It’s Time for a New World

Happy Thanksgiving!  Today, I am especially grateful for the message that came through during this week’s Superhero Academy gatherings.  In short….IT IS TIME.   It is time to put our hopes, dreams and desires into action.  It is time to “heal and change the world!”  It is time to turn away from the world of fear and return the world to love.  And guess what?  The world is finally ready for us!  Read on…

It’s Time!  It is time to put on our superhero capes, golden bracelets and silver tiaras. As the Superheroes have been connecting with their true self, their higher purpose, the ways in which their unique gifts are being called forth a) to give their own lives a sense of meaning and purpose and b) contribute to the betterment of the world, the world has been getting ready for Us/Them.

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It is time!  The world is ready – tired of the old and worn out paradigm of fear, power and control.  And ready – ready for something new.  Something rooted in love, working for acceptance, compassion, peace and harmony.  It is time!  Time to set aside the cultural lens of fear.  Time to stop listening to the fear-based manipulations of politics, journalism, the media, Wall Street, and Madison Avenue.  Time to make our own decisions based on love – and rooted in REAL knowledge and authentic discernment.   Not the knowledge those manipulating us through fear want us to know (ie: menopause is a disease, anxiety should be medicated, you need to know what Kim Kardashian is wearing today and if you aren’t carrying a Louis Vuitton bag there is something wrong with you), instead, knowledge that comes from our hearts and is governed by our intuition.  Let’s use the gifts God gave us to reason, discern and exercise truth.

The time is NOW!  To restore the world to love and walk away from fear.  Become part of the Superhero movement – healing and changing the world.  If you live in the Oshkosh area, Join us Monday evenings 6:30 – 8:30 or Tuesday mornings 9-11 am.  If you are outside of Oshkosh, subscribe to the Superhero/AuthenticFreedom Report for spiritual tools, practices and inspiration. Subscribe HERE:  subscribe botton

Lauri Lumby is also available for one-on-one mentoring and support.  Contact Lauri at (920) 230-1313 or email lauri@yourspiritualtruth.com.  Let us join hands and restore the world to love.   It’s time!

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Longing – the seed of remembrance

Yesterday I posted a preview of this week’s Agape’ Meditation newsletter – supplement to the Authentic Freedom Virtual Church.  Find continuation below of the conversation about longing and how it is our Divine Parents’ way of helping us remember and find our way home.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

First Sunday Advent

 

Scripture Reading:

You, LORD, are our father, our redeemer you are named forever. Why do you let us wander, O LORD, from your ways, and harden our hearts so that we fear you not? Return for the sake of your servants, the tribes of your heritage. Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down, with the mountains quaking before you, while you wrought awesome deeds we could not hope for, such as they had not heard of from of old. No ear has ever heard, no eye ever seen, any God but you doing such deeds for those who wait for him. Would that you might meet us doing right, that we were mindful of you in our ways! Behold, you are angry, and we are sinful; all of us have become like unclean people, all our good deeds are like polluted rags; we have all withered like leaves, and our guilt carries us away like the wind. There is none who calls upon your name, who rouses himself to cling to you; for you have hidden your face from us and have delivered us up to our guilt. Yet, O LORD, you are our father; we are the clay and you the potter: we are all the work of your hands.

Is 63: 16b-17, 19b; 64: 2-7

 

Additional Readings:

Ps 80: 2-3, 15-16, 18-19

1 Cor 1: 3-9

Mk 13: 33-37

  

Longing for God

Why do you let us wander, O LORD, from your ways?”

 

Once upon a time, there were Divine loving parents, Father and Mother. They created a universe filled with their children, made in their own likeness. In the Presence of the Father and the Mother, these children knew nothing but love, happiness and bliss. Then one day, some of the children realized that in order to grow and mature, they would need to know what life would be like without the Presence of the Father and the Mother. So, these children asked their Divine parents for permission to move away from them – to go off by themselves and experience life without the Presence of their Divine Parents. Mother and Father knew exploration would cause their children great anguish, pain and suffering, but also knew that in order to grow, they needed this time of separation, so the Parents agreed. The children then went off on their own to explore the world separated from the Presence of their Divine and loving Parents. Father and Mother, however, did not send the children off completely alone. Instead, they planted within the heart of each of their children the seed of remembrance. Contained within this seed was the memory of their original home as one in love with their Divine Parents, sisters and brothers. Father and Mother hoped that one day, this seed of remembrance would awaken and lead their children home.

