see what is no longer sustainable – if indeed it ever was.  Corruption, deception and injustices are being laid bare.  Leaders (and others) are showing their true faces as their fears (an inability to identify and transform their fears) come out sideways.

As the old world is collapsing, we are also being given an opportunity to experience and bear witness to new ways of being that might help to alleviate some of the problems of the dying world. We are also being given a chance to ask some really important questions:

 

This is an excerpt from the Authentic Freedom Academy Weekly Lesson.  Full content is available for subscribing members.  Learn more about membership HERE. 

Posted in End of the World Prophecies, New World

Building the New World Starts with YOU!

The profound gift of the Covid-19 pandemic and the globally imposed social distancing, is that as the world around us is imploding upon itself, we have the opportunity to take the first steps in building a whole new world.  Building the new world begins with US and in the way we decide to live NOW and how this NOW might inform the new world we want to create for ourselves and our loved ones once this is all over.  The good news is that by all accounts, this will not be “over” until 2022 so we have plenty of time to reflect on and take the necessary steps for building our new world.

Building our new world begins with ourselves and the choices we make around how we want to live our lives and what we want our new worlds to look like.  For those who have found their way to the Authentic Freedom community, the world we build will be reflective of our individual temperaments and desires yet rooted in our unique calling to be of service to the betterment of our world.  But again, bettering our world, begins with us and with the choices we make around how we want to live our lives.

I cannot speak for others, but for myself, the new world of which I want to be a part is quieter, simpler, gentler and kinder than the world we have been living in.  It is a world that treats our planet gently and with great honor, acknowledging that it is only in treating the earth as sacred that She might produce the fruits that we need to survive.  It is a world in which every human being is honored as holy and sacred and where diversity is not only honored but celebrated.  It is a world that supports the full development of every single human being by providing the resources we need not only to survive, but to thrive.

Yes, these are big dreams, and I know this is possible when we begin to make these choices for ourselves.  When we as individuals live simply, gently, quietly, kindly; when we treat our world as sacred – taking only what we truly need while sharing the surplus with others; when we treat other human beings with dignity, honor and respect and when we work to insure the needs of all humans are being met to not only survive (food, clothing, shelter, safety, healthcare), but also to thrive (education, enrichment, self-development, etc.) then it can be done.  But again, it starts with US.

During this time of social distancing, I am taking the steps to building my own new world, steps that I’m finding are soooooo very simple:

Laying the Foundation:

The foundation of my life has always been my relationship with the Divine.  In my NOW and into my NEW world, this foundation will continue and as I have witnessed, deepen.  I begin my morning with my spiritual practice and return to it frequently throughout the day. This simple time dedicated to myself and the Divine of my understanding is the foundation out of which the rest of my life unfolds.  Everything I need for guidance, inspiration, understanding and to find a place of comfort and safety in an insane world, I find within these moments.  Even when I’m not in a time of dedicated meditation and prayer, the fruits of my practice continue to unfold.  With this I have come to understand Paul’s invitation that we “pray without ceasing.”  When this relationship is the foundation of our lives, everything becomes a prayer.

Building the Supports:

Cultivating well-being.  My physical and emotional health are critical to me.  With this I make healthy choices.  I choose healthy foods.  I enjoy gentle exercise (yoga and walking).  I take supplements and my prescribed medications.  I do what I need to do to keep my mind and my spirit healthy (meditation, yoga, setting healthy boundaries, honoring my need for solitude, choosing how and with whom I want to spend my time).

Ongoing learning: As part of my temperament and passion, I have been given the gift of learning.  I love to learn.  As such, I take time each day to cultivate learning.  I learn.  I study.  I explore.

Time for enjoyment:  “All work and no play makes Lauri a dull girl.”  I’m kind of boring anyway and I like boring, but that is not to say I don’t have enjoyment.  I take time to read for pleasure and I love a good movie or binge-worthy television series.  The more magical or mystical the better, but even a good piece of historical fiction can whet my appetite.

