What’s your Power Word for 2014?

“The beginning of wisdom is the definition of terms.” 
~ Socrates

 

I long ago gave away the practice of multiple New Years Resolutions. Just the thought of it overwhelms me. You know; all the things you are going to do, all the things you are no longer going to do – and then dividing those up into areas  for finances, family, health, spirituality, matters of the heart, interests and hobbies, professional and personal development, global domination and so on.

Living with Lyme I have so little energy to waste on superfluous things. And lists like that exhaust me.

Last year I ditched the concept of resolutions altogether and went with a far simpler system. I narrowed my resolutions down to one word. A Power Word.

In 2013, my power word was HEALTH.

For 2014 my power word is PROSPER.

Every time I think of my word I am reminded of my intentions for 2014. I can hold up the word PROSPER and use it to evaluate my actions and decisions so that I may determine if I am moving towards or away from the energy of this word, this quality I want more of in my life.

Prosper to me is not actually anything to do with money, although money is a part of prosperity. To prosper is to add to, to succeed, to do well, to thrive.

With every action, choice or decision I make in 2014 I can now ask myself if it will prosper or diminish me.

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Image from Richard Kong - And yes, I know it’s very Star Trek, which is one of the reasons it delights me! :)

It’s so easy to be guided by my power word. I simply think of my word and then apply it to any situation:

Will this meal prosper me (support my health and my healing efforts) or diminish (sabotage, weaken or lessen) me?

Will a nap prosper me or reduce me?

Will exercise today prosper me or weaken me?

Which of these work activities shall prosper me most, today and in times to come?

I’m thrilled with my power word. I know it’s going to help keep me focused and on track this year.

Now let’s work out what your word is.

JOURNAL ACTIVITY:

Image from Erin Feldman

Image from Erin Feldman

Finding your Power Word for 2014 is simply a matter of exploring what’s important to you. Is there a recurrent theme in your life you’d like to put more attention to, an area you’d like to shine in, or a dream that never gets air time?

Use the following Questions to help you arrive at your own Power Word or Power Phrase ( a Power Phrase has more than one word!)

  1. What’s the one key area of your life, that if you put purpose, passion and action to, would move you to a better place by the year’s end? Only choose one area. If you actually make all the change and improvement you need before the year is finished you can give yourself a well-deserved break, or choose another word!
  2. If you had this change in your life, what would your life look like?
  3. Write a list of positive words and phrases that embody for you the quality, activities, knowledge and actions of this key area.
  4. Choose one simple word or phrase that sums up this energy for you.

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Once you have your Power Word, commit it to memory. Write it in your diary. Place it on post-it-notes around your house, make it your screen saver – in short immerse yourself in this word, and the meaning of this word for you.

Let this one word remind you about what’s important to you this year.  Let this one word help you define and transform your life!

Getting Ready for 2014 – Will you join me?

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Image from HDW

“New Year’s eve is like every other night; there is no pause in the march of the universe, no breathless moment of silence among created things that the passage of another twelve months may be noted; and yet no man has quite the same thoughts this evening that come with the coming of darkness on other nights.”

~ Hamilton Wright Mabie

 

Just one more sleep until New Year’s Eve. Australia is one of the first countries to see in the New Year, and Byron Bay does know how to throw a party!  But come New Year’s Eve you won’t find me out partying. Instead I’ll be home at my farm, enjoying a quiet dinner with friends and then some journalling and reflection time before I sit down in meditation to welcome in the energies of 2014.

There is such a shift of energies for 2014. Perhaps you can already feel it. The last gasp of 2012 and its buffer year 2013 are falling away.

There’s a change in the air.

Would you like to add some deliberate intention to the birth of 2014? On New Year’s Eve I have a simple fire ceremony. I’d love for you to join with me, adding your energy and presence to my own. I promise it will be an easy thing for you to do.

Each year I offer up a wish for myself, and a wish for the world.  I write each of them on separate pieces of paper, and the messages I write then hold some of the shape of my meditation.  Before midnight I will burn each wish, letting the energy of my hopes and prayers be carried up into the atmosphere in the heat and smoke of the fire. I will then retire and meditate upon the wishes (intentions) I have created.

It’s a powerful practice. And you can be a part of it too. There’s time to think about what you want. And then when you’re ready simply add your wish for yourself and your wish for the world as a comment at the bottom of this post.

