The Energies of August – 2017

“Everyone is born creative; everyone is given a box of crayons in kindergarten. Then wen you hit puberty they take the crayons away and replace them with dry, uninspiring books on algebra, history, etc. Being suddenly hit years later with the ‘creative bug’ is just a wee voice telling you, ‘I’d like my crayons back, please.”
~ Hugh MacLeod

 

Hello, Lovelies :)

Suddenly, here we are at August. There’s change in the air. There’s a fresh breeze blowing. Creativity and curiosity are guiding forces for us this month. It’s a month for connecting with our emotions and for all forms of healing.

There is much to enjoy in August!

 

Cards for the Month:

I’ve chosen two cards for August for you: one from the Osho Zen Tarot Deck, and one from Colette Baron-Reid’s Wisdom of the Oracle. Please note I don’t use these cards in the conventional way, but rather as a stimulus for channelled information.

Here is what I have received from each card:

“Don’t be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth.” 
~ Jalaluddin Rumi

August is a masterfully creative month that suits all kinds of projects and artistic or innovative ventures. It’s a month of inspired action and of magical connections. You don’t need to see the whole way ahead – sometimes it’s enough just to begin, even though you can only see the first or the next step. You’ll be able to create a solid foundation that you can build on over future months.

If you’ve ever yearned to have a creative hobby, or to make money from a creative interest this is a great month to start or launch!

You’re reminded to do whatever you can to ease stress and bring your life back into balance this month. It’s the perfect month for feeling your feelings and working on emotional healing. If you’ve ever thought about finding a counsellor or therapist, or working on relationship issues around a partner or family member this is a very supportive energy for inviting understanding and forgiveness, for creating perspective and for being able to move on.

August is also a great month for reconnecting with our inner child, or with the children in our lives. Make space for art, make space for music, make space for inspiration. Watch your self-talk and be sure to speak of what you want and want to become, rather than what you don’t want or don’t like. Words have power, and speaking these things draws them to you,so choose wisely!

 

The second card I’ve chosen is Higher Power. It speaks to the flow and emotional satisfaction that come from tuning in to our heart and intuition, and allowing ourselves to be guided in our lives and with our art.

“I dream my painting and I paint my dream.” 
― Vincent van Gogh

In August we can call in our Angels, our Guides and all other Muses to help us with our art. That art might be the work we want to do in the world, or the energies within us that need to be expressed as a project or a business. At a fundamental level it can be as simple as our art being the way we live, so that our life becomes the canvas.

Everything will work better with an injection of love this month. When we bring care and passion to our daily lives, when we devote time and thoughtfulness to all we do, our output can be elevated from pedestrian to something so much more.

August helps us find ways to connect with others in ways that truly reach them emotionally. That’s a powerful thing for any artist. It’s a powerful thing for anyone.

Higher Power assures us of a month of inspiration, flow, breakthroughs, progress and good news.

 

Best crystals this month?

Nephrite Jade and Carnelian

Nephrite Jade is a stone that supports heart-centred living and emotional expression in life and in art.

Image from www.gemrockauctions.com

Carnelian energises and grounds the physical body and aids all forms of healing. Great for overcoming exhaustion and burnout.

Image from http://crystalhealingshop.com

 

Essential oils to support your journey?

Each of the following oils will work beautifully on their own for you this month, but they also make a delicious combination for diffusing. The essential oils you will find helpful in August are Rosemary, Lavender, Jasmine, and Bergamot. Rosemary helps us to make good decisions and to problem-solve, Lavender keeps us in flow and relaxed, Jasmine opens us to intuition and spiritual guