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Virtual Church – Ash Wednesday Launch

I am excited to announce the soft-launch of the Authentic Freedom Virtual Church.  The virtual church will consist of a weekly on-line worship service, accessible through this site, a weekly meditation practices newsletter related to the Sunday readings and an on-line discussion forum through Facebook.  To learn more, click on the “Virtual Church” tab. See instructions below on how you can become involved!!!!!   Please join us.  All are welcome.

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1) Attend our weekly service on this site- at a time convenient to you.  Services will be posted no later than Sunday mornings and will remain posted for 2-4 weeks.  Services will be archived on YouTube for limitless viewing. You can access services by coming to the website, or receive email reminders through option #2 below.

2) Receive our weekly meditation practices newsletter as a support to your Virtual Church service.  In this newsletter you will received a copy of the upcoming scripture reading(s) along with suggested contemplative/mindfulness/creative exercises that you can practice on your own. By subscribing to this meditation newsletter, you will also receive email notification of when virtual church services are posted and information on upcoming classes and workshops facilitated by Lauri Lumby. To receive the newsletter, subscribe HERE.

3) Join our Authentic Freedom Virtual Church group on Facebook. The intention of the group is to provide a safe, non-judgmental, non-dogmatic and non-prostheletizing forum through which virtual church members can connect and share their meditation and reflection experiences with the hope of growing through each other’s experiences.  It is a “closed” group which means that you will have to request an invitation and only members can read each other’s posts.  To join, click HERE, and request to be invited.  (PS I reserve the right to ask people to leave the group who cannot play nice!)

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4) Subscribe to this blog!  Receive blog postings 2-3 days per week which educate and inform you, supporting the birth of your Soul – the uniquely creative way in which you have been gifted to find meaning and purpose in your life and through which you are empowered to contribute to the betterment of the world.  To subscribe, click on “Subscribe” button on the right sidebar menu.

Please note that all services are made accessible to anyone at no charge.  If you find the services and meditation resources to be meaningful and supportive, please consider making a donation.  You can choose a one-time or a recurring donation through PayPal:

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Thank you and we look forward to your participation!!!

“Remember the Love that You Are!”

Lauri Ann Lumby

Posted in Agape Project, Spiritual Practices

Deepening Your Spiritual Practice

If you have been enjoying this blog and are looking for practical tools for embracing and applying these concepts to your own life experience, check out the Agape’ newsletter.  The Agape’ newsletter is a terrific value for the price and with flexible pricing options, it is accessible to any budget.  I have been checking out other “meditation” resources, and I have yet to find anything as comprehensive, easy to use or unifying as the Agape’ Meditation Newsletter.  See below for more information or click on the “Meditation Newsletter” tab or the Agape’ heart on the column to the right.  PS  Meditation is not just about silence….it is about creativity and engaging the brain too!  If you have found silent meditation to be a challenge, Agape’ might be just what you were looking for!!!!!

Agape’ – The Greek word used in Christian scripture to describe the unconditional, unmerited, infinite, abundantly flowing Love of God.  Even more than that, Agape’ reminds us that God is LOVE and that we too are that Love in our connection with God, with one another and with all of Creation.  By embracing Agape’, we REMEMBER THE LOVE THAT WE ARE

Agape’ is a weekly resource for contemplative meditation available on a subscription basis.  As a subscriber, you will receive the weekly Agape’ newsletter which will consist of resources for your personal spiritual practice and that could eventually be shared in a small group setting.  Resources included in the weekly Agape’ newsletter:

  • A scripture reading (or two)
  • Some background on the scripture (historical and sociological context, literary genre, author, audience, etc.)
  • A brief reflection on the scripture
  • Suggested meditation/contemplation/prayer activity using the scripture
  • Questions for personal reflection or to be shared within a small group

Benefits to you for subscribing:

  • Provides answers to some of your questions about scripture, Hebrew culture, Jesus’ teachings
  • Makes scripture accessible and applicable to your everyday life
  • Helps you connect with the voice of truth (God) within
  • Helps you find the spiritual practice(s) that work for you
  • Helps you find accessible, approachable methods for meditation and contemplation
  • Helps you to know peace, love and joy more fully
  • Helps you to identify the spiritual fears that might be in the way of you knowing peace
  • Helps you to find healing and release from those fears
  • Helps you to KNOW God, not just know ABOUT God
  • Helps you to find the path to fulfillment and happiness
  • Helps you to find tools to help you make it through life’s challenges

Truly, the list is endless…but that’s a start.