Do it just like this: My wish for myself is……  My wish for the world is…..

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If you’d like more privacy you can send me a message on facebook , or email me at cauldronsandcupcakes@gmail.com

I’ll print out your wishes, and add them to my own. The only person who will see them is me (and the Universe, of course…).  I’ll honour your intentions in my meditations, and I’ll burn your messages in my New Year’s Eve fire. I’ll also hold this space for a full 24 hours, so that those of you in different time zones won’t miss out.

Together, our collective good thoughts, wishes and intentions shall help shape a 2014 that begins with love, well wishes and positive energy.  What can be better than that?

Love and Blessings to you, ♥ Nicole xx

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Image from techblogstop

Thank you! We’re Two!!

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Image from The Creative Me

“I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.” 
~ Douglas Adams, The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul

 

Cauldrons and Cupcakes turns two today. Two years since my first uncertain foray into the world of blogging, with the auspicious post Ice-Cream Plum Pudding: Seriously easy, seriously yum!

Since then I’ve blogged recipes, farm life, gratitude, spiritual journeys, inspiration, owls, crystals and more. Not quite what I expected to be blogging about, but like the Douglas Adams quote, I think I have ended up where I needed to be.

Thank you for your support. You’re the reason I get up every morning to meditate and then sit at my desk to write. I’m so very grateful for you, and I’m glad you came into my life!

I’ll leave you with a few images from our beautiful ‘Soul Sanctuary’ Retreat, here in Byron Bay. We’re having a fabulous time. Wish you were here!

Lots and lots of love, Nicole xx :)

Finding the Path…

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Signs are everywhere!

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Follow Your Heart…

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Find Your Tribe.

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Create some space for relaxation, contemplation and connection.

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Wishful Thinking versus Deliberate Action

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“If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end; if you look for comfort you will not get either comfort or truth only soft soap and wishful thinking to begin, and in the end, despair.”
~ C. S. Lewis

“I’m a greater believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it” 
~ Thomas Jefferson

 

Rollo shared a simple but profound wisdom during last night’s channelling session. We were taking about how to make 2014 different to all of the years that have been before it.

He suggested that we first think about what we wanted for 2014.

Then, he said, we needed to make a choice. We needed to get out of our heads.

We needed to move from wishful thinking to deliberate action.

So this morning I’m asking you…

What deliberate actions can you identify that will bring you closer to your goals and dreams?

Write them down.

And then do them!

Do them regularly, if they are the kind of actions which need to be repeated.

I look forward to seeing what magic you can create in your life! :)

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How to Have a Heart-Centred Year

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“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection” 
~ Gautama Buddha

I care for myself. The more solitary, the more friendless, the more unsustained I am, the more I will respect myself.”
~ Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre

 

I’m betting you’ve never had a year where you made yourself – your wants and needs – front and centre to the Universe.

A recurrent theme among my current retreat participants is that each year, no matter what their initial intentions, time slips away and they find themselves (once again…) putting everyone else and everyone else’s dreams and goals before themselves.

But how can this serve us?

I believe it can’t.

I’m not talking about selfishness, self-centredness and egoism. I’m talking about choosing to be good to yourself, to make room for your interests and goals, to speak up for yourself, to meet your needs, and not just feed yourself from the scraps of life after everyone else has dined.

So, if you’re game, I’m going to ask you to do something radical. I’m going to ask you to make a commitment to yourself. Not any old kind of commitment, like the promises we constantly make with ourselves about exercising more or eating less chocolate, which get broken at the first uphill.

I’m asking you to make a sacred promise. This is metanoia – a sacred and unbreakable promise you make with yourself. The kind of promise where our life can radically change, as we turn away from the shadows and put our faces to the light. It’s a promise we commit to not breaking.

You chose when you will start. It can be any day beginning from today until January 1, 2014. And the duration is for the entirety of 2014.

 

All of us here at my retreat took this commitment yesterday. We made the sacred commitment to live our lives in a different way, by putting ourselves first. By loving ourselves and treating ourselves well – with kindness and respect.

For some it was the hardest promise they have made, after a lifetime of self-neglect, low self-esteem and unworthiness issues.

But I know it is a promise that shall turn their lives around.

Will you join us? 2014 is almost here. This IS the year where everything can be different for you.

