Mary Magdalene Wasn’t Just Jesus’ Wife

Suddenly it seems everyone wants to get on the Mary Magdalene bandwagon. This is good news in the sense that it is getting Mary Magdalene’s name out there and attention is being drawn to the first woman of the Jesus movement. For the first time in two thousand years, we are beginning to grasp the truth that Mary Magdalene was not the repentant whore – but was the first witness to the resurrection.  Much of what I have seen beyond that, however is limited in scope and does not even begin to scratch the surface of who Mary Magdalene was and what she represents, not only to Christianity, and not only to women, but for the world.  Mary Magdalene wasn’t just the first witness to the resurrection and she wasn’t just Jesus’ wife (as Dan Brown et. al. would have us believe).

To understand who Mary Magdalene was and what she represents, we first have to understand Jesus. But to understand Jesus, we first have to take him off the pedestal he was placed on by institutional religion….and then we have to take him off the cross.  Jesus was a man.  He was a man who was uniquely gifted and called to remember his original nature as One with God (Jesus’ God was so much more than the “Old Man in the Sky God” Christianity has given us). In this intimate connection with God, Jesus came to know his Divinity – what he called “the kingdom of God.”  Jesus understood that he was Divine in Human form and in this was able to manifest the fullness of his giftedness which included the gifts of healing, teaching, leading, pastoring, and prophecy.  In having attained this level of self-actualization, Jesus was afforded the title of “High Priest in the Order of Melchizedek” (Hebrews 5, 6, 7).  Not to be confused with the high priests of Jewish temple worship, this designation placed Jesus in the company of the great mystery schools of the primordial tradition.  When Jesus had mastered this within himself, he went out to teach others what he knew and how they too could know “the kingdom of God within” and manifest their own unique giftedness in the world.

As the only one of Jesus’ disciples said to be “healed of seven demons” (symbolic language for the completion of an initiatory process leading to self-actualization), Mary Magdalene embodied the fulfillment of Jesus’ teachings. Like Jesus, Mary came to understand her Oneness with the Divine and allowed that Divinity to find its fulfillment in her Human form.  In this, her own unique gifts were revealed and unleashed, giving her the strength and courage to be with her Beloved through his suffering and death (where the other disciples were not); and to be the first witness to the resurrection. But more important than any of this, in becoming self-actualized (High Priestess in her own right), Mary Magdalene was empowered to go out into the world, leading and teaching others in the truth of Oneness – the same path of salvation that Jesus had taught before her.  Mary is much more than Jesus’ wife.  In teaching and leading us on the path to salvation, like Jesus, Mary Magdalene is Savior.  

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Mary Magdalene’s Plea to the World

My whole entire life, there is only one thing I have ever wanted from you…and that was to be heard.

To have my needs heard so they could be met.

Not just the basic needs for food, clothing and shelter…

But the deeper needs:

  • The need to feel loved.
  • The need to feel safe.
  • The need to feel seen and accepted for who I really am…..all of me.
  • The need to feel supported in all I hoped and dreamed for…especially my vision for the world.

 

To be heard beyond the physical hearing to the deepest levels and to feel held and supported there:

  • when I was afraid but too afraid to speak it.
  • when I was feeling alone but dared not admit it.
  • when I felt abandoned, rejected, condemned but thought I might die for revealing it.

When I was puzzled because I didn’t fit in, for the simple “infraction” of daring to speak the truth.

 

To be heard beyond that which is carried by sound:

  • when I felt the excruciating pain of being an outsider and the loneliness of always having to find my place in another new world.
  • when I was poor and in need of help.
  • when I was excruciatingly alone in those years of abuse, where I was silenced and scorned …and when it frightened me to death.
  • during the many nights I cried myself to sleep knowing I was completely and utterly alone with not one soul to help me, but myself.
  • during the decades of existing in this world only by the sheer force of will.
  • during the dark days when it took every force of that will to pull myself out of bed to face another dark day.
  • when I found the courage to choose another path, but was terrified nonetheless.

In those fleeting moments of joy when the world stood still and for just that single moment all was right in the world and I could shout to the world that the words he spoke really were true and that everything was indeed made of love.

 

During the excruciating heartache and loss that nearly broke me a second time…but which against all odds I survived….and after that loss, having to find a new path with absolutely no map to guide me, in a world that was unable to hear the voice of a woman who spoke only the words given to her which were the words of love.

