Wisdom may take many forms and can be received through many different pathways. Lauri Ann Lumby is blessed to be presented with the truths of the Magdalene, and in her book, “Only Love-the Secret Teachings of Mary Magdalene”, she reveals these ideas to us. What do these revelations mean? What is the importance of a different perspective on Mary Magdalene? Do we “hear” her differently? What does “hearing” her differently mean to our current world? Why now?
I was moved by biblical scripture which states, “Our Mother/Father opens my ear that I may hear”. I don’t think I would have “heard” this book as well two years ago. This book is important now, and fresh and raw and new and old, all at the same time. Learn how the Magdalene understands our current culture, “Like Mary, we have been silenced”. Many of us have lived a bit of a Mary Magdalene existence. Like her we waited and now we rise in the aftermath of Harvey, Kevin, Charlie, Al and Matt. Which is why we have to keep listening, we have to keep being heard, we have to keep learning, understanding, reaching out. It is important now to hear from all the silenced people.
In our humanity, we are constantly striving for balance and oneness with God, but as Ms. Lumby shows us, this process is not simple or easy. Mary Magdalene helps to guide us toward that balance because of her experiences and her life with the Christ. The agony and the ecstacy. My own bias got in the way as I asked myself, “Is this book only meaningful to people desiring a male-female relationship?” I had to reframe that the balance of male and female was energy-based, therefore, something beyond physical. The teachings of Mary Magdalene are for anyone who wishes to receive them.
Considering the concept of “beloved partnership”, by chance I have been doing a lot of reading about John Lennon and Yoko Ono. In my mind, they portray two people who not only struggled with their own internal divine/unholy, male-female balances as individuals, but also lived as a complete beloved coupling here on earth. As ultimate soul mates, they shut out the world, then brought it back when they wanted. They couldn’t not be with each other once they were found. I think I am reminded of the Magdalence and the Christ, as she was his eyes and ears, while he was the mouth being heard. We must recall it was wasn’t him suppressing her voice, it was always us. Our society.
I am fortunate to know Lauri Ann Lumby personally, to live in the community she lives in and to have experienced her teaching. I come from a place of truth when I say, the words in this book were received in a place of pure love. The amazing gift is that Lauri’s heart has actually been touched, and somehow bound, by Mary Magdalene and Jesus Christ. “Only Love” offers a vast journey across the ages which beckons us to personally reflect on bringing more love to the world. I delighted in being directly challenged with these words, “What are you going to choose?” I look forward to spending more time working with the meditations and exercises in Part Four. These will provide a deep, contemplative opportunity for self-reflection. I look ahead to the possibility of a world filled with “Magdalenes” intentionally filling the world with love, refusing fear and creating balance. I hope to find myself among them.