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Deepening Freedom – the Aramaic Prayer of Jesus rescues the traditional “Lord’s Prayer” from centuries of mis-translation and the politics of orthodoxy, restoring it to its original power and intention as a mantra for healing and personal transformation. Integrated with the powerful Authentic Freedom protocol developed by Lauri Ann Lumby, Deepening Freedom reveals the alchemical process hidden within Jesus’ original teachings.
10 Self-Guided Lessons
Lesson One: Introduction to the Aramaic Lord’s Prayer.
Lesson Two: Abwoon d’bwashmaya – the mantra of Oneness
Lesson Three: Nethqadash shmakh – the mantra of Unconditional Love
Lesson Four: Teytey Malkuthakh – the mantra of Inner Knowing
Lesson Five: Nehwey tzevyanach aykanna… – the mantra of Giftedness and Co-Creation
Lesson Six: Hawvlan lachma … – the mantra of Abundance
Lesson Seven: Washboqlan khaubayn… – the mantra of Empowerment
Lesson Eight: Wela tahlan l’nesyuna – the mantra of Liberation and Truth
Lesson Nine: Metol dilakhie malkutha… – the mantra of Integration
Lesson Ten: Closing meditation, healing and attunement
For a free sample lesson from this course, please register for the FREE Magdalene Priestess Training Preview Course.
The Genesis of Deepening Freedom (from the course welcome and introduction):
Deepening Freedom – The Aramaic Prayer of Jesus arose out of my own journey of self-actualization and came out of several “coincidences,” or as I prefer to call them, “Goddess-cidences.”
After the alchemical process, Authentic Freedom, was revealed to me and I had put it into a workable curriculum and shared that course with several others, I attended a Sacred Dance retreat. As part of that retreat, we were introduced to the Aramaic Lord’s Prayer, as interpreted by Neil Douglas Klotz, the translation and interpretation of which blew me away. Aramaic, I learned, was the language that Jesus spoke and taught in, not Hebrew as I had been led to believe. Aramaic, I also learned is a much more expansive language with many layers of possible translations. (You can read more about this in Neil’s book, Prayers of the Cosmos, a required reading in this course.) Under Neil’s guidance I learned a more expansive and inclusive form of the prayer that had been part of my everyday existence. Having been raised Catholic the Lord’s Prayer was an integral part of my religious upbringing. As an adult, however, the prayer had become irrelevant to me as it spoke only of a God who was male and implied punishment and retribution for our “sin.”
Through the work of Neil Douglas Klotz, I learned a whole new perspective on the Prayer of Jesus. For example, instead of “Our Father who art in heaven,” the first line of the Lord’s Prayer became “O thou from whom the breath of life flows and is present in all forms of vibration and light!” HOLY COW! This was a prayer I could get my head and heart around. The expansiveness did not end with the first line. The entire prayer spoke deeply to all the places of woundedness within me around my images of the Divine and of having been raised in a hierarchical, patriarchal religious system. I was hooked! At the end of the retreat, I purchased every resource I could find on the Aramaic Lord’s Prayer and began to make a study and a practice of it.
For the next year, I diligently applied myself to the study of the Aramaic Lord’s Prayer. In particular, I was determined to learn the prayer by heart so that I could recite it and sing it in replace of the oldy moldy prayer that no longer served me. As I embarked upon this course of study, I observed an interesting phenomenon. As I attempted to learn the phrases in their original Aramaic, some came quite easily, others seemed nearly impossible to master. Upon reflection, I realized that the phrases what posed a problem for me were reflective of a spiritual wound or fear that I had not yet mastered. The phrase on “forgiveness,” for example, caused me great difficulty. I also learned that as I worked on the difficult phrase and reflected on its spiritual lesson, the wound within me was healed and released, and with its release I was suddenly able to sing the phrase without difficulty.
After a year of practicing and studying the Aramaic Lord’s Prayer, I was ready for the next layer of understanding. One day, while practicing the Aramaic Lord’s Prayer, it suddenly hit me: there are seven phrases to the Aramaic Lord’s Prayer (the eighth line is a bonus line added later by the institutional Church)! With this realization I wondered, was there a connection between the seven phrases of the Aramaic Lord’s Prayer and the process of Authentic Freedom? It was quickly revealed to me that yes, indeed there is a direct and powerful connection between the Aramaic Lord’s Prayer and the alchemical process I had uncovered in Authentic Freedom. I immediately set to work in crafting this course with the soul/sole purpose of deepening and enhancing the work of Authentic Freedom and providing an additional tool for transformation and for supporting us in our individual and collective journey of self-actualization. I now believe that Jesus taught this prayer, not for the sake of rote recitation, but for the purpose of inner spiritual transformation and healing. It is this approach that you will learn in this course. Thank you for giving yourself this gift!
-applying the technology of the Aramaic Prayer of Jesus for releasing the
inner obstacles to living and enjoying our Soul’s purpose.
