Author Q & A

How did Mary Magdalene start coming to you?

The short version begins in the fall of 2009, when I was living on the Big Island of Hawaii. At that time I received a message from Spirit that I was to leave the Big Island. I’d been in Hawaii for ten years and thought I would live there the rest of my life, so I checked out the message three times, just to be sure. The message remained consistent. My previous experiences of receiving messages like these had taught me that things always work out for the best when I listen to the guidance I receive. So I took a few months to close up my life and, in the spring of 2010, I left the Big Island.

However, I didn’t know where I was supposed to go. I headed to the mainland and spent the next five months visiting my family and traveling to sacred sites, all the while wondering where my next home would be. In early July I was guided to Santa Fe, New Mexico, and I knew immediately this was where Spirit wanted me.

Within days of arriving, I was meditating one morning when I felt a distinct, tangible presence near me. It seemed especially strong around my throat, where I clearly sensed a blockage of energy. I focused my intention on releasing whatever obstructions were keeping me from opening my throat center and allowing the energy to come through. Suddenly the voice of Mary Magdalene began to speak through me, and she proceeded to give me an amazing message about what humanity needs to do at this moment to move forward in our spiritual evolution.

Mary continued to come to me daily for the next month, delivering twenty-five messages in that period of time. I recorded these messages faithfully and watched as she transmitted an entire book to me. The whole process seemed miraculous, and I knew without a doubt that sharing Mary’s phenomenal wisdom with others was to be the new direction of my life.

How did you know it was really Mary Magdalene?

Mary communicated to me telepathically who she was as soon as she began speaking. But even as she did this, I was flooded with doubt that this could really be happening and I wasn’t just fabricating the whole thing. Mary immediately addressed my doubt as she began speaking, telling me, “I am here. Do not doubt my presence. Doubt is part of your mind. I am here to help free you from your doubting mind.” That certainly helped me to trust the experience. However, something else happened after she completed her first message that helped me even more to affirm that this was real.

After receiving her communication, I was glowing with the wonder and beauty of what I’d been given. My sense of peace was short-lived, however, as a disturbing thought arose in my consciousness: I probably wouldn’t remember most of what she’d said! Without hesitating, I asked Mary to give me the message again so that I could type it into my computer. And she did just that, repeating word for word exactly what she’d expressed the first time. Whatever remaining doubt I had that she had actually communicated with me was totally dispelled by this second round of transmission. I knew that I couldn’t have done that.

The other thing that verifies for me that this is Mary is how different her communications sound from the way I write. I think this is obvious to anyone who reads the book. What’s more, Mary gave me her messages in perfect form in the time it took to type them into my computer, while I labored for over a year to write all of my commentary.

Why do you think Mary Magdalene chose you to communicate through?

Once I got over my initial self-doubt that Mary Magdalene would ever communicate with me, I started to see how everything in my life had seemed to prepare me perfectly for receiving Mary’s messages. This included my lifetime dedication to spiritual growth and practice; my background in writing, public speaking, and teaching; and my training in areas Mary refers to as the Divine Feminine—our relationship to our body, sexuality, and emotions.

Part of my “preparation” for this role of being the receiver and steward of Mary’s wisdom involved my relationship to traditional religion. I grew up in a Jewish family whose religious involvement was extremely nominal, all the while surrounded by Christianity but not really a part of it. My own interests led me to study and explore the eastern spiritual traditions of Hinduism and Buddhism, and eventually resulted in my own spiritual awakening. As a result all of this, I became aware of the various religious streams of our world, but wasn’t attached to any of them. In fact, when Mary would make a reference to a Bible passage, I would ask my friends if that was an accurate allusion, because I have never read the Bible. Each time, they confirmed her correctness.

So part of what allowed me to serve her in this way was that I am both very developed in terms of my spirituality and still a relatively “blank slate” in relationship to traditional religion.

What does it feel like to be in Mary Magdalene’s presence and receive her messages?

Each time I connect with Mary, I feel infused with her energy, which puts me in a transformed state. I feel blissful, yet balanced and calm: my body becomes rested, my heart feels wide open, and my mind gets clear and energized. I am always thrilled to receive her exquisite, powerful messages. And I continue to be amazed at her brilliance, not only in terms of the quality of her ideas but also the way she delivers an entire message in perfect form.

What was the response of your friends and family when you told them that Mary Magdalene was communicating with you?

