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Darkness into Light ~ Creating Miracles | Register for the first class of Winter Quarter of The Miracles Course

The Miracles Course is now accepting students

 for the Spring Quarter starting

December 1.

Registration Closed on December 13th

Early registration is recommended.

Spring Classes Information will be posted soon.

First Class of the Spring Quarter is Free

Audit this live, online class with

Lynn Woodland 

on the topic of

Darkness into Light ~ Creating Miracles

Wednesday, March  1, 7 PM Central Time.

Attend on your computer or by phone.

The Spiritual Journey of Winter

Do you have difficulty with the darkness of winter months?

Would you like to attract loving relationships, helpful people, and quality interactions?

Are you ready to release the past and move beyond repeating patterns of limitation?

Is it time to expand your vision of what your life can be?

Would you like to release jaded cynicism to experience the joy and wonder of the miraculous?

Would you like to experience a deeper connection with your inner guidance and with God?

Are you ready to move beyond transient successes to achieve true personal mastery?

If so, the spiritual journey of the winter season Miracles Course 
may be particularly relevant to you.
The Spiritual Journey of Winter Begins-December
December is a month packed with a complicated interweaving of sacred holidays, family traditions, crass commercialism, and overindulgent partying. At the core of it all is the deep, magical rebirth of light that many world religions celebrate in slightly different ways. In the United States, the outer expression of this natural and spiritual event can give rise to an exhausting overload of lights, shopping, and social gatherings. Often referred to as the “Season of Giving,” it’s the time of year retailers live for, and the end result of all this retail activity is a deluge of exchanged gifts, some heart-felt and some perfunctory.
In June, when light reaches its peak, we explore the profound connection between light and love. Those who’ve had near-death experiences describe the light beyond death as being virtually indistinguishable from unconditional love. So, at this point where light is birthed out of darkness, perhaps the magical point to it all-what we’re grasping for through the mountain of packaged things-is the rekindling of sacred love. It’s easy to lose this point in the overlay of cultural expectation where gifts can become more a fulfillment of social obligation than a sacred offering.
So this week’s lesson involves finding the magical essence in a physical object and making it sacred through the creation of a spiritual talisman that will start as a tool and one day become a gift. The exercise will draw upon intuition, imagination, and clear intent to find an object, discover its meaning, and give it power. As a tool, it will become part of our ritual on the solstice in a few weeks. When its work with us is done, we’ll pass it on as a precious gift….
The preceding is an excerpt from the Winter Session of the Miracles Course. If you’re ready for a deep dive into miracle making, the Miracles Course is now accepting students for the Winter Quarter starting December 1. Registration for winter ends December 8.
  
 
Are you looking for spiritual community, support, 
and a weekly spiritual experience? 
Consider the Miracles Course
.
In the words of our students, here’s why:
I’ve taken the year-long Miracles Course and am now auditing it because I can’t imagine not having this connection – and there’s so much richness here to still tap into! My biggest (wonderful) surprise during the course was that there was no “you MUST do this” but rather a gentle unfolding of learning, encouragement, discovery, connections and yes, miracles.
The Miracles Course has been a source of spiritual community and has replaced the need or desire for more organized religious structures. Lynn Woodland leads students into a deeper meditative experience with grace and authenticity. Her soft spoken demeanor is underscored by her depth of grounded practice and knowledge. I have enjoyed the gift of the journey and the walk to accountability along with the joy of a life well lived under all circumstances. It continues to be a place of connection and awakening.
Lynn and Deb are truly two of the most loving, kind, wise women I have had the pleasure of working with. They are humble and enormously caring and I have gained so much from Lynn’s leading edge Miracles Course and from Lynn and Deb’s personal guidance. I have had some enormously challenging personal issues over the past two years and this course was like a life line.
Even if nothing miraculous occurs, which is doubtful, engaging in this gentle work will free-up your bound energy and help you become a happier you.
Over the years, I’ve taken more courses and seminars than I can count, but Lynn’s courses have had the deepest impact of all. Actually, in light of her understanding of the time continuum, I feel like this course has impacted all of my life, backwards and forwards!
The support from the faculty is incredible and such a blessing, and I also have a wonderful spiritual network that spans the globe!
One of the strongest points of the program, along with the teaching, is the mentoring.
[Rev.] Sandy Boyer made a huge difference, supporting, guiding, and encouraging me all along the way. Because the course is challenging, this gentle spiritual coaching is vitally important and I’m glad Lynn built this aspect into the program.
Rev. Deb has given me such valuable spiritual guidance and inspiration. I can really feel when she is holding me in prayer! I am truly grateful for her support. Deb says prayer always works-and I’m starting to believe her!

