Posted in Weekly Lesson

The Rocks and Stones are Singing

Last week I promised a piece on “the new monasticism.”  That piece will have to wait as our normal lesson is being interrupted by this special message from our sponsor – the Divine – within, without, and all around.  Especially within you and me….AND as we are to now understand, the whole entire universe.  In […]

Posted in Inspiration

Saving the World – what if it doesn’t need saving?

Existential Crisis # 874. I have spent my whole life working toward saving the world.  I think it started with a dream, but I believe this desire was present long before the dream.  Somewhere inside me has always been this feeling that something is wrong.  Something wrong with the world.  Something wrong with the people around me.  Something wrong with me So, for 53 years, I have tried to fix that “something wrong.”  Trying to fix this “something wrong” has been directed at myself, at those around me and at the world.  Finding my way into ministry, spiritual counseling and then developing courses in support of people’s journey toward self-actualization (you know…the journey of “getting better”) fit perfectly into this inner drive to save myself, the people around me, and saving the world.  For 26 years, my identity, my work, my creativity has been directed toward this idea of saving the world. But much of this, it seems, has come to an end (or is it a fulfillment?)

Yesterday, as I was sitting in the void which follows the end of what has been, facing down the consequences of the mission to which I have dedicated the last 26 years of my life and trying to find the fruits of these 26 years of really hard work (a few books, some happier people, some great relationships), I came upon a profound question:

What if there is nothing wrong and therefore nothing and no one to save?

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Then my brain exploded.

Or did it?

When I look at this question from the perspective of the journey toward self-actualization, I find I might have come to the end (of course there’s never really an end) to my own journey. If the “goal” of self-actualization is Union with our true self and Union with the world, then it seems logical that in that place of Union all duality falls away.  All perceived separation is brought together as one.  In this, there is no “Us” and “Them,” we are all one in this journey we call life and we are all here to support each other’s awakening and journey toward wholeness.  In this place of mutual support, there is no judgment.  There is nothing wrong.  Every single person is simply where they are on their journey.  Period.  As such, there is no one and nothing to “save.” When we think there is someone who needs saving, or we get our undies in a bundle over things of this world, it is because we remain in separation.  When in Union we know and trust that all that is unfolding is doing so for the  highest good and we are able to find peace and contentment within that unfolding (or at the very least, equanimity) and we realize that nothing is in need of saving.

That being said, there are tools that help us along the way and until I am shown otherwise, I am happy to share the tools that came through me and have worked for me in finding release from the perceived separation that has made me want to save a world that as it turns out, doesn’t need saving.

Posted in Mary Magdalene

We are the Magdalene

We are the Magdalene. We live and walk and work among you.  We come from all walks of life, from every tribe of the human race.  We are women.  We are men.  We are those who have completed the task of Love.  We have been supported in applying the original teachings of LOVE offered by and modeled by Jesus (and all other great spiritual teachers like him) – the teachings on Love which were then fulfilled through Mary, called Magdalene, and which has continued to show itself throughout history through those who have seen beyond the veil to the love concealed within.

Original painting by Catherine E. Case. Used with permission

We have come to know the Love that we are in our Oneness within ourselves, with the God of our understanding, with each other and with all of creation. In being open to this Love, we know no separation.  Love transcends all beliefs, all creeds, all nationalities, all genders, etc.  In this Love, there is no race but the human race.  There is no sexual orientation but love.  There is no nation, only one world.  There is no religion – only love. Love is all there is and Love is all we work to see and to know. Any perceived division is only a temporary veil over the love that has not yet been fully realized.  When division arises, we seek out the wound that is at its core, and support the healing of that wound wherever possible, as Jesus and Mary, called Magdalene, did before us.

For two thousand years we have been concealed among you, waiting.   At this critical juncture in human evolution, we come forth to be seen and to be known so that you might find hope in a world that is dying and faith in a new world that is seeking to be born.

We are your teachers, your guides, your mirror. Through our eyes you are seen as Love and in our eyes, you see that Love.  From this Love you will either turn away in fear, or, come forward in Love.  Either way, we love you for who you are and for the path you have chosen, for we have come to know that even when we choose fear, this too is a choice for Love.  As the prophet once said, “In you, darkness and light are but one.”  Of course, we hope that your choice will be for Love, because we have seen the fruits of this Love.

