Kick Start your life and goals with A private workshop with Lynn Woodland and Rev. Deb Teramani

A special program of exercises, energy work and consultation

designed just for you by two master teachers

who work two-on-one with you

to address your specific interests, goals, and challenges.

Manifest, Clarify, Heal, Receive

Offered Online—attend via computer or on your phone.

 

Workshops are recorded and last about 90 minutes.

Each one includes:

 

  • A guided visualization that you can continue to work with after your session
  • An affirmative prayer created especially for you
  • Energy work to facilitate healing, overcome blocks, and manifest goals. This work begins in your session and is continued by Deb and Lynn after the face-time experience ends.
  • Intuitive readings from Lynn and Deb
  • Suggested exercises and action steps to follow up the workshop
  • Email follow-up with Lynn and Deb as needed

 

Draw upon the consciousness, not just the learning, of

two highly experienced spiritual teachers to propel your transformation.

 

Lynn and Deb are both known professionally for their powerful work with healing and spiritual manifestation. Together they bring more than eight decades of metaphysical expertise to work on your behalf. They don’t simply offer information, they actually add their trained consciousness to yours to help you create the results you haven’t been able to call forth on your own. This takes place in the face-time session but it also continues in Lynn and Deb’s personal spiritual work.

 

 

Reasons to schedule a private workshop:

 

  1. To manifest a cherished goal.

 

  1. To attract people and harmonizing relationships: attract the people who will open doors of opportunity and support your highest good; attract a specific kind of relationship such as a mate, mentor, new friend, future child, etc.; bring healing to problem relationships, and raise the quality of all your relationships and interactions.

 

  1. To support your process of physical healing and understand the spiritual lessons of a dis-ease.

 

  1. To help you move through a challenge time.

 

  1. For clarity to facilitate growth and success.

 

  1. To gain insight into your soul purpose with a significant other person.

 

  1. To meet and work with the nonphysical spiritual guides who want to assist your growth at this time.

 

  1. To awaken intuition and developing your psychic skills

 

  1. And more. Let us know your area of interest and we will create a program for you.

If you have questions about whether this offering is a good fit for you, email Lynn at lynn@lynnwoodland.com.

 

The fee for this workshop with Lynn and Deb is $275.

Register and pay below.

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About Rev. Deb Teramani

Deb Teramani, a long-time colleague of Lynn Woodland, is a modern mystic. Deb has always seen angels and unseen realms, and has studied world spirituality and healing practices for more than 40 years. A highly gifted healer, psychic, and spiritual teacher, she is also a professional prayer practitioner and licensed minister of Religious Science. She is the former co-pastor of the Center for Spiritual Living Baltimore.

 

Here’s what people say about working with Rev Deb:

“After years of searching for my perfect mate to no avail, I met my wonderful husband one day after Rev Deb prayed for me!


“…here’s someone who really understands how to contact the Divine and manifest results!  Thank you, Rev. Deb!  My life will never be the same.”

 

“Rev Deb is AMAZING!  She has been one of my greatest teachers and helped me to develop my own spiritual practice.   Her prayer work is powerful and effective.   I couldn’t say enough great things about her and all that she has done for my life.  

Fall: The Healing Journey | Register to attend the first class of The Miracles Course’s Fall Quarter

 

FALL: THE HEALING JOURNEY

In fall, The Miracles Course curriculum begins with an exploration of physical health and spiritual healing, including a powerful ritual for miraculous healing. Also addressed in this season are topics of death and beyond, flowing with change, transcending fear and letting go, all of which lays the foundation for the spiritual transformation of the winter.

September

In September, the fall equinox marks the point at which darkness exceeds light for another six months and as the light fades, so does the lush growth of summer. In this transitional time, we may want to cling to the last vestiges of summer yet know we can’t keep the dark and cold at bay for long. Change and letting go are forced upon us, ready or not, and many of us catch colds in this season as our bodies struggle to adjust. September, which merely hints at the darkness to come, is the perfect time to prepare for the descent into winter by shoring up our physical well being and cultivating our power to heal.

October

As fall deepens, nature shows us her “dying” season. In areas where seasons are dramatically distinct, nature goes out with flashing glory before winter gives the landscape a rest. We humans are a bit more apt to go out kicking and screaming. Even if we don’t give much attention to death, even if we think we don’t fear it, death anxiety often lurks beneath the surface wearing any number of disguises that may look like fear of change, fear of endings, and fear of losing control. More people die in the darker months than any other time of year. Even when we resist consciously, we know instinctively that this is the time to let go. What if we also knew there was nothing to fear?

