Mini-Retreat Day 5 – Our Final Day

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“Connecting with yourself and knowing yourself is a monumental and life changing event.”
~ Bryant McGill

 

It’s the final day of our Accelerated Channelling retreat today, although we still have another month together of online lessons and sharing.

It’s also the final day of your Mini-Retreat, although you still have a whole lifetime of being able to work with your Higher Self, your Guides and Angels and you, of course!

We are at the beginning of a new energetic era. Everything is faster. Spiritual connection comes quickly. Psychic abilities develop easily. This is an era of communication, collaboration, integration and balanced energy.

In this new era you cannot have spiritual and psychic development without also having personal development. This is a journey of integrated growth. Of being in alignment with your heart, your values and your soul calling.

So on this last day of our retreat, I am calling on you to sit quietly with yourself and feel into that space within. Psychic development must be about your own journey first.

Today sit awhile with your soul. Call upon your Higher Self and your Guides and Angels if needed. Use your journal and your cards. Sit in nature and allow yourself the gift of deep listening. And then consider these questions. Let the answers come, and then sit again, just listening. Let the awareness and the questions and answers sit with you. Don’t feel that you need to act or to understand all at once. Clarity and wisdom often take time.

Questions to explore:

  • Where am I out of alignment?
  • Where is my integrity compromised?
  • Where am I moving in the right direction? (Celebrate this and then go deeper with this direction. Where else can you go? What comes next?)
  • Where can I end things?
  • Where can I begin?
  • What are my gifts?
  • How can I best serve myself, my loved ones and humanity?

Thank you so much for joining us as we have journeyed through the past five days. The remainder of this week and next are a fabulous time for further insights, self enquiry and clarity of direction. I hope that you are able to make use of the energies to deepen your connection to soul and source.

Holding you, as ever, in my thoughts and meditations, Nicole xx

 

Mini-Retreat Day 4 – Deepening Our Connection

“Reach deep within, and reconnect with the essence of your being.”
~ Bryant McGill

 

 

We become better at something through practice. This is as true for meditation, spiritual connection and soul growth as it is for any other skill.

If we have a desire to become more spiritually connected, more energetically attuned – then what is needed is for us to devote regular time to sit quietly with ourselves, so that we might reflect, connect and deepen our understanding of ourselves and our place within the world.

Today I invite you to consider making spiritual connection a more regular part of your life. Find an hour each week or a little time each day, to meditate and then to work on strengthen your connection to your soul, your guides and angels, and to universal energy.

Go back to the Higher Self Meditation or the Connect with your Guide Meditation and strengthen your connection by doing this meditation again.

Then sit quietly with your journal and your oracle or tarot cards. Shuffle your cards while asking What do I most need to know today?

Pull your first card, and then look closely at it. Let the picture speak to you. What ideas and thoughts come to your mind? Write today’s date at the top of the page in your journal and then write down your insights from card number one.

Now think of a situation where you’d like to gain clarity or direction. Reshuffle the deck of cards while thinking about this issue.

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Then pull up to five cards, one at a time, and lay them out in front of you.

Go back to the first card, look at the card closely and allow answers to come to you. Write them in your journal, and then repeat the process for the other cards you have chosen.

Finally, sit quietly, close your eyes and just be. In this space of silence and soul connection you may then want to offer up a prayer of gratitude and thanks. You may want to send love and light out into the Universe or to specific people and situations. You may want to use this time to call on your Guides, Angels, Ancestors or God/Universal Energy/Spirit for additional help and guidance as you journey through your day.

Know that you are deeply loved, and never alone. There is always love surrounding you.
Thinking of you today, and wishing for you a day of insights and growing inner peace.

Much love,

Nicole xx

 

Mini-Retreat Day 3 – Integration

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Image by Julia Watkins

“As we increase in our awareness and our integration of Self the process of integration grows and expands as we begin to incorporate the fullness of our nature, that of our spiritual nature or our Soul.”
~ Genevieve Gerard

 

It’s Day three of our mini-retreat, and the energy today is all about consolidation and integration.

(That’s one reason why my post is so late! After a big evening of channelling I went back to sleep following this morning’s meditation – to consolidate and integrate the shifts of the past few days- and then there was no time to blog. Sorry!!!)

Today and this evening is the perfect time to review the answers to your questions from the past two days.

It’s not enough just to do an activity such as the ones we completed for Day One and Day Two of our mini-retreat. What is important when we do any kind of self discovery work is to sit with our answers and insights and reflect upon them.

