Circles of Stones

“I live my life in growing orbits which move out over this wondrous world, I am circling around God, around ancient towers and I have been circling for a thousand years. And I still don’t know if I am an eagle or a storm or a great song.” 
~  Rainer Maria Rilke

 

Yesterday, one year ago, I was placing stones in a crystal grid under the magnolia tree in the back yard, in preparation for a retreat.

Strange then that I found myself making circles of stones again yesterday.

I made a grid to hold the stones we will use at my September meditation retreat, Temple of Light. (There are still a few places left if you’d like to join us, but be quick – it’s almost full. More details here.)

Crafting the grid  brought me to a place of deep peace. But I still felt as if something was undone within me.

Then, finally, I knew what I wanted to do.

I lost a friend this week – Justine – a woman who was a healer and a teacher, a woman full of love and light. Like a stone her loss weighed heavily within me.

Carefully I chose some crystals. I circled stones and then circled some more. I sang energy and love into them. I sang my sorrow and my grief. I laid stones to honour my friend’s journey. I made space to support her loved ones. I made space that connected my heart to hers.

This is what I know to be true…

The earth turns. The sun shines. The rain falls down. The night comes. My breath moves in and out of my body. The earth turns, the sun shines, the rain falls down, the night comes. We are born, we live a while and then we die.

I am reminded at every turn that our lives are precious gifts, loaned to us only for a while.

The best we can ever do is follow our hearts.

I’m holding space in my circle of stones for you today – that you find a path that supports you and lights you up, that you find a way to honour your own heart’s yearnings.

Thanks for sharing the journey with me. I’m glad to have you here beside me.

Nicole xoxo

 

Announcing Temple of Light Meditation Retreat 23 to 29 September, 2017

“The calm within the storm is where peace lives and breathes. It is not within perfect circumstances or a charmed life… it is not conditional. Peace is a sacred space within, it is the temple of our internal landscape. We are free to visit it, whenever we seek sanctuary. Underneath the chaos of everyday living, peace is patiently awaiting our discovery… go within.” 
~  Jaeda DeWalt

 

I’m excited to announce my next residential retreat – my Temple of Light ™ Shamanic Meditation Retreat, to be held at Sangsurya, Byron Bay from the 23rd to the 29th of September, 2017

This isn’t your ordinary meditation course. This retreat is essentially an opportunity to connect more deeply with your Soul Energy and Guides than you might ever have thought possible. Let me tell you more…

There is a very special meditation that I practice on a very regular basis. It’s not just a meditation, it’s a destination – and it’s one of the things that has most helped me to come into my own intuitive and psychic abilities, and that has enabled me to deal with health problems, pain and suffering when there was no other help available.

In Ancient cultures our transitions from childhood to puberty, and from puberty to adulthood were marked by ritual, ceremony and the exchange of information. The rituals were especially important for individuals with psychic awareness. These individuals were given specific training in meditation and energy techniques to help them to connect with and explore their abilities, to travel deep within themselves, and to move into connection with the spiritual realms.

A shamanic journey is a journey within. This sacred journey allows us to access a level of consciousness where we can more easily tune into intuitive and spiritual guidance. We learn to listen to our bodies. We learn to listen to our hearts. We learn to listen to our souls and our own inner wisdom. We learn to listen to the Earth, and to all that surrounds us.

On such a journey we often discover things deeply buried – all manner of gifts and longings and talents neglected. We are able to practice Soul Retrieval as we connect to the aspects of ourselves that have long been lost, shamed or shunned.
When we embark on a shamanic journey we gift ourselves space to become whole again, in flow again, and we experience growth and peace.

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This particular shamanic meditation technique arose from a gift I was given long ago – a fragment of a sacred meditation – and the result is one I have channelled, developed and tuned over decades. I call this meditation Temple of Light ™, and it is one of the most important practices in my life. It supports you no matter what your religion or spiritual beliefs. This simple meditation technique allows you to access an energetic destination which is multi-layered and that last you an entire lifetime in terms of the insights, wisdoms and developments that it will help you to manifest for yourself and others. That is what the Temple of Light ™ is all about. No matter what your current level of knowledge, spiritual connection or metaphysical ability, this technique will work for you.

2017 marks the first year of a brand new energetic era. In this new energy of communication, connection, clarity and collaboration I have updated this meditation significantly. I have also introduced some shamanic rituals that I have not felt to share for a very long time.

Over this six day immersive experience I will guide you through a series of meditation and self-reflection exercises designed to open you up to your wise and intuitive self, your Guides and energetic helpers, and the talents and gifts within you.

The Temple of Light ™’s energetically connected ‘rooms’ will provide you with a beautiful and sacred shamanic meditation template that will allow you to manifest immediate change in your life, and to rapidly accelerate both your personal and spiritual development. Whatever your interests, the Temple of Light ™ will provide you with what you need, customized to your own energy and purpose. It is a place of comfort and sanctuary, attuned to your exact personal needs.

