It’s Not Too Late To Join My Business Mentoring Program!

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

In the past few weeks I’ve been inundated with people asking me if it’s too late for them to join my business mentoring program for 2018.

The short answer to that is NO, but the doors won’t stay open much longer. I’ll be closing out this group on March 15 and the doors won’t open again until January 2019.

My mentoring program combines a year-long membership to my Year of ME community and Planner, as well as a ten-month business course designed to help you get up and running or to level up and create better cashflow in your existing business.

And all of this while learning to be beautifully, comfortably and authentically yourself!

What’s Involved?

There are three options for this mentoring:

  1. The standard package which costs $770 – truly this is a no-brainer. Where else can you get ten months of business course and group coaching for $440 AND email support from me? Which is what it boils down to after we subtract the twelve-month Year of ME (YOM) community membership and course – the YOM course is compulsory and is where I teach many of the metaphysical foundations you’ll find so helpful in a soul-centred business. The YOM community is where I hang out, and where you can get access to me for all kinds of stuff. Incidentally, if business isn’t your thing or if you’re in that long queue of people waiting for a reading with me or to come on my next retreat you should consider joining YOM because I run regular webinars and Facebook live sessions where I share many of the concepts and skills I teach on retreats, and I also do card readings in my live sessions where I give my YOMMERS guidance and support – it’s awesome. Did I say you should come join us?! Details in my shop! The standard business mentoring package is available as a one-time purchase or monthly subscription. Note: total subscription cost slightly higher than one-time price
  2. The standard package plus ad hoc coaching hours – you can buy coaching sessions as you need them with me, to get that extra targeted support.
  3. The Deluxe YOMpreneur package. This package includes membership to YOM and YOMpreneur 2018, with one important extra. Dedicated one-on-one coaching time with me as we work through the YOMpreneur program. As a Deluxe YOMpreneur for 2018 you’ll receive:
    • Priority booking status ahead of all my other clients
    • 10 hours of intensive business coaching and personal metaphysical mentoring to be used throughout the year. All our sessions will be recorded and made available to you as MP3s.This can be taken as phone, skype or face-to-face sessions.
    • A twenty-minute orientation call/skype where we map out your coaching time with me for the year ahead.
    • Email support.
    • This can also be paid for as a one-time buy or as a monthly subscription

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Why work with me?

I have worked as a private business coach for a number of high-profile clients for over fifteen years, helping them to grow their businesses in sustainable ways. To do this work I combine my psychic and business abilities as well as my professional training and experience to help identify opportunities, strengths and skills – and to then generate business plans that elevate performance, create teams and build sustainable and strong businesses.

I’ve got a strong business and adult education background and qualifications in those fields, as well as being able to use my intuitive and psychic skills. My current business is a healthy six-figure gig that I run from home, part-time and often in my pyjamas, with help from a great team. I’ve run other people’s businesses, been a business trouble-shooter, a business lecturer, and run my own corporate communications company with universities, government departments, international agencies and global corporations as clients. I understand how to create businesses that can support your needs, especially if you have a family, are a carer or are working from a place of illness, fatigue or disability.

In 2017 I launched the pilot program of YOMpreneur – a program to help my Cauldrons and Cupcakes community and my metaphysical mentoring students to create their own success in business.

In 2018 I’ve refined this process to become YOMpreneur Business 2018. In this mentoring program I will work with you on your existing small business or a new business idea to build something that can generate income and help you to take your ideas and products to the world.

Seriously, I’ll never offer this amazing course at such a ridiculously cheap price ever again, so why not sign up now and take advantage of the chance to work with me to help make your business dreams a reality!

Read on to find out more below.

 

What’s In the YOMpreneur Course for 2018?

The YOMprenuer Course is designed to be used in conjunction with the Year of ME Planner yearly membership and course. Access to the YOM course and materials is part of the YOMpreneur Package.

The YOMpreneur Coursework and Support runs from February to November 2018.