In this Love, we have found our unique purpose through our Divine gifts, which we then utilize for the sake of our own fulfillment and then in service to the betterment of the world. In this, you will find us using our gifts in all walks of life whether we are mother, father, teacher, minister, physician, healer, counselor, businessperson, athlete, entertainer, artist, banker, accountant, educator, administrator, etc. etc. etc. There are no limits as to how or where we can apply the Love that we know, for this Love is infinite and universal.  It is this life of meaning and purpose that too shall be yours when you make the choice for Love.

But even more than meaning and purpose, the promise of Love is peace. In the depths of the Love that we are, we know a deep and abiding peace.  This is “the peace that surpasses all understanding,” and which allows us to navigate the twists and turns, ups and downs, joys and sufferings of the human condition.  While fear is always present as a consequence of choosing the human condition, Love provides the key to finding our way through that fear.  It is here that we come to know the “kingdom of God within” that Jesus promised – not in some heaven light years away, but right here, in the midst of the human experience.  It is for the sake of this purpose that we are here, to help you know what those “who have eyes to see” have come to known – the Love that has been here all along!

We are the Magdalene. Our mission and purpose is Love – the Love that is YOU! 

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Posted in Aramaic Prayer of Jesus, Christ Consciousness, Jesus, Oneness with God

What Does it Mean to be Like Jesus?

Jesus did not come to teach us how to get to heaven. Jesus came so that we might know how to experience heaven on earth. We experience heaven on earth when we, like Jesus, we come to understand the truth of Oneness:

The glory that you have given me I have given them, so that they may be one, as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become completely one, so that the world may know that you have sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.   John 17: 22-23

(Learn more about Jesus’ teachings on Oneness in our online course Deepening Freedom – The Aramaic Prayer of Jesus. )

Jesus experienced this Oneness as peace, contentment, love and joy. In this state of Oneness, Jesus was able to transcend the inherent fears and false perceptions of the human condition, avoid the temptations of the ego/false self, and find clear guidance and direction in his life.  Jesus called this experience of Oneness “The Kingdom of God” and sought to teach everyone who would listen how to attain this state of Oneness.

In coming to know this Oneness ourselves, we remember that we are the beloved children of God. In this the mission of Jesus has been fulfilled for we have become like him – Daughters and Sons of the Living God who is known and experienced as love.

Beloved:
See what love the Father has bestowed on us
that we may be called the children of God.
Yet so we are.
The reason the world does not know us
is that it did not know him.
Beloved, we are God’s children now;
what we shall be has not yet been revealed.
We do know that when it is revealed we shall be like him,
for we shall see him as he is.

1 JN 3: 1-2

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Posted in Authentic Freedom, manifestation, Raised Catholic

The Spiritual Law of Manifesting

As we believe, so shall it be.

 In the popular book The Secret, and all the related pop-culture myths on manifestation, it is said that our thought governs our ability to get what we want.  In other words, “If we want something, all we need to do is think the right thoughts.”  In this mythology, the opposite is also true, “If you are not getting what you want, it is because you have thought the wrong thoughts.”

While there may be some truth to these myths in causal (3D/duality) consciousness, in the world of Unity Consciousness none of this is true. If you are already living in Unity consciousness (or at the least, holding the intention to live from a place of Oneness), if we even try to think our way into manifesting, it will fail and likely blow up in our face.

In Unity consciousness, manifesting what we want isn’t even the question and thought has nothing to do with it.  Instead, manifesting in Unity consciousness is about a process of emptying, being guided, believing, allowing, taking action where needed,  and receiving.

First we have to be emptied of all perceptions and belief systems rooted in the false perception of separation. Most importantly, we have to be healed of all the inner wounds and fears that keep us from remembering our original nature as One with that which some might call “God,” One with ourselves, one with each other and one with all creation.

Then, from this place of intimate connection with Source/our Higher self, we free ourselves of our own plans, ideas, strategies, agendas, itineraries, need to know and to control and be open instead to Higher Guidance – the place where truth resides. We have to receive this truth and believe it no matter how startling, counter-cultural, life-altering it might be.

