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Meditation for the Creative and Active Mind – New Online Course

10 meditation practices for engaging the creative and active mind while experiencing the benefits of an ongoing meditation practice. 

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Meditation has proved to be the single-most valuable commitment I have made in my life.  For over 20 years, I have rarely missed my daily meditation practice because of all the benefits it has brought me.  That being said, meditation is not easy….especially for those like myself who have creative and active minds.  The way Western culture has embraced meditation practices – especially those from the East, has not helped.  In the West, meditation has been misinterpreted to mean “silence,” with “success in attaining silence” as being the goal.  This is a distortion of what meditation really is and serves as an obstacle to many who wish to enjoy the benefits of meditation but who are not able to because they cannot obtain silence.

The purpose of this course is to support you in finding a meditation practice that works WITH your creative and active mind rather than against.  For as the Buddhist saying goes, “What we resist will persist.”  Meditation is not meant to work against our natural inclinations toward creativity and thought, but to work with our minds so that we can connect with the peace and creative inspiration that dwells within.

Lauri Ann Lumby, OM, OPM, MATS is an author, teacher, priestess, healer and prophet. She is the author of the highly-anticipated, Song of the Beloved – the Gospel According to Mary Magdalene and Authentic Freedom, both of which reveal the hidden teachings of Jesus as revealed through his most devoted student, co-equal minister and beloved partner, Mary Magdalene. For over twenty years, Lauri has researched, studied and put into practice these hidden teachings of the Judeo-Christian tradition and discovered within them rich and effective tools for facilitating self-awareness and self-actualization. These teachings and practices prove that beyond the doctrine resides the truth that unites all people – the truth of Oneness in Love. As a priestess of the Magdalene/Christ, Lauri shares these teachings through her on-line and local courses, one-on-one mentoring, writing and publishing.

Lauri is the owner of Authentic Freedom Academy and founder of the Temple of the Magdalene. She lives in Oshkosh, WI. You can learn more about Lauri, her writings, programs and services at www.authenticfreedomacademy.com.

As it relates to this course, Lauri Ann Lumby is a practiced meditator who has had an on-going daily practice since 1994.

Learn more and register HERE.

Posted in Authentic Freedom, Inspiration, Spiritual Practices, Superheroes, temptation

Resistance Part II – Superhero Report

Superhero Academy – We Are Here to Heal and Change the World.

Coyote Trickster
Coyote Trickster

 The Superhero Academy’s headquarters are in Oshkosh, WI.

We have two meeting options Mondays 6:30 – 8:30 pm or Tuesdays 9 – 11 am.

To learn more, click HERE.

 

At this week’s Superhero Academy gatherings, we covered resistance. Resistance is a force of the false-self/ego in its desire to keep us fearful and small.  Resistance shows up EVERY time we draw close to or dare to be open to the call of our Soul.  Soul is the place within us that knows, without a doubt, our purpose on this plane.  Soul is the uniquely creative way in which we are gifted to find meaning and purpose in our lives and through which we are fulfilled in contributing to the betterment of our world.  Soul is the LAST thing the ego wants from us because Soul means the death of part of the ego.  The ego wants fear, small, limited, constricting.  The Soul wants freedom, expansiveness, and fulfillment.

Resistance shows up in any number of ways – fear itself, excuses, distractions, inner and outer perceived obstacles, boredom, confusion, mental, emotional, and physical pain. Resistance also shows up in our material world as struggles, challenges, things falling apart. At its core, resistance is about FEAR.  As such, it is helpful in working through resistance to FIRST identify the fear that is driving.  To facilitate that process, the Superheroes reviewed the seven core spiritual (universal) fears as outlined in Authentic Freedom. 

  • There is not enough
  • I have nothing significant to contribute
  • I can’t live as my most authentic self
  • I am not loved (I will be rejected)
  • I am not free to express my truth
  • I do not know my truth or my path
  • I am alone/I have to do it alone

The Superheroes then participated in a meditation process that facilitated the identification of part of the Soul – a call, invitation, gift that is seeking attention and cultivation. Then, the Superheroes entertained all the voices of resistance that sought to derail their quest of their gifts.  Through a flash-journaling exercise, the Superheroes wrote down all the reasons, fears, excuses for NOT pursuing their gift.  Then they identified which of the above seven fears was at the root of their resistance.  Finally, we learned and engaged in the practice of Tonglen to help facilitate the release of these fears.

Tonglen – a mindfulness practice for moving through fears and painful emotions:

  • Be attentive to when you are feeling fear.
  • If you are able, identify which of the seven universal fears you are feeling.
  • Allow yourself to experience the fear.
  • Draw your awareness to your physical body, specifically where in your body you are feeling this fear.
  • Breathe in the fear toward the place you are feeling the fear.
  • Breathe out from the place of fear, visualizing yourself sending love into the world from that fear.

