Mary Magdalene and the Call to Beloved Partnership

An excerpt from my book, Only Love – the Secret Teachings of Mary Magdalene

 

In Mary’s own words:

My beloved brothers and sisters, I want to speak to you today about the “call of the beloved,” the most sacred and most holy call of the human experience, one that not everyone is called to, but for those who are, they cannot and must not settle for less.

The call of the beloved is not to be confused with co-dependency – needing someone to complete you. At the same time, the call of the beloved IS about completion … or rather, it is about REUNION. Specifically, the call of the beloved is about being reunited with your Sacred Twin, your Twin Soul, he or she that is necessary for the fulfillment of your mission on this plane, and you for them.

Jesus and I were beloveds for each other. In this, neither he nor I could complete our missions on this plane without our coming together … not just as friends, companions, co-ministers or co-equals, but also as lovers.  We consummated this love within the blessings and vows of matrimony and the marriage bed was our temple.

While this will not be the call of every beloved partnership, for those who are called to come together in the rite of sacred intimacy, it is the most holy rite and one that exists only between the beloved partnership, not to be tainted by outside influence or engagement. In this way, the rites of the marriage bed are sacred and holy to the couple, held in secret between them, all for the sake of their own growing intimacy and for the sake of initiating the creation codes that assist in bringing forth the new earth.  This was part and parcel of the holy work Jesus and I together accomplished, the rites of which shall forever remain secret and sacred, but which can be discovered by those who find themselves called to this same kind of holiness and in the context of their own beloved partnership.

Our beloved is not unknown to us. In fact, knowledge of the beloved and the call of the beloved resides within us from our conception to be awakened in a time that is appropriate and pre-ordained. For those who possess this call, they speak of having known, for as long as they can remember, the energy of their beloved.  This energy provokes us to seek after the fulfillment of this knowing and we are unsatisfied until this knowing is fulfilled in the physical coming together with our beloved. 

Sometimes, when we do not yet know ourselves, we mistake another for the beloved. This mistake only leads to more frustration and misery, our Soul crying out that “this is not the one,” often provoking us into trying to make the mistake be our beloved, which again only results in failure.  There is no one who can be made into our beloved because in the case of true beloved partnership, there can be only one.  Nothing else will satisfy.

Beloved partners come together for a specific mission and purpose. Sometimes it is to bring forth new life in the form of children, but more often, it is for a purpose even higher than this.  Beloved partners coming together impacts the world in profound ways that often cannot be fully seen.  In the case of Jesus and myself, for example, we were able to be together physically for only a short period of time, but our coming together initiated a profound change in the course of humanity that is only now beginning to be realized – more than 2000 years after we shared our physical lives.  Our coming together did not end with Jesus’ death and resurrection, indeed, our partnership has continued throughout the millennia and will continue into eternity.  In addition, our coming together planted the seeds for other beloved partnerships to come forth – partners that have continued our work and will continue to do so as the evolution of human consciousness unfolds.  St. Francis and St. Clare, Teresa of Avila and John of the Cross, Sri Aurobindo and The Mother, Barbara Marx Hubbard and her Beloved Earl, Roma Downey and Mark Barnett are a few examples of these partnerships. 

Beloved Partners come together for the sake of their own fulfillment, but more importantly, they come together for the sake of the transformation of the world. They are not just here to awaken humanity, they are here to TRANSFORM humanity from a species rooted in fear to one that resides in love.  It is for this reason that those called to beloved partnership cannot find rest until this partnership becomes real – not only within one’s self but in real and true physical form.  Once this is accomplished, and after they surrender into the sacred and holy place of this partnership, both find peace. 

I wish that I could describe to you the sheer joy and sense of contentment that comes with beloved partnership – it is a feeling that cannot be described, but can only be lived. It is a peace beyond imagining – even when the life one is leading is not peaceful (Jesus and I both experienced condemnation, ridicule, suffering and in the case of my Beloved, death).  There is a joy in the creativity that emerges in this partnership and an excitement over what is being created. 