At first I was afraid to tell people that I was communicating with Mary Magdalene because I thought they wouldn’t believe me. I was quite surprised to find out that it was just the opposite. Not only did people seem to fully accept what was occurring, as soon as I would mention Mary’s name the doors to their heart seemed to fly open. I had no idea how strong people’s connection to Mary Magdalene is and how hungry people are to learn about her.

During the course of receiving these messages, I was occasionally staying with my father and stepmother in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Immediately upon receiving a new communication, I would excitedly share the latest transmission with them. While they seemed to find their own depth of meaning in Mary’s words, my father in particular had a hard time with the concept of me, his daughter, receiving messages from Mary Magdalene. At one point, he suggested that we meet with a Catholic priest who is a good family friend, to ask his opinion about what was happening.

I read three of Mary’s messages to our priest-friend, and his response was very respectful. After each message, he immediately began integrating Mary’s language into his conversation with us. Finally, my father interrupted him and said, “But monsignor, who is it who is talking to my daughter?” The priest looked my father in the eyes and said, “Hugh, God has always chosen individuals to speak through. Why shouldn’t he choose your daughter?”

How is Mary Magdalene Beckons different from other books about Mary Magdalene or about spirituality in general?

Most of the books that have been written about Mary Magdalene are either historical studies  or historical fiction that focus on who Mary Magdalene was, what her relationship to Jesus was, and what she did in her life 2000 years ago. In Mary Magdalene Beckons, Mary is assuming the role of teacher and she is addressing us in the present time about our present time situation and challenges. In doing so, I believe she’s continuing the work that both she and Yeshua were doing 2000 years ago.

What’s fascinating to me is that besides giving us extremely valuable guidance for our growth, she also is allowing us to get to know her in a very personal and real way through her discourses. Her words communicate her embodiment of all that she speaks of, especially the Divine Feminine. You can feel it directly when you read her messages. So there’s a living transmission of her state, along with the detailed instruction she’s giving us for our lives.

It’s her practical directions to us about manifesting the Divine Feminine that sets this book apart from other spiritual guides. Mary is directly linking our bodies, our sexuality, and our emotions with our spirituality in a way that’s quite different from most teachings. She’s telling us that it’s essential that we align these arenas spiritually and fulfill our growth work in each of these parts of ourselves as the foundation for opening our heart.

Can non-Christians relate to this book?

Absolutely! I gently like to remind people that neither Yeshua (Jesus) nor Mary Magdalene was a Christian. Mary’s messages are quite universal and are meant for all people, regardless of whether they identify with a particular religion or not. I think many people will find Mary’s orientation to be refreshingly iconoclastic and very pure. Her devotion is to God and to supporting everyone in their individual relationship with God—which includes pointing out anything that seems to stand in the way of that.

In fact, I think Mary’s communications may be easier for non-Christians to receive than some Christians. Some of what she says will be button-pushing for people with a traditional religious orientation. First of all, the material is channeled, which many people don’t accept as real or valid. Yet the Bible contains many references to people hearing the voice of God. But this is a woman speaking and one who the Church disparaged and marginalized for many centuries. So accepting her communications as real and true could be challenging for some people.

On top of that, she reveals her lineage as a priestess of the Egyptian temple of Isis. And she says she was not only married to Yeshua but that they were practicing Sacred Sexuality together as an important part of their spiritual work. While there is nothing in the Bible that contradicts this, it is clearly different from the story of Jesus that is promoted by most religious organizations.

Yet if people get beyond their preconceptions and listen to her ideas, the voice of truth is unmistakable and extremely powerful. In this, I’m reminded of Yeshua’s affect on the world 2000 years ago, because his teaching was quite revolutionary and challenging to the institutions and common mindset of those times.

In the book, each of Mary’s messages is followed by your commentary. How did you decide to include your voice along with Mary’s?

As I was receiving the messages, I shared them with a few select friends. I got feedback that people really liked the messages and also didn’t fully understand some of the topics that Mary was discussing. This surprised me as everything she spoke about was crystal-clear to me. At a certain point, Mary suggested that I write a commentary to each of her messages to explain the concepts further. In contrast to her style of communication, which is extremely condensed, she wanted me to take her ideas and spread them out so as to make them easier to understand. She also wanted me to add in my personal stories, to help people see what these principles look like in real life.

What is the Divine Feminine?

