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Healing the Masculine Through Trauma Work, Spirituality, and Truth Telling with Lucas Mack

Lucas Mack discusses how confronting his childhood trauma became his life’s work

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Lucas Mack has faced the darkest parts of his past and pain and come out the other side with a mission to help other’s do the same.

Lucas was raised in a mixed religious household with a Catholic father and a Jewish mother who decided to practice as an Evangelical. In our interview he says that his life growing up was a lot about religious identity confusion, abuse, control, and fearing consequence from God. His early life was deeply embedded in the systems of his church, learning fear based faith.  Lucas struggled with anorexia and eventually attempted suicide and could never quite feel the connection most people claim when he would be asked to allow Jesus into his heart. He always wondered why.

He was devoted to his faith, even reading the bible cover to cover seven times in a row in search of answers he could not find. Eventually deciding to go in search of his truth and to finally met God for the first time meant he had to leave religion and the bible behind.

Lucas shares how as he grew into adulthood and on a new path of discovery and inquiry; on the outside the veneer of his life appeared to be flawless. He was successful, on television, had a wife and was set to have his first child.  All the boxes were checked.

When his first child came, a flood of recovered memories flushed in from childhood abuse he had incurred. It wasn’t until his second child, a boy who came into the world that these repressed memories and the pain stopped him in his tracks. He talks about how something about having a son, opened up a portal and he could see his abuse through the eyes of his innocent boy and he began mourning what had happened to him.

This is where Lucas’ work begins. Transmuting his pain and suffering, he’s made it his life work to help men face their trauma–all of it. From physical, mental, emotional and sexual abuse. Lucas is helping men face what happened to them, tell the truth about it, and become free and liberated through the healing process.

Lucas says that he felt empowered by his experiences. His healing changed the trajectory of his life and lineage. He says he got to a point in his healing where he realized it was bigger than him and that: “Once and for all, the pain stops with me.”  Lucas says he would choose this life over and and over again, he would choose to be the one to close the loop on all the ancestral suffering.  He tells the listeners that any outward correction and healing we can give ourselves starts from an honest inward reflection of what is living inside of us, that needs a voice, that needs to tell the truth, and that needs to be seen and heard.

Lucas did eventually come to find the warmth of his God, like many of us do on the path of spirituality he found God was there all along. Tucked in the sacredness of our oneness. God is Love. Love is God.

He wants to show men first and foremost how to heal, secondly how to change their relationship with societal norms that ask them to show up in really specific ways and transition from presenting as an intimidating force to becoming an open and inviting space for everyone, especially women. He states, “when men heal, the world can heal.”

Krista Xiomara is a writer, podcast host, healer, religious wounding and trauma expert, and co-founder of House of Enlightenedhood. She is a practicing Buddhist and incorporates wisdom from both Eastern and Western religions, philosophies, and spirituality.

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Honoring Our Light and Dark Phases

On episode 1 of Spirituali-tea, Leena Lemos explores the seasonality of life with predictive astrologer Crystal B.

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Welcome to the first episode of Spirituali-tea with Leena Lemos! The intention of today’s talk show is to create a safe and light-hearted space to nerd out about all things spirituality and soul development.

About Crystal B.

Crystal B. is an expert professional astrologer working with clients all over the world. She is a second-generation astrologer and has been around astrology all her life. Her office is located in Montclair, NJ. As a public speaker, writer, teacher, coach, and Astro Therapist she has become a trusted source of astrological information. She is passionate about using astrology as a tool for spirituality, mental health, and mindfulness. Additionally, she specializes in Past Life Regression in connection with our astrological influences. Crystal develops and facilitates custom astrology events and works with prominent colleges, including Harvard, Barnard Columbia, and Rutgers.

Click here to buy your copy of Crystal’s New Book, Feed Your Moon, OR find it at your Barnes and Noble! 😉

See Crystal’s skins photoshoot here.

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The Divine Energies

Natalia Santos shares a poem about leaning into Divine Masculine and Feminine energies.

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Divine Feminine, Divine Masculine

The essence of divine energies,

Allow yourself to feel the energies, allow yourself to be.

Do not tin the energetic energies. Do not judge them, let them be.

Explore and understand the flows and stillness of femininity.

Exercise and explore the actions of masculinity. Allow them to merge, grow together, blend and infuse.

Be the creator spirit that you desire to be.

Pour yourself that glass of tea,

Watch how it pours into your glass. The flow of the feminine. The cup of the masculine.