Flexible Payment Options:

To meet the broad range of financial accessibility, you are invited to choose from the following payment options:

$20.00 per month (for those with the financial means or who intend to share these resources within a group of up to 10 participants)

$10.00 per month (for individuals or couples who are on a tighter budget – not intended for group use)

Note:  If even the $10.00 per month is out of your reach, please contact Lauri Lumby at lauri@yourspiritualtruth.com to discuss other arrangements. 

FOR MORE INFORMATION, Click on this link:  http://yourspiritualtruth.com/the-agape-project/

Posted in Gifts of Contemplation, Spiritual Practices

Shifting Perspective – Fear as a Gift?

Today’s blog is a follow up to yesterday’s blog about depression and the muse, specifically, the fear of rejection and how it reared its ugly head….but more importantly, how we are sometimes asked to shift our perspectives and see those things we are tempted to judge through another lens.

God has a sick sense of humor

Yesterday after posting the blog “Depression and the Muse”, two crazy things happened that reminded me of how truly sick God’s sense of humor is!  Just when I think I know what the heck is going on or when I dare to believe I have grasped a new level of understanding, God quickly turns the table on me.  When that happens, I am simply forced to laugh at my own arrogance and to be grateful that God is the one running the show and not me.

Point #1 – Walking on Eggshells

Yesterday I mentioned a poem that came out of my meditation class on Wednesday night.  Here is the text of the poem:

Walking on Eggshells

Love

Pounding on the door of my heart

 

Desperate in its wanting

To enfold you in all I have to give.

 

Free flowing

Without limit

Generous

Supportive

Presence

 

Instead,

I walk on eggshells

Afraid

That you’ll say no.

 When I saw these words flying out of my pen, I was sure I knew what they were pertaining to.  I thought I had it all figured out.  Piece of cake.  Easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy.  HA!   Then God showed me more.  After penning yesterday’s blog about rejection it suddenly dawned on me, this poem has NOTHING to do with what I thought it did (ok, maybe a little)…..rather, it had EVERYTHING to do with MY WHOLE DARN LIFE!   Walking on Eggshells in my work, my writing, in my relationships, in my play, in my recreation, in my social interactions…..WHY??????   Because I’m afraid they will say “NO”….no to me, no to my work, blah blah blah.  That darn fear of rejection suddenly became WAY BIGGER than I ever acknowledged it as being and it encompassed EVERY aspect of my life.  Dag nabbit!  Now what I am going to do?  Apparently I’m afraid of everything and everybody that might reject me and in response, I withold all the love that I am from the world and hold back in the free and generous sharing of my gifts and my talents.  What is wrong with me?????  The good news is that before I was tempted to know too much about this fear and how wretched a human being I am for being so dang afraid, God dropped the other F-bomb.

Point #2 – Fear as a Gift?????

Shortly after coming to the above realization, I was facilitating another meditation group and participating in the prescribed meditation activity.  I was using the following scripture passage as a mantra when God dropped the F-Bomb:

I have called you by name, you are mine.

Isaiah 43:1

As I was repeating the above phrase in my mind and allowing God to speak to me through these words, here are the words that God gave back to me:

Lauri,

Has it ever occurred to you that I have given you the fear of rejection as a gift?  I gifted you with your own unique way of perceiving your life experience and it is through the lens of rejection.  I gave this unique gift to you so that you would find ways to move through that fear and in moving through that fear, drawing closer to me, closer to yourself and closer to others.  And in doing so, you would experience healing and growth.  I then gave you the gift of transparency so that you would share these experiences with others so that they too could find the way through their own experiences of perceived rejection, draw closer to me, closer to themselves and closer to others.  Your fear of rejection is a gift, not the curse that you often perceive it to be and certainly not something to judge or condemn. 

Ok then, I guess in that I will let God have the final word.

NOTE:  If you find these blog posts to be helpful, consider subscribing to the Agape’ Meditation Newsletter.  With your monthly donation of $10.00, you will receive the weekly Agape newsletter which provides you:

  • A scripture reading (or two)
  • Some background on the scripture (historical and sociological context, literary genre, author, audience, etc.)
  • A brief reflection on the scripture
  • Suggested meditation/contemplation/prayer activities
  • Questions for personal reflection

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Lauri Lumby

Authentic Freedom Ministries

http://yourspiritualtruth.com