November

The spiritual work of deep fall draws us into the dark, shadowy underworld of our fears: death, loss of control, and all things denied or repressed. Just as the growing light of spring urges us to reach high for our dreams, fall’s darkening compels us to reach deep within, emerging with wisdom, power, and a life no longer defined by fear. It’s a profoundly healing journey—one that brings us face to face with our shadow and, ultimately, rewards us with many previously hidden treasures of Self.

Enroll in the Miracles Course Here

Manifesting with the New Metaphysics

An Online Workshop with Lynn Woodland

Saturday, June 27, 11 AM- 1 PM Central Time

(Not necessary to attend live)

Cost: $35. Space-limited

 

This workshop explores a new paradigm of metaphysics that lies beyond popular law-of-attraction spiritual teachings, offering an updated approach to the art of manifesting desires through the power of consciousness. If the law of attraction hasn’t quite worked for you, if you struggle to dispel negative thoughts and to “believe” that your goals are possible, this workshop will give a great boost to bringing your desires into being and make the process infinitely easier and more effective.

 

Receive:

*Informative content

*Guided exercises to manifest your goals now

*A personal intuitive consult from Lynn for every participant

(Can’t attend live?

Send in your question by replying to this email and receive a personal consult from Lynn

that you can view at your convenience on the recording.)

The Spiritual Purpose of Physical Illness

An excerpt from The Miracles Course by Lynn Woodland

 

Illness results when we’ve grown out of alignment with our highest good and highest purpose. Whether it’s on the small scale of several days in bed with the flu or the large scale of years of struggle with a debilitating illness, getting sick has a wonderful way of stopping us in our tracks, forcing us into new priorities, and redirecting our lives. From the big-picture paradigm of our Higher Self, illness helps satisfy unmet needs and gets us back on track in ways our conscious choices don’t. Sometimes this is as simple as a few days of enforced rest when we’re feeling overwhelmed and need a little assimilation time. A more serious illness may push us to change a lifetime’s worth of old habits.

 

Consequently, even though we may address any number of symptoms, the root of an illness won’t go away until we willingly choose the new priorities ill health forces upon us, and when we ignore our minor symptoms, we tend to invite “louder” ones. True healing requires coming into alignment with our highest good, and if we address symptoms without supporting this realignment, we probably won’t sustain a state of health and well-being for long. We’ll need to manifest some new event to help us continue the deeper process of change we’re ready for spiritually.

 

There are many proponents of mind-body healing who hold that we’re responsible for the health or illness of our physical body only to a point and then heredity, circumstance, and environmental factors kick in. However, when we take a longer, spiritual view, and let go of the notion that illness is bad or that we must have done something wrong to bring it upon us, all illness can be seen as purposeful, both to the personality and to the soul. The ego, (that is, the part of us that believes we’re defined by the limits of our physical body and, thus, highly vulnerable) can’t help but find illness threatening and regard it as the enemy. The ego, which tries to “control” its way to safety, turns the idea of self-responsibility into an exercise in fearful personal control, with illness being a sign of failure. However, as we address more deeply in another lesson, “responsibility” is not the same as “control.” We can only control what’s within the range of our conscious awareness. Illness is often a way we bring hidden, nonintegrated aspects of self to the surface and open to new options. This is, perhaps, one of its most important functions. So, rather than seeing illness as our failure to be responsible for our health, it’s more useful to view it as a sign that we’re ready to grow. The part of us that chooses illness is the “Self” with a capital “S”, the Spiritual Self that sees our highest good in a way the limited perceptions of our ego can’t.

 

From the perspective of spiritual reality, illness is a step toward wholeness. No one consciously chooses pain or illness, yet the experience of dealing with these challenges can lead us on a journey that ultimately delivers great rewards. I’ve heard many people with cancer and other life-threatening diseases describe their illness as one of the greatest blessings of their lives because it forced them to completely reshuffle priorities and pursue new paths that brought profound fulfillment. The illness gave them permission to make choices they wouldn’t have considered otherwise.

