Your Wake-Up Call Is Here! – Monday Oracle 24 July 2017

“What is joy without sorrow? What is success without failure? What is a win without a loss? What is health without illness? You have to experience each if you are to appreciate the other. There is always going to be suffering. It’s how you look at your suffering, how you deal with it, that will define you.”
~ Mark Twain

Hello, Lovelies,

A we move deeper into the energies of July we’re able to access some light-bulb moments and real clarity about what matters to us, and for our future direction.

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. ‘Balance’ is from the Chakra Wisdom Oracle Deck by Tori Hartman.

If you read my forecast for July, you’ll remember that July helps us to see our place within the bigger scheme of things. It supports love, connection and community and warrants some quiet time this month with loved ones.

Let’s look at the gifts Balance brings us this week.

Balance reminds us that we can’t make everyone happy and that we actually can’t have, do and be EVERYTHING on our list. Even more importantly, we can’t keep making everyone else happy at our own expense.

Time is precious and limited. Balance asks us to think carefully about how we spend our time and resources.

This is also a big wake-up call week. If we’ve been neglecting our health, our relationship, our finances, our jobs or businesses, our special project, our promises to ourselves or others – this week the Universe brings these things into clear view. We just can’t keep ignoring things that could potentially have a big positive or negative impact in our lives.

If your lack of awareness runs deep, the Universe will clearly show you where you need to be putting your attention.

Don’t worry though. Help is at hand. It’s a week of intuitive clarity and guided action. Trust that you have the power this week to make decisions and chart a path of action that will begin to turn things in your favour.

Whatever you do, don’t put your head back in the sand again. Be honest. Tune in. Take action.

You’ll be so glad that you did. The choices you make and the actions you take this week will lead to healing, momentum, solutions and progress.

Supportive crystals this week?

Rose Quartz helps us to be open to love and support in all forms and to be able to RECEIVE (Keep one in your pocket for all of July if you struggle to ask for or receive help). Blue Obsidian gives us mental clarity and self-awareness, strengthening our ability to communicate and connect. Yellow Turquoise supports us finding a clear path forward, and to make the big decisions that can finally bring lasting change. Green Aventurine is the perfect mood elevation stone, helping to shift anxiety and worry, and to replace it with calm and a sense of emotional safety.

Helpful essential oils?

Young Living’s Believe essential oil blend, or a combination (or singly!) of any of Lavender, Spruce, Ylang Ylang and Orange. Believe essential oil blend is uplifting and promotes confidence, spiritual connection, clarity and a belief that we can change. It also helps us to let go of fear, doubt and old emotional pain and hurt.  I often use this oil when I am writing or journalling, or working with cards for myself. It’s my oil of choice in my diffuser again 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

The Week Ahead – Oracle Reading for Monday 7 November


“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.”
~ Maya Angelou

“I go to my studio every day, because one day I may go and the Angel will be there. What if I don’t go and the Angel came?” ~ Philip Guston


Hello, Lovelies!

Welcome to the second week of these awesome November energies.

Here’s the oracle card I have chosen, and my take on the energetic outlook for the days ahead.

‘Existence’ is from the Osho Zen Tarot deck – and it heralds another fabulous week.

The week ahead is infused with supportive energies. There are all kinds of positive things coming our way, but we are also reminded to stay grounded in reality; honouring what is true and practical and real for us, even as we keep one eye firmly focused on our longer-term goals and our bigger dreams. We are reminded to keep showing up, to keep doing the work, and then in the doing magic will happen.

In the days ahead you’ll discover new perspectives. Inspiration will come in many forms, with lots of brand new ideas and a fresh take on old ideas and projects.

Expect to be delighted by new ways of thinking. Expect helpful people. Know that this week brings the kind of divine guidance that gifts us clarity, and the kind of synchronicity which delivers us blessings and miracles.

Lightbulb moments? Yes!

Sudden gifts of deep understanding? Yes!

Courage to make the bold moves? Yes!

