Posted in Authentic Freedom, Freedom, Inspiration, Spiritual Practices, world changes

How to Change Ourselves So We Can Change the World Part II

Today’s blog concludes the discussion on the recent government shutdown. Examining our government’s (senators, congressmen and President Obama are all culpable in this mess!) complete failure at the job WE hired them to do, we acknowledge that if we want things to change, first we have to change ourselves.  Yesterday’s blog examined the beginning stages of HOW we might begin to change and today’s blog concludes that discussion with a process for healing the fears that keep us imprisoned within ourselves and therefore by the powerful and wealthy few.

changing the world
changing the world

Suspend Your Disbelief

As my friend, Ted Balser (watch Monday for his debut column on this site, Ted and His Friends – Midlife Advice for the Slow White Male) often observes, “In order to grow and change, we must first suspend our disbelief.”  This is especially true of the personal development process that helps us to transcend our fears so that we are no longer imprisoned within and no longer able to be manipulated and controlled by the underdeveloped, so-called powerful outside of us.  True power comes from within and it is in naming and claiming this power that we find true, authentic, freedom.  While we may not be able to find scientific proof to verify the truths that will secure our personal power, thereby allowing us to transcend our fears, thousands of years of spiritual teachings (across traditions) and indigeneous cultural practices uphold the validity of these truths.

Finding Our Power

In my book, Authentic Freedom – Claiming a Life of Contentment and Joy, I reveal, what I call, the seven core spiritual truths that we are invited to embrace in the process of ensuring our inner freedom and claiming our personal power, which when embraced, help us to transcend the seven core fears of the human condition (See yesterday’s blog for more on these fears).  If we had grown up in a culture where sound, personal development practices had been cultivated since childhood, we might already hold these beliefs.  Unfortunately, we live in a culture where human development only happens by accident…if at all, the result of which is collective arrested development (See Nature and the Human Soul by Bill Plotkin for more on this topic).  Sadly, most of American culture (especially those in positions of perceived power) has not development emotionally, mentally, psychologically or spiritually past the age of 12.  We do, however have the power to change this.

Transcending Fear through the Seven Spiritual Truths

Again, embracing these fears requires us to suspend our disbelief, thereby taking a leap of faith.  In short, these truths cannot be measured through empirical studies, because in truth, these are truths that lay deep within us and have nothing to do with the outward circumstances of our lives.  When we identify that a fear has arisen in us and then employ appropriate mindfulness based practices, the fear is transcended and we rest in the contentment of one of the following universal spiritual truths:

  • There is enough.  All of my need are being abundantly met.
  • I am uniquely and creatively gifted to assist in making the world a better, more peaceful and more loving place.
  • I can be my most authentic self and there is nothing outside of me that can prevent me from doing this.
  • I am not only loved, but am the very nature of love itself.
  • I am free to hear, listen and give expression to my truth.
  • I know my truth and the path of my highest good and I will discover this in a time that is perfectly aligned with my own highest good.
  • I am not alone.

When we rest in the knowledge of these truths, we experience love, contentment and joy and we are able to become our most authentic and inwardly powerful self.  In transcending our fears, we are changing ourselves which then empowers us to facilitate change in our world.

Lauri Ann Lumby works with people one-on-one in cultivating the practices of Authentic Freedom which empowers people to transcend their fears and to find a life of meaning, purpose and fulfillment through which they help to support the betterment of the world.  To explore Authentic Freedom mentoring for yourself, email lauri@yourspiritualtruth.com or call (920) 230-1313. 

