Stones, Crystals and Meditation Magic

“The soul always knows what to do to heal itself. The challenge is to silence the mind.” ~ Caroline Myss

 

I have long been a meditator. In fact it has been a daily practice for me since adolescence. Even with my recent bout of ill-health I haven’t missed a day. It’s as much a part of my life as sleeping or breathing.

As I was walking along the beach on Monday morning I came upon a particular rock. It’s just a stone. But it holds the energies of the ocean and the earth. It is an anchoring stone. And it comes from Byron Bay, which is a place of great healing and transformation. As I held it in my hand I knew that I would meditate with it, and that this stone would hold those energies in a way that could be transferred to someone else.

Which gave me an idea…

I have decided to dedicate a meditation each day of the month to a chosen stone and a crystal companion. The stone becomes the Anchoring Stone, which helps us to stay grounded, clear and calm, connecting into our bodies, and to the earth and nature. The crystal becomes the Connection Stone, enabling us to connect into our intuition, Higher Self, Guides, Ancestors and the Divine.

I will use the energies of the month to support me as I meditate with intention, infusing the stones with that energy.

Here are the stones I will work with every day in July:

The energies and intention I will infuse into the Byron Bay Beach Rock will be that the holder comes to know and understand their body and how to honour and take care of it to give lasting health and wellbeing. This knowledge will also contribute to a state of inner calm and of self-care.

The energies and intention I shall infuse into the Tasmanian Quartz Crystal will be a deep connection to the user’s ancestral line, intuition, Guides, Angels, the Divine – facilitating a stronger understanding of the user’s individual talents and gifts, and those that have been passed down through their ancestral lineage. All of this will help to give clarity of life path.

My team will devise a new competition each month to enable someone from our Cauldrons and Cupcakes community to win the stones as well as a meditation recorded just for them.

All of the love and energy and intention that I pour into these stones daily will then be available for the user in their own meditation. It’s also okay if you’ve never meditated before. I’ll send you instructions!

I’m so glad that this idea found me, so that the right stones can find you.

We’ll post more details soon.

Hugs and love, Nicole ❤ xoxo

The Eagles and the Crystals

“Believe something and the Universe is on its way to being changed. Because you’ve changed, by believing. Once you’ve changed, other things start to follow. Isn’t that the way it works?”
~ Diane Duane, So You Want to Be a Wizard

 

In January, we pulled down our massive Ancestors and Songlines crystal healing grid at our farm. Ben and my friend Satisha helped me to locate all of the stones that were beginning to be buried by the long summer grass that had grown up wildly all around them. We literally crawled around the grid on our hands and knees, feeling every inch of ground to pull out the stones which had lain there through sun and rain, moon and stars for nearly 8 weeks.

When the stones were removed I sorted through them and chose a selection to be tasked for my retreat students this year, plus a few extra that I may sell or give away at some stage. Ben then drove me and my stones to the very back of our property where the eagles live.

In the boughs of a mighty old gum tree is a huge platform made from sticks and branches. It is home to a nesting pair of wedge-tail eagles. The tree itself sits within a tangled thicket of scrub, privet and camphor. It’s private, secluded and the place holds an energy of wilderness and deep peace. The views from the top of the tree must be incredible. The birds would see our entire valley and river system, and then over the saddle of the hill behind them and into the next valley too. We often see the eagles and their fledglings soaring on the thermals around our farm. They are massive birds. Majestic. Fearless.

At the foot of this ancient tree, beneath the eagles’ nest I laid out a new crystal grid. I sang magic into it the way my old Aboriginal Aunties taught me. I added my own magic too, and the magic of my ancestral line. I wanted these crystals to soak up all of that energy, and the energy of the land, of the tree and of the eagles. Of course other creatures will add their own energies. There is so much native wildlife here. And there is the energy of country. It’s a tangible energy, and it makes the crystals sing.

On Tuesday afternoon we went back and retrieved these stones. They have been through wild storms, eclipses, full moons, dark moons, pink moons, bright clear skies and gentle sunsets. After so long in the dirt they were encrusted with earth and bits of leaf and grass. They smelled like sweet loamy soil and sunshine. And goodness, how they felt in my hand!

