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To celebrate the grand re-opening of Soul School, I am offering the gift of my flagship Magdalene Priestess Training at a deep discount. For this offer, I’m rolling back time to the original 2015 pricing! Only $1400.00 for the full training, or 12 monthly payments of $120.00 each.

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Happy Halloween/Samhain! This is my favorite holiday as it marks the movement into my favorite time of year – the time of hygge, going inward, quiet, reflection, winter. As a special gift and as a way to support your own inward journey, I am offering my flagship Magdalene Priestess Training at a deep discount. For this offer, I’m rolling back time to the original 2015 pricing! Only $1400.00 for the full training, or 12 monthly payments of $120.00 each.

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Soul School Reading List

People often ask me, “How do you know this stuff?” The short answer is – a lifetime of study. The longer answer is what I have come to call “embodied learning.” Yes, I have read literally hundreds of books on the topics I teach and in the areas that I counsel. But more than just reading, I have done my best to embody the best of what scholars before me have articulated through their words, and have applied the practices of the mystics and contemplators and experienced the benefit of these practices in my own life.

Below is just a glimpse into the many books I have studied in forming the foundation of the offerings of Soul School. The benefit to my client and students is that they don’t have to read all these books. They can just show up for the classes and enjoy the distillation of all I have accumulated and gathered in a lifetime of study, integration, and practice.

Lauri Ann Lumby Reading List 2022

Books Related to Mary Magdalene:

Scholarly Works:

Begg, Ean, The Cult of the Black Virgin, Chiron Publications, 2006.

Bourgeault, Cynthia, The Meaning of Mary Magdalene – Discovering the Woman at the Heart of

Christianity, Shambhala Publications, 2010.

Haskins, Susan, Mary Magdalene – Myth and Metaphor, Harcourt Brace & Company, 1993.

King, Karen, L., The Gospel of Mary of Magdala – Jesus and the First Woman Apostle,

Polebridge Press, 2003.

Leloup, Jean-Yves, Judas and Jesus – Two Faces of a Single Revelation, Inner Traditions, 2006.

Leloup, Jean-Yves, The Gospel of Mary Magdalene, Inner Traditions, 2002.

Leloup, Jean-Yves, The Gospel of Philip, Inner Traditions, 2003.

Leloup, Jean-Yves, The Gospel of Thomas, Inner Traditions, 2005.

Leloup, Jean-Yves, The Sacred Embrace of Jesus and Mary – The Sexual Mystery at the Heart of

the Christian Tradition, Inner Traditions, 2005.

MacDermot, Violet, The Fall of Sophia – A Gnostic Text on the Redemption of Universal

Consciousness, Lindisfarne Books, 2001.

Starbird, Margaret, The Woman with the Alabaster Jar, Bear & Company, 1993.

Starbird, Margaret, The Goddess in the Gospels – Reclaiming the Sacred Feminine, Bear &

Company, 1998.

Starbird, Margaret, Mary Magdalene – Bride in Exile, Bear & Company, 2005.

Fiction or Channeled Works:

Heartsong, Claire, Anna – Grandmother of Jesus. S.E.E. Publishing, 2002.

Heartsong, Claire, Anna – the Voice of the Magdalenes, S.E.E Publishing, 2010.

Kenyon, Thomas & Sion, Judi, The Magdalen Manuscript, Tom Kenyon Orb, 2006.

McGowan, Kathleen, The Expected One, Touchstone, 2007.

McGowan, Kathleen, The Book of Love, Touchstone, 2010.

Pevehouse, Dolores, I, The Christ, Hampton Roads, 2000.

Wilson, Stuart, Essenes – Children of the Light, Ozark Mountain Publishing, 2005.

Wilson, Stuart & Prentis, Joanna, Power of the Magdalene, Ozark Mountain Publishing, 2008.

