Journal Challenge Week 4 – August 23, 2015

This beautiful art by Amy Bremner at amybremnerdesigns.com

This beautiful art by Amy Bremner at amybremnerdesigns.com

“Happiness is the consequence of personal effort. You fight for it, strive for it, insist upon it, and sometimes even travel around the world looking for it. You have to participate relentlessly in the manifestations of your own blessings. And once you have achieved a state of happiness, you must never become lax about maintaining it. You must make a mighty effort to keep swimming upward into that happiness forever, to stay afloat on top of it.”
~ Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

 

Welcome to Week Four of our journal challenge. If you missed the start you can go here to catch up on the tools you’ll need, and to find links to previous weeks.

This week, starting on August 23, has a creative freshness to it. There’s a sense of hope here, but also a real need for honest exploration of possibility.

So many times we say to ourselves, or others, I don’t know what I want…

But is that really true? I don’t think so. I believe the heart always knows what it wants. The problem is that we are taught to stop listening to those whispers and instead to make decisions based upon logic, duty, practicality, ability, finances, the needs of others, the need for approval, fear of failure, worrying about how we might be judged,  etc etc.

We get so lost in our heads that we can’t seem to hear those whispers anymore.

This week we’re being encouraged to tune back in. For some of us it will mean picking up the long-neglected threads of old ideas and dreams. For others it will be a chance to truly explore a current theme or idea that won’t leave us alone. And a few of us will find that when we get really quiet, and remove all the perceived obstacles, that our direction or passion was there all along, just waiting for us to notice it properly and give it our full attention.

Are you ready?

Let’s go!

Weekly Structure Reminder

Each week of this nine week challenge will follow the same format:

  1. We will begin with the short guided meditation for the week, using your guidance stone. During this meditation you’ll be given a colour to work with for the week, and a word or phrase.
  2. We will choose an oracle card to give us inspiration and direction for the week ahead
  3. We will spend ten minutes (or more if desired!) to complete our weekly journal prompt.
  4. We will spend a few moments at the end of our day in gratitude.
Image from tophdgallery.com

Image from tophdgallery.com

Start Here!

1. Guided Meditation

Take your guidance stone and sit or lie quietly. Then simply follow the sound of my voice. You’ll need seven minutes.

When the meditation is complete, write down your power colour and your power word or phrase in your journal.

  • How can you use your Power Word this week? Write a few ideas, based on your word. Trust whatever comes and write it down. Don’t overthink it.
  • What does your Colour mean to you? What words or ideas does it provoke? Write them down. This week, use this colour to boost your energy. Shut your eyes for thirty seconds and breathe it into your body whenever you feel a bit flat or low. Wear it as clothing. Choose flowers in your colour. Eat food that colour. Be creative with it.

2. Oracle Card

Take your cards, offer up a small prayer that whatever you do be for your Highest Good, and then shuffle the deck. As you’re shuffling, ask the question‘What do I most need to focus on this week?’ Say it out loud or hold it as a thought in your head. Either will work.

Choose one card. How you choose is up to you. Split the deck. Fan them out. Top or bottom. Dive right in. There is no right or wrong.

Now look at your card and hold your guidance stone in your non-writing hand. Really look at the card. Don’t use the book or the ‘proper’ meaning. We are being intuitive here, people! What stands out for you in the picture? What thoughts and ideas do the images provoke? Take a minute or two and write those thoughts down. I know, you might feel like you’re just making it all up. That’s okay. Write anyway. Trust that there is a part of you that is wise and that has been waiting for this chance to speak with your conscious mind.

I am encouraged by my own oracle card for this week. It fills me with hope, and helps me to keep plugging away at things that are important to me. I am also reminded to rest, and replenish, in order that my life and work be sustainable. Here’s the first part of this week’s journal:

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3. Week Four Journal Prompt

There are three prompts this week. You can choose any or all of them:

  1. Think back to a time in your life when it felt like things were just beginning, or opening out in front of you. A time when you were positive and felt good about things. Or at a time when you feel like you may have made a choice for all the wrong reasons. Use the following journal prompt: If I had my time over, starting from here I would… To help get yourself into that space, you might like to make a playlist of songs from that time period. Listening to them will help the flow of emotions and heart whispers.
  2. Imagine that you won lotto. Enough money that you would never have to work again. Enough money that all your needs could be met. Suddenly there would be no excuses. Just sit for a moment or two and think about it, as if it has really happened. In this place of financial freedom, what will you do? Where will you go? Then use this journal prompt to get started: Now that there is nothing stopping me, and I can get all the help and support I need, I’m going to…
  3. And this last challenge? Read on, and you’ll know if this is for you!  You have an idea that you can’t shake. Maybe in the middle of being a Dentist you start thinking of Art School. I mean REALLY thinking about Art School. You become a closet hoarder of Art School brochures, you haunt their on-line curriculum, and while you spend your days peering into people’s mouths, part of you is dreaming about how different your life could look. Or you wake up thinking about Peru. Of all places! Your whole life Peru hasn’t even been on the radar and now it’s everywhere. There are posters of Peru in the Travel Agent’s window, your friend lends you a book about Peru, there’s a show about it on the Discovery Channel. Your dreams are filled with llamas and Machu Picchu. You can’t explain why, but suddenly you have an overwhelming urge to go there.It’s known in my world as ‘The Call’. Maybe it’s God. Spirit. Angels. Your wise Higher Self. Guides. Your own heart… Whatever it is, it’s calling you, and it won’t let up.Art School. Peru. Walking across Spain. Entering that competition. Calling your friend from College all those years ago. That idea for the book/TV show/film/restaurant/rock band/charity/house makeover/epic adventure. You find the seed of a strange and unexpected idea inside you, that grows into something bigger.  It gets reflected back to you from all angles. Waking, sleeping and everything in-between – there it is. The Call.And in my experience, when you follow that Call, life begins to gift you all manner of support, synchronicity, helpful people and lucky breaks. If this is happening to you, use this prompt: It’s crazy, but I can’t stop thinking about  (insert whatever it is right here) and it’s making me realise that maybe…

How much you write is up to you. Do this once, or write a little every day. Whatever works for you. Hold your guidance stone in your non-writing hand or place it on your lap or beside you while you write.Genuinely seek to connect with what matters to you.

You’ll know when you’ve written enough.

Here’s my beginnings. I expect to write quite a lot more as I explore these prompts during the week:

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Using the Gratitude Rock:

The Gratitude Rock anchors positive energy and gratitude at the end of every day.  You can carry your stone with you, or leave it beside your bed.  At night, before you go to sleep, hold your Gratitude Rock in your hand.

As you hold the stone 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. 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 here’s the fun bit – imagine all of the other people who are taking part in this journalling challenge with 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.

Say Thank you.  I Bless You.  I intend for you 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 go to sleep, cocooned in this good energy.

Happy exploring through words this week! Let your Power Word and colour guide you. Think on the wisdom you’ve taken from your oracle card. Use it all! And remember to pop over to facebook and let us know how you’re going. I always love to hear from you.

Much love, Nicole <3 xx

Journal Challenge Week 1 – August 2, 2015

“What I need is the dandelion in the spring. The bright yellow that means rebirth instead of destruction. The promise that life can go on, no matter how bad our losses. That it can be good again.”
~ Suzanne Collins, Mockingjay

I’ve always found journalling to be a nurturing practice. It has helped me to explore myself, my innermost thoughts and desires, and to set sail for uncharted waters. In short, it has been one of the best self-development tools I’ve ever used.

During August and September 2015 the energies are very well suited to some focused journalling. We’re being encouraged to go deep. We’re being invited to dream big.

It’s no coincidence, this great energetic set up. 2016 is already beginning to whisper her sweet promise of flow and expansion. But how will we be ready for that if we don’t know where we want to go?

Journalling, my friends, has your answers. Using the journal prompts and activities over the next nine weeks you’ll make your own map for 2016.

Each Sunday for September and August I will have a new journal activity for you to complete during the week. You’ll need a minimum of ten minutes to set aside each week for writing, and an additional five minutes per day for five out of seven days for energy work. (If you can do more, great. If you can only find ten minutes then we’ll flow with that too.) There will also be a seven minute guided meditation each week, before the journalling begins.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • A new journal. Choose one that feels right for you. Make sure there are enough pages to get you through 9 activities.
  • Some pens and pencils.
  • A small stone to use as a gratitude rock.
  • A larger rock or crystal to use as a guidance stone.
  • A deck of oracle cards.
  • A sense of adventure and a readiness to explore your inner world.

