Posted in Initiation, self-actualization, shame, sin, spiritual awakening

Eve’s Serpent – the Voice of the Soul

When Eve appeared to me in the early hours of Saturday morning, she arrived with her companion. This companion, I was told, represented the tools of her trade.

If Eve’s true nature is that of Awakener,

then the tools of her trade are all the ways in which the Soul seeks to be known.

In scriptural literature, this companion was given the form of the serpent and has been cast into the role of demon for luring the original humans into disobedience, thereby causing the “original sin” which forever cast human beings into a life of suffering.

The story of humanity’s “fall” is a myth. Plain and simple, it is a story which attempts to explain the nature of the human condition, while also acknowledging a deep, ancient memory of something more. It is unfortunate that when forming its doctrine, the Christian church chose to use this story as a weapon against humanity – shaming us into believing there is something inherently disordered about us and that life was about seeking approval and forgiveness for “sins” that are not even our own.  Even Jesus, it seemed, could not undo the cause of this “original sin.”  Sigh!

Let’s return to the serpent. In yesterday’s lesson, I spoke of the true nature of Eve as a metaphor for the human calling to awaken – to awaken out of our fearful nature and into the truth of our Soul.  This is what Eve metaphorically did when she chose to eat of the tree of knowledge – her eyes were open and now she could see as the “gods” and was given the ability to reason, discern and exercise her truth.  But before she could awaken, Eve had to hear the voice of her Soul.  The serpent represents that voice.

As I have described in many lessons in both my local and online courses:

Soul is the uniquely creative way in which you have been gifted to find meaning and purpose in your life and the way in which you are called to find fulfillment in service to the betterment of the world. Soul is our true self – the part of us that knows our gift and our call, and is that which compels us to seek out, discover, cultivate and nurture these gifts and this call, empowering us to share our gifts in service to the world.

-Lauri Ann Lumby

 

It is the voice of the Soul that we are here to hear and abide. It is only in listening to the voice of our Soul that we are able to fulfill our purpose for being on this human plane.  It is through the Soul that we are able to discover our unique giftedness, nurture and cultivate these gifts and then find out how we are called to share these gifts – first for the sake of our own fulfillment and second in service to the betterment of the world.  This is why we are here and it is the gentle (and sometimes forceful) whisperings of the Soul that set us forth on that journey.

The Serpent is that voice. The ancients knew this and honored the serpent as the image of the human journey toward self-actualization.  The serpent was representative of knowledge and wisdom and called humanity into its fullness.  It was only the patriarchy who stripped the serpent of its rightful place as teacher and guide – because in order to rule, authority had to be placed outside of us and in the hands of the hierarchy.  With the serpent, authority resides within – as is attested by all the ancient traditions that use the serpent as the symbol of humanity’s journey of awakening to Soul and bringing that Soul into form – the Kabbalah, the Chakra system, the Kundalini of the Yoga traditions, the ancient alchemical symbol of the caduceus – and even Moses’ staff.

The serpent has long been a symbol for human awakening and a representation of the voice and force of the Soul. Isn’t it time we reclaim it as such?

 

For support in awakening to and fulfilling the path of your Soul, check out our Magdalene Priestess Training and the Authentic Freedom Leadership Training for Men.

 

Posted in Authentic Freedom, New World, Oneness with God, women

Eve Speaks – The “Fall of Man” from Another Perspective

Eve Speaks Part 2

Hello my dear children, I have spoken to you once before about my (our) Divine origins and how I (we) were created in the image and likeness of Divine Love and freely chose to engage in God’s play at being human, how we chose the perceived separation from our Divine Source in Love and Oneness so that we could experience ourselves as individual and unique so that God could experience Godself in all if Her infinite number of expressions. Now you all know the story that has been told of this separation, how the human experience in all its pain and suffering is actually punishment for disobeying God by eating the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.  While some may find comfort in this interpretation of the ancient tale, there is another perspective and an even deeper truth that lies hidden within this story for those who have eyes to see.

