Journal Challenge Week 3 – After The Rain

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“You have to get through the rain if you’re ever going to see a rainbow.”
~ Karen White, After The Rain

 

Hello Lovelies, and welcome to Week 3 of our Journal Challenge!

If you’ve only just found us now, it’s not too late to go back and start at the beginning. That’s the beauty of journalling. It waits for us, and works with our own time-frames.

Have you ever gone outside after a really good downpour? The world looks washed clean. The air is fresh and cool, and once again vibrant with possibility. Even tired, jaded places take on a soft beauty. It’s hard not to believe in new beginnings in the light of such positive energy.

Before we launch into Week 3, let’s have a quick recap of the last two weeks of journalling:

1. In Week One we called on our own insights to discover where we have held ourselves back, what worries us, and what we might do to bring more balance, healing, sustainability and joy into our lives.

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2. In Week Two we bravely called upon the love, wisdom and strength of our Ancestors as we tackled our patterns of resentment, the excuses we use that prevent us growing and moving forward, the areas and relationships where we hold resentment, and the things in our life over which we feel shame. We then looked at how to turn all of this hurt into wisdom, helping us to reclaim the aspects of ourselves that we had shunned.

This week, with our dawning awareness of self we’re going to ask more questions, look from new perspectives and in doing so identify our endings and beginnings.

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Let’s Begin!

Choosing a Crystal

You may wish to choose a crystal to work with this week. It is entirely optional, and you’d be fine without one too – but for my fellow rock lovers, read on…

You can hold this crystal as you write or meditate, place it under your pillow or beside your bed while you sleep, or carry it in your pocket to help you stay focused.

You could choose your stone based on what most appeals to you. That’s a very valid approach. But if you need a little direction, good crystals to work with this week include:

  • Aventurine
  • Any of the Obsidians
  • Lapis Lazuli
  • Fluorite
  • Ruby in Zoisite
  • Opal
  • Tiger Eye
  • Blue Kyanite
  • Clear Quartz, with or without inclusions
  • Moss Agate

This week I’m wearing my crystal – a beautiful and delicately carved Buddha of Tiger Eye. If you’re working with a crystal too why not tell us about it by leaving a comment below or over at our facebook page. I’ll also be holding my Clear Quartz from Week 1.

Two crystals, I hear you ask? You bet. I can feel it’s going to be a BIG week of breakthroughs for me, so why not! :)

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Week Three Meditation:

This week’s simple meditation gets us out of our head and back in our body!

The Seed Meditation

If possible do this meditation outside, on the ground. If weather or illness prevents this, improvise with your imagination and do your best.

Kneel or sit on the ground and curl yourself into a little ball. You might hunch your shoulders over and drop your arms into your lap or use them to grab your knees, or place your forehead on the ground in the yoga child pose. Whatever you do,let your mind and body relax.

Now imagine that you are a tiny seed, cradled safely within the nourishing soil of the earth. You are warm, safe and deeply rested. Rain has activated you, and you can feel the possibility of life within you.

One finger begins to stretch, like the tendril of a small vine. Feel the energy of waking up begin to course through you. Feel yourself wanting to grow.

Slowly allow your arms to move and stretch. As your arms move like the shoots from a small seed seeking sunlight, all ow your shoulders and the rest of your body to gently rise, until you find yourself standing, or in an upright seated position.

Keep stretching upwards, swaying and reaching for the sky. Let the energy of growth completely fill you. Take some deep breaths and allow yourself to connect to the life force of earth, water, sun and air. When you’re ready, open your eyes.

Sit in this energy a little longer and be open to any thoughts, images or ideas that come.

Finally, shake out your arms and legs, take six breaths deep into your belly, letting your body relax completely.

Now you’re ready to write!

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Image from teametcie.com

Journal Questions:

You can choose any or all of the questions below. Some will be asked as traditional questions, and some are sentences that give you a place to start by leaving a space for you to complete that sentence.

I suggest going with what resonates and repels for a good balance. Write as much or as little as you need. It could be three words or three pages. Spread it out over a week, or spend a solid hour or two over one day – it’s up to you!

If you’re using a crystal, hold it in your non-writing hand, or place it in your lap or pocket. Feel free to get yourself a beverage, or to sit in a coffee shop while you do this. Enjoy the process!

