Mini-Retreat Day 5 – Our Final Day

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“Connecting with yourself and knowing yourself is a monumental and life changing event.”
~ Bryant McGill

 

It’s the final day of our Accelerated Channelling retreat today, although we still have another month together of online lessons and sharing.

It’s also the final day of your Mini-Retreat, although you still have a whole lifetime of being able to work with your Higher Self, your Guides and Angels and you, of course!

We are at the beginning of a new energetic era. Everything is faster. Spiritual connection comes quickly. Psychic abilities develop easily. This is an era of communication, collaboration, integration and balanced energy.

In this new era you cannot have spiritual and psychic development without also having personal development. This is a journey of integrated growth. Of being in alignment with your heart, your values and your soul calling.

So on this last day of our retreat, I am calling on you to sit quietly with yourself and feel into that space within. Psychic development must be about your own journey first.

Today sit awhile with your soul. Call upon your Higher Self and your Guides and Angels if needed. Use your journal and your cards. Sit in nature and allow yourself the gift of deep listening. And then consider these questions. Let the answers come, and then sit again, just listening. Let the awareness and the questions and answers sit with you. Don’t feel that you need to act or to understand all at once. Clarity and wisdom often take time.

Questions to explore:

  • Where am I out of alignment?
  • Where is my integrity compromised?
  • Where am I moving in the right direction? (Celebrate this and then go deeper with this direction. Where else can you go? What comes next?)
  • Where can I end things?
  • Where can I begin?
  • What are my gifts?
  • How can I best serve myself, my loved ones and humanity?

Thank you so much for joining us as we have journeyed through the past five days. The remainder of this week and next are a fabulous time for further insights, self enquiry and clarity of direction. I hope that you are able to make use of the energies to deepen your connection to soul and source.

Holding you, as ever, in my thoughts and meditations, Nicole xx

 

Mini-Retreat Day 3 – Integration

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Image by Julia Watkins

“As we increase in our awareness and our integration of Self the process of integration grows and expands as we begin to incorporate the fullness of our nature, that of our spiritual nature or our Soul.”
~ Genevieve Gerard

 

It’s Day three of our mini-retreat, and the energy today is all about consolidation and integration.

(That’s one reason why my post is so late! After a big evening of channelling I went back to sleep following this morning’s meditation – to consolidate and integrate the shifts of the past few days- and then there was no time to blog. Sorry!!!)

Today and this evening is the perfect time to review the answers to your questions from the past two days.

It’s not enough just to do an activity such as the ones we completed for Day One and Day Two of our mini-retreat. What is important when we do any kind of self discovery work is to sit with our answers and insights and reflect upon them.

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Here are some questions to ponder as you read through the guidance you have received:

  • Where can I make small changes now, to bring me into better alignment with my best self?
  • What activities can I schedule to begin making longer-term changes in my life?
  • Where do I need to sit in awareness around existing situations, behaviours or relationships?
  • What do I need to stop doing?
  • What do I need to start doing?
  • Where do I need to find extra resources, information or help for myself or my situation or project?

Take time to connect into your Guide, Angel or Higher Self using the meditations I’ve already shared. If it is needed, use that connection to bring through further insights or clarification about the work you’ve done in the past two days.

Then rest. Have some quiet time. Be gentle with yourself.

I’ll see you tomorrow as we explore how to begin deepening our spiritual and psychic connections.

Much love to you,

Nicole

xx

 

Journal Challenge Week 7 – September 13, 2015

“Whenever you want to achieve something, keep your eyes open, concentrate and make sure you know exactly what it is you want. No one can hit their target with their eyes closed.”
~ Paulo Coelho, The Devil and Miss Prym

 

Welcome to Week Seven 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 September 13, is a time for focus. There is a need for us to work out what is wishful thinking (we talk about it all the time but never do it, because in truth our heart’s not in it), and what are the things that truly inspire a commitment from us. We are being called to choose our focus, to set our intention, and then to begin taking action.

We’ll also look at the things we really DO want, but where we are blocked from starting because we expect too much from ourselves, and can’t bear the thought of failure if we cannot make our dream fly.

