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Our Divine Mother Speaks

The Mother says:

“I got it from here. There is nothing more for you to do or to heal or clear.  Simply step into my embrace and let me carry you.”

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5000 years ago when the warring hoards stormed into the fertile lands with their vengeful and jealous god, I have been barred from the human race. Supplanted in favor of a god who is only male and mostly angry, I was forced into the shadows, along with my Beloved partner – the God of love.

Rejected by the human race in favor of a god who manipulates through fear, power and control, We withdrew to a place behind the veil until the day we knew would one day come, when humanity would grow tired of the violence that comes in worshipping only fear.

While remaining in the shadows, We have never forgotten Our love for the world that We created or of the beings we made to walk upon her verdant soil. Neither have we ever stopped loving our children – even though they rejected Our image and Our love.

We are the love that existed before time.

We are the love that brought all things into being.

We are the love that resides in your hearts waiting to be catch fire in you so that you can become the magnificent creatures We made you to be.

 

The Psalmist knew us. She called us Darkness and Light; Wisdom and Truth.

Solomon’s lover knew us. She called us Lover and Beloved.

Jesus knew us as Mother and Father.

John the Beloved, knew us as Word and Wisdom, Alpha and Omega, The Queen of Heaven and her King.

To those who were opened, We whispered Our Presence, revealing Ourselves in magnificent visions of love and light. Throughout history our Presence has been made known through the saints, the prophets and the mystics, and to those with ears to hear and eyes to see.  In spite of the voice of these who see and heard and knew, humanity continued to choose fear over the Presence and Action of love.

Once again it seems humanity is at a crossroads, which is why We have chosen, once again, one from among you (one among many) to be our voice. Speaking through our daughter Lauri, The Mother now speaks:

My dear and beloved children, there are no human words to express the great and abiding love I have for you – a love greater than any human love you have ever known. A love greater than the love you have for your own children.  A love greater than your parents’ love for you.

As your Divine Mother, the One who loved you into being, I love you simply because I made you. In this, you are a part of Me. You don’t have to earn my love and my love cannot be taken away. You are never, ever, ever, separate from my love, you only think that you are.  You think that you are separate because you believe love is in the mind and you seek to find it there, instead of turning to Me in your heart where I have always been.

In this love I have for you, because you are a part of me and I am the Divine embodiment of love itself, I want so much for you – so much more than you will ever allow or create for yourselves, as long as you continue to believe yourself to be separate from my love. There is nothing you can do and nothing you need to heal or clear to be One with my love.  You need simply step into my embrace and let me carry you to where my love wants you to be.  Knowing the love that you are and living that love freely and unencumbered in your own unique way through the gifts I have given you so that you may be my love in the world and so that the world might remember:

Once upon a time, the world was only love.

Remember me and the world will be this love again.

 

Posted in Discernment, Inspiration

Are You Divergent?

For months I’ve been wanting to see the movie Divergent.  I have begged and pleaded with my teenage daughter to watch it with me.  Sadly, she was uninterested.  So, I finally had a night to myself and I watched it without her!  HOLY COW!  Am I glad I watched that movie.  If you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend it.  While Divergent is a work of fiction, there is so much truth in this movie.  For me, the truth I took away from the movie is that I just might be divergent…..if I am, and you are reading this blog, you might be divergent too!

Divergent

 

As the opening credits of the film proclaim:

 

You’re different. You don’t fit into a category. They can’t control you. They call it Divergent.

You can’t let them find out about you.

 

And what Divergents feel in their heart:

I don’t want to be just one thing. I can’t be. I want to be brave, and I want to be selfless, intelligent,

and honest and kind.

The institutions rooted in power and control, manipulating through intimidation and fear who want us to sit down, shut up and do what we are told abhor Divergents.  But if we hope to survive as a species and to crawl out from under 5000 years of fear and oppression, Divergents are necessary.  We need people that defy the norm and who confront status quo. We need people who can’t be one thing, who seek to be brave, selfless, intelligent, honest and kind.  And we need people who are willing to stand up in favor of a world that is all of these, ignoring all that is cloaked in fear and working toward a world rooted in love, guided by wisdom and grounded in peace.

I guess this makes me Divergent.  And maybe you are too!