Let a feeling of gentle excitement and possibility dwell with you this week as we start pulling things together. Your writing and your ideas will begin to start forming shapes and directions. You’ll be at the edge of clarity.

After the rain we can see everything in a kinder light. We accept what is, and may even begin to see some beauty where before we found none.

Ready? Let’s go!

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Talking about Endings:

  1. I’ve decided that I no longer want to…
  2. I’m actually okay with letting go of…
  3. I suddenly see that holding onto _______ is not doing me any favours because________
  4. It’s okay for me to stop doing…
  5. I’m going to simplify my life by finishing…
  6. The person I still need to forgive is….
  7. The thing I still need to forgive myself for is….
  8. The dream I’ve outgrown is…
  9. I need to stop…
  10. By the end of this year I’ll finalise…
  11. I don’t need to do it all myself! I’m going to delegate or get help with…
  12. The biggest project I need to get done is…
  13. The fastest project I can finish and put behind me is…
  14. The project or situation I am procrastinating about the most is…
  15. In 2014 I’m going to wrap up and complete…

Inviting Beginnings:

  1. Even though it’s challenging for me, I know I need to start…
  2. The dream that is dearest to me and that scares me the most is…
  3. A tangible step I can take toward that dream is _____________ and I could start __________
  4. I need to acknowledge that the strength inside me I most take for granted is…
  5. I’m really good at…
  6. I’ve always wanted to work at…
  7. My heart is yearning to…
  8. In 2015 I’d be excited to…
  9. I’ve decided that instead of seeing these parts of me as a flaw or a weakness, I’m going to embrace and acknowledge my _________
  10. My 2015 support crew will include…
  11. What holiday could I plan for myself that I will really look forward to?
  12. What new thing would I like to learn in 2015?
  13. What small adventures or outings will gladden my heart?
  14. How can I make myself feel more beautiful for 2015?
  15. To what music will I dance, create and grow? What can be the soundtrack of my life for 2015?
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Image from Ecotopiia

You may also find it useful to listen to this simple guided meditation for Abundance and Blessings:

Do pop over to our facebook page this week. There will be some rune guidance for you. I’ll be giving away some lovely surprises and there will also be an online party next Friday evening (14th Nov – Brisbane time) where I’ll be available to answer your questions and have some fun!

Big hugs to you and lots of love, Nicole xx

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Why You Need A Tribe

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A friend is someone who understands your past, believes in your future, and accepts you just the way you are.
~ Unknown

 

We all need a tribe. A tribe isn’t often the family we are born into. A tribe is a group where we find a spiritual home – a group of people who care passionately about something dear to our own hearts, and who give us a place to belong. A tribe is a place where we can grow, and learn. A tribe is also a place where we can share our knowledge and wisdoms with those walking the same path.

Tribes are built around common interests. I belong to more than one. I’m sure you’ll need at least a couple too.

Before I belonged to any kind of tribe I banged around uselessly on my own, reinventing wheels that never needed all of that effort. There was no-one with whom I could share my successes or failures, no-one to bounce ideas off, no-one to laugh or cry with. I’m all for self-development, but it’s a hard and lonely way to live.

This past long weekend I hung out in the mountains with my writing tribe – the wonderful Sisters of the Pen. We wrote, talked writing, ate and talked writing, wrote some more, laughed a lot, ate, wrote, slept and recharged our batteries with some self time and time in nature. We gave ourselves space and permission to put our passion for writing front and centre in our lives for a few precious days.

I surprised myself, and wrote heaps on a brand new project, as well as getting plenty of planning and project management done. Yep, that’s 17028 words. Yay! My beautiful sistahs helped me negotiate some plot twists and gave useful feedback on issues I’d struggled to nut out on my own.

Our little band of writers has also morphed into something so much more than just a group of women who dig words. We’ve shared tough times and great celebrations, we’ve been secret keepers, cheer squads and good medicine for each other. That’s the beauty of a tribe. You evolve and grow together.