 

To find happiness and contentment in life, to have a life that’s worth living – one that gets us up in the morning, no matter what the weather or our mood – we need to have a purpose or a goal, something to which we can commit. And then we can let our life be shaped by that passion.

Let’s go!

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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.

Here’s my first page for this week. My colour and power word are both an encouragement and a caution to me. Go forward, Nicole, they seem to say. Plan, dream, take action. But only do what you can manage. :

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3. Week Seven Journal Prompt

On the very back page of your journal write the words MY PROJECT. Now take a few minutes and flip through what you’ve already written in your journal in the previous weeks. Look for evidence of the project or action that is truly in your heart. You may have mentioned it more than once. You may have already underlined it as being a ‘seed’ from last week’s activity. It might be a major life decision, an activity, something health related, a course of study, or even some personal healing or self-growth.

The reason you need to choose it as your project is because thinking about it makes your heart sing. And possibly freak out a bit too.  Or worse, every time you look at it you want to cry, because it’s the BIG THING. Your major block or procrastination. The thought you might not ever do this is horrifying, but the thought of failing at it is even worse.

If you want to put it down as your project because you should finish it, or start it or do it, then scratch it off. Anything that is a should isn’t your heart’s desire. It’s actually a false god, whose head needs to be chopped off. That’s not love or passion or deep desire – that’s duty. We don’t have time for duty on our project list. Our project list is only for things that truly call to us. Things to which we know we can commit.

If there are a few, that’s okay too.

Write a description of the project, or the projects, on the last page of your journal. Here’s mine (and as you might be able to tell, I was journalling from bed this morning!):

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Now flip back to where you are working on this week’s tasks.

Answer the following questions:

  1. Write a brief (or long) description of your project.
  2. What resources do you already have, and what might you need to actually make a start on this project?
  3. When you think about this project being successfully completed, how does that make you feel?

 

Write as little or as much as you want.

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.

Here’s my beginnings. I’m excited. There is much to explore here. But truth be told I also feel a bit sick. Because. You know. This is the BIG ONE. What if I screw it up?

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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

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.

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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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Image from Twitter

A New Journal Challenge For You!

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“The wound is the place where the Light enters you.”
~ Rumi

Writing a journal is something I’ve done since I was a child. I don’t mean a simple diary, where you record the events of the day. You know what I mean… I ate this. I did this. Someone said that. No. I mean a place where I could explore ideas, talk with myself, and find my own answers.

Over the last few years I’ve created several journal challenges here on my blog, and I’ve just made a new one for you, to take advantage of the fabulous energies August and September bring for truly going deep within, in order to know and understand ourselves better.

Would you like to join me?

We’ll be starting next Sunday, August 2nd, so that you have adequate time to gather your resources together. Each Sunday for September and August I will have a new journal activity for you to complete during the week. You’ll need a minimum of ten minutes to set aside each week for writing, and an additional five minutes per day for five out of seven days for energy work. (If you can do more, great. If you can only find ten minutes then we’ll flow with that too.) There will also be an optional guided meditation each week.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • A new journal. Choose one that feels right for you. Make sure there are enough pages to get you through 9 activities.
  • Some pens and pencils.
  • A small stone to use as a gratitude rock.
  • A larger rock or crystal to use as a guidance stone.
  • A deck of oracle cards.
  • A sense of adventure and a readiness to explore your inner world.

NB: A note on choosing oracle cards – choose cards whose pictures and messages are meaningful to you. Avoid cards such as tarot decks that show only coins or cups etc. Instead choose a deck whose imagery really speaks to you. It’s the pictures that matter. Don’t worry if you don’t know how to use them. I’ll be showing you.

That’s my own journal, cards and stones in the picture below. I’ll be right beside you doing each week’s activities too. My gratitude rock is a small citrine, and my guidance stone is a labradorite. The oracle cards I’ll be using are Colette Baron-Reid’s Enchanted Map cards

Who’s in? Pop your name in the comments or let us know over on facebook. If you post a pic on the facebook page during this challenge, you’ll be in the running to win a cool prize! Stay tuned for directions.

