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 Body/Mind/Spirit connection, Spiritual Formation, Spiritual Practices

Ignoring the Spiritual Hampers Recovery

Today’s blog explores how the spiritual is often overlooked, even shunned by some of the helping professions and why this hampers our road to healing and recovery.

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Faith-based vs. Spiritual

I was recently contacted by an organization looking for a presenter for a support group of individuals in various stages of recovery from trauma.  The concern was raised that my work is “faith based” and the organization is not allowed to discuss or implement any “faith based” materials.  Sadly, many in the helping professions are still operating with the misconception that faith and spirituality are the same.  As such, many people are prevented from receiving the healing and support they need when facing recovery from trauma, addictions, co-dependency, abuse, rape, incest, chronic illness, etc. etc. etc.  because the spiritual is never addressed.  While the physical might be addressed through medical treatment, lifestyle changes or medication and the emotional and mental might be dealt with through therapy or recovery programs, the spiritual often gets left on the shelf because using the “God” word might offend…or because the person receiving treatment has been so harmed by someone else’s use of the “God” word, that they cannot be open to anything that might resemble “God.”  The end result is that healing is hampered and full recovery thwarted.

God is Bigger than the Boogieman

In my world, God is way bigger than any lame human attempt to define.  As such, I do not have a problem with the “God” word.  Unfortunately, this is not true for all.  While in MY world, our spiritual self cannot be divorced from God (because I truly believe them to be one and the same)…..that does NOT mean that “God” (by someone else’s definition) HAS to be part of the spiritual approach to healing!  In fact, we would do well to come up with a new definition of SPIRITUAL that doesn’t use the GOD-word so that the spiritual no longer offends and so that people can get the help they really need to heal.

Toward a New Defintion of Spiritual

With the help of my self-appointed board of directors, I have come up with a new definition of the SPIRITUAL that speaks to the universal search….but doesn’t include the “God” word:

The spiritual is that which compels us to search for and obtain:

  • meaning
  • purpose
  • connection

And when accomplished, we are contented and fulfilled.

Spiritual Wounding

We are wounded spiritually by anything that threatens, hampers, harms, thwarts or causes us to doubt or question this search for meaning, purpose and connection and by anything that hinders our feelings of contentment or fulfillment.  Anytime we are made to feel unsafe, insecure, afraid or threatened, our spiritual self is wounded and retreats.  Anytime we are made to feel “less than”, a part of our spiritual self shrivels up.  When we feel betrayed or experience a disappointment or loss, the hope that is inherent in our spiritual self deflates.  When we are ill and unable to function at our normal capacity, our spiritual self grows restless and impatient and if not tended to, eventually grows tired and despairing. Anytime we experience a loss, a trauma, a diagnosis, a disappointment or a tragedy, it is perhaps our spiritual self which suffers the most….and yet, it is the part that is either last to get addressed or altogether forgotten.

The Greatest Irony

The greatest irony in our quest to ignore the spiritual is that if we could address the spiritual FIRST….we might not even need to address the emotional, mental or physical, because the deepest wounding lies at the spiritual. If we can do the work of allowing the spiritual to find healing, the emotional, mental and physical often take care of themselves.  What would happen, for example,  if instead of having surgery for back pain we acknowledged all the places in our life where we were punished for asking for our needs to be met and all the places we were told that our needs did not matter? And what would happen if we allowed ourselves to feel the frustration in the face of these obstacles to getting our needs met and then released these wounds through tears?   What would happen if instead of numbing our anxiety through anti-depressants, we recognized all the places in our lives where we were told we were unimportant or not of value or that someone else’s wants were more important than ours, and then grieved the pain we carry in our hearts over all these nonloving messages?  What would happen if instead of having knee surgery, we started to name and claim our own needs or became more open to movement and change in our lives?  What if instead of medicating our “fretful mind” we searched our lives for all the places we felt unsafe and began to recognize how we had turned to anticipatory thoughts to try to create a “safe” and “predicatable” world, then wrote a letter releasing all of the anger, fear, frustration, sorrow, we experienced in those places of danger, and then burned the letter in a ritual of release?

Reclaiming the Spiritual

I’m not saying that addressing the spiritual will cure all disease or unrest in our lives, but it goes a long way toward healing us where we really need to be healed – in our hearts.  As such, my challenge to those of us in the helping professions is to reclaim the spiritual and open the door through which profound and enduring healing can take place.  While we can separate the religious, we are never separate from the spiritual…it is an integral part of our journey toward wholeness and like our body, mind and emotions, it is part of our very nature and not something to be ignored.

