Who REALLY Was Mary Magdalene?
And What Was Her Relationship to Jesus?
By Lianne Downey
Note: The following article about Jesus’ betrothed was originally released by the Unarius Educational Foundation in 1988, when controversy over Martin Scorsese’s film The Last Temptation of Christ brought the issue to the public forefront. The article has been updated by the author for contemporary reference.
“It is time for Mary ‘Magdalene’ herself to step forward, and clear up this controversy!” proclaimed Ruth Norman (Uriel) in 1988 when Martin Scorsese’s film The Last Temptation of Christ first stirred raucous public debate over this enigmatic figure’s historical role.
Mrs. Norman was director and cofounder of the Unarius Academy of Science in El Cajon, California, from its inception in 1954 to her passing in 1993. Among the dozens of books she authored, she penned several about her past life as Mary of Bethany. She maintained that the real Mary was the betrothed of Jesus of Nazareth, and was wrongly accused and called by the name of the prostitute, Magdalene, by jealous disciples after Jesus’ death. Now with Dan Brown’s compelling thriller, The Da Vinci Code, leaping off shelves, her assertions have taken on a new resonance.
The controversy Mrs. Norman was referring to in 1988 was the hullabaloo surrounding Scorsese’s film, which had religionists in an uproar even before its opening. But the success of Brown’s remarkable storytelling has raised new questions, and reveals strong evidence supporting Mrs. Norman’s memory of past-life events!
She always maintained that it was her mission to serve as Jesus’ equal and polarity, and in his absence, to assume a leadership role just as she did in the 20th century.
If the truth be known, Mrs. Norman pointed out in 1988, neither version of the story was correct—neither that portrayed in the film, nor that claimed by various religious doctrines!
Mrs. Norman, or Uriel as most knew her, first became aware of her past lifetime two thousand years ago in 1954, when she met Dr. Ernest L. Norman. The two immediately recognized one another as “old friends,” and within a short time they married and began the work that resulted in the complete curriculum of spiritual, scientific teachings known as the Unarius Library, a self-help science of Past Life Therapy.
Although they began this work late in life (both were in their early fifties), they soon realized that it had been planned by them long, long ago. They would complete the mission that had been cut short two thousand years before, when Jesus’ teaching mission was interrupted by the Crucifixion, which was NOT a part of his plan to bring an enlightened new understanding to humankind on Earth!
Soon after they met, Dr. and Mrs. Norman began to experience a variety of “tune-backs” to their past association in Jerusalem. Several well-known psychics confirmed Dr. Norman’s previous identity, as have many of his students in the years since, through their own reattunement to their involvement in the life and death of Jesus.
For Uriel, some of these early flashbacks were quite dramatic, as she explained in her autobiographies, The Bridge to Heaven and My 2000-Year Psychic Memory as Mary of Bethany—13th Disciple to Jesus of Nazareth. She describes vividly how she relived the trauma of that day in the garden of Gethsemane when her beloved one was taken from her side, arrested by soldiers.
“We took a little ride and came across an area (outside San Diego) that looked to him much like Jerusalem and he stopped the car,” she wrote in My 2000-Year Psychic Memory. “We went into the area, which was rough and hilly, and found a green spot where we could sit comfortably. I was lying back relaxing with my eyes closed, and when I sat up to speak to him, he was nowhere around!
“He had taken a walk a little distance out of my view. My immediate feeling and awareness was, ‘Oh, the soldiers have captured Jesus!’ for I was so definitely attuned to that past Jerusalem-Gethsemane era and time. With that realization and awareness, my entire body began shaking and vibrating severely. Suddenly, I was in a psychic reliving and severe shock! I felt a strong purging coming on. Ernest then moved into the scene and saw my drastic, negative condition. We both ran to the car and quickly drove to a nearby gas station restroom. If there had not been one there, I don’t know what I would have done, for I experienced the most severe purging of black liquid! On the way returning home, I found I was completely suspended out of my body, and thusly I remained for ten full days and nights.
“This was the most severe reliving and past-life attunement or flashback anyone could ever experience, and for those next full ten days, I was more in bed than out, which necessitated Ernest to shop and prepare his own food. I cared not to eat during those two weeks’ time. At times I was even unable to focus my eyes. They would roll back in my head, and at times I couldn’t even lift my arms, my energy was so low. It was a most severe reliving!
“All during this ten-day time, severe psychic cleansing was being done on the astral, resulting from this nearly two thousand years ago Jerusalem life and all of the negative debris I had collected during the intermitting time . . .”