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I also belong to a business mentoring group – we are all successful six-figure entrepreneurs who run our businesses in a heart-based way, and who value the support, guidance and friendship of like-minded people. (Yes, my spiritual friends – it is perfectly okay to enjoy prosperity!)  Each week we connect by skype, and then on an online forum, sharing our progress, goals and problems. We live vast distances from each other,  but we have managed to forge connections across oceans, and despite time differences. It’s actually hard to adequately express how valuable this group has been for my own business. It’s just so good to have friends who get where I am coming from, because they are in that same space too.

My business tribe don’t just support me, they hold a space for me, and they call me on my stuff. They are the ones who shout out to me to slow down when I’m being unrealistic, they are the ones who champion my good ideas and who aren’t afraid to tell me if they think my plan is lousy. :)  And of course, I do the same for them.

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Image from biz-tutor.com

My other tribe is my spiritual community, including my students and clients, and my many friends and readers from around the world whom I’ve met through blogging and social media. I am happy to step up as a leader for my tribe, and I include them in my daily thoughts, prayers and meditations. If you’re reading this, know that you are included in that energy and intention.

My spiritual tribe is where I share my own spiritual and psychic journey, and the things my teachers passed down to me. It’s where we can feel included and normal together, where we can share the sorts of things that other people in our lives may never experience or understand.

Tribes sometimes exist already, and all you have to do is find them.

Sometimes the tribe is waiting to be formed.

They can be a group of people who meet for coffee and a chat, or people who connect over the internet. Or a bit of both.

When you find or create your tribe, the beautiful music inside you finds a way to be expressed in the wider world.

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Are you having trouble identifying your tribe? Maybe you’ll find the following exercise useful. Writing in a journal is a great way to connect to your own deeper wisdom.

Journal Exercise:

Start by writing this passage at the top of your page.

Dear Universe, 

I trust that there is a part of me that already knows what makes my heart sing. I also trust that there is a Universal Wisdom which recognises my gifts and talents, and that understands what outcomes and adventures are best for my Highest Good.

I am ready to embrace the possibility of a better life for myself. I am ready to move from struggle into flow.  I am ready for friendship and belonging, and I’m keen to embrace abundance in all its forms. I want you to know that I’m ready for whatever wonderful experiences and opportunities you send my way. I am ready for my Soul to show me my heart’s true desire. I am ready to embrace the kinship of my Soul Tribe.

Now choose any of the following journal starters, and use it to begin writing.  Don’t judge what comes next, and don’t over-think it.  Just trust that what you write will begin to create a greater sense of personal and spiritual awareness in your life.

  • I’ve always loved to…
  • One thing that makes me completely lose track of time is…
  • If I could do anything well, the thing I would choose is _____ because…
  • You’ll never guess how it happened.  It all worked out perfectly in the end. One day…
  • When I look back, the themes in my life have been…
  • If I think about it, the happiest times in my life involve…
  • One thing I never get tired of is…
  • The thing that fires me up, and that makes me feel completely alive is…
  • The sort of people I most want to hang out with include…
  • Something people tell me I’m really good at helping them with is…

Once you are clearer about the things that light you up, seek out others who feel the same, or put your own group together! My writers group was formed after we all met at a series of weekend workshops. My business mentoring group was formed from within an online community, and my spiritual tribe has grown out of my own business and interests.

Tribes give you momentum and support, two things that are very valuable in a society where we are often disconnected from ourselves and each other.

So, what’s stopping you? Go find your tribe!

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PS:If you’d like to spend time in the company of some wonderful people and are looking to connect with a tribe of your own perhaps my Soul Sanctuary Retreat is what you’re looking for. Come join us in beautiful Byron Bay from November 29 to December 5 for a soulful week of connection, rejuvenation and inspiration.We still have a few places left.

More details on the retreat can be found here

Lots of love, Nicole xx

Who’s your Support Crew in 2014?

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Image of the Blue Angels Support Crew watching a U.S. Navy diamond flight formation 1952 – Wikimedia Commons

“Oh, I get by with a little help from my friends
Mm, I get high with a little help from my friends
Mm, gonna try with a little help from my friends”

~ John Lennon and Paul McCartney

Few of us get there on our own. The journey is always made easier when we have support, no matter what that journey is. So my big question to you is this:

Who is YOUR support crew in 2014?

No matter what kind of year you’re in for, we all need friends and helpful people. People who can cheer us on, offer helpful advice, pick us up when we fall, do the things we need doing but cannot do for ourselves, lend their own kind of magic to ours for that beautiful effect that multiplies our success to be greater than the sum of the parts.