 

 

Illness and Change

 

While illness may signal our spiritual readiness for change, our personality may not feel the least bit ready or willing. Typically, the more we resist exploring new priorities, lifestyles, and self-awareness, the more illness forces us, against our personal will, to submit to a life circumscribed by painful symptoms. We may feel victimized by these changes or empowered, depending upon whether we let the experience of illness lead us somewhere or force it to push us, kicking and screaming, into our next step. The more we surrender willingly to the changes illness brings, the less we experience pain and struggle, even when the final result of an illness is death. Ultimately, death, too, is a realignment with our highest good when “life” becomes a state we’ve outgrown.

 

 

Illness as a Metaphor

 

Even at times we don’t consider ourselves ill, we may still have a symptom or two: chronic allergies, a tendency toward headaches, a pain or weakness in a particular body part, or a susceptibility to certain kinds of illness. Whether we’re dealing with the experience of serious illness or simply the occasional minor symptom, listening to these physical manifestations of dis-ease can uncover levels of meaning and purpose to them that we may never have realized were there.

 

Our physical symptoms communicate to us in a language filled with obvious metaphors. If we’re willing to pay attention, they tell us a great deal about our needs, our imbalances, and our path of healing. The very metaphors we use in speaking often mirror the physical symptoms our body manifests. I first became aware of this when I was director of a Center for Attitudinal Healing in Baltimore and worked extensively with people dealing with physical illnesses. I noticed how people’s pet expressions had a way of literally describing their illness. A woman with cancerous tumors in her leg frequently used the expression, “I can’t stand it!” Someone with food allergies continually said, “I can’t stomach it!” A woman with skin cancer spoke of things “getting under her skin.” (As I shared these examples in a workshop once, a woman spoke up and said, “I have difficulty receiving from people, and I just realized that my favorite expression is,

‘I can’t take it!'”)

 

To start understanding the language of your own physical symptoms, consider the metaphorical meanings of the affected body parts and functions. For example, hands are for handling things. If you have pain in your hands ask yourself: are you are holding on too tightly in some way? Are you trying to “handle” everything yourself? Do you have difficulty “reaching out” for love and support? Are you having difficulty “grasping” something? If your neck and shoulders hurt, are you “shouldering” more than your share of responsibility? Are you being “stiff-necked,” or overly rigid in how you’re seeing things? If you are a woman with tumors or pain in your breasts, have you been suckling the world until there’s nothing left for you? Do you feel in need of nurturing yourself? Do you feel in some way inadequate about yourself as a woman? If you have heart problems, have you felt “heartbroken?” Have you closed your heart to warmth and love? Have you lost your joy and passion for life? See which metaphors best fit the way you feel.

 

A woman in one of my workshops once couldn’t see how there could be any link between the back injury she sustained in a car accident (that wasn’t her fault) and her emotional needs until I asked how easy or difficult it was for her to feel supported in life and to allow others to support her. (Our spine is what provides “support.”) She admitted that receiving support had always been extremely difficult for her. As a result of the injury, however, her life changed to include a regular routine of various therapies with caring professionals whose sole agenda was to “support” her.

 

Addressing the situation indicated by the metaphor can powerfully assist healing and sometimes even alleviate the need for other treatment. For example, during a time when I felt sorely burdened by the pressures of life (“shouldering” more than I could carry, so to speak) I developed a painful “frozen shoulder” condition for which a medical professional prescribed several months of physical therapy. I “treated” my emotional condition of feeling burdened by clearing many projects from my plate and giving myself a highly uncharacteristic several-month break. I played more, worked less, and made relaxing a priority. As I felt less stressed, my shoulder improved so quickly that I wound up not needing the physical therapy.

 

While there are some amazingly literal connections that can be made between symptoms and illnesses, it’s also important to recognize that there’s no simple mind-body cookbook explanation that can be applied to every illness. There may be profound spiritual purposes to a condition that aren’t readily visible. For example, a my dear friend Cheryl, who was born with a crippling degenerative disease that took her life when she was thirty-one, was occasionally accosted by over-eager healers who told her that if she only had enough faith, she could heal. She took offense at this, primarily because these individuals assumed that just because she lived life in a wheelchair and in an obviously different body that she was not “healed.” Cheryl strongly believed in a spiritual purpose to her physical disability. A believer in reincarnation, she felt certain that she had committed suicide in a previous life and had “chosen” her current situation to help her learn to love life no matter what. She felt her life lesson was not to change her physical body but to appreciate life in spite of any pain and limitation her body created. By the end of her life, she unquestionably did.

