Trust Your Gut Instinct! – Monday Oracle September 18 2017

I have been and still am a seeker, but I have ceased to question stars and books; I have begun to listen to the teaching my blood whispers to me.
~ Hermann Hesse

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 Instinct brings us.

So, what awareness does Instinct bring us this week?

Inside us is our essence. It’s who we are. It’s what gives us our personality and true nature. It’s our skills and talents and preferences. No matter how lost we may have become to ourselves or to our art this week our instincts kick in strongly, helping us to reconnect to or rediscover this deep truth within us.

Instinct is an inner compass that can tune us back in to our best direction. All we need to do is get quiet, and then tune in to our feelings of curiosity and relief. If we keep moving towards what engages us, and away from does not, we’ll soon find our way again.

Need to make a decision? Instinct will help you choose well this week.

Gut instinct or feeling is a primal response hard-wired into every human.  It’s not a mind-based wisdom. It doesn’t come from your heart. Gut feeling really does come from that area of your body – your abdomen.

So how do we tune in to our instinct this week?  It’s easier than you think. Gut instinct does not use words or images.  Gut instinct uses emotions, and rockets along our central nervous system which can also produce physical reactions.  It operates in 3 modes – neutral, forward and reverse. I’m sure you’ve all felt it and are familiar with it, whether you honour it or not.

In ‘forward’, we literally feel that we want to move closer to something.  We feel good about it.  We feel excited, happy and positive.  We can’t explain why, we can’t find the words for it, but we KNOW that something will work, that the person is good or honest, that this situation will be for the best, that this job/car/person/product/idea/food is the right choice.

In ‘neutral’ we feel indifference. There is no strong emotion or physical reaction either way.

In ‘reverse’ our gut is telling us to back away.  We feel unsure or uncomfortable.  The warning bells go off.  If it’s a mild response, this is where our brain often kicks in and invalidates our emotion (that can happen in ‘forward’ situations too!) by persuading our logical mind with rational thoughts and justifications.  In a strong response we may feel anxious or ill, we want to move back from this job/person/situation, we want to get to safety or a neutral space.  We can’t say why but we KNOW this won’t work well, this person can’t be trusted, something is wrong, it’s going to end badly…

This basic instinct is like a muscle – the more we use it, the stronger it becomes.  If we learn to trust it with the smaller things, eventually we’ll be able to hear and honour it with the bigger things. 

This week Instinct helps us find clarity about many important areas in our lives, restores lots parts of ourselves, and gets us moving in the right direction again.

Supportive crystals this week?

Sodalite will help you to speak your truth and ask for what you need. Clear Quartz amplifies your intuition and your ability to tune in to Universal and Personal Wisdom. 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 decisions and challenges. 

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.

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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, ‘Instinct’, 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. 

 

Your Wake-Up Call Is Here! – Monday Oracle 24 July 2017

“What is joy without sorrow? What is success without failure? What is a win without a loss? What is health without illness? You have to experience each if you are to appreciate the other. There is always going to be suffering. It’s how you look at your suffering, how you deal with it, that will define you.”
~ Mark Twain

Hello, Lovelies,

A we move deeper into the energies of July we’re able to access some light-bulb moments and real clarity about what matters to us, and for our future direction.

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

If you read my forecast for July, you’ll remember that July helps us to see our place within the bigger scheme of things. It supports love, connection and community and warrants some quiet time this month with loved ones.

Let’s look at the gifts Balance brings us this week.

Balance reminds us that we can’t make everyone happy and that we actually can’t have, do and be EVERYTHING on our list. Even more importantly, we can’t keep making everyone else happy at our own expense.

Time is precious and limited. Balance asks us to think carefully about how we spend our time and resources.

This is also a big wake-up call week. If we’ve been neglecting our health, our relationship, our finances, our jobs or businesses, our special project, our promises to ourselves or others – this week the Universe brings these things into clear view. We just can’t keep ignoring things that could potentially have a big positive or negative impact in our lives.

If your lack of awareness runs deep, the Universe will clearly show you where you need to be putting your attention.

Don’t worry though. Help is at hand. It’s a week of intuitive clarity and guided action. Trust that you have the power this week to make decisions and chart a path of action that will begin to turn things in your favour.

Whatever you do, don’t put your head back in the sand again. Be honest. Tune in. Take action.

You’ll be so glad that you did. The choices you make and the actions you take this week will lead to healing, momentum, solutions and progress.

Supportive crystals this week?

