The Divided States of America

Rome (aka the USA) is burning! In some places literally. In most other places, the nation is experiencing an increasingly volatile burning from the inside. What was called by the founders of this nation, “The United States,” is imploding from within due to division. At this point, we may as well admit the truth – we are no longer the United States of America.  The USA may more accurately be described as “The Divided States of America.”

Even with our heads in the sand, the division is obvious:

  • Racists vs. People of Color
  • Democrat vs. Republican
  • American Nationalists vs. everyone else
  • Rich vs. Poor
  • Evangelical Christians vs. everyone else
  • Anti-abortion vs. Pro-choice
  • Homophobic vs. everyone else
  • Patriarchal men vs. Women
  • Power driven vs. those seeking unity

The list goes on and on and on, and I don’t even know what to say about guns. Is it reasonable to argue that the second amendment protects people’s rights to own military assault weapons that are capable of committing mass murder?  Should we protect people’s rights to own bombs too?  Asking for a friend.

Division is the sad reality of our nation and I am convinced that nothing is going to change it. One might argue that change is always possible. In a recent post, popular pastor John Pavlovitz expounded on the dangers of Evangelical Christianity and issued a charge for us to do something about it. What does Pastor John suggest we do?  I’ve learned that if there’s one thing we cannot do – it is change someone’s mind. When someone is convinced their way is right, there is nothing we can do to convince them otherwise.

I’ve have freed myself from the illusion that I might change someone’s mind. I have also let go of the hope that change is possible in this nation for the simple fact that second only to death, humanity’s greatest fear is change. In many (if not most) cases, change only happens after something is pulled from our cold, dead fingers.

This is the point. The empire as we have known it is dying. As well it should! An empire built on the illusion of freedom by a bunch of slave-owning white men, where every ounce of liberty for anyone other than white men in power has been very hard one, is not a model I’m interested in continuing.  A nation built on fear, power, oppression, division, and control is by its nature unsustainable and cannot stand.  As one very wise brown skinned man once said:

“Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand.”  (MT 12: 25)

So it is with our nation. Rome (the USA) is burning and there is nothing we can do to stop it – neither should we try. It’s time to let it burn. There’s also nothing we need to do to hasten the burn – it’s doing a really good job all on its own. Instead, we are invited to accept the death of that which we have known, surrender to its death, and do what we can to keep ourselves safe and sane in a nation that is dying by its own hand.  Toward that end, I am holding a special LIVE event on Tuesday, June 14th via ZOOM, entitled: Surviving the Collapse of an Empire.  Click on the image below to learn more and to register. 

Surviving the Collapse of the Empire

Special Live Event

Tuesday, June 14, 2022

6:30 – 8:30 pm CDT (US)

via ZOOM

Only $26.00! Event will be recorded for those unable to attend live.

The empire as we have known it is in the throes of collapse. The signs of collapse are evident and unmistakable:

  • Corrupt Government Systems
  • Institutional Collapse
  • Grotesque Economic Disparity
  • The “Worker Shortage”
  • Increasing Cultural Division 
  • Mass Shootings
  • Domestic Terrorism
  • Voter Suppression
  • Revocation of Human Rights
  • Staggering Mental Health Concerns
  • Destruction of the Environment
  • Collapsing Infrastructure
  • Global Warming
  • Food Shortages
  • Supply Chain Issues

We cannot halt the empire’s collapse, neither should we try. A system that was built on fear, power, oppression, and control, is inherently unsustainable. It is time for that system to fall away so that a new system might be born from the ash.  

In the meantime – how are we to survive an empire facing its own demise?

Please join Lauri Ann Lumby for this two-hour workshop to discover effective tools for maintaining peace, preserving your sanity, and planting the seeds of a new world while living through the death throes of the old. 

Topics will include:

  • Navigating Grief
  • Managing Shock and Horror
  • Restoring Peace in the Face of Fear
  • The Challenges of Being an Empath
  • Cultivating Healthy Detachment
  • Exploring Discomfort as a Path of Transformation
  • Welcoming and Being a Force for Change
  • The Dangers of Toxic Positivity and By-Pass
  • Planting the Seeds of the New World

Lauri Ann Lumby 

Is a visionary, prophet, changemaker and shit disturber. At a very young age, Lauri was given a vision of “the end of the world as we know it” along with the knowledge of what would be needed to support the world through this transition and the necessary tools for bringing forth the new world that is waiting to be realized on the other side of the collapse. 

Lauri has over twenty-five years of experience as a  change-maker, mentor, educator and guide. She has supported hundreds through her one-on-one guidance, books, workshops, retreats, over thirty online courses, and online community.

