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Taking Up the Veil of the Magdalene

Below is a reflection from one of the recent graduates of the Magdalene Priesthood Training. Her words perfectly describe the Magdalene calling and I am grateful to V. for being willing to share these words – both a reflection and a testimonial!  

“It is time for you to take up the veil and teach!” Jesus said to me in meditation his loving eyes piercing into my soul. As he speaks these words, I feel a veil being placed upon my head by two women. This 15 month journey has been a process of remembering and owning who I truly am and how I am uniquely called to be of service to the world. I have always been a Magdalene. One of many who are called to be love in the world, each in her own unique way.

How am I uniquely called to be of service in the world? First in my own healing and then in service to the world? My path is the path of the healer, but not in the traditional sense. The main gift I have been given is the gift of encouragement along with love of learning (knowledge). Through the vehicle of teaching, am I to create a safe place so that a person can be uniquely themselves in all its messy glory of being human at this time on this planet. From a place of non-judgement and acceptance a person can begin to remember their own unique gift and purpose. As the spark of remembrance ignites in each of us, we become a light in this world. Our individual light will combine with others to illuminate this world with love. It is a collaborative effort and we are each needed. My job is to be that support and encouragement as someone begins the process of clearing away all that stands in the way of them radiating their own light in the world.

So how did I get to this point? This is what the 15 month journey has been about. What did I need to clear away? The false perception that I am separate from God. We are all one with God. Always have been, always will be. This wound acts out differently in people but the source is the same.  All of the courses in the Magdalene training were about digging into and clearing that wound.

For me in particular, this wound showed itself as not feeling worthy. As the false belief that God would choose everyone else but me to be of service in the world. The belief that I had nothing of value to offer that the Divine would be interesting in using. But, that is a lie! We all have immense value! Each and every one of us. We have just forgotten who we truly are. We are unique manifestations of the Divine. As we heal from the false perception of separation from God we begin to beautifully radiate our own individual spark of the Divine.

The tool that has had the most profound effect on me, helping me to stay in alignment with this truth is the Lord’s Prayer in Aramaic. I spent a lot of time with this. Learning each phrase and how it feels in the body. I continue to start and end each day with this prayer. Does it mean that life is smooth sailing? Not at all! But it does mean that I have the tool to re-center myself.

I don’t know that the future will look like or how I will ever be able to put this knowledge into practice. I am in the unknown and it causes discomfort and doubt at times. However, I draw strength from remembering a meditation experience I had during the Resurrecting the Magdalene course. I am in red, disheveled and weary, my dress worn and dusty. I am following a path that takes me to a mountain top. Jesus is there smiling and waiting for me. He takes my hand. I am rejuvenated and joyful. My beat up garment becomes white and pristine. We look out across a mountain view. Lights are coming on all over the place. This is continuing across the face of the earth. Love will save the Earth! My heart sings! I turn to look at the path that I have just trod. There are many more like me. They are coming up the path battered and weary, but they have made it! They have remembered the spark of the Divine within them. They are becoming a light in this world. I am one of those lights and so are you!

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The Principles and Practices of Magdalene Mastery

While the world is busy chasing after shiny objects, Authentic Freedom Academy and the Order of the Magdalene focus their attention and intention on that which will remain.  Shiny objects are those things which provide temporary satisfaction, momentary titillation, and excitement.  Shiny objects make us feel good and might give us a thrill but the satisfaction never remains.  Human beings seek after shiny objects in an attempt to fill the emptiness and longing caused by the common human wound of separation.  Shiny objects, however, can never fill that void of separation.  The wound of division cannot be filled from something outside of us.  It can only be fulfilled from within.

Satisfying the longing and emptiness left behind by the wound of separation can only be fulfilled by healing that wound. Healing the wound of separation is only accomplished through a disciplined, persistent, practiced approach of identifying, healing and transforming our deepest and most stubborn wounds. The work of healing these wounds require courage, the willingness to be vulnerable, and most importantly, the ability to be honest with ourselves around the topic of our wounds and the ways in which our wounds might come out sideways in non-loving behavior toward ourselves or others.  With consistent attention to this work, we soon come to realize that we are the shiny object we’ve been looking for. In clearing away our wounds, past traumas, and the guilt heaped upon us through societal conditioning, we see the beauty, brilliance and magic of our true and most authentic self – that which we’ve been seeking all along.