Are you ready? Let’s go!

Weekly Structure

Each week of this nine week challenge will follow the same format:

  1. We will begin with the short guided meditation for the week, using your guidance stone. During this meditation you’ll be given a colour to work with for the week, and a word or phrase.
  2. We will choose an oracle card to give us inspiration and direction for the week ahead
  3. We will spend ten minutes (or more if desired!) to complete our weekly journal prompt.
  4. We will spend a few moments at the end of our day in gratitude.

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Start Here!

1. Guided Meditation

Take your guidance stone and sit or lie quietly. Then simply follow the sound of my voice. You’ll need seven minutes.

When the meditation is complete, write down your power colour and your power word or phrase in your journal.

  • How can you use your Power Word this week? Write a few ideas, based on your word. Trust whatever comes and write it down. Don’t overthink it.
  • What does your Colour mean to you? What words or ideas does it provoke? Write them down. This week, use this colour to boost your energy. Shut your eyes for thirty seconds and breathe it into your body whenever you feel a bit flat or low. Wear it as clothing. Choose flowers in your colour. Eat food that colour. Be creative with it.

2. Oracle Card

Take your cards, offer up a small prayer that whatever you do be for your Highest Good, and then shuffle the deck. As you’re shuffling, ask the question ‘What do I most need to focus on this week?’ Say it out loud or hold it as a thought in your head. Either will work.

Choose one card. How you choose is up to you. Split the deck. Fan them out. Top or bottom. Dive right in. There is no right or wrong.

Now look at your card and hold your guidance stone in your non-writing hand. Really look at the card. Don’t use the book or the ‘proper’ meaning. We are being intuitive here, people! What stands out for you in the picture? What thoughts and ideas do the images provoke? Take a minute or two and write those thoughts down. I know, you might feel like you’re just making it all up. That’s okay. Write anyway. Trust that there is a part of you that is wise and that has been waiting for this chance to speak with your conscious mind.

Here’s my first journal page. It might help you to get some ideas for your own flow. You’ll be using your own word, colour and card, but I thought I’d share mine:

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3. Week One Journal Prompt

This week we’re going to explore what we love. Use the words Love, Loved and Loving. As in I Love this. I Loved doing that. I am Loving this particular thing/relationship etc. How much you write is up to you. Do this once, or write a little every day. Whatever works for you. Hold your guidance stone in your non-writing hand or place it on your lap or beside you while you write.Genuinely seek to connect with what matters to you.

Expect to remember things you’ve forgotten that you love, or once loved. Expect magic. Write until things make sense. Write until you feel a little shift, until you feel smiley, until you feel hopeful or happy.

You’ll know when you’ve written enough.

Here’s the beginning of my own writing. Which I wrote in a circular way, because it tickled me to do so. It was a fun dive in, which took about five minutes – just to show you how five minutes can still be useful and productive. I expect to write much more this week (not in a  circular fashion though!), and to go deeper each time.

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Using the Gratitude Rock:

The Gratitude Rock anchors positive energy and gratitude at the end of every day.  You can carry your stone with you, or leave it beside your bed.  At night, before you go to sleep, hold your Gratitude Rock in your hand.

gratitude-rock

As you hold the stone 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. 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 here’s the fun bit – imagine all of the other people who are taking part in this journalling challenge with 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.

Say Thank you.  I Bless You.  I intend for you 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 go to sleep, cocooned in this good energy.

Happy writing this week! Let your Power Word and colour guide you. Think on the wisdom you’ve taken from your oracle card. Use it all! And remember to pop over to facebook and let us know how you’re going. I always love to hear from you.

Much love, Nicole <3 xx

Getting Ready for August 2015

“No, this is not the beginning of a new chapter in my life; this is the beginning of a new book! That first book is already closed, ended, and tossed into the seas; this new book is newly opened, has just begun! Look, it is the first page! And it is a beautiful one!”
~ C. JoyBell C.

