Calling All Lightworkers – Breathe in Pain, Breathe out Peace

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“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”
― Martin Luther King Jr

 

Have you been feeling unsettled or agitated? Have you felt overwhelmed with world events or climactic ones? Are there problems closer to home causing you distress?

At times it is easy to feel small and insignificant – unable to help when all we feel in our hearts is an urge to try. Whether it is pain and illness in our family, or troubles within the environment or the wider world, we can often feel powerless to do anything meaningful.

But there is something we can do. Meditate!

Right now, one of the most helpful things that you can do as a Lightworker is to anchor love, light and positive intent in the world.

Tonglen is Tibetan for ‘giving and receiving’ and it is a beautiful and simple meditation practice than anyone can do, with no experience.  What matters is your intent.

Sit or lie quietly, and close your eyes. I like to sit with my spine straight, and my hands together in my lap, thumb tips pressed lightly together. If I’m lying in bed, I lie on my back with my hands crossed together over my heart. Try to sit if you can, but for those of you unwell or unable to do so, a prone meditation practice will still work.

Start by imagining someone who you want to help. It might be a friend with depression.  You breathe in the heaviness of their energy and suffering and breathe out joy and peace, or whatever other energy you feel would bring them comfort.

All you ever have to do is ‘breathe in’ the condition, emotion or suffering of another, making room for healing and comfort within them.  Then ‘breathe out’ positive energy, love and light to fill the space you have created.

The suffering of others is also our own suffering, so this meditation can help us as we endeavour to help others.  If you are in pain, breathe in your own pain and also the pain of everyone who is suffering from your affliction.  Breathe out relief to everyone, in whatever form feels most right to you.

Do not worry that the things you breathe in will become a part of you, further weighing you down. As you breathe in suffering it is transmuted back into light, and it dissipates harmlessly.

Sometimes you may not even have a word for what you are breathing it – it will simply be a feeling, a weightiness, a blackness or even a void.  Breathe out hope, lightness, joy and well-being.  Breathe out ease.

At times when we don’t know what else to do, this suffices. As you bring peace to others, you bring it also to yourself.  It is a very soothing and calming practice.  You don’t need to belong to any particular religion, or follow any particular spiritual philosophy.  This simple practice merely acknowledges that we are all human, all connected, and all the same – no matter who we are, or where we come from.

His Holiness, the Dalai Lama says of Tonglen:

“Whether this meditation really helps others or not, it gives me peace of mind. Then I can be more effective, and the benefit is immense.”

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In addition to meditation, here are some simple additional things you might like to try:

  • Treat yourself kindly and with care. Get enough sleep, eat well, and find things to be grateful for in your daily life.
  • Reach out to others with a spirit of friendship and compassion.
  • Spend time in nature, resting and reinvigorating your soul.
  • Don’t contribute to gossip, hurtful or negative talk, or sharing negative views or images on social media.
  • Spend time with your loved ones, and enjoy the company of your family and friends. Laugh together, and make good memories.
  • Read uplifting and nourishing books – both fiction and non-fiction.
  • Grow food or flowers.
  • Use your shopping dollars to support products, services and enterprises who contribute positively and responsibly to the environment and community.
  • Speak kindly to yourself and others.
  • Choose to remain positive and optimistic about the future. Anchor that energy of hope. Be inspirational to those around you.
  • Live life lovingly and to the best of your ability.
  • Follow your own joy. Create, dream, travel, start the project or business you’ve been thinking about for so long, connect, be yourself, learn something new, teach something you know, be the change.
  • Know that your life matters, your ideas matter, you matter!

Together, we can make a difference. Together, we might just change the world.

Sending so much love to you.

Thanks for sharing the journey with me!

Nicole ❤ xoxo

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The Week Ahead – Monday Oracle for Monday 26 December

 

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“God speaks to us every day only we don’t know how to listen.”
~ Mahatma Gandhi

“Open your mind and let the universe speak to you.”
~ Bangambiki Habyarimana

 

Hello, Lovelies!

Here’s the oracle card I have chosen this Monday, the last one for 2016, and my take on the energetic outlook for the week ahead.

‘Inner Voice’ is from the Osho Zen Tarot deck. It’s a reassuring and very supportive card for the days ahead.

This week we still require lots of quiet time. December is a time for reflection, and for sitting in the Supermind. This month we’ve been encouraged to truly give thought to who we are, where we’ve been, and where we want to go next. As 2016 draws to a close we’re reminded of the value of reflecting on the year that has been, and what that has meant for us.

