Posted in creativity, Divine Revelation, Empowerment, Lessons, Magic, manifestation, Spiritual Practices

666 – Divine Power Made Manifest or the Antichrist?

A great disservice has been done to one of our numbers.  The number I am referring to is the number 6.  6 has been maligned due to book of Revelation and its reference to the number 666 as being the number of “the beast.”  While 666 did refer to a literal “beast” to an early Christian community (Roman Emperor Nero), the reference truly ends there. Unfortunately, literalist interpreters of scripture have taken the 666 ball and run with it, maligning 666 along with the number 6 by associating it with the Antichrist, the devil, Satan, temptation, hellfire and damnation (so much so that in medieval times, those born with a sixth finger on one hand were killed for being a child of Satan).  In truth, the number 6 has nothing to do with evil, the devil or the Antichrist, but instead has everything to do with Divine Will and making it manifest on the earth.

Robert DeNiro as Louis Cypher in Angel Heart.
Robert DeNiro as Louis Cypher in Angel Heart.

But, before I get into the serious stuff….two fun video clips from Sesame Street on the merits of number six:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nKfY6kapyBY

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TjNvS8M_7dQ

 

Now, back to business…..to fully comprehend the number 6 and what it represented before certain institutions go their hands on it, we have to turn the clock back a few thousand years to the advent of gematria.  Gematria is defined as:  an Assyro-Babylonian system of numerology later adopted by Jews that assigns numerical value to a word or phrase in the belief that words or phrases with identical numerical values bear some relation to each other or bear some relation to the number itself.  The earliest Hebrew use of gematria is in the association of numbers with the individual letters of the Hebrew alphabet (Aleph-Bet).  Vav, the sixth letter in the Hebrew alphabet is the symbol of completion, redemption and transformation. Vav, in the shape of a hook, represents reaching “up” toward heaven and bringing it down to earth, representing the famous wisdom statement, “As above, so below” – or as Jesus would have said, “seek ye first the kingdom of God, and all these things will be added unto you,” or as Jesus further implored in the Lord’s Prayer, “thy Kingdom come.”

6, therefore, represents the process of seeking Divine guidance so as to make Divine will manifest on this earth plane.  In the Hermetic school, this process was called alchemy and was the task of the magi.  In Indigeneous cultures, this was the job of the shaman.   In the hands of the magi and the shaman, Divine guidance is sought through the use of creative imagination (as in shamanic journeying techniques, mystical visions or engaging in the Christian practice of Imagination/Contemplation).  In these practices Divine guidance is communicated through a symbolic narrative – a dreamlike story.  Within the experience, assignments are given and tasks are completed which somehow activate change and transformation on the physical, real-world, plane.  Heaven is brought to earth simply by engaging in the process.

From this perspective the number six then, has nothing to do with the Antichrist, but instead, has everything to do with personal power – specifically, our ability and call to connect with the Divine and to bring Divine will into manifestation in our lives.  When we engage in these practices, we are working to bring the “kingdom of God” into our earthly experience – we are bringing forth the “New Jerusalem” as envisioned in the book of Revelation.

Photography credit:  Jeremy Harpole, Deviantart.com
Photography credit: Jeremy Harpole, Deviantart.com

It is important to recognize, however, that the Book of Revelation itself was never meant to be taken as prediction of the end times or as a warning of a time when the Antichrist would rule. Instead, it was written to a specific audience of Christians who were suffering under the persecution and slaughter of the Roman Emperor Nero.  Nero, was the Antichrist, “the beast” about whom the author was referring.  The gematria (number association) of his name just happens to be 666!

The book of Revelation was included in the bible because its message transcended the specific audience to which the author of Revelation was writing, and the times in which they were living.  While Revelation was about Nero and his persecution of Christians, those who assembled the bible recognized a more universal message – one communicated in the language of a shaman or mystic.  When we step back from the details (horrible beasts, harlots, plagues) and look at the wider, larger story, the universal message (beyond that of persecuted first-century Christians) becomes clear:

When we remember God (the Alpha and the Omega) as the center of our life, we experience heaven on earth.

