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I Don’t Just Teach ABOUT the Magdalene…

For nearly 30 years I have been involved in the study of and the work of the Magdalene.  The longer I do this work, the more people I see out there laying claim to the Magdalene.  While every voice is important, there is a marked difference between what I am doing and what I am seeing in the work of others. Here is the distinction:

Magdalene is not a place name, neither is it Mary’s surname.  Magdalene is a title and a designation that was awarded to Mary, called Magdalene for accomplishing the task of becoming anthropos – fully human and fully Divine.  Mary completed the journey of awakening to her true Divine self and then allowing that Divinity to live through her fully.  She became Divine Embodiment.  This is the task that earned her the designation and title of Magdalene – beacon and tower of the flock. The title of Magdalene is similar to the title of Christ earned by Jesus for accomplishing the same task. 

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THIS is the work I have been researching and then sharing with you through my online courses, weekly lessons, newsletters, etc.  I don’t just teach about the Magdalene, I share with you tools and resources that help to support you in your own journey of becoming anthropos – giving you the tools to Embody your true Divine Self and to live that Divinity freely in our world.  This embodiment empowers to use your own unique gifts to be a vessel of transformation and love in a world in great need of your gifts.  

In case you are a stickler for credentials, this is another difference in what I am offering in comparison to others.  My education speaks for itself, but more importantly are the resources I draw from.  All of my Magdalene offerings draw from original source materials.  I draw from Hebrew and Christian scripture.  I draw from non-canonical scripture (somewhat inaccurately called “gnostic”).  I draw from the original source materials of the Kabbalah – the Jewish branch of mysticism.  Approaching these ancient texts through the lens of contemplative prayer has helped me to discern the truths hidden behind the dogma and doctrine that often clouds our understanding of scripture and helps me to eek out the original writings from later redactions.  When in doubt, I turn to modern scripture scholarship for confirmation. In short, I have untangled the strings of ancient knowledge and rewoven them into something we can approach and digest in our modern era.  The Word was not meant to remain stagnant within a specific time or place, it is meant to be alive and drawing forth truth in every generation.  This is what I have done while also assisting you in doing the same.

I am eternally humbled and grateful to be doing this work.  I trust you will find it helpful and supportive of your own desire to be and live as your most authentic self!

Lauri Ann Lumby, OM, OPM, MATS
Authentic Freedom Academy/Order of the Magdalene
www.authenticfreedom.love

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The Magdalene as the Holy Bride – Resources

Below is the list of resources that were consulted in the creation and development of our upcoming live course, Mary Magdalene and the Path of the Holy Bride.  Click on the image below to learn more and register for the course.

Mary Magdalene and the Path of the Holy Bride

Resources

 

Begg, Ean, The Cult of the Black Virgin, Chiron Publications, 2006.

 

Bourgeault, Cynthia, The Meaning of Mary Magdalene – Discovering the Woman at the Heart of Christianity, Shambhala Publications, 2010.

 

Case, Paul Foster, The Tarot – A Key to the Wisdom of the Ages, Jeremy Tarcher, 1947.

 

Douglas-Klotz, Neil, The Hidden Gospel: Decoding the Spiritual Message of the Aramaic Jesus, Quest Books, 1999.

 

Douglas-Klotz, Neil, Prayers of the Cosmos, Harper One 1993.

 

Eisler, Riane, The Chalice and the Blade, Harper Collins, 1987.

 

Eisler, Riane, Sacred Pleasure, Harper Collins, 1995.

 

Ellis, Normanci, Awakening Osiris – The Egyptian Book of the Dead, Phanes Press, 1988.

 

Epstein, Perle, Kabbalah – the Way of the Jewish Mystic, Shambhala, 1988.

 

Ericco, Rocco A. Setting a Trap for God: The Aramaic Prayer of Jesus, Unity Books, 1997.

 

Fortune, Dion The Mystical Qabalah, Weiser Books. 1935

 

Harvey, Andrew, Son of Man – The Mystical Path to Christ, Jeremy P. Tarcher, 1998.