In these ten months I will work to skill you up in the following areas:

  • how to think like an entrepreneur – the ‘ideas’ part of the business
  • how to think like a business manager – the ‘get stuff done’ part of the business
  • how to actively learn from the past year, and incorporate those learnings into your business
  • how to incorporate your intuition and values into your business planning and everyday business activities
  • how to understand and clearly define your business offerings and audience
  • how to develop business plans that are sustainable and that honour your own style of working and living
  • how to create systems to support your business and your work/life balance
  • how to identify your best opportunities for growth and success in 2018
  • how to work towards turning ideas into action, results and profit
  • how to generate cash-flow in your business
  • how to avoid burnout and make business fun again!

You’ll also get to connect with other intuitive and empathic entrepreneurs

If you join up as a YOMpreneur I’ll show you how to navigate and plan for the year ahead in business, and how to incorporate those activities back into your Year of ME Planner so that you get on track and then keep going. The YOMpreneur membership will suit you if you have a business idea but haven’t taken it further, but it will also work for you if you have an existing business and are looking to make it work better for you or take things to the next level! There is something here for all heart-based entrepreneurs.

I’m going to help you create the plan and then work the plan.

The emphasis in 2018 is on getting you cash-flow positive. We’re going to do this through regular group coaching calls, coursework and webinars.

YOMpreneur offers something very important – like-minded people, accountability and a chance to be less isolated in your business development and entrepreneurial dreams.

I’ll also have webinars and facebook live events to keep you updated, motivated and heading in the right direction. You’ll also have a special accountability buddy for the year ahead – me!

YOMpreneur 2018 includes the Year of ME membership (YOM) and year-long course as well as the YOMpreneur membership and course. Both groups also have private facebook pages.

YOMpreneur Course Program:

January & February 2018:

  • existing Deluxe YOMpreneur Members’ private one-on-one coaching sessions with me. Note: If you sign up for the YOMpreneur Business 2018 Package you can still access private coaching with me by purchasing coaching hours.
  • YOM Ruzuku program is online. YOM first webinar to walk you through the Planner and discuss the energies of the year ahead. (replays are available of all webinars)

February:

  • YOMpreneur Ruzuku course opens. Access to Business Planner and Review package.
  • Access to all course resources
  • Webinar to walk you through the Business Planner and to discuss the levels of business and where you currently sit within the 5 level framework.
  • Thinking like an Entrepreneur.
  • You’ll have homework – Your Ideas Catalogue and Creative Brief
  • Accountability Buddy program begins

March:

  • Knowing the Soul of your business
  • Knowing your Story
  • Identifying opportunity and how you can serve your market.
  • The importance of short and long range plans.
  • Minimum, Target and Stretch Goals
  • Group coaching calls start. These are fortnightly live calls where you will have the chance to ask questions about your business and the material we are working through together.
  • How to think like a Business Manager.

April:

  • Webinar about choosing a launch product and path.
  • Committing to the Next Step (this will vary depending on which of the five levels your business is at)
  • Finding the right language for your offering so that it connects to your market.
  • Marketing for people who hate marketing and self-promotion
  • Fining the right model for your first YOMpreneur offering: 1:1 or 1:few for services or leverage for physical products
  • Creating a pilot launch path for a product or service that will generate cashflow for you.
  • Group coaching calls.

May:

  • Building a strong profile and name for yourself and/or your business
  • Building your offering
  • Creating momentum and interest for your offering
  • Working out what you can and can’t do yourself
  • Group coaching calls

June:

  • Webinar and pep talk about launching and how to do it right
  • Generating sales for your launch
  • How long a lead-in do you need?
  • Selling your test product or offering your launch program
  • Collaboration and community as pathways for growth
  • Group coaching calls

July:

  • Launching your product or service
  • Refining on the Run
  • Gathering feedback and testimonials
  • Teams, and why you need one

August:

  • Webinar – What people really want from you and/or your business
  • Branding, social media, and the benefits of PR
  • Intuitive Business Development
  • Counting dollars and setting new goals
  • Systems and services to help your business grow
  • Group Coaching

September:

  • Choosing your Second Offering
  • Creating a calendar of events, launches or time to be sold (includes looking at your 2019 offerings)
  • Managing Failure and Minimising Disasters
  • Where to spend money in and on your business

October:

  • Webinar – Your List and your Story
  • Growing Bigger Sustainably – a How-To
  • Add-ons and value levels for your offerings
  • Group Coaching calls

November:

  • Bonus Final Webinar
  • Learning to review your work
  • Celebrating success for your business and your community
  • Identifying the steps you need to grow to the next level in your business
  • Planning for a successful 2019

Let me help you grow a successful business this year, as well as nourishing you on a soul level. It’s going to be great!

Much love, Nicole   xx

PS – YOMMERS and YOMpreneurs are valued and important members of our community – they also enjoy discounts on many of our services and events, and get priority treatment when booking for readings, retreats and workshops!

 

Checking In On You

“Are you okay?” ~ Popular movement

Hello, Lovelies.

This morning in my meditation (and I always include you in my morning meditation) I felt the loneliness some of you feel, and your yearning to have someone to connect with.

So, today I’ve made a pot of tea, and gathered some tasty treats and put a table for us out under the jacaranda tree.

Come sit with me a while, and tell me all about your week. Tell me your troubles. Tell me your hopes and dreams. Tell me about your success and your failures. Let’s laugh a little and maybe even cry a little.

That’s what friends are for.

Today I’m checking in on you, to ask if you’re okay and to see what’s going on in your life.

You’re always in my thoughts. I believe in you and your dreams. You can do this, and get through this. I love you, hang in there, Nicole   xx

Monday Oracle – 19 February 2018

“Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will.” 
― Suzy Kassem

 

Hello, Lovelies!

In February we are building on the strength and intuitive connection we found for ourselves at the beginning of the year. February brings opportunities for planning, learning and growing in order to bring about positive change. Keep that in mind as we look at the gifts of awareness which the oracle card Nine of Swords brings us.

This week’s card speaks to that place within us that is scared, doubtful and filled with feelings of insecurity and unworthiness. Nine of Swords calls us to embrace the challenges and opportunities in our lives.

This week don’t let fear hold you back. Don’t let insecurity prevent you from engaging or putting yourself out there. So much of your fear is from limited thinking, and from being in your head rather than in a place of action.

If you are feeling overwhelmed look for a mentor or coach to guide you. Or try a book, a course, or a group of like-minded people.

Whatever it is that you want to do, someone has done that thing before you. If they found a way you will too. Look at how you can model your thoughts and actions on someone who is already enjoying success in the area that is calling to you.

Most importantly, don’t give up – on yourself, on your dreams, on your future.

The longing in your heart is a sure sign of the direction you need to follow. Make space for those dreams this week, be brave and take action!

Longing For You by mandyleft at deviantart

Supportive crystals this week?

Sunstone helps you to sit in a place of abundance thinking so that you see the blessings and possibilities in life and to believe in your right to a better future. Banded Agate (pictured) creates a sense of security and courage as you open up to living more fully as yourself. Amazonite is fantastic for being brave in putting yourself and your ideas out into the world. Unakite opens your heart to love, and draws love, friendship and helpful people to you. It helps you to overcome feelings of isolation or loneliness.

 

Helpful essential oils?

I’m loving Young Living’s Clarity and Believe blends this week. Use Clarity for focus, inspiration and breakthroughs. Dab a drop on your Crown Chakra and the soles of your feet, inhale directly or add to your diffuser. Use Believe when you are doubting yourself and want to find your confidence and self-belief. It’s great to inhale directly, diffuse or add a drop to Heart Chakra and inner wrists. A few drops added to your bath make for magical self-care.

