Posted in shadow work

New Online Course – Mastering the Shadow

Mastering the Shadow – transforming your deepest fears and unhealed wounds is a shamanic ritual practice for those who find themselves in the depths of their core spiritual wounds and who are longing to be free of their effects so they might once again be anchored in their original wholeness.  Mastering the Shadow is a practice that is meant to be returned to again and again as the symptoms of your core wound are triggered.  With on-going attention to this practice, you will be “loving yourself back together.”

This training includes instruction in and step by step guidance through the eight stages of the Mastering the Shadow shamanic ritual practice along with a downloadable PDF of the practice for your ongoing use.

Learn more and register HERE.  

From the course introduction:

Mastering the Shadowtransforming your deepest fears and unhealed wounds is a shamanic ritual and practice for those who find themselves in the depths of their core spiritual wounds.  These are the wounds that are specifically related to the core wound of separation but are unique to each individual depending on how they first experienced this wound.

This is a mastery practice because it demands an ongoing, diligent practice of personal accountability.  This is NOT the kind of practice where you can “think” your pain away.  Through this practice you will dive deeply into the core of your pain – being in and with that pain, for the sake of supporting its transformation and release while re-integrating the part of your soul that was lost to the original wounding.

This work is eq1ually not about “letting it go” as separation is implicit in the idea of letting go.  As the Buddhist sages remind, “What you resist will persist.”  If you believe you need to be rid of something by letting it go, you are only creating more separation.  This practice invites you instead to draw the pain intimately close where you will be literally loving yourself back together.

Learn more and register HERE

 

 

spiritual counseling, Lauri Ann Lumby, transformational counseling, empowerment, healing and transforming fears and unhealed woundsMastering the Shadow was created by Lauri Ann Lumby, OM, OPM, MATS.  Lauri is a Magdalene Priestess, High Priest in the Order of Melchizedek and shadow worker.  Lauri has been accompanying clients and students in depth work for nearly thirty years. Lauri has developed the Authentic Freedom protocol, among other shamanic practices to support people in their efforts to become whole.  Lauri is spiritual director for the Authentic Freedom online community, a published author, artist and sought-out spiritual counselor and educator.  Learn more about Lauri at www.authenticfreedom.love.

Posted in divine mother, Icons for a new world, Mary Magdalene

The Magdalene Image Shop is Now Open

I have spent my lifetime coming to know myself. As an educator and counselor, writing has always come easy, but art has come as a great surprise.

When asked by a friend if I could do any kind of art, what would it be.  The answer was easy:  ICONS!  If you came to my home you would understand why.  My walls are plastered with sacred images of holy (and not so holy) people.  I collect religious icons and the icon-esque work of Kelly Rae Roberts.  I also have a collection of tarot and oracle decks – one of my favorites featuring the art of Robert M. Place and another with the iconography of Shiloh Sophia McCloud,

After responding to my friend’s collection, I suddenly found myself “writing” icons.  But these were different – spiritual art with a universal message transcending the perceived separation of religion and belief.

Thanks to a butt kicking from a couple dear friends, I am now making my sacred art available to the public in a wide range of media – greeting cards, prints, apparel, journals, mugs and more. My art comes from my heart and has its own message for those for whom the message is intended.

Images below available as prints, on canvas, t-shirts, coffee mugs, tote bags, laptop and cellphone skins, journal covers, and more!

Three Collections NOW Available:


Posted in About Lauri, teachers

Spiritual Teachers – Keepin’ it Real!

I often think one of the biggest obstacle to people getting the spiritual support and guidance they need is the illusion that spiritual teachers are perfect or that we are inhuman (untouchable, unreachable) in some way. As one who has been called a “spiritual teacher” and who has crafted a public presence around this work, I will be the first to tell you that this illusion could not be farther from the truth.  If someone presents the illusion of being perfect or acts as if they are, they are lying and not likely who you want as a teacher anyway.  Let’s keep it real, shall we!?   I am sharing and then inviting some of the other “public” teachers I know to share their own thoughts on who they are and how they spend their time when they are not being “teacher.”

