Chakra Journal Challenge: Week 2 – Base Chakra

“The ache for home lives in all of us. The safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.”
~ Maya Angelou

 

Hello, and welcome to Week Two 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. It will also list all other posts in this challenge that precede this one.

 

About the Base Chakra

The Base Chakra connects our Soul into the power of our physical body, helping us remain in the ‘now’ or present moment.

This chakra governs and influences our ability to feel ‘at home’ and safe in our bodies and the wider world.  It connects us to our tribe – our family, lovers and friends.

It enables us to be grounded and calm, emotionally and physically strong and stable. It allows us to be in the flow of abundance, to meet our needs, to be secure, and to flourish financially, emotionally, and physically.  It is where all of our beliefs about money and the ability to support ourself resides. It allows us to be confident, self-assured, purposeful and practical.  It gives us our ‘fire’.  It governs our elimination and the ‘letting go’ of what no longer serves us. It enables us to be decisive, connected and empowered. It balances and ignites our masculine and feminine energies.

The Base Chakra is situated between your legs at the base of your pubic area, and it points down towards the ground. The colour of the Base Chakra is a bright, vibrant red.

Base Chakra by Leanne M Williams

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:

You’ll need twelve minutes to listen to this short guided meditation. Feel free to hold your crystal while you meditate. When the meditation is complete, write down your power colour and your power word or phrase for the week in your journal.

Note: I apologise for the background noise in this meditation. I recorded it here in the Philippines where I am currently at a conference. This was my seventh effort, and I just couldn’t find a place anywhere that was perfectly quiet. I’ll re-record it when I get back to Australia but for now do your best to ignore the few background distractions of voices outside my room!

To listen to the recording just press play:

I love this image. So perfectly suits the visual for the sanctuary that your Base Chakra can provide!

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.
  • What other insights did you get?

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 Base Chakra it makes me strong to think that…
  • When I connect into the energy of my Base Chakra it makes me scared to think that…
  • When I connect into the energy of my Base Chakra it makes me curious to think that…
  • When I connect into the energy of my Base 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 Base 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 own first pages this week, as an example:

 

 

Hands On Healing:

These simple steps can help you to unblock and activate your Base Chakra.

  1. Shake the tension out of your hands, loosen your shoulders and give your body a good energetic shake out.
  2. Lie down and make yourself comfortable.
  3. Activate your hand chakras by shaking your hands again and then rubbing them together a few times.
  4. Place your hands over your groin and direct energy into your Base Chakra. You may visualise this as bright red energy, or as your Power Colour.
  5. Give yourself five minutes of hands-on healing.
  6. It’s okay to fall asleep while doing this. Otherwise, when you are finished just lie quietly for a few more minutes to integrate the healing before shaking out your hands to finish the healing session. Be open to any thoughts or images that come to you as you rest.

 

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 winner is Lynley Forgione. Please contact us at cauldronsandcupcakes@gmail.com so we can get your prize out to you!

For this week’s prize, come visit us over at facebook or Instagram. If you like us and post a picture of what home means to you tagging us with the hashtag #cauldronsandcupcakes, you’ll be in the running to win a cool crystal prize! Week Two’s prize is a rose quartz stone and a red jasper stone hand-chosen by me, and all juiced up from being in that recent big crystal grid on my farm. Both are beautiful stones for giving your base chakra some love. ❤ Entries close on Monday 20 March 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 third chakra in the Chakra Journal Challenge!

Love and hugs, Nicole ❤ xoxo

The True Cost of Dreams – Monday Oracle 13 March 2017

“The cost of a thing is the amount of what I will call life which is required to be exchanged for it, immediately or in the long run.”
~ Henry David Thoreau

Hello, Lovelies.

The oracle card I have chosen to guide us this week is ‘Wisdom’ from the Chakra Wisdom Oracle Deck by Tori Hartman.

If you read my forecast for March, you’ll remember that March is all about creating systems and structures which make your everyday life more supported and sustainable.

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

Wisdom reminds us that when we follow the calling of our heart magic happens. This week support comes from unexpected quarters, inspiration flows, and from the smallest of beginnings we can begin to create results beyond our wildest imaginings. It’s a strong week for intuitive wisdom and spiritual guidance. It’s the kind of week where miracles can happen.

It’s the kind of week where we get the job, get the lucky break, win the prize, meet the love of our life.