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You’ll need to make sure that you write down or otherwise record these sudden ideas and flashes of inspiration because when they don’t come from you it is unlikely that you will remember them accurately if you don’t capture that wisdom straight away!

It’s also a super week for realising how you can collaborate with others in ways that encourage mutual and exponential success. Make those initial connections. Have those first discussions. This week sets the scene for so much of what will unfold in the coming year.

Remember to have adequate sleep, downtime and solitude this week too. It’s often in these quiet spaces that inspiration and guidance come to us.

Totally shattered with exhaustion as you start your week? Stop pushing on and rest first. Being well rested will invite flow and answers back into your life, lifting you from stuck back into momentum and clarity.

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There are really obvious signs, offers and guideposts this week. So keep working towards your dreams in a sustainable way, with a sense of hope and magic in your heart.

No dream to work towards? This is the week where you may well find yours.

Supportive crystals for the days ahead? Rose Quartz, Turquoise and Tiger’s Eye. Helpful essential oils? Young Living’s Joy essential oil blend, or  a combination (or singly!) of any of Tangerine, Bergamot and Elemi.

Wishing you a wonderful week, and holding you in my thoughts, prayers and meditations,

All my love, Nicole❤ xx


How to work out what your heart wants…

“…everyone wants to be excited by something magical and wondrous – to be reminded of how they once saw the world …” 
~ John Geddes

You don’t need to figure everything out on your own. There are always signposts, gentle nudges in the right direction, a trail of breadcrumbs, a giant flashing neon sign.

Problem is, when you are stuck in your head (yes, you know what I mean) going round and round with your own lousy thoughts and worries, being steered by your anxieties and insecurities, it can be easy to miss all that guidance.

Late yesterday afternoon as I was standing in the paddock, five black cockatoos flew over my head. As they neared me they began to call. They cruised directly over me, although they had that whole expanse of sky at their disposal. Then they wheeled around at the old hoop pine, flew over my head once again for good measure, screeching at me the entire time, before alighting back in the hoop pine.

My whole body tingled, and the hairs rose on my arms. You see, that morning I’d been struggling with where to go next with my writing. I have several unfinished projects, each of which will take me in a very different direction. Which one should I run with? I just couldn’t decide…

When those black cockatoos turned up in the paddock I was flooded with knowing. Here were my black sisters, my Kimberley Aunties, flying over to comfort, reassure and remind me. Suddenly the direction I needed to take was writ clear in my mind, as well as my heart.

Today, if you’re in that place of needing some clarity – here I am, waving a big sign for you.

You have this awesome internal guidance system inside you, called your SOUL. And your soul communicates with you by intuition.

If you’re uncomfortable with the concept of a soul, then perhaps think of this energy as your own internal wisdom and most heartfelt, honest preferences.

Your soul isn’t governed by your head. Your mind is just a helpful super-computer at your soul’s disposal. You won’t get the answers you seek from your mind alone. Being stuck in your head is most often a fruitless exercise, or at least one of diminishing returns the more time we spend there.

The magic starts when our heart and mind connect and share wisdoms with one another. The heart knows, and the mind has the genius to make it happen.

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Right now, if you’re feeling lost or stuck, it’s perfectly okay to ask for a sign or some kind of answer that gives you clarity – or at least a place to start. Then trust that your Soul and the Universe will use everything at their disposal to get that message to you.

For me, yesterday, it was black cockatoos.

You’ll know what it is for you. Your soul will make the message or the messenger look brighter, shinier, more obvious – this thing, whatever it is, will just stand out more. It will be meaningful for YOU.

It might be a sign on the back of a bus, a song on the radio, an article in the newspaper, a recurring image or idea. Don’t worry about what it could be – just trust that this thing will make itself known to you!

Eg: You’re thinking about returning to study, and you need to have your application in today, but is it the right thing to do? On the way to work you get stuck behind this bus…

Suddenly, you have your answer. You’re on fire. You just KNOW what you need to do!