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The Miracle of Light-Lynn’s 29th Annual Winter Solstice Event

Do the pleasure, joy, and wonder of the winter holiday season sometimes get lost for you amidst shopping, parties, and family obligations? This event goes right to the heart of the season: the recovery of warmth, love and light at a time of greatest darkness. If your spark has been low lately, this celebration will help rekindle joy, faith and wonder so you will find renewal from this season’s holidays of light.

Preparation for this event: 

Bring a wrapped gift to give away (you won’t know to whom) that represents all the good you wish to invite into your life in the coming year.

PLEASE LET ME KNOW YOU’RE COMING 
and I will send you more specific location details.
RSVP on FACEBOOK

To register contact lynn@lynnwoodland.com
(Please arrive promptly and plan to attend the entire event.)

COST: Payment by self-determined offering at the end
($25-35 is typical for these events, nothing is mandatory)

LOCATION: Epworth United Methodist Church,[masked]th Ave. S. in Minneapolis. 2 blocks south of Lake St., 5 blocks east of Hiawatha. Please arrive on time as the door may need to be locked for security.

The Miracles Course Winter Quarter | Attend the first class of Winter free!

The Miracles Course is now accepting students

 for the Winter Quarter starting

December 1.

Registration for winter closes December 8. 

Early registration is recommended.

 

First Class of the Winter Quarter is Free

Audit this live, online class with

Lynn Woodland 

on the topic of

Darkness into Light ~ Creating Miracles

Wednesday, December 2, 7 PM Central Time.

Attend on your computer or by phone.

 

The Spiritual Journey of Winter
  • Do you have difficulty with the darkness of winter months?
  • Would you like to attract loving relationships, helpful people, and quality interactions?
  • Are you ready to release the past and move beyond repeating patterns of limitation?
  • Is it time to expand your vision of what your life can be?
  • Would you like to release jaded cynicism to experience the joy and wonder of the miraculous?
  • Would you like to experience a deeper connection with your inner guidance and with God?
  • Are you ready to move beyond transient successes to achieve true personal mastery?
If so, the spiritual journey of the winter season Miracles Course 
may be particularly relevant to you.
The Spiritual Journey of Winter Begins-December
December is a month packed with a complicated interweaving of sacred holidays, family traditions, crass commercialism, and overindulgent partying. At the core of it all is the deep, magical rebirth of light that many world religions celebrate in slightly different ways. In the United States, the outer expression of this natural and spiritual event can give rise to an exhausting overload of lights, shopping, and social gatherings. Often referred to as the “Season of Giving,” it’s the time of year retailers live for, and the end result of all this retail activity is a deluge of exchanged gifts, some heart-felt and some perfunctory.
In June, when light reaches its peak, we explore the profound connection between light and love. Those who’ve had near-death experiences describe the light beyond death as being virtually indistinguishable from unconditional love. So, at this point where light is birthed out of darkness, perhaps the magical point to it all-what we’re grasping for through the mountain of packaged things-is the rekindling of sacred love. It’s easy to lose this point in the overlay of cultural expectation where gifts can become more a fulfillment of social obligation than a sacred offering.
So this week’s lesson involves finding the magical essence in a physical object and making it sacred through the creation of a spiritual talisman that will start as a tool and one day become a gift. The exercise will draw upon intuition, imagination, and clear intent to find an object, discover its meaning, and give it power. As a tool, it will become part of our ritual on the solstice in a few weeks. When its work with us is done, we’ll pass it on as a precious gift….
The preceding is an excerpt from the Winter Session of the Miracles Course. If you’re ready for a deep dive into miracle making, the Miracles Course is now accepting students for the Winter Quarter starting December 1. Registration for winter ends December 8.
  
