We’re On Retreat!

“I am not a teacher, but an awakener.”
~ Robert Frost

 

This morning we begin our next residential retreat, Beginners Channelling, here in Byron Bay.

My bags are packed and the ute is packed and we will soon leave the farm and travel the short distance down the road to our retreat destination. The venue is ready. My students are arriving. It’s all about to happen.

I’m excited for this group. I chose this time for our retreat so carefully, and booked it almost four years ago. Today will be a day of preparation and orientation and then tomorrow we move into the end of April, into Samhain, deep into the process of seeing ourselves and our lives honestly and of letting go of all that no longer serves. It’s also a powerful time for all forms of psychic connection.

Then suddenly it will be May, and with it will come gentle energies for heart healing and growth (wait for my blog on Monday where I explain these energies in much more detail). May will be a time for great forgiveness and a healthy new self-acceptance.

It’s a powerful time for soul work, and that is what we will do.

As I hold my students in my twice-daily meditations I will also hold space for you to make these same shifts, and to experience this same new freedom and expansion. I’ll update you on our progress next week, and give you some little activities to help you step more fully into your own intuitive gifts.

I have a few spots left on our next residential retreat in June. Temple of Light is a Shamanic Meditation Retreat and it’s possibly my favourite meditation technique ever. It is suitable for complete beginners and advanced practitioners. But I’ll tell you more about that later. Right now I have to get ready for a very big day.

Sending so much love your way, Nicole <3 xoxo

 

PS – Want to know more about our Temple of Light Meditation Retreat? Email me at cauldronsandcupcakes@gmail.com and we’ll be sure to send some details to you on Monday.

PSS – If you’d like to see what one of my retreats looks like you can have a sneak peek here.

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!

Easter Egg Oracle 2017

“Hedwig didn’t return until the end of the Easter holidays. Percy’s letter was enclosed in a package of Easter eggs that Mrs. Weasley had sent. Both Harry’s and Ron’s were the size of dragon eggs, and full of home-made toffee. Hermione’s, however, was smaller than a chicken’s egg. Her face fell when she saw it.
“Your mum doesn’t read Witch’s Weekly, by any chance, does she, Ron?” she asked quietly.
“Yeah,” said Ron, whose mouth was full of toffee. “Gets it for the recipes.”
Hermione looked sadly at her tiny egg.”

~ J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

It’s Easter!

If you lived closer I’d pop over with some Hot Cross Buns or some Easter Eggs and we could sit and have a cuppa and a chat. But the Cauldrons and Cupcakes family is a global community so my Easter Gift to you will have to be a virtual one.

Today’s blog gives you a mini-reading. It’s not a fortune-telling exercise; instead it’s about seeing yourself and your life from a fresh perspective. All you need to do is scroll through the pictures of my Easter Eggs, and choose the one that appeals to you most. Then go further down the page to read the meaning for the Easter treat you have chosen.

♥♥♥ Love, love, love to you, Nicole xoxo ♥♥♥


Today’s Easter Egg Selection

1.  Henny Penny’s Magical Eggs!

 

2.  More Fun with Friends!

 

3. Handmade Organic Chocolate Truffles!

 

4.  My Special Project!

 

5. ♥ Golden Fancy!

 

6.  Green, Green, Green!

 

7.  Elegant Simplicity !

 

8.  Which Came First?

 

♥ The Message and Gift of each Treat♥

Each Easter Treat has a message for you. I have also selected a crystal to best support the message and energies of your choice.  You could wear or hold this crystal, pop it in your pocket, under your pillow or beside your bed. (If you’d like to know more about working with crystals click here) The Power Word is a word to remind yourself of the quality you most need and that you are strongly attracting right now.  You can turn it into your own personal mantra by saying “I choose ___________ ” (insert your Power Word). Your Magical Healing Environment is a place or activity you’ll find supportive and healing.

♥ Henny Penny’s Magical Eggs ! – From Little things Big Things Grow! You are given your ideas and feelings for a reason. You’re coming into a time of great change and shift, and all of it for your own best outcomes and results. All of those niggling feelings and tiny ideas for change need to be given light and space so that they can grow into something tangible, creating a map for you to follow from lost back to being on track again. It’s a wonderful year ahead. Be brave and keep going. Don’t be afraid to make BIG changes. It’s your year for that. And all of this change will lead to stability, harmony and peace.  Best Crystal – Ametrine (or an Amethyst and a Citrine)  ♥ Power Word – Transformation  Magical Healing Environment – Quiet time in nature or spaces that nurture and inspire you.  Nature walks, ocean swims, watching the snow or rain fall as you sit inside drinking a warm drink with your journal by your side, being in an art gallery or favourite cafe, a museum or a beautiful garden.

