I could have been blogging…

but my brain doesn’t work right.

So instead of blogging I’ve been meditating…

dog-meditation

napping…

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eating my own body weight in greenery…

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consuming medicinal concoctions that taste, let’s just say, questionable…

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talking to Upstairs…

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Thanks for your kind thoughts and healing energies. They mean so much to me. You’re all in my thoughts, meditations and prayers, even though I may be a little quiet here right now. I’m looking forward to being back on deck again soon.  Much love to you, Nicole ♥ xx

2012 in review – Thanks WordPress!

So much can happen in a year. I feel humbled and honoured to have shared my journey with you over the last twelve months, and I look forward to many more shared adventures together in 2013. Thanks for your friendship and support. Wishing you all things fabulous for the year ahead. Bless ♥ Nicole xx

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog:

Here’s an excerpt:

About 55,000 tourists visit Liechtenstein every year. This blog was viewed about 330,000 times in 2012. If it were Liechtenstein, it would take about 6 years for that many people to see it. Your blog had more visits than a small country in Europe!

Click here to see the complete report.

I’m a Star! Blog of the Year Award 2012

Image from www.partytogo.com.au

Image from www.partytogo.com.au

I’ve been honoured today with another blogging gong. The lovely Lorna of Lorna’s Tearoom Delights has bestowed upon me the Blog of the Year Award 2012. I do hope you go visit Lorna’s blog – it’s full of deliciousness, and she’s a dear Soul with lots of everyday wisdom and crackingly good photography on her pages. Blog of the Year Award 1 star jpeg I’m so glad I took up blogging. It’s been a big, fun and unexpectedly marvelous form of sharing for me, and I have found great friendship and support out there in the Bloggerverse.

Now, according to the rules of this award, I must nominate others. I’ve selected my nominations based on the blogger’s ability to uplift and engage me, to encourage me, and to broaden my knowledge. Also, the writers of these blogs are just beautiful people. My choices are below:

1. An Unrefined Vegan  Annie’s blog is jam-packed with wonderful plant-based recipes, but she also shares her soul with us in the most tender and open of ways. Whether you’re a vegan, vegetarian, or just looking for inspiration to bring new meals to the table, Annie inspires, and creates a sense of community and connection. She also created the Virtual Vegan Potluck – bloggers from all over the world coming together to share their best plant-based recipes in a glorious feast of every type of soup, starter, beverage, bread, main and dessert.

Annie - the Unrefined Vegan

Annie – the Unrefined Vegan

2. Sweet Mother Sweet Mother’s blog delivers an opinion – a well thought out and vocal standpoint on any matter of subjects from sexual preferences to gun laws.  She’s  clever, funny, sharp, considered and never afraid to back down from an issue. Sweet Mother makes me laugh often, cry sometimes, and think always.

Sweet Mother, as she often masquerades.  Image courtesy of open.salon.com

Sweet Mother, as she often masquerades. Image courtesy of open.salon.com

3. Theosophy Watch A blog that reminds me of my connectedness to the Universe. This blog is a rich source of theosophical, spiritual and philosophical information, laced with science and all kinds of ‘magic’. It often affirms my own beliefs, or gives me pause to reflect on something new.

Helena Petrona Blavatsky -   one of the founders of the modern Theosophical Movement

Helena Petrona Blavatsky – one of the founders of the modern Theosophical Movement

Thank you to all my readers, and a heart-felt blessing to all bloggers who make the interwebs a diverse ocean of facts, feelings and wonders.

Here’s to 2013 being a fabulous year for all of us, filled with blogalicious goodness.

Image from peasinapod.blog

Image from peasinapod.blog

Win a Healing Necklace, Made Especially For You!

This is the final week of my blog supporter love-up, and I’ve saved the best ’til last.

So far the beautiful Anita has won the every.day.presence book by Simone De Haas.

This week Tammy of onelittlestranger wins a crystal just for her, chosen and channelled by me. Congratulations, Tammy! I shall be delving through my magical cupboard to find just the right stone for you. ❤

I am so very grateful for all of the support and connection that you have shown me and my blog thus far.  I had no idea when I wrote my very first (rather lame) post that things would snowball the way they have. But my intention from the beginning with Cauldrons and Cupcakes has been to uplift, to support, to inspire and encourage – and to share my life so that I demystify the supposed ‘strangeness’ of having metaphysical abilities.

