Turquoise – A Great Stone For Healers and Empaths

“A turquoise given by a loving hand carries with it happiness and good fortune.” ~ Arabic proverb

 

Last week I made a simple turquoise and rose quartz necklace for a friend, and it has been charging up in one of my amethyst caves ever since. I’ll give it to her today – a gift to thank her for all her help as my acupuncturist’s assistant. Her caring and skill have helped me through some difficult days.

I chose turquoise because it is such a supportive stone for healers and empaths. I also added a small rose quartz for love and nurture – replenishing the energy that is so lovingly given out to others. Turquoise is a wonderful crystal. It shields the wearer energetically, and helps to process and let go of emotions that are generated or picked up during work with others. It is very protective of the heart chakra, and clears grief, guilt and trauma.

The emotions of grief, guilt and trauma can move deep into the body. They sit in our throats, our lungs, our hearts, our bellies. It can be our own feelings, or the energies we shift form other people and then take on as our own. Unexpressed, these trapped emotions weaken our immune function, and our digestion. They affect our physical organs, making them more prone to illness and, over time, dis-ease.

Holding grief, guilt and trauma within our bodies is a place that many intuitive, empathic and deeply caring people find ourselves. To love and to care is also to expose ourselves to hurt and to loss. Loving and caring deeply is risky, because when you live in that open-hearted state, love goes hand in hand with suffering. Still, I would advocate that you love anyway. That you care anyway.

One of your greatest gifts is that you care. One of your greatest gifts is that you can live heart-opened. Don’t change that. Just learn to manage it better.

Turquoise, worn on the centre line of the body, is a beautiful crystal for supporting healers in all modalities. Maybe you’d benefit from wearing one too!

Lots of love to you, Nicole xoxo

Stones, Crystals and Meditation Magic

“The soul always knows what to do to heal itself. The challenge is to silence the mind.” ~ Caroline Myss

 

I have long been a meditator. In fact it has been a daily practice for me since adolescence. Even with my recent bout of ill-health I haven’t missed a day. It’s as much a part of my life as sleeping or breathing.

As I was walking along the beach on Monday morning I came upon a particular rock. It’s just a stone. But it holds the energies of the ocean and the earth. It is an anchoring stone. And it comes from Byron Bay, which is a place of great healing and transformation. As I held it in my hand I knew that I would meditate with it, and that this stone would hold those energies in a way that could be transferred to someone else.

Which gave me an idea…

I have decided to dedicate a meditation each day of the month to a chosen stone and a crystal companion. The stone becomes the Anchoring Stone, which helps us to stay grounded, clear and calm, connecting into our bodies, and to the earth and nature. The crystal becomes the Connection Stone, enabling us to connect into our intuition, Higher Self, Guides, Ancestors and the Divine.

I will use the energies of the month to support me as I meditate with intention, infusing the stones with that energy.

Here are the stones I will work with every day in July:

The energies and intention I will infuse into the Byron Bay Beach Rock will be that the holder comes to know and understand their body and how to honour and take care of it to give lasting health and wellbeing. This knowledge will also contribute to a state of inner calm and of self-care.

The energies and intention I shall infuse into the Tasmanian Quartz Crystal will be a deep connection to the user’s ancestral line, intuition, Guides, Angels, the Divine – facilitating a stronger understanding of the user’s individual talents and gifts, and those that have been passed down through their ancestral lineage. All of this will help to give clarity of life path.

My team will devise a new competition each month to enable someone from our Cauldrons and Cupcakes community to win the stones as well as a meditation recorded just for them.

All of the love and energy and intention that I pour into these stones daily will then be available for the user in their own meditation. It’s also okay if you’ve never meditated before. I’ll send you instructions!

I’m so glad that this idea found me, so that the right stones can find you.

We’ll post more details soon.

Hugs and love, Nicole ❤ xoxo

How To Escape The Virtue Trap – Monday Oracle 26 June 2017

“So full of artless jealousy is guilt,
It spills itself in fearing to be spilt.”

~ William Shakespeare

Hello, Lovelies!

