“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. Montgomery, Anne 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.
“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
I have a beautiful residential retreat coming up, from March 6 to 11 in Byron Bay, Australia. It’s a gentle retreat, a restorative retreat, whose focus is to help you develop and commit to a regular spiritual practice that nourishes, sustains and grows you.
When I think about this retreat, and the practices I will teach you, my heart swells with love and gratitude. These are the techniques I used on my own soul journey, as I moved from resistance into connection, from self-loathing to self-love, from fear into deep peace. These techniques are ones I still use daily, or often. They are what helped me to become more fully who I truly am, rather than who I thought people wanted me to be, or how I thought I ‘should’ be. Quite frankly, these practices have become the foundation of my spiritual and psychic life, and the reason I have been able to cope with suffering, pain and trauma. They are also the practices that have enhanced my gratitude, compassion and inner wisdom.
As many of you will know, I have suffered from serious illness and the limitations that creates for most of my adult life. In fact it was this chronic illness that first created the space for me to explore my own spirituality, intuitive and psychic abilities so much more deeply.
All of the techniques I will teach on this retreat, and the journey I shall guide you through, came to me when I was at my most unwell. Suffering and illness is often the doorway for profound spiritual awakening. I’m sure there are many of you who will resonate with that as the truth of your own journey too.
I’ve had inquiries from people with chronic fatigue and other debilitating illness, wanting to come to our next retreat but worrying if they are suitable or if they will cope. If that’s you let me reassure you… you’ll find a place to fit in and belong here in my Tribe.
Our Awakening to Spirituality Retreat is gentle. You’ll be supported to find your own rhythm for connection and inner journeying. There will be enough time to get from your room to the Hall and to the Dining Room. There is plenty of rest time and quiet time scheduled each day. Our days will be filled with meditation, reflection and simple spiritual practices, creative activities, good company, laughter, love and transformation. There will be friends to lean on, and we can find accommodation for you that is quiet and allows you additional solitude, or find a suitable roomie to give you company if that’s what you’re yearning for.
Our catering is geared for people with food intolerances, allergies and issues. Honestly, it won’t be a drama – we can work it all out. And you won’t be a burden to us, because this is how I’ve lived my life, and how I’ve often had to run these retreats as I have faced health issues myself. I understand pain. I understand fatigue. I understand anxiety and medication routines and incontinence and mobility issues and stupid dietary requirements that usually mean I have to lug my own food everywhere. I understand no one else understanding. I understand the emotional pain and isolation that illness can bring. I also understand end of life spaces. I’ve lived all of these things. I’ve created my retreats for my own needs, which are also yours. My retreats always have able-bodied people alongside people like me who have major health issues. And the health issues in the end are never a big thing. They are just something we manage so that we can focus on the real work – soul work.
Having a health issue is not a prohibitive factor for this event. In fact, it might be the perfect time for you to join us in a safe and non-judgmental atmosphere.
Your journey is my journey. Often when we are living with long-term illness, no answers to our health problems, a chronic or a terminal condition, we think that there will no longer be a place for us in the world. There is a place for you in mine.
I can show you spiritual practices that will help you to find your centre again, manage your pain, and give your life meaning and connection. I KNOW that when you begin to incorporate this soul-journey work and spiritual space in your own life that life will regain shape and satisfaction for you, no matter what your situation, or the nature of the days ahead of you.
If you need to talk further with us, please reach out. We are here for you. Our best email is email@example.com and Dana, my wonderful PA, can send you information and start the ball rolling to have you join us.
Able-bodied and completely well people are, of course, always welcome and invited too! My work is for you all, on a soul level, regardless of the skin you are in.
You can read more about the Awakening to Spirituality retreat here and here.
“Freedom is not the absence of commitments, but the ability to choose – and commit myself to – what is best for me.” ~ Paulo Coelho
“Unless commitment is made, there are only promises and hopes; but no plans.” ~ Peter F. Drucker
Today, January 16, heralds the new moon. This New Moon is in Capricorn, and its energy is particularly important. This moon is about plans, commitment, effort and consistency – not just for now but for the year ahead and even beyond that. You can use the energy of this New Moon to truly name and claim the personal or professional mountain whose peak you aspire to reach. It’s a new moon to help you reach your highest potential.
Tonight’s new moon brings a powerful energy for creating positive change and manifesting your heart’s desires. It is also a great time for connecting into your own intuitive wisdom, and deepening spiritual connection. Everything is created first in the zero-point field, that place of potent emptiness that resides as the spaces between the fabric of existence. The New Moon is potently linked to this space of possibility, where our thoughts and intents begin to shape matter itself into our new reality.
Tonight’s new moon supports us being attuned to our path for the year ahead, to claiming our dreams, and to reaching our highest potential for this lifetime. Part of this energy is also about recognising and letting go of whatever no longer serves our highest good.
