Welcome to Our Free Online Oracle Card Intuitive Guidance Challenge

“To me, a witch is a woman that is capable of letting her intuition take hold of her actions, that communes with her environment, that isn’t afraid of facing challenges.”
~
Paulo Coelho

 

Today’s post is designed to help familiarise you with some basic techniques you’ll need for our  Oracle Card Challenge, which is starting tomorrow.

Oracle or Tarot cards are a a tool to help tune you in to your own intuition and inner knowing. We’re going to work with them in ways that expand our own inner knowing and connection.

It is possible that you may choose the same card more than once over the course of this challenge. Each time you choose a card, treat it as a whole new message. You may find yourself having several interpretations from just one card over time, depending on the questions you have asked.


Choosing your Deck

Choose a deck of Oracle or Tarot cards based solely upon the pictures. Avoid Tarot decks that have pictures of coins or swords are cups as the primary image for a card. Choose your deck based upon the images and their ability to tell a story for you.

Current favourite decks of mine include Osho Zen Tarot, Colette Baron Reid’s oracle decks such as Enchanted Map and Wisdom of the Oracle, the Mythic Tarot and Tao Oracle Cards.

 

If you don’t have a deck you can use one of Colette Baron Reid’s online ones here.


Preparing the Deck

If the cards are new, shuffle through the cards taking a moment to look at and connect to each one.

Now shuffle the cards back together, or give the cards a shuffle if they are an existing deck.

Hold them between your two hands and visualise white light running into the cards. Offer up a small prayer or intention that these cards work with you for your Highest Good.

Now your cards are ready to go!


Choosing your Crystal or Stone

If you are working with the Year of ME Planner, use the stone you chose as your 2018 crystal.

Otherwise, choose a crystal or stone (it can even be from the garden or the beach) that appeals to you and that feels good in your hand.

Go HERE  to do a short meditation to connect you in to your stone.


Your Other Materials

You will also need a journal or some paper. You’re welcome to use the notes pages in your YOM (Year of ME Planner) too. At a minimum you’ll need a pen to write with, but feel free to have some different coloured pens, highlighters or pencils at your disposal to help make the information come alive in your journal.


Format for the Challenge

Each day you’ll need five to ten minutes. It’s a challenge you can do in your coffee break! You’ll use your crystal and do a short guided meditation, and then follow the instructions on the blog post to choose and interpret your card for the day.

Okay, now you have everything you need to begin. See you tomorrow for Day One of our Challenge.

Much love, Nicole ❤  xx

 

Guided Meditation for Connecting with Your Ancestors

 

“Human beings look separate because you see them walking about separately. But then we are so made that we can see only the present moment. If we could see the past, then of course it would look different. For there was a time when every man was part of his mother, and (earlier still) part of his father as well, and when they were part of his grandparents. If you could see humanity spread out in time, as God sees it, it would look like one single growing thing–rather like a very complicated tree. Every individual would appear connected with every other.”
~ C.S. Lewis

 

Today I’ve prepared a simple Guided Meditation for you, to help you to connect into the wisdom, love and support of your Ancestral line. This energy will support you as you open yourself to the possibilities and opportunities of 2015.

It’s not important for you to know who your Ancestors are, or how they are related to you. What is important is that you have an open mind, an open heart and a desire to create that connection.

If you missed yesterday’s post, which has the simple preparatory steps you need, you can review it here by clicking on the link.

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Image from dearcrissy.com

You’ll need to set aside twenty-five minutes for this meditation. Sit or lie somewhere quietly, using pillows or blankets if needed to make yourself comfortable. Then simply close your eyes, hold your crystal or stone and follow the sound of my voice. It’s fine to let yourself fall asleep during the meditation, or immediately afterwards.

To listen to the meditation, click on the button below:

This meditation will help you to connect into your own soul’s wisdom, and the energy and wisdom of your ancestors.

Holding your crystal after this meditation will continue to strongly connect you into your ancestral energy, as well as past lives, and will help you to travel along the timeline during subsequent meditations or in the dream state.

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

Guided Meditation for Anchoring into Oneness Energy

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Image from COT Victoria

“You are not separate from the whole. You are one with the sun, the earth, the air. You don’t have a life. You are life.” ~ Eckhart Tolle

 

Today’s guided meditation is designed to help you understand and connect to oneness energy, that beautiful space of unity consciousness where we realise that we truly are connected to all things.

Let’s just recap on what you’ll need for this guided meditation.

1) The memory of someone you love who is no longer in this world. Choose only one person, and make sure that you feel a strong emotional connection to them.

2) Someone still living, whom you are ready to forgive.

3) A stone or a crystal that feels good in your hands and that has been placed outside on the earth, in the soil of a houseplant, or on a windowsill where it has received natural daylight or moonlight for at least six hours or overnight. .

