The Week Ahead – Oracle for Monday 13 February 2017

“Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.”
~ John F. Kennedy

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

If you read my forecast for February, you’ll remember that February is all about turning inwards, and tuning in to our own wants and needs, staying true to ourselves and our goals despite our fears or what other people may tell us.

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

Growth reminds us that it takes time to work out who we are. It’s okay to be unsure. It’s also okay if it feels quite strange to begin honouring our own wishes, desires, decisions and needs after a lifetime of putting them second or hiding them off to one side.

Be aware – a side-effect of you beginning to speak up, or behaving and choosing differently is that some people might suddenly think that you’ve gone mad. Or that you need advice or therapy!

When we shift and change it can be quite confronting for the people around us who are still in the same space, and who expect that we’ll keep on being the same too. Our change creates change in the status quo for them, and change can be uncomfortable.

Growth reminds us that change and uncertainty are okay. There’s nothing wrong with you. You don’t need to be fixed because you’re not broken. You’re just evolving.

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A big old tree began as a seed, which became a tiny seedling. Over time it grew and grew until it took the form you see today. But just like you it’s a work in progress. How the tree looks today is not how it will look in a year’s time or ten years time. Life is about change.

Embrace that concept of change this week. Grow. Move towards the light.

Trust your intuition and instincts. Keep growing, even if you don’t know yet what you are evolving into. It will all be okay. Embrace not knowing. Just keep growing!

Supportive crystals this week? Ametrine, White Howlite, Fluorite, Orange Calcite, Labradorite, Moonstone, Carnelian. Go with the one that feels right to you, or choose a few.

Helpful essential oils?  Young Living’s Joy or Acceptance essential oil blends, or  a combination (or singly!) of any of Rose, Rosemary, Lemon, Vetiver and Lavender. The Joy blend is fabulous if you are feeling anxious or uncertain, or a bit sad or stuck. It’s reassuring and uplifting; wonderful for gently shifting depression and self-doubt.

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

2014 – My Blogging Year in Review

“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” ~ Arthur Ashe

 

At the end of each year, WordPress offers you an informative little review to celebrate the progress of your blog.

Click on a button on your stats page (a page on the WordPress dashboard that all bloggers can access) and this appears:

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 690,000 times in 2014. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 30 days for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Why am I sharing this with you?

Well, seeing the progress of my blog broken down into sections, statistics and accomplishments really helps me to appreciate what is working, what isn’t, who to thank, and what I might like to do more of, or better, in 2015.

Yay for my most popular post in 2014 being Magic – Byron Bay Style

Hooray for old staples like my Nana’s Curried Sausages Recipe which I wrote back in August 2013 and which is still going strong.

And hugs and cupcakes all round to my top five comment posters for 2014: Joanne Rambling, Paula, Sara, chelharris and pamelaredhead. Thank you SO much for being such an important part of my community! Love you!!!

These gorgeous cupcakes by littledelightscupcakes.blogspot.com

These gorgeous cupcakes by littledelightscupcakes.blogspot.com

Whether you are a blogger or not, WordPress’s Year In Review concept will work for you!

This process of review is so important to me that I spent the last week of 2014 looking at the year that was – creating an overview of my psychic business, my health, my writing and my personal life. Doing that review gave me a very clear picture of where I am right now, and how far I’ve come over the past twelve months.

Based on that review, and on my 2015 Power Word, which is BUILD, I am now going into a 5 Day ‘Planning Summit’ here at my farm. This week I’ll be planning my year ahead so that I can make the most of these energies of 2015.

Sounds so impressive, doesn’t it – a whole week of planning?

Tools at the ready. Plus tea, of course!

Tools at the ready. Plus tea, of course!

LOL! In truth it will be me, the kitchen table, a mad amount of coloured pens and butcher’s paper, notebooks, endless tea, and brainstorming – overseen by the ever-patient Ben, Cafe Dog and Nurse Bert. Dana, my awesome PA, will be joining me for part of the summit, and I’ll also be skyping some of my key people (*waves to Bek, Anna and Milene*) who’ll be helping me get things done this year.

All of our hard work will be punctuated by naps, swims in the pool or the ocean, long walks down to the river, and time sitting under the big trees, contemplating life.

There may also be cupcakes.

I urge you to do a Year In Review for yourself for 2014, and then to create space for your own little 2015 Planning Summit for this bright new year ahead.

I’ll be blogging more over the next little while about some useful techniques and resources for making your plans, and then (and most importantly!) turning them into action.

