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Recovering Catholics – 42.7 Million Strong

The Second Largest Religious Denomination

A few years back, I learned that the second largest religious denomination in the United States (reported by PEW Research, second only to the Roman Catholic Church), is made up of non-practicing Catholics.  I sat down and did the math and the number of people who still call themselves Catholic, but who no longer attend mass on a regular basis is 42.7 million!  That is a HUGE number of people.  If you are reading this blog, you are likely one of those 42.7 million, or perhaps you were raised Catholic and no longer call yourself Catholic, so we can simply add you to this number and we might find that there are in fact 85.4 million Recovering Catholics in the United States. If that were the case, we would outnumber the active Roman Catholic population!!!

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Who Cares?

You might ask yourself, “Who cares?”  Why is this significant information?  What does this prove to anybody, if anything?  Well, it means something to me.  And here’s why:

1) There are a significant number of men and women in the United States that had a particular religious experience growing up which formed them (for better or worse) and which contributed to who they are today.

2) This unique religious experience of being raised Catholic probably continues to inform them (again, for better or worse).

3) This unique religious experience of being raised Catholic becomes part of the marrow, blood and bones of one raised in this tradition and cannot be exorcised no matter how your current religious experience has changed (if, indeed it has).

4) For those who are no longer practicing Catholics, there is a unique form of grief that comes with the separation from Catholicism (whatever the reason for that separation), and there is a unique form of longing that cannot be quenched.

5) There is a unique set of needs residing within the hearts of Recovering Catholics, that for the most part, are not being met.  We cannot get these needs met in another religious institution.  We cannot go to the Catholic Church to get these needs met.  We cannot meet these needs on our own.

6) I am here to help the 42.7 million (or more) Recovering Catholics get those needs met.

 

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What are those needs?

I see the needs of Recovering Catholics as the following (and if you see more, please let me know what they are…..and I will see how I can help!):

1) Grief Support:  Catholics leave for a multitude of reasons, most boiling down to the fact that the truth God revealed to them is in conflict with the doctrine of the Church – teachings on contraception, homosexuality, vocations, divorce, remarriage, etc. etc.  Some leave because they have been directly harmed by a representative of the Church – sexually abused by a priest, physically or verbally abused by a teacher, counselor or lay minister, given incorrect information about Church teachings that made them feel unwelcome (like a certain family member who was told they were no longer welcome to come to communion simply because of a divorce).  No matter the reason, when we leave a community in which we were one time a member, even if the parting is our own decision (kind of), there is grief.  Recovering Catholics need support for the grief they experience in leaving the Institution behind, or in being asked to leave.

2) Resolution: Many Catholics (especially in the past), who left or were asked to leave, were asked to leave based on faulty information.  A representative of the Church misinterpreted the doctrine, or interpreted it to fit their own personal agenda.  For these people, the healing is helped when they learn the faulty nature of the information.  Yes, this will certainly stir anger, but for some, it opens the door to their return….something many are ultimately longing for.  Recovering Catholics might not seek this resolution from a priest, so I can be that bridge….if this is what they need.

3) Longing:  In my generation and the generations that follow, the number one reason I have heard for people leaving is because in the Catholic Church, their needs were not being met.  Specifically, the desire to:

Know themselves.

Know God.

Find Inner Peace.

Know their Gifts and how they are called to use them.

Find meaning and purpose in their lives.

The Catholic Church, most often, attempts to meet these needs through religious formation – the dissemination of doctrine, or doesn’t even go so far as that and simply stands in the belief that providing you with an opportunity to attend mass and receive the sacraments is enough.   Unfortunately, this is an intelligent and wise population of men and women who are looking for something more than to have their heads filled with rules and regulations, history and traditions.  And for many, the mass is not relevant (or the homily given at mass isn’t relevant).  They want DEPTH!  They want something that has meaning and relevance in their own lives and which allows them to know God personally, not just through someone else’s interpretation.  In short, what they are looking for, but don’t have the words for, is Spiritual Formation – something the Church has not done a good job of making available to the men and women in the pews. Spiritual Formation just happens to be one of my areas of expertise!