When we forget God, we live in hell.

And as it relates to 666:

God’s goodness (three*) insures that we will find the power within ourselves to manifest heaven on earth (six) for our own highest good and for the goodness of all humanity.

*( The triple 6, (3) relates to the Hebrew letter Gimmel, which means, God’s goodness)

If this is true then why have we been led to believe that 666 is evil and to be associated the devil, hellfire and damnation?   Why would an institution want us to be fearful of our own personal power that arises in our intimate connection with God so as participate with God in bringing heaven to earth?  I’ll let you answer that question.

lauridocmartinwebshotcolor2013Lauri Ann Lumby teaches practices which engage the active imagination, empowering others to be a vessel through which Divine guidance is received and made manifest on this earth – thereby helping to bring heaven to earth.  To learn more, contact Lauri Ann Lumby (920) 230-1313 or email lauri@authenticfreedom.love.

Posted in Inspiration, Mystics, world changes

Support for the Changemakers

Yesterday I spoke with the 8 millionth person who spoke of their frustrations over:

  • Not fitting in
  • Not feeling understood
  • Being judged for being a troublemaker
  • Condemned for not “toeing the line” and for not being satisfied with status quo
  • Ridiculed for being different, strange, bizarre, for having crazy and wild ideas
  • Chastised for listening to the world and for listening to what the world really needs and God-forbid, for trying to do something about it!

Sound familiar?  If so, you might be a changemaker, a prophet, a pioneer, a madwoman, a madman, a mystic, or my favorite word, “Sh.t-disturber!”  WE (because I am all of these), are here for one reason, and one reason only….to make the world a better place!!!!  Whether you call it the Age of Aquarius, Ascension, The New Age, the Rapture, the End of the World (as we know it), it is upon us.  And, there are people in every field of specialization (mine just happens to be spirituality and human development), who have been specifically planted within their respective fields to disturb the sh.t.  Some of us are in education, others in medicine, others in government, some in the commercial sphere.

Looked upon with suspicion

If you are one of these changemakers, you know who you are.  Why….because everyone hates you…or at the very least, they look upon you with suspicion.  “What crazy idea is Lauri going to come up with today that is going to shake the foundations of what we currently know about the field in which we are currently operating?!!???”  More importantly, “What is Lauri going to suggest that will challenge us to change the way we currently operate in the world?”  More even than death, we as humans fear change. So anyone presumptuous enough to suggest that what is currently being done is less than ideal or might be in need of change is THE ENEMY!

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Why we are needed

But, the world is changing….or it least it had better, or it will die.  As a species, we cannot continue to operate under the current paradigm of power-over, rule through manipulation and fear, take take take, pollute pollute pollute, destroy destroy destroy.  If we continue on our current trajectory, we will destroy ourselves.  This is why we changemakers have been planted on this earth. We are the ones who have been made ready to help humanity into its next stage of existence.  In our respective fields of expertise, we know what needs to be done. We see how the world can be better and we have the vision, skills, knowledge and experience to implement the processes and structures that will be necessary for the creation of a peaceful, harmonious world.  In fact, we’ve already tested our visions and our ideas in the microcosm.  The next step is to bring them into the macrocosm.  The world is readying for our “big entrance.”  In the meantime, we are at the sidelines holding the vision of a more loving world and maybe even praying it into reality.

Support for the Changemakers

What do we do, in the meantime, to deal with the naysayers?  That answer is simple:

  • Stop looking for affirmation and validation from the existing structures and the people attached to these structures.  They will never accept you as long as you challenge the status quo – no matter how dysfunctional the status quo might be.
  • Trust what you know. Speak your truth, stand in your truth, stop apologizing for your truth, no matter how crazy others think your ideas might be.
  • Find others like you!  You are not alone!  There are a million+ changemakers waiting to be made known.  Get to know some.   Connect on my Authentic Freedom Facebook page.  Send a prayer out to the Universe that you find others like you…..if you do this you will find each other….I promise.