 
Are you looking for spiritual community, support, 
and a weekly spiritual experience? 
Consider the Miracles Course
.
In the words of our students, here’s why:
I’ve taken the year-long Miracles Course and am now auditing it because I can’t imagine not having this connection – and there’s so much richness here to still tap into! My biggest (wonderful) surprise during the course was that there was no “you MUST do this” but rather a gentle unfolding of learning, encouragement, discovery, connections and yes, miracles.
The Miracles Course has been a source of spiritual community and has replaced the need or desire for more organized religious structures. Lynn Woodland leads students into a deeper meditative experience with grace and authenticity. Her soft spoken demeanor is underscored by her depth of grounded practice and knowledge. I have enjoyed the gift of the journey and the walk to accountability along with the joy of a life well lived under all circumstances. It continues to be a place of connection and awakening.
Lynn and Deb are truly two of the most loving, kind, wise women I have had the pleasure of working with. They are humble and enormously caring and I have gained so much from Lynn’s leading edge Miracles Course and from Lynn and Deb’s personal guidance. I have had some enormously challenging personal issues over the past two years and this course was like a life line.
Even if nothing miraculous occurs, which is doubtful, engaging in this gentle work will free-up your bound energy and help you become a happier you.
Over the years, I’ve taken more courses and seminars than I can count, but Lynn’s courses have had the deepest impact of all. Actually, in light of her understanding of the time continuum, I feel like this course has impacted all of my life, backwards and forwards!
The support from the faculty is incredible and such a blessing, and I also have a wonderful spiritual network that spans the globe!
One of the strongest points of the program, along with the teaching, is the mentoring.
[Rev.] Sandy Boyer made a huge difference, supporting, guiding, and encouraging me all along the way. Because the course is challenging, this gentle spiritual coaching is vitally important and I’m glad Lynn built this aspect into the program.
Rev. Deb has given me such valuable spiritual guidance and inspiration. I can really feel when she is holding me in prayer! I am truly grateful for her support. Deb says prayer always works-and I’m starting to believe her!

The Winter Solstice Miracle of Light

Sunday, December 21, 6-9 PM

Lynn’s 28th Annual Winter Solstice Celebration
Do the pleasure, joy, and wonder of the winter holiday season get lost for you amidst shopping, parties, and family obligations? This event goes right to the heart of the season: the recovery of warmth, love and light at a time of greatest darkness. If your spark has been low lately, this celebration will help rekindle joy, faith and wonder so you will find renewal from this season’s holidays of light.
Preparation: Bring a wrapped gift to give away that represents all the good you wish to invite into your life in the coming year.

CALL TO REGISTER: 612-729-3261 or email lynnwoodland@comcast.net
.(Please arrive promptly and plan to attend the entire event.)

COST: Payment by self-determined offering ($25-35 is typical for these events, nothing is mandatory)
LOCATION: The Mind and Body Spiritual Center, The Banks Building, 615 First Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN

December Video Blog | The Healing Power of Darkness

In this holiday-packed time of year one could almost overlook the deepening darkness and the inclination to hibernate that are natural to the season.People of not so many generations back used to sleep more in these long nights. Not us. We turn on the lights, indoors and out, fight nature’s pull to cozy in, and schedule the splashiest late-night parties of the year. Instead of becoming quiet and introspective, we’re more likely than ever to lose ourselves in a frenetic social whirl.

There is, of course, something miraculous and hopefulhappening this time every year, something truly worth celebrating: the simple, wondrous rebirth of light where the ever-increasing darkness of fall gives way to the lengthening days of winter and spring. The many spiritual holidays celebrated within days or weeks of the winter solstice all echo our instinctive understanding of light’s importance to our physical survival and spiritual renewal.

Light is an often-used metaphor for all things wise and wonderful. We “see the light,” find “light at the end of a tunnel” and a “silver lining around every dark cloud.” It’s easy to give credit for all things good to the light and simply ignore the power of dark; darkness, with its opposite connotations of fearfulness, depression, ignorance and death.

