Live for What Makes You Come Alive – Monday Oracle 19 June 2017

“My fault, my failure, is not in the passions I have, but in my lack of control of them.”
~ Jack Kerouac

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

If you read my forecast for June, you’ll remember that June is a gentle month of revitalisation, redirection and emotional and physical nourishment.

Now, lets look at the gifts Passion brings this week.

Passion is all about following our heart. Not for fame or glory, but because following our heart enriches our life and gives it shape and meaning.

It’s about singing if you love to sing, even if you will never secure a recording deal or become a world-famous musician.

Your thing could be baking or sewing or horses or writing or building things or growing roses. It might be collecting rare old books or working on your family tree or saving the wilderness.

Following our passions helps us to come alive. It might not be our current career – it might just be our hobby. And that’s okay. What matters most is that we make room for these passions and spend time on them. Passions sometimes have a way of becoming our path. All we ever need to do is be open, and follow our heart. The rest is truly up to the magical synchronicities and miracles of the Universe.

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Passion is also about sharing your gifts and passion with others, if that feels right.

It’s about spending your life in service to what matters to your heart. When we have no passion we become lost to ourselves. Passion is the lamp that lights us from within.

This week, Passion reminds us to craft a life for ourselves that pleases us, and that informs and inspires our days. When we share that magic, it can also brighten and inspire the lives of others too!

Supportive crystals this week?

Blue Quartz helps us to trust ourselves and our dreams, and to hear those heart whispers. Green Chrysoprase opens our heart and helps us to find the courage to live the life that calls us. Black Tourmaline is great for helping us to see where we need to set boundaries.  Citrine helps us to bring the sunshine back into our lives, and to think with optimism and clarity!

Helpful essential oils?

Young Living’s Abundance essential oil blend, or a combination (or singly!) of any of Orange, Cedarwood, Frankincense and Ylang Ylang. Abundance opens us to the flow of life, helping us to act from a place of love, trust and benevolence. Just rub a drop together in the palms of your hands and then breathe in and wipe through your aura.  Dab a few drops on your wrists or over your heart – its warm, spicy aroma makes it a great perfume or cologne. A few drops in the bath are wonderful too. You may want to dilute with a drop or two of a base oil such a sweet almond or coconut before applying directly to the skin.  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

Image by Ruth Black

The Strength Of Your Song – Monday Oracle 12 June 2017

“Inner guidance is heard like soft music in the night by those who have learned to listen.”
~ Vernon Howard

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

If you read my forecast for June, you’ll remember that June is a gentle month of revitalisation, redirection and emotional and physical nourishment.

Now, lets look at the gifts Dissipating brings this week.

We are cautioned against all forms of dissipation this week.

What does that mean? Dissipation can be defined as an act of diffusion (watering down), dispersion (scattering) or of wasteful expenditure.

In a month that is all about self-nurture and attending to our own priorities we are reminded not to bleed out for others at the expense of ourselves. Don’t end up with no fuel in the tank for what matters. Don’t be busy for busy’s sake. Don’t talk endlessly about the thing you want to do without actually taking any action steps towards it. As my darling guide Rollo often reminds me, don’t feed the chickens (ie don’t waste time helping people who don’t appreciate it, or on people or tasks that time suck – taking you away from important priorities). Chickens are never satisfied and will keep pecking away at you and invite their friends for a free feed too!

 

It’s wise to be mindful of whom you share your stories, hopes and ideas with. Don’t choose people who will put you and your ideas down, or be less than supportive. If you don’t know how your idea will be received then keep it to yourself until it has taken enough form that it won’t easily be knocked down or ruined by the criticism (even well-meaning!) or negativity of others.

And do you see that beautiful golden bird in the bottom left of the card? That’s YOUR bird. If you listen carefully the bird will sing you a song that creates a map for heart happiness. Problem is, most of us have trained that bird to sing songs to make everyone else happy. What could you learn about yourself if you opened up to that magical song this week? How could that change your life?

It’s a very important week for tuning in, for endings and fresh beginnings, for picking things up again, for turning in new directions, for resurrecting what never got finished but that meant the world to you.

Supportive crystals this week?