Rose Quartz helps us to be open to love and support in all forms and to be able to RECEIVE (Keep one in your pocket for all of July if you struggle to ask for or receive help). Blue Obsidian gives us mental clarity and self-awareness, strengthening our ability to communicate and connect. Yellow Turquoise supports us finding a clear path forward, and to make the big decisions that can finally bring lasting change. Green Aventurine is the perfect mood elevation stone, helping to shift anxiety and worry, and to replace it with calm and a sense of emotional safety.

Helpful essential oils?

Young Living’s Believe essential oil blend, or a combination (or singly!) of any of Lavender, Spruce, Ylang Ylang and Orange. Believe essential oil blend is uplifting and promotes confidence, spiritual connection, clarity and a belief that we can change. It also helps us to let go of fear, doubt and old emotional pain and hurt.  I often use this oil when I am writing or journalling, or working with cards for myself. It’s my oil of choice in my diffuser again this week. You can find all 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

Create Positive Change Program – Week 2

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“Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

One of the biggest obstacles to change is that feeling of overwhelm we get when we look at where we are now, and then at the distance between us and our goal/heart’s desire/impossible dream. The bigger the gap, the more likely we are to feel stuck, or unable to make that first step. In fact, we can get so stuck that we can no longer even conceptualise that first step!

It’s not unlike that brain freeze feeling you get from eating ice-cream too fast – there’s pain, confusion and a need to lie down in a darkened room. And that’s when the ghosts come out – all those voices from our past (or even our present) that tell us we can’t do it, we’re not good enough, we don’t deserve it, we don’t have what it takes. Our failures parade before us. We see all the things we’re not, all the things we don’t have, and all our glaring faults.

This week we’re going to work with energies that get us back on solid ground – connected into our heart space, and able to ‘hear’ our inner guidance about what to do next.

Are you ready?

Great! Let’s go!

Anchoring your heart energy

Lie down on the ground. If at all possible lie on the earth itself – the grass or sand or rock or dirt. Now imagine the back of your heart opening up and connecting deep into the core of the earth. Feel that earth energy warmly grounding you, supporting and nurturing you. Then open the front of your heart and connect it up into the sky. Go up beyond the blue. Feel the sun, the moon and the stars. Open to the wisdom and guidance of Universal energy. In this space of being anchored and connected just breathe and fill your body up with energy and love. Let yourself be replenished.

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What do you feel?  Be open to any insights or revelations. Do this process a few times over the next week. What you feel and become aware of will change over time. Write down anything important in your journal.

Count Your Blessings!

Every day this week write down three blessings in your life – three simple things for which you are grateful. See if you can come up with new things each day. Cultivate an attitude of awareness, actively looking for the positive moments in your life.

Write them like this: Today I am thankful for (the blessing) because (write down a simple reason). eg: Today I am grateful for my barista because she always makes the most wonderful creamy latte for me!

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When we count our Blessings we are inviting positive energy into our lives and putting ourselves into a receptive and abundant state of mind.

Affirm the Positive!

Take your rock from Week One, and thank it. Write the Affirmation you used in your Blessings Book. You can now place the first rock beside your bed or somewhere where you’ll see it often.

Select the second rock from the eight you selected at the start of this course. This is your second Affirmation Stone. Carry it around with you, or place it somewhere where you can see and hold it every day.

Hold this second stone in your hands. Now think of something else in your life that you want to change. Affirm that as a statement of declaration to the Universe,

Here are some examples:

I choose Healthy Relationships.

I choose Financial Stability.

I choose Bright New Ideas.

 

Each day hold that stone in your hands and repeat your declaration, out loud, or in your mind. You can do this just once, or as many times as you like. Say your declaration with enthusiasm and commitment. This simple act of declaration begins to align you with this energy, opening you to more of this thing in your life.

Using your 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.  It doesn’t matter if your review your Blessings from your Blessing Book, or add in something new.  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 Positive Change Program with us – people from all over the world, just like 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 Positive Change, 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.

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Homework:

Last week we started with some simple exploration questions. This week return to your answers and read over them, and then answer the following questions with as much detail as feels right to you.

Last week: I need change in my life right now because:  This week: The best place to begin is:

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Last week: One thing I would change about my health is _______ because ______:  This week: The easiest change I can make, starting today is ________

Last week: One thing I would change about my work is ______ because ______:  This week: The easiest change I can make, starting today is ______

Last week: One thing I would change about my personal life is ______ because ______:  This week: The smallest change I can make, starting today is ______

Last week: One thing I would change about my thinking is ______ because ______:  This week: A better thought I can choose, starting today is ______

Last week: One thing I’m really stuck on is:  This week: This week I’m going to be open to ______

Last week: One thing I’m really clear on is:  This week: So, knowing that, the first tiny step I can take, starting today, is ______

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PS: If you’d like to review any aspect of this course, or start back at the beginning click here.