I’m Lauri. Just Lauri.  When I’m not working with clients and students (and even … or maybe especially when I am…..) I am excruciatingly REAL!  Other than maintaining my commitment to my daily spiritual practice and feeding my own need for spiritual support, I don’t do any of those things lauded by certain “spiritual teachers.”

I don’t worry about thinking the “right” thoughts. First of all, to believe there are right or wrong thoughts is a form of judgment arising out of separation.  Thoughts are neutral, it is what we do with them that decides if they are “good” or “bad” FOR US.

I am no longer a vegetarian. I’m not a raw foodie.  I’m definitely not vegan.  I LOVE MEAT – especially rare, red meat – beef or lamb preferably.  I have tried other nutrition philosophies and I have found that my body needs meat to stay healthy…and my veggies need to be cooked.  I also don’t fast.  Again, I have learned that with my fragile constitution, fasting is BAD….for me.  I also take pharmaceuticals.  I’ve tried the herbal remedies for anxiety, depression, high blood pressure and reflux….and none of them worked.  Zoloft it is!

I curse…..a lot. Some would say, “Like a sailor.”  Fuck is my favorite word and I soooo appreciate the Brits for reminding me of the appropriate use of the C-word and other “misogynistic insults.”  Whatever!  These words are only offensive if we choose to be offended by them.  I am offended by very little other than ignorance and stupidity…and even then, that’s my shit, not yours!

When I’m not sprinkling messages of love…..my tendency is to be a self-righteous, judgmental hag with wild raging anger. My friends and family have seen my rage/passion.  It usually comes out when I witness injustice!  I wonder how people can be so uncaring, ignorant and (on bad days) stupid!  Then I get on my soapbox and start ranting….to anyone who will listen.  But that’s just me.  I can be a self-righteous asshole and I own it.  I’m done judging myself for being REAL!

Sometimes my anxiety comes out sideways. Just yesterday I lost it on my daughter for no other reason than I was feeling anxious for some unknown reason (which was revealed later) and couldn’t find a parking spot for a local event (while ranting about our dumb city for not having enough public parking, thereby not really supporting downtown businesses.  J  )

Now….how do I spend my time you ask? That’s easy.  WATCHING NETFLIX!  There is nothing better than finding a show I love and immersing myself in its world. Penny Dreadful and Game of Thrones (not yet on Netflix) are two of my favorites…..oh yeah…..and BBC’s Sherlock.  I love that “high functioning sociopath!!!”

Same with books. Sadly I haven’t found any good ones lately….I have a specific genre I lean toward, but my current guilty pleasure is anything by Maggie Stiefvater.  Raven Boys ROCKS!  And it’s not just silly frivolous “teen lit.”  Her shit is GOOD!

Music…..the heavier the better. Disturbed, Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson are a few of my favs – mixed in with a little Sarah McLachlan (when I’m feeling melancholy or mournful) and Bach (when I’m feeling sophisticated!  😉 )  And when I’m longing for “home” I crank up the Irish – Clannad, Altan, Mary Black.

Speaking of sophisticated – NOT!  You will never find me at the Country Club or a Debutante Ball (WHO DOES THAT!?).  I’ll be at the local coffee shop – the artsy one tossing back a dark roast – the darker the better….or the local tavern, savoring a Guinness.  I have NO designer clothes, purses, or shoes unless they came from Goodwill.  In fact, I cannot remember the last time I bought anything from a department store.  Socks and underwear maybe.  The only thing I splurge on is bras.  Nothing compares to a good bra that fits well and lasts!  Thank you Victoria’s Secret!

What else? I have OCD.  Only a mild form…..but there are a few things that either oog me out or which I obsess about (like leaving a preposition at the end of a sentence……I will likely lose sleep tonight over that one!).  Wet wood (wooden spoons, paper, etc ) totally creeps me out.  It makes my skin crawl.  I hate dirty kitchens and bathrooms and hair in the sink makes me CRAZY….which is really fun in a household with two long-haired women!  There’s more but you get the gist.