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Commitment Ceremony

Choose a crystal or stone that resonates for you, and that gives you comfort to hold. Find a clear patch of ground, outside, and stand barefoot with your face upturned towards the sun. Close your eyes, and centre yourself. (How to do that here)

Feel into your heart. And then in your own way, and in your own words offer up your promise to the Universe – a promise that you will love yourself and put yourself first in 2014. A promise that you will take care of yourself, respect yourself and meet your own needs. A promise that you will live from your heart, with integrity and awareness.

It might be one of the hardest things you ever do. I also promise that it will be among the best! Much love to you, ♥ Nicole xx

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Create Positive Change Program – Week 8

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Image from Suturi

“If we don’t change, we don’t grow. If we don’t grow, we aren’t really living.” ~ Gail Sheehy

Congratulations! You made it to the final week of our Positive Change Program. This week’s about putting it all together, and then making a commitment to follow through on the dreams, plans and concrete steps we’ve identified in our journey to become MORE than we currently are, and to move from here to somewhere new.

There are tremendous energies of change around us right now, and if we actively use these energies instead of fighting against them, we’ll begin to create a life that is more aligned with who we are on the inside, and who we desire to become.

Doing this work sets us up well for 2014, and the expansiveness and opportunities that accompany the new year.

So let’s go!

Count Your Blessings!

Your Blessings Book can become a great source of comfort and inspiration.

Recording the small and simple blessings and the peak moments in our day reminds us of the positive energy already present in our lives.  As we focus on this positive feel-good energy, we attract more of these moments and blessings to us.

Reading back over these blessings reminds us of how rich our lives already are. It also shows themes – the things that you’re aware of and that are important to you, and gives you hints about what to include more of in your life.

Once again this week write down three blessings in your life every day – three simple things for which you are grateful.

Write them like this: Today I am thankful for (the blessing) because (write down a simple reason). eg: Today I am thankful for early mornings, because they are my time for meditating, writing and connecting. Early mornings set up my whole day in a positive way!

I keep a Blessings Book as a regular part of my life. Perhaps you’d like to extend this practice past the end of the course. I promise it’s worthwhile!

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Counting on fingers and toes – Image from Climbing Frames UK

Affirm the Positive!

Take your rock from Week Seven and thank it. Write the Affirmation you used in your Blessings Book. You can now place the seventh rock beside your bed or somewhere where you’ll see it often.

Select the eighth and final rock from those you selected at the start of this course. This is your eighth Affirmation Stone. Carry it around with you, or place it somewhere where you can see and hold it every day.

Hold this eighth stone in your hands. Now think of who you want to be become, and what you hope to achieve through this positive change. This week we’re focusing on OUR EMERGING SELVES. We’re going to see ourselves as we wish to become and affirm that as a statement of declaration to the Universe.

When we state that we ARE something, we’re saying to the Universe ‘Hey! Line me up with all the good stuff that matches this new picture of myself’ and we begin to build a powerful belief within us. It’s all about claiming who we are and committing to that energy.

State it like this: I AM NOW ON MY WAY TO  ______.

Get excited about having this new energy in your life. As you affirm it, really see yourself doing it, having it, being it. Own that image of yourself.

Give yourself permission to become this thing.

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Becoming… Image by Ezhuttukari

Using your Gratitude Rock

This little rock is becoming a powerhouse of positive energy. Even simply holding it will be tuning you in to this. As you hold your stone tonight say to yourself I am richly Blessed. I have an Abundance of Good in my life.  Then hold in your mind one or more image of a thing you have been grateful for today.  It doesn’t matter if you review your Blessings from your Blessing Book, or add in something new.  Swell that positive energy up in your heart like a beautiful golden light, and give a heart-felt Thank You, Thank You, Thank You to the Universe. Visualise a tiny shower of golden light travelling from your heart into your Gratitude Rock.

Now imagine all of the other people who are taking part in this Positive Change Program with us – people from all over the world, just like you. Once again build up a strong positive energy in your heart, and then imagine shooting a stream of golden light out into the Universe to those people. Each of us benefits for the love and support we share, and we grow stronger and more open and connected.

Say Thank you.  I Bless You.  I intend for you Positive Change, Love, Miracles and Abundance. Know that as you are saying this for them, they are also saying this for you. Feel that connection and gratitude and know that there is real love and support for you here. Place your rock back beside your bed, and close your eyes, cocooned in this good energy. Know that you ARE making positive change in the world, and in your life, and helping others to do the same.

