Posted in Authentic Freedom, Empowerment, Healing, Initiation, Lessons, temptation

When the Devil Comes to Call

 The closer we move toward our Soul’s purpose, the harder the “devil” works against us. I don’t mean the dude in the red tights with horns carrying a pitchfork who is really the Christian appropriation and demonizing of the pagan fertility god.  I mean the “devil” that resides within all of us.  Another name for this devil is the ego or false self.  Or as identified by our Hebrew ancestors – satan, meaning inner adversary, or from the Latin Lucifer, meaning light-bearer.

There is great wisdom in acknowledging this inner adversary as a light-bearer, as it is most often in our darkness where we discover our light. That is, when we have the courage to face the darkness and be present with and in it so that the light can be revealed.  For the devil isn’t here to tempt us, though tempted we will be, the devil is here to help us grow.

Robert E. Place, "Gnostic Tarot of the Saints"
Robert E. Place, “Gnostic Tarot of the Saints”

Growth doesn’t come without challenge or pain. Ask the sunflower or the oak tree what obstacles they had to move through becoming their most fulfilled and fruitful self.  The same is true for us.  When we awaken from our human slumber and realize that the things “out there” are not providing us with fulfillment, peace or joy, we turn our gaze inward.  As we turn that gaze within, we discover all kinds of unhealed wounds from our past, unacknowledged fears, unrealized dreams.  If we are courageous, (or if life leaves us with no other option) we then embark upon the deep soul work of bringing all these areas of inner darkness to the light so that they can be healed and transformed, finding within this transformation the treasure in the darkness.  This is what brings us toward our soul’s purpose and the life of meaning and fulfillment that we all long for and that our Soul intends for us to experience in this human experiment.  It is ultimately the Soul’s longing to be fulfilled that brings us to this task.

The “devil” in this journey is the inner vehicle that brings all of our fears and unhealed wounds to light. It is our job to recognize these fears as they arise and take responsibility for these fears. Most often, these fears arise in us due to outside triggers.  Something or someone shows up in our path reflecting our fears.  Maybe it is the stack of unpaid bills on your desk.  Maybe it is someone seemingly accomplishing something you wish you could do.  Perhaps it shows up in an infringement of boundaries, or in the form of rejection.  However it shows up, we can know an unhealed wound or unacknowledged fear has been triggered by the reaction we experience in our bodies.  Perhaps the hair stands up on the back of your neck, or your belly constricts, or you feel the hot pain of rage boiling up in you.

Whatever that inner reaction might be….DO NOT ACT. Instead, recognize it for what it is – the devil, Lucifer – showing up to reveal to you your unhealed fears.

Then….NAME the fear for what it is – fear of lack, fear of your own insignificance, fear of powerlessness, fear of not being loved, fear of not being able to express your truth, fear of not knowing your truth, fear of being alone. NAME the demon, and it no longer has power over you.

LOVE that fear. Sit in the discomfort of the fear.  Hold it in love.  In being with it and holding it, the fear gets what it has always needed, to be acknowledged and loved.  And then the fear is transformed and we are now free of that face of our fear.

THANK the fear. Thank Lucifer, the devil, satan, the ego, the false-self, whatever you want to call it, for helping you to grow and helping you to take one step closer to the life you came here to enjoy – one of contentment, joy, fulfillment and love.

 

 

 

 

Posted in 6D, Discernment, Spiritual Practices, Superheroes, Truth

The Voice of our Truth vs. our Ego – Discernment

In this week’s Superhero Academy gatherings, we continued our exploration of 6D consciousness and Divine Manifestation by learning about the critical skill of discernment.

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Discernment is defined as the process through which we distinguish the voice of God/Truth/Higher Self/Love from the voice of our False Self/Ego/Adversary.

 

Discernment is the process we use to determine if the guidance we are accessing through our meditation practices is indeed coming from Source or if it is simply our ego at work trying to keep us small.

 

Discernment requires that we arrive at some foundational agreements:

 

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Posted in About Lauri, Authentic Freedom, Empowerment, Freedom, Spiritual Practices

Awaken Equip Empower

The greatest professional challenge I have faced is trying to explain to people what I do for a living.  When I offer titles like, Spiritual Director, Spiritual Counselor, Hands-on-Healer, Human Development Expert, Teacher, Interfaith Minister, I mostly get met with a blank stare.  When I boldly proclaim Author, people mostly cringe.  So…in today’s blog, I will try to explain what I, Lauri Ann Lumby, actually do for a living and WHY the services I provide might be of benefit to you! 

Midwife to your Soul

AWAKEN

This is the part of my job that is completely invisible, intangible, defies measurement or explanation, and yet, it is a gift I have that is intimately part of my call, and one I can no longer deny.  In my presence, people wake up.  They wake up to their own longing, the creative call within them, the desire to know peace, love, joy and the hunger to use their gifts in service to the betterment of the world.  Under my gaze and simply by being in my presence, people wake up.  Now….with that, there are one of two responses – they either stay and grow, or they run away screaming in fear.  The stay and grow part is really cool as I then have the opportunity to be witness to the excitement that happens in the other in the discovery of their gift and their call.  The running away in fear piece – that’s a weird one.  Fortunately, I no longer take it personally, but it is only a little unsettling when I suddenly become the “enemy” as a projection of their own unacknowledged fear.