Lauri is the published author of ten books including Authentic Freedom – Claiming a Life of Contentment and Joy.  

Lauri earned her master’s degree in Transpersonal Psychology from Sofia/ITP University, is a trained Spiritual Director in the Ignatian traditioned and has certificates in Adult Education and Psycho-Spiritual Development. Lauri is a Reiki Master Practitioner in both the Usui and Karuna traditions and is an ordained interfaith minister.  Lauri has also studied and been trained in shamanic practices under the tutelage of Dr. Stephen Schmitz. You can reach Lauri directly by emailing lauri@lauriannlumby.com or calling (920) 230-1313. 

Learn about all of Lauri’s offerings at http://www.lauriannlumby.com.

Retiring the Magdalene

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There comes a time in all of our lives when we are invited to leave behind that which has become constricting so that we might step more fully into the Soul’s plan of expansion.  A form of grief accompanied by anxious anticipation always accompanies these transitions.

In support of my Soul’s desire for expansion, I will be retiring many of the online courses that have previously defined my work in the world. The first layer of this leaving behind requires that I step out from behind the cloak of The Magdalene and stand on my own. Toward this end, I am retiring my Magdalene Priestess Training along with my other Magdalene titled courses.

In anticipation of this retirement, I am offering a LAST CHANCE DEEP DISCOUNT for enrollment into the following courses, along with an even deeper discount for the course bundle.  Please see the details on the offer below.  

Enrollment will close on June 10, 2022, so sign up NOW if you are interested. 

*Students currently enrolled in the Magdalene Priestess Training will remain enrolled and may continue at their own pace. Once enrolled in the retiring courses, you have all the time you need to complete them.


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Retiring the Magdalene

60% off retiring courses!

Save even more with the Retirement Package!

There comes a time in all of our lives when we are invited to leave behind that which has become constricting so that we might step more fully into the Soul’s plan of expansion.  A form of grief accompanied by anxious anticipation always accompanies these transitions.

In support of my Soul’s desire for expansion, I will be retiring many of the online courses that have previously defined my work in the world. The first layer of this leaving behind requires that I step out from behind the cloak of The Magdalene and stand on my own. Toward this end, I am retiring my Magdalene Priestess Training along with my other Magdalene titled courses.

In anticipation of this retirement, I am offering a LAST CHANCE DEEP DISCOUNT for enrollment into the following courses, along with an even deeper discount for the course bundle.  Please see the details on the offer below.  

Enrollment will close on June 10, 2022, so sign up NOW if you are interested. 

*Students currently enrolled in the Magdalene Priestess Training will remain enrolled and may continue at their own pace. Once enrolled in the retiring courses, you have all the time you need to complete them.


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Vision of a New World

This morning while in meditation I was given a vision of the entrance into a new world. The entrance was made of two arched doorways atop of which was a stone crossbeam with the following words etched upon it:

…of the people, by the people, for all people.

Reminiscent of Abraham Lincoln’s prophetic hope for the rebirth of a nation, these words spoke to a new world that committed to undoing all the wrongs that prevented Lincoln’s vision for ever taking hold. When I read these words, I wept for a nation and a world that had failed itself. I then felt within me a renewed spark of hope – knowing that deep within the potential of humanity is the possibility of rebuilding our world anew.

This new world was built by those who had survived the time of destruction and seen the devastation that had been brought about by humanity’s greed. Instead of creating more of what had been, humanity had come together to create something new. Understanding that humanity’s survival was dependent on the wellbeing of the planet, care for the earth was now of primary concern. Gone were the days of poisoning our waters, our air, and our soil. Banished were the chemicals and processes that sought to manipulate or control nature. These were replaced by ancient practices of sustainability directed first at caring for the land and second for harnessing the inherent cooperation of nature.  Technology now worked on behalf of the earth and all who lived upon her and new technologies were developed that gave more to the earth than what it took.

Weary of the division that had imprisoned them in conflict, humanity came together in support of the common good.  Shifting their gaze from fierce individualism, decisions were now made in consideration of both the collective good and on how decisions might impact the most vulnerable among us. Recognizing how the lack of self-awareness, personal and collective accountability had been the cause of the old world’s destruction, the new world placed psychological development of utmost importance – with all education geared toward supporting the inherent giftedness of each individual while providing the necessary resources and training through which one might best fulfill their potential.  Success was now measured more by an inner sense of fulfillment than by one’s position in society.