I know that most of you are a lot like me…

Sensitive souls, empaths, carers, healers, kind-hearted people – we are stunningly good at putting everyone else first, and being that support which others need – being a support person is just what we’re wired to do. And if we’d had rough patches in life we’ve become good at being resilient and self-sufficient too.

All of this means that we may not be so flash at asking for favours or putting our hand up for help.

This year I’m putting up my own hand and asking for help. I’m drawing to me the best support crew I can to get me through 2014. I’m also minimising my contact with the crazy-makers and relationships that drain or sabotage me and my direction. (Want help with toxic relationships? Click here!)

Mots of us already have a support network. We may even be putting energy into supporting THEM right now. The biggest issue for many of us is that we don’t ask, or have found ourselves in the habit of having the barriers up as we steam along in that solo kind of self-sufficiency mode. Or we just plain forget that these people are here for us to draw on.

Not all of our support crew will work for love. And that’s okay too. Hiring people to support us is a great act of self-love and affirmation of self-worth. We can also access this support through books, courses and audio files.

We all need a cheer squad, and sometimes we need more tangible help. The point is – we can’t do it all alone!!!

Image of this awesome supportcrew from the South East London Ladies Swimming Club

Image of this awesome support crew from the South East London Ladies Swimming Club

Right now I have my husband and my wonderful PA, Dana, creating firewalls and boundaries in my work and personal life.

My fridge is full of nurturing soup from kind friends. Others have offered to clean my house while I’m too unwell to do this for myself.

I may not be able to get out much, but my sister and a few friends are on speed dial. I have great neighbours, and a fabulous bunch of Soul Sisters from my mentoring groups and retreats. I have all of you, dear readers, lending your support and kindness.

My Sisters of the Pen are always there for online and ‘for reals’ conversation and support for writing and life. The Queensland Writers Centre is my go-to place for continuing development of my craft.

And beyond my emotional needs I have doctors, herbalists, accountants, a good lawyer, a web designer (Hi Tim!), dentist, chiropractor, acupuncturist, an online business mentoring group, lyme boards and forums, music, libraries, bookshops and the internet. I have the Farmers Markets and some wonderful local cafes. There’s also the yellow pages for when I need a plumber, a termite expert or a tree lopper.

Of course, none of these people will be any good to me if I don’t reach out and ask!

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Image by maryam

2014 is shaping up to be a big year, and it’s time to start thinking about who you need on your support crew.

To help you get a better picture of what that may look like I’ve created a simple journal exercise for you!

Journalling my Web of Support

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Image from akmhcweb

Here are some simple questions for you to think about and journal. Don’t feel that you have to answer them all today, but DO give them thought over the next few weeks.

1. Who in my family can I draw on for support, guidance, laughs or to help me lift that heavy bookcase? Remember that it’s okay to include loved ones who’ve passed over. I talk to my grandparents all the time!

2. Which friends in my life (online as well as people I’ve met in person) are supportive of me, my interests and my ambitions?

3. What do I really need to get done this year that I keep putting off?

4. Do I really need to do this myself? Who can help me with this thing? What kind of support do I need for each of those goals or tasks? Do I know someone? Can I pay someone?

5. Who can help me with my health this year?

6. Who can help me with my finances and/or business?

7. Who can help me with my spirituality and soul questing?

8. Who can I laugh with?

9. Who can I cry with?

10. Who’ll cheer me on up that mountain?

11. Music, movies and other motivators that keep me feeling good about myself and on track?

12. Habits and actions I KNOW do me good and support my journey?

I hope in some small way that I can support you too, through my blog and my facebook page. Let’s make this our best year yet – together!

Lots and lots of love,

Nicole xoxo

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Create Positive Change Program – Week 4

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Letting Go by senyan1

“It’s not hard to decide what you want your life to be about. What’s hard, she said, is figuring out what you’re willing to give up in order to do the things you really care about.”
― Shauna Niequist, Bittersweet: Thoughts on Change, Grace, and Learning the Hard Way

That’s the thing about change. It requires room. Change’s very essence is about allowing for things to evolve, to become different, to be altered from what they are now. But how can that happen if your life is already crammed to capacity with being and doing? How can you grab hold of the new if your hands are already full?

