“Don’t you simply love going to bed. To curl up warmly in a nice warm bed, in the lovely darkness. That is so restful and then gradually drift away into sleep…” ~ C.S. Lewis
Ben and I arrived home from our little adventure last night. To the city house anyway.
Our flight into Brisbane was delayed. And then delayed again.
The luggage took forever to turn up on the carousel.
The line for a taxi was stupidly long.
We finally tumbled through the front door, dialled for some Chinese food, ate it in front of television in a sleepy blur.
And then, oh, meditation, a long hot shower, and bed.
Our own bed. With clean sheets.
Ben had thought me crazy making the bed with new linen at 3.30am on the morning we left home. I assured him he would thank me. Perhaps he would have too if he hadn’t fallen asleep as soon as his head hit the pillow.
I lay awake just a little longer, appreciating the perfectness of my own pillow, the softness of my bed, the scent of clean sheets, the familiarity of everything. And the quiet. It was heavenly.
We’re off to the farm this morning. I’m homesick for our dogs and the cows and for quiet country roads and big skies. I can’t wait to give Harry and Rufous the biggest cuddles. I hope they’re pleased to see us too!
It was only a short break, but we both feel renewed.
“We can’t be afraid of change. You may feel very secure in the pond that you are in, but if you never venture out of it, you will never know that there is such a thing as an ocean, a sea. Holding onto something that is good for you now, may be the very reason why you don’t have something better.“ ~ C. JoyBell C.
June brings energies of growth and transformation. This month you can build on existing situations, foundations and opportunities, further transforming your life through work and self-belief. You’ll start to see results, and your progress will become visible to others too. Keep that in mind as we look at the gifts of inspiration which the card Exploration brings us.
Exploration is about future vision – that vision you can create for yourself of the life you want to have, the life that inspires or nurtures or fulfills you better than the life you are living right now. It’s about the spirit of possibility and of experiencing life rather than simply existing, of growing and realising more of your potential, of changing in ways that engage, please and satisfy you.
This week put aside your sense of practicality, your self-doubt, and that part of you that shuts down ideas and new directions before you’ve even begun. Let yourself dream a bit. Got dreams already that you’ve put in a box and forgotten or that you’ve ignored? Exploration urges you not to give up on them just yet!
Transformation often starts by seeing possibilities for yourself in whatever area of your life you’d like to change. Possibilities are fueled by research. How can you know what you want and follow that path if you don’t know what’s available? This week is a great week to find out more about the things that have been engaging your curiosity or that have popped into your awareness unbidden.
Exploration is also saying: ‘Do I need a guide? Do I need someone to guide me in whatever area of my life I’m looking for that growth and change?’
Sometimes the thing that grows us is finding a guide, a coach, a mentor. You might need a course, or to join a group of like-minded people who are focused on the same interest as you.
And for a few of you? The Universe has a clear message. YOU ARE THE GUIDE. What are you waiting for? There is someone out there who needs your help, your wisdom, your message. It’s time.
(No idea how to do that or feel like you need some guidance with that yourself? Contact my PA Trish at firstname.lastname@example.org and put your name down for advance notification on my course and retreat Platform in November 2019 – which is all about helping you craft your book, message and course to put out into the world.)
Supportive crystals this week?
Map Jasper helps you to concentrate, analyse and understand. It supports the adrenals and counteracts overthinking and intellectual exhaustion. (Can’t find Map Jasper? Use a combination of your favourite Jasper with Black Tourmaline.) Peach Moonstone encourages self-care, soothes worry, raises vibration and stimulates your capacity to problem solve using both intuition and reason. Clear Quartz (pictured) amplifies intuition and your ability to tune in to Universal and Personal Wisdom. It’s a great stone to enable you to understand at a soul level what you really need. Amazonite helps you to live bravely and from your heart, especially in regard to decisions and direction. It will boost self-confidence and self-worth.
Helpful essential oils?
Combine Frankincense, Lemon and Douglas Fir Essential Oils for an energising and focusing diffuser blend this week. A ratio of 2 drops of Frankincense and 3 drops each of Lemon and Douglas Fir is delicious!