Want to make your own blend? Each of the following oils will work beautifully on their own but they also make a delicious combination for diffusing. Frankincense elevates our mood and promotes spiritual connection and intuition, Lavender keeps us in flow and relaxed, Ylang Ylang opens our hearts and is supportive when we feel anxious or overwhelmed, and Bergamot promotes 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.

Need some extra support for your year?

Go grab one of my Year of ME Planners over at my Store (ME stands for Manifesting Energies, and the energies of 2018 are fabulous!) The digital full-year planner can be in your inbox in minutes, ready for you to review 2017 and begin mapping out what matters for you in 2018.

Want fun, friendship, learning and loveliness? Join my Year of ME community for a whole year of webinars, meditations and loads of activities and helpful tools and the most fantastic online facebook group. You’ll feel right at home with us!

I’ve got a fabulous course and coaching options if you are a heart and soul centred entrepreneur or if you want to be. Come join my YOMpreneur group and let me help you create or grow your business.

All the information you need is over at my Store.

We’ve also got a very special Residential Retreat coming up in March, that will help you to create a sustainable spiritual practice, connect to your Higher Self and Guides, and gain clarity about your inner energy, life path and best direction. More details: Awakening to Spirituality Retreat and 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, ‘Nine of Swords’, is from the Inner Child Cards – A Fairy-Tale Tarot. I use any cards shown as a prompt for channelled messages and my own own intuitive wisdom, so my take is sometimes quite different to the meaning found in a book. 

 

The restorative power of deep rest

A primitive type of jellyfish called Cassiopea, which goes to sleep nightly, is seen on the floor of their tank at Caltech in Pasadena, California, U.S. in this image released on September 20, 2017. Courtesy Caltech/Handout via REUTERS

“It’s in the morning, for most of us. It’s that time, those few seconds when we’re coming out of sleep but we’re not really awake yet. For those few seconds we’re something more primitive than what we are about to become. We have just slept the sleep of our most distant ancestors, and something of them and their world still clings to us. For those few moments we are unformed, uncivilized. We are not the people we know as ourselves, but creatures more in tune with a tree than a keyboard. We are untitled, unnamed, natural, suspended between was and will be, the tadpole before the frog, the worm before the butterfly. We are for a few brief moments, anything and everything we could be. And then…and then — ah — we open our eyes and the day is before us and … we become ourselves.” 
Jerry Spinelli

 

Don’t you just love the image of the sleeping jellyfish? It’s the sort of whimsical possibility my mind constantly entertained when I was a child, although I never imagined that they might sleep upside down!

I was lying on my acupuncturist’s treatment table yesterday as he felt my pulse and tut-tutted in his mad professor way at the energies within my body, the colour and texture of my tongue and his many other diagnostic tools. He knew it. I know it. The past couple of weeks of family illnesses and drama have exhausted me.

Hmmm, he said. Deep rest. That’s what you need. Deep rest, and rice and beans and sprouts. Warm foods. Warm liquids. No stimulants. No spices. Deep rest. Sleep.

I know he’s right. A good deep rest now and I’ll be back to normal. For me, deep rest is not just sleeping. It’s also quiet time. Time pulled back from the needs and demands of others. Time stepped back from work and busy-ness.

The alternative? I’ve been down that path, and I know you have too. In fact, I know some of you are walking it right now. That’s the path of pushing. We’re tired but we keep getting up. We’re exhausted but we fill ourselves with caffeine or sugar or both, and we force ourselves to keep on going. We bribe ourselves, pep-talk ourselves, bully ourselves and trash-talk ourselves to get our bodies upright and responsive. We push, push, push. And then we break.

All the while we think that we are okay to keep going. We’re not. We’re barely in our bodies. We’re drunk on lack of sleep. Our innovation and enthusiasm, our ability to bounce back, to laugh it off, to create with joy – all of that is missing.

It can be found again through deep rest.

That’s what I’m doing right now, and will be for the next few days. I’m doing a disservice to myself and to you if I don’t.