If you are interested in developing psychic or metaphysical skills, creating healing energy, or gaining access to creative or financial flow, or if you’re stuck and don’t know how to move forward, this is the retreat for you. It is suitable for complete beginners and advanced practitioners too.

We have not yet advertised this retreat, but the demand is high and many places have already been filled from people who have been waiting since 2012 when I last ran this event.

Will one of the last places be for you?

To find out more email my wonderful PA, Dana Hartnell, directly at nicolecodyinfo@gmail.com and she’ll send you some more information and an Expression of Interest form. Please be patient. We are in school holidays right now and Dana is a work-from-home mum so don’t expect an immediate response, but I promise she will get to you just as soon as she can.

We look forward to having you join us for a very special and transformative experience.

Much love, Nicole <3 xoxo

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Learn to Channel in 2017!

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“I suspect everybody has a degree of psychic ability, just as a everybody has a degree of athletic or artistic ability. Some people have special gifts; other people have a particular interest that leads them to develop their abilities. But the phenomenon itself is ordinary and widespread.”
~ Michael Crichton, Travels

“Psychic power is the ability to download information directly from the Universe.”
~ Lada Ray

 

Have you ever wanted to learn to channel?

Have you always wanted to connect in to Universal Energy and Wisdom for counselling, healing, teaching, writing or energy work?

Do you feel a calling to spiritual service, or a need to explore your psychic gifts?

Are you going through a psychic awakening and don’t know what to do, or how to best access your gifts and talents?

Do you want to learn how to work more intuitively?

If your answer is yes, then my ‘Beginners Channelling Intensive’ Retreat is for you!

From 29 April to 4 May 2017, I’m hosting a residential retreat at Byron Bay, Australia, to teach you how to safely and easily tap into your own psychic and intuitive abilities.

In fact, this retreat is only part of the Intensive. There will be two weeks of simple preparatory exercises and an online course and forum before the retreat, and then there will be post-course exercises and teachings for the month following the course. This will you will come to the retreat ready to work and in the best possible space for your success. After the retreat I’ll help you integrate what we have learned and easing you back into life without losing your connection to all you have opened up to. I’ll be on hand to answer your questions, and to share the journey. During this entire time I will hold you in meditation twice a day.

Want to get a taste of what it’s like to attend one of my retreats? You might like to read this post and watch the video there.

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Channelling enables us to connect with our Higher Selves – helping us to live from a place of self-knowledge and self-acceptance. It helps us to connect with our authentic nature and our talents and gifts. This enables a much clearer understanding of ourselves and of a life path that will be meaningful to us. Channelling can also facilitate connection to Guides, Angels, those who have crossed over, other Light Beings, and Spirit.

When we channel we co-create with Source Energy, amplifying our own innate talents and gifts, and bringing through healing, insights, ideas and wisdom for the benefit of self and others. Effectively, when we move into a channelling space we step out of isolation and into a place of support, connection and flow. It’s a place where we can continue to evolve and grow as we move towards becoming the best possible version of ourselves for this lifetime.

Channelling has always been a natural progression of ability for Aware Souls.

 

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This Intensive Retreat is about helping you come back to your true soul-centre. It’s about getting you ready to do the work you came here to do, or advancing your existing work in the world.

On this course I’ll explain and demonstrate many different forms of channelling and intuitive work. And then I’ll teach them to you. This is also the first year where I will guide you through a deeply personal Vision Quest for this next chapter in your life to help you get clear about your Soul Path.

To attend this course you must feel ready in your heart to step into this place of deeper self-awareness and soul connection, and be prepared to follow where that path may lead. For some of you this will mean stepping into service in some new way. For some of you it will mean a deepening of your existing work or practice. And for some of you it will turn your life upside-down as you are shown paths and possibilities that are in better alignment with your soul energy, and which are very different to your current life.

This course will open your psychic channel and enable deep intuitive connection as a way of life. This doesn’t mean you’ll need to adopt a spiritual name, begin wearing tie-dye and start waving crystals around. It just means that it’s time for you to step into being your most authentic self. That path may simply be one of self-work and self-awareness. You may have a life path as a writer, an artist or a creator of policy. You may choose to work within business, in governance and the structure of our society, or shaping the future of our world. Or you may choose to work as a healer, a teacher, a guide and counselor for others. It is okay to not have clarity about your direction yet – what is important is your commitment to growth, and your desire to work in service to others or the wider world in some way. There will be time on this retreat for you to seek clarification and guidance about your next steps in life, and in service to others.

