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Government Shutdown? It’s not over ’til it is over…and the end is up to us!


Well, the government shutdown has come to an end and the debt ceiling temporarily released.  Do not, however, let this band-aid approach to the issues fool you.  We are not out of hot water folks!  We are still plagued with the issues of a bi-partisan government, mostly controlled by special interest groups who have their own interests in mind, not the interest of the common good.  Our founding fathers established a representative government whose job was to work for the interest of the common good.  This model has been destroyed from the inside by the corporate greedy who have paid to put their puppets in office.  Granted, not all Senators or Congressmen are guilty of this, but the vast majority are, which leaves those with noble intentions powerless.

What does any of this have to do with the mission of birthing our Souls?  Quite frankly, it has everything to do with it.  When we remain silent to our own gifts, our call to be loving, compassionate and peaceful people, the structures outside of us reflect our own arrested development.  When we ignore the voice of our truth, suppress our uniquely creative gifts, deny the force within us that seeks fulfillment and joy, we enable a world where we are silenced, suppressed and oppressed, and we are vulnerable to the power structures which capitalize on the inner fears that keep us imprisoned.  In the end, we have no one to blame but ourselves for the current mess we are facing in our government, our economy, our medical structures, education, etc. etc. etc.  When our economy crashes, which is where things are heading,  and we are tempted to point fingers at the government officials and corporate power mongers, we might want to look in the mirror instead.  WE are the ones who put these people in power by remaining silent, by giving into the status quo instead of mustering up the courage to cultivate our own souls which in turn cultivates a culture with soul instead of the soulless culture we are now living in.  Yes, my words today might appear harsh to some, but desperate times calls for desperate measures.  What do YOU want to do about it?  Nothing will change and we will continue plummeting toward destruction until YOU do something about it.

1) Start with yourself.  Who are you and what do you want out of this life?  More importantly, what does your SOUL want? What are the fears standing in the way of birthing your soul?  Seek tools to help you move through these fears.  Finding peace within yourself contributes to a peaceful world.  Find a mindfulness practice that helps you to cultivate this inner state of peace.

2) Take time to listen to your Soul.  Hear what it has to say to you.  YOU have been uniquely gifted to find meaning, purpose and connection in your life and to work for the betterment of our world.  THE WORLD NEEDS YOU and your gifts.

3) Seek support.  Gather your friends.  Support each other’s dreams.  Empower the use of your unique gifts.  Enjoy the freedom of gifts unleashed and fulfillment realized.

4) LOOK for the people, organizations, communities you are called to serve.  Who needs your gifts?  How will the world be made better with your gifts?   Do what you are called to do.  Be who you are called to be.

5) AND  VOTE with your voice, your hands, your feet and most importantly, your heart.  What kind of world do you want to leave for your children?  A world controlled by fear and under the command of the greedy few or a world where we live in peaceful harmony, where the needs of the all are considered and fulfilled and where every single man, woman and child is honored as a sacred child of God?

The world that we live in is up to you.

Lauri Ann Lumby

Posted in Authentic Freedom, Freedom, Inspiration

If We Want the World to Change – WE Have to Change

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Yesterday I discovered the limit of my tolerance for our inept, ineffective and corrupt government and responded through my blog with Government Shutdown? I Would Fire the Lot of You!”  The failure of our Senators and Congressmen to do their jobs is appalling and the government shutdown is just the most recent in a long list of failures. (And, President Obama, as much as I support him, is not innocent in this.)  Healthcare.  Education.  Corporate Greed.  The Oil Cartel. Commercialism run rampant.  Monsanto and their poisoning of our food stock.  International Relations (or the lack thereof).  The constant threat of war.  Poverty.  Hunger.  Homelessness.  Joblessness.  Unemployment and Underemployment.  The staggering about of debt.  Do I need to go on?  I don’t know about you, but I’m FED UP!  I did not sign up for this and this is not the country I want to hand on to my children….if we don’t deserve better, they most certainly do!!!!!   And, they know they deserve better:

They Should All Be Fired!

Yes, if I were in charge, I would fire them all.  But I’m not, and neither are you – in charge, that is.  So, what the heck can we do about an impotent and corrupt government that is controlled, not by the constituents who voted for them, but by the lobbyists who funded their elections and continue to pad their pockets?  Corporate greed funding a corrupt government while we are unemployed, homeless, hungry, made to fight wars we don’t believe in, without access to quality education, medical care or even FOOD for that matter.  Our founding fathers must be turning over in their graves over the direction our government has turned.  So, what DO we do????? 


Yes, in theory, writing our senators and congressmen, signing petitions, marching in the streets (NON VIOLENTLY!!!), might have an impact on how our government responds.  But, in truth, I haven’t seen much change even with the presence of the Occupy Movement.  I’m not an expert in political theory, but I sense that one of the reasons we are not being heard is because the system our founding fathers created has crumbled at its core.  The representative government envisioned by the original leaders of this country has been replaced by corporate greed.  There is no representation as far as I can see, only self-serving motives by the powerful few.  So, while we continue to use our voices to make our needs and opinions known, I believe that enduring and effective change will not take place until we heal the deeper cause(s) of our country’s (and the world’s) ills.