And then there is love. The love between Beloved partners cannot be described.  It is a self-sustaining, supportive, empowering, all-embracing kind of love.  It is love for love’s sake … but more than this, it is love that sees the beloved through the vision of the GREAT BELOVED, that which some might call “God.”  This is not an idealized, placed on a pedestal kind of love, this is the love that says, “I know you … with all your human frailty and imperfections, and I love you, not in spite of this, but because of this.”  The love of Beloved partners transcends the otherwise perceived separations between human beings and in this partnership, two have indeed become one – the yin to each other’s yang, the ebb to the each other’s flow and the ecstasy to each other’s despair.  The beloved partnership holds it all within the container of holy and sacred – acknowledging the holiness of the entire human experience – the joys and the sorrows, the love and the fear, the peace and the conflict – it is all held as sacred within this partnership so that humanity can come to accept all that it has been given – both the holy and the profane, the dark and the light.  In Beloved Partnership, the wisdom of the psalmist is lived out to its fullest:

“For to thee, darkness and light are but one.”

Psalm 139: 12

 

Mary Magdalene the First Pope?

Book Review

Who did Jesus really ordain as his successor – Peter or Mary Magdalene? This is a question that has plagued Christianity since Jesus died on the cross.  Michael Hearns’ groundbreaking book, Mary Magdalene – the First Pope, sheds new light on the question of apostolic succession and does so in the most surprising of ways – through engineering and architecture.  Specifically, Michael has broken the code of the mathematical formulas used in the construction of the tabernacle first built by Moses.  Overlaying the construction of the tabernacle with the gospel narratives of the resurrection of Jesus, Michael presents irrefutable evidence that it was Mary Magdalene, not Peter, who was designated Jesus’ successor.  As the only one of the disciples able to accomplish the work of the High Priest by entering into the Holy of Holies, Mary Magdalene became the first witness to the resurrection, and the one designated by Christ to continue his mission in his stead and the one who truly bore the keys of the kingdom. These discoveries not only cast Mary Magdalene in a whole new light, but invite a radical departure from two thousand years of male privilege by restoring women to their rightful place as leaders of the Church Jesus inspired.

Mary Magdalene – the First Pope is a must read for all Magdalene aficionados and for any interested in sound scientific evidence of the truths that we might otherwise only know in our hearts.

Michael Hearns: My profile is best outlined by my track record in resolving some of the most cryptic puzzles and unsolved mysteries in the Bible, which have challenged potential saints and academia throughout the centuries. A significant breakthrough came in the research work when I detected two formulas, which were related to the practise of recording the movements of the planets. It is known that the ancients were engrossed in studying the heavens and recordings of their observations have been found on ancient Babylonian tablets. But nobody suspected that the ancient Hebrews had somehow acquired very sophisticated recordings of the night sky. Now that the numerical data has been decoded the big picture can be outlined and it is on a higher plane of intelligence. The findings show that the biblical prophets used the data on astronomy to map images or write messages of their visionary impressions relative to a metaphysical gateway to heaven in the afterlife.

Learn more about Michael at: www.sevenbiblewonders.com.

 

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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Jesus and Ascension

There has been much discussion lately in the www universe on the topic of ascension. Below is a channeled response to the question about how Jesus fits into the topic of ascension:

Death is the atonement. Resurrection is the result. When we give our life for the all, as we have done so diligently, we transcend the perceived separation of human consciousness. This is what Jesus did. In his human flesh he came to know his Oneness with God, with himself, with humanity and with all of creation. In this, he Re-membered his true Divine nature, and then learned how to fully embody this in human form. Attaining Oneness was the ascension, and then he allowed that consciousness to descend fully into his human form…becoming the “new Adam.” This is the “ascending and descending” of angels reference in scripture and the fulfillment of the Tree of Life. When Jesus died on the cross, he journeyed through the seven fears of the human experience, and at the final moment, remembered his Oneness again “Into your hands I commend my spirit.” While he lay in the tomb for three days, with the help of Mary Magdalene, the man who was Jesus was transformed into the Christ. He “descended” into hell….meaning his consciousness once again felt the sharp sting of separation. And then he was reborn – not in flesh – but as the Light Being that is known as The Christ. In his Light body, there is no more pain, no more suffering, etc. He simply bears witness to the suffering of humanity …..from a place of objective witness, infinite knowing, compassion and love. And he stands as a source of ongoing support….first as the model of perfection (of the potential that resides within all of humanity), then as a guide, teacher, source of healing and comfort.