This week we’re going to look at how we can begin to make room for the things that matter to us.

It will mean letting go of, or temporarily putting aside, some of the the things we’re currently giving energy to so that there is space for what’s coming.

Are you ready for that?

Good! Let’s go. :)

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Image from Diana’s Words

Count Your Blessings!

Writing our Blessings down provides a concrete reminder of the everyday good and everyday magic already present in our lives.  This simple practice draws more abundance into our lives by focusing our attention on what matters to us.

Again this week write down three blessings in your life every 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 Australia’s Outback, because being under this wide blue sky makes my heart feel free.

The wide soft sky at sunset...

The wide soft sky at dawn…

Affirm the Positive!

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

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

Hold this fourth 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 ARE READY FOR. Affirm that as a statement of declaration to the Universe.

Here are some examples:

I am ready for a Soul Mate.

I am ready to become a published author.

I am ready for a healthy, happy pregnancy.

I am ready to commit to higher study.

I am ready to create my dream job.

I am ready to embrace change and become a successful visual artist.

 

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 AM READY. This simple act of declaration begins to align you with this energy, opening you to more of this thing in your life.

Using your Gratitude Rock!

Are you enjoying this part of our Program? I confess it might actually be my favourite!

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.

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. Let yourself heal, let yourself be nurtured, let yourself connect spiritually while you sleep.

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Sleeping Beauty by Kinuko Craft

Homework:

This week we’re going to do a little honest exploring, via our journal.

In as much or as little detail as you need, answer the following questions. You can repeat the questions more than once, and you can also make the actions as small or as massive as you are ready for. Big change can often come from the tiniest realignment or action so don’t feel you NEED to make a grand gesture. On the other hand, sometimes big is what it takes to finally move us out of stuckness and back into flow.  Tune in to your heart. You’ll find your way!

I’m prepared to give up ______ to help me improve my health because ______.

I’m prepared to give up ______ to help me improve my financial situation because ______.

I’m prepared to give up ______ to help me improve my relationship with ______ because ______.

I’m prepared to give up ______ to free up more time because ______.

I’m prepared to stop ______ because I’m aware that ______.

I’m prepared to swap ______ for ______ because ______.

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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 3

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Image from www.vb.is

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” ~ Steve Jobs

Sometimes the advice we get, and the experts, mentors and people in positions of authority that we look to for direction end up giving us a bum steer.

Seriously.

When we are really strong in our own power and confidence, and fired up by what it is we want to be/do/have, then it doesn’t matter so much if other people disagree or don’t believe in us. The positive energy and vision we hold for ourselves will carry us through.

But when we’re just starting out, when we’re vulnerable and uncertain it can be very easy for other people to sink our ship.

Some folks persist in telling you not to get on the boat, or threaten to disown you if you do. Some like to blow our ship right out of the water, some smash it to bits while it’s still in the construction phase, and others sneakily let the bungs out and the water in while telling us they 100% believe in our ability to float that boat. Still others commandeer our ship and steer it to places we didn’t want to go, or limit our horizons.

But it’s still our own little ship of dreams, and what matters is that it’s ours – not anyone else’s.

This week we’re going to look at one of the biggest things that holds us back from positive change – believing the people who don’t believe in YOU!

Click on the video below for a little positive reinforcement – these are all people who were told they would fail, but who eventually (note that word eventually) succeeded beyond their wildest dreams. Imagine what would have happened if they’d stopped trying?

Okay – let’s do our foundation exercises.

Count Your Blessings!

How’s your Blessings Book going? I love looking back over mine, especially the ones from years ago.  This simple practice can bring enormous riches into your life by regularly focusing your attention on what matters to you.

Again this week write down three blessings in your life every 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 rain because I get to wear my awesome purple gumboots!

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Affirm the Positive!

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

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

Hold this third 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 CAN do. Affirm that as a statement of declaration to the Universe.

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Image from Coaching Journey

Here are some examples:

I can manage money well.

I can create financial freedom for me and my family.

I can be healthy and happy.

I can be cherished in a loving, lasting relationship.

I can get published.