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Your heart sparkles – by machstudio

Homework:

You’ve explored so much over the past seven weeks. Your journal and your Blessings Book are now filled with clues that can help you build a road map for continuing to work with the energy of change.

Your task this week is to take some real time – a minimum of thirty minutes, but you may need a few hours – and review what you have written.

  • Take a highlighter and mark any words, sentences or paragraphs that really stand out for you.
  • Look for common themes; ideas and concepts that come up more than once. Write them down so that you KNOW you’re finally paying attention to yourself and your own heart and soul wisdom.
  • Pay attention to anything that literally jumps off the page at you. Those things are usually a very good indication of a place to start.

Then look at the Action Steps you identified in Week Seven.

Based on all of this, write a new, expanded list of action steps. Some will be things you can start on straight away. Some will become part of your longer term plan. These steps create the road map that gets you from where you are now to where you want to be.

Commit to working on your plan. Commit to having, doing and being more. And then honour that commitment by putting energy into these things.

Our lives are a work in progress. And it’s likely that as we travel we’ll change headings, happen upon new things that appeal to us, and let go of other things we’re done with. That’s okay. What’s important is that in moving forward, we’re getting ourselves out of stuckness and back into flow. And flow is where the magic happens.

I’m cheering you on. You can do this!

Much love to you, ♥ Nicole xx

PS: If you’d like to review any aspect of this course, or start back at the beginning click here.

Maybe Visualization Works After All…

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Image of Dr Gregory House from fanpop

 “You take the blue pill, the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill, you stay in wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes.” 
~ Morpheus, The Matrix

I have teetered between unwell and totally incapacitated for my entire adult life. And in all that time I’ve been searching for a solution.

I’ve ended up entertaining two enduring fantasies for the past ten years, both of them so deliciously appealing that I have run them over and over in my imagination, making them as tangible as possible.

The first is that I would find a genius diagnostic doctor like Dr Gregory House, the TV character who could get to the bottom of any medical mystery and create a decent clinical diagnosis and treatment path. This brilliant doctor would finally be the one to work out what was wrong with me.

The second is that I would find a magical pill that would miraculously cure me.

In the last year I’ve been blessed to have two doctors come into my life who’ve been able to give me that diagnosis. And I’ve ended up with magical pills that are returning me to health.

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Once upon a time I thought my little fantasy was just a crazy feel-good distraction. But as I kept on dreaming it, it eventually started coming true. A doctor. A diagnosis. A magical pill. Me – well again.

After my visit with my Lyme Doctor yesterday I KNOW it’s not a fantasy. I’m on the path back to wellness, and I’m excited at the possibilities that lie ahead.

Don’t ever stop dreaming. You truly have no way of knowing how things might turn out. Sometimes that crazy idea you entertain on the darkest of nights turns out to be the truth that lights up your days.

Much love to you, Nicole xx

Create Positive Change Program – Week 7

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Image from Oxford Dictionary

‘Throw your hat in the ring’ - Meaning: Make or take up a challenge, or demonstrate one’s willingness to join an enterprise.

 

This week we’re getting serious about creating change, with my Throw your hat in the ring challenge! 

When we’re inviting change into our lives it’s important to think about the sorts of changes we want, and to spend time visualising and exploring these changes and aligning ourselves with that energy.

But you know what? Eventually we’re going to have to take some form of action. We have to throw our hat in the ring.

Ask that person out for coffee. Ring the number on the piece of paper from the band flyer looking for a bass player. Send your enrolment forms in for that course. Apply for that job. Run your first workshop. Submit your novel. Have the hard discussion about your promotion. Join the gym and take your first class. Book that holiday. Start that craft project. Visit the place you can’t stop thinking about.

Amazing things happen when we begin to put ourselves out there.

And no, it doesn’t always turn out the way we’d planned it in our head….

The date is a disaster, but we meet the sweetest guy in the bus on the way home. The job we apply for doesn’t come off, but our resume is ready and so we bravely fire it off to three other positions and one of them works out and we land a fulfilling new role.

When we begin to take risks things we hadn’t even considered come into play, and whole new vistas can open up in front of us.

Throwing your hat in the ring is about sending a message to the Universe; I’m ready for this.