I’m a mom. More than anything in the whole wide world, I love my (now adult) children.  I love them fiercely!  I am their greatest fan – even when (especially when) they are being REALLY REAL.  They have their own gifts and challenges and I love them all the more for it – all of it.  When my son is being an asshole (usually in the face of injustice) I celebrate it.  When my daughter is doing nothing but watching Anime’ I know it is her way of decompressing from this too-loud and too-violent world…and then I join her!

So…..that’s me. Raging self-righteous, judgemental, cursing hag and all.  I’m about as real as they get which is ultimately why every single one of my clients and students love working with me.  If I’m excruciatingly real……it gives them permission to be the same.

Now, what’s your story?

 

Lauri Ann Lumby is available for one-on-one mentoring, and offers support through her online training programs.

 

 

 

Posted in self-actualization, Spiritual Development, Spiritual Formation

#ChoosingLove Online Courses for Your Self-Care

Lauri Ann Lumby, OM, OPM, MATS, founder and director of Authentic Freedom Academy, offers stand alone, online and e-courses along with complete online training programs.

You can find a full listing of Lauri’s courses by clicking the image below:

Authentic Freedom Academy

Or see individual course listings below:

 

Meditation and Prayer

meditation, creative mind, active mind, meditation practices

 

 

 

 

Life Stages

mother wound, mothers and daughters, healing the mother wound, healing, inner child, childhood woundsmidlife, menopause, perimenopause, midlife crisis

 

 

 

 

Healing Religious Wounds

Healing Our Religious WoundsDiscovering the Goddess through Biblical Women

 

 

 

 

Guided Meditations

 

 

 

 

Shadow Work

gwyn ap nudd, celtic god, Lord of the Underworld, Welsh god, shadow work, shadow, initiationSpiritual Healing - Healing Demons

Posted in Authentic Freedom, self-actualization, spiritual awakening

Authentic Freedom – Our Mission

Authentic Freedom Academy supports the spiritual awakening and self-actualization of change agents. As a center for experiential education, we support the transformation of human consciousness through the integration of Western psychology and Western Spirituality, equipping students to be agents of positive, non-violent change in the world.

We accomplish this mission through:

  • writing and publishing
  • one-on-one mentoring (spiritual counseling)
  • local and online courses
  • on-going service to the community

 

Outer change begins with inner change.

Inner change begins with self-knowledge.

Self- Knowledge leads to self-actualization.

Self-actualized individuals, are inherently non-violent, cooperative and collaborative, and are naturally motivated to use their unique gifts in service to the betterment of the world.

 

Authentic Freedom™ is a trademarked protocol developed by Lauri Ann Lumby, OM, MATS, founder and director of Authentic Freedom Academy. Authentic Freedom™ integrates specific tools and practices of Western Psychology with those of Western Spirituality, resulting in a powerful process through which participants are supported in becoming self-actualized and are then empowered to share their unique giftedness in service to the betterment of the world.

Authentic Freedom has applications in:

  • Personal Development
  • Parenting
  • Relationship Support
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Business Management

As a tool for professionals in the fields of:

  • Counseling
  • Psychology
  • Ministry
  • Education
  • Spiritual Guidance/Spiritual Direction
  • Life-Coaching
  • Reiki, massage, acupuncture, and any other hands-on healing protocols

 

Specific Tools used in Authentic Freedom™:

  • Western, Eastern and Indigenous Mindfulness, Contemplation and Journey practices
  • The Spiritual Exercises and Rules of Discernment of St. Ignatius
  • Creativity Practices
  • The Myers-Briggs Personality Profile
  • The Enneagram Temperament Tool
  • The Spiritual/Personal Gifts Inventory
  • The Authentic Freedom™ protocol

 

