The Complicit Feminine – Owning Our Own Unholiness

Lauri Ann Lumby

As the veils continue to fall, unmasking the unholy masculine as it has been present within our world (especially as it has been expressed through sexual violence against women and children), we would be remiss if we did not also acknowledge the unholy feminine and the damage it has done to all of us – male and female alike.

As I said in my blog on Thursday, women are not innocent. Yes, as it is true for men, the vast majority of women are kind, thoughtful, generous, and compassionate; and couldn’t think of doing harm to another human being – especially the men in their lives.  But then, there are those women.  We all know them, and perhaps we have (wittingly or unwittingly) been them ourselves:

  • Women who use their sensuality, charm, sexuality to manipulate and control men.
  • Women who marry men for money or because of the position of…

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ZERO Tolerance – what is wrong now WAS wrong then!

Lauri Ann Lumby

As the news began to pour in over the allegations of sexual misconduct by Matt Lauer and then Garrison Keillor, social media just as quickly filled with questions of disbelief.  I agree that we should all be innocent until proven guilty….but what I found to be most disturbing were the statements defending two “great men” who could not possibly have done what they were accused of.  Comments like, “well, if this is something that happened 10 years ago and is just surfacing now….maybe it isn’t so bad…or “so what if it was just a little tap on the ass….boys will be boys…”  I found myself dumbfounded by the comments seeming to defend or question the allegations brought forth against these men because 1) they seemed so nice, 2) everybody loves them, and 3) what we think of as wrong now wasn’t wrong then…..

Or was it?

What we think of…

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A Man Speaking Truth

Lauri Ann Lumby

A HUGE Thank you to Bob Russo, a loyal reader of this blog in whom I have found a kindred spirit and spiritual brother and friend. Below is Bob’s beautifully articulated response to my recent blogs inviting the men to speak to the ongoing question of gender roles and how we understand the flow of the masculine and feminine within us.  Bob beautifully speaks what I could only hope to have the words to say.  THANK YOU BOB!  Following Bob’s words is my own response (warning:  transparency and feeling alert):

From Bob:

Hi Lauri,

I have been meaning to respond to your article on “Inviting Men to Join Us”. So, it feels good to finally get around to it. I tried to post this on your blog but was unable to. Hope you had a relaxing Thanksgiving.

My response may come across as “politically incorrect”. But, my intention is not…

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Supporting the Mission of Love

Lauri Ann Lumby

The mission of theTemple of the Magdalene Mystery School and Authentic Freedom Academy is the same:  providing resources, guidance and tools which support women and men in becoming fully self-actualized – discovering the uniquely creative way in which they have been gifted to find meaning, purpose and fulfillment in their life and through which they are compelled to serve the betterment of the world.  In short, our mission is LOVE.  Turning our world from fear into love….which is an inside job starting with us.

If you have enjoyed the many resources available through Authentic Freedom Academy or Temple of the Magdalene Mystery School, including our many FREE offerings and would like to show your gratitude for what you have received, consider making a financial donation.  The monies received will support our continuing mission.

Donate HERE.  

Thank you.

Lauri Ann Lumby, OM, OPM, MATS

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Finding a New Language in the Non-Dual World

Lauri Ann Lumby

Yesterday I received the following response to my recent blog, Inviting the Men to Join Us.  First of all I want to thank Shakur for offering these insights.  They could not be more perfectly timed.  Please read Shakur’s insights below, followed by my response.

Lauri, I really appreciate the call for men and women to join together and create the world that we wish to live in and the work you are doing to help more femininity blossom in our world. As a man who has been deeply involved in spiritual pursuits over the last decade and someone who tends to appreciate feminine traits more than most men I have met, I also appreciate the acknowledgement that the systems we have been living in affect both men and women.

However, I struggle with the dichotomy you seem to be creating, which I think many others do as well, in defining…

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Inviting the Men to Join Us

Lauri Ann Lumby

Yesterday I wrote an article about Feminine Rage and the injustices that have been done to women at the hands of the current structure of our world which is rooted in fear, power and control.  While yesterday’s blog spoke on behalf of women, today I speak to (and hopefully for) the men.

Men, if you are not angered over the injustices that our world has heaped upon women (people of color, the disenfranchised, the sick, the poor, the elderly, etc.) then you should be. If not for the women, then you should be angry for your own sake. Because as much as women have suffered under the hands of a culture rooted in fear, power and control, so have you.  If you don’t believe me, ask yourself a few questions:

  • Where and how have you felt supported for your sensitive, vulnerable side?
  • Where have you been forbidden (or condemned) for…

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Feminine Rage

Lauri Ann Lumby

Yesterday while sharing on Facebook the cavalcade of emotions that have been running through my body of late (anxiety, panic, deep grief, depression, paralysis, irritability, all-out rage), it seems I hit a nerve.  An outpouring of women responded with similar feelings.  Yes, all who responded are empathic and sensitive to the energies of the world, but beyond this, I believe we were speaking from the place of our own disgust, disappointment, hurt, frustration, feelings of helplessness, impatience and flat out anger over the state of the world in which we are living.

The way our world is today SUCKS.  As women (along with the men who are walking the way of the Divine with us) we know there is a better way and we are DAMN tired of being ignored, threatened, silenced, put down, punished, beaten, raped and even killed for speaking and trying to live what we know.  We…

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Big Endings Lead to Big Beginnings

Lauri Ann Lumby

Every day as part of my morning ritual, I pull one card from my Gnostic Tarot of the Saintsdeck (Robert M. Place 2001). For the past three mornings, I have pulled the Death card.  While the appearance of this card might strike fear in the hearts of many, I find the Death card to be a huge source of comfort.  Maybe it is due to my gifts as a shadow worker – a master in confronting and dealing with the parts of the human experience from which most would run.  More likely, it is because I understand that death is not death at all…it is simply the boundary between that which has (and likely needs to) come to an end and that which is waiting to be born.  As resurrection after death is the promise of Christian belief, so is it the promise of the tarot – in every…

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What We Do in the Shadows

Lauri Ann Lumby

In response to Monday’s blog, You Can Run But You Can’t Hide, Dennis Fuhr, a frequent commenter on this blog shared some profound observations and questions:

Your piece has led me to think a little more about the darkness, the shadows. One the one hand there is deep, impenetrable darkness alluded to in the parable of the eye being the lamp of the body. On the other hand, there seems to be a redemptive kind of darkness. It has a richness about it, almost a quieting feeling. We are forced to abandon our fretful, thrashing-about state and thereby regain some of our energy simply by being in a somewhat anesthetized mode.

Just as I have never thought about the shadows in the way that you mentioned, so I have not thought about darkness as having any redeeming qualities. Either you are in the light or not. There has been…

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You Can Run but You Can’t Hide!

Lauri Ann Lumby

The gift and curse of being a catalyst

How many times have you heard the light of a candle used as an example of the function of the light “filling a previously darkened room with light?” The problem with this metaphor is that it neglects a critically important aspect of light – the casting of shadows.  Anything that stands in the direct line of the light that is seeking to find its way into a room casts a shadow and within this shadow is the darkness that the light is trying to dispel.

This is how it is with those of us who have been given the gift/curse of being a catalyst. We come into a space bringing our light, and while our intention is always and only love, that which stands in the way of our light casts shadows and reveals the places where darkness remains.

The work of…

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