Unitive Gnosticism/Gnostic Christianity:

Douglas-Klotz, Neil, The Hidden Gospel: Decoding the Spiritual Message of the Aramaic Jesus,

Quest Books, 1999.

Douglas-Klotz, Neil, Prayers of the Cosmos, Harper One 1993.

Eisler, Riane, The Chalice and the Blade, Harper Collins, 1987.

Eisler, Riane, Sacred Pleasure, Harper Collins, 1995.

Ericco, Rocco A. Setting a Trap for God: The Aramaic Prayer of Jesus, Unity Books, 1997.

Harvey, Andrew, Son of Man – The Mystical Path to Christ, Jeremy P. Tarcher, 1998.

Hoeller, Stephan, Gnosticism – New Light on the Ancient Tradition of Inner Knowing, Quest

Books, 2002.

Malachi, Tau, The Gnostic Gospel of St. Thomas – Meditations on the Mystical Teachings,

Llewellyn Worldwide, 2004.

Malachi, Tau, Gnosis of the Cosmic Christ – a Gnostic Christian Kabbalah, Llewellyn

Worldwide, 2005.

Malachi, Tau, Living Gnosis – A Practical Guide to Gnostic Christianity, Llewellyn Worldwide,

2005.

Malachi, Tau, St. Mary Magdalene – The Gnostic Tradition of the Holy Bride, Llewellyn

Worldwide, 2006.

Marion, Jim, Putting on the Mind of Christ – The Inner Work of Christian Spirituality, Hampton

Roads, 2000.

Pagels, Elaine, Beyond Belief – The Secret Gospel of Thomas, Random House, 2003.

Silva, Freddy, the Lost Art of Resurrection, Inner Traditions, 2014.

Human Development:

Aurobindo, Sri (2001). A Greater Psychology – an Introduction to the Psychological Thought of

Sri Aurobindo. New York, NY. Jeremy P. Tarcher.

Bridges, William (2004). Transitions – making sense of life’s changes. Cambridge,

MA. Perseus Books.

Kiersey, David & Bates, Marilyn (1984). Please Understand Me – character and temperament

types.  Del Mar, CA. Prometheus Nemesis Book Company.

Maslow, Abraham (1970). Motivation and Personality. New York, NY. Harper and Row.

Maslow, Abraham (1968). Toward a Psychology of Being. New York, NY. Van Nostrand

Reinhold Company.

Maitri, Sandra (2000). The Spiritual Dimension of the Enneagram. New York, NY.

Jeremy P. Tarcher.

Maitri, Sandra (2005). The Enneagram of Passions and Virtues. New York, NY.

            Jeremy P. Tarcher.

Newberg, Andrew (2010). How God Changes the Brain – Breakthrough Findings from a

Leading Neuroscientist. Ballantine Books.

Palmer, Parker (2004). A Hidden Wholeness – the journey toward an undivided

life. San Francisco, CA.  Jossey-Bass.

Palmer, Parker (2000). Let Your Life Speak – listening for the voice of vocation.

San Francisco, CA. Jossey – Bass

Plotkin, Bill (2003). Soulcraft – crossing into the mysteries of nature and psyche.

Novato, CA.  New World Library.

Plotkin, Bill (2008). Nature and the Human Soul – cultivating wholeness and

community in a fragmented world. Novato, CA. New World Library.

Plotkin, Bill (2013). Wild Mind – a Field Guide to the Human Psyche. Novato, CA. New World        

Library.

Riso, Don Richard & Hudson, Russ (1999). The Wisdom of the Enneagram. New York, NY.

Bantam Books.

Riso, Don Richard & Hudson, Russ (2003). Discovering Your Personality Type. New York, NY.

Houghton Mifflin Company.

Tallard Johnson, Julie (2010). Wheel of Initiation – practices for releasing your

inner light. Rochester, VT. Inner Traditions.

The Kabbalah and Tarot

Case, Paul Foster, The Tarot – A Key to the Wisdom of the Ages, Jeremy Tarcher, 1947.