The children, then, went off to experience life as separate from their Divine origins. As was anticipated, this experience caused the Divine children much pain and suffering. The children felt as if they were lost, abandoned and alone. For the first time, they experience fear which then led to anger, resentment, jealousy, covetousness, lust for power, insecurity, loneliness and despair. The children of God, out of their fear, began to create separation from each other, making war, destroying the world Father and Mother had given them, condemning others as different and unacceptable. The world they created apart from their Father and Mother became a world of great darkness. As the years went by, the children grew more and more restless and more and more afraid.

All this while, the seed of remembrance rested within the hearts of the Divine children. In all of the Divine children, this seed felt to them like a thorn or a sliver trying to find its way out. This seed created within each of the Divine children, a deep longing – a longing that could not be named, but a longing nonetheless. Many ignored this longing or tried to silence its efforts through self-numbing behaviors – excessive food, drink, accumulation of possessions, power and control over others, etc. Others, heard this longing and punished themselves, falling deeper and deeper in despair. Others, felt this longing and instead of resisting it or succumbing to its darkness, decided to LISTEN. In this listening, the Divine children heard the voice of Father and Mother calling them home.

How have you experienced the seed of remembrance and come to know its longing?

How have you taken time to be present to this longing, allowing it to guide your way home?

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Spiritual Practices – Connecting with the Seed of Remembrance 

Sit in silence.

Draw your awareness into your heart.

Breathe deeply and with intention.

Draw your intentional breath into your heart.

Continue to hold your attention on your heart as you breathe.

Become aware in the center of your heart of a place of deep longing. It may present itself as a feeling of anxiousness, nervousness or fear.

Do not resist the anxiety, instead, love it and in loving it, move through it.

Behind the anxiety, you will find the longing. At first, it may feel painful, like something you don’t want to touch or go into or toward.

Resist the temptation to avoid this pain, instead, love it and in loving it, move through it.

Continue drawing deeper and deeper toward the longing. The closer you get to the longing, the closer you will be to the Real Presence of God. If you start weeping, you will know you are there.

Allow yourself to collapse into the Presence of God. Feel the Father and the Mother’s overwhelming love for you.

Allow yourself to receive, to remember and to know this love.

 

Authentic Freedom

In Authentic Freedom, the goal is to find our way through and transcend the core spiritual wound – the false perception of separation from God. This core wound is wrapped up in the seed of remembrance and is initially experienced within us as impatience, frustration and restlessness. These feelings cause us to seek – to seek something beyond the life experience we are currently living in. These feelings are, in truth, the quiet voice of God calling us home. Ronald Rollheiser, a Christian theologian, calls this experience Holy Longing. As we allow ourselves to BE STILL and sit with this inner longing, we remember the truth of our Oneness with God and we experience this oneness in peace, love and joy.

 

How are you setting time aside in your daily life to tend to the voice of your longing?

 

How are you avoiding this longing by filling your life with busy, meaningless activity?

 

What are the fears that might be keeping you from tending to the voice of longing?

 Song of the Beloved – The Gospel According to Mary Magdalene available on Amazon NOW!  Buy it here!

 

 

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The Seed of Remembrance – Finding Our Way Home

Today – a parable.  When we made the choice to experience the human condition, the consequence was the perception of separation from our Divine origins, which then resulted in fear, suffering and pain.  Fortunately, our loving Divine parents planted within us the seed of remembrance so that one day, we would find our way home.

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Once upon a time, there were Divine loving parents, Father and Mother. They created a universe filled with their children, made in their own likeness. In the Presence of the Father and the Mother, these children knew nothing but love, happiness and bliss. Then one day, some of the children realized that in order to grow and mature, they would need to know what life would be like without the Presence of the Father and the Mother. So, these children asked their Divine parents for permission to move away from them – to go off by themselves and experience life without the Presence of their Divine Parents. Mother and Father knew exploration would cause their children great anguish, pain and suffering, but also knew that in order to grow, they needed this time of separation, so the Parents agreed. The children then went off on their own to explore the world separated from the Presence of their Divine and loving Parents. Father and Mother, however, did not send the children off completely alone. Instead, they planted within the heart of each of their children the seed of remembrance. Contained within this seed was the memory of their original home as one in love with their Divine Parents, sisters and brothers. Father and Mother hoped that one day, this seed of remembrance would awaken and lead their children home.