Throughout the retreat I will conduct channelled sessions with my own Guides to customise your learning experience. You’ll also be strongly connected into your Guides, a healing team, or whoever else is appropriate for your journey. This is only the beginning of a long and wonderful working relationship with the energetic realms. This retreat will help you commence and cement these energetic bonds.

You’ll also be gifted hand-chosen crystals, essential oils, and a range of other tools to help you with your journey. Our personal chef will be supporting us too, with delicious organic foods that are carefully chosen and lovingly prepared.

Please note that I will be screening all applicants to ensure that our workshop is a safe and supportive working space and that you will cope with the work we are about to do together. If you are not yet ready for such an immersive experience I will suggest alternatives to help you prepare for entry to the next course we run. The retreat is a hands-on course and numbers will be strictly limited.

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What we’ll cover on this Retreat:

  • What it really means to be a Lightworker
  • Learning to meditate to achieve ‘Zen Connection’
  • An introduction to channelling, the various energies and forms through which this connection can take place, and how individuals have used this energy in past and current times for good works and healing
  • Channelling demonstration with Nicole’s Guides, allowing you a fantastic opportunity for questions and answers
  • Vision Quest – A 17 hour period of deep, personal journey-making, guided by Nicole
  • Channelling healing and knowledge for ourselves
  • Connection to a new High Order Guide or a deepening of our existing connection
  • Accessing the Akashic Records for ourselves
  • Preparation for Channelling – Learn how to raise your auric vibration, energy levels and spiritual integrity so that you can channel effectively and safely. Nicole will discuss diet, sleep, right intent, meditation, prayer, and other forms of connection. She will also talk about the importance of spiritual and soul growth, and what this actually means for you. You will learn about the role of the Lightworker as a Channel, and the inherent responsibilities this entails.
  • Trance Channel – Learn how to Channel from a Trance state. This is the easiest form of energetic Channelling, but can also be the most unstable. You will find out how to safely “step out of the way” so that your body can be used as an energetic medium for other energy forms.
  • Channelled Writing, Thoughtforms and Art – learn how to open yourself up to Divine Connection and Partnership to facilitate the glorious energies of co-creation. This is truly what it means to be Divinely Inspired. Wonderful if you are considering writing, teaching and speaking for a living.
  • Conscious Channel – learn how to open to that state of working with full consciousness, so that you are present and able to guide the flow of information, ask questions, and stay actively involved in this process. This is a natural progression from Trance Channelling and is the form Nicole uses most often.
  • Awareness Channel – A more subtle form of channeling, this is the one most commonly used by Lightworkers in the service of others. This allows you to help others in a respectful and immediate way by working with Mediumship, Guides, Angels and Beings of Light. Learn the protocols and universal laws associated with this technique.
  • Merge-Form Channelling for working with objects and places
  • Channelled healing and energy work techniques for self and others
  • Techniques for giving professional energy and psychic readings for others

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How to Book:

To secure a place you must complete an expression of interest. Nicole will assess each application as to your readiness for this work. If at this time you are not ready, Nicole may suggest other courses to build your foundation skills and prepare you for working at this intensive level.

THERE ARE ALREADY ONLY A FEW PLACES LEFT ON THIS COURSE, AND THIS IS THE FIRST TIME WE ARE ADVERTISING IT! IF YOU WANT TO JOIN US YOU NEED TO LET US KNOW AS SOON AS YOU CAN.

Places are strictly limited to ensure the highest level of individual attention, so please contact us immediately by emailing Dana Hartnell directly at nicolecodyinfo@gmail.com to request your booking form. Or call us in Australia on +61 7 3256 0815 or 0438 438 775.

We look forward to sharing an incredible and life-changing journey with you.

Nicole’s other Retreats in 2017:

June 17 to 22 – Temple of Light Shamanic Meditation Retreat. Imagine that you could learn one simple meditation technique that would allow you to access an energetic destination which is multi-layered and will last you an entire lifetime in terms of the insights, wisdoms and developments that it will help you to manifest for yourself and others. That is what the Temple of Light ™ is all about. No matter what your current level of knowledge, spiritual connection or metaphysical ability, this technique will work for you. Over this six day immersive experience, Nicole will guide you through a series of meditation and self-reflection exercises designed to open you up to your pure nature, your Soul’s Truth, and the talents and gifts within you. The Temple of Light ™’s energetically connected ‘rooms’ will provide you with a beautiful and sacred shamanic template that will allow you to manifest immediate change in your life, and to rapidly accelerate both your personal and spiritual development. Whatever your interests, the
Temple of Light ™ will provide you with what you need, customised to your own energy and purpose.If you are interested in developing psychic or metaphysical skills, creating healing energy, or gaining access to creative or financial flow, this is the workshop for you.

