What To Do When You’re Stuck

“You need to know things the others don’t know. It’s what no one knows about you that allows you to know yourself.” 
~  Don DeLillo

 

This week’s energies support deep diving and moving into that space of high creativity. This kind of creativity is also a spiritual space, so it’s perfect for any kind of soul work. (If you’d like a recap of the week ahead go here )

It’s awesome energy if you already have a project or plan to work on.

But what if you don’t?

Today’s post is for those of you who are stuck, those of you for whom life just isn’t working right now, those of you who are lost.

Give yourself a good half-hour to do some investigation of your stuckness (big stuck might need more time or multiple sessions – I know this from previous experience!) and gather the following tools:

  • a journal and some pens
  • a deck of tarot or oracle cards where you really like the pictures
  • your favourite crystal or stone (optional but good)

I’d also highly recommend a cup of tea or your favourite non-alcoholic beverage, because soul work can be thirsty work, and what isn’t made better by a cup of tea?

Image by Mysterious Lass at deviantart.com

1. Start by holding your crystal if you have chosen one, and close your eyes. Allow your breathing to become calm, and let yourself relax. Then breathe in white light or draw it in through the crown chakra at the top of your head. Offer up a prayer that everything you do be for the Highest Good. Ask your Highest Self, Guides, Angels, Ancestors or God to guide you. Say or think the intention ‘Show me why I am stuck, and help me see what to do next.’

2. Open your eyes. Hold your crystal or place it beside you while you work (feel free to pick it up and hold it again if you need some energy or encouragement). Take your journal and a pen and write whatever comes, using any of the following prompts. Write your prompt into your journal and then keep writing in response to that prompt. Don’t edit yourself. Just let the words flow.

  • I’m stuck because…
  • I hate my life right now because…
  • What I really don’t like is…
  • What I really want is…
  • What do I need to tell myself right now…
  • What do I really need to know right now…
  • Who am I?
  • What do I want?
  • Where am I going?
  • What’s better for me?
  • I’d rather be doing…

3. If you’re super stuck, and nothing is coming, keep asking yourself Why? Give yourself every Why question you can think of. If you ask Why am I stuck? and then write This is stupid! ask yourself Why is this stupid? Eventually one of the Why questions will pry free all of the feelings and thoughts and answers that are stuck within you. Why are you stuck? Why can’t you do this? Why isn’t this working? Why don’t you know? Why is this a dumb exercise? Why? Why? Why?

4. You’ll end up with words on the page. Hooray! That’s the beginning of unstuckness. Go back over what you’ve written with a highlighter or a pen in another colour where you can underline key words and phrases. Highlight anything that stands out to you.

5. Now choose one of those highlighted areas to investigate further. (I told you this was a week for diving deep.) Write the words you’ve highlighted into your journal again as a new entry, Eg: My relationship with Steve. Close your eyes again, breathe deeply and bring yourself to a place of calm. Feel your energetic team and your Higher Self ready to guide you. Fill yourself with white light and really feel into that support and connection. When you’re ready open your eyes again and pick up your oracle or tarot cards. Shuffle them, thinking about your relationship with Steve. Then choose three cards. The first card shows you where you are now. The second card shows you what the issue or limitation is. The final card shows you your opportunity or outcome. Look at the first card, and really pay attention to whatever thoughts, emotions or ideas come to you, and what the imagery of the card says to you in relation to where you are now with this situation. Then write what comes to you from looking at the card. Repeat this process for the second card, looking to understand what the issues or limitations are. Now use the final card to explore what the opportunities or outcomes can be.

Be open to situations where you may now need to find a coach, mentor or qualified therapist. Sometimes we can own and understand the problem but need help framing up a solution.

Our heart knows what it wants. Our soul can guide us. All we ever need to do is make time for that questing and connection.

As you begin to get unstuck again expect more answers, more flow and a return to inspiration. You’ve got this!

Much love, Nicole ❤ xx

PS – If you missed my Facebook Live video over on my Cauldrons and Cupcakes page yesterday, or if you aren’t on Facebook you can watch it again here. I talk about the energies of this week, the crystals and essential oils that will support you, and some tips about how to work with the energies of the week ahead:

 

 

Monday Oracle – October 16, 2017

Instead of worrying about what you cannot control, shift your energy to what you can create.
~Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

Hello, Lovelies!

If you read my forecast for October, you’ll know that it’s a month of energies of love, friendship, community and togetherness. It’s also a month for getting creative and for self-acceptance.