As I mentioned in the first telling, the story of “the fall of man” is not even original to the Hebrew people who in the latter days approaching the Common Era, placed this story in their scriptures. Instead, this is a Babylonian story borrowed by the Hebrews from the popular Gilgamesh Epic as it helped to explain their plight as conquered and indentured slaves of the Babylonians. Once a thriving and powerful nation, Israel had been conquered, their temple destroyed, and all people of value deported to Babylon to live as slaves to their conquerors.  They had lost their home.  They had lost their God.  Believing in a punitive and jealous god, it made sense to them that they were being punished for something terrible they had done.  They then chose women, and all that had been associated with feminine power – the serpent, the fruit, knowledge and wisdom – as scapegoats for their suffering and pain. This battle between the warring patriarchal god and the peace of the divine feminine had been going on for ages, but the Babylonian captivity cemented this divide.

This is the historical perspective on my tale. But, for those who have eyes to see, there is an even deeper truth – one that resonates beyond history and speaks to the Soul of the human race – a people that long to be freed from the pain and suffering of the human condition and returned to their original state in Oneness with LOVE in God.  This is the story of EVE as awakener.  But even more than this, this is the story of WOMEN as the Awakeners – those sent to become awakened themselves and then through their own awakening, to become awakeners for others – most especially the men.  Here is how it goes in the book of Genesis:

Now the snake was the most wise (usually translated “cunning”) of all the wild animals that the Lord God had made. He asked the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You shall not eat from any of the trees in the garden’?” The woman answered the snake: “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden; it is only about the fruit of the tree in the middle of the garden that God said, ‘You shall not eat it or even touch it, or else you will die.’” But the snake said to the woman: “You certainly will not die! God knows well that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened and you will be like gods, who know good and evil.” The woman saw that the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eyes, and the tree was desirable for gaining wisdom. So she took some of its fruit and ate it; and she also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made loincloths for themselves.

When they heard the sound of the Lord God walking about in the garden at the breezy time of the day, the man and his wife hid themselves from the Lord God among the trees of the garden. The Lord God then called to the man and asked him: Where are you? 10 He answered, “I heard you in the garden; but I was afraid, because I was naked, so I hid.” 11 Then God asked: Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I had forbidden you to eat? 12 The man replied, “The woman whom you put here with me—she gave me fruit from the tree, so I ate it.” 13 The Lord God then asked the woman: What is this you have done? The woman answered, “The snake tricked me, so I ate it.”

21 The Lord God made for the man and his wife garments of skin, with which he clothed them. 22 Then the Lord God said: See! The man has become like one of us, knowing good and evil! Now, what if he also reaches out his hand to take fruit from the tree of life, and eats of it and lives forever? 23 The Lord God therefore banished him from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from which he had been taken. 24 He expelled the man, stationing the cherubim and the fiery revolving sword east of the garden of Eden, to guard the way to the tree of life.

 

20 The man gave his wife the name “Eve,” because she was the mother of all the living.

 

Genesis 3: 1-13, 21-24, 20

 

This is the largest, widest, deepest truth of the Genesis tale – WOMEN are the AWAKENERS of the human experience. To state this in more universal terms, apart from the human temptation to divide by gender, the DIVINE FEMININE is the awakener of the human condition as it is embodied in women or in men.  THIS is the task of the Divine Feminine as it is embodied in human form – to WAKE US UP.  Specifically, to wake us up out of the illusion of separation – the illusion that is the cause of our fear, the cause of our “sin” and the cause of the suffering and pain in the human experience.  The Divine Feminine within us is that which REMEMBERS our ONENESS with Love, with God and with all of Creation.  The Divine Feminine within us is that which awakens us to this remembrance and then calls us to return to our origin in Unity and Wholeness.  As it plays out in our masculine/feminine roles, (I use these terms as they relate to energy, not gender.  Masculine being the active, protective, provider energy and Feminine being the energy of receptivity, allowing, and receiving) it is the feminine which is called to awaken and in its awakening, to guide and support the awakening of the masculine.  As such, if you are in a traditional male/female relationship, it is the woman who first awakens, and then it is her task to help her male partner awaken.  It is also the task of the female to awaken the children.  There is a complicated way in which all these energies play out their roles, but for now, I trust you get the gist.

EVE was not a disobedient sinner who through her “sin” brought punishment to the whole human race. EVE is the AWAKENER who calls us all to awaken out of the sleep of ignorance into the knowledge of THE TRUTH – that LOVE is our original nature.  She then shows us how to return to that LOVE – right here in the human experience, thus returning us all to the Garden where we will experience heaven on earth.

Posted in Being Human, Oneness with God, temptation, the bible, women, world changes

Eve Speaks – Reclaiming the Feminine Perspective Part II

As we celebrate the full moon in Virgo and the full revelation of the Divine Feminine and ushering in the rebirth of the Divine Masculine, it is time for the feminine heroes of salvation history to speak.  Today, let me introduce Eve – Mother of us All!

