The Crystal Farmer of Byron Bay

“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds that you plant.” ~ Robert Louis Stevenson

 

We live on an organic farm, tucked in the hills behind Byron Bay. Our main focus is organic heritage citrus, beef cattle and bush tucker (Bunya nuts and herbs). But we have come to do a very good additional line of earthed and energetically charged crystals.

Our land holds an abundance of ancient trees and wildlife, and expanses of soft green grass and leaf litter where it is possible for me to lay stones out on the earth beneath these trees, or under open skies or where the various animals (eagles, koalas, platypus, wallabies, powerful owls etc) make their homes.

Neighbours have laughingly begun to call me a crystal farmer because I always seem to be planting or harvesting stones as I charge them up for my retreats and workshops.

In the giant shed where Ben houses his tractors I have row upon row of pallet racking, in which there are all of my boxes of stones. The boxes and crates are carefully marked. I have stones that have been in grids through such varied astrological events as the Mars, Saturn, Mercury Venus and Jupiter alignment of 2000 (this was on another farm, under wide open skies and nights crowded with stars) the 2012 Transit of Venus, the total solar eclipse of 2012, a partial solar eclipse in 2014, the transit of Mercury in 2016 and many supermoons and comet showers.

I also have crates for stones that have been in grids such as my 2016 Ancestors and Songlines grid, as well as stones that have been charged with the energies of plants, places and weather.

To do this energetic charging I lay out crystals on the earth (mostly – sometimes I place individual in trees or even in our creeks and waterholes) in various patterns that conform to the principles of sacred geometry, after which I leave them for a prescribed period of time.

Later I go back to harvest them, digging them out of the earth or from between the grass where it has grown long. All the crystals are then cleaned and placed into storage, ready for use.

I even charge up the stones we use in jewellery and mandala making.

Sometimes I play my Tibetan Singing Bowl over them, or I will tone and sing the songs my Aboriginal Aunties or other elders have taught me.

Eventually we harvest the stones. If the grid is very big I will often call upon Ben and our friends or neighbours to assist with bringing up the stones for me to clean and sort. It’s a lot of work, but once they are harvested and stored away they maintain that energy, ready for use at some future date.

Now we have our Crystal retreat, our mini-retreat and workshop, and our Christmas pop up shop and events coming up, as well as the Crystal Packs for our 2018 Year of ME Planner, we’ve been down in the shed for days, sorting and gathering and allocating stones. I’m bringing out some rare and precious ones for my students, and a few for sale.

And already I am planning a gigantic spiral grid of stones for the total lunar eclipse on January 31 in 2018.

So I guess it’s true – I’m a crystal farmer. I like to think of my harvested stones as the seeds that will help you to grow as you seek your own inner space, soul connection and intuitive path.

We’d love to see you at any of our events, or as part of our growing community of like-minded souls in 2018. You can click on the links to view our events for the remainder of this year. Information about our online community and 2018 courses will be available soon. As well as our community and year-long course and support we have an Awakening to Spirituality retreat for waking up your psychic and intuitive abilities in March 2018, and Advanced Channelling and Energy Techniques using Sacred Geometry in August 2018 – contact my wonderful PA Dana to put your name down on the list to receive more info about those on our pre-release list – she’s at nicolecodyinfo@gmail.com

I’m really excited to share this journey with you, and I hope that one day you get to hold one of these special stones.

Sending so much love your way, Nicole  xx

 

Eagles and Cups of Tea

“Farewell,” they cried, “Wherever you fare till your eyries receive you at the journey’s end!” That is the polite thing to say among eagles.
“May the wind under your wings bear you where the sun sails and the moon walks,” answered Gandalf, who knew the correct reply.” 
~  J.R.R. Tolkien

We are always up early, here at the farm. Right now we have weaners (calves that are being weaned from their mums) locked up in the yards being fed hay and taught yard manners while their mums’ milk dries up so we start our day down at the yards feeding out and checking water.

At the back of our farm we have a wedgetail eagle nest – a giant platform of sticks large enough for us all to sit in (if we could climb that high!). This year the eagles have hatched and reared three fledglings, and while we worked this morning they all took flight, riding the thermals about our farm.

It made my heart swell to watch them all; the majestic father with a feather missing in the leading edge of his right wing, the slightly smaller mother and then these three tentative and still clumsy juniors. When they landed in a Sydney Blue Gum at the back of our orchard it looked like 2 large men and their dogs sitting in the branches, so big are these birds.