The watery trickle of imagination, daydreams, and creativity.

To the grounding of the cup which hits the root. Ravaging roots circling into the ground.

We watch in awe. As they work together.

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No. 3: Wait, No Fireworks?

Leena Lemos reflects on her “forced” spiritual awakening and how shadow work changed everything.

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The Spiritual Anthropologist is a raw, humorous, and inquisitive weekly column by Leena Lemos that explores the dance between the human experience and the spiritual being.


When I first began my journey, I spent almost four years trying to force a “spiritual awakening.” I wanted my spiritual gifts and I was done waiting for them. I visited all the crystal shops looking for the perfect stone to open my Third Eye. I listened to lightcode DNA activation binaural beats. I visited intuitive healer after intuitive healer, aching for someone to validate my spiritual existence.

Accurate portrayal of my conversations with spirit:

INT. LEENA’S BEDROOM – NIGHT

Leena sits in a lotus pose, surrounded by candles, crystals, and her latest oracle card pull. She huffs and puffs as she looks up to the ceiling.

LEENA

I’m ready for my spiritual gifts, uniiiverrrseeeeeeeee!

She opens her arms wide as she waits for the light beam to strike.

LEENA

K now. And now. Likeeeeeee now. Did you do it yet? Hello? Is this thing on?

The universe does not make a peep.

LEENA

Alrighty, then. I guess ya busy or didn’t get the memo. It’s fine. Time to keep searching.

THE END.

And I kept searching and pushing, but that spiritual activation, as I imagined, never came.

I thought my big spiritual upgrades would be accompanied by fireworks as my magic powers activated Captain Planet-style. I assumed my physiology would short circuit, causing a divine electrical surge to flow through my veins. I couldn’t wait to be that version of me, I always thought. That’s when I will truly be “spiritual.” That’s when everyone will finally see how worthy I am. That’s when all the hurt and pain will magically dissipate.

And then one day, I looked in the mirror and I didn’t recognize my own face. In trying to force a spiritual awakening I traveled even further from what I was actually searching for…self-love.

I was using my shallow form of spirituality to safeguard the young girl who built a Game of Thrones‘ size wall after high school trauma. I wanted outward recognition for the vibrant heart I kept hidden from the world. I wanted others to see my wise, cosmic, and claircognizant soul, so I could finally embody it in the “real world.”

I was ready to shine my light and was convinced it was only possible after a certain level of spiritual awareness.

After looking in that mirror, everything changed. When I turned inward, the painful truths and experiences that made me feel like I’m not enough began to bubble to the surface. I slowly began to accept that a complete universal makeover that is so divine it overpowers all of my wounds was just another escape from self-accountability.

I was caught in a limiting-belief paradigm that so many of us have fallen privvy to in the age of comparison culture on social media. And that’s the idea that there is a spiritual ladder to climb. That there is a pedestal that comes with a spiritual facade. That you are separate from your spiritual gifts. That you are separate from the universe.

I’ve worked through massive transformation this year. Massive loss. Massive burnout. Massive unlearning. Massive Healing. Massive Expansion.

Through doing the deep shadow work, I’ve seen first-hand the magic that happens when we alchemize parts of our soul that no longer serve us. It is not a gift we are given in lightning-beam form from the universe, but one we create sacred space for through our self-healing.

We are so capable. We are so powerful. We are the only ones who get to decide whether or not we grow. I’m still healing the remnants of shame that kept me from going inward sooner, but whether you call it ascension, raised consciousness, spiritual upgrades, awakening, the labels all agree on one thing: Our growth involves a perspective shift. But one you can’t see it until you’re on the otherside of it.

The truth is, most of the time, we have no idea this shift has happened until we’ve already unconsciously experienced it. But it’s the slow integration, when you are in complete universal flow, that is much more magnificent than Pomp and Circumstance.

The more I transform, the more peace I find in stillness. The more love I’m willing to give to myself and the world. The more joy I find in the present moment.

Our ego wants fireworks. It wants credibility. It wants recognition. Yet, our soul rising feels much more like a soft warm afternoon breeze. It’s light. Its fluid. It’s graceful.

I hope by sharing this reflection on my spiritual growth, you feel confident in just one thing: You are exactly where you need to be in this now moment. Celebrate it. Honor it. Send it love. Yet, don’t forget how entirely capable you are to make space for magic. The universe will not give you a pat on the back because you are already whole. You are already all that you’ve ever wanted to be.

Perhaps you just need to clean off your mirror to see it.

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