Blue Quartz calms our fears and helps us to trust ourselves and our dreams. Green Chrysoprase opens our heart and helps with emotional healing and self-acceptance. Black Tourmaline is great if you have boundary issues.  Fluorite encourages us to see the possibilities in ourselves, especially in regard to creativity or business.

Helpful essential oils?

Young Living’s Abundance essential oil blend, or a combination (or singly!) of any of Orange, Geranium, Frankincense and Myrrh. Abundance opens us to the flow of life, helping us to act from a place of love, trust and benevolence. Just rub a drop together in the palms of your hands and then breathe in and wipe through your aura.  Dab a few drops on your wrists or over your heart – its warm, spicy aroma makes it a great perfume or cologne. A few drops in the bath are wonderful too. You may want to dilute with a drop or two of a base oil such a sweet almond or coconut before applying directly to the skin.  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

Image by Jon Armstrong

The Week Ahead – Oracle Reading for Monday 9 January

Wisdom

“Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.”
~ Aristotle

 

Hello, Lovelies!

Here’s the oracle card I have chosen this Monday, and my take on the energetic outlook for the week ahead.

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

The week ahead is so well suited to supporting us as we seek to find direction, a path to follow, or a deeper sense of who we are and why we are here.

This week, tune in. How you do that is up to you. Get quiet. Go for a walk. Spend some time journalling. Play with your oracle or tarot cards. Do some yoga. Be in your body. Be with your soul. Listen to music. Get into your heart space. Take yourself on a little adventure that reconnects you to your sense of self.

My Year of ME Planner is also a great tool for tuning in! And it’s not too late to join our year-long course and community or to get some more intensive coaching with me for the year ahead. More details here and in my Shop.

Here's my own 2017 Planner, and my 2017 gratitude stone, my 2017 crystal pack, and the oracle cards I'm going to use for the year ahead. Pretty delicious, huh?

Here’s my own 2017 Planner, and my 2017 gratitude stone, my 2017 crystal pack, and the oracle cards I’m going to use for the year ahead. Pretty delicious, huh?

This week things will become clearer. You’ll become aware of what needs to be healed or changed in your life.

Or you’ll suddenly see a way forward with these things that you were already aware of but were stuck on.

You’ll become better aware of what heals and nurtures you.

You’ll become better aware of what limits or poisons you.

Once you know that, move toward what is beneficial, and away from what is not.

Your heart will call to you. Your wise self will whisper to you. There is a place within you that always knows, and that will always guide you true.

All you need to do to work that out is tune in. Be still. And wait for the answers to come. As you slow down (even just for a few minutes each day) you begin to connect into your own intuitive wisdom, your own heart centre, your inner compass.

This week supports us to bring our lives back into balance and to do some physical and emotional spring cleaning.

It’s a great week for starting a new health regime, for cleaning up your diet, for getting your body moving again.

Get a massage.

Book in with a counsellor, a coach, a chiropractor, a therapist, your tax advisor or accountant.

What a beautiful week to help set us up in more balanced and healthy ways for 2017!

Supportive crystals this week? Citrine, Chrysocolla, Aventurine and Amethyst. Helpful essential oils? Young Living’s Clarity essential oil blend, or  a combination (or singly!) of any of basil, lemon, rosemary and geranium.

Let yourself move back to a place of hope and optimism this week. Know that you have the capacity to reinvent yourself and to follow your dreams.

Holding you, as always, in my thoughts, prayers and meditations.  All my love,

Nicole ❤ xx

The Energies of December – 2016

“Sometimes, you have to look back in order to understand the things that lie ahead.”
~ Yvonne Woon

 

Hello, Lovelies :)

December is here, and after the crazy ramped-up energies that were November things are shifting back to a slower gear!

December is a month for truly giving thought to who we are, where we’ve been, and where we want to go next.

After last month’s call to action, this month we’re being encouraged to find space and time for thinking, dreaming and planning. The energies of 2017 also begin to kick in around the 17th of December, and we’ll begin to feel an expansiveness and a sense of calm that’s been lacking all year.