They were still resting there when we finished our morning chores so we sat out in the backyard with our mugs of tea watching them. We only came in again when they took flight and soared off over the ridge and out of sight. (I added a photo below of the golden glow that surrounded us this morning!)

I hope you get a little outdoor time or time for a quiet cuppa today too.

Take care of yourself and each other, all my love, Nicole ❤ xx

Love is Love but it needs to be Law!

“At some point in our lifetime, gay marriage won’t be an issue, and everyone who stood against this civil right will look as outdated as George Wallace standing on the school steps keeping James Hood from entering the University of Alabama because he was black.”George Clooney

 

On the 27th of June 2015 I used a Facebook ‘Celebrate Pride’ filter on my profile pic to celebrate the legalisation of Gay Marriage in America. This filter imposed a rather gorgeous rainbow over my face.

At the time Facebook was awash with rainbow profiles as people showed their support for the LGBTQI community and to celebrate equality of marriage rights. The rainbows stayed up for a week or two and then everyone gradually moved on.

But I just couldn’t. It wasn’t fair that all of my LGBTQI friends and clients here in Australia weren’t afforded those same human rights. So I decided to keep up the rainbow profile as a personal protest and reminder until we achieved marriage equality in Australia too.

Yesterday, the 15th November 2017, the Federal Government announced the results of a recent plebiscite canvassing the people’s opinions on the legalisation of same-sex marriage. Australia voted YES. Hooray!

My rainbow profile pic is staying though (I have updated it slightly with a new rainbow heart flourish to celebrate our progress so far!). Right now all that’s happened is that the wishes of the voting public have been recorded. It’s too soon for me to change my picture. I need for this to be legislated, so that the rights of my LGBTQI friends are protected by law.

Let’s hope the Australian Government acts soon.

Love is love, in any language. And we can always use more love in the world.

Sending Equality-Spangled Love your way, Rainbow-Faced Nicole  xx

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Stop the Hustle! Resting and Healing Is Work Too!

 “Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.” ~  Rumi

 

In the northern hemisphere on August 21 we experienced a total solar eclipse. Do you remember? That momentary quietening of the sun’s energies allowed a ramping up of our intuition. The eclipse also heralded an intense period of connection and integration to support us on our soul-awakening journey which lasted until earlier this week – the morning of November 13 – when Venus joined Jupiter in our sky, creating an energy that will thunderbolt us into a place of harmony, connection and expansion that has been previously unknown to us a we move into the years ahead.

Last night we had a wonderful webinar for our Year of ME group, and my students from this year’s earlier retreats. During the webinar we discussed this energetic period that we have just been through, known as The Deepening, and the period we are now entering into, known as The Expansion.

Perhaps you have felt and been affected by these energies too? The past few months have been a time for deep inner work and vibrational shift. So much of what was no longer needed has begun to fall away within us; old energies, encodings and patterns that were suitable for the old era that ended in 2012, but that will hinder us in our quest to fully express our soul energy as we move into this new era of being. It’s also been a time of strengthening for our intuitive connections and for a natural increase in our psychic perception.

This kind of work, soul work and healing, is big energy work. It takes so much of our conscious and unconscious energy, leaving very little for us to function with in our daily lives. You may have experienced this as deep fatigue, a loss of direction and certainty, mood swings, or an exacerbation of old issues such as illness, anxiety or depression. Please don’t worry. It’s a temporary thing, and you will soon begin to feel that slow but certain shift back to clarity, wellness and energy again. For some of you that shift will be the first in this lifetime after having been in struggle and out of synch with the world around you since birth (you know, that profound awareness of never quite fitting in within your family, community or the wider world).

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Things are changing. This new period known as The Expansion will last until March 2020. There’s plenty of time as we gently move into an expanded sense of self, with a new connection to who we are and the possibilities before us. It’s a time of recalibration as we come into alignment with our soul’s own truth and learn to live from that truth in our daily lives.

Meanwhile, don’t push. Don’t hustle. Please. It doesn’t help, and most often it harms you or slows down the shift and healing. Tune in to your body and be honest about how you feel. Tune into your soul and see how your ‘psychic shield’ energy is. You know what I mean. When you are feeling strong and well your psychic ‘shield’ energy is high. People and noises and smells and energies just won’t bother you. You’ll feel up to confrontation and for standing your ground. You’ll be positive and clear, and what other people think of you won’t bother you at all. When your physical battery is low and you are tired your psychic ‘shield’ will be lower too. You’ll find that you take on other people’s energies easily and thing that you normally won’t notice might begin to distress you immensely.

If your psychic ‘shield’ energy is low, avoid difficult people and situations. Withdraw from crowds. Decline the invitations and say no to the things you know will stretch or stress you.

