Posted in Authentic Freedom

Shattering Election Day Illusions

Trigger Warning!  If you believe your life depends on the outcome of today’s elections, you might not want to read this blog as it will poke a hole in whatever attachment you have formed around the election and your personal hoped-for outcome.  While I support our right to vote and wish, dream and hope for a government that actually lives by the principles upon which our country was established, I’m no longer sure that is possible. There is no person “out there” who is going to save us and if we are attached to an outcome of today’s elections, you will likely be disappointed – maybe not immediately, but later as we learn that really nothing has changed.  Here are my ponderings on this day of midterm elections:

I voted….and I have no delusion or attachment to the outcome.  As I recently told a friend, I suspect that one of two things will happen:  Democrats will win and nothing will change or the Republicans will win and nothing will change. Why?  Because the change we are all looking for has absolutely NOTHING to do with what is happening outside of us. That is the lie we tell ourselves to keep us believing we have some measure of control over our lives.  As the death of two friends, the terminal diagnosis of another and the son of another friend who is currently fighting to stay alive from an as-yet diagnosed illness reminds me, we are NOT in control of whether we live or die and the outcome of today’s elections will not change that.

The truth is that we have no control over what is happening outside of us. We only have control over what is happening within.  And if we want to see change outside of us, we first have to change what is within. This is the truth of all spiritual systems. What we see in the political world as polarization and division will continue until it is healed – and that healing is an inside job.  It’s all an inside job. As I recently shared on my own blog, “when the ship is going down, the only one we can save is ourselves.” I call this the “Titanic philosophy.”

As a friend recently reminded me, what we see on the outside of the political game has nothing to do with what we can see and what is reported in the media, and everything to do with what is behind the curtain – the hidden, insidious power brokers who are actually running our government. But again, we cannot change what’s behind the curtain, we can only support ourselves in learning how to see….to pierce through the veil of lies, manipulation, distractions, etc. and live from a place of our own truth.

There is no magical day where the world will suddenly be peaceful and free. There is not a person outside of us (most especially among politicians) who is going to save us or our world. The human condition IS the human condition and it is our individual task to remember and then live our divinity within the human condition. Will there be a day when critical mass is reached and the world becomes a nicer, kinder, gentler place? Perhaps. But until (and if) that happens, we can only create that peaceful, kinder, gentler world within ourselves and live from that.

I, for one, am done waiting for the world to wake up (one of those illusions we tell ourselves) and am taking care of myself. In doing this, I am giving others permission and an example for doing the same. This is all I can do and all (I am coming to believe) any of us are asked to do. If the world “out there” is causing us distress, it is simply because it is triggering a fear within us that has not yet been healed. Observe our reaction. Identify the fear. Heal the fear. Return to peace. It is that simple.

Now, if everyone in the world followed this method, then YES our world might become a peaceful magnificent place. But, in my experience, few are willing to do this work which is why the world remains as it is and will continue on this path. Which brings me back to this truth – the only thing we can change is ourselves and that is solely an inside job.

Get out and vote. Or don’t.  The outcome has no bearing on your ability to live within or from a place of peace.  That is up to you.

 

 

Posted in Empowerment, End of the World Prophecies, Inspiration, Mystics, Superheroes, world changes

CHANGEMAKERS WAKE UP. It’s time to make a new world!

(Psst……Song of the Beloved, the Gospel According to Mary Magdalene is available NOW.  Check it out HERE.)  Now on to today’s blog!

Have you felt like you were here for a reason, but perhaps didn’t know what that reason was?  Do you feel like you are here to change the world, but you don’t know how?  Have you struggled to fit in, often feeling like you were very different from the people you know (and even your family)?  Have you felt somewhat alone with in these thoughts? If so….YOU ARE NOT ALONE.  In fact, you are in really good company, there are lots of other people like you, we are finding each other and we are getting ready to CREATE A NEW WORLD!

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Changemakers

Who are the changemakers?  If you are reading this blog, you are likely a changemaker (aka superhero, shitdisturber, rebel, discontent, mystic, starchild, starseed, starborne) and you are in really good company.  Changemakers are those who were born with the inherent gifts and a deep inner call to make the world a better place.  If you are a changemaker, you probably know it…..and WE NEED YOUR HELP because the world as we know it is coming to an end (THANK GOD!) and a new world is waiting to be born!

Politics and End times

If the most recent election is any sign of approaching end times, I don’t know what is.  Positions purchased by corporations.  The whole thing is rigged.  We no longer have a government by the people, for the people.  Instead, we have a government by greedy corporations for the sake of greedy corporations and we don’t need to look very far to see who benefits from this arrangement – healthcare corporations, academic institutions, pharmaceutical companies, Big oil, agricultural companies who are trying to make us sick (if not dead) through the alteration of our food stocks.  Big business benefits and the politicians who are in their pockets while the rest of the country is sick, unemployed and dying.  Something has to change!

