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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

 

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Order of Melchizedek

Reclaiming the Ancient and Secret Tradition of Christian Magic

 In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to the one who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. Although he was a Son, he learned obedience through what he suffered; and having been made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him, having been designated by God a high priest  according to the Order of Melchizedek.

Hebrews 5: 7-10

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Ever since I was a little girl, I knew magic was real. Samantha Stevens was my hero and I knew it was my mission to grow up and be just like her – smart, sassy, independent, a little bit sneaky, a devoted wife and mother, active in my own creative endeavors, and magic.  Like Samantha, I knew that life was a little boring without a splash of magic.  Magic made the mundane interesting and gave color to the drab.

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Samantha was just the beginning. As I grew up, I found myself drawn to the mystical and magical – the rituals, smells, and bells of the Catholic Church in which I was raised, fairytales of Fairy Godmothers, witches and warlocks, the tales of King Arthur and Morgan LeFay, The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings, the gothic classics of Shelley, Stoker, Wilke, Bronte and Hawthorne; the music of Stevie Nicks, Wonder Woman, Harry Potter, Practical Magic, Game of Thrones, Penny Dreadful, and most recently, The OA.

All of this became inspiration and fodder for my own mystical quest. Specifically, to locate and then harness the magic that I knew dwelled within me – the magic that I also knew existed within every human being, if we would only take the time to find it and overcome the socialization that has caused us to fear our magic – based mostly on the ecclesial ban condemning magic as “the work of the devil.”

The great irony is that it was not in Wicca, Neo-Paganism, neo-Shamanism, the reclamation of Native American practices, or even in the Golden Dawn or the Goddess movement that I found my magic. Instead, it was right there in the depths of the Catholic Christian tradition in which I was raised.  It was right there in the person of Jesus and in his most devoted disciple, co-minister and beloved partner, Mary Magdalene that I found my magic.

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This is not the magic that turns bread and wine into the body and blood of Christ, neither is it the magic of doing spells for the sake of “getting what we want.” Instead, this is the magic that arises naturally out of each and every one of us when we remember our Oneness with the Divine and offer ourselves in service to the Divine mission of Love. This is the magic that empowered Jesus to feed the hungry, give sight to the blind, heal the sick and set captives free. It is the magic that allowed Mary Magdalene to bear witness to the risen Christ.  Not everyone will be able to walk on water or raise another from the dead(because if it isn’t in our Soul’s purpose, these skills will elude us), but each, in their own unique giftedness will be able to perform miracles in their mission of being and bringing Love into the world.

This is the magic that was embodied in Jesus, fulfilled in Mary Magdalene and which has been part of the Christian tradition since its inception. This is also the magic that has been rejected, demonized and condemned since the Christian movement sold out to patriarchy.  Millions of women and men have died at the hands of the Institution for practicing the very arts that Jesus himself modeled and then taught his disciples.  The witch hunt continues as the Catholic Church issued its prohibition against Reiki (2009), a form of hands-on-healing similar in form and effect to what Jesus himself practiced.

My mission with the Order of Melchizedek is to restore the magic of the Christian tradition to its rightful place – in the hands of the women and men who are called to fulfill Jesus’ mission of being Love in the world and who feel called to complete this mission with the support of rituals and practices that support their journey of and on behalf of Love.

Union is the goal of true magic – union with the Divine, union within ourselves, union with each other and union with all of creation. The Order of Melchizedek provides the tools and resources to support you in experiencing this Union.  Here is where the miracles and magic happen!

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Lauri Ann Lumby, High Priestess of the Order of Melchizedek

 

Click HERE too learn more about the Order of Melchizedek.

Posted in Authentic Freedom, Being Human, Discernment, Divine Revelation, Empowerment, Freedom, Inspiration, Lessons

Befriending our Fears

I have a fear of bats.  Not the bats that fly at a safe distant munching on ‘squitos at dusk or silhouetted against a full moon.  No, I’m afraid of the bats that show up in my dreams, and then find their way into my home threatening myself and my children with their rabid bites.

At a distance, bats are romantic and seductive, luring unwary women into vampire fantasies and superheroes in black cowl and cape, saving Gotham with Robin at his side.  There is something irresistible about the tall, dark, potentially dangerous stranger who will sweep us off to their cave and ravage us through forbidden pleasures.  But fantasy and reality collide when a girl in the neighboring town is bit by a rabid bat and suffers the horrors of treatment and escapes within an inch of her life, but is stricken by irreversible damage because of a vagrant “flying fox.”

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My intimate relationship and growing unease around bats started seventeen years ago after a misdirected bat found its way into our home while my infant daughter blissfully dozed unaware.  Between my husband (at the time) and myself, there was screaming, and scrambling about while I ducked under the covers and the bat performed acrobatic maneuvers over my head.  I came up with the butterfly net and album cover plan and the bat was safely extradited from our home.  The hole through which it came was securely nailed shut, but the pattern had been set.