The spiritual journey is also a healing journey, and so my last offering to you in this big month of celebration is this – a custom-made healing necklace, hand crafted by me, and incorporating crystals and stones that are attuned to your own vibration so that you can experience positive shift, healing and growth in some significant physical, emotional or spiritual area of your life.

Here are some examples of necklaces I’ve made thus far:

❤ Fee’s necklace:

❤ Sophie’s Strand

❤ The Three Sisters’ Stones

When I make your necklace I meditate upon you first, to ask what you most need.  I choose the beads and crystals, and as I string the necklace I say a prayer and affirmation over each bead, no matter how tiny.  Finally, when the beads are strung, I hold the necklace in my hands and say a prayer of Blessing and do a further meditation for you, then I place the necklace in my crystal grid for twenty four hours to charge it up for you. There is love in every single bead, and they are truly powerful pieces.

All you need to do to be in the draw is to leave a comment below.  It doesn’t matter where in the world you live – if you are meant to win, you shall, and I shall happily send your necklace on to you.  Wishing you luck, and peace in your heart. ❤ Nicole xx

Win a Crystal, Chosen Just for You!

Last week I announced that in honour of the unexpected success of Cauldrons and Cupcakes, and my wonderful readers,  I would give away three prizes.  The first was this beautiful little book by Simone de Haas, titled every.day.presence – and the winner is Anita!  Congratulations, Anita.

This week I am giving you an opportunity to win a crystal, chosen by me based upon your energies and needs.  From my vast collection of stones that I charged up during the Transit of Venus earlier this year, I am sure that I shall find something that perfectly suits you.  I’ll also send you some simple instructions on how to work with your new crystal in meditation, as well as a channelled personal message about the qualities of your new stone.

I love working with crystals. I use them in meditation, in healing, and to enhance my writing and creative work. I use them extensively with my students when I am teaching spiritual and metaphysical courses. I often feel like I’m handing out lollies as I gift them with little bags of stones…

Naturally I also use them for my own psychic work too!  If you don’t know much about crystals you can check out some of my posts here:

Choosing A Crystal

Cleansing and Connecting with Crystals

Healing with Crystals

Using Crystals to Access Information

Working with Crystal Grids

All you need to do to be in the running to win your own special crystal is to leave a comment below.  I’ll put all of the names into my Tibetan Singing Bowl next Monday, 22nd October, and choose one at random. The winner, and the final gift, shall be announced on Tuesday 23th October’s blog. Feel free to share this post with your friends too. I trust that we are going to make some crystal magic happen with this give-away.

Thank you again, from my heart to yours, for all of your support and company as I blog my crazy life! ♥ xoxo

Book Giveaway and a Big Thank You!

Simone de Haas’ beautiful new book – every.day.presence

“Within you there is a stillness and a sanctuary to which you can retreat at any time and be yourself.”

~ Hermann Hesse

Life brings so many unexpected surprises.  My blog, and how it has been received in the world is one of them for me. This month I shall reach 250 000 hits for Cauldrons and Cupcakes, and my blog is not yet one year old!

So, I just want to say Thank You. Thank You for sharing the journey with me. Thank You for your kindness and support. Thank You for being part of my community.

To show my thanks I’m going to give away some gifts to my readers.

This week’s gift is a beautiful little book by the inimitable Simone de Haas.  Called every.day.presenceit’s a useful tool for helping you to focus energy back on yourself, in order to become more present, more real, and more authentically yourself. It is a visually rich book, with a simple but powerful message and some wonderfully inspirational messages and quotes.

This image by the clever Simone de Haas!

All you need to do to have a chance to win is to leave a comment below.  I’ll put all of the names into a hat next Monday, 15th October, and choose one at random. The winner, and the next gift, shall be announced on Tuesday 16th October’s blog. There will be three gifts in all, between now and the end of this month.

Thank you, from my heart to yours. I truly value you, and I hope that my blog plays a small part in helping YOU feel uplifted, supported and encouraged on life’s journey – with cups of tea, friendship and good snacks along the way!