Epstein, Perle, Kabbalah – the Way of the Jewish Mystic, Shambhala, 1988.

Fortune, Dion The Mystical Qabalah, Weiser Books. 1935

Hauck, Dennis William, The Emerald Tablet – Alchemy for Personal Transformation, Penguin

Compass, 1999.

Kaplan, Aryeh, The Bahir Illumination- Translation, Introduction and Commentary, Samuel

Weiser, Inc,, 1979.

Kaplan, Aryeh, Meditation and Kabbalah, Samuel Weiser, Inc., 1982.

Kaplan, Aryeh, Sepher Yetzirah – the Book of Creation in Theory and Practice, Weiser Books,

1997.

Krafchow, Dovid, Kabbalistic Tarot – Hebraic Wisdom in the Major and Minor Arcana, Inner

Traditions, 2002.

Kushner, Lawrence, The Book of Letters, Jewish Lights Publishing, 1975.

Kushner, Lawrence, Honey from the Rock – an Introduction to Jewish Mysticism, Jewish Lights

Publishing, 2000.

Kushner, Lawrence, Kabbalah – a Love Story, Broadway Press, 2006.

Malachi, Tau, Gnosis of the Cosmic Christ – a Gnostic Christian Kabbalah, Llewellyn

Worldwide, 2005.

Matt, Daniel C., The Essential Kabbalah, Harper Collins, 1995.

Munk, Michael L., The Wisdom in the Hebrew Alphabet, Mesorah Publications, 1983.

Unknown Author, Meditations on the Tarot – a Journey into Christian Hermeticism, Jeremy P.

Tarcher/Putnam Press, 1985.


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Corporate Client Testimonials

I have been profoundly honored to be invited to present for a wide variety of corporate gatherings. This coming week, I have two such events. On Thursday I will be presenting on Mary Magdalene for the Healer’s Playgroup out of the Twin Cities, MN, and on Saturday, I’m presenting: Supporting Resilience in Teens: Mental Health and Wellness for Dancers for the Wisconsin Dance Council annual conference. I’m grateful for these and other organizations who understand the value of personal development and are committed to bringing these resources to their employees, members, and clients.

It was so exciting to have Lauri, with 30 years of expertise in the field of human development, visit our craft-centered writing group, Much Ado About Writing. Her in-depth knowledge of enneagram types was the perfect complement to our discussions of characterization, and her presentation summarizing each of the types – their main traits, fears, and compulsions – had us all seeing the characters in our works-in-progress (and ourselves) in a new light. If you are looking to inject fresh energy and perspective into your writing group’s discussions of craft while deepening your understanding of human temperaments and interpersonal relationships, invite Lauri to come chat with your group about her work!

  • Kate Penndorf and Valerie Heller, Much Ado About Writing

Lauri Lumby partnered with my company Nutritional Healing to offer her Authentic Freedom education to clients of all backgrounds and needs. We offered a half-day workshop focused on ‘the mindful body’ for self-development that helped our clients learn how to bring awareness and joy back to eating. Lauri helped attendees focus on saying goodbye to things such as emotional eating, self-medicating, limiting beliefs, low self-esteem, and other bad habits. My clients also learned how mindless munching and emotional eating doesn’t serve us, and what steps we can take to become aware of what our body truly needs and become more body-aware with each bite we take.

Additionally, Lauri helped my clients beat stress and prevent any moments of emotional eating during one of the toughest times of year – the holidays. Lauri taught attendees how to acknowledge and recognize any triggers as they show up during the holidays, and how/why we often turn to food and alcohol to numb these feelings. From there, my clients were taught basic practices for dealing with these triggers.

I would recommend the work of Lauri Lumby on an individual basis as well as in a corporate setting to make an impact in helping individuals do the deep work we all need for true healing!

