Posted in Magic, Mystics, Order of Melchizedek

New Online Course – Shamanism Intensive

Take stand-alone or as part of the Order of Melchizedek Training Program

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The Level Two online Training for the Order of Melchizedek introduces you to the traditional shamanic practice of journeywork.  Journeywork acknowledges the creative imagination as a gateway to Divine communion and as a tool for obtaining Divine guidance.  You will be introduced to the foundations of a “shamanic call in a culture without a culture” and will then have an opportunity to learn and practice shamanic journeys. Working in five different “worlds,” you will meet your power animal, spirit teacher and other teachers and guides in those respective worlds who will support you through their unique gifts in discerning your Divine path. In addition to providing guidance, journeywork supports our inner healing and transformation both in this life and in lives we have already lived.  After this course you will equipped to facilitate your own journeys and to lead journeys for others.  

Start anytime.  Do at your own pace.

 

Lesson One:  Defining the Shamanic Call

Lesson Two:  Identifying the Shamanic Call

Lesson Three:  Discernment – Shamanic Call or Psychosis?

Lesson Four:  The Initiation Crisis

Lesson Five:  The Shamanic Call and Shadow Work

Lesson Six:  The Shamanic Journey – Lower World Journeys

Lesson Seven: Upper World Journeys

Lesson Eight: Underworld Journeys

Lesson Nine: Journeys to the Heavenly Realms

Lesson Ten: Middle World Journeys

Lesson Eleven:  Bringing it all together.

Learn more and Register HERE.

Required Texts: 

Tedlock, B. (2005). The woman in the shaman’s body: Reclaiming the feminine in religion and 

medicine. New York, NY: Bantam Books

Walsh, R. (2007). The world of shamanism: New views of an ancient tradition.  Woodbury, MN:

Llewellyn Publications.

 

A Note from Lauri Ann Lumby, course creator and facilitator:

Before embarking on this journey, I want to thank you for stepping into the question of your own shamanic call.  I wrote this course for those, like me, who have received the shamanic call, but have been mostly unsupported in this call because of the culture in which we were raised.  For those of us who live in the West (Western Europe, United States, Canada, even Australia and westernized parts of South America and Asia), we are so far removed from our ancestral roots and from the indigenous traditions of our own native peoples that the shamanic call isn’t even a consideration.  Instead, what shamanic cultures would understand as characteristic of a shamanic call, Western culture judges as illness, at best, or at the worst – insanity.   As such, those living in a Westernize culture who are experiencing an authentic shamanic call are left to their own devises, most often misunderstood, judged and even condemned for the experiences of their shamanic call (including high sensitivities, vivid dreams and nightmares, intuitive and psychic abilities, strange and frequent illnesses, depression, anxiety and even psychosis).

Some have found their way through this call by adopting practices and traditions of indigenous peoples, ie: “walking the red road” as Caucasian Americans might refer to the Native American traditions they have adopted and attempted to make their own.  Others might find support through practices of the Mayans, Peruvians, Inuit or Aboriginal people.  While we have much to gain by learning from other cultures, for those with Western European roots, the best we can ever do is to pretend, because these practices are not authentically our own.

The purpose of this course is to validate and authenticate your shamanic call and to give you some simple tools and support for embracing and exercising this call in your daily life.  While this course is just a beginning (Shamanism 101, if you will), through this process you will have an opportunity to:

  • Understand the characteristics of a shamanic call.
  • Discern your own shamanic call.
  • Understand the spiritual crisis that often heralds the shamanic call.
  • Learn basic tools for beginning to utilize this call.
  • Find your own language, arising out of your own mythology and spiritual background for embracing your shamanic call.
  • Discover the basic tools of the shaman of ritual and journeying.

Much of what will be shared here arose out of my personal journey of discovering and embracing my own shamanic call, along with contemporary research in the field of Transpersonal Psychology which has shed light on this call, especially for those in the Westernized world.

To complete this course, you will need yourself, a notebook or journal and a box of crayons.  I invite you to enter into this process with an attitude of inquiry, curiosity and wonder, for this is ultimately what the shamanic call is all about – seeing the world and our life experience through the lens of magic – for as a shaman, this is what you are!   The original title of this course was “Broken Wings,” because in a culture without a culture, we most often find the hallmarks of our call looked upon with suspicion and judgment, effectively clipping our wings and making it impossible for us to fly.  In this course, I want to help you to fly!