 

Through this practice, we discovered that the most common fear that arose in the Superheroes in response to their gifts was the fear of rejection. This will be the theme of next week’s gathering.

If you have always felt that you were here for a reason, but perhaps didn’t know what that reason was….If you want to change the world but don’t know how, or have felt alone in this desire….The Superhero Academy might be for you. To learn more go HERE or call Lauri Lumby (920) 230 – 1313 or email lauri@yourspiritualtruth.com for more information.

 

Posted in Agape Project, Authentic Freedom, Jesus, Oneness with God, Relationships, Spiritual Practices, Virtual Church

It Just Doesn’t Get Any Easier!

This week’s Agape Meditation Newsletter, in preparation for this Sunday’s Authentic Freedom Virtual Church, provides us with THE solution to the struggles of the human condition.  If we want peace, love, joy, and harmony in the human experience, there is only one thing we need to do.  It can’t get any easier than this! To find out what that is, read on….

Agape’ Meditation Practices Newsletter

Supplement to the Authentic Freedom Virtual Church Service for Sunday, October 26, 2014.

 

Scripture Reading:

When the Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together, and one of them, a scholar of the law tested him by asking, “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” He said to him, “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. The second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments.”

Mt 22: 34-40

Additional Readings:

Ex 22: 20-26

Ps 18: 2-4, 47, 51

1 Thes 1: 5c-10

 

It Doesn’t Get Any Easier!

If you ever only read one passage from scripture, this is the one to read. It doesn’t get any easier than this. LOVE. Period! Love God. Love your neighbor. Period! This is all we are asked to do. This is all that is expected of us. To love God and to love each other. Everything else in scripture, every other commandment boils down to this. When we successfully accomplish both of these tasks, we will experience – actually create – heaven on earth. What are we waiting for?

How are you giving time to loving God?

How are you being loving toward your neighbor?

How are you NOT being loving toward your neighbor (hint….EVERYONE is your neighbor)?

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Spiritual Practices – Knowing God’s Love

There is a critical key to Jesus’ commandment to love your neighbor. This critical piece is as yourself. In order to love our neighbor, we have to first love ourselves. More specifically, we need to know the love that we already are in our intimate connection with God. The path to knowing this love is FIRST to know the love of God. Cultivating an intimate and personal relationship with God is where it all begins. The rest flows from there. The more we know God, the more we know ourselves and the more we are able to know and love another. This week’s simple spiritual practice will help facilitate knowledge of God’s love:

  • Sit in silence.
  • Bring your attention to your breath. Be conscious of each breath as you draw it in and release it.
  • Recognize that the very breath you are breathing is GOD breathing love into you.
  • Breathe in God’s breath and feel it filling you with love.
  • As you breathe out, imagine the breath taking with it your fears, anxieties, any inner obstacles to knowing and believing in God’s love.
  • Continue to breathe in God’s love and breathe out fears, old wounds, etc.
  • Stay with this breathing practice, feeling it drawing you into a place of peacefulness, recognizing that this peacefulness is also God.
  • When you find your mind wandering, return your attention to your breathing.
  • Continue this practice for 15-30 minutes.

Authentic Freedom

In Authentic Freedom, Compassion/mercy is the spiritual virtue that is attained when we allow ourselves to remember that God is love and we too are Love in our intimate connection with God. When we know God’s love and realize the love that we are, we have no choice but to be compassionate toward other human beings. When we remember this love, Jesus’ second commandment arises without effort, we are just generous, kind, loving, forgiving, tolerant, understanding and accepting of our neighbor and we soon discover that EVERYONE is our neighbor.

How are you growing in compassion as you grow in your love of God?

 

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“Peace, Be Still” meditation practice

Jay P. Raeder
Jay P. Raeder

Today’s blog comes to us via Jay P. Raeder, a regular reader and contributor to this blog.  Jay has discovered and honed a daily meditation practice which has helped him to cultivate inner peace and one which he is able to turn to when confronted with normal, day-to-day stress.  Thank you Jay for sharing this practice with our readers.  I trust many will find inspiration, comfort and help through your words and your experience.

Peace, Be Still Meditation Practice

When I first began to meditate, I had no success until I began to use the verse “Peace, be still,” which Jesus used to calm the wind and sea. While feeling the energy flowing throughout my body, hands and arms, I would repeat this verse in my mind. Breathing in the word Peace first, knowing at first that my inner breathing seemed shorter than my outer breath. Then breathing out, in my mind, I would softly and slowly say, “Peace, be still.”  After awhile, the outer breath became so prolonged that at the end I felt as if I was no longer breathing, or thinking.  I had discovered, the great “pause within the pause,” as I came to call it.