Today I’m asking you if you’re okay. Do you need to rest? Do you need to step back for a moment? We can’t help others sustainably nor keep on creating if we are not looking after ourselves first. The energies of 2018 do not support push in any form. If you’re pushing, it won’t be working. Look for another way. Your best solution is most likely to be taking a break, refreshing yourself, and then starting again.

Gentle hugs and much love, Nicole  xx

 

My Magical Magnolia Owl Tree

“Have you ever looked at the bud of a magnolia flower? It’s a tight little pod that stays closed up for a long time on the end of its branch until one day, out of nowhere, it finally bursts open into this gigantic, gorgeous, fragrant flower that’s ten times bigger than the bud itself. It’s impossible to imagine that such a big beautiful thing could pop out of that tiny little bud. But it does.” 
~  Joanna Gaines

We have a magnolia tree here at the farm that sits on a little mound of moss and soft grass in the back garden.

The tree is small, and right now it is covered in tiny furry buds that will open up to dinner-plate sized flowers that are so impossibly fragrant that I swoon for days over their beauty.

This magnolia is also a favourite night-time perch for owl visitors. I have never understood why they prefer this tree to others, except that the tree and the area around it have amazing energy and maybe the owls sense that too.

Right now I’m charging up a crystal grid under the magnolia. The stones have been there since January, soaking up the full moons and the lunar eclipse, the starlight and thunderstorms, the raging sun and the peaceful rain. They are almost buried in the soft thick grass now and scattered with leaves and fallen flowers.

Two more weeks and I’ll break the grid down, taking out some of the stones for the participants on my two retreats this year.

I know these stones will hold the energy of our farm, of the owls and the magpies and crows and fairy wrens and finches who have perched above or hopped through the stones too.

Our magnolia is also festooned with a harmonic wind-chime, and hand-crafted wooden owls and hearts – all gifts from dear and precious friends.

I’m feeling very peaceful this morning as I tend to the grid. I hope you can feel some of that peace too. Go gently today, and look after yourselves and each other,

All my love, Nicole  xx

 

Valentine Cupcake Oracle – A Reading for Love!

We accept the love we think we deserve.” 
~Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Valentine’s Day has a wonderful sentiment – that we should celebrate love and lovers, that we should name the emotions that often sit silent in our heart.

But why have just one day for the celebration of love?  Why not live with that sense of appreciation and joy every day! And of course, it’s not just for the young, for couples, and for romantic love.  Love is an emotion that is available to us all.

Today’s blog gives you a mini-reading about love, in many different forms. It’s not a fortune-telling exercise for finding a soul mate, instead, it’s about letting more love into your life. All you need to do is scroll through the pictures of my Valentine Cupcakes, and choose the one that appeals to you most. Then go further down the page to read the meaning of the cake you have chosen.

♥♥♥ Love, love, love to you, Nicole xoxo ♥♥♥

Today’s Cupcake Selection

1. Jewelled Delight!

2. Wedded Bliss

Image from thecupcakelicious at flickr

3. Red Velvet Supreme

Image from tasquah at flickr

4. Monster Love

Image from www.hungryhappenings.com

5. Flower Garden\

Image from www.nicoles-confectionscakescreations.blogspot.com.au

6. Snake Cake

Image from www.cupcakestakethecake.blogspot.com

7. Cookies and Cream

Image from www.favim.com

8. Hidden Heart

Image from www.bakeitinacake.com

♥ The Love Message and Gift of each Cupcake ♥

Each Valentine Cupcake has a message for you. I have also selected a crystal to best support the message and energies of your cupcake.  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 and that you are strongly attracting right now.  You can turn it into your own personal mantra by saying “I choose ___________ ” (insert your Power Word). Your Magical Healing Environment is a place or activity you’ll find supportive and healing.