What will we do differently in 2017?

What will we do more of?

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Image from www.699pic.com

We don’t need to have all the answers. In fact, it’s best if we don’t overthink it. Instead, rest will help us to get clear. Naps will work magic. Walks in the park, dips in the ocean, communing with old trees, cups of tea in the bright fresh air – all of that will help.

This week, stay open.

Be open to the messages that find their way to us in dreams and via journalling. Be open to the wisdom and certainty that visits us in meditation.

Be open to the messages that call to us from books and song lyrics, from signs and sudden thought-bombs and the wisdoms that tumble out of the mouths of friends or strangers.

Stay open.

Let yourself dwell in the possibility of new hope, new directions, answers, breakthroughs and dawning clarity.

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Image from www.encircled.ca

This week is also a beautiful week for planning the year ahead as we reflect on what has been, and where we want to go next.

Need help with that?

Go grab one of my Year of ME Planners over at my SHOP. (ME stands for Manifesting Energies, and the energies of 2017 are fabulous!) This digital full-year planner can be in your inbox in minutes, ready for you to review 2016 and begin mapping out what matters for you as we enter 2017.

Need bigger support? Join my Year of ME 12 month course and community for a whole year of deliciousness – with webinars, meditations and loads of activities and helpful tools and the most fantastic online facebook group. You’ll feel right at home with us!

If you are looking to start or grow a business I’ve got planning tools for that too, as well as a course and community, and a few limited spots left for personal mentoring and coaching with me/

All the information you need is over at 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?

 

Supportive crystals this week? Labradorite, Clear Quartz, Fluorite and Selenite. Helpful essential oils? Young Living’s Clarity essential oil blend, or  a combination (or singly!) of any of rosemary, orange, lavender and cedarwood.

 

Want to be included in my crystal grid and my new moon meditation to help you reach your highest potential? Find out more and add your name here. (If you’ve already asked to be added, I have you in there already – no need to ask again, although you are welcome to add other names still.) There is also an instruction sheet in the Free Stuff area in my shop that will help you to create your own crystal grid. I’d love to have you join me in creating and anchoring this energy for 2017!

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Be kind to yourself this week, and give yourself the rest and space you need.

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

Nicole ❤ xx

 

Join Me In Sending Love and Light to Close Out 2016 and Welcome In 2017

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“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”
~ Mahatma Gandhi

“Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”
~ Barack Obama

“They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.”
~ Andy Warhol

 

Here on our farm I’ve made a special healing grid for us,to help close out the energies of 2016 and all of the years before that which were the previous energetic era – the one that stretched all the way back to before the time of Christ.

It’s also to welcome in the new energetic era, and the fresh bright energies of 2017, which actually show up and begin to have an early influence from today – December 17, 2016.

This crystal grid began in a humble way, anchored by an Aboriginal stone club head representing masculine energy, and a selenite fish tail representing feminine energy. Both of those stones were ringed by Cockatoo Dreaming beads (painted seeds). Within that ring were tumbled clear quartz and ruby in fuschite.

Extending out from the beads were a ring of chevron amethyst. Beyond that, natural quartz generator points, tumbled quartz and black tourmaline.

That was the foundation of the grid.

 

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I created the grid for energetic support for us as we shift from the old energy into the new. For support from our ancestors and guides as we shift old family patterns and beliefs that no longer serve us. As we pattern-break for ourselves and our loved ones.

I created this grid to help our feet find our souls’ own songlines so that we can become part of this great shift of consciousness by being who we came here to be, and doing what we came here to do as we move into 2017 and this dawning new energetic era.

The grid is anchored too by the energy of an ancient Crow’s Ash tree, whose boughs the grid sits beneath. Can you feel the energy of this gracious and wise old tree when you tune in to the grid?

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Now I have added so many more stones to this grid. Each stone stands for a person, and their family line. Each stone has been chosen and held by me, as I say that person’s name and offer a prayer of dedication that all that no longer serves be cleared from their family line, returning their family to a place of love, flow and abundance. I have asked that this person find their path, and live the life that is their highest potential.

There are over 600 stones in the grid now. 600 people, radiating love and positive shift to so many more.

I will be adding more stones to this grid until 12pm on Tuesday 27th December, 2016. (That’s Sydney, Australia time) If you’d like to add your name, please let me know in the comments below.

If you’ve already asked there is no need to ask again. I have you.