And then, we have to believe. Belief, I have learned is the key to manifesting the guidance we receive from that place of intimate connection with Source.  As we believe it, so shall it be.  This belief starts with perception.  How do we judge the circumstances of our life and the world around us?  If we believe that what we are seeing is negative and will lead to our destruction, then it will.  If we believe that what we are seeing from a higher perspective, from the Divine perspective colored by love, then we will trust that it will unfold in our highest good (even if what is happening includes a loss, a failure or a disappointment.)  Once we learn to guide our perception to the highest good, then we have faith and trust that all roads are leading to the fulfillment of the guidance we first received.  As we believe it to be, it shall be so.  Then, we allow the natural unfolding of this manifestation and we are open and willing to receive all we need for this dream to be made manifest. And if there is action to be taken on our part, the revelation and guidance of this comes, again, from this place of Oneness.

Emptying. Accepting Guidance.  Believing.  Allowing.  Taking Action when guided.  Receiving.

Let me offer a concrete example of this as I have witnessed it in the Catholic Church of my youth. Every day, while presiding over the mass, the priest takes a simple glass of wine and a plate of unleavened bread (or communion wafers), says a few words and prayers over them and viola, they are suddenly transformed into the body and blood of Christ.  Yes, the appearance of the bread and wine remain, but the substance has been transformed (transubstantiation) into the body and blood of Christ.  This transformation doesn’t not happen because the priest performed the “Jesus magic,” (though that is likely what some Catholics believe); it is because he and the people BELIEVE that the bread and wine have now been transformed so that they may receive the Presence of Christ in consuming the bread and the wine.

  • Emptying so the will of the Divine can be fulfilled.
  • Believing in the guidance and the manifestation of that guidance.
  • Allowing it to be done through us.
  • Taking action where guided.
  • Receiving the manifestation of the Divine guidance.

And the bottom line: As we believe, so shall it be.

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Posted in Empowerment, Freedom, Inspiration

Election 2016: From Division to Oneness

Well, it seems the “powers that be” got what they wanted – a nation that is distracted and divided. It seems no matter how people speak about the outcome of the U.S. presidential election and the transition from one “leader” to another, someone gets pissed off.  On Facebook, for example, I recently mentioned the grief some are feeling over the Obama’s departure, and all hell broke loose.  Then I dared to mention that we are entering into a time of uncertainty and I got hate emails from those who took my comments as an insult against their presidential choice, which was certainly not my intention!

As it turns out, division is a choice. We decide if we are going to hate our fellow Americans simply because of their vote.  We are also the ones who decide if we are offended or insulted by another person who is choosing to share their personal beliefs, perspectives or even their personal experience.  We decide!

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I am choosing NOT to be divided, because, in the immortal words of our sixteenth president, Abraham Lincoln, “a house divided against itself cannot stand.” I am also making this choice because division is exactly what the powers that be want.  If we are divided, then we will remain distracted from the evils the “puppet masters” are accomplishing in the world – destroying our environment, putting thousands (millions) of people out of work, depriving people of quality and affordable health care, undermining our educational system, destroying the air that we breathe, the water that we drink and the soil in which we need to grow our crops, raping foreign countries for their cheap labor and oil, while watching those countries destroy their own environments with toxic chemicals, pollution and deforestation.

All of this, they are accomplishing, not for our benefit, but for the sake of their greedy quest for wealth, power and control. We are all suffering because of the actions of the very few (1% of the 1%).  And if they continue on this course, and are able to do so because we are too busy fighting amongst ourselves to see or care about what they are doing, then our entire world will be destroyed.  What they don’t know is that if they destroy the world in their unending quest for power, they will also be destroying themselves (unless they have some space station set up for their escape after they are done destroying this world).

If we want to survive as a species, we HAVE to find a way to look beyond the division brought about by this election and toward unification. Unification does not mean you have to change your beliefs or the policies that you stand for.  Unification means we look beyond our (perceived) differences toward the goals we hold in common:

  • Food on our table.
  • A roof over our head.
  • Clothes on our back.
  • The feeling of being safe.
  • A quality education.
  • Affordable and quality healthcare for ourselves and our families.
  • Meaningful work which supports our need for survival.
  • Loving relationships.
  • Community.
  • Clean water to drink, clean air to breathe, healthy food to nourish our bodies and our souls.
  • The opportunity to enjoy our time on this planet and to enjoy the beauty of the world we were given to care for.

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THESE are the issues that really matter. These are the issues that will determine if we live or die or if we are able to survive as a species. And these are the issues we all care about.  Whether  you call yourself Republican, Democrat, Green Party, Libertarian, Socialist, Communist, Bleeding Heart Liberal, Hippie, Black Panther, or anything in between….our foundational needs and desires are the same.  Focusing on THIS, we will move beyond the distractions, beyond the perceived division and toward the unified effort that will deprive the 1% of the 1% of their power and make OUR WORLD the great planet it was meant to be!