Are you ready for this? Great! Let’s go.

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Image by No Treble

Count Your Blessings!

One of the benefits of your Blessings Book is that when you read over it you’ll be able to begin identifying the sorts of moments and activities that give you peace, joy or comfort. When we can knowingly identify these things we can include more of them in our day and we develop understanding of what truly makes us happy. Often there will be surprises in there, or things we’d long forgotten about. Our Blessings Book starts returning us to ourselves.

Recording the small and simple blessings and the peak moments in our day reminds us of the positive energy already present in our lives.  As we focus on this positive feel-good energy, we attract more of these moments and blessings into our lives.

Once again, this week write down three blessings in your life every day – three simple things for which you are grateful. Counting our blessings puts us into a more receptive and abundant state of mind.

Write them like this: Today I am thankful for (the blessing) because (write down a simple reason). eg: Today I am thankful for my mentoring students, because they are putting their many diverse gifts out into the world and sharing love, energy, wisdom, healing and care with others. And that rocks!

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Image from Favim

Affirm the Positive!

Take your rock from Week Six and thank it. Write the Affirmation you used in your Blessings Book. You can now place the sixth rock beside your bed or somewhere where you’ll see it often.

Select the seventh rock from the eight you selected at the start of this course. This is your seventh Affirmation Stone. Carry it around with you, or place it somewhere where you can see and hold it every day.

Hold this seventh stone in your hands. Now think of something else in your life where you want to create change. This week we’re focusing on what we are READY TO DO. Affirm that as a statement of declaration to the Universe.

When we state that we are ready to do something, we’re saying to the Universe ‘Hey! Bring on that delivery. I’m here and I’m primed for action. My sleeves are rolled up. I’m eager to engage. Let’s do it!’

State it like this: I’m ready to  ______.

Get excited about having this new energy in your life. As you affirm it, really see yourself doing it, having it, being it.

Throw your hat in the ring!

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Image from indulgy

Using your Gratitude Rock

This little rock is well and truly charged up now. Even simply holding it will be tuning you in to this good energy. As you hold your stone tonight say to yourself I am richly Blessed. I have an Abundance of Good in my life.  Then hold in your mind one or more image of a thing you have been grateful for today.  It doesn’t matter if you review your Blessings from your Blessing Book, or add in something new.  Swell that positive energy up in your heart like a beautiful golden light, and give a heart-felt Thank You, Thank You, Thank You to the Universe. Visualise a tiny shower of golden light travelling from your heart into your Gratitude Rock.

Now imagine all of the other people who are taking part in this Positive Change Program with us – people from all over the world, just like you. Once again build up a strong positive energy in your heart, and then imagine shooting a stream of golden light out into the Universe to those people. Each of us benefits for the love and support we share, and we grow stronger and more open and connected.

Say Thank you.  I Bless You.  I intend for you Positive Change, Love, Miracles and Abundance. Know that as you are saying this for them, they are also saying this for you. Feel that connection and gratitude and know that there is real love and support for you here. Place your rock back beside your bed, and close your eyes, cocooned in this good energy. Know that you ARE making positive change in the world, and in your life, and helping others to do the same.

Homework:

It’s already sitting inside you. The awareness of this thing you need to do…

This week take half an hour, sit down with your journal and get comfy.

Review the shortlist of changes you want to create that you wrote down in week five, and the helpful people and tools you already have from week six.

Now ask yourself:  What’s the next step?

You’ll know it. Just thinking about it will make you feel a little excited. And probably a little sick. It’s a risk, putting yourself out there, but without risks and challenges we never grow.

So, jot down the action steps. There might be a few. There might only be one.

And then…

DO the thing.

Apply for the job.

Ask that person out.

Fill in the form and click send.

Set the wheels in motion.

Wishing you an action-packed week. There is such tremendous energy here right now for making changes. You can do it. Don’t hold back!

Lots of love, Nicole xx

PS: If you’d like to review any aspect of this course, or start back at the beginning click here.

Create Positive Change Program – Week 6

“When a person really desires something, all the universe conspires to help that person to realize his dream.”~ Paulo Coelho

2013 and 2014 are years for inviting and creating powerful positive change in our lives. And knowing that, there’s a decision to be made…

Do I actively seek change and open myself to these energies, or do I remain closed and passively let life keep happening to me?