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

So, what awareness does Creation bring us this week?

This week we’re reminded to honour what is precious to us creatively. It might be an artistic project or an entrepreneurial one. We might want to renovate a room, overhaul our wardrobe, remodel ourselves and our well-being, work on an existing idea or research a new one.

The energies of this week support deep diving with all creative work. It will be easier to focus, easier to give ourselves over to the flow of ideas. It’s a week for making, doing, creating, shaping, designing and constructing.

We’ll also find that clarity which has been eluding us. We’ll see where to put our focus, and what needs to be the priority.

Creativity is soul work, and this week you’ll feel that connection to your own heart and soul, as well as to a bigger creative energy. Call that inspiration, God, Universal Energy, Spirit or whatever else feels appropriate to you. Be open to those whispers and visions that guide you forward. Know that creating can become a calling.

Supportive crystals this week?

Orange Calcite is the bee’s knees this week. Use it to tune in to inspiration and to help those creative idea flow. It’s also a wonderful beginner stone for tuning in to the spiritual realms.  Red Jasper will keep you grounded, even as the ideas flow, and gift you stamina and resilience if you end up burning the candle at both ends. Fluorite helps us to be honest, objective and innovative with our creativity.  Green Aventurine moves us past old blockages and stuck thinking, tapping us into the joy of living and that wonderful feeling of gratitude. 

Helpful essential oils?

I’m loving Young Living’s Clarity and Believe blends for October. 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 for you this month, 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 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, ‘Creation’, 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. 

Image from pixabay

Creative Breakthroughs Ahead! – Monday Oracle 7 August 2017

“If your daily life seems poor, do not blame it; blame yourself, tell yourself that you are not poet enough to call forth its riches; for to the creator there is no poverty and no poor indifferent place.”
~ Rainer Maria Rilke

Hello, Lovelies,

Has August got you humming yet? It’s a truly energising month! Here’s Monday’s oracle card, and my take on the energetic outlook for the week ahead. 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. ‘Creation’ is from the Chakra Wisdom Oracle Deck by Tori Hartman.

If you read my forecast for August, you’ll remember that August brings an emerging energy of creativity, emotional healing and an abiding need for more balance in our lives. 

Keep that in mind as we look at the gifts Creation brings us this week.

If you’ve had a project on the backburner, in the bottom drawer, mapped out on the backs of enveloped or tatty notebooks, or just floating around in your head, this is the week to restore it to life.

There’s inspiration in the air this week! In fact the air is ahum with fertility. (Great if you’re in the baby-making space, but if that’s not for you be extra cautious so as not to end up in the family way!) Expect new ideas, all manner of inspiration and unexpected connections to people and projects that will become increasingly important to you in the months ahead.

Always wanted to try your hand at writing, pottery, scrapbooking, baking, floral work, furniture restoration, chainsaw ice-sculpting? There’s no better time to sign up and begin.

It’s a blockbuster week for sorting out old problems and for breakthroughs that lead to permanent solutions. If you need to negotiate anything you’ll find this week’s energies conducive to cordial communication – there’s a spirit of openness and receptivity, even in those who usually don’t dwell there.

New ideas? This week they’ll come to you with meat on their bones instead of flimsy things you have no clue about what to do next with. Think J.K. Rowling and her initial Harry Potter inspiration…

Finally, it’s a week of heightened ESP. If you’re intuitive, empathic or energetically sensitive expect deeper connection in your meditations and spiritual practices. A wonderful week for all forms of giving and receiving energy work, readings and healings. Even people who don’t consider themselves intuitive will find a greater flow of wisdom and certainty this week.

Supportive crystals this week?

Nephrite Jade (Greenstone) is a stone that supports heart-centred living and emotional expression in life and in art. Carnelian energises and grounds the physical body and aids all forms of healing and creativity. Great for overcoming exhaustion and burnout. Orange Calcite for flow of creative ideas and for connected inspiration. Pearls for softening and opening our hearts to our art and true direction!

Helpful essential oils?

Sokli gave me this recipe ages ago. She calls it the Lucky Happy Magic Recipe and I find it marvellous for enhancing and supporting creativity. You’ll need Lavender 2 drops, Orange 4 drops, Ylang Ylang 4 drops, Sandalwood 3 drops. This recipe is one of my favourite essential oil blends to put in a diffuser or as a perfume or bath oil. I make up a little bottle of the mix and then I can add it to my bath or take it with me to inhale or wear. Always dilute in a little carrier oil before applying to skin, and remember that citrus oil should not be applied to any skin that will be in sunlight.