 

Hello, Lovelies <3

Here we are in August! I promised that I would support you in making the most of this year’s opportunities, so here’s my Heads Up about the month ahead, as well as a few suggestions for embracing all that August has to offer.

August is all about beginnings, small starts, and putting one foot in front of the other. It’s time to leave the past behind and move forward. There is a groundswell of energy and support for you this month if you’re ready to start or to make changes. It’s a great month for building things, or building on what you’ve already begun.

 

Card for the Month:

I’ve chosen two cards for August for you: one from the Osho Zen Tarot Deck, and one from Colette Baron-Reid’s The Enchanted Map. Remember that I don’t use these cards in the conventional way, but rather as a stimulus for channelled information.

Here is what I have received from each card:

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“But you can build a future out of anything. A scrap, a flicker. The desire to go forward, slowly, one foot at a time. You can build an airy city out of ruins.”
~ Lauren Oliver, Pandemonium

The message of this first card, Moment to Moment, is all about bravely putting one foot in front of the other. You’re being called on to trust. Trust yourself. Trust your dreams. Trust in your own abilities. Trust that you can find a way.

In August we can begin to feel ourselves putting miles between where we have been stuck and where our heart is calling us to go. It might involve a lot of work, but it won’t feel like a burden (at least most of the time it won’t!). It’s a month for slowly building momentum, and creating habits and new attitudes that through their constant small uses will become cemented and last us a lifetime.

August is also about staying centred in our dreams, and nurturing what brings us satisfaction and happiness. All work and no play is never a good combination.

In trusting our dreams and our capacity to achieve them, all manner of unseen support is being offered to us. Expect synchronicities, breakthroughs and helpful people. Expect useful dreams and journalling.

If you get stalled and can’t see a way ahead, know that it is like crossing a foggy stream at night, stone by stone. The mist may only clear long enough for you to see and advance to the next stone, rather than illuminating every step of your journey in one go. That’s okay. Trust. And in this way you will arrive at your destination.

We are also cautioned to create balance in our lives, and to actively structure a way of living that supports our physical, emotional and spiritual needs. It’s fine to work hard, or consistently. But also leave time for sleep, for fun, for connection, for relaxation.

(Not sure how to do that? Join our Journal Challenge that starts tomorrow!)

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“Walking. I am listening to a deeper way. Suddenly all my ancestors are behind me. Be still, they say. Watch and listen. You are the result of the love of thousands.” ~ Linda Hogan

The second card I’ve chosen brings a message of encouragement and support from your Ancestors and the natural world . Spirit of Place encourages you to see every place that you go as having energy and history. And from this awareness to  begin to understand that you are never truly alone. As you move towards your dreams, as you solve problems and make changes your Ancestors are looking on, guiding and supporting you. Sending you love and courage and strength. Imbuing you with wisdom, prompting your intuition. Helping in many unseen ways, and some, perhaps, that become clearly visible.

You’re also reminded that the natural world is a supportive one. Time in nature will ground you, earth you and clear your head. Natural fresh foods will heal and uplift your energy and your physical vitality. Water and sunshine and moonlight and fresh air will support your journey.

Choose places this month that nurture and support your soul. This could be the beach or a library. Your home or a theatre. The arms of a loved one, or a solitary hike in the woods.

Lastly, you are reminded to call upon nature spirits. The energy of trees, the fairy kingdom, the moon and the stars and the sun and the oceans. Use flower remedies and crystals this month. Go for walks, or sit with your back pressed up against a tree.

August is a month for finding new rhythm in your life. For stepping out and not looking back. For trusting yourself and your dreams. For truly putting space between you and the past. one small step at a time.

 

Need some extra encouragement, support or inspiration?

Try these posts:

Meditation for Taking Energy from Trees –  a simple technique for taking energy, support and wisdom from trees.

Guided Meditation for Connecting With Your Ancestors – a twenty-five minute guided meditation for connecting to the love, wisdom and guidance of those who have come before you.

Burning The Past – A gentle cleansing ritual for releasing emotional pain.

Magical Book Oracle – a fun way to get a little extra clarity and guidance for the month ahead.

I have faith in you. Now it’s time to have a little faith in yourself. Don’t overwhelm yourself with a million changes and complex tasks. Just put one foot in front of the other. Little things add up to big changes over time. Be gentle with yourself. Be consistent. Test those new wings. And get ready to fly!

