Can You See My Baby Brother?

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“For truly we are all angels temporarily hiding as humans.”
~ Brian L. Weiss

*Note – all names have been changed to protect the identities of those involved.

Last year Beth’s mother brought her along to a session with me because Beth had been insisting on seeing that lady.

I need to see that lady. I need to see that lady. I need to see that lady, Beth chanted over and over again as only two-year-olds can.

What lady? Beth’s mum asked.

The one who saw me before I was borned.

Yep, that would be me…

Beth’s mum has been a client of mine for fifteen years, and I’d connected to the soul who would become her daughter in our very first psychic session, before she’d ever met her future husband, Beth’s dad. Beth was a bright little bubble of light in her mum’s aura.

Beth’s mum was skeptical that first day. She had PCOS and had been told she would never have children. Over the next  decade I saw Beth’s mum a few more times. She met a wonderful man. They fell in love and married. They tried everything, but there was no baby. They resigned themselves to being childless and adopted two small dogs instead.

Then, at the age of thirty-six, she became pregnant. They’d long ago stopped using any form of birth control. She didn’t realise until she was nearly six months along, such had been the erratic nature of her cycles, and then three short months later Beth was born. A healthy baby daughter. They’d been worried she might have had problems – Beth’s mum had been on aggressive drug treatment for acne when she fell pregnant, but Beth was fine. In fact, she was thriving. Beth’s mum sent me a long email and lots of photos of their adored little girl. I was thrilled for them.

Last year, Beth and her mum came back to see me. Beth’s mum booked in for a top-up session, and cleared it for her to bring her toddler along. Just for a visit. Beth’s mum promised me that her daughter was very shy, and would sit quietly in her lap, or play on the floor with her toys.

Um… no. :)

When the doorbell rang, and I opened the big old wooden door, a tiny person charged inside, her mum hurrying to catch up with her.

Hello, said this little poppet, looking up at me with her big blue eyes. I remember you. Do you remember me? I’m Beth, but my proper name is Grace-Margaret. The way she said Grace-Margaret, the tiny girl sounded like a Southern Belle. That’s my last-time name, she added, but Mummy didn’t know. It’s okay. I don’t mind being Beth this time. It’s a nice name.

Beth’s mum looked at me, confused. I gave her a hug and assured her that everything was fine. Meanwhile her little daughter had walked into my reading room and had climbed up into the chair meant for her mother.

We need to tell Mummy about Will-iam, said Beth in her baby, sing-song voice.

Who’s William? Beth’s mother asked, completely unnerved.

I pretended as if conversations like these happened all the time around my dining room table.

Is he your Guide, darling? Beth’s mum prompted. Or an Angel? Beth’s mum was very into Angels.

See! Beth said, looking right at me.

What shall we tell Mummy? I asked brightly. But I knew…

He’s coming, Beth announced proudly. Will-iam is coming to stay. He’s going to be my brother. And then she rolled her eyes as if the joke was hilarious. Again! she said. Will-iam is going to be my brother again. Like last time.

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Image from Bumble Button

No, Beth’s mother said gently. Mummy isn’t having any more babies. You are my one miracle.

See? Beth said to me. She won’t believe me. You tell her. You can see him, can’t you? You can see my baby brother like you saw me?

But before I could say anything, Beth’s mum held up her hand, and her eyes filled with tears. Please, she whispered, can we talk about something else? The doctors had assured her there would be no more children. Ever. No matter what she tried.

Beth hugged her Mum hard. It’s alright, Mummy. He won’t be any trouble, she said. And then she sat down on the floor with her colouring book while her mum and I talked about other things.

In February this year, Beth’s mum left a message for me on facebook. She was pregnant again.

Last night I received another long email from Beth’s Mum. Attached were several photos of Beth proudly holding her little brother, William. Another healthy child.

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Image from Red Rose Mummy

William looks quiet and wise, and very peaceful. The love between Beth and her brother shines bright in every image. It’s so fulfilling for me to see the souls I have met firstly as energy, now made human in their form once more. Especially in the presence of so much love.

Life is the most amazing mystery, isn’t it? I take great comfort from that. Great comfort, indeed.

 

Is it Time to Work Out What’s Holding You Back?

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“When we pay attention, whatever we are doing – whether it be cooking or cleaning or making love – is transformed and becomes part of our spiritual path. We begin to notice details and textures that we never noticed before; everyday life becomes clearer, sharper and at the same time more spacious.” ~ R. Fields

 

Is life not flowing for you the way you had hoped? Have you got a secret dream, a skill or a vision you want to share with the world? An area of your life where you feel sadly unfulfilled? Have you struggled to make things happen? Are you in need of some deep nurture and soul reconnection?

