What Action Are You Taking To Create Positive Change This Week?

“Small deeds done are better than great deeds planned.” ~ Peter Marshall

 

This is a great week for transformation.

You could step into a space of positive change with your health, your business, your relationship, your financial situation, your career, or so many other things.

All of the energies this week support shift, change and growth.

But there’s one thing you need to use as a magical key to unlock the block that has been holding you back – just one thing that can change everything…

You need to act!

Even the smallest step this week can lift you out of stuckness. In fact smaller steps are great. It’s the bigger actions that usually through us into overwhelm. So choose something and begin.

Imagine if that one tiny action changed everything for you!

It could, so let’s do it!

Cheering you on, Nicole ❤ xx

 

Time to Let Go and Move On – Monday Oracle 22 May 2017

“The truth is, unless you let go, unless you forgive yourself, unless you forgive the situation, unless you realize that the situation is over, you cannot move forward.”
~ Steve Maraboli

Hello, Lovelies!

Here’s the oracle card I have chosen this Monday, and my take on the energetic outlook for the week ahead. I use any oracle or tarot cards shown as a prompt for channelled messages and my own intuitive wisdom, so my take is sometimes quite different to the meaning found in a book. ‘Release’ is from the Chakra Wisdom Oracle Deck by Tori Hartman.

If you read my forecast for May, you’ll remember that May brings beautiful heart-nurturing energies, helping you to move towards love, forgiveness, inner peace and emotional freedom.

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

We are often weighed down in life by emotional burdens, especially in relation to our past. These burdens take the form of  anger, fear, loss, shame, guilt, rejection, hate, resentment, judgement, abandonment, failure, injustice, poor decisions, mistakes, sorrow, pain.

This week we are encouraged to let go of the past. To forgive. To walk away. To close doors. To move on.

Why do we need to do this? Not for others. For ourselves. We can end up living in our heads, living in the past, wasting all of our precious life force on what was or what could have been. What we could have said or done differently.

But we can’t change the past. Our power lies in this moment. And when we can forgive and let go of the past so many things can change for us. So many things can open up or come into our lives.

Walking away from old patterns and behaviours that hurt us, diminish us or derail us. Yep, Release speaks to the support available for you this week to address these things.

Release is also about turn-arounds. Draining and negative situations will come to a close. Solutions will be found. New perspectives and knowledge will become available. Help will show up. If you’ve been looking for a sign, perhaps this is it!

It’s a week for us to embrace hope, love, forgiveness and compassion. A week for us to remember that we are not alone, that answers can be found, that we can move forward, and that we are truly loved.

Supportive crystals this week?

Rhodonite is great for supporting us to follow our hearts. Snowflake Obsidian will help to remove old negative self-talk and replace it with optimism. Amazonite gifts us courage to speak the truth and to act from truth.  Red Jasper will keep you grounded and emotionally supported if you need to move through trauma or anxiety in order to make changes.

Helpful essential oils?

Young Living’s Release essential oil blend, or a combination (or singly!) of any of Ylang Ylang, Geranium, Frankincense and Lavender. Release essential oil blend smells grounding and uplifting. We use it as a working tool on our retreats to help facilitate emotional clearing and spiritual shifts. Just rub a drop together in the palms of your hands and then breathe in and wipe through your aura.  A few drops in the bath are wonderful too. You may want to dilute with a drop or two of a base oil such a sweet almond or coconut before applying directly to the skin. Rub onto the back of your neck for instant effect. It’s my oil of choice in my diffuser this week. You can find all the oils here.

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

You might find these posts helpful too:

Knowing When To Let Go

What To Do When You’re Forced To Let Go

The Art Of Surrender

How To Deal With Toxic People

Burning The Past – A Ritual For Cleansing Pain

Get Yourself An Ugly Journal

The Energies of April – 2017

“When you’re different, sometimes you don’t see the millions of people who accept you for what you are. All you notice is the person who doesn’t.”
~ Jodi Picoult

Hello, Lovelies :)

April has landed, and with it comes strong energy for believing in ourselves and reclaiming our direction.