 More Fun with Friends!  – Life is a journey that’s meant to be shared! What’s needed in your life right now is fun, connection and companionship. A family movie and pizza night, a dinner out with friends, a holiday with your bestie, a camping trip or a cooking workshop. This isn’t online connection – you need skin time, face-to-face time. Make new friends or re-connect to old ones. Reconnect to activities and places that were important to you in the past. Plan a party or a get-together. Work less. Live more. And if you’re in love and it’s all going well? Make that bigger commitment!  Best Crystal – Ruby in Fuchsite   Power Word – Connection  Magical Healing Environment – Anywhere that lets you be in the same space with other people in ways that support or entertain you. This could be your backyard barbeque area, a restaurant, a classroom, or a coffee shop. It could be a weekend music festival or a pottery class, a birthday bash or a school reunion. It could also be a wedding or a baby shower 🙂

 Handmade Organic Chocolate Truffles – Indulging in mindful pleasure!  On one level you are completely exhausted, my beautiful friend. And yet you keep pushing on. It’s time to bring pleasure and down-time back into your life. It’s time to get out of your head and back into your body. Better to choose one exquisite thing than a bucket full of mediocre. It’s time for quality rest and recreation and for gifting yourself the time and space to reinvent and recharge yourself.  It’s also a time for conscious eating and mindful movement as you chart a path back to balance, wellness and emotional satisfaction.  Best Crystal – Garnet  ♥ Power Word – Slow  ♥ Magical Healing Environment – anything that reconnects you to your senses.  Bubble baths, clean sheets, music, sleep, good books, dancing, lying in dappled sunlight on soft green grass, beautiful healthy food, exquisite small indulgences, essential oils, fresh flowers, warm embraces.

 My Special Project! – A Focus On Love! You are lovable. You are worthy of love. If you’re in an existing relationship it’s time to give that relationship some extra love and care. Give yourself permission to fall in love all over again. Love isn’t a fairy tale. It’s fun and hard and tears and magic and pain and growth and sharing. But it’s also incredible! Haven’t found that special someone yet? Know that love is in the air. Love isn’t just romantic love – it’s friends and family too. Go be with them! Happy on your own? Then it’s time for some self-love and acceptance of yourself just as you are. Love those quirks and bumpy bits. Your very existence is sacred. You are a miracle. There is always someone out there for you, and who will love you just as you are, just like you’ll love them. Start to believe that.  Best Crystal – Moonstone   Power Word – Cherish   Magical Healing Environment – Sitting in your heart, and being with your loved ones. Life isn’t scripted, and romance and love grow in the heart of the everyday. Our job is to be mindful so that we can be in that moment and help that love grow. Put your screens down and be present. Don’t be afraid to give yourself a makeover too, if that helps you feel good about yourself and how you walk this world.

 Golden Fancy! – Creative Talents and Ideas! There is something that only you can bring to the world. Your gifts and talents are meant to be shared. It might make a big impact on many people. It might change the life of just one. But if you don’t work to shine your light and share your gifts a little part of our timeline will forever stay darkened., because no-one can replace you and your offerings. No-one. It’s time to move from procrastination to action. It’s time to value your ideas and gifts and to dream your dreams into being. There is so much energetic support for you. All manner of help and miracle-making at your fingertips. So, what’s stopping you? Only self-doubt, and we don’t have time for that anymore. We need you to just get out there and do your thing.  Best Crystal – Smoky Quartz  Power Word – Authentic  Magical Healing Environment – Your creative lair, office or art space, or wherever else you make your magic. Which could be the garden, kitchen, or the counselling couch. This is not a time for learning or planning, it’s a time for doing and being! Thank you for being you.

 Green, Green, Green! – Wherever You Go, There You Are! What’s needed for you right now is a sense of sanctuary.  It might be your bedroom, your study, your altar, your backyard. It might be your writing space or your office. It might be your entire home. It needs to be clean. It needs to be comfortable. It needs to make your heart feel glad. It needs to be a space that reflects who you are and what you love. Move if you have to. It’s okay to end and begin things now. And if the mess is inside you, get help with that. Do whatever it takes to bring yourself back to a place of inner peace and calm. ♥ Best Crystal – Snowflake Obsidian  ♥ Power Word – Sanctuary ♥ Magical Healing Environment – Home (whatever that means to you).  Create a space that allows you to feel safe, comfortable, supported and surrounded by beauty and meaning. Start with one small corner. Simple is fine. De-clutter. Make space for rest and new growth.

♥ Elegant Simplicity – Levelling Up Spiritually.  Spiritual connection and flow is not a difficult or complicated process, although we often try to make it that way. You are coming into a time of deeper connection, deeper knowing, and deeper intuition. Give yourself some breathing space to contemplate the bigger questions in your life. Make time for reading, meditation and journalling. Expect a bigger connection to God, your Guides and Angels and your own Wise Self. Expect answers to those big questions, and a clarity about your way forward. All is well.   Best Crystal – Lapis Lazuli   Power Word – Become  ♥ Magical Healing Environment – Sacred Spaces or alone time. Churches and temples, parks, sitting under old trees, your meditation corner, a library or a quiet corner of the house when no-one else is home.

