“The closer you come to knowing that you alone create the world of your experience, the more vital it becomes for you to discover just who is doing the creating.”
~ Eric Michael Leventhal
Keeping a journal is something I’ve done since I was a child. I don’t mean a simple diary, where you record the events of the day. You know what I mean… I ate this. I did this. Someone said that. No. I mean a place where I could explore ideas, talk with myself, and find my own answers.
Over the last few years I’ve created several journal challenges here on my blog, and I’ve just made a new one for you, to take advantage of the fabulous energies March and April bring for uncovering the hidden and neglected aspects of yourself, and for determining where you are out of step with yourself, so that you can bring your life into alignment with your true nature and values. It’s a great time for getting to know yourself better and for forging new directions in your life. Would you like to join me?
We’ll be starting this new challenge on Tuesday 28 February, so that you have time to gather your resources together. Our first Tuesday will be an orientation day. Then each Tuesday for March and April I will have a new journal activity for you to complete during the week. You’ll need a minimum of ten minutes to set aside each week for writing, and an additional five minutes per day for five out of seven days for energy work on yourself to facilitate your own healing and wellbeing. I’ll teach you everything you need to know. You can be a complete beginner at all of this!
I will be using the Chakras as a guide for this challenge. You don’t need to know anything about them either. All you need to do is bring a willingness to know yourself better.
Here’s what you’ll need:
A new journal. Choose one that feels right for you. Make sure there are enough pages to get you through nine activities.
Some pens and pencils.
A crystal or stone to use as a gratitude and focus stone. (If you’re doing my Year of ME program feel free to use your 2017 stone for this challenge!)
A deck of oracle or tarot cards.
A sense of adventure and a readiness to explore your inner world.
NB: A note on choosing oracle or tarot cards – choose cards whose pictures and messages are meaningful to you. Avoid cards such as tarot decks that show only coins or cups etc. Instead choose a deck whose imagery really speaks to you. It’s the pictures that matter. Don’t worry if you don’t know how to use them. I’ll be showing you.
That’s my own journal, cards and stones in the picture below. I’ll be right beside you doing each week’s activities too. My gratitude rock is a smoky quartz and amethyst point (that’s the big one – the other two are a tourmalinated quartz and a prehnite that live in the same bag as my oracle cards and who came with me on my holidays). The oracle cards I’ll be using are Colette Baron-Reid’s Enchanted Map cards. And I just bought a new journal from a cool bookstore here in Vietnam, where I am currently travelling. It’s just the right size for our challenge and not too heavy in my luggage. (I won’t tell you about the other five journals I bought at the same place…)
Who’s in? Pop your name in the comments or let us know over on facebook. If you post a pic on the facebook page during this challenge, you’ll be in the running to win a cool prize! Stay tuned for details.
“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.”
~ Søren Kierkegaard
We’re sitting in a terrific month for reflection, reinvention and connection.
So how do we do that?
Here are my top five ways to find that headspace where we can explore the past and imagine the future…
1 – Going for a solitary walk
A long walk gives us time to move into a space of quiet receptivity. Thoughts can bubble to the surface. Insights can find us. We get quiet enough to be open. Ideas come. You can walk in nature, through city streets or around your suburb. What matters is that you’re moving, and that you’re on your own so that you don’t need to engage in conversation. (Walking the dog is fine though!)
Find a coffee shop where you can sit on your own, with a view of the world. You might be facing a busy street, you might be at the back of the shop looking out over all the patrons, you might be perched at a window seat, or at an outdoor cafe under a tree. You could even sit in a busy shopping mall. Grab your favourite coffee (or tea) and then just sit and watch the world go by. Don’t read. Don’t talk. Just sit with the world and with your thoughts. Eventually you’ll find a meditative space that lets you think deeply. Let your mind ramble. It will go where it needs to. Pay attention to where it wanders. Explore that more. If you want, take that further with some journalling.
This could be first thing in the morning or last thing at night when the house is quiet and you have time and space just for you. Pick up your pen, and write. Dump your brain onto the page and then keep going. Let the words flow. You might be surprised where they take you.