The children, then, went off to experience life as separate from their Divine origins. As was anticipated, this experience caused the Divine children much pain and suffering. The children felt as if they were lost, abandoned and alone. For the first time, they experience fear which then led to anger, resentment, jealousy, covetousness, lust for power, insecurity, loneliness and despair. The children of God, out of their fear, began to create separation from each other, making war, destroying the world Father and Mother had given them, condemning others as different and unacceptable. The world they created apart from their Father and Mother became a world of great darkness. As the years went by, the children grew more and more restless and more and more afraid.

All this while, the seed of remembrance rested within the hearts of the Divine children. In all of the Divine children, this seed felt to them like a thorn or a sliver trying to find its way out. This seed created within each of the Divine children, a deep longing – a longing that could not be named, but a longing nonetheless. Many ignored this longing or tried to silence its efforts through self-numbing behaviors – excessive food, drink, accumulation of possessions, power and control over others, etc. Others, heard this longing and punished themselves, falling deeper and deeper in despair. Others, felt this longing and instead of resisting it or succumbing to its darkness, decided to LISTEN. In this listening, the Divine children heard the voice of Father and Mother calling them home.

 

Find your way home through a provocative retelling of the Jesus story – Song of the Beloved.  Buy it now on Amazon.

 

 

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Dreaming a New World – that’s really not so new

Deep within our hearts lives our memories of home, along with the vision of what this world should be.  Keeping these memories alive helps us to create the world anew.

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Writing of Home

I know one who calls it her “heaven home,”

I simply call it Anu.

Rolling hills sheltering hidden caves.

Vast open meadows of green and light.

Ancient woodlands untouched by time

And unharmed by the malice of men.

Glowing crystalline cities

Harnessing the power of light.

Magenta horizons tinged in orange

Skies a magnificent blue.

A yellow sun under sister moons guarding the day and the night.

A magical race where true love reigns

And only peace abides.

Where everyone’s needs are always met

And every wish fulfilled

For the only desire in anyone’s heart

Is the highest good of all.

Where people share freely of their abundant gifts

Fulfilled in a meaningful life.

Having realized the infinite truth –

Everything and all are one.

One with themselves

And the God out and in

One with each other

And all there is

Within the law of love.

Explore the foundations of the law of love in my most recent book, Song of the Beloved – the gospel according to Mary Magdalene.  Buy it now on Amazon

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How I Know I’m Not From Here

This is for my brothers and sisters who also know they are not from here.  The key is to find a home within ourselves, and to seek out the company and support of others who are also not from here.  But first, the dream:

Standing under a sunlit sky, a star-filled cloud, similar in content and form to the Milky Way Galaxy, hangs low in the sky.  With destination and purpose, it floats over and past me, the stars hanging from the cloud twinkling in silver light, tinged in midnight blue.  Suddenly, the stars begin falling from the cloud, tumbling toward me, circling and enfolding me in their light.  Out of the stars comes a voice, speaking my true name: “Aniyakah, in my native tongue, then in my human tongue, “Starfire.”  Surrounded in a double-helix of dancing stars, a being clothed in light appears handing me a drink, a deep blue liquid, sparkling with silver stars, “liquid starlight.”  I obediently swallow the drink – medicine to make me whole and return me to my original nature – “Starfire.” 

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A Stranger in a Strange Land

For as long as I can remember, I have felt like I was not from here.  Even as a young child, when enjoying innocent play and singing and dancing on fireplace hearth in our home in Sacramento, CA (where I lived as a young child), I remember the feeling of being more an observer of the human condition than a participant.  Perhaps this is the nature of being an introvert, but I often feel there is more to it than this.  I was truly content in this quiet place of observation while sheltered in the arms of my parent’s loving embrace.  But eventually, the truth of the human condition began rearing its ugly head and in these revelations, I realized I was different.  These experiences felt strange and foreign – many beyond my comprehension.  I also realized certain abilities within myself that other human beings did not seem to possess.  I felt strange, out of place.  And when others noticed my strangeness, the reaction was often fear, quickly followed by outright rejection.  The fear and the rejection, especially, boggled my mind.  What had I done to cause them to act in that way, other than being myself?  In this, I have spent much of my life confused.  Fortunately, there have been many who have loved and honored my “strangeness,” and in their company, I have found wings.  But even so, the strangeness of the human condition remains, such that I have come to believe that quite simply, I’m not from here.  Here’s what causes me to believe this to be true (and which might resonate as true for you as well).