If you’re working through this program, you’ve already made that decision. YOU are aligning yourself with these energies and you WILL invoke and create change.

When we recognize our desire for a new way of being, and we begin to work with and practice that commitment out in the world, it’s amazing how the Universe musters to our aid. We live in a complex interconnected energetic system, and our thinking and actions magnetize us to attracting more of whatever it is that we are thinking about and focusing on.

This week we’re going to make deliberate use of that assistance by putting our attention on who can help us, and what tools we already have, or might to add to our toolkit!

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Image by Steph A at Craftsy

Count Your Blessings!

Your Blessings Book should be filling up nicely by now. Are you noticing any themes, any particular people, places or things that regularly give you pleasure and joy? What’s recharging you and filling your soul with gratitude?

Recording the small and simple blessings and the incredible moments in our day reminds us of the positive energy already present in our lives.  As we focus on this positive feel-good energy, we attract more of these moments and blessings into our lives.

Once again, this week write down three blessings in your life every day – three simple things for which you are grateful. Counting our blessings puts us into a more receptive and abundant state of mind.

Write them like this: Today I am thankful for (the blessing) because (write down a simple reason). eg: Today I am grateful for soft green grass beneath my feet, because I live in a lush and vibrant place and walking on the earth makes me feel grounded and nurtured.

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Affirm the Positive!

Take your rock from Week Five and thank it. Write the Affirmation you used in your Blessings Book. You can now place the fifth rock beside your bed or somewhere where you’ll see it often.

Select the sixth rock from the eight you selected at the start of this course. This is your sixth Affirmation Stone. Carry it around with you, or place it somewhere where you can see and hold it every day.

Hold this sixth stone in your hands. Now think of something else in your life that you want to change. This week we’re focusing on what we want to ATTRACT. Affirm that as a statement of declaration to the Universe.

Be bold and creative with this. It doesn’t matter how big or small your desire for attraction is.

State it like this: I now attract ______.

But…

Yeah, you knew there’d be a but!

And here it is: When you affirm this declaration, you must be able to feel in your heart that it is possible so that you connect with the integrity and possibility of the statement. If you can do that, you’ll be creating powerful magic. But if you can’t you’ll actually be making yourself anti-magnetic to that thing!

Let me show you a simple way to see if you’re on track with this week’s affirmation:

Lets just suppose that your desire is to create more money in your life. So your first affirmation is

I now attract a massive Gold Lotto Win.

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Image from news.com.au

Say that affirmation out loud and then immediately tune in to your heart. What’s going on there? Can you truly visualise that happening? Can that statement be real for you? If that voice inside you is saying, ‘Oh sure – like that’s ever going to happen!’, if you’re feeling wriggly and stupid and uncomfortable, or like an outright fraud? Well, they’re pretty clear indications that you are NOT aligned with this statement and you’re out of integrity with it. So the message you’re actually putting out into the Universe is more like this:

I am so unworthy of financial gain. I am comfortable with lack.

And you know what? The Universe always delivers…

If money’s what you need, then find another way to express that which fits more comfortably with your current belief structure. Maybe something like this:

I now attract increased cash flow. Abundance comes to me in small and surprising ways.

This is one I’ve personally used, and it has served me well. Note the little modifier I put on the end of my affirmation. At the time I was so broke, so on struggle street that it seemed implausible and impossible for my fortunes to suddenly change. (even now I want to reach back in time and give that insecure low-self-esteem me a big hug!) Back then I could never see me winning lotto! But little extra bits of money and abundance? Yes, I could be comfortable with that.

Do you know what happened when I used that affirmation? I got an unexpected refund on an item, my phone company told me they’d overcharged me and gave me a credit towards my next bill, I found twenty dollars in a pants pocket, and then, most surprisingly of all, I found $800 in fifty dollar bills just blowing along a main road when I went for a walk one really early morning. When I rang to report it to the police, they told me to keep the money as ownership would be impossible to prove.

So, the big thing I want you to really understand here is the importance of choosing an affirmation that your heart feels ready for, excited about and in tune with!

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Image from Decatur CD

Each day hold your affirmation stone in your hands and repeat the declaration, out loud, or in your mind. You can do this just once, or as many times as you like. Say your declaration with enthusiasm and commitment. Put lots of energy into the words I NOW ATTRACT. Feel yourself aligning to the vibration of this new energy in your life.

