Posted in Authentic Freedom, manifestation, Raised Catholic

The Spiritual Law of Manifesting

As we believe, so shall it be.

 In the popular book The Secret, and all the related pop-culture myths on manifestation, it is said that our thought governs our ability to get what we want.  In other words, “If we want something, all we need to do is think the right thoughts.”  In this mythology, the opposite is also true, “If you are not getting what you want, it is because you have thought the wrong thoughts.”

While there may be some truth to these myths in causal (3D/duality) consciousness, in the world of Unity Consciousness none of this is true. If you are already living in Unity consciousness (or at the least, holding the intention to live from a place of Oneness), if we even try to think our way into manifesting, it will fail and likely blow up in our face.

In Unity consciousness, manifesting what we want isn’t even the question and thought has nothing to do with it.  Instead, manifesting in Unity consciousness is about a process of emptying, being guided, believing, allowing, taking action where needed,  and receiving.

First we have to be emptied of all perceptions and belief systems rooted in the false perception of separation. Most importantly, we have to be healed of all the inner wounds and fears that keep us from remembering our original nature as One with that which some might call “God,” One with ourselves, one with each other and one with all creation.

Then, from this place of intimate connection with Source/our Higher self, we free ourselves of our own plans, ideas, strategies, agendas, itineraries, need to know and to control and be open instead to Higher Guidance – the place where truth resides. We have to receive this truth and believe it no matter how startling, counter-cultural, life-altering it might be.

And then, we have to believe. Belief, I have learned is the key to manifesting the guidance we receive from that place of intimate connection with Source.  As we believe it, so shall it be.  This belief starts with perception.  How do we judge the circumstances of our life and the world around us?  If we believe that what we are seeing is negative and will lead to our destruction, then it will.  If we believe that what we are seeing from a higher perspective, from the Divine perspective colored by love, then we will trust that it will unfold in our highest good (even if what is happening includes a loss, a failure or a disappointment.)  Once we learn to guide our perception to the highest good, then we have faith and trust that all roads are leading to the fulfillment of the guidance we first received.  As we believe it to be, it shall be so.  Then, we allow the natural unfolding of this manifestation and we are open and willing to receive all we need for this dream to be made manifest. And if there is action to be taken on our part, the revelation and guidance of this comes, again, from this place of Oneness.

Emptying. Accepting Guidance.  Believing.  Allowing.  Taking Action when guided.  Receiving.

Let me offer a concrete example of this as I have witnessed it in the Catholic Church of my youth. Every day, while presiding over the mass, the priest takes a simple glass of wine and a plate of unleavened bread (or communion wafers), says a few words and prayers over them and viola, they are suddenly transformed into the body and blood of Christ.  Yes, the appearance of the bread and wine remain, but the substance has been transformed (transubstantiation) into the body and blood of Christ.  This transformation doesn’t not happen because the priest performed the “Jesus magic,” (though that is likely what some Catholics believe); it is because he and the people BELIEVE that the bread and wine have now been transformed so that they may receive the Presence of Christ in consuming the bread and the wine.

  • Emptying so the will of the Divine can be fulfilled.
  • Believing in the guidance and the manifestation of that guidance.
  • Allowing it to be done through us.
  • Taking action where guided.
  • Receiving the manifestation of the Divine guidance.

And the bottom line: As we believe, so shall it be.

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Posted in Superheroes

Show Me Your Soul – Superhero Report

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In this week’s gatherings of the Superhero Academy, we took our next step into the process of Divine Manifestation (alchemy, magic, co-creation), accepting the challenge of 2015 which I have designated “The Year of Magic.” Before working with the sixth dimension technologies for co-creation, there is important foundational work that needs to be accomplished. This week we began that foundational work by exploring the topic of Soul and the Soul’s inherent knowing which is identified as Faith. Those who attended this week’s gathering then had an opportunity to participate in a Shamanic Journey – a process of working with the creative imagination in order to access Divine Guidance and through which the technologies of the sixth dimension are eventually acquired. Below are the notes from this week’s discussion, along with a link to the opening song we used to start things off!