 

Cards for the Month:

I’ve chosen two cards for December for you: one from the Osho Zen Tarot Deck, and one from Colette Baron-Reid’s Wisdom of the Oracle. Please note I don’t use these cards in the conventional way, but rather as a stimulus for channelled information.

Here is what I have received from each card:

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“I love the dark hours of my being.
My mind deepens into them.
There I can find, as in old letters,
the days of my life, already lived,
and held like a legend, and understood.”
~ Rainer Maria Rilke

“Can you remember who you were, before the world told you who you should be?”
~ Charles Bukowski

 

December brings the gifts of the Supermind.

This is the space we go into for deep reflection, learning and integration of those learnings so that we gain true wisdom. It’s a month of heightened emotional and psychic sensitivity, but from a place of being grounded and at peace in our hearts.

The quiet we find in our December meditations or walks in nature will help us to see our own courage and luminous beauty.

December allows us to radiate our own light into the world, from our hearts and our innermost truth. It’s an energy that helps us to give thanks for all we have experienced, and all we are becoming. It is also an energy of easily letting go of what no longer serves us, and of being able to embrace a braver vision for ourselves and this co-created life we are manifesting.

In December, even in the midst of busy-ness, we will benefit most by giving ourselves periods of true downtime, silence, rest and reflection.

 

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“Well, if one’s going to daydream, one might as well make it a good one, don’t you suppose?”
~ Danielle Paige

 

The second card I’ve chosen is Imagine. December is a month where we can finally move into flow with dreaming and planning what comes next for us. It’s a month where possibilities, grand schemes and crazy ideas can begin to move from mere concepts to grounded realities.

Even if you’ve found it hard to imagine a bigger life or a better life for yourself prior to now, you’ll find that this month – suddenly – it all starts to become easier. You’ll begin to see that connecting feelings with the images in your heart and mind is the missing ingredient. As you dream your future, add emotions to that mind-movie and you’ll turbo-charge your ability to believe in and commit to your dreams. Glimmers of manifestation will begin to sparkle on your horizon almost immediately.

It’s a month for emotional luxury and kindness directed towards the self at least as much as you direct kindness outwards from yourself.

Struggle to evoke feelings of self-love and the belief that you are worthy of positive change and good things showing up in your life? Try this simple activity. At regular intervals during your day (set a timer if you need to!), stop and have a mindful minute. In this minute begin by thinking of someone who you love. Build that love energy in your heart and then spill that feeling of connection, love and gratitude into the life around you. If you are at your desk have a love and appreciation for all of the items on your desk. If you’re out in nature, feel that love connection to nature. Wherever you are – office, grocery store, childcare centre, home, stuck in traffic – radiate love and gratitude out into the world and feel your connection to all things.

When we feel connected, we sit in flow and everything is possible. It is when we are in disconnect in our lives and with the world around us that we will struggle to visualise and to choose goals and dreams for ourselves that will stretch us and grow us.

December is a magical month for dreaming of what can be. It’s also a time to connect to our innermost desires and heart’s purpose. Thinking of making a vision board? December is a great month for this!

Make time for dreaming and planning this month, no matter how crazy your festive season might be.

 

Best crystals this month?

Labradorite and Larimar.

Labradorite is the mystic’s stone, and is a powerful stone for self-discovery. This stone enhances all meditation and spiritual practice. It’s one of my all-time favourite crystals, and I use one daily in my own morning meditations.

Larimar is a stone of serenity and wisdom, which connects us to the oceans without and to the oceans within. It encourages self-reflection and honest communication. It’s also incredibly soothing for jangled nerves and raw emotions.

 

Essential oils to support your journey?

Each of the following oils will work beautifully on their own for you this month, but they also make a delicious combination for diffusing. Sokli calls this her Calm and Centered Blend.  The essential oils you will find helpful in December are Ylang Ylang, Jasmine, Rose and Frankincense. Ylang Ylang calms and centres us, helping us to live from our hearts. Jasmine provokes a more positive outlook and builds feelings of self-confidence, joy and recognition of our own inner beauty. Rose removes emotional blocks and limitations to success and opens our heart to receiving. (If you don’t have Rose and Jasmine, substitute Bergamot.) Frankincense allows us to be divinely connected and in spiritual flow. To diffuse add 2 or three drops of each oil to your room or personal diffuser.  Young Living’s Clarity Blend will also work beautifully this month. You can find the oils here.