If you are tired, rest. If you are confused or low in energy choose tasks that can be done from that space. No good can come from forcing yourself to be creative or innovative or entrepreneurial or energetic if that is not the truth of the energy you are in.

The more you tune into and honour the energetic levels within yourself right now, the faster you will integrate this shift, allowing healing, clarity and knowing to flood back into your body.

I know, it’s the opposite of what most people are telling you to do. I’m saying slow down while the world speeds up. But when you slow down and learn to connect into your soul energy you tap into your personal power and that compass which will guide you well in your life. And isn’t that better than racing around, bouncing off the walls with fatigue and being miserably unhappy, uncertain and sure of only that you are not good enough?

If you’re intuitive, sensitive or empathic it’s been rough going these past few months. Go gently now and let this shift become a positive turning point for you. I promise, it will be worth it.

Meanwhile, I’m holding space for you to be all that you came to this life to be.

All my love, Nicole  xx

A Special Mini-Retreat and Workshop Offer

“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” 
― Benjamin Franklin

 

It’s almost time for our Working with Crystals – Soul Sanctuary Retreat a whole week of learning, fun, spiritual foundation practices and sessions with me and my Guides at beautiful Byron Bay (and the good news is that there is one last-minute spot available after someone pulled out due to illness, so if you want to join us let Dana now asap. Her details are below!)

We’ve kept this retreat small and intimate – there’s some very special practices we’ll be doing together, and it’s very hands-on. Dana and I are so excited, because we’ve got a gorgeous group and we’ll be doing lots and lots of hands-on practical work and craft as well as our normal channelling sessions and teaching.

But we’re doing some VERY significant work on this retreat, and it seemed a shame not to be able to share parts of that. So we’re doing something very special. We’ve created two small events where you can come join us on retreat. Let me tell you about them!

Offering 1: Working with Crystals Mini-Retreat. 26 and 27 November, 2017. This is a mini-residential weekend where you stay with us at retreat and join in all of the experiences and events.

This retreat is very hands-on. Over our weekend together I will show you:

  • How to ground and connect – using your chakras to centre and open your energies for all forms of intuitive work and healing
  • How to activate your hand chakras
  • Selection and care of crystals
  • Meditation with crystals
  • How to craft and use your very own crystal pendulum
  • An evening of channelling with Nicole and her Guides about the specific energies of 2018, and this new period of energetic expansion
  • How to craft a crystal mandala to take home with you, featuring a shamanic stone programmed specifically for you by Nicole and a range of crystals you will choose yourself that have been programmed in a variety of energies including the 2012 Transit of Venus and our 2016 Ancestors and Songlines Crystal Healing Grid. You’ll learn how to put your own intentions and energies into the grid, and to activate it to emit those energies and intentions for you over the year ahead.

My focus is on helping you to gain confidence in using crystals and in accessing your own abilities as a Lightworker and Healer. I also want you to share the experience of coming together with a like-minded group of people for friendship, learning and sharing, and spiritual development.

Cost for the Mini-Retreat, inclusive of everything including all your take-home materials  is $599 for a share room or $689 for a single room.

Offering 2: Working with Essences One-Day Workshop, 29 November 2017

This is a one-day non-residential workshop where you join us on retreat to learn to make flower and crystal essences, which you will then take home with you.

Come join us for a day jam-packed with fun and practical magic.

We’ll start our day with a channelled session with myself and Sokli, who will share the reasons and traditions behind making crystal and plant essences, and how you can use these essences in your daily life. She’ll also be able to give you a personal insight, just for you!

You’ll then learn to make an essence using the energy of plants, and an essence using the energy of crystals. Both of these essences will come home with you! We’ll also have time for meditation, some simple energy and healing work, and lots of friendship, sharing and delicious food.

Cost for the One Day Workshop, inclusive of everything including all your take-home materials is $289.

 

This is a fabulous retreat, and these two extra little offerings are very special. I won’t run any of them again in this format, so if you’ve ever wanted to experience my Crystals Retreat or get a taste of my work through a mini-retreat or workshop this is your opportunity.

We have only allocated a few places for the Mini-Retreat and One-Day Workshop so please book promptly! We can’t wait to see you there 🙂

To join us please contact Dana at nicolecodyinfo@gmail.com or by ringing us in Australia on

+61 7 3256 0815 or +61 438 438 775.

*Remember too, that we’ve got our Pop Up Shop, Channelling Evening with Planner Launch and Christmas Party, and two short workshops in Brisbane on 15 and 16 December. More information here.