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Posted in Agape Project, Authentic Freedom, Discernment, Divine Revelation, Faith, Jesus, Oneness with God, Spiritual Practices, Virtual Church

Let it Be Done to Me According to Your Word

Perhaps the most challenging thing we will ever do in our lives is to be open and obedient to Divine guidance.  When we open ourselves to God’s direction in our lives, we are led to the path of our highest good and the outcome far exceeds anything we could ever have imagined for ourselves.  In order to do so, however, we first have to give up our pride – our desire for perceived security and perceived surety, and the need to be in control and in charge.  Surrendering our pride and accepting God’s will takes great courage and often requires great risk, but in the end, it is always worth it.  Just ask Mother Mary who agreed to birth God’s love into the world through her son Jesus.

Agape’ Meditation Practices Newsletter

Supplement to the Authentic Freedom Virtual Church Service for Sunday, December 21, 2014. Fourth Sunday of Advent.

 

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Scripture Reading:

The angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin’s name was Mary. And coming to her, he said, “Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you.” But she was greatly troubled at what was said and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. “Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father, and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.” But Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I have no relations with a man?” And the angel said to her in reply, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore the child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God. And behold, Elizabeth, your relative, has also conceived a son in her old age, and this is the sixth month for her who was called barren; for nothing will be impossible for God.” Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord.  May it be done to me according to your word.” Then the angel departed from her.

Lk 1: 26-38

 

Additional Readings:

2 Sam 7: 1-5, 8b-12, 14A, 16

Ps 89: 2-5, 27-29

ROM 16: 25-27

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Honoring the Divine Mother

It is appropriate in this Sunday before we commemorate the birth of Jesus, to give honor to Mary, the woman who agreed to birth God’s love into the world through Christ. In honoring Mary, it is important to understand the great risk she took in accepting her call. Scholars surmise that Mary was somewhere between the ages of 13 and 16 when God’s herald, Gabriel appeared to her. In saying yes to God’s call, Mary placed herself in grave danger. Agreeing to become pregnant when she was unwed made her a “sinner” in the eyes of the Hebraic law. Also by law, her betrothed, Joseph, and her father Joachim, had the right to stone her to death for committing adultery. Through God’s intervention, neither her husband nor her father chose this path. Instead, Joseph agreed to take Mary into his home and fulfill their original betrothal contract by making her his wife.

Mary’s journey invites us all to take a look at the way in which we respond to God’s call. God’s call is rarely easy, and often comes with great risk – if nothing else than to risk the change that comes in obeying God’s will. Let Mary’s response be our prayer as we ponder the way in which God is calling us to birth God’s love into the world:

May it be done to me according to your word.

 

Spiritual Practices – Mantra Meditation

Mantra is a spiritual practice in which we repeat a word or a phrase over and over and over – either silently or aloud. In repeating the phrase and reflecting on its meaning, we are drawn into a deeper state of relaxation. Also in repeating the phrase, we are allowing its meaning to sink deeply into us where it can facilitate great healing and transformation. In the simple repetition and reflection on the phrase, we are transformed.

Set aside 15-30 minutes. Sit comfortably with your eyes closed and in that silence, repeat the following phrase over and over in your mind (or say it aloud):

May it be done to me according to your word.

After the meditation period, record your thoughts and feelings in a notebook or journal.

Authentic Freedom

In Authentic Freedom, pride is the compulsion we indulge when we have forgotten our Oneness with God in love. Pride keeps us from being open to God’s guidance and direction in our lives and makes us believe we are alone and that we have to do it on our own. When we set aside our pride and connect with God, we are once again able to receive God’s guidance and direction for our lives, along with the ability to surrender to this call and accept it through spiritual obedience. Humility is the virtue that arises when we are able to set aside our pride, our fears, our need to be in control and in charge. Exercising humility and spiritual obedience we find a place of contentment and ease in our lives as we allow God to lead while we obediently follow, trusting that while God’s ways may not be our own, the outcome is always far greater than what we could ever have imagined for ourselves.

Where are you aware of the compulsion of pride as active in your life – in your need to control, to have the answers, to know the answers, thinking you are alone and have to do it yourself?

How are you being invited to more fully surrender your life to God as Mother Mary so boldly did?