I can make money doing this _________ (thing I love – insert your own thing here)

 

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 word CAN. Say it loud enough and strongly enough to defeat all of the doubters in your life. This simple act of declaration begins to align you with this energy, opening you to more of this thing in your life.

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Image from smithfit

Using your Gratitude Rock!

Using my Gratitude Rock is one of the favourite parts of my day. It makes me feel so connected to each of you, and very supported and loved. Because our Gratitude Rock anchors positive energy and gratitude at the end of each day we go to sleep in that beautiful bubble of healing energy, and remain connected, empowered and loved.

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.

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 go to sleep, cocooned in this good energy. I’ll send you a few extra sparkles this week! :)

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Homework:

This week we’re busting through the old negative energy and thinking caused by people making us feel small, inadequate, incapable or undeserving.

Who are they to tell you how to live your life?

Make a list in your journal of all of the people who have said or done things that have contributed to you giving up, holding yourself back, or never even starting. Write as much or as little detail as you need.

Then we’re going to do a little visualisation exercise to get our power back. We’ll see them saying/doing that thing to us and then we’ll affirm that it doesn’t matter what they say. We’ll allow ourselves to do or be that thing anyway. We can write it out or act it out in our imagination – whatever feels right.

If you need to stomp your foot, raise your voice, add a thousand exclamation marks or anything else that helps, do it! This is not a time to act small in the world.

Here’s my example:

Someone near and dear to me (I’m not going to name and shame them here in public) once said to me, “You’re not pretty like your sister, but at least you have a nice personality.” I totally took that on board and believed I wasn’t attractive, although I did get the consolation prize of a ‘nice personality’.

So now I’ll hold that person in my thoughts, and imagine them saying that to me again. And then I will visualise myself saying to them: Well, I’m sorry but that’s just your opinion. I forgive you and set you free. I AM pretty and I reclaim my prettiness. I’m pretty to me, and that’s all that counts!

If they’d said I couldn’t write well, I’d say Well, I’m sorry but that’s just your opinion. I forgive you and set you free. I CAN write well and I’m going to keep on writing. So there!

This might take a while, so feel free to do one or two people at a time, or to repeat the exercise as you need to. It’s very empowering, and you’ll be amazed at what comes up that you thought you’d forgotten.

Let go of all this old stuff that’s holding you back. It’s time! Reclaim your power.

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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 1

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“For things to change, you have to change.” 
~ Jim Rohn, The Art of Exceptional Living

There’s change in the air. We’re finally shifting away from those old energies, those old patterns, and into the beginnings of a new space.

Change is always a little chaotic, and it can be unsettling and uncomfortable. But change also gives us our best shot at growth and at creating lives that are more satisfying and meaningful.

Today, we’re going to welcome the energy of change into our lives. We’re going to invite it in, and then dance with that energy.

Are you ready?

Over the next eight weeks we will work together to embrace this change, and to make it work for us. I’ve designed this program so that as you work with positive change you begin to anchor it into your lives.

Let’s start with our Embracing Change Toolkit.

1) Take out your large journal (or the electronic device of your choice!). On a clean page write the following:

Dear Universe,

All of my life I have wanted to move in this new direction. I have felt it calling me, I have felt it just beyond my reach, although I have not always been able to clearly define that place or what it might mean for me.

I have always known that I was destined for more - being more, loving more, sharing more, having more.

Although I am uncertain, although I still cannot name all the changes I desire, my heart is open to them if they be for my Highest Good.

Today I honour my yearning for change, and I offer it up to you, trusting that I will be guided to discover the next steps, that I will be drawn to inspiration and opportunity, and that I can create a life for myself which is more expansive, more aligned to my purpose, more in flow.

My commitment to you is that for the next 8 weeks (and beyond) I am willing to explore and open to the possibilities of change, and to celebrate the many Blessings I already enjoy.

With love and gratitude,

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(insert your own name here)

This large journal is where we will do all of our musing, exploring and pondering. It’s also where we’ll write our homework answers, and place our inspired thoughts and ideas.

2) Now take your small journal (or electronic device). On a clean page write:

This Blessings Book is the property of 

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(insert your own name here)

Each day, write down three blessings in your life – three simple things that you are grateful for. The Blessing can be anything for which you are thankful.  It can be a big thing or a small thing, it can be from the present or the past, but you must be sincere in having gratitude for this thing in your life. You can do this at any time during the day, but do it every day! Try to come up with new things each day. The more you look, the easier this gets.