Thank you for giving yourself permission to explore this call within yourself and for taking the time to more deeply discern this call.  I am happy and grateful to be a source of support for you as you move through this process and toward that end, I am available for brief email exchanges and for more intensive private consultations at my regular hourly rate.  Please consult my website for details.

In Gratitude and Love,

Lauri Ann Lumby, OM, OPM, MATS

Authentic Freedom Academy/Temple of the Magdalene Mystery School

www.authenticfreedomacademy.com

 

Posted in About Lauri, Healing, Initiation, Inspiration, Jesus, Mary Magdalene, Mystics

Journeying to Find Our Soul’s Purpose

In the past nine months, I have tried everything to be healed of the migraines, panic attacks and then vertigo brought on by a virus that attacked my inner ear. While I have found some relief through a combination of herbal remedies, chiropractics, acupuncture and physical therapy, the symptoms are still keeping me from being as free as I would like to be (specifically, being able to drive on the highway….driving at fast speeds is a HUGE trigger).  When twice in as many months, “Hildegard of Bingen” came up for me through my spiritual director, I turned to her for guidance.  It seems she was plagued by the same symptoms when she was unable (or unwilling) to share her visions with the world.  So, I’m trying the Hildegard of Bingen cure for migraines…..I’m sharing my visions.  Here’s the one through which I was given the command to “Be the Magdalene.”  This vision came in April of 2014 while participating in a shamanic journey. 

 

The White Spring in Glastonbury, England
The White Spring in Glastonbury, England

The vision begins with me standing inside the well house at the White Spring in Glastonbury, specifically at the shrine within the well house to Gwynn Ap Nudd. At the back of the shrine is a limestone pool in which the flowing waters of the white spring collect on their journey to the other holding pools and eventually out to the collection pools on the street.  In the vision, at the back of the shrine is also a circular, iron portal, similar to a manhole cover, marked with the Vescica Pisces.  As in other recent visions, I approach the portal and dive into it, which then leads to a long tube, submerged in water.  I am swimming away from the shrine and toward the lower world, but as I swim, I find I keep turning back toward the shrine and away from the entrance into the lower world.  With each forward stroke, I find myself closer to the portal into the lower world, but then turn back.  I am making progress, but not quite reaching the portal into the lower world.  On a final approach, a hand reaches into the water from the lower world, grabs my hand and yanks me into the lower world.

I arrive in the lower world, dripping wet, and Jesus stands before me.  “You’re not supposed to be here,” I say to him, now wondering if this is really a journey or just my imagination, colored by my Christian fantasies.  But Jesus remains.  He then leads me through the meadow where the portal enters into the lower world and towards the woods.  Once we reach the woods, he leads me to the clearing where mouse (my power animal) waits and then he disappears.

raven-pixabayMouse instructs me to sit beneath a tree in the clearing and wait.  As I wait, a parade of animals and spirits present themselves – ones which have all been part of recent journeys – stag, snake, luna moth, bat, goddess and finally raven.  Raven is perched on a tree above me and holds in his beak all the parts of me he consumed in the last journey with him.  I ask my question, “What do I need to know to more fully live my soul’s purpose?”  Raven comes down and piece by piece by piece, puts the pieces he has consumed back on to me, as if reassembling me….but in a different order and in a new and different form.  It is like taking all the pieces of a puzzle and putting it together.  This is relevant to several discussions I have recently had with spiritual friends about being aware of bits and pieces of my purpose but not knowing how they fit together and that there is something that needs to happen to put it all together.

GothicCathedralKoln1Once I am reassembled, I climb on Raven’s back and we fly from the woods.  We fly across open territory toward an old gothic cathedral that stands alone in the middle of a wilderness of wide open fields.  The cathedral is dark in appearance, but not scary.  It feels ancient, the stones are rough, and a dark, charcoal grey.  They are the color of charcoal pencils.  We fly into the cathedral and immediately descend.  Down, down, down, through a series of ramps and chambers all the way to the bottom where the flight ends in a crypt of sorts.  A dark, stone walled room which seems to have an altar, some sacred objects.  The place feels close, intimate, sacred and forgotten.  It also feels holy….as if something very ancient and sacred is housed in this space. As I’m looking around, I am invited to go toward the back, right corner of the crypt.  In a recessed area in the wall, there is a standing skeleton wearing a red cloak.  The skeleton is ancient.  I am told to step into the skeleton and the cloak.  I step into them and we become one.  As I step away from the wall, one with the skeleton and cape, I look down and see there is a gold ring on my right index finger.

