Love and Devotion Look Like This

“Rather than remain a sealed jar, she sought only to pour herself out to others. Everything she did mirrored her faith. It was as though every waking hour of the day she was devoted to pleasing her God by serving others. This God that she worshiped consumed her. It didn’t ask for a brief visit to a temple, or a small votive offering of food or coin, or a few prayers every now and then. This God wanted all of her.” 
~  Francine Rivers

 

I don’t prepare for retreats the way that many other people do.

My priorities are different.

I am not thinking about funnels, or marketing, or what my hook is. I’m not calculating break-evens or what to sell you next.

No.

I am thinking about your soul. I am creating and holding space for you. I am placing you on a mala that I make with my own hands – choosing a bead for you, on which I will pray and meditate twice a day. I am choosing and preparing crystals for you, cleansing them and channelling their purpose and energies. I walk our rural property, creating grids of stones among the trees, or choosing stones from previous grids, some of them from years ago, but whose energies are important for the work we will do together. I am ensuring that your tools will best support you and your growth. I am honouring your spiritual journey. I am preparing the materials. I am crafting your experience. I am devoting myself to the journey, and to taking you with me to a place of transformation.

There are endless hours spent in this crafting, before we even come together. During our retreat I am yours. I pour myself entirely into the process. And I continue to do so once our event is over and you are navigating your way back into the wider world again. It is an honour and a great responsibility to be entrusted with your care.

Long after we part I will still be praying and meditating for you, sending you energy, wishing you well, night-flying to visit you and keep company a while.

I can’t do it any other way. I must give my whole self to this.

This is what it is to follow your heart, to follow a calling, to live with devotion.

I’m so grateful for this life,

Nicole  xoxo

The Eagles and the Crystals

“Believe something and the Universe is on its way to being changed. Because you’ve changed, by believing. Once you’ve changed, other things start to follow. Isn’t that the way it works?”
~ Diane Duane, So You Want to Be a Wizard

 

In January, we pulled down our massive Ancestors and Songlines crystal healing grid at our farm. Ben and my friend Satisha helped me to locate all of the stones that were beginning to be buried by the long summer grass that had grown up wildly all around them. We literally crawled around the grid on our hands and knees, feeling every inch of ground to pull out the stones which had lain there through sun and rain, moon and stars for nearly 8 weeks.

When the stones were removed I sorted through them and chose a selection to be tasked for my retreat students this year, plus a few extra that I may sell or give away at some stage. Ben then drove me and my stones to the very back of our property where the eagles live.

In the boughs of a mighty old gum tree is a huge platform made from sticks and branches. It is home to a nesting pair of wedge-tail eagles. The tree itself sits within a tangled thicket of scrub, privet and camphor. It’s private, secluded and the place holds an energy of wilderness and deep peace. The views from the top of the tree must be incredible. The birds would see our entire valley and river system, and then over the saddle of the hill behind them and into the next valley too. We often see the eagles and their fledglings soaring on the thermals around our farm. They are massive birds. Majestic. Fearless.

At the foot of this ancient tree, beneath the eagles’ nest I laid out a new crystal grid. I sang magic into it the way my old Aboriginal Aunties taught me. I added my own magic too, and the magic of my ancestral line. I wanted these crystals to soak up all of that energy, and the energy of the land, of the tree and of the eagles. Of course other creatures will add their own energies. There is so much native wildlife here. And there is the energy of country. It’s a tangible energy, and it makes the crystals sing.

On Tuesday afternoon we went back and retrieved these stones. They have been through wild storms, eclipses, full moons, dark moons, pink moons, bright clear skies and gentle sunsets. After so long in the dirt they were encrusted with earth and bits of leaf and grass. They smelled like sweet loamy soil and sunshine. And goodness, how they felt in my hand!

This weekend I’ll scrub them clean and lay them out in the sun to dry, and then I’ll choose one for each of my Beginners Channelling students, for them to learn how to use when our retreat starts just ten days from now.

Maybe one of these stones will find its way to you one day. I truly believe that they always find the person who needs them most.

They are simply wonderful. I know you’ll love them as much as I do!

Morning Healing Meditation Mandalas

“Outside the open window
The morning air is all awash with angels.”
~ Richard Wilbur, Collected Poems, 1943-2004

“The period between four and six in the morning is called the Brahmamuhurta, the Brahmic time, or divine period, and is a very sacred time to meditate. ”
~ Swami Satchidananda, The Yoga Sutras

 

And now on my travels I find myself in Cebu.

In this corner of the Philippines I still wake each morning at 4am to meditate in my room, after which I go sit on the empty beach for a while to watch the day dawn.

Yesterday morning I decided to make an impromptu crystal mandala to dedicate to the healing and wellbeing of a little girl named Imogen.

It’s a restful and evocative process, to create such a focal point for meditation and healing. I worked with what I had to hand – a stone from my pocket, a bracelet from my wrist, some flowers and leaves from nearby plants.

I enjoyed the process so much that I have decided to make a new healing mandala every day while I am here in Cebu.

Here is Imogen’s mandala. It features a Prehnite, Rutilated Quartz, frangipani and bouganvillea. And a whole lot of love.

By the time you read this post I may have already made this morning’s mandala. But you can be part of tomorrow’s.

Tomorrow I will be meditating on healing of childhood hurts, old family pain and ongoing issues, self-worth issues, insecurities and damaging or limiting stories imposed upon you by others. I’ll also be working on your base chakra, heart health and emotional security. If you’d like to be specifically included please add your name below or over on our facebook page.