Much love, Nicole❤ xx

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You’ll find all the journal challenges for August and September here:

Week One Journal Challenge

Week Two Journal Challenge

Week Three Journal Challenge

Week Four Journal Challenge

Week Five Journal Challenge

Week Six Journal Challenge

Week Seven Journal Challenge

Week Eight Journal Challenge

Week Nine Journal Challenge

Journal Challenge Week 3 – After The Rain

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Image from HD1Wallpapers

“You have to get through the rain if you’re ever going to see a rainbow.”
~ Karen White, After The Rain

 

Hello Lovelies, and welcome to Week 3 of our Journal Challenge!

If you’ve only just found us now, it’s not too late to go back and start at the beginning. That’s the beauty of journalling. It waits for us, and works with our own time-frames.

Have you ever gone outside after a really good downpour? The world looks washed clean. The air is fresh and cool, and once again vibrant with possibility. Even tired, jaded places take on a soft beauty. It’s hard not to believe in new beginnings in the light of such positive energy.

Before we launch into Week 3, let’s have a quick recap of the last two weeks of journalling:

1. In Week One we called on our own insights to discover where we have held ourselves back, what worries us, and what we might do to bring more balance, healing, sustainability and joy into our lives.

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2. In Week Two we bravely called upon the love, wisdom and strength of our Ancestors as we tackled our patterns of resentment, the excuses we use that prevent us growing and moving forward, the areas and relationships where we hold resentment, and the things in our life over which we feel shame. We then looked at how to turn all of this hurt into wisdom, helping us to reclaim the aspects of ourselves that we had shunned.

This week, with our dawning awareness of self we’re going to ask more questions, look from new perspectives and in doing so identify our endings and beginnings.

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Image from Lifehack Quotes

Let’s Begin!

Choosing a Crystal

You may wish to choose a crystal to work with this week. It is entirely optional, and you’d be fine without one too – but for my fellow rock lovers, read on…

You can hold this crystal as you write or meditate, place it under your pillow or beside your bed while you sleep, or carry it in your pocket to help you stay focused.

You could choose your stone based on what most appeals to you. That’s a very valid approach. But if you need a little direction, good crystals to work with this week include:

  • Aventurine
  • Any of the Obsidians
  • Lapis Lazuli
  • Fluorite
  • Ruby in Zoisite
  • Opal
  • Tiger Eye
  • Blue Kyanite
  • Clear Quartz, with or without inclusions
  • Moss Agate

This week I’m wearing my crystal – a beautiful and delicately carved Buddha of Tiger Eye. If you’re working with a crystal too why not tell us about it by leaving a comment below or over at our facebook page. I’ll also be holding my Clear Quartz from Week 1.

Two crystals, I hear you ask? You bet. I can feel it’s going to be a BIG week of breakthroughs for me, so why not!🙂

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Week Three Meditation:

This week’s simple meditation gets us out of our head and back in our body!

The Seed Meditation

If possible do this meditation outside, on the ground. If weather or illness prevents this, improvise with your imagination and do your best.

Kneel or sit on the ground and curl yourself into a little ball. You might hunch your shoulders over and drop your arms into your lap or use them to grab your knees, or place your forehead on the ground in the yoga child pose. Whatever you do,let your mind and body relax.

Now imagine that you are a tiny seed, cradled safely within the nourishing soil of the earth. You are warm, safe and deeply rested. Rain has activated you, and you can feel the possibility of life within you.

One finger begins to stretch, like the tendril of a small vine. Feel the energy of waking up begin to course through you. Feel yourself wanting to grow.

Slowly allow your arms to move and stretch. As your arms move like the shoots from a small seed seeking sunlight, all ow your shoulders and the rest of your body to gently rise, until you find yourself standing, or in an upright seated position.

Keep stretching upwards, swaying and reaching for the sky. Let the energy of growth completely fill you. Take some deep breaths and allow yourself to connect to the life force of earth, water, sun and air. When you’re ready, open your eyes.

Sit in this energy a little longer and be open to any thoughts, images or ideas that come.

Finally, shake out your arms and legs, take six breaths deep into your belly, letting your body relax completely.

Now you’re ready to write!