I choose to use Young Living essential oils because of their quality and energies. You can find all the oils here.

 

This week keep yourself open to possibility and make some time for creativity and inspiration – whatever that looks like for you. Holding you, as always, in my thoughts, prayers and meditations, and intending for a you a life of abundance and joy, where you are no longer limited by your doubts.

All my love,

Nicole ❤ xx

February Full Moon Eclipse Tonight – Plus a Colouring Mandala for You!

“Sorrow prepares you for joy. It violently sweeps everything out of your house, so that new joy can find space to enter. It shakes the yellow leaves from the bough of your heart, so that fresh, green leaves can grow in their place. It pulls up the rotten roots, so that new roots hidden beneath have room to grow. Whatever sorrow shakes from your heart, far better things will take their place.”
~ Jalaluddin Rumi

 

Tonight (Friday 10th through to Saturday 11th of February) is a full moon. It is also a lunar eclipse. And the heavens are host to a comet rocketing past us as it travels through the night sky.

Can you feel the energies this trio bring? This week you may have found yourself restless, anxious or unable to sleep. Old emotions of fear and doubt and not-good-enough may have raised their ugly heads.

You may have felt churned. You may have over-reacted. You may not have been quite yourself. You may have felt emotionally bruised and more than a little battered.

It’s okay. This lunar energy is strong!

Everything’s being stirred up. What’s no longer needed and what is ready to be healed or finally seen and understood is being brought to the surface.

Just behind all that fear and anxiousness is possibility. It’s also a great time for clear insights, inspiration and breakthroughs. It heralds a shift towards understanding and connection.

Some of you who’ve already done a lot of self-work will have felt excited this week. You’ll feel like finally you are back on track and able to gain some momentum for your projects, ideas and dreams. That’s wonderful. Thank you, Full Moon!

Remember to put your crystals out in the moonlight tonight for a cleanse and recharge. And if you can, take time to sit under the night sky and simply breathe. Breathe and let go of all of that old stuck emotion. Cry if you must. Howl at the moon.

Surrender.

Then come back to calm and breathe in hope. Breathe in possibility. Open yourself to change.

It’s a great time for journalling and self-reflection. I’ve also included a simple Meditation Mandala for you below. You can download and colour it as an act of mindfullness, healing and manifestation – today or in the next few days while the energies of the moon, comet and eclipse have influence.

All of the instructions and the download are below, so read on.

 

Colouring Mandala and Crystal Grid

This mandala was created as one of the activities for our Year of ME Planner community. (It’s not too late to join. You can find out more here: Year of Me Planner Options)

You can download your Meditation Mandala here: February Mandala 2017

Print out the Mandala and consider what support you are seeking from the Universe this month around the energies of believing in yourself and your dreams, and making big changes in your life.  Where are you stuck? What’s not working, or where would you like additional support? What do you need help with?

Write your request in the space provided on the Mandala sheet.

Now colour your Mandala. Choose the colours that feel intuitively right for you. As you colour your Mandala, repeat the February affirmation which is written at the top of the Mandala. Feel the energy and truth of that affirmation for you. While you colour your Mandala think about this thing that you want support for, and how it would feel for this thing to be working well in your life.

Allow yourself to fill with love and positive emotion, or a sense of peace.

Emotion may come up for you as you colour. Allow it to surface and don’t judge it. Know that it is simply releasing and clearing for you.

When your Mandala is finished, place a crystal at the centre of the Mandala to make a simple grid. You may also make a pattern of additional stones, flowers, leaves or other small objects on top of your coloured Mandala if you wish. Go with what feels intuitively right for you.

Run white light from your hands down into the crystal and then out into the Mandala to activate it. Repeat your affirmation and your request to the Universe out loud as you do this. Finish by saying ‘And it is so’.

Leave your Mandala up for a minimum of 24 hours with the stone in place. Of course you’re welcome to leave it longer if you desire.

To deconstruct the Mandala remove the stone and offer a simple and heartfelt prayer of thanks.

Image by Elias via www.dailydot.com

Image by Elias via www.dailydot.com

PS – This month I also encourage you to download and colour a second mandala for the world as it goes through upheaval and change. Choose whatever stones feel right for the earth or the situation you want to support and work with. Know that your positive energy and intention as you create this world grid really helps to anchor love and light.