Don’t Forget the Aesthetics:

Our new world is meant to be enjoyable and to have beauty.  This will mean different things to different people, but to me, my world has beauty when I am nurturing, cultivating and sharing my gifts – for my own fulfillment and in service to the betterment of the world.  As such, this is about:

Taking time to CREATE: I write.  I draw.  I publish books.  I develop and share curriculum.  I cook.  I clean.  I nurture my children.  I show kindness and am a listening ear to those I meet.  I nurture my friendships – old and new.

Being a Source of Support for Others: Making myself available for guidance and support as we find our way through the Covid-19 event and when it is done, helping people find their new normal – through my books, online classes and services, local gatherings (when we can gather again) and one-on-one support through Reiki and Spiritual Counseling.

 

Questions for your own reflection:

What are you finding during social distancing that feels good to you?

What in social distancing would you like to see become part of your new normal?

What is the new world you want to create for yourself?

 

 

 

Posted in Inspiration

Reporting from the Void

As I write this at 7:45 am central time on Thursday, April 9th, I am somewhere around 3 weeks into a self-appointed VOID practice.  But who really knows how long for when residing in the VOID we kind of lose all sense of timing.  What day is it?  How long has this Covid-19 thing been happening?  When did I commit myself to a VOID practice?

My VOID practice looks like this…same as it ever was….same as it ever was….only more of what I’ve been doing for the last several years as I was laid off from my side-gig due to the Covid-19 shutdown requirements.  There will likely not be a side-gig for me to return to after all is said and done, as I suspect my TRUE GIFTS will be in high demand once we emerge from our collective cocoons.

For the past 3ish weeks, I have spent my days in meditation, prayer, journaling, yoga, enjoying nature (when the weather cooperates – I DO live in Wisconsin!), reading for education, reading for enjoyment, enjoying the simple pleasures of being home – housework, laundry, groceries, preparing meals, etc., sleeping more, watching a few amazing shows on Netflix and Prime and checking in with family and friends as to how they are doing under house arrest.  I seem to be having one meltdown a week.  Other than that, this VOID time has been pure, unadulterated bliss.  My SOUL was made for this my Spirit loves this.

What has made this VOID practice even sweeter has been to UNPLUG from social media.  Other than the necessary business-related posts, I’ve really tried to stay out of the fray.  I check in from time to time only to be reminded of why I decided to abstain from Facebook (especially) during my commitment to the VOID.  Too much misinformation, too much fear, too many conspiracy theories, and not enough reason or discernment.

As the world is losing its shit, I’m sitting at home enjoying the peace and quiet and wondering what our world will look like on the other side of this.  More specifically, I am excited about what MY world will look like as people begin to awaken out of the collective sleep that got us here in the first place.  But that’s forward thinking and there is no room for that in the VOID.

Instead, all I can do is decide what MY WORLD looks like NOW.  So far, I am really loving it. And I CHOSE THIS.  Instead of indulging in fear, I am choosing peace.  When the meltdowns surface (my reactions to the world’s fearful reactions and the pain many are experiencing during this time), I go even deeper within to transform the cause of the meltdown.  I am choosing SIMPLE.  My life was already pretty simple, but I’m embracing an even deeper level of simplicity.  There are no bestsellers I need to pen while resting in the VOID, neither is the world ready for any new online classes I might dream up at this time.  No.  NOW is a time to simply be with what is and STAY THERE.

And here is the most amazing thing (something a colleague has promised me for years is the natural consequence of DOING only what our SOUL needs and wants)…..I’m technically not working at all other than facilitating the FREE meditations I’m sharing on FB Live and the weekly service that is available to members of Authentic Freedom, many of whom don’t pay a dime for these services because they have completed one or several of my training programs.  (Please check out my FREE meditations and weekly services on YouTube) And yet, the support for me to live and share my gifts is magically coming in.  From unexpected and grateful places, the support keeps rolling in.  Perhaps this is the fruits of 26 years of hard work, or (more likely) the magnetic response to the energy I am creating by simply being and working in the VOID.  (BEING in the VOID doesn’t mean that nothing is being done.  It simply means that what is being done is deep, subtle and mostly invisible).

Thank you to those who have shown up as support during this VOID time – financially, emotionally and spiritually.  And thank you especially to my “Doomsday Team” (you know who you are) for being there when I hit the wall and for allowing me to be there for you when you are doing the same.  We are in this together!