Much love to you,

Nicole <3 xx

Why you need to say YES to what you want!

Image from www.experto.de

Image from www.experto.de

“Love is a place
& through this place of
love move
(with brightness of peace)
all places

yes is a world
& in this world of yes live
(skillfully curled)
all worlds”
~ E.E. Cummings

 

Here’s a simple affirmation technique that can truly align you with abundance, and magnetise you to the things you desire to make manifest in your life.

Are you ready?

Say… YES. Yes to that thing you want.

Say it out loud. Say it with gusto. Say it with conviction. Say it often. Let it build up the positive energy and momentum in your life.

If it feels right, say a string of yeses, listing things you wish to experience more of in your life. Align yourself to your heart’s calling.

YES to love.

YES to health.

YES to a great new job.

YES to the debt paid off.

YES to the business success.

YES to passing that exam with flying colours.

YES! Yes to whatever lights you up. Yes to the outcome you desire. Yes to your greatest dreams and your smallest wishes. Yes, even if it scares you a bit. Yes, even if you don’t know how you’re going to make it happen.

The energy post-2012 is one of quickening. Thoughts can become things so much more easily. When we say yes we are welcoming that thing, we are inviting that thing, we are aligning with that thing.

Resistance melts away. The gap between our disbelief and our desire diminishes with every heartfelt yes. We become comfortable with this new possibility. We step closer to it. It draws closer to us. And then it appears in our lives.

Yes. Yes. Yes.

Yes to what we want.

Try it. It’s easy, and it works.

Getting Ready for June 2015

Image from vk.com

Image from vk.com

“Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.”
~ Eckhart Tolle

“Dare to dream again.
For dreaming is the language of your soul,
And nothing your soul truly desires could ever be wrong or impossible.”
~ Jacob Nordby

 

Hello, Lovelies <3

It’s June already. We’re nearly at the midpoint of our year. I promised that I would support you in making the most of this year’s opportunities, so here’s my Heads Up about the month ahead, as well as a few suggestions for embracing all that June has to offer.

June has a sense of expansiveness and possibility that’s been lacking in recent months. There’s an abundance of energetic support for you to explore and open up to new opportunities and new directions in your life. You’re being encouraged to put energy into making your dreams a reality.

It reminds me of the movie Field of Dreams, with its taglines If you build it, he will come… and If you believe the impossible, the incredible can come true.

Card for the Month:

I’ve chosen two cards for May for you: one from the Osho Zen Tarot Deck, and one from Colette Baron-Reid’s Wisdom of the Hidden Realms. Remember that I don’t use these cards in the conventional way, but rather as a stimulus for channelled information.

Here is what I have received from each card:

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The message of this first card, Abundance, is all about sitting in a position of gratitude for the many blessings already present in our world and using that positive space to build on our own hopes and dreams. When we actively practice gratitude we begin to cultivate an energy of joy in our daily life.

In June we have the opportunity to work on things that bring us a sense of emotional satisfaction, as well as toiling joyfully on the foundations of enterprise and activity that will go on to create material reward for us. Plant seeds now so that the harvest will be healthy and abundant in times to come.

June is a month for planning and acting on our dreams. It is also a time for social connection, for celebration and for doing the things that make us happy.

It’s expected that June will be a busy month, but when we are engaged with things that we enjoy being busy is never a trial. June calls us to pour our heart and soul into life, and the things that matter to us. Always from a position of gratitude.

When we acknowledge abundance more blessings flow to us.

We are also cautioned against being cynical or judging ourselves or others. Everyone walks their own path, and only your path is your business. You may not get to scale the highest peaks in June but if you at least begin the climb there is a very good chance that eventually you will make it to that high peak, or somewhere better.

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The second card I’ve chosen brings a message of great support. The Web Weaver reminds you that you are not alone in the Universe. As you take action and begin to move in the direction of your dreams expect support from unexpected quarters, divine synchronicities and that magical feeling of things happening easily or just falling into place.

June is all about waking up from that long cold winter of stuckness and shooting tendrils of fresh vigorous growth out into the world as the sun shines down upon you and gentle rain falls as needed, in order that the growth be sustainable and healthy.