We’d love to see copies of your finished Mandalas and grids, so feel free to upload them to our facebook page, or tag us at #cauldronsandcupcakes  on Instagram or Twitter so we can find them!

And please feel free to share this post. I’d love to have people all over the world colouring this Mandala and anchoring hope, love and possibility for themselves and the earth. Thank you <3 Nicole xx

The Week Ahead – Oracle Reading for Monday 7 November

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“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.”
~ Maya Angelou

“I go to my studio every day, because one day I may go and the Angel will be there. What if I don’t go and the Angel came?” ~ Philip Guston

 

Hello, Lovelies!

Welcome to the second week of these awesome November energies.

Here’s the oracle card I have chosen, and my take on the energetic outlook for the days ahead.

‘Existence’ is from the Osho Zen Tarot deck – and it heralds another fabulous week.

The week ahead is infused with supportive energies. There are all kinds of positive things coming our way, but we are also reminded to stay grounded in reality; honouring what is true and practical and real for us, even as we keep one eye firmly focused on our longer-term goals and our bigger dreams. We are reminded to keep showing up, to keep doing the work, and then in the doing magic will happen.

In the days ahead you’ll discover new perspectives. Inspiration will come in many forms, with lots of brand new ideas and a fresh take on old ideas and projects.

Expect to be delighted by new ways of thinking. Expect helpful people. Know that this week brings the kind of divine guidance that gifts us clarity, and the kind of synchronicity which delivers us blessings and miracles.

Lightbulb moments? Yes!

Sudden gifts of deep understanding? Yes!

Courage to make the bold moves? Yes!

crazy ones steve jobs

Image from www.kurilane.com

You’ll need to make sure that you write down or otherwise record these sudden ideas and flashes of inspiration because when they don’t come from you it is unlikely that you will remember them accurately if you don’t capture that wisdom straight away!

It’s also a super week for realising how you can collaborate with others in ways that encourage mutual and exponential success. Make those initial connections. Have those first discussions. This week sets the scene for so much of what will unfold in the coming year.

Remember to have adequate sleep, downtime and solitude this week too. It’s often in these quiet spaces that inspiration and guidance come to us.

Totally shattered with exhaustion as you start your week? Stop pushing on and rest first. Being well rested will invite flow and answers back into your life, lifting you from stuck back into momentum and clarity.

Dog resting in hammock

Image from www.suwalls.com

There are really obvious signs, offers and guideposts this week. So keep working towards your dreams in a sustainable way, with a sense of hope and magic in your heart.

No dream to work towards? This is the week where you may well find yours.

Supportive crystals for the days ahead? Rose Quartz, Turquoise and Tiger’s Eye. Helpful essential oils? Young Living’s Joy essential oil blend, or  a combination (or singly!) of any of Tangerine, Bergamot and Elemi.

Wishing you a wonderful week, and holding you in my thoughts, prayers and meditations,

All my love, Nicole❤ xx

 

Win a Magical Talisman Just For You!

magical talisman

“Believe something and the Universe is on its way to being changed. Because you’ve changed, by believing. Once you’ve changed, other things start to follow. Isn’t that the way it works?”
~ Diane Duane, So You Want to Be a Wizard

Last week I shared the story of how I brought my friend Carly’s magical Writing Talisman into being. A Talisman is a small spiritual object which has been created with love and infused with specific energies to help attract or achieve a certain outcome.

Made by my own hands from feathers found at my farm, and with the energies of Crow and Magpie, I crafted this Talisman to help Carly with her writing – so that she might be encouraged to share her personal story. The Talisman was an entreatment to go deeper, to be brave in sharing truth, at gifting this story in a way that might illuminate the way for others. I supported the energy of the feathers with banded red and black agate, bone, marble, black tourmaline, rosewood and a few chakra stones that support communication and flow of words.

I also had two other feathers, one from a Green Catbird and one from a Black Cockatoo. I knew that from them I would craft a second Talisman which I would give away to one of you, my dear readers.

But it didn’t feel complete until Madam Crow gifted me a third feather.

cockatoo, crow, catbird feather

Now I shall shape these three beautiful feathers into something specific to you. I won’t actually finish my Talisman until I have chosen a winner. Then I will tune in to you and select the stones, beads and other embellishments that will hold and enhance the spiritual energies that I place into this Talisman, ready to gift those energies to you. It will be custom-made to your own energies and needs.

