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My Ecclesial Abusers Know Who They Are
When the torch bearers and pitchfork carrying Catholics came for me no one came to my aid. Not the priests I worked with, the bishops, not their chancellor. All were either silent or joined in on the abuse.
“How does teaching the Lord’s Prayer in Jesus’ native tongue fit into Catholic Teaching?”
…..um…..how does it not!?
“Eastern (Buddhist) practices are dangerous.”
….Isn’t this what Fathers Keating and Pennington are doing? Didn’t the Vatican II council encourage the exploration of other religions and their practices for the sake of understanding? How is Centering Prayer different from Zen practice?
“Reiki is witchcraft, sorcery, and the work of the devil.”
Didn’t Jesus command us to heal the sick and didn’t he lay on hands to do so?
Round and round and round they went questioning my integrity, calling me names, spreading falsehoods and lies, turning people against me, harassing me in letters, emails, and even to my face. They went so far as to send 6 “spies” to attend one of my classes who harassed me throughout the entire two hours depriving those who wanted to be there from the experience they came to enjoy.
All I ever did was take Jesus’ teachings seriously and do what he called us to do. And yet, not one single man of the cloth stood up for me or spoke in my defense. Not even the ones who knew me best and even encouraged me to do this work. Instead, the priests all stood with the vocal minority.
The one who regularly came to me to receive hands-on-healing in the form of Reiki, to him I gave thirty pieces of silver when the abuse finally drove me out. To this day, I have kept all his secrets. Father ___, you know who you are!
Mary Magdalene’s Message to Humanity
An Eternal Easter Message
Mary Magdalene speaks to all of humanity about the current state of our consciousness revolution. We are at a time of swift endings and great new beginnings. We are observing the crucifixion and death of all that has been built on fear, power and control, as we are ushering in the second coming of humanity – the birth of the age of love and a joining together in unity consciousness. She invites us all to step forth out of the tombs we have created for ourselves which have been made of our hesitation and fear and into the love we were meant to be.
My dear sisters and brothers,
Thank you for joining with me in celebration of Resurrection. Two thousand years ago, I stood at the entrance of the tomb into which we had laid my Beloved, Yeshua and beheld the miracle and the truth of resurrection. Whether you believe in the literal truth of Yeshua dying and rising from the dead, or prefer to think of it more as a mystical or metaphorical event, it matters not. Yeshua proved to all that fear (death) has no power over the original nature of the human soul which is LOVE. Yeshua showed us, through his own example that the path to resurrection (freedom and love) was in conquering death (fear).
Yeshua was a normal man who discovered the keys to transcending the inherent suffering of the human experience – how to move beyond the fear, perceived separation, false perceptions and ego attachments that are the cause of human suffering and toward the peace, love and joy that are our original nature. In this state of peace, we are whole and we know that we are One – within ourselves, with our Divine Source, with each other and with all of creation. This is the truth that Yeshua promised would set us free. The resurrection was proof that what Yeshua taught was true. He then ordained me, Mary, given the title Magdalene, to share the message of the resurrection with the other disciples and with all who would listen.
Today, we commemorate the proof of LOVE – that fear/death has no power over the LOVE which made us and which is our true origin as unique expressions of our Mother/Father God. We are the Divine seeking its expression in the world. As such, we were meant, not to live in separation, but as ONE HUMAN RACE working toward the goal of love for the common good of the all. When we come to know this sense of Oneness within ourselves, all separation falls away – we are no longer separated by gender, race, nation, religion, politics, sexual orientation, or by any of the infinite number of ways in which human beings, living in fear, create separation between ourselves and our fellow human beings. We are one species, one world, one universe. When we know this truth, we work for no other purpose except for peace and harmony between, not only all human beings, but all of creation. We live as ONE, partaking of the great abundance of this Mother Earth, working to ensure that the needs of all are met – not just the needs of a powerful (fearful) few.
This is the time we have all been waiting for. It is here. Now. Our children have spoken and that which has been built on fear, power and control is in the midst of its own self-destruction. Very soon (in this moment), Love will reign. This is the Second Coming Yeshua promised – not that which has been spoken of by those who have misunderstood Yeshua’s words. Yeshua will not descend upon us in a fiery cloud. Instead, the Second Coming is when the Christ (the Divine spark of Love that has lain dormant in humanity since the moment we chose separation over love), is awakened and born in each and every one of us. You might call this heralded time Ascension, Enlightenment, Nirvana, the Death of the Kali Yuga, the Kingdom of God, the New Age, the Age of Aquarius. The name matters not. What matters is that you/we are all awakening to the Unconditional Love that we are and that we were born to know in the midst of the human experience. It is here. It is now.