Posted in Spiritual Practices, Superheroes

Meeting our Power Animals – Superhero Report

Superhero Academy:  We are the change we’ve been waiting for.  We are here to heal and change the world! 

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The Superhero Academy meets weekly in Oshkosh, WI and is facilitated by Lauri Ann Lumby (me).  Below is a report of our gathering from Monday, September 29th.  If you are interested in establishing a Superhero Academy near you, contact Lauri Lumby for information on training and empowerment.  lauri@yourspiritualtruth.com or (920) 230-1313.

Superhero Report

WOW! The Superheroes had a SUPER powerful evening last night.  We embarked on the first part of a two-part shamanic journey.  Shamanic journeys have been part of indigenous spiritual practices since time immortal!  Through the shamanic journey, we engage our creative imaginations to access divine guidance, primarily through metaphoric symbolism (think “dreams”).  In last night’s journey, those in attendance had an opportunity to journey to meeting their “Power Animal” (mine is the mouse).  Many had a personal encounter with their Power Animal and learned important truths about the kind of spiritual support that is available to us at all times.  It was a powerful experience.  Some had glimpses of their Power Animal, but Spirit was not quite ready to reveal it all in its fullness.  (note – the more we practice journeying, the more we are able to fully receive what Spirit wants to reveal to us.)

 

Next week, we will journey again, this time to ask our Power Animal to reveal to us our Superpower(s).

 

If you were not able to make last night’s gathering, do not let that keep you from next Monday’s gathering, you can begin your journey then. 🙂

 

Please note that due to popular demand, I am adding a second Superhero opportunity. Tuesday mornings 9-11 am starting Tuesday, October 7th (next Tues).  PLEASE JOIN US if you are able!   Call for details (920) 230-1313 or visit the Superhero Academy Link on our website HERE.

 

Peace, Harmony and Love!

 

Lauri

Posted in Authentic Freedom, Body/Mind/Spirit connection, Discernment, Divine Revelation, Truth, Virtual Church

What is “Of God” and What is Not

This week’s Authentic Freedom Virtual Church service is LIVE.  The theme this week is discernment – opening to God’s truth for us and knowing how to determine if something is God’s truth or not.  Specifically, we explore the way God shows us truth through sensations in our physical bodies.  Participate in this week’s service HERE.

Posted in Authentic Freedom, creativity, Discernment, Divine Revelation, Freedom, Gifts of Contemplation, Inspiration, Midlife Journey, Spiritual Practices, Surrender, Truth

Our Heart’s Desire

Our Heart’s Desire

Whether we admit it or not, each of us are in search of our heart’s desire – the quest of the Soul to fulfill its mission and to be the person God/dess made us to be.  Being the person God/dess made us to be leads us to a life that is fulfilling, joy-filled, rooted in contentment and peace, compassion and love.  For many of us, the search for our heart’s desire is most acute during midlife, mostly because up until now, we have suppressed this desire.  If midlife arrives and we have not yet obtained our heart’s desire, the Soul shows up to stir things up, making our lives messy enough that we begin to question, search and explore the origin of our seemingly insatiable restlessness, impatience, frustration, resentment and even rage.

Finding the Answer

The answer to the question, “What is my heart’s desire?  What is the mission of my Soul,” is not to be found outside of us, though that is where, for many of us, the search begins.  Neither is the answer to this question discovered in or through our intellect.  Nay……the answer to our heart’s desire is safely protected in the hands of God (Goddess, Higher Self, Higher Power, Presence, Essence, Bliss….whatever name you use to identify that which is beyond).  Only the Divine has knowledge of our highest self, of the purpose for which we were placed upon this big ball of mud, and the life that will make us feel fulfilled, joyful and content and through which we are called to serve the betterment of the world.  Only God knows who and what God made us to be.  That is, however, until we ask.  But simply asking is not enough, for once we ask, we have to listen, truly listen, then we have to BELIEVE and RESPOND.