This is one of the major themes of the book. Mary described her specific relationship with the Divine Feminine in her first message:

I have waited two thousand years to come forth, . . . [Now] the Divine Feminine can be received, honored, and reinstated in Her rightful place as the equal partner and lover of the Divine Masculine. . . . This is the time for the Feminine to come to the front, to lead in this progression into the new age. . . . so that balance may be reestablished and we may become whole.

Mary emphasizes that we all have the Divine Feminine and the Divine Masculine within, regardless of our gender.

The Feminine qualities of Mother God are centered on love, nurturing, compassion, feeling, wisdom, faith, intuition, devotion, and creation through form and energy. The Feminine emphasizes receptivity because she is all about receiving God’s love.

The Masculine qualities of Father God are centered on awareness, consciousness, presence, choice, will, power, goal accomplishment, insight, and understanding. The Masculine emphasizes assertion and action because he is all about the action of bringing God’s light.

She says that for a long time, we have been dominated culturally and spiritually by the Masculine, including a Masculine orientation to God. A great deal of her teaching is focused on strengthening our relationship to the Feminine, especially within ourselves, because this is what is holding us back the most in our spiritual and human growth.

There seems to be a lot of focus in the book on sexuality and emotions. Why is that?

Sexuality and emotions are two of the primary manifestations of the Divine Feminine in our lives, along with our relationship with our body. All three of these form the foundation for opening our heart. If any of these arenas are shut down or obstructed, this will interfere with our ability to live from the heart and thus with our spiritual growth.

What does Mary have to say about sexuality?

Mary says that our sexuality is similar to food-taking, in that both are a natural human function that can also serve as a form of divine communion.

Sexuality is a great gift from God. Many have tried to convince you that it is sinful or wrong or evil, but nothing could be farther from the truth. Sexuality is a divine gift. It is an opportunity for you to experience the merging of your physical self, your energetic self, your heart, and your consciousness with another person and with the Divine. It is a great beauty, a sacrament of love.

She also reveals that she was a priestess of Isis who was trained in the highest arts of the Sex Magic of Isis in preparation for her relationship with Yeshua. She states that Yeshua was similarly prepared, and that they used their sexual relationship as a means of transforming themselves into their spiritual light body and fulfilling their destinies of service to humanity.

Mary describes a process of awakened sexuality, which we can use as part of our spiritual path of transformation:

Sexuality is a doorway that opens you to union with God. For most people, sexual experiences are relatively brief, but you can learn to expand this doorway through techniques such as Tantra. . . . When you are engaging sexuality with your partner, it is profoundly bonding because of the depth you are opening yourself to and the power of the divine communion you are connecting with. It is a wondrous and beautiful sacrament to engage this with another, one of the great gifts of this realm.

What does Mary recommend relative to emotions?

I understood from Mary’s communication that our relationship to emotions, and especially to pain, is the biggest thing blocking most of us from growing spiritually. Mary states that our emotions are intended to take us to God. Unfortunately, most of us never learned this and instead learned how to suppress our emotions or act upon them in ways that don’t support us. Mary gives concrete instruction on how to release any emotional programming we may have that is blocking us and tells us how to relate to emotions in a way that is liberating and connects us with the Divine.

Emotions are always motivated by beautiful qualities, what I would call divine aspects of ourselves. By letting ourselves fully feel and experience our emotions, we will be led to these divine aspects. Then we will be ready to act because, then, our actions will come from our higher self.

In another section she says:

If you choose to open to pain and life and God, you will likely be surprised. It won’t be what you probably expect. . . . When you open to pain, it becomes diffuse, more watery. It’s like the pain is “unclothed,” and you experience it more in its source form. Then pain becomes a medium of movement, an avenue or stream of feeling that carries you to God.

This is the River of Life, and it always carries you to God. Let go of swimming upstream, against the current. Go with the River of Life and let it carry you to God.

Can you give an example of how pain can take us to God?

I’ll give a simple, everyday example. Let’s say that you’re driving and someone cuts you off in traffic. The ordinary reaction might be to get angry and curse the other driver. If you were trying to be more “spiritual” in your response, you might do one of two things: The first is to attempt to detach yourself from the situation and not let it affect you; the second is to bless, love, and have compassion for the driver who cut you off.

Mary is suggesting something different than either of these. She tells us to fully allow the emotional response we’re experiencing and merge with it. In this case, the emotion is anger. When we open to our emotions, they become pathways which take us to their source. Mary refers to the source of our emotions as our inner divine qualities. These qualities are always something beautiful that are one aspect of our divine nature. They’re like various keys on a musical instrument that together constitute our humanly divine song.

