Posted in Inspiration, Magic, self-actualization, shadow work

Happy Halloween! Blessed Samhain!

As I often say to my friends, “Every day is Halloween at the Lumby house!”  Halloween is my most favorite holiday and has been for as long as memory serves!  Last night my daughter asked me what I was going to dress up for today.  I replied, “I have no need to dress up.  I’m a witch every day.”  She implored me, “Don’t you have a black dress you can wear or something?”  To which I reminded her, “I do, but then I would just be dressing up as myself.”  THIS is how much Halloween is part of my bones.  In honor of this sacred day, I have shared a couple poems for the season.  Enjoy!   With love, Lauri.

Strange and Wonderful Creatures Like Me

Copyright 2013 Lauri Ann Lumby from  Returning – a woman’s midlife journey to herself


Fairies and dragons

Elves and trolls

Witches and goblins

Cinnamon rolls

Fairy Godmothers

Magic Wands

Pumpkins and broomsticks

Frogs in a pond

Vampires and Werewolves

Blood dripping fangs

Coffins and daggers

Doors that go Bang!

Clawfoot bathtubs

Cauldrons and fire

Potions that bubble

Swamp dripping mire

I love all things strange, dark and mysterious

Woodlands at midnight

Fullmoon?  DELIRIOUS!

The stranger the better

Families Munster and Addams

I’m sure I am one of them

Just call me “Black Madam”

On any day I’ll cast ye a spell

Put on a hex or

Ring a church bell.

If you are real and strange like me

I’ll see you at twilight ‘neath yonder Yew tree.

Which Witch is Witch?

Copyright 2016  Lauri Ann Lumby


Dark curling hair (or any color or style for that matter)

A piercing gaze

Seeing all the way through to your Soul.

At home in the world between worlds

And a bridge between the two.

Here to bring forth God’s will

As Embodiment of the Goddess.

Wisdom from the depths of infinity.

A prophetess, a seer, a priestess, teacher and healer.

A shit-disturber and changemaker.

Present at the thresholds of life and death.

Mistress of shadows.

Queen of the Underworld

– where Souls rest from what has been,

preparing for what is yet to be.

Survivor of the Inquisition and the Burning Times,

The Whore of Babylon

And the Virgin Queen of Heaven.

Much to patriarchy’s chagrin,

She cannot be destroyed.

She is here to stay.

In a world that now wonders which way to turn,

This Witch is which.


Posted in Inspiration

Naming and Claiming Joy!

Stepping into the path of embracing more joy in our life begins with one simple step:  Naming and claiming the things that already give us joy…..and doing them!

Accepting joy into our life is really not as daunting a task as we might think it to be.  As mentioned yesterday the natural outpouring of joy takes place as we make the Divine (of our understanding) the center of our life.  However, this does not mean that we need to go sit in a cave in the lotus position in silent meditation in order to experience this outpouring of joy.  Sometimes, embracing joy is as simple as recognizing the things in our lives that already give us joy and giving ourselves permission to engage in these activities.  In a nutshell… are invited to NAME AND CLAIM your joy…..and DO IT!

So, if your brain has already shut down in a state of panic over the idea of naming and claiming your joy….and GOD FORBID……doing it…..then I offer this simple example as how easy naming and claiming our joy really can be.  I will use myself as an example and share with you here my own exercise in naming and claiming my joy.  Here is what currently gives me joy:

  • A freshly brewed cup of gourmet dark-roast coffee (yes, I am a coffee snob!)
  • A glass of Chardonnay or Cabernet in the evening (and here, I’m NOT a snob….FishEye or Two Buck Chuck is just fine with me!)
  • Reading a work of fiction by one of my favorite fiction writers: Anne Rice, Kris Radish, Marion Zimmer Bradley
  • GOOD, Classic, Gothic Horror (again, here I’m a snob – so far…only Anne Rice, Edgar Allen Poe, Mary Shelley and Bram Stoker fit the bill for me in this category)
  • Anything Shakespeare!
  • Reading Fairytales and Fantasy, especially Celtic Fantasy!
  • Calvin and Hobbes – BRILLIANT!
  • My children
  • My children….yep, they get to be listed twice because they are so darn cool!  Except when they are beating the crap out of each other….they are a joy to be around and I love watching them become their own selves!
  • My friends – here I have been profoundly and deeply blessed with amazing wonderful deeply intimate friendships….a somewhat newly discovered joy.
  • Walking in the woods, sitting in the woods, a cabin in the woods….ok….anything in the woods.  (Lumby, by the way means, “Man or woman of the woods – so it is in my bones, my blood, my heritage and my name.)
  • Dancing and singing (mostly by myself these days, but I do still have dreams of being a rockstar when I grow up!)
  • Cooking fresh, healthy, colorful meals and sharing them with those who enjoy them.
  • Decorating
  • Cleaning ( I know this is a weird one….but I am filled with joy when I can sit back and enjoy a clean house!)
  • Fall leaves  Fall leaves Fall leaves….and fall bonfires  YUM!!!!  MY FAVORITE SMELLS!
  • Romantic movies
  • Foreign films (only the good ones… Amelie and Babette’s Feast!)
  • Playing with clay…..and wanting to learn how to work with polymer clay!!!!  (Dana, are you listening???)
  • Halloween….halloween….halloween, pumpkins, broomsticks, pointy black hats, cauldrons.  I LOVE HALLOWEEN!
  • Bewitched, Addams Family, The Munsters and Wonder Woman
  • Les Miserable and Jesus Christ Superstar….. play, movie, soundtrack.  I can listen and watch these OVER AND OVER AND OVER!
  • Gothic churches…..the architecture, art….and most importantly…the smells….candle residue, incense and mildew….the perfect combination for mystery and magic!
  • The moldy oldy latin hymns from the Catholic Mass.  I know, I’m a total geek!
  • Anything Bach, Beethoven or Chopin.  Ecstasy!
  • Playing my piano

Whew!!!  Ok…that is a pretty good start.  So now…..I dare you to make your own list.  WHAT GIVES YOU JOY????  Then the challenging part… many of these are you actually doing on a regular basis?  As I look over my list, I have to honestly admit that there are only a few things on the list that I am giving myself permission to engage in on a regular basis……..the invitation for me is the same for you….GET OFF MY BUTT AND DO IT!  What are we waiting for?  Our original nature is joy……why don’t we allow ourselves to experience it more freely?  So this is the invitation for today:

Name and Claim our Joy

Do something about it!

Lauri Lumby

Authentic Freedom Ministries/Your Spiritual Truth

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