This is your life. It’s yours to design and to live as you please, whether you realise it or not. This month you’re supported to untangle old thoughts of not-good-enough, and to identify what’s working, what’s broken and where to from here.

 

Cards for the Month:

I’ve chosen two cards for April for you: one from the Osho Zen Tarot Deck, and one from Colette Baron-Reid’s Wisdom of the Oracle. Please note I don’t use these cards in the conventional way, but rather as a stimulus for channelled information.

Here is what I have received from each card:

“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.”
― Søren Kierkegaard

April brings our focus firmly to our thoughts and self-talk. It encourages us to see ourselves more kindly, and to heal self-doubt and low self-worth issues that have held us back from being happy, choosing healthy relationships or putting our talents and gifts out into the world.

If you’re an overthinker, April gifts you supportive energies for moving to a place of greater trust in the Universe and in your own problem-solving abilities and resilience.

April highlights areas in our lives where we are out of step, where the pressure is too much, or our expectations are unrealistic, and it alerts us to the danger signs of burnout. It helps us become aware of where we are wasting time on people, situations and projects that do not support us, and shines a light on the things that truly matter to us on a heart level, on a soul level. April helps us to reclaim our personal and intuitive direction, and to live in more sustainable ways.

 

The second card I’ve chosen is Co-Create. What a supportive and uplifting message! You’re reminded that you are never alone, and that you are a creative being, simply by virtue of being human.

“The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.”
~ Sylvia Plath

So many of your ideas are sound. But you don’t trust them. Or you don’t invest any energy in them. Or you talk them to death without ever having taken a single step to turn them from thoughts into actions.

Co-Create reminds you that when you take a step towards your dreams the Universe steps with you. You are always supported. Helpful people turn up. You find just the right teacher or resource. The perfect partner sits next to you on the bus. Things somehow fall into place.

But that Universal Support is accessed through the act of self-trust and self-belief. Which doesn’t mean you need to be some kind of self-assured egomaniac. You can still have doubt. You can still be scared. But in that place of doubt and scariness keep putting one foot in front of the other. Keep moving. Keep doing. Keep dreaming. Keep acting on your dreams.

You’ll find your self-belief and resilience through action. Never through thinking.

Pray. Call on your Guides, Angels and Ancestors. Meditate. Visualise. Write it all down. But most importantly, get active in creating this month. Who knows what magic can come of it?

Best crystals for April?

Snowflake Obsidian and Selenite

Snowflake Obsidian balances mind, body and spirit, and helps you to quieten an overbusy mind. It also helps you to let go of negative or obsessive behaviours.

Image from www.healingcrystals.com

Selenite  taps you into wisdom and gifts in this and from previous lifetimes. It is calming and strengthens connection to Guides and Angels.

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Essential oils to support your journey?

Each of the following oils will work beautifully on their own for you this month, but they also make a delicious combination for diffusing. The essential oils you will find helpful in April are Lemon, Lavender, Jasmine, and Bergamot. Lemon helps us to think clearly and to problem-solve, Lavender keeps us in flow and relaxed, Jasmine keeps us focused and tuned in to our creativity and Bergamot gifts us optimism and a sense of gratitude for our lives and the world around us. To diffuse add 2 or three drops of each oil to your room or personal diffuser. You can find the oils here.

Let April be a month where you value yourself at least as much as you value others. Make time to sit with your thoughts this month, and trust that insight, innovation and clarity will come.

Holding you in my thoughts, prayers and meditations.

Lots of love, Nicole❤ xoxo

 

The Energies of March – 2017

“Everything must be made as simple as possible. But not simpler.”
~ Albert Einstein

“Systems and processes will always surpass motivation.”
~ Chris Matakas

 

Hello, Lovelies :)

Suddenly, here we are at March. It’s a pivotal month, because this is the month where we begin to realise that no matter how motivated we are, if we have to get up and reinvent the wheel every single day, eventually we will sink under the weight of overwhelm.

March is a month where we need to strip back our expectations and identify what truly matters. Then it’s simply about doing more of what matters, and less of what doesn’t!