There’s another thing I need to tell you, to help you recognise what it will be. It won’t be mind driven. Mind-driven solutions are logical, expected and rational. And quite often they leave us dragging our feet. Our heart won’t be in it. We won’t light up when we think about it. It will be an answer or solution we feel we should take, one that will be a crowd pleaser or the sensible choice. Tune in – part of you will be sitting in deep resistance to that particular idea.

If that’s how you feel, that’s not your thing…

Yesterday, as I watched my black cockatoos and thought about my wise Aunties, and as my heart knew which direction to take, I was filled with bright energy and hope. My eyes pricked with tears.

And I also knew the answer had been in me all along. It was just my mind that was objecting…

Your heart always knows what it wants. Your Soul is perfectly equipped to get that message to your conscious mind.

The whole Universe is contriving to help you live your best life.

So ask. And trust.

I have so much faith in you…

I’ll leave you with the sounds of the black cockatoos, Much Love, Nicole xx

A message from the Universe

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“But listen to me. For one moment
quit being sad. Hear blessings
dropping their blossoms
around you.” 
~ Rumi

As I was sitting in meditation this morning, thinking about you and how I could best be of service today, I realised that there was something you needed to hear right now. So let me bring these messages to you, direct from the Universe. You’ll know which part of the message is for you. It’s the one that stands out, the one that moves you, the one that answers the question on your lips.

You are enough.

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Small Red Rose – Image from Wikipedia Commons

Someone will want what you have. Be brave and put yourself out there.


Your ideas are needed in the world. Speak up.

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Girl with raised hand – Image from B2C

You deserve a loving, faithful and nurturing relationship.

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Cats Embrace by Sara Lynn Paige

From small beginnings great things can grow. Get started. Have faith in your vision.

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Reese Matthews beginning a grand Lego project

So much love is pouring forth from the Heavens for you. Call on your Guides, your Angels, Your Ancestors. They are here for you. They are helping you. Expect signs and messages.

Have faith! This idea will work.

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Light Bulb Moment – Image from Emagister

Help is on its way.

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Ironman – Image by Everett

Keep going, you’re making good decisions and you’re on the right track.


Trust. There’s a soul just waiting to come through.

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Baby – Image by Anne Geddes

You’re closer than you think. The end’s in sight!

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Ducklings – Image from Cheezburger

It will be worth it.

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Image from Freelance Folder

Know that you’re not alone.

You’re in my daily thoughts, prayers and meditations, and I’m wishing you well.

Nicole xoxo

How Synchronicity Happens

“I do believe in an everyday sort of magic — the inexplicable connectedness we sometimes experience with places, people, works of art and the like; the eerie appropriateness of moments of synchronicity; the whispered voice, the hidden presence, when we think we’re alone.” 
~ Charles de Lint

Have you ever wondered how synchronicity happens? It’s a wonderfully magical concurrence of events that leads to an opportunity, a ‘chance’ meeting, a lining up of the stars in some way advantageous to you.

I was at the opposite end of one of these events recently. Let me explain…

Our usual pattern in the mornings here at our farm (when I am well enough) is that I wake up early, meditate, blog, feed the animals and then my husband and I head off to a favourite cafe for some writing time. We’re usually in and out of Byron Bay or Bangalow well before the tourists are even on the march.

But last Friday that didn’t happen. I felt quite average (after a horrible couple of days) and so we stuffed around at home doing one thing or another, and didn’t leave early. In fact we almost didn’t go at all, until Ben decided that a little outing would do me good.

Then we quite spontaneously drove in the opposite direction to price hay for our wiener calves, after which we headed back into Bangalow for a cuppa and some writing.

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We’d totally forgotten that it was a) Friday and b) school holidays. By this time it was mid-morning and town was packed. We were almost about to go home when a parking spot opened up miraculously in front of us. Happily we pulled in and then crossed the road to a local haunt.

A girlfriend we haven’t seen for months waylaid us outside the cafe for a chat. People stopped to admire Harry and to pat him. It took ages just to get to a table.