Write them like this: Today I am thankful for (the blessing) because (write down a simple reason). eg: Today I am grateful for my dog because he always gives me so much love.

When we count our Blessings we are inviting positive energy into our lives and putting ourselves into a receptive and abundant state of mind.

3) Using your eight little rocks: (PS: Don’t you love these little heart-shaped rocks that were given to me by my beautiful friend Nerida!)

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Select your first rock as an Affirmation Stone. This week you can carry it around with you, or place it somewhere where you can see and hold it every day. Each week the process will be the same, but using a different stone.

Pick your first rock and hold it in your hands. Now think of something in your life that you want to change. Affirm that as a statement of declaration to the Universe.

Here are some examples:

I choose Health.

I choose to have Boundless Energy.

I choose Abundance.

I choose Positive Cash Flow.

I choose to be Loved.

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. This simple act of declaration begins to align you with this energy, opening you to more of this thing in your life.

4) Working with your Gratitude Rock:

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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.  It doesn’t matter if your 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 here’s the fun bit – 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.

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 go to sleep, cocooned in this good energy.

5) Homework

Change works best through action! To complete this Program allow a window of thirty minutes each week to complete your homework, plus five minutes at the beginning or end of every day. That will give you time to work on any activities I set you, to record your three daily Blessings, and to use your Gratitude Rock and Affirmation Stone.

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This week, explore these questions in your journal. Don’t over-think it. Just let the words flow onto the page. Write as little or as much as feels right.

I need change in my life right now because:

One thing I would change about my health is _______ because ______:

One thing I would change about my work is ______ because ______:

One thing I would change about my personal life is ______ because ______:

One thing I would change about my thinking is ______ because ______:

One thing I’m really stuck on is:

One thing I’m really clear on is:

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And don’t forget to drop in and leave us some feedback, here or on our facebook page, to let us know how you’re going with it all.

Sending 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.

Working to Create Positive Change – An 8 Week Program

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Image by Vasantha

“Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change.” ~ Jim Rohn

We’re living in exciting times – times that are opening us up to great new possibilities and future directions. But how can we make the best of these energies of change that are upon us?

Over the next eight weeks each Monday (that’s Sunday for you folk on the other side of the world to Australia!) I’ll be giving you some simple suggestions, activities, journal exercises and meditations to help you to work with these energies and create positive change in your own lives.

Are you ready to embrace change? Or even just the idea of things being better than they are now?

Do you already have a burning desire to create a new future for yourself?

Want to join me?  If you’re up for it, leave me a comment below. Feel free to invite your friends too. WE are the change we want to see in the world. It always starts with us, right here, in small ways that ripple out from our own lives. The more we create a positive intention and vibration, the more it affects everyone and everything around us in magical ways – and that’s the definition of a Lightworker!

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To get your Embracing Change Toolkit ready make sure you find the following before we begin next week:

  • A large journal or notebook (you can also use your computer or ipad if that works for you)
  • A small journal or notebook (ditto the computer or ipad for this one too)
  • Some pens (feel free to have some different colours to choose from!)
  • 8 little stones or crystals (any type is fine – just go with what you’re drawn to or what is to hand)
  • A Gratitude Rock. This is a stone that will fit comfortably into your hand.  It can be a crystal or an ordinary garden variety rock. Choose what feels good to you. (If you took part in my 30 Day Gratitude Challenge last year, feel free to use that stone, which will already have lots of good energy invested in it!)
  • A window of thirty minutes each week to complete your homework, plus five minutes at the beginning or end of every day.
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Image from kootation

One last thing…

Think of your future, right now. Go on! What’s your innermost desire?

Name it. Then make a wish. I dare you!

The Universe specialises in delivering the kind of magic ordered up by your heart.

And if you’re so stuck that you don’t have a clue what your innermost desire is, then just wish for clarity. Easy. :)

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Image from favim

See you next week.

I’m excited. Hope you are too.

Lots of love, Nicole xx

Here are the links to each week’s activities:

Week 1

Week 2

Week 3

Week 4

Week 5

Week 6

Week 7

Week 8