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 Mary Magdalene

The Magdalene Priesthood Training- Returning to Ourselves

For the past several years I have welcome over 100 women and men into the Order of the Magdalene Priesthood Training.  Below are the words of two recent graduates of the full 1 year program.  Thank you Maria and Rebecca for your beautiful words and for the work of love you are performing in our world!

In looking back over the time it has taken me to complete this course, I can’t believe where I am now.
The gifts (magic ) I have to offer from my Spirit.
The Freedom of authenticity that is flowing from me.
The integration and depth of the Spirit that comes forth.

The fearlessness and contentment of living in this new found Freedom.

I have learned through this program to come back and return…return to myself.
Everytime I struggled with something occurring in my life,
I would do a lesson in the program and reflect…go inward.

Not seek outward for help, like the old me would do.
But connect to the training …to the Magdalene…to me!

It was a blessing in so many ways.
The Magdalene Priestess Training ultimately allowed me to stand unto myself.
To find dominion in me.
Thank you Lauri…so very much.

Maria G. USA

 

What is so amazing to me is in this journey and through each course it has helped to heal my relationship with religion.  In the sense that I don’t need to follow any one direction of spirituality.  It has given me a completely different outlook on scripture and the characters in scripture but also on those who have translated and handed down these teachings.  To stop and consider what personal agendas may have been at stake in recording and passing them on based on the author at the time.  It has taught me to lead through my heart.  How to recognize myself in others both my poor and positive traits and how those are reflecting in those around me. I have to admit that my relationship to Christ has very much been strengthened during this time, and in doing that my sacred feminine feels even more powerful.  I seem to have a very strong relationship to Mother Mary as well, and it may be due to the fact of being in the throws of motherhood now.  I definitely do not feel like the same person from almost 2 years ago.  Now I feel strong in my faith combined with my witchy ways.  You don’t have to choose one or the other.  It’s empowering and wonderful!

Rebecca USA

 

Posted in Mary Magdalene, order of the magdalene, priestess training

Order of the Magdalene Priest and Priestess Training

I am excited to announce that this week I welcomed the first man and the 36th woman in the FULL 12-month online Priest and Priestess training of the Order of the Magdalene!  They join the 30 in Oshkosh who have completed this training and the nearly 30 other women and men who have completed the online Resurrecting the Magdalene course which includes the Magdalene Activation and Ordination!  This is great news as we continue to unfold new/old ways of being what we used to call “church” and reclaim the self-actualization that is meant for us and which was modeled and then taught by both Jesus and his beloved and successor, Mary, the Magdalene.  This is a true testament to the return of the Divine Feminine and the Divine Masculine and the continued healing and restoration of our world. As a humanity (though the “powers that be don’t want us to see it this way) we are truly becoming ONE. Learn more

Learn more about the Magdalene Priest and Priestess Training HERE.

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Meet the Magdalenes – Deb Sommerhalder

The Magdalenes are women and men who have completed the Authentic Freedom Leadership training or the Magdalene Priest/ess Training. The Magdalenes are called and empowered through their own unique giftedness and within their own circle of influence to be a vessel through which Divine Love is brought forth into this world.  I am honored and humbled to be in the company of this amazingly powerful community! This blog series features the Magdalenes and all the great work they are doing in the world.

Magdalenes, Meet the Magdalenes, Deb Sommerhalder, Inner Sun Yoga StudioDeb Sommerhalder, OM, E-RYT, CYT, CPT  

Deb Sommerhalder is the founder and owner of Inner Sun Yoga Studio in Oshkosh, WI. With a 20 year background in the fitness industry teaching aerobics and prenatal classes Deb went on to become certified to teach yoga and is a member of the Yoga Alliance.  In January 2004, Deb founded and opened Inner Sun Yoga in Oshkosh. Beyond traditional Hatha Yoga, Deb is certified to teach and offer Aerial Yoga, the Roll Model Method, Aromatherapy, Thai Massage bodywork, Christouch energy healing and most recently, Aromatouch and Sound Massage.  As a graduate of the full Magdalene Priest/ess Training, Deb incorporates her training into all of her yoga and healing offerings.  You can learn more about Deb and her studio at www.innersunyogastudio.com.