Awakening to your Truth – Monday Oracle, 13 November 2017

You were born a child of light’s wonderful secret— you return to the beauty you have always been.
~AberjhaniVisions of a Skylark Dressed in Black

Hello, Lovelies!

November is a month for knowing ourselves deeply, for healing old hurts and for prioritising and redesigning our lives so that they better represent the person we are and the person we want to become.

Keep that in mind as we look at the gifts which the oracle card Renewal brings us.

It’s a special week, this week. In the northern hemisphere on August 21 of this year there was a total solar eclipse. That momentary quietening of the sun’s energies allowed a ramping up of our intuition.

The eclipse also heralded an intense period of connection and integration – a period known as The Deepening, which supported us on our soul-awakening journey until today – the morning of November 13, when Venus joins Jupiter in our sky, creating an energy that thunderbolts us into a place of harmony, connection and expansion that has been previously unknown to us.

So now here we are, at the dawn of this week. Renewal shows us what’s in store for us.

Image of Venus and Jupiter by Marek Nikodem

As the deepening of our intuition stabilises, we find ourselves expanded somehow. We’re at the threshold of a new personal era. Our hidden hopes and dreams, our rich inner world, the absolute substance of who we are – these things can no longer be hidden inside us. This week we see that the richness we have held inside us for so long is beginning to stream from us in ever-strengthening rays of soul light, that will illuminate our path ahead, that will illuminate us to like-minded souls and to life’s possibilities and opportunities that are better matched to this inner self than to the old life we had been living. In essence, we can no longer live inauthentically, and even if we do, cracks will appear. The truth must come out. What has been hidden must be brought into the light.

Renewal shows us that our soul wisdom already knows what we are good at, what makes us happy, what is meaningful to us, what lights us up. All we have to do to navigate that is to tune in and trust our intuitive wise self. We’ll find clues everywhere about how to live a happier and more fulfilled life.

It’s our job now to act on these clues. We need to make choices and take actions that bring us into alignment with this inner world of ours, so that our inner world also becomes our outer world instead of living in schism – where who we are on the outside is often wildly different to that soul essence we hide away inside us, for fear that living as that person will destroy our life, make us unlovable, leave us judged and rejected.

Renewal gives us hope, and reminds us that it is always better to be true to ourselves. The Deepening has put us in touch with that self. Our only path now is to keep living and making changes that bring us further and further into alignment.

This week you’ll feel this urge for realignment in every cell of your body. Renewal reminds us that we’ll know where to focus first. We may need to embrace technology or finally act on our health situation, perhaps we need to set up an art corner or end a relationship or go sign up to a class. You’ll feel it as an idea inside you. When you think of that idea, even if it brings fear or worry as you imagine making space of this thing in your life, it will also make you feel lighter and better as you imagine yourself having or being that thing. That feeling of relief, lightness and hope is your compass. Use that to navigate the days ahead.

(Note: If you’re in my Year of ME membership program I’ll be doing a webinar and channelling tomorrow night about the energies we are stepping into post this Venus-Jupiter conjunction. Check your inbox later today for details. Not in my membership program? Doors open again in early December.)

Supportive crystals this week?

Iolite illuminates your depths and helps you to see what’s hiding, and what you’re not seeing – a beautiful stone for boosting self-belief. It’s an unusual stone, but my pick for this week. Green Aventurine opens you out into possibility, tapping you into the joy of living and that wonderful feeling of gratitude. Any double-terminated crystal or cluster of crystals from the quartz family (think clear quartz, smoky, amethyst or citrine) placed in your workspace or the room where you spend most of your time will amplify these inner rays of soul-energy, helping you to recognise them and helping yourself and others to transform easily and with grace and joy. 

 

Helpful essential oils?

Young Living’s Acceptance and Joy essential oil blends would be my picks for this week. Use Acceptance for emotional healing – diffusing anger and pain, ending procrastination and opening to new directions and opportunities. Joy opens our hearts and helps us to re-engage with the flow of life. It is uplifting, comforting and empowering. Dab a drop of either oil on your Crown Chakra, back of neck, wrists and the soles of your feet, inhale directly or add to your diffuser. 

Want to make your own blend? Each of the following oils will work beautifully on their own for you this month, but they’ll also make a delicious combination for diffusing. Vetiver will calm and ground us, promoting emotional balance, Lavender keeps us in flow and relaxed,  Ylang Ylang opens our hearts and is supportive when we feel anxious or overwhelmed, and Bergamot for joy, gratitude and optimism.  To diffuse add 2 or three drops of each oil to your room or personal diffuser. You can find the oils here.