Get excited!

Using your Gratitude Rock

Each night this week work with the energy of this special stone. As you hold your stone tonight say to yourself I am richly Blessed. I have an Abundance of Good in my life.  Then hold in your mind one or more image of a thing you have been grateful for today.  It doesn’t matter if you review your Blessings from your Blessing Book, or add in something new.  Swell that positive energy up in your heart like a beautiful golden light, and give a heart-felt Thank You, Thank You, Thank You to the Universe. Visualise a tiny shower of golden light travelling from your heart into your Gratitude Rock.

Now imagine all of the other people who are taking part in this Positive Change Program with us – people from all over the world, just like you. Once again build up a strong positive energy in your heart, and then imagine shooting a stream of golden light out into the Universe to those people. Each of us benefits for the love and support we share, and we grow stronger and more open and connected.

Say Thank you.  I Bless You.  I intend for you Positive Change, Love, Miracles and Abundance. Know that as you are saying this for them, they are also saying this for you. Feel that connection and gratitude and know that there is real love and support for you here. Place your rock back beside your bed, and close your eyes, cocooned in this good energy. Know that you ARE making positive change in the world, and in your life, and helping others to do the same.

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Homework:

Find half an hour in your week, sit down with your journal and get comfy.

Review the shortlist of changes you want to create that you wrote down last week.

Then ask yourself the following two questions for each point:

  1. Who can help me?
  2. What do I already have in my toolkit that I can start using now?

Who can help me? This could be a course, a coach, a mentor, a friend, your partner, an on-line forum or a book, just to name a few.

What do you already have in your toolkit? Maybe you’ve completed some study, or gained experience, or made a start. Perhaps you already have the camera, the computer, the fabric, the art material, the bare patch of garden, a relationship that can be built upon.

Start to appreciate what you have in your life to use as a starting point, and be aware of what else you need so that you can begin to draw those people and energies into your life.

When you begin to become an active participant in the change process, all sorts of breakthroughs and synchronicities begin to occur.

Wishing you a week of insights, connections and magic. Have courage and belief in yourself and your dreams. This change you desire is entirely possible, especially when you become a willing co-creator of your own destiny. Don’t put it off. Now is the time!

Lots of love, Nicole xx

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PS: If you’d like to review any aspect of this course, or start back at the beginning click here.

Create Positive Change Program – Week 5

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Image by Shermeee

“Do the difficult things while they are easy and do the great things while they are small. A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.”
~Lao Tzu

There’s no point in merely thinking about change. Thinking is an important part of the process, but there is nothing quite so powerful, so inspiring, as deliberate action.

But how many of us dream the dreams, write the plans, visualise the outcomes, and then fail to act? Or act only for a day or two before we let it all slide.

The problem is usually not with our recognition of the need to change. The problem is that we become overwhelmed with how much needs to be done. Or we start out with bold proclamations and grand expectations that place impossible pressures upon us.

(*If that sounds like you, you might benefit from reading this: Do you really need to start with a grand gesture?)

This week we’re going to whittle down our list of dreams, goals and ideals to just a handful of manageable tasks and priorities. It might not look very sexy or impressive, but I promise you that small list will be do-able. And doing is how change happens!

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Image from Office Clipart

Count Your Blessings!

How’s your Blessings Book going? Have you managed to record a variety of forms of abundance? Are you becoming more aware of the myriad small moments that contribute to our happiness, comfort and ease in the world?

Recording our everyday Blessings reminds us of the good stuff already present in our lives.  This simple practice draws more abundance into our world by focusing our attention on what matters to us.

Once again, this week write down three blessings in your life each day – three simple things for which you are grateful. When we count our Blessings we are inviting positive energy into our lives and putting ourselves into a receptive and abundant state of mind.

Write them like this: Today I am thankful for (the blessing) because (write down a simple reason). eg: Today I am grateful for Owls, because they make me feel connected to my Ancestors and to Country, and they remind me of the magic ever present in my life.

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Image by Kathleen Buzzacott

Affirm the Positive!

Take your rock from Week Four and thank it. Write the Affirmation you used in your Blessings Book. You can now place the fourth rock beside your bed or somewhere where you’ll see it often.

Select the fifth rock from the eight you selected at the start of this course. This is your fifth Affirmation Stone. Carry it around with you, or place it somewhere where you can see and hold it every day.

