Chakra Journal Challenge – Week 9

“And suddenly you realize: you are in every dot of the universe vanishing and arising.”
Amit Ray, Enlightenment Step by Step

 

Hello, and welcome to the wrap-up week of our Chakra Journal Challenge!

If you’re only just joining us please go back and read my Orientation Post first.

Bringing It All Together

Now that you have had a chance to tour these eight chakras and to explore how they work and what that means for you, this week we are going to bring this all together.

If you need to review, you can go back and access that chakra work at the links below:

Week 1 – Feet Chakras

Week 2  – Base Chakra

Week 3 – Sacral Chakra

Week 4 – Solar Plexus Chakra

Week 5 – Heart Chakra

Week 6 – Throat Chakra

Week 7 – Third Eye Chakra

Week 8 – Crown Chakra

 

Guided Meditation:

Again we’re going to use the sound of my Tibetan Singing Bowl in our meditation. You’ll need about ten minutes for this exercise.

Sit quietly for a moment before you begin the meditation. Set your intention to be aware of where the sound, light or vibration enters your body. Set your intention that you be shown the wisdom, message or healing of that experience.

Then just listen to the meditation as directed.

You can listen to the meditation here:

Journal Prompts

Now answer the following questions, writing as little or as much as you need:

  • Where did the sound energy of the Tibetan Singing Bowl enter your body? What words, images, wisdom or ideas did that provoke? Write them down.
  • Did any colours come to you? Write down what you experienced and what that means to you.

Want to go deeper with your journalling? Try these additional prompts. Write the beginning of the sentence and then keep going, using stream of consciousness. Do one or all of them. You’ll be amazed what you might discover about yourself!

  • The Chakra that expressed itself most to me today was…
  • When I connect into the energy of that Chakra I know that…
  • The Chakra or area of my body that needed the most support was…
  • When I connect into the energy of that Chakra or area of my body I know that…

 

Hands On Healing:

This week our hands-on healing can be done at any time during the day. It’s also a great healing to do last thing at night, in bed, just before you go to sleep.

  1. Sit or lie comfortably and with a straight spine.
  2. Shake out your hands and activate your hand chakras. (Can’t remember how? Go back and review our Orientation Post)
  3. Now gently use the fingers of both hands (not thumbs) to tap lightly on your Heart Chakra
  4. Then place one hand low on your belly and one hand on your heart. Let white light flow from your hands into your body.
  5. When your body is filled with white light begin to bring balls of coloured energy from your hands into your body. Send the coloured energy along your spine to each chakra, and down your legs to the chakras in your feet. Be open to healing, insight or whatever else comes to you.
  6. Let the colour of the energy change as you do this, if any other colours come to you and feel right.
  7. To finish, lift your hands from your body, shake them out and sit quietly for a moment. Or simply allow yourself to fall asleep.

You can also do this healing  when you first wake up. Enjoy!

Practicing Gratitude

The Gratitude Rock anchors positive energy and gratitude at the end of every day.  You can carry your stone with you, or leave it beside your bed.  At night, before you go to sleep, hold your Gratitude Rock in your hand.

gratitude-rock

As you hold the stone say to yourself: I am richly Blessed. I have an Abundance of Good in my life. Then hold in your mind one or more image of a thing you have been grateful for today. Swell that positive energy up in your heart like a beautiful golden light, and give a heart-felt Thank You, Thank You, Thank You to the Universe. Visualise a tiny shower of golden light travelling from your heart into your Gratitude Rock.

Now here’s the fun bit – imagine all of the other people who are taking part in this journalling challenge with you. Once again build up a strong positive energy in your heart, and then imagine shooting a stream of golden light out into the Universe to those people.

Say Thank you. I Bless You. I intend for you Love, Miracles and Abundance.Know that as you are saying this for them, they are also saying this for you. Feel that connection and gratitude and know that there is real love and support for you here. Place your rock back beside your bed, and go to sleep, cocooned in this good energy.

Our Final Prize!

Our final prize is a natural clear quartz crystal from the Kimberley, hand-chosen by me, and all juiced up from being in that recent big crystal grid on my farm. Delicious! ❤ The winner of this beautiful stone is Lilly Belle Rose. Congratulations! Please contact us at nicolecodyinfo@gmail.com so that we can post this out to you.

Thanks again for joining me on this journal challenge.

Love and hugs, Nicole ❤ xoxo

Chakra Journal Challenge – Week 8

“When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.” ~  Audre Lorde

 

Hello, and welcome to the final week of our Chakra Journal Challenge!

(Sorry for the slight delay between postings. I’ve been in hospital – but that’s a whole other post.)

If you’re only just joining us please go back and read my Orientation Post first.

About the Crown Chakra

The Crown Chakra is found at the top of our head, and it is the colour white. This is the place where our mind and brain connect in with our entire body, systems and organs. It is a communication hub for the physical body, governing not just our thoughts and our emotions but our hormones, our physical reactions, our metabolism, our nervous system. The Crown Chakra is a doorway to higher awareness and profound psychic connection. It is the chakra that governs our spiritual opening and our spiritual development.

When our Crown Chakra is activated we can create a bold new vision for ourselves and our future or the futures of others. It is a centre for inspiration, divine guidance and enlightenment. We will feel the need to be a spiritual seeker, to be on a spiritual journey or to find or follow a higher calling. (This might not be spiritual – it might be a calling to write or to study or to travel for example.)