There’s another way you can help. You can make your own grid. For details go to the Free Stuff section in my shop, and select the Ancestral Healing Grid Instructions. (And be aware that it may take an hour or so for the information to be emailed after selection of this option.) It’s easy to do, even if you’ve never done something like this before.

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One of our readers, Anke Szillat, also asked if I could add a focus stone to the grid, so that you could focus on that crystal and pour your love into it, to be shared with all other beings as the grid radiates out its energies.

It was such a beautiful suggestion (Thank you, Anke!) so I reworked the grid yesterday to include a massive raw rose quartz crystal as our point of focus. If you think of that stone and send love and light to that stone, or perhaps energetically link that stone to a stone or grid of your own it will help to activate and anchor points of love and light all over the world.

You’ll see the big rose quartz in the photo above. The grid has already changed since we took these pictures, but I’ve been too busy programming and dedicating stones to upload any more yet. I promise to do so in the coming days, including pictures of the rocks I’ve chosen for each person in the grid (with pictures taken of smaller grids and your names added beneath. Check out my Cauldrons and Cupcakes page on Facebook or Instagram for more updates.)

Until the 27th I will add more stones to the grid. The stones will sit under the sky, and be supported by the sun, the moon and stars, the rain and the wind, the good earth and all of the ancient trees. It will be supported by my twice-daily meditations, and by your own thoughts, intentions, meditations and well-wishes.

On the evening of 29 December, 2016, at 8pm Sydney time I will sit in meditation with the grid, to open you up to your highest potential for this lifetime. In this meditation I will ask the Universe, your Guides and Ancestors to help you to find your songline (this is your own personal calling or highest purpose) and soul path in 2017. I will ask that you be given every guidance to help you to make the best choices for yourself and your highest good. I will ask that you be guided to do all that you came here to do, and to be all that you came here to be. I will sit in meditation and hold space for us, our planet, and our unfolding future.

Join me, from wherever you are, any time on the evening of 29 December if you feel to. I’d be so humbled and honoured to have your energy and intention in support with mine. Let’s be the change. Let’s anchor this positive new energy. Let’s create the shift in consciousness in ourselves, and in the healing of our lives, our families and communities.

Thank you, and much love, Nicole ❤ xoxo

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The Week Ahead – Oracle Reading for Monday 21 November

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“Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.”
~ Dalai Lama XIV

“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.”
~ Leo Buscaglia

 

Hello, Friends!

Welcome to the fourth week of these awesome November energies.

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

‘The Lovers’ is from the Osho Zen Tarot deck, and the powerful message of this card is that love is what is needed right now.

On the most personal of notes, this is a week that encourages you to reconnect with your partner – as lovers, as friends, as confidants. Not many people talk about how much work actually goes into successful relationships. Partnerships are gardens that require regular attention. There is ample opportunity to rekindle the magic and to rediscover what first created sparks and joy between you. It’s a week for forgiveness, for acceptance, and for celebration of your shared history.

If there’s love still there, but you’ve lost your way, or forgotten how to connect and communicate, seek help to get you both back on track and travelling forward together.

Mostly, what relationships need is time spent together. How can you do more of that this week?

In a relationship that’s fresh and new? You will find ways to deepen your understanding of and commitment to each other in the days ahead.

Those of you who are trapped in relationships that are past their use-by date, that are deeply unhealthy, broken, or finished in all but the leaving, will find that this week facilitates decisions to put yourself back out into the flow of life on your own again. The ending of 2016, and the finalisation of this old, old energetic era we’ve been in is the perfect time for freeing yourself up if your relationship no longer serves you.

If you’re single and looking for love, well… magic is in the air. ❤

Above all, this week – love yourself! Don’t wait for someone else to do that for you. Nourish yourself with self-care, kindness and compassion.

Love is an emotion that extends far beyond the sexual, or the intimacy of a partnership. Love is always bigger than that…

This week you’re called to reach out to those you care about – family, friends, neighbours, community – and let them know that you care, let them feel the warmth of that connection, and the reassurance that comes from knowing that their life matters to someone. You can do this in so many ways: a hug, a shared meal, a chat over coffee, a phone call or connection via social media or email, an act of kindness, volunteering time or money, writing letters on behalf of those with no voice, adopting a shelter animal, making a donation, joining a group that does good in the world.

 

Many people have contacted me after my recent post about sensitive and empathic souls and the current energies of upheaval that are affecting us.

I understand that many sensitive souls are having a difficult time right now, and are engulfed with fear, frustration and deep despair around world events.