 

Cards for the Month:

I’ve chosen two cards for March for you: one from the Osho Zen Tarot Deck, and one from Colette Baron-Reid’s Wisdom of the Oracle. Please note I don’t use these cards in the conventional way, but rather as a stimulus for channelled information.

Here is what I have received from each card:

“Water does not resist. Water flows. When you plunge your hand into it, all you feel is a caress. Water is not a solid wall, it will not stop you. But water always goes where it wants to go, and nothing in the end can stand against it. Water is patient. Dripping water wears away a stone. Remember that, my child. Remember you are half water. If you can’t go through an obstacle, go around it. Water does.”
~ Margaret Atwood

March is a month about practicalities. After our planning and our kick-start into action, March is where things get serious in regards to growth and sustainability. The energy of March is all about systems, structure, organisation and control. What are the areas of your life that give you grief or hold you back? How can you bring order and flow to them again?Or do you need to step away and start over?

We are encouraged to look at the areas where we are out of control in our lives. Not just to notice it, but to actually take steps to get things back into flow. March energy celebrates tidying up, clearing clutter, streamlining, and making things simple. In March we need to get things sorted out and keep it real.

We are encouraged to put energy into creating systems and support for ourselves. What is working well? Do more of that! Do more of what you enjoy, do more of what makes money, do more of what sustains health and relationships. But put it into a simple system or routine. There is no point in reinventing the wheel every month. It’s crazy to be doing everything ourselves.

Suffer from depression or anxiety? Routine and structure is proven to help with the management of these conditions. Why not give it a try in March?

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The second card I’ve chosen is To Be Fair. The picture captures so well the wisdom in creating a life for ourselves that is balanced and that honours our inner wisdom and intuition.

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“Your hand opens and closes, opens and closes. If it were always a fist or always stretched open, you would be paralysed. Your deepest presence is in every small contracting and expanding, the two as beautifully balanced and coordinated as birds’ wings.”
~ Jalaluddin Rumi

In March we realise that it is no use being fair to others if it puts us at a personal disadvantage. We must be on an equal footing with everyone else, and so must our hopes and dreams.

It is also a calming factor in our lives when we are able to create structure and routine. We relax more, our time frees up, and our anxiety decreases.

We also realise in March that we have choices. If we choose one thing we cannot necessarily have the other thing as well.

We see that we must choose widely, and with our own well-being and our own dreams at heart.

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Best crystals this month?

Sodalite and Tourmalinated Quartz

Sodalite  is known as both the truth stone and the poet’s stone. It aids all forms of communication and supports a personal vision which is aligned with your values.

Tourmalinated Quartz is a clear quartz stone with small rods of black tourmaline within it. This helps with grounded and realistic plans – even when your vision for yourself is BIG, and it is a magical remedy for busting through negativity and limited thinking.

Essential oils to support your journey?

Each of the following oils will work beautifully on their own for you this month, but they also make a delicious combination for diffusing. The essential oils you will find helpful in March are Rosemary, Lemon, Peppermint and Lavender. Rosemary helps us to make good decisions and to problem-solve, Lemon is uplifting and inspires positive thoughts, Peppermint is calming but invigorating – especially when we are tired, Lavender keeps us in flow and relaxed. To diffuse add 2 or three drops of each oil to your room or personal diffuser. Young Living’s Clarity Blend is also sensational for focus, clear thinking and confidence. I often use it when I am planning or working on my business. You can find the oils here.

6a017d3f96f2ed970c01b8d1a61928970cMake March a month that supports rather than strains you. That will make all the difference.

Holding you in my thoughts, prayers and meditations.

Lots of love, Nicole❤ xoxo

 

Choosing your Power Word for 2015

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Image courtesy of iStockphoto.com

“The beginning of wisdom is the definition of terms.”
~ Socrates

 

2015 is almost upon us, and already I can feel the opportunity and potential transformation that this new year brings.

Choosing a power word will help me to focus, and make the most of 2015’s energy.

Why a power word?