4) Validation: Recovering Catholics also desire validation….and they deserve it!  They have been formed to use the brain God gave them to reason, discern and exercise truth.  And, many, if not most, grew up in a culture that lost its trust in authority.  They/we have come to question authority and to not blindly follow simply because we were told.  Instead, authority has to be earned and our own reasoning minds need to be validated.  We need to be given credit for having a brain and an intelligent thought and the freedom to challenge and question what we are being told.  In the Institutional Church, questioning is often discouraged or outwardly condemned.  What the Institution has forgotten is that the most important stage in faith development is the questioning and searching stage.  If the Church really wants mature disciples, this stage needs to be honored.  If the Institution will not welcome these questions, I am happy to do so!  I’m excited to see how your questions will help you grow….and me as well!  🙂

If you are a recovering Catholic and looking for support, I am here for you.  Call (920) 230-1313 or email lauri@authenticfreedomacademy.com to find out more. 

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My Magic is This……What is Yours?

Each and every one of us is uniquely gifted to be LOVE in the world. When we came into this world, we knew what our unique gifts were, but through societal conditioning (“writers are a dime a dozen,” “you can’t make a living doing that,” “what you think you are seeing or hearing is only your imagination,” “Good Girls don’t do that!” “Cool or straight boys don’t act or sing or dance…”) we learn to forget, hide, or set aside the magic we came into this world to enjoy and to share.  In order to fit in and to go along with societal expectations, we forget our gifts, but at some point, we realize that what society asks of us is not life-giving or is making us either sick or crazy, so we begin to search. We then spend the next several (many) years of our life trying to find our gifts and then overcoming the fears of actually nurturing, cultivating, enjoying and sharing our gifts….or we remain unfulfilled and/or sick.

Each and every one of us LONGS for a life that is meaningful, fulfilling and which gives us a sense of purpose. It is through our gifts (magic) that we are able to experience this life that we long for.  For me, it has been a 51 year journey of knowing, forgetting, exploring, discovering, learning, growing, healing, transforming and then being empowered in my gifts.  The journey never really ends, but at 51 years old, with confidence I can say what my gifts are (explaining how I use them is a whole other matter!).  I think the image below, which came out of a recent class I was facilitating, pretty much sums it up:

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As one dear friend once acknowledged, “Lauri, your gift is hearing the truth beyond the words.” I have also come to understand that this is also true of my vision – I can SEE the truth beyond the illusion.  In the language of spiritual gifts, these abilities fall under the category of “discernment.”  I then use these abilities in my work as a teacher and a counselor – also spiritual gifts.  Knowledge is one of my spiritual gifts (magic) which is further supported by my love of learning.  Contemplation (prayer) is one of my gifts and helps to support me in all that I have mentioned above.  Put all of these gifts together and they further support my magic of being a leader and a visionary, a pastor and a prophet. It is the prophecy part that often gets me into trouble.

Prophets, as I have learned, are not those who predict the future, we are those who are able to “read the sign of the times” – who are able to see where society is going if things remain on their current path. We are then called to SEE and SPEAK the better way – the way of correction, if you will.  We see where reform is needed and we are called to live that reform and share it with other.  The place I have ultimately called to be prophet to….is what we have traditionally called “church.”  Specifically, moving beyond the institutions to Jesus’ original message of LOVE  – reclaiming that message and doing what Jesus originally called us to do – to support each other in becoming self-actualized.  This takes Jesus’ universal message out of the hands of power and privilege and brings it out into the world where ALL can benefit from this LOVE – no matter what one’s personal beliefs might be.

This is what I have come to understand to be my MAGIC. What is yours?

If you are interested in knowing more about your own unique giftedness and what your magic might be, check out my course, What is Your Magic? This course will be starting in Oshkosh on June 21st and the online course is available at 40% off through July 4th.  Learn more HERE. 

Posted in 6D, creativity, Discernment, Empowerment, Magic

Last Chance for 50% off!