We ended up getting next to no writing done, but had a lovely social time. Then Ben decided on the spur of the moment to go to the Post Office, and I got the idea in my head that I might as well go to the butcher to get some soup bones. By now it was lunch-time, and the main street of Bangalow was thick with people.

“Nicole Cody?” I heard someone say. “I just knew I’d run into you today!”


The face behind the big dark glasses looked familiar, but I was having a bad day, and I struggled for a moment to place her except for her name; Karen.

She’s a beautiful client of mine who used to live here in Australia, but who’s now relocated to the United States. She was down in our part of the world for a few days and decided to come to Bangalow for a look, hoping to run into me.

And I can tell you that on a Friday at lunchtime in school holidays the likelihood of that should have been totally negligible. And yet here we were, in perfect synchronicity – exchanging hugs and happily catching up.

I felt like I’d been pushed around a giant chess board to position me in the street in front of the butcher just for her. And I didn’t mind a bit! 🙂

The Universe has a magic to it – not to be understood by the head, but known by the heart.  Trust in that! Who can say what magic awaits you?

Much love to you, ♥ Nicole xx

I am open to the guidance of synchronicity and do not let expectations hinder my path

Inviting Stillness…

“The mind can go in a thousand directions, but on this beautiful path, I walk in peace. With each step, the wind blows. With each step, a flower blooms.
~ Thich Nhat Hanh

How can you be well, how can you know peace, if you are always busy? Always rushing?

If your days are blurring one into the other, if you are exhausted and defeated in spirit, or lost and no longer certain of your path, then stop!

Just for a moment, allow yourself to be still. Just for a moment be aware of your breathing, of the air on your skin, of the time of day, the temperature, the beat of your heart, the position of your body.

A moment or two of stillness refreshes everything.

In a moment of stillness rest comes.  Peace comes.  Answers come.

You can’t find that space and expansiveness when you rush, rush, rush.

You can’t find that comfort when you are so busy that your head is spinning.

Today, find a quiet moment.  Allow yourself to enter into stillness.

Rest there.

And wait.

Stillness is always where the magic happens.


Cupcake Love ‘Awareness’ Oracle – A reading with every cake!

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“If at first you don’t succeed, eat a cupcake!” ~ Unknown Author

We can take life far too seriously sometimes. Or get so bogged down in our daily grind that we forget to have fun, and to stretch our wings a little. In fact, it can get so that even if we find some spare time we no longer remember what to do to make ourselves smile, to relax and have a laugh, or how to be giddy with excitement and joy.

These fanciful cupcakes are designed to help bring back into your awareness the things that will give extra colour, texture and meaning to your life right now.

Instructions for using today’s post

Scroll down through the following cupcake images and then let yourself come back to the one you are most drawn to.

When you have chosen your cupcake, scroll further down for your delicious message, designed to help you focus on what most needs your attention right now.

As always these are magical, calorie-free cupcakes and they are made from exactly what you need them to be – butter-cream, vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free – whatever your heart desires. So indulge in them without guilt! I promise they’ll be tasty and satisfying.

Love, Light and Hugs,

Nicole ♥ xx

Let the Cupcake Love Begin…

1.  Candy Cupcake

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2. I Want Them All Cupcake

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3. Happy Woofers Cupcake

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4.  Rainbow Cupcake

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5.  Historical Cupcake

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6.  Lemon Meringue Cupcake

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7.  Penguin Cupcake

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8.  Pretty in Pink Cupcake

♥ The Message and Gift of each Cupcake ♥

Each Cupcake has a message for you. I have also selected a crystal to best support the message and energies of your cupcake.  You could wear or hold this crystal, pop it in your pocket, under your pillow or beside your bed. (If you’d like to know more about working with crystals click here) The Power Word is a word to remind yourself of the quality you most need and that you are strongly attracting right now.  You can turn it into your own personal mantra by saying “I choose ___________ ” (insert your Power Word). Your Magical Escapade is an activity to help you come back into balance and have a little fun.