5 – Journalling time with some oracle or tarot cards for further reflection
Oracle and tarot cards are a great way to reflect on life. Choose a card. Think about what it signifies for you. Explore this in your journal.
Here’s my own 2017 Planner, and my 2017 gratitude stone, my 2017 crystal pack, and the oracle cards I’m going to use for the year ahead. Pretty delicious, huh?
My Year of ME Planner is also a great tool for tuning in! And it’s not too late to join our year-long course and community or to get some more intensive coaching with me for the year ahead. More details hereand in my Shop.
Make time for yourself this week. You’re worth it!
“The chief beauty about time is that you cannot waste it in advance. The next year, the next day, the next hour are lying ready for you, as perfect, as unspoiled, as if you had never wasted or misapplied a single moment in all your life. You can turn over a new leaf every hour if you choose.”
~ Arnold Bennett
Today, Thursday December 29 heralds the new moon. This moon closes the door not only on 2016, but on the entire thousands-of-years-old patriarchal energetic cycle that began its conclusion in 2012. This new moon welcomes in an entirely new energetic era – one of balanced masculine and feminine energy, one of hope and compassion, one of community, connection, information and advancement. It is my belief that you have chosen to be alive at this time as we straddle two worlds, the old and the new.
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 also offers us something extra. It’s a moon that supports us being attuned to our highest potential for this lifetime and an opportunity for us to leave the past behind and to truly embrace a positive future.
Tonight I will be holding space in my personal meditation for you as I sit with our Ancestors and Songlines crystal grid here at my farm. I will be intending that you move into your heart-space, and reconnect with your own Soul Wisdom. I will be intending that your feet find their way in 2017. That your path becomes clear. That you can more easily be yourself. That you know and express yourself truly. That you live life to your highest potential. That you are loved for who you are. That you come to know how much you are loved.
There are 2023 individually dedicated stones within my grid. If you have contacted me via my blog or social media, then your name is here.
Note: For those of you who contacted me after yesterday’s cutoff time, I am adding your name to one large crystal that will anchor energy and intention for you all.
Perform Your Own New Moon Ritual
I’ve also created a simple guided meditation and a series of rituals to help anchor your own 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 three days, up until January 1, 2017.
You’ll need this simple preparation:
choose a crystal or stone to hold in meditation
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 or do. 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 and Healing your Psychic Self
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).
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 Stepping Into Your 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 1, 2017, or on any future new moon to come to help keep you connected into this energetic support.
I’ll be starting my own meditation at 8pm AEST, if you’d like to tune in around that time, but I also love the idea of a wave of meditation across the world. Take a moment to tune into my crystal grid, and the central rose quartz stone. Send it a little love, light and positive intention. Feel that intention radiate back out into the world, amplified.
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.
“I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.” ~ E. B. White
“Dear E.B. White, if you had my Year of ME Planner you could do both!” ~ Nicole Cody
There is one thing in my life that has made all the difference in what I get done, and how. That’s my Year of ME Planner! (Go hereto buy one now!)
Do you have a strong desire to live a life that works better, flows better, feels better?
The Year of ME Planner allows you to create your own map – to a life that is intuitive, intentional and purposeful. ME stands for Manifesting Energies, but it also stands for you. This is about YOU mindfully creating a life more aligned with your dreams.
A few years ago a friend asked me:
“I have a request for a blog post. I constantly marvel at your ability to manage your time well, even when dealing with Lyme’s. You plan your time at the beginning of the year, you have clear containers and plans for your days, and yet somehow you still manage to find the time to go to cafes and spend time with sick friends. AND you can change plans mid-stream. Meanwhile, I feel like I struggle to do everything I want to do . . . I flip-flop between being disciplined about it, and then totally wasting time because I “owe” it to myself to take a rest.”