As this is the Second Coming of the Christ, it is also the Second Coming of the Magdalene, for I am the Christ. Unlike my Beloved who ascended to the plane of Divine Oneness, I have remained with you my sisters and brothers. Present with you throughout these millennia, hidden away in the secret, mystical, contemplative, shamanic, esoteric, magical traditions of the West and in the East. Speaking and whispering into the hearts of the mystics. Reaching into the consciousness of your prophets, activists and holy people. I am the voice of Wisdom. I am the Sophia. I am the Great and Dark Mother, awakening you out of your complacency and into the Light. I am compelling you to seek love, to demand peace, to work for justice. I have been with you, silently guiding you through the truth that dwells deep in your heart – the place where you know what is right and good and merciful for the all. I have never left you, but have remained until what Yeshua envisioned came to pass. The time has come. The time is now. This is what we celebrate on this Resurrection Day…not the rising of Yeshua from the death….but YOUR rising from the dead! Awake my sisters and brothers. Come forth out of your tombs. Accept your calling to be vessels of the Divine, turning our world from fear into love.
Amen! Amen! Alleluia!
Mary, called Magdalene
Magdalene Course Offerings:
Featured Course: Mary Magdalene and the Path of Beloved Partnership
online and at your own pace
Beloved Partnership is a term that has been alternatively associated with concepts such as soulmate or twin flame. Beloved Partnership is neither of these. Beloved Partnership has nothing to do with the human pursuit of external love.
Instead, the longing for Beloved Partnership and its resulting pursuit can only be satisfied from within.
The journey of Beloved Partnership has been portrayed throughout history in legend, myth, and fairytale. The story of Jesus and Mary Magdalene is one such tale – one that institutional religion would like to ignore, and which popular culture has turned into a romance. Whether Mary Magdalene and Jesus of Nazareth enjoyed a romantic partnership is immaterial to the Beloved Partnership that they both embodied within themselves.
This course explores Beloved Partnership as the process of human self-realization reflected in the embodiment of the Beloved within as it was achieved through both Mary, called Magdalene, and Jesus, called Christ.
Beloved Partnership is nothing short of the embodiment of that which some might call God.
Week One: Lovers Meet
Week Two: Courtship/Infatuation
Week Three: Consummation
Week Four: Marriage
Week Five: Dark Night of the Soul
Week Six: Abandonment
Week Seven: Solitude
Week Eight: The Void
Week Nine: The Final Trial
Week Ten: Breakthrough
Week Eleven: Living as the Beloved
Week Twelve: Alchemical Fulfillment
Week Thirteen: Holy Matrimony
Each session will include:
- An opening meditation, song or prayer.
- A scripture reading reflective of the week’s theme.
- A live lesson given by Lauri Ann Lumby spiritual director of the Order of the Magdalene.
- A spiritual practice that will be completed inside or outside of class.
- Moderated discussion and sharing
Featured Course: Mary Magdalene and the Path of the Holy Bride
Mary Magdalene and the Path of the Holy Bride
(it’s not what you think!)
Online course, at your own pace.
13 Lessons including “Putting on the Red” final ritual
Created and facilitated by Lauri Ann Lumby, OM, OPM, MATS
Mary Magdalene and the Path of the Holy Bride provides an opportunity to discover, learn and embody the path completed by Mary Magdalene in becoming the Holy Bride.** The Holy Bride is the fulfillment of the journey of merging with and embodying the Divine – both for our own sake and in service to the betterment of the world.
Explored through the lens of the Divine Feminine and gathering from traditional and gnostic scripture in partnership with the Jewish mystical tradition of the Kabbalah, you will learn the path that Mary Magdalene followed in becoming the Holy Bride. Like Mary, you will discover the deepest secrets hidden within these sacred texts of becoming The Holy Bride and you will be given the resources, tools and support to need to grow in that journey of becoming.
Week One: Introduction to the Course
Week Two: Mother of the Living
Week Three: The Sophian Mysteries
Week Four: Immaculately Conceived
Week Five: Logos
Week Six: Full of Grace
Week Seven: The Fierce Mother
Week Eight: The Holy of Holies
Week Nine: The Bridal Chamber
Week Ten: The Dark Mother
Week Eleven: The Shekinah
Week Twelve: The Holy Bride
Week Thirteen: Putting on the Red
**Contrary to popular belief, the Holy Bride has nothing do with the human construct of marriage or sexual union.
Official Relaunch of Soul School!
Since 2015 Authentic Freedom Academy and Soul School have been housed within another entity. Effective TODAY we are on our own independent platform with Ruzuku. This it the fulfillment of a dream long in the making.
First I want to thank all of you for your patience, cooperation, and understanding as I have undertaken the arduous work of migrating all current and former students to the new platform. Ruzuku made this work easy, and there were still things I had to do to complete the migration. The migration is now complete and invitations have been sent out to all students who have enrolled since 2020, inviting them to the new platform and to all who have been part of either the Magdalene Priesthood or Order of Melchizedek trainings. If you have any questions about the migration to the new platform, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’m happy to help!
Second, I invite you all to check out our updated website! Please watch the welcome video:
and then check out all of our course offerings. A few old courses have been resurrected and several new courses have been added.
Now and always, I look forward to continuing to offer classes, and services in support of human development, toward the goal of self-actualization. I’m grateful for your presence here and for the honor to accompany and support you in your own journey of the unfolding of your Soul!
With gratitude and love,
Lauri Ann Lumby
I’m tired. I’m tired from so many things that it’s an effort to even put this Soul-level exhaustion into words. I’m just tired.
I’m tired from being unseen and unheard.