 Which Came First? – Troubles Falling Away!  Sometimes it’s hard to know what happens first… Our troubles begin to resolve so we begin to feel better, or we begin to feel better so our troubles resolve. Any way it happens, know that things are finally looking up for you. BUT you need to let go of the old story about all your troubles too. Open to the possibility that things can change for the better. Even if you never quite understand how or why.  Prayers answered, breakthroughs and an end to going round and round in circles going nowhere. Hooray!  Best Crystal – Tiger Eye   Power Word – Blessings  Magical Healing Environment – Your life! Nothing specific you need to do, and nowhere you need to be. It’s all progressing beautifully. Soon you’ll see that shift you’ve been hoping for.

Christmas Gift Oracle For You!

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“May Peace be your gift at Christmas and your blessing all year through!”   ~ Author Unknown

 

Will you join me for a cup of tea so I can give you a little Christmas present?

Here’s the tea. Come sit with me and let me tell you how glad I am to have you in my life. I’m so grateful to have you as part of our community as we share this journey of life together. Thank you!

A cup of tea for us, under the Jacaranda tree here at my farm!

A cup of tea and some tasty treats for us, under the Jacaranda tree here at my farm!

Every so often I like to create an oracle for you. The very first one I ever posted was The Healing Power of Flowers and Fairy Blessings.  We offered a selection of flowers for you to choose from, and each flower came with a message – a mini-reading if you will. It was so well received that I’ve been creating oracles for you ever since.

Today I’m so pleased to offer you another of my Magical Oracles! This time, I’d like you to choose the Christmas Gift that appeals to you the most. Then take your time to unwrap it and receive its message and blessings for you.

Instructions for using today’s post

Scroll down through the following Christmas Gift images and then let yourself come back to the one you are most drawn to.

When you have chosen your gift, scroll further down for your oracle message. Trust that what you most need to know is exactly what you shall choose.

Wherever you are, and whatever your faith and beliefs, I wish you peace today and the days ahead, and joy in your heart. Know that you are loved. Know that you’re in my daily prayers and meditations. You matter to me. I intend only the best for you, and that 2017 be a year that is richly satisfying and filled with love and kindness.

Love and Light,

Nicole ♥ xx

 

Let the Christmas Blessings Begin…

1. Rustic Star Gift

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2. Bag of Treats Gift

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3. ♥ Retro Red and Gold Gift

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4.  Cute Snow Elves Gift

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5. Sweet Somethings Gift

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6.  Precious Hearts Gift

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7.  Simple Red Wrapping Gift

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8. Golden Gift

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♥ Your Gift’s Message ♥

Each Christmas Gift has a message for you for the year ahead. I have also selected a crystal to best support the message and energies of your chosen gift.  You could wear or hold this crystal, pop it in your pocket, under your pillow or beside your bed. (If you’d like to know more about working with crystals click here) The Power Word is a word to remind yourself of the quality you most need and that you are strongly attracting right now.  You can turn it into your own personal mantra by saying “I choose ___________ ” (insert your Power Word). Your Magical Healing Environment is a place or activity you’ll find supportive and healing.

1. Rustic Star Gift  The Rustic Star Gift heralds a return to health and well-being for you in 2017. You’ll be able to tune in to the wisdom of your body, and will naturally begin to prefer the foods, exercise and other support that best suits your individual needs. You’ll find the right practitioners and advice, and feel a resurgence in energy and mental clarity over the months ahead. You’ll become stronger and comfortable within your own skin. This newfound health will become the foundation for so many other breakthroughs and advances in your life.  Best Crystal – BLOODSTONE   Power Word – VITALITY  ♥ Magical Healing Environment – Fresh Air to fill your lungs, to energise you with the sun and healing vibrations of the natural environment, and to get blood pumping through your body as you move around. Resting and meditating in nature is fabulous for you too!

2. Bag of Treats Gift This is a year rich in blessings for you.  After years of hard work, self work and every other kind of work, via winding paths and difficult terrain, 2017 is going to open out in front of you like a long straight highway. A year of abundance, love, prosperity and peace. Problems drop away. Struggle drops away. A foundational year of greatness, based upon self-awareness and humility as you shine your light and share your gifts. ♥ Best Crystal – CLEAR QUARTZ ♥ Power Word – ABUNDANCE  Magical Healing Environment – Time on your own. Time with Uplifting Others. Time on your own to meditate, to create, to connect, to plan, to journal, to dream, to learn, to rest, to integrate, to grow. Time with mentors, teachers and successful, positive peers. Small amounts often of both will work best for you in 2017.