♥ Candy Cupcake –  Short breaks, holidays and weekends away.  Your soul is crying out for some down-time.  It could be a picnic in the woods, a day at a theme park, a Sunday drive, a weekend escape to the coast, or a longer holiday.  Planning is half the fun.  Start getting a list together of some places you’d like to go and then… go!  ♥ Best Crystal – Lepidolite  ♥ Power Word – Relaxation  ♥ Magical Escapade – A trip, a drive, an outing, an adventure, a holiday!  Start with a travel agent and some web sites to gather ideas together. Choose something close to home, and something a little father away, and then indulge yourself in a little time away from the everyday.

♥ I Want Them All Cupcake –  New ideas, new experiences, new destinations.  Variety is what you need right now.  A smorgasbord of new tastes, sounds and experiences.  Maybe give yourself a day where you go to a movie, browse through a bookshop, eat at a little foreign food cafe, and go to a market or a shopping mall you haven’t been to before.  It doesn’t need to cost a lot of money.  Libraries have all sorts of stuff that you can borrow for free. You could catch a bus, a tram, a train or a ferry and go somewhere new.  Listen to a busker. Tune in to a new radio station. Cook up a storm at home, and watch a DVD!  ♥ Best Crystal – Amazonite  ♥ Power Word – Discovery ♥ Magical Escapade – A feast for the senses  Markets, libraries, shopping malls, music anywhere, suburbs with a multi-cultural buzz.  Give yourself lots of new opportunities and choices.

♥ Happy Woofers Cupcake –  Friendship and Togetherness.  Life is so often better when it’s shared.  Your soul is hungering from some social connection. Maybe you need more time with your partner, your family or your friends. Maybe it’s time to get out there and meet some new people or start to date again.  You have a big loving heart, and you need people in your life so that you can better express that warmth and caring. If people aren’t your thing, get a rescue pet or volunteer to look after a guide dog puppy!  ♥ Best Crystal – Rose Quartz  ♥ Power Word – Good Times  ♥ Magical Escapade – sharing time with the people you love, or meeting someone new.  Catch up over coffee, invite friends for a meal, drop in on your Mum or your grandparents, phone your sister or brother, have a date night with your husband, more family cuddles, plan a fishing trip with your mates, join a speed dating event with a friend for moral support!

♥ Rainbow Cupcake –  Creative Immersion. Your Inner BEing is longing for some creative expression and to fill you up with new ideas and creative concepts.  You need a combination of immersing yourself in the ideas and expression of others, and the creative outpouring of your own heart. Visit some galleries, museums, and craft stores.  Take yourself to an art class, a classical music concert, or live theatre!  ♥ Best Crystal – Fluorite  ♥ Power Word – Experiencing  ♥ Magical Escapade – Anywhere that fills your creative tank with juice! Fabric shops, book stores, art supply places, hardware stores, food markets, homeware depots, junk stores, walks in nature, dancing, a kitchen table filled with magazines, scissors, paper and glue.

♥ Historical Cupcake –  Connection Through Time. You are surrounded by so much love right now.  There are unseen hands and hearts reaching out through time to love, guide, comfort and inspire you.  Did you know that we often reincarnate into the same family lines over and over? This is a great time for researching your family tree, catching up with relatives, or reconnecting with people and activities from your past.  Do all you can to find out who you are, by understanding where you and your family have come from.  You’ll be so pleased you did!  ♥ Best Crystal – Labradorite  ♥ Power Word – Heritage ♥ Magical Escapade – A trip down memory lane. Look through old family photographs, diaries and cookbooks. Visit elderly relatives and ask about their lives, and the people in your family you never met.  Find out more about your parents and grandparents.  Look on line and trace your family tree.

