Designing Your Future – Today!

“If you do not yet know where you fit, I suggest you try seeking it in receptive silence.  I used to walk amid the beauties of nature, just receptive and silent, and wonderful insights would come to me.” ~  Peace Pilgrim

 

Today is a wonderful day to set aside some time for creating a long-range vision for your life. Not what you want to do this year or next, but where you want to end up, years from now.

If you followed along with my mini-retreat you can sit in meditation with your Higher Self, or your Guide or Angel. Think about where your life could take you and ask for guidance and clarification using the techniques I have shown you.

Or simply make yourself a cup of tea, sit down with your journal and let yourself dream a little. Think about the following things:

  • Where do you want to be living?
  • What work will you do?
  • Who will share your life?
  • How will your health and body be?
  • What activities will fill your day?
  • Anything special that you’re doing or enjoying?
  • What things will you have already accomplished?
  • What dreams will still be left to achieve?

When you have some answers gift yourself ten minutes to sit or lie with your eyes closed, seeing yourself at that place in your future timeline. Allow yourself to see and deeply feel yourself having and being these things, and doing these activities. Luxuriate in your vision. Create in great detail and colour. Know that everything starts first as a thought and then, empowered by feeling, it is birthed into the world.

Use today to begin to create a new reality for yourself – one you can grown into that will fill your heart with joy and comfort.

Love and hugs,

Nicole

xx

Create Positive Change Program – Week 8

Image from Suturi

Image from Suturi

“If we don’t change, we don’t grow. If we don’t grow, we aren’t really living.” ~ Gail Sheehy

Congratulations! You made it to the final week of our Positive Change Program. This week’s about putting it all together, and then making a commitment to follow through on the dreams, plans and concrete steps we’ve identified in our journey to become MORE than we currently are, and to move from here to somewhere new.

There are tremendous energies of change around us right now, and if we actively use these energies instead of fighting against them, we’ll begin to create a life that is more aligned with who we are on the inside, and who we desire to become.

Doing this work sets us up well for 2014, and the expansiveness and opportunities that accompany the new year.

So let’s go!

Count Your Blessings!

Your Blessings Book can become a great source of comfort and inspiration.

Recording the small and simple blessings and the peak moments in our day reminds us of the positive energy already present in our lives.  As we focus on this positive feel-good energy, we attract more of these moments and blessings to us.

Reading back over these blessings reminds us of how rich our lives already are. It also shows themes – the things that you’re aware of and that are important to you, and gives you hints about what to include more of in your life.

Once again this week write down three blessings in your life every day – three simple things for which you are grateful.

Write them like this: Today I am thankful for (the blessing) because (write down a simple reason). eg: Today I am thankful for early mornings, because they are my time for meditating, writing and connecting. Early mornings set up my whole day in a positive way!

I keep a Blessings Book as a regular part of my life. Perhaps you’d like to extend this practice past the end of the course. I promise it’s worthwhile!

Counting on fingers and toes - Image from Climbing Frames UK

Counting on fingers and toes – Image from Climbing Frames UK

Affirm the Positive!

Take your rock from Week Seven and thank it. Write the Affirmation you used in your Blessings Book. You can now place the seventh rock beside your bed or somewhere where you’ll see it often.

Select the eighth and final rock from those you selected at the start of this course. This is your eighth Affirmation Stone. Carry it around with you, or place it somewhere where you can see and hold it every day.

Hold this eighth stone in your hands. Now think of who you want to be become, and what you hope to achieve through this positive change. This week we’re focusing on OUR EMERGING SELVES. We’re going to see ourselves as we wish to become and affirm that as a statement of declaration to the Universe.

When we state that we ARE something, we’re saying to the Universe ‘Hey! Line me up with all the good stuff that matches this new picture of myself’ and we begin to build a powerful belief within us. It’s all about claiming who we are and committing to that energy.

State it like this: I AM NOW ON MY WAY TO  ______.

Get excited about having this new energy in your life. As you affirm it, really see yourself doing it, having it, being it. Own that image of yourself.

Give yourself permission to become this thing.

Becoming... Image from Ezhuttukari

Becoming… Image by Ezhuttukari

Using your Gratitude Rock

This little rock is becoming a powerhouse of positive energy. Even simply holding it will be tuning you in to this. As you hold your stone tonight 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.  It doesn’t matter if you review your Blessings from your Blessing Book, or add in something new.  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 imagine all of the other people who are taking part in this Positive Change Program with us – people from all over the world, just like 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. Each of us benefits for the love and support we share, and we grow stronger and more open and connected.

Say Thank you.  I Bless You.  I intend for you Positive Change, 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 close your eyes, cocooned in this good energy. Know that you ARE making positive change in the world, and in your life, and helping others to do the same.

Your heart sparkles - by machstudio

Your heart sparkles – by machstudio

Homework:

You’ve explored so much over the past seven weeks. Your journal and your Blessings Book are now filled with clues that can help you build a road map for continuing to work with the energy of change.