It’s only five weeks until our Soul Sanctuary Retreat begins, and we have just a few places left. Perhaps one of them is meant for you.

I’m really excited about what we’ll be covering in this week-long residential retreat in Byron Bay, Australia. It’s a program for meeting our obstacles and blockages head-on, for understanding and embracing or dissolving our limitations, for nurturing ourselves, and for gaining clarity about who we are, what matters most to us, and what comes next in our lives.

I’ll be teaching you simple meditations, and some manifestation and energy work techniques to create calm, peace and flow in your lives.

I’ll be helping you to identify your hidden (and not so hidden) addictions and weaknesses, and the ways you sabotage yourself, your happiness and your success. Then we’ll look at how to move past or heal these limitations.

I’ll show you how to connect to your own wisdom and intuition, and to reawaken your passion.

I’ll also help you to create an empowering foundation of spiritual practices and a simple but achievable plan to get you moving toward your goals and dreams in 2015.

We’ll also be doing some healing work, some creative art-space and heart-space work and having lots of fun.

There will be plenty of time for rest, rejuvenation and some relaxing ‘self’ time, as well as some special pampering. And you’ll be in the company of like-minded souls.

Interested?

This year’s women’s only Soul Sanctuary Retreat runs from 29 November to 5 December in beautiful Byron Bay.

Want to know more? Contact us at info@nicolecody.com or leave us a message at our facebook page

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Image by Moonjazz at flickr

 

TESTIMONIALS FROM 2013

I attended the Soul Sanctuary Retreat in December 2013.  This is the first retreat I have ever attended and I can honestly say it was a life changing experience.  The content delivered by Nicole was insightful, measured and informative.  Some things discussed were light bulb moments for me, where a lot of things fell into place.  It was conducted in a nurturing environment with lots of encouragement and hugs when needed.   The retreat enabled me to look at things differently, and to change what I was doing.  The location was fantastic, accommodation beautiful, and the food was fresh, wholesome and organic.  Free time was factored into the schedule to allow us to reflect on what we had learned, do some exercise or just chill out.  I would do the retreat again in a heartbeat. ~ C.D. QLD

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I had the amazing good fortune to being connected to Nicole Cody a couple of years ago. And it has been a life changing event. One on one sessions with Nicole opened my eyes, my mind, my heart, ALL of me to deeper and more profound levels.

Last year, this awakening journeyed to a new level when I attended Nicole’s retreat at the beautiful Sangsurya retreat at Byron Bay. Over 7 days we cleansed, opened, connected, played, laughed, cried and healed. As I recall the retreat I can deeply feel how it still resonates and continues to more consciously evolve me.

Nicole combines the seen and the unseen, the wise and the hilarious, the sacred and the sacrilegious, all the polarities, gifts and challenges that are part of being an awakening human on the journey of life and discovery.

It was a journey I shall never forget and intend to repeat!

Thank you so much Nicole ~ N.T. QLD

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Toward the end of last year I was completely exhausted and on the lookout for a retreat. A friend told me about Nicole Cody’s upcoming Soul Sanctuary retreat and I jumped at the chance to get away, re-energise myself and find a way to connect with my true essence.

I had been learning about chakras for six months before the retreat and knew what Nicole would teach me on the retreat about chakras, spiritual healing and connecting with my own spirit and essence would blow this learning out of the water!

The seven day retreat with Nicole is by far the best thing I have ever done for myself. I walked in stressed and exhausted, and walked out completely connected to my soul, secure in the knowledge that I am an intuitive empath with wonderful gifts to share with the world.

Nicole was generous with her time, her energy and her knowledge. She connected on a very personal level with everyone on the retreat and created a sacred space for learning, growth and sharing. I can’t wait to attend another one of Nicole’s retreats – they’re just so good for the soul. ~ H.B. QLD

How Do You Measure Your Progress?

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“Measurement is the first step that leads to control and eventually to improvement. If you can’t measure something, you can’t understand it. If you can’t understand it, you can’t control it. If you can’t control it, you can’t improve it.”
~ H. James Harrington

 

Progress is a funny thing. When we’re really tied to achieving a particular result it can be hard to remain objective. We can’t always trust our own feelings or observations. What we need is something that is quantifiable. Measurable.

Why might we need to measure something?

So that we can tell if what we are doing is working or not. When we have a goal to be or do or have something – we can measure our progress by determining where we are now, and how far we have to go.