This week we are reminded that there is always something we can do.

This week we’re encouraged to send love out into the world, and to direct love back to ourselves. Love fills and heals the dark wounds and uncertain spaces caused by fear and hate.

How do we move the world back from the tipping point of divisiveness? Love. Kindness. Compassion. Forgiveness. Inclusion.

Living from our hearts, meditating and sending love into the world, using prayer and visualisation, all of these things help.

 

When we come from a place of love we don’t talk badly of others, or spread gossip or perpetuate stories that feed the energies of uncertainty and fear.

What the world needs now is not more darkness and argument. We don’t need more violent thoughts or deeds. We need love. We need lifting up. We need kindness. We need laughter. We need understanding and coming together.

We need gratitude for what is good in our lives.

We need to place our focus on what we want, and what is good, rather than devoting any energy at all to the things we don’t want.

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This image by my lovely friend Suzie Cheel over at www.suziecheel.com

Supportive crystals for the days ahead? So many to choose from! Rose Quartz, rhodonite, citrine, mookaite jasper, lapis lazuli and malachite.  Helpful essential oils? Young Living’s Joy essential oil blend, or  a combination (or singly!) of any of neroli, rose, ylang ylang and sandalwood.

Wishing you a wonderful week and holding you, as always, in my thoughts, prayers and meditations. You matter to me. I love you.

Nicole❤ xx

 

Here are some simple guided meditations you may find useful this week:

Loving-Kindness Meditation

Forgiveness Meditation and Journalling Activity

Meditation to ease suffering in self and others

Simple Three Minute Meditation using Essential Oils

Guided Meditation for Heart Healing

Tibetan Singing Bowl Healing Meditation

Guided Meditation for Panic, Anxiety and Fear

Create A Foundation Of Spiritual Habits – Workshop

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“You can’t make yourself feel positive, but you can choose how to act, and if you choose right, it builds your confidence.”
~ Julien Smith, The Flinch

“Your beliefs become your thoughts,
Your thoughts become your words,
Your words become your actions,
Your actions become your habits,
Your habits become your values,
Your values become your destiny.”
~ Mahatma Gandhi

 

One of the things that has been most useful in developing my psychic and intuitive abilities has been my daily spiritual practice. Each morning when I wake up I take my Medicine Bag – a bag filled with the tools I use in my morning meditations and rituals – and I sit myself somewhere to quietly greet the day.

I light a candle and some incense, I choose a crystal, I sit in meditation, after which I use a deck of oracle or tarot cards to pull one card for the day and reflect on its meaning for me. Then I write any insights in my journal. This might take me five minutes on the busiest of days, or up to an hour when I have time to go deeply into my practice.

Because all my tools are in a small bag I can take that bag everywhere with me, and I do. I have visited friends, taken business trips, gone on holidays and still carried out my daily routine. My Medicine Bag has travelled Australia, crossed the oceans, and been my companion as I have roamed the world.

No matter where I am, I am anchored by ritual and daily practice. And when the world feels particularly crazy and hard to navigate, this daily practice becomes a place for essential grounding and centering as I find my way back to my heart and to that place of love that is deep connection with spirit.

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Candles by Dilara at Our Earth’s Magic

On Saturday 26 November I’ll be teaching a hands-on workshop, showing you how to create and customise your own Medicine Bag. I’ll show you how to decorate and personalise a plain bag, to infuse it with your energies and intentions.

Then we’ll fill the bag with tools, and I will show you how to use them.

You’ll be given a beautiful hand-crafted candle and your own incense.

You’ll be given a crystal, hand-chosen for you by me.

You’ll be given a journal and shown how to dedicate this journal to your journey-work.

You’ll be taught some simple meditations.

I’ll connect you with your Guides through meditation – and then send you the meditation as an MP3 when the workshop concludes.

I’ll show you how to work with tarot and oracle cards to do a simple intuitive reading for yourself, and how to reflect on this reading within your journal.

I’ll show you a range of different meditation practices using singing bowls, singing bells, mala beads and mantras.

You’ll go home with your own Medicine Bag – ready to begin your spiritual journey with your own toolkit and foundation skills.

This Brisbane workshop runs from 1pm to 4pm on Saturday 26 November. It still has just a few spaces left, but they will book up fast so please let us know if you’d like to join us. Afternoon tea will  be served. Suitable for beginners and advanced practitioners. This workshop is open to adults and children aged 15 and up.