The difference between what Jesus went through and what we are currently facilitating is that he had to die a physical death (that is assuming we believe the literal truth of Jesus’ death and not the alternative that the Gospels are merely a metaphor for the journey along the Tree of Life) …..so that a great Divine intervention for the sake of humanity might take place. We no longer have to die the physical death….because of what Jesus (and others before him) did, we have the opportunity to attain our own Christhood in physical form….fully embodying our True Divine/Christed nature for the sake of our own “salvation” and so that a great Divine intervention might take place on behalf of the whole human race……and all of creation. We live this from the perspective of our 5D perch….supporting, guiding, loving. Once we have died and then rise from the dead, there is no more suffering….only understanding, compassion and love as we continue to serve humanity and its great unfolding.

– Lauri Ann Lumby

The Magdalene Priest/Priestess Training was given to Lauri Ann Lumby as a tool for supporting the awakening of human consciousness and to support participants in their own journey of ascension and self-actualization.  Learn more and take the FREE preview course by clicking on the icon below:

How Mary Magdalene Saves the World

Christian doctrine tells us that Jesus saved us through his dying and rising, transmuting the “sin” of humanity through his sacrifice, thereby eliminating the separation between humanity and God. Whether or not we literally believe this to be true (personally, I have another idea of how Jesus “saves”), it is a metaphor that has informed and formed the development of Western civilization and that of any other culture touched by its influence. As a culture that has embraced sacrifice and death as the way to salvation, we have entirely missed the point of the human experience – the point being the human experience itself.  In focusing only on sacrifice and death, we have forgotten how to live.

If Jesus saved us through his sacrifice, death and resurrection,

Mary Magdalene saves us through her living.

Enter Mary Magdalene. If Jesus saved us through his sacrifice, death and resurrection, Mary Magdalene saves us through her living. She lived the fullness of the human experience and unlike Jesus, was not released from her suffering by death.  She suffered the pain of abuse, rejection, condemnation, ridicule, trauma, loss, homelessness, expulsion, banishment, and every other form of human pain.  Death did not relief her of her suffering.  Instead, she had to find a path through the suffering and to the liberation that was waiting on the other side of the challenge.  In finding her way through the suffering, Mary was healed and transformed, growing in strength and courage because of her ability to find her way through the suffering.  Mary Magdalene provides for us an example of human resilience.  We do not worship her for her martyrdom, for she did not die for anyone’s sin.  Instead, we see in her the way to make it through the inherent challenges of the human experience while paving the way for others to do the same.

Saving the World through Our Living

This is the call of the Magdalene – especially for those called into her service. We are not here to save others through our death. We are here to save ourselves and provide an example for others while transmuting the very path itself.  This is the “magic” of the Magdalene priesthood.  When we allow ourselves to be fully present to the challenges that life will hand us and use the tools we have been given to find our way through those challenges, we are strengthened, we grow in courage, we are healed of our wounds and we are transformed.  In this transformation, we are better able to enjoy the sublime moments of life – appreciating the beauty and wonder, finding joy in the simple things, embracing the ecstasy of love, reveling in the banquet of life.  We learn how to love, how to find peace, contentment and joy.  And we are changed.  As we are changed, and so are all those around us – our friends and loved ones, our family, and every single person we meet along the way.  Through the example of the Magdalene and the tools she left behind, we learn how to live and in learning how to live we are saved and the whole world with us.

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Holding Space for the Divine Masculine

As Mary Magdalene was the Divine Feminine to Jesus’ Divine Masculine, and likely supported Jesus in his own awakening, so too are all women bearing the Magdalene call invited to support the rebirthing of the Divine Masculine in our world.  Below is my vow.  If you feel so-called, I invited you to do the same. 