3. ♥ Retro Red and Gold Gift  This year gifts you a return to your greatest and most natural state of self-confidence and self-expression. Old hurts and woundings fade away, and self-doubt diminishes. You begin to remember and access the very best parts of yourself and to live in the world as the expression of these aspects of yourself, and with all of the wisdom gained from the long hard journey of life. A time of certainty, safety and security. A year where you reconnect with your authentic and best self and live as that energy in the world. A happy and successful year on all levels. ♥ Best Crystal – ORANGE CALCITE  ♥ Power Word – CENTERED ♥ Magical Healing Environment – Anywhere that supports your growing sense of self-worth. Clothes shops that reflect this new and integrated you. Libraries, courses, bookstores. Places for exercise and healing. The movies and theaters that play the shows you love. Music that uplifts and connects you. Social outings with friends and family who love you and support you. Online communities that help you to grow and thrive. Anywhere quirky that reflects your own personality and helps you find expression and connection.

4. Cute Snow Elves Gift  This is a year of the heart for you. 2017 is a year rich in love, connection, friendship and community. It’s a year to find your soulmate, or to heal and deepen an existing relationship. A year for the blessings of family. It’s a year for creating heartspace and sanctuary. If you’re happily on your own it’s a year for connecting with your own wise soul, with God or with a friend or pet who will truly care for and understand you. A year of emotional blessings and love. Best Crystal – ROSE QUARTZ   Power Word – CONNECTION  ♥ Magical Healing Environment – Time with loved ones. This could be a shared meal, time away together, phone calls or online connections. It’s time for yourself and time for your important relationships. Time to make your house a home. It’s time for your spiritual journey and for communion with Spirit, God or whatever else you know that guiding energy as.

5. Sweet Somethings Gift This is your year for bravely sharing your talents and gifts with the world. A deeply creative year of flow and inspiration, and of finding the drive within you to churn out the work from a place of passion rather than of duty or fear. A fantastic year for becoming more openly and authentically you, and for being accepted and loved for who you are. A wonderfully productive year, accompanied by great ideas and clear direction.  Best Crystal – RAINBOW FLUORITE   Power Word – AUTHENTIC  Magical Healing Environment – Time spent in the company of books and stories This could be e-books, audio books or paper books. It could be movies or music. Let stories move you, inspire you, teach you and guide you in the year ahead. Filling yourself up with the stories of others will help your own story to positively shape and flow.

6. Precious Hearts Gift  This gift restores your Inner Child’s sense of wonder, gratitude and curiosity. The year ahead will be hallmarked by opportunities for joy, pleasure and fun. There is a return to light-heartedness and optimism after years of worry. Things will simply become easier in your life. Your attitude and vibration will lift. Positive people and opportunities will be drawn to you. Things in your life will work out well.  ♥ Best Crystal – CITRINE   Power Word – GRATITUDE  Magical Healing Environment – Adventures, outings and exploring.  Wander the markets, go on a road trip, plan some travel, eat out at new places, catch a bus or a train to a new part of town, lose yourself in a book or a movie, go camping or for hikes in nature. Bust clouds and watch the stars come out at night.

7.  Simple Red Wrapping Gift  This year is transformational for you. A great year for all forms of learning and study, and for self-development. A year to deepen wisdom, and to expand your mind. A year to master skills. A year for philosophy and deep thinking. A year to truly understand who you are and why you are here. A year where you will find a deep sense of inner peace and compassion for self and others.  Best Crystal – AMETHYST  Power Word – WISDOM   Magical Healing Environment – Time for thinking, studying and learning.  Libraries, online courses, universities and schools, mastermind groups, workshops and conferences will work well for you this year. Setting up a study or writing space at home will be useful. Find time for long walks in nature, and for meditation too.

8. Golden Gift This is a year of spiritual growth and evolution for you. A year for stepping into a highly intuitive place of flow and connection. A healing space of oneness with all. It’s a year for profound insights, connection to Spirit and an awakening of your deepest psychic and intuitive abilities. This is a powerful time for healing for you right now. A time to get your body, mind and spirit back in balance. A time of drawing inwards for a while, in order to emerge renewed, healed, empowered and reinvigorated. It’s a year for guidance, healing and breakthroughs that will positively and permanently alter the course of your life.  Best Crystal – LABRADORITE   Power Word – EVOLUTION  Magical Healing Environment – Quiet time to connect you to Self and God (or whatever you call source energy) Journalling, meditation, working with oracle and tarot cards, prayer and self-reflection. Time in sacred places. Time in the majesty of nature. Time with Elders and Spiritual Teachers and Leaders. Time for study. Time to connect with your Guides, Angels, Ancestors and God.