Let There Be Sleep!

“We went down into the silent garden. Dawn is the time when nothing breathes, the hour of silence. Everything is transfixed, only the light moves.”
~ Leonora Carrington

 

My conference here in Cebu is drawing to a close.

Last night we finished the formal activities with a White Party on the beach. A fabulous night, and I shall post photos just as soon as I am able. I need a little more sleep first. Do you know how long it has been in my life since I have been able to string together so much work and so much fun in one long run of days? Decades, my friends. Decades.

Truth be told my health has held up well (except for the pants of shame night, best explained in a separate blog post!) but I am unaccustomed to so much partying and so many big days and late nights.

Dawn on the beach was perfect for my morning meditation but now I am sneaking back to bed, because it is officially a holiday today and I can.

I may even sleep in tomorrow.

Hugs and love to you all, Nicole xx

Five Things That Made This Week Extra Wonderful Already!

“Reflect upon your present blessings — of which every man has many — not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.”
~ Charles Dickens

 

1.New Journal Challenge!

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It’s been a while since I ran a journal and oracle card challenge, so I’ve decided to cook another one up for you. It’s fabulous, it’s free, and there will be more details here on the blog on Friday so stay tuned!

 

2. New Swimmers!

I needed new swimwear for my upcoming trip. Usually this is not the kind of shopping I look forward to. But… The very first place I went into, the very first swimmers I tried on – perfect fit! Don’t you love it when that happens? 🙂

 

3. Money In My Pocket!

When I was looking for a bag to keep all my journals and crystals in when I go travelling I came upon a pencil-case I though I’d lost years ago. When I opened it up there was $350 cash. Bonus! Now I have extra spending money.

 

4. Our House Sitter Brought His Dog to Stay!

I was worried about leaving Harry Dog on his own for the first time without Bert to keep him company. But our wonderful house sitter has brought his gorgeous Black Labrador with him and she is the sweetest girl, so now Harry has a friend and he won’t be lonely. Such a win!

5. Holidays!

Holidays? Yep. They start today. Hooray!!! By the time you read this I’ll be on my way to the airport! Two weeks in Vietnam and then two weeks in the Philippines.So excited!!!  I’ll keep you posted on all the fun and goodness. 🙂

 

Biggest hugs and love to you, Nicole ❤ xx

For When It’s Hard To Be Grateful…

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“But that was life: Nobody got a guided tour to their own theme park. You had to hop on the rides as they presented themselves, never knowing whether you would like the one you were in line for…or if the bastard was going to make you throw up your corn dog and your cotton candy all over the place.”
~ J.R. Ward

 

I’m still sick.

Each night I go to bed hoping that tomorrow I will wake, miraculously better.

Each morning I wake, still sick.

This morning it was hard to muster gratitude, as an immune-compromised person dealing with the flu. In other people this bug might last a few days. But in me it has taken hold and then ravaged me. I have chest pain that scares me. I’ve lost vision in my left eye. My body aches, and there are a million other miseries (I’ve become neurologically incontinent again, old Lyme symptoms I haven’t experienced for years have revisited…) I am exhausted and broken and this wasn’t part of my plan! But I don’t want to be cranky. I don’t want to focus on the negative, or on my fears, or how wretched I feel. That won’t serve me.

And yes, I am grateful for the birds, and the sunrise, and my amazing husband and our two caring hounds who haven’t left my side. For all of you, and your love and support. But I am also aching and hurting for all of the opportunities lost, and the position I am currently in, and my helplessness in it all.

While I thought on all of this as I lay in bed, I remembered.

I’ve been in this place so often. Of life sucking pretty hard. Of my health letting me down, or other, worse things. Magical New Age Rainbow Unicorn Thinking isn’t going to help me. It is what is, and I can’t change it.

In this hard space, there is still something to be grateful for, despite the general suckfulness of it all.

I am resilient. I am a survivor. I can be grateful for me, and my own tenacity. I can be grateful that I am still here, maybe not standing today but conscious and continuing in my own gritted-teeth way.

That’s what I want to remind you this morning. You are the miracle. Think of all you have been through. Think of everything life has thrown at you over the years.

On the days when life is mostly hard, or maybe even a completely brutal ride, remember to be grateful for yourself and your ability to get yourself through. Remind yourself that you are stronger than this. Be grateful for your resilience and your determination, your courage and your indefatigable ability to endure.

You are worth celebrating. Acknowledging your journey and your strength will light a flame in your heart to keep you going on the darkest of days.