This weekend I’ll scrub them clean and lay them out in the sun to dry, and then I’ll choose one for each of my Beginners Channelling students, for them to learn how to use when our retreat starts just ten days from now.

Maybe one of these stones will find its way to you one day. I truly believe that they always find the person who needs them most.

They are simply wonderful. I know you’ll love them as much as I do!

Create A Foundation Of Spiritual Habits – Workshop

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“You can’t make yourself feel positive, but you can choose how to act, and if you choose right, it builds your confidence.”
~ Julien Smith, The Flinch

“Your beliefs become your thoughts,
Your thoughts become your words,
Your words become your actions,
Your actions become your habits,
Your habits become your values,
Your values become your destiny.”
~ Mahatma Gandhi

 

One of the things that has been most useful in developing my psychic and intuitive abilities has been my daily spiritual practice. Each morning when I wake up I take my Medicine Bag – a bag filled with the tools I use in my morning meditations and rituals – and I sit myself somewhere to quietly greet the day.

I light a candle and some incense, I choose a crystal, I sit in meditation, after which I use a deck of oracle or tarot cards to pull one card for the day and reflect on its meaning for me. Then I write any insights in my journal. This might take me five minutes on the busiest of days, or up to an hour when I have time to go deeply into my practice.

Because all my tools are in a small bag I can take that bag everywhere with me, and I do. I have visited friends, taken business trips, gone on holidays and still carried out my daily routine. My Medicine Bag has travelled Australia, crossed the oceans, and been my companion as I have roamed the world.

No matter where I am, I am anchored by ritual and daily practice. And when the world feels particularly crazy and hard to navigate, this daily practice becomes a place for essential grounding and centering as I find my way back to my heart and to that place of love that is deep connection with spirit.

Candles by Dilara at Our Earth's Magic

Candles by Dilara at Our Earth’s Magic

On Saturday 26 November I’ll be teaching a hands-on workshop, showing you how to create and customise your own Medicine Bag. I’ll show you how to decorate and personalise a plain bag, to infuse it with your energies and intentions.

Then we’ll fill the bag with tools, and I will show you how to use them.

You’ll be given a beautiful hand-crafted candle and your own incense.

You’ll be given a crystal, hand-chosen for you by me.

You’ll be given a journal and shown how to dedicate this journal to your journey-work.

You’ll be taught some simple meditations.

I’ll connect you with your Guides through meditation – and then send you the meditation as an MP3 when the workshop concludes.

I’ll show you how to work with tarot and oracle cards to do a simple intuitive reading for yourself, and how to reflect on this reading within your journal.

I’ll show you a range of different meditation practices using singing bowls, singing bells, mala beads and mantras.

You’ll go home with your own Medicine Bag – ready to begin your spiritual journey with your own toolkit and foundation skills.

This Brisbane workshop runs from 1pm to 4pm on Saturday 26 November. It still has just a few spaces left, but they will book up fast so please let us know if you’d like to join us. Afternoon tea will  be served. Suitable for beginners and advanced practitioners. This workshop is open to adults and children aged 15 and up.

Cost: $240 for workshop, Medicine Bag and Tools – Please RSVP to Dana at nicolecodyinfo@gmail.com

Note: If you’d like to experience a full day working with Nicole, you can also attend the morning workshop at a discounted rate of $80, making the total cost for both workshops $320. Details of morning workshop below.

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Make Your Own Talisman and Healing Beads – Morning Workshop – Saturday 26 November from 10am to 12pm  Just a few places left!

A Talisman is a small spiritual object which has been made with love and infused with specific energies to help attract or achieve a certain outcome. I was taught variously how to make Talismans by one of my Aboriginal Aunties, by a Native American Medicine Woman and also by a friend’s grandmother, who came from a long line of traditional healers in her culture (which is also the culture of my own ancestors).

In this workshop I will show you how to make a Talisman so that it is infused with energy, purpose and intent. I will show you how to ‘sing’ your beads into harmony with an energy or outcome.

Talisman making is a sacred act of focus and devotion for yourself or someone you care about. There will be many materials for you to choose from, but I also encourage you to bring something of your own – such as a charm, small image, feather, crystal or shell, if it has a special significance.