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Our Big Entrance

Our big entrance is coming.  The current paradigm is crumbling and every action it takes is only hastening its demise.  Meanwhile, a collective desire for change is gathering and about to hit critical mass.  And while I used to believe a complete collapse would be necessary before real change could happen, I no longer believe this to be true.  Enough changemakers have been holding the vision of a more peaceful loving world and we are ready.  We have what is needed to guide the world into its next stage of evolution and the world is crying out to us for help.  Our job right now is to hold tight, hold the vision, sent out positive thoughts and prayers and wait.  Our time is coming and it is almost here.  And when it finally arrives, there will be no mistaking its invitation and we will willing accept and step across the threshold into a beautiful new world.

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Posted in detachment, End of the World Prophecies, Surrender

Trials and Tribulations

Today’s blog continues the conversation on World Changes…..the end of 2012 and the beginning of a New World. 

 “But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun will be darkened and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will be falling from heaven, and the powers that are in the heavens will be shaken.  Then they will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory.  And then He will send forth the angels, and will gather together His elect from the four winds, from the farthest end of the earth to the farthest end of heaven.”

Mark 13: 24-27

Are We Done Yet?

For many, 2012 has been a year of PURGING, RELEASING, dying to all the things we thought we knew about ourselves and all the things we hoped to achieve in this life.  It has been a year ripe with trials and tribultions.  With every excruciating release, we are left to wonder, “Are we done yet?”  At the risk of initiating the other shoe…..my sense (and the sense of others writing on this topic) is that we are nearing the end….and the approaching end is experienced as a kind of quiet anticipation….quiet because it feels as if there is nothing left to lose…..and anticipation of WE KNOW NOT WHAT….

When there is nothing left to lose

Having shed everything that we have clung to…..thoughts of who we are, who we are supposed to be, the contributions we hoped to offer to the world, the dreams that have propelled us forward, the visions that have provided inspiration, we find that there is nothing else to hang on to.  When there is nothing to hang on to….nothing to plan for….dream about….we have no choice but to BE present to the current moment, to RECEIVE whatever shows up, to ACCEPT what we are given and to SURRENDER to where life is taking us.  When we are without a map, absent itineraries or agendas, we have no choice but to follow where the Universe will lead us and we do so willingly…..or at the very least…..with resignation.  “Fine…..I’ll go where you take me because I have no idea what else to do in this time of VAST EMPTINESS.”  And so we go.

In the Waiting

Or….we wait.  For some, the glimmerings of the New World, their New Life, have begun to present themselves…..but for many, if not most……we wait.  We say yes to what shows up in the moment, and the rest of the time….we wait.  It feels a little like LIMBO (or Purgatory!)….as if we are stranded in a place in between, where much of the old has passed away and the new has not yet revealed itself.  And we BREATHE….paying each bill with our eyes closed hoping the money will be there to cover that expense…..handing our credit cards over to be swiped, trusting the money will someday be there to pay down the debt.  By the skin of our teeth…we wait.  Trusting that all the purging has taken place for a reason and that the reason has just not yet made itself known.  Following the strings and strands of opportunities, believing they are leading us SOMEWHERE  ….but exactly where….we do not yet know.