Hold this fifth stone in your hands. Now think of something else in your life that you want to change. This week we’re focusing on what we WILL DO. Affirm that as a statement of declaration to the Universe.

Make your declaration small and achievable. Be okay with its smallness. Be okay with underwhelm. And let this small thing be a daily thing, or a regular thing. I want this thing to be so small that you say to yourself, ‘Really Nicole? Will doing this tiny thing really make a difference?’

But most importantly, back up your declaration with action. State what you will do and then do that thing.

Here are some examples:

I will write 200 words a day.

I will drink my coffee without sugar.

I will do yoga stretches for five minutes each morning.

I will take my lunch to work each day.

I will spend ten minutes tidying up the kitchen before I go to bed.

I will read a story to my children at bedtime.

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Image from Naver 

Each day hold that stone in your hands and repeat your declaration, out loud, or in your mind. You can do this just once, or as many times as you like. Say your declaration with enthusiasm and commitment. Put lots of energy into the words I WILL. Allow yourself to become aligned to the energy of this new action in your life. And most importantly DO that thing you are affirming. For extra support and commitment, feel free to write down your affirmation in the comments or over at our facebook page.

Using your Gratitude Rock!

As you hold your stone tonight say to yourself I am richly Blessed. I have an Abundance of Good in my life.  Then hold in your mind one or more image of a thing you have been grateful for today.  It doesn’t matter if you review your Blessings from your Blessing Book, or add in something new.  Swell that positive energy up in your heart like a beautiful golden light, and give a heart-felt Thank You, Thank You, Thank You to the Universe. Visualise a tiny shower of golden light travelling from your heart into your Gratitude Rock.

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Now imagine all of the other people who are taking part in this Positive Change Program with us – people from all over the world, just like you. Once again build up a strong positive energy in your heart, and then imagine shooting a stream of golden light out into the Universe to those people. Each of us benefits for the love and support we share, and we grow stronger and more open and connected.

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Image from geocaching

Say Thank you.  I Bless You.  I intend for you Positive Change, Love, Miracles and Abundance. Know that as you are saying this for them, they are also saying this for you. Feel that connection and gratitude and know that there is real love and support for you here. Place your rock back beside your bed, and close your eyes, cocooned in this good energy. Know that you ARE making positive change in the world, and in your life, and helping others to do the same.

Homework:

Find half an hour in your week, bring your journal and make yourself a cup of tea or take yourself out for a beverage.

Using a highlighter pen, go through your answers to the questions from the previous weeks. Look for themes, words, ideas, concepts and anything else that stands out for you. From these highlighted words and sentences make a rough list of the areas where you want to create change in your life.

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Image from One Artful Voice

Sort through the list and choose your top three items of change.

Then pick just one thing from that list of three. How you pick is up to you. You might like to choose the easiest. You may need to choose the hardest. You could discover that one theme just jumps right out at you, impossible to ignore.

But whatever you do, don’t leave the table until you have decided on your ONE THING.

Now take that one thing and make it your main priority this week. Identify a starting place and create an action you can repeat each day to get you closer to that goal, or a list of three small steps to get you moving in the right direction.

Do that thing. Complete those steps. Let them be small but do them!

Example:

Say I want to write a non-fiction book, but I haven’t started yet. This week I’ll make a small step towards that goal.

I will write 200 words each day.

OR

I will go to the library and get some books about my topic.

I will spend 60 minutes researching my topic and making notes.

I will draw up an outline of my main chapter headings.

So by the end of the week I will have 1400 words on the page, or some research books, some reading done and notes made, and a rough idea of my subject areas and headings.

That amounts to PROGRESS.

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Image by Charles Schulz

Say I want to make my health a higher priority, and I need to get started. This week I’ll make a small step towards that goal.

I will take my lunch to work each day, and my lunch will be meat, salad, water and fruit.

OR

I will buy some exercise clothes and a yoga mat.

I will find a local yoga class and enrol.

I will go to yoga class on Thursday Night.

So by the end of the week I will have eaten healthy meals every day instead of coffee and junk food OR I will have some new yoga clothes, be enrolled in a course and have attended my first class.

Small steps, people. That’s all you need to do! I’m cheering you on.

Lots of love, Nicole xx

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Image from Inside Out

PS: If you’d like to review any aspect of this course, or start back at the beginning click here.