Deb has been my yoga teacher for the past 10+ years.  We first met “by chance” at a wellness events for the local Boys & Girls Club where Deb and I were both facilitators.  Deb then invited me to facilitate Spirit Dance at her studio and about  a year later I traded in my YMCA membership for a Yoga membership at Inner Sun.  I am deeply grateful for Deb’s vision and approach to yoga as it is solidly grounded in the ultimate goal of yoga which is spiritual.  Deb’s studio is a warm and welcoming space and over the course of the past 10 years, it has become my “church.”  Deb’s gifts of hospitality and pastoring are visible as she has birthed a yoga space that fosters true community.  I am humbled and honored to have had Deb and her amazing teachers as guides and for the privilege of serving Deb and the members of her studio through my own unique gifts.  It is a true partnership for which I am eternally grateful!  Thank you Deb!

Begin your journey of embracing your own Magdalene calling:

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Posted in Discernment, Inspiration, Mary Magdalene, Order of Melchizedek

Receiving a Vision and Seeing it Through

For many years I have used the Tarot as a source of guidance and support. I do not believe the cards themselves are guiding me, but that the archetypal images are reflecting back to me the deep truths I know in my heart but sometimes cannot see through the intrusions of the mind.  Yesterday morning, at another crossroads in my life, I laid cards.  What came through at once surprised me and affirmed what I have known all along.  I have many times been given a vision of my mission and purpose in this life.  This mission has not changed and is being fulfilled in the timing that can only come from the Divine. As I told a friend on Monday,

“I am very clear on my mission. As the Catholic Church (and other forms of institutional religion) implode upon themselves, I am here as a bridge, a source of comfort and a guide.  I am able to speak the language of the people who will be leaving the Church.  I can be a source of comfort and support for their grief and shock.  I will support them in finding healing from the trauma and break free of co-dependency.  I will provide them with tools in a language with which they are familiar that will empower them in finding their own truth.”

This is the work I have been doing for the past 25 years and the work I will continue to do. In laying cards, this has, once again, been confirmed:

Here were the cards I drew:

The Empress: At the center is the card that represents self. Here, she is the Empress.  The Empress, here represented by St. Helena represents the reception of a vision/mission/purpose and the courage and strength to see it through.  The Empress tells us, “You know what your mission is…..stick with it….be true to your mission….and see it through. In remaining diligent and faithful, it will be fulfilled.

High Priestess: The second card represents the situation we are currently facing. Here, represented by the Magdalene who plays the role of priestess.  The priestess card is all about the inner journey, the esoteric, mystery and intuition. The priestess card presides over the gateway between life and death is able to communicate with “the gods.”  The Priestess tells us to listen to the voice within and act according to its dictates.  She tells us to trust our intuition even (especially) when it makes no logical sense whatsoever.  She reminds me that this is what I am to continue to do for myself, while supporting others in doing the same.

Ten of Staffs: To the right of the two center cards is the card that represents new beginnings and inspiration. Here – the ten of staffs which represent RESURRECTION.  What has died will find new life.  The phoenix will come forth out of the ash.  Considering all the endings and “death” I have experienced in the past many years, I can only take this as a message of great hope and promise, confirming what I have always believed  –  if the Universe is asking so much to come to an end, it must be for the sake of something HUGE.  I welcome whatever that might be.

6 of Cups: At the bottom is the card that presents transition. Connected with the element of fire it represents taking in what is life-giving and letting go of that which no longer serves.  This is the corner of transformation.  As the 6 of cups, this card represents service – specifically service to others.  Here, depicted as Jesus washing the feet of his disciples – a card of humble service and the inversion of hierarchy.  I take this as an invitation to hold true to my commitment and focus on humble service – avoiding the temptations of the ego to place oneself above others as “teacher” or “priest” or “guru” but instead as companion.  We are all on this journey trying to figure our own sh.t out.  If I can help others find themselves in the middle of the debris of our human experience, then I am humbled and grateful to do so.

The Star: The card to the left represents the process of coming into maturity – approaching the fruition of our labors. In the traditional Tarot, this is the Star card, here portrayed by Teresa of Avila in her vision of the interior castle (heaven) and the seven step process of getting there.  This card represents our own ascension (attainment of self-actualization and bringing that into our lived experience.)  It also represents a breakthrough and an opportunity suddenly becoming available.  I’ll take it!

Knight of Swords: The top cards represent the outcome of the journey. The first card, the Knight of Swords, invites us to explore our demons and our attitude toward them.  Are they our enemy and something to be destroyed, or can we find a gentler way of dealing with the perceived obstacles both within and outside of us?  St. George invites me to take the gentle path and to work toward integration and union rather than destruction.  Interestingly this is EXTREMELY relevant at this time in my journey.