Frankincense helps you to be grounded and connected at the same time, and reduces stress and inflammation within the body. Lemon is uplifting and helps bring focus and clarity, and Douglas Fir (pictured below) helps your mind to move past limitations and to connect into possibility and good decisions and it has the added bonus of smelling like Christmas Trees – all woody freshness with some citrus undertones.
Need an oil to enhance your creativity, and to help you move out of overwhelm or anxiety? Use Neroli by diluting and applying to your pulse points as a perfume or add it to your diffuser alone or with a couple of drops of the oils mentioned above.
I’m passionate about essential oils and their capacity to support our wellness journey and our spiritual and emotional wellbeing. If you’d like to know more or want to source the oils I recommend and trust visit this site or contact me at email@example.com
This is your one precious life (with this particular set of people, circumstances and dates anyway) – and only you can live it. Be open to the energies of Exploration this week. If you’re not satisfied with your life the way it is, trust that this week you can be shown glimpses of how it could be. Transformation is in the air, and I have so much faith in you! I’m cheering you on.
Lots of love, Nicole ❤ xx
PS: Monday’s oracle card, ‘Exploration‘ , is from the Sacred Power Reading Cards by Anna Stark. I use any cards shown as a prompt for channelled messages and my own own intuitive wisdom, so my take is sometimes quite different to the meaning found in a book.
“One of the greatest regrets in life is being what others would want you to be, rather than being yourself.” ~ Shannon L. Alder
I have a delicious choice today.
I could go to the markets, hit the shops, check out a bookshop I haven’t explored yet, find an amazing cafe, catch a tram somewhere, take a stroll through town, do something cultural, meet up with friends. Everything. I could do everything!
I could do nothing.
Order room service and read the weekend newspapers in bed. Make the room dark and go back to sleep. Lie around all day and nap, sip tea and read a book or watch a movie in bed. Nothing. I could do nothing!
I’m not sure which one I’ll choose yet, or whether I might even do half a day of each.
Isn’t that fabulous? Well, I think it is! Having the power to choose and the freedom to do what I want is an incredible feeling.
I hope you find some time for yourself too this weekend,
“I think she’s that woman off the TV.” ~Overheard at the Shopping Mall
Yesterday I went into a shop in the city to buy some face cream. As I paid for my purchase the shop assistant asked if I was a member of their loyalty program and then tried to find me on the database using my phone number.
That didn’t work so she asked for my name.
‘Nicole,’ I began.
‘Cody!’ she responded. ‘Oh my God, I thought you were Nicole Cody. Hi Nicole, I read your blog!’
The shop assistant, Marika, was kind and very charming and she loaded me up with lots of free samples, which was lovely of her. As I was leaving she asked me if she could take a selfie with me. Which was weird, but I obliged and said yes.
As Marika and I posed together another woman in the shop took a photo of the two of us and asked to have her photo taken with me too. She then hugged me profusely and left the store.
Outside the store the second woman showed her friend the pictures she’d taken with me.
‘Who’s that?’ I overheard her friend said. ‘Should I know her? Is she famous or something?’
‘Yeah, I think so,’ the woman who’d taken a selfie with me replied. ‘I think she’s that woman off the TV.’
Her friend turned around and took a surreptitious photo of me before they walked off.
Neither of them knew me, but they were hoping I was ‘someone’.
I’m still laughing.
If you DO happen to know who I am and you ever see me and want to come up and say hi, please feel free. I’m not the woman off the TV but I do write an awesome blog!
“You see, bookshops are dreams built of wood and paper. They are time travel and escape and knowledge and power. They are, simply put, the best of places.” ~ Jen Campbell
That was when I finally breathed out, and my body relaxed.
Not when the plane pulled back from the aerodrome.
Not when we took off into the sky and the world fell away behind us.
Not when we landed at our holiday destination.
Not when we sat at a little Italian cafe eating pasta and soup for breakfast!
That moment where my whole body relaxed was when I walked into a musty, busy Antiquarian and Second-Hand Bookstore.