One of the issues with this chakra is that it’s where the seat of the mind is and often, by being too much in our mind, we’re unable to open up to the higher aspects of this chakra and that wonderful universal connection.

When our Crown Chakra is open and in flow we are intelligent, confident, we are problem solvers and we have a great clarity in the way that we think. We have a strong ability to concentrate and to bring and focus all of our attention upon one thing or upon one practice so that we are clear and present and very insightful. When we’re really in flow with this chakra, we are also open to higher guidance. We have a great ability to trust that we will be supported in life, and to trust that everything that we need we can draw to us.

When our Crown Chakra is out of balance  we can’t put our finger on it but  we know something’s not right in ourselves and in our life. We often feel totally uninspired – and not just uninspired, uninterested. We couldn’t be bothered. We might do what absolutely needs to be done but we don’t bother to do anymore than that. We feel a great separation from source which can manifest as deep anxiety  and neurosis. It can also manifest as a feeling of abandonment, feeling rejected or not feeling worthy.

When our Crown Chakra is not flowing well, we’re frightened to put our opinions forward, we’re frightened to serve, we’re worried about making mistakes and we can’t see ourselves or others in a positive light. It’s not necessarily that we’re critical, more that we feel hopeless or helpless and things just aren’t good enough somehow.

It’s a really powerful chakra and it’s one that can be so easily thrown out and particularly, it can be thrown out  by over thinking.

Best antidote to overthinking? Meditation, mindfulness and spending time in nature.

Weekly Structure

Each week of this nine week challenge will follow the same format:

  1. We will begin with the short guided meditation for the week, using your guidance stone. During this meditation you’ll be given a colour to work with for the week, and a word or phrase.
  2. We will choose an oracle card to give us inspiration and direction for the week ahead.
  3. We will spend ten minutes (or more if desired!) to complete our weekly journal prompt.
  4. We will give ourselves healing energy at least once this week.
  5. We will spend a few moments at the end of our day in gratitude.

Guided Meditation:

Today we’re going to use the sound of my Tibetan Singing Bowl in our meditation. You’ll need about ten minutes for this exercise.

Allow the sound to enter your Crown Chakra. Feel like you are opening a doorway in the top of your head for the sound to enter.

Then just listen to the meditation as directed.

Allow your Power Word and Power Colour to come to you.

You can listen to the meditation here:


Journal Prompts

Now answer the following questions, writing as little or as much as you need:

  • What does your Power Colour mean to you? What words or ideas does it provoke? Write them down. Then use that colour to boost your energy. Shut your eyes for thirty seconds and breathe it into your body whenever you feel a bit flat or low. Wear it as clothing. Choose flowers in your colour. Eat food that colour. Be creative with it.
  • How can you use your Power Word this week? Write a few ideas, based on your word. Trust whatever comes and write it down. Don’t overthink it.

Want to go deeper with your journalling? Try these additional prompts. Write the beginning of the sentence and then keep going, using stream of consciousness. Do one or all of them. You’ll be amazed what you might discover about yourself!

  • When I connect into the energy of my Crown Chakra it makes me strong to think that…
  • When I connect into the energy of my Crown Chakra it makes me scared to think that…
  • When I connect into the energy of my Crown Chakra it makes me curious to think that…
  • When I connect into the energy of my Crown Chakra it makes me excited to think that…

Your Chakra Card For The Week:

Take your chosen oracle or tarot cards, offer up a small prayer that whatever you do be for your Highest Good, and then shuffle the deck. As you’re shuffling, ask the question ‘What wisdom does my Crown Chakra have for me this week?’ Say it out loud or hold it as a thought in your head. Either will work.

Choose one card. How you choose is up to you. Split the deck. Fan them out. Top or bottom. Dive right in. There is no right or wrong.

Now look at your card and hold your guidance stone in your non-writing hand. Really look at the card. Don’t use the book or the ‘proper’ meaning. We are being intuitive here, people! What stands out for you in the picture? What thoughts and ideas do the images provoke? Take a minute or two and write those thoughts down. I know, you might feel like you’re just making it all up. That’s okay. Write anyway. Trust that there is a part of you that is wise and that has been waiting for this chance to speak with your conscious mind.

Here’s an example of my first journal pages for the Crown Chakra:

 

Hands On Healing:

This week our hands-on healing can be done at any time during the day. It’s also a great healing to do last thing at night, in bed, just before you go to sleep.

  1. Sit or lie comfortably and with a straight spine.
  2. Shake out your hands and activate your hand chakras. (Can’t remember how? Go back and review our Orientation Post)
  3. Now gently use the fingers of both hands (not thumbs) to tap lightly on your Crown Chakra on the top of your head.
  4. Then place one hand on the top of your head and one hand on your heart. Let white light flow from your hands into your body.
  5. When your body is filled with light, run white light from one hand to the other, in a  gigantic healing loop. Feel the white light connecting your heart and your mind. Feel your Crown Chakra energising and opening.
  6. Now place both hands on your chest. Flow white light from your Crown Chakra all the way down to your feet. Allow your entire body to become filled with white light. Be open to healing, insight or whatever else comes to you.
  7. Let the colour of the energy change as you do this, if any other colours come to you and feel right.
  8. To finish, lift your hands from your body, shake them out and sit quietly for a moment. Or simply allow yourself to fall asleep.

You can also do this healing  when you first wake up. Enjoy!