Only Love

If I could sum it up with one sentiment – I have to say it is ultimately about love.  Love, is really all I understand.  Never in my life have I understood anything that is not a reflection of love.  War, conflict, discrimination, racism, sexism, nationalism, etc. etc. etc. have NEVER made any sense to me.  Why can’t we all get along?  The God I know is only a God of love and in spite of the religion I grew up with that wanted to present a God that might sacrifice, judge or punish, I knew only a God of love, and all I wanted to do was please this God – not for fear of punishment, but for the sake of love.  The same is true for my fellow human beings – all I ever wanted to do was act in ways that are loving and kind.  Yes, I have felt anger, resentment, even hatred, but only out of a place of feeling hurt and rejected, or in the face of human injustice.  Perhaps I have been tempted by thoughts of karmic revenge, but ultimately, I wish only love and always seek to be healed of my own hurt so that forgiveness may arise.  I never understood “mean girls.”  I was shocked and offended by violence of any kind against human beings.  I was sickened by any of the isms that humans use to separate one from the other – privileging one and condemning the other.  I just don’t get it….and hopefully, I never will.  Somewhere deep, deep inside me, in the place that feels I’m not from here, I know there is another way – and this other (and for me only) way is LOVE.  I often feel that it is for the sake of this love that I am here – and other ones like me.

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Gifts for the Purpose of Love

In service, perhaps, to this purpose of love, I have been given certain gifts – gifts that until I learned how to use them, often caused me trouble.

1) Inner Truth Barometer – I have an uncanny ability to read people – in particular, their ability to be of integrity or not.  I can tell when someone is lying or lying to themselves – pretending to be someone other than their true self.  As you can imagine, this ability can cause a lot of problems – especially in those attached to their deceit.

2) Awakener – somewhat related to the first, I have also learned that in my presence, people wake up – specifically to their truth.  Here is where it gets tricky, not everyone can handle the truth.  As such, those in my presence either run away in fear, or stay, feeling loved and supported, enjoying the process of growing into the fullness of their truth. This is where I must also acknowledge my gift of healing.

3) Empath – This one has been especially tricky.  My energy field is like a radar, picking up the emotions and feelings of people and places.  Until I knew better, I took these feelings (especially the negative ones) into my own body – subconsciously believing it was my job to take them on and my job to fix them.  In many cases, I also took responsibility for these feelings – thinking they were somehow my fault, instead of the reflection they are of the other person’s fear.  This left me mostly feeling stressed out, sick, anxious and tired.  Eventually, I learned this empathic ability is simply so I can become aware of places and persons in need of love, so I can offer them up for God to be healed and to heal the places in me where similar wounds might be harbored.  I am quite simply a radar, taking note of where healing is needed and allowing God to do the rest.

From Fear into Love

In these experiences, I can’t help but wonder if I’m quite simply not from here.  At the same time, I find I am here – in this place and in this time.  I also acknowledge there must be a reason and a purpose for these feelings of strangeness – for the marked contrast between the conflict, war, discrimination, hatred, etc. I see in the human condition and the unconditional love that I know is REAL and POSSIBLE.  If I (and many others I know) believe that there is another way – that we can enjoy the experiences of the human condition from a place of love instead of fear – than perhaps this is WHY we are here.  Not from here – but here nonetheless, for the sole purpose of LOVE – to help turn a world of fear into a world of LOVE.

Who is with me?

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Showing Us The Way Home

This Sunday’s Authentic Freedom Virtual Church service is LIVE.

The theme this week is Jesus – calling forth the one who shows us the way to go home.

Attend this week’s service HERE. 

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An Expression of Gratitude

Dear Readers:

004To say that I am grateful for your presence, would be an understatement.  For the past 20 years, I have tried to listen to the guidance of Spirit and through this guidance, I have launched this blog which further evolved into the Authentic Freedom Virtual Church, Agape Meditation Newsletter and now the Superhero Academy and report.  All of these I have done FREE OF CHARGE so that all who need these resources would have access.

Now I’m asking for your support.  If you have found these resources to be a source of inspiration, guidance, encouragement, nourishment and even support, I’m asking you to demonstrate your gratitude through a financial donation to Authentic Freedom Ministries so that these offerings may continue.  You can make your donation via PayPal HERE.  Or you can mail a check to:

Lauri Lumby

1103 School Ave.

Oshkosh, WI  54901

If you are unable to make a financial contribution, then your prayers are received with gratitude!

Thank you for your support of Authentic Freedom Ministries and for ensuring its continuing outreach.

Sincerely,

Lauri Lumby

Pastor and Spiritual Director

 

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