I’m tired of being dismissed by insecure men because my intelligence might eclipse theirs or because I’m not the 22-year-old blonde they still dream of while they are grey of hair and sagging in flesh.
I’m tired of the shiny objects that seem to rule our world and of those who continue to spend their money and attention on fluff.
I’m tired of the common good being ignored for the sake of the powerful few.
I’m tired of the greedy and gluttonous nature of Western culture.
I’m tired of human beings destroying our planet.
I’m tired of MONEY being more important than…well, anything!
I’m tired of the Western definition of “success” and the capitalistic lie that suggests everyone has an equal opportunity for achieving that success.
I’m tired of the lie of “equal opportunity,” of all those who believe it, and all those who cling to it as if it’s some sort of dogma.
I’m tired of false patriotism. For that matter, I’m also tired of nationalism. No matter how much we tell ourselves otherwise, the United States IS NOT the “greatest nation in the world,” – not even by a long shot! (And don’t respond to my comment here by telling me to just move. Instead, take a look at the data!)
I’m tired of racism, sexism, genderism, (hah….patriotism and nationalism are isms too!) ageism, religionism, classism, and every other ism based on the false premise that one kind of human is better than another.
I’m tired of being told what kind of body is acceptable or preferred and that there is inherently something wrong (and less lovable) than anything outside of that designation.
I’m tired of human beings being objectified as if we are a commodity to be assigned value, traded, used, and worked to death for another’s pleasure, profit, or gratification.
I’m tired of the “man card” – the rules that dictate what makes “a man a man,” and the toxic nature of those rules.
I’m tired of complicit women – those who deny sexism and misogyny because they somehow benefit from it.
I’m tired of humans who look the other way as other human beings suffer.
I’m tired of a culture that allows people to go hungry, homeless, without an adequate education, without healthcare.
I’m tired of a banking industry that makes its profits off the backs of the poor.
I’m tired of a culture that purposefully and intentionally seeks to divide.
I’m tired from the lack of true journalism and of the tabloid catastrophe it has become.
I’m tired of a narcissistic, self-centered world in which people only care about themselves and their own selfish needs – without care or concern for how their actions might negatively impact another.
I’m tired of the voices of the prophets and visionaries of our world being silenced as they try to wake humanity up out of their collective unseeing, unhearing, and comatose state.
I’m just tired.
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.”
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?”
Who Can Endure Her Coming?
I beheld a vision of the Ancient One entombed upon her throne.
Just then a voice cried out to me from the heavens:
“Behold the Ancient One,
The Queen of Heaven,
The Mother of All.
See how She quakes and trembles
over the evils of humanity –
over all the destruction they have wrought upon this earth.
Observe how She is breaking free of her imprisonment –
readying to rise again.
She is coming on wings of fire.
But who can endure her coming?
She is like a refiner’s fire
purifying humanity of its impurities
until only the good remains.
Who can stand when She appears?
Who or what will remain?
Those who have survived the test
and who have chosen the Way of Love,
are those, who with Her guidance and support,
shall create the world anew.
Copyright Lauri Ann Lumby
Becoming a Sponsor
Yesterday I was reminded of the broad scope and reach of the work I do through Authentic Freedom Academy and the Temple of the Magdalene. This work is my service to the world born out of my own unique gifts and the calling I’ve been given to share these gifts in the world.
In yesterday’s encounters, I was reminded that most of the work I do is freely given and simply cannot be measured in financial terms. Additionally, I was reminded of the deep shadow/exorcism work I do for and on behalf of the world that cannot be monetized. Finally, I was reminded of all the people who come to me for spiritual counseling, emotional triage, personal guidance, and educational support who cannot pay due to the circumstances of their life or the state of their health. I offer these services to them either free of charge or at a greatly discounted price because it’s the right thing to do. I will never turn away those who are sincere and earnest in doing the inner work I prescribe for them – especially when they are struggling financially and are most in need of this support.
While I’m not a non-profit organization, I function as such. It is for this reason that I am reaching out to you with an invitation to sponsorship. Your sponsorship of $100.00, $50.00, or even $25.00 monthly helps to defray the overhead costs of providing these services – including rent, utilities, the cost of maintaining an online education platform and offering live/online courses and services – all on a “pay what you are able” basis. Any level of sponsorship that you can provide is greatly appreciated.
If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, simply click on the Paypal link below and select your sponsorship amount. Payments will be automatically deducted from your chosen account once per month until you decide otherwise. As a sponsor, I will enroll you in our community member portal where you can enjoy both past and new community offerings. There is no obligation to participate, it is simply my way of saying thank you.
Thank you for considering sponsorship of Authentic Freedom Academy and the Temple of the Magdalene. Your sponsorship is greatly appreciated, especially by those who will benefit from your generosity.
In gratitude and love,
Lauri Ann Lumby
Authentic Freedom Academy/Temple of the Magdalene
Our Pricing Policy: PAY WHAT YOU ARE ABLE. If you are feeling a strong pull toward my classes or services but are struggling financially, please reach out to me directly and together we will work out a financial arrangement that works for you. Payment plans, deferred payments, discounted fees and even full scholarships are possible depending on your unique situation.