Monday Jan 17, 2022

Mary Magdalene reveals her story

Interview with Lona Lyons, author of “The Magdalene Dispensation”.

Reader Views is pleased to have Lona Lyons, author of “The Magdalene Dispensation,” with us. Welcome Canvas.

Irene: What inspired you to write “The Magdalene Dispensation”?

Lona: The characters and part of the story had been coming to me over a six-year period before I sat down and wrote what would become the actual first draft. She knew she wanted to write a book about the power of women and the strength they become when they transcend their feelings of unworthiness and the consequent tendency to compete. I wanted to show the rich gifts of women and their embodiment of the Sacred Feminine that have been devalued for thousands of years. But even I was amazed at how the story unfolded, as I’m sure most writers sit back and let the pen get away with it. The true turning point in the focus and content of the story came as a result of a writers workshop I took in which we were given exercises to help us identify our true passion, what we were most passionate about and kept awake for the night writing. . I realized that my true passion was to expose the fear and guilt, as well as the cruelty and injustice, that have been perpetrated and perpetuated by some of the Christian churches throughout history. I wanted to present a more loving and unconditional inclusive alternative that I believe is God’s truth.

Irene: You mentioned that you were surprised by how the story unfolded. Do you think that you, for want of one more word, “channeled” the story?

Lona: I have been asked that question by many people who say they feel the truth of what I have written. I can only tell you that, to the best of my knowledge, I was not “channeling” this information. Instead, I believe that I may have accessed an ancient wisdom that I once knew, and this wisdom is available to everyone.

Irene: Your book is considered fiction. How much truth do you think is in it? How do you base your belief?

Lona: For me, there is a lot of truth in the book. But I believe that it is up to each individual to develop the capacity within them to accurately discern the truth and that responsibility should not be handed over to any external authority. The “blind faith” produces fanatics and cults and closes the intrinsic part of ourselves that knows best. I call that intrinsic part the True Self and have come to know it as the presence of the Divine within each person.

I followed the same path in my early life that most follow when seeking God. I went to all the churches I could get and looked and listened carefully. The only conclusion I came to was that I would never measure up to an unforgiving God, He was angry and disappointed in me as most leaders in the pulpit claimed He was. And since God was presented as a man and I as a woman, I knew that my chances of redemption were even slimmer. However, there was something in me that pushed me forward and made me persist in my search, despite my initial disappointment. I believe that “something” was the Voice of God within me and it is genderless and omniscient. I believe that same “Voice” resides in everyone and our true job here on Earth is to allow that divinity to express itself through us, as we do.

Irene: Please give us some tools on how we can access that “Voice” you speak of.

Lona: There are probably many ways to develop inner stillness where the “Voice” can be heard. Many choose meditation as a discipline to quiet the mind’s incessant wanderings, so that a deeper Truth can be accessed beyond talk. I think intention is an important first step because it creates a kind of surrender, energetically, that opens a path to receive divine inspiration.

Irene: What research did you do before and during the writing of “The Magdalena dispensation”?

Lona: I read a lot of books and did a lot of research online, which I found more up-to-date than public libraries. Margaret Starbird’s work was an inspiration and made me ring a lot of bells, along with Holy Blood, Holy Grail. I was in the final stages of editing my book when I heard about Dan Brown’s book and my first thought was that my book might be redundant. However, when I read The Da Vinci Code, I was pleased to see that he had presented the same research that I had already seen and that his story was very different from mine. I think your book is making a great contribution by drawing attention to inconsistencies and abuses of power in Christian dogma and church hierarchies.

Irene: Much of the investigation would be your own interpretation of what you found. Please explain to us how you were able to use this research and give it a credible form.

Lona: A part of my book that is true is the part in which the fiction author tells how she was contacted by a client who claimed that she was having the memories of MarĂ­a Magdalena. In fact, a woman contacted me and wanted to do past life regression therapy to try to understand why the life of Mary Magdalene came to her so clearly. (Interesting “coincidence”, as I had already worked on an earlier draft of a Mary Magdalene book that was gathering dust in a drawer somewhere).