 

Haskins, Susan, Mary Magdalene – Myth and Metaphor, Harcourt Brace & Company, 1993.

 

Hauck, Dennis William, The Emerald Tablet – Alchemy for Personal Transformation, Penguin Compass, 1999.

 

Hoeller, Stephan, Gnosticism – New Light on the Ancient Tradition of Inner Knowing, Quest Books, 2002.

 

Kaplan, Aryeh, The Bahir Illumination- Translation, Introduction and Commentary, Samuel Weiser, Inc,, 1979.

 

Kaplan, Aryeh, Meditation and Kabbalah, Samuel Weiser, Inc., 1982.

 

Kaplan, Aryeh, Sepher Yetzirah – the Book of Creation in Theory and Practice, Weiser Books, 1997.

 

King, Karen, L., The Gospel of Mary of Magdala – Jesus and the First Woman Apostle, Polebridge Press, 2003.

 

Krafchow, Dovid, Kabbalistic Tarot – Hebraic Wisdom in the Major and Minor Arcana, Inner Traditions, 2002.

 

Kushner, Lawrence, The Book of Letters, Jewish Lights Publishing, 1975.

 

Kushner, Lawrence, Honey from the Rock – an Introduction to Jewish Mysticism, Jewish Lights Publishing, 2000.

 

Kushner, Lawrence, Kabbalah – a Love Story, Broadway Press, 2006.

 

Leloup, Jean-Yves, Judas and Jesus – Two Faces of a Single Revelation, Inner Traditions, 2006.

 

Leloup, Jean-Yves, The Gospel of Mary Magdalene, Inner Traditions, 2002.

 

Leloup, Jean-Yves, The Gospel of Philip, Inner Traditions, 2003.

 

Leloup, Jean-Yves, The Gospel of Thomas, Inner Traditions, 2005.

 

Leloup, Jean-Yves, The Sacred Embrace of Jesus and Mary – The Sexual Mystery at the Heart of the Christian Tradition, Inner Traditions, 2005.

 

MacDermot, Violet, The Fall of Sophia – A Gnostic Text on the Redemption of Universal Consciousness, Lindisfarne Books, 2001.

 

Malachi, Tau, The Gnostic Gospel of St. Thomas – Meditations on the Mystical Teachings, Llewellyn Worldwide, 2004.

 

Malachi, Tau, Gnosis of the Cosmic Christ – a Gnostic Christian Kabbalah, Llewellyn Worldwide, 2005.

 

Malachi, Tau, Living Gnosis – A Practical Guide to Gnostic Christianity, Llewellyn Worldwide, 2005.

 

Malachi, Tau, St. Mary Magdalene – The Gnostic Tradition of the Holy Bride, Llewellyn Worldwide, 2006.

 

Marion, Jim, Putting on the Mind of Christ – The Inner Work of Christian Spirituality, Hampton Roads, 2000.

 

Matt, Daniel C., The Essential Kabbalah, Harper Collins, 1995.

 

Meehan, Bridget Mary, Delighting in the Feminine Divine, Sheed and Ward, 1994.

 

Meehan, Bridget Mary, Exploring the Feminine Face of God, Sheed and Ward, 1991.

 

Munk, Michael L., The Wisdom in the Hebrew Alphabet, Mesorah Publications, 1983.

 

Pagels, Elaine, Beyond Belief – The Secret Gospel of Thomas, Random House, 2003.

 

Prakash, Prem, The Yoga of Spiritual Devotion – a Modern Translations of the Narada Bhakti Sutras, Inner Traditions, 1998.

 

Silva, Freddy, the Lost Art of Resurrection, Inner Traditions, 2014.

 

Starbird, Margaret, The Woman with the Alabaster Jar, Bear & Company, 1993.

 

Starbird, Margaret, The Goddess in the Gospels – Reclaiming the Sacred Feminine, Bear & Company, 1998.

