In a time of such uncertainty, many turn to spirituality or religion to provide answers, however the younger generations know how difficult it is to turn to religion when it has contributed to the mass amount of discrimination and injustice they are fighting to eradicate today. A new bestselling book highlights how Jesus was the first feminist and how Mary Magdalene is a central figure in the church. While this may sound like a storyline in a Dan Brown novel, it has been whispered by many that Mary Magdalene wasn’t the stigmatized prostitute in the Christian religion. Instead she is the wife and companion of Jesus Christ. Now, after many decades of Church rhetoric to eliminate Mary from the teachings of Christ, religious historian Mary Ellen Lukas discusses this and other outdated patriarchal religious institutions in her new book, Are You Still Mine? Mary Ellen Lukas is known throughout the world as a controversial and motivational speaker. She is the Foundress of the Eeshan Religion and Church of Metta Spirituality and School of Enlightenment. We were thrilled that Ms. Lukas took a few minutes to have a heart to heart with us about her new book and the teachings of Jesus Christ.
What is the Eeshan Church and what new perspectives can you impart?
The Eeshan Religion is a timeless mystery brought back at this, the “fullness of time,” a time where it is necessary to open the eyes of humanity to powerful positive vibrations of epic proportion, and bring a disruption of negative energies. This can only happen by bringing the “truth” about the actual purpose of Christ’s marriage.
The Eeshan Religion reveals and aims to help humanity become enlightened- and every soul has this right. We hope to define and apply the inner sacred texts, which have been hidden in almost all Christian translations and intentionally suppressed by male-dominated societies— to learn how to think again; and no longer be compelled to let others think for our-selves, allowing each of us to break the bonds of fear, condemnation and oppression. This can only be done when we instill in ourselves dignity and worth. Enlightenment is the response to the cries of a chaotic world in desperate need of spirituality. Today, due to the lack of knowledge of Sacred Balance regarding the recognition of the Divine Feminine, we are battling not only discrimination of race, color, and gender etc. within the human family, but we are also guilty of allowing perpetrators of all classes to build and continue the destruction of children— we are depriving us a future. By donations and answering appeals from these and any institution or people found guilty of these sins and who have been killing the innocence and performing horrific abuse we are formidably becoming instruments in these as well as the trafficking of children. Christ’s true teachings followed what God intended to correct— and that was the ending of these reoccurring unresolved issues.
What do you hope readers will take away from your book, “Are You Still Mine?”
There has to come an end to patriarchal religions. The Sacred Balance must be brought back into this world; and women have to break from the state of effect and take their rightful place in the state of cause— we have to be the ones now to lead people to spirituality and out of chaos.
Was Jesus a man of color and why did the Church reimagine his race in statues and paintings?
Again, the re-imaging of Jesus’ color falls under the same pretense of the mindset of the predominant male, whose control since the establishment of the Church was central to what would be viewed as superior and most inclined to be successful. In other words, no one could go against the grain of the religion. Dating back to the same cultures of biblical times, victory belongs to the successful. When you have a strong cultural and political agenda, which was apparent in those days, success is practically guaranteed. The Church followed the success of previous patriarchal religions securing their goals by commissioning artists, sculptures, etc. in an effort to perpetuate the narrative of the white man being the one to whom all others should aspire to. That is why so many of these artists used subliminal coding to reflect glimpses of truth in their works i.e. DaVinci
Can you give examples of how Jesus was inclusive of all genders?
Absolutely. First, one has to remember that human truth is based on human opinion. This makes it subject to change, possible to alter and get results for any one of many goals.
When you consider that Jesus was met with a rebellious people, one must remember that He was always being tested— not for truth but for inconsistencies and flaws.
With that said, it was he who built the foundation for women rights by including them in all aspects of his life and ministry; for example, making the women Kallahs or priests. He specifically did not teach about woman, as his example of treating women, especially his wife, showed he met her as a person in her own right.
And the most famous example of all is found in Matthew 22:16, “Approached by the Herodians and Pharisees, they said: ‘For it is said of You: You are honest and teach the truth about what God wants people to do, and you treat everyone with the same respect, no matter who they are.’”
What is Mary Magdalene’s role in spirituality?
Mary is the human emanation of the Divine Feminine. She was the essential to offsetting the choice made by Eve for the physical/material life. She was necessary and as Jesus’ wife, competed the role of Saviors and Redeemers via their transcendental marriage. She became the first of the female priests in Jesus’ ministry and carried on his work after his Ascension.
She was destined to return in end times, giving strength and awareness to women who finally recognize they were robbed of divine dignity and are supported by the Divine Feminine to restore the Sacred Balance.
Why are the teachings of Mary Magdalene missing from the Christian bible?
In order to secure the future of the male dominant religious institutions and avoid any possibility of equality of the genders from happening, it was easier and continues to be as easy to play off the fictional version of Mary the sinner, thus gives credence and justifies the expunging of any of her writings or teachings.
What can we learn from Mary Magdalene to live a more authentic and enlightened life?
First and foremost, that truth by persistent memory will come to light. In other words, bide your time. God will always give you an opportunity to shine. Trust the Divine Feminine. Let her guide you. She will not take you away from God or Jesus. She is back and she will lead you to truth and give you the strength to break the barriers of fear and oppression. She is your Wonder Woman.
Where can we learn more about the Eeshan Church and your new book?
I am active on social media through Facebook, Instagram, and Youtube. You can search Mary Ellen Lukas and/or the Eeshan Church to follow our content.
My website is: www.maryellenlukas.com
And for information on the Eeshan Church, visit: www.eeshanchurch.org