If all you do is spend some time today or in the days ahead contemplating what you want to experience, create, be, manifest or share in 2018 or beyond and then shaping that into a plan that’s enough. But if you’re looking for ritual and deeper connection under the influence of the New Moon in Capricorn read on…
I’ve created a simple guided meditation and a series of rituals to help anchor your intentions using the transformational forces of the moon as she moves from this place of darkness back into light.
You can do any or all of these simple practices, and you can do them today or any time in the next seven days/nights, up until January 22, 2018.
You’ll need this simple preparation:
choose a crystal or stone to hold in meditation (If you’re using my Year of ME Planner use your 2018 stone!)
choose a second stone or crystal to return to the earth after the meditation
have a glass of water ready
have a journal and a pen
Some time today, or before your meditation tonight, take your journal and write a letter to the Universe outlining what you intend to leave behind in the past.
This could be behaviours, attitudes, situations, relationships or any other thing that weighs you down or makes you feel bad within yourself.
Start with the words ‘I now release…’ and then add your list. When your letter to the Universe is finished sign it with the words ‘And it is so.” Then sign your name and add the date.
Begin again on a new page.
Sit in reflection, and then write down what you want to have, create or do, especially those things where you have previously been blocked by fear or insecurity.
Words that can be useful to help strengthen that state of creating or manifesting include the action words:claim, invoke, manifest, intend, believe, draw to me, welcome into my life, create, become, do, transform, embrace, love, adore, cherish, make, construct, transform.
Write a second letter to the Universe, beginning with the words, ‘As I step into my Highest Potential…’
Then list the things you wish to have, create, do or be. Be as broad or specific as feels right for you. Conclude your letter with the words. ‘I claim this and more, for my Highest Good. And it is so.’ Then sign your name and date it.
Keep your pages somewhere safe, although there is no need to read them again unless you are drawn to do so.
Standing Meditation for Clearing, Shifting, Healing and Grounding
This Meditation will ground you, as it opens you up to more of your own natural energetic and psychic ability. It is very comforting for people who spend most of their day indoors, or in front of a computer.
Note: You will need your glass of water for this meditation.
Find a place outside where you can comfortably stand barefoot on the skin of the earth. If this is impossible in your climate then stand barefoot at a window or on timber floorboards. Find a place where you can do this without interruption. It is up to you what time of the day you complete your practice.
Drink half a glass of water.
Then stand barefoot on the earth (or in your chosen place) with your face turned toward the sun (or the moon if you do this at night). Can’t find the sun or moon? Just look up at the sky!
Close your eyes. Draw in sunlight through your heart chakra, or if it is night, draw in moonlight through your third eye. If it’s cloudy, draw clouds and wind and rain and all those other elements into your belly via your sacral chakra (the second one up, three finger widths below your belly button. Do this for two to five minutes. Let your body be energised, balanced and healed by the gifts of nature.
When you’re finished, drink the rest of the glass of water.
Expect to feel different in the days to come. Expect to be shown things in dreams, to become more perceptive and intuitive. If you want to work with energy or psychic skills, expect them to become stronger and clearer.
Even if you do not want to choose a life path that is more actively spiritually and psychically connected, you will become more emotionally open, more energised, and more naturally intuitive.
Thank you, for working on your own self growth. Every time we do, it lifts the energy of Mass Consciousness. Every time we clear and shift old energies, it makes its easier for ourselves and everyone else to become more open to our Soul Truth.
Simple Guided Meditation for Connecting To Your Path and Highest Potential
I’ve recorded a fifteen minute guided meditation for working with this New Moon. You can use this meditation on any evening from tonight up until January 22, 2018, or on any future new moon to come to help keep you connected into this energetic support.
Before you begin the meditation, make sure that you have two stones or crystals – one to keep for yourself and one to gift back to the earth.
When you’re ready, just click play:
After your meditation is concluded you may want to hold your personal crystal and journal any insights that have come during your meditation, or that come after. Use this personal crystal any time you want to quickly connect back into this awareness of your connection and highest potential. It is a great meditation and journalling aid.
In your own time take the second stone and return it to nature. As you place it on the ground, or cast it into a river, lake or ocean, visualise the stone anchoring light, truth peace and hope. See it as a small beacon of light that is rippling out the energies of Highest Potential all over the world.
See yourself in the same way. Thank you for helping anchor positive shift for yourself and humanity.
Holding you in my intentions, prayers and meditation,
But what do you do when your heart is hurting? When you want to open up your heart but it’s bruised and battered and your faith in love and life is in tatters? Or when your heart is grieving the loss of loved ones, or time past?
I have a little guided meditation that might help. It’s one I recorded a while ago, but it’s perfect for the energies right now. It takes sixteen minutes, but I would suggest allowing extra time at the end for you to integrate the energy of the meditation.
All you need to do is find a spot to sit or lie quietly, and then follow along to the sound of my voice. Feel free to hold a crystal of your choice if that feels right for you.
When you’re ready just click on the play button below:
You are beautiful, worthy and lovable just as you are.
You can heal, and you can know love. Love is your pure nature. It is what we have come from and the energy to which we will return.