This is your last chance to register for the “What’s Your Magic” online course and receive 50% off the regular price.  $195.00 for 13 in-depth lessons (usually $390.00).  Register HERE.

50% off the normal price through April 4th!
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What is Your Magic?, created by Lauri Ann Lumby, OM, MATS  was created to support you in knowing the truth that YOU are uniquely gifted to experience meaning and purpose in your life and to find fulfillment in the use and engagement of your gifts, first for yourself, and then, in service to the betterment of the world.  Your gifts were given to you so that you might enjoy happiness, and your gifts are meant to be shared so that the world can become a better place for all of us to enjoy.   You cannot become the person you were meant to be – achieving your greatest potential – without discovering, cultivating, nurturing and then sharing your gifts; and the world cannot become what it was meant to be without the gifts you have to share.  For your own sake, and for the sake of the world, I thank you for giving yourself the permission and the time to explore your magic and discover your gifts!

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Over the course of thirteen lessons, you will have an opportunity to first explore the calling that has set you on the path to exploring your gifts along with the importance of understanding that while your magic may be grand in such gifts as leadership, music or the arts, your magic may also reside in what you might judge as weakness, imperfection or failure.  Ultimately, all that we are and everything that we have has the potential for being a gift that provides for our fulfillment while supporting us in helping the world.

Next, you will have an opportunity to explore what the ancient, sacred traditions, have identified as unique and special(spiritual) gifts.  Some of these giftswe will draw from the Judeo-Christian tradition, others from the Vedic traditions of India, specifically in the writings of Patanjali.  I have added some additional gifts that have arisen in support of our current stage of human evolution.  In this discovery, you will have an opportunity to explore such concrete gifts as hospitality, craftsmanship,encouragement and leadership; in addition to the more intuitive gifts of discernment of spirits, spiritual hearing, spirit vision and clairempathy.  You will also explore some very non-traditional gifts such as invisibility and time-walking.

Below is a list of the gifts that you will have an opportunity to explore and entertain:

Traditional  Spiritual Gifts in the Judeo-Christian Tradition (charisms):

Administration, (voluntary) Celibacy, Craftsmanship, Discernment of Spirits, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith, Giving, Healing, Helps, Hospitality, Intercessory Prayer, Knowledge, Leadership, Mercy, Missionary, Music, Pastoring, Prophecy, Service, Teaching, Voluntary Poverty, Wisdom, Writing, Speaking in Tongues, Interpretation of Tongues

 Intuitive Gifts  common to the Vedic tradition and beyond:

Clairaudience, Clairempathy, Clairevoyance, Clairsentience, Telepathy

Non-Traditional Gifts:

Invisibility, Flight, Trans-dimensional vision, hearing, Time Walking, Inter-dimensional travel, Hosting, Mediumship, Manifesting, Elasticity, Time Morphing, Blending, Exorcism, Soul Retrieval

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When Life’s Purpose is Struggle and Pain

When Life’s Purpose is Struggle and Pain

No one said life would be easy. In fact, most of the time it is hard.  This is true even when we have found our life’s meaning, purpose and mission.  Look at Jesus for example, or Martin Luther King, Jr.  Even the Dalai Lama has faced his fair share of adversity.  This is especially true for those who are called into this life to transform and transmute the difficulties of this life into something meaningful.  Empaths, Shadow Walkers, and Shadow Workers, especially, are called to this task.  Not unlike Jesus, their (our) job is to experience the fullness of the human experience – suffering and all – so that others might live.  Empaths, Shadow Workers and Shadow Walkers feel and experience the suffering of the world in ways that others do not.  Not only do they (we) have their own unique brand of suffering, they feel the suffering and pain of others.  The purpose of the suffering is so that healing may come to the pain.  More than anything else, Empaths, Shadow Walkers and Shadow Workers are healers.  This is what we came here to be and to do.

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Shadow Walkers, Shadow Workers

Copyright 2016 Lauri Ann Lumby

 

Transmuting the Darkness.