Goodness, I’m so grateful for all of your friendship and support over the past year.

I do hope you stick around – I’ve got all sorts of lovely things planned for us in 2015.

And I’d love to support you in reaching some of your own goals, and sharing this glorious and expansive journey called life.

Big hugs and love, Nicole xx

Getting Ready for Our Final Guided Meditation

“Limitless undying love which shines around me like a million suns, it calls me on and on across the universe.” 
~ John Lennon

 

A few weeks ago I started a series of seven weekly guided meditations, and tomorrow I shall bring you the final meditation for this series.

This last meditation is designed to anchor us into the unfolding energy of the Universe.

So, for you to make best use of tomorrow’s meditation, I need you to do a few simple things in preparation:

1) Find a photograph of you as a small child or baby.

2) Find a photograph or even an object that belonged to one of your ancestors. Choose someone who is/was your grandparent, or even from the generations before that.

3) Find the crystal that we used in last week’s meditation. If you did not join us for that meditation choose a stone or a crystal that feels good in your hands. Place it outside on the earth, rest it in the soil of a houseplant, or place it on a windowsill where it will get natural daylight and moonlight for at least six hours or overnight. Retrieve it tomorrow before we start the guided meditation.

4) Think of something that you deeply desire to manifest in your life. Get clear about what that is. If you have time, journal about it to create as much detail as possible.

 

That’s all you have to do. Enjoy your day, and I’ll see you tomorrow for a guided meditation that will help us to easily move into the universal energy of expansion, connection and manifestation. Much love to you, Nicole xx

Image from Michael Jeffreys

Image from Michael Jeffreys

5 Tips For Creating Change

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Image from Kaleidoscope Media

“Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible.”
~ Frank Zappa

 

Change is rarely an overnight thing. True, lasting change usually requires more energy than that. Here are my five top tips for creating positive change in your life:

1. Don’t wait – begin it now. Don’t wait for the perfect time, for the stars to align, or for some magical sign. Change can begin today. Right now! All it takes is for you to decide and commit.

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Image from Zero Dean

2. Start small. Real small. Tiny steps are good. 🙂

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Image from Wallpaper York

3. Be consistent with that small thing. Do that small thing every day.

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Image from cuppacocoa

4. Pick one thing, just one thing. Don’t overwhelm yourself with a whole pile of newness. Just do one small thing. Consistently. You can come back to the rest later.

Image by Anke Humpert

Image by Anke Humpert

5. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Chances are, someone’s already been there, done that and got the t-shirt. Someone already knows how to get the thing you want, how to have that success, how to do that thing which means so much to you. Is there a website, a course, a mentor, a book, a coach that can help you?

Above all, remember this. It’s never too late to begin. Some of the most profound changes in people’s lives have come about from tiny, consistent actions.

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Image from More Mag

There’s a Change in the Air…

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Image from Reliable Air

“Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” 
~ Barack Obama

Can you feel it?

There’s great shift coming. Great change.

There’s nothing you need to do, if you choose to stay where you are. If you want your life to keep looking like it always has. If you want tomorrow to look like yesterday.

But, if you are ready for change, or even if you’re just prepared to contemplate it, then this energy that’s coming will help you to shape a new tomorrow.

Image from Dream Culture

Image from Dream Culture

If you want to, you can ride this energy of change. You can choose – in this moment – to make fresh choices, new decisions, take a different direction, start something, end something, begin again.

Take some time to consider your life. Aren’t you ready for this shift? Aren’t you ready for something other than what you have right now?

The whole Universe is conspiring towards your success.

If I had one piece of advice for you today, it would be this:

Let go of the past.

Look forward.

Dream boldly.

Believe that it’s possible.

And in any way you can, begin!

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Image from www.425mom.com

Don’t Confuse Fear with Intuition

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So you’ve decided to do something new…

It always starts well, doesn’t it?  You feel good about it.  You get excited.  You know you’re ready to commit.  You’re hungry for change.

You say YES to that thing. You prepare to set sail for that new horizon.

But between the space of thinking about that thing, and actually getting there, we always hit a place where the waters flows more slowly, or where we might even find ourselves becalmed. Even when we do get into flow it can look mighty strange to new eyes.

What then?

Doubt.  That’s what.

We start to notice a little niggle. Maybe the niggle becomes a quiet voice.

“I don’t think this is for me.”

“I won’t be able to do it.”

“I’m going to let everyone down.”

“This feels all wrong.”

The more you pay attention, the more you begin to talk yourself out of it.