  • Kimberly Stoeger, Nutritional Healing

Ms. Lumby has been a returning implementer for Currie Management Consultants. Inc.  We’ve been in business over four decades as consultants to industrial equipment manufacturers, dealers and distributors.  We have included Enneagram work as part of our ongoing Leadership and Executive Development work.  The Enneagram, and Lauri’s work, have become essential parts of our programs.  Lauri engages our clients extremely well, delivers with precision, and her impeccable work ethic is highly professional.  She is a respected colleague of ours and our hope is that this relationship grows and continues into the future.  Experts like Lauri are necessary for developing strong corporate culture, and for building teams of effective leaders and executives that work with purpose and intention.

  • Robin P. Currie, Currie Management Consultants, Inc.

Lauri Ann Lumby 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.

Register Now!

I am humbled and honored to be presenting on Mary Magdalene, October 13, 2022 for the Healer’s Playgroup. This event is open to the public, learn more and register HERE.

MARY MAGDALENE AND HER SECRET TEACHINGS FOR HUMAN TRANSFORMATION: RECLAIMING THE ORIGINAL STORY – 10/13/22 6:30PM TO 8:30PM CENTRAL TIME $35.00

ABOUT THE CLASS:

Participants will be guided by Lauri Ann Lumby (author of Song of the Beloved – the Gospel According to Mary Magdalene), in the reclamation of Mary Magdalene as the embodiment of Divine Love and the one ordained to fulfill the work Jesus began of freeing people of the inner blocks to knowing that Love. Participants will have an opportunity to learn the very protocol used by Jesus and continued by Mary in their shared mission of Love.

  • Reclaiming the original story of Mary, called Magdalene.
  • Exploring the process of initiation that Mary completed and healed her of “seven demons.”
  • Discovering how Mary earned the title of Magdalene.
  • Understanding Mary’s initiation process in the context of modern psychology.
  • Applying this process in our own lives and in our work with our clients through the Authentic Freedom™ protocol and other methods of inner transformation.

Please bring paper and a pen / tablet to take notes.

Special Live Mary Magdalene Event

I am humbled and honored to be presenting on Mary Magdalene, October 13, 2022 for the Healer’s Playgroup. This event is open to the public, learn more and register HERE.

MARY MAGDALENE AND HER SECRET TEACHINGS FOR HUMAN TRANSFORMATION: RECLAIMING THE ORIGINAL STORY – 10/13/22 6:30PM TO 8:30PM CENTRAL TIME $35.00

ABOUT THE CLASS:

Participants will be guided by Lauri Ann Lumby (author of Song of the Beloved – the Gospel According to Mary Magdalene), in the reclamation of Mary Magdalene as the embodiment of Divine Love and the one ordained to fulfill the work Jesus began of freeing people of the inner blocks to knowing that Love. Participants will have an opportunity to learn the very protocol used by Jesus and continued by Mary in their shared mission of Love.

  • Reclaiming the original story of Mary, called Magdalene.
  • Exploring the process of initiation that Mary completed and healed her of “seven demons.”
  • Discovering how Mary earned the title of Magdalene.
  • Understanding Mary’s initiation process in the context of modern psychology.
  • Applying this process in our own lives and in our work with our clients through the Authentic Freedom™ protocol and other methods of inner transformation.

Please bring paper and a pen / tablet to take notes.

Mary Magdalene’s Message for Our Times

Below is the talk I presented for the Mary Magdalene Studies Association Annual Conference on 7/22/22. Video recording to follow.

We find ourselves at a critical place in the human evolution – a time during which systems which have been built on fear, power, oppression, and control are in a fast journey toward their own collapse.  It is a time not unlike the time in which Jesus, and the Magdalene, themselves lived. Jesus, through his own training and practice, uncovered the both the cause and the cure of what was ailing humanity and shared this knowledge and training with his disciples.  The cause was a lack of what we would now call “psycho-spiritual development.”  The cure was a transformational process which led its participants into what in canonical scripture Jesus called Malkuth (kingdom of God), and what is referred to as Anthropos in the gnostic gospels.