This Planner is how I live that life. I’ve developed a system that allows me to combine intuition, spiritual guidance (from oracle cards and journaling), forward planning, self-care, gratitude and management tools all in one place. It’s a system that has allowed me to create a rich and satisfying life and build a successful six-figure business part-time and mostly in my pyjamas, while I’ve battled all manner of health issues.
I have created room for yearly planning, monthly planning and daily actions. There are guided activities for you to review 2016 and plan out 2017 easily and clearly. There is space for self-care, oracle cards, journaling and a little magic.
Whether you want to launch a business, get in shape, write a book, plan the most exciting holiday or wedding, build a garden or just have more time for the things that really matter I’m here to guide you, step by step, to manifesting that life. I want you to use this Planner so that you can look 2017 in the eye and say with confidence ‘2017? This is going to be the year of ME!’
I truly love my Year of ME Planner, and so do many others. We now have a thriving and supportive community of YOM people! I’m so excited about this tool that I could just about bust. It helps you to practice extreme self-care, personal and life management, and will guide you to put plans on the page that are actionable and realistic, with just the right amount of daring. More importantly, it is a system that is flexible enough to allow you to roll with life’s many unexpected turns.
Here’s my own 2017 Planner, and my 2017 gratitude stone, my 2017 crystal pack, and the oracle cards I’m going to use for the year ahead. Pretty delicious, huh?
I have a number of options for you:
Digital download of my Planner.
Digital Download of my Planner AND a digital download of my Business Planning Pack – an extra document to use now or early in 2017 to help you plan your year in business in conjunction with your life planning.
Membership of my Year of ME Community – 12 months of membership to a private facebook group, as well as a year-long online course that will guide you through the year. Lots of lovely bonuses, webinars, meditations and more. Plus my community is the most kind, supportive and helpful space. You’ll fit right in!
Combo Membership for my Year of ME Community and year-long online course, and my YOM-Preneur Community and year-long online course. Not everyone is into business, but if you are, or you want to be, this is the deal for you. 12 months of planner guidance and support for life and business, no matter what stage of business you might be in. Plus you’ll be able to hang out with other intuitive and heart-centred entrepreneurs and business-oriented people.
Deluxe YOM-Preneur Mentoring Package – Work with me directly on your business and your life in 2017. 12 months of personal mentoring, small group coaching, webinars, events and membership of both my Year of ME and YOM-Preneur courses and communities.
I’d tell you more, but honestly, it’s all in the descriptions in my shop when you click on the various icons and offers. Right now I need a shower, some coffee and a little celebratory dance because… launch! Yay!!!
Come join us. It’s going to be amazingly, deliciously good. I can’t wait to hang out with you. Lots of love, Nicole ❤ xoxo
Go to my shop hereor click on the SHOP tab at the top of this page.
“Be the one who nurtures and builds. Be the one who has an understanding and a forgiving heart one who looks for the best in people. Leave people better than you found them.”
~ Marvin J. Ashton
Forgiveness is one of the more valuable gifts that we can give ourselves.
The energies of the next three days are well suited for all forms of forgiveness work. It’s one of the big things we are working on here at my Chakra Wisdoms retreat.
In today’s mini online retreat that follows along with our own, I encourage you to sit in that energy of forgiveness. Forgiveness of self. Forgiveness of those who have wronged you. Forgiveness for bad decisions and mistakes and all other manner of hurt and regret and opportunities lost or dreams uneventuated.
I recorded a meditation yesterday during our residential course here in Byron Bay. It is a raw and unedited recording with a few background coughs and snuffles but they won’t disturb your process.
There are also a few concepts and terms that you may be unfamiliar with, so let me briefly explain them here:
The zero point field is a quantum physics term. Think of it as the space between all matter – a space of darkness and possibility that flows through and links all things, everywhere.
Your soul anchor is a chakra that sits deep with the earth. Think of it as a small black sphere that is positioned well below your feet and within the liquid part of the earth’s core.
Your thymus chakra is located on your chest, between your heart and throat chakras. It is turquoise in colour, and is the seat of compassion, forgiveness and oneness energy.