 Jewelled Delight – Bling and Beauty! It’s time to feel good about yourself and your surroundings. Take pride in your appearance. Have a facial, or treat yourself to a haircut. Paint your toenails a pretty colour, or buy yourself a new outfit. Tidy a corner of your home, put a bunch of fresh flowers on the table, or anything else that lifts your spirit and makes you feel good.  *If you’re in a relationship, or happy on your own, spend your time making yourself feel good. If you’re single think of joining an internet dating site or a dinner group – it’s time to put yourself out into the world.  ♥ Best Crystal – Clear Quartz  ♥ Power Word – Colour  Magical Healing Environment – Anywhere that uplifts you.  A salon or day spa, an art gallery or favourite cafe, a florist shop or a beautiful garden.

Wedded Bliss – Acknowledging the love that’s already in your life. Spend time with the important people in your life.  It might be your partner, a best friend, a family member or a pet. We sometimes take the love of others for granted.  What can you do to let another know that you value and appreciate them? Don’t forget quality time for yourself too! *If you’re in a relationship, honour and celebrate your togetherness. If you’re happily single, dwell on the things you like about yourself. If you’re looking for love, get clear about what your values are, and what you’re looking for in a partner.  Don’t settle for second best.  Best Crystal – Rose Quartz   Power Word – Gratitude  Magical Healing Environment – Togetherness, wherever that works best for you.  Cuddles, time together over a meal or a coffee, phone calls, a movie, spending time doing something you used to do together but don’t get time for anymore.

 Red Velvet Supreme – Adventures in Sensuality.  There is so much need for some pleasure and sensuality in your life right now. Explore tastes and textures, indulge all of your senses, make time for massages, lovemaking, dancing and beautiful food. Buy yourself some gorgeous underwear, perfume or body lotion. Let yourself come alive again. *For couples, find ways to bring magic back into your relationship. For happily singles, nurture and nourish your senses.  If you’re looking for love, embrace your sensual side. Think about what pleasure means to you, and get comfortable with it!   Best Crystal – Garnet   Power Word – Feel   Magical Healing Environment – anything that reconnects you to your senses.  Bubble baths, clean sheets, music, dancing, lying in dappled sunlight on soft green grass, ocean swims, perfume and cologne, warm embraces, patisseries and chocolate shops.

 Monster Love – The Call to Create.  Love expresses itself often through creativity. What do you love to do? Or a better question, what did you ‘used to love to do’? Reacquaint yourself with lost loves, be that art, craft, music, foods, hobbies, places or activities. Make room for a creative project in your life, or at least rub shoulders with creative spaces for a while. *For couples, find a common creative interest and go do that thing together. For happily singles make room in your life for something that gives you creative joy. For those of you looking for love, join a group or class that supports a creative interest. And watch out for pregnancies – the ultimate form of creativity!  Best Crystal – Fluorite   Power Word – Explore   Magical Healing Environment – Anywhere that gets you in that creative mood. Hardware stores, book stores, craft supply shops, kitchen stores, the library, or wherever you can make, create and play.

 Flower Garden – Old Fashioned Pleasures. Think romance, think fun, think things and activities that make you happy, especially from your past. Did you adore the music of the eighties, black and white movies, roller skating? Allow yourself the gift of time to relax, unwind and take a trip down memory lane. Love can often be found in the pages of a photograph album, or a record collection. *Couples, go hang out in a place that reminds you of happy times from your beginnings. Happily singles, indulge in some sentimentality. If you’re single, make room for a new relationship by creating a space that truly honours and reflects who you are. Be prepared for wonderful new friendships and a little romance. ♥ Best Crystal – Moonstone   Power Word – Remember  Magical Healing Environment – Time for yourself and your interests. Catch up with friends and family, take time to revisit happy aspects of your past, do things you used to enjoy, visit places that hold fond memories.  If it’s appropriate take a friend who shares those memories too.