HierarchyofPurpose

From Western Psychology, Authentic Freedom™ draws from:

  • Carl Jung’s creative imagination, archetype and shadow work
  • Abraham Maslow’s hierarchy of needs and theories of self-actualization
  • The humanistic theories and creativity practices of Carl and Natalie Rogers
  • The stages of spiritual development of James Fowler and John Westerhoff
  • Bill Plotkin’s development of the human Soul

From Western Spirituality, Authentic Freedom™ has its roots in the original teachings of Jesus* which were then formalized into the meditation, contemplation and service practices of Western Monasticism, specifically those favored in Benedictine, Franciscan, and Ignatian spirituality.

*The original teachings of Jesus are those rooted in the universal (and non-religious) call of love:

  • love of God (the God of your own understanding)
  • love of Self
  • love of Neighbor – recognizing that all of humanity is our neighbor

and then:

  • lived out through acts of compassion
  • working for justice

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Enjoy the benefits of Authentic Freedom through:

One-on-one mentoring with Lauri Ann Lumby.

The Authentic Freedom Online Course:

Read the book and the companion user’s manual:

Buy it now on Amazon

Buy it now on Amazon!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

or take the complete Authentic Freedom Leadership Training:

My Approach to Scripture: You will notice that scripture plays a predominant role in my writing and in most of my local and online courses. Please note that my approach to scripture is unlike any you have likely experienced before!  I do not approach scripture from a dogmatic or doctrinal perspective.  Neither do I use it as a way to instill fear or manipulate specific actions or behaviors.  Instead, I approach scripture as the ancients did – as a collection of stories which have the opportunity to reflect back to us aspects of ourselves.  In this way, scripture becomes a vehicle through which our highest self can speak to us – providing guidance, support, inspiration, nourishment and even healing.  When we pierce through the veil of other people’s interpretations and allow the Divine to speak to us personally and directly through these ancient texts, we discover the transformational power of The Word as it was originally intended – as a tool to guide and sustain us on the path of love.

 

lauriprofilecolorwebshot2013Contact Lauri Lumby today to find out how Authentic Freedom might be for you. lauri@authenticfreedom.love or (920) 230-1313.

Posted in Authentic Freedom, self-actualization, spiritual awakening, Spiritual Development

The Call of the Prophet and the Prophet’s Revenge

The call of the prophet is to change the world. As prophets we are gifted with the ability to see what in our world is in need of healing and transformation and how to support that transformation.  Prophets come in all shapes and sizes and walk among us within all sectors of our culture.  Prophets are right there underneath our noses, working for positive non-violent change in our homes, our schools, our medical facilities, our corporations, our government, and yes, even in the military.  As prophets we each have a unique calling specific to our circle of influence or area of expertise.  As Albert Nolan so astutely observed:

Prophets are people who speak out when others remain silent. They are watchful of the areas in need of reform in their own society, their own country, or their own religious institutions. True prophets are men and women who stand up and speak (or act) out about the practices of their own people and their own leaders – while others remain silent. True prophets are not part of the authority structure. Prophets are never appointed, ordained or anointed by the religious establishment. They experience a special calling that comes directly from God, and their message comes from their own personal experience of God. (Jesus Today – A Spirituality of Radical Freedom, Orbis Books, 2008, pp. 63-67)

The prophet’s call is to change the world. The challenge to being a prophet, however, is that as a voice for change with a vision of our future and how to get there, we disturb the status quo.  In order to make a change….we have to…..change.  And as I have learned, the human species is more afraid of change than they are of death (why else would a woman who is being regularly beaten by her husband stay?).  As such, the world’s response to the prophet is one of two things:

    • To make the prophet the enemy.
    • To ignore them all together.