 

Starbird, Margaret, Mary Magdalene – Bride in Exile, Bear & Company, 2005.

 

Unknown Author, Meditations on the Tarot – a Journey into Christian Hermeticism, Jeremy P. Tarcher/Putnam Press, 1985.

 

Winter, Miriam Therese, WomanWitness – a Feminist Lectionary and Psalter – Women of the New Testament, Crossroad Publishing, 1991.

 

Winter, Miriam Therese, WomanWord – a Feminist Lectionary and Psalter, Crossroad Publishing, 1990.

 

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Early Registration Discount

Mary Magdalene and the Path of the Holy Bride

(it’s not what you think!)

Live online course

Created and facilitated by Lauri Ann Lumby, OM, OPM, MATS

 

13 Lessons starting January 13, 2021*

Wednesdays 6:30 – 8:30 pm central time

 

Live gatherings are held on ZOOM and lessons are recorded for later viewing by those who are unable to attend the live gathering,

Early Registration Discount – 20% off the regular course tuition.  Enroll HERE. 

Mary Magdalene and the Path of the Holy Bride provides an opportunity to discover, learn and embody the path completed by Mary Magdalene in becoming the Holy Bride.** The Holy Bride is the fulfillment of the journey of merging with and embodying the Divine – both for our own sake and in service to the betterment of the world.

Explored through the lens of the Divine Feminine and gathering from traditional and gnostic scripture in partnership with the Jewish mystical tradition of the Kabbalah, you will learn the path that Mary Magdalene followed in becoming the Holy Bride.  Like Mary, you will discover the deepest secrets hidden within these sacred texts of becoming The Holy Bride and you will be given the resources, tools and support to need to grow in that journey of becoming.

 

Course Outline:

 

Week One:                Introduction to the Course

 

Week Two:                 Mother of the Living

 

Week Three:             The Sophian Mysteries

 

Week Four:               Immaculately Conceived

 

Week Five:                Logos

 

Week Six:                  Full of Grace

 

Week Seven:             The Fierce Mother

 

Week Eight:              The Holy of Holies

 

Week Nine:               The Bridal Chamber

 

Week Ten:                 The Dark Mother

 

Week Eleven:            The Shekinah

 

Week Twelve:           The Holy Bride

 

Week Thirteen:        Putting on the Red

 

 

*Scheduled dates for 2021:  1/13, 1/20, 2/3, 2/10, 2/17, 3/3, 3/10, 3/17, 3/24, 4/7, 4/14, 4/21.  Week Thirteen is completed on your own.

 

**Contrary to popular belief, the Holy Bride has nothing do with the human construct of marriage or sexual union.

 

 

Tuition:  $325.00 paid in full or in four installments of $88.00 each.

 

Early Registration Discount: 20% off the regular price 

Enroll HERE. 

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22 Pathways – Tarot Intensive

22 Pathways – Tarot Intensive

online training with Lauri Ann Lumby, OM, OPM, MATS

23 lessons and attunements on the Major Arcana 

at your own pace and in your own time

Discussions moderated by course creator and facilitator – Lauri Ann Lumby

 

22 Pathways – Tarot Intensive approaches the tarot as less of a fortune-telling device and more as a path in support of your own journey of self-actualization.  Diving deep in to the ancients roots of the tarot in Jewish mysticism through the Kabbalah, 22 Pathways illuminates the human journey from awakening to full embodiment of our Divine selves.  When fully engaged, you will discover a tool that you can return to again and again to gain understanding, insight and support into your life’s journey toward self-fulfillment.

In this course, you will learn and study the Hebrew  Aleph-Beis (Alphabet) – the utterances through which the Great Source spoke the world into being and which later inspired the 22 cards of the major arcana.  Through each lesson, you will not only gain intellectual knowledge, you will grow into embodying the creative power within each letter and its corresponding card.  Through powerful spiritual practices and ritual, you will become attuned to each card/letter such that you come to understand that you ARE a vessel of Divine Creation  bringing your own worlds into being.