Weeks of April 18 – June 13, 2016
Mondays 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Tuesdays 9:00 – 11:00 am
Created and Facilitated by Lauri Ann Lumby, OM, MATS
Courses held at:
Authentic Freedom Academy
1103 School Ave.
For more information, call or email Lauri
(920) 230-1313 or lauri @ authenticfreedomacademy.com
Two thousand years ago, Jesus taught his disciples a powerful mantra prayer that was intended to heal and transform them, providing support for becoming their most authentic, self-actualized, Christed-selves. This prayer has been called The Lord’s Prayer.
Unfortunately, through centuries of bad translation (and political maneuvering), the full intent and power of this prayer has been lost. Not anymore! Thanks to modern-day translation techniques, we now have a better idea of what Jesus actually taught his disciples. Below is one example of how we might better understand the Lord’s Prayer from the original Aramaic language that Jesus spoke (inspired by the work of Neil Douglas-Klotz):
Aramaic to English Prayer of Jesus
O thou from whom the breath of life flows,
and is present in all forms of vibration and light.
Your Divine presence lives within us.
Your counsel rules our lives, opening our intention for co-creation.
Your one desire then acts with ours,
as it is in all light, so shall it be in all forms.
You grant what we need each day in bread and insight,
sustenance and support for our growing lives.
You untie us from our own limiting actions
as we untie others from the strands we hold of theirs.
You free us from what holds us back from our true purpose,
ensuring that surface things do not delude us,
From you is born all ruling will, the power and life to do,
the song that beautifies all – from age to age it renews.
These statements are the ground from which all my actions grow.
Thanks also to the inspiration of Neil Douglas-Klotz and the dedicated work of Lauri Ann Lumby, OM, MATS, we now have an idea of the means through which Jesus intended this prayer to be used – as a powerful mantra technique for healing the inner obstacles, fears and unhealed wounds that are preventing us from living a life of Authentic Freedom – a life in which are finding meaning and purpose in our own unique giftedness – both for the sake of our own fulfillment and for the sake of the betterment of the world. Applying the original technology of the Aramaic Prayer of Jesus empowers us to use our gifts to bring about powerful, dramatic and positive change in the world.
In short: applying the original technology of the Aramaic Prayer of Jesus changes fear into love and brings heaven to earth – “on earth as it is in heaven.”
Each lesson includes:
- Reading and reflecting on ancient wisdom literature (Judeo-Christian scripture)
- Mindfulness and/or Creativity practices
- Experience with the Aramaic Mantra Prayer of Jesus
- Group discussion and sharing
Course Fee: $199.00 (including course workbook)
Call today to reserve your place in this class: (920) 230-1313 or email lauri @ authenticfreedomacademy.com. $50.00 deposit required to reserve your spot.
Today’s blog explores John 3:16, the scripture passage oft-quoted at sporting events and the focus of yesterday’s Gospel. Is there a way to view this reading that eliminates the walls of separation and exclusion?
For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life.
John 3: 16
The Trouble With 3:16
At first glance, this reading may seem harmless enough, but if we take the reading at face value, and listen to the typical interpretation of this reading (and its surrounding text), it kind of says, If you don’t proclaim Jesus Christ to be your personal Lord and Savior, you will perish and spend an eternity in hell. I never really believed in this kind of exclusive arrangement anyway – that there is only room in eternity for Christians….specifically those in “good standing,” but after 20+ years of contemplation of scripture and study of not only Catholic theology, but of the teachings and practices of our Jewish, Moslim, Pagan, Hindu, Buddhist, Native American and Yogic brothers and sisters, I really have a problem believing that there is only room in “heaven” for those who proclaim Jesus Christ to be their personal Lord and Savior. (For you Catholics out there, it might interest you to know that the Vatican II Documents support the possibility of heaven for everyone. So apparently this concept of exclusivity was problematic to the Vatican II Fathers as well. YAY Vatican II!) So in the past several years when John 3:16 would show up in the cycle of readings, I would either cringe or just close my ears and write it off as irrelevant. That was until I discovered the work of Neil Douglas-Klotz.
Enlightment Through Translations
Among other things, Neil Douglas-Klotz is an author – specifically on the topic of bridging the gaps between Christianity, Islam and Judaism. His work centers on a prayerful and more accurate translation of ancient texts which helps us to better understand the teacher/author’s intentions. Two of his works especially have had a HUGE impact on my own spiritual journey and my relationship to Christian scripture: Prayers of the Cosmos and The Hidden Gospel. Thanks to these works, I have a broader and deeper perspective on The Lord’s Prayer, The Beatitudes and many of Jesus’ reported sayings and teachings. I am grateful for the way in which Douglas-Klotz’s work has eliminated the separation and tension that I have often felt in the traditional viewings of scripture. So, without further ado…..I offer to you today a different perspective on John 3:16 that arose out of my prayer and was supported by Douglas-Klotz’s work. I hope that if you too have struggled with the separation often caused by the traditional interpretation of this reading that this new perspective will give you room to breathe.
John 3:16 – a New Perspective
For God so loved the world that God planted within all of humanity a spark of Divine truth and the restlessness that compels them to seek this truth.