Posted in Authentic Freedom, Being Human, creativity

Conquering Fear

Soul is the uniquely creative part of ourselves that when engaged, gives us a sense of fulfillment, peace and joy.  Soul gives us meaning and is our unique purpose in this life and the way we assist in creating a better, more loving, more joyful, more peaceful world.  Soul is who we were born to be and who we are compelled to become.  Birthing the Soul is as much of a spiritual as it is psychological journey and there is just one thing that stands in the way of living our Soul’s purpose….and that is fear.  Today’s blog explores that fear.

excalibur

Getting a Glimpse of Soul

Soul is the uniquely creative part of us that we were born to become.  Soul is our original nature and the person God/dess made us to be.  Living from Soul, we find meaning and purpose in our life, it leads us to fulfilling work and healthy intimate connections.  Living from Soul, we offer our own unique gift for the betterment of humanity and our world.  Soul is not something that only shows up after we have done enough work, said enough prayers or beat enough bushes.  Soul is with us all along, calling to us, beckoning us, guiding us and sometimes kicking out butts.  We can recognize Soul in the moments in our life where we are on-fire with enthusiasm, excitement and joy.  Soul is found in the activities, books, movies, relationships, life encounters that make our hearts sing.  Soul is speaking through us when we hear words of wisdom, insight, comfort, support and guidance fly out of our lips and we wonder, “Where did THAT come from?”  Soul is in the moments of tender intimacy, heart breaking grief and bold righteousness.  Soul is in our passion, our grief, our joy and our activism.

Soul in Retrospect

Soul is also available in the 20/20 vision of hindsight.  When I look back on my own life, I can see Soul glimpsing at me behind Fr. Otto’s robes, in the rolling mists of Avalon, in Obi Wan Kenobi’s brown hooded robe, in Wonder Woman’s golden lasso of truth, in the gleaming blade of Excalibur, in the wiggle of Samantha Steven’s nose and in the haunting strains of Moire Brennan’s voice and the platformed heels of Stevie Nicks’ boots.  Soul guides us in glimpses and flashes of inspiration and in dreams of things yet to come.  Soul is always there in everything, calling us home to ourselves, to the person God/dess made us to be.

Being Human = Having Fear

If Soul is there all along, calling, cajoling, beckoning us on, the birthing of the Soul should be easy, right?  Yeah….I wish.  Birthing Soul would be easy if it weren’t for one thing…..FEAR.  In the moment that we agreed to participate in this human experiment, Fear decided to come along for a ride.  In fact, if it weren’t for fear, we wouldn’t be human…instead, we’d be sitting up on the clouds with the Cherubim and Seraphim, not being human, but singing songs of glory to our God.  But we aren’t here to be angels, neither are we here to be gods.  We are here to be human. In being human, fear has an important role to play.  I keeps us alive and allows us to survive.  Without a healthy dose of fear, we’d all be jumping off of bridges and leaping from cliffs to our death, eating poisonous plants and burning ourselves with fire.  Beyond the necessary fears for survival, however, fear is simply an obstacle that keeps us from living from Soul and from being the joyful, loving, creative, fulfilled, peaceful person God/dess made us to be.

Confronting Fear

One of the things I have learned about confronting fear is that if we can name the demon, it no longer has power over us.  99% of the work of moving beyond fear to Soul is actually naming the fear.  Today, I’m going to help you with that task.  In my book, Authentic Freedom – claiming a life of contentment and joy, I have identified the seven core spiritual fears that are THE obstacles to us living from Soul and being the person we were made to be.  Your assignment in the coming week is to look for the presence of these fears in your life, identify them and call them out.  While there is more to releasing fears than simply naming them…..naming is a good place to start.  So here are the fears that have been keeping you from the life of contentment, fulfillment and joy that you long for:

  • There is not enough (time, money, power, things, love, support, time, money)
  • I am not uniquely gifted (ie: I have nothing to offer, no gifts to speak of, nothing to contribute)
  • I can’t
  • I am not loved (or will be rejected)
  • I am not free to express my truth
  • I do not know my truth (or my path, or my gift, or my Soul)
  • I am alone

In the coming week, reflect on how these fears are present in your life and how they are an obstacle to you living your Soul!

Posted in Empowerment, Inspiration

You’re the Superhero you’ve been looking for.