You’re being reminded to dream big, and to not judge yourself or the likelihood of your success by your present circumstances. Where you are now is the result of where you’ve been. It’s old news. It isn’t where you need to stay. In each moment you can reinvent yourself. It’s never too late. You’re never too old. Don’t look behind you any more. Have faith in your dreams, chart a course, keep your eyes on the horizon and move ahead.

Image from pinterest.com

Image from pinterest.com

Need some extra encouragement, support or inspiration?

Try these posts:

Starting From A Place of Gratitude – Thoughts on being mindful of the small blessings in every day.

Guided Meditation for Anchoring Into Oneness Energy – A thirty minute free guided meditation for helping you realise and appreciate your connection to all things. It is soothing, relaxing and empowering.

Join Me For A Magical Carpet Ride? – Some fun writing prompts to help you get clear about what you really want in life

The Power Of Mentors – Journal prompts and planning activities to help you manifest your dreams

Image and poem by msmoem.com

Image and poem by msmoem.com

June is lifting you up and giving you wings. Where do you want to fly?

Much love, Nicole <3 xx

Water Oracle – For Embracing Opportunity

Indian River Lagoon by Gunner VV

Indian River Lagoon by Gunner VV

“Water does not resist. Water flows. When you plunge your hand into it, all you feel is a caress. Water is not a solid wall, it will not stop you. But water always goes where it wants to go, and nothing in the end can stand against it. Water is patient. Dripping water wears away a stone. Remember that, my child. Remember you are half water. If you can’t go through an obstacle, go around it. Water does.”
~ Margaret Atwood, The Penelopiad

 

Water has always held energies of healing and change for me. It cleanses, nurtures and empowers. Today’s oracle is all about using water to tune in to your own deeper soul wisdom.

Is your soul parched? Do you need more of water’s healing presence in your life?

Over the next week, pay attention to water wherever it shows up. The water that comes out of the taps in your home, the water you drink, having a shower or bath, going for a swim or soaking your feet, rain falling, and bodies of water such as rivers, lagoons, lakes and oceans. See what water whispers to you. Pay attention to what it shows you, and how it makes you feel.

 

Instructions for using today’s post

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

When you have chosen your image scroll further down for your message; designed to help you embrace current opportunities.

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

Love and Light,

Nicole ♥ xx

Let The Water Guide You…

1.  Green Lake

2. Sunrise River

Image from pixsharks.com

Image from pixsharks.com

3. Gentle Stream

4. Underwater Playground

Image from oceanmedia.su

Image from oceanmedia.su

5. Afternoon Waterhole

Image from Leichhardt Land

Image from Leichhardt Land

6. Ocean and Clouds

7. Iceland Waterfall

Image from reddit.com

Image from reddit.com

8. Tumbling Flow

Horsetail Falls is a beautiful area on the Columbia River Gorge in Oregon, USA. The water flow from the falls is quite fascinating and very peaceful. © 2013 Rob Atkinson

Horsetail Falls,  Columbia River Gorge in Oregon, USA.  © 2013 Rob Atkinson

 

♥ The Healing Message and Gift of the Water♥

Each water image has a message for you. I have also selected a crystal to best support the message and energies of change in your life.  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 Power Word is a word to remind yourself of the quality you most need right now.  You can turn it into your own personal mantra by saying “I choose ___________ ” (insert your Power Word).

 

1.  Green Lake:

Message – Green Lake invites you to embrace happiness in relationships. This is the energy of lasting love visiting your life. It is a deeply heart-centred message, reminding you to start by loving and caring for yourself. From this sound relationship with self, deep and loving relationships with others will follow. Green Lake also shows you that love and friendship are moving toward you. This is a huge heart-chakra healing, shift and opening. Family healing can occur. Relationship healing can occur. Recovering from trauma can occur. There is opportunity coming for you to begin new and meaningful heart-centred relationships. Soul mate relationships and life-long friendships are being drawn to you or presented for you to renew and reinvigorate. For some it also heralds the arrival of a child.