Big LOVE to all of you who are finding your way through your own version of VOID time.  Wouldn’t it be marvelous if after the social distancing requirements are lifted we all decided to carve out more time in our lives to SIMPLY BE!?

 

Love,

Lauri Ann Lumby, self-actualization, finding ourselves, finding meaning, finding purpose, personal mission

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lauri

 

Posted in New World, Surrender

When Sh*t Gets Real

Hi.  I’m Lauri Ann Lumby, and I am “Everyperson.”  For 15 years I’ve been living in the trenches with the “working poor.”  This is what my reality looks like:

 

I am self-employed as a Spiritual Counselor, providing mental health support through spiritual counseling (I have an MA in Transpersonal Psychology and completed a 3 year training program as a Spiritual Director), and human development training through online education.  I am also a published author.

Sounds fancy, right?  Sure, but the above has not produced enough income to pay the bills. So, in the fall of 2017, I started a side-gig.  The side-gig has provided just enough supplemental income to pay my monthly rent.

 

Enter Covid-19.

 

No, wait, things started breaking apart long before Covid 19.  Awhile back, I received a DIRECT command:

Let it go.  Let it all go.

 

Because I’ve been down this path many-a-time.  I knew exactly why all the letting go.  When we let things go, we are creating room for something new (and better) to enter.  For the past several months, I’ve been watching my income stream slow almost to a halt……then ENTER COVID-19.  My side gig closed two weeks ago and while I’ve had enough to keep me busy up until the end of this week.  There’s not much coming after that. The “new office” I recently opened sits empty because no one is interested in receiving hands-on healing at this time.

 

Time to start freaking out?

 

For a moment maybe.  But I know better than to stay there and I have the tools for finding peace in the midst of the complete unknown.

 

I have no idea how I will pay my bills. (I KNOW I’m not alone in this!)

 

But, what I do know is that I WAS BORN FOR THIS.  I was born for this time and I have known it was coming.  I’ve been training and preparing for this my whole life.  I absolutely 100% know that there is something NEW and HUGE coming out of this for our world AND FOR ME!

 

For me, this is where the rubber meets the road and where shit gets real.  Instead of chasing after shiny objects, or hustling to find a way to fill the gap,

 

I GET QUIET.

 

I turn inward.  I go into the silence.  I enter the VOID.

I use the practices I have been teaching others to use for the past 15+ years.

I resist the temptation to “thinking it through,” or throwing noodles against the wall hoping something will stick.  Instead, I look for what emerges out of the silence.  Not the rambling of my “let’s do something” mind, but the pure silence of THE VOID out of which everything true and real comes into form.

 

I have known that the dwindling cash flow was the herald of something new trying to be born in and through me, and now I take a deep breath as another HUGE chuck falls away.  This is it.  This is Lauri Ann Lumby’s day of reckoning.  Do I run away in panic or find meaningless activities to fill the void so I can avoid the TERROR of facing into the VOID?  No, I dive deeply into the VOID and see what She has to show me.

 

As Mother Mary said to the Angel Gabriel,

“Let it be done according to your word.”

 

Or as Jesus said as he was hanging from the cross,

“Into your hands I commend my Spirit.”

 

 

Posted in New World, self-actualization, world changes

Building the New World 2020 – Part 1

The tipping point has arrived!  Last Tuesday I was given a direct and urgent order:

 

Your time of being hospice to the dying world is complete. 

Now it is time to start building the new world!

 

With the arrival of the Covid-19 pandemic, there is no turning back.  Life as we have known it is OVER.  The old world is taking its last dying breath and the new world is emerging out of the ash of what will be left behind.

There will be those who will continue to look back at what has been and grasp for what they have known, but all that looking back will do nothing but turn them into a “pillar of salt.”  As Lot’s wife discovered, there can be no looking back.

For those of us who have spent lifetimes preparing and training for these times, WE ARE READY.  It is no longer our job to try to convince, coerce, or even beckon.  If the world hasn’t gotten it yet, and if this crisis doesn’t serve as a wake-up call, nothing ever will.  It is now our job to get busy using the gifts we’ve been given and which we have honed to perfection, to start building the new world.