If you are a prophet, you are familiar with these responses. I know I am.  What the local Catholic Church did to me in response to my request for reform (which really wasn’t reform at all…it was simply a request to return to the mission Jesus originally began which was to teach people how to love) was everything short of a literal burning at the stake.  (Cue Mel Brooks).  After leaving the Church my work continues to be met by our popular culture with mostly silence and blank stares.  I am not alone.  I know prophets in the fields of teaching, religion, medicine, the arts, government, etc. who have met with much of the same.  It is the prophet’s curse – that and a fair dose of existential rage over who does get heard in a culture based in fear, power, control, greed, gluttony, sloth, deception and corruption.

As a prophet, however, we do not live in that world. We cannot live in that world.  If we did we would die.  The prophet has no choice but to stand in the integrity of our gift, our call, our mission and our purpose.  When we stray from our truth, our calling, our path, when we try to sell out for the cultural norm, we are punished.  This punishment is not an act of Divine retribution, but the natural consequence of denying our gifts.

What is true for the prophet, however, is also true for all of humanity. Each and every person on this planet has been uniquely gifted to be a vessel through which the transformational power of Divine love is meant to be manifest in our world.  Every single person.  And yet, very few heed the true calling of their soul, dooming them forever to a life of quiet desperation  – in our modern world, selling out to the house, the car, the status, the fame, the power, the money.  While they may be successful based on societal standards, they are not fulfilled within.  Some are aware of this lack of fulfillment, many feel it but choose to numb it in any of the various ways in which our culture silences the voice of our inner truth – food, alcohol, sex, gambling, TV, the internet, drugs, constant doing and achieving.  All the while, writhing from within over the insatiable longing of their soul.

While I do not believe in Divine retribution, I do believe in karma. When we ignore the calling of our soul, we suffer.  While as a prophet I might find some measure of comfort or a righteous sense of justice over this truth, but I do not.  Instead it makes me sad.  While I might be tempted to seek a prophet’s revenge on those who choose to ignore the calling of their soul, I do not.  I only want them to be free.  While I might have the tools to help people find that freedom, I cannot make them drink.

Lauri Ann Lumby, self-actualization, spiritual awakening, prophet, call of the prophet, Lauri Ann Lumby, OM, OPM, MATS supports you in your spiritual awakening and your journey toward self-actualization through her writing, online courses and one-on-one spiritual direction.

You can reach Lauri at lauri@authenticfreedom.love or by calling (920) 230-1313.

 

 

 

Posted in Lessons, Mary Magdalene, Oneness with God, self-actualization, Spiritual Formation, Spiritual Practices

Union – Available NOW!

My latest book, Union – A Year of Spiritual Lessons and Practices with Mary Magdalene is available NOW through Amazon!

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 Magdalene is 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.

Each lesson includes:

  • Scripture
  • Inspirational Reflection/Lesson
  • Suggested Meditation/Contemplation Exercise
  • Mini-lesson in Authentic Freedom™ – Lauri Ann Lumby’s Trademarked Protocol for Achieving Union.

It is suggested that the lessons be completed one per week in the order given as the lessons are laid out according to an ancient, forgotten wisdom which embraces the knowledge of the linear and cyclical process of human transformation. You may, however, complete these lessons in any order you like, perhaps making your choices, instead, according to the themes listed.  These lessons are meant to support and sustain you in the face of whatever challenges life might present to you.  It is encouraged that you return to these lessons as often as necessary and as the need arises in your life.

Lauri Ann Lumby, OM, OPM, MATS is a Modern Magdalene Priestess, spiritual counselor, educator and author. For over twenty years, Lauri has researched, studied and put into practice the hidden teachings of the Judeo-Christian tradition and discovered within them rich and effective tools for facilitating self-awareness and self-actualization. These teachings and practices prove that beyond the doctrine resides the truth that unites all people – the truth of Oneness in Love.

As a priestess of the Magdalene/Christ, Lauri shares these teachings through her on-line and local courses, one-on-one mentoring, writing and publishing, and through her Magdalene Priestess Training program.

 

 

Posted in Authentic Freedom, Mary Magdalene, Spiritual Practices

Union – A Year of Spiritual Lessons and Practices with Mary Magdalene. Coming Soon!

