Leading by Example – A Lesson In Vulnerability

 “Vulnerability is the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, courage, empathy, and creativity. It is the source of hope, empathy, accountability, and authenticity. If we want greater clarity in our purpose or deeper and more meaningful spiritual lives, vulnerability is the path.” 
Brené Brown

 

I’m running a retreat right now. It’s something I love to do – one of my greatest joys is helping others to discover their path, to connect to their intuition and soul wisdom and to become skilled at energy work and using their psychic gifts.

My courses are a mix of lectures, philosophy, channelling and practical activities. And I always demonstrate things I ask my students to do for themselves. So when it comes to teaching how to do personal journey-work I use myself as the example.

Yesterday we worked on connecting in to our Oversoul and asking about our life direction, what will make us happy, what gifts we have come here to share and what our legacy might be.

Which is how I came to be sitting on the carpet in front of my students, my oracle cards spread in front of me as I chose cards and then spoke aloud the very private messages that these cards evoked. This was not staged. I pulled cards and did this exercise that was meant to be done privately in the same way I would have done it if I had been working alone at home.

Every card became harder for me to read. My life was on the floor in front of me, and the messages were profound and excruciatingly personal. But I was committed to doing the exercise from start to finish to teach my students clearly what I was asking them to do for themselves.

By the last card I was in tears, and my voice had a definite waver. It was hard to share such an intimate journey when I did not know in advance what might be revealed with each turn of a card. It was a big reading. There’s nothing like laying your soul bare in front of a crowd to make you really feel your vulnerability.

But I am glad I did. It helped my students to see not just my process, but the power of being brave enough to go deeper with your self-exploration, and of owning that journey.

So my question to you today is this: Who can you help by laying bare your process, by sharing your vulnerability, by allowing yourself to be seen uncensored, raw and real?

Sending much love your way, Nicole ❤ xx

The Possibilities Before Us – Monday Oracle 24 April 2017

“Could we change our attitude, we should not only see life differently, but life itself would come to be different. Life would undergo a change of appearance because we ourselves had undergone a change of attitude.”
~ Katherine Mansfield

 

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

If you read my forecast for April, you’ll remember that April has strong energy for believing in ourselves and reclaiming our direction.

So, what gifts does Enlightenment bring for you this week?

This week brings hope, even for those of us who have found ourselves in the darkest of spaces. It also brings us the capacity to envision our best self, or the ultimate outcome for a project or business, and the clarity to begin to work towards that.

It’s a week of sifting and sorting. Working out where to spend our time, working out what to keep and what to let go.

So much will begin to fall away this week. As we begin to know and trust ourselves our outlook will change. We’ll begin to feel more free, more peaceful, more optimistic – no matter what our current circumstances might be.

This week the energy supports you to hold space for others in a way that allows them to finally glimpse for themselves the potential you see is possible for them. It’s a week where we can begin to believe in ourselves and in a brighter future.

For some of us this week will also bring visions – a deeper connection to God, our Guides, our Higher Selves. It’s a week well suited to all things spiritual and metaphysical. A great week for devotion, meditation and for preparing to delve deeper. A week where teachers will appear, because we are finally ready. Or maybe YOU are the teacher and you are finally ready… 🙂

In summary this is a week of revelation, of hope, of answers. Of new direction and of possibility – even though the path or the destination may not be clear as yet.

Supportive crystals this week?

Snowflake Obsidian will help to remove old negative self-talk and replace it with optimism. Selenite will help you to connect into your guides, angels and psychic ability. Amethyst will truly boost your intuitive abilities and help you on your spiritual path.  Pyrite for physical healing and Jade/Nephrite for emotional healing.

Helpful essential oils? 

Young Living’s Awaken essential oil blend, or a combination (or singly!) of any of Geranium, Orange, Sandalwood and Lavender. Awaken essential oil blend smells sweet and woody and can be worn as a perfume (Place on wrists, over heart and on back of neck) or used in a diffuser. A few drops in the bath are heavenly too. It’s a great oil to get you out of your head and into your heartspace. It promotes spiritual connection and intuition and is deeply calming. I love this oil, and 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

The Supported Teacher

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“One repays a teacher badly if one always remains nothing but a pupil.”
~ Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra

 

At my last retreat, my Beginner Channelling Intensive, I taught a new healing method. It’s a beautiful technique, and simple  – an energy balancing, healing and expansion, performed in silence, and using energy, awareness, essential oils and crystals.

Yesterday, I got to experience just how powerful this method really is.

A dear friend, also a student of mine (yes, I become very close to many of my students and clients over the years – I am no guru on a mountain) came to my home after I’d had  a busy and stressful day.

After a busy and stressful week.

After a busy and stressful few months as I have dealt with family illness, supporting clients through difficulty, and some health hiccups of my own.

Ben and Harry have gone home to our farm for a few days, and I’m here alone in the city, nursing Bert, and working.

My dear friend brought me food. Made me tea.

And then, most importantly, she settled me on my couch, covered me with a blanket, and gave me a healing using the technique I had taught her only a few months ago.

It was the first time I have been properly at the receiving end of this technique.

What an experience! At the time I was moved quickly and deeply into a place of relaxation. I felt my tension and worries drain away. I became filled with hope, love, energy and a sense of connection to the Divine. By session’s end I was completely peaceful in a way I haven’t been for months.

My friend left, almost straight away. I attended to our darling Bert, the dog who has just had major surgery, had a fragrant warm bath, and then put myself to bed. (At 6pm, yes I did!)

I slept for eleven restorative hours, during which I had some amazing dreams, and woke this morning feeling the best I’ve felt for such a long time.

What a profound experience.

This morning I am feeling blessed and humbled.

Sending much love your way, Nicole <3 xx

PS – Also, how exciting! This new healing technique is amazing. It works. It’s easy. My students remember how to do it, and can perform it on others in meaningful ways. I’m thrilled beyond measure!!!