I long ago gave away the practice of multiple New Years Resolutions. Just the thought of it is overwhelming. You know; all the things you are going to do, all the things you are no longer going to do – and then dividing those up into areas for finances, family, health, spirituality, matters of the heart, interests and hobbies, professional and personal development, global domination and so on.

For the past few years I’ve gone with a far simpler system. I’ve narrowed my resolutions down to one word. My power word for the year.

Every time I think of that word I will be reminded of my intentions for 2015. I can hold that word up and use it to evaluate my thoughts and my actions, so that I can determine if I am moving towards or away from the energy of this word, this quality I want more of in my life.

For 2015 my power word is BUILD.

Build is a highly emotive word for me. To me, it is rich with action and result. It speaks to me of new beginnings, of strengthening what is already good, and of creation. It feels empowering. It energises and inspires me.

I can build on my good health. I can build my strength. I can build my energy.

I can build my business. I can build my tribe. I can build new books, new programs, new courses. I can build my team. I can build my relationships. I can build my life.

With every action, choice or decision I make in 2015 I can now ask myself if that is building my wellness, my business, my dreams, my abundance.

I’m thrilled with my power word. I know it’s going to help keep me focused and on track this year.

Now let’s work out what your word is.

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Image from afineparent.com

JOURNAL ACTIVITY:

Finding your Power Word for 2015 is simply a matter of exploring what’s important to you. Is there a recurrent theme in your life you’d like to put more attention to, an area you’d like to shine in, or a dream that never gets air time?

Or is it an energy, a philosophy, a verb that calls you to action?

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Image from pmsouth.com

Use the following Questions to help you arrive at your own Power Word or Power Phrase ( a Power Phrase has more than one word!)

  1. What’s the one key area of your life, that if you put purpose, passion and action to, would move you to a better place by the year’s end? Only choose one area. If you actually make all the change and improvement you need before the year is finished you can give yourself a well-deserved break, or choose another word!
  2. What’s an energy or philosophy that inspires and motivates you?
  3. If you had this change or this energy in your life, what would your life look like?
  4. Write a list of positive words and phrases that embody for you the quality, activities, knowledge and actions of this key area.
  5. Choose one simple word or phrase that sums up this energy for you.

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Once you have your Power Word, commit it to memory. Write it in your diary. Place it on post-it-notes around your house, make it your screen saver – in short immerse yourself in this word, and the meaning of this word for you.

Let this one word remind you about what’s important to you this coming year.  Let this one word help you define and transform your life!

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Image from gopixpic.com

PS: *Stay tuned, because tomorrow I’ll be posting a short guided meditation to help you truly connect in to the power and personal meaning of your power word or phrase.

Journal Challenge Week 4 – Nuggets of Gold

Image by Peter Braig

Image by Peter Braig

“All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.”
~ J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

 

Hello Lovelies, and welcome to the fourth and final week of our Journal Challenge!

If you’ve only just found us now, it’s not too late to go back and start at the beginning. That’s the beauty of journalling. It waits for us, and works with our own time-frames.

This week we’re putting on our investigative hats, and we’re digging deep into what we’ve already written. There will be gold in those words, for sure!

You’ll need a couple of extra tools this week:

1. Some coloured pens

2. A few highlighters

Before we start our final week, let’s have a quick recap of the last three weeks of journalling:

1. In Week One we called on our own insights to discover where we have held ourselves back, what worries us, and what we might do to bring more balance, healing, sustainability and joy into our lives.

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2. In Week Two we bravely called upon the love, wisdom and strength of our Ancestors as we tackled our patterns of resentment, the excuses we use that prevent us growing and moving forward, the areas and relationships where we hold resentment, and the things in our life over which we feel shame. We then looked at how to turn all of this hurt into wisdom, helping us to reclaim the aspects of ourselves that we had shunned.

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3. In Week Three we looked at endings and beginnings. Places where we could complete, finalise or sever. Places where we could launch, start and create new energy and momentum. We began to embrace possibility.

This week it’s all about refining our ideas, reviewing our material and coming up with a map to our riches.