4) A colour that resonates strongly for you, and that you can use as a visual clue by wearing it something with that colour so you can see it, or even  a piece of string or ribbon tied around your wrist or a flower in a vase in front of you.

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You’ll need to set aside half an hour for this meditation. Sit or lie somewhere quietly, using pillows or blankets if needed to make yourself comfortable. Then simply close your eyes and follow the sound of my voice. It’s fine to let yourself fall asleep during the meditation, or immediately afterwards.

To listen to the meditation, click on the button below:

 

This meditation is really useful to get you into a good headspace for working with intention, and for working with forgiveness and love. It is soothing, energising and helps open us up to our authentic selves.

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PS: If you’d like to review the other meditations we’ve covered so far, click here.

 

Getting Ready for Tomorrow’s Meditation!

Image by Laura Iverson

Image by Laura Iverson

“Your spirit is mingled with mine what touches you, touches me.” ~ Rumi

A few weeks ago I started a series of seven weekly guided meditations, and tomorrow I shall bring you number six!

I wanted to give you a little notice today so that you could be well prepared. So, for you to make best use of tomorrow’s meditation, I need you to do a few simple things for me today:

1) Think about someone you love who is no longer in this world. Choose only one person, and make sure that you feel a strong emotional connection to them.

2) Think of someone still living, whom you are ready to forgive.

3) 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) Choose a colour that resonates strongly for you, and that you can use as a visual clue tomorrow by wearing it as a scarf, clothing, a piece of jewellery, socks, a shawl or wrap. It could even be a piece of string or ribbon tied around your wrist or a flower in a vase in front of you.

That’s all you have to do. Enjoy the rest of the day, and I’ll see you tomorrow for a guided meditation that will help us to easily move into the energy of oneness and unity consciousness. Much love to you, Nicole xx dwells

Guided Meditation for Orienting Heart Awareness

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Image from Muse Events

“Her heart was a secret garden and the walls were very high.” 
~ William Goldman, The Princess Bride

 

Here is the third in a series of seven weekly guided meditations I am recording for you.

We are spiritual beings in physical bodies. This guided meditation will help you to be aware of both your physical heart and your energetic centre. It will orient your awareness to the wisdom of your heart, and help you open to the answers and guidance within you.

I’ll let you in on a secret…

Your true nature is LOVE.

And that’s what this meditation is all about.

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You’ll need to set aside about twenty minutes for this meditation. Sit or lie somewhere quietly, using pillows or blankets if needed to make yourself comfortable. Then simply close your eyes and follow the sound of my voice. It’s fine to let yourself fall asleep during the meditation, or immediately afterwards.

You may also want to keep a journal handy, to write down any insights or answers that arise from this meditation.

This recording was made at dusk, at my farm. I’m sitting on the hill behind my house, on a balmy clear night, and you may be able to hear the cicadas, birds, crickets and rustling leaves in the background. Let them add their healing vibration to this meditation for you too. 🙂

To listen to the meditation, click on the button below:

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If you’d like to do more heart work, this post will be useful. Click on the link below. It has some journal activities and another short guided meditation:

Opening Your Heart to Give and Receive

 Lots of love to you, from my heart to yours, Nicole xx

Will You Join Me For Some Guided Meditations?

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Image from Reginele

“Meditation is listening to the Divine within.” ~ Edgar Cayce

 

Meditation is one of the foundation stones upon which I have built my life. It is a twice daily routine for me, and I have practiced now for nearly thirty years. Meditation is not based on a religion, and many atheists I know practice meditation just as comfortably as those who have faith in something more, or a belief in God. Put most simply, meditation helps you to know yourself, and that quiet wise space within you.

Meditation has helped me to relax, to facilitate my spiritual and psychic development, to manage pain, to sleep better, and to connect to the Divine (or whatever you choose to call that energy if that is your belief). It has helped me to understand and love myself, and to develop compassion for self and others.

Over the next seven weeks I will be recording some simple guided meditations for you, starting from tomorrow. These recordings can be played directly from my blog, or downloaded. The meditations will help you to become familiar with the act of meditating, and are designed to get you out of your head, and into a connected, soulful heart space.

Guided meditations, where you listen to someone’s voice to take you into and out of the practice of the meditation, can help beginners and those who find meditating difficult, as well as those who already enjoy regular meditative practice.

These are the areas I will be covering:

  1. Orienting My Awareness with my Body
  2. Orienting My Awareness with my Mind
  3. Orienting My Awareness with my Heart
  4. Orienting My Awareness with my Soul
  5. Orienting My Awareness with the Earth
  6. Orienting My Awareness with Oneness
  7. Orienting My Awareness with the Expanding Universe

I do hope you will join me.