To listen to this meditation, sit or lie with a straight spine. You’re welcome to hold your favourite crystal too. Then simply close your eyes and follow along to the sound of my voice. You’ll need to set aside fifteen minutes for this exercise.
If you’d like to do a little more work around the energy of forgiveness, use your oracle or tarot cards and journal to explore this in more detail.
Shuffle your cards, while holding the question ‘Where have I held myself back by failing to forgive?’
When you have shuffled the cards and they feel ‘done’, select just one card. How you choose that card is up to you. You can split the deck. You could take the top or bottom card. You could fan the cards out and take one from the array.
Place the card face up in front of you.
Clear your mind by closing your eyes and taking one deep breath in and then out. Open your eyes again. Take a minute and look at the picture on the oracle or tarot card.
What stands out for you? Is it an image or a colour? Is it a number or a word? What are your first impressions?
Write these down in your journal.
Now let’s go a little deeper. What feelings or words does this card evoke in your mind when you think about the card and its images in relation to your question. Take five minutes and just write some stream-of-consciousness thoughts down. Don’t censor or judge them. Trust your intuition..
Now repeat this same process for the final two questions:
‘What positive energies do I reclaim by forgiving myself and others?’
‘If I bring my attention to it, where will I get my biggest breakthrough?’
Thinking of you and sending so much love, Nicole xx
PS – Today is our last day of retreat so there will be no blog post tomorrow. I will be catching up on some much-needed sleep. Thanks for your understanding ❤
“The greatest thing in the world is to know how to belong to oneself.”
~ Michel de Montaigne
I’m off to run my Chakra Wisdoms Retreat today – a lovely immersive week of self-discovery, solitude, sanctuary, companionship, soul growth, crystals, meditation and really good food here in Byron Bay.
I don’t think I have ever looked forward to a retreat as much as this one. It’s all new material that I’ve been working on for years. It feels good to finally be bringing it out into the world.
Starting Monday I’ll share a little of the things we are doing and that you might like to try too.
Would you like to join us for a little virtual retreat magic?
You’ll need a journal, a favourite crystal and a deck of your favourite oracle or tarot cards. (If you don’t have any cards you can use an online deck – I’ll post links on Monday!)
And save the dates Friday 19 to Sunday 21 August!
I’ll be running a pop-up shop in Brisbane, as well as some one day workshops. Details about the pop-up shop and workshops tomorrow, so stay tuned!
“We often miss opportunity because it’s dressed in overalls and looks like work”
~ Thomas A. Edison
Opportunities and Possibilities
As we become more aware of our current position, we are able to begin charting a path forward. Today we’ll work with your intuition and Higher Self to begin choosing a destination that will be personally satisfying and energetically aligned with your best life.
Here’s what you need to do.
Take your crystal, and complete this short guided meditation:
Hold your stone in your cupped hands, close your eyes, and slow your breathing. Bring white light into your body until you feel peaceful and calm. Then bring white light into the crystal too. Allow yourself to connect to the stone. You may feel it tingle, or visualise a colour in your mind’s eye. When you are ready, open your eyes. Keep your stone near you, and hold it when you write.
Now shuffle your cards, while silently asking the question to yourself ‘What opportunities and possibilities are lighting my horizon?’
When you have shuffled the cards and they feel ‘done’, select up to four cards using the method that feels right for you.
Clear your mind by closing your eyes and taking one deep breath in and then out. Open your eyes again. Take a minute and look at each picture. Then come back to the first one.
What stands out for you today? Is it an image or a colour? Is it a number or a word? What are your first impressions? What thoughts come into your mind?
Write these down in your journal.
Now let’s go a little deeper. What feelings or words does this card evoke in your mind when you think about the card and its images in relation to the question ‘What opportunities and possibilities are lighting my horizon?’ Take five minutes and write some stream-of-consciousness thoughts down. Don’t censor or judge them. Trust the process. Draw a second card for clarification if you need to.
Repeat this process for each card.
Finally, read back over what you have written. Begin to create images in your mind of what these opportunities and possibilities could look like for you in your life.