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Eve Speaks

First of all….you know I’m a myth, right!? I am a myth.  There was no literal Adam and Eve.  And….we are all Adam and Eve.  This is the mystery of myth.  My story…our story…is the human story and it might interest some of you to know that the version of our story that you find in the book of Genesis isn’t even original.  Instead, your Jewish ancestors borrowed this story from their captors in Babylon because it helped them make sense of their own situation – plucked out of the home they had come to love and away from the god they had come to know in the temple into virtual slavery and having to find a new god and a new way of relating to their god while exiled in the land of Persia under the rule of the Chaldean king, Nebuchadnezzar II. (Google it if you don’t believe me!)

But just because my story didn’t actually happen, doesn’t mean it isn’t true. In fact, as is the case of all myth, my story communicates deep and profound truths – truths that are found in layers depending on the reader’s current state in life and their own unique perspective on life, love and God. To some, my story represents disobedience and punishment. To others, the subjugation of the Divine Feminine by warring hoards of patriarchal men (see Riane Eisler for more on this!). To others I represent the dawn of creation. And to others I represent the source of original sin and the danger of feminine wiles. None of these interpretations are wrong (if you need to interpret them in this way), but none are complete or absolute truth either.

All that being said, today I want to share with you my favorite version of my (our) story. It goes like this…..

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Once upon a time, we knew nothing but God. We knew nothing but the infinite, all-encompassing, overwhelming, unconditional love of God. In this state of knowing, we also knew ourselves to be this love for in this knowing we were one with God and knew nothing other than this oneness. Then one day, God wanted us to understand ourselves as seemingly separate from God – still overwhelmingly encompassed in God’s love, but separate. In this separateness, God created two expressions of God’s self – one that was Feminine in its energy and spirit and one that was Masculine. Together, we represented the prototypes of what human beings would one day become. In this state, we lived in complete harmony and peace – knowing ourselves as nothing but love and in this love, still intimately connected with God. This was paradise – what the scripture writers have called “Eden.” For an eternity we basked in this state of Divine Love – seemingly separate in this love but intimately connected with the fullest expression of this Love which is God.

Then one day, God, (who is really just a child at play), decided to try something new. God said, “I have this idea of a human being – a creature that would be made in our image, but will be in physical form.” As the Divine Feminine and the Divine Masculine, we jumped at the chance to participate in God’s creation, so we volunteered, “Let us be this new creation – let us become human beings.” But then God dropped the bomb – “Thank you for wanting to participate in my play. But I must warn you, if you should accept this task, if you should become human, you will forget. You will forget the love that you now know yourselves to be. More importantly, you will forget me. You will forget your origin as One with me and the peace and harmony that comes with that knowing.” We had to think about this for awhile. What would it be like to forget love? What would it be like to forget God? What would it be like to forget who we really are? As we pondered this opportunity, God remembered, “You know, you won’t really forget all of it. In fact, we can never truly forget our original nature. We can never truly forget love. Because as part of me, we are never really separate, it will just seem that way. And what if I help you out a bit by planting a seed within your human heart of remembrance – something that will help you to remember and guide your way back to me? Would that help?” We thought about it some more and then we agreed, “Yes, we would participate in God’s play and try out this thing of being human.” And so we did. We agreed to become human and came down into the world as male and female – seemingly separate from God, but always one just the same. This is how it began.

Now, there is a whole lot more to the story, as you well know. But that seems like enough for today. Perhaps we will talk again soon.

 

Love,

Eve

 

Posted in Authentic Freedom, Jesus, Raised Catholic

New Hope, New Vision, New Church – Part 2

Today’s blog looks on in hopefulness over the actions of the new pope, Francis,  and  continues the explorations of how the Catholic Church might embrace a spirit of reconciliation and reform.  (See Part 1 here)

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If there’s no original sin, then why do we need Jesus?