 

Many people are familiar with Louise Hay’s classic book, You Can Heal Your Life, which has a listing of physical symptoms and their corresponding emotional dynamics. While I highly recommend this as a useful reference to have on hand, I don’t suggest you start by reading someone else’s interpretation of your symptoms. Symptoms and their messages are complex and very personal. Sometimes reading what the “expert” has to say closes our minds to our own insights and even if a correspondence is right on the money for us, if we don’t feel the truth of it for ourselves, the information won’t change anything.

 

In coming to an understanding of why we have a particular symptom, instead of rushing quickly to a neat and tidy theory about what it means, it’s perhaps enough, at first, to simply trust that there is meaning, maybe many layers of meaning. While the following exercise offer some insight into the “language” of physical symptoms, keep in mind that a dis-ease often speaks to us on many levels at once. Be mindful not to latch on to one explanation to the exclusion of all others. Keep listening and opening, letting the messages of your body take you deeper into “Self” understanding.

 

 

Exercise: The Language of Symptoms

 

The following exercise can help you understand the messages your body is sending through your physical symptoms. You’ll probably find that more information and insight come to you if you do this exercise in writing. Even more effective is to do it with one or several other people, sharing each question out loud and giving each other feedback and added input. Often the messages in our physical symptoms remain stubbornly invisible to us while they are glaringly obvious to an objective observer. Another viewpoint can be invaluable in bringing some of these dynamics to light.

 

Step One

Where in your body do you manifest physical symptoms? What chronic or recurring physical conditions do you have?

 

Step Two

What are all the physical functions of this part of the body and what metaphors come to mind related to these functions? Also look at some of your pet expressions and see if they have physical body references. These expressions may tell you something about real symptoms you manifest. For example, I’ve had a tendency to manifest headaches since I was a child. I also inherited my mother’s and grandfather’s condition of growing large, benign cysts on my head. An expression I used to say frequently was, “I feel like my head’s going to explode!” I didn’t say this when I had a headache, when I literally did feel like my head would explode. Instead, this was my spontaneous expression of exasperation when I had too many things going on in my life, too many things on my mind, and felt overwhelmed. (I’ve taken this expression out of my speech. I seldom have headaches any more.) Play and free associate with your own metaphors and expressions until they reveal insights into the emotional dynamics underlying your symptoms.

 

Step Three

Next, ask yourself how this physical condition is serving you. As we’ve touched upon in other lessons, any life condition that we struggle with but can’t seem to change has some unconscious payoff keeping it in place. Physical illness is no exception. For example, I discovered over the years that headaches have a number of payoffs for me. Among other things, it slows my mind down when I “feel like my head’s going to explode.” When my head’s full of pain, it’s not full of thoughts. So, ask yourself what your physical symptom may be helping you, allowing you, or forcing you to do, be, or have that you wouldn’t otherwise experience. Write down everything that comes to mind, even things you wouldn’t normally define as positive. Specifically:

 

1)      Is it forcing you to let others help you?

 

2)      Is it causing you to spend your time differently? If so, what might be the gain in this?

 

3)      Are you receiving attention (positive or negative) that you wouldn’t otherwise get? If so, how is that attention giving you something you need or expect? (Sometimes negative attention preserves a familiar identity we’re not ready to let go of, or keeps people from expecting too much from us, to name just a couple of possible gains.) Was illness the way you received love and attention when you were young?

 

4)      Is your illness resulting in your developing new strengths and resources?

 

5)      Is it preserving a familiar identity? If so, what is that identity and what might you lose that you don’t want to lose if you acted outside your own box?

 

6)      It is allowing you to put off doing something burdensome or frightening?

 

7)      Is it protecting you from failing by preventing you from beginning something?

 

8)      Does it distract you and keep your attention away from things that are too painful to look at? Does physical pain take the place of emotional pain?

 

9)      Does it allow you to avoid painful or frightening emotions, such anger, sadness, guilt, or shame? Is illness a way you implode instead of explode?

 

10)   Does it give you permission to say “No,” set boundaries, get angry, be selfish, or grieve?

 

11)   How are your relationships with others affected by your symptom? Have they deepened as a result? Does it provide an acceptable way to be vulnerable and more open emotionally? Does it create “space” interpersonally: fewer relationships, more privacy, or more time alone? Does this condition offer protection from intimacy and possible hurts that could result from getting close?