 

But now, centuries have past and I find that my desire still remains. In a world that is deaf to the call of love, seeking only words that flatter and praise, in a world that has turned its back on the intuitive sensibilities of women, preferring the warring talk of men, in a world that seeks after the material, condemning anything that might speak of sacrifice so that the needs of all might be met, I find still all I really want is to be heard:

 

To be heard for who I am.

To be heard for the gifts I bring into the world

And to be heard for the message of love that was once shown to me and that I was asked, in the most painful moment of my life, to carry forth into the world.

 

Will it be in this lifetime that I am finally heard or will humanity perish because of its inability to hear?

 

 

 

 

 

I Know Why I’m Here

 

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I know why I’m here, and as we stand at the ending (THANK GOD) of 2017 and at the threshold of 2018, I find myself even more aware of who I am, my purpose in this life and all the resources that have shown up along the way to make up the unique gift and call that I bring to the world. This is a calling so unique (and yet so simple and so universal) that words almost always elude me.  I have yet to find “the elevator speech” which adequately describes who I am and what I do.  What I do is kind of like my mom’s “Everything but the Kitchen Sink” soup…..there’s a little bit of this, a little bit of that, a pound or two of this, and a splash of that……all of which comes together to make the most amazing winter soup in the whole wide world.

On one hand, I am here to be and fulfill the Magdalene Mission.

What the heck does that mean????? Again, like my mom’s soup, it is a little bit of this and a little bit of that:

  1. Restoring Mary Magdalene to her rightful place in the Christian narrative, and in doing so, restoring women to their rightful place in the continuing mission of love, and in doing so, restoring the lost feminine to what once honored and empowered women equally with men but which very quickly sold the feminine out for the patriarchal norm and which then systematically sought out the destruction of anything that resembled feminine power.
  2. In restoring the feminine – reclaiming the INNER aspects of Jesus’ mission of love. Inner aspects which include: the primacy of contemplative prayer and meditation, the journey of self-knowledge, the process of becoming self-actualized (coming to know our unique giftedness and calling and being empowered to use these gifts for the sake of our own fulfillment and for the betterment of the world), which honors the inner authority (God) over any outside perceived authority and over any laws made up by man, which understood ritual as a vehicle of celebration and worship and not as a requirement for salvation.
  3. In reclaiming the inner – restoring egalitarian, collaborative, cooperative models of leadership and in the building up of community. Understanding the purpose of community to be that which supports and empowers individuals in self-realization, knowing that in doing so, the community and therefore the world are enriched and made better.

In doing all of the above, our understanding of the mission of Jesus is completely transformed.

  1. No longer do we believe that Jesus came to start a new religion, or to create anything that might separate one human being from another.
  2. We come to understand that Jesus’ mission had nothing to do with religion, tribe, nationality, gender, etc. but had to do with only one thing….and that one thing is UNIVERSAL.
  3. That one thing is LOVE.
  4. This is not a co-dependent kind of love that has anything to do with seeking approval or guidance from outside of us (including “God”), but is only found within in our intimate relationship with our highest self and that which some might call “God.”

When you mix this all together and put it in the crockpot, like my mom’s “Everything but the Kitchen Sink” soup, it boils down to one thing:  LOVE.

I am here for the purpose of Love.

And so are you.

How are you supporting yourself in living out your purpose?

 

 

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Wild Woman Renaissance Starts TODAY!

Please join me TODAY as featured speaker in the Wild Woman Renaissance hosted by Shellie White Light.  Click on the image below to register and participate for FREE!!!!

FREE online Summit

August 1 – August 21

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Do you know deep inside that your wild, creative light is being called to shine? Are you feeling stifled, stuck or even unworthy of stepping forward into this radiance? Then keep reading. Feminine leaders all over the world are being called to SHOW UP, and serve through their TRUE passion at this revolutionary time on earth. If you’re reading this, you’re one of them. ‘She’ has risen, and ‘Her’ voice is calling us to heal and serve NOW!

I understand how difficult it can be to have the courage to share your passions and align them with your Divine Purpose, especially if you are unaware of the true power your sexuality holds. Sexual sovereignty is directly linked to how to expression your God given gifts and unique contribution. When we are numb to our pain, we are also numb to our purpose. It’s time to TALK about those areas that have been silenced, shamed, objectified and oppressed, so we can rise and shine! No more waiting.