Practicing Gratitude

The Gratitude Rock anchors positive energy and gratitude at the end of every day.  You can carry your stone with you, or leave it beside your bed.  At night, before you go to sleep, hold your Gratitude Rock in your hand.

gratitude-rock

As you hold the stone say to yourself: I am richly Blessed. I have an Abundance of Good in my life. Then hold in your mind one or more image of a thing you have been grateful for today. Swell that positive energy up in your heart like a beautiful golden light, and give a heart-felt Thank You, Thank You, Thank You to the Universe. Visualise a tiny shower of golden light travelling from your heart into your Gratitude Rock.

Now here’s the fun bit – imagine all of the other people who are taking part in this journalling challenge with you. Once again build up a strong positive energy in your heart, and then imagine shooting a stream of golden light out into the Universe to those people.

Say Thank you. I Bless You. I intend for you Love, Miracles and Abundance.Know that as you are saying this for them, they are also saying this for you. Feel that connection and gratitude and know that there is real love and support for you here. Place your rock back beside your bed, and go to sleep, cocooned in this good energy.

Win a Prize!

Week Seven’s journal prize winner is Nicky Strickland. Nicky, please contact us so we can send your crystal out to you!

Come visit us over at facebook. If you post a pic of your journal, crystal and cards this week OR a picture that best represents your Crown Chakra energy on our facebook page or over at Instagram you’ll be in the running to win a cool crystal prize!

Our final prize is a natural clear quartz crystal from the Kimberley, hand-chosen by me, and all juiced up from being in that recent big crystal grid on my farm. Delicious! ❤ Entries close on Monday 21 May at 6pm Brisbane, Australia time. I’ll announce this week’s winner on next week’s wrap up post.

Thanks again for joining me on this journal challenge.

Love and hugs, Nicole ❤ xoxo

We’re On Retreat!

“I am not a teacher, but an awakener.”
~ Robert Frost

 

This morning we begin our next residential retreat, Beginners Channelling, here in Byron Bay.

My bags are packed and the ute is packed and we will soon leave the farm and travel the short distance down the road to our retreat destination. The venue is ready. My students are arriving. It’s all about to happen.

I’m excited for this group. I chose this time for our retreat so carefully, and booked it almost four years ago. Today will be a day of preparation and orientation and then tomorrow we move into the end of April, into Samhain, deep into the process of seeing ourselves and our lives honestly and of letting go of all that no longer serves. It’s also a powerful time for all forms of psychic connection.

Then suddenly it will be May, and with it will come gentle energies for heart healing and growth (wait for my blog on Monday where I explain these energies in much more detail). May will be a time for great forgiveness and a healthy new self-acceptance.

It’s a powerful time for soul work, and that is what we will do.

As I hold my students in my twice-daily meditations I will also hold space for you to make these same shifts, and to experience this same new freedom and expansion. I’ll update you on our progress next week, and give you some little activities to help you step more fully into your own intuitive gifts.

I have a few spots left on our next residential retreat in June. Temple of Light is a Shamanic Meditation Retreat and it’s possibly my favourite meditation technique ever. It is suitable for complete beginners and advanced practitioners. But I’ll tell you more about that later. Right now I have to get ready for a very big day.

Sending so much love your way, Nicole ❤ xoxo

 

PS – Want to know more about our Temple of Light Meditation Retreat? Email me at cauldronsandcupcakes@gmail.com and we’ll be sure to send some details to you on Monday.

PSS – If you’d like to see what one of my retreats looks like you can have a sneak peek here.

Nicole’s other Retreats in 2017:

June 17 to 22 – Temple of Light Shamanic Meditation Retreat. Imagine that you could learn one simple meditation technique that would allow you to access an energetic destination which is multi-layered and will last you an entire lifetime in terms of the insights, wisdoms and developments that it will help you to manifest for yourself and others. That is what the Temple of Light ™ is all about. No matter what your current level of knowledge, spiritual connection or metaphysical ability, this technique will work for you. Over this six day immersive experience, Nicole will guide you through a series of meditation and self-reflection exercises designed to open you up to your pure nature, your Soul’s Truth, and the talents and gifts within you. The Temple of Light ™’s energetically connected ‘rooms’ will provide you with a beautiful and sacred shamanic template that will allow you to manifest immediate change in your life, and to rapidly accelerate both your personal and spiritual development. Whatever your interests, the
Temple of Light ™ will provide you with what you need, customised to your own energy and purpose.If you are interested in developing psychic or metaphysical skills, creating healing energy, or gaining access to creative or financial flow, this is the workshop for you.

November 25 to December 1 – Working with Crystals – Level 1. This will be the first time I have offered this as a residential course. An immersive and intensive experience where I will show you how to select, clear, charge and program crystals. I’ll show you how to use them for meditation and healing, to support the chakras, to support intuition and psychic awakening, as a channelling tool, for manifestation and for creating energetic spaces. I’ll also teach you the fundamentals of crystal gridding and crystal essence making, and how to choose crystals for others. Lots of meditation and energy work, lots of stones to take home, and lots and lots of fun!

Chakra Journal Challenge – Week 7

 

 

“When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.”
― Audre Lorde

 

Hello, and welcome to Week Seven of our Chakra Journal Challenge!

Every Tuesday in March and April I will post a Journal Challenge for you, based upon a journey through the main chakras. You don’t need to know anything about journalling, chakras, crystals, oracle cards or energy work. I’ll explain everything that you need to do each week. Then you’ll have a week to complete the simple activities I share.