Nine of Coins: The final card is the card of true abundance – a spiritual abundance providing material support. It also represents receiving the fruits of our labors. This is the experience I’ve been waiting for….and may it be so!

If you are interested in learning the Tarot from a Christian perspective, check out the Tarot of the Saints by Robert M. Place. The Tarot is also explored in depth in my online Order of Melchizedek Training Program. 

order of melchizedek, Christian Magic, Catholic Magic, ritual, magic, shamanism, kabbalah,

 

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Meet the Magdalenes – Tracey Wickham

The Magdalenes are women and men who have completed the Authentic Freedom Leadership training or the Magdalene Priest/ess Training. The Magdalenes are called and empowered through their own unique giftedness and within their own circle of influence to be a vessel through which Divine Love is brought forth into this world.  I am honored and humbled to be in the company of this amazingly powerful community!  This blog series features the Magdalenes and all the great work they are doing in the world. 

Magdalene – Tracey Wickham, UK

Tracey Wickham is an Angelic Healing Practitioner, Reiki Master, Meditation Guide, Hand Mudra Energy Healer, Crystal Therapist and Archangelic Life Coach. Tracey is a voracious learner and has many more qualifications to follow. She lives in the West Midlands of England with her tabby cat Cedric.  Learn more about Tracey’s work (or better yet, sign up for one of her amazing sessions) through her website: www.traceywickham.co.uk

Tracey’s journey of embracing her Magdalene calling: in her own words:

I have been interested in healing for as long as I can remember.

My mum used to suffer from migraines when she was alive and I hated seeing her in pain. In fact I used to try and help alleviate the pain, using my hands, although I knew nothing about Reiki at the time.

My first qualification came as a Crystal Therapist, and these days I work with Etheric Crystals so that I can offer clients crystal therapy on a distance basis. Although Etheric Crystals are not here in the physical they are very affective and much more powerful than working with the physical form.

In 2012 I became a Reiki Master and since then I have continued to study many different forms of Reiki. In fact I have some attunements lined up so there is more to come.

I set up my website as I want to be able to help as many people as possible. And one way to do this is to offer all my work on a distance basis.

In the past when I have worked with friends this way it has proved to be successfully. They all said at the time that they benefited enormously, whether they had distance Reiki or a distance Crystal Therapy session.

I am an Angelic Healing Practitioner and have been accredited by the IAOTH. I am going to start studying for my advanced certification soon.

In 2016 I studied with Charles Virtue and became a certified Archangelic Life Coach. As a result I am able to offer clients a number of oracle card readings.

Since gaining my Meditation Guide certification I have added 1 to 1 online guided meditation sessions for four different things including depression and relaxation.

I have also got a certification in Energy Healing Hand Mudras and I am very excited about this. Let me explain. Hand Mudras can be sent energetically just like Reiki. It is my intention to start offering clients a number of Hand Mudra distance sessions. Now I may be wrong, but I don’t think I have ever seen this form of energy healing being offered to clients elsewhere, and if I am correct it will be an honour to be the first, or among the first, to do this.

Something I am looking forward to offering clients is EFT. I hope to finish the course I am taking next week and once I have received my certification I shall start offering 1 to 1 online sessions.

I guess you may have discovered reading this that I am passionate about healing and helping others.

Since becoming an ordained member of the Order of the Magdalene I have come to realise that healing work and helping others is my ministry. And I am proud to rise to that challenge to the best of my ability. To me this calling is a blessing.

Not everyone lives near an alternative therapist or can afford their fees. I hope that by offering my services this way those who would not otherwise receive the help they need will be able to do so.

 Support your own Magdalene calling through the Magdalene Priest/ess Training Program:

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Posted in Mary Magdalene

$30.00 off the Resurrecting the Magdalene online course

Resurrecting the Magdalene
Click on image above to earn more and receive the $30.00 discounted price.

$30.00 off the regular price now through July 22, 2018

Mary, called Magdalene achieved the goal of the human experience – to become both fully human and fully divine.  In doing so, Mary embodied the Divine Feminine and the Divine Masculine in  perfect harmony and it was through this integration that she was able to grasp Jesus’ original teachings of compassion and love and bring them forward into the world.

2000 years ago, the world was not ready for her teachings, but today we are.  Join us as we explore the deeper and hidden truths about Mary Magdalene revealed during her time with Jesus:  her roles as student, initiate, co-equal partner, wife, facilitator and witness to the resurrection, and the one sent to continue Jesus’ mission of  being love in the world.