 

We all have our own unique role in the new world building!

 

 

My role is “the same as it ever was.”  Through my gifts of encouragement, teaching, and discernment of spirits, I have created a process through which women and men are empowered to discover their unique giftedness, the mission and purpose in this life and how they are called to use their gifts for the sake of their own fulfillment and for the sake of the betterment of the world.  I then support them in getting out there and sharing their gifts by helping them overcome the fears that are keeping them from living out of their gifts. What I provide is what religion and psychology would have been doing all along if they weren’t stuck in a hierarchical model that puts one person in a position of (perceived) authority over another.  If there is any hierarchy in Authentic Freedom, it is me at the bottom, lifting you up!

 

In a sense, I am providing the foundational training for those called to build the new world.  Starting with the basic questions:

  • What are my gifts?
  • How will I find meaning and purpose in my life?
  • How am I called to use my gifts for the sake of my own fulfillment and in service to the betterment of the world?
  • What are the fears that are keeping me from living out of my gifts?
  • Where can I receive ongoing support in using my gifts? 

That final question is the new (not really) aspect to my part in building the new world.  Not only am I providing foundational training for those who are seeking to find their place in the new world.  I am here to provide ongoing support through an online community of women and men who are getting busy in building the new world through their own unique gifts.  The community platform offers ongoing spiritual support through online meditation gatherings, a weekly spiritual service and a monthly “Teacher’s Circle.”  The community members are then able to maintain an ongoing connection with each other through our very own private social network.  Unlike Facebook, there are no ads and here only love, respect and community abound.

 

A community of like-minded leaders working together in building the new world.

 

What would that look like?  It will look very similar to what monastic communities are supposed to be, but without the hierarchy, cloister, or externally imposed upon vows (chastity, celibacy and poverty).  Any vows you take are up to your own unique soul’s calling and how you are called to live in the world. In this community, you are also not required to have any particular belief system.  In fact, a diversity of beliefs are welcome.  Whether you lean toward Buddhism, paganism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Jewish, Indigenous, or Atheism, all are welcome here.  We learn and grow through the inherent unity at the core of every single spiritual tradition.  All are welcome!

 

How You Can Get Involved

In the coming days, I will be launching the additional services that have long been needed to provide the invitation, guidance and support to empower people on their path of self-actualization and in the unique way they are called to build the new world.  In taking these steps, I am adding a few more bricks to the temple that is being called forth out of me – a temple not built by human hands.

 

Starting today, I will be offering a twice-weekly “Midday Meditation” that is FREE and available for all who wish to attend.  It will be available at 1:00 pm (central) on through Facebook Live on my Authentic Freedom Academy Facebook Page.  The meditations will be recorded and available for up to 24 hours after the event.

 

Wednesday, I have opened my March Teacher’s Circle for all levels of the Authentic Freedom membership.  This is where those can gather who have already been busy honing their gifts in support of the new world.  This is where as teachers and leaders we can gather for support.

 

Friday I am launching my weekly “Spiritual Service.”  This will be available for all levels of Authentic Freedom Membership via ZOOM.  The services will run from 1:00 – 2:30 pm central time and will include an inspirational reading, a lesson, meditation/mindfulness and discussion.  Think “church” only better.  These gatherings will be held weekly.

 

If you are interested in learning more about our memberships, please click HERE.

 

Also note that membership IS NOT required for those who simply want to enjoy the trainings I have created or who want to participate in the Midday Meditations on Facebook.  For those, you simply need to show up!

 

Doing what I can to help us together build a new world!

 

With love,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lauri Ann Lumby, OM, OPM, MATS

Authentic Freedom Academy

www.authenticfreedom.love

 

 

 

 

 

Posted in Boundaries, building the new world, Relationships, self-actualization, world changes

Boundaries While Under House Arrest

As an introvert, there is nothing I like better than being home.  Also, as an introvert, my preference is to be in my home alone.  There is nothing that frustrates me more than other people in my home getting on my nerves!  While I love the four days a week my children are here, I breathe a sigh of relief when they head to their dad’s so I can enjoy a few days home alone.  My home is my sanctuary and my refuge from an otherwise chaotic and noisy world.