♥ Lemon Meringue Cupcake –  Sweet Indulgence.  Rewards always taste better when we’ve worked for them.  Whether you have a goal in mind, or whether life’s tough right now and you want to reward yourself just for hanging in there, it’s time to indulge yourself in some of life’s pleasures. Think about what you want to achieve, and what you can reward yourself with for getting there.  Make a list – and make your rewards achievable and worthwhile. Then do the things you need to do to get those sweet indulgences. Life’s too short for it to be all work and no pleasure! ♥ Best Crystal – Calcite ♥ Power Word – Rewards  ♥ Magical Escapade – Anywhere delicious  It could be a travel agent, a beauty parlour or day spa, a shop full of chocolate and cupcakes, a shoe boutique or a computer store.  It’s what makes YOU feel indulged, pampered and a little luxurious.  Enjoy – you’ve earned it!

♥ Penguin Cupcake –  Inner Child. Seriously, you need a big dose of fun right now. Think of little children.  They have an innate sense of fun and curiosity. They can have as much fun using their imagination and playing with the box that the toy came in, as they can with the toy itself. Play! Create! If you have a pet, play with them. Play with your kids.  Go to a local park with some friends and play ball. Or tag. Dancing, sport and any kind of movement is good.  So is baking cupcakes and decorating them in weird and wonderful ways. What’s fun for you?  What makes you split your sides laughing or plasters a grin all over your face?  Go do that thing! ♥ Best Crystal – Angelite  ♥ Power Word – Playfulness ♥ Magical Escapade – Anything that captures the joy, playfulness, curiosity and creativity of childhood.  Baking, mini golf, ice-creams at the beach, making a snowman, giggling with your friends, making macaroni necklaces or papier mache dinosaurs. We’re not aiming for art – we’re aiming for fun and self-expression.

♥ Pretty in Pink Cupcake – Makeover Magic.  Oh honey, you need some makeover love!  Maybe it’s time for a haircut or a manicure. Diet overhaul? Time for a tune-up? Maybe you need to update your wardrobe, refresh your home decor, or get a pampering massage. We need time for self-maintenance, for taking care of our image and personal style, and for uplifting ourselves so we look and feel good.  When we allow ourselves permission to spend time, money and energy on ourselves, we send a strong message to the Universe about our positive self worth.  ♥ Best Crystal – Clear Quartz  ♥ Power Word – Self Care ♥ Magical Escapade Places and people that style, refresh and pamper you.  Hairdressers, massage therapists, gyms and dieticians, wardrobe and colour experts, stylists, best friends with a good eye for fashion, salons and your kind of boutiques.

Trust – A message from the Universe

“Don’t be afraid to give your best to what seemingly are small jobs.  Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger.  If you do the little jobs well, the big ones will tend to take care of themselves.” ~ Dale Carnegie

“You, down there? Get on with it!” ~ Rollo

**Today’s post comes to you courtesy of the Universe.  Read on…

“We know that you’ve been asking for a sign, that you’re looking for reassurance, and some confirmation.

So here it is.  Just for you.  Because we believe in you, and we trust in your outcome.

It’s normal, at the beginning of a long journey, in the middle of a long journey, to feel a little overwhelmed.

Alright, maybe a lot overwhelmed.

Starting up again from nothing is daunting.  Being brave enough to try one more time is  hard. One hundred thousand words is so many when all you have is an idea for a novel. The deposit for a house is enormous when you barely have a dollar to your name. When you haven’t exercised for a decade and your health has been let go, fitness may seem an impossible dream.

You may have a goal in mind where you’re not even sure how to get to your destination, or what the guideposts will look like along the way.

That’s okay.  In fact, that’s how it always is.

That’s why we wanted to remind you about something important that you seem to have forgotten.

No matter what your goal is, if your heart is calling you to try…

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all you ever need to do is trust, and take one small step.

The first step matters. Once you’ve taken that step, be brave and try another. That’s all you have to do.  One small step.  Another small step.

If you keep taking small steps, eventually you’ll be somewhere new, and your world, and you, will be very different.  You might not end up anywhere near where you thought you might be. Humans often can’t see that far ahead.

But we can. So we’re asking you to trust. Just trust and take that step.

