Magical Book Oracle – A Reading Just For You!

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Image by RazielMB

“We’re here for a reason. I believe a bit of the reason is to throw little torches out to lead people through the dark.”
~ Whoopi Goldberg

 

I love the idea of a magical book. Don’t you?

I’ve often turned to books when I’ve needed guidance or answers. So today I’ve used some beautiful images of books and accompanied each image with a channelled message to gift you clarity and reassurance about where you’re at right now.

Each magical book also comes with suggestions for crystals and activities to support you energetically, emotionally and physically.

Instructions for using today’s post

Let each image speak to you in its own way.  One of them will have wisdom just for you!

Scroll down through the following magical book images and then let yourself come back to the one you are most drawn to.

When you have chosen your book, scroll further down for your message. Take what resonates for you, and apply it in your life over the coming weeks.

Trust that you will be shown what you most need to know right now.

Love and Light,

Nicole ♥ xx

Let the Magical Books Guide You…

1. Ancient Manuscript

Image from Internet Monk

Image from Internet Monk

2. Magical Daisy Book

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Image from Wallpapers in HQ

3. White Light Book

Image from Light Bliss

Image from Light Bliss

4. Magical Lands Book

5. Cosmic Rainbow Book

Image from Oriental Magic

Image from Oriental Magic

6. Book of Shadows

Image from The Charmed Ones

Image from The Charmed Ones

7. Mythical Journey Book

Image by Justin Rowe

Image by Justin Rowe

8. Fairy’s Book

Image from Key Note Blog

Image from Key Note Blog

 

♥ The Message and Gift of each Magical Book ♥

Each Magical Book image has a message for you. I have also selected a crystal to best support the message and energies of your chosen Book.  You could wear or hold this crystal, pop it in your pocket, under your pillow or beside your bed. (If you’d like to know more about working with crystals click here.) The Action Step is a tangible step you can take to begin incorporating this wisdom in your life.

1.  Ancient Manuscript:

Message – Trust your own judgement. It’s time for major change, even if that change begins in the smallest of ways. You’re being supported to create an energy of transformation that will take you far from where you are now. There is a great force of synchronicity at your disposal. All you need to do is allow, and be brave enough to act. Begin things. End things. Be active in creating this new life. You deserve to be happy and fulfilled.

Crystal – Tiger Iron 

Action Step – Spend some time thinking about how you want your life to look. record your thoughts in a journal. When you are ready, begin to put a plan together. Where might you start? Who or what could support you? Start to give your dreams some form. Trust in good outcomes, even if the beginning of this transformation will be modest.

 

2.  Magical Daisy Book:

Message – Love and Friendship is coming your way. What a kind, loving and beautiful soul you are. Right now there is a wonderful opportunity for you to bring magic to some existing relationships, allowing them to be revitalised. There is also the opportunity to meet new people who will become significant in your life. As you love, so will that love be returned, deepening the relationship and giving you new levels of emotional connection and satisfaction.

Crystal – Rose Quartz

 Action Step – Each day find things for which you can be grateful. Live in a way that pours love and gratitude from your heart. Seek out the people, places and things that make you happy. Avoid the people, places and situations that bring you down. Write a list of your dream friend or partner. Put the completed list in a pink envelope, and then place the envelope somewhere safe. Send your list a little love and energy each day to magnetise love into your life.

 

3.  White Light Book:

Message – Be purposeful in bringing your gifts to the world. You know it. The Universe is calling you, reminding you that it’s time. Time to write that book, start that business, invest that money, study that thing which furthers you somehow. Trust that you have something valuable to share with the world. Believe in yourself now, and invest in yourself and your dreams.

Crystal – Clear Quartz 

 Action Step – Sit with yourself and be brave in asking what it is you really want to do with your life. Create some big goals, and then break those goals down into small steps. Choose a place and begin. Each week, put energy into your plan and your dreams. Know that you can make this happen. Know that it is time.

 

4.  Magical Lands Book:

Message – Nature has great restorative gifts for you right now. Maybe you need to change your diet to include a wider range and quantity of fruits and vegetables. Perhaps what is needed is more time in the outdoors, or a hobby or sport that allows you to move more and to feel the sun on the face and the wind in your hair. A holiday in the mountains or by the sea? Perfect!

Crystal – Green Aventurine

 Action Step – Embrace your well-being. Look to the ideas and ancient healing methodologies of other lands. Try yoga, meditation, acupuncture, herbal medicine or tai chi. Be adventurous in looking further afield for what can heal, restore and uplift you. Maybe a health retreat in Byron Bay, Bali or Thailand. Perhaps a practitioner or a workshop that promotes these ancient methods for restoring balance and creating sustainable well-being.