Crystal – Green Chrysoprase

Power Word – Heart Awakening

 

2.  Sunrise River:

Message – Sunset River is all about fresh starts.Sunset River brings an end to struggle. It heralds deep inner peace and emotional satisfaction that comes from knowing who you are and what you want. It is also about your changing fortune and the ability to re-invent yourself or redesign your life. Choosing this water image means that the wise part of you is ready to move back into flow. You’re being released from old patterns and holding patterns.  Expect good outcomes, legal wins, inspiration, creativity or good ideas that can positively shape a brighter future for yourself and your family. A great time for shifting house, changing school or club, for new projects, start-ups or a return to study.

Crystal – Citrine

Power Word – Abundance

 

3.  Gentle Stream:

Message – Gentle Stream brings an awakening of your spiritual and metaphysical abilities. Expect your intuition and psychic insight to become a much stronger guiding force in your life right now. You may dream about past lives. You may begin to feel or sense energy. You’ll come to know and understand things that were previously beyond you. Intuition is a natural force, and a normal part of life. In you, intuitive abilities run deeper than for most people. It’s something that has been a part of you for lifetimes. Look to activities and teachers that help you to explore and connect with this wise part of yourself. Time in nature and on your own will help ground you and hone your sensitivity.

Crystal – Amethyst

Power Word – Insight

 

4.  Underwater Playground:

Message – You’re naturally clever, and a deep thinker. Right now you’re being encouraged to use these skills to think deeply about your life, who you are, and where you are going. This is not a time for living superficially – it’s a time to prepare for decisions, plans and big changes. The Universe is calling you to step into a new phase of growth, productivity and responsibility. The key here is to have fun with it, to treat it all as a fabulous adventure rather than as something that is stressful or demanding. It’s a terrific time for having those deep and meaningful conversations with yourself or others. If you’re a writer, now is the time to finish (or start!) that book. Play in the playground of your own intellect and imagination. Ask yourself the big questions. Plan the big moves. Attack that hard task. You’ll be delighted with the results.

Crystal – Fluorite

Power Word – Conscious Choices

 

5.  Afternoon Waterhole:

Message – You’re stepping into a time of great opportunity to build a solid foundation with your career, family or finances. Efforts made now in building toward your future will pay off handsomely in times to come. A terrific time for study or expanding your business or career path. Also a good time for investing or buying property.The energy around you is stable, and you’re thinking clearly. Get a plan together and then work that plan. Don’t hesitate to seek guidance or to find mentors with proven track records. Take time to dream and then act on those dreams. Now is your time, so make a start!

Crystal – All Forms of Jasper

Power Word – Strong Foundations

 

6.  Ocean and Clouds:

Message – Ocean and Clouds signifies a time of deep and lasting healing in your life. Please know that your cries for help have been heard. This healing could be of your physical body, your emotions, your relationship to money, a family or personal situation, or something of a spiritual nature. Help is coming to you from unexpected directions, perhaps in the form of a helpful person or in a prayer answered. Not all of the efforts for your recovery need come from you. Ocean and Clouds shows you that Guides, Ancestors and Loved Ones who have crossed over are all conspiring to help you find what you need in order to put difficulties behind you. Expect miracles and dreams come true.

Crystal – Larimar

Power Word – Breakthroughs

 

7.  Iceland Waterfall:

Message – Iceland Waterfall affirms that this is your time to get your message out into the world. This is your time to be heard. This is your time to write, to speak, to teach, to preach. This is the healing and empowerment of the throat chakra and your ability to communicate effectively with others. This is not time to play small. Do all you can to advance yourself and your ideas. A powerful time for being a spokesperson and for positioning yourself, your passions or your products. This is a time where unexpected opportunities will arise, including directions you had not considered and yet that are well suited to your abilities and dreams. Trust. Live boldly.

Crystal – Clear Quartz

Power Word – Momentum

 

8: Tumbling Flow:

Message – The Universe is calling you to travel and to explore the far-flung corners of the globe. Follow your heart. Plan your next adventure. Let yourself move into unfamiliar waters. Tumbling Flow encourages you to connect with other cultures and other countries. Read books. Watch documentaries. Learn a new language.  Eat the cuisine of different nations. Organise a holiday. Take an overseas or interstate transfer. Open up to the bigness of the world and let yourself be swept up in new opportunities to learn and grow.