If, in an effort to create reform and thereby reconcile themselves to the millions of Catholic who have left (either because they no longer felt welcome by the Church, or found in it relevant to their own lives), the Catholic Church should change its position on original sin, the first question that comes up is, If there’s no original sin, then why do we need Jesus?  Didn’t Jesus come to save us from our sins?  From an alternative perspective on original sin as core wound, the answer is yes and no.  Yes, Jesus came to save us from our sins, but not in the way that we have formerly been taught.  If we understand the core wound, the false perception of separation from God as the consequence of choosing the human condition, then at least as long as we are in this body, we will mostly see and experiences ourselves as separate – separate from God, from ourselves, from creation and from each other.  In this state of perceived separation, we feel alone, abandoned, afraid.  Jesus came to save us from the pain of this perceived separation.  In Jesus own process of human development, cultivated through years of study and prayer, he came to understand that this perceived separation is just that…only a perception… and that in truth, we are ONE with God….always have been and always will be…we just temporarily forgot.  Jesus learned that through a process of prayer, contemplation, ritual, devotion, worship and service that we can REMEMBER this Oneness with God and in that connection, be freed of the loneliness and fears that plague us and that ultimately result in our non-loving actions.  So yes….Jesus did save us from our sins…..by reminding us that God is love, that we are made in that love and that we are never separate from that love.  Then, he showed us how we too could remember the joyful contentment that comes through the recollection of that love and that by living in that love, our non-loving actions are no longer necessary.  This is how Jesus saves us from our sins.

What did Jesus teach us about remembering this Oneness?

Pretty much everything……but in my book, Authentic Freedom, I condense it down to seven spiritual truths:

  • God meets all of our needs in abundance
  • We are each uniquely gifted to embody, reveal and share God’s love in the world
  • There is nothing outside of us that can prevent us from being the person God created us to be
  • God is love and we are made of this love.  This love cannot be denied, neither does it have to be earned
  • The truth (or our oneness with God) will set us free, as will the expression of the personal truth(s) that God reveals for us
  • All wisdom, knowledge and understanding are available to us in our connection with God and is revealed to us in a time that is in our highest good
  • We are one with God, and therefore never alone

Through Jesus’ teachings, in parable, in experiences of healing, in modeling compassion and justice and in the fact that prayer was the center of his life, Jesus showed us how to live these truths.

But what about earning our way into heaven?

That’s just it.  If we believe that God is love, that we are made of this love and that this love does not have to be earned and cannot be taken away, then there is no heaven to be earned.  Yes, in death, we will have the opportunity to return to full recognition of our Oneness with God, and we might call that heaven, but, this experience of returning to Oneness in our death does not have to be earned.  The good news, however, is that we do not have to wait until we are dead to get a glimpse of this heavenly abode because what Jesus taught us about the kingdom of God/heaven is that it is at once within us and all around us.

Asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, he said in reply, “The coming of the kingdom of God cannot be observed, and no one will announce, ‘Look, here it is,’ or ‘There it is.’  For behold, the kingdom of God is within/among you.”     

Luke 17: 20-21

And then, Jesus gave us a formula for connecting with and remembering this place of joyful contentment within ourselves:

When you pray, go
into your inner room, close the door and pray to *Abwoon in secret.  And Abwoon who sees in secret will repay
you.  Abwoon knows what you need
before you ask.  This is how you are to pray.

Matthew 6:6

While we do not have knowledge of the exact methods of prayer Jesus used, these readings hint at one who has embraced a contemplative path.  Jesus went off by himself to pray, and went into his “inner room” where he found his connection with God.  This is the model that Jesus invites us to follow if we are to remember this Oneness for ourselves and live in the love that Jesus came to know.  In the Catholic tradition, we are fortunate for the men and women who came after Jesus and who developed formal practices of contemplative prayer that support us in this remembering.  As the Catholic Church moves forward in reform, I think that after leaving behind the doctrine of original sin, a reclamation of the contemplative practices of the Church and sharing them with the laity would be the next best step.  After that, let’s talk about reforming the sacraments as supportive of our recollection of God’s love instead of the way they are currently taught – as tickets we must purchase if we ever hope to enter into God’s loving embrace.

copyright Lauri Lumby 2013

* Abwoon is the name Jesus gave to his experience of God.  Abwoon can mean Father, and it also means much more than that.

Posted in Authentic Freedom, church, Raised Catholic

New Hope, New Vision, New Church – Part 1

Today’s blog looks on in hopefulness over the actions of the new pope and  over the course of the next several days, offers a challenge to the Catholic Church as to how it might reconcile itself to those who have left.

