Over the next few months, we will be featuring weekly interviews with all of the amazing women that are leading courses through Mystery School of the Goddess. Pour a cuppa something yummy and get to know them a bit better!
Our first feature is Lauri Ann Lumby who joined Mystery School of the Goddess in December with gorgeous Magdalene courses. She is also a biweekly contributor on MotherHouse of the Goddess (see her MotherHouse articles). Lauri will also be coming on Goddess Alive Radio on January 28 to talk about the Magdalene, her books, and her courses. Tune in!
Lauri Ann Lumby, OM, MATS is an author, teacher, priestess, healer and prophet. She is the author of the highly-anticipated, Song of the Beloved – the Gospel According to Mary Magdalene andAuthentic Freedom, both of which reveal the hidden teachings of Jesus as revealed through his most devoted student, co-equal minister and beloved partner, Mary Magdalene. For over twenty years, Lauri has researched, studied and put into practice these hidden teachings of the Judeo-Christian tradition and discovered within them rich and effective tools for facilitating self-awareness and self-actualization. These teachings and practices prove that beyond the doctrine resides the truth that unites all people – the truth of Oneness in Love. As a priestess of the Magdalene/Christ, Lauri shares these teachings through her on-line and local courses, one-on-one mentoring, writing and publishing.
Lauri is the owner of Authentic Freedom Academy and founder of the Order of the Magdalene. She lives in Oshkosh, WI. You can learn more about Lauri, her writings, programs and services at www.authenticfreedomacademy.com.
Mystery School of the Goddess is delighted to have Lauri and she is teaching some juicy courses:
- Magdalene Activation Course
- Magdalene Ordination Course
- Introducing Mary Magdalene (free course)
- All of Lauri’s Courses
What does Goddess mean to you?
To me, Goddess is the feminine aspect and expression of the Divine – the aspect that has been suppressed for the past 5000+ years in Western culture and which is desperately in need of a come-back. When we suppress the Goddess, we suppress the feminine and when we do this, all hell breaks loose! As a species that expresses itself in two genders, we need a Divine that represents all that we are – Masculine and Feminine – and specifically the holy aspects of each.
Do you have a primary Goddess?
Having been raised Catholic, my initial Goddess devotion was to Mother Mary, first through the rosary, then through prayer and intercession. Later in my life, the Magdalene (Mary Magdalene) revealed herself to me and presented me with the call to become a Priestess of the Magdalene. It is now to the Magdalene (including various aspects of her from other traditions) that my primary devotion is centered. The Magdalene represents to me all that has been suppressed in the Roman interpretation of the Jesus story – feminine empowerment, the esoteric, sensuality, sexuality, embodied spirituality, self-knowledge, a direct path to the Divine, the path to self-actualization including shadow work.
What book are reading right now?
Cathedral of the Black Madonna by Jean Markale
Who are the major influencers on your Goddess path?
My own inner self. I have followed where I have been led, starting with Catholicism, then study in Celtic spirituality (starting with the King Arthur legends, then studying Celtic paganism), then the Magdalene directly. I have to give credit to two women for solidifying this course for me: Marion Zimmer Bradley in her writing of The Mists of Avalon, and Susan Haskins with her work on the Magdalene.
What is your favorite food?
Is coffee a food? 😉
Do you maintain a daily spiritual practice and would you like to share?
YES! This has been the single most important gift I have given myself – diligent attention to my spiritual practice. My practice is a crazy hodge-podge including: reading the daily scripture, mantra (usually through a Bhakti yoga chant), silence and when I have time, journaling. I also practice yoga and free-dance on a regular basis, both of which I consider spiritual practices.
Top 3 songs on your current playlist
Sounds of Silence by Disturbed
Love is the Drug from the Suckerpunch movie soundtrack.
Anandamayi-Ma chant by Brenda McMorrow.
How do you create sacred space and would you like to share a picture of your altars/sacred space?
I affectionately refer to my house as “little altars everywhere.” I create sacred space wherever I am able. I also hold circle frequently and set an altar for every circle.
Top 3 ritual/ceremony tools that you always have on hand
- Selenite wand
- Something for smudging, clearing space. (sage, frankincense, palo santo)
- Oil for anointing
Why have you chosen to teach the courses that are currently on Mystery School?
My courses always come out of my own process. I teach that which has changed my own life and which has proved to me to be useful tools of personal empowerment. See all of Lauri’s Courses
What is happening for the upcoming year?
My goal this year is to cultivate my audience with Mystery School of the Goddess and to get back to writing the sequel to my Mary Magdalene novel, Song of the Beloved, I’m still in the researching mode, but I sense writing is soon to come.
Connect further with Lauri:
YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTDjZm6JF3Qm99fG5L9lyvw