Lauri Lumby

Authentic Freedom

http://yourspiritualtruth.com

Posted in Healing, Inspiration

Voices in Your Head Part II

Today’s blog continues the exploration of the voices in our head.  How do we distinguish the voice of the ego from the voice of truth and what is the price of ignoring our highest truth in favor of the voice of the ego?  

 

The Ego as a Protector

A comment to yesterday’s post brought forth a good point.  “The ego keeps us safe, but in order to keep us safe, we have to get smaller and smaller…”  How true this is.  Her comment is a good reminder that we are quick to judge the ego and the words it feeds us.  As children and growing adults, the ego sometimes serves a very important role as a type of “defense mechanism” that allows us to survive our childhoods.  Since 99.9% of us grow up in some sort of dysfunction, the ego steps in to help us learn the “rules” of the roost and helps us know how to keep our vulnerable and tender truest self safe and unharmed.  The problem is not in the defense mechanism itself, but is in the way we continue to use these tools when they are no longer needed.  As we become adults, we have the opportunity to make different choices and to choose new behaviors that allow us to transcend the dysfunction of our past and create a new path for ourselves so that our truest self can be discovered and nurtured into growth and maturity.  The ego, in an of itself isn’t bad, but the question we must ask ourselves as adults is “Does this ‘safe-keeping’ voice in my head still serve my highest good?”  For many of us, the answer to this question is, “NO!”

No Means No and the Consequences when we continue to say “yes” (to the ego)

So, here is what happens to us as emotionally, spiritually and mentally maturing adults when we continue to listen to the voice of the ego in our heads.  WE STOP GROWING.  But here is the rub.  While we continue to listen to the voice of the fearful, small-minded ego, our spirit continues to grow – or tries to anyway.  It is as if we are born into this world into a little box (the ego) that keeps us safe, contained, protected.  The problem is that the box of the ego does not grow as we do. So, the Spirit, expands and grows, eventually pushing on the sides of the box as it tries to emerge.  The ego keeps the Spirit contained, but it gets pretty uncomfortable as the Spirit tries to push back against the sides of the ego in its attempt at growth.  Eventually, either the Spirit is defeated, or the ego explodes, giving way to the pressure of the Spirit.  This is real and it actually happens to each and every one of us when we resist the growth of the Spirit/our highest truth.  And how does it come out?

  • As the Spirit begins to outgrow the ego it first comes out in restlessnes which turns to anxiety and if we ignore both of these and still refuse to set aside the ego in favor of the Spirit…..  PANIC ATTACK
  • If we ignore the Spirit completely and give into the ego, DEPRESSION, Despair, listlessness, we have given up, we quit, our spirit has been defeated.

Ego or Truth?  The Choice is Yours

Is this really what we want?  As an adult, the price of saying yes to the ego is pretty steep…and the price is no less than the price of our soul. When we forsake our Spirit in favor of the voice that we think keeps us safe (the ego), we die.  We die to our truth.  We die to our soul’s purpose.  We die to our reason for being here.  And we suffer for making this choice…we suffer depression, anxiety, despair, panic, loneliness, purposelessness.  We have bargained our soul for the illusion of safety.  What we have forgotten (or never been given permission to believe) is that when we heed the call of our Inner Spirit, our Truth, our Purpose, this is the path to true safety.  When we tend to this inner voice and discover the truth within, here we find peace, joy, contentment and love….and more importantly, we discover that the source of this safety is right here within us and it has been there all along. 

The Warrior’s Call

All that being said, the path to our highest truth, our soul’s purpose, peace, contentment and joy IS NOT an easy path.  While the path of continuing to heed the voice of the ego is not easy by any stretch of the imagination…it is FAMILIAR.  We know it.  It is predictable.  It is habitual, familiar and, in many ways,  the easiest choice.  The path of the truth, is the harder choice.  It is unfamiliar.  It is not habit.  We don’t know it and we don’t know its outcome (we can hope, but ultimately, we don’t know because the path of truth requires we let go of our ATTACHMENT TO OUTCOME…and our NEED TO PREDICT and CONTROL things.  ARGH!).  In the end, the path of truth requires a warrior’s heart.  So, if you think you might be ready to accept the warrior’s call and embark upon the journey of embracing your truth and transcending the ego…stay tuned tomorrow for the tools you will need to complete (or simply begin) your task! 

What were the words of the ego that you needed to survive your childhood?

How has the ego served you in a good way?

How is the voice of the ego starting to hold you back?

Where have you experienced depression, anxiety, despair for choosing ego over truth?

Have you given yourself permission to listen to your truth?

Lauri Lumby

Authentic Freedom Ministries

http://yourspiritualtruth.com