 

You may take this course as part of the Order of Melchizedek full training or stand-alone as a supplement to your existing Tarot or self-actualization practice.

 

 Tuition:  $666.00

or 6 monthly payments of $116.00 each . 

 

Register HERE

Required materials:

A Rider-Waite themed tarot deck

Wisdom in the Hebrew Alphabet by Rabbi Michael Munk

The Tarot – A Key to the Wisdom of the Ages by Paul Foster Case

 

 

Posted in Authentic Freedom, God, Oneness with God, Spiritual Formation, The Divine

How “God” Isn’t God.

An excerpt from the Authentic Freedom Weekly Lesson.  Full content available for Basic – Premium Members.  Learn more HERE. 

“He is not God of the dead, but of the living,
for to him all are alive.”

Lk 20:38

God:  The big “G” word.  So much evil has been done in the name of an “on behalf” of “God” that I am hesitant to even use this word.  At the same time, we don’t have another word in our English language that describes that which cannot be described.

When we look beyond the patriarchal interpretation and manipulation of “God” to the mystical Jewish tradition of which Jesus was most certainly a part, God is understood as this:

  • Ain-Sof: Ain-Sof is the Hebrew word meaning “No-Thing.” Ain-Sof is the limitless Nothing out of which all of creation was brought forth.  Ain-Sof is empty, nothing, void; but at the same time, it holds infinite possibility.  Every possible thing, idea, creation, image, etc. etc. etc. is present within the void.  This is the Source of all that is, and is what existed (or didn’t exist) before the BIG BANG ignited the unfolding creation of the universe.  Ain-Sof would be the highest understanding of that which we might now call “God.”
  • Emanations: Because this Ain-Sof cannot truly be grasped by the human mind, “God” distilled/constricted itself so that it could come into material form.  In the Kabbalistic tradition of Jewish mysticism, these progressively distilled emanations of the Divine are represented on the Tree of Life as the Sefirot.  These are the various aspects of the Divine that are involved in the bringing forth of all that is:  Keter (Light), Chokmah (Wisdom), Da’at (Knowing), Binah (Understanding), Chesed (Mercy/Compassion), Gevurah (Severity), Tiferet (Beauty), Netzach (Victory), Hod (Splendor), Yesod (Creativity), Malchut (Creation/The Word). 
  • Formless, Faceless, Nameless: The ultimate Divine cannot be named, has no form and no face or image can capture its infinite nature.  While human beings continue to create God in our own image, God cannot be contained by our limited perceptions or experiences.  In the Hebrew tradition, this truth is lived out in the titles that are used when referring to God, never daring to utter God’s only name which has been described in four Hebrew letters which illustrate the power and majesty of the Divine.  Titles like “Adonai” or El-Shaddai are used out of respect (and fear/awe) of the nameless, faceless Source.
  • Masculine, Feminine and Everything in Between: In the articulation of the Divine Emanations as described in the Kabbalah, the actions of the Divine are defined in terms of “active” or “receptive.”  These Emanations have been given masculine (active) and feminine (receptive) names to distinguish their active or receptive principles.  Those along the middle column (Keter, Da’at, Tiferet, Malkuth) are neutral as they are that which comes forth out of the balance between the active and receptive principles of life.

In short, never in the Hebrew tradition has God been exclusively male – this interpretation is simply a distortion of the patriarchal culture out of which Christianity emerged.  Therefore, Jesus’ understanding of God was not exclusively male.  He is quoted as having called God “Abba/Father,” though it is just as likely he also called God “Amma/Mother.”  While this cannot be proven through scripture, we do know that Jesus found himself to be ONE (John 17: 6-26) with God and in that Oneness, found great peace, contentment and joy.  This “Oneness” Jesus called “Malkut,” inaccurately translated as “Kingdom of God.”  From the perspective of Jewish mysticism, Jesus fulfilled the emanation of the Divine within him by attaining “Malkut” – Oneness with God and the fulfillment of the purpose of the human journey.  This is what Jesus tried to teach his disciples.

