Posted in Aramaic Prayer of Jesus, Authentic Freedom, Authentic Freedom Academy, Spiritual Direction, Spiritual Formation, Spiritual Practices

Authentic Freedom Academy – Exciting News!

For the past 20+ years, I have been developing curriculum – courses to support adults in the journey of self-actualization.  All of these courses arose out of my own process of self-development and are rooted in my connection with the contemplative Christian tradition, yet accessible to and meaningful for people of all beliefs.  I have taught these kinds of courses locally (in Oshkosh, WI), since 1994, first in the Catholic Church, and then to a secular audience. Literally hundreds of women and men have enjoyed the benefit of these courses and the testimonials speak for themselves.

NOW these courses are ALL available online and accessible to a global audience.  THIS is a dream come true and I am eternally grateful for my friend Kim Hageman who led me to the Mystery School of the Goddess and the online platform that makes this all possible and to Kimberly Moore of the Mystery School who has been a profound source of support as I have found my way into the world of online learning.

Learn about all of these courses HERE!  Check out the links on the right sidebar menu or follow the links below!

Authentic Freedom Curriculum (the hidden tradition of Christian Alchemy):

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Thank you for your interest in your own inner growth and development and for including Authentic Freedom Academy as a source of support and guidance in this journey!  Thank you also for sharing these resources with others!

In love and light!

Lauri Ann Lumby, OM, MATS

Founder and Director of Authentic Freedom Academy








Posted in Mary Magdalene

Resurrecting the Magdalene ecourse LIVE NOW!

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. 

Course now LIVE through Mystery School of the Goddess.  Learn more HERE. 


St. Mary Magdalene Crucified by Giedrius Plioplys. Used with permission.

Posted in About Lauri, Authentic Freedom, Discernment, Empowerment, Inspiration, New World

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays – the year in review

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from Authentic Freedom Academy and me!

This is the time of year I like to pause and reflect on what has been and dream about what might be.


In looking back, 2015 has been the year of LETTING GO! I knew this as we entered the year and gave myself over to a letting go and surrendering practice.  I knew I had to be willing to LET IT ALL GO with absolutely no knowledge of what I was letting go of and for what purpose, only that I had to TRUST and BELIEVE that if I was being invited to let go so deeply, there must be something AMAZING coming on the other side of the letting go.  What I discovered is that there seemed to be no end to the letting go and just when I thought I had this letting go thing figured out, the universe (or my spiritual director) helped me see there was still more I had to be willing to release.  Over and over and over again, I put it all in the “bucket” for release.  And when I thought I had enough in the bucket, I put in some more.  Even if I tried, I could not possibly give words to all I have been invited to release, so I won’t even make an attempt here.  Suffice it to say that the letting go all culminated in the crazy virus that left me immobile for an entire month with nothing to do but LISTEN and BE OPEN to what God/dess might be trying to say.  And boy, oh boy, did SHE have a lot to say, mostly in clues and whispers, but it was certainly a lot to take in, most of which I am still processing today.

Fortunately, I am able to give words to some of what she had to say as it ultimately boils down to one thing: BIRTHING (more of) MY SOUL!

In birthing my Soul, She wanted me to realize how much energy I had been giving away and how much of that was being done with no regard for my own health and wellbeing, and how much of it was being done without return. She very loudly said, “ENOUGH OF THAT!”  The very strong invitation (command) that arose out of this awareness was:

TAKE CARE OF LAURI FIRST! Fortunately, there were specific commands regarding what this means and how to implement this command – which had some to do with boundaries and even more to do with creativity – specifically, nurturing my creativity and making time to create a priority in my life!  (DUH!)

The second part of Birthing my Soul had to do with being willing to step OUT of my comfort zone, RECEIVE support, and LET others help me. The stepping out, receiving support and letting others help supported me through my illness and then culminated in a business opportunity that has already taken root and is now getting ready to EXPLODE!  The best part of this opportunity is the way it happened (miraculously and without much effort on my part) and that it is the fulfillment of a long-held dream to one day teach at Hogwarts!  (I’m not kidding!).  For the past two years I have told the universe that “When I am JK Rowlings rich, I’m going to start my own Hogwarts.”  The great news is that this opportunity requires almost no investment on my part (other than time) and it is about as close to Hogwarts as one can get!  A huge thank you to my sister-witch-friend who helped get this ball rolling!  So, I know that this business opportunity is just the tip of the iceberg as to what 2016 has in store…..but without further ado……

I am excited to announce that I have been accepted into the teaching faculty at Mystery School of the Goddess – an online platform providing resources and courses for feminine EMPOWERMENT:


Whoot Whoot! Please check out Mystery School of the Goddess, sign up for their email mailing list, or even better yet, their FREE quarterly journal.  Here you will find some of my courses, along with other courses being offered by equally amazing women!

And rest assured, I will STILL be teaching classes in Oshkosh, working with people one-on-one and supporting the community through enrichment and education opportunities….at least for now….because one of the other things I had to let go of was an attachment to image, mission, vision and place, stepping into what presents itself in the moment with no attachment to outcome or duration. Talk about learning how to be free!

Speaking of being free – this is my Christmas wish for you and yours – that you HEAR the imminent and immanent call to your own freedom. That you find support for accepting that call and the courage to nurture and cultivate this call so that you may find remember your original nature as LOVE, where you know peace, contentment, and joy and where you experience a life of meaning and purpose, where you are fulfilled in the generous sharing of your unique giftedness – both for your own sake, and for the sake of the betterment of the world.  Because God/dess knows we need you and your gifts as we work together in re-creating our world!

Merry Christmas and Cheers to a fantastic new year and an even more fantastic NEWLY LIBERATED YOU and a newly envisioned world!


Lauri Ann Lumby


Posted in Mary Magdalene

FREE Mary Magdalene Mini-course

I am excited to announce that I have accepted a teaching position with the Mystery School of the Goddess.  Through this on-line venue (which is a lot like Hogwarts!), I will be offering courses featuring feminine images of the Divine from the Judeo-Christian tradition, starting with Mary Magdalene.  Stay tuned here for upcoming courses, but for now, enjoy this FREE mini-course Introducing Mary Magdalene!  Click on the image below to learn more!

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