Posted in self-actualization, Spiritual Development, Spiritual Formation

#ChoosingLove Online Courses for Your Self-Care

Lauri Ann Lumby, OM, OPM, MATS, founder and director of Authentic Freedom Academy, offers stand alone, online and e-courses along with complete online training programs.

You can find a full listing of Lauri’s courses by clicking the image below:

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Or see individual course listings below:

 

Meditation and Prayer

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Life Stages

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Healing Religious Wounds

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Shadow Work

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Posted in Inspiration, New World

Creating the World We Want to Live In

As the patriarchal world in its death throes becomes more and more divisive and more and more violent, I have become increasingly aware of the fact that THAT is a world I do not want to live in. I did not come here to fight or to hate my fellow human beings. I came here to love.  It is for this reason that like my Tuatha de Danaan ancestors before me, I am deciding to “turn sideways into the light.”  I am choosing to step away from the world of hatred and fear and into a world of my own creation made only out of love.

This does not mean that I am not aware of the dire issues facing our world or that I am not using my own gifts to support the betterment of the world. It means that I am no longer engaging in the violence, the arguments or the fights and for the sake of my own well-being, I am disconnecting from the places where this violence runs rampant (ie: Facebook).  For the sake of my own soul, I refuse to place myself in harms-way or in an environment that might otherwise tempt me into fear and hatred and away from love.

In choosing love, I am creating the world I want to live in – far away from the loud, screaming, self-centered and narcissistic world that begs for our attention. Instead, I am tending to myself and in doing so, creating the foundation upon which I can be a source of loving support for others who want to do the same.  As more and more of us make this choice, we are depriving the patriarchal/hierarchical world of its food-source, thereby hastening its death.  (Hurray!).

THIS is how we create the new world as the old world lies there dying:

  • We become diligent in choosing love instead of fear.
  • We recognize when our own fears are being triggered and we do the work of healing and transforming these fears.
  • We learn to identify our needs, claim them and set boundaries around them.
  • We turn away from our conditioning and toward the voice of our soul.
  • We recognize that the material world has absolutely no bearing on our happiness and that peace and joy can only come from within.
  • We find the practices that support us in finding peace within and we DO THEM!
  • We say no to that which causes us harm and yes to what supports our own wellbeing.
  • We connect with others who want to live from love and we support each other in this endeavor.
  • We walk gently upon this planet.
  • We treat ourselves with kindness and then we share that kindness with others.

Hmmmmmm. As I write these words, the following scripture comes to mind.  Perhaps Isaiah was not prophesying the coming of just one man – but meant his words as an invitation for all of us and as a recipe for building a new world:

Here is my servant, whom I uphold,
my chosen, in whom my soul delights;
I have put my spirit upon him;
he will bring forth justice to the nations.
He will not cry or lift up his voice,
or make it heard in the street;
a bruised reed he will not break,
and a dimly burning wick he will not quench;
he will faithfully bring forth justice.
He will not grow faint or be crushed
until he has established justice in the earth;
and the coastlands wait for his teaching.

Thus says God, the Lord,
who created the heavens and stretched them out,
who spread out the earth and what comes from it,
who gives breath to the people upon it
and spirit to those who walk in it:
I am the Lord, I have called you in righteousness,
I have taken you by the hand and kept you;
I have given you as a covenant to the people,[a]
a light to the nations,
    to open the eyes that are blind,
to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon,
from the prison those who sit in darkness.

 I am the Lord,that is my name;
my glory I give to no other,
nor my praise to idols.
See, the former things have come to pass,
and new things I now declare;
before they spring forth,
I tell you of them.

Isaiah 42: 1-9

 

Meditation Activity: Prayerfully re-read the passage from Isaiah above, replacing “He” with your own pronoun….or (making it more universal) with They. As you are reading this passage in a more personal way, how does it now speak to you?  How are you being called to fulfill this teaching? How are you being called to create your own world anew and in doing so, showing others how to do the same?