Enter the Changemakers

We are a small voice, but we are getting louder.  No longer content to be obedient and do what we are told.  No longer content to live in a world of fear.  No longer content to watch our brothers and sisters toil away in crappy jobs for poverty wages.  No longer yearning after “The Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous,” or wanting what we see on MTV Cribs.  Tired of watching education, healthcare and government flushing themselves down the toilet as we get dumber, sicker and poorer.  Changemakers know it is TIME FOR A NEW WORLD!

The Key to Creating Change

The key to creating change, for making a new world is SELF KNOWLEDGE!  When we come to know ourselves – our TRUE SELVES – we know how we are uniquely gifted to not only find fulfillment in our own lives, but how we are called to contribute to the creation of the New World.  We grow in self- knowledge by being open to this search, and by finding the right kind of support.  This is where I come in.  During a recent gathering of the Superhero Academy,   I was reminded of my own unique giftedness and call – to Awaken, Equip and Empower CHANGEMAKERS (aka Superheroes).  I accomplish this task through writing (blogs, inspirational newsletters and books), one-on-one mentoring, classes and workshops.  If you are interested in harnessing your desire to MAKE A NEW WORLD, and haven’t acted yet, call (920) 230-1313 or email lauri@yourspiritualtruth.com today to start that journey.  We need your help in CREATING a new world!

 

 

 

 

Posted in Uncategorized

Government Shutdown? I Would Fire the Lot of You!

Mr. President, U.S. Senators and Congressmen,

I’m writing to you as a mother, business owner and concerned citizen.  As a mother, I say, “You should be ashamed of yourselves.”  How do grown (mostly) men cause the shutdown of our Federal Government and services?  And all over your petty squabbles over ObamaCare?  Really?  Again, you should be ashamed of yourselves!  If I were in charge, I would fire the lot of you!  If I were your mother, you would all be grounded, your electronics taken away and you would be invited to write a sincere letter of apology to the American people. Then I would take you to the local homeless shelter and soup kitchen and show you how the rest of the world lives and invite you to remember who you were hired to serve.

As a business owner, skilled in business management, I would point out the obvious.  Mr. President, while I voted for you and continue to uphold your leadership and policies, ObamaCare, while good in theory, will prove to be problematic, not only in its execution, but in its practice.  Senators and Congressmen…..do  you remember who you work for?  You work for US….the American people, not the lobbyists who pad your pockets, most certainly NOT the Insurance and pharmaceutical companies who are sure to benefit from the “revisions” to ObamaCare you are working so hard to push through.  YOU WORK FOR US!  Do not forget that.  If I were your business manager and you failed in your job, as you have failed today, I would fire the lot of you and start over.  And my choice for your replacements would be required to fulfill the following requirements:

1) You will have experience working in the service industry.  There is nothing better than pushing burgers, waiting tables and tending bar to teach one humility and compassion for the human condition and the reality of life in America.

2) You would be required to undergo sound psychological assessment to insure that you have an emotional intelligence past the age of 12.  I need to know that you can play well with others, listen to opinions other than your own, hear the truth beyond what is being said, name and claim your needs and speak to others nicely without bullying and name calling.  I also need to know that you can work for someone other than yourself and your own selfish pride. I want grown ups running my government, not spoiled, rotten children!

3) You will have had to experience life in the trenches – what it is like to be uninsurable, to have to pay for insurance out of ones own pocket, to have an unplanned pregnancy and not know how you are going to care for yourself and this child, to have been unemployed and forced to stand in line at the local unemployment office or to experience the humiliation of food stamps, to be faced with the rising costs of education and knowing the only way to attend college is through student loans, and then have to face the staggering debt required of a 4 year college degree.  If you have not had these experiences, you would have to serve a pre-employment internship in which you are serving these people, so you can see the faces and learn the names of the people you have been hired to serve.  As part of this internship, you would be required to spend time in the worst places in our country, where people live in poverty under the constant threat of violence so that you can see where REAL change needs to be accomplished!

4) You will have to undergo training in collaborative leadership and consensus based decision-making.  Ultimately, serving in the Congress and US Senate is about finding the middle path through the perceived poles of bi-partisanship.  If you cannot learn to work together for the common good, then you have no place in government.  If you are only there to serve your own agenda, or the agenda of the lobbyists who pad your pocket, then you DEFINITELY have no place in government.  I’m not really sure where you belong…I’m thinking there might be a special place in hell for those who succumb to this temptation.