Sending so much love your way,

Nicole xx

 

Dear Lightworker, Let Yourself Rest

Image by 7-themes.com

Image by 7-themes.com

“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.”
~ John Lubbock

 

Dear Lightworkers,

I know that some of you are feeling incredibly weary right now. Unnaturally tired. Exhausted to the bone. Even though you are excited about 2016 and the unfolding energies of the year. Even though there is no sensible reason for you to be this fatigued. So I just wanted to reach out to you today, and give you some encouragement.

It’s been a long time coming, this new energetic era we are in, post 2012. Some of you have incarnated over and over and over again, holding space and waiting. Waiting for the world to come back into flow.

Thank you. Thank you for all that you are and all that you have done.

In those lifetimes and in this one, many of you have suffered because of who you are, your beliefs, your practices, your journey, your need to live true to your soul.

Empaths, intuitives, psychics, spiritual souls led by heart – all of you have struggled as you have lived in a world of dense energy, a world essentially hostile to sensitives.

But we’re in that new era now. It gets easier from here. The vibration is lifting, the planet’s consciousness is shifting. In large part thanks to all of you. And that’s why you’ve hung in here for the long haul, lifetime after lifetime, to get to this place.

It’s as if your soul has been toiling up an enormous mountain, through every kind of weather, through landslides and storms and unrelenting sun. Often, completely on your own.

Now you’re at the top. The view in front of you is great. Grassy plains stretch out behind you. You’re here. You’ve arrived. It’s beautiful. You’ve made it!

No wonder you’re tired.

So rest a little.

Rest a lot.

Rest as much as you need.

Because now the real work begins. Not the holding space thing. I mean the true work. Your reason for being.

Well done. You’ve made it, and you’re right where you need to be. The world will wait while you regroup after all of that toil. So rest, my friends, rest.

I love you.

Thank you.

Bless ❤ xoxo

 

 

Journal Challenge Week 4 – August 23, 2015

This beautiful art by Amy Bremner at amybremnerdesigns.com

This beautiful art by Amy Bremner at amybremnerdesigns.com

“Happiness is the consequence of personal effort. You fight for it, strive for it, insist upon it, and sometimes even travel around the world looking for it. You have to participate relentlessly in the manifestations of your own blessings. And once you have achieved a state of happiness, you must never become lax about maintaining it. You must make a mighty effort to keep swimming upward into that happiness forever, to stay afloat on top of it.”
~ Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

 

Welcome to Week Four of our journal challenge. If you missed the start you can go here to catch up on the tools you’ll need, and to find links to previous weeks.

This week, starting on August 23, has a creative freshness to it. There’s a sense of hope here, but also a real need for honest exploration of possibility.

So many times we say to ourselves, or others, I don’t know what I want…

But is that really true? I don’t think so. I believe the heart always knows what it wants. The problem is that we are taught to stop listening to those whispers and instead to make decisions based upon logic, duty, practicality, ability, finances, the needs of others, the need for approval, fear of failure, worrying about how we might be judged,  etc etc.

We get so lost in our heads that we can’t seem to hear those whispers anymore.

This week we’re being encouraged to tune back in. For some of us it will mean picking up the long-neglected threads of old ideas and dreams. For others it will be a chance to truly explore a current theme or idea that won’t leave us alone. And a few of us will find that when we get really quiet, and remove all the perceived obstacles, that our direction or passion was there all along, just waiting for us to notice it properly and give it our full attention.

Are you ready?

Let’s go!

Weekly Structure Reminder

Each week of this nine week challenge will follow the same format:

  1. We will begin with the short guided meditation for the week, using your guidance stone. During this meditation you’ll be given a colour to work with for the week, and a word or phrase.
  2. We will choose an oracle card to give us inspiration and direction for the week ahead
  3. We will spend ten minutes (or more if desired!) to complete our weekly journal prompt.
  4. We will spend a few moments at the end of our day in gratitude.
Image from tophdgallery.com

Image from tophdgallery.com

Start Here!

1. Guided Meditation

Take your guidance stone and sit or lie quietly. Then simply follow the sound of my voice. You’ll need seven minutes.

When the meditation is complete, write down your power colour and your power word or phrase in your journal.

  • How can you use your Power Word this week? Write a few ideas, based on your word. Trust whatever comes and write it down. Don’t overthink it.
  • What does your Colour mean to you? What words or ideas does it provoke? Write them down. This week, use this colour to boost your energy. Shut your eyes for thirty seconds and breathe it into your body whenever you feel a bit flat or low. Wear it as clothing. Choose flowers in your colour. Eat food that colour. Be creative with it.