If you want to write a book, and books of publishable length are ninety to one hundred and twenty thousand words, knowing that you have only written seven thousand words tells you that more work is needed. And counting words is easy. You can see them on the page.

Sometimes, though, we can be lulled into judging things simply by how we feel. As a psychic I am all for trusting our feelings and intuition, but sometimes, especially when we are emotionally involved or too close to the subject, our feelings may not be a true reflection of what’s actually happening. We can begin to base our progress on inaccuracy.

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Image from Inaccurate Quotes (As any good geek will know, Yoda is a Star Wars character)

Recently, I have been on a VERY intensive course of multiple medications to treat lyme disease and various co-infections. Initially I felt worse on the drugs, and then better. Then I brought in Drug Number Four and everything fell apart. I hadn’t experienced so much pain or distress for a long while. Each week I told myself things would get better. But each week I felt worse.

It’s not working, I said to my husband. It’s pointless. All this suffering is for nothing.

The bloods showed it too. My kidneys and liver were beginning to struggle. I looked so much more sick.

Time for a break, said my doctor. Your body just needs a holiday. We knew these drugs would be rough going.

I wanted to tell him I was done. For good. I went off the drugs and immediately felt better. But after four days off them, as much as my physical body was stronger, I began to experience a huge increase in symptoms. In truth, I’d managed better ON the drugs than off them.

What to do?

One more test. The right kind of test.

For many years, since my twenties in fact, I’ve had white matter lesions on my brain and a host of neurological symptoms. After sixteen months of heavy-duty lyme medication the lesions disappeared.

Hooray.

Words began to come back into my daily usage. I could write again. Function began to return.

And then I did a visual test to measure neurological damage. A high score on the test means no damage, a low score significant damage. To my dismay I scored a very low score. I was devastated.

No lesions, but still damage…

Now, after all these horrible lyme drugs, and me feeling so ill, I did the test again. My score put me at the low end of normal. A dramatic improvement after just fourteen weeks on my new regime.

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Image from Smashfly

I’d needed the right test to measure my progress. Judging things simply on how I felt wasn’t giving me an accurate picture.

Sometimes it’s hard to face what’s going on. But when we know where we stand, and have an accurate position, we can make a plan to move us in the right direction, or at least step away from what isn’t working.

One of my best friends went to the dentist last week after being in pain for months and too frightened to make an appointment in case the news was bad. My friend imagined teeth needing to be pulled, a mouth full of cavities, rotting gums. It wasn’t anything like that. She has an impacted wisdom tooth and the inflammation was causing her whole mouth to be sore. But there was not a single hole in any of her teeth, and her gums were healthy. She just needed the tooth out. In fact the dentist extracted the tooth the next day and already her pain has massively decreased.

Where do you need accurate measurements right now? Maybe it’s time to speak to an accountant, or your bank manager. Maybe it’s time for a check-up with your doctor, or an eye test. Perhaps you need to submit that manuscript or job application. Maybe you need to show your work to someone with greater experience than you so you can get some feedback and a few pointers about how to improve.

If you want to create change, then you also need to measure your progress so that you can make better decisions about what works for you, and what doesn’t.

It’s actually a place where science and magic collide. Science gives you a position, and that position gives you feedback. Feedback gives you knowledge. And that place of knowledge is where the magic happens. It helps you become magnetised to your goal, to what works, and to that energy of improvement.

For me, this week, the magic has also been in a renewal of hope. I can endure just about anything if I know it’s taking me in the right direction.

Wishing you a week of knowledge, magic and wonders. Lots of love, Nicole xx

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Today’s Post Is Short For A Very Good Reason

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“We have to allow ourselves to be loved by the people who really love us, the people who really matter. Too much of the time, we are blinded by our own pursuits of people to love us, people that don’t even matter, while all that time we waste and the people who do love us have to stand on the sidewalk and watch us beg in the streets! It’s time to put an end to this. It’s time for us to let ourselves be loved.”
~ C. JoyBell C.

 

Something people with chronic illnesses know all too well is that many, many relationships fall by the wayside.

Family stop calling. Friends drop away. Many love relationships fail to weather the endless storms.

And life is relentless. It takes effort to keep swimming in the stream.

What to do? There’s a mile of business to attend to, and a house to tidy. There’s a hamper full of washing. The garden needs weeding and there’s a manuscript to edit. I have a list of unanswered emails longer than the Great Wall of China.

So, how am I going to spend my time?

Doing none of that.

I’m going to spend my day being really present with the ones who love me. The ones who are always there for me. Even when I am so very infrequently there for them with energy, enthusiasm and abundant spare time.