Here’s the oracle card I have chosen this Monday, and my take on the energetic outlook for the week ahead. I use any oracle or tarot 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. ‘Guilt’ is from the Chakra Wisdom Oracle Deck by Tori Hartman.

If you read my forecast for June, you’ll remember that June is a gentle month of revitalisation, redirection and emotional and physical nourishment.

Now, lets look at the gifts Guilt brings.

This powerful card asks us to dig deep this week in addressing our patterns of addiction and avoidance.

Sometimes we create a life of ‘virtue’ where we knock ourselves out to make our homes, our jobs, our bodies, our relationships ‘perfect’. We place more importance on how others may judge us than on our own satisfaction with the life we have created. We get stuck on that treadmill of perfection, while simultaneously our self-esteem and ‘sense of self’ evaporate. We lose ourselves.

Often without meaning to we also craft lives that are about serving others at our own expense. It starts out innocently enough where we give happily because we love the person or want them to think well of us.

We cook dinner every night. And clean up.

We do the extra chores. We take the extra job. We go the extra mile at home or at work.

Problem is, after a while, that gift usually becomes a task that is taken for granted by whomever we are serving. And why wouldn’t they, when we started out being such willing givers? They expect that we continue to be happy to offer whatever we have previously given.

We become resentful – trapped in a pattern of our own making and unsure how to get out. This can then lead to the kind of avoidance and addiction patterns that help us to cope with a situation that no longer works for us. We have an extra coffee or treat to get us through the day. We have an extra glass of wine at night. We pop a pill, or overeat, or use other unhelpful numbing mechanisms to mask our boredom, exhaustion, lack of fulfillment or outright anger.

This week Guilt encourages us to live mindfully, and to honour ourselves and what is healthy and satisfying for us.

It’s a great week for getting help for any kind of addiction or self-sabotaging behaviours. It’s a week for setting clear boundaries and asking others to do their fair share.

It’s a week for us to let go of what doesn’t work for us – be that behaviours, mindsets, jobs, relationships or social situations.

It’s not about putting yourself above others. You simply need to make yourself and your needs equal. You may be surprised to find that other people will accept your choice to step back from an over-giving situation.

Be brave this week. Make those changes. Have those conversations. Stand up for yourself. Get the help you need. It will be worth it!

Supportive crystals this week?

Blue Quartz helps us to trust and believe in ourselves and our dreams, and to connect to what we truly feel and think. Green Chrysoprase opens our heart and helps us to find the courage to live the life that calls us. Black Tourmaline is great for helping us to see where we need to set boundaries.  Rose Quartz provides nurture and a deep sense of love and connection – great if you feel socially or emotionally isolated.

Helpful essential oils?

Young Living’s Awaken essential oil blend, or a combination (or singly!) of any of Geranium, Cedarwood, Lavender and Bergamot. Awaken essential oil blend smells sweet and woody and can be worn as a perfume (Place on wrists, over heart and on back of neck) or used in a diffuser. A few drops in the bath are heavenly too. It’s a great oil to get you out of your head and into your heartspace. It promotes spiritual connection and intuition and is deeply calming. I love this oil, and it’s my oil of choice in my diffuser this week. You can find all the oils here.

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

The Strength Of Your Song – Monday Oracle 12 June 2017

“Inner guidance is heard like soft music in the night by those who have learned to listen.”
~ Vernon Howard

Hello, Lovelies!

Here’s the oracle card I have chosen this Monday, and my take on the energetic outlook for the week ahead. I use any oracle or tarot 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. ‘Dissipating’ is from the Chakra Wisdom Oracle Deck by Tori Hartman.

If you read my forecast for June, you’ll remember that June is a gentle month of revitalisation, redirection and emotional and physical nourishment.

Now, lets look at the gifts Dissipating brings this week.

We are cautioned against all forms of dissipation this week.

What does that mean? Dissipation can be defined as an act of diffusion (watering down), dispersion (scattering) or of wasteful expenditure.

