In last week’s Gospel of Mary Magdalene online course, each participant was charged with an opportunity to be open to the Magdalene speaking to them directly. I invited those who feel so-called to share their findings. This is the first (of hopefully) several more to come. Thank you Dr. Louisa Foster for sharing this dialogue regarding the heart!
A Dialogue Regarding the Heart
My heart moves. It opens. It widens further still.
All of the suffering, I embrace and bring into myself.
There is no pain that is unknown to me for,
To know being Human, is to know the tapestry of pain.
We are not without skill, without weapon.
Our heart is our weapon, and it can vanquish
The most persistent and obstinate contender.
The heart must open.
Open beyond the brambles and thorns of everyday life,
Past the brutal, icy winds of isolation and despair.
Grief, loss and pain, are but the experience of this Human embodiment.
They are fleeting and cannot touch your True Nature,
That deep, sacred well of being Human.
In the stillness, you will hear the heart as it opens,
As it lets in more light, as its chambers grow wider and more spacious,
And the room for pity and self-doubt narrows,
Until they are squeezed out of existence.
Do not dismay.
Do not be deceived by the deceivers.
Do not allow your gaze to leave the path.
For this is the path to truth,
And to the path that your heart must play in illuminating the World.
Lauri Ann Lumby, OM, OPM, MATS, is the author of seven books, most of which were given to her by Mary Magdalene. Directly given to Lauri or inspired by the work and mission of Mary Magdalene, these books provide the foundation and practices she learned through and with Jesus and which she was empowered to continue to share in his stead. If Mary Magdalene and the journey toward self-actualization are topics of interest to you, consider adding these to your fall reading list:
Song of the Beloved – the Gospel According to Mary Magdalene is a provocative retelling of the Jesus story from the perspective of Mary Magdalene. After fourteen years of suffering the debilitating effects of trauma, Mary is healed by Jesus. She then becomes his most enthusiastic and devoted disciple; later becoming his companion, co-minister, beloved and wife. Designated the Magdalene, Mary is appointed to carry on Jesus’ ministry after his death.
A great work of fiction, inspired by scripture, historical documents and ancient sacred texts, Song of the Beloved provides nourishment and inspiration for those in search of a relevant Christianity – with Jesus and Mary as two who lived the fullness of the human experience while teaching us how to love.
Authentic Freedom – Claiming a Life of Contentment and Joy transcends centuries of dogma to reveal the powerful and life-changing message at the heart of Jesus’ teachings and the universal truths at the core of every religion. The book’s unique approach offers an opportunity for the reader to heal the separation they feel within themselves, with God and with each other, ultimately revealing the truth of Oneness. Built upon the compelling integration of Eastern Energy Medicine and the 2000-year-old tradition of Christian, contemplative spiritual practices, Authentic Freedom reveals a Dynamic and unifying path of spiritual transformation that speaks to people of all traditions and beliefs.
Authentic Freedom is the process Mary Magdalene was led through and learned from Jesus. This is the process that empowered her to become co-equal with Jesus and which allowed her to assist him in rising from the dead and which made her worthy to continue Jesus’ work in his stead.
Only Love – the Secret Teaching of Mary Magdaleneis a collection of writings received by Lauri Ann Lumby on behalf of Mary Magdalene. The ultimate purpose of these teachings is to support the world as it moves out of the fear that has held it imprisoned to the Love that is its original nature. Thank you for being a vessel through which you, and then the world, shall know that even in the human experience, there is Only Love.
“We are in an exciting time in the evolution of human consciousness. If you have found yourself drawn to these words, it is because you agreed to incarnate on the earth plane at this time to help usher in the age of Love. You have agreed to this on behalf of the Divine intention of Love and for the sake of all of humanity. As you know, this has been no easy task. In order to support humanity in its next stage of evolution you have first had to do it for yourself.”
Mary Magdalene is many things to many people, but to the initiated, she is the Beloved of Christ, his co-equal partner, and guardian of the mystical teachings and practices of the Western spiritual tradition. More than any other disciple, Mary understood the mystical, gnostic, and alchemical teachings of Jesus. Mary came to embody these teachings and was empowered by Christ to deliver these teachings to the Western world.
Union – a Year of Spiritual Lessons and Practices with Mary Magdaleneis a collection of lessons which when diligently applied, empowers the reader to experience the truth of Oneness (Union) that Jesus taught and which Mary Magdalene came to embody. These lessons were revealed to Lauri Ann Lumby through her intimate partnership with the Magdalene/Christ and support the reader’s journey toward remembering their original nature as Love.
All of Lauri’s books are available in paperback or Kindle through Amazon.com. Buy them HERE. Please also watch this site for announcements on the audio versions of Lauri’s books.