Having said all this, Christ departed.

The disciples were in sorrow,

shedding many tears, and saying:

“How are we to go among the unbelievers

and announce the gospel of the Kingdom of the Son of Man?

They did not spare his life,

so why should they spare ours?”

Then Mary arose,

embraced them all, and began to speak to her brothers:

“Do not remain in sorrow and doubt,

for his Grace will guide you and comfort you.

Instead, let us praise his greatness,

for he has prepared us for this.

He is calling upon us to become fully human (Anthropos).”

Thus Mary turned their hearts toward the Good,

and they began to discuss the meaning of the Teacher’s words.

Gospel of Mary Page 9:5-20

Mary, called Magdalene, was the one among Jesus’ disciples to fully embody these teachings.  This is evidenced in these words from Luke’s gospel:

After this, Jesus traveled about from one town and village to another, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God. The Twelve were with him, and also some women who had been cured of evil spirits and diseases: Mary (called Magdalene) from whom seven demons had come out; Joanna the wife of Chuza, the manager of Herod’s household; Susanna; and many others. These women were helping to support them out of their own means.

Luke 8: 1-3

Jean Yves-Leloup in his translation and commentary on Mary’s gospel explains what it meant to be “cured of seven demons.”  He described it as a process of initiation through which its participants were freed of the inner “demons” that would otherwise infringe on their ability to be the most authentic self – the person God made them to be. This is further confirmed by contemporary authors writing about ancient alchemy including Dennis William Hauck. 

In being cured of seven demons, Mary completed and then mastered the transformational process taught by Jesus, both experiencing Malkuth, and becoming anthropos – fully Divine and Fully Human.  In this, Mary was fully empowered in her unique giftedness and fully embodied her mission and purpose in this lifetime. She became sovereign unto herself by transmuting the unhealed wounds, past traumas, and spiritual fears such that she had now become a radiant temple through which her Divine nature could be fully expressed and manifest in the world.  As such, Mary, called Magdalene, became, like Jesus, a vessel and catalyst of Love in the world.

For 2000 years, this process of transformation has been both a closely guarded secret, and hiding in plain sight. In Mary’s own gospel, she describes a portion of that process:

“Freed from this third climate, the soul continued its ascent,

and found itself in the fourth climate.

This has seven manifestations:

the first manifestation is Darkness;

the second, Craving;

the third, Ignorance;

the fourth, Lethal Jealousy;

the fifth, Enslavement to the Body;

the sixth, Intoxicated Wisdom;

the seventh, Guileful Wisdom.

These are the seven manifestations of Wrath,

and they oppressed the soul with questions:

‘Where do you come from murderer?’

and ‘Where are you going, vagabond?’

The soul answered:

‘That which oppressed me has been slain;

that which encircled me has vanished;

my craving has faded,

and I am freed from my ignorance.’”

“’I left the world with the aid of another world;

a design was erased,

by virtue of a higher design.

Henceforth I travel toward Repose,

where time rests in the Eternity of Time;

I go now into Silence.’”

Having said all this, Mary became silent,

Gospel of Mary 16: 1-19, 17: 1-7

While we do not have the complete text of Mary’s gospel, between the pages that have been recovered and canonical scripture, we can stitch together an effective process for supporting human beings in becoming self-actualized. Self-actualized people know:

  • Who they are.
  • What their unique gifts are.
  • How they are being called to develop and share these gifts for the sake of their own fulfillment, and for the sake of the betterment of the world.

Additionally, self-actualized human beings are able to

  • Reason, discern and exercise their own truth.
  • Have cultivated a deeply intimate relationship with their own inner authority.
  • Are not blindly compliant with the status quo
  • And are naturally compassionate and caring toward others.