Image from wisestars.net

Image from wisestars.net

Choosing a Crystal

You may wish to choose a crystal to work with for our final week. It is entirely optional, and you’d be fine without one too – but for my fellow rock lovers, read on…

You can hold this crystal as you write or meditate, place it under your pillow or beside your bed while you sleep, or carry it in your pocket to help you stay focused.

You could choose your stone based on what most appeals to you. That’s a very valid approach. But if you need a little direction, good crystals to work with this week include:

  • Amethyst
  • Fluorite
  • Any of the Calcites
  • Rose Quartz
  • Pyrite
  • Tourmaline
  • Mookaite
  • Malachite
  • Clear Quartz, with or without inclusions
  • Smoky Quartz

This week I’ve chosen a natural Amethyst point – I love the gentle energy of this one, and when I gaze into it I am reminded of clouds of jellyfish upon a purple ocean!

If you’re working with a crystal too why not tell us about it by leaving a comment below or over at our facebook page.

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Week Four Meditation:

This week’s simple meditation is about reassuring ourselves. We don’t do that enough, and it’s an important part of nurturing and caring for ourselves.

The Healing Breath Meditation

You can do this meditation anywhere, anytime. That is the beauty of it.

Sit or lie quietly somewhere. You can close your eyes or leave them open – whatever feels right for you in the moment.

Breathe in. As you breathe in affirm to yourself, “I am Love.”

Breathe out. As you breathe out affirm to yourself, “I am Enough.”

It may bring up strong emotions for you, when you first do this meditation. That’s okay. Gently stick with it.

You only need a minute or two, but if it feels right you can happily sit in this meditation for longer.

When you feel calm and stronger in yourself, smile, and remind yourself that you are okay.

Now you’re ready to write!

 

Journal Activity:

Take your journal and some highlighters and sit down with a tasty beverage. Somewhere quiet where you won’t be disturbed. If you’re using a crystal, hold it in your non-writing hand, or place it in your lap or pocket.

Start reading. Read in a way where you are allowing yourself to skim lightly over the words. When something gets your attention, mark it with a highlighter.

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What should you highlight? Anything that brings up strong emotion (including negative emotion), recurrent themes, or ideas or actions that begin to make you feel purposeful or alive.

It’s a little like panning for gold, searching for those valuable nuggets amid the stones and gravel.

Image by Jeff Banke

Image by Jeff Banke

Gathering the Threads Together

Over the next few days, or the next few weeks, return to those highlighted sections. Read over them, one by one, and then for each one allow yourself to ask the question:

What can I do about this?

Write the answer in your journal.

It can also be useful to do some word association. Find the one word, idea or image from the highlighted text that stands out for you. Place that word in a circle and then draw a few lines out from the circle. My word was ‘time’.

Now without giving this ANY thought (Don’t you DARE think!), use ‘stream of consciousness’ and immediately write connected words that you associate with time, or whatever your particular thing is, coming off each of the lines. NO THINKING – JUST WRITE!

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My words in relation to time were Slow Down, Make a list, Go off the clock, Prioritise, Sleep, Fun, Delegate, Stop Worrying, Holiday. I actually found that pretty useful, and it immediately pulled me out of stress and back into flow and possibility.

Because of this, I’m seriously considering taking a chunk of time in the new year just to write, create, rest and heal.

We have so much wisdom within us, if only we ever think to ask 🙂

Let your journalling evolve into a space of mapping possible solutions, answers, outcomes or adventures.

Trust the process. Be an explorer in your own life, your own mind, your own subconscious.

Use this new clarity to begin to put a plan together for the year ahead. This way you’ll begin 2015 with a clearer idea of what you want to move away from, and what you want to move towards.

It’s your life, and you’re the Captain of your own ship. It’s time to plot a course through life that works for you. Bless xx

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Image from quoteswave.com

Create Positive Change Program – Week 8

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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.

Create Positive Change Program – Week 7

Image from Oxford Dictionary

Image from Oxford Dictionary

‘Throw your hat in the ring’ – Meaning: Make or take up a challenge, or demonstrate one’s willingness to join an enterprise.