Today’s blog is about Superheros – our love of them, our desire for them and the invitation, in our journey of spiritual and psychological development, is to recognize that WE ARE THE SUPERHEROS we’ve been looking for.

Me in my Superhero garb!
Me in my Superhero garb!

Superheros

Superheros are awesome.  They protect and save us from bad guys.  They work to keep the world safe.  Most of them are hot, therefore someone upon which we can project our unfulfilled desire for love.  (Who doesn’t want to make out with Aragorn, Superman or for the guys….Wonder Woman or Batgirl!?)  And, they all possess strengths, abilities and powers that we wish we had.  (Come on, admit that you would really like superhuman speed or the ability to see through walls!)  Whether we realize it or not, many of us spend our lives looking for that magical one outside of us who will rescue us from whatever secret, inner pain we harbor.  I was recently reminded that the search outside of myself for the Superhero who will save me from that which cannot be named (ahem….myself!), is in vain . . . not because this person doesn’t exist . . . but because I AM THE SUPERHERO I’ve been looking for!  AND YOU ARE TOO!!!!!!!!

Magical Accessories

One thing really cool about Superheros is that they all have magical gadgets that wield their power.  For Wonder Woman, it is her golden lasso, bullet proof bracelets and invisible airplane.  For Superman….it must be the cape because I can’t think of any other items he totes around.  Batman has all his cool cars, his tool belt, the Batcave, Albert, etc. etc. etc.  Ninja Turtles have throwing stars and numchuks (sp?).  In the Universe’s quest to help me understand my own Superpowers, a messenger was sent in the form of a new friend who enlightened me as to the powers of my own magical gadget,  “Lauri, I have to tell you, I really like your glasses.  They are really cool and they suit you.” (Thank you….I just gave up suffering with the discomfort of contacts and have switched fulltime to glasses….thereby embracing my inner nerd!).  He then went on to say, “And….I don’t know if you realize this, but your glasses are all part of your Superhero mystique.  You know, kinda like Clark Kent!  Your magical powers are in your glasses!”  (who knew!!!????)  I reflected on his observations and realized of course, it is through my glasses that two of my magical powers are reflected:  The power to see the truth beyond the veil and the power to read and retain a ridiculous amount of knowledge.  So beware….with these magical accessories….I see you for who you are – your gifts and your joys, but I also see your sorrows, your hidden pain, your resistance to your truth and your path.  Through my ability to see you for who you are, I help you to see yourself so that you too can embrace your inner Superhero!  🙂  And with the ridiculous amount of knowledge in my brain, I can gather the tools that you need to become your superhero and show you how to use them.  🙂

Super Powers

Along with the ability to see the truth beyond the veil and to retain ridiculous amounts of knowledge, I have also learned more about the Superhero that I am.  In a gathering that I recently facilitated, I invited everyone to draw a picture of their own Superhero.  What came through my crayon colored drawing reminded me of the other powers that I possess:

  • The power to hear the truth beyond the words (See paragraph above!)
  • The power of the pen
  • The power of an open, compassionate and generous heart
  • The hidden support of my “God Squad”
  • Courage – as much as I often feel afraid and vulnerable, I KEEP ON WALKING – and now I have boots strong enough to carry me along that path! (Doc Martens, ya’ll!)
  • And finally…..my invisible companion….a German Shepherd named Gus who has walked by my side first in this world and now in the invisible world, protecting me, always at my side, lovingly and without condition.

Your Superhero

We are each guilty of gazing longingly at Superheros, coveting their powers, their gadgets, their pizzazz.  My invitation to you today is to get to know your own inner Superhero.  What are YOUR magical powers, gadgets of strength, council of support?  We are all Superheros in our own right and this journey is about finding them and being them!  So in parting, I share the incantation of Almighty Isis, “Oh Zephyr winds which blow on high….lift me know so I can fly!”  😉