Healing Beads are beads that can be held or worn and which hold energies specific to your well-being. They can be used to focus on any issue or area of health and well-being for yourself or a loved one.

You will make and take home a hand-crafted Talisman and a set of Healing Beads. All materials and information will be provided. Morning tea will also be served. Suitable for beginners and advanced practitioners. This workshop is open to adults and children aged 15 and up.

Cost: $120  – Please RSVP to Dana at nicolecodyinfo@gmail.com 

Can’t get to Brisbane? Contact Dana and ask to be put on our online workshops mailing list – as both of these courses will go online in early 2017.

 

Additional Brisbane Events You’ll Love <3

Pop Up Shop:

Friday 25 November from 3pm to 6.30pm and Saturday 26 November from 10am to 4pm. Come along and have a cup of tea with us while you view my beautiful range of hand-chosen crystals, singing bowls, oracle and tarot cards, prayer shawls and pashminas, crystal jewellery, candles, incense, journals, crystal jewelry and much more.

I will be on hand on Friday to answer all of your questions, and to give advice on the selection and use of crystals, and I’ll be there in the breaks from my workshops on Saturday too. Come grab a hug, a cuppa and some lovely things! Great gift ideas for Christmas, and I’ll have some very special stones from my personal collection as well!

No need to RSVP for the Pop Up Shop – just turn up and say hi. We’d love to see you.

crystals, Nicole Cody

All my crystals are chosen by me, and then their meanings are channelled. Very special stones!

 

An Evening of Channelling With Nicole:

Friday 25 November from 7pm to 9pm. Come along and meet some of my guides. They will share information about a range of topics, as well as answering questions from the audience. I rarely conduct channelling sessions outside my retreats, so this is a very special offering. No – I won’t be talking to dead people. But I promise my guides are wonderful, with such helpful information for you, and all kinds of useful insights, that you’ll be glad you came.

These nights are always entertaining, educational and often very enlightening. Each attendee will receive a small gift from Sokli (my fairy friend) and me. Please bring a plate to share afterwards for supper. Tea and coffee will be provided.

Cost: $35 – Please RSVP to Dana at nicolecodyinfo@gmail.com

Nicole Cody

Medicine For The Soul

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Polychrome Jasper Heart in earth, sea and sky colours – from my own collection!

“Put ‘im in your bag. Dis lil stone, dis leaf, dis feather. Dem all medicines for you. Your special tings dat make your heart glad. Make your soul remember. Dat good for you. Proper medicine.”

~ Aunty

 

This morning, very early, I woke with a heavy heart. I felt the weight upon it of world events. Of a friend I know who is about to be given devastating health news. Of another friend who is finally reaping the legacy of a genetic illness which is ramping up to destroy life as he has known it.

Those feelings were so big that I could hardly get out of bed. But I did, and I grabbed my Medicine Bag and then sat on cushions on the floor of my lounge room in the quiet pre-dawn.

I lit a candle, listening to the scratch of the matchtip on the rough box end, and then the sudden hiss and flare of the flame. I lit a stick of incense. I spread a cloth on the floor in front of me.

From my bag I took my singing bowl and placed it on the cloth. My mala beads went there too. From my bag I took a few favourite crystals. I held the stones for a moment and then placed them on the cloth. Then I took up the singing bowl and settled into meditation.

Nicole Cody Tibetan Singing Bowl

I let each wave of sound radiate love out into the world. Peace. Calm. Hope. Unity. Love. I breathed this energy in and out. I travelled it with the waves of sound and with my intent.

I sent healing to my friends and their families and carers. And to mine. I sent healing and love to each of you.

I offered up my prayers.

I meditated until a profound peace and reconnection to love was all that I could feel, then returned the bowl to the floor.

I sat a little more in this energy of peace and love, and then reached into my bag for my cards. The room was light enough to see now. I drew a card for the day (these cards are so old and worn and dear to me that I need only hazily glimpse the picture for it to be clear in my mind) and reflected on the meaning for me.

I wrote in my journal.

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I sat awhile with one of my crystals. I packed everything back into my bag, ready for tomorrow, or whenever else I may need these tools again.

And then I got up, refreshed in body and spirit, put the kettle on, and began my day.