This Course includes the Magdalene Activation and concludes with the Magdalene Ordination through which you are empowered, through your own unique gifts and passions to fulfill the mission of LOVE in the world. 

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

To learn more and receive the $30.00 discount, click HERE.

Posted in Christ Consciousness, Jesus, Mary Magdalene

The Magdalene’s Lament

My Beloved Christ,

For 2000 years I’ve awaited your return. As you wander the hallowed halls of the heavenly kingdom, I have languished in my earthly prison, forever and always alone, and longing for you. As you are serenaded by a choir of heavenly hosts, I am plagued by the suffering cries of humanity – howling, weeping, begging, groveling and gnashing their teeth for an end to their suffering.

And I suffer along with them – lifetime upon lifetime upon lifetime of suffering – rejected by your male disciples, condemned by the Church as a whore, silenced by the magisterium, hunted down by crusaders, burned at the stake for being a witch, drawn and quartered by the inquisition, cast out for the sake of another’s envy. Lifetimes of suffering.

Oh yes, there have been glimpses of joy – in my God-blessed children, the men of courage and strength who have loved me, my beloved sisters and brothers who have returned to me life after life after life. Yes, there have been moments of joy and the satisfaction of love and a purposeful mission; and yet, even these do not endure, for you are not where you belong here, at my side.

2000 years I’ve awaited your return. Accepting my fate in human skin, even when it means I suffer more for lack of you.  My Spirit is strong, but my flesh is weak.  I long to stroke your hair, to gaze deeply into your chameleon eyes, to feel the touch of your lips on mine and to once again be held in your loving embrace.

copyright 2016 Lauri Ann Lumby

Lamentation of Christ by Botticelli
Lamentation of Christ by Botticelli

 

Posted in Spiritual Formation, Spiritual Practices

Blowing the Doors off the Vatican Vault – Unleashing Spiritual Practices

In yesterday’s blog, I promised to relieve you of some of the obstacles to beginning and maintaining a spiritual practice.  Today’s blog reveals tools for sound spiritual practice that come to us through the Judeo-Christian contemplative (mystical) traditions. 

Lucas and Spielberg had it right

Remember that scene from the movie, Raiders of the Lost Ark, where they show a custodian wheeling the Ark of the Covenant, now locked up and crated deep into the bowels of the Smithsonian Institute’s basement?  The very Ark that Indiana Jones worked so hard to find and rescue from the clutches of the Nazi’s?  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q6-rQ6Jay6w Well, that scene is exactly how I imagine the rich tradition of Mystical (aka Magdalene) Christianity…..locked up in a steel vault somewhere deep in the bowels of the Vatican.  Some pope, a long time ago, gathered up the richness of these traditions and locked them up….far away from the reaching arms of the hungry laity.  The good news is that the monastic communities of the Christian tradition also had knowledge of the tools and practices of the mystical church and preserved them, keeping them safe and waiting for the days that someone would blow the doors off the Vatican vault, unleashing these tools for the benefit of all….and perhaps for the salvation of “Mother Church.”  (another topic for another day.)  Well, here I am…..the uppity Lay Minister, Lauri Ann Lumby.  I’ve got the keys to the vault and I’m not afraid to use them.  🙂

Dun Da Dun Dun Dun Da Dun (Sung to the opening theme from Raider’s of the Lost Ark)  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vg7C9qwLoqE

So, without further ado……below you will find a resource that I developed for the students and facilitators who have crossed the threshold of Authentic Freedom Ministries.   Tools for sound spiritual practice from the Judeo-Christian mystical/contemplative tradition.  Make a copy of this and keep it as instructional material as you begin to develop or deepen your spiritual practice.  And because I’m a huge brat…..a few words to the pope and his cronies in Rome right out of this morning’s scripture:

“Therefore I say to you, the Kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people that will produce its fruit”

Matthew 21: 45 

I’m just sayin’!

So….here are the tools we have all been waiting for:

I.                   Lectio Divina

Lectio Divina is Latin for “divine reading,” “spiritual reading,” or “holy reading” and represents a method of prayer and scriptural reading intended to promote communion with God and to provide special spiritual insights.

A.    Lectio – Reading the Bible passage gently and slowly several times. The passage itself is not as important as the savoring of each portion of the reading, constantly listening for the “still, small voice” of a word or phrase that somehow speaks to the practitioner.