In a month that is all about self-nurture and attending to our own priorities we are reminded not to bleed out for others at the expense of ourselves. Don’t end up with no fuel in the tank for what matters. Don’t be busy for busy’s sake. Don’t talk endlessly about the thing you want to do without actually taking any action steps towards it. As my darling guide Rollo often reminds me, don’t feed the chickens (ie don’t waste time helping people who don’t appreciate it, or on people or tasks that time suck – taking you away from important priorities). Chickens are never satisfied and will keep pecking away at you and invite their friends for a free feed too!

 

It’s wise to be mindful of whom you share your stories, hopes and ideas with. Don’t choose people who will put you and your ideas down, or be less than supportive. If you don’t know how your idea will be received then keep it to yourself until it has taken enough form that it won’t easily be knocked down or ruined by the criticism (even well-meaning!) or negativity of others.

And do you see that beautiful golden bird in the bottom left of the card? That’s YOUR bird. If you listen carefully the bird will sing you a song that creates a map for heart happiness. Problem is, most of us have trained that bird to sing songs to make everyone else happy. What could you learn about yourself if you opened up to that magical song this week? How could that change your life?

It’s a very important week for tuning in, for endings and fresh beginnings, for picking things up again, for turning in new directions, for resurrecting what never got finished but that meant the world to you.

Supportive crystals this week?

Blue Quartz calms our fears and helps us to trust ourselves and our dreams. Green Chrysoprase opens our heart and helps with emotional healing and self-acceptance. Black Tourmaline is great if you have boundary issues.  Fluorite encourages us to see the possibilities in ourselves, especially in regard to creativity or business.

Helpful essential oils?

Young Living’s Abundance essential oil blend, or a combination (or singly!) of any of Orange, Geranium, Frankincense and Myrrh. Abundance opens us to the flow of life, helping us to act from a place of love, trust and benevolence. Just rub a drop together in the palms of your hands and then breathe in and wipe through your aura.  Dab a few drops on your wrists or over your heart – its warm, spicy aroma makes it a great perfume or cologne. A few drops in the bath are wonderful too. You may want to dilute with a drop or two of a base oil such a sweet almond or coconut before applying directly to the skin.  It’s my oil of choice in my diffuser again this week. You can find all the oils here.

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

Image by Jon Armstrong

Ending Shiny Object Syndrome – Monday Oracle 5 June 2017

“We’re going to have to let truth scream louder to our souls than the lies that have infected us.”
~ Beth Moore

“The greater the artist, the greater the doubt. Perfect confidence is granted to the less talented as a consolation prize.”
~ Robert Hughes

Hello, Lovelies!

Here’s the oracle card I have chosen this Monday, and my take on the energetic outlook for the week ahead. I use any oracle or tarot 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. ‘Insecurity’ is from the Chakra Wisdom Oracle Deck by Tori Hartman.

If you read my forecast for June, you’ll remember that June is a gentle month of revitalisation, redirection and emotional and physical nourishment.

Now, lets look at the gifts Insecurity brings this week.

Have you ever hear of ‘Shiny Object Syndrome’? It’s that distraction tendency we can suffer from where we start something and then don’t finish it because we are suddenly distracted by another idea which we then hurry off to explore.

You might do this with anything. Business ideas, book ideas, love relationships, career choices, chores, study, diets, exercise programs – anything at all!

Suddenly it seems that there are so many choices, and surely one of them will be better than your current one. It can actually send you a little mad…

We all do it to some degree. But this week we are being supported to see this behaviour in ourselves and also to begin to understand the energy behind it.

We chase Shiny Objects for four main reasons:

  1. We lack confidence in our decisions and worry that there might be a better choice for us.
  2. We make our choices to please others, rather than tuning in and honouring our own wisdom and desires.
  3. We care so much about the outcome that we don’t want to mess it up or fail.
  4. Other people constantly undermine and devalue us and our ideas.

Use the energies this week to simplify everything down to the main things that matter. Then put more time into those few things. How do you do this? Take some quiet time and reflect until you get clear. Journal. Pull an oracle or tarot card. Lean in with God (or whatever you perceive that Divine to be), your Guides and your own intuition. This isn’t about listening to other people. It’s about FINALLY listening to yourself.

Stop overthinking and start doing. You’ll be amazed at how much that can change your situation.

Then start saying NO to all of the things that don’t support the path you’ve chosen or that will pull you away from thing you need to complete.