EQUIP

Here’s the fun part.  When people awaken and they stay, they get to go on a treasure hunt, and I have the profound gift of being their guide.  I get to help them uncover their gifts, identify their passions and explore the call of their soul – the uniquely creative way in which they have been gifted to find meaning and purpose in the world and to find fulfillment in sharing this gift in service to the betterment of the world. How fun is that?  There are many tools I use to help people in this search – mindfulness and creativity practices, temperament and personality assessments, one-on-one counseling and mentoring.

EMPOWER

This is the stage where things get a little messy.  The closer we get to our gifts and our call, the harder the ego (our false self) tries to work against us.  The ego likes same, status quo, and the harnessing of our gifts almost always means SIGNIFICANT change.  So as we approach our gifts, the ego throws all kinds of obstacles in our path – fear, anxiety, past hurts, the unhealed and unrealized parts of ourselves, the inner critic, the negative messages we subconsciously or consciously took on from others, the parts of ourselves we have rejected, suppressed, repressed, etc.  The ego does this both from within us and from outside of us.  My job is to help my clients and students identify the false self at work and to offer sound practices for freeing themselves from these obstacles.  These practices include movement, mindfulness, meditation, shamanic soul retrieval practices, hands-on-healing, the Authentic Freedom protocol which I developed, and others.  The goal of the Empower stage of the process is to do just that – EMPOWER.  I firmly believe and have come to see that my job is to make TEACHERS, not enable followers.  As such, my greatest joy is when one of my clients or students is ready to leave the nest and fly on their own….it is in this moment that I know I have accomplished my task, and that they have fully and freely birthed their own soul.  This, indeed, is my greatest joy!

Lauri Ann Lumby is available to AWAKE, EQUIP and EMPOWER you.  To set up a one-on-one consultation, call (920) 230-1313 or email lauri@yourspiritualtruth.com

Posted in Authentic Freedom, Inspiration, Spiritual Practices, Superheroes, temptation

Resistance Part II – Superhero Report

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We have two meeting options Mondays 6:30 – 8:30 pm or Tuesdays 9 – 11 am.

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At this week’s Superhero Academy gatherings, we covered resistance. Resistance is a force of the false-self/ego in its desire to keep us fearful and small.  Resistance shows up EVERY time we draw close to or dare to be open to the call of our Soul.  Soul is the place within us that knows, without a doubt, our purpose on this plane.  Soul is the uniquely creative way in which we are gifted to find meaning and purpose in our lives and through which we are fulfilled in contributing to the betterment of our world.  Soul is the LAST thing the ego wants from us because Soul means the death of part of the ego.  The ego wants fear, small, limited, constricting.  The Soul wants freedom, expansiveness, and fulfillment.

Resistance shows up in any number of ways – fear itself, excuses, distractions, inner and outer perceived obstacles, boredom, confusion, mental, emotional, and physical pain. Resistance also shows up in our material world as struggles, challenges, things falling apart. At its core, resistance is about FEAR.  As such, it is helpful in working through resistance to FIRST identify the fear that is driving.  To facilitate that process, the Superheroes reviewed the seven core spiritual (universal) fears as outlined in Authentic Freedom. 

  • There is not enough
  • I have nothing significant to contribute
  • I can’t live as my most authentic self
  • I am not loved (I will be rejected)
  • I am not free to express my truth
  • I do not know my truth or my path
  • I am alone/I have to do it alone

The Superheroes then participated in a meditation process that facilitated the identification of part of the Soul – a call, invitation, gift that is seeking attention and cultivation. Then, the Superheroes entertained all the voices of resistance that sought to derail their quest of their gifts.  Through a flash-journaling exercise, the Superheroes wrote down all the reasons, fears, excuses for NOT pursuing their gift.  Then they identified which of the above seven fears was at the root of their resistance.  Finally, we learned and engaged in the practice of Tonglen to help facilitate the release of these fears.

Tonglen – a mindfulness practice for moving through fears and painful emotions:

  • Be attentive to when you are feeling fear.
  • If you are able, identify which of the seven universal fears you are feeling.
  • Allow yourself to experience the fear.
  • Draw your awareness to your physical body, specifically where in your body you are feeling this fear.
  • Breathe in the fear toward the place you are feeling the fear.
  • Breathe out from the place of fear, visualizing yourself sending love into the world from that fear.

 

Through this practice, we discovered that the most common fear that arose in the Superheroes in response to their gifts was the fear of rejection. This will be the theme of next week’s gathering.

If you have always felt that you were here for a reason, but perhaps didn’t know what that reason was….If you want to change the world but don’t know how, or have felt alone in this desire….The Superhero Academy might be for you. To learn more go HERE or call Lauri Lumby (920) 230 – 1313 or email lauri@yourspiritualtruth.com for more information.