A Vow to the Divine Masculine

In addition to the vow I have made to myself to be fully born,

I vow to be a vessel through which

The Divine Masculine may find its place in our world.

I offer a safe space in which the Masculine

may lay down his sword

and reveal the tender places of his heart.

Where he might shed tears for his own wounds

and for the wounds of humanity.

Where he may be strengthened

in his commitment to birthing himself –

Birthing his own Divine Masculine:

Of courage and tenderness

Strength and vulnerability

Action and receptivity

Provision and protection

Compassion, understanding and love.

The way all men were meant to be

Before the unholy too its place.

As a Divine Feminine female,

I vow to be a vessel through which

The Divine Masculine may be born

As a queen welcoming her king,

And a goddess welcoming her god.

I offer my loving support to you

in the hope that one day

we might all be free.

 

I offer this as an invitation for all women. If you want to join me in this vow, please add your name in the comments section below, and then share this post on your social media sites, inviting your friends to do the same! 

 

I Know Why I’m Here

 

Image Credit: Robert M. Place

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?

 

 

A Modern Priesthood

Proposing a new model of what it means to be “Priest”

For the past 2000-5000 years, priesthood (across religions) has meant one thing: a position of power and authority held by men acting as an intermediary between the undeserving flock and their god. These men have given themselves the power to interpret the word of their god and to dictate doctrine around their interpretation of that word.  They have appointed themselves determiners of who is saved and who is not and have created rituals and practices to be observed by the undeserving so that they might earn the “love” of a jealous and fickle god and therefore their heavenly reward after death.  These men have used the threat of eternal damnation to manipulate those they “serve” and have benefited from a culture based in fear. These men have been held as separate, more important and more powerful than the people they “serve” and have benefited from this separation, given places of honor and becoming rich on the backs of those who are expected to pay, pray and obey.

Whereas not every man who has followed the call to be “priest” (or woman who has taken on this kind of priesthood) has lived their priesthood in this way, all are complicit in a culture and a structure that places one in a position of power over those they are meant to serve. The current structure of the priesthood – especially as it is expressed in the Catholic Church in which I was raised, is a culture of (often white) privilege rooted in separation lived out through power and control.  I can’t help but believe that this is not what Jesus had in mind.  In fact, it seemed that Jesus spoke openly against those who placed themselves in positions of authority and who lauded their power over others.  Instead, Jesus provided a completely different model of what priesthood might be which seems to have gotten lost somewhere along the way.

In order to understand the kind of priesthood that Jesus lived and then modeled for those who spent time in his company, we don’t have to look very far. Scripture is quite clear about the priesthood that Jesus embodied – one of healing, comforting, teaching and empowering with Jesus hanging out, not at the top of the pyramid, but at the bottom of an inverted triangle upholding and uplifting those he sought to serve.  In this, Jesus created a container in which those to whom he ministered might be supported in doing what Jesus did – coming to know themselves as One with God in love, and in this oneness coming to know their own unique giftedness and then supported and empowered in the development of and then sharing of these gifts – for the sake of their own fulfillment and in service to the betterment of the world.

The heart – an inverted triangle!

This is the priesthood that Jesus embodied and the priesthood that Mary Magdalene was empowered to embrace. When we turn to those scriptures that didn’t make the cut of the emerging hierarchical/patriarchal institution that became Christianity, we clearly see Mary in this role:  comforting, healing, teaching and empowering the other disciples to go forth and continue the work that Jesus empowered them to do.  In this, Mary was living not as a priest within an institutional church, but as High Priest in the spirit of the ancient tradition of mystery schools which served to support women and men in achieving the fullness of their personal, psychological, emotional and spiritual development.  In short, Mary, like Jesus, did the work to support what modern-day psychologists call self-actualization.

What would our world look like if we lived priesthood in this way – coming to know our own self-actualization and then empowering others to do the same?

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