That is what my Medicine Bag does for me. Within it is a physical space, a spiritual space, a healing space – which I can unpack and use at any time.

The ritual connects me to my Aboriginal Aunties, to my Grandmothers and to myself. It centers me in love. It reminds me to live from love, and from my heart, no matter what is happening in the wider world. It gifts me guidance and perspective. It brings me back to what matters when my mind has run away with its worries.

My Medicine Bag

On Saturday 26 November I’ll be running an afternoon workshop in Brisbane to teach you how to create your own Medicine Bag. I will give you the basic spiritual foundation practices to use this bag the way I use my own.

I will also cover the practices and tools that can help you to develop a regular spiritual practice and strengthen your intuitive and psychic ability. We will look at the fundamentals of working with crystals, connecting with your guides, simple meditation techniques, using oracle and tarot cards to give yourself an intuitive reading, and some foundation metaphysical principles for raising your vibration. These are all the things I used at the beginning of my own journey, and that have led me to where I am today.

There are just a few places left – more details here.

Online Option: If you’re not able to attend, but would like to learn how to craft and use your own Medicine Bag, please contact Dana, my wonderful PA at nicolecodyinfo@gmail.com and ask to be put on our Medicine Bag mailing list. I’m currently putting this together as an online course with an optional materials package (of the things we will be using in our physical workshop). We’ll let you know as soon as the course is available, and those of you on our list will get a special discount!

Here’s a sneak peek of some of our Medicine Bag workshop materials (if you look closely you’ll see oodles of crystals in the corner too!), as well as my friend Carly who has been looking after me as I recover from my recent surgery (And I’m doing VERY well, thank you <3 ) and helping me with my workshop preparation.

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Carly Jay Metcalf

Win a Magical Talisman Just For You!

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“Believe something and the Universe is on its way to being changed. Because you’ve changed, by believing. Once you’ve changed, other things start to follow. Isn’t that the way it works?”
~ Diane Duane, So You Want to Be a Wizard

Last week I shared the story of how I brought my friend Carly’s magical Writing Talisman into being. A Talisman is a small spiritual object which has been created with love and infused with specific energies to help attract or achieve a certain outcome.

Made by my own hands from feathers found at my farm, and with the energies of Crow and Magpie, I crafted this Talisman to help Carly with her writing – so that she might be encouraged to share her personal story. The Talisman was an entreatment to go deeper, to be brave in sharing truth, at gifting this story in a way that might illuminate the way for others. I supported the energy of the feathers with banded red and black agate, bone, marble, black tourmaline, rosewood and a few chakra stones that support communication and flow of words.

I also had two other feathers, one from a Green Catbird and one from a Black Cockatoo. I knew that from them I would craft a second Talisman which I would give away to one of you, my dear readers.

But it didn’t feel complete until Madam Crow gifted me a third feather.

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Now I shall shape these three beautiful feathers into something specific to you. I won’t actually finish my Talisman until I have chosen a winner. Then I will tune in to you and select the stones, beads and other embellishments that will hold and enhance the spiritual energies that I place into this Talisman, ready to gift those energies to you. It will be custom-made to your own energies and needs.

Do you think this Talisman might be for you?

If so, then enter your name in the comments section below.

And every time you share this post on facebook, instagram or twitter with the hashtag #NicoleCodyTalisman I’ll give you an extra entry into the competition.

I will draw the Winner on Saturday November 5th at 8pm Brisbane Australia time, and announce the winner here on the blog on November 7, 2016.

Talisman beginnings

Want to learn how to make a Talisman for yourself or someone you love? Come join me at my Talisman making workshop on Saturday November 26th, 2016, in Brisbane, Australia. You can find more details here. It will be a wonderful workshop with all materials supplied – suitable for complete beginners as well as those of you who are either already crafty or who have experience with making spiritual tools.

And yes, I promise to turn these weekend workshops into online courses for you next year.

Good luck with your entries!

Much love, Nicole

Brisbane Pop-Up Shop and Workshops – August 2016

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“I am not a teacher, but an awakener.”
~ Robert Frost

 

I’ve organised some lovely events for August. I hope you can join us! More details soon, but here’s an overview. Please save the following dates.