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Here are some questions to ponder as you read through the guidance you have received:

  • Where can I make small changes now, to bring me into better alignment with my best self?
  • What activities can I schedule to begin making longer-term changes in my life?
  • Where do I need to sit in awareness around existing situations, behaviours or relationships?
  • What do I need to stop doing?
  • What do I need to start doing?
  • Where do I need to find extra resources, information or help for myself or my situation or project?

Take time to connect into your Guide, Angel or Higher Self using the meditations I’ve already shared. If it is needed, use that connection to bring through further insights or clarification about the work you’ve done in the past two days.

Then rest. Have some quiet time. Be gentle with yourself.

I’ll see you tomorrow as we explore how to begin deepening our spiritual and psychic connections.

Much love to you,

Nicole

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Mini-Retreat Day 1 – Higher Self Connection

“I like to listen. I have learned a great deal from listening carefully. Most people never listen.”
~ Ernest Hemingway

“You are one thing only. You are a Divine Being. An all-powerful Creator. You are a Deity in jeans and a t-shirt, and within you dwells the infinite wisdom of the ages and the sacred creative force of All that is, will be and ever was.”
~ Anthon St. Maarten

 

So often we look outside ourselves for answers, forgetting that there is a source of wisdom that is always available to us – our own Higher Self.

Your Higher Self is the wisest aspect of you. Your soul. The same soul that has lived with awareness through all of this lifetime, the space between lifetimes, and any lifetimes you may have experienced prior to this one.

Your Higher Self is not your conscious mind or your ego, or your subconscious, although it knows all of these aspects of yourself. Instead it is an energy of pure love, compassion and wisdom, imbued with your own unique gifts, talents and preferences.

When you are struggling for answers, when you have lost your direction, it is good to reconnect to your Higher Self so that you can work through your issues with guidance from the part of you who remembers your best self and your potential. Your Higher Self also knows your Heart Path – the direction in life that will give you emotional satisfaction and happiness.

Today we’re going to connect with our Higher Self and then use that energy and connection to explore some important life questions.

To complete this activity in our mini-retreat you’ll need

  • A crystal or stone you can hold comfortably in your hand
  • A journal
  • 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 13 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 soul work.
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Image from Iran Style

 

Guided Meditation for Connecting with Your Higher Self

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

Know that you have this connection to your Higher Self, continue to hold your crystal to help strengthen that bridge of connection. Yes, it’s okay to put the stone down and pick it up again – but hold the stone when you are writing, or reflecting on a card.

Journal Prompts:

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 the energy of your Higher Self. Strengthen the white and golden light. Feel that sense of peace and calm and expansion come upon 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:

  • What do I most need to know right now?
  • What is my place of greatest possibility in using my talents and gifts?
  • What is my next step?
  • What simple changes can I make to affect greater happiness in my life?
  • What is my Higher Self’s greatest vision for my life?

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.

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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.

Now go back to the first question. Read the question again, but not your first response.

Shuffle the deck again, asking your Higher Self 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 Higher Self. 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.

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Image from madagascarminerals.com

 

Enjoy your reflection time, and if you can, spend a little time in nature today. This weekend has such a powerful ability to connect you in to your own and higher wisdoms. Use that energy well to help you get answers to your questions, and to provide direction for the months and years ahead.

I’ll see you tomorrow, when we’ll be connecting in with our guides and angels!

Sending much love to you from our retreat, Nicole xoxo

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How You Can Have Your Own Mini-Retreat Alongside Ours!

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“Peace comes from within.  Do not seek it without.”
~ Gautama Buddha

“Have patience with everything that remains unsolved in your heart.
…live in the question.”
~ Rainer Maria Rilke

 

We’re on retreat for the next six days…

I always choose my dates carefully, years in advance. (In fact, truth be told, I have retreats booked until 2025!) to coincide with favourable astrological events that will support my students as they work with a particular aspect of their personal or spiritual development.

These energies are also available to you!

This particular retreat is my Accelerated Channeling retreat. It’s a powerful time for connecting to your own inner wisdom, to your guides, and to the Universal Energies around us that can help us with decisions, healing, innovations and breakthroughs.

My course will be an intensive, and the work we will be doing will be at a very advanced level, but the energies that are supporting us in this work will also support you.

So, I was thinking that perhaps some of you might like to work alongside us over the next few days, through some simple guided meditations and journaling activities suited to a beginner level. (It will still work for you if you are more advanced, I promise!).

Our primary time for making psychic and spiritual connection will be this weekend, and then the following days will be about using those connections to find answers and insights for ourselves and others.