As I have a background in past life regression therapy, I agreed to help. Over the course of many sessions that contained many details, some of my own memories returned from that period. I began to remember that I was there with Mary and Yeshua and that explained my passion for this story, along with many other experiences that I had had in this life, such as the mystical experiences of the Crucifixion that happened spontaneously around 25 years. behind. As I got more in touch with that previous life, I was able to use that as a foundation to help make the story believable.

Irene: Some people would discredit your theory that you are “there with Mary and Yeshua”, especially people who do not believe in past lives or that one can go back to the memory bank and regain the experience. How can you make this more credible?

Lona: I probably wouldn’t be inclined to try to make it more credible. I think resistance can be of great help. It is through our struggles that we often get the big “aha!” experiences. I remember the first time I received information about my past lives. It was about 30 years ago and I did not believe or was interested in the subject because it just did not seem relevant to me. However, when someone who could see my past presented the information to me, I “knew” it was true. There was no way to prove it, I just knew it. That perspective changed my view of the world, but I don’t think it is necessary for everyone to delve into the subject of past lives. If you need the information for your higher purposes and the growth of your soul, it will be revealed to you in ways you never imagined.

Irene: Tell us about some of the most prominent characters in the book. How did you bring the characters to life?

Lona: The main characters are reuniting after having shared an incarnation 2000 years ago in different bodies with different identities and sharing a common purpose. Constance Weatherstone, the current life identity of Mary Magdalene, comes to Earth in an unusual way in complete dominance and has an estate on the Big Island of Hawaii, where most of the story takes place. Greta Muldaur is the editor and publisher of Leading Edge Women magazine, based in Honolulu, Hawaii. Ella Goldman is an accomplished artist and former college professor who owns a very successful art gallery in Carmel, California. Jillian Landry is a well-known therapist and live radio host in Austin, Texas, and interviews pioneers in alternative healing on her radio show. All the main characters are more mature women, ranging in age from 56 to 90.

I drew on my own life experiences, as well as the experience of thousands of people I have worked with and mentored, in an attempt to create personalities that were credible and credible. I think the reason so many write or call me and tell me about their tears and epiphanies while reading my book is because they can relate.

Irene: What part of the story is based on your own experience?

Lona: I took a few of my own, numerous idiosyncrasies and spread them generously throughout the book, along with many other idiosyncrasies and virtues that I have come across along the way.

Irene: Aside from being a fable, “The Dispensation of the Magdalene” has some deeply ingrained messages. Would you tell the reading audience what the most important message of the book would be?

Lona: The most important message in the book is that we are all divine, and we are all equally divine. The true basis of our equality is spiritual in nature. God does not play favorites because favoritism requires judgment and there is no judgment possible in Unconditional Love. The greatest gift that we have been given is the spark of divinity that resides within us and connects us as an inseparable part of our Divine Source. Our choice is to allow this True Self to express itself through us, or we can choose the personality / ego path, which is the temporary part of us, traveled frequently and well traveled, thank God. Most of us have had enough of our personalities in one lifetime and we have no interest in carrying them any longer than necessary.

Irene: By reading the book, the reader comes into contact with his own divinity and searches for his own truth. Why do you think this is an important aspect of living a spiritual life?

Lona: My biggest dream is that this book contributes to the awakening of humanity to its divinity. (I include myself in that awakening). We are all work in progress. As we look out at the world, we see evidence of the absence of this awareness in the headlines of all newspapers, in most television shows and movies, and in our own communities. Nestled deep within the truth of our divinity is the key to peace on Earth. It is the great equalizer and the answer to all the important questions. I think it’s worth looking for, despite the obstacles and the depth of our amnesia.

Irene: I find this topic very fascinating. I could keep asking you questions, but we have to get this over with. Is there anything else, Lona, that you would like readers to know?

Lona: I think we are on the verge of a breakthrough in consciousness. The more we know the truth of our divinity, the more that divinity will manifest in our outer world. I am fascinated by the theory of critical mass applied to this consciousness. Like the mythical 100th monkey (if it is a myth), I believe there will come a time, in this lifetime, when that 100th monkey will awaken to its divinity, and suddenly the effect will be felt everywhere. Then life will become very, very interesting!

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