B.     Meditatio – Reflecting on the text of the passage and thinking about how it applies to one’s own life. This is considered to be a very personal reading of the Scripture and very personal application. Asking the question, how is God speaking to me personally through this passage?

C.    Oratio – Responding to the passage by opening the heart to God. This is not primarily an intellectual exercise, but is thought to be more of the beginning of a conversation with God. This stage can be accomplished through journaling, or offering a silent or spoken prayer to God.

D.    Contemplatio – Listening to God. This is a freeing of oneself from one’s own thoughts, both mundane and holy, and hearing God talk to us. Opening the mind, heart, and soul to the influence of God.

 

 

II.                Centering Prayer/Silent Contemplation

Silent Contemplation is allowing oneself to simply rest in God.  The goal of contemplation is “no goal.”  The practitioner is to simply be.  Repeated practice opens the contemplative to the fruits of contemplation – deepening peace, insight, creativity, guidance, consolation and compassion.

A.    Practitioner finds a comfortable place where they can sit in silence.

B.     Practitioner chooses a focal point – the breath, a sacred word or phrase (love, peace, Jesus,Om, etc.)

C.    Practitioner sits in silence.  When they find their mind wandering, they return their attention to their focal point.

D.    Practitioner continues in this manner for the period of time pre-determined for contemplation.

III.             Love Letter from God

This type of practice works best with scripture passages that seem to be God addressing us.

A.    Read through the passage slowly and meditatively.

B.     Re-read the passage as if it is a letter written to us directly from God.

C.    Practitioner allows themselves to receive the words into their heart.

D.    The remainder of the practice follows a similar pattern to Lectio-Divina.

Read, receive, respond, contemplate

IV.             Free-Form Journaling/Automatic Writing

Through this approach, the practitioner brings a question or a thought to the meditation session.   The practitioner offers the question/thought to God, then allows God to speak to them through their pen as they write in their journal.  Through this method, the practitioner allows their own thoughts, etc. to step aside to make room for the words of God.

V.                Mantra Meditation

A.    Practitioner chooses a favorite sacred phrase/mantra.  (Om Mani Padme Om; Hail Mary Full of Grace; Om Shanti; Give us this day our daily bread; Abwoon d’bwashmaya; etc.)

B.     Practitioner repeats mantra silently or aloud, over and over, allowing the mantra to draw them into a place of peaceful calm.

C.    Practitioner continues with mantra until they find it no longer necessary and are able to enter into silent contemplation.

D.    Practitioner returns to mantra when they find their mind wandering.

VI.             Prayer Beads

Practitioner engages in practice above, using prayer beads/rosary to “count” mantra repetitions.  The benefit of using prayer beads is that is adds another sense to the process – tactile touch.  This is especially helpful for those with a restless mind.

VII.          Imagination-Contemplation/Daydreaming Meditation

A.    Practitioner chooses a narrative story from scripture.

B.     Practitioner reads through the story slowly and meditatively

C.    Practitioner chooses a character from the story (named, or unnamed).

D.    Practitioner re-reads the story from the vantage point of their chosen character.

E.     Practitioner enters into their creative imagination, placing themselves as their chosen character in the midst of the story.  They allow the story to unfold in their imagination in great detail, being mindful of thoughts, reflections, emotions that may surface through the process.

F.     Practitioner writes what they witnessed through their imagination, allowing additional details to surface as they write.

G.    Practitioner reflects on two questions:

1. How is God speaking to me through what was revealed in this daydreaming?

2. How is the revealed story reflective of something going on in my current life journey?

VIII.       Art as Prayer

Practitioner is given the task of creating a visual representative of their prayer/reflection.

IX.             Music Meditation

Music is used as a vehicle through which the practitioner can find that place of peaceful calm within.

A.    Choose the musical selection (chant, classical music, instrumental music works well here)

B.     Practitioner listens to musical selection with rapt attention, allowing the movement of the music to draw them into peaceful calm.

C.    Practitioner rests in silent contemplation once music is finished.

X.                Mindful Meditation/Theological Reflection

A.    Practitioner chooses an ordinary activity or object as the focal point of their meditation.

B.     Practitioner observes the object or engages in the activity with rapt attention.

C.    Practitioner becomes aware of the object or the activity in a way that transcends their typical experience of this object/activity.

D.    Practitioner records what they observe in the object or activity, asking what how God is being revealed through the object or activity.

Lauri Lumby

Authentic Freedom Ministries

http://yourspiritualtruth.com