Stuck and at a complete standstill?

Just make a decision. Even the act of making a choice will give you momentum, and you’ll soon know if is the right choice or if you need to pivot to a better one. But at least you’ll be moving again.

There’s a tremendous energy of intuitive clarity, emerging confidence and hope for you to tune in to this week.

Make the most of it!

 

Supportive crystals this week?

Blue Quartz helps us to overcome anger, resentment and jealousy, and move to a place of better emotional balance. Green Chrysoprase opens our heart and helps with emotional healing and self-acceptance. Citrine helps us to bring the energy and enthusiasm back into our lives, so our thoughts become optimistic and clear. Fluorite encourages us to see the possibilities in ourselves, especially in regard to creativity or business.

Helpful essential oils?

Young Living’s Abundance essential oil blend, or a combination (or singly!) of any of Orange, Geranium, Frankincense and Myrrh. Abundance opens us to the flow of life, helping us to act from a place of love, trust and benevolence. Just rub a drop together in the palms of your hands and then breathe in and wipe through your aura.  Dab a few drops on your wrists or over your heart – its warm, spicy aroma makes it a great perfume or cologne. A few drops in the bath are wonderful too. You may want to dilute with a drop or two of a base oil such a sweet almond or coconut before applying directly to the skin.  It’s my oil of choice in my diffuser this week. You can find all the oils here.

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

The Energies of June – 2017

“For true love is inexhaustible; the more you give, the more you have. And if you go to draw at the true fountainhead, the more water you draw, the more abundant is its flow.”
~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Hello, Lovelies :)

Suddenly, here we are at June. June is a gentle month of revitalisation, redirection and emotional and physical nourishment. I’m so up for that. How about you?

 

Cards for the Month:

I’ve chosen two cards for June for you: one from the Osho Zen Tarot Deck, and one from Colette Baron-Reid’s Wisdom of the Oracle. Please note I don’t use these cards in the conventional way, but rather as a stimulus for channelled information.

Here is what I have received from each card:

“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”
~ Anaïs Nin

“The lotus is the most beautiful flower, whose petals open one by one. But it will only grow in the mud. In order to grow and gain wisdom, first you must have the mud — the obstacles of life and its suffering. … The mud speaks of the common ground that humans share, no matter what our stations in life. … Whether we have it all or we have nothing, we are all faced with the same obstacles: sadness, loss, illness, dying and death. If we are to strive as human beings to gain more wisdom, more kindness and more compassion, we must have the intention to grow as a lotus and open each petal one by one. ”
~ Goldie Hawn

June lifts us to a higher awareness around our past. It’s a time to lift up out of adversity and to trust in new directions. No need to agonise anymore. It’s easy to let go and move on. It’s time to tell ourselves a better story based on our past – one that is helpful and liberating, rather than one which keeps us trapped.

We begin to move into flow and things just start working more easily for us. We’re encouraged to work with others and to create teams and tribes, to share our stories and to share what we know in service to others. Joy for life infuses each cell of our body.

It’s a month that suits working on our physical and emotional health, and it’s a super time for detoxing, starting a new eating plan or getting your body moving again – all from a place of profound love and self-acceptance of what has been as well as allowing of what may come.

It’s an incredible month for psychic connection and for all forms of art, movement, music and writing. Expect divine inspiration and flow of ideas and support. Quite simply, it’s a month of magical connection and shift!

 

The second card I’ve chosen is To The Sea. What a beautiful image of hope, restoration and direction.

“May what I do flow from me like a river, no forcing and no holding back, the way it is with children.”
~ Rainer Maria Rilke

When we trust and step forward into the flow of life, that flow will carry us forward – out of stuckness, out of the old – and in directions we may possibly have never imagined for ourselves.

The river started as a small trickle. That trickle followed its true nature and kept moving. Soon it became a river. Unstoppable. With a momentum and power all its own.

When you jump into the river, the river will carry you. To The Sea reminds us that life is a mystery, and the secret to life is to be in flow with it.