I felt every muscle in my body ease, the tension melt away, the fatigue lift. I was surrounded by books. The smell of them, the heft of them in my hand. The selection, too many from which to choose. I spent an indulgent hour there, and bought a volume of old letters and poems. Then I went next door to a cafe, and ordered a large pot of tea. I sat and sipped tea, and immersed myself in my book as the world walked past my table.
“Hygge is a quality of presence and an experience of togetherness. It is a feeling of being warm, safe, comforted and sheltered. Hygge is an experience of selfhood and communion with people and places that anchors and affirms us, gives us courage and consolation. To hygge is to invite intimacy and connection. It’s a feeling of engagement and relatedness, of belonging to the moment and to each other. Hygge is a sense of abundance and contentment. Hygge is about being not having.” ~ Louisa Thomsen Brits
Ben and I are going away for a week. As you read this we’ll already be on the plane.
A friend is at the farm taking care of our dogs and cows and vegetable garden. My team are looking after my emails and the phones and the work stuff.
Ben and me? We’re looking after each other. It’s been a tough year. The illness, decline and death of his mother. The loss of a dear friend. The support of another going through a terrible time. Drought. Illness.
We’re tired. We need a break, before one of us breaks.
I’ll still be meditating. And I’ll still blog. Because those things are as ingrained in me as cleaning my teeth. I can’t not do them. But everything else can wait.
Be kind to yourself this week while these energies make all of us empaths more sensitive than usual.
“Being connected to everything has disconnected us from ourselves and the preciousness of this present moment.” ~ L.M. Browning
I had a wonderful day yesterday, although apparently I should have been in melt-down. 😊 Facebook was down for most of the day for many business users, or at least most of the functionality was, and the same went for Instagram and WhatsApp.
I should have been stressed. My blog post didn’t cross-post to Facebook. My Instagram post didn’t load. My team and I couldn’t post or comment. Messenger went kind of crazy too.
Apparently this is a disaster!!!
Instead, I took myself for a walk through the laneways of Adelaide and stopped for good chai. I talked to people, read the paper, and made notes in my journal. Later a girlfriend came to pick me up for lunch and deliver me to my conference venue and we talked, shopped and hung out.
It was lovely.
I worked on a new deck of oracle cards and a book about card reading spreads that we are creating for you.
My phone wasn’t constantly pinging me with messages and updates. My crazy inboxes couldn’t load anything else into themselves. Instead I had static and quiet.
I’d forgotten how much I love that unplugged space.
It’s also made me more determined to create more of that in my life.
How about you? Do you get enough unplugged time?
There’s a whole world beyond our screens. And as much as I am grateful for having the world in my pocket and connectivity at my fingertips I find the here-and-now most satisfying too.
“Fun is one of the most important – and underrated – ingredients in any successful venture. If you’re not having fun, then it’s probably time to call it quits and try something else.” ~ Richard Branson
I’m in Adelaide right now, which is cold and wintery and wonderful. Thanks so much to everyone who came out to my channelling event on Monday night. I love being able to hug people and put a name to the face of friends I have only known online.
This week I have a balance of work and fun, and I’m lucky to have one of my favourite families taking me around the sights and to delicious eateries and magical places.
Yesterday included private appointments in the morning followed by bookshops, pop-up crab spaghetti restaurants (no – that platter in the pic was not all for me!), ice-cream and lots of laughter, hugs and sharing. After dinner I had an early night back at my hotel room with meditation, a hot shower and then a long sleep beneath clean sheets.
July is a month that focuses on relationships, heart connection and soul nurture, and I’m certainly getting plenty of that right now! I hope you’re managing to find some connection time too.
Much love to you, Nicole ❤xx
“Without leaps of imagination or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all is a form of planning.” ~ Gloria Steinem
I’m on a cruise ship in the middle of the ocean right now. There has been far less possibility for internet connection that I had expected, so I’ve had all of this lovely quiet time to myself to plan, to dream and to begin calling my new year into reality.
Of course to do this I am using my Year of ME 2018 Planner. I’m so loving using this year’s edition. I have the A5 spiral-bound version and I’ve dedicated a little of each day to listening to the Channelling Recordings from my Guides at the Pop Up Event talking about the energies of 2018, and filling in the first pages, and thinking about my year ahead. Both the recording and the Planner are available in our Store here on the blog .