 

Step Four

Review the information you’ve gathered so far and explore what secondary gains this physical condition is offering you.

 

Step Five

What would you need to do to receive the secondary gains without needing the physical condition? The true answer to this question invariably involves some degree of risk and stretching beyond your comfort zone. Keep exploring this question until you find where the risk is for you. This is where the greatest healing lies. It might mean taking a day off without being sick or finding ways to ask for the love, attention and support you crave without having to “need” it first.

 

If we look deeply enough into the payoffs of our illnesses we’re likely to uncover ways our lifestyle has gotten significantly off track. While this may push us toward difficult choices, the end results are far richer than simply being symptom-free.

 

Step Six

Create and act on a plan of things you’re willing to do to give yourself the secondary gains you identified without illness forcing you to it. See if you can find at least three things you’re willing to do without having to have your symptom as a motivator.

 

I don’t mean to encourage anyone to forgo sensible medical supervision or suffer unnecessarily without medication. I’ve certainly downed my share of Excedrin when in the throes of a migraine. I am suggesting, however, that we not rely solely on medicine to effect healing. Listening to our symptoms and letting them guide us somewhere instead of seeking the most passive release from discomfort isn’t the easiest path in the short term, but it invariably holds the richest rewards in the long term.

 

Preventive Health Care

 

I sometimes ask people what they would do if a chronic health condition became life-threatening. Without giving it much thought, many people immediately come up with a whole list of major life changes, such as leaving a relationship that isn’t working or a job they don’t like, taking time for projects or self-care that always gets back-burnered, or spending more time with family and loved ones. These folks describe all kinds of things they’ve wanted to do for a long time but feel unable to.

 

What would you do if you were diagnosed with a life-threatening illness? If there are important things you’d do if you were direly ill that you feel you can’t or shouldn’t as long as you’re healthy, you may be unconsciously setting the stage for a health crisis to enter your life to give you permission to change. The wider the gap between the life we’re currently living and the life we’d create if we knew we were seriously ill, the more we “need” illness to help us grow. You can practice preventive health care by finding ways to implement your illness plan now instead of waiting for a crisis to give you permission. If this plan necessitates difficult choices, ask yourself, would you do it if your life depended upon it? Act as if it truly does.

 

 

Questions for Thought

 

  1. Are there significant changes you’d make in your life if you were diagnosed with a life-threatening illness?

 

  1. If so, is there at least one of these you’re willing to do now?

 

 

If You Are Currently Living with a Life-Threatening Illness:

 

  1. Replace the question, “How can I get well?” with the questions “Why do I want to get well? What do I have to live for? Do I feel complete with my life as it stands? If not, what is there left for me to do?”

 

True healing occurs when we embrace our passion and purpose for living rather than our battle with illness and fear of death, and when we live as though each day is our last, completing whatever is unfinished and making the most of each moment. When we pursue healing in this way, the outcome of the disease becomes less important. We may find that our physical healing process speeds up miraculously, or that our symptoms remain the same but no longer inhibit our joy in living. We may find that our disease progresses, yet we experience a profound sense of peace around the transition of death. Ultimately we call forth whatever outcome best serves our highest good, and we feel at peace with it.

 

My previously-mentioned friend Cheryl, was an excellent model for pursuing her passions and living life to the fullest right up to her very last minute of life. Just months before her death, when she was completely bedridden and heavily medicated for pain, Cheryl was busy planning a trip to Disney World! Of course she never made the trip but she did have many better-than-Disney experiences of leaving her body and being with her angels. Her very last day included a two-hour phone conversation with me in the middle of the night describing, excitedly, a feeling she had that she was on the verge of being born. The next afternoon, hours before her death, her friends, visiting her in the hospital, sneaked her down the hall for a forbidden but much desired shower and afterward shared a last supper of her favorite chocolate doughnuts. Shortly after everyone left, Cheryl easily left her body. While we all wanted to be there, we suspected that she waited until she was alone because she knew we’d be upset watching her go and forget the truth of how delighted she was to take the leap.

 

  1. What are you willing to do this week, this month, and this year to pursue what you love the most? If you knew tomorrow was your last day, what do you need to do today to feel complete? How can you make today the richest time of your life?