5) I would outlaw all campaign advertising and fundraising.  You would have to run for office by listening to what the people need and want and presenting your plan for how you hope to accomplish this….without the backing of lobbyists or benefactors who might have their own personal agendas in mind.  Learn how to build a website.  Write your own blog.  Start a Facebook campaign. Get your friends together to help you distribute fliers, etc.  In this way, you will have an idea of how most small businesses operate, and perhaps then you will have some compassion for how small business is negatively affected by your childish shenanigans!

As a concerned citizen, I implore you to get your shit together!  People are losing money, wages, services as you continue your squabbles.  More importantly, critical issues, those beyond ObamaCare, are being neglected while you argue.  It is obvious that ObamaCare has some problems, even some not related to lobbyists’ private agendas.  My suggestion would be that EVERYONE agree that ObamaCare needs an overhaul.  Delay the launch.  Take it off the table.  Go back to the drawing board…..and LOCK the lobbyists out of the discussion.  In revisioning ObamaCare, ask yourself ONE question:

1) How are we going to ensure access to quality healthcare for ALL Americans?

Then figure out a way to do it!

Sincerely,

Lauri Ann Lumby

Oshkosh, WI

Posted in detachment, grief, Lessons, Surrender

Election Results

Made you look!  Today’s blog only has a little bit to do with the results of the presidential election and much more to do with how to maintain peace in the midst of what we might not want.

Obama Wins

As a bleeding-heart, liberal, democrat, I am pleased with the results of yesterday’s presidential election.  At least 40% of the US population and over 50% of the House of Representatives are not, however,  happy with these results.  With the make-up of Democrats vs. Republicans in the House and the Senate, President Obama will once again have his work cut out for him.  Posing an even bigger challenge will be the fact that many of our political leaders are no longer working with the best interests of the collective in mind, but instead work for the special interest groups and lobbyists that pad their pockets and fund their elections.  While Barack Obama has succeeded in winning this race, he might once again face a losing battle in accomplishing anything of meaning or value to the American people as policy change gets thwarted by bi-partisan politics.  Regardless of what may or may not happen in the forty-eight months ahead, today, there are many people who will be disappointed, frustrated and angry over the results of yesterday’s elections and even more who will be frustrated, angry and disappointed over the inability of our current form of government to affect positive change that is truly for the good of the people.  But, as I suggested in my August 12th blog, Elections and a Disturbance in the Force, the results of yesterday’s elections has nothing to bear on our ability to move forward with our lives enjoying peace, contentment, love and joy.

Timely Wisdom

I found confirmation of this truth while enjoying my morning meditation.  As usual, I begin by reading the daily scripture readings, then continue by listening to and sometimes singing sacred chant, ending in silence with maybe a little journaling to round things off.  In the first scripture reading, Paul had this to say to the Philippians:

Do everything without grumbling or questioning, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation.

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These words certainly apply to our response to yesterday’s election results – if we are not happy about the results, let’s not grumble about it, complain, throw stones, cast dispersions…instead….let’s move on and look toward how we can make the best of the situation.  For those happy with the results and who will become later frustrated by that battles that are sure to continue between parties and interest groups, again, let us not grumble, complain, throw stones, cast dispersions…instead….let’s move on and make the best of the situation.

Applying this to our everyday lives

The results of yesterday’s elections and the path ahead are but a drop of water in the pond of challenges that we face in our everyday lives.  What happens in Washington truly has little to bear on the day-to-day struggles that we face – death, job loss, illness, aging, unemployment, underemployment, divorce, heartbreak, children growing up and moving away, business failure, unfulfilling jobs and relationships, injuries, physical, emotional, mental, verbal and sexual abuse, assault, natural disasters, crop failures, etc. etc. etc.  No matter what happens in Washington, we will still face these challenges.  People we love will die.  We will find ourselves in unfulfilling and seemingly meaningless jobs.  We will age and experience illness.  Our businesses will fail.  Our hearts will be broken.  While it is appropriate and important to grieve these losses and disappointments, it is equally important to remember that the end result of healthy grief is ACCEPTANCE. It is in grieving the loss and finding acceptance that we once again know peace.  This peace is what Paul is inviting us to enjoy in the reading above.  Political races are lost. We don’t always get what we want.  We become frustrated when our efforts fall short.  Bad things happen to good people.  And…..in the midst of all of this is the promise of peace. As Paul says, this peace is found not in the grumbling, complaining or questioning, but is instead found in acceptance of what is and in trusting that this too is in the highest good, no matter what it might look like right now.

Lauri Lumby

http://yourspiritualtruth.com