Posted in Agape Project, Discernment, Spiritual Practices, Virtual Church

Discernment – Virtual Church Meditation Supplement

Agape Meditation Newsletter – Supplement to the Authentic Freedom Virtual Church for Sunday, July 27, 2014

Seventeenth Sunday Ordinary Time

 

Agape’ Meditation Practices Newsletter

Supplement to the Authentic Freedom Virtual Church Service

 

Scripture Reading:

The LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream at night. God said, “Ask something of me and I will give it to you.” Solomon answered: “O LORD, my God, you have made me, your servant, king to succeed my father David; but I am a mere youth, not knowing at all how to act. I serve you in the midst of the people whom you have chosen, a people so vast that it cannot be numbered or counted. Give your servant, therefore, an understanding heart to judge your people and to distinguish right from wrong. For who is able to govern this vast people of yours?” The LORD was pleased that Solomon made this request. So God said to him: “Because you have asked for this— not for a long life for yourself, nor for riches, nor for the life of your enemies, but for understanding so that you may know what is right— I do as you requested. I give you a heart so wise and understanding that there has never been anyone like you up to now, and after you there will come no one to equal you.”Jesus proposed another parable to the crowds, saying:

1 Kings 3: 5, 7-12

 

Additional Readings:

 

Ps 119: 57, 72, 76-77, 127-128, 129-130

Rom 8: 28-30

Mt 13: 44-52

 

 

Discernment

Discernment is the process through which we distinguish the voice of God from the voice of our false self/ego. In order to enter into discernment, however, like Solomon, we have to acknowledge our humanness and the limitations we have in knowing the path of our highest good. Embracing the position of humility, we acknowledge that we cannot know what is best for ourselves, or in Solomon’s case, what is best for others. When we set aside our own ego, God can step in to guide us. Our job then is to listen, believe and then act. When we act according to Divine guidance, our path unfolds towards our highest good and does so effortlessly. Everything that we need falls into our laps and when it is time to act, we know this beyond the shadow of a doubt. Careful discernment gives us clarity and always leads us along the path of love.

How are you invited to recognize the limitations of your own decision-making and turn instead toward God in discernment?

 

Spiritual Practices – Discernment of Spirits

St. Ignatius of Loyola wrote exhaustively on the topic of discernment. He spoke of discernment as distinguishing good spirits from evil spirits, and described the difference in very physical terms. Ignatius observed a physical and emotional movement or feeling that arose in connection with these spirits. He also used the terms desolation and consolation as the accompanying experience in the face of these contrasting spirits – desolation accompanying evil spirits and consolation accompanying good spirits. The path of our highest good, the path ordained by God provides us with consolation. The path of the ego/false self leaves us in desolation.

This week’s spiritual practice will be an exercise in active contemplation. Throughout the coming week, pay attention to your experiences. As you are moving through your day and making decisions about what to do and where to go, pay attention to your feelings. Also look back on the experiences of the week and observe what you are feeling. Are there situations which leave you with a feeling of desolation – as if you are drained, lifeless, depressed, anxious, feeling constricted or limited? What experiences in contrast leave you feeling fulfilled, energized, peaceful, serene, joyful? Simply pay attention and at the end of the week, make an inventory. What felt life-giving, what felt life-sucking? Simply by paying attention, you have begun the process of discernment.

 

Authentic Freedom

Authentic Freedom is defined as an inner experience of expansiveness, peacefulness, joy, contentment, which leads you toward fulfillment and love. Authentic Freedom is God’s desire for us and the exact life situation which will leave us with this experience is unique to each and every one of us. While there is no pre-destination, God does know the path that is in our highest good and wants to help lead us there. It is through the process of discernment that we come to know what the path is that God knows is in our highest good and which will lead us toward Authentic Freedom. And even when the human experience steps in and interrupts our path, God works it for the good and helps us to find healing and comfort, and when we ask, sets us back on the path.

Where are you experiencing Authentic Freedom in your life? If you are not, how can you begin that process?

 

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Pearls of Wisdom Blog Tour – Patricia Cohen

Patricia Cohen is a Minister of Spiritual Peacemaking through the Beloved Community.  Having six brothers and a sister launched her on a journey of exploring and working in the world of children, searching for a better way to help them thrive.  A former President of the Board of the Nevada County Jewish Community Center, Vice President of the Board of the Mariposa Waldorf School, Vice President of the Board and Program Coordinator of New Frontiers of the Gold Country with her education in human development and working with children in the religious school, private school, public school, day care center and juvenile hall has qualified her to bring the benefit of ritual and tradition to the forefront of our lives for the unification of families.

1.        How did you get into this collection of inspiration with folks like Jack Canfield?

I got into this collection when I attended a Full Time Messenger conference and attended a presentation with Randy Davila who invited my to submit my manuscript.

2.        What is your chapter about?

My chapter is about the need for rituals and rites of passage for Americans.