 

5. Cosmic Rainbow Book:

Message – Honey, you need some fun! What’s most needed in your life right now are activities that bring joy. That could be hanging out with friends, listening to music, travel, playing games, starting a hobby or joining a group. Do what makes your heart sing. If you don’t know what that is, then gift yourself time to find out.

Crystal – Fluorite

 Action Step – Clear some space in your diary. Maybe there’s something you used to enjoy, which you don’t do any more. Make time for it again! Search out movies, music, festivals, galleries and places you’ve always wanted to visit. Do something you haven’t done before. Make more time for family and friends. Schedule some time just for you!

 

6.  Book of Shadows:

Message – Spirituality and time for connecting to your Inner Wisdom needs to be a priority right now. Expect magic. Expect clarity, breakthroughs, inspiration and guidance from unexpected but helpful quarters. You have a powerful intuitive side, and it’s time to learn how to connect with this wisdom and guiding force within you.

Crystal – Amethyst

 Action Step – Make time for self-reflection, journalling, meditation and prayer. Be open to guidance from outside of yourself as well. Make use of tools such as crystals, tarot and other messenger cards, runes and other divination items if that feels right. Ask once, and be guided by the answer, whatever that may be. Stay open to possibility and to acting on insights. Think deeply about the big questions. Expect answers.

 

7.  Mythical Journey Book:

Message – Courage. It’s time to go back to, and heal your past. There are issues and situations from your past, that, in remaining hidden, unspoken or unresolved, are preventing you from healing, from knowing expansion, from allowing you to transcend these falsely imposed limits. Sometimes it is  possible to simply get into an allowing space, and ‘let go’ of that old energy without having to examine or re-live it. Sometimes we benefit from guidance and professional help and advice. Always, we benefit from thinking on the blessings and the lessons inherent in those situations which have caused us pain.

Crystal – Citrine

 Action Step – Think about the events, relationships and actions that you have buried, or that continue to bring you discomfort of shame. You are being supported to work through and let go of these old energies right now. Truth must be brought into the light. These old hurts must be let go, or like anchors around your heart and soul, you will continue to be held back by them. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Look to counsellors, healers and all other forms of support workers who can aid you in your situation.

 

8: Fairy’s Book:

Message – There is a special magic around you right now, bringing breakthroughs, help and miracles. The Fairy Book connects you to Loved Ones who have crossed over, Ancestors you have never met, members of your Soul Group, Fairies, Guides, Angels and all kinds of other Light Beings. Know that you’re not alone. Know that you are heard, and that help is coming.

Crystal – Moss Agate or Opalite

 Action Step – Ask! Reach out with your heart, your prayers, your meditations. Form that question in your mind. Have a conversation with someone who has crossed over, or with your guides and angels. Sit under a tree or in the garden and call on the fairies and nature spirits. Call on God. Don’t be afraid. Trust that injustice, obstacles, difficulties and dilemmas that have caused you great anxiety and worry will soon begin to dissolve or resolve. Know that you are loved. Expect magic and miracles. Trust in Divine Timing.

Attack of the Gorn

“Of all the things we can feel with our minds and bodies, severe pain is the purest, for it drives everything else from our awareness and focuses us as perfectly as we can ever be focused.” ~ Dean Koontz

 

There is this thing that happens to me on my current Lyme drugs.

It started in a small way. Bacteria began dying in my nerve endings. As they die, they release toxins. Awesome…

One night, delirious with fever, I thought that small lizards were hiding in my sheets and biting me. That was exactly what it felt like at the time.

And those lizards were mean!

Then it settled down for a while, and I’d thought that was the last of it.

But as I’ve ramped up my meds, the lizards have come back, and this time they’re bigger!

Now it feels as if large mean lizards are taking random chomps out of me with their hard plastic mouths. These are some hungry lizards, that’s for sure. Chomp. Chomp. Chomp.

Chomp on my cheekbone. Chomp on my thigh. Chomp on my belly, my eyelid, the top of my foot. Chomp on my lip, my hip, the very tip of my nose. Chomp, snap, chomp.

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Image from Gweenbrick

The sensations are horrid. Breathtakingly painful – somewhere between a stab and being tasered, although that only lasts a moment or two, after which it subsides to a less agonising sting. That’s exactly what a villainous lizard with a nasty mouth full of needle-sharp teeth would feel like, right?

Sometimes I can’t help myself and I will gasp with the pain of it. Or flinch and go all wide-eyed.

