Posted in building the new world, Inspiration, New World, self-actualization

The New World Beckons

The New World Beckons

The new world beckons

Inviting us to listen.

To hear the subtle depth of our Soul calling us home.

Home to ourselves.

 

Piercing through the cacophony of the dying world,

Drawing aside the veil of our fear-based conditioning.

All the ways “the world” distracts us from ourselves:

Temptations of fame, power, control, status and wealth.

Shiny objects begging for attention

pushing us toward the capitalistic lie:

“Hard work = Success”

(as it is measured by how much money we have, the clothes we wear

And whether or not we have our own “reality” show.)

 

Reality my ass!

It’s lies.  All lies.

That which we seek,

which compels the actions of every human being

cannot be found outside of ourselves

but can only be found within

in all the darkened places where our truth resides:

Beneath and behind our conditioning.

Within our fears.

Beyond the uncountable times our heart has been broken

By a “world” that rejects who we are…

A “world” that demands obedience, compliance, subservience…

And silence.

 

The New World beckons.

Our original world beckons.

Calling us out of the hell in which we’ve been living –

To the “heaven” that has been here all along –

for those with eyes to see, ears to hear,

and the courage to set their Soul free

To be who and how it was always meant to be.

Free.

Posted in Authentic Freedom

Hell

I know what Hell is like.

Hell is not hellfire and brimstone.

Hell is not the devil, Satan, Beelzebub or Lucifer.

Hell is not an army of possessing or torturing demons.

Hell is not the afterlife, the underworld, or a place somewhere “down there” where we spend an eternity suffering for the sins of our human existence.

Oh no….Hell is not “over there,” it is RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW!

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Hell is life on earth when we know fear instead of love, hate instead of compassion, judgment instead of mercy, war instead of peace, separation instead of union.

Hell is the excruciating pain of separation that defines the human experience –

The separation we first felt when we were expelled from our mother’s wombs, suddenly dependent on an outside source for our survival.  Where we were no longer safe, secure, protected….cast out from the place where all our needs were met without us having to do a thing about it…and without our even having to ask.

The separation we feel when we suddenly learn the imperfection of human beings.  When they might not understand or hear our cries of need.  When our needs go unheeded.  When we are told “you don’t need that,” that there is something wrong with our needs or that our needs do not matter.  When we are crying, screaming, begging for our needs to be met, but no one seems to hear….or care.

The separation we feel when we learn that love is conditional.  When we are cast forth from our Source in whose image we were created and where we are seen as “precious and glorious” into a world where love has to be earned and can be taken away.

The separation we feel when who we are doesn’t matter.  Where our gifts have not been acknowledged, supported, or honored as sacred.  When we struggle to find our gifts in a world that says, “Success is defined by money, fame and by how hard you work.” And if we are fortunate enough to find our gifts, Hell is a world that says, “your gifts have no value.”

The separation we feel when we once knew only oneness, contentment, harmony and peace; finding that replaced with conflict, war, jealousy, bitterness, cruelty, hatred, prejudice, ignorance and revenge.  Where we once felt safe, now we feel only worry and fear.

The separation we feel when our truth and our path were once easy to grasp, and now it is hard to find.  Cast forth from a world where there was only one TRUTH and that truth was LOVE into a world where everyone claims to have a monopoly on truth – where their truth is right and everyone else’s is wrong.  Where the inner authority we once knew as LOVE gets covered over by a chorus of external voices screaming at us to listen to their truth….or be condemned to hell!

The separation we feel when we are no longer One with the LOVE that made us and are instead cast out into a world made of fear.

It is in Hell where we are already living and we spend a lifetime trying to find our way out of it.

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Posted in Death, Divine Revelation, Inspiration, Lessons, Mystics

Pluto Rising – The Resurrection of Love

NASA’s  New Horizons spacecraft and its journey to Pluto, is an historical event that shouldn’t be missed. (Learn more here on the NASA site: https://www.nasa.gov/image-feature/pluto-s-bright-mysterious-heart-is-rotating-into-view ) For the first time in our human history, we are getting an up-close and personal view of this dwarf planet and its surrounding moons (especially Charon). This is a monumental moment in our history as a scientific and technological accomplishment, but more importantly, bringing Pluto into view is ushering in a significant shift in the consciousness of humanity. This shift is nothing short of the resurrection of love.