Seeing and Feeling the pain,

the fear,

the constriction of the world.

Receiving it into the forge of our own bodies

So that it may be transformed.

 

Plunging into the depths

In search of every pebble of darkness

So as to bring it forth into the light.

To point out to humanity, the source of all that ails it.

Not because they have sinned,

But because they have allowed their fear to choose their path,

Instead of that which was originally intended –

A path made only of love.

 

 

Each of us is uniquely gifted to find meaning and purpose in our lives and to be a vessel through which healing, transformation, love may come into the world. If you are interested in learning more about what your specific gifts might be, check out my class “What is Your Magic.”  50% off through April 4th!  Click HERE to learn more.

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Your Mission in Life

Your Mission in Life

Each and every one of us is uniquely gifted to find meaning, purpose and fulfillment in our lives – for our own sake, and ultimately for the betterment of the world. Every prophet who has gone before us heralded this message – first about themselves, then about the audience to whom they were speaking, and then in anticipation of the prophets who would come after them.  As you read the following words from Isaiah, imagine that it is about you that he is speaking.  Then reflect on, how you are called to live out this mission in your life!

Here is my servant whom I uphold, my chosen one with whom I am pleased, Upon whom I have put my Spirit; he shall bring forth justice to the nations, Not crying out, not shouting, not making his voice heard in the street. A bruised reed he shall not break, and a smoldering wick he shall not quench, Until he establishes justice on the earth; the coastlands will wait for his teaching. Thus says God, the LORD, who created the heavens and stretched them out, who spreads out the earth with its crops, Who gives breath to its people and spirit to those who walk on it: I, the LORD, have called you for the victory of justice, I have grasped you by the hand; I formed you, and set you as a covenant of the people, a light for the nations, To open the eyes of the blind, to bring out prisoners from confinement, and from the dungeon, those who live in darkness.

Isaiah 42: 1-7

 

Authentic Freedom Academy provides one-on-one mentoring, local and online courses to assist you in determining and then living your mission in this life. Our online course, What is Your Magic? is a great place to start.

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What is Authentic Freedom?

Authentic Freedom Academy, founded by Lauri Ann Lumby, OM, MATS, provides empowerment training through:

  • Local, on-line and e-courses
  • Workshops and Retreats
  • One-on-one mentoring and consulting
  • Writing and Publishing

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What is Empowerment Training?

  • Empowerment training arises out of the deepest longing of the human Soul to find meaning and purpose  in our lives through our own unique giftedness; acknowledging  that we are forever dissatisfied and restless until this longing is fulfilled.
  • Empowerment training provides the resources, tools and support we need to fulfill our purpose and satisfy this deep, inner longing.

Through empowerment training, you will:

  • Identify your unique giftedness (your magic!) and the passions that when engaged will give you a sense of meaning, purpose and fulfillment; and in doing so, helping to serve the betterment of our world.
  • Discover the deep, inner fears that are preventing you from nurturing and sharing your gifts.
  • Learn effective tools for moving through these fears so that you are more free to nurture and share your gifts.
  • Be empowered to experience the full use of your gifts and finding fulfillment in doing so, both for your own sake and for the betterment of the world.
  • Receive on-going support in the use and on-going expansion of your gifts and in moving through the resistance and fear of doing so.

Here is what empowerment training through Authentic Freedom Academy includes:

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What empowerment training is not:

  • Empowerment training is not counseling.  Whereas counseling focuses on treating “disease” and supporting behavior modification and recovery, the focus in empowerment training is self-awareness and deep, enduring transformation. Empowerment training may include the healing of old wounds and unresolved trauma, but it is accomplished through supporting deep, inner change.  In empowerment training, anxiety, depression and panic attacks are not pathologized but are acknowledged as symptoms of the Soul longing for its fulfillment, symptoms that subside on their own the closer we get to the purpose of our Soul.
  • Empowerment training is not life-coaching.  While encouragement and support are a big part of empowerment training, the emphasis is on personal responsibility, accountability and empowerment.  The goal of empowerment training is that one day you will no longer need our services because you will have all the tools you need to fly on your own.