November 25 to December 1 – Working with Crystals – Level 1. This will be the first time I have offered this as a residential course. An immersive and intensive experience where I will show you how to select, clear, charge and program crystals. I’ll show you how to use them for meditation and healing, to support the chakras, to support intuition and psychic awakening, as a channelling tool, for manifestation and for creating energetic spaces. I’ll also teach you the fundamentals of crystal gridding and crystal essence making, and how to choose crystals for others. Lots of meditation and energy work, lots of stones to take home, and lots and lots of fun!

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Sex, Drugs and Meditation – A journey to Self!

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“I said to my soul, be still and wait without hope, for hope would be hope for the wrong thing; wait without love, for love would be love of the wrong thing; there is yet faith, but the faith and the love are all in the waiting. Wait without thought, for you are not ready for thought: So the darkness shall be the light, and the stillness the dancing.” 
~ T.S. Eliot

I’ve just finished reading the most wonderful book. It’s called Sex, Drugs and Meditation – A Memoir, and it’s the debut title of Mary-Lou Stephens, an Australian writer.

Mary-Lou writes about the struggles she endures at a ten day Vipassana Meditation Retreat (for those of you who don’t know, this is a Buddhist practice of ten days of seated meditation and reflection done in complete silence). Ten days of silence and meditation is hard for anyone, but Mary-Lou is a radio host, a musician, and inveterate talker who has actively filled silence her whole life.

I love this book, because not only does Mary-Lou describe the journey that is Vipassana so well, she also takes us on the journey of her life; a life of great hardship. She’s had a crappy childhood, grown into a teenager and then an adult who makes poor relationship choices, self-medicates with drugs and alcohol, struggles with low self-esteem, grief and loss, and doesn’t trust herself as an artist.

All of this, as well as her self-sabotaging inner voice, is revisited during the ten days of her Vipassana retreat as Mary-Lou wrestles with the demons in her head.

This is Mary-Lou’s story, but it could well be yours or mine.  For anyone who has ever experienced self-doubt, whose inner voice has deemed them unworthy, who plays tapes of old outdated stories that have us judging our current circumstances not by what is, but by the patterns and beliefs held inside us, this book is for you.

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If you’ve attended a Vipassana meditation you’ll find yourself nodding and smiling and laughing out loud as you recognise yourself between the pages.  If you’ve ever contemplated attending a meditation retreat then read this book!

“One thing: you have to walk, and create the way by your walking; you will not find a ready-made path. It is not so cheap, to reach to the ultimate realization of truth. You will have to create the path by walking yourself; the path is not ready-made, lying there and waiting for you. It is just like the sky: the birds fly, but they don’t leave any footprints. You cannot follow them; there are no footprints left behind.” 
~ Osho

Sex, Drugs and Meditation had me engaged from the very first, and through its pages I found myself smiling, crying, and at times laughing out loud! It’s raw, honest, authentic, vulnerable and terribly brave.

Unlike Eat, Pray, Love the wildly popular and slightly self-indulgent book that defined this self-help ‘woman-goes-on-journey-of spiritual-self-discovery‘ genre, this book leaves you feeling that you can realistically make changes, undergo a journey of self-discovery, and find inner peace.

I won’t spoil the ending, but I will say that when you let go of your story and embrace self-acceptance, it’s amazing how life can change for the better in a heartbeat.

Bravo, Mary-Lou Stephens! Your book is uplifting and wise, and gives hope to us all that we can find a place of peace and forgiveness within us, accept and love ourselves, and open up to the love and goodness available to us here in our ordinary lives.

You can find Mary-Lou’s book at all good book stores, or online at:

Pan Macmillan – book or ebook, shipped worldwide

Amazon – for the kindle edition

* Note: This is not a paid endorsement and I won’t get a brass razoo if you buy Mary-Lou’s book.  I just think it’s a great read with an important message, and I’m into supporting Australian Authors.

One Small Bead to Connect Me…

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Today is the last day of my shamanic meditation retreat. Just over a month ago I chose a bead to represent each person who would attend the course. Then I began to string the beads into a Mala for meditation. A bead for each of my students, and then enough smaller beads to make a total of 108.

After the Mala was complete I prayed with it, blessed it and placed it in my crystal grid to charge up. When it was ready I began my work.

Each morning I would hold my Mala beads. As I moved each bead between my fingers I would affirm a mantra. As I got to a bead representing a student I would send them love, light and healing, tuning in to what was most needed to prepare them for our work together.

Again each evening I would meditate with my Mala. Soon I could just hold the bead and think ‘Satisha’, ‘Monique’, ‘Karen’…

This morning I prayed my Mala for the final time. The retreat ends today, and my students go back out into the world.

Symbolically, I have undone the Mala. I feel quite sad to do so – like a parent whose much-loved child is leaving home.

This week I will turn each bead into a pendant so that I can return them to the students as a gift. There is so much love and good energy invested in those beads now.

So even though they will no longer be under my direct care, they will still have a piece of my heart…