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Seeds of Hope

To Vatican II minded Catholics, seeds of hope have been planted as we look upon the actions of the new pope, Pope Francis:  rejecting the papal palace for a small apartment, washing the feet of prisoners on Holy Thursday, seeking to reform the bureaucratic structure of the Roman Curia, seeking preferential treatment for the poor, speaking to global issues of social justice, suggesting a return to the implementation of the Vatican II reforms – just to name a few.  While the jury is still out, Pope Francis’ initial actions suggest a return to what the Church is supposed to be about in the first place – continuing the mission of Christ in the world – healing the sick, feeding the hungry, ministering to the poor, clothing the naked, healing the blind, working for justice, etc. etc. etc.  While the former administration was busy dodging the consequences of their fearful, power-driven actions and trying to project the blame elsewhere (uppity lay people, women religious, secularism, capitalism, the influence of Eastern practices, etc.), it seems, at first glance, as if the new pope is more concerned about getting back to basics.  Of course there is much in the way of reconciliation that still needs to happen, but Pope Francis’ initial actions inspire one to entertain thoughts of hopefulness.

An Uppity Lay Woman’s Challenge to the Church

As a woman who was raised Catholic, experienced nearly twelve years of a Catholic elementary and secondary education,  completed seven years of ministerial training under the guidance of the Catholic Church and lovingly ministered in the Church for 10+ years, I have a few things to say about Catholicism.  Even though for the past few years my attendance at mass has been at best, sporatic, I still passionately love my faith….more specifically, I love the faith I was raised in – a Vatican II minded, contemplative faith, centered in a personal relationship with Jesus, doing his work in the world and working toward compassion, harmony and justice.  The polarization that took place within the last two administrations has been heartbreaking, to say the least.  I wept as I witnessed the exodus of millions of Catholics who no longer felt welcome in their Church or just simply found in it nothing relevant to their own personal lives.  It is my hope and my dream that with the new administration, some of the reasons for Catholics leaving might begin to change.

A causal, rather than a symptomatic approach to change

As Westerners, we have certain hot-button topics on our wished-for list of reforms:  women’s ordination, married priesthood, gay marriage, contraception,  and dealing with the fallout of the sex abuse scandal.  I would offer that these issues are merely symptoms of deeper issues.  Like the work I do with Authentic Freedom, I would suggest an approach to reform that goes to the ROOT CAUSE of disease, not just tackling the symptoms, but healing the Church at its unhealed spiritual wounds.  By facilitating healing at the root cause, as I have witnessed with clients and students of Authentic Freedom, the outward symptoms of disease simply take care of themselves.  If we confront the deeper spiritual issues, questions about women’s ordination, a married priesthood, contraception, gay marriage, will simply take care of themselves and the answers will become obvious…because no longer are we an institution ruled through fear, but one rooted in compassion and working for justice.  At the end of the day, the issues that get our undies in a bundle all boil down to one question:

What would love do?

Original sin the original wound

In Authentic Freedom, we talk about the core spiritual wound of humanity.  This wound, the false perception of separation from God, is the source of our fear and the origin of every non-loving act (toward ourselves, the earth and others).  The Church, interpreting the Adam and Eve myth from the perspective of punishment, has called this wound original sin and placed it within the framework of an angry, punitive God and HIS disobedient children.  Adam and Eve, our mythical ancestors, disobeyed God and were banished from paradise, and all the rest of humanity with them.  We then, are condemned to spending the rest of our life (or eternity, depending on whether or not we believe in purgatory) earning back God’s fickle and conditional love so that we might someday enjoy the return to paradise.  As Catholics, we are taught that seeking God’s love is not enough, we must appease the angry God through regular participation in the sacraments – the doorways to God’s grace with the Church holding the key.  It is my contention that if the Church wants to heal itself and if it wants to be an effective vehicle for authentic healing and reconciliation in the world, it first needs to heal its perception of and teachings about original sin.

The Core Wound

Healing our perception of original sin allows us to recognize the perception of separation from God as necessary to the human condition and the consequence of choosing the opportunity to learn through being human.  While this false perception of separation allows us to temporarily experience ourselves as unique, separate individuals, it also results in a longing that causes us to search – specifically, to search for a way to return to Source – to return to the love that we knew in our Oneness with God.  At first, we seek outside ourselves for the remedy to this longing, but eventually we discover that there is nothing “out there” that eases the anxiety and restlessness of this longing and that the only remedy to this longing is to go within.  No longer is original sin something to be held over our heads as a threat to eternal damnation, no longer are we inherently flawed or stained, no longer have we been banished by God and unworthy of God’s love until we participate in the sacraments, now we are the loved and adored children of God hungering to remember that love that we somehow forget in choosing the human condition.  And the Church is no longer the gatekeeper to grace, but  a compassionate and loving guide, sharing with its people all the many tools for remembering that place of Oneness with God – for remembering God’s love and that we are made of that love: spiritual practices of meditation, prayer, contemplation, mantra, chant, devotional practices, worship, art and architecture that inspire wonder and awe and spark our imaginations, poetry, parable, wisdom writings that speak to our souls, sacred writings, opportunities to serve, as well as the sacraments.