If you’re only just joining us please go back and read my Orientation Post first.

About the Third Eye Chakra

The Third Eye Chakra anchors our perception. Our Third Eye taps into the pineal gland which works with our brain to create images beyond what we can physically see. The colour of this chakra is Indigo – a rich purple-blue.

The Third Eye Chakra is the most powerful chakra in your body for creating through vision. The activity of Imagining/dreaming,/visualising yourself as you would like to be in the world (so that you hold a perception of reality now but also the reality that you would like to see in the future) taps into the command center of your brain. What your mind sees cannot be differentiated between real or imagined so if you keep feeding your brain through your Third Eye Chakra, through your imagining wonderful images, your brain will accept this as reality, and your life will begin to shift to match that new reality.

Seeing energy, tapping into clairvoyance, telepathy skills, intuition, psychic perception – that’s the other thing that the Third Eye Chakra is all about. And of course it’s where you appreciate everything that come to us through vision, including things like art.

When the Third Eye Chakra is balanced you will find it easy to hold a positive picture of yourself and a positive picture of your future. You will be inspired and optimistic. You will feel spiritually connected and spiritually curious in the world. When your Third Eye begins to flow and ‘wake up’ you have a sense of interest and excitement about tapping into your higher intuition and you often have that questing feeling; that needing to feel more, be more, experience more from a spiritual and metaphysical point of view.

When the Third Eye becomes really overactive, you often have headaches and sometimes you can even have hallucinations, nightmares and bad dreams. When you feel detached from yourself, detached from the world, in your head too much and not able to find direction or feel joy and inspiration from being able to imagine things, then you know you’ve got a low-functioning Third Eye.

Weekly Structure

Each week of this nine week challenge will follow the same format:

  1. We will begin with the short guided meditation for the week, using your guidance stone. During this meditation you’ll be given a colour to work with for the week, and a word or phrase.
  2. We will choose an oracle card to give us inspiration and direction for the week ahead.
  3. We will spend ten minutes (or more if desired!) to complete our weekly journal prompt.
  4. We will give ourselves healing energy at least once this week.
  5. We will spend a few moments at the end of our day in gratitude.

Guided Meditation:

Today we’re going to use the sound of my Tibetan Singing Bowl in our meditation. You’ll need about ten minutes for this exercise.

Allow the sound to enter your Third Eye Chakra. Feel like you are opening a doorway in your forehead for the sound to enter.

Then just listen to the meditation as directed.

Allow your Power Word and Power Colour to come to you.

You can listen to the meditation here:


 

Journal Prompts

Now answer the following questions, writing as little or as much as you need:

  • What does your Power Colour mean to you? What words or ideas does it provoke? Write them down. Then use that colour to boost your energy. Shut your eyes for thirty seconds and breathe it into your body whenever you feel a bit flat or low. Wear it as clothing. Choose flowers in your colour. Eat food that colour. Be creative with it.
  • How can you use your Power Word this week? Write a few ideas, based on your word. Trust whatever comes and write it down. Don’t overthink it.

Want to go deeper with your journalling? Try these additional prompts. Write the beginning of the sentence and then keep going, using stream of consciousness. Do one or all of them. You’ll be amazed what you might discover about yourself!

  • When I connect into the energy of my Third Eye Chakra it makes me strong to think that…
  • When I connect into the energy of my Third Eye Chakra it makes me scared to think that…
  • When I connect into the energy of my Third Eye Chakra it makes me curious to think that…
  • When I connect into the energy of my Third Eye Chakra it makes me excited to think that…

Your Chakra Card For The Week:

Take your chosen oracle or tarot cards, offer up a small prayer that whatever you do be for your Highest Good, and then shuffle the deck. As you’re shuffling, ask the question ‘What wisdom does my Third Eye Chakra have for me this week?’ Say it out loud or hold it as a thought in your head. Either will work.

Choose one card. How you choose is up to you. Split the deck. Fan them out. Top or bottom. Dive right in. There is no right or wrong.

Now look at your card and hold your guidance stone in your non-writing hand. Really look at the card. Don’t use the book or the ‘proper’ meaning. We are being intuitive here, people! What stands out for you in the picture? What thoughts and ideas do the images provoke? Take a minute or two and write those thoughts down. I know, you might feel like you’re just making it all up. That’s okay. Write anyway. Trust that there is a part of you that is wise and that has been waiting for this chance to speak with your conscious mind.

Here’s an example of my first journal pages for the Third Eye Chakra:

 

Hands On Healing:

This week our hands-on healing can be done at any time during the day. It’s a great healing to do last thing at night, in bed, just before you go to sleep.

  1. Sit or lie comfortably and with a straight spine.
  2. Shake out your hands and activate your hand chakras. (Can’t remember how? Go back and review our Orientation Post)
  3. Now gently use the fingers of both hands (not thumbs) to tap lightly on your Third Eye Chakra which is in the middle of your forehead
  4. Then place one hand on your forehead and one hand on your heart. Let white light flow from your hands into your body.
  5. When your body is filled with light, run purple light from one hand to the other, in a  gigantic healing loop. Feel the purple light connecting your heart and your mind. Feel your Third Eye Chakra energising and opening.
  6. Let the colour of the energy change as you do this, if any other colours come to you and feel right.
  7. Finish with white or golden light into your body.
  8. Sit quietly and be open to any psychic or intuitive connection or information that may come. Hold yourself open to vision and understanding about your best self and highest expression.