2. Oracle Card

Take your cards, offer up a small prayer that whatever you do be for your Highest Good, and then shuffle the deck. As you’re shuffling, ask the question‘What do I most need to focus on this week?’ Say it out loud or hold it as a thought in your head. Either will work.

Choose one card. How you choose is up to you. Split the deck. Fan them out. Top or bottom. Dive right in. There is no right or wrong.

Now look at your card and hold your guidance stone in your non-writing hand. Really look at the card. Don’t use the book or the ‘proper’ meaning. We are being intuitive here, people! What stands out for you in the picture? What thoughts and ideas do the images provoke? Take a minute or two and write those thoughts down. I know, you might feel like you’re just making it all up. That’s okay. Write anyway. Trust that there is a part of you that is wise and that has been waiting for this chance to speak with your conscious mind.

I am encouraged by my own oracle card for this week. It fills me with hope, and helps me to keep plugging away at things that are important to me. I am also reminded to rest, and replenish, in order that my life and work be sustainable. Here’s the first part of this week’s journal:

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3. Week Four Journal Prompt

There are three prompts this week. You can choose any or all of them:

  1. Think back to a time in your life when it felt like things were just beginning, or opening out in front of you. A time when you were positive and felt good about things. Or at a time when you feel like you may have made a choice for all the wrong reasons. Use the following journal prompt: If I had my time over, starting from here I would… To help get yourself into that space, you might like to make a playlist of songs from that time period. Listening to them will help the flow of emotions and heart whispers.
  2. Imagine that you won lotto. Enough money that you would never have to work again. Enough money that all your needs could be met. Suddenly there would be no excuses. Just sit for a moment or two and think about it, as if it has really happened. In this place of financial freedom, what will you do? Where will you go? Then use this journal prompt to get started: Now that there is nothing stopping me, and I can get all the help and support I need, I’m going to…
  3. And this last challenge? Read on, and you’ll know if this is for you!  You have an idea that you can’t shake. 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. 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.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. If this is happening to you, use this prompt: It’s crazy, but I can’t stop thinking about  (insert whatever it is right here) and it’s making me realise that maybe…

How much you write is up to you. Do this once, or write a little every day. Whatever works for you. Hold your guidance stone in your non-writing hand or place it on your lap or beside you while you write.Genuinely seek to connect with what matters to you.

You’ll know when you’ve written enough.

Here’s my beginnings. I expect to write quite a lot more as I explore these prompts during the week:

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Using the Gratitude Rock:

The Gratitude Rock anchors positive energy and gratitude at the end of every day.  You can carry your stone with you, or leave it beside your bed.  At night, before you go to sleep, hold your Gratitude Rock in your hand.

As you hold the stone 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. 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 here’s the fun bit – imagine all of the other people who are taking part in this journalling challenge with 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 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.

Happy exploring through words this week! Let your Power Word and colour guide you. Think on the wisdom you’ve taken from your oracle card. Use it all! And remember to pop over to facebook and let us know how you’re going. I always love to hear from you.

Much love, Nicole xx

Boots ‘n’ All

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“It is only with true love and compassion that we can begin to mend what is broken in the world. It is these two blessed things that can begin to heal all broken hearts.”
― Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

 

That, my friends, is photographic evidence of true love.

Me in my gumboots, Ben in his farmboots. A recent night photo.

True love is a man who has walked a thousand miles across night-dark paddocks holding my hand as I have tried to walk out the pain or walk myself to sleep from Lyme.

In these boots we’ve bounded through the garden in our pyjamas, chasing pesky calves from the vegetable patch.

We’ve attended to birthing cows.

Trudged through swollen creeks to check fences and storm damage.

Danced our hearts out at Bluesfest.

Gone to town during the rainy season for a coffee with Cafe Dog.

Picked fruit in the orchard.

Visited the farmers’ markets in all weather, braving mud and tempest.

Not fancy, those boots. No. They’re sensible, sturdy, practical, reliable, durable. Built to last. Among my blessings today, I count these boots, and my gratitude for walking hand-in-hand with a boot wearing man.

Journal Challenge Week 2 – August 9, 2015

“Don’t you find it odd,” she continued, “that when you’re a kid, everyone, all the world, encourages you to follow your dreams. But when you’re older, somehow they act offended if you even try.”
~ Ethan Hawke, The Hottest State

 

Welcome to Week Two of our journal challenge. If you missed the start you can go here to catch up on the tools you’ll need, and to review what to do and catch up on last week go here: Week One’s activities.