Miracles Course Spring Quarter | Free Video and Audio Class

The spring quarter of the Miracles Course is the season for cultivating passionate zest for life as well as accomplishing some of the heavy lifting of personal mastery: clarifying intention, developing will, breaking disempowering habits and awakening intuition—all of which creates the foundation for the more advanced manifesting work of summer.

Watch 2014’s 1st Class above, or listen to the first class of  2015 below.

2015 Spring Growing Our Hearts’ Desires online class MP3

Register for The Miracles Course here

 

The Experiment Begins

Have you been noticing more frequent serendipities? Do you feel on the verge of something? You may have
already sent these experiences through time to yourself in Lynn Woodland’s Miracle Experiment! Join us and
see what else can happen. It may just change your life!
The Miracle Experiment is about consciousness, time, quantum science and God all woven into a lively, collaborative experiment in seeing just how far a group can push the old-paradigm reality envelope to manifest our highest good right now!

Annual Spring Equinox Celebration

Monday, March 23, 6:30-9:30 PM

Annual Spring Equinox Celebration

Lake Harriet Spiritual Community, in the Earth Room

Every solstice and equinox, Lynn leads a special event to attune to the archetypal cycle of growth represented by each seasonal change. Join in this lively, engaging event to shake off the stiffness of winter, light sparks of passion, awaken creativity and plant new seeds of our heart’s desires! This is one of Lynn’s most popular events.

 

Register by emailing lynnwoodland@comcast.net or calling 612-729-3261.

Cost: Self-determined offering ($25-35 is typical, nothing is mandatory)

Please arrive promptly and plan to attend the entire event.

It’s My Turn!

A Webinar Workshop for Women Approaching, In, or Beyond Midlife

(and for the men who love them!)

Attend by phone or on your computer

Saturday, January 10th, 11 AM to 1 PM Central Time

Can’t attend live? You can still participate via the recording and receive a reading from Lynn Limited to 30 participants.

Early registration is recommended.

Cost: $35

Register:

 

Every participant receives a personal intuitive reading from Lynn

and a link to a private recording of this workshop.

 

This workshop explodes cultural myths that define aging, especially for women, in terms of having less of what we once had. As we live longer and in better health, the years following menopause are affording women a whole new stage of life that’s far from quietly retiring and taking care of grandkids.

 

In this workshop you will discover how the crises of midlife birth women into a “MY TURN” phase of life where it’s appropriate to:

Nurture less and receive more

Give more and work at it less

Release old dreams and discover new ones

Prioritize what we truly want over what is wanted of us

Find new passions in career, creativity, relationships and spirituality

 

The phase of life women go through from puberty to menopause tends to be primarily a time of nurturing—be it a family or projects. At menopause, all the energy a woman has directed toward taking care of the world turns inward, toward herself. For each woman, there’s a different kind of death and crisis that happens as procreative energy is turned off, both physically through menopause and circumstantially, as children leave home, marriages preserved for the children dissolve, aging parents need more attention, and various trappings of a more youthful phase of life fall away.

 

Modern medicine tends to treat each midlife symptom separately: medications for the hormonal fluctuations; different medications for the accompanying depression, sleeplessness, and other symptoms of, not just the physical effects but the emotional crisis of no longer being valued for one’s youth and reproductive capability.

 

But trends in aging are changing dramatically. Where the 1950’s turned postmenopausal women into helpless, useless figures (the proverbial “sweet little old lady”) and the 1970’s reclaimed women’s power in the form of the sexless “crone,” aging women of this century aren’t satisfied with being sweet, quiet and weak; nor are they interested in giving up their sexuality in exchange for power and wisdom.

 

Today’s generation of older women are trailblazers, showing how a next stage of life can actually be a time of having more than ever before: more love, including fulfilling sexuality, more passion for life, more peace of mind, deepening spirituality, and a fulfillment of purpose where we give our greatest gifts to the world.

 

While each woman’s journey into this new chapter may look different, there’s invariably an awkward phase, often characterized by depression, overwhelm, a host of physical symptoms and challenging life circumstances that may seem unrelated to phase-of-life issues.

 

This workshop is a celebration of the opportunities that come at midlife and beyond. It offers insight, guided processes, and tools for easing the challenges of transition and making this phase of life a true birthing of Self into the best time ever.