You can also do this healing  when you first wake up. Enjoy!

Practicing Gratitude

The Gratitude Rock anchors positive energy and gratitude at the end of every day.  You can carry your stone with you, or leave it beside your bed.  At night, before you go to sleep, hold your Gratitude Rock in your hand.

gratitude-rock

As you hold the stone say to yourself: I am richly Blessed. I have an Abundance of Good in my life. Then hold in your mind one or more image of a thing you have been grateful for today. Swell that positive energy up in your heart like a beautiful golden light, and give a heart-felt Thank You, Thank You, Thank You to the Universe. Visualise a tiny shower of golden light travelling from your heart into your Gratitude Rock.

Now here’s the fun bit – imagine all of the other people who are taking part in this journalling challenge with you. Once again build up a strong positive energy in your heart, and then imagine shooting a stream of golden light out into the Universe to those people.

Say Thank you. I Bless You. I intend for you Love, Miracles and Abundance.Know that as you are saying this for them, they are also saying this for you. Feel that connection and gratitude and know that there is real love and support for you here. Place your rock back beside your bed, and go to sleep, cocooned in this good energy.

Win a Prize!

Last week’s journal prize winner is Donna Abel Donnabella. Donna, please contact my wonderful PA, Dana, at nicolecodyinfo@gmail.com so she can send your crystals out to you!

Come visit us over at facebook. If you like us and post a pic of your journal, crystal and cards this week OR a picture that best represents your Third Eye Chakra energy on our facebook page or over at Instagram you’ll be in the running to win a cool crystal prize!

Week Seven’s prize is a natural amethyst chunk from the Kimberley, hand-chosen by me, and all juiced up from being in that recent big crystal grid on my farm. Delicious! ❤ Entries close on Monday 1 May at 6pm Brisbane, Australia time. I’ll announce this week’s winner on next week’s Challenge post.

See you next week, ready to explore the eighth and final chakra in the Chakra Journal Challenge!

Love and hugs, Nicole ❤ xoxo

The Eagles and the Crystals

“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

 

In January, we pulled down our massive Ancestors and Songlines crystal healing grid at our farm. Ben and my friend Satisha helped me to locate all of the stones that were beginning to be buried by the long summer grass that had grown up wildly all around them. We literally crawled around the grid on our hands and knees, feeling every inch of ground to pull out the stones which had lain there through sun and rain, moon and stars for nearly 8 weeks.

When the stones were removed I sorted through them and chose a selection to be tasked for my retreat students this year, plus a few extra that I may sell or give away at some stage. Ben then drove me and my stones to the very back of our property where the eagles live.

In the boughs of a mighty old gum tree is a huge platform made from sticks and branches. It is home to a nesting pair of wedge-tail eagles. The tree itself sits within a tangled thicket of scrub, privet and camphor. It’s private, secluded and the place holds an energy of wilderness and deep peace. The views from the top of the tree must be incredible. The birds would see our entire valley and river system, and then over the saddle of the hill behind them and into the next valley too. We often see the eagles and their fledglings soaring on the thermals around our farm. They are massive birds. Majestic. Fearless.

At the foot of this ancient tree, beneath the eagles’ nest I laid out a new crystal grid. I sang magic into it the way my old Aboriginal Aunties taught me. I added my own magic too, and the magic of my ancestral line. I wanted these crystals to soak up all of that energy, and the energy of the land, of the tree and of the eagles. Of course other creatures will add their own energies. There is so much native wildlife here. And there is the energy of country. It’s a tangible energy, and it makes the crystals sing.

On Tuesday afternoon we went back and retrieved these stones. They have been through wild storms, eclipses, full moons, dark moons, pink moons, bright clear skies and gentle sunsets. After so long in the dirt they were encrusted with earth and bits of leaf and grass. They smelled like sweet loamy soil and sunshine. And goodness, how they felt in my hand!

This weekend I’ll scrub them clean and lay them out in the sun to dry, and then I’ll choose one for each of my Beginners Channelling students, for them to learn how to use when our retreat starts just ten days from now.

Maybe one of these stones will find its way to you one day. I truly believe that they always find the person who needs them most.

They are simply wonderful. I know you’ll love them as much as I do!

Chakra Journal Challenge – Week 6 – Throat Chakra

“Living with integrity means: Not settling for less than what you know you deserve in your relationships. Asking for what you want and need from others. Speaking your truth, even though it might create conflict or tension. Behaving in ways that are in harmony with your personal values. Making choices based on what you believe, and not what others believe.”
― Barbara De Angelis

 

Hello, and welcome to Week Six of our Chakra Journal Challenge!

Every Tuesday in March and April I will post a Journal Challenge for you, based upon a journey through the main chakras. You don’t need to know anything about journalling, chakras, crystals, oracle cards or energy work. I’ll explain everything that you need to do each week. Then you’ll have a week to complete the simple activities I share.

If you’re only just joining us please go back and read my Orientation Post first.

About the Throat Chakra

The Throat Chakra governs communication, your personal intentions and personal truth and voicing those things. Its colour is a beautiful sky blue.

Physically this Chakra governs your throat, your gums, your mouth, your teeth, your thyroid gland, all of your neck and shoulders and even your arms and hands. We hold a lot of tension here in these areas when we don’t speak our truth.