NOTE:  If you are under the care of a licensed therapist or life coach, you will find that empowerment training complements this work by providing you with additional tools in support of your overall goals of self-care.

 

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And check out our wide variety of online and local courses.

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The Number One Cause of Violence in Our World

Before I answer the question about the number one cause of violence in our world, let me ask you a question:  Have you had enough of the violence yet? If your answer is YES, then please read on.  If you are excited about continuing the cycle of violence in our world by contemplating retaliation and retribution, then don’t bother reading this blog, you won’t get it anyway.  Today’s blog is for those who have ears to hear and for those who have hearts that yearn for an end to the violence and who want to play a role in bringing this violence to an end….once and for all! 

Short Answer: The number one cause of violence in our world is rage over a world that is too small, and feeling powerless to change it.

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Longer Answer: This is not about a world that is literally too small – as in size, shape, volume, etc. Neither is this about a world that doesn’t have enough resources to feed, clothe and house every single human being on this planet (because we DO have enough resources).  This isn’t even about the systems of distribution that have failed in their duty to care for even the simplest needs of the beings on this planet.

No, this is about a deep inner knowing of the SOUL that the lives we are living are WAY TOO SMALL!

Even Longer Answer: The Soul knows who we are, the reason we were put on this planet and the mission we are here to accomplish.  Throughout our life, the Soul tries to communicate this truth to us and draws into our presence opportunities to nurture, cultivate and ultimately live out this call.  The problem is that we don’t know how to listen and the world doesn’t know how to support us in the fulfillment of our Soul’s mission.  When we feel thwarted in the fulfillment of our Soul, RAGE erupts and if we don’t have proper tools for processing our deep-seated anger at not being able to fulfill our Soul’s duty, we either do violence to ourselves or to others.

Perhaps the violence we do to ourselves is internal through all the voices that tell us:

  • You have nothing significant to contribute to this world.
  • Who are you do think you can do/be/…xyz?
  • Good girls/good boys don’t do that.
  • Your family, friends, tribe, church, won’t understand/love you if you choose this path.
  • If you follow the path of your Soul, something in your life will have to change.

Maybe the violence we do to ourselves is the cultivating of resentment, or the suppression, repression, wholesale rejection of our anger – the very voice that is trying to help us understand our Soul’s calling.

The violence we do to others has many faces:

  • Seething resentment
  • Blame
  • Cultivating inner anger or hatred.
  • Making someone else the cause of our world being too small.
  • Physical, emotional, mental, sexual acts of violence.

When enough individuals are unsupported in the fulfillment of their Soul’s purpose, the rage that we hold within us individually becomes a collective rage where pretty much everyone on the planet is pissed off because their Soul is being ignored.  Yes, we have all sorts of coping mechanisms that self-medicate the pain of a meaningless and unfulfilling life (consumerism, materialism, money, power, achievement, fame, status, drugs, alcohol, sex, war after war after war after war), but there are not enough of any of these things, especially war, to satisfy the ache of a soul unfulfilled.  Until we tend to the deeper call of the Soul, we will never be satisfied and will be forever looking outside of ourselves for the satisfaction of that longing.  When we find that none of those things satisfy, we either turn toward more violence, or we WAKE UP and turn within to the ONLY source of the satisfaction that we seek.  This is as true for the young, dark-skinned men who turn to terrorism, hoping it will satisfy a life unfulfilled, as it is for the pasty white guys gathering piles of wealth as the rest of the world is starving.