How do you do that? How do you be in flow?
Stop thinking so much and start trusting. Feel into things. Act from intuition. Listen to your heart. Practice kindness with yourself, and check in often to work out how you truly feel and what sparks of interest or action lie within you. Follow those sparks.

In June, trust in the bigger picture. Trust your senses. Take a risk on what you want. See where life takes you!

Best crystals this month?

Blue Quartz and Green Chrysoprase

 Blue Quartz  is a profoundly calming stone that opens us to a state of flow and grace. Excellent for helping us to speak up. Supports throat and third eye chakras.

Image from www.crystal-cure.com/

Green Chrysoprase opens our heart to love, joy, self acceptance and deep compassion for self and others. It also dissolves blocks to abundance in all forms.

Image from www.e-rocks.com

Essential oils to support your journey?

Each of the following oils will work beautifully on their own for you this month, but they also make a delicious combination for diffusing. The essential oils you will find helpful in June are Ylang Ylang, Geranium, Frankincense, and Orange. Ylang Ylang helps lift our mood so we can see new possibilities for ourselves and our lives, Geranium reduces anxiety and promotes emotional balance and healing, Frankincense connects us to our intuition and to the Divine, and Bergamot supports physical wellbeing, releases emotional pain and helps us to move forward with joy. To diffuse add 2 or three drops of each oil to your room or personal diffuser. You can find the oils here.

June is a marvellous month for us to move back into flow, to heal, to grow and to thrive.

Stay connected to what matters most to you, follow your heart, and make some time to enjoy life’s pleasures and those special relationships in your life.

Lots of love, Nicole❤ xoxo

 

Choosing What Matters – Monday Oracle 15 May 2017

“Sometimes the dreams that come true are the dreams you never even knew you had.”
~ Alice Sebold

“If you want to identify me, ask me not where I live, or what I like to eat, or how I comb my hair, but ask me what I am living for, in detail, ask me what I think is keeping me from living fully for the thing I want to live for.”
~ Thomas Merton

 

Hello, Lovelies!

Here’s the oracle card I have chosen this Monday, and my take on the energetic outlook for the week ahead. I use any oracle or tarot 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. ‘Destiny’ is from the Chakra Wisdom Oracle Deck by Tori Hartman.

If you read my forecast for May, you’ll remember that May brings beautiful heart-nurturing energies, helping you to move towards love, forgiveness, inner peace and emotional freedom.

So, what gifts does Destiny bring for you this week?

Destiny reminds us, with love and wisdom, that this is our one beautiful life. These days will never be repeated. There is no second chance. No matter what other lives we may have, no matter what comes after this life ends, today is all we have, and we cannot rely on having a certain number of tomorrows.

What do you want to do with this one precious life? What do you want your days to look like? Your weeks? Your years?

I don’t mean what was expected of you by your family or your teachers or your culture. What you think you should do. What you think you have to do.  What you think it’s too late to change. And I don’t mean what you are doing now; what you trained for, what you fell into, what you’ve fought for or been handed . No.

I’m talking about what is in your heart. That secret dream, that desire, that urge, that longing, that curiosity, that idea which won’t let go.

Today is all we can be sure of. Destiny nudges our heart, and helps us to see what really matters, and if it matters to us then we must act to make it real for us.

So, my lovelies, what will you choose this week? What matters to you? What would you die regretting if you didn’t follow your heart on this?

Supportive crystals this week?

Rhodonite is great for supporting us to follow our hearts. Snowflake Obsidian will help to remove old negative self-talk and replace it with optimism. Citrine opens us to ideas creativity and being able to accept help and opportunities. Red Jasper will keep you grounded and emotionally supported if you need to move through trauma or anxiety in order to make changes.

Helpful essential oils?

Young Living’s Awaken essential oil blend, or a combination (or singly!) of any of Rosemary, Orange, Frankincense and Lavender. Awaken essential oil blend smells sweet and woody and can be worn as a perfume (place on wrists, over heart and on back of neck) or used in a diffuser. A few drops in the bath are heavenly too. It’s a great oil to get you out of your head and into your heartspace. It promotes spiritual connection and intuition and is deeply calming. I love this oil, and it’s my oil of choice in my diffuser this week. You can find all the oils here.

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