 Snake Cake – Celebration and Reward  Think of something you really want to do. This year’s the year to make it happen. But don’t just plan and action your idea. Think of how you can reward yourself for completing this dream. Plan your time of celebration and reward. *For couples, talk about your future, and plan a holiday or something meaningful. Happily singles – be bold in deciding what you want, and equally bold in considering your rewards.  For those of you seeking love, set your sights high and know that this is the year you can make your romantic dreams come true.  Best Crystal – Tiger Eye   Power Word – Goals   Magical Healing Environment – Time On Your Own.  Plan out your future, a future that you’ll love. Spend time thinking about what positive changes you can make in your life and know that the Universe is supporting you to do so.

Cookies and Cream – Comfort, Cuddles and Candlelight.  It’s time to do some serious nurture – of yourself, and of your relationship, if you’re in one. Think cuddles, snuggles and time together.  Think hand-holding, curling up on the couch together, and romantic get-aways. Think rest, renewal and revitalisation. *For couples, get cosy! Hug one another and be kind and generous with compliments and gratitude. For happily singles, treat yourself to a good book and some doona time, cuddles with your pets, and lots of lovely rest and nurture. If you’re looking for love, spend time visualising how wonderful it will be to have someone to cherish, and who cherishes you. Let yourself dream a little!  Best Crystal – Rhodochrosite   Power Word – Adore  Magical Healing Environment – Anywhere that gives rest, nurture and comfort.  A mountain or beach getaway, a picnic hamper and a rug, a weekend in bed just because you can.

 Hidden Heart – Bringing Your Secret Desires to Life.  What makes your heart sing? Inside you is something so important, so private and around which there is such longing. Don’t be afraid. Open your heart. It’s time! *For couples, share those secret dreams. Make room in your life for new possibilities. If you’re happy on your own, spend time journalling and making room for these ideas to surface. For those of you seeking soul mates, allow yourself to hope.  Imagine your future with your own dreams and room to share them with someone special. ♥ Best Crystal – Prehnite  ♥ Power Word – Passion ♥ Magical Healing Environment – Time to connect with your heart and emotions.  Give yourself permission to dream, and to honour your most sacred plans. It’s time to live your best life.

The Comfort of my Mala

 

“Why must people kneel down to pray? If I really wanted to pray I’ll tell you what I’d do. I’d go out into a great big field all alone or in the deep, deep woods and I’d look up into the sky—up—up—up—into that lovely blue sky that looks as if there was no end to its blueness. And then I’d just feel a prayer.” 
L.M. MontgomeryAnne of Green Gables

It’s been a harrowing ten days for me. Lots of family drama involving multiple family members, illness, tests, surgery, hospitals, worry and responsibility.

Things are finally settling down, and so it is only now that I can feel into how exhausted I am. Physically and emotionally it has been extremely tough. And so this morning at 4am, when I woke ready to meditate, nothing would come.

Nothing would come but I could feel how deep my need was for connection and solace.

In the dark my hands reached for my bag beside the bed. I felt for my Mala beads and gently lifted them up into my lap, and then my fingers found their way to the guru bead and my start position, and as easily as breathing I began to calm, my fingers working the beads, my worries and exhaustion falling away.

I have used Mala beads in meditation now for nearly forty years. Still they teach me. Still they open new places inside me, and in my awareness and knowledge.

Even holding or wearing my Mala brings me peace.

Soon I will teach my next retreat, showing each student how to craft their own Mala. Showing their own fingers how to seek out and hold each bead. Showing them how to connect with and use their Mala for prayer, for meditation, for manifestation, for connection to self and soul and all that is.

The idea of that sharing filled my weary heart this morning, bringing me comfort and inner expansion. I finished my meditation with a deep calm and a renewed energy.

Praying the Mala is one of the most restorative practices I know, and I’m so grateful to have this in my toolkit.

I said a prayer for you all this morning too, that you connect with your dreams and inner wisdom this week, and that your creative projects and life direction make themselves known to you. It’s a magical week for that kind of energy.

Biggest love and hugs to you, Nicole  xx