 

This week we’re getting serious about creating change, with my Throw your hat in the ring challenge! 

When we’re inviting change into our lives it’s important to think about the sorts of changes we want, and to spend time visualising and exploring these changes and aligning ourselves with that energy.

But you know what? Eventually we’re going to have to take some form of action. We have to throw our hat in the ring.

Ask that person out for coffee. Ring the number on the piece of paper from the band flyer looking for a bass player. Send your enrolment forms in for that course. Apply for that job. Run your first workshop. Submit your novel. Have the hard discussion about your promotion. Join the gym and take your first class. Book that holiday. Start that craft project. Visit the place you can’t stop thinking about.

Amazing things happen when we begin to put ourselves out there.

And no, it doesn’t always turn out the way we’d planned it in our head….

The date is a disaster, but we meet the sweetest guy in the bus on the way home. The job we apply for doesn’t come off, but our resume is ready and so we bravely fire it off to three other positions and one of them works out and we land a fulfilling new role.

When we begin to take risks things we hadn’t even considered come into play, and whole new vistas can open up in front of us.

Throwing your hat in the ring is about sending a message to the Universe; I’m ready for this.

Are you ready for this? Great! Let’s go.

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Image by No Treble

Count Your Blessings!

One of the benefits of your Blessings Book is that when you read over it you’ll be able to begin identifying the sorts of moments and activities that give you peace, joy or comfort. When we can knowingly identify these things we can include more of them in our day and we develop understanding of what truly makes us happy. Often there will be surprises in there, or things we’d long forgotten about. Our Blessings Book starts returning us to ourselves.

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 into our lives.

Once again, this week write down three blessings in your life every day – three simple things for which you are grateful. Counting our blessings puts us into a more receptive and abundant state of mind.

Write them like this: Today I am thankful for (the blessing) because (write down a simple reason). eg: Today I am thankful for my mentoring students, because they are putting their many diverse gifts out into the world and sharing love, energy, wisdom, healing and care with others. And that rocks!

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Image from Favim

Affirm the Positive!

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

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

Hold this seventh stone in your hands. Now think of something else in your life where you want to create change. This week we’re focusing on what we are READY TO DO. Affirm that as a statement of declaration to the Universe.

When we state that we are ready to do something, we’re saying to the Universe ‘Hey! Bring on that delivery. I’m here and I’m primed for action. My sleeves are rolled up. I’m eager to engage. Let’s do it!’

State it like this: I’m ready to  ______.

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

Throw your hat in the ring!

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Image from indulgy

Using your Gratitude Rock

This little rock is well and truly charged up now. Even simply holding it will be tuning you in to this good energy. 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.

Homework:

It’s already sitting inside you. The awareness of this thing you need to do…

This week take half an hour, sit down with your journal and get comfy.

Review the shortlist of changes you want to create that you wrote down in week five, and the helpful people and tools you already have from week six.

Now ask yourself:  What’s the next step?

You’ll know it. Just thinking about it will make you feel a little excited. And probably a little sick. It’s a risk, putting yourself out there, but without risks and challenges we never grow.

So, jot down the action steps. There might be a few. There might only be one.

And then…

DO the thing.

Apply for the job.

Ask that person out.

Fill in the form and click send.

Set the wheels in motion.

Wishing you an action-packed week. There is such tremendous energy here right now for making changes. You can do it. Don’t hold back!

Lots of love, Nicole xx

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

Create Positive Change Program – Week 6

“When a person really desires something, all the universe conspires to help that person to realize his dream.”~ Paulo Coelho

2013 and 2014 are years for inviting and creating powerful positive change in our lives. And knowing that, there’s a decision to be made…

Do I actively seek change and open myself to these energies, or do I remain closed and passively let life keep happening to me?

If you’re working through this program, you’ve already made that decision. YOU are aligning yourself with these energies and you WILL invoke and create change.