If you’re someone who suffers from stress headaches, throat problems, mouth problems, grinding your teeth, tension in your neck and shoulders, your Throat Chakra may not be in flow. Our words and emotions get ‘stuck in our throat’ or jammed deeper down inside of us. Tune in to your Throat Chakra and you’ll feel what I mean!

How do we know when we are in flow? When we are in flow with our Throat Chakra we have excellent communication skills. We can communicate our thoughts, feelings and ideas to others, as well as to ourselves. We own our truth and speak it. We also listen well to people and we really hear what they have to say. We honor the other person who’s speaking by giving them our attention.

We find that we can say things that need to be said, even when that is difficult. We’ll be aware of non-verbal communication. This awareness is not just what being said but how it’s being said; the body language of the person and also the higher energies of the person.

When our Throat Chakra’s in flow it gives us a much stronger connection to intuition and to telepathic and channeling abilities.

We connect in to our inner voice and we’re able to speak that truth to honor our own needs and to ask clearly for what we need without getting stressed about it.

Weekly Structure

Each week of this nine week challenge will follow the same format:

  1. We will begin with the short guided meditation for the week, using your guidance stone. During this meditation you’ll be given a colour to work with for the week, and a word or phrase.
  2. We will choose an oracle card to give us inspiration and direction for the week ahead.
  3. We will spend ten minutes (or more if desired!) to complete our weekly journal prompt.
  4. We will give ourselves healing energy at least once this week.
  5. We will spend a few moments at the end of our day in gratitude.

Guided Meditation:

This meditation is based upon a yoga practice called “Bhramari”. It is a meditation where you hum like a bee!

It is a stunningly simple practice, which can have very powerful results. This meditation reduces stress and stress response within the body. It also cleanses, opens and heals the throat chakra.

Over time, this meditation will help to clear mucous in the throat and widen any constrictions, balance and lower blood pressure, normalize the endocrine system, and settle insulin and cortisol spikes that are our body’s fight or flight response. It is a terrific practice for anyone with thyroid issues, and can be done by anyone, regardless of their age or health.  It’s also great for hesitant speakers.

Bee Breath creates a healing vibration within the body, aids sleep, promotes blood flow to the brain, and calms anger and anxiety. It also boosts your energy without making you ‘hyper’ because it is a grounding practice.

Kids love it too, and you can do it on your own, or as part of a group. In a group meditation the group will create sounds that are truly grounding and uplifting, and which can facilitate great healing and release.

To do the meditation:

  1. Sit comfortably with a straight spine. It doesn’t matter if this is cross-legged, on a chair, or even on your bed! Put your hands on your knees, palms down.
  2. Relax and bring your focus to your breath. Just be aware of the natural rhythm of your breath, don’t force it. Let your breath bring you to a place of greater calm within your body.
  3. Now that you feel a little more relaxed, take a breath in. On the outbreath, keep your mouth shut and your teeth together and make a humming sound. You can be as loud or as quiet as you want. In fact it’s fun to vary the loudness.
  4. Keep breathing in, in silence, and breathing out with humming until you really build up a vibration in your skull. Eventually you can fill your whole body up with vibration. It feels weird at first but stick with it.
  5. Sit quietly when you are finished, and let your Power Colour and Power Word come to you.

Build up from a minute or two to start with. If you feel dizzy, stop! Start again tomorrow. Over time, doing ten minutes a day of this meditation will bring about great results.

Journal Prompts

Now answer the following questions, writing as little or as much as you need:

  • What does your Power Colour mean to you? What words or ideas does it provoke? Write them down. Then use that colour to boost your energy. Shut your eyes for thirty seconds and breathe it into your body whenever you feel a bit flat or low. Wear it as clothing. Choose flowers in your colour. Eat food that colour. Be creative with it.
  • How can you use your Power Word this week? Write a few ideas, based on your word. Trust whatever comes and write it down. Don’t overthink it.

Want to go deeper with your journalling? Try these additional prompts. Write the beginning of the sentence and then keep going, using stream of consciousness. Do one or all of them. You’ll be amazed what you might discover about yourself!

  • When I connect into the energy of my Throat Chakra it makes me strong to think that…
  • When I connect into the energy of my Throat Chakra it makes me scared to think that…
  • When I connect into the energy of my Throat Chakra it makes me curious to think that…
  • When I connect into the energy of my Throat Chakra it makes me excited to think that…

Your Chakra Card For The Week:

Take your chosen oracle or tarot cards, offer up a small prayer that whatever you do be for your Highest Good, and then shuffle the deck. As you’re shuffling, ask the question ‘What wisdom does my Throat Chakra have for me this week?’ Say it out loud or hold it as a thought in your head. Either will work.

Choose one card. How you choose is up to you. Split the deck. Fan them out. Top or bottom. Dive right in. There is no right or wrong.

Now look at your card and hold your guidance stone in your non-writing hand. Really look at the card. Don’t use the book or the ‘proper’ meaning. We are being intuitive here, people! What stands out for you in the picture? What thoughts and ideas do the images provoke? Take a minute or two and write those thoughts down. I know, you might feel like you’re just making it all up. That’s okay. Write anyway. Trust that there is a part of you that is wise and that has been waiting for this chance to speak with your conscious mind.

Here’s an example of my first journal pages for the Throat Chakra.

 

Hands On Healing:

This week our hands-on healing is simple, easy and powerful. It’s a great healing to do last thing at night, in bed, just before we go to sleep.