* Please note that we only have a very limited supply of these fabulous A5 hard copy Planners left, so if you want one we recommend that you order it as soon as you can, or contact my fabulous PA, Dana Hartnell at firstname.lastname@example.org so she can put one away for you.
The picture above is of my guiding card spread for myself for 2018. All the directions are in my Planner, so even if you have never worked with oracle or tarot cards as a reflection and self-discovery tool before you’ll find it easy to follow and do for yourself.
When we have ventured ashore I’ve been spending some time in the many wonderful Temples, Pagodas and Churches of Hong Kong, Vietnam and Taiwan, burning incense or lighting candles and offering my prayers for all of you. It has been a holiday full of fun, reflection, meditation, adventure and fabulous food!
Here’s one of the incense and prayer offerings I made for you. I wish it was smell-a-vision as this incense was so richly fragrant:
And here I am planning out my year over coffee, sitting on board the ship one early morning. (Note my cute Studio Ghibli stickers I found in Honk Kong – yay!)
Only a few more days and our cruise will be over. Then we have a brief stop in Macau before winging home to Australia.
I can’t wait to share the journey again with you this year. As much as I have enjoyed my break I have missed you all! We have lots of surprises, treats and great content planned for our Cauldrons and Cupcakes community in 2018, and some really special online events planned for our YOMMERS (Year of Me course and community for 2018 – it’s not too late to join, all the details are in our online store on the blog – my YOMMERS also get great discounts on all our courses and retreats so if you are thinking of participating in an online course or retreat this year join up and enjoy big savings!).
Biggest love and hugs to you from some obscure little cafe in Keelung, Taiwan,
“We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.” ~ Anonymous
I’m in Hong Kong right now, for the first part of the surprise holiday Ben bought me for my ‘Congratulations on turning fifty and thank you for not dying’ present.
We’re having a fantastic time. Every day is crammed with the wonderful, the unusual and a little of the outright bizarre. I’m in heaven!
Yesterday we met our lovely friend Amanda Cook, who is an expat currently living here in Hong Kong. Amanda is a herbalist, wellness coach and an excellent tour guide! (Find out more about Amanda here)
First we lunched at Dim Dim Sum, a brilliant little hole-in-the-wall dumpling cafe that is renowned for its delicious and innovative food. We drank tea and caught up on all the news in each other’s worlds over many many kinds of Dim Sum, and some of the cutest yummiest custard buns (shaped like little pigs) that I’ve ever eaten.
Then we went for a stroll through streets of fresh food markets. I loved the rich variety and freshness of the food and saw all kinds of things that were new to me.
Finally, under a gloomy overpass we came across some Villain Hitters. Villain Hitters are older women who practice an age-old Cantonese tradition of banishing demons and outcasting bad spirits and other energies that cause harm to you. It can also draw good and helpful energies and people to you as the bad ones are displaced.
Why not? I thought. So I paid my money and wrote the name of the demons I wanted banished on a paper package that the Villain Hitter handed me. She then had me sit opposite her beside her makeshift shrine. She said some prayers and I did too, and then she took small effigies (pieces of paper with human shapes on them) to represent my demons and hit them vigorously with a shoe until they began to fall apart. The she screwed up the paper scraps and placed them in the mouth of a paper tiger, which was set alight and burned.
My Villain Hitter then cleaned my aura with a piece of paper on which were written prayers and invocations. It felt surprisingly good. The paper was then burned too.
Finally we made an offering, some more prayers and we were finished. Of course I then hugged my wonderful Villain Hitter for a job well done.
The Villains I wanted banished? Bad bacteria, ill health and lyme disease in my body.
Let’s hope they’ve all gone, banished by her shoe and her mighty intentions that I prosper and do well.
I’ve also been making a little gift for you for Christmas. Stay tuned. I’ll post it Christmas Day. Remember too that we are in a period known as The Lull right now, which will last until 16 January. It’s a time for resting, recharging, connecting with our friends and family, and having fun. Wherever you have the opportunity simplify, slow down, and take time for what matters most to you.