At Authentic Freedom Academy and the Order of the Magdalene, we are not another one of those shiny objects that you might be tempted to entertain.  We are not about to blow smoke up your ass, or make you feel good about yourself by feeding your ego. Instead, we support you and help guide you through the tools and practices we have developed which will help you find satisfaction with yourself.  Finding yourself includes discovering your gifts, being empowered to develop, cultivate and share your gifts.  Finding yourself also includes the deep, often challenging and messy work of soul retrieval – identifying and clearing away the debris of past woundedness and the behaviors that arose out of these wounds so that only your true, original, and untainted self remains.  Here you will find the confidence to live your truth along with the inner power that will fuel you in your work.  Shiny object will always leave you unsatisfied.  With Magdalene Mastery, you will find deeply rooted fulfillment, enduring satisfaction, contentment, joy, and peace in your own personal sovereignty.

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The Principles and Practices of Magdalene Mastery:

I. Commitment to a Spiritual Practice

II.  Mission and Purpose

Service to self and the world through the identification, nurturing and sharing of one’s unique gifts.

III. Dedication to Personal Development

Self-knowledge

Continuing study and exploration

IV. Shadow Work

Identifying and transforming unhealed wounds

Releasing trauma (personal and ancestral)

Undoing societal conditioning

V. Radical Personal Accountability

Ongoing exploration of wounds, triggers, etc.

Freedom from blame/victimhood

Vi. Empowerment through Love

Transcending Division to live in love.

Exercising compassion for self and others

Being Love in the world.

 

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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
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Guest Post: Is There No King in You?

Today’s post comes from one of the amazing women who are currently participating in my Live/online course, The Gospel of Mary Magdalene.  The following came forth through a meditation activity I invited the participants to enter into with a scripture reading from the prophet Micah.  I share Louisa’s beautiful (passionate) response to Micah’s question followed by the scripture itself.  Thank you Louisa for this passionate and truthful response!  A note to the reader:  Read this sharing in the voice of a passionate and perhaps a bit angry and frustrated woman! (You know, we’ve all been there!) Selah!

 

In Response to Micah: 

 

“Is there no King in you?”

 

There is a visceral reaction to these words.  Words that value my courage, my tenacity, my worth, based on the internalized masculine.

 

There is no King in me.

He would only get in my way and obstruct me with his ridiculous rules, his lust for power, his striving in ignorance to feed his insatiable ego.

 

There is no King in me.

He would slow me down with his mansplaining and denial of the emotions that are woven through me and make me juicy and complex.

 

If there were a King here,

My labor would stall.  I would be expected to birth in silence, suppressing my creative needs, and bringing forth only that which he deemed worthy.

 

Without my inner King,

I am fierce. I bring forth life. I connect the fertile Earth beneath me with the Celestial Majesty above.

 

Unlike him,

I don’t live on the Earth, squeezing every resource I can from her for my own self- aggrandizement.  I live of the Earth, in the Earth, from the Earth, and by the Earth.

 

No, there is no King in me.

I don’t have that kind of time to waste.

 

So, tell me instead,

“Is there no Queen in you?”

 

Louisa Foster

09.12.20

Micah 4: 8-13

And you, O tower of the flock,
hill of daughter Zion,
to you it shall come,
the former dominion shall come,
the sovereignty of daughter Jerusalem.

Now why do you cry aloud?
Is there no king in you?
Has your counselor perished,

that pangs have seized you like a woman in labor?
Writhe and groan,O daughter Zion,
like a woman in labor;
for now you shall go forth from the city
and camp in the open country;
you shall go to Babylon.

There you shall be rescued,
there the Lord will redeem you
from the hands of your enemies.

Now many nations
are assembled against you,
saying, “Let her be profaned,
and let our eyes gaze upon Zion.”
But they do not know
the thoughts of the Lord;
they do not understand his plan,
that he has gathered them as sheaves to the threshing floor.
Arise and thresh,
O daughter Zion,
for I will make your horn iron
and your hoofs bronze;
you shall beat in pieces many peoples,
and shall devote their gain to the Lord,
their wealth to the Lord of the whole earth.

 

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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!

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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

 

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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

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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.

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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!

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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. 

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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.

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