And God so loved the world that God made it such that all of humanity would have the ability to rediscover, cultivate and fully embrace this truth and come to the realization of their wholeness and their Oneness with God.
And God so loved the world that God called all of humanity Sons and Daughters of God and knew that some would discover this spark of truth before others. Those that discover and embody this truth would find relief from the suffering of the human condition; suffering that is the natural consequence of forgetting this truth. Those that discover and embody this truth are called prophets and come from all walks of life, all cultures, races, genders, ethnicities, religious beliefs and sexual orientations. Those who through this truth come to self-realization and self-actualization are then compelled to share this truth with others so that they too may be saved.
God so loved the world that God gave humanity the gift of free will so that they could decide if and when they are ready to discover and embrace this truth. Those who are not yet ready to embrace this truth are no less saved than the rest, they are merely unripe. For those who are not yet ready to embrace this truth, God lovingly and patiently awaits their ripening. For those that believe in this truth in the same way that the prophets believe in this truth, experience heaven on earth – a life of abundant joy, peace, compassion and bliss.
God so loved the world that God gave humanity each other that they might remember this truth……and this truth is LOVE.
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The Lord’s Prayer is one of the foundational prayers of the Christian tradition and a central part of most Christian worship. How do we participate in this prayer when we no longer believe in God as only “the old man in the sky?”
As a Catholic Christian, one of the first prayers I learned was The Lord’s Prayer, otherwise known to me as The Our Father. I was taught to say the Lord’s Prayer as part of my bedtime prayers. I was taught to say it when praying the rosary, and The Lord’s Prayer was central to the Catholic Mass (and to other Christian worship services as I later learned), which I attended weekly with my family and on Fridays with my classmates at St. Alphonsus Catholic day school.
For all of my childhood and a fair portion of my adulthood, the Lord’s Prayer was something I said by rote memorization, out of a sense of obligation and with little thought to its meaning or my own intention for saying this prayer. Praying the Lord’s Prayer felt like me asking God for something….but I was never really sure what I was asking for. I just knew I was supposed to say this prayer, so I did and it never seemed to give me any trouble, so why not say it? But then….something changed.
Somewhere in my spiritual journey…and I cannot tell you exactly when this happened, I started to question the whole “Our Father” thing. Was God really the old man in the sky and should I be calling him Father? As I explored the writings of feminist theologians, I began to find validation for my questions. How could God be just a man? This no longer made sense to me. Then, as I learned how to pray and reflect on scripture and when prayer became an interaction between myself and God (rather than me simply going “blah blah blah”) I came to experience a God that was much more than just father. While I had never really had any problems with thinking of God as father-like, I also came to experience God as much more than this….God was even more than mother….God was Spirit, Energy, Movement, Presence, Action, Creative Expression, etc. etc. etc. For me, God could no longer be contained within any of the traditional labels. Suddenly, The Lord’s Prayer became a problem. How could I pray this prayer if I no longer believed in God as only the old man in the sky? Neil Douglas-Klotz to the rescue.
A few years back, I attended a spiritual dance retreat at the Christine Center in Willard, Wisconsin. The retreat consisted of learning sacred chant from several world traditions, then dancing to these chants. The chant we learned and participated in on Sunday was the Lord’s Prayer, reinterpreted from the original Aramaic, the language most likely to have been spoken by Jesus, and the language through which he most likely taught his disciples and followers. This was a profoundly moving experience to learn the Lord’s Prayer in Aramaic and then to pray it with movement and gestures, but it was the reinterpretation of this prayer that was the most moving for me. Through the work of modern-day scriptural translation and with the added benefit of Neil Douglas-Klotz’s meditative reflection on these translations, the problem of the old man in the sky God was suddenly solved! As I said before, Neil Douglas-Klotz to the rescue!
You would either need to read Prayer of the Cosmos by Neil Douglas-Klotz or attend my class, Deepening Freedom (see the classes section of my website for details….this class starts November 10th!) to comprehend the full depth of the Lord’s Prayer in Aramaic….but let me give you at least the solution to the old man in the sky problem. In the traditional translation of the Lord’s Prayer, the first line goes something like this:
Our Father Who Art in Heaven
In Aramaic, the first line is:
When we translate the first line from the Aramaic, directly into English, it says something like this:
O Thou From Whom the breath of life flows and is present in all forms of vibration and light…
Pause for a moment and read that phrase again. HOLY COW! God is no longer JUST the old man in the sky. God is suddenly vibration, light, the source of breath, the source of life…not just the old man in the sky. Problem solved. So, thanks to Neil Douglas-Klotz and other Aramaic scholars, I am once again able to find meaning and resonance with the prayer that Jesus taught us. And….if you want to learn more about this and my own personal belief that Jesus gave us this prayer for much more than simply rote recitation – but as a powerful tool for healing and transformation, you will just have to come to my class! 😉
What has been your experience with The Lord’s Prayer?
What are your images of God? Father? Mother? Spirit? Lover?
How are you being invited to deepen your experience of Christian prayer?
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