The Un-fancy Photo Shoot

“There are no bad pictures; that’s just how your face looks sometimes.” 
Abraham Lincoln

For the next few days I’m on a photoshoot. It sounds much more glamorous than it actually is. We need images for our new website so we are working with a talented friend, Kerry Warnholtz, to capture some shots. This involves trekking the length and breadth of Byron Bay at all hours of the day and night, looking for that picture that captures the emotions we want to convey.

I’m doing my own hair. And my own makeup. My styling consisted of dragging everything out of my wardrobe as well as some borrowed clothes from a friend and then trying them all on and discarding anything that looked ridiculous.

I have some props – but they are all things from my daily life. A favourite teacup, some books, oracle cards, crystals, my singing bowl, my dogs and cows, friends, the farm, the beach, a few favourite cafes.

No smoke machines or giant fans to blow my hair the right way, no fake lashes, fake tans or artificially whitened teeth. And no, we won’t be photoshopping either. The biggest vanity I have undertaken is a tinted coat on my fingernails to hide the beetroot and turmeric stains from my daily juicing habit (not sure how successful it is, but at least I tried!).

If you see me out and about feel free to say hi or to jump into a shot with me.

I can’t wait to share the best and worse of our results with you.
Much love, Nicole ❤ xx

 

 

Leading by Example – A Lesson In Vulnerability

 “Vulnerability is the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, courage, empathy, and creativity. It is the source of hope, empathy, accountability, and authenticity. If we want greater clarity in our purpose or deeper and more meaningful spiritual lives, vulnerability is the path.” 
Brené Brown

 

I’m running a retreat right now. It’s something I love to do – one of my greatest joys is helping others to discover their path, to connect to their intuition and soul wisdom and to become skilled at energy work and using their psychic gifts.

My courses are a mix of lectures, philosophy, channelling and practical activities. And I always demonstrate things I ask my students to do for themselves. So when it comes to teaching how to do personal journey-work I use myself as the example.

Yesterday we worked on connecting in to our Oversoul and asking about our life direction, what will make us happy, what gifts we have come here to share and what our legacy might be.

Which is how I came to be sitting on the carpet in front of my students, my oracle cards spread in front of me as I chose cards and then spoke aloud the very private messages that these cards evoked. This was not staged. I pulled cards and did this exercise that was meant to be done privately in the same way I would have done it if I had been working alone at home.

Every card became harder for me to read. My life was on the floor in front of me, and the messages were profound and excruciatingly personal. But I was committed to doing the exercise from start to finish to teach my students clearly what I was asking them to do for themselves.

By the last card I was in tears, and my voice had a definite waver. It was hard to share such an intimate journey when I did not know in advance what might be revealed with each turn of a card. It was a big reading. There’s nothing like laying your soul bare in front of a crowd to make you really feel your vulnerability.

But I am glad I did. It helped my students to see not just my process, but the power of being brave enough to go deeper with your self-exploration, and of owning that journey.

So my question to you today is this: Who can you help by laying bare your process, by sharing your vulnerability, by allowing yourself to be seen uncensored, raw and real?

Sending much love your way, Nicole ❤ xx

This is No Time for Perfection! – Monday Oracle 4 September 2017

“Ring the bells that still can ring 
Forget your perfect offering 
There is a crack in everything 
That’s how the light gets in.” 
~  Leonard Cohen

Hello, Lovelies!

If you read my forecast for September, you’ll know that it’s a month of possibility and expansive energy, of change and curiosity, and of starting small projects that may take a long time, but that we care about deeply. Keep that in mind as we look at the gifts which the oracle card Perfection brings us this week.

So, what awareness does Perfection bring us this week?

  1. Start where you are, and offer what you have. Don’t wait for it to be perfect or you may never have anything to offer and that fruit (your good ideas or early work and enthusiasm) will wither and die on the vine.
  2. Plant seeds, even if they will take a long time to bear fruit. (It’s an analogy, loves. What I mean is this – start writing your book, begin that study course, craft the beginnings of the gigantic hand-made quilt, tidy the first drawer in the first cupboard of the first room in your house, submit your work or application for that competition, exhibition or new position. And yes, plant that garden that won’t fruit for ages!)
  3. Own the perfection of who you are, and speak and act from that space. This is simply about being yourself, and owning your skills, talents and preferences, rather than being ‘perfect’. Living for yourself and being true to that, rather than living to please or appease others.
  4. Let other people see your flaws and imperfections, especially in new relationships, especially with your tribe, community or clients. Keep it real. Real works. Real gifts you the possibility of a solid foundation on which to grow, rather than creating a house of cards where you dwell in fear that it might be blown down in the first slight breeze.

This week work on being happy with yourself, and on making the decisions and choices that fit the longer-term vision of how you would like you and your life to be. Let go of perfection that holds you stuck and worried. Just get on with it and do the best you can.

 

Supportive crystals this week?

Ocean Jasper is a healing stone that promotes deep rest and relaxation, and that attunes us to nature and our surroundings, helping us to feel at home wherever we are, including feeling at home in ourselves. Rose Quartz is a stone of love and nurture – the crystal world equivalent of a great big reassuring hug, a soothing cup of tea and a best friend to hold your hand through life’s challenges. Amazonite for being brave in putting yourself and your ideas out into the world.

Helpful essential oils?

Each of the following oils will work beautifully on their own for you this week, but they also make a delicious combination for diffusing. Frankincense elevates our mood and promotes spiritual connection and intuition, Lavender keeps us in flow and relaxed,  Ylang Ylang opens our hearts and is supportive when we feel anxious or overwhelmed, and Orange for joy, gratitude and optimism. To diffuse add 2 or three drops of each oil to your room or personal diffuser. You can find the oils here.

Holding you, as always, in my thoughts, prayers and meditations, and intending for a you a life of abundance and joy, where you are no longer limited by your doubts.

All my love,

Nicole ❤ xx

PS: Monday’s oracle card, ‘Perfection’, is from the Chakra Wisdom Oracle Deck by Tori Hartman. I use any 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.