The Hope and THE CHOICE

While for many 2012 has been a year of excruciating release, it is not a time devoid of hope.  It is this hope that has kept us moving….crawling perhaps…but moving nonetheless.  And the hope is in what the ancients have promised…..that this would be a time of GREAT REBIRTH….a potent time in the evolution of humankind where we have an opportunity to move from duality to ONENESS…..to release our attachment to fear and judgment and to live from a place of LOVE.  And while many will call me a “pie in the sky optimist,” I believe that this is true…..but more importantly….I CHOOSE for this to be true.  Because, at the end of the day….this is exactly what it is about:  CHOICE.  Each and every moment of each and every day we have the opportunity to CHOOSE how we live our lives……do we allow our fears to control us, or search for the love in the midst of our unfolding life?  Whether we adhere to the Mayan prophecies,  subscribe to the AGE of AQUARIUS,  consume the red pill, are awaiting the Rapture…or are just plain ME…….the choice remains.  WE DECIDE if we want to live in the NEW WORLD and create a world from love…..or remain attached to our fears and stranded in their resulting suffering.  And here is the simple way in which it works:

CHOOSE FEAR…..remain in Hell

CHOOSE LOVE…….LIVE in the NEW WORLD (which is created by our very choice!)

I, for one am choosing love.  What is your choice?

Lauri Lumby

http://yourspiritualtruth.com

Posted in End of the World Prophecies

Rapture Part II

Today’s post is a little humor to go along with the pending predictions of the rapture, judgment day, the end of the world…all of which are predicted to happen tomorrow – May 21, 2011. 



Apparently Fear gets your Attention

Now I am the one who has to laugh at the human fascination with fear, most especially, end of the world prophecies.  Yesterday’s post was in regards to Harold Camping and his prediction of May 21 (tomorrow) being judgment day.  It isn’t his prophecy that is funny…it is the fact that my blog traffic quadrupled!  Apparently posts about judgment day, the rapture, the end of the world are fascinating to us humans.  This makes me laugh.  Why are we so obsessed with predicting the date of our own demise? In a word – CONTROL!


Control Freaks are We!

The irony of the human condition is that we have no control over the majority of the things that happen to us and yet, we spend our entire existence trying to control the events of our lives.  This whole fascination with the end of the world is a perfect example of just how compulsive we truly are.  For eons, human beings have been predicting the date and the event that would finally put an end to life as we know it.  Most recently, the change of the millennium in the year 2000, then the corrected date of 2001, then it has been the 2012 phenomenon and now Harold Camping’s prediction of tomorrow.  And the events?  Anything from comets, to meteors, to nuclear holocausts, to global warming, to a shift in the poles or the world changing its axis to massive earthquakes.  In response to the truth that we have no control over our lives, we have resorted to trying to control our life through our very death.  We really are a sick and twisted species!  🙂  Apparently we find some semblance of perceived security when we think we know the date and method of our death.  Weird!

Surrender Dorothy

The harsh and challenging truth is that we have no control over our lives, neither do we have control of the day, time or events leading to our death.  While this may strike fear in the hearts of many, the greatest irony is that it is only in surrendering to this truth that we shall find peace.  Peace in the unknown and in surrendering to our lack of control….YOU BETCHA!!!!!   The largest part of spiritual journey is letting go of our need to control and to surrender to the natural flow of our lives….AND our inevitable death.

When the Rapture Comes! (just kidding)

So, what good does it do us to anticipate, predict, prepare for the rapture?  NO GOOD AT ALL!  If the rapture actually happens, we’ll all be dead anyway….so why not just enjoy the day for what it is?  Appreciate the sunshine (if it actually shows up).  Hug those you love.  Enjoy a fresh, hot cup of coffee.  Make mad, passionate love to your partner.  Watch a great movie.  Listen to the sounds of birds singing and dogs barking.  Enjoy the day for what it gives you and let God take care of the rest.

Funny Songs as we enjoy tomorrow’s Rapture!  🙂

Then, just for fun….here are a few funny songs to accompany our journey through the rapture:

Rapture (Blondie)

The End (The Doors)

It’s the End of the World as We Know it (REM)

Age of Aquarius (Fifth Dimension)

And….if Harold Camping is right and Judgment Day is tomorrow, thereby ushering in the end of the world….I will look forward to seeing you on the other side!  🙂

Lauri Lumby

Authentic Freedom Ministries

http://yourspiritualtruth.com



Posted in world changes

Putting on the Prophet’s Hat

World changes?  Natural Disasters?  2012?  End of the World Prophecies?  Global Warming?  Global recession?  Government Corruption?  Planets re-aligning?  Poles Shifting?  Earthquakes?  Tsunamis?  War and Famine?  What’s it all about?  Is it the rapture?  Is the apocalypse near?  Or……is it the birth of something new and wonderful?


