“Through my love for you, I want to express my love for the whole cosmos, the whole of humanity, and all beings. By living with you, I want to learn to love everyone and all species. If I succeed in loving you, I will be able to love everyone and all species on Earth… This is the real message of love.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh
Meditation is the cornerstone of my life. It is the first thing I do when I wake up each morning. It is the last thing I do before I go to bed.
I don’t just meditate to find stillness and peace. I also use meditation for shamanic and mystical work. I use it to connect with and help my students, I use it to access healing, and to share and support energies.
This week I’m working on some very specific areas for emotional and spiritual healing that may also have an impact on physical well-being too.
For the next few days I am focusing on supporting you to move through and begin to resolve feelings of loss, fear, anxiety, overwhelm, emotional isolation and powerlessness. My aim is to find the places where emotion has become stuck inside you, causing you to become out of alignment. I am also looking for the old stories, traumas and memories which are subconsciously shaping you in opposition to your soul’s true nature. In my meditations I will dissolve these outmoded energies and stories, returning them to love and releasing their patterns from your energetic field.
As your energy comes back into alignment with your true nature, your vibration will rise and you will be more easily able to express yourself creatively and emotionally. It will increase your sense of self-awareness and self-trust.
I meditate twice a day, morning and evening. I also connect with some people during my night-flying practices. If you’d like me to include you or a loved one specifically in my meditations just let me know in the comments below. And, of course, I love getting feedback about anything you notice as a result of my meditations.
“We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.”
~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
We’re deep into our inner work, here at retreat. The shifts for my students and myself have already been profound, and there is so much more to come.
Yesterday we worked with the energy of our Higher Self.
Today we’ll be connecting in with a Guide, Angel or other energetic being who can help us to understand ourselves, and provide insights and answers to our current situations.
The Universe only ever speaks to us through love. Sometimes that might be tough love, as we face up to something we’ve been avoiding or some truth we didn’t want to hear. But the guidance will always be encouraging, supportive and kind. It also offers us new perspectives and an opportunity to see situations from a different angle.
Our Guides and Angels are always with us. Sometimes we may know that they are here because of a feeling of peace or enveloping love that comes over us. Some people who are quite energetically sensitive may even feel gooseflesh, the sense of a breeze or gentle touch on their skin, or have the experience of curtains moving gently or a candle flickering in a room where the windows are closed tight.
I’ve recorded a short guided meditation for you, to help you connect to one of your Guides or Angels.
Stay open after the meditation. Pay attention throughout the day. Trust the your Guide or Angel will do all they can to help you know that they are here and with you, and that they love you.
To complete today’s activity in our mini-retreat you’ll need
A crystal or stone you can hold comfortably in your hand (you can choose a different one to yesterday if you wish!)
Some pens and pencils
A deck of your favourite oracle or tarot cards that you have chosen just because you love their pictures.
A little time set aside just for you. The meditation requires 10 minutes and you’ll need at least another ten for journalling. If you have the luxury, allow an hour. Take more time if you have it, and are ready for a big dose of love and guidance.
Guided Meditation for Connecting with Your Spiritual Guide
To do the meditation, hold your chosen crystal, and then sit or lie comfortably, close your eyes, and follow along to the sound of my voice:
Journal and Card Activity
Hold the stone that you used in meditation while you work with your cards and journal. It will help you to maintain a strong energetic connection to your Guide or Angel.
Use your time to explore the following questions in your journal. Write the question at the top of the page, and then close your eyes for a moment, and feel back into your connection with your Guide or Angel. Feel the incredible unconditional love, acceptance and guidance that is available to you. Then open your eyes and write your response.
*Important – make sure that when you finish writing your answer, leave space to write one more response below. Give yourself half a page or a full page if possible.
The questions to ask are:
How can I love myself better right now?
What activities will bring me joy and happiness?
Which relationships in my life are supportive of me?
Where can I best express my talents and gifts?
How can I improve my financial security?
What do I most need to know right now?
Write as much or as little as you need. You may feel like you are making it all up. That’s okay. Keep writing. Trust the process.
Using your Oracle or Tarot Cards
When you have finished journalling, take your cards, offer up a small prayer that whatever you do be for your Highest Good, and then shuffle the deck, asking that your Guide or Angel continue to guide you.
Now go back to the first question. Read the question again, but not your first response.
Shuffle the deck again, asking your Guide or Angel What else do I need to see in relation to this question?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 crystal 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! Trust the guidance of your Angel or Guide. 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. You may want to use a different coloured pen for this part. I know, you might still 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.
If you need to, draw up to five cards to gain further insight and clarity for this situation.
Then move to the next question and repeat the process.
Gift yourself this important time of connection and reflection today, and if you can, spend some quiet time outside in nature. Silence helps us to consolidate changes and integrates the energetic shifts we are experiencing.
Tomorrow we’ll be doing more focus work and planning for our mini-retreat, so stay tuned because there is more to come.
Thinking of you all, and sending so much love to you from our retreat, Nicole xoxo