Making My Life Work for Me – Week 1

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Key to Success – Image from www.picstopin.com

“Live with intention. Walk to the edge. Listen hard. Practice wellness. Play with abandon. Laugh. Choose with no regret. Appreciate your friends. Continue to learn. Do what you love. Live as if this is all there is.” ~ Mary Anne Radmacher

 

Welcome to Week 1 of our six week Making My Life Work for Me Program. Are you excited? I know I am! The most important thing to remember as we embark on this program together is that this is all about fun, self time and transformation.  (If you’re just joining us now, pop back and read last week’s post so that you can gather the materials we’ll be using today.)

Instructions:

We will be following the same format each week.  Read through this entire post before you get started.  You can do the activities all on one day, or spread them put over the week – whatever works best for you.

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Meditation:

We’re going to start with a meditation.  Hold your crystal and drape your scarf or shawl around your shoulders.  Set aside ten minutes for this. When you’re ready click the link below and simply follow the sound of my voice:

Nicole Cody’s Guided Meditation for Making My Life Work for Me

Visualisation:

Do this straight after your meditation, when you are ready and open for receiving! Close your eyes and use your imagination. See yourself the way you want yourself to be in the world.  Feel the emotions that come with this, and have gratitude and expectation of drawing these things into your life.  Really put some energy into this.  You can repeat this step again this week (even daily) if it feels right.  Thoughts are things, and this is how you manifest in the Universe!

Using Your Journal:

This is your space for exploring and creating – your own personal think tank and manifestation machine!

Feel free to decorate your journal so that it’s visually appealing and full of your own energy and personality.

Begin by writing the following pledge into the front of your journal.  When it’s written, repeat it out loud, with as much sincerity as you can muster. That way the Universe is put on notice of your intentions:

Dear Universe,

I am open to the possibility that there is more for me in this life, and I am ready to receive clarity, direction and inspiration.

I am so very grateful for my life, and for the learning and growth opportunities I am being shown.

I am ready to embrace positive change and to accept an avalanche of good in my life. 

My commitment to you is that for the next 6 weeks (and beyond) I am willing to explore my heart, to connect with my innermost wisdom, look for and name things I am thankful for, and to celebrate the many Blessings I already have.

With love and gratitude,

 

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(insert your own name here)

 

Card of the Week: 

2013-03-24 16.30.18Take your deck of positive cards, or your rune bag.  Close you eyes and offer up a prayer for the Highest Good, and then quiet your mind.

Randomly select a card/rune, trusting that it will have a message to guide you this week.  Write down the name of the card/rune and the message.  Feel free to add any additional thoughts or insights you might have.

I chose a card for us as well, just to set the tone. It’s a fitting start for us, don’t you think?

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Week 1 Journal Activity:

On a clean page write a stream of consciousness around the question What do I need most right now?  Write as little or as much as you need to. Simply ask yourself the question and then answer it, letting the words pour out of you. Draw pictures or mind map if you feel like it. If you cry or have some other emotional release understand that this is a good thing!

And now for some fun…

Collage – Things that are good for me.  Take your pile of old magazines and place them in front of you.  Holding your crystal close your eyes and say out loud “Universe, I am open to all Guidance and my own Higher Wisdom to show me the things that nourish and support me right now.”  Take a moment and sit in that energy, really feeling yourself connecting into and opening to that wisdom.

Then when you’re ready, open your eyes and start flicking through the magazines.  If any pictures or words appeal to you, cut or rip them out and place them beside you. When you have enough images cut them up neatly, and then spend some time arranging them on a page or double page of your journal.  If your journal isn’t big enough, feel free to use a sheet of cardboard. Glue your images to the page and leave it open to dry.  Now you have a strong visual reminder of what’s good for you, so that you can begin to make choices that bring more of this energy into your life.

Were there any surprises?  Did you notice any particular themes?

Gratitude:

What’s already working in your life?  List five things in your journal each day that you are grateful for in your life.

Nightly Healing :

Get into bed and spend five minutes lying quietly in meditation with your eyes closed.  Call on God, Universal Energy, your Angels, your Guides, your Ancestors, whomever you feel comfortable and safe with.  Ask for their help.  Fill your body with white light, and then draw coloured light (just allow a colour to come to you) through your crown chakra (an energy point on the top of your head) and send it anywhere in your body that needs healing.  Feel the warmth as the energy radiates through your body, uplifting and healing you.  Know that answers will come while you are sleeping.

Give thanks, send this same healing gift from you to anyone or anywhere else if it feels right, and then sleep.  Rest well, my friends, and have a beautiful and inspired week.

Much love to you, Nicole ♥ xx

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