  1. Lie in bed, on your back, comfortable and with a straight spine.
  2. Shake out your hands and activate your hand chakras. (Can’t remember how? Go back and review our Orientation Post)
  3. Place one hand on your throat and one hand on your heart. Let white light flow from your hands into your body.
  4. When your body is filled with light, run blue light from one hand to the other, in a  gigantic healing loop. Feel the blue light cleansing your throat, your blood, your cells and organs, your energy field.
  5. Let the colour of the energy change as you do this, if any other colours come to you and feel right.
  6. Finish with white or golden light into your body.
  7. Fall asleep, knowing that you will still be healing as you sleep.

You can also do this healing  when you first wake up. Enjoy!

Practicing Gratitude

The Gratitude Rock anchors positive energy and gratitude at the end of every day.  You can carry your stone with you, or leave it beside your bed.  At night, before you go to sleep, hold your Gratitude Rock in your hand.

gratitude-rock

As you hold the stone say to yourself: I am richly Blessed. I have an Abundance of Good in my life. Then hold in your mind one or more image of a thing you have been grateful for today. Swell that positive energy up in your heart like a beautiful golden light, and give a heart-felt Thank You, Thank You, Thank You to the Universe. Visualise a tiny shower of golden light travelling from your heart into your Gratitude Rock.

Now here’s the fun bit – imagine all of the other people who are taking part in this journalling challenge with you. Once again build up a strong positive energy in your heart, and then imagine shooting a stream of golden light out into the Universe to those people.

Say Thank you. I Bless You. I intend for you Love, Miracles and Abundance.Know that as you are saying this for them, they are also saying this for you. Feel that connection and gratitude and know that there is real love and support for you here. Place your rock back beside your bed, and go to sleep, cocooned in this good energy.

Win a Prize!

Last week’s journal prize winner is Ashley Bogacz. Ashley, please contact my wonderful PA, Dana, at nicolecodyinfo@gmail.com so she can send your crystals out to you!

Come visit us over at facebook. If you like us and post a pic of your journal, crystal and cards this week on our facebook page or if you like and tag us in on your pic over at Instagram you’ll be in the running to win a cool crystal prize!

Week Six’s prize is a Blue Obsdian and a Selenite, hand-chosen by me, and all juiced up from being in that recent big crystal grid on my farm. Delicious! ❤ Entries close on Monday 24 April at 6pm Brisbane, Australia time. I’ll announce this week’s winner on next week’s Challenge post.

See you next week, ready to explore the seventh chakra in the Chakra Journal Challenge!

Love and hugs, Nicole ❤ xoxo

Easter Egg Oracle 2017

“Hedwig didn’t return until the end of the Easter holidays. Percy’s letter was enclosed in a package of Easter eggs that Mrs. Weasley had sent. Both Harry’s and Ron’s were the size of dragon eggs, and full of home-made toffee. Hermione’s, however, was smaller than a chicken’s egg. Her face fell when she saw it.
“Your mum doesn’t read Witch’s Weekly, by any chance, does she, Ron?” she asked quietly.
“Yeah,” said Ron, whose mouth was full of toffee. “Gets it for the recipes.”
Hermione looked sadly at her tiny egg.”

~ J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

It’s Easter!

If you lived closer I’d pop over with some Hot Cross Buns or some Easter Eggs and we could sit and have a cuppa and a chat. But the Cauldrons and Cupcakes family is a global community so my Easter Gift to you will have to be a virtual one.

Today’s blog gives you a mini-reading. It’s not a fortune-telling exercise; instead it’s about seeing yourself and your life from a fresh perspective. All you need to do is scroll through the pictures of my Easter Eggs, and choose the one that appeals to you most. Then go further down the page to read the meaning for the Easter treat you have chosen.

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


Today’s Easter Egg Selection

1.  Henny Penny’s Magical Eggs!

 

2.  More Fun with Friends!

 

3. Handmade Organic Chocolate Truffles!

 

4.  My Special Project!

 

5. ♥ Golden Fancy!

 

6.  Green, Green, Green!

 

7.  Elegant Simplicity !

 

8.  Which Came First?

 

♥ The Message and Gift of each Treat♥

Each Easter Treat has a message for you. I have also selected a crystal to best support the message and energies of your choice.  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.

♥ Henny Penny’s Magical Eggs ! – From Little things Big Things Grow! You are given your ideas and feelings for a reason. You’re coming into a time of great change and shift, and all of it for your own best outcomes and results. All of those niggling feelings and tiny ideas for change need to be given light and space so that they can grow into something tangible, creating a map for you to follow from lost back to being on track again. It’s a wonderful year ahead. Be brave and keep going. Don’t be afraid to make BIG changes. It’s your year for that. And all of this change will lead to stability, harmony and peace.  Best Crystal – Ametrine (or an Amethyst and a Citrine)  ♥ Power Word – Transformation  Magical Healing Environment – Quiet time in nature or spaces that nurture and inspire you.  Nature walks, ocean swims, watching the snow or rain fall as you sit inside drinking a warm drink with your journal by your side, being in an art gallery or favourite cafe, a museum or a beautiful garden.