Holding space for you to move back into an energy of flow, peace and light,
“Crystals grew inside rock like arithmetic flowers. They lengthened and spread, added plane to plane in an awed and perfect obedience to an absolute geometry that even stones – maybe only the stones – understood.”
~ Annie Dillard
I’ve so enjoyed reading about your creative projects, why you need creative energy and inspiration, and looking at the photos you posted for us here at Cauldrons and Cupcakes as part of our October Stones giveaway.
After much deliberation, the winner of the October Meditation Stones is…
“How odd that we spend so much time treating the darkness, and so little time seeking the light. The ego loves to glorify itself by self-analysis, yet we do not get rid of darkness by hitting it with a baseball bat. We only get rid of darkness by turning on the light.” ~ Marianne Williamson
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. It is an excellent month for healing the hurts and low-self-worth issues that stem from the bullying or judgments of others directed at you as a child, or through your adult years until now. This month’s energies also support you to move from a limited or stuck version of yourself, or a small version of yourself, to one that is vibrant with your true colours, and full of kindness and possibility.
I have created this fifteen-minute guided meditation for you to help you to heal and release pain and trauma from childhood, or from any period in your life prior to today.
You might like to choose a favourite crystal to hold as you do this meditation. Find a quiet place where you can sit or lie comfortably without being disturbed. Give yourself some integration time after the meditation is finished, or allow yourself to fall asleep. You may also want to journal after the meditation too. Just do what feels right for you, and know that you can return and listen to this meditation again any time you want.
When you’re ready click on the arrow on the box below to begin the meditation.
Treat yourself and everyone else kindly today,
Much love, Nicole ❤ xoxo
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“Let yourself be drawn by the stronger pull of that which you truly love.” ― Jalaluddin Rumi
November is nearly here. Energetically it’s 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.
That’s important work at any time, but it becomes all the more significant as we realise that the work we do in November is setting us up for the year ahead. The actions we take, the choices we make, and the healing, planning and dreaming we do clears the way for 2018, allowing us to consciously begin manifesting the kind of year we intend for ourselves.
I like the sound of that. Don’t you?
I have four things that can help you make the most of the November energies.
My Welcome November blog post, which comes out on November 1. It’s free, and it’s packed full of info on the energies of November, including helpful advice on crystals and essential oil choices to support you in the month ahead. If you jump over to my Cauldrons and Cupcakes Facebook page at 9am Brisbane time on 1 November I’ll be doing a Facebook Live Event to tell you more about the month ahead. It’s totally free and I’d love to see you there. Can’t make it then? Don’t worry. You can catch the replay!
I’m creating a free Guided Meditation to help you release the pain from childhood and from bullying events in your life until now. That will be in my blog post on November 2. All you need to do is come visit my blog that day to access it, or if you subscribe to my blog (link on home page) it will get delivered straight to your inbox.
#GeSHiDoMo 2017 – (Which stands for Get Sh*t Done Month 2017) This crazy month-long online program and community costs just $22 Australian dollars and the pre-launch materials and access begin today so that you can work on your planning over the weekend. We ran this last year as a one-of thing but had so many requests to do it again that we’ve made it an annual event. I’ve created a simple system for planning and actioning your To-Do List in November. It’s a month of fun activities and support to help you get a serious amount of sh*t or a serious amount of self-care done. Lots of videos to help you, and FAcebook Live sessions with me. There are some great prizes, and a really good bunch of people there. You’ll love it! You can read more about it and come join us from here.
Soul Sanctuary Retreat – Working With Crystals – Do you need some time for recharging, reconnecting and being re-inspired? In late November I’ll be running my final residential retreat for 2017 in beautiful Byron Bay, Australia. It’s a special time of year for my team and I. We plan this retreat, no matter what the content focus might be, as a week of Soul Sanctuary – time for self-nurture, friendship, reflection, planning and the foundation of some truly life-changing habits. This year’s theme is ‘Working With Crystals’. I’ll be teaching you foundation skills for meditation and self-care, intuitive practices including card readings, a bunch of stuff on how to choose and use crystals, as well as lovely crafty stuff like making your own crystal tools, essences, jewellery and mandalas. We’ll also be using November’s energies to plan for 2018.2018’s heart-centred energies support connection, collaboration, communication and community. It will be a year for expressing ourselves in the world, for starting and growing life-changing projects, for truly becoming more and offering more of our gifts, talents and wisdom. This Retreat will help you to understand the energies and opportunities of 2018, and get you started with a plan, a full spiritual tool-kit and a personal session with me, focusing on how to make the most of the year ahead. More info here. We still have a few places left, but please act quickly.
And save the dates for the following goodness:
My Christmas Pop-Up Shop, Official 2018 Planner Launch, Channelling evening and workshops (Vision Board for 2018 and Intuitive Oracle/Tarot Card Reading Class) happen on 15 and 16 of December in Brisbane.
Our next Year of ME (ME stands for Manifesting Energies!) year-long membership group with online course, webinars with me, facebook live events and a superbly supportive and caring community launches in early December. More details soon.
I love this time of year. Come hang out with me and let’s share the adventure together.