Holding you, as always, in my thoughts, prayers and meditations, and intending for you a life of abundance and joy, where you are no longer limited by your doubts.

All my love,

Nicole ❤ xx

PS: Monday’s oracle card, ‘Renewal’, is from the Chakra Wisdom Oracle Deck by Tori Hartman. I use any cards shown as a prompt for channelled messages and my own intuitive wisdom, so my take is sometimes quite different to the meaning found in a book. 

Fanny’s Whist Cake – A simple and delicious treat!

“Everyone must leave something behind when he dies, my grandfather said. A child or a book or a painting or a house or a wall built or a pair of shoes made. Or a garden planted. Something your hand touched some way so your soul has somewhere to go when you die, and when people look at that tree or that flower you planted, you’re there.” 
~  Ray Bradbury

On Wednesday we mustered and did cattle work here at the farm. It’s always incumbent upon me to provide cake for smoko when the workers break for a cup of tea, and I have a host of favourite recipes to choose from. But our friend and her little boy were visiting later in the day. Eli loves cake, but mum was hoping it might be low sugar, so I decided to go through my old recipe folders and there I found a recipe I’d never made, one that was copied from my Nana Cody. My beloved Nana passed away in 2012, but she’s still a strong presence in my life – especially in the kitchen! Nana was always good for recipes and simple life wisdoms. This particular recipe was called Fanny’s Whist Cake. It was lower in sugar than most other recipes and seemed worth making. Well, I thought, why not?

The name of the cake was quite curious. First I googled Whist Cake but there is no such thing. There is a card game called Whist though – it’s a simple trick taking game that was a popular parlour game in the eighteenth and nineteenth century.

Perhaps it was a cake that Fanny liked to bake and take to her Whist games? Seems logical to me.

But who was Fanny? If she had been a friend of Nana’s I didn’t recall her ever being mentioned. I rang my sister, who is the family’s genealogy sleuth. Fanny Wheaton, Simone declared. She was Nana’s (our Dad’s mum, Joyce Cody, nee Heppell) grandmother. So that makes Fanny Wheaton my second great-grandmother. Here’s a photo of Fanny, circa 1915, courtesy of Jon Heppell who uploaded it to Ancestry.com. She’s the lady in black in the middle of the picture, holding the baby. Nana’s parents are Doris Minta Parish & her husband Frederick William Heppell, Fanny’s son (back row, right). Isn’t it wonderful to think that I am now baking her recipe, one that she was making over one hundred years ago!

So, is a cake made to a recipe that’s easily over 100 years old any good? My word it is! It’s a light and buttery cake, made interesting with the addition of dried fruit and a simple cinnamon-spiced crumb topping. It is quite firm to slice. We found it excellent served plain with a cup of tea, and our young friend Eli found it even better served with lashings of vanilla ice-cream.

I don’t think it will have very good keeping qualities so I advise that it is best served on the day it is made. We did eat the last of it the following day and found it a little drier, but still acceptable and very good buttered!

I hope you enjoy Fanny’s Whist Cake as much as we did. I’ll certainly be making it again.

Ingredients

Cake:

  • 1/2 cup butter (115g or 1 stick)
  • 3/4 cup sugar ( 170g)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups self-raising flour (300g)
  • 1/2 cup sultanas (golden raisins – 88g)
  • 1/4 cup sliced glace cherries (40g)
  • good pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup warmed milk (58ml)

Topping:

  • 2 tablespoons cold butter, chopped (30g)
  • 2 tablespoons soft brown sugar (30g)
  • 2 heaped tablespoons plain flour (20g)
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon powder ( 12g)

Method:

  1. Heat the oven to moderately slow (160 degrees Celsius or 325 Fahrenheit)
  2. Grease and paper line a 20cm round baking tin
  3. Make the crumble first by rubbing the butter, sugar flour and spice together with your fingertips until it looks like fine breadcrumbs. Note: Make sure the butter is cold!
  4. Warm milk (Warm, not boiling!)
  5. Cream butter and sugar until soft and fluffy – sugar is dissolved
  6. Add eggs one at a time, beating slowly after each to combine
  7. Add pinch of salt
  8. Alternate the flour and milk in small amounts, gently folding in to the mixture.
  9. Add the dried fruit and fold through.
  10. Spoon mixture into prepared pan.
  11. sprinkle the topping evenly over the batter
  12. Bake for 50 to 55 minutes or until top is golden and cake springs back when lightly pressed in centre.
  13. Cool.
  14. Best served on same day.