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Asking

Asking to know our heart’s desire, the mission of our soul is comprised of a simple formula:  SIT DOWN…..SHUT UP……LISTEN.  🙂  In other words, we find the answer to our heart’s desire through meditation, contemplation and prayer.  In order to hear the still, small, voice of God, we have to quiet our restless minds and our troubled hearts.  We need to be quiet and patiently wait for God to speak.  And when God speaks, we need to listen.

Listen

Listening for God’s voice involves the skills of discernment.  Discernment is the process through which we distinguish the voice of God from the voice of our ego/false self.  The voice of God is recognized in feelings of peaceful expansiveness.  The voice of the ego is cloaked in fear.  God speaks of love, contentment, fulfillment and joy (though our ego may respond in fear to God’s voice.).  The ego desires for us to remain in status quo – to remain content in the perceived surety of the known and familiar.  God calls us to grow and to change.

Believe

The greatest obstacle, once we have heard God’s voice, is doubt.  We wonder, “how can I know for certain that what I think I’m hearing is actually God or truth?”  The hard truth is that we don’t.  All we can do is try it on for size.  Believing God’s voice requires a leap of faith and what I have come to call, spiritual obedience.

Obey

As Mary said to the angel Gabriel, “Let it be done to me according to your word,”  this is the attitude we must embrace if we are to truly find our way to our heart’s desire and the fulfillment of Soul.  If we wish to know contentment, joy, love, compassion and freedom in our lives, we have to set aside the desires of the ego, and be open to the path of our highest good, which comes from God.  Spiritual obedience invites us to listen to the voice of God, trust it is God speaking and then act….sometimes with blind obedience.  Most often, we do not know the outcome of Divine directives, all we know is how we are being invited to act IN THE MOMENT.  We have to trust the direction given, and blindly adhere to this, having no attachment to the outcome, but knowing and trusting that it will lead us on the path of our highest good.  Mary, believed and trusted in the angel’s instructions and accepted the invitation of her Soul, knowing that it would be a controversial and difficult decision, but trusting it as the path of her highest good.  And thank God she did because otherwise we wouldn’t have Jesus – one of the greatest spiritual teachers to ever have walked this planet.  And speaking of spiritual obedience, Jesus was obedient, even to the point of death, so that we too would one day have the opportunity to know the truth that Jesus came to know and the truth that eventually got him killed.  Jesus refused to recant on his knowledge of his Oneness with God – the same state of Oneness he hoped we would one day also come to know.  We are invited, like Mary, to let our lives be done according to God’s word….not ours. And like Jesus, we are invited to strictly adhere to the truth that God would reveal to us, regardless of what the outside perceived authorities might want us to do.

No one said it was going to be easy

No, the path of our heart’s desire, the fulfillment of our Soul is not an easy path.  Accepting the path of the Soul sets us outside the fold and asks us to overcome not only our fears, but the very force of our Ego – that which we spent half a lifetime creating and clinging to.  If, however, we want to know peace, contentment, freedom, fulfillment and love within ourselves and if we want to help to serve the betterment of the world, our heart’s desire – the path of our Soul is the only choice.  “Let it be done to us according to God/dess’s word.”

Posted in Discernment, Spiritual Practices, Surrender

Ok, Now What? Part II

Today’s blog explores the invitation to surrender to Divine timing and the spiritual practice of PRESENT MOMENT awareness.

Crawling out of the Cave

Yawn.   Stretch.  Yawn.  Rubbing my eyes.  Blinking.  “Good morning.”  I am slowly crawling out of the cave of a Universe -imposed two week retreat.  I entered into the retreat with two intentions:

1) To heal and recover from some emotionally draining professional situations.

2) To enter into a period of discernment – seeking Divine direction for my life.  Looking for the answer to that question, “Now what?”

I feel as if intention #1 has been pretty much accomplished.   Intention #2?  Not so much.  The good news is that even though I don’t feel any closer to having an answer, I no longer feel as if I need to flush it all down the toilet.  (Which is more than I can say for two weeks ago when I was ready to quit it all….teaching, writing, seeing clients, etc. and go get a job at Target – preferably in the stockroom so I could never have to deal with people again!)