In the coming blogs, I will continue this discussion, specifically in regards to the tools at the disposal of the Catholic Church for helping us to ease the pain of longing and find a deep and abiding peace within in our remembered Oneness with God.

Posted in Authentic Freedom Book, Spiritual Practices

Christian Enlightenment Unleashed

In today’s blog I reveal the topic of my upcoming book, Authentic Freedom – Claiming a Life of Contentment and Joy which is being released this April through St. Johann Press!  The theme?  Spiritual Growth.  Spiritual Guidance.  Christian Mystical and Contemplative Practices.  In a word:  Enlightenment!


As most of my readers know, I was blessed (I know, some might call this a curse) with twelve years of Catholic school education.  I was one of those weird kids that actually liked going to mass and learning about God, Jesus, etc.  I continued to enjoy my Catholic faith into my adulthood and even pursued advanced education in Catholic theology, etc.  What I did not know was the part of my post-undergrad education that would dramatically alter my life.

Hiding in Plain Sight

In my first year of formation as a Lay Pastoral Minister, I had the great opportunity to take a class called Integrative Spirituality with Sr. Marie Schwan, CSJ.  In this class, I learned of the mystical tradition of my Catholic (btw, Catholics don’t own this tradition!!!!) faith.  We had the opportunity to learn and put into practice specific techniques of contemplative prayer and meditation that empowered us to discover and cultivate a deeply intimate and personal relationship with the Divine.  These tools, I discovered, were the tools of the Christian tradition that provided for those who adhered to these tools the path to enlightenment.  What I further discovered was that these tools were not readily accessible to lay people (like myself), and that the majority of men in the ordained diocesan priesthood had ABSOLUTELY NO TRAINING OR EXPERIENCE in using these tools.  These tools had been guarded and preserved primarily by the men and women in religious orders (ie;  Benedictines, Norbertines, Dominicans, Franciscans, Sisters of St. Joseph, Sisters of Mercy, etc.)  and were rarely if ever known by anyone else.

Christian Enlightenment

So here is what I found when I put these tools into practice:

  • I experienced more peace and less stress in my life
  • I discovered answers to questions, life decisions, the struggles in my life
  • I came to experience more joy
  • I discovered I could forgive more freely and love more deeply
  • I discovered my own unique gifts and was led to ways in which I could use them to help others

It was totally awesome!  As I put these tools into practice I could not wait to share them with others…. so I did.  First I shared them through small groups of friends who were interested in sharing these tools together, then I shared them in my ministry at the Newman Center Catholic Campus Ministry where I was employed, then I went out to share them in the world.

Enlightenment for Everybody

This is how the Authentic Freedom series of classes came about and Authentic Freedom Ministries and now the book, Authentic Freedom – Claiming a Life of Contentment and Joy. I have shared this curriculum now for nearly ten years not to mention the 10 years prior of working toward the development of this curriculum while still employed in the Catholic Church.  This is what I hope people will find when reading and engaging in this book:

  • An increase in peace and contentment in their lives
  • The ability to forgive more freely and love more deeply
  • MORE JOY!!!!!
  • An invitation to recognize their own magnificence and that they have been uniquely gifted and called to reveal love, compassion, joy and mercy in the world
  • The inner freedom to openly and generously share their unique truths in the world
  • Healing from the fears and false perceptions that keep them from experiencing authentic spiritual freedom
  • That scripture is a fantastic source of wisdom literature and speaks deep and profound truths when we rescue it from dogmatic and doctrinal interpretation. 😉
  • That Jesus was really a cool dude after all
  • That God is loving and compassionate, not wrathful or vengeful
  • A new perspective on what institutions have called sin, original sin, temptation, Satan, hell – a new perspective that frees us from the fear and attempts to manipulate inherent in these institutional terms.

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Authentic Freedom Ministries

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