From Friday 19 to Sunday 21 August I’ll be running a pop-up shop in Brisbane, as well as some one day workshops at St Colomb’s Church Hall at Victoria St, Clayfield.

 

Pop Up Shop:

Friday 19 August from 3pm to 6.30pm. Come along and have a cup of tea with us while you view my beautiful range of hand-chosen crystals, singing bowls, oracle and tarot cards, prayer shawls and pashminas, crystal jewellery, incense and much more. I will be on hand to answer all of your questions, and to give advice on the selection and use of crystals.

An Evening of Channelling With Nicole:

Friday 19th August from 7pm to 9pm. Come along and meet some of my guides. They will share information about a range of topics, as well as answering questions from the audience. I rarely conduct channelling sessions outside my retreats, so this is a very special offering. These nights are always entertaining, educational and often very enlightening.

Image from wiccapastel.tumblr.com

Image from wiccapastel.tumblr.com

Saturday 20 August – One Day Workshop

Spiritual Foundations – This one day workshop will cover the practices and tools that can help you to develop a regular spiritual practice and strengthen your intuitive and psychic ability. We will look at the fundamentals of working with crystals, connecting with your guides, simple meditation techniques, using oracle and tarot cards to give yourself or others an intuitive reading, and some foundation metaphysical principles for raising your vibration. These are all the things I used at the beginning of my own journey. I’ll also show you how to move past limiting self-doubt and into a place of connection and flow.

 

Sunday 21 August – One Day Workshop

Spiritual ‘Business Round Table’ – Did you know that one of my superpowers is business? If  you have a business that you would like to launch or to grow, this might be the workshop for you. In the morning we’ll be looking at defining your product or service, and your target audience. We’ll also look at how to work with your Guides and intuition to really align your business with your natural talents and skills. We’ll examine the practicalities of connecting with your tribe, and how that can look. We’ll learn how to use spiritual energies as well as management skills to set your intention and put your dreams in motion. We’ll look at what business model might suit you best. In the afternoon we’re going to have a ’round table’ where we workshop your biggest problem or idea around your business. I will give EVERY participant attention and advice, so we are keeping these numbers small. You’ll also need to fill out a small survey before the workshop so that I can do some preparation for each of you before the workshop and make my material relevant to your particular needs.

I’ll post more details in the coming days, so stay tuned.

And remember I’m launching a mini retreat for you tomorrow.

Love and hugs from here at beautiful Byron Bay, Nicole xx

Image from desicomments.com

Image from desicomments.com

PS – Mini Online Chakra Retreat Reminder

Starting Monday I’ll share a little of the things we are doing here at my Chakra Wisdoms Retreat that you might like to try too.

If you would like to join us for a little virtual retreat magic you’ll need a journal, a favourite crystal and a deck of your favourite oracle or tarot cards. (If you don’t have any cards you can use an online deck – I’ll post links on Monday!)

Five Things I Love About Being Home At My Farm

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“To find the universal elements enough; to find the air and the water exhilarating; to be refreshed by a morning walk or an evening saunter… to be thrilled by the stars at night; to be elated over a bird’s nest or a wildflower in spring — these are some of the rewards of the simple life.”
~ John Burroughs

 

I have loved travelling, but there is something magical about coming home again.

These are five random things I love about being home here at my farm.

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1. I can go out into the garden on a cold and drizzling night, wearing my gumboots and pyjamas and clutching a torch, and come back in with enough foraged weeds, greens and leaves to make a tasty salad for dinner to go with our soup.

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2. No matter how busy my day becomes, there is always time for games and for sitting on the soft green grass, looking out at the trees and watching the koalas.

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3. The air here smells of sunshine and trees, or moon and stars and damp earth. The sky at dawn or dusk is filled with birdsong and a vibrancy that is hard to put into words.

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4. The beach is just down the road, and we can enjoy an early-morning walk, followed by breakfast at one of our favourite cafes. Byron Bay has some of the most beautiful beaches on the planet!

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5. All my favourite crystals are here at home. No matter what my mood I have a crystal to suit. There are crystals on every windowsill, and perched all around. There are crystals in the garden and beside my bed. Lovely, lovely stones. <3