It’s a fabulous week for finding a coach, mentor or teacher. For joining a class or a mastermind. For signing up to learn more. Or for offering your own expertise in the world.

Wisdom is all about healthy boundaries, asking for help and practicing extreme self-care.

It’s about not apologising for your choices, or feeling that you need to explain or defend yourself.

Wisdom is also a reminder to build our lives and businesses in sustainable ways.

There’s no point reaching our goals or realising our dreams if we have destroyed our relationships, our health, our lives or our planet in the process.

Wisdom encourages us to recognise the price we pay when we don’t follow our heart. When we ignore our dreams life becomes colourless, our very life-force drains away, we waste our one precious life and become filled with regret.

The way forward this week is to take steps towards what makes our heart glad. Those steps might be small, but they are vital to our long-term happiness and wellbeing.

Our heart knows what it wants! True wisdom is paying attention to that, and creating action to make our dreams a reality.

Supportive crystals this week?

Red Jasper helps us to make decisions and stick to them this week. Tiger Eye is fabulous for clarity and creativity. Tourmaline in Quartz will build courage and help you to stand by your choices and decisions. Sodalite will help you to understand and speak your truth.

Helpful essential oils?

Young Living’s Believe or Common Sense essential oil blends are good choices this week. Believe works to boost our self-confidence and self-belief.  Common Sense oil is a super stress-buster that will help with allowing you to become clear about what you want, and to feel secure with your choices and decisions, especially around change. If you want to make your own combination or use a single oil, choose from grapefruit, basil, geranium and frankincense. Use one to two drops of each in your diffuser – they blend beautifully together.

Holding you, as always, in my thoughts, prayers and meditations, and intending for a you a life of abundance and joy, where you are no longer limited by your doubts.

All my love,

Nicole ❤ xx

Letting Myself Cry…

“The cure for anything is salt water. Sweat, tears, or the ocean.”
~ Isak Dinesen

 

It’s been building up for a while.

I do my best to manage it. I meditate twice daily. I ground myself. I sit in awareness and go gently when I need to.

But it’s never enough…

 

All the things I feel.

All the things I know.

All the things I see.

All the things I feel you hiding.

All the pain I feel inside you.

All the things of yours that I feel in me as I connect with you, hug you, work with you. Recent things, old things, things from childhood. Things sometimes from before even that.

All the injustices and terrible things that I see in the world or in some of my work where I must live with that knowledge, and the fact that I can’t change it.

All the times I can’t keep someone safe.

All the times my dreams become a continuation of the truth and suffering of others so that I might take some of that burden from you, or so that I can share that information with those who are empowered to act.

All the weight of all the things and all the feels and all that raw life.

 

Sometimes I find myself moving more and more slowly. Getting heavier and heavier in my body and my spirit. It comes upon me and I know that I can only hold it back for so long.

It always ends in tears.

But, after I have cried I feel better. Then I will take a walk, and then a swim in the ocean or a long shower.

Things go back to manageable again. The weight is lifted from me.

I have learned that it is okay to cry. In fact, sometimes it’s the only thing that truly helps.

How about you? What do you do to manage the weight of the world?

I am refreshed this morning, and sending so much love to you as I sit in meditation,

Nicole ❤ xoxo

 

 

Morning Healing Meditation Mandalas

“Outside the open window
The morning air is all awash with angels.”
~ Richard Wilbur, Collected Poems, 1943-2004

“The period between four and six in the morning is called the Brahmamuhurta, the Brahmic time, or divine period, and is a very sacred time to meditate. ”
~ Swami Satchidananda, The Yoga Sutras

 

And now on my travels I find myself in Cebu.

In this corner of the Philippines I still wake each morning at 4am to meditate in my room, after which I go sit on the empty beach for a while to watch the day dawn.

Yesterday morning I decided to make an impromptu crystal mandala to dedicate to the healing and wellbeing of a little girl named Imogen.

It’s a restful and evocative process, to create such a focal point for meditation and healing. I worked with what I had to hand – a stone from my pocket, a bracelet from my wrist, some flowers and leaves from nearby plants.

I enjoyed the process so much that I have decided to make a new healing mandala every day while I am here in Cebu.

Here is Imogen’s mandala. It features a Prehnite, Rutilated Quartz, frangipani and bouganvillea. And a whole lot of love.