Posted in Jesus, Magic, Mary Magdalene, self-actualization

Mary Magdalene and the Kabbalah

Beyond the trappings of pop-culture commercialization, the Kabbalah is an ancient and sacred system of mysticism firmly rooted in Judaism, whose origins may truly precede the culture which embraced and then formalized it.  Like the mystical beliefs and contemplative practices of Christianity, the Kabbalah has been guarded for centuries by those who could comprehend and responsibly employ her teachings and practices.  The Kabbalah is at once a theology (a study of and discussion about the Divine), a cosmology (an articulation of how the universe is ordered), and a developmental psychology (the study of human nature and how to support its development). The purpose of the Kabbalah is to support us in coming to know ourselves through our intimate understanding of and relationship with the Divine and to support us in becoming our most authentic selves. In this, the Kabbalah is at once a guide and a tool.

Unfortunately, human beings have twisted the meaning of the Kabbalah as something to use for their own personal gain – to get what they want by using the Kabbalah as a tool of magic.  This was and has never been the intention of the Kabbalah. While the Kabbalah can be thought of as a system of and for the purpose of magic, this is true only when we understand how magic is defined in the authentic Kabbalistic system.  The magic brought about through the proper study of and engagement with the Kabbalah is Union – Union with the Divine, Union with ourselves, Union with each other and Union with all of creation.  In this, our true Divine nature becomes fully embodied and fully engaged in our human form.  The earthly goal of the Kabbalah is Malkuth – what Jesus referred to as “the Kingdom of God.”

Kingdom of God, however, is an error in translation.  Being feminine in form, Malkuth can more accurately be described as the Queendom of God – or more accurately, The Bride.  The fulfillment of the Kabbalah is the revelation of the ineffable Source (Keter) through The Bride (Malkuth).  It is only in knowing and embodying The Bride that the Source can be known and fulfilled.  In the passion play lived out through Jesus and Mary Magdalene, Jesus was the Son (Tiferet) and Mary Magdalene was the Bride.

Mary Magdalene and her beloved Jesus provide the archetypal examples of the fulfillment of the Kabbalah.  Through diligent study of the Kabbalah and applying its principles in their lives, they ascended beyond the ignorance of the human condition to discover their true, Divine nature. They then brought that Divine nature into their human experience through the process of descent.  Through the process of descent, they faced their demons, unhealed wounds, past traumas, unacknowledged fears and societal conditioning so that they could fully embody LOVE, thereby fulfilling the mission and purpose of their Soul.  Mary Magdalene and Jesus both became fully Divine and fully Human which is the goal of the Kabbalistic process.

 

To learn more about the Kabbalah and it’s connect with the Magdalene/Christ story, check out The Order of Melchizedek Alchemist Training created and facilitated by Lauri Ann Lumby.

 

Posted in Authentic Freedom, Freedom, Jesus, self-actualization

Scripture as a Manual for Ascension

For the past 26 years I have studied scripture.  Beyond the scholarly, historical, contextual, sociological and theological applications of scripture, I have explored scripture through the practices of contemplative meditation and prayer.  I have also studied the Kabbalistic (the mystical branch of Judaism) interpretation of scripture.  With all of this, I have come to believe that scripture is much more than an interpretive history of the Jewish people, and much, much more than an historical account of Jesus’ life and teachings. In fact, to a true historian, scripture is neither of these.  Instead, as the Kabbalists would suggest, and which Jesus seemed to teach and demonstrate:

Scripture is an instructional guide for the evolution of human consciousness.

In more popular terms, scripture is a manual for ascension (self-actualization).  (Read here by ascension isn’t enough)

In order to approach scripture as an instructional manual and guide for the evolution of human consciousness, we first have to remove it from the trappings of patriarchal conditioning and control.