 More Fun with Friends!  – Life is a journey that’s meant to be shared! What’s needed in your life right now is fun, connection and companionship. A family movie and pizza night, a dinner out with friends, a holiday with your bestie, a camping trip or a cooking workshop. This isn’t online connection – you need skin time, face-to-face time. Make new friends or re-connect to old ones. Reconnect to activities and places that were important to you in the past. Plan a party or a get-together. Work less. Live more. And if you’re in love and it’s all going well? Make that bigger commitment!  Best Crystal – Ruby in Fuchsite   Power Word – Connection  Magical Healing Environment – Anywhere that lets you be in the same space with other people in ways that support or entertain you. This could be your backyard barbeque area, a restaurant, a classroom, or a coffee shop. It could be a weekend music festival or a pottery class, a birthday bash or a school reunion. It could also be a wedding or a baby shower 🙂

 Handmade Organic Chocolate Truffles – Indulging in mindful pleasure!  On one level you are completely exhausted, my beautiful friend. And yet you keep pushing on. It’s time to bring pleasure and down-time back into your life. It’s time to get out of your head and back into your body. Better to choose one exquisite thing than a bucket full of mediocre. It’s time for quality rest and recreation and for gifting yourself the time and space to reinvent and recharge yourself.  It’s also a time for conscious eating and mindful movement as you chart a path back to balance, wellness and emotional satisfaction.  Best Crystal – Garnet  ♥ Power Word – Slow  ♥ Magical Healing Environment – anything that reconnects you to your senses.  Bubble baths, clean sheets, music, sleep, good books, dancing, lying in dappled sunlight on soft green grass, beautiful healthy food, exquisite small indulgences, essential oils, fresh flowers, warm embraces.

 My Special Project! – A Focus On Love! You are lovable. You are worthy of love. If you’re in an existing relationship it’s time to give that relationship some extra love and care. Give yourself permission to fall in love all over again. Love isn’t a fairy tale. It’s fun and hard and tears and magic and pain and growth and sharing. But it’s also incredible! Haven’t found that special someone yet? Know that love is in the air. Love isn’t just romantic love – it’s friends and family too. Go be with them! Happy on your own? Then it’s time for some self-love and acceptance of yourself just as you are. Love those quirks and bumpy bits. Your very existence is sacred. You are a miracle. There is always someone out there for you, and who will love you just as you are, just like you’ll love them. Start to believe that.  Best Crystal – Moonstone   Power Word – Cherish   Magical Healing Environment – Sitting in your heart, and being with your loved ones. Life isn’t scripted, and romance and love grow in the heart of the everyday. Our job is to be mindful so that we can be in that moment and help that love grow. Put your screens down and be present. Don’t be afraid to give yourself a makeover too, if that helps you feel good about yourself and how you walk this world.

 Golden Fancy! – Creative Talents and Ideas! There is something that only you can bring to the world. Your gifts and talents are meant to be shared. It might make a big impact on many people. It might change the life of just one. But if you don’t work to shine your light and share your gifts a little part of our timeline will forever stay darkened., because no-one can replace you and your offerings. No-one. It’s time to move from procrastination to action. It’s time to value your ideas and gifts and to dream your dreams into being. There is so much energetic support for you. All manner of help and miracle-making at your fingertips. So, what’s stopping you? Only self-doubt, and we don’t have time for that anymore. We need you to just get out there and do your thing.  Best Crystal – Smoky Quartz  Power Word – Authentic  Magical Healing Environment – Your creative lair, office or art space, or wherever else you make your magic. Which could be the garden, kitchen, or the counselling couch. This is not a time for learning or planning, it’s a time for doing and being! Thank you for being you.

 Green, Green, Green! – Wherever You Go, There You Are! What’s needed for you right now is a sense of sanctuary.  It might be your bedroom, your study, your altar, your backyard. It might be your writing space or your office. It might be your entire home. It needs to be clean. It needs to be comfortable. It needs to make your heart feel glad. It needs to be a space that reflects who you are and what you love. Move if you have to. It’s okay to end and begin things now. And if the mess is inside you, get help with that. Do whatever it takes to bring yourself back to a place of inner peace and calm. ♥ Best Crystal – Snowflake Obsidian  ♥ Power Word – Sanctuary ♥ Magical Healing Environment – Home (whatever that means to you).  Create a space that allows you to feel safe, comfortable, supported and surrounded by beauty and meaning. Start with one small corner. Simple is fine. De-clutter. Make space for rest and new growth.

♥ Elegant Simplicity – Levelling Up Spiritually.  Spiritual connection and flow is not a difficult or complicated process, although we often try to make it that way. You are coming into a time of deeper connection, deeper knowing, and deeper intuition. Give yourself some breathing space to contemplate the bigger questions in your life. Make time for reading, meditation and journalling. Expect a bigger connection to God, your Guides and Angels and your own Wise Self. Expect answers to those big questions, and a clarity about your way forward. All is well.   Best Crystal – Lapis Lazuli   Power Word – Become  ♥ Magical Healing Environment – Sacred Spaces or alone time. Churches and temples, parks, sitting under old trees, your meditation corner, a library or a quiet corner of the house when no-one else is home.

 Which Came First? – Troubles Falling Away!  Sometimes it’s hard to know what happens first… Our troubles begin to resolve so we begin to feel better, or we begin to feel better so our troubles resolve. Any way it happens, know that things are finally looking up for you. BUT you need to let go of the old story about all your troubles too. Open to the possibility that things can change for the better. Even if you never quite understand how or why.  Prayers answered, breakthroughs and an end to going round and round in circles going nowhere. Hooray!  Best Crystal – Tiger Eye   Power Word – Blessings  Magical Healing Environment – Your life! Nothing specific you need to do, and nowhere you need to be. It’s all progressing beautifully. Soon you’ll see that shift you’ve been hoping for.