Yet, here we are in a time of year when it’s difficult to deny the presence of darkness, as hard as we may try. What’s more, whatever we ignore inevitably has a way of sneaking up from behind and tripping us when we’re not looking. This is certainly true of those aspects of self we don’t like. The ones we keep hidden in the dark nether regions of our being because they’re too painful, too shameful, or too imperfect to admit to ourselves, let alone to other people.

So, here’s a different kind of winter solstice ritual, one that honors the moment of deepest darkness that has to happen before we can give ourselves over to the jubilant celebration of light. After all, this is the perfect time of year to give darkness its due and, for once, stop trying to ignore or artificially light it out of existence. And even though it may not inspire the cheerful exuberance of spring or summer, see if this exercise doesn’t leave you clearer, cleaner, and more ready to fully embrace the deep quiet miracle of light that is the season’s truest offering.

As a starting place, take a moment to reflect on the year that’s been, the one that’s following its natural course and ending in darkness. What are the stand-out “points of darkness” you experienced this year? The very worst of times, the biggest catastrophes, the deepest despair, the times you most want to forget ever happened?

As you recall these moments, notice the feelings these memories evoke. We tend to suppress, ignore or medicate pain out of existence in much the same way we artificially cover darkness with light. Unfortunately, all these pain-coping methods don’t make pain go away, just underground until it eventually grows too big to ignore. So instead of sending one more bit of pain to the dark, crowded storage locker of your psyche, this time simply be with it.

Notice how it feels in your body. Is it a sinking feeling in your gut? An empty place in your heart? A cloud of confusion around your head? A lump in your throat? A tense, armored feeling in your muscles? A clenched feeling in your jaw or fists? A fearfulness in your bowels? Instead of turning away from these raw places, this time give them your full attention. Notice the sensation of the feeling in your body and relax into it. Stop struggling. Stop thinking, stop trying to move on or make it go away.

Also let go of familiar interpretations and judgments you have around these feelings: “My sadness is bottomless. If I truly feel it, I’ll just fall deeper and deeper until I drown.” Or “My anger is wrong. I shouldn’t have it. It will hurt someone.” Tell yourself instead that as you stop resisting feeling, pain stops being pain and becomes something usable, something healing. Go deeply enough into these dark parts of yourself until you feel your resistance letting go, struggle being replaced by surrender, tension turning into relaxation, fear giving way to an awareness that there is nothing to fear.

Now, imagine yourself in total darkness. (Try doing this at night.) Most of us can recall middle of the night anxieties where we lay awake in bed, in the dark, and our whole world looked dismal and dangerous in a way it seldom does during the day. The darkness to imagine now is a different one altogether (or perhaps the same, but we are different). This darkness is healing.

So many of us on a spiritual path have invoked the healing power of light, but what about that of dark? Imagine darkness around you like sheltering earth around a seed. Instead of imagining light pouring into the wounded places of your soul, imagine darkness, like a mother, drawing out of you the pain, doubt, worry, resentment, confusion and fear that interfere with peace. Feel it absorbing into itself the thoughts, memories and patterns that keep you from being your true self. Let the dark take back to itself all the darkness in you so there’s nothing left but light. The light that needs no artificial or external inducement. The Inner Light that has always been there. Feel yourself in this dark like a caterpillar in its chrysalis, safe and sheltered while a miraculous flurry of transformation is quietly underway.

Last, but not least, reflect again on those moments of darkness that have occurred in your life this year and now, instead of feeling the pain, ask them to show you their hidden blessings. How have you deepened, strengthened, changed direction, reached out to others or cared more deeply for yourself? How have you learned compassion, acceptance or forgiveness? Or gained clarity, broken down barriers, found your tenderness, released stubbornness and ego, or allowed others to help you? How has your very definition of who you are changed? Give thanks for the power of darkness to polish, facet and bring out the natural brilliance of your heart.

Consider sharing with another person the story of finding great blessing in this year’s points of darkness. Let the power of your spoken word change your personal mythology, transforming defeats and losses into powerful stories of resurrection.