Photo credits:  NASA-JHUAP-SWRI
Photo credits: NASA-JHUAP-SWRI

On her site, The Cosmic Path, Stephanie Azaria speaks of the astrological and consciousness significance of our meeting with Pluto. I want to share with you my own thoughts on this arrival from the perspective of my own personal experience working with the Pluto archetype, commonly known as The Lord of the Underworld.
In 2008, while on pilgrimage to Glastonbury, England, I had a profound mystical encounter with Gwynn Ap Nudd – Celtic (specifically Welsh) god of the underworld. I had no idea who Gwynn was and his “arrival” was startling to me and in truth, quite disarming. What did the Celtic god of the underworld (and by association Pluto) have to do with a Catholic-Christian devoted to Jesus? After getting over the shock, I voraciously researched Gwynn and his place within Celtic mythology, what he represents and what he is here to teach us. What I discovered was beyond amazing, especially the symbols associated with Gwynn that had for years spoken to the quiet places within my heart. In many ways, I felt as if I was meeting, for the first time, someone I had known for a very long time. In meeting Gwynn, I felt like I was coming home.

Gwynn
I quickly learned, however, that the arrival of an “underworld god” is not all wine and roses (or in this case, Guinness and Holy Thorn). What I learned is that the underworld god archetype is about coming home, but before we come home, first we have to “die.” The death that is called forth by the underworld gods is the death of the ego – but not through ascension or enlightenment as “upper world gods” would have us do. Instead, the underworld gods teach us how to transcend the ego by confronting our shadow and staring down our fears. While underworld gods have nothing to do with hell (pre-Christian traditions have no hell….they only have the underworld which is a place of restoration and renewal in preparation for the next life to be lived), they are here to accompany us through the hell we have created in our own minds through judgment – specifically of ourselves.

What the ancients knew, that we have forgotten, is that suffering on this plane is rooted in all the ways we have separated ourselves (or been separated from love through childhood conditioning) from the love that we are. Underworld gods (Gwynn Ap Nudd, Cernnunos, Hades, Pluto) are here to bring us through the thorn-covered hedge of our fears, our unhealed wounds, the places within ourselves we have rejected or judged as imperfect, all the while guiding us home to the place where we are able to love ourselves without condition and in loving ourselves, learning to love the world.

Pluto, then, is here to teach us how to love. And in case you missed it…..the very geography of his planet proves that this is what he is here to do.

Image Credit: NASA/JHUAPL/SWRI
Image Credit: NASA/JHUAPL/SWRI
Posted in God, Healing, Jesus, Spiritual Practices, Virtual Church

Jesus Saves? Saves us from What?

an excerpt from this week’s Authentic Freedom Virtual Church Meditation newsletter:

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Pope John Paul II once said, “If there is a hell, I can’t imagine there is anyone there;” and the Catholic Church has officially removed purgatory from the books. If God loves us so much that no one is condemned to hell and if purgatory doesn’t even exist – what is it we need saving from? Life as we know it – that’s what! Jesus didn’t come to open the doors to a heaven that is already guaranteed, he came to help us survive the human condition and he did this by teaching us about love, and healing us from the inner (and sometimes outer) obstacles to knowing that love…..

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Posted in Death

A Prayer for the Dying

A Prayer for the Dying

If there is one thing I could say to give you peace,

I would assure you that on the other side of life,

after the journey of death,

there is love…only love.

No judgment

No condemnation

No punishment or retribution

No purgatory or hell

Love…only love:

the all-encompassing compassion of God,

and the enthusiastic welcome of all the love that has gone before you.

After this life

and the transition of death

there is love…only love.