I’m spending today with my husband, and our two dogs, Bert and Harry.

I’ll see you tomorrow.

Lots of love, Nicole xx

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Mandarin, Zucchini and White Chocolate Cupcakes

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“Baking is like washing–the results are equally temporary.”
~ Patricia Briggs, Raven’s Shadow

 

I experimented with a new cake recipe earlier in the week. But it was so good that it was devoured before I thought to take any photos.

So I made it again!

In fact, I tested two versions. A straight-up version using dairy, flour and sugar and a gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free version.

Happily, both of them tasted delicious. The cakes are sweet and moist and rich-tasting, but not too heavy.

I did contemplate using a cream cheese icing with a hint of mandarin to finish these little cakes off, but honestly, unless the Queen was coming for afternoon tea it would have been complete overkill. That, and the fact that again, at least half the batch was eaten before I could get to the making icing part, after which any kind of frosting seemed redundant.

This recipe is inspired by the monster zucchini glut currently underway at our farm. Enjoy!

Ingredients – Standard:

2 medium mandarins (about 350 grams), 1 cup grated zucchini, 1 cup white chocolate chunks, 1 cup sugar, 1 and 1/2 cups self-raising flour  (self-rising for my USA friends or 1 cup of all-purpose flour, 1 and 1/2 x teaspoons baking powder and a pinch of salt, sifted together), 1/2 cup almond meal, 125g (1/2 cup) of melted butter, 3 large eggs – lightly beaten

Ingredients – Gluten-free, Dairy-free, sugar-free

2 medium mandarins (about 350 grams), 1 cup grated zucchini, 1 cup gluten-free white chocolate chunks (list of gluten-free chocolate here) OR omit chocolate OR substitute for your favourite nut OR dried apricots cut into fine dice, 1/2 cup of natvia or a sugar alternative, 1 and 1/2 cups of your favourite gluten-free self-raising flour (self-rising for my USA friends or 1 cup of all-purpose flour, 1 and 1/2 x teaspoons baking powder and a pinch of salt, sifted together), 1/2 cup almond meal, 125g (1/2 cup) of melted dairy substitute, 3 large eggs – lightly beaten

Note: Keep a half cup of flour handy in case your mixture is too wet. Gluten-free flours all differ slightly so it’s a good idea to be prepared. :)

Method:

To prepare the mandarins, place in a small saucepan and cover with water. Bring to boil and then simmer one hour. Cool in pan.

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Slice open lengthways and remove seeds. You could use a spoon for this but I prefer clean fingers. That way you can feel any seeds that are hiding. Seeds make things bitter, so do your best to get them all. It’s an easy job. Pulse mandarins in a blender until smooth.

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Preheat your oven to moderate (160 degree celcius fan-forced or 180 degree oven – 350 degrees fahrenheit).

Grate your zucchini to give a generous cup full. Squeeze it lightly to press a little moisture out of it.

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Then add the zucchini and mandarin pulp to a large bowl and stir well.

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Fold through the other ingredients. The chocolate on top was added by my husband who thought that the recipe could use another handful. This is not including the additional handful that went straight in his mouth…

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Spoon into cupcake liners in prepared tins.

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Bake for twenty minutes or until a toothpick, when inserted, comes out clean. Cakes will rise nicely, but will settle again once cooled.

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Leave in tins to cool completely. Cake will store well for one week. It also freezes well.

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Serve to friends, with cups of tea. Or eat while snuggled up on the couch watching old movies. I trialled both methods, and both were satisfactory!

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2014-10-16 15.33.32Note Bert’s hopeful face, as he lies beneath the table waiting for a cupcake to fall on his head…

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That Lovely Land Of Rest and Dreams

Wonders of Dreamland by Swarnendu Ghosh

Wonders of Dreamland by Swarnendu Ghosh

“Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.”
~ Edgar Allan Poe, Eleonora

 

Daydreaming.

That’s what I’m doing today.

Daydreaming has a special magic. It allows you to try on different ideas and realities. It helps you to explore the future in a way that enables you to then co-create that new reality. It’s a kind of self-directed meditation on self-growth possibilities.

It’s also a powerful tool for positive shift and change, and a wonderful space for inspiration.

How long has it been since you’ve allowed yourself some space to daydream?

Maybe it’s time…

No Blog Due to Dinosaur

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I am unable to blog this morning, owing to the fact that I am still in bed, trapped under a blue triceratops. Also, Lyme…

Sorry, I’ve had a rotten night. And I have one eye that refuses to cooperate.

Normal blogging should resume tomorrow.