Which does look a bit odd when you’re out and about. But of course, how are you to know that I am under invisible attack?

My husband and I have developed a code for this now. I call it Gorn Attack.

“You okay?” he’ll ask me.

“Yeah,” I’ll nod. “Just Gorns.”

Have you met a Gorn before? Gorns are a brutal lizard-like race that Captain James T. Kirk fought so valiantly in Star Trek.

Where is Captain Kirk now, I ask? I could really use some help here.

Image from Kotaku

Image from Kotaku

Gorns then made a reprieve visit when Sheldon Cooper was conversing with Tiny Spock in Big Bang Theory. Sheldon was horrified to be attacked by a Gorn. It was his worst nightmare.

I know how he feels. :)

I guess it is kind of interesting. Maybe all of this will come in handy some day for a sci-fi story, or if I ever do meet a real live Gorn or end up in a parallel Star Trek universe. I feel I am developing quite an expertise when it comes to handling Gorn Attack. My weapons are primarily meditation, ninja mind control and magic.

When that doesn’t work, epsom salts baths, infrared saunas and Himalayan salt with vitamin c drinks often do the trick.

I have another four and a half months on these particular drugs. Maybe more. And there is no way I’m quitting.

So, Mr Gorn, bite me!

Image by Jim Doran

Image by Jim Doran

Trusting Your Instincts In Relationships

“As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live.”
~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Faust: First Part

“We have all a better guide in ourselves, if we would attend to it, than any other person can be.”
~Jane Austen, Mansfield Park

 

I have some friends going through hard times in relationships just now. They are wondering how they ended up where they are – with a lover who cheats, with a husband who suddenly wants out, with a boss who keeps lying.

When I’ve talked with them they’ve been so hurt, so distressed and devastated at what has happened.

Then they’ve asked the questions.

Why did this happen?

How did this happen?

Why did I not see this coming?

And the truth is, a wise part of them did see it coming. A wise part of them already knew. So, where did it all go so wrong?

All of us have intuition, and instinct. This force within us operates with a vast amount of information – not just our conscious awareness.

When I pressed my friends, eventually all of them admitted that there had been things in their relationship, from early on, that made them uncomfortable. Or there was a point where things began to change. And that point was a long way from where they are now.

In each situation, my friends had intuitively picked up on an energy or behaviour that was out of flow, out of truth – either with the way the person was presenting themselves within the relationship, or with my friend’s values and beliefs. My friends’ intuition had red-flagged something, using those feelings of discomfort and that instinctive knowledge to bring the situation to their conscious attention.

So why didn’t they allow themselves to be guided by that intuition? Quite simply, their mind got in the way. They discounted or second-guessed or validated that discomfort away. They saw what they wanted to see, or needed to see, rather than what was. They gave second chances, chose to believe what they were told, and shoved that discomfort back down where it no longer bothered them.

Haven’t you done that before? I know I have.

But that’s okay. Intuition is not a one time thing. Our internal wisdom will connect with us over and over again. Our job is to listen, and to pay attention. To give ourselves space to think things through and to honour these feelings and ideas that arise from deep inside us.

Of course, intuition doesn’t simply show us what’s wrong. It can also show us what’s good. We have a compulsion to introduce ourselves to someone at a party. Things blossom into a beautiful relationship.

Suddenly it seems like we can’t stop thinking about a business idea, or studying again. When we are brave enough to honour that instinctive direction we find ourselves loving the changes we have made. They feel so right for us.

We come to an awareness, without evidence or proof, that maybe the aloof girl or guy in the office is just shy, and when we make an effort to get to know them we find out that we were right.

Intuition says, Hey – let’s drive down this street for no apparent reason – come on, humour me! And there you find your dream house, or the shop with the thing you want, or an old college friend walking their dog, the same friend whose address you lost years ago and who you’d had no idea how to track down.

Image from Pixabay

Image from Pixabay

Intuition and instinct show us where we are out of flow with the Universe, and also how to get back into flow again, with relationships and actions that support our Highest Good.

So the big question is – are you honouring your intuition? Or are you second-guessing yourself?

Maybe it’s time you started paying attention, and trusting what comes up for you.

If you’re not sure how to do that, these posts will help:

Using Your Internal Compass to Navigate Life

Understanding Intuition and Gut Instinct

or this program of eight free exercises designed to help you connect to and work with intuition, energy and the metaphysical:

Strengthening Your Intuition – A program of Exercises

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Image from forsurequotes

 

That Strange Wise Universe

“All things entail rising and falling timing. You must be able to discern this.
~ Miyamoto Musashi

 

Sometimes things don’t go to plan.