As much as I am still fasting from the Eucharist (read here about the whys and hows of my exodus from the institutional Catholic Church), I still view Jesus as my teacher and in this, spend time every day with scripture. I go to the USCCB (United States Council of Catholic Bishops) website and read and meditate on the daily readings. Every day! Usually I find guidance, support, healing, inspiration, nurturing, nourishment and comfort in the scripture. Not so much this week. Instead, this week’s readings made me want to barf!
Peter. Peter. Peter. All I heard was about all the ways in which Peter delivered the message of Jesus’ resurrection and how he was THE ONE who started The Church. Ok, from the perspective of a hierarchical, patriarchal, white, male privileged, misogynistic, fear-based, rooted in power and control institution, I guess this is true. Peter did (or as some scholars would argue – Paul – or even Constantine) establish the institutional Church. The Church that I can no longer bring myself to participate in because:
I’m a woman who happens to be called to the “priesthood” (though certainly not in the clerical sense of the word!!!!!), and this path is closed to me.
I’m divorced and refuse to pay a tribunal of single, white, men $750.00 to determine if my marriage was sacramental or not!
I’m a mystic.
I believe that all paths ultimately lead to God (by whatever name we give to SOURCE/LOVE/TRUTH).
I believe all religions/spiritual paths contain kernels of the TRUTH and have practices and tools which help us to arrive at that TRUTH and that all are sacred and holy in their own right.
I do not believe the Eucharist should be denied ANYONE who is sincere in their heart in their desire to connect with Christ in this way.
I do not believe in original sin (not in the way the Church teaches it anyway).
I believe we are all sons and daughters of God – regardless of our religion or beliefs!
I practice Reiki (Which the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay has called “witchcraft and sorcery.”….don’t even get me started on this one. A) I can’t believe that in the 21st Century the Church still believes in witchcraft and sorcery….and B) how is Reiki witchcraft and sorcery and the “in hoc est corpus meum” that turns bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Christ is not? Just sayin’!
I’m an uppity lay person who believes the Church should be worrying less about women Reiki practitioner, mystic, yoga practicing meditators and more about cleaning up the mess they have made with the millions who have suffered abuse at the hands of the institution. And if they aren’t willing to clean up this mess – how about feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, providing homes for the homeless?????? Really…..Lauri Ann Lumby (who apparently has a HUGE file with her name on it in a Diocesan office that will not be named – Hey, Diocese who shall not be named and those who have nothing else to do but police what Lauri Ann Lumby is saying and doing…here’s another piece for that big fat file! ) is SMALL POTATOES!
I digress! This week’s readings…..raving about Peter’s greatness made me want to barf!
WHAT ABOUT MARY?????????
What the hell happened to Mary Magdalene?
Jesus’ most devoted and faithful follower.
The ONLY one who was said to have completed her own self-actualization under Jesus’ guidance (“healed of seven demons” is a metaphor for having completed an initiatory process through which one attains self-realization).
ONE of few who remained by Jesus’ side through his trial, suffering, crucifixion and death (other than John, the men were not up for this…including Peter!).
THE ONE Jesus appeared to in the resurrection at the tomb… and…
THE ONE Jesus ordained to tell the others. (YES, I said ordained!)
What happened to Mary? The last we hear of her (in canonical scripture anyway) is when she went to tell the other disciples (who were hiding in the Upper Room) that Jesus was raised from the dead. That’s it. No more Mary!
Did she die or disappear into the mist? Or….did she simply get edited out?
Well, thanks to some boys (or shepherds) playing in some caves in the desert in Egypt, we know, at least for a time, what happened to Mary. And thanks to some linguists, translators and antiquities scholars, we now have Mary’s own words (at least in as much as the other gospels are the author’s own words) and a glimpse into what happened to Mary after the resurrection. (See Jean Yves-LeLoup’s book, The Gospel of Mary Magdalene for the full text, translation and an absolutely beautiful and insightful commentary!!!!! Or, for a fictional account, read MY book, Song of the Beloved – the Gospel According to Mary Magdalene. )
SHE TAUGHT THE OTHER DISCIPLES.
Because, Jesus taught her things the guys wouldn’t or couldn’t get. Jesus taught her in secret and he taught her after he had died and been raised from the dead.
SHE had eyes to see and ears to hear what the others could not….and
SHE TAUGHT THEM.
But as has always been the case in the Western world, the woman’s word could not be received and was therefore discounted and later, demonized.
But not anymore. In a million ways through a million teachers, Mary Magdalene has resurfaced and has come to teach us….
HOW TO BE HUMAN.
Or rather, how to be FULLY human.
Not the half-humans we have been for the past 10,000 years – dominated by fear, power and control, wreaking havoc on our planet and on each other.
Mary teaches us what Jesus taught her:
HOW TO LOVE and HOW TO BE LOVE.
Listen to her!
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