From tomorrow I will post some simple guided meditations and questions or prompts for you.

You’ll also need to do just a little preparation beforehand. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • A crystal or stone you can hold comfortably in your hand
  • A journal
  • 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

See you tomorrow!

Much love,

Nicole xx

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How to do a Ten Minute Mini-Retreat

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“But this revolutionary act of treating ourselves tenderly can begin to undo the aversive messages of a lifetime.”
~Tara Brach, Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life With the Heart of a Buddha

 

I have a girlfriend who is about to wing halfway around the world to gift herself a two-month retreat at a health and wellness clinic. She’s in desperate need, after pushing herself beyond hard for years, trying to get a business off the ground. It’s successful now, but she’s burned herself out getting there.

Everyone needs self-care, but what if your life is crazy busy right now? Or if there’s no money in the bank? What if you’re right in the middle of things and you can’t take time off? What if there are people depending on you?

It doesn’t matter. Anyone can gift themselves ten minutes. Ten minutes of retreat from the craziness so that you can re-centre and find your equilibrium again. Ten minutes to give yourself a refreshing pause, a chance to tune out, or to tune in.

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Here are a few ideas for tiny ten-minute mini-retreats that will still have the power to positively transform your day by nurturing, supporting and uplifting you.

 

Mini-Retreat 1 – The Beverage Break – Feed The Body

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Image from Coffee Hunter

Ten minutes is the perfect amount of time to enjoy a hot beverage. Or a cold one. Perhaps there is a cafe within walking distance where you can go and choose your favourite latte or ice frappe.

If you’re at work or home, deliberately unplug and step away from your duties for ten minutes. Take time to craft yourself a cup of tea or coffee. Put care into the preparation. Make it exactly how you like it.

Then sit and enjoy that drink. Sip it. Savour it. Let your mind wander. Look out the window, or sit outside and watch the sky.

Slow your breathing.

Be very aware of every sip, every swallow.

Enjoy the comfort and relaxation that comes from your drink.

You’ll find that you’ll go back to your day refreshed.

Tip: To make this ritual even more meaningful, shop for a tea or coffee that will delight you and that feels a little above whatever is your ‘ordinary’. Indulge yourself. Let your tea break be something that you truly look forward to, and that feels like a treat.

 

Mini-Retreat 2 – Puzzle, Book or Art – Feed The Mind

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Image from everythinggl.com

Studies have shown that holding your focus on one activity for hours really blunts your intellectual axe. Conversely, changing your focus to another activity that is completely different will give your brain a chance to reboot and re-energise.

What lights you up? Do you love the challenge of a good word puzzle, Sudoku or a quiz?

Do you like to sketch or doodle or to colour?

Maybe reading is your thing. Or writing. It could be writing in your journal, or working on a book of your own.

Ten minutes of focused activity can refresh you and give your day deep personal satisfaction. This is especially true if you are using that time to plan or work towards something that is meaningful to you.

Tip: Keep your art or writing materials in a small bag or desk drawer where they are easy to access. It’s easy to lose yourself in activities like this so use a timer on your phone or computer to keep to the time limit of your ten minute mini-retreat.

 

Mini-Retreat 3 – Three Care Spread – Feed The Spirit

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Image from Witch Inside

Sometimes what refreshes us most is the chance to connect with our intuition and to be guided about where we are right now.

Keep your favourite tarot cards, oracle cards or runes handy.

Set aside ten minutes, calm yourself with a few cleansing breaths and then choose three cards.

The first represents your situation right now. The second represents your current obstacles or opportunities, and the third represents the learning and gifts of your outcome.

Sit and think about the cards or runes you have chosen. Open yourself to insights and understanding. You may also want to write some of those ideas and insights in your journal, and do a little thinking and planning about what you have been shown.

At the end of your ten minutes offer up a small prayer of thanks, and then tidy things away, ready to go back to your daily life feeling clear and supported.

Tip: Make sure that you won’t be interrupted during your mini-retreat. Shut the door. Turn the phone to silent, or go to another room, a cafe or the garden. Gift yourself a peaceful ten minutes by setting the scene for strong connection.

 

How to take a Blessings Bath

“The unthankful heart discovers no mercies; but the thankful heart will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings.” 
~ Henry Ward Beecher

Today’s post is all about nurture. I want to share with you a process that I call a Blessings Bath.  I usually take a Blessings Bath when I am feeling anything but blessed; when I am truly exhausted, wretched, miserable and broken.  It has never failed to get me into a better space. And once you move into that better space you can sleep. You can heal.  You can go on…

This is a beautiful ritual – a mini-break you can treat yourself to whenever you need that extra love and care. It helps if you can gather your materials together beforehand and make the effort to create a space that is inviting and relaxing.