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Need some extra encouragement, support or inspiration?

Try these posts:

Magical Teacup Oracle – for a little cup of wisdom

Writing your Dream Home into existence – This post also has great info on how to make a Vision Board/Dream Board

Writing Yourself into Abundance – This post also has a fun money game for financial flow!

Do what makes your heart sing – Some ideas for tapping into more of what you want in your life

The Power of Positive Self-Talk – Tips for making a positive difference in how you see yourself and the wider world

 

December is a month for taking time for ourselves – so we can dream a little, plan a little, and reconnect with what matters most to us. It’s a powerful month for getting clear about where we’re headed in 2017.

Let this month be about you and your dreams! That’s the best Christmas gift you could possibly give yourself.

Sending all my love to you, Nicole ♥ xx

The Energies of July – 2016

Image from maariaelvira at flickr.com

Image from maariaelvira at flickr.com

“Do what you think is right. Don’t let people make the decision of right or wrong for you.”
~ Steve Maraboli

 

Hello, Lovelies :)

I apologise for this one being a little late, but I promise there is plenty of month left in which to apply all of this information.

July is here, and a it’s a big one! It’s a wonderful reminder of everything we’re becoming, and everything we are leaving behind.

Having said that, you may also experience some flatness or even a few rough emotional patches this month. Why? Because if we’re on the wrong path, or doing things for the wrong reasons, we’ll find that we just can’t keep going the way we did in the past.

 

Cards for the Month:

I’ve chosen two cards for July for you: one from the Osho Zen Tarot Deck, and one from Colette Baron-Reid’s Wisdom of the Oracle. Please note I don’t use these cards in the conventional way, but rather as a stimulus for channelled information.

Here is what I have received from each card:

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“Walk free from the long shadows cast by small people.”  ~ Fennel Hudson

 

It’s a big bittersweet call to action this month. We are being asked to simplify, and to be true to ourselves above all else. We need to clear space to think, to do, to be. It’s time to truly honour our own priorities, even if it ruffles a few feathers. Or worse.

What other people think of us? Less important that what we think of ourselves. Other people’s plans for us? Not important, compared to our plans for ourselves. People who take and never give back? We have no time for them in our lives right now. Or maybe… we’re done there.

July wants us to be really clear about what it is we’re doing, and why we are doing it. If you’re doing something to win approval, to seek fame, to please someone, then it’s likely that this month you’ll find yourself questioning why you made these choices, or why someone else is more important than you and your dreams. (Note: if you are working with my Year of ME Planner this may mean that you may really question or will want to modify your One Big Thing. Don’t be too hasty to change. Let yourself sit with it all and know that there is plenty of time for reflection. After your initial reactions you may also realise that your first choice was right after all!)

July also toughens us up. Not our hearts. Our hearts will stay open. But that practical, protective part of you will step up and protect – you! It’s a big month for standing up for yourself and your dreams.

This may also mean that the person you are standing up to is an outmoded version of yourself who is hell-bent on keeping you safe and stuck. Ouch. Growing hurts, sometimes. But it can hurt good too.

 

 

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“The thing about being catapulted into a whole new life–or at least, shoved up so hard against someone else’s life that you might as well have your face pressed against their window–is that it forces you to rethink your idea of who you are. Or how you might seem to other people.”
~ Jojo Moyes

 

The second card I’ve chosen is New Life. It’s a fabulous encouragement, and something to hold onto this month if things get a little bumpy.

We are truly beginning to know and value ourselves. We might not necessarily know what we want yet, but we’ll be beginning to be oh-so-clear about what we can’t keep doing and what we don’t want anymore. It’s a great month for stretching our wings and trying something new. It’s a great month for new directions and beginnings.

There is so much opportunity ahead of us, and so much potential within us. But we can’t do everything. We need to simplify and make our choices clear.

Pay attention to that last bit. We can’t do everything. Be a specialist to get things done and to get the results you need. No-one can be all things to all people. It also takes so much stress away when we narrow down our focus to a few specific areas or goals.