Your task this week is to take some real time – a minimum of thirty minutes, but you may need a few hours – and review what you have written.

  • Take a highlighter and mark any words, sentences or paragraphs that really stand out for you.
  • Look for common themes; ideas and concepts that come up more than once. Write them down so that you KNOW you’re finally paying attention to yourself and your own heart and soul wisdom.
  • Pay attention to anything that literally jumps off the page at you. Those things are usually a very good indication of a place to start.

Then look at the Action Steps you identified in Week Seven.

Based on all of this, write a new, expanded list of action steps. Some will be things you can start on straight away. Some will become part of your longer term plan. These steps create the road map that gets you from where you are now to where you want to be.

Commit to working on your plan. Commit to having, doing and being more. And then honour that commitment by putting energy into these things.

Our lives are a work in progress. And it’s likely that as we travel we’ll change headings, happen upon new things that appeal to us, and let go of other things we’re done with. That’s okay. What’s important is that in moving forward, we’re getting ourselves out of stuckness and back into flow. And flow is where the magic happens.

I’m cheering you on. You can do this!

Much love to you, ♥ Nicole xx

PS: If you’d like to review any aspect of this course, or start back at the beginning click here.

Doing Nothing is Productive!

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Are you one of those people who needs to be productive?

I certainly am. Not from any external pressure –  I just LIKE getting stuff done, and I always have several projects on the go, a big fat to-do list, as well as a schedule that stretches out towards the horizon.  Life, and its possibilities, lights my fire!

But there is nothing like a good dose of burn-out to help you realise that less is more, and a dose of near-death really does help you to clarify your priorities.

Where one upon a time I worked endlessly, I now work in bursts, and then have some time out that is totally unscheduled.

Before my big cycles of crash and burn, repair, go full tilt, crash and burn, repair, go full tilt, crash and burn – okay, you get my drift – my life looked like this:

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I was a busy little robot working harder and harder, doing more and more, and somehow expecting that I could just carry on that way forever.

I actually thought that if I worked harder and harder I would achieve more and more, ad infinitum.  But of course you end up working with the Law of Diminishing Returns.  More does not make more.  More becomes less.

More work means less sleep. Less fun.  Less clarity.  Less inspiration.  Less connection.  Less well-being. Less healing capacity.  Less opportunity to be spontaneous. Less flexibility.  Less ability to cope with the unexpected. Less true creativity. Less chance of seeing new possibilities, meeting new people and expanding in new directions.

When you keep trying to fit more and more in, something will inevitably break, and that something might be you.

I know this, because I’ve been there.  More than once.  And most of it has been self-inflicted.

I’ve had to ask myself the big questions in life.

I am okay with diminished output if it means better quality of life, and a longer life. I mean, realistically, how much can you get done here if you’re dead? And in the end, does any of that stuff on your to-do list really matter?

So now my life looks much more like this:

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I have periods of deep rest, relaxation and doing totally NOTHING.  And then I have periods of doing things, being active, connecting, learning and being crazy-mad infatuated with taking up all life has to offer!

Truth is, I’m more productive than I ever was, in the areas that matter to me.

I hadn’t expected that.

Oh my goodness I wish I’d know this important little nugget of wisdom years ago.

Less is more.

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That’s right.

Doing nothing is good for you.

If you don’t know how to do nothing, here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Naps.  Napping is awesome!
  • Curl up on the couch with a magazine.
  • Go to bed early or sleep in.  Sleep all day if you feel like it.
  • When something frees up in your schedule, don’t fill that spot with another task or expectation.  Let yourself luxuriate in that new spare time.
  • Dawdle. Potter along on a nice slow walk, amble through a park or shopping mall.
  • Go to the movies.
  • Read a book.
  • Nap.  Did I say that already?  Oh well.  Have another one!
  • Lose yourself in a book.
  • Hang out at the library.
  • Go for a surf.
  • Get a massage.
  • Take a bath.
  • Quit something so you can free up your schedule!
  • Say no to things you don’t want to do.
  • Have an early night and bunk down with some tasty treats and a good DVD.
  • Go on holidays.
  • Have a phone free, computer-free day.
  • Stay home and do… nothing! No housework, no odd jobs. Do what makes you happy. Maybe some craft, or cooking, or just hang out.
  • Spend time with the ones you love.
  • Sit in a coffee shop and read the weekend papers while having a long breakfast or an extended brunch/lunch.
  • Go window shopping, just to pass the time and fill yourself up with images, ideas and dreams.
  • Sunbake.
  • Sit by the ocean or the river.
  • Perch on top of a mountain.
  • Fluff around, not getting anything much done, but not minding that either.  Some people call this procrastination – I call it exploring my desk or kitchen drawers to see what’s really in there…
  • Spend time with the family pet – these guys really have relaxation down to an art!

Magic happens when we give ourselves down-time. And a magical life is definitely one worth living. You never know what might happen if you just create a little space in your day…

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