From that point on, bats haunted my dreams.  They came more frequently and more ominously as a dying marriage approached its death throes and accompanied me almost monthly as I found my way through the labyrinth of life after divorce.  Then, two years ago, bats found their way into the new home I had made with my children, one in which I had previously felt safe.  Not anymore.  There was not an evening that I wasn’t checking window trim, behind mirrors and headboards, along the tops of doorways for a glimpse of their tell-tale dragon-wings and claws.  I searched every flat surface for traces of guano.  But even after thorough inspection, I would be awakened in the middle of the night by the crash, thud and screeching wail of bats in peril – trapped in a home that was not their own.    I eventually learned these were migratory bats and to expect them at first thaw and first frost as they were respectively departing and returning to the hibernation colony they had established somewhere in the walls of our home.  To say we soon became experts at catch and release (again, album covers and butterfly nets) would be an understatement.  SIGH!

After the seventh bat in three seasons, I’d had enough.  A generous and resourceful neighbor determined where they were likely coming in and sealed up the hole.  We haven’t seen a bat since.  I never go to bed, however, without first checking for evidence of their return and bats continue to haunt my dreams.  The most recent was of a bat fluttering on the window trim beside my bed and thousands of bats crowding the space between window and storm trying to find their way in.  YIKES!

“Enough is enough,” I said, and decided it was time for me to face down this fear and make friends with the bat.  Now, this would not be the first conversation I have had with bat.  In fact, this would be one among many.  In the past two years, I have come to understand the spiritual significance of the bat and that its presence (according to Native American and Mayan mythology) heralds a shamanic call.  I have accepted this to be true for myself and for two clients whose visits were preceded respectively by a bat appearance then a bat dream.  I wasn’t sure what else the bat might have to say to me.  Well, the bat, in fact, had a LOT to say.  Mostly about the value of befriending our fears because hidden within our deepest and darkest fears lies our greatest power.

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In conversing with bat, I turned to my friend Ted Andrews and his book Animal Speak – a must have for those serious about self-discovery and the journey of self-actualization.  I had turned to Ted before when exploring bat’s significance in my life and the message it might have for me.  I read through the qualities of “bat medicine” for the umpteenth time and it suddenly hit me…….

 

Bat is showing up with its medicine because this is MY medicine. The only reason I’m afraid of bat is because I am afraid of my own power!

 

So here are the powers of bat medicine that bat has been trying for 17 years to get me to understand are my powers and to willingly embrace them:

  • An intimate connection with the process of initiation as embodied in the 7-step process.
  • The knowledge that in every death resides the promise of new life.
  • The ability to face and move through fear.
  • The willingness and courage to release what is no longer life-giving to make room for the new.
  • Willingness to embrace change.
  • The ability to use my own inner resources to move through challenges, fears and change.
  • Hope in the promise of new life.
  • Trusting my own inner promptings and guidance system.
  • Learning empowerment comes through facing fear.
  • The ability to fly – rising above challenge and conflict, seeing life through a broader perspective.
  • The acquisition of higher wisdom gained from a wider perspective.
  • Openness to new truths and the willingness to let go of outmoded “truths”.
  • Great auditory perception – the ability to hear the truth beyond the words.
  • Great visual perception – the ability to see the truth beyond the veil.
  • Perfect navigation system.
  • Being a channel through which others are awakened to their own unhealed wounds and fears.

And as I’ve already mentioned – the presence of a shamanic call.

All this time, what I feared was not the bat itself, but my own powers that bat was reflecting back to me.  And in support of befriending my fear and embracing the powers that bat has been reflecting back to me, I found the cutest, most cuddly picture of a bat I could find and I now have it hanging in front of my laptop and on the desk beside me so that I will learn to love bat and the powers that it came to help me acknowledge and embrace.  Thank you Bat!  I’m not (entirely) afraid of you anymore…..but for the record….you can stay outside ok!?

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Copyright 2015  Lauri Ann Lumby

Posted in Being Human, Initiation, mental illness, Mystics, Superheroes

Rude Awakenings – the Birth of a Superhero

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Rude Awakenings – the Birth of a Superhero

This post is an addendum to the Superhero gathering of Monday, August 11, 2014.  In addition to exploring the question about world changes, the shift, etc. the topic of the Superhero Awakening peeked out its ugly head.  And I say ugly, because the Superhero Awakening is anything but pleasant – for most of us anyway.  Even if we had parents who supported our emerging intuitive gifts and helped us find ways through our strange sensitivities (food, aromas, electronics, clothing fibers, lotions and cleansers, crowds, other people’s emotions, etc. etc. etc.), we are still subject to the often painful experience of the Superhero Awakening. Symptoms of a Superhero Awakening include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Panic Attacks
  • Hot Flashes
  • Death Chills
  • Nightmares
  • Social Anxiety
  • Sudden unexplained illnesses
  • A series of illnesses
  • Heart palpitations
  • Strange “memories”
  • Mystical or Peak experiences
  • A strong desire to escape – typically through mood-altering substances
  • Symptoms akin to ADD

 

All of these are things that Western Medicine wants to medicate, suggesting that when these symptoms arise, there is something WRONG with us.  Indigenous cultures, on the other hand, recognize these as signs that there is something very RIGHT with us and acknowledge these symptoms as the awakening of a healer/shaman….an ancient word for SUPERHERO!  Indigenous cultures then provide the education and support needed by an emerging Superhero so that they can realize the fullness of their gift and then share these gifts for the betterment of the tribe/world.