Discernment

Discernment is the spiritual process through which we open to Divine direction and guidance in our lives.  It is a formal process rooted in meditation and prayer, preferably with the support of a Spiritual Director.  In discernment, we ask “Where is God calling me?”  Discernment is not about asking, “what do I want?”  Rather it is seeking to understand what God knows to be in our highest good.  Discernment is also a process of waiting and watching – being attentive to those things that are life-giving, supportive, expansive and those that are not.  This discernment process has felt like this to me – observing the no-longer life-giving aspects to some of the work I have been doing and the truth that some areas seem to be diminishing.  The frustrating thing, however, is that in this moment, nothing has shown up to replace those things that seem to be diminishing.  It feels very much like a door (or several doors) is closing and the new door has not yet opened up.  For a control freak of nature like myself, this is TORTURE!!!!!  As those who know me well could attest, I DO NOT do well without a plan.

And Invitation to Sit….and Wait….and Trust

So, it seems God is inviting me into the spiritual practice that I most detest – the invitation to SIMPLY BE in the PRESENT MOMENT.  ARGH!!!!!  I hate this practice.  I resist it like heck.  I don’t want to sit……and wait…..and trust…..and pay my bills wondering where the next paycheck might be…..I want a plan….I want a secure income…..and I WANT IT NOW!!!!!   (thanks for indulging my inner Veruca Salt!)   But I also know that God doesn’t call us to be smaller, so if there are doors closing, that means (in my little crazy world anyway), that a much bigger door must be opening…..it just isn’t quite ready to reveal itself (though I have a sneaking suspicion it has something to do with a certain novel I’m getting closer to publishing).  So, until that door is revealed, I am forced to SIT….and WAIT….and TRUST.  And the only thing that will keep me sane in this terrifying process of surrender is……….PRESENT MOMENT practice.

Present Moment Practice

As I mentioned, Present Moment Practice is my LEAST favorite spiritual discipline.  It isn’t fun like Imagination/Contemplation or Lectio-Divina where you get to exercise your creativity and play with God.  For a compulsive planner like myself, Present Moment Practice is excruciatingly painful.  Did I tell you I HATE IT?  I also know that it is the only thing that will keep me sane in the gap between doors closing and doors opening.  It works like this:

  • Be attentive to what I am doing RIGHT NOW.
  • Do the task….with focus and intent.
  • Be attentive to EVERY temptation to future-thought, daydreaming, planning, anticipating, etc.  “what would happen if I tried this…..what if I did that…..how about exploring on-line classes…..what about a job at Walmart….where do Ministers go when there’s no one else to minister to…”
  • When you catch yourself in future-thought, daydreaming, anticipating, planning…….STOP.  BREATHE.  Return to the task at hand.
  • Watch for the God-nuggets…..things that fall into your lap and ask for your attention.  Today, it is my sick daughter and paying bills.  Tomorrow it is my editor and later, it is my novel’s cover artist.  Then tend to those nuggets with attentive focus.
  • Observe the little fear eruptions.  As we are tending to PRESENT MOMENT, little volcanoes of fear will show up…..”Is my liability policy up to date?  Is my car making a funny sound?  What happens if I run out of money?  OMG…I totally forgot about that bill!”  Sometimes these fears are well-grounded, but mostly they are stupid, irrational, ridiculous fears….there to KEEP US FROM OUR PATH.  Watch them, but don’t grab on to them.  Let them flow through and MOVE OUT.
  • And BREATHE.  BREATHE and BREATHE some more.

The intention with PRESENT MOMENT PRACTICE is to stay in the now….remain in the present moment…and not distracted or misdirected by the thoughts and fears that drive us toward seeking perceived surety – especially the perceived surety we get through the constant planning and anticipating that goes on in our heads.  Could it be that this constant planning is really keeping us from hearing the truth that God would like us to know?  I guess I will just have to find out!  Wish me luck!  😉

Where do you find yourself caught up in the hamster wheel of mental planning, anticipating, etc.?

How does that hamster wheel of thought keep you from experiencing peace RIGHT NOW?

Where are you being invited to apply PRESENT MOMENT practice in your own life?

Lauri Lumby

Authentic Freedom Ministries

http://yourspiritualtruth.com

Posted in Discernment, Spiritual Practices

Writing as a Tool for Discernment

Today’s blog explores writing as a viable tool in the process of discernment – opening us up to our truth and showing us the way.