Much love, Nicole <3 xoxo

 

After Meditation, Beach!

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“hark, now hear the sailors cry,
smell the sea, and feel the sky
let your soul & spirit fly, into the mystic…”
~ Van Morrison

 

So, my lovelies, I meditated at the crystal grid until 2am for all of us.

A huge effort, and this morning I am thoroughly exhausted. But happy.

So now we are off to the beach with Cafe Dog, for a walk and a cleansing swim.

After which I intend to come home and nap all day to integrate these new energies and to recover from the efforts of the past few weeks.

Sending so much love to you, as you move towards your Highest Potential,

Nicole <3 xx

Last Chance To Add Your Name To Our Grid

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“Seek out that particular mental attribute which makes you feel most deeply and vitally alive, along with which comes the inner voice which says, ‘This is the real me’, and when you have found that attitude, follow it.” ~  William James

 

I’m closing off our grid in a few hours. After 12pm Sydney time I cannot accept new names, or I will never have enough time to process them all!

Keep an eye out on Cauldrons and Cupcakes Facebook and Instagram pages over the next few days to see your stone, if you haven’t seen it posted yet. Sorry – I took a few days off social media over Christmas so I’m a bit behind with  my updates.

If you want a name added but don’t want it on social media, please let me know, or only give me first names!

Here’s the info on our grid in case you missed it:

To create a crystal grid on my property, to help to provide 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 wanted to help support us as we leave 2016, and this age-old cycle of patriarchal energy.

I created this grid to help our feet find our souls’ own songlines as we walk into the new energy. 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.

Each stone takes me three minutes to dedicate.

I choose one that feels right for you. I hold it in my hands, I close my eyes, and I offer up my prayer and dedication – that your family line know healing, that you release old patterns, beliefs and relationships that no longer serve you. That you gently and easily let go of anger, guilt, shame, disconnection, old hurts. I pray and intend that your family line returns to a place of love, flow and abundance. That you move into your heart-space, and reconnect with your own Soul Wisdom. I offer up my prayer that your feet find their way in 2017. That your path becomes clear. That you can more easily be yourself. That you know and express yourself truly. That you live life to your highest potential. That you are loved for who you are. That you come to know how much you are loved.

I arrange the stones I have blessed and take a photo, so I can tag the picture on social media. I want you to feel involved and connected. I want you to know that you are not alone – that you matter, and that you are supported.

Then we carry the stones down to the grid, and I place them, one by one.

After which I go back to the computer, and gather more names, and write new lists and the process begins again.

 

There are over 1500 stones in the grid now. 1500 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.

Know that I’m thinking of you. Know that I’m holding you in my thoughts and prayers. That I’m holding space for you and your family right now.

:Love and Light, Nicole <3 xx

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And here’s a little rose quart and rose energy for our grid, for heart healing and heart opening!
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See How Our Grid Has Grown…

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“Think about our bodies. We’re a chain of veins and organs and they’re all interconnected. If something isn’t going right in one area, the whole system can get out of whack. That’s the way I see the world. We’re all connected. I don’t see myself as this separate entity. I see things in a much larger scale. Everything I do directly affects another person, all the way down the chain. Every person I help can help another; we’re all connected. Change happens one person at a time. And I want to commit my life to seeing that through.”
~ Katie Kacvinsky

 

Am I insane?

Maybe.

But I can’t help myself.

 

I conceived this simple project. To create a crystal grid on my property, to help to provide 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 wanted to help support us as we leave 2016, and this age-old cycle of patriarchal energy.

I created this grid to help our feet find our souls’ own songlines as we walk into the new energy. 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.

Each stone takes me three minutes to dedicate.

I choose one that feels right for you. I hold it in my hands, I close my eyes, and I offer up my prayer and dedication – that your family line know healing, that you release old patterns, beliefs and relationships that no longer serve you. That you gently and easily let go of anger, guilt, shame, disconnection, old hurts. I pray and intend that your family line returns to a place of love, flow and abundance. That you move into your heart-space, and reconnect with your own Soul Wisdom. I offer up my prayer that your feet find their way in 2017. That your path becomes clear. That you can more easily be yourself. That you know and express yourself truly. That you live life to your highest potential. That you are loved for who you are. That you come to know how much you are loved.

I arrange the stones I have blessed and take a photo, so I can tag the picture on social media. I want you to feel involved and connected. I want you to know that you are not alone – that you matter, and that you are supported.

Then we carry the stones down to the grid, and I place them, one by one.

After which I go back to the computer, and gather more names, and write new lists and the process begins again.

 

There are over 900 stones in the grid now. 900 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.

Know that I’m thinking of you. Know that I’m holding you in my thoughts and prayers. That I’m holding space for you and your family right now.

I might be crazy, but I think this matters.

I love you, and I wish you well,

Nicole <3 xoxo

 

*Below are just a few pictures of how this grid has grown. Please be patient if you haven’t seen your name tagged yet on my Instagram and Facebook posts. It all takes time, and there are so many names to tag! You can follow me at both places by searching for Cauldrons and Cupcakes <3

And another thought. If other middle-aged women are crazy cat ladies, I must be the crazy rock lady. I easily have 1000 stones in my grid now, and I still have plenty left to choose from…

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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 <3 xoxo

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