Union – A Year of Spiritual Lessons and Practices with Mary Magdalene

Coming Soon! 

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 Magdalene is 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.

Each lesson includes:

  • Scripture
  • Inspirational Reflection/Lesson
  • Suggested Meditation/Contemplation exercise
  • Mini-lesson in Authentic Freedom™ – Lauri Ann Lumby’s trademarked protocol for achieving Union.

Available soon in paperback and Kindle through Amazon.com.

Posted in women

FREE Wild Woman Renaissance Replay!

For the past 21 days, I have been part of the Wild Woman Renaissance online summit hosted by Shellie White Light.  It has been a gathering of powerful women sharing their uniquely powerful gifts.  I am grateful to Shellie for hosting this event and for all the other amazing women who have shared their expertise. 

A FREE replay of the Summit is available now through August 25th.  Please enjoy this FREE gift today:

Click on image to access FREE replay.
Posted in About Lauri, Christ Consciousness, Divine Revelation, Jesus, Mary Magdalene

Meeting Mary Magdalene

Lauri’s latest book. Buy it Now on Amazon.com.

In 1978, I had my first personal, mystical encounter with the Christ and the Magdalene.  They came to me through the Jesus Christ Superstar soundtrack, where for the first time I realized Jesus’ humanity and that Mary Magdalene played a much larger role in the life and ministry of Jesus than I had previously been led to believe.

While the Magdalene would wait to reveal herself fully, I immediately began having direct experiences of the Christ while in prayer, while attending mass, and through the experiences of my everyday life.  The Jesus that was revealing himself to me was markedly different from the Jesus I had been taught to worship in that he was fully human and directly accessible – meaning there was no need for an intermediary between human beings and Christ, we are able to know him directly through contemplation and prayer and through the circumstances of our daily lives.  Additionally, the Jesus that I was coming to know was not exclusive to those who proclaimed him as their savior.  Instead, this Jesus spoke a universal message of unconditional love that promised to transform every human being on this planet – whether they were Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Pagan, Buddhist, or otherwise.  Jesus’ message was for all of humanity, and you didn’t have to become Christian to find salvation in these truths.

As is common in the revelation of the feminine, the Magdalene came to me subtly at first – initially cloaked within the priestesses of Arthurian legend, Morganna in particular, and then through the other mystical and powerful women I encountered through music, cinema, theatre, art, and literature.  It wasn’t until 1994, while in ministry formation, that I had my first direct experience of the Magdalene.  This experience launched an avalanche of encounters through which I was guided by the Magdalene to learn the hidden truths of the Magdalene’s place within the Jesus story, in the beginning years of the Jesus movement, and how she continues to work on our behalf – helping us to discover,  integrate and embody the Living Teachings of Christ.

The Living Teachings of Christ, as revealed to me through both the Magdalene and the Christ, are those teachings which transcend dogma and doctrine, freeing Jesus’ teachings to adapt to an ever-changing world.  Not exclusive or limited to a specific belief system, the Living Teachings of Christ are universal in their appeal, revealing truth to every human being, no matter where they are in their journey and regardless of their specific belief system.  In a world that has become increasingly separated by belief, the unveiling of these teachings could not be more timely.

The Living Teachings of Christ, as revealed through both Jesus and Mary (called Magdalene) spring forth out of one foundational truth:

The Truth of Oneness

This is the truth that Jesus came to know within himself, and the truth he sought to teach his disciples.  Mary, called Magdalene, fully integrated and embodied this truth – the truth that we are all One – within ourselves, with each other, with all of creation and with God. Jesus and Mary experienced this Oneness as unconditional love.  This is the truth that promises to heal the fear and perceived separation that is the cause of suffering in the human condition, and to restore us to our original nature as LOVE.

Read my latest book which goes beyond the Living Teachings of Christ to reveal the Secret Teachings of Mary Magdalene.  Available in paperback and Kindle on Amazon.com.  Buy it HERE.