New Life also reminds us that it’s okay to try something new and then decide we don’t like it. That’s all part of the process of becoming clearer. Be deliberate and mindful this month. Give yourself time to think deeply, but also give yourself rest and integration time.

 

Best crystals this month?

Charoite and Amazonite.

Charoite is a great stone for releasing fears and stepping into the fullness of who we are. It heightens spiritual connection and helps us live from our soul, rather than our mind.

Amazonite is a sweet stone for speaking up, and for imbuing us with feelings of personal empowerment. It lends us courage and strengthens our ability to stand in our truth. Calming and comforting.

 

Essential oils to support your journey?

Each of the following oils will work beautifully on their own for you this month, but they also make a delicious combination for diffusing. The essential oils you will find helpful in July are Lavender, Lime and Rosemary. Lavender calms and centres us, Lime provides optimism and inspiration, and Rosemary allows us to be clear and focused in our thinking. To diffuse add 2 or three drops of each oil to your diffuser to create a blend for getting clear, letting go and moving on up! You can find the oils here.

Image from www.artfile.ru

Image from www.artfile.ru

 

Need some extra encouragement, support or inspiration?

Try these posts:

The Power of Positive Self Talk  –  Why speaking well to yourself changes everything, and some ideas to get you started.

Stop Fighting Your Lack of Flow – Stuck? Don’t even know where to start or how to begin? Can’t choose a direction? Start here.

Magical Leaf Oracle – Choose a Magical Leaf and receive a message just for you!

What to do if you can’t love yourself – 5 steps towards healing – Some positive and proven methods for getting your self-esteem and self-love back on track.

How to develop a conscious relationship with money – Tips for creating a positive and healthy relationship with money and allowing flow in your life.

 

July is the kind of month where your life direction can change forever, and where you can finally identify and begin to break free of whatever might have been holding you back. It’s worth grabbing hold of this energy with both hands!

Sending all my love to you, Nicole ♥ xx

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Stop Fighting Your Lack Of Flow

“I have come to accept the feeling of not knowing where I am going. And I have trained myself to love it. Because it is only when we are suspended in mid-air with no landing in sight, that we force our wings to unravel and alas begin our flight. And as we fly, we still may not know where we are going to. But the miracle is in the unfolding of the wings. You may not know where you’re going, but you know that so long as you spread your wings, the winds will carry you.”
~ C. JoyBell C.

 

Yesterday I blogged about that wonderful experience of universal flow and synchronicity, and about being on fire with an idea that I’m working on.

But perhaps I need to give you more context.

I’d had this idea much earlier in the year, and I worried about doing it because I wasn’t sure where my health would be. I worried about doing it because I didn’t know if I was biting off more than I could chew. I worried about doing it because I’ve never done it before, and just because I thought it was a good idea didn’t mean that it was. At that stage the idea was dancing with me, but it hadn’t grabbed hold of me.

And then, I put the idea down.

Why?

Someone on my team sat in a business meeting, looked me in the eye and said, “I don’t like it. You already have a lot on your plate and it’s not the program we’d agreed to.” They weren’t saying it to be mean. They had my back, and they could also see how much work I was already signed up to. Besides that, we’d spent weeks already discussing and working on something else. The thing I was supposed to be running with in 2016.

Did you catch that last thing I said? It was this…

I put the idea down.

That idea had come out of nowhere, and I already had a good plan. One my team and I had invested plenty of energy in. I decided to work the plan.

You know what happens next. I couldn’t let go of that idea. Finally, and irrationally, I decided that I HAD to run with it. Whether it failed or succeeded. Right as the timing came down to the wire. I ditched my other plan.

And of course, now everything is flowing and fast and fine. 🙂

 

When people come to me for a Life Direction Reading, I always think of our session together as me opening and then summarising the big book of their life. I look at their talents and gifts, the broad purpose of their life, their major lesson and obstacles, health and then specific information based on their current needs.

People sometimes come back to me for a top up reading. When they do, I am no longer focusing on the whole book of their life, because that big book is divided into many smaller chapters. I look at the chapter that person is in right now, and sometimes the one that will follow.

We do and learn things in each of these life chapters, and each of these chapters will have different themes. Just like in a book, if you’re reading the chapter about the car chase, and all you want is to find out if the hero gets the girl, you’re going to have to wait until the next chapter.

If it’s not happening, it doesn’t mean that it won’t. It usually means that it’s not the right timing. You’re not in the chapter that supports the thing you are trying to push towards. That’s okay. It just means you need to bring your focus to something else just now. It’s not you. The Universe isn’t against you. You’re just not in flow with this thing right now, for whatever reason.

So, with all of that background I’d like to answer two questions that came up from yesterday’s blog post.

 

When You Get Roadblocks

Q: Genevieve asked:

Lovely post Nicole I do have a question though. What if you keep getting sent roadblocks when trying to achieve something that you long for so deeply? Is this the Universe telling you to quit while your ahead? I think I’ve answered my own question but it puzzles me as to why I would want something that seems totally out of my reach.

A: Genevieve, if you have an idea and you long for it deeply, then don’t give up. I always see those roadblocks as a timing thing. Maybe you’re being held up because you need to rest or to heal first. Maybe there is some other important task that needs to be done. Maybe you’re not ready, and there are things to learn. Maybe the world isn’t ready yet. Don’t ever see it as a bad thing to have some big idea that seems totally out of reach. If it’s truly meant to be yours you won’t let go of that idea. You’ll keep playing with it and coming at it from different angles and thinking about it even when you’re not doing it, and then suddenly everything will line up (although not always in the ways you had expected or imagined) and you’ll be on your way.

Conversely, if it’s not meant to be yours you’ll fall out of love with it. Or there will be something that never sits quite right with you. There is a project I’ve been trying to get off the ground for seven years. Yep. Seven. I’ve laboured towards it. Poured money and time into it. And it just never comes together. On top of that, of it NEVER being easy, something about it has niggled at me. So, when my friend Bek said something to me the other night, I realised that I needed to put that project down, and build another one on top of one that is already alive and dynamic, instead of constantly trying to resurrect dead old bones! Were those seven years wasted? Not at all. It just took me that long to figure out who I really was, and where I wanted to be. 🙂

 

I’ve Got Nothing! The Plight of Being Directionless

Image from thewaitisover.ca

Image from thewaitisover.ca

Q: Jen asked:

I can’t work out what the universe is telling me Nicole ….lots of things I love I have had to put on hold ( study, exercise , pretty much life in general). I meditate, I blog, I have floated in the last couple of weeks – all things to help me to see where my path is going. I still have no idea ……

A: Usually, when we can’t get clear about a direction, but we’ve good with direction and decision-making previously, what we need to do is wait. But most of us aren’t good with waiting. We want to be productive and useful and efficient.

Jen, you’ve just been through a major life change. You’re not the person you were before. Things are different now. You are different now. Those old paradigms and ways of being don’t fit, which is why the answers aren’t coming easily.

Don’t force it. Instead, let it be an adventure. Get on with the day-to-day things, and with resting and healing. As your energy lifts, and your soul reorients itself, the way will start to open out in front of you. And I think it will surprise you and make total sense all at once. I know that there is a greater purpose unfolding in front of you. So, it’s a bit like being five months pregnant. No matter how much you want to hold that baby in your arms and know him or her, you have four months left to ‘cook’ before that can happen. Right now you’re in that gestation period too. Trust that it will come to an end, and you’ll find your clarity. To push for it to happen prematurely is no good for you, or for the ‘baby’.

 

Extra Bit: If you’re a person (this is not Jen!) who has never had clear answers or direction, then you need to work on knowing yourself and spending time with yourself. We are only ever lost when we don’t know who we are, and the only way we can know ourselves is to spend time thinking about what we like and don’t like, by finding supportive friends, family or teachers, and by going on a quest to find ourselves. Go type journal in the search bar of my blog and you’ll find lots and lots of free activities that can help you with this!