The Bad News/Good News

The bad news, that few, if any of us really want to admit, is that the corruption and greed of our government is, in truth, a reflection of our own corruption and greed.  Yep……and….gulp!  As a microcosm of the macrocosm, our government can only be as good as our collective worst.  A government rooted in fear, power and control only arises out of a populace that is rooted in fear, power and control.  As long as WE continue to allow fear to run our lives and to come out sideways in the compulsive behaviors of gluttony, lust, wrath, envy, greed, sloth and pride, this is what will be reflected in our government.  And, as long as we cling to our fears, there will be those who will have the power to manipulate us through fear (HELLO media!!!!!).  So….in order to change our government (and our world), we have to CHANGE OURSELVES.  This is the good news.  While we may not have the power to affect positive and enduring change from the top down, we DO have the power to affect change from the bottom up…..the bottom being the root of our own fears.  When we stop being afraid, the powerful few will no longer have fear to use against us and what will arise out of the midst of us will be leaders for change – emotionally, mentally and psychologically mature women and men of compassion; working collaboratively toward justice, non-violence and peace; with a pluralistic and global eye.  If we want our government and our world to change, it starts with US.

Watch tomorrow’s blog for how to identify our deepest fears and for effective tools for moving through, healing and releasing these fears.

Lauri Ann Lumby

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Government Shutdown? I Would Fire the Lot of You!

Mr. President, U.S. Senators and Congressmen,

I’m writing to you as a mother, business owner and concerned citizen.  As a mother, I say, “You should be ashamed of yourselves.”  How do grown (mostly) men cause the shutdown of our Federal Government and services?  And all over your petty squabbles over ObamaCare?  Really?  Again, you should be ashamed of yourselves!  If I were in charge, I would fire the lot of you!  If I were your mother, you would all be grounded, your electronics taken away and you would be invited to write a sincere letter of apology to the American people. Then I would take you to the local homeless shelter and soup kitchen and show you how the rest of the world lives and invite you to remember who you were hired to serve.

As a business owner, skilled in business management, I would point out the obvious.  Mr. President, while I voted for you and continue to uphold your leadership and policies, ObamaCare, while good in theory, will prove to be problematic, not only in its execution, but in its practice.  Senators and Congressmen…  you remember who you work for?  You work for US….the American people, not the lobbyists who pad your pockets, most certainly NOT the Insurance and pharmaceutical companies who are sure to benefit from the “revisions” to ObamaCare you are working so hard to push through.  YOU WORK FOR US!  Do not forget that.  If I were your business manager and you failed in your job, as you have failed today, I would fire the lot of you and start over.  And my choice for your replacements would be required to fulfill the following requirements:

1) You will have experience working in the service industry.  There is nothing better than pushing burgers, waiting tables and tending bar to teach one humility and compassion for the human condition and the reality of life in America.

2) You would be required to undergo sound psychological assessment to insure that you have an emotional intelligence past the age of 12.  I need to know that you can play well with others, listen to opinions other than your own, hear the truth beyond what is being said, name and claim your needs and speak to others nicely without bullying and name calling.  I also need to know that you can work for someone other than yourself and your own selfish pride. I want grown ups running my government, not spoiled, rotten children!

3) You will have had to experience life in the trenches – what it is like to be uninsurable, to have to pay for insurance out of ones own pocket, to have an unplanned pregnancy and not know how you are going to care for yourself and this child, to have been unemployed and forced to stand in line at the local unemployment office or to experience the humiliation of food stamps, to be faced with the rising costs of education and knowing the only way to attend college is through student loans, and then have to face the staggering debt required of a 4 year college degree.  If you have not had these experiences, you would have to serve a pre-employment internship in which you are serving these people, so you can see the faces and learn the names of the people you have been hired to serve.  As part of this internship, you would be required to spend time in the worst places in our country, where people live in poverty under the constant threat of violence so that you can see where REAL change needs to be accomplished!

4) You will have to undergo training in collaborative leadership and consensus based decision-making.  Ultimately, serving in the Congress and US Senate is about finding the middle path through the perceived poles of bi-partisanship.  If you cannot learn to work together for the common good, then you have no place in government.  If you are only there to serve your own agenda, or the agenda of the lobbyists who pad your pocket, then you DEFINITELY have no place in government.  I’m not really sure where you belong…I’m thinking there might be a special place in hell for those who succumb to this temptation.

5) I would outlaw all campaign advertising and fundraising.  You would have to run for office by listening to what the people need and want and presenting your plan for how you hope to accomplish this….without the backing of lobbyists or benefactors who might have their own personal agendas in mind.  Learn how to build a website.  Write your own blog.  Start a Facebook campaign. Get your friends together to help you distribute fliers, etc.  In this way, you will have an idea of how most small businesses operate, and perhaps then you will have some compassion for how small business is negatively affected by your childish shenanigans!

As a concerned citizen, I implore you to get your shit together!  People are losing money, wages, services as you continue your squabbles.  More importantly, critical issues, those beyond ObamaCare, are being neglected while you argue.  It is obvious that ObamaCare has some problems, even some not related to lobbyists’ private agendas.  My suggestion would be that EVERYONE agree that ObamaCare needs an overhaul.  Delay the launch.  Take it off the table.  Go back to the drawing board…..and LOCK the lobbyists out of the discussion.  In revisioning ObamaCare, ask yourself ONE question:

1) How are we going to ensure access to quality healthcare for ALL Americans?

Then figure out a way to do it!


Lauri Ann Lumby

Oshkosh, WI