The thing’s already written in your heart. The energetic plan’s already in progress. We’re conspiring in your success. All that’s needed now is a little commitment, and a little action.

So here’s what you need to do:

Commit to that small step.  Take that small step.  Repeat.

The synchronicities are up to us.  The helpful people and lucky breaks are too. Don’t worry about mapping out the entire journey.  That’s not your job – it’s ours!  We have a much better view from up here.

So, you have your confirmation.  Don’t put it off any longer.  Life’s grand adventure awaits!

Follow the path

Oh, and one other thing…

If you asked for a specific sign; you know, a unicorn or a hedgehog or a magic word, or your name written in pink magic marker on a white fluffy cloud, well, we want you to go ahead and open this box.


See, we’ve thought of everything.  So no more excuses.  We believe in you, and you can do this. Go to it!

All our love and support, The Universe.”

**PS If you enjoyed this post please vote for this blog, Cauldrons and Cupcakes, in the  Best Australian Blogs 2013 Competition.  You can do that here.  Thank you.

Day 9 – Gratitude Challenge

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“Make it a habit to tell people thank you. To express your appreciation, sincerely and without the expectation of anything in return. Truly appreciate those around you, and you’ll soon find many others around you. Truly appreciate life, and you’ll find that you have more of it.” ~ Ralph Marston

No one does this journey we call life on their own.  So many people contribute to our well-being, our growth, and our happiness. Some of these people we will form close relationships with, others we may never meet in person, and some we may never even hold awareness of.

The human heart is wired to be kind, to be helpful, to be compassionate.  Look at any natural disaster and you’ll see how humans open up their hearts and do all they can to help their fellow man.

For all of us, at times, life can be challenging or even downright hard. It’s amazing how a sincere thank you, a kind word, a genuine appreciation can lift another soul up, and give them something of real value that may change their day, or even their whole life.

Then there are all of the people in our life who have taught us something, who have shared our laughter and tears, given us a break, dared us to dream and to grow…

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And what about the people we rarely think about – those souls who are here to keep us safe, who run our cities and towns, who provide our essential services, clean our offices, mend the roads, polish the floors of our hospitals?

Each of us stands on the shoulders of so many people who have helped us.

So now let’s start our day with the activities that form the foundation of our 30 Day Gratitude Challenge:

Count Our Blessings and Use our Gratitude Rock

If you need a detailed reminder of the process, you can review it here in Day 1 of the Gratitude Challenge.

  1. List five Blessings in your journal, explaining why you are grateful for each one.
  2. Count your Blessings off on your fingers, summoning positive emotion and saying Thank You from your heart for each one.
  3. Find a picture of someone who has been helpful for you, or write their name on a piece of paper. Hold that image or name in your hands and say Thank You for all the help you have given me. I flow love and gratitude to you. Really feel that love and gratitude in your own heart. Then put the paper underneath your Gratitude Rock.
  4. Tonight before you go to sleep, hold your Gratitude Rock and affirm I am richly Blessed. I have an Abundance of Good in my life. Visualise one thing you have been grateful for today. Swell that positive energy up in your heart like a beautiful golden light, and give a heart-felt Thank You, Thank You, Thank You to the Universe, then imagine a tiny shower of golden light travelling from your heart into your Gratitude Rock.
  5. Still holding your Gratitude Rock, bless your fellow travellers on this Gratitude Journey by sending them golden light, and saying Thank you.  I Bless You.  I intend for you Love, Miracles and Abundance. Know that as you are saying this for them, they are also saying this for you. Feel that connection and gratitude and know that there is real love and support for you here. Place your rock back beside your bed, and go to sleep, cocooned in this good energy.

If all you do each day is these five steps, know that is enough.

Heart Energy by Marcia Diane

Are you ready for more of a challenge? Today we’re going to practice gratitude for the helpful people in our lives.  As we honour and give thanks for the energies of helpfulness and kindness in our lives, we attract more people who will happily support us. And it’s through that flow of co-operative energy that everything gets done in this Universe!