  • We have to move beyond the image of the Divine as the “old man in the sky” whose approval we have to earn and who will punish us for our human transgressions.
  • We have to move past the interpretations that mean to control us through intimidation and fear, threats of punishment and eternal damnation.
  • We have to keep scripture in its proper place, written in a specific time for a specific audience for a specific reason.
  • We also have to understand the literary genres which are in use – myth, allegory, poetry, song lyrics, reflective and interpretive history.
  • We have to take Jesus off the pedestal and we might even have to (gasp) stop looking to him as having saved us from sin or death and instead look at how he teaches us how to live!
  • We have to forget the idea that Jesus came to start a new religion or start a church. Jesus was a Jew and he remained a Jew.  His followers were practicing Jews until they were kicked out of the Temple.  Then they continued their Jewish practices in their own home, adding Jesus’ teachings to the mix.  None of what we now call sacraments were original to Jesus – these were all Jewish practices which the later Church decided to make their own.
  • Finally, we are invited to examine scripture as the Mystics, Prophets and Kabbalists would have (another topic for another time – was Jesus in fact a Kabbalist?) – through meditation and prayer, seeking out the message for each of us as individuals, along with the universal message of LOVE.

When we look past the patriarchal, fear, power and control trappings of scripture, we find a book that describes through myth, metaphor, allegory, story-telling (of people who may or may not have lived), poetry, song lyrics, and the remembered teachings of Jesus, how to evolve our human consciousness from a place of fear to an attitude and experience of LOVE.  Through scripture, we are invited to move beyond the natural fears and limitations of the human experience so that we can remember our truth nature as:

 

One with the Divine (Love)

One within ourselves

One with each other

One with all of creation

 

This experience of Oneness is the “salvation” that Jesus attempted to bring. Jesus had come to experience this “salvation” (authentic freedom) within himself, which he then attempted to teach others.  Using the manual that had been given to him (Hebrew scripture), he tried to show his friends the way.  After his death, his friends tried to remember what Jesus had taught them, created their own written interpretations of his words, and then went out to share this with others.

The true mission and intention of Jesus’ message got lost somewhere along the way. But in this case, what was lost is easily found.  When we follow the formula above, we are able to see the “ascension manual” hiding in plain sight.  To illustrate this, I have taken a passage from Paul’s letter to the Thessalonians and reinterpreted it in a language that we might more easily understand:

 

Concerning times and seasons, brothers and sisters,
you have no need for anything to be written to you.
For you yourselves know very well
that the day of transformation will come like a thief at night.
When people are saying, “Peace and security,”
then sudden disaster comes upon them,
like labor pains upon a pregnant woman,
and they will not escape.
But you, brothers and sisters, are not in ignorance,
for that day to overtake you like a thief.
For all of you are children of the light
and children of the day.
We are also of the night and of the darkness

But we are not blind.  We see and we know.

Therefore, let us not remain blind as the rest do,
but let us stay alert and attentive.
For the Divine did not destine us for punishment,
but to gain freedom through what Jesus taught us,
who showed us the path,

so that we may live in freedom as he did.
Therefore, encourage one another and build one another up,
as indeed you do.

 

Here are Paul’s original words as translated in the New International Version – Catholic Edition.

Concerning times and seasons, brothers and sisters,
you have no need for anything to be written to you.
For you yourselves know very well
that the day of the Lord will come like a thief at night.
When people are saying, “Peace and security,”
then sudden disaster comes upon them,
like labor pains upon a pregnant woman,
and they will not escape.

But you, brothers and sisters, are not in darkness,
for that day to overtake you like a thief.
For all of you are children of the light
and children of the day.
We are not of the night or of darkness.
Therefore, let us not sleep as the rest do,
but let us stay alert and sober.
For God did not destine us for wrath,
but to gain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ,
who died for us, so that whether we are awake or asleep
we may live together with him.
Therefore, encourage one another and build one another up,
as indeed you do.

1 Thes 5: 1-6, 9-11

If you are interested in learning more about finding the ascension manual hiding in scripture, take a look at my Authentic Freedom online course.  Click on the image below to learn more.

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