 

The New Superheroes hopes to do just that – help support those who are emerging in our culture as Superheroes, to give you the affirmation you need for your emerging gifts and provide the resources and tools through which you can learn to use your gifts, for your own fulfillment and in service to the betterment of our world. The world needs Superheroes…..the world needs you.

 

Join us:

Monday Evenings

6:30 – 8:30 pm

Oshkosh, WI

To learn more, click HERE. 

 

And if you are not in the Oshkosh area, please join us through the weekly Superhero Report and through the other resources available on this site!

 

Posted in God, Inspiration

The World is God’s Temple

In today’s blog, we are reminded to recognize that the world is God’s temple and that all places and situations are sacred when we are open to seeing the Presence and Action of God in our midst.  There is never a place where God is not present and active.  And, we have the opportunity, through our intention and our action, to set aside special places where we are constantly reminded of God’s Presence in our lives.

 

Little Altars Everywhere

I’m a ritual girl.  Perhaps it is my Catholic upbringing, my Irish ancestry or simply a function of my temperament.  I love ritual.  And because I love ritual, I love altars.  I love altars so much in fact that there is one in every room of my house.  Jesus and Mary Magdalene decorate my altars.  Favorite pictures of my children, my family and my favorite sacred places (Lake Lumby and Stonehenge). A vase of feathers and some of my favorite stones decorate my altars as do words, messages and symbols of encouragement and intention. The collage art that I have created are each an altar in their own right.  My home is made up of little altars everywhere.  Until this past week, my altars were sequestered inside my home.  Inspired by a recent graduate course in Shamanism through which my own inherent shamanic gifts are being affirmed, I decided to bring my altar obsession outdoors through the creation of my own version of a Medicine Wheel.  Please join me for a little tour.

In the East

In the East is my altar representing the element of air and light, new beginnings and birth.  Christ is to whom I give honor in the East as he represents the light.  Birdfeeders and birdhouses nourish and protect our animal friends who float on the air.  And yellow is the color I chose to represent the spark of the morning dawn.

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Prosperity Corner

Applying the principles of Feng Shui into my medicine wheel, I made sure to include space for intentions of abundance and prosperity.  The cauldron represents the abundant nature of God and anchors the belief that all my needs will be met in abundance.  Tibetan Prayer flags hang in the corner sending my prayers out into the universe and Kuan Yin coins hang from the trees representing my intention to be open to receiving all I need in food, clothing, shelter, safety and support.

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South represents the element of fire along with the transformative power of fire to assimilate what is life-giving, while releasing that which is not life-giving.  As such, my firepit resides in the south, a hanging candle and the sun – the ultimate image for fire.  In the South, I give honor to my Celtic heritage by remembering the Morrigan – the Celtic triple goddess of transformation and change.  She also represents our willingness to enter into the hidden realms – those places of perceived darkness – our fears, our shadow side, etc. the places where we go to be transformed so that what stands in the way of our freedom can be transformed into something useful and beneficial.

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Love and Relationship Corner

Returning to Feng Shui, this corner anchors my intention for loving and supportive, interdependent relationship.  Two chairs represent partnership.  The love totem bedecked in fuschia represents the joy of loving partnership.  The angel bedecked in green holds my prayers for abundant love and compassion.  And the compass demonstrates the revolving wheel of life and God’s finger pointing me in the direction of love.

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In the West

West is related to the element of water – hence the bird bath and the water vessels scattered throughout this garden.  Water represents movement and our ability to surrender to the ebb and flow of life, trusting that we are being carried on the waves of God’s love to our highest good.  The fleur-de-lis stands for my spiritual teacher and guide, Mary Magdalene.  She stands as complement to Christ who stands in the East. Mary shows us where we are going.

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In the North

North is related to the element of earth and represents completion, fulfillment, manifestation of dreams and visions and having arrived at our destination.  In the North, we have time to rest for the work is done, the harvest has come in and we are feasting.  In the North, I give honor to the Celtic god of the underworld – Gwynn Ap Nud who reminds us to rest from our toils so that we may gather strength for the next cycle of birthing.  Gwynn Ap Nud, like the Morrigan, also invites to go deep – to be bold enough to enter into the darkness, the unknown, the place of our fears so that we can find the treasure buried there.  Gwynn first came to me while on pilgrimage in Glastonbury, England and I can tell you his work is HARD – but well worth the trouble!  In honor of Earth, I have chosen an iron ornament and a large boulder of sandstone – appropriately dubbed “the fairy rock” by my amazing children – as Gwynn is also known as King of the Fairies.

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Thank you for joining me on this little tour.  I hope this has inspired you to ask  where you see the Presence and Action of God in your surroundings?  How might you set aside a special place as a constant reminder of God’s immanent and imminent Presence?