For support in choosing your own new world, check out these courses:

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Posted in Authentic Freedom, Authentic Freedom Academy, Empowerment, self-actualization, Spiritual Formation, world changes

2017: The Year of Self-Care

The most loving thing we can do for those we love is to do what is most loving for ourselves. – Judy Miller, CSJ

2017 is the year of self-care. As the world we have known, and upon which we had placed our hopes and dreams for safety and security, crumbles around us, self-care becomes not only important, but critical.  We cannot support those around us if we have not first taken care of ourselves.  Self-care includes the need for food, clothing and shelter, but even more than this, self-care is about the deepest longing of the Soul for meaning and purpose in our lives.  Experiencing a life of meaning and purpose begins with finding the answers to the following questions:

  • Who am I?
  • Where do I find peace, contentment, fulfillment and joy?
  • What are my gifts and how am I called to use them in the world – for my own fulfillment and for the sake of the betterment of the world.

Authentic Freedom Academy supports you in this journey of self-care through:

  • One-on-one mentoring.
  • The Authentic Freedom Weekly inspirational and formative newsletter.
  • Local and online courses.

In particular, the Authentic Freedom Mastery Program provides you will all the resources you need for answering those questions (supporting you in your journey toward self-actualization) while providing tools to help you move through the inner obstacles, fears and unhealed wounds that might otherwise prevent you from embracing and living the life of your dreams.  Click on the image below to learn more and to enjoy the free preview course.

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If you are interested in taking the Authentic Freedom Mastery course even deeper through your connection with the Divine Feminine, consider the Magdalene Priestess Training Program.  Learn and enjoy the FREE preview course by clicking the image below:

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To enjoy the individualized experience of one-on-one mentoring, contact Lauri Ann Lumby, OM, MATS to schedule your first session.  Call (920) 230-1313 or email lauri@authenticfreedomacademy.com.

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Please also check out all our online courses available through Mystery School of the Goddess.  Check out the sidebar menu on this site or go to Mystery School of the Goddess for a complete listing.

 

 

Posted in End of the World Prophecies, New World, teachers, world changes

Nothing Good to Say

I wish I had something good to say about the events that are unfolding in our world, but I don’t. The military and law-enforcement response to the peaceful protest at Standing Rock is beyond repulsive.  The team that our  president-elect is gathering around him, quite frankly, frightens me.  The ongoing violence in Syria, the millions who have been killed and the millions who are now displaced is inexcusable.  The political tensions arising throughout the world is palpable.  And the teetering global financial markets are enough to disturb any rational human being.  As an empath and a highly sensitive person, I have been feeling the disturbance of all of this in increased anxiety, vertigo, and today, I’m on day 6 of a migraine headache.  To say that what is going on in our world “sucks” is an understatement.

But as a “spiritual teacher” I’m supposed to have something good to say about all this suck-i-ness, right?! I’m supposed to give us something to be hopeful about, right?  I’m supposed to shed some whoo whoo light on this, right?!  Please, Lauri, Please, give us something good to feel about all this yuk!!!  But the bottom line is, there is nothing good about any of this.  There is nothing good because it is all rooted in BAD!

For a very long time, our political system has sucked! No longer is it “by the people for the people,” it is for those who hold the gold, who pad the pockets of our lawmakers to satisfy their own greedy and selfish needs…..hence the protests at Standing Rock!

For a very long time, the United States has been one of the biggest assholes in the world. Waving the banner of our consumeristic, capitalistic, white, privileged, affluent society (with our spokespersons, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West!), while the rest of the world struggles just to feed themselves and keep a roof over their head.  No wonder other countries hate us!