In the driving example, the inner divine qualities at the root of the feeling of anger might be our longing for safety and consideration. Once we connect with the inner divine qualities underneath the emotion, two things usually happen. The first is that the feeling resolves or at least recedes to the background. This is because it’s done its job of connecting us to our inner divine qualities. The second, however, is the more important, and also the more magical.

When we connect with the qualities themselves, apart from the emotion or the situation that stimulated us originally, we reconnect with these qualities in their purity. In this situation, we reconnect with the essence of safety and consideration as these qualities live within us. What’s magical is that these qualities live within us in their wholeness and fullness, and that’s what we reconnect with. Our disturbance was due to losing our sense of connection to these qualities—we felt cut off from safety and consideration. Now, we have become reconnected to our inner divinity, our inner wholeness. This generally manifests as a sense of peace and well-being. In this reconnection we are once again reconnected to God. From this place of divine connection, we can decide what kind of action, if any, we want to take.

How does the mind play into all this?

One result of suppressing the natural function of our emotions is that the lower mind tends to take over. This is why so many people are stuck in patterns such as blame, judgment, doubt, and nonstop thinking. Mary says we need to become aware of these patterns and understand that they’re an outcome of our wrong relationship to emotions.

She also gives potent instructions for releasing our mental obstructions, which have a great deal to do with our tendency to judge things as right or wrong:

Be willing to let go of striving to be right or proving that others are wrong. Stand vulnerable and open-hearted in your experience, including your pain, and discover whether you are loved. . . . See if God exists and if God loves you. . . . I have no doubt of the outcome of that experiment.

Mary talks about higher dimensions. What does that mean?

Most of us understand our present, physically-based reality as the third dimension. As we grow spiritually, we will literally shift into higher dimensions because our outer world is a reflection or mirror of our consciousness. Mary herself is a higher-dimensional being, and she is communicating in order to help us in the process of shifting into higher dimensions, also.

One of the things I present in the book is a schema, or map, of the various dimensions, explaining their characteristics and how they all fit together.

Why is there so much interest in Mary Magdalene today?

I believe that we haven’t been told the whole story relative to Yeshua (Jesus). Mary states in the book that they were sacred partners; her actual words are “holy husband and wife.” But I see it as even more than just about them being married. It was that their relationship was an in-life demonstration of the Divine Masculine and Divine Feminine in union with each other. They were an embodiment of the archetypal love-union of our Father-Mother God. But this union of the Masculine and Feminine isn’t limited to Yeshua and Mary. It’s reflected in all of creation, including each one of us in the form of our inner Masculine and Feminine.

Yet for a very long time, God has primarily been represented as a Masculine God, and the Masculine has been favored over the Feminine in many ways. In the book, Mary Magdalene says that both she and Yeshua knew that it would be 2000 years before people were ready to receive her in her power as an emissary of the Divine Feminine and to start to embrace the wisdom and teaching of the Divine Feminine. Now is that time, and people are interested in Mary Magdalene as never before because she is such a powerful demonstration of the Divine Feminine, as well as being a powerful teacher of what that means and how we can all benefit from embodying the Feminine—including men.

What effect did receiving this book have on your life?

In some ways it’s like being struck by lightning. It completely changed the course of my life. I had a sense when I left Hawaii that I was leaving behind more than just the physical location of my home. The period of time in which I was waiting to get clarity about where I would live reminds me of the Jews traveling in the desert for 40 years. I felt like I was in limbo—something was in store for me but it wasn’t yet time to begin.

During the month I received Mary’s messages, I was truly in a state of grace, almost like being in another reality. Since that time my life has become completely devoted to getting Mary’s teaching out to all those who can be helped by it, which I believe is a great many people.

What is Mary’s most important message for people?

Really all Mary wants to talk about is her love for God, God’s love for us, and what we need to do to receive God’s love and live on that basis.

I and so many others are calling to you to join us in the River of Love that flows from your heart. It is a place of great joy and love and peace. It is the place of connection with God, of growing in God, of being guided by God, of living in God, of living as God, of knowing all as God. I do not know of anything more wonderful than that. . . . I do this because I love you, because I know you as God. And I am not different from you. This is your destiny, too.

Nevertheless, Mary is extremely practical—just like a woman! So she focuses on all the practical things we need to do to make that happen. What I love is that all the things Mary talks about are things that apply to our everyday life and that are very doable for ordinary people.

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