We’ve had a lot of rain here at the farm. Lots actually. Think floods.

Last Saturday, after having been flooded in overnight, the causeway dropped and Ben decided we’d make a run for it and head to the city for a few days. I didn’t want to go. I have a workshop coming up. And other deadlines to meet. I had so much work to do, and sitting at home in the rain working on my computer in front of the fire sounded like bliss to me. Also, to be completely honest, I felt like crap. Spending a few days in my pyjamas, holed up while it bucketed down outside, sounded fine by me.

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There was only one problem. Stupid amounts of rain were predicted and I was worried about running out of Lyme drugs, and accessing a post office to send off my memoir to a competition that was about to close.

We needed to make a decision.

 

So we hastily threw a few things in bags and jumped in the car with the dogs in tow. A couple of hours later there was more heavy rain, the causeway came back up, but we were now safely on the other side. Our plan was to fill my prescriptions, finish my memoir changes and get them in the post, and come back late Sunday or early Monday morning.

In Brisbane my computer died an hour after I plugged it in. You know, the horrible blue screen of death? That one.

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Meanwhile the rain kept coming down.

I couldn’t make the computer behave!

Suddenly our quick trip looked like needing an extension.

As a result this week has not turned out to look anything like I had planned.

But…

On Sunday when I realised that I would need to buy a new computer, the one I wanted was on special – for that day only. (Which also once again validates my personal mantra Everything I want is always on special! Read more about helpful affirmations here: My Embarrassing Affirmation Confession)

Our good friend Tony, who also happens to be a computer wizard, suddenly had a work cancellation which meant he could perform CPR on my old laptop and breathe life into my new one. A process I thought should take an hour or two, but which actually took days. Who knew these things could be so complicated?

While I was in that Universe-imposed twilight zone of no emails, blogs, twitter, skype, facebook or any other form of digital communication I was able to re-read and re-edit my memoir the old-fashioned way, with pencil and paper. I finished my draft, made the changes on a borrowed computer, printed it off and sent it on its way. I’m sure I did a much better job of it with so few distractions.

What to do after that? Computer still not working, and new Lyme drugs making me feel less than one hundred percent. I napped my way through most of the next few days.

Result?

My memoir is done, I am well rested and feeling sooooo much better, and my new computer, finally, is ready for business.

Of course, the farm is still flooded in. We might get home tomorrow. Or we might not. Helpful neighbours phone us a few times a day with weather updates. No point going home if we get all the way there only to find that we can’t get over the flooded creek that leads to our front door. We’ve had almost a year’s worth of rain in the past few days, and it’s still raining! We’re safe here in the city, our cows are safe back at the farm, and there’s nothing else to be done.

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I’m okay with whatever happens. This week has worked out just fine, with no help from me.

Life’s like that, isn’t it? You can plan all you want, but often the Universe has a way of making your plans ridiculously irrelevant and replacing them with something far more magical and synchronous.

Are you holding on too tight right now? Maybe it’s time to let the Universe have a little elbow room.

Much love to you, Nicole xx

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Life on Hold

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“Finished crap can be edited. Unfinished greatness languishes forever. The only bad writing is the thing you didn’t write!”
~ Margarita Gakis

 

I’m tweaking the very final edits of my memoir. You know, the one about my time in the Kimberley?

So, there’s not much else to report right now until that’s done.

That’s why the dogs look so bored.

Anyway, while I finish up, fuelled by copious amounts of tea, here are some pictures from yesterday morning’s walk…

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I’ll be back tomorrow with something much more exciting, I promise!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend,

Lots of love, Nicole xx

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The Sound of Rain

 

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“On the fifth day, which was a Sunday, it rained very hard. I like it when it rains hard. It sounds like white noise everywhere, which is like silence but not empty.”
~ Mark Haddon, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

 

Here at the farm it’s raining. It has been raining for two straight days, and there’s more rain coming.

That’s okay. We needed the rain. The dam was low, the earth was cracked, and the trees were yearning for a good long drink.

Yesterday we lost power all morning (hence no blog!), and the seasonal creeks began to flow and then to burst their banks.

When the rain first came, I didn’t hear it. I am finishing up the final editing tweaks on my memoir, and I was having trouble concentrating while Ben watched a (very loud) movie in another room. Solution? I downloaded a white noise app on my ipad and shoved some earbuds in my ears, hoping to block out some of the distraction. It worked a treat. I chose a variation which sounded a lot like rain on the roof. When the real stuff began falling I thought it was the app.