More than anything, what defined this new world was a deep spirit of cooperation. Each individual was valued for their unique contribution to the whole. Every resource was counted as gift. Diversity was celebrated as contributing to the betterment of the whole. Harmony was valued above conflict and collaboration above competition.  In this new world, peace and compassion reigned, the magnificent beauty of nature was restored, and humanity lived in cooperation with each other, the planet, and all of creation. And life was good.

A Storm is Coming!

A storm is coming.

Actually, it’s already here, but many are still in denial of that storm. The storm that is coming, will be so obvious and so painful (to some) that people will no longer be able to remain in denial or content in avoidance.  

If you have spent the past many years nurturing and cultivating your inner well-being, healing your wounds, addressing your trauma, and developing the strength of detachment along with the wisdom of witness consciousness, you will be safe from the storm. You will see it and understand it to be simply another symptom of a system in collapse and as the death throes of dying empires.

If you have preferred to remain ignorant or have been clinging to the dying system, you are in for a rude awakening. Those who have been hiding the evils they have inflicted on this world and on all of creation will be seen for who they really are and what they’ve really been doing. This will be a shocking revelation to those attached to the dying system, especially those who have benefitted from a system defined by division that gets its power through fear, power, manipulation, oppression, and control.

There is nothing we can do to prepare for this storm. There are no bunkers, stockpiles, or doomsday preparations that will keep one safe from the revelations that will turn our world upside down. Some are already aware of the deep layers of corruption that currently govern our world. Fewer are aware of the pure evil in which this corruption is rooted.

Many veils have already been pulled away and what we’ve been forced to see so far has been sickening enough. What is coming is will strike horror in the minds of those who continue to believe in a system that has already failed the majority of humanity. If you haven’t seen this, you haven’t been paying attention. Get ready to have your eyes opened. This time, you will not be able to look away.

To my sisters and brothers who have been preparing and training for this, thank you! Your resilience will be called upon, along with your wisdom. You’ve known this was coming.  You’ve done the often painful inner work of readying yourself for this time. You have developed the skills and the abilities to weather systemic collapse and to support others in doing the same. Your gifts and your experience will be called upon. In a time while the rest of the world seems to be dying, you will find yourself riding the wave while thriving in a world that is finally ready to accept your gifts.

Love’s Speed!

Lauri

Soul School Asks You

What are the dreams and passions that inspire you?

What gives you a sense of meaning and purpose?

What leaves you feeling content and deeply fulfilled?

What sets your heart aflame and fills you with joy?

What is your unique gift to the world?

What is standing in the way of you living the meaningful, fulfilling, joyful, inspired life of your dreams?

Soul School helps you answer these questions and then supports you in overcoming the fears, unhealed wounds, vulnerabilities, past traumas, and conditioning that are keeping you from living a meaningful, joyful, fulfilling, and inspired life!

Corporate Offerings

In addition to serving the personal and professional development of individuals, families, and couples; Lauri Ann Lumby serves as a consultant, educator and presenter for corporations and non-profit institutions. 

Lauri has worked with industrial, construction, manufacturing, sales, and service corporations, educational and arts institutions, churches, retreat centers, and health-care organizations. Lauri designs workshops and tools to meet the individual needs of businesses and their employees.

Topics of interest include:

  • Team building with the Enneagram.
  • Stress-relief and self-care through Mindfulness.
  • Change-management and the role of grief.
  • Managing conflict in the workplace.

To discuss a workshop, retreat, or presentation specifically designed for the needs of your business, please email lauri@lauriannlumby.com or call (920) 230-1313.


Lauri Ann Lumby has a BA in Marketing from the University of Iowa, a MA in Transpersonal Psychology from Sofia/ITP University, and holds certificates in adult education and counseling skills. Lauri has extensive study in the MBTI, the Enneagram, Mindfulness, and grief management.

Prior to launching her own business, Lauri Ann Lumby held team management positions in the advertising, hospitality, telecommunications, manufacturing, customer service, insurance, performing arts education and religious institutions.

Most recently, Lauri has served as a consultant to educational, healthcare, social networking and arts organizations.

Soul Tending

Soul

Soul is the uniquely creative way in which you have been gifted to find meaning and purpose in your life and the way in which you are called to find fulfillment in service to the betterment of the world. Soul is your true self – the part of you that knows your gift and your call, and is that which compels you to seek out, discover, cultivate, and nurture those gifts and their calling, thereby empowering you to share your gifts in service to the betterment of the world.   -Lauri Ann Lumby

Soul-Tender

A Soul-Tender is one who guides and supports others in the unfolding and fulfillment of their soul.

Soul-Tending

The process through which you are supported in coming to understand your unique giftedness and calling and empowered to live that out for the sake of your own fulfillment and in service to the betterment of the world. 