That’s why I’m so excited to let you know about The Wild Woman’s Renaissance that my sister Shellie White Light is hosting. This FREE online series of sacred conversations is empowering, life-changing, and transforming!

Shellie is a sought-after Sacred Sexuality and Spiritual Mentor, a vessel for Divine Mother’s Love. Growing up the only daughter to a long lineage of Baptist Preachers, she knows the wounding of religious and societal shame around sexuality and self expression all too well. However, her studies of the deeper Feminine-centered teachings of Jesus and Mary Magdalene, along with traveling the world studying with many shamans, healers, teachers, visionaries and creators of the highest caliber, has given her a unique set of tools and perspectives. Through these life experiences she birthed a passion for helping women acknowledge their own self-sabotage and break free from the chains that hold them back from a FULLY expressed existence; using a unique blend of intuitive shamanism and confidence coaching to guide women to embody their gifts and sensuality to courageously share their greatest service. That is what The Wild Woman’s Renaissance is all about!

I am one of 21 featured speakers on an experts panel of powerhouse female visionaries. It is an honor to share stories and tools along side these other women who are doing their work in the world as priestesses, shamanic pelvic floor practitioners, doctors of fertility and menstrual flow, womb wisdom carriers, mojo recovery specialists, orgasmic manifesting experts … and beyond! Together, our collective experience and skill sharing will help to embody and embrace sexual sovereignty so that you can begin to live from your own *juicy* creative connection.

This event starts on August 1st and runs live through August 21st, ending on the same day a Total Solar Eclipse crosses coast-to-coast across the USA!

This is a very powerful conversation happening at a *very* potent point on the timeline of our lives.

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Shellie is a stand for all women everywhere living and expressing themselves, sexually and creatively, from a place of devotion and wholeness. This shift needs as many awakened lights as possible. Will you be a spark, a candle in the darkness?

Don’t wait, The Renaissance has begun.

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Warmest blessings,

Lauri Ann Lumby

Join the Wild Woman Renaissance

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FREE online Summit

August 1 – August 21

Join us HERE.

Do you know deep inside that your wild, creative light is being called to shine? Are you feeling stifled, stuck or even unworthy of stepping forward into this radiance? Then keep reading. Feminine leaders all over the world are being called to SHOW UP, and serve through their TRUE passion at this revolutionary time on earth. If you’re reading this, you’re one of them. ‘She’ has risen, and ‘Her’ voice is calling us to heal and serve NOW!

I understand how difficult it can be to have the courage to share your passions and align them with your Divine Purpose, especially if you are unaware of the true power your sexuality holds. Sexual sovereignty is directly linked to how to expression your God given gifts and unique contribution. When we are numb to our pain, we are also numb to our purpose. It’s time to TALK about those areas that have been silenced, shamed, objectified and oppressed, so we can rise and shine! No more waiting.

That’s why I’m so excited to let you know about The Wild Woman’s Renaissance that my sister Shellie White Light is hosting. This FREE online series of sacred conversations is empowering, life-changing, and transforming!

Shellie is a sought-after Sacred Sexuality and Spiritual Mentor, a vessel for Divine Mother’s Love. Growing up the only daughter to a long lineage of Baptist Preachers, she knows the wounding of religious and societal shame around sexuality and self expression all too well. However, her studies of the deeper Feminine-centered teachings of Jesus and Mary Magdalene, along with traveling the world studying with many shamans, healers, teachers, visionaries and creators of the highest caliber, has given her a unique set of tools and perspectives. Through these life experiences she birthed a passion for helping women acknowledge their own self-sabotage and break free from the chains that hold them back from a FULLY expressed existence; using a unique blend of intuitive shamanism and confidence coaching to guide women to embody their gifts and sensuality to courageously share their greatest service. That is what The Wild Woman’s Renaissance is all about!

I am one of 21 featured speakers on an experts panel of powerhouse female visionaries. It is an honor to share stories and tools along side these other women who are doing their work in the world as priestesses, shamanic pelvic floor practitioners, doctors of fertility and menstrual flow, womb wisdom carriers, mojo recovery specialists, orgasmic manifesting experts … and beyond! Together, our collective experience and skill sharing will help to embody and embrace sexual sovereignty so that you can begin to live from your own *juicy* creative connection.