Putting on the Prophet’s Hat

You do not need to be a prophet to recognize that we are in the midst of cataclysmic change…in the world and as a species.  In truth, a prophet is simply one to can read the sign of the times.  So putting on our prophet goggles, what do we see?  War.  Famine.  Natural Disasters.  Global Recession.  Plaques.  Government Corruption.  Corporate Greed.  Churches Dying.  If we judge these things as “bad” and that is all we see, then we might summize that  the end is near and we should all get ready for the rapture.   I’m wondering if there might be another perspective?

Standing on my Soapbox

I need to make it very clear that I AM NOT a future-teller.  I only see what I see and what I see I choose to perceive through the lens of love and hopefulness.  Are we facing a decline in our economy, are churches dying, is capitalism failing, education struggling, medicine in chaos, the world at war?   YOU BETCHA!  However, I don’t believe that this is a bad thing.  In fact, I think it is a very good thing….and this is why:  EVERYTHING that is in conflict, decline, struggling – in our world and in our society are those things that were established upon the hierarchical-patriarchal model, rooted in fear and managed through greed, power and control. This hierarchical-patriarchal model has failed….and failed miserably.  We need only look at the world around us to see that this is true.  Interestingly, it is only since we embraced this model of interaction that we have known violence in our world.  The time of the hierarchical-patriarchal model has come to an end.  AND THANK GOD!!!!!

The Birth of Something New

So if everything we know that has been rooted in this hierarchical-patriarchal model is dying, what does that mean?  On one hand….it means the end of all structures based in this model:  church, medicine, government, education, the military, commerce.  It even changes the way we look at and define our inter-personal relationships – especially marriage and parenting.  YIKES!  The death of these structures might feel scary….mostly because it is all we have ever known.  The good news, however, is that something new is arising.  We don’t yet know that that is….but if we look closely, I think we can see a glimpse of it on the horizon….or at least we can get a sense of what it might feel like.  While I cannot propose to know what this something new might be….the following is my personal sense of some of its qualities and characteristics and what we might look for as a beacon of hope as we watch the old world die.

A Beacon of Hope

My sense of what is trying to be birthed and what the new world might look like is:

  • A world rooted in love, motivated by compassion
  • Working toward equality and justice
  • Founded upon a model of collaboration
  • Where all people are equal – regardless of race, creed, gender or sexual orientation
  • A world where we take the time to listen to each other and seek to discover our similarities while honoring our differences
  • A place where all people are not only equal….but are honored as SACRED
  • A place where all we have is shared and no one goes without
  • A world where all people are treated with dignity and respect

Heaven on Earth

Call me a dreamer.  Call me an idealist.  Call me a utopian-minded liberal.  But in the end, I believe that this is one of the things that Jesus was trying to teach us.  Jesus showed us how to live a life centered in love and compassion and how to remember our truest nature as men and women of contentment and joy.  What would happen if we actually put these teachings into practice?  We just might realize that the Kingdom of God that Jesus spoke about so freely, is at-hand…right here in our very midst.  Do we have the courage to open our eyes and see it?

Jesus said:

“If those who guide you say, ‘Look, the Kingdom is in the sky.’ Then the birds are closer than you.  If they say, ‘Look it is in the sea.’  Then the fish already know it.

The kingdom is inside you, and it is outside you.

When you know yourself, then you will be known, and you will know that you are the child of the Living God; but if you do not know yourself, you will live in vain.”

Gospel of Thomas Saying 3

Lauri Lumby

Authentic Freedom Ministries

http://yourspiritualtruth.com