“I don’t feel good about this,” you say to yourself. “It’s a sign.  I must learn to listen to my intuition.  My intuition is telling me no.”

You begin to back away.

You end up back where you started, and the thing that set your soul on fire, the thing that called your name, drifts further and further out of reach.

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Let me share something with you.  That wasn’t your intuition calling to you.  That was fear.  It was your intuition that first lit you up with excitement about that new idea. It was your intuition that led you to that thing you thought you wanted.

Because you did want it!

But our ego is designed to keep us safe.  And every time we extend our limits, it gets uncomfortable.  Our ego freaks out a little and then it freaks us out!

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The bigger the gap between where we are and where we want to be, the louder our ego will protest.  It’s only doing its job. Your ego is going to get uncomfortable any time you try and grow. It creates big clouds of doubt and fear, and it hopes you pay attention. It wants to keep you safe, and stuck, and right where you are.

So don’t confuse fear with intuition. Anytime we try something that’s going to grow us, we move into the unknown, and it feels unfamiliar and strange.  Even a little scary. But if we sit with it a while, we find that we’re okay. And before we know it we’ll feel good about this new place. Down the track we’ll become so familiar with the new place that we’ll get the urge to grow, and this process will start all over again.

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“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness concerning all acts of initiative and creation. There is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans; that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen events, meetings and material assistance which no one could have dreamed would have come their way. I have learned a deep respect for one of Goethe’s couplets: “Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now!”

~ W.H. Murray

Telling yourself a better story

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I really haven’t had that exciting of a life. There are a lot of things I wish I would have done, instead of just sitting around and complaining about having a boring life. So I pretty much like to make it up. I’d rather tell a story about somebody else.
Kurt Cobain

We all tell ourselves a story.  We often tell that story to others too. Our story is the way we see ourselves in the world, our view of what’s happened to us in the past, and who we are because of it.

Sometimes our story is sad, sometimes, it’s funny, sometimes it’s downright terrible.  And we trot that story out time after time; for ourselves, our families, our friends…

But what if that story doesn’t serve you? What if that story compounds low self-esteem, or failure, or loneliness? What if that story is a constant reminder to us of a painful time in our lives?

The Law of Attraction states that whatever we think about most and talk about most is what we draw to us.  That or things of a similar vibration.

You need to ask yourself if you want to keep living that story.

Because maybe it’s time to write a new one…

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Journal Exercise:

Today, write yourself a new story.  Make it up, like any good writer would, but let it have a few bones that are real.

Tell yourself a story that is empowering and positive.

Look for examples from your life that illustrate a different truth for you – of times when things have worked out, when people have been kind or helpful, when you’ve known success, when miracles have happened.

Or, if you are feeling brave, or creative, just write a new and entirely ficticious account of your past, present or future.

What is the life you would like to live? Write about that AS IF IT IS ALREADY HAPPENING!!!

Here are a few prompts to get you started.  Choose whatever most appeals and then start writing:

  • My life is unfolding in the most exciting of ways…
  • The place I’m living now is so well suited to me.  It is…
  • You’ll never guess how it happened.  It all worked out perfectly in the end. One day…
  • So we’ve been together for…
  • And one day a letter came in the mail and it said…
  • The doctors couldn’t believe it…
  • My life is so blessed because…
  • It’s my dream life.  I have to pinch myself to remind me that it’s real. Now my world looks like…
  • I answered the phone and you’ll never believe who was on the other end…
  • OMG! This is exactly what happened, and it’s FABULOUS…
  • It feels so good to be able to…
  • My career is going from strength to strength.  Already I have…
  • I’ve planned the most amazing holiday.  It starts with…
  • Such wonderful relationships in my life.  Let me tell you a bit about them…
  • Now there’s no more money worries because…
  • My proudest moment is…
  • I finally achieved…

Words really do have a magical power in your life.  So choose them wisely – when you write them, speak them, think them… Expect magic and know that you are worthy and deserving of good in your life. NOW is your time to invite the future to look different to the past.  Believe! ♥

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Everything changes…

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Nothing that is can pause or stay;
The moon will wax, the moon will wane,
The mist and cloud will turn to rain,
The rain to mist and cloud again,
Tomorrow be today.
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Take heart, because everything changes. No matter how stuck you feel right now, how burdened or exhausted or unhappy, know that it will not last.  Nothing lasts forever.  Everything changes.

While that is also true of our fondest moments and happiest times, it is usually when we are stuck deep down some hole, helpless and hopeless, that we most need to be reminded of this eternal truth.