I ask my question again, “What do I need to know to more fully step into my soul’s purpose?”  As I finish asking, a man steps to my side and takes my arm.  My sense is that we are a couple – romantic, but also partners in our life’s work.  For our purpose to be fulfilled, we have to come together.  We leave the tomb through the front door of the cathedral (no need to ascend, we’re just there).  We open the doors to a throng of people who enthusiastically receive us with cheers.  It is a bright, sunny day filled with light.

Mary Magdalene by Catherine E. Case
Mary Magdalene by Catherine E. Case

From that space, I immediately find myself back in the clearing alone with mouse and I ask, “Ok, now what do I need to do to get there?  To make this happen?”  I’m still the skeleton woman with the cloak, the image I get is like the Day of the Dead masks and makeup.  “Be the Magdalene” is that mouse says to me.  Then I am instructed to be with the Magdalene, to feel her energy and feel and think of what it is to be her. I sit in this receiving for a long time…it feels like a transmission, a transference, an immersion.  I am the Magdalene and I am becoming more of her.

After awhile, the return drumming begins.  I feel myself yanked from the clearing and as I am being pulled toward the return tunnel, I feel the Magdalene drop something into my left palm.  When I arrive at the other end of the tunnel in Gwynn’s shrine, I find a rough, raw, faceted garnet in my hand.

 If you are interested in learning more about the hidden truths of Mary Magdalene and in being activated through her gifts, check out my Mary Magdalene Activation Course.  Click on the picture below to learn more!  

Girl posing with red cloth. Concept, abstractionOr check out the full Mary Magdalene course which includes the Magdalene Ordination:

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Posted in 6D, Authentic Freedom, Discernment, Divine Revelation, Magic, self-actualization, Spiritual Formation, Superheroes

What is Your Magic?

Each and every one of us has been uniquely and creatively gifted to be a vessel through which LOVE is made manifest in our world.   In service to this unique giftedness, we have also been blessed with a certain kind of magic which allows these gifts to be used in service to the betterment of the world and in ways that are no less than miraculous.

At Authentic Freedom Academy, we serve to help you uncover your own unique magic and we support you in overcoming the inner fears and perceived obstacles to living and sharing that magic in the world (aka self-actualization).

The weekly Superhero gatherings is one vehicle through which this support is made available to the Fox Valley, Oshkosh, Appleton, Fond du Lac, Neenah, Menasha, Omro, Winneconne, etc.

Please join us for this week’s Superhero Gathering where we will be exploring the question of YOUR MAGIC!  Using Shamanic Journeying techniques which empower us to engage our active imagination, we will access Divine guidance in response to the question:

What is MY MAGIC? 

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Please join us this week for:

Superhero Gatherings

Mondays 6:30 – 8:30 pm

or

Tuesdays 9:00 – 11:00 am

Suggested Fee:  $20.00

Posted in Superheroes

Show Me Your Soul – Superhero Report

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In this week’s gatherings of the Superhero Academy, we took our next step into the process of Divine Manifestation (alchemy, magic, co-creation), accepting the challenge of 2015 which I have designated “The Year of Magic.” Before working with the sixth dimension technologies for co-creation, there is important foundational work that needs to be accomplished. This week we began that foundational work by exploring the topic of Soul and the Soul’s inherent knowing which is identified as Faith. Those who attended this week’s gathering then had an opportunity to participate in a Shamanic Journey – a process of working with the creative imagination in order to access Divine Guidance and through which the technologies of the sixth dimension are eventually acquired. Below are the notes from this week’s discussion, along with a link to the opening song we used to start things off!

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(Note: If you have been unable to attend the weekly Superhero Gatherings and would like support in cultivating 6D awareness and accessing 6D technologies, I am happy to work with you one-on-one in developing these tools. Call (920) 230-1313 or email lauri@yourspiritualtruth.com to inquire further).

 

Posted in Discernment, Divine Revelation, Empowerment, Spiritual Practices, Superheroes, world changes

Superheroes Among Us

If you were born with a sense that you are here for a reason but you don’t know what that reason is…or perhaps you know that reason and it is to heal and change the world, then you might be a Superhero! If these qualifications resonate with you, please join us for one of the weekly gatherings of the Superhero Academy:

 

Mondays 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Tuesdays 9:00 – 11:00 am

1103 School Ave. Oshkosh 

Facilitated by Lauri Lumby

 

Click HERE for more information.