 

Posted in codependency, Discernment

Beware of Shiny Objects

In the journey toward spiritual awakening, growth and enlightenment, discernment is one of the tools we are invited to embrace along the way.  Discernment is the formal process that allows us to distinguish truth (that which is of God) and untruth (that which is of the Ego).  In the process of discernment, we are invited to beware of shiny objects!

 

 

Credit to a Friend

First off, I have to give credit to my friend and Executive Everything, Jennifer Dutch (http://guidedassist.com) for coining this warning, “Beware of shiny objects.”  She is a master of language, especially fabulous words and phrases 😉 and she used this warning in connection with a discussion around the topic of discernment.  In other words, all that glitters is not gold.  These are important cliches to keep in mind when exploring the path of truth and seeking out that which is in our highest good. 

 

Discernment

Discernment is the formal, and sometimes everyday, process that we go through so that we may distinguish truth from non-truth.  As we grow along the spiritual path, we come to understand that the Universe (aka God/Highest Self, The All), knows what is in our highest good and desires for us to know and choose that path.  Unfortunately, we don’t always take the time to LISTEN or to HEAR or BELIEVE what that highest truth might be.  And sometimes, we might know what is in our highest good, or have a sense of it, but decide, “Well, that’s not what I want or had planned,” and we ignore that voice of truth and forge another path that in the end, will not be as life-giving or fulfilling as what is really in our highest good.  Afterall, we are prone to toddler-like temper tantrums in that “we want what we want when we want it.”  Sometimes the Universe has other plans. 

 

Truth vs Ego

I feel like perhaps I have beat this dead horse, but, the process of distinguishing the voice of God/Truth/Love/Compassion/Freedom from the voice of the Ego/False-Self is an on-going, life-long process and a process we never truly perfect.  In short, the voice of truth leads us to contentment, fulfillment, compassion, joy, peace, bliss, harmony, balance…and most importantly…..EXPANSION.  Truth makes us bigger….more free….we know who we are, we know our gifts, and we freely and joyfully share them in the world….in service to others.  The voice of the ego/false-self is rooted in fear and leads to constriction, imprisonment, bondage, slavery.  The false-self keeps us small, afraid, worried, anxious, covetous, greedy, gluttonous, jealous, controlling, slothful and prideful.  In my book, Authentic Freedom – Claiming a Life of Contentment and Joy, I explore the seven deadly “sins” as the result of continuing to choose the false self.  Sometimes, the voice of the false self is obvious, glaring, easy to identify.  An example of this might be the decision not to ask for our needs to be met because we are afraid that we will be rejected.  Easy to identify.  On the other hand, the voice of the false-self can also be really sneaky, disguising itself as attractive, glamorous, something we want and desire….these are the shiny objects we are invited to avoid.

 

Shiny Objects

The false-self/ego disguises itself as glittery, shiny objects in an attempt to trick us from the path of truth, to make us think it is something that would be in our highest good when in fact, it is really something that could be damaging or hurtful and could lead us from the path of truth.  It is this detour from truth that is the ultimate goal of the shiny object disguise.  It may seem that these shiny objects are rooted in our highest truth, and in fact, there is a spec of our truth wrapped up in the shiny object, but at its deepest core, it is indeed rooted in our fear.  An example of this shiny object disguise might be a crush.  Let’s say that you meet someone, you find something in that person to be attractive, something that you recognize as a quality you would like in a partner…so far so good, right….but then, you suddenly find yourself obsessed with this person, you think about them day and night, you fantasize about them, you seek out opportunities to be in their presence or to learn more about them…you feel excited, anxious, tittilated by thoughts of them…you can’t get them out of your head.  Sounds like falling in love, right?  WRONG!  This is a shiny object…glittering, glamorous, seemingly rooted in truth “I feel called to be in a healthy, intimate relationship.”  But let’s look deeper …..  let’s look at the fears that drive the “obsessive” behaviors…the infatuation….”I’m afraid I won’t find someone to love me.”  “I’m afraid to be alone.”  “I need a partner in order to be complete, fulfilled, happy.”  “What if they don’t love me in return.”  “I’m too old, fat, ugly, stupid for someone to love me.”  “I’m really not worthy of healthy intimacy and love.”  “I need to be loved now, I can’t wait to get to know this person, to be friends, to discern if we are called to a loving, intimate relationship, or if we might just be called to be friends.”  Sound familiar?  Got the picture? Iin choosing actions that are secretly rooted in our fears, our false perceptions, our compulsions, all we are doing is choosing the path to our own misery, co-dependency, unhappiness, regret, constriction.  What would happen if instead, we took the time to carefully discern before picking up what on the outside looks glittery and glamorous?  Beware of shiny objects. 

Where do you recognize the “shiny objects” that have been present in your own journey?

Where are you taking time to listen, hear and believe the voice of truth in your life?

Where are you indulging the voices of fear?

Lauri Lumby

Authentic Freedom Ministries

http://yourspiritualtruth.com