Cost: $240 for workshop, Medicine Bag and Tools – Please RSVP to Dana at nicolecodyinfo@gmail.com

Note: If you’d like to experience a full day working with Nicole, you can also attend the morning workshop at a discounted rate of $80, making the total cost for both workshops $320. Details of morning workshop below.

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Make Your Own Talisman and Healing Beads – Morning Workshop – Saturday 26 November from 10am to 12pm  Just a few places left!

A Talisman is a small spiritual object which has been made with love and infused with specific energies to help attract or achieve a certain outcome. I was taught variously how to make Talismans by one of my Aboriginal Aunties, by a Native American Medicine Woman and also by a friend’s grandmother, who came from a long line of traditional healers in her culture (which is also the culture of my own ancestors).

In this workshop I will show you how to make a Talisman so that it is infused with energy, purpose and intent. I will show you how to ‘sing’ your beads into harmony with an energy or outcome.

Talisman making is a sacred act of focus and devotion for yourself or someone you care about. There will be many materials for you to choose from, but I also encourage you to bring something of your own – such as a charm, small image, feather, crystal or shell, if it has a special significance.

Healing Beads are beads that can be held or worn and which hold energies specific to your well-being. They can be used to focus on any issue or area of health and well-being for yourself or a loved one.

You will make and take home a hand-crafted Talisman and a set of Healing Beads. All materials and information will be provided. Morning tea will also be served. Suitable for beginners and advanced practitioners. This workshop is open to adults and children aged 15 and up.

Cost: $120  – Please RSVP to Dana at nicolecodyinfo@gmail.com 

Can’t get to Brisbane? Contact Dana and ask to be put on our online workshops mailing list – as both of these courses will go online in early 2017.

 

Additional Brisbane Events You’ll Love ❤

Pop Up Shop:

Friday 25 November from 3pm to 6.30pm and Saturday 26 November from 10am to 4pm. Come along and have a cup of tea with us while you view my beautiful range of hand-chosen crystals, singing bowls, oracle and tarot cards, prayer shawls and pashminas, crystal jewellery, candles, incense, journals, crystal jewelry and much more.

I will be on hand on Friday to answer all of your questions, and to give advice on the selection and use of crystals, and I’ll be there in the breaks from my workshops on Saturday too. Come grab a hug, a cuppa and some lovely things! Great gift ideas for Christmas, and I’ll have some very special stones from my personal collection as well!

No need to RSVP for the Pop Up Shop – just turn up and say hi. We’d love to see you.

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All my crystals are chosen by me, and then their meanings are channelled. Very special stones!

 

An Evening of Channelling With Nicole:

Friday 25 November from 7pm to 9pm. Come along and meet some of my guides. They will share information about a range of topics, as well as answering questions from the audience. I rarely conduct channelling sessions outside my retreats, so this is a very special offering. No – I won’t be talking to dead people. But I promise my guides are wonderful, with such helpful information for you, and all kinds of useful insights, that you’ll be glad you came.

These nights are always entertaining, educational and often very enlightening. Each attendee will receive a small gift from Sokli (my fairy friend) and me. Please bring a plate to share afterwards for supper. Tea and coffee will be provided.

Cost: $35 – Please RSVP to Dana at nicolecodyinfo@gmail.com

Nicole Cody

Medicine For The Soul

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Polychrome Jasper Heart in earth, sea and sky colours – from my own collection!

“Put ‘im in your bag. Dis lil stone, dis leaf, dis feather. Dem all medicines for you. Your special tings dat make your heart glad. Make your soul remember. Dat good for you. Proper medicine.”

~ Aunty

 

This morning, very early, I woke with a heavy heart. I felt the weight upon it of world events. Of a friend I know who is about to be given devastating health news. Of another friend who is finally reaping the legacy of a genetic illness which is ramping up to destroy life as he has known it.

Those feelings were so big that I could hardly get out of bed. But I did, and I grabbed my Medicine Bag and then sat on cushions on the floor of my lounge room in the quiet pre-dawn.

I lit a candle, listening to the scratch of the matchtip on the rough box end, and then the sudden hiss and flare of the flame. I lit a stick of incense. I spread a cloth on the floor in front of me.

From my bag I took my singing bowl and placed it on the cloth. My mala beads went there too. From my bag I took a few favourite crystals. I held the stones for a moment and then placed them on the cloth. Then I took up the singing bowl and settled into meditation.

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I let each wave of sound radiate love out into the world. Peace. Calm. Hope. Unity. Love. I breathed this energy in and out. I travelled it with the waves of sound and with my intent.