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Superhero Report

Week of October 5, 2014

It has been an exciting time at the Superhero Academy! On Monday evening, those in attendance participated in another Shamanic Journey.  The first journey (two weeks ago), was to meet their Power Animal.  This week’s journey was to learn from their Power Animal, what their unique Superpowers might be.  Through the language of symbolism, Spirit spoke powerfully to those in attendance, opening the door to continued exploration of the unfolding Superpowers.  The journeys were unique to each individual and provided exactly what they needed at this stage in their journeys.  As the facilitator, I am continually amazed at how even though we might go into the journey thinking we know what we want, Spirit always gives us only what we need.

On Tuesday, we launched another Superhero Academy opportunity for those who are home during the day (retired, stay at home parents, second and third shift workers, etc). Children who are home with parents during the day, are WELCOME! Interestingly, those coming together for the Tuesday group seem to have a different set of needs than Monday evening’s group.  In short, this group seems ready to be mobilized….to immediately be of service to the betterment of the world and looking for a supportive community out of which they may be of service.  So far, this is a group of men and women who know themselves, who know their gifts, and who have diligently attended to their own personal, psycho-spiritual development.  Apparently my role in this group is to “teach (and support) the teachers.”

I am humbled and honored to be the vessel through which the Superhero Academy is taking shape. I’m not sure where this is all leading, but it feels as if something powerful is in the works.  When you have a gathering of individuals who are passionate about their own personal growth and equally passionate about being a source of healing and change in the world, great things are bound to happen!  Up…Up….and Away!!!!!

To learn more about the Superhero Academy, click HERE. 

Posted in Spiritual Practices, Superheroes

Meeting our Power Animals – Superhero Report

Superhero Academy:  We are the change we’ve been waiting for.  We are here to heal and change the world! 

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The Superhero Academy meets weekly in Oshkosh, WI and is facilitated by Lauri Ann Lumby (me).  Below is a report of our gathering from Monday, September 29th.  If you are interested in establishing a Superhero Academy near you, contact Lauri Lumby for information on training and empowerment.  lauri@yourspiritualtruth.com or (920) 230-1313.

Superhero Report

WOW! The Superheroes had a SUPER powerful evening last night.  We embarked on the first part of a two-part shamanic journey.  Shamanic journeys have been part of indigenous spiritual practices since time immortal!  Through the shamanic journey, we engage our creative imaginations to access divine guidance, primarily through metaphoric symbolism (think “dreams”).  In last night’s journey, those in attendance had an opportunity to journey to meeting their “Power Animal” (mine is the mouse).  Many had a personal encounter with their Power Animal and learned important truths about the kind of spiritual support that is available to us at all times.  It was a powerful experience.  Some had glimpses of their Power Animal, but Spirit was not quite ready to reveal it all in its fullness.  (note – the more we practice journeying, the more we are able to fully receive what Spirit wants to reveal to us.)

 

Next week, we will journey again, this time to ask our Power Animal to reveal to us our Superpower(s).

 

If you were not able to make last night’s gathering, do not let that keep you from next Monday’s gathering, you can begin your journey then. 🙂

 

Please note that due to popular demand, I am adding a second Superhero opportunity. Tuesday mornings 9-11 am starting Tuesday, October 7th (next Tues).  PLEASE JOIN US if you are able!   Call for details (920) 230-1313 or visit the Superhero Academy Link on our website HERE.

 

Peace, Harmony and Love!

 

Lauri

Posted in Discernment, Superheroes

Superhero Report – Shamanic Journey

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Dear Superheroes,

We had a small group last night and it was just what they needed. We participated in a Shamanic Journey through which those in attendance had an opportunity to meet their “Power Animal.”  The Power Animal will later prove to be helpful in discerning Superpowers.

 

If you were unable to make last night’s session, know that you will have another chance. Next Monday, September 29th, we will do another journey.  Those who already met their Power Animal will take the next step by asking their Power Animal a question for discernment.  Those who have not met their  Power Animal, will take their first journey to do so.

 

Looking forward to seeing you all next Monday, September 29th at 6:30 for the Superhero Academy. Please note that a second weekly Superhero Gathering will begin on Tuesdays 9 am – 11 am starting October 7th.  Please share this with others you know who might be available and interested in a daytime gathering.  Please also note that if you have children at home, they are more than welcome to come along.

 

Love,

Lauri

To learn more about the Superhero Academy, click HERE.