If you are interested in setting aside perceived division and entering into a process of building a new world built on oneness, check out our weekly service Monday evenings at 6:30 pm. Please also check out other programs and services of Authentic Freedom Academy – local gatherings and classes, online courses, one-on-one mentoring services, books and more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted in Uncategorized

A Christmas Message for the Daughters and Sons of the Light

Delivered through Lauri Ann Lumby 12.24.16

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It is now our time.

Time to step forth from the veil.

To emerge from behind the veil of separation consciousness

To be the love and light that we are –

Guiding humanity back to their original nature of awakened love.

No longer imprisoned by the perceived separation of 2D and 3D (duality) consciousness,

But living fully and unencumbered from the place of Unity

Where all are ONE in the LOVE that we are,

Love finding its unique expression in human form through us.

It is time to be this love – only this love,

Creating from and out of this love,

For the sake of and for the purpose of love,

Re-creating the earth in the image of our home –

A home made of love and for the purpose of love.

Let us be this love and in being this love,

Knowing that love is all there is.

 

 

 

Posted in Authentic Freedom, Christ Consciousness, God, Lessons, manifestation, Oneness with God, self-actualization

The Function of Divine Will and Divine Timing in Unity Consciousness

A big title for a big topic.  This is what came through today as I was pondering the question of how manifesting, timing, etc. function in Unity Consciousness.  Who knew I’d been judging it all from the perspective of separation – until today!  When we transcend separation, this is what happens:

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In Unity Consciousness (or what some might call Christ Consciousness), there is no such thing as “Divine Timing” or “Divine Will.” In Unity Consciousness, we are freed of the false perception of separation such that there is no separation between ourselves and God.  Instead, the separate mind steps aside so that the Godself can live in and through us through our unique being.  In this state, God’s will becomes our will – manifesting as our needs, our wants and our desires. The separate mind, no longer afraid, simply says “YES” through a state of deep, inner knowing, that which is known as right and true, mostly in our hearts.  In this, everything arises in the perfect way in the perfect time and we are inwardly guided to act at the exactly perfect time in the exactly perfect way in support of what is now our heart’s desire. We are no longer waiting for “Divine will” to be revealed or for “Divine Timing” to play out because if the desire is in our heart, it is Divine Will and the time is now.

How about that to make our brains explode.  Explains a lot and now I will be testing this theory.  Test it out yourself too and let me know what happens! 

 

Love,

Lauri

 

Posted in Authentic Freedom, Jesus, Mary Magdalene, Oneness with God

Mary Magdalene and the Living Teachings of Christ

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Mary Magdalene –

Revealing the Living Teachings of Christ

Portrait of the Magdalene by Dana Lumby

Portrait of the Magdalene by Dana Lumby

In 1978, I had my first personal, mystical encounter with the Christ and the Magdalene.  They came to me through the Jesus Christ Superstar soundtrack, where for the first time I realized Jesus’ humanity and that Mary Magdalene played a much larger role in the life and ministry of Jesus than I had previously been led to believe.

While the Magdalene would wait to reveal herself fully, I immediately began having direct experiences of the Christ while in prayer, while attending mass, and through the experiences of my everyday life.  The Jesus that was revealing himself to me was markedly different from the Jesus I had been taught to worship in that he was fully human and directly accessible – meaning there was no need for an intermediary between human beings and Christ, we are able to know him directly through contemplation and prayer and through the circumstances of our daily lives.  Additionally, the Jesus that I was coming to know was not exclusive to those who proclaimed him as their savior.  Instead, this Jesus spoke a universal message of unconditional love that promised to transform every human being on this planet – whether they were Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Pagan, Buddhist, or otherwise.  Jesus’ message was for all of humanity, and you didn’t have to become Christian to find salvation in these truths.

As is common in the revelation of the feminine, the Magdalene came to me subtly at first – initially cloaked within the priestesses of Arthurian legend, Morganna in particular, and then through the other mystical and powerful women she encountered through music, cinema, theatre, art, and literature.  It wasn’t until 1994, while in ministry formation, that I had my first direct experience of the Magdalene.  This experience launched an avalanche of encounters through which I was guided by the Magdalene to learn the hidden truths of the Magdalene’s place within the Jesus story, in the beginning years of the Jesus movement, and how she continues to work on our behalf – helping us to discover,  integrate and embody the Living Teachings of Christ.