There’s something so soothing about the sound of rain, and I highly recommend the app if you’re looking for something to block out background noise. I found it focused my attention on my writing brilliantly. Which is fortunate, because when I finally looked up from my work we’d been flooded in!

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Meditation – Taking Energy From Trees

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There is a simple meditation that I do sometimes, when I feel the need to be strengthened. It is something my Aboriginal Aunties taught me to do.

Let me show you how to do it too.

Find a tree. It could be a big tree, or small, gnarled or straight. Stand where you can see the tree. If you are ill, and bed-bound, it is fine for it to be a tree outside your window.

Focus on the tree. Make a connection in your mind between you and the tree. Make a connection in your heart between you and the tree. Feel the energy of the tree. Feel your energy.

When you have that energetic bond, ask the tree for help. Ask the tree to add to your energy. Ask the tree to strengthen you.

Now imagine the sap of the tree flowing. Flow that sap into your body. Into your veins. Feel the strength of the tree fill you up. Feel the calm of the tree. Feel its resilience, its watchfulness, its connection to the Earth Mother, to the Sun Mother and to Father Sky.

Feel the rain that has fallen. Feel the wind that has blown. Feel how all of that gets inside you, and energises your blood. Feel it strengthen your bones, calm your mind and nourish your heart.

When you are done, give thanks. Disconnect from the tree. Feel the difference in your body. That is Tree Magic.

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I saved the quote til last this week. It’s a little snippet of philosophy from Herman Hesse. It thrills me in a quiet way, to juxtapose Aboriginal wisdom and a German writer who won the Nobel Prize in literature.

“For me, trees have always been the most penetrating preachers. I revere them when they live in tribes and families, in forests and groves. And even more I revere them when they stand alone. They are like lonely persons. Not like hermits who have stolen away out of some weakness, but like great, solitary men, like Beethoven and Nietzsche. In their highest boughs the world rustles, their roots rest in infinity; but they do not lose themselves there, they struggle with all the force of their lives for one thing only: to fulfil themselves according to their own laws, to build up their own form, to represent themselves. Nothing is holier, nothing is more exemplary than a beautiful, strong tree. When a tree is cut down and reveals its naked death-wound to the sun, one can read its whole history in the luminous, inscribed disk of its trunk: in the rings of its years, its scars, all the struggle, all the suffering, all the sickness, all the happiness and prosperity stand truly written, the narrow years and the luxurious years, the attacks withstood, the storms endured. And every young farmboy knows that the hardest and noblest wood has the narrowest rings, that high on the mountains and in continuing danger the most indestructible, the strongest, the ideal trees grow.

Trees are sanctuaries. Whoever knows how to speak to them, whoever knows how to listen to them, can learn the truth. They do not preach learning and precepts, they preach, undeterred by particulars, the ancient law of life.

A tree says: A kernel is hidden in me, a spark, a thought, I am life from eternal life. The attempt and the risk that the eternal mother took with me is unique, unique the form and veins of my skin, unique the smallest play of leaves in my branches and the smallest scar on my bark. I was made to form and reveal the eternal in my smallest special detail.

A tree says: My strength is trust. I know nothing about my fathers, I know nothing about the thousand children that every year spring out of me. I live out the secret of my seed to the very end, and I care for nothing else. I trust that God is in me. I trust that my labor is holy. Out of this trust I live.

When we are stricken and cannot bear our lives any longer, then a tree has something to say to us: Be still! Be still! Look at me! Life is not easy, life is not difficult. Those are childish thoughts. Let God speak within you, and your thoughts will grow silent. You are anxious because your path leads away from mother and home. But every step and every day lead you back again to the mother. Home is neither here nor there. Home is within you, or home is nowhere at all.

A longing to wander tears my heart when I hear trees rustling in the wind at evening. If one listens to them silently for a long time, this longing reveals its kernel, its meaning. It is not so much a matter of escaping from one’s suffering, though it may seem to be so. It is a longing for home, for a memory of the mother, for new metaphors for life. It leads home. Every path leads homeward, every step is birth, every step is death, every grave is mother.

So the tree rustles in the evening, when we stand uneasy before our own childish thoughts: Trees have long thoughts, long-breathing and restful, just as they have longer lives than ours. They are wiser than we are, as long as we do not listen to them. But when we have learned how to listen to trees, then the brevity and the quickness and the childlike hastiness of our thoughts achieve an incomparable joy. Whoever has learned how to listen to trees no longer wants to be a tree. He wants to be nothing except what he is. That is home. That is happiness.”
~ Hermann Hesse, Bäume. Betrachtungen und Gedichte