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Longest Answer: Our world is a mess and it is a mess because for lifetimes, we have not supported ourselves or each other in the QUEST FOR OUR SOUL.  Instead, we have turned to outside perceived authority as the author of our lives and have allowed them to create structures while crafting rules, regulations, expectations, etc. that tell us who we are and the roles we will play in THEIR games.  (hmmmmm…..sounds like Hunger Games).  We have followed their rules because, quite frankly, it is easier.  It is way easier to do what we are told and to follow the 10 rules for “happiness” than it is to take the time to BE STILL and listen for the voice of our Soul.  It is also easier to follow the herd of sheeple than it is to follow our own inner voice and calling.  Listening to the voice of our Soul takes work and it takes, COURAGE.  This is not a journey for the faint of heart, especially in a society that mostly wants us to follow the rules – or at the very least, to follow the crowd.  “Don’t rock the boat.”  “Don’t disturb the status quo.”  “Don’t question, challenge, turn away from what WE want you to hear, know, do.”  These commands are then followed up with the biggest threat in their arsenal – “Do what we tell you or LEAVE.”  And in some places, “leave” means “die”….literally.

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The Solution: As much as we would like to cure the world of its violence, the solution to the problem will not be exacted on a global scale (yet).  Instead, it starts with ONE person – YOU deciding to make a CHANGE.

  1. It starts by turning away from the violence in the world – turn off the TV. Stop watching Fox News. Don’t read (or believe) the newspapers. Find sources of information that are not influenced by the institution of violence and propaganda. If you aren’t sure which ones those are….LISTEN TO YOUR GUT! Your intuition will guide you. (Turning away from the violence doesn’t mean we aren’t informed. Neither does it mean we don’t care, or pray, or hope for a different outcome. We are just choosing not to participate, not to add to it, and not to allow it to harm or influence us toward fear or violence).
  2. The second step is all about SELF CARE! Turn into your SOUL. Listen as it tries to communicate truth to you, your mission, your gifts, your purpose and your call. Learn how to manage your anxiety, anger, frustration, impatience, sense of powerlessness. Find support in overcoming your fears and resistance to your SOUL and in moving through the societal constructs that week to keep you from the path of your SOUL. Find support for living the path of your SOUL. (PS THIS is what I do for a living….if you want support call (920) 230-1313 or email lauri@authenticfreedomacademy.com.)
  3. Find community. You are NOT ALONE in the desire to be free of a world of violence and to live in a world where all people are supported in finding wholeness, meaning, purpose, fulfillment, peace, love, and joy. Find others like you who have had enough of the violence and who are willing to do the HARD WORK of extracting yourself from the herd of mindless sheeple blindly following the voice of fear and who desire instead, to create a new wave – a wave of love that will one day grow large enough to wash the world clean of fear and restore it to the world of love that it was meant to be.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Catching Up with Ourselves

If you are reading this blog, chances are you feel in your heart a deep burning to be part of making the world a better place. You have carried within yourself a vision of a different world than the one in which we have been living. You know that as a species we are capable of so much more than what we have settled for in the past 5000 years. You know in your heart that human beings are capable of creating a planet that lives in harmony and peace, that understands that it is care for (rather than dominion over) our planet that will sustain us, that love and unity are entirely possible if we put our minds (and hearts) to it. You know that you are here for this reason and you will not rest in peace until this reason has been accomplished. The problem is that most of your life you have felt alone with these thoughts and entertaining this vision has likely put you in conflict with most of those around you, the institutions in which you were raised and the “tribal” rules of your family and the communities in which you found yourself living. In order to heed the voice of your Soul/heart, you had to step outside the status quo, rock the boat and disturb the sh.t; or the pain of rejection was just too great a risk and so you hid your gifts away hoping you wouldn’t be seen for the PROPHET you are.

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The good news is that you are not alone, the time of hiding has come to an end and the world is finally ready for our vision and our gifts (or there are finally enough of us waking up that the scales have tipped and the world can no longer ignore or resist our presence and our mission). As Stephanie Azaria (TheCosmicPath.com) mentioned last week, “we are catching up with ourselves.” In other words, the reason and purpose for our lives and our unique call is finally catching up with the vision we have held onto all these many years.

Sally (Sandra Bullock) plays a modern-witch in the movie Practical Magic.