By the time you read this post I may have already made this morning’s mandala. But you can be part of tomorrow’s.

Tomorrow I will be meditating on healing of childhood hurts, old family pain and ongoing issues, self-worth issues, insecurities and damaging or limiting stories imposed upon you by others. I’ll also be working on your base chakra, heart health and emotional security. If you’d like to be specifically included please add your name below or over on our facebook page.

Much love, Nicole ❤ xoxo

 

Highlights of Vietnam

“A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.”
~ Lao Tzu

Vietnam has been a fabulous holiday – full of delicious food, temples, crystals, lots of opportunities for meditation and quiet time, and for immersion in the hustle and bustle.

One of the best things about this trip has been travelling with our Vietnamese-Australian friend Thanh and her family. To have access to local knowledge and someone who speaks the language has enabled us to have experiences that we’d have never enjoyed otherwise.

I have loved every moment – even the knuckle-clenching bike rides!

Here are some of my highlights…

Coffee – so good. This version is hot, and filter dripped over sweetened condensed milk.

Temple dedicated to Quan Yin at the top of a mountain. I did say mountain. And yes. I climbed all the way up. Prayed and meditated for you. Then climbed back down again.

Pho. Soupy noodles in a flavoursome broth. With herbs. And killer chilli…

So many precious jewels and stones. Many of which are now in my overweight bag.

A 6am street breakfast. With excellent company.

A giant buddha. The temple built beside him, on the side of a mountain, has incredible energy and a sense of deep peace.

Lighting incense, and sending up prayers and positive intentions for my family, for you, and for the world.

A street stall full of sweets, offerings, ritual costumes and wonder.

Jewels! These ones are magnificent amethysts.

With my bikie gang, heading out for dinner and enjoying the New Year boulevards of lights and decorations.

At 5ku station, a street market barbeque restaurant in Saigon. My clothes still smell like barbeque days later!

We cooked our own dinner! Grilled beef, chicken and octopus served with sauces, vegetables, noodles, fries, beers and pepsi.

Yo! That’s ‘cheers’ in Vietnamese!

Chakra Journal Challenge: Week 1 – Feet Chakras

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“It was when I stopped searching for home within others and lifted the foundations of home within myself I found there were no roots more intimate than those between a mind and body that have decided to be whole.”
~ Rupi Kaur

 

Hello, and welcome to Week One 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 Feet Chakras

The foot chakras are located in the soles of your foot, right about where your foot arches. The colour associated with the chakras in the feet is a rich orangey-brown colour, like terracotta.

Your feet chakras anchor you into the healing and calming energies of the earth, and help you to stay centred in your body. When your feet chakras are open and connected you’ll feel at home in yourself and at peace with the world.

I’ve added a number of activities to help you with your feet chakras, as this is one of the energy centres most blocked in people.

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:

You’ll need ten minutes to listen to this short guided meditation. Feel free to hold your crystal while you meditate. When the meditation is complete, write down your power colour and your power word or phrase for the week in your journal.

 

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 foot chakras it makes me strong to think that…
  • When I connect into the energy of my foot chakras it makes me scared to think that…
  • When I connect into the energy of my foot chakras it makes me curious to think that…
  • When I connect into the energy of my foot chakras 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 do my Feet Chakras 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 pages, just to give you an idea of what we’ll be doing:

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Hands On Healing:

These simple steps can help you to unblock and activate the chakras in your feet. If you are short on time, completing Step 7 is enough. But if you have a little more nurture time available to you, try the entire ritual:

  1. Take a large tub of warm water and place a number of smooth stones or tumbled crystals in the bottom.  Place your bare feet in the water and roll your feet over the stones until they feel energised. I like to use a variety of crystals that work with each of the major chakras so that I have a rainbow of colour. But I always advise you just to use what you are drawn to. Trust that your own soul knows best what it is you need.
  2. Dry your feet and then stand barefoot upon the earth. Look down at your feet and visualise the chakra in the sole of your foot spinning and opening and energetically connecting into the energy of the Earth. Really allow yourself to feel this connection.
  3. Shake the tension out of your hands, loosen your shoulders and give your body a good energetic shake out.
  4. Now raise your arms up to the sky and draw the energy of the sun and the moon and the stars down in through your hands and the top of your head.
  5. Draw the energy of the earth up through your feet. Feel strong like a well grounded tree, roots deep down into the earth.
  6. Have all of the energy meet at your heart; healing, balancing and empowering your entire body.
  7. Finally, nurture and nourish your foot chakras and help anchor that grounded energy by rubbing a few drops of pure sesame oil into the soles of your feet. Sesame oil also helps us open to abundance and to be comfortable with flow and positive manifestation. Rub your hands together and activate your hand chakras. (Need help to do that? See last week’s post here.) Direct white light energy into your feet chakras. After you begin it is absolutely fine if you feel that you want to change the colour of the energy healing you are giving yourself. When you are finished, shake out your hands, close your eyes and sit quietly for a minute or two. Empty your mind of thoughts and just ‘be’.