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Image from teametcie.com

Journal Questions:

You can choose any or all of the questions below. Some will be asked as traditional questions, and some are sentences that give you a place to start by leaving a space for you to complete that sentence.

I suggest going with what resonates and repels for a good balance. Write as much or as little as you need. It could be three words or three pages. Spread it out over a week, or spend a solid hour or two over one day – it’s up to you!

If you’re using a crystal, hold it in your non-writing hand, or place it in your lap or pocket. Feel free to get yourself a beverage, or to sit in a coffee shop while you do this. Enjoy the process!

Let a feeling of gentle excitement and possibility dwell with you this week as we start pulling things together. Your writing and your ideas will begin to start forming shapes and directions. You’ll be at the edge of clarity.

After the rain we can see everything in a kinder light. We accept what is, and may even begin to see some beauty where before we found none.

Ready? Let’s go!

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Talking about Endings:

  1. I’ve decided that I no longer want to…
  2. I’m actually okay with letting go of…
  3. I suddenly see that holding onto _______ is not doing me any favours because________
  4. It’s okay for me to stop doing…
  5. I’m going to simplify my life by finishing…
  6. The person I still need to forgive is….
  7. The thing I still need to forgive myself for is….
  8. The dream I’ve outgrown is…
  9. I need to stop…
  10. By the end of this year I’ll finalise…
  11. I don’t need to do it all myself! I’m going to delegate or get help with…
  12. The biggest project I need to get done is…
  13. The fastest project I can finish and put behind me is…
  14. The project or situation I am procrastinating about the most is…
  15. In 2014 I’m going to wrap up and complete…

Inviting Beginnings:

  1. Even though it’s challenging for me, I know I need to start…
  2. The dream that is dearest to me and that scares me the most is…
  3. A tangible step I can take toward that dream is _____________ and I could start __________
  4. I need to acknowledge that the strength inside me I most take for granted is…
  5. I’m really good at…
  6. I’ve always wanted to work at…
  7. My heart is yearning to…
  8. In 2015 I’d be excited to…
  9. I’ve decided that instead of seeing these parts of me as a flaw or a weakness, I’m going to embrace and acknowledge my _________
  10. My 2015 support crew will include…
  11. What holiday could I plan for myself that I will really look forward to?
  12. What new thing would I like to learn in 2015?
  13. What small adventures or outings will gladden my heart?
  14. How can I make myself feel more beautiful for 2015?
  15. To what music will I dance, create and grow? What can be the soundtrack of my life for 2015?
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Image from Ecotopiia

You may also find it useful to listen to this simple guided meditation for Abundance and Blessings:

Do pop over to our facebook page this week. There will be some rune guidance for you. I’ll be giving away some lovely surprises and there will also be an online party next Friday evening (14th Nov – Brisbane time) where I’ll be available to answer your questions and have some fun!

Big hugs to you and lots of love, Nicole xx

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Why You Need A Tribe

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A friend is someone who understands your past, believes in your future, and accepts you just the way you are.
~ Unknown

 

We all need a tribe. A tribe isn’t often the family we are born into. A tribe is a group where we find a spiritual home – a group of people who care passionately about something dear to our own hearts, and who give us a place to belong. A tribe is a place where we can grow, and learn. A tribe is also a place where we can share our knowledge and wisdoms with those walking the same path.

Tribes are built around common interests. I belong to more than one. I’m sure you’ll need at least a couple too.

Before I belonged to any kind of tribe I banged around uselessly on my own, reinventing wheels that never needed all of that effort. There was no-one with whom I could share my successes or failures, no-one to bounce ideas off, no-one to laugh or cry with. I’m all for self-development, but it’s a hard and lonely way to live.

This past long weekend I hung out in the mountains with my writing tribe – the wonderful Sisters of the Pen. We wrote, talked writing, ate and talked writing, wrote some more, laughed a lot, ate, wrote, slept and recharged our batteries with some self time and time in nature. We gave ourselves space and permission to put our passion for writing front and centre in our lives for a few precious days.

I surprised myself, and wrote heaps on a brand new project, as well as getting plenty of planning and project management done. Yep, that’s 17028 words. Yay! My beautiful sistahs helped me negotiate some plot twists and gave useful feedback on issues I’d struggled to nut out on my own.