Much, much love to you, Nicole xx

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Simple Meditation for Connecting With Your Guides

"Sun and Flowers" by Alice Mason

“Sun and Flowers” by Alice Mason

“We are like islands in the sea, separate on the surface but connected in the deep.” 
William James

“We begin to see that we are spiritually linked with people halfway around the world, and with those who lived hundreds, even thousands of years ago. We begin to see that we emerge from, and are the expressions of, a single consciousness that is limited by neither time nor space.” 
Hal Zina BennettSpirit Guides: Companions & Mentors For Your Inner Journey

 

A little while ago I had a request for a simple guided meditation to help you to create and strengthen a conscious connection with your Spiritual Guides, those Beings who watch over us and guide us from afar.

This meditation is suitable for even the humblest of beginners on their spiritual path. All you need to do is find ten minutes where you won’t be disturbed, sit or lie comfortably, and follow along to the sound of my voice.

I recommend that you have a notebook handy so that, afterwards, you can write down anything important.

It’s fine to do this meditation more than once.

When you’re ready just hit the play button below:

Nicole Cody’s Meditation for Connecting with Your Spirit Guides

Sending lots of love your way, Nicole xx

PS: Do let me know how you go with this meditation!

Catching My Breath

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Image from ScienceLakes

“Breath is the bridge which connects life to consciousness, which unites your body to your thoughts. Whenever your mind becomes scattered, use your breath as the means to take hold of your mind again.” 
~ Thích Nhất Hạnh, The Miracle of Mindfulness: An Introduction to the Practice of Meditation

 

The past few days have been a bumpier ride than I had expected. I’m off my Lyme drugs while I get all my various tests done, and I’d hoped it would be a picnic.

I was wrong.

Some of the symptoms I thought I’d done with came back with a vengeance. The severe pain I endured last week abated, only to be replaced with a different kind of pain.

Meditation. That’s what’s gotten me through. Again. Thank goodness for my daily practice, for that life-saving place of calm and peace.

I know this will all ease eventually, if I just stick with the treatment protocol. In fact, I already feel better than I did a few days ago.

Problem is, I don’t ever get a proper break from Lyme. I can’t take the weekend off from being in my body. This is the poor broken body I’ve been living in for years. I love it, and I’m grateful for it, but sometimes it all gets too much and I wish I could run away and be someone else for a few days, or me, but in another better-working body.

That’s the truth of it.

But we all feel like that sometimes, don’t we?

One thing I know for sure – meditation helps.

Here are a few guided meditations I recorded earlier. Perhaps you might find them helpful for you right now. Follow the post links to access the recordings:

  1. ♥ Guided Meditation for healing Inflammation and Dis-ease
  2. Bee Breath Meditation for reducing stress and opening and healing the Throat Chakra
  3. Tibetan Singing Bowl Healing Meditation
  4. Guided Meditation for Emotional Support

Know that you’re in my thoughts, prayers and daily meditations,

I’m wishing you peace in your heart today.

♥ Nicole xx

And if you want to know more about Lyme, this terrific documentary, Under Our Skin, is a great place to start. It’s movie length, but well worth it. That’s my life, people. That’s my life…

Guided Meditation for Emotional Healing

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Image from www.123rf.com

“…spiritual or emotional pain doesn’t become a memory so much as a bruise …” 
~ John Geddes, A Familiar Rain

I was up extra early this morning, after a difficult night. My daily practice, no matter where I am or what is happening in my life, is to meditate. So I found myself rugged up against the cold night air, sitting on the steps of my veranda at the farm, looking out over the night-time landscape.

An owl came and settled in the grand old Jacaranda tree overhead. The dark sky twinkled with stars, and I knew how easy it would be to offer up my pain and torment, and to find peace and calm again within my soul.

And then I thought of you.

I thought of how much you might benefit from sitting here in meditation with me, offering up your own emotional pain to the night sky and replacing that pain with a sense of peace and emotional expansion.

When we let go of the hurt and pain that sits in our heart, we find ourselves better able to heal, better able to accept positive energy and change, and we more easily move towards inner peace, health and happiness.

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So I’ve recorded you a short guided meditation as I sat here under this tree. It will take eleven minutes, but I’d leave a little time either side, just to get ready for the meditation, and then to sit for a few minutes afterwards, integrating the energy of the meditation before you step into the rest of your day.

To participate, find a place where you won’t be disturbed for fifteen minutes. Then all you need to do is sit or lie down, make sure you are warm and comfortable, and follow along to the sound of my voice.

Click on the link below to get started:

Nicole Cody’s Guided Meditation for Emotional Healing

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Wishing you well, and sending you love, ♥ Nicole xx