Much love to you,  Nicole ♥ xx

Another of Simone de Haas’ treasures…

Ghostly Messages and Weird Confirmations…

Most of you probably know that I’m a bit of a writing bender right now. I hadn’t expected to embark on a new project; I have two finished manuscripts to edit, workshop notes to write, and some courses to finish.  And of course I’ve started on my second novel with my husband.

This bender came about because last week Nicole from threedeelife made a comment on my post The Woman I Turned Away.

She said: Have you ever thought of doing a Young Adult psychic novel? It would be fantastic!

Of course I immediately discounted the idea. I have so much else on my plate. And, I wondered to myself, would anyone be interested if I did?

But somehow this Young Adult novel idea wouldn’t let me go.

I woke up at 1am a few nights ago with a head full of story. Yes, I thought, I CAN write this, because essentially I’ve walked this path, and writing about it will spark off awareness and recognition in so many of you. It’s the sort of book I would have loved to read when I was back at the beginning of my own journey.

The story has been pouring out of me and onto the page ever since.

On Friday night I sat back and finally took a breather.  My husband and I went out for dinner in Byron Bay, to one of our favourite haunts, Luscious.  We ate great food, caught up with friends, enjoyed a glass of wine, and then came home and sat in front of the fire.

A stream of new ideas and a new character came to me as I watched the flickering flames, and I went to my computer to get them down because I knew I wouldn’t remember with the same clarity come morning.

And then the doubt hit. Who will want to read this, I thought. Can I really tell it how it is? Can I really write compelling fiction about a young girl having a psychic awakening?

I began thinking about an element of the plot. Thinking really hard and searchingly. I wondered if readers would find it a stretch…

As I sat staring at the screen, while my husband sat nearby on the lounge, an overhead ceiling fan roared into life, startling both of us. We looked at each other, bemused, and then I stood up, went over and turned it off.  Somehow it had gone from off to on (and the highest speed setting at that!) with no help from us.

We went through the possible reasons for why the fan might turn itself on. Rats in the wall?  A possum? An electrical fault?

Even as we were listing them off we both knew we were clutching at straws. Stuff like this is not uncommon at our house. My sister still talks about the time she looked after our dogs and house while we were overseas and the vacuum cleaner started up, when it wasn’t even plugged in at the wall.

Items get shifted around all the time here.  Things go missing and turn up in the strangest of places. Jewellery does this so often we can laugh about it now. Lights turn themselves on or off.  Doors unlock. Objects just appear, like an owl feather on my pillow, or a book on my coffee table.

So, what did we make of the fan?

Dead person, I said to Ben.

Yeah, I think so too, he agreed.

Who? I’m sure it is my grandmother, who passed last year, and who was also very psychic. I took it as a sign.

Why? When the fan turned on I was thinking about souls who’ve crossed over, and how they can still guide us, communicate with us, and help us, from where they are. That’s what I’d wanted to include in my book.

I felt like I got a big ‘thumbs up’ from upstairs.

So I’m writing my new novel uncensored.  I won’t hold back.  I’ll tell it how it is.  You’ll all know that it’s just a story.  And you’ll also know that every word of it could be true.

My third Blog Award – The Sunshine Award

I’ve been nominated for the Sunshine Award by a lovely blogger!

The Sunshine Award

The rules of this Blog Award are: Include the Award’s logo in a post or on your blog
. Answer 10 questions about yourself. 
Nominate 10-12 other fabulous bloggers. 
Link your nominees to the post and comment on their blogs, letting them know they have been nominated. 
Share the love and link the person who nominated you!

So here are my question answers:

  1. What are your favorite things to do? No secret here…  Writing, cooking, meditating and doing spiritual/psychic work, uplifting people, hanging out on my farm, swimming in the ocean, travelling. Oh, that’s rather a lot, isn’t it, and I have barely gotten started.  Let’s just say I am in love with life.
  2. Where would you most like to travel to? I’m quite fascinated by Istanbul (I even blogged about it here), but right at this minute I’d be back in Thailand in a heartbeat, enjoying the food, the atmosphere, the beautiful people, and the incredible massages.
  3. Who would you most like to meet who is still living?I’d love to have His Holiness, the Dalai Lama around for a cup of tea and a chat. I have quite a few questions to ask him.
  4. Who would you most like to meet who has passed away? This is a toss up between Jesus, Mary Magdalene, Buddha and Shakespeare. I think all four at a dinner party would be fascinating. And myself from any past life – now that would be cool!
  5. What do you think is the hardest thing to do? Self work – honestly exploring, understanding and bettering yourself. But I also think it is worth it.
  6. What is your motto? Hmmm.  I would say that ‘kindness’ is my religion, and that ‘It’s all good’ would be my motto. Life is meant to be savoured in the fullest, every beautiful moment, every nuance of light and dark. It’s all good…
  7. What is your favourite charity? No favourites, although I support a number. In the end I think we all need to share a sense of compassion and kindness with those around us, including animals and the earth.
  8. What are you proud of? I’m proud of all of my wonderful clients who have embraced their heart’s calling!
  9. What ambition do you still have? To be a successful published author. (More than once… LOL!)
  10. Your favourite flower? I have two.  Gardenias remind me of my grandmother, and I love the heady fragrance of those first summer Jasmine flowers.

Bloggers I nominate (and that I hope you visit!) are:
  1.  Lorna’s Tearoom Delights – because, well, it’s about tearooms, and tea and cakes and life in Scotland and all things good.
  2. istopforsuffering – for its kindness, compassion and gentle spirit
  3. Sweet Mother – because she makes me laugh often, cry sometimes and think always
  4. Veggiewitch – Earth Mother, Veggie and Vegan Food Queen, Kind Spirit, Big Heart
  5. Nikky’s Strength and Weakness – Soulful writing about life, straight from the heart
  6. an unrefined vegan – for healthy, cruelty-free, soul nurturing recipes delivered with charm and intelligence
  7. Source of Inspiration – Poetry, pictures, heart-felt musings and wonders that uplift and inspire
  8. Onida Merlyn – for some beautiful metaphyical writings
  9. Fierce Buddhist – haiku, buddhist thoughts, philosophy and friendship – lovely!
  10. coolcookstyle – because this girl cooks YUM food, and she’s funny, cool and kind
  11. Inspire ‘Til You Expire – positive messages, lots of gratitude and good uplifting stuff
  12. LadyRomp – empowering and inspiring women

My second blogging gong – The Very Inspiring Blogger Award

The lovely danLrene from Work the Dream has nominated me for The Very Inspiring Blogger award. Thanks Deb! You’re a wonderful inspiration.

I’m honoured, and truth be told, a little mystified that in the 89 days since I’ve started this blog I’ve had more than 23 000 hits already. Thank you, everyone, for supporting me, and for taking the time to visit and read my posts. I’m so glad you’re here to share the journey.

As per the rules of this award, here are seven things you probably don’t know about me:

  1. I won the Spotless Catering Award for my Rural Tourism thesis at Uni.  It was announced at our Graduation Ceremony to uproarious laughter which drowned out what the actual award was for. (Spotless Catering was the company who stumped up the prize money.) Even now I still get teased about being a spotless caterer.
  2. I can’t ride a bicycle and have hopeless balance.
  3. I am secretly in love with Kermit the Frog.
  4. I have worked as a shearer’s cook, had my own catering company, and love to cook in a camp oven over an open fire.
  5. I wish that I could breathe underwater, and am living out my mermaid fantasies in the current children’s book I am writing. Scuba diving is a poor second but is better than staying on the surface!
  6. I see auras and energy around all living things. It just happened.  I woke up on my thirtieth birthday and could see coloured energy around people. On my fortieth birthday I woke up to see auras and energy fields around plants and animals. (It freaked me out so much the first day or so that I couldn’t walk on the grass or eat real food! It’s okay – I’m used to it now.)
  7. I have often dreamed about places I have never been, and then googled them and found out they are real.

The seven inspiring blogs I nominate (and which I do hope you visit!) are:

Sherryl Cook – for a dose of courage, grace and honesty

Sweet Mother  – for a daily fix of humour, pathos and reality

Lorna’s Tearoom Delights  – for tearoom reviews, pictures of tasty treats, taste tests and wonderful countryside ramblings

Lightning Droplets  – for writing inspiration and lovely wordiness

Five Reflections  – for wonderful haiku poetry

Sarah takes pictures  – for beautiful images that delight the senses

Emmycooks  – for delicious recipes you really can make at home