Our little band of writers has also morphed into something so much more than just a group of women who dig words. We’ve shared tough times and great celebrations, we’ve been secret keepers, cheer squads and good medicine for each other. That’s the beauty of a tribe. You evolve and grow together.

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I also belong to a business mentoring group – we are all successful six-figure entrepreneurs who run our businesses in a heart-based way, and who value the support, guidance and friendship of like-minded people. (Yes, my spiritual friends – it is perfectly okay to enjoy prosperity!)  Each week we connect by skype, and then on an online forum, sharing our progress, goals and problems. We live vast distances from each other,  but we have managed to forge connections across oceans, and despite time differences. It’s actually hard to adequately express how valuable this group has been for my own business. It’s just so good to have friends who get where I am coming from, because they are in that same space too.

My business tribe don’t just support me, they hold a space for me, and they call me on my stuff. They are the ones who shout out to me to slow down when I’m being unrealistic, they are the ones who champion my good ideas and who aren’t afraid to tell me if they think my plan is lousy.🙂  And of course, I do the same for them.

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My other tribe is my spiritual community, including my students and clients, and my many friends and readers from around the world whom I’ve met through blogging and social media. I am happy to step up as a leader for my tribe, and I include them in my daily thoughts, prayers and meditations. If you’re reading this, know that you are included in that energy and intention.

My spiritual tribe is where I share my own spiritual and psychic journey, and the things my teachers passed down to me. It’s where we can feel included and normal together, where we can share the sorts of things that other people in our lives may never experience or understand.

Tribes sometimes exist already, and all you have to do is find them.

Sometimes the tribe is waiting to be formed.

They can be a group of people who meet for coffee and a chat, or people who connect over the internet. Or a bit of both.

When you find or create your tribe, the beautiful music inside you finds a way to be expressed in the wider world.

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Are you having trouble identifying your tribe? Maybe you’ll find the following exercise useful. Writing in a journal is a great way to connect to your own deeper wisdom.

Journal Exercise:

Start by writing this passage at the top of your page.

Dear Universe, 

I trust that there is a part of me that already knows what makes my heart sing. I also trust that there is a Universal Wisdom which recognises my gifts and talents, and that understands what outcomes and adventures are best for my Highest Good.

I am ready to embrace the possibility of a better life for myself. I am ready to move from struggle into flow.  I am ready for friendship and belonging, and I’m keen to embrace abundance in all its forms. I want you to know that I’m ready for whatever wonderful experiences and opportunities you send my way. I am ready for my Soul to show me my heart’s true desire. I am ready to embrace the kinship of my Soul Tribe.

Now choose any of the following journal starters, and use it to begin writing.  Don’t judge what comes next, and don’t over-think it.  Just trust that what you write will begin to create a greater sense of personal and spiritual awareness in your life.

  • I’ve always loved to…
  • One thing that makes me completely lose track of time is…
  • If I could do anything well, the thing I would choose is _____ because…
  • You’ll never guess how it happened.  It all worked out perfectly in the end. One day…
  • When I look back, the themes in my life have been…
  • If I think about it, the happiest times in my life involve…
  • One thing I never get tired of is…
  • The thing that fires me up, and that makes me feel completely alive is…
  • The sort of people I most want to hang out with include…
  • Something people tell me I’m really good at helping them with is…

Once you are clearer about the things that light you up, seek out others who feel the same, or put your own group together! My writers group was formed after we all met at a series of weekend workshops. My business mentoring group was formed from within an online community, and my spiritual tribe has grown out of my own business and interests.

Tribes give you momentum and support, two things that are very valuable in a society where we are often disconnected from ourselves and each other.

So, what’s stopping you? Go find your tribe!

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PS:If you’d like to spend time in the company of some wonderful people and are looking to connect with a tribe of your own perhaps my Soul Sanctuary Retreat is what you’re looking for. Come join us in beautiful Byron Bay from November 29 to December 5 for a soulful week of connection, rejuvenation and inspiration.We still have a few places left.

More details on the retreat can be found here

Lots of love, Nicole xx