For me, it is all about the magic – specifically the magic that will create our world anew – the magic that inspired me first through fantasy in the forms of Samantha Stevens (Bewitched), Morticia Addams, Sally Owens (Practical Magic), Rowan Mayfair and Michael Curry (The Witching Hour), Obi Wan Kenobi, Merlin and Morgan LeFay, Galadriel and Gandalf the Grey. I have known in my heart of hearts, in my Soul of Souls that magic is not only possible but quite real. I have also known that we don’t have to wiggle our nose to make magic happen but that it simply arises out of our beings when in partnership with the Divine and the highest purpose of our Soul. Jesus called this magic FAITH. As I have come to understand it, faith is not an act of will as has often been interpreted, but is instead and natural unfolding of our Soul’s purpose when we are courageous enough to get our minds out of the way. Faith produces miracles and requires no effort on our part except to get out of the way. While we may need to take action on the Divine guidance offered, nose wiggles and magic wands are not usually required to get the job done.

Magic, I believe, is what will make our world anew and as I see it, magic is already happening. Magic is happening for me in the miraculous way my initial vision of reforming The Church has ultimately come to pass, but ironically I no longer feel the need to reform or change anything. I simply feel called to continue the work Jesus did of bringing people to LOVE and teaching them about ONENESS. The rest, I have learned, is taking care of itself. In heeding this call, a new/original model of church and priesthood have emerged on their own – not by my efforts to change things, but by my willingness to do nothing. As if by magic, something new and wonderous has emerged. As it grows, its roots reach deep into the earth and its branches reach out to embrace the wider world and soon this tree will be seen by all. This tree is showing the world a new/original way of supporting humanity in its individual and collective psycho-spiritual growth – the kind of growth that helps to support the birth of a new and more loving world. Now, if that isn’t magic, I don’t know what is!

And, I’m not alone. Each and every one of you has your own unique vision, mission and purpose for this life. You have held this vision in your heart and if you are honest with yourself, it BURNS within you. This vision is waiting to be acknowledged, nurtured and cultivated so it can find its own roots and branches, supporting the new life that is waiting to be born through you. The world has caught up with your vision and now it is time for you to set it free!

 

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What is Your Magic?

Authentic Freedom Academy

8 week special series:

Weeks of July 13 – August 31, 2015

(as part of our regular Superhero Gatherings)

Choose from two options:

Mondays 6:30 – 8:30 pm

or

Tuesdays 9:00 – 11:00 am

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Facilitated by Lauri Ann Lumby

Authentic Freedom Academy

1103 School Ave.  Oshkosh, WI

Suggested Fee:  $20.00 per session

Each and everyone of us has been Divinely blessed with our own unique giftedness so that we might enjoy a life of meaning and purpose for our own fulfillment and for the sake of the betterment of our world.  In this 8 week series, explore the charisms (spiritual gifts) that have been identified by traditional cultures and how you may be blessed and called to more fully utilize these gifts.  We call these gifts magic because the fruits of their use is far greater than what you imagine yourself to be capable of.

To learn more, contact Lauri Ann Lumby (920) 230-1313 or lauri@authenticfreedomacademy.com. 

Posted in Authentic Freedom Academy, creativity, Education Reform, Empowerment

Birthing Announcement!

I’m excited and proud to announce the birth of Authentic Freedom Academy!  It only took us 20 years to get here….but here we are.  Finally understanding what we are here for.

Authentic Freedom Academy –

Transformational Education and Empowerment since 1995!

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Nothing really has changed – only a more focused mission using a more universal language…..with a little magic slipped in (watch tomorrow’s blog for the 10 reasons we are like Hogwarts!)

Please note our new URL (website address) www.authenticfreedomacademy.com.  Add us to your list of favorites.  Bookmark our site. Include our address on your favorite browser.  Add us to your address book:  lauri@authenticfreedomacademy.com.  Put our phone number on speed dial  (920) 230-1313.

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Please and thank you!

Love,

Lauri Ann Lumby

Authentic Freedom Academy

Oshkosh, WI (and beyond)

www.authenticfreedomacademy.com

(920) 230-1313