Crystal – Aragonite Star Cluster

Power Word – New Experiences

 

 

Getting Ready for May 2015

“A lot of things are inherent in life -change, birth, death, aging, illness, accidents, calamities, and losses of all kinds- but these events don’t have to be the cause of ongoing suffering. Yes, these events cause grief and sadness, but grief and sadness pass, like everything else, and are replaced with other experiences. The ego, however, clings to negative thoughts and feelings and, as a result, magnifies, intensifies, and sustains those emotions while the ego overlooks the subtle feelings of joy, gratitude, excitement, adventure, love, and peace that come from Essence. If we dwelt on these positive states as much as we generally dwell on our negative thoughts and painful emotions, our lives would be transformed.”
~ Gina Lake, What about Now?: Reminders for Being in the Moment

 

Hello, Lovelies :)

Here we are in May! I promised that I would support you in making the most of this year’s opportunities, so here’s my Heads Up about the month ahead, as well as a few suggestions for embracing all that May has to offer.

There is some outer tumult going on in the world through May, or having rippled through to us from April, so it’s time to anchor ourselves in our essence and draw part of our attention inwards. This act serves to stabilise our energy and emotional state, helping us to be strong and grounded so that we can weather any storms and better support those around us.

Card for the Month:

I’ve chosen two cards for April for you: one from the Osho Zen Tarot Deck, and one from Colette Baron-Reid’s Wisdom of the Hidden Realms. Remember that I don’t use these cards in the conventional way, but rather as a stimulus for channelled information.

Here is what I have received from each card:

The message of this first card, The Creator,  is all about working on your own essence. For some people this will be about health. May is supporting us to take action with health – through diet, exercise, health programs and support from wise practitioners – so that we can purify our bodies, support our energy and wellness levels, and move into that space of feeling good, inside and out. Activities such as yoga, tai chi, qi gong and meditation will also be helpful for building your essence and energy.

For others, essence is about building confidence. Becoming clearer about who we are, what we want, what we’re keeping and what we need to let go. Developing a stronger voice in the world. Surrounding ourselves with supportive and healthy relationships. Speaking our truth. Skilled therapists and teachers can also help us with this.

Finally, May also gives us a powerful opportunity to be working on our offerings the essence of ourselves that we wish to share with the world. This could be a book, a course or workshop, a creative piece, performance, a competition, or even a service we want to offer. May is the time to work on it, to pour it forth and polish it. Focus on this offering, and make time for it above all else.

In May keep asking yourself  Who am I? How do I want to live in the world? What do I want to offer to the world? What best represents my essence?

Image from lifeuncalculated.com

Image from lifeuncalculated.com

The second card I’ve chosen is a deep reminder of the universal energy, love and support that surrounds us daily. The Cosmos reminds you to breathe life into your creative projects. It also encourages us to be clear in setting our intentions, because we are powerful co-creators. Our energy, thought and action ripples out from us and will carry influence to others.

There are things hidden within you that need to be shared with the world. It’s time.

May allows us to draw on the wisdom and support of our ancestors, our guides and Spirit. It is a month that supports a deepening of our own mysticism and spiritual connection.

May is a fabulous time for journalling, spiritual work and path walking. Make sure that you leave some time for solitary work and self work. This journey will help you to get clear about who you really are, and to connect with your heart and soul wisdom. You’ll also find ways to resolve old hurts and leave old sorrows behind. There is plenty of energetic shedding to be done, as you clarify your essence.

Need some extra encouragement, support or inspiration?

Try these posts:

Writing Ourselves into Awareness – A journalling activity for providing clarity

Meditation – Taking Energy from Trees – A simple technique for building your energy and bringing inner peace

Writing Yourself into a Brighter Future – Some writing prompts to help you get clear about future direction

Manifesting New Directions and Opportunities – more lovely journal activities for getting out of stuckness and back into flow

Becoming Who You Always Were – activities to help you find your own unique essence

You are beautiful, and worthy, and there is an energy within you that is not duplicated anywhere else in the world. Allow the energies of May to help you understand yourself better, and to anchor yourself in what supports and inspires you. Be ready to start working on your offerings to share with the world. Invoke your essence.

Much love, Nicole <3 xx