 

This week, astrologically, holds a strong and supportive energy for honest review. Not the kind of review where we judge ourselves, but the kind where we look back over our lives and revisit or remember the dreams, plans and interests we were once passionate about that still hold a spark for us.

For all kinds of reasons we may have needed to put them down. Wrong place, wrong time, no money, not enough knowledge or skill, other situations or opportunities more pressing. More often, what has sidelined these once-vital energies in our lives are self-doubt, fear, criticism from others (or even worse, ourselves), lack of self-worth or lack of support.

Be open to reconnecting to these lost or disconnected parts of yourself as you work through this week’s activities.

Image from uncommonzen.com

Image from uncommonzen.com

 

Weekly Structure Reminder

Each week of this nine week challenge will follow the same format:

  1. We will begin with the short guided meditation for the week, using your guidance stone. During this meditation you’ll be given a colour to work with for the week, and a word or phrase.
  2. We will choose an oracle card to give us inspiration and direction for the week ahead
  3. We will spend ten minutes (or more if desired!) to complete our weekly journal prompt.
  4. We will spend a few moments at the end of our day in gratitude.

Start Here!

1. Guided Meditation

Take your guidance stone and sit or lie quietly. Then simply follow the sound of my voice. You’ll need seven minutes.

When the meditation is complete, write down your power colour and your power word or phrase in your journal.

  • How can you use your Power Word this week? Write a few ideas, based on your word. Trust whatever comes and write it down. Don’t overthink it.
  • What does your Colour mean to you? What words or ideas does it provoke? Write them down. This week, use this colour to boost your energy. Shut your eyes for thirty seconds and breathe it into your body whenever you feel a bit flat or low. Wear it as clothing. Choose flowers in your colour. Eat food that colour. Be creative with it.

2. Oracle Card

Take your cards, offer up a small prayer that whatever you do be for your Highest Good, and then shuffle the deck. As you’re shuffling, ask the question‘What do I most need to focus on this week?’ Say it out loud or hold it as a thought in your head. Either will work.

Choose one card. How you choose is up to you. Split the deck. Fan them out. Top or bottom. Dive right in. There is no right or wrong.

Now look at your card and hold your guidance stone in your non-writing hand. Really look at the card. Don’t use the book or the ‘proper’ meaning. We are being intuitive here, people! What stands out for you in the picture? What thoughts and ideas do the images provoke? Take a minute or two and write those thoughts down. I know, you might feel like you’re just making it all up. That’s okay. Write anyway. Trust that there is a part of you that is wise and that has been waiting for this chance to speak with your conscious mind.

What’s interesting for me about my card for the week is that there is very clearly an old lady’s face in the top right, but I didn’t see it at all until I started to write and looked over at the card for a second time. It was as if the face magically appeared, although I am sure it was there all along.

Here’s my first journal page for this week, just so you can see what I’m up to:

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3. Week Two Journal Prompt

This week is a trip into the past to reclaim some of the dreams, schemes and ideas we’ve left behind. How much you write is up to you. Do this once, or write a little every day. Whatever works for you. Hold your guidance stone in your non-writing hand or place it on your lap or beside you while you write.Genuinely seek to connect with what your heart knows.

There are three prompts this week:

  1. I’ve always wanted to…
  2. I’m really sorry that I stopped…
  3. If I knew I couldn’t fail, and if there were truly no obstacles I would…

You may write one thing or pages for each prompt. That’s okay.

You’ll know when you’ve written enough.

I like to write a little each day, first thing in the morning before the rest of the world wakes up. Here’s the beginning of my own writing:

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Using the Gratitude Rock:

The Gratitude Rock anchors positive energy and gratitude at the end of every day.  You can carry your stone with you, or leave it beside your bed.  At night, before you go to sleep, hold your Gratitude Rock in your hand.

As you hold the stone 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. 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 here’s the fun bit – imagine all of the other people who are taking part in this journalling challenge with 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 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. I have to admit, this might be my favourite bit of the challenge! 🙂

Enjoy your journalling and reflection time this week.  Let your Power Word and colour guide you. Think on the wisdom you’ve taken from your oracle card. Use it all! And remember to pop over to facebook and let us know how you’re going. I always love to hear from you.

Much love, Nicole xx

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