Love and Devotion Look Like This

“Rather than remain a sealed jar, she sought only to pour herself out to others. Everything she did mirrored her faith. It was as though every waking hour of the day she was devoted to pleasing her God by serving others. This God that she worshiped consumed her. It didn’t ask for a brief visit to a temple, or a small votive offering of food or coin, or a few prayers every now and then. This God wanted all of her.” 
~  Francine Rivers

 

I don’t prepare for retreats the way that many other people do.

My priorities are different.

I am not thinking about funnels, or marketing, or what my hook is. I’m not calculating break-evens or what to sell you next.

No.

I am thinking about your soul. I am creating and holding space for you. I am placing you on a mala that I make with my own hands – choosing a bead for you, on which I will pray and meditate twice a day. I am choosing and preparing crystals for you, cleansing them and channelling their purpose and energies. I walk our rural property, creating grids of stones among the trees, or choosing stones from previous grids, some of them from years ago, but whose energies are important for the work we will do together. I am ensuring that your tools will best support you and your growth. I am honouring your spiritual journey. I am preparing the materials. I am crafting your experience. I am devoting myself to the journey, and to taking you with me to a place of transformation.

There are endless hours spent in this crafting, before we even come together. During our retreat I am yours. I pour myself entirely into the process. And I continue to do so once our event is over and you are navigating your way back into the wider world again. It is an honour and a great responsibility to be entrusted with your care.

Long after we part I will still be praying and meditating for you, sending you energy, wishing you well, night-flying to visit you and keep company a while.

I can’t do it any other way. I must give my whole self to this.

This is what it is to follow your heart, to follow a calling, to live with devotion.

I’m so grateful for this life,

Nicole  xoxo

11 thoughts on “Love and Devotion Look Like This

  1. Thank you, Nicole. Trust me, we feel your spirit and your love. We do. You are a wonderful teacher, trusted guide and mentor.
    Thank you, Sister.
    Blessings,
    Anne B

  2. What a beautiful person you are! How fortunate are those who can attend your retreats. Unfortunately I live too far away and it is but a dream to attend one of your retreats. ❤️

  3. We’re grateful for you, Nicole. Have an amazing retreat. THE BEST time I think I’ve ever had is spending those days in August with you and the amazing people who attended your retreat. You are amazing and wonderful and there are no words to describe how truly giving you are. Saving space for you xoxoxo

  4. Can’t wait until I can attend one of your retreats. We are all blessed to have you holding space and sending us your amazing energy. Love hugs and light to you sister 💖

  5. We are very grateful that you are in our lives. Thank you for your blog which plays a consistent key role in guiding me. I only wish that one day I would be able to attend one of your retreats. Love from France.

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