This event starts on August 1st and runs live through August 21st, ending on the same day a Total Solar Eclipse crosses coast-to-coast across the USA!

This is a very powerful conversation happening at a *very* potent point on the timeline of our lives.

Join now by clicking here http://wildwomansrenaissance.com/LauriLumby

Shellie is a stand for all women everywhere living and expressing themselves, sexually and creatively, from a place of devotion and wholeness. This shift needs as many awakened lights as possible. Will you be a spark, a candle in the darkness?

Don’t wait, The Renaissance has begun.

http://wildwomansrenaissance.com/LauriLumby

Warmest blessings,

Lauri Ann Lumby

 

Woman Most Wild – Book Review

I feel like I have read every book on the market on witch craft, Wicca, Celtic magic, druid practices, magic, magik, magick, goddess worship, and the neo-pagan movement, but none of these have done what Danielle Dulsky has done through her book Woman Most Wild – Three Keys to Liberating the Witch Within. In this sumptuous, scrumptious, sensuous (meaning engaging all the senses), book, Danielle has rescued the inherent, intuitive magic of women from the dogma and doctrine that has continually tried to imprison it.  Danielle has done what no one else (with the possible exception of Phyllis Curott) has been able to do – transcend the very “religions” who either claim women’s power as their own, or demonize it as the work of the devil.  Instead, Danielle makes feminine power available and acceptable to every woman without making them feel as if they have to discard their personal beliefs for the magic they hold within.  Thank you Danielle for this beautiful book!  It is a delight to read, informative and empowering.  I highly recommend this book!

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About the author:

Danielle Dulsky, author of Woman Most Wild, is an artist, yoga teacher, energy worker, and founder of Living Mandala Yoga teacher training programs. She leads women’s circles, Witchcraft workshops, and energy healing trainings and lives in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania. Find her online at DanielleDulsky.com.

Healing the Mother Wound Online Retreat

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As women, our most intimate and foundational relationship is with our mothers. Our relationship with our mother is complicated at best, and has made us who we are – for better or for worse. Whether our mother is our best friend or our enemy, no one escapes the mother wound.

The mother wound is the original wound of humanity, taking root at the moment of our birth when we are suddenly cast out of an experience of union into the experience of separation. This perception of separation is the cause of all suffering and conflict in the human condition. The human journey is about healing this wound of separation and the ability of our mother’s to mother us, in the way that we need, is dependent on how she has healed her own mother wound. For many, if not most, this wound remains unhealed and is carried down generation after generation after generation until someone decides to do something about it.

This guided retreat is your opportunity to do something about healing the mother wound. Healing the mother wound frees us to transcend the challenges of the mother/daughter relationship which then allows us to live more fully in our own truth. No longer carrying the burden of our mother’s unacknowledged shame, or bearing the wounds of our mother’s projections, we are able to shine our own light in the world.  Healing the mother wound transforms not only our relationship with our own mothers, but transforms the entire ancestral lineage, healing all those who have gone before us and those who will come after us, including our own daughters and sons.

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Woman on Fire – the Poetry of Wendy E. Slater

I don’t remember what initially caused our lives to intersect, but since coming to know Wendy E. Slater, I have found in her a soul-sister, fellow shit-disturber, priestess, goddess and healer.  When I was flat on my back with a raging ear infection last fall, Wendy showed up with her Shamanic gifts and helped support my healing.  For this, I will be ever, eternally grateful.  Wendy’s poetry rocks me to the core and sings to my soul – songs of the feminine angst, sexual tension, the ecstasies and agonies of love and just plain REALNESS.  More than anything, Wendy exposes the fullness of what it means to be human and what it means to be fully female in a masculine-dominated world.  I love her work, but more than this, I love her Soul and the gifts she brings to humanity in its transition from ignorance into true seeing, fear into love.  Thank you Wendy!  

Of the Flame, Poems-Volume 15 by Wendy E. Slater is the second in the series of her spiritual poetry or “vision quest poetry” to be published. The poetry continues to chronicle the inner journey of self-discovery and the Divine, awakening us to our own Truth as we travel the path, the personal journey, and awaken from the illusory separation of self and Divinity. Subsequently, self-forgiveness allows us to surrender to our wholeness without false perfection. When we cast blame and self-judgment aside, we transform, heal, and reawaken from “the mythos” of separation and become One.