Helpful people are everywhere…

Some of our greatest blessings are the acts of generosity of others in our lives.  Helpful people are everywhere.  Stop for a moment today and run a slideshow of some of the helpful people from your own life.

They could be small moments, like someone letting you step ahead of them in a taxi queue, or offering you a lift in the rain. The friendly cafe worker who always gives you the biggest muffin.  The book store owner who rings to let you know they tracked down an out-of-print edition for you.

They could be bigger moments – a nurse sitting with you after their shift has finished because you’re frightened or in pain, and they couldn’t go home until you were comfortable; a teacher mentoring you towards a bigger goal when you didn’t believe in yourself, and helping you over the line.

Sometimes the help is so big it’s hard to get your head around. The relative who loans you the money when there is nowhere else to turn. The donor who gives their organs for you or someone you love.  The person who gives you the job when you and they both know there are better candidates, but you are on the bones of your arse and this is your last chance… The person who puts your name forward, and because of their actions plucks you from career obscurity and puts you on the road to success.  The arts foundation who run the mentoring program you’re selected for that changes your life.  The friend/lover/family member who never gives up on you.

As you think of them, hold love and gratitude in your heart and say Thank You, Thank You, Thank You.

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And as you go through your day today, offer genuine and heart-felt thanks to those around you for the many small acts of helpfulness that flow through our lives, usually unnoticed.  Look them in the eye and say Thank You when they hand you your mail, make your coffee, punch your bus ticket, bag your groceries, clear your plates, hold the door for you, help you with dinner.

The more we acknowledge helpful people in our lives, the more they show up and support us. The Universe, our Guides and Angels can only work through us and those around us.

Wishing you a day filled with kindness, gratitude and small miracles. May you be an Angel in someone else’s life today.  May Angels show up in yours. Bless ♥ xx

Are you brave enough to follow The Call?

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Have you ever had a crazy, crazy hunch, or an idea you just can’t get out of your head?

Maybe in the middle of being a Dentist you start thinking of Art School.

I mean REALLY thinking about Art School.

You become a closet hoarder of Art School brochures, you haunt their on-line curriculum, and while you spend your days peering into people’s mouths, part of you is dreaming about how different your life could look…

It goes from being a wild idea to the tender beginnings of a plan. (For more information on how to protect that tender plan or idea read this!)

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Or you wake up thinking about Peru.

Of all places!

Your whole life Peru hasn’t even been on the radar and now it’s everywhere. There are posters of Peru in the Travel Agent’s window, your friend lends you a book about Peru, there’s a show about it on the Discovery Channel. Your dreams are filled with llamas and Machu Picchu.

You can’t explain why, but suddenly you have an overwhelming urge to go there.

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It’s known in my world as ‘The Call’.

Maybe it’s God. Spirit. Angels. Your wise Higher Self. Guides.  Your own heart…

Whatever it is, it’s calling you, and it won’t let up.

Art School.  Peru.  Walking across Spain. Entering that competition. Calling your friend from College all those years ago. That idea for the book/TV show/film/restaurant/rock band/charity/house makeover/epic adventure.

You find the seed of a strange and unexpected idea inside you, that grows into something bigger.  It gets reflected back to you from all angles. Waking, sleeping and everything in-between – there it is. The Call.

And in my experience, when you follow that Call, life begins to gift you all manner of support, synchronicity, helpful people and lucky breaks.

You meet your soul mate.  You finally work out what you want to be when you grow up.  Your spiritual and psychic gifts kick in. You do that thing, that leads to the thing (and there could be a bit of a chain of that happening, so insert extra ‘things’ here if necessary) that gets you to this amazing new place of flow and happiness in your life.

You look back later, and see how it all came together; how your life changed direction, how endings and beginnings merged to provide you with a clear path, and a deeper understanding.

When you get The Call will you pay attention? Are you brave enough to say yes? Are you bold enough to follow your heart?

♥ Because what will your life look like if you don’t?

What do you have to lose? ♥

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