Image from www.ffpic.com

Image from www.ffpic.com

Journal Challenge Week 4 – August 23, 2015

This beautiful art by Amy Bremner at amybremnerdesigns.com

This beautiful art by Amy Bremner at amybremnerdesigns.com

“Happiness is the consequence of personal effort. You fight for it, strive for it, insist upon it, and sometimes even travel around the world looking for it. You have to participate relentlessly in the manifestations of your own blessings. And once you have achieved a state of happiness, you must never become lax about maintaining it. You must make a mighty effort to keep swimming upward into that happiness forever, to stay afloat on top of it.”
~ Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

 

Welcome to Week Four 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 August 23, has a creative freshness to it. There’s a sense of hope here, but also a real need for honest exploration of possibility.

So many times we say to ourselves, or others, I don’t know what I want…

But is that really true? I don’t think so. I believe the heart always knows what it wants. The problem is that we are taught to stop listening to those whispers and instead to make decisions based upon logic, duty, practicality, ability, finances, the needs of others, the need for approval, fear of failure, worrying about how we might be judged,  etc etc.

We get so lost in our heads that we can’t seem to hear those whispers anymore.

This week we’re being encouraged to tune back in. For some of us it will mean picking up the long-neglected threads of old ideas and dreams. For others it will be a chance to truly explore a current theme or idea that won’t leave us alone. And a few of us will find that when we get really quiet, and remove all the perceived obstacles, that our direction or passion was there all along, just waiting for us to notice it properly and give it our full attention.

Are you ready?

Let’s go!

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.
Image from tophdgallery.com

Image from tophdgallery.com

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.

I am encouraged by my own oracle card for this week. It fills me with hope, and helps me to keep plugging away at things that are important to me. I am also reminded to rest, and replenish, in order that my life and work be sustainable. Here’s the first part of this week’s journal:

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3. Week Four Journal Prompt

There are three prompts this week. You can choose any or all of them:

  1. Think back to a time in your life when it felt like things were just beginning, or opening out in front of you. A time when you were positive and felt good about things. Or at a time when you feel like you may have made a choice for all the wrong reasons. Use the following journal prompt: If I had my time over, starting from here I would… To help get yourself into that space, you might like to make a playlist of songs from that time period. Listening to them will help the flow of emotions and heart whispers.
  2. Imagine that you won lotto. Enough money that you would never have to work again. Enough money that all your needs could be met. Suddenly there would be no excuses. Just sit for a moment or two and think about it, as if it has really happened. In this place of financial freedom, what will you do? Where will you go? Then use this journal prompt to get started: Now that there is nothing stopping me, and I can get all the help and support I need, I’m going to…
  3. And this last challenge? Read on, and you’ll know if this is for you!  You have an idea that you can’t shake. Maybe in the middle of being a Dentist you start thinking of Art School. I mean REALLY thinking about Art School. You become a closet hoarder of Art School brochures, you haunt their on-line curriculum, and while you spend your days peering into people’s mouths, part of you is dreaming about how different your life could look. Or you wake up thinking about Peru. Of all places! Your whole life Peru hasn’t even been on the radar and now it’s everywhere. There are posters of Peru in the Travel Agent’s window, your friend lends you a book about Peru, there’s a show about it on the Discovery Channel. Your dreams are filled with llamas and Machu Picchu. You can’t explain why, but suddenly you have an overwhelming urge to go there.It’s known in my world as ‘The Call’. Maybe it’s God. Spirit. Angels. Your wise Higher Self. Guides. Your own heart… Whatever it is, it’s calling you, and it won’t let up.Art School. Peru. Walking across Spain. Entering that competition. Calling your friend from College all those years ago. That idea for the book/TV show/film/restaurant/rock band/charity/house makeover/epic adventure. You find the seed of a strange and unexpected idea inside you, that grows into something bigger.  It gets reflected back to you from all angles. Waking, sleeping and everything in-between – there it is. The Call.And in my experience, when you follow that Call, life begins to gift you all manner of support, synchronicity, helpful people and lucky breaks. If this is happening to you, use this prompt: It’s crazy, but I can’t stop thinking about  (insert whatever it is right here) and it’s making me realise that maybe…

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 matters to you.

You’ll know when you’ve written enough.

Here’s my beginnings. I expect to write quite a lot more as I explore these prompts during the week:

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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 <3 xx