When we recognize our desire for a new way of being, and we begin to work with and practice that commitment out in the world, it’s amazing how the Universe musters to our aid. We live in a complex interconnected energetic system, and our thinking and actions magnetize us to attracting more of whatever it is that we are thinking about and focusing on.

This week we’re going to make deliberate use of that assistance by putting our attention on who can help us, and what tools we already have, or might to add to our toolkit!

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Image by Steph A at Craftsy

Count Your Blessings!

Your Blessings Book should be filling up nicely by now. Are you noticing any themes, any particular people, places or things that regularly give you pleasure and joy? What’s recharging you and filling your soul with gratitude?

Recording the small and simple blessings and the incredible 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 into our lives.

Once again, this week write down three blessings in your life every day – three simple things for which you are grateful. Counting our blessings puts us into a more receptive and abundant state of mind.

Write them like this: Today I am thankful for (the blessing) because (write down a simple reason). eg: Today I am grateful for soft green grass beneath my feet, because I live in a lush and vibrant place and walking on the earth makes me feel grounded and nurtured.

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Affirm the Positive!

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

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

Hold this sixth stone in your hands. Now think of something else in your life that you want to change. This week we’re focusing on what we want to ATTRACT. Affirm that as a statement of declaration to the Universe.

Be bold and creative with this. It doesn’t matter how big or small your desire for attraction is.

State it like this: I now attract ______.

But…

Yeah, you knew there’d be a but!

And here it is: When you affirm this declaration, you must be able to feel in your heart that it is possible so that you connect with the integrity and possibility of the statement. If you can do that, you’ll be creating powerful magic. But if you can’t you’ll actually be making yourself anti-magnetic to that thing!

Let me show you a simple way to see if you’re on track with this week’s affirmation:

Lets just suppose that your desire is to create more money in your life. So your first affirmation is

I now attract a massive Gold Lotto Win.

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Image from news.com.au

Say that affirmation out loud and then immediately tune in to your heart. What’s going on there? Can you truly visualise that happening? Can that statement be real for you? If that voice inside you is saying, ‘Oh sure – like that’s ever going to happen!’, if you’re feeling wriggly and stupid and uncomfortable, or like an outright fraud? Well, they’re pretty clear indications that you are NOT aligned with this statement and you’re out of integrity with it. So the message you’re actually putting out into the Universe is more like this:

I am so unworthy of financial gain. I am comfortable with lack.

And you know what? The Universe always delivers…

If money’s what you need, then find another way to express that which fits more comfortably with your current belief structure. Maybe something like this:

I now attract increased cash flow. Abundance comes to me in small and surprising ways.

This is one I’ve personally used, and it has served me well. Note the little modifier I put on the end of my affirmation. At the time I was so broke, so on struggle street that it seemed implausible and impossible for my fortunes to suddenly change. (even now I want to reach back in time and give that insecure low-self-esteem me a big hug!) Back then I could never see me winning lotto! But little extra bits of money and abundance? Yes, I could be comfortable with that.

Do you know what happened when I used that affirmation? I got an unexpected refund on an item, my phone company told me they’d overcharged me and gave me a credit towards my next bill, I found twenty dollars in a pants pocket, and then, most surprisingly of all, I found $800 in fifty dollar bills just blowing along a main road when I went for a walk one really early morning. When I rang to report it to the police, they told me to keep the money as ownership would be impossible to prove.

So, the big thing I want you to really understand here is the importance of choosing an affirmation that your heart feels ready for, excited about and in tune with!

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Image from Decatur CD

Each day hold your affirmation stone in your hands and repeat the declaration, out loud, or in your mind. You can do this just once, or as many times as you like. Say your declaration with enthusiasm and commitment. Put lots of energy into the words I NOW ATTRACT. Feel yourself aligning to the vibration of this new energy in your life.

Get excited!

Using your Gratitude Rock

Each night this week work with the energy of this special stone. 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.

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Homework:

Find half an hour in your week, sit down with your journal and get comfy.

Review the shortlist of changes you want to create that you wrote down last week.

Then ask yourself the following two questions for each point:

  1. Who can help me?
  2. What do I already have in my toolkit that I can start using now?

Who can help me? This could be a course, a coach, a mentor, a friend, your partner, an on-line forum or a book, just to name a few.