Do you think this Talisman might be for you?

If so, then enter your name in the comments section below.

And every time you share this post on facebook, instagram or twitter with the hashtag #NicoleCodyTalisman I’ll give you an extra entry into the competition.

I will draw the Winner on Saturday November 5th at 8pm Brisbane Australia time, and announce the winner here on the blog on November 7, 2016.

Talisman beginnings

Want to learn how to make a Talisman for yourself or someone you love? Come join me at my Talisman making workshop on Saturday November 26th, 2016, in Brisbane, Australia. You can find more details here. It will be a wonderful workshop with all materials supplied – suitable for complete beginners as well as those of you who are either already crafty or who have experience with making spiritual tools.

And yes, I promise to turn these weekend workshops into online courses for you next year.

Good luck with your entries!

Much love, Nicole

Introducing #GeShiDoMo – November’s answer to ending 2016 strong!

#GeShiDoMo

“You can’t plow a field simply by turning it over in your mind.”
~ Gordon B. Hinckley

“Achievement. Just another skill of a ninja.”
~ Jarius Raphel

 

2016 is almost at a close, and 2017 is looming large on our horizon. The energy of 2017 will be all about growing – and if we plant the right kind of seeds now, in the lush soil of 2016, 2017 will unfold before us in brave, delightful and unexpected ways.

But we need to sow those seeds first.

One of the things I have recently come to love about November is NaNoWriMo. NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month, which invites you to complete a 50 000 word manuscript draft in the thirty days of November. It’s insane, but also highly motivating, and there is great comfort and support in knowing that other equally mad people are also trying to crank out a crazy amount of words, and that you’re all in it together. I’ve completed several manuscripts during NaNoWriMo Novembers. It’s a great way to dedicate yourself in  a way that will produce an outcome.If you have young writers under seventeen in your household there is a place for them to join too – NaNoWRiMo Young Writers Program. (If you’re joining NaNoWriMo, come find me – my user name is ncwriter, and I’d love to be your buddy!)

No matter what my level of procrastination throughout the year, November has become a month where I know I will get words on the page.

But what if you’re not writing a novel? What if the thing you need to do is entirely unrelated to that but you love the idea of a dedicated month to work on a project?

Maybe you’ve got a goal you wanted to achieve, and now Christmas is almost here and you still haven’t made much progress. Perhaps you’ve got a To Do List as long as your arm, and nothing ticked off.

That, my friends, is why I have created #GeShiDoMo. #GeShiDoMo stands for Get Shit Done Month – and I am dedicating the month of November to #GeShiDoMo, so that we can arrive at December with a bunch of stuff ticked off and completed.

You might have One Big Thing, or a mass of smaller and unrelated things. It doesn’t matter what you want to get done – what matters is that you do it!

I’m launching the #GeShiDoMo program tomorrow, which will be delivered via Facebook, and because it’s online, no matter where you are you’ll be able to join in. There will be a link in my Shop, and all the details will be there for you.

What will you get when you join #GeShiDoMo?

  • A #GeShiDoMo Planner workbook to download. This Planner will help you to create your goals and tasks to complete in November. You get a proper system for organising and completing these tasks, so you can finally Get Shit Done.
  • #GeShiDoMo Bingo Sheets – sounds crazy, I know, but wait til you see them. Suddenly getting organised has become fun!
  • Access to our exclusive Facebook Page and Community, where this month of madness will unfold. It will be a place where you can share your progress and support each other.
  • Weekly videos to help you start strong and keep going.
  • Daily motivational tips.
  • Heaps of very cool competitions.
  • Super-Ninja fabulous prizes!!!
  • An Awesome Certificate of Completion if you get Get Your Shit Done by November 30.

#GeShiDoMo

Interested in becoming a #GeShiDoMoNinja? Stay tuned. It launches tomorrow at 4pm Brisbane Time. All the details will be in my Shop. There’s a #GeShiDoMo icon there now but it’s not active yet!

To join #GeshiDoMo will cost just $20 Australian (That’s about $15USD).

 

Year of ME Planner People

Happy News! If you are already a member of my Year of ME year-long, half-year or Deluxe group it’s free to join! You’ll be automatically added to our Facebook Group and the downloadable files will be send to you via Ruzuku.

 

It’s almost time to #GeSHiDoMo See you soon!

Love and encouraging hugs, Nicole <3 xx