For a very long time, we have not cared for our earth. We have raped it (after raping and killing the First Nation peoples who treated our planet as sacred) and pillaged it for our own selfish means.  And then, when some people got smart and pointed out the damage we were doing to our planet and secured safeguards for keeping our air and water clean, “those who hold the gold” picked up their manufacturing facilities and deported their toxic manufacturing practices to developing countries so they could destroy the environments there (now we’re back to being the assholes).

Then there’s the whole money and banking thing. To begin with, our money isn’t even real!  It’s no longer based in gold.  It isn’t even based in oil.  Our money is based in DEBT!  Do you understand what that means?  The American dollar is worth LESS THAN ZERO!  LESS THAN ZERO!  This doesn’t even make sense!  Sure, it would make sense if we stood any chance of getting back even some of the money the United States has loaned out with interest.  But since the whole rest of the world’s money is also based in debt…..good luck with that!  In short, we all owe each other a shit-ton of money, with no chance whatsoever of any of it every being paid back.  EVER!  There is only ONE possible outcome to this financial debacle and that is COMPLETE GLOBAL FINANCIAL COLLAPSE.  Duh!

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Why are we not hearing more about this – any of this? Because the media is doing a damn good job of keeping us distracted, and they are using glamour, affluence, greed, and fear to distract us.  While we are busy “keeping up with the Kardashians,” the world around us is falling apart – and that is not just in Syria, it is happening right here in our own country if we would take the time to look around.

In case you missed it, these are just a few of the systems that are on the brink of complete collapse:

  • Healthcare
  • Education
  • Governance
  • Banking and Finance
  • Religion (I’m not sure how many bankruptcies the Catholic Church can handle without completely disintegrating)

Since these are the systems on which the rest of our culture is based, there is only one possible outcome: collapse.   And at the deepest parts of our souls, when we are woefully honest with ourselves, we know this.

So, what are we going to do about this? What can we do about this? In short….NOTHING. There is nothing we can do to save these systems as they barrel toward collapse, nor should we.  These are the systems that were based in a fear, power and control model and if we are going to survive as a species, these models HAVE TO GO!  So, in the immortal words of Princess Elsa, “Let it go!”

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There is something we can do, however. And it is something we should do, and must do, if we are going to survive the collapse, and support the new world as it is born out of the ash of the old:

CARE FOR OURSELVES!

It has never been more important, critically important, that we learn how to care for ourselves in the face of a collapsing world. Being hospice to the old world as it lays dying and midwifing the birth of the new world means taking care of ourselves.  Helping the world as it simultaneously goes through its death throes and birth pains, starts with ourselves.  As one wise teacher once said to me:

“The most loving thing you can do for those you love is to what is most loving for yourself.”

Self-care begins with self-knowledge. Asking ourselves what is life-giving for ourselves and what is not and setting boundaries around that.  We need to create a space in our own lives in which we can feel safe – saying yes to what is life-giving and no to what is not.  This saying no so that we can say yes includes rooting out those relationships that are life-sucking and letting them go.

We must find/create/deepen our commitment to SOMETHING in our life that helps us to know peace, love, even joy. What that something is from person to person will vary, but we need this something….and we need it daily.  For me, it is my daily spiritual practice of ritual, meditating with scripture, mantra, and journaling.  Yours might be your daily run, or knitting your grandchild a sweater.  Whatever that something is…DO IT.  And make it a priority.  What we give to ourselves comes back one hundred fold!

DETACH. I cannot say this enough.  Detach from anything and everything that causes you upset or pain.  If the news disturbs you, turn it off!  (That does not mean stop being informed, it means be VERY CHOOSEY about what news sources you read/watch and take EVERYTHING they say with a grain of salt.  Today, most news is meant not to inform, but to manipulate.  Be discerning!).  If you find yourself jealous or distracted by news stories of the “rich and famous,” go to your local soup kitchen and remind yourself of how MOST OF THE WORLD really lives!  Stop listening to your “friends” and family members who want to scare you into believing their fears.  And when you find yourself triggered……DO that thing that gives you peace.  Let go of the fear and come back to peace. Again, it boils down to caring for ourselves.  If we do not care for ourselves in a world facing collapse, we will get sucked down with the collapse and experience our own demise.