(copyright 2014 Lauri Ann Lumby)

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Posted in Christ Consciousness, Jesus, teachers

John 3:16

Going out on a limb here…..on the journey of spiritual growth toward awakened enlightenment, we might want to believe some of the teachers who have gone before us.  Today’s blog offers a more expansive and generally inclusive interpretation of the now infamous John 3:16. 

John 3:16

We see it on signs at sporting events, hanging from billboards and plastered on bumper stickers.  The now infamous, “John 3:16.”  So, what does it say and what does it mean?  Here is what it says:

“God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him

might not perish but might have eternal life.”

 

But, what does it mean?

This is where things get a little dodgy.  I have a pretty strong sense that those who wave around the banner of John 3:16 mean to take this literally, word for word.  1) God is a man.  2) Jesus is “the only Son” 3)  If you do not accept Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, you are condemned to “die.” (which means you get to spend eternity languishing in the firey pits of hell).  Since I’m not a literalist and since I believe God’s love is quite a bit bigger than we humans tend to give God credit for, I have a hard time believing this perspective on John 3:16. 

 

God is bigger than the Boogie man…

1) I can no longer accept the idea that the mighty Creator, the Absolut Source, the Divine Essence, the Presence and ultimate Truth can only be expressed or experienced as a man.  For me, God is not only bigger than the “Boogie man”, but is  far beyond what we can even begin to imagine, describe or attempt to define.  God is the all–man, woman, spirit, lover, friend, energy, life, creation, Presence, Absence…and everything in between. 

Only Son?

Now I’m really going to get into trouble.  Jesus the only Son?  What does that mean?  With all the amazing spiritual teachers and leaders who have come into our world, I have a hard time thinking of Jesus as the do all, end all, be all.  Now don’t get me wrong, Jesus is my dude!  I love this man.  He rocks.  He got it.  He taught it.  He lived it. Jesus is the teacher I go to when I am seeking insight, wisdom, peace, clarity, humility.   And…there have been others who have gotten it, taught it and lived it, and there are from whose teachings I have also benefitted.  Some might suggest that the problem here is that we are assuming the author of John was speaking exclusively about Jesus, when in fact, he may have been referring to Christ –  Christ being the “anointed”, the Divine potential of all of humanity and that Jesus was just one out of an infinite number of human beings who have and who will reach their own Christhood.  I know….brains are exploding everywhere as I even suggest such blasphemy…..I’m just saying….there might be another perspective on this whole “only Son” idea.  For many, the jury is probably still out on this one.

Believe in him

So whether or not the author of John was speaking exclusively about Jesus, the man, or the universal Christ that might be the potential of all of humanity…..he/she was talking about the importance of belief.  So what are we supposed to believe?  Some would hold that the author is telling us we have to believe in Jesus as our personal Lord and Savior so that we may have eternal life.  I have heard others suggest that what is being expressed here is an invitation to believe in what Jesus taught and modeled.  If we believe the truth that Jesus taught, that we are One with God through love and that through this love we are also one with one another and all of creation….and that belief in this truth is the key to entering the “kingdom” HERE AND NOW….and that in this “kingdom” we shall know the peace that surpasseth all understanding (I know, these are really Paul’s words…but I think Jesus might have said something similar.)…..then we shall have a life that transcends the death of the human condition.  HMMMM…..sounds like something I can sink my teeth into. 

Lighting Bolts

Ok….the good news is that a lightning bolt has not come down out of the heavens and struck me down for speaking such blasphemy.  Maybe God (and Jesus) are a whole lot bigger than we ever give them credit for.  What if the “saving” is more about transcending the false perception of separation that is the cause of all human suffering and embracing whatever source helps us find tools through which we can find the peaceful contentment, compassion and joy that make up our truest nature so that we might experience everlasting life in the HERE and NOW.  And if we miss it this time around….we can trust that there is peace on the other side….no matter whose banner of truth we want to wave.  Just a thought.

Do you know peace, contentment and joy in your life?

What are the obstacles to that peace?

What spiritual practices might you explore to help you cultivate the peace that is your original nature?

Lauri Lumby

Authentic Freedom Ministries

http://yourspiritualtruth.com