This baby elephant fell down a drainage well in Thailand, but don't worry - he was later rescued, unharmed.

If there is no glimmer of light where you are, then look inside yourself.  Use the light of your own heart to guide you.  Use the heat of your own love to warm you.  Hang on. Take courage.  Get through things the best way you can.

And as the earth revolves, and the sun goes up and down, eventually there will be a ray of light again to illuminate your world, a helping hand to lift you up, or an idea in your mind that will elevate you from where you are right now.

First Light, Byron Bay, by paul (dex) from vagabondish.com

Everything changes.  There is a season for all things.  If your time to shine is not yet, then know that it WILL come. And if your time to shine is here, then see how many other lives you can illuminate.

A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle.

♥ Wishing you Love, Light and Rainbows xx ♥

Writing Your Way to Better Health

It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver ~ Mahatma Gandhi

Your Body has its own wisdom; it knows what it needs to heal itself and be well, it knows what it needs to be energised, it knows what it needs to come back into balance. Your Soul knows what your ideal physical body feels like, looks like, moves like. Your Mind knows what it needs to feel calm, centred and balanced, happy.

Writing has great power. Today’s journalling exercise is all about using the power of words and visualisation to manifest better health and to help understand and create your ideal body.

Journal Activity

Over the next week use the following journal starters and write as much or as little as feels right for you.  Begin by transcribing these words (the ones in coloured ink) into your journal. Then choose a journal starter that resonates for you and let the words flow.  You can use the same journal starter more than once if it really resonates.

Dear Soul-Body, Heart-Body and Mind-Body, 

There are things in my life that I would appreciate some help or guidance with right now. I know some of these can be quickly sorted, and some may take more time. I am open to the wisdom you need to share with me, I am open to however this works.


  • I know that the best time of day for me is
  • My body really enjoys
  • The sort of food that revitalises me includes
  • The thing that will most improve my mental health and wellbeing right now is
  • The thing that will most improve my physical health and wellbeing right now is
  • The thing that will most improve my emotional health and wellbeing right now is
  • I am now willing to release my addiction to
  • I would love to attract into my life a person who could
  • Exercise that suits my current body is
  • One way I can treat my body better is to
  • One way I can give myself some mental relief is to
  • A thing I used to do that always made me feel good is
  • If I had more energy I would be able to
  • If I felt better about my physical appearance I could
  • One way to nurture my body today is
  • Some of the things I need to cut down on are
  • Some of the things I need to include more of are
  • One of my favourite ways to move my body is
  • One thing I’d forgotten about that always improves my health is
  • My ideal body would look like
  • My ideal mental state would be
  • My ideal emotional and soul state would be
  • The most important thing I need to pay attention to right now is

Inner Child Work:

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Often we think that the best way to find guidance is to look to someone older and more experienced, or a Guide, Angel, God or our Higher selves.

There is however, a wonderful source of Guidance within you, known as your Inner Child.  This is the refreshingly honest, loving and very caring part of you who can tell you with all the affront and careful attention of a five year old, what’s really going on in other parts of you.

The best way to work with your Inner Child directly is to have a conversation between the Big you, and the Little you.  You can do this through what is known as Left Hand – Right Hand Dialogue.  It’s an easy thing to do!  Simply find some different coloured pens or pencils.  Use your dominant hand (the one you usually write with) to be the Big you, the conscious awareness of you as an adult.  Choose one pen for this hand.  Then use your non-dominant hand to represent your Little you, and let that hand pick a pen, or pens to write with.

Have your Big You write a question for your Little You, and then let your Little you respond.  The writing will be awkward, and don’t worry about spelling or vocabulary.  What you’ll get is honesty, and love, and isn’t that all we really ever need to get started?  You can do this to work on health problems and blockages in your life, and you can even get your Little you to draw and create works of art.  Enjoy experimenting!

Art Journal Activity – Inner Child Drawing

Using coloured crayons or pens, have your inner child do a drawing of you with your non-dominant hand.  Feel free to also use other materials and collaged images as well as words.

Collage of self portraits from healingsense.org

Now use a left hand, right hand dialogue as described above, to ask your Little You questions about what the drawing represents, and any advice they have to give concerning this.  Be prepared for some surprises!  This is a great technique for working with health and diet, and other aspects of wellbeing.  And may bring to the surface things you’d never even thought of!

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The following video contains some useful affirmations for health and well-being, and can also be used as a meditative practice.  Be well! Love and Honour yourself this week. ♥