It is as grave as this. What are you going to choose?  Life or (spiritual) death?

To help support yourself in the face of pending global collapse, and to experience that support in the context of like-minded community, check out the two offerings of the Authentic Freedom Spiritual Community:

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Posted in grief

Holidays Bring Additional Stress for the Grieving

The Holidays can be a difficult and stressful time for anyone, but especially for those who are grieving.  If you or someone you know has recently suffered a loss, you may find it helpful to explore the benefits of self-care.


For those who are grieving, holidays can be difficult

As I stare the impending holidays in the face, I am immediately reminded of what a difficult time of year this can be.  While many experience the holidays as a time of celebration, friends and family, many experience the holidays as anything but a time of joy.  For those who have recently suffered a loss (“recent” is a relative term!), the holidays can be a time of sadness, loneliness and isolation.  The holidays also tend to stir of old wounds of loss and bring them back to the surface for another layer of processing and healing.  To compound the challenge of the holidays for those who are mourning is that darn guilt demon that creeps in and tries to tell us how we “should” be feeling and what we “should” be doing. Then there are those really well meaning souls who mistakenly tell us to “get over it, move on, cheer up.”

First Aid for the Holidays

So, how might we respond to the grief we may be feeling during the holiday season or to the grief we might be seeing in another?  Below is a list of ideas for those who are grieving and for those who may know someone who is struggling with grief this holiday season:

Help if you are grieving:

  • Be kind to yourself
  • Honor your feelings – if you are sad, cry; angry, find a healthy release; lonely, seek out a friend; if you want to be alone, be alone.
  • Be proactive about creating opportunities to be nurtured:  schedule a massage, go out for a lovely meal, treat yourself to a day to just be, make time to be with special friends and family members.
  • Take time to be present to the grief and allow it to move through you in a healthy, gentle way.
  • Avoid giving into the guilt demon – nobody else knows how you are feeling and what you need than you!  Take care of the vulnerable part of you and give it what it needs.
  • Schedule an appointment with your counselor or spiritual director for support with your grief.
  • If at anytime you are experiencing thoughts of suicide….GET HELP.  You can call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline:  1800-273-8255 or go to their website for a listing of local services:  http://suicidepreventionlifeline.org

If you know someone who is grieving:

  • Reach out to them
  • Invite them to talk to you about the person/s they lost and to express their grief
  • Take time to listen to their grief, don’t try to fix it, just be present as a listening presence
  • Don’t be tempted to tell them how they “should” be feeling or what they “should” be doing, honor their process
  • If they are alone, find out if they have plans for the holidays and invite them to join you if they wish
  • Encourage them to seek professional help through a counselor or spiritual director if you feel they may benefit from additional support
  • If you suspect they are suicidal, help them get help.  See above for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline contact information

What we grieve

Another thing I am reminded of is that there are all kinds of grief and they all can show up at the holidays.  So here is a brief list of things we grieve and an invitation to remember it is not just death that shows up in our grieving:

  • A death of an acquaintance of loved one
  • A terminal diagnosis for ourselves or someone we know or love
  • A diagnosis of a serious illness
  • A job loss
  • Divorce
  • Children leaving the home
  • Parents, children, ourselves aging
  • A significant change in our normal life routine
  • The decision to enter into a recovery program (we grieve the loss of that which formerly gave us comfort – cigarettes, alcohol, drugs, compulsive sexual activity, etc.)
  • A significant disappointment (not getting a job we wanted, not getting accepted for a promotion or to the college we wanted, etc.)
  • A relationship breakup

In the end, the invitation is to be present to the grief, allow it to unfold organically and be kind and gentle with ourselves and others.

Lauri Lumby

Authentic Freedom Ministries

http://yourspiritualtruth.com