What do you already have in your toolkit? Maybe you’ve completed some study, or gained experience, or made a start. Perhaps you already have the camera, the computer, the fabric, the art material, the bare patch of garden, a relationship that can be built upon.

Start to appreciate what you have in your life to use as a starting point, and be aware of what else you need so that you can begin to draw those people and energies into your life.

When you begin to become an active participant in the change process, all sorts of breakthroughs and synchronicities begin to occur.

Wishing you a week of insights, connections and magic. Have courage and belief in yourself and your dreams. This change you desire is entirely possible, especially when you become a willing co-creator of your own destiny. Don’t put it off. Now is the time!

Lots of love, Nicole xx

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

Create Positive Change Program – Week 4

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Letting Go by senyan1

“It’s not hard to decide what you want your life to be about. What’s hard, she said, is figuring out what you’re willing to give up in order to do the things you really care about.”
― Shauna Niequist, Bittersweet: Thoughts on Change, Grace, and Learning the Hard Way

That’s the thing about change. It requires room. Change’s very essence is about allowing for things to evolve, to become different, to be altered from what they are now. But how can that happen if your life is already crammed to capacity with being and doing? How can you grab hold of the new if your hands are already full?

This week we’re going to look at how we can begin to make room for the things that matter to us.

It will mean letting go of, or temporarily putting aside, some of the the things we’re currently giving energy to so that there is space for what’s coming.

Are you ready for that?

Good! Let’s go. 🙂

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Image from Diana’s Words

Count Your Blessings!

Writing our Blessings down provides a concrete reminder of the everyday good and everyday magic already present in our lives.  This simple practice draws more abundance into our lives by focusing our attention on what matters to us.

Again this week write down three blessings in your life every day – three simple things for which you are grateful. When we count our Blessings we are inviting positive energy into our lives and putting ourselves into a receptive and abundant state of mind.

Write them like this: Today I am thankful for (the blessing) because (write down a simple reason). eg: Today I am grateful for Australia’s Outback, because being under this wide blue sky makes my heart feel free.

The wide soft sky at sunset...

The wide soft sky at dawn…

Affirm the Positive!

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

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

Hold this fourth stone in your hands. Now think of something else in your life that you want to change. This week we’re focusing on what we ARE READY FOR. Affirm that as a statement of declaration to the Universe.

Here are some examples:

I am ready for a Soul Mate.

I am ready to become a published author.

I am ready for a healthy, happy pregnancy.

I am ready to commit to higher study.

I am ready to create my dream job.

I am ready to embrace change and become a successful visual artist.

 

Each day hold that stone in your hands and repeat your declaration, out loud, or in your mind. You can do this just once, or as many times as you like. Say your declaration with enthusiasm and commitment. Put lots of energy into the words I AM READY. This simple act of declaration begins to align you with this energy, opening you to more of this thing in your life.

Using your Gratitude Rock!

Are you enjoying this part of our Program? I confess it might actually be my favourite!

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.

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. Let yourself heal, let yourself be nurtured, let yourself connect spiritually while you sleep.

Sleeping Beauty by Kinuko Craft

Sleeping Beauty by Kinuko Craft

Homework:

This week we’re going to do a little honest exploring, via our journal.

In as much or as little detail as you need, answer the following questions. You can repeat the questions more than once, and you can also make the actions as small or as massive as you are ready for. Big change can often come from the tiniest realignment or action so don’t feel you NEED to make a grand gesture. On the other hand, sometimes big is what it takes to finally move us out of stuckness and back into flow.  Tune in to your heart. You’ll find your way!

I’m prepared to give up ______ to help me improve my health because ______.

I’m prepared to give up ______ to help me improve my financial situation because ______.

I’m prepared to give up ______ to help me improve my relationship with ______ because ______.

I’m prepared to give up ______ to free up more time because ______.

I’m prepared to stop ______ because I’m aware that ______.

I’m prepared to swap ______ for ______ because ______.

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