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As the flame comes in,

     It comes forth

       Like a volcano

       With rage kept under

            The sea

                Of devotion

                Of being apart

                And not touched,

                The grace

                    Of love gone

                    For too long ,

                    Like amnesia.

 

When water hits vents with force

       From movement below

                It all spews forth

       Without hiding

               From God’s eye

       I have been discovered

                In the lingering dormancy

       And creating now

                By amplitude

       Our continent.

(c) 2016 Wendy E. Slater

Reader Reviews for Of the Flame:

“Wendy E. Slater’s new volume of poetry, Of the Flame, reads like a smoking bowl of hot chilis right off the griddle. Consider this, ‘Who is omniscient / Lies in wait / On the porch / To eat your ego alive,’ and further, ‘The unfolding / Is in the forest of my love, / Mysterious unchartered territory.’ Profound, gutsy, full of life and a thoroughly enjoyable read. Full of passion and flame, indeed. Highly recommended.”

—John A. Perks, author of The Mahasiddha and His Idiot Servant Ven. Seonaidh Perks, Celtic Buddhist Lineage

“Once again Wendy E. Slater turns her unique poetic talents, her gritty voice and her lyrical intensity to an exploration of the self, in contexts that demand a cunning navigation between the longing for companionship and the need for independence, between contemporary society’s false glitter with its plastic wrapped apparent perfection and the true beauty that the mind demands but also fears. Hers is a world of shopping malls and tigers, AstroTurf and mountains, mud puddles and flame, contrasts that fuse into a powerfully rewarding poetic whole.”

—Rosemary Lloyd, Litt.D (Cambridge), scholar and translator, and author of Baudelaire’s World

“Wendy E. Slater revels in all aspects of love. Love between people—love’s longings—the bittersweet aspects of loving—even the forgiving parts of love. Using short choppy lines in forceful poetics, she explains her feelings, her wishes and the boundaries of love. She describes the ‘Coral majesty of fishes / In ecstatic hues / Of tropical vibration’ and ‘A bouquet / Of spring flowers / All ways / Unfolding in the Breath’s / Sacred exhale’ in terms of life itself. Ms. Slater successfully writes with intelligence and knowledge about the feelings and interactions between people and their effects on one another. She reaches the core and uncovers the basis. Each reader will relate to her words based on their own lives. We will all benefit from her poems providing this insight. To sum up this latest book of poems, Wendy E. Slater writes about humanity with a ceaseless and challenging purpose.”

—D.R. Deutsch, Poet-In-Residence, Port Chester, Rye Brook Public Library

Wendy E. Slater:

Wendy E.SlaterMy life experience continues to be a personal healing journey of self knowledge, gained by participating in and or observing all facets of my own life story. I seek the meaning of life by giving my own life meaning. Originally a liberal arts student in the 1980’s, I gravitated toward science (i.e., the genetics of small captive societies) during my years of academic study and increasingly became aware, and an advocate, of the interconnectedness of all living things.
This understanding was refined through the years with the help of a holistic medical doctor who introduced me to his world of alternative, nontraditional medicine, beginning with ortho molecular medicine and vitamin therapy, and culminating, among other things, with acupuncture, homeopathy, intuitive healing, radionics, psychic healing, shamanistic healing, herbs, essences, and Chi Gong.
Like Diogenes searching the world for an honest man, I searched traditional and nontraditional medicine for healing. My journey made me increasingly aware that all human societies, throughout the Ages, in each era or geographic location, recognize healers, regardless of the nature of the treatments offered, who communicate with life force energy, external to the individual but at the same time resident within the self.
 My realization that balance between these forms of life force energies is key to well-being led me to study and gain experience in radionics, homeopathy, iridology, and meditation; as a Reiki Master Teacher, a certified Jin Shin Jyutsu® practitioner and self-help instructor, and as a student of Tibetan Yoga teacher training; and in Chi Gong, the healing properties of herbs, flower and gem essences, healing crystals and gems, and quantum healing.
Learn more about Wendy and her work at https://traduka.com/
*Previously published on 8/3/16 at http://www.authenticfreedomacademy.com