January: A Time of Symbolic Renewal

The rebirth of light that comes at the winter solstice heralds the beginning of a new year. It’s a doorway of sorts into a new cycle of life-a fresh start, like a new fallen snow where, briefly, everything seems clean and unmarked. The renewal we feel in this deep, dark season of winter is an inward one. Unlike the rebirth of springtime that propels us out of doors, the garden we’re growing now is an internal one. We all sense this on some level, explaining the collective flurry toward self-improvement as we make New Year’s resolutions, join gyms, and renew our intentions to quit bad habits.

Each New Year offers a symbolic door of opportunity. Symbolic because nothing outwardly has changed. Just as a fresh snowfall doesn’t really clean what’s underneath it, the New Year hasn’t changed anything but our minds. Yet it’s this very shift in perception that creates the opening for personal transformation. So, in keeping with this season of inner change, here’s a self-improvement exercise that looks within to find the direction of our highest growth.

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Before going any further, put yourself in a relaxed, quiet frame of mind with some deep, slow breaths. Read the next section carefully, with your imagination awake because you are about to meet the symbolic “door of opportunity” that this New Year holds for you:

Let your awareness be soft and open. Imagine how it feels to shift your vision from focused attention on a small detail to a broad focus that takes in a whole landscape at once and let your mind relax open in this same way….

Now, allow to come to mind the image of a door. Close your eyes for a moment before reading further and let this image appear. See what pops into mind first and simply notice everything you can about it….

Imagine that this door is calling you to do something with it. You’ll know what to do because it will feel natural; it will be what you most want to do. You may want to open the door to let something or someone in. Or you may feel drawn to walk through it. If so, what do you see yourself stepping into and what do you see yourself leaving? You may want to close the door to put something behind you or to protect what’s inside. Take a moment to simply let your imagination explore the scene, the door and your relationship to it….

Doors are potent symbols of transformation. Rich in metaphorical meaning, doors can open to let in some fresh, new element, or they can offer a threshold to cross, compelling us to take a step, to act or to move into a new realm. And sometimes they need to be closed, putting an end to a chapter of life, creating closure, or to preserve warmth and protect our inner sanctum.

Opening to let something in, closing to put something behind us, closing in cocoon-like, and taking the step that begins a new journey are universal aspects of growth that we all go through at different times.

Consider that the door you just imagined is offering you a personal metaphor full of meaning and information as to how you can move more consciously with the current of your growth at this time. Here are some questions to help you get started in understanding its relevance for you.

If your door was opening to let something in, ask yourself, how are you becoming or needing to become more open? Do you need to relax personal defenses, trust more, and let people in? Did your door let in light and a breath of fresh air, urging you to open your mind? Do you need to consider a fresh perspective and be less stuck in familiar ways of thinking?

If you felt called to walk through the door in your visualization, how are you currently moving from one state to another in your life? Is it time to take action, summons courage, move into the unfamiliar, be bold, or come out of hiding? Is there an initiation of sorts calling you to step out of the small confines of who you have been to become something more? Is it time to come out of your comfort zone?

If your door was closing, what were you closing it on or closing out? Is there something in your life experience that you’re ready to let go and leave behind? Is it time to put the past behind you? What endings do you need to attend to in order to move into the next phase of life free of unfinished business? Or, if your door was closing something in, are there ways you need to create stronger boundaries in your life? Do you need to say “no” more often? Do you need to pull in, conserve energy and be in a cocooning phase to let something incubate internally? Do you need solitude? Or do you simply need to exercise control over whom you let into your inner sanctum?

Let the imagery of your door suggest an action that is an appropriate stretch in the direction of your growth. It could mean inviting someone in: perhaps literally by having an unaccustomed dinner party or figuratively by taking an emotional risk to let someone into your heart. It could mean taking some bold action to come out of hiding, get moving, or transition to a new realm. It might involve setting limits, conserving energy, or taking time for yourself.

Doors are everywhere and we open, close and move through them many times a day. As you perform the mundane, physical act of going through doors, hold in mind the metaphor of your inner door. If your door was letting in fresh air, stand at the doorway for a moment before leaving your home and invite new energy into your life. If you were boldly walking through your door, imagine taking a powerful step into a new realm as you walk across thresholds. Or, give extra attention when you close your door and bring to mind all you are putting behind you or protecting. Let the physical experience of doors this week be a constant reminder and affirmation of the inner growth you have set in motion.

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