It’s best done at the end of the day, when you can move from your bathroom to the bedroom and enjoy a restful night’s sleep.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • A bristle brush for dry skin brushing
  • A bath (if you don’t have a bath you can modify this by using a deep bucket or tub for a foot bath)
  • A shower
  • Your choice of bubble bath, bath salts, epsom salts and essential oils.  (An epsom salts bath is an excellent way to de-stress, get some magnesium into your frazzled system, and cleanse your aura as well as your body. If you’d like to lean more, click here).  At a minimum use the salts, but I must say that I love the comfort of some good bubbles too – invest in a good quality body wash or foam that is free of nasty chemicals. You’re worth it!
  • Your choice of crystals (optional, but good! – I’d recommend rose quartz, clear quartz, carnelian, hematite, howlite or blue quartz.  Use tumbled stones that you can place directly into the tub or bucket, and that are too big to get washed down the drain.)
  • Some soft fluffy towels
  • Candles, and something to light them with
  • Body oil or lotion (I use organic coconut oil ♥)
  • Relaxing music

Run your bath and add epsom salts, crystals, oils etc,  Make it tolerably hot if you are using epsom salts so that your pores open and you can detox from your lymph and uptake all that beneficial magnesium).  Turn on your music, softly, so that it is background music, and light your candles. (Please keep candles away from shower curtains and anything flammable.) Turn off the lights so that the room is dimly lit. If you live in a cold climate, make sure your room is warm!

Dry Skin Brushing:

Dry skin brushing stimulates our lymphatic system, helping us to detoxify and to improve our circulation.  It also removes dead skin cells and leaves our skin softer. Over time this beneficial practice can greatly aid your health and well-being, strengthening your immune system.  It’s also great for cellulite! As you brush, always direct your strokes from the extremities back towards your heart.

As you dry brush your body affirm to yourself I am ready to release. I am letting go.  Say it softly, over and over, as you brush.

Undress, then take your bristle brush and starting at the toes of your left foot use short smooth strokes to brush up to your knee.  Then work from your knee to your groin. Cover your whole leg using a soft but firm pressure.

Now work from your fingertips on the left arm up to the armpit. Swap and do your right arm. After this do your back, using long sweeping movements to go from your shoulders down to the middle of your back.  Then brush from your buttocks back up to the middle of your back.

Finally brush the front of your body – from your shoulders towards your heart and then your belly in a clockwise direction. Avoid your face, but do include the back of your neck.

Bath:

Step into the bath. (If you’re using a foot bath sit down and place your feet in the bucket.)

Settle in and get comfortable. Then place your hands so that they are resting on your heart. Gently repeat the words Thank You on every out breath. Do this for as long as you stay in the bath.

These two little words will powerfully shift those negative emotions and energetic blocks within your body, opening you back up to peace and flow.

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Image from www.palo.gr

Fee yourself soften and relax. Don’t struggle with your feelings. Allow any trapped or suppressed emotions come to the surface, stay focused with your hands on your heart and keep saying thank you. If you need to cry, do so. But keep saying Thank You.

When you feel calm and centered, step out of the bath. Turn on the shower (pull the plug if you have a combined shower/bath so you don’t flood the room) and rinse off the last of the bath water, feeling it running down the drain. Keep affirming the words Thank You, aloud or to yourself.

Finish with a short burst of cold water – about thirty seconds is fine.  This is fantastic for your circulation and immune system.

Towel yourself dry.

Oiling the Body:

Now that we have detoxed and cleansed our body we are going to nurture and love it some more. Take your oil or body lotion, and starting with your face, neck and ears gently rub the oil into your skin. As you do this say Thank You on every out breath. Really feel yourself connecting with and nurturing your body. Thank your body from your heart. Allow yourself to feel love and gratitude for your life.

Continue to apply oil, doing each arm and then your front, back and legs.  Pay attention to your fingers, toes and the soles of your feet.  Make sure every inch of your body is pampered and cared for.

Use a towel again to blot any excess oil, and then dress in something loose and comfortable.

Retire to your bedroom or somewhere else quiet and private.  Lie down or sit in a comfortable chair and rest or drift off to sleep.

I hope you find comfort and nurture in this ritual. Bless ♥ xx

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