I sent healing to my friends and their families and carers. And to mine. I sent healing and love to each of you.

I offered up my prayers.

I meditated until a profound peace and reconnection to love was all that I could feel, then returned the bowl to the floor.

I sat a little more in this energy of peace and love, and then reached into my bag for my cards. The room was light enough to see now. I drew a card for the day (these cards are so old and worn and dear to me that I need only hazily glimpse the picture for it to be clear in my mind) and reflected on the meaning for me.

I wrote in my journal.

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I sat awhile with one of my crystals. I packed everything back into my bag, ready for tomorrow, or whenever else I may need these tools again.

And then I got up, refreshed in body and spirit, put the kettle on, and began my day.

That is what my Medicine Bag does for me. Within it is a physical space, a spiritual space, a healing space – which I can unpack and use at any time.

The ritual connects me to my Aboriginal Aunties, to my Grandmothers and to myself. It centers me in love. It reminds me to live from love, and from my heart, no matter what is happening in the wider world. It gifts me guidance and perspective. It brings me back to what matters when my mind has run away with its worries.

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On Saturday 26 November I’ll be running an afternoon workshop in Brisbane to teach you how to create your own Medicine Bag. I will give you the basic spiritual foundation practices to use this bag the way I use my own.

I will also cover the practices and tools that can help you to develop a regular spiritual practice and strengthen your intuitive and psychic ability. We will look at the fundamentals of working with crystals, connecting with your guides, simple meditation techniques, using oracle and tarot cards to give yourself an intuitive reading, and some foundation metaphysical principles for raising your vibration. These are all the things I used at the beginning of my own journey, and that have led me to where I am today.

There are just a few places left – more details here.

Online Option: If you’re not able to attend, but would like to learn how to craft and use your own Medicine Bag, please contact Dana, my wonderful PA at nicolecodyinfo@gmail.com and ask to be put on our Medicine Bag mailing list. I’m currently putting this together as an online course with an optional materials package (of the things we will be using in our physical workshop). We’ll let you know as soon as the course is available, and those of you on our list will get a special discount!

Here’s a sneak peek of some of our Medicine Bag workshop materials (if you look closely you’ll see oodles of crystals in the corner too!), as well as my friend Carly who has been looking after me as I recover from my recent surgery (And I’m doing VERY well, thank you ❤ ) and helping me with my workshop preparation.

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Rain, Words and Silence

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“A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness.”
~ Robert Frost

 

It was raining in the city. Raining and I couldn’t sleep, my head so full of thoughts and my body so tight with pain.

Now I’m home, home at my farm, it’s sometime before dawn even thinks of pushing her first rays over the horizon, and the dark bowl of sky above me is raining cold bright drops fresh as tears. I’m still not sleeping, but I’m peaceful. The pain hums in my belly and my veins but I can drift away on my thoughts to someplace else, and I’m such a seasoned traveller on this night-train now that it’s no imposition. In its own way it’s liberating. I choose to see it like that, anyway.

The beauty of this sacred morning space is achingly, breathtakingly silence-making. No words can capture the majesty, nor fill the space inside me.

Can a poem be composed entirely of stillness?

 

Inside our little farmhouse Ben and the dogs are sleeping. My mala beads are laced through my fingers still, prayers lingering upon them. The fire crackles and hisses in the quiet as the tiny twigs and branches I have placed on the ashy embers smoke and dance their way to life.

 

All night in my not-sleeping space I’ve been thinking about my memoir. I have carried it with me all of this year, and it’s been more an agony than a labour of love.

In the long quiet rain-filled hours that went before this one I finally understood where it has all gone wrong. There are too many words and not enough space. I made it all too busy so I could hide in the pages like some dark shadow-bird. So that you wouldn’t see me. So that you wouldn’t judge me.

It’s in the quiet moments and the emptiness that all the magic happened. In those places I am stripped bare but I was ashamed for you to see me naked. In these past few hours I came to understand it all differently. If you can truly see me, it’s only because you recognise that same place in you. Why was I so afraid to take you there with me?

 

I’m okay, and I’ll be okay.

And so, my friend, will you.

Sending all my love your way, bejewelled with tiny raindrops bright as tears and the scent of woodsmoke and damp good earth.

Nicole xoxo

 

“Trees are poems the earth writes upon the sky, We fell them down and turn them into paper,
That we may record our emptiness.”
~ Kahlil Gibran

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