 

In this state, as though I were dead, a great peace and love filled my whole being.  This was a release not of this world.  Then, when I breathed back in “Peace,” this also became prolonged and I felt an energy surge through my entire body, making everything vibrantly alive with new Life and Light.  As I continued there was a great silence beyond the senses. I could hear the crickets singing a circular song of Light! I could see and hear beyond senses! For the first time I knew what Eckhart Tolle meant by the “Power of Now”!

 

The next day, the trees, and everything were filled with the glorious Light of the singing crickets in the great silence! In the binary code I had become the 0 seeing through God’s eyes – 1 for the first time! The silence and the empty space became the same thing, experiencing the Spiritual universe recognizing itself through me becoming the “Light of the world”! This is a supernatural practice! I hope your readers may take this seriously and try it for a prolonged period of time! Even if a person just reaches the release phase of the out breath, after a period of time of practicing this daily, they will notice the Peace and Light beginning to come back to them throughout the day and night deep within and out!  In amazement, they won’t be disappointed!

Sincerely, with love and prayers always,

Jay P. Raeder

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Posted in Authentic Freedom, Discernment, Divine Revelation, Empowerment, End of the World Prophecies, Oneness with God, Spiritual Practices, world changes

Remembering our Mission and our Purpose

On the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and as we give honor to his work and his civil rights legacy, we are invited to reflect on our own call to action.  What is the purpose and mission to which we are called and through which we are empowered to serve the betterment of our world?

The Book of Remembrance

The prophet Malachi spoke of the Book of Remembrance in which God wrote about all those who revered the Lord (Malachi 3:16).  Malachi wrote of this Book of Remembrance during a time and within a culture where people believed themselves to be separate from God and who believed in a God of judgment and wrath.  Malachi’s understanding of the Book of Remembrance was limited by the veil of separation which seemed to stand between himself and God. We now live in a time where the veil of separation is falling away and in which we are invited to remember our Oneness with the God of love and compassion through whom, in whom, and for whom we have been made. As such, The Book of Remembrance is available to us in a way that was not possible before and through which we will be awakened to our unique mission of love that is meant to be made manifest at this unique and special time in the history of humankind.

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Remembering our Purpose

In The Book of Remembrance is written the Divine account about who we are made to be – our Divine purpose and our Divine mission in this life, on this planet and in this universe.  Within the Book of Remembrance is the written record of the uniquely creative way in which we have been gifted to find meaning, purpose and fulfillment in this life and the way in which we are called to contribute to the betterment of all of creation.  Each and every one of us is written into this book and each and every one of us has access to The Book of Remembrance so that we can become the people God made us to be, thereby fulfilling our mission on this planet and God’s mission through us.  It is in the simple reading of the Book of Remembrance that we come to REMEMBER who God made us to be and it is in the simple reading of the Book of Remembrance that we become the person God made us to be.

Accessing the Book of Remembrance

If you desire to access The Book of Remembrance, the following meditation will provide you with the means to do so:

1) Set aside a time to be silent.  Find a comfortable place to sit.  Turn off all potential distractions (TV, radio, phones, etc.).  Close your eyes and draw your attention to your breathing.  Breathe slowly and mindfully, keeping your attention on your breath.  If your mind wanders, bring it back to the breath.

2) As you continue to breathe, become aware of your body and mind settling into a place of peaceful calm.  As you settle into this place of peacefulness, ask God for permission to read the Book of Remembrance, in a way that is for your highest good.

3) Imagine an ancient and sacred text being placed in your open hands.  Make note of the details of the book – its size, color, the appearance of the pages and the text written on the page.  Offer a prayer of gratitude for the ability and readiness to receiving the Remembrance that is in your highest good at this place in your journey.

4) Allow yourself to “read” what is written for you in the Book of Remembrance.  (Note, you may not be able to read the text as it might be composed in symbols or in a language you do not understand.  Trust that you are able to read it regardless.)  As you read, KNOW that in the reading you are REMEMBERING your Divine purpose, your Divine mission and the uniquely creative way in which you have been gifted to find meaning, purpose and fulfillment in your life and through which you are being called to serve the betterment of the universe.  In addition, KNOW that in the reading you are being empowered to BE the person God made you to be.

5) After you have read and feel as if the reading is complete.  Imagine that you are returning the book to where it came from.  Offer a prayer of thanks and trust that what you received in the reading will be made manifest in your life.

6) Return to The Book of Remembrance through this meditation again and again trusting that with each new reading, more is being Remembered and being made manifest in your life.

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Lauri Ann Lumby

Sehme Aniyakah, Sehme Oniyahkah