 

 

Defining Discernment

Discernment, in the context of the spiritual journey, is a formal process through which we allow ourselves to be open to determining the Divine call in our life.  In other words, it is through discernment that we test if something is “of God” (life-giving, freeing, leading us toward peace, contentment and joy) or of the “false-self” or “ego” (constricting, rooted in fear, leading us toward struggle, futility, sorrow, etc.).  Discernment is a tricky process because the ego likes to give us ideas, opportunities, etc. that seem shiny, glittering and appealing to our vanity.  God, however, only gives us that which is in our highest good, that which will help us to identify and make use of our spiritual gifts and that which will lead us toward a sense of fulfillment and peace.  My preference is the God-path, which is why I try to enter into careful discernment before making any major life decisions.

Tools for the Journey

When entering into a process of discernment, I have found several tools to be helpful:

  • The company and help of my Spiritual Director and other close spiritual friends who I know can be objective and honest with me
  • My spiritual practices:  meditation (which often includes scripture), prayer, contemplation, yoga
  • Writing

These are the tools I employ on a regular basis anyway, but most importantly when discerning major life decisions.  Today I want to speak specifically about writing as a tool for discernment.

Divine Revealing Truth

As I discuss in chapter eight of Authentic Freedom, the Divine knows what is in our highest good and desires for us to know this as well…AND….there are an infinite number of ways in which the Divine reveals our truth and our path to us:  intuition, dreams, knowledge, learning, life circumstances, nature, relationships, coincidences, creative imagination, physical and spiritual sight, etc. etc. etc.  Spiritual Writing/Journaling is one of the ways that the Divine can reveal truth to us and one of the tools that I have found helpful and supportive in my own journey.  (I’m sure it helps that I am a writer by nature).  There are many ways to approach writing as a tool that can be used in the process of discernment.  (Spiritual Journaling by Julie Tallard Johnson is a great resource to get you started on the path of utilizing writing as a spiritual tool.)   Below are a few examples of how you might use writing as a tool for discernment in your own journey:

  • Imagination Contemplation:  Read a scripture narrative, a work of mythology or a fairytale, looking for a character that jumps out at you.  Re-read the story from the perspective of that character, then spend 15-20 minutes imagining the story as it unfolds from the perspective of your chosen character.  Let your imagination run wild, allowing all the details to flow into the story.  Now write what surfaced in your imagination.  Read what you wrote, asking yourself how that showed up might be reflective of things going on in your own journey.  What might God be revealing to you in the story that showed up in your imagination.
  • Automatic writing:  At the top of your page, write a question or direction you are pondering.  Take a few moments in silence to allow yourself to come to a place of peaceful calm, then putting pen to paper, allow the Divine to reveal the answer to your question through your writing.  Just let your pen go, not censoring, second-guessing, etc.  Then go back and read the answer.
  • Choose a Word: Choose a word that is part of your life at the moment:  loss, pain, love, joy, green, landscape, stones, sand, water, sunshine, broken glass, then write TO that word.  (not about it….TO it).  See what shows up.  You might be surprised.

You Never Know What Might Show Up

Writing as a tool for discernment has become part of my everyday life….but sometimes it shows up in amazing, strange and enlightening ways.  I have recently been working with creative writing teacher, Prudence Tippins, to help me move through some blocks that have surfaced related to the current book I am writing (more about that later!).  The assignments she has been giving me have been mostly related to things going on in my life that have been part of our weekly consultations…relationships, work, new life, etc.  But last week she threw me a prompt that seemingly  came out of nowhere: “Write about the Duties of the High Priestess.”  WHAT?  Where did that come from?  But here’s what showed up:

The High Priestess

Hearing truth beyond words

Seeing truth beyond illusion

Speaking truth beyond falsehood

Being truth beyond fear

Reaching beyond the veil

Grasping what seeks to be born

Bringing it forth into the world

Midwife to new life

Channel of the Divine

Showing others the way

And now I have to wonder, what might God be trying to tell me?

How might writing be a tool that you can begin to explore in your own spiritual journey?