Working with your foot chakras is a simple act of self nurture than can give lasting benefits and improved well-being on all levels.

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!

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 One’s prize is a carnelian stone and a nephrite jade stone hand-chosen by me, and all juiced up from being in that recent big crystal grid on my farm. Both are beautiful stones for giving your feet chakras some love. ❤ Entries close on Monday 13 March 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 second chakra in the Chakra Journal Challenge!

Love and hugs, Nicole ❤ xoxo

Pedispa

Is Perfection Your Secret Disease? – Oracle for Monday 6 March 2017

“Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in.”

~ Leonard Cohen

Hello, Lovelies!

The oracle card I have chosen to guide us this week is ‘Perfection’ from the Chakra Wisdom Oracle Deck by Tori Hartman.

If you read my forecast for March, you’ll remember that March is all about creating systems and structures which make your everyday life more supported and sustainable.

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

Perfection is a trap that steals time, momentum and positivity. It’s a sickness, a weakness that masquerades as something worthy.

We tell ourselves that we strive for perfection because we care so much. We want to do a good job. We want to get it right. We hold ourselves to a high standard.

In fact, sometimes we can’t even see that the reason we’re not moving forward is a perfection thing.

But so often it’s a perfection thing…

Perfection stops us from making decisions. Because what if there is a better one? What if we get it wrong? What if what we choose or decide fails us in some way?

Perfection stops us from even starting.

Instead we build entire worlds in our heads about how it could look, or even worse how it should have looked. (Yep, we spend time looking at the past, wishing we could have done things differently!) We use all our energy on thinking and worrying and comparing instead of simply DOING.

Perfection gets us into such a knot of not-good-enough that we procrastinate endlessly, and wear ourselves down into dust. We’re exhausted and spent before we even begin.

Perfection is an insidious disease that robs us of momentum, optimism and satisfaction.

Image from www.quotlr.com

Image from www.quotlr.com

This week the Perfection card reminds us to stop for a moment and examine our patterns of thought. And to look carefully at our patterns of action, or inaction.

What’s stopping you? What thoughts are going through your head? What’s worrying you? Why are you hesitating?

If necessary get it all down on paper. Just to get it out where you can see it clearly instead of having all those subversive joy-killing thoughts at the back of your head.

Then find a starting point and DO SOMETHING.

Not starting because of fear of failing is actually failing anyway. Had you ever realised that?

So – say yes. Or no. Start something. End something. Get some action happening and some choices made.

You may feel very wobbly as you start out, but action creates momentum and momentum creates stability and clarity. If you keep waiting, not doing anything, that clarity and momentum will continue to elude you. And you’ll stay a victim of the perfection disease.

Be a beginner, and then keep going. That’s how you get to mastery.

But above all, just be yourself!

Supportive crystals this week?

Lapis Lazuli is a stand out for its ability to strengthen both wisdom and self-belief. Carnelian is fabulous for energy, courage and creativity. Tourmaline in Quartz will build courage and help you to stand by your choices and decisions. Sodalite will help you to understand and speak your truth.

Helpful essential oils?

Young Living’s Believe or Common Sense essential oil blends are good choices this week. Believe works to boost our self-confidence and self-belief.  Common Sense oil is a super stress-buster that will help with allowing you to become clear about what you want, and to feel secure with your choices and decisions, especially around change. If you want to make your own combination or use a single oil, choose from grapefruit, basil, geranium and frankincense. Use one to two drops of each in your diffuser – they blend beautifully together.

Holding you, as always, in my thoughts, prayers and meditations, and intending for a you a life of abundance and joy, where you are no longer limited by your doubts.

All my love,

Nicole ❤ xx