Jesus, and Mary Magdalene supported people in becoming self-actualized because they knew that those who had successfully achieved anthropos would naturally come together in the creation of a better world.

The need to support humanity in becoming self-actualized has never been more critical than it is today.  Fortunately, we have both scripture and Mary’s gospel to provide clues as to how we might accomplish this. We also have two systems from the ancient world from which I believe Jesus and Mary drew to create their methods.

  1. The Tree of Life from the ancient tradition of Jewish mysticism.
  2. The Chakra system from ancient India.

I have drawn from both in the creation of the tools I use in my own ministry of supporting people in becoming self-actualized. My book, Authentic Freedom – Claiming a Life of Contentment and Joy and the protocol which it describes is based exclusively on the chakra system integrating scripture with contemplative prayer and creative mindfulness to produce a simple yet effective protocol for freeing ourselves of our own “demons.” The Tree of Life figures prominently in the shadow and depth work I do with both clients and students in support of their journey toward anthropos.

When we apply the methods Jesus taught and which were perfected in Mary, such that she was given the title of Magdalene, we find ourselves living in a whole new world. Supporting others in doing the same, lead the way to the new world promised by the ancients, and fully articulated as the Holy Bride in the Book of Revelation:

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea.  I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of the heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.  And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them.  They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.  He will wipe every tear from their eyes.  There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” 

He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!  Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”    He said to me, “It is done.  I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End.  To him who is thirsty I will give to drink without cost from the spring of the water of life.  They who overcome will inherit all this, and I will be their God and they will be my children.”

Revelation 21: 1-7

The time to bring forth the new world is NOW and the Magdalene provides the example and the tools for doing so.  Self-actualization is the method and Love is the means.


Magdalene Training:

The Magdalene Priest and Priestess Training continues the work of Mary, called “Magdalene” as ordained by Christ by empowering you to live out the fullness of your unique giftedness – both for the sake of your own fulfillment and in service to the betterment of the world.


Magdalene Courses with Lauri Ann Lumby


Lauri Ann Lumby is a life-long student of the Magdalene with over twenty-five years of experience leading individuals in their journey of self-actualization through her online training programs, courses, one-on-one mentoring, writings, and books.

Lauri is the author of ten books including Authentic Freedom – Claiming a Life of Contentment and Joy, and Song of the Beloved – the Gospel According to Mary Magdalene.   

Mary Magdalene and the Path of Beloved Partnership

Live/online course

created and facilitated by

Lauri Ann Lumby, OM, OPM, MATS

Twelve Live Sessions 

Mondays via ZOOM

January 17, 2022 – April 4, 2022

6:30 – 8:30 pm central time 

(Content portion will be recorded for later viewing  by those who are unable to attend live gathering.) 

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.

Lauri Ann Lumby, OM, OPM, MATS

is a Priestess of the Magdalene and the founder of both the Order of the Magdalene and the Temple of the Magdalene.  Lauri has been a dedicated student of the Magdalene since first experiencing her portrayal in the rock opera, Jesus Christ Superstar in 1978.  Lauri has since studied every scholarly work that has been made available on the Magdalene, and many works of fiction.  Lauri has come to believe that Mary Magdalene was indeed Jesus’ closest disciple, possibly his wife, and that it was Mary who was ordained to continue Jesus’ mission of transforming the world from fear into love.  Rejected by the patriarchy, the Magdalene influence has flourished in the mystical traditions of Christianity, though few would acknowledge this. The Magdalene has been a profound influence in Lauri’s own mission and has been the inspiration for Lauri’s writings, books, teachings and online courses all available through Authentic Freedom Academy.

Lauri Ann Lumby has her BBA in Marketing, a master’s degree in Transpersonal Psychology and has certificates in Pastoral Ministry and Spiritual Direction.  She is a Reiki Master in both the Usui and Karuna traditions and is an ordained interfaith minister.

Learn more at www.lauriannlumby.com.