Lauri Ann Lumby, MATP

Has over twenty-five years of experience as a soul-tender, educator and guide. She has supported hundreds through her one-on-one guidance, books, workshops, retreats, over thirty online courses, and online community.

Learn more about Lauri’s education and qualifications HERE.


Soul Tending Packages

Soul Tending Eternal Flame Package

The Eternal Flame Package is our most comprehensive offering, providing more support and guidance than you will receive through individual sessions alone.

Upon registration you will embark on a thirteen-month journey, where you will be guided through the labyrinth of soul-discovery, transformation, and empowerment, using Lauri’s tried and tested model for the fulfillment of the soul. 

The Eternal Flame Package combines thirteen monthly one-on-one sessions with monthly assignments in support of your soul’s enduring fulfillment.

Training includes, but is not limited to:

  • Personality, Temperament, and Gifts Assessments.
  • Exploration of the Soul’s calling.
  • Uncovering and transforming the obstacles to living out that calling through a variety of mindfulness, creativity, and shamanic practices including Lauri’s trademarked Authentic Freedom™ protocol.
  • Depth work – identifying ungrieved losses, unhealed wounds, past traumas, ancestral trauma, and learning shamanic practices for transforming and releasing them.
  • Shadow work – uncovering the unintegrated and often rejected parts of self and bringing them into wholeness.
  • Ongoing support.

Soul Tending Individual Sessions

Single one-on-one sessions to help you get started on your journey, to kick-start a journey that has become stagnant, to address specific issues, or for ongoing support after completing the full Soul-Tending program. Learn more HERE.

How Big is Your “God?”

Growing up, I was taught that “God” is infinite (without limit), omnipresent (present everywhere, at all times), omniscient (all-knowing), omnipotent (all-powerful), and unconditionally loving. One teaching went to far as to define “God” simply and profoundly as love (1 Jn 4:16).

And yet, everywhere I look, even (especially) within the Church that taught me about God, I find human beings limiting “God.” 

  • “Sure God is unconditionally loving…..unless or except when…”
  • “God loves you without condition, but if you disobey God, you will be condemned to eternal damnation.”
  • “God is infinite, except when it comes to those things “not explicitly handed down by the magisterium.”
  • “God is everywhere at all times, except in those who don’t believe in Christ.”
  • “God is all-powerful, except when it comes to “Satan” or “Lucifer.”

What!?

I am continually amazed at all the ways in which human beings limit their “God.” It seems instead of coming to know the Divine, they are creating “God” in their own image:  jealous, fickle, wrathful, vengeful, judgmental, hateful, prejudice, racist, etc.

As many know, I’ve had my own run-ins with those seeking to limit God.  The local self-appointed inquisition and the Church bishop and chancellor who supported them, for example, who determined that Reiki “is witchcraft and sorcery and the work of the devil.” Their work of limiting God was then furthered by the United States Council of Catholic Bishops when they issued a prohibition against Reiki. 

If God is all-powerful, then how can anything limit God’s ability to provide healing and comfort to those in need? Is God’s healing, comfort, or grace limited to only that which is handed down by the Catholic Church? Does God only work through those devoted to a very narrow interpretation of Catholic teaching?

I have questions!!

The Reiki thing happened years ago, and I do what Love calls me to do want anyway, but the limiting of God continues.  Just the other day I ran across an article on a popular Catholic website that proclaimed the evils of the Enneagram!  The Enneagram?  A tool I learned through my CATHOLIC ministry training and which is taught and used by Jesuit and Franciscan spiritual directors?  The Enneagram?! 

The Enneagram (for those who don’t know) is a popular temperament profile used in both spiritual direction and transpersonal psychology.  It is a tool that helps us to identify the lens through which we view our life experiences and the compulsions that might have arisen out of our own woundedness related to this lens.  The Enneagram then provides practical tools for healing and transforming the wounds that cause said compulsions so that we might live out of our essential/original nature. 

I have found the Enneagram to be a critical tool in the transformational work I do with my clients and students.  And yet, according to this guy, Catholics (especially) SHOULD NOT use the Enneagram as it might lead them down the path of evil – specifically the evil of eastern practices.

Not Eastern Practices! Gasp!

So now other culture’s traditions are not only “evil,” but are more powerful than “GOD???”

If I wasn’t a woman of reason, I might find myself confused. Instead, I find the answer to this quandary quite simple…an answer that has been given to us by the very guy who called God LOVE:

He who does not love does not know God; for God is love.

(1 Jn 4:8)

Those who find themselves limiting God apparently don’t know God. I find that to be very sad.

How big is your “God?”


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