ENTER PANDEMIC!

Whether you are an introvert or an extrovert, now we have no choice (if we have a spouse and/or children at home) but to share our space with others.  You think its bad when we all have activities and places we can go to outside the home?  What will things look like when we now have no place to go but to stay sequestered in our homes?  You’re right – WE WILL BE GETTING ON EACH OTHER’S NERVES.  Being stranded in our homes with nowhere to go is likely to bring out the worst in all of us.  We will be bored, restless, bored, did I say bored, and we will likely be feeling anxious about how long this will go on and how we will be paying our bills during this time of shut down.  Then there is the eternal worry about whether or not we can find toilet paper.  (rolling my eyeballs out of my head!)

Surviving House-Arrest

Here are a few tips to help us not kill each other as we are forced to share space:

  • OWN YOUR FEELINGS! You may be feeling anxious, worried, afraid, restless, bored, sad, depressed, paralyzed, or any other sort of uncomfortable feeling.  When we have the feelings and do not acknowledge and then tend to them, they tend to come out sideways.  It is more likely that we will lose our temper with our families over our own anxiety than because they did something wrong.  If you are feeling any of the aforementioned feelings, give yourself a time-out and tend to them.  If you need support in managing these feelings, do a quick search on my website and there is likely an article to help you through the pain.
  • HIDE WHEN YOU NEED TO! When in close quarters, it is natural to feel stifled or infringed upon.  When you are feeling the pressure of other people’s needs or simply because they are there, give yourself a time-out.  Go to your room.  Go for a walk.  Drive to the nearest nature preserve and enjoy some nature.  Do whatever you need to do to get away and train your family to allow it while also giving them permission to do the same.
  • SUPPORT YOUR FAMILY MEMBERS IN DOING #1 and #2. It has to start somewhere.  If you model these boundaries with your family members, you are also giving them the example to do this for themselves.  Some members of the family may not yet have the emotional intelligence to identify their feelings.  If they are acting out, it is more likely they are feeling one of the above feelings or need to give themselves a time-out.  Help them do this. As an introvert, I have spent my children’s lifetimes training them in these practices and now at ages 20 and 22 they get it.  They are good with their own self-care, and if not, I gently remind them.
  • GET COMFORTABLE WITH SIMPLY BEING. This is a tough one in a world that has trained us only for DOING.  Likely one of the reasons we are experiencing this pandemic is to remind us the value of BEING. Get comfortable with DOING NOTHING.  Resist the temptation to filling your time with activity (trust me, we will soon run out of activities to do).  Read a book.  Sit in silence.  Grab a coloring book and color (even if it’s old ones left over from when your kids were little).  Listen to music.  Take a walk in nature.  Or just do nothing.  Help your family members learn how to do the same.  Maybe even schedule (if you are a person who thrives on routine like I do) DOWN time for your family.  Time when everyone can retreat to their own spaces and just be quiet.
  • GET TO KNOW YOUR FAMILY. Yeah, we all know each other, but do we REALLY know each other?  Do you know your partner or children’s temperaments?  Do you know their preferences?  What is their number on the Enneagram or their Myers-Briggs personality type?  How do they get their energy? How do they process information?  What is their learning style?  Are they intuitive or a thinker?  Extroverted or Introverted?  Knowing these things about ourselves and our loved ones helps us to understand and support them in meeting their needs.  For example, I know that my son is more extroverted than I am and that he thrives on trying new things.  He is easily bored and needs regular physical and competitive outlets.  Knowing this about him has helped me to support him in getting what he needs.  My daughter on the other hand, is routine driven, introverted and slow to make change.  She is adaptable but doesn’t like surprises. These are all bits of knowledge that will help us manage social=distancing, the shutting down of our normal activities and being home together under one roof.

If you are in need of specific support for any one of the above, I am available.  Just email me at lauri@authenticfreedom.love and tell me how you are struggling. From that I will recommend some resources that might be of further and more specific support, including my own online courses, one-on-one mentoring and online community.

 

Hang in there.  You are not alone.  We are all in this together!

 

With love,

Lauri Ann Lumby, OM, OPM, MATS

Authentic Freedom Academy