How has God revealed truth to you through your writing?

Lauri Lumby

Authentic Freedom Ministries

http://yourspiritualtruth.com

Posted in Spiritual Direction, Uncategorized

What is Spiritual Direction Anyway?

In today’s blog, I explore the ministry of Spiritual Direction and try to explain what in many ways is unexplainable! 

Blank Stares and Psychic Accusations

I am always challenged when people ask me, “So Lauri, what is it that you do exactly?” When I explain that I am a Spiritual Director and Reiki Practitioner and that I teach classes in Spirituality for adults…..mostly I am met with a blank stare.  This blank stare is then followed by another question, “What is spiritual direction?”   UM…..UH….Sputter…..stammer….Doh!    I never know how to answer this question and when I do try to answer the question, I get questions about being psychic and/or doing psychic readings.  Um……sorry…..I’m not psychic and I don’t do “readings,” but I know people who are if you want me to give you their number.  🙂

What is Spiritual Direction?

The ministry of Spiritual Direction is difficult to explain because it can take on so many different qualities.  It looks a little like therapy because there is a lot of talking involved and the topics that do come up might be the same as the topics you would bring to a therapy session:  grief, life transitions, seeking direction, relationship struggles, recovery, etc.  Spiritual Direction, however is dramatically different from therapy in its intention, direction and desired outcome.  The primary focus of Spiritual Direction is to help you get in touch with the voice of truth within yourself and to move through the obstacles to living that truth.  Sounds pretty fancy and esoteric, right?  To put it into theistic terms (God), Spiritual Direction provides you with the tools to know God, to know yourself, to uncover your own unique giftedness and to find ways to live that out in the world.  Ultimately, Spiritual Direction is NOT about talking.  It is about listening….and my job as a Spiritual Director is to help you learn to hear your own truth and to give you tools to move through the fears that may be blocking your ability to hear and live that truth.  To give you some examples, here are the things Spiritual Direction has helped me to hear and move toward embracing:

  • I heard the call to pursue training as a Lay Minister, Spiritual Director and Reiki Master Practitioner and Spiritual Direction helped me move through the fears that had previously kept me from these roles.
  • I came to understand that I had been gifted as a writer and was called to share my writing publicly (through this blog and through my published books)
  • Spiritual Direction gave me the tools to move through the fears and pain of being rejected by my church for standing in the call that God had given me (Reiki, Contemplative Practices, my books)
  • Spiritual Direction helped me to see that my marriage had come to an irreparable end and that divorce was necessary
  • Spiritual Direction helped me to release past resentments, hurts and betrayals that were blocking my ability to being open to healthy intimacy with friends, family, loved ones.
  • Spiritual Direction helped me to identify behaviors, perceptions, etc. that were keeping me from living a joyful and contented life.
  • Spiritual Direction helped me to find tools that have deepened my relationship with the Source of peace (that I call God), and have allowed me to experience more peace in my life.
  • Spiritual Direction helps me to receive Divine guidance more clearly with less confusion and doubt.
  • Spiritual Direction has helped me to listen, hear, receive, BELIEVE and live my truth more authentically and with less fear.

In a nutshell….Spiritual Direction is really cool……and the best part is that it is EMPOWERING!!!!  You are the one doing the work.  I am just standing as witness, helping you to hear the things that you can’t hear yourself.  In this way, the responsibility of Spiritual Direction ultimately lies with you….I am just the witness.  And while I have been accused of being able to “hear the truth beyond the words,” I am not psychic.  I’m just listening and helping you to do the same.

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To learn more about Spiritual Direction, click on the following link: http://yourspiritualtruth.com/private-consutations/

And know that I provide Spiritual Direction in person, via phone and Skype.  If you are interested in exploring Spiritual Direction as something that may be helpful in your own journey, call me at (920) 230-1313 or email:  lauri@yourspiritualtruth.com.   Thanks!

What tools are you using to hear and live out your truth?

How do you hear Divine Guidance and choose to live that out?

What support do you have to move through the fears blocking your most authentic expression?

Lauri Lumby

Authentic Freedom Ministries

http://yourspiritualtruth.com