The Living Teachings of Christ, as revealed to me through both the Magdalene and the Christ, are those teachings which transcend dogma and doctrine, freeing Jesus’ teachings to adapt to an ever-changing world.  Not exclusive or limited to a specific belief system, the Living Teachings of Christ are universal in their appeal, revealing truth to every human being, no matter where they are in their journey and regardless of their specific belief system.  In a world that has become increasingly separated by belief, the unveiling of these teachings could not be more timely.

Authentic Freedom Academy is the vehicle through which I share the Living Teachings of Christ.  These teachings are disseminated through the courses I have developed, my writings, and my published books, including the foundational, Authentic Freedom – Claiming a Life of Contentment and Joy and her novel, Song of the Beloved – the Gospel According to Mary Magdalene.

The Living Teachings of Christ, as revealed through both Jesus and Mary (called Magdalene) spring forth out of one foundational truth:

The Truth of Oneness

This is the truth that Jesus came to know within himself, and the truth he sought to teach his disciples.  Mary, called Magdalene, fully integrated and embodied this truth – the truth that we are all One – within ourselves, with each other, with all of creation and with God. Jesus and Mary experienced this Oneness as unconditional love.  This is the truth that promises to heal the fear and perceived separation that is the cause of suffering in the human condition, and to restore us to our original nature as LOVE.

Mary Magdalene by Catherine E. Case

Mary Magdalene by Catherine E. Case

Posted in world changes

Building the New World

We have arrived! Our journey of Ascension is complete. We have pierced through the veil of perceived separation (duality) and have arrived fully in the new/original world. In the new/original world, we know we are all One – one within ourselves, one with what we might call “God,” one with each other, one with all of creation, one with the entire Universe. We are all one! We now know this to be true and if we don’t quite know it fully, we are moving toward this awareness/knowing/experience that I am in you and you are in me and together we are One.

Now that we have completed the journey toward Oneness, it is time for the next leg of our journey. The next stage in this magnificent and magical time of human evolution is to take what we know about Oneness and apply it to our world. It is time to start building our new/original world! As the world of separation and fear continues in its journey of self-destruction, the new and original world is in the process of being born – a world rooted in love, working for harmony and peace where the needs of all are abundantly met not only for survival but that we might all find joyful fulfillment in the human experience, and where each and every living being is honored as sacred and as a necessary part of our life experience.

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While the invitation to building a new world might sound daunting, it is really quite simple. Building a new world is not about taking on corporate giants, beating down institutional establishments or waging war with anyone or anything. Instead, building the new world starts with ourselves. Building the new world begins with the work of transcending the separation within ourselves, letting go of the voices of fear and heeding only the voice of our Soul. Building the new world is about bringing peace to the war within our minds between our heads and our hearts and letting our Souls take wing.

When we bring together the perceived separation within ourselves, bringing ourselves out of fear and into LOVE, then we have no choice but to live the life our Soul intended – one in which we are free to harness our own unique giftedness and the unique way in which we have been gifted to find meaning and purpose in our lives and in doing so helping to serve the betterment of our world.

The magic in accomplishing WHOLENESS within ourselves is that we have already succeeded in building a new world for ourselves – a world in which our life experience is markedly different than the one we knew while living in fear. As we enjoy the magic of Wholeness, the magic begins to rub off on those around us. Soon, they begin to ask the questions that will lead them to wholeness within themselves and with us as an example (and a source of support and encouragement), they are emboldened and empowered in their journey and soon their world is made anew….and so on….and so on…..and so on.   The bottom line is that LOVE is contagious and the more we live as love, the more others will follow, then suddenly, one day, TODAY perhaps, the whole world will have turned from fear toward love and all of creation will be living in the new/original world.

Thank you for all the hard work you have already done helping to get us to this place. We would not be here without your diligent efforts and persistent attention to your own journey of transformation and to your higher intention for a world living in peace.

Congratulations on a job well done. Welcome to the New World. And thank you for your part in continuing to build the world anew!

 

Love,

 

Lauri

Authentic Freedom Academy provides programs and services that support us in piercing through the veil of separation so that we might find Oneness within ourselves – empowering us to transcend the fears that are preventing us from living the life of our dreams.