3.        What do you think makes this book unique and who would want to read it?

I think my book is unique because we don’t have regular rites of passage that are considered American and I propose we adopt them.  I think parents will want to read this to help their children mature into healthy responsible adults, I think everyone can benefit from recognizing that each milestone we pass in life can be a rite of passage and brings with it a new status that empowers us to be more than we were before.

4.         What kind of wisdom do you have to offer the reader?

The wisdom I offer the reader is that ceremonies and rites of passage have empowered people of all ages in healthy development from their first birthday to their last.

5.        The publisher promises that the authors such as yourself are “up and coming” leaders in self-help.  How does the publisher know this and what is your expertise in “self-help”?

The publisher knows I am a leader in self-help as I am compiling the rites of passage from all cultures that now reside in the United States and am presenting them as American for the spiritual development of all of us.

6.        Most people know about Jack Canfield from the Chicken Soup books and Marci Shimoff from her Happy book … How would you like your readers to think of you?  What is your “signature niche”?

My signature “niche” is “Every breath you take is sacred”  and every birthday is a sacred graduation, a celebration of your accomplishments and an initiation into your new status.”

7.        We often hear that the “whole is greater than the sum of its parts” – how does that proverb apply to the 30 authors in this book?

The 30 authors in this book combine to create a message of peace, love and hope that is current to this moment in time.

8.        What is your most central and compelling “pearl of wisdom”?

My most central and compelling “Pearl of Wisdom” is that Every breath you take is sacred, and if you know that from birth to the end of life, you will remember that all of your life and all life itself is sacred.

9.        How can our readers/listeners find you?

My listeners and readers can find me at www.sacredamerican.com

To learn more about the inspirational book, Pearls of Wisdom, go to the following link:  http://www.amazon.com/Pearls-Wisdom-Inspirational-Ideas-Live/dp/098187715X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1335955983&sr=1-1

Posted in Authentic Freedom, Discernment

Surprising Tidbits of Wisdom

One of the lessons we are invited to learn as we move along the path of our spiritual growth is how to use the gifts we were given to explore, discover and embrace our truth, thereby reclaiming the contentment, love and joy that we are.  As Jesus reminds us, “The truth shall set you free.”

Workshops and Wonder

Last night I had the fabulous opportunity of sharing the Authentic Freedom workshop with a group of 20-some people at Inner Sun Yoga Studios who were brave enough to give themselves the gift of time for their own journey of healing and self-discovery.  We learned about the call to freedom – the Divine call we are all invited to accept – to depart our own worlds of inner slavery (to our fears, false perceptions, ego-attachments) and return to our own inner promised land – the place of contentment, joy and love within us.  Then we explored the Authentic Freedom process as a tool for healing and letting go of our fears so that we can more and more fully enjoy a fulfilling and joy-filled life.  It was out of this workshop that a surprising tidbit of wisdom flew into my brain and out of my mouth and had everybody in the room raising their hands…”Can you repeat that?”  The trick, trying to remember what just flew out of my mouth!  🙂

Here’s the Wisdom

We were discussing the spiritual compulsion of sloth along with the fear out of which this compulsion arises, “I do not know.” ( my truth, my path, my call, my purpose, etc.).  These are the words that flew out of my mouth and are unfortunately NOT written out this way in my book, Authentic Freedom – Claiming a Life of Contentment and Joy, but just might make it into my third book, The Prayer of Recollection:

We have all been given the gift of:

A reasoning mind

A questioning spirit

A discerning heart

and

An empowering will

We are expected to use it!

I realize as I write this, that these words stand on their own.  Now the question is, where in your own life are you using, or refraining from using, these gifts? I want to know!

Lauri Lumby

Authentic Freedom Ministries

http://yourspiritualtruth.com

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God on a Harley

Wisdom and inspiration from the book God on a Harley by Joan Brady, RN.

Yesterday, one of my clients gifted me with the book, God on a Harley by Joan Brady.  It was perfect timing as I have been looking for something heartwarming and inspirational…and this book sure fit the bill!  I read it in one sitting.  If you have not yet read this book, I highly recommend it.  Until that time, I will share with you a few nuggets of wisdom given to the protagonist, Christine, by God.  These are the personal commandments/lessons God gave to Christine and I think they hold wisdom for all of us:

  • Do not build walls, for they are dangerous.  Learn to transcend them.
  • Live in the moment, for each one is precious and not to be squandered.
  • Tare care of yourself, first and foremost!
  • Drop the ego.  Be real.  And watch what happens.
  • All things are possible all of the time.
  • Maintain Universal Flow.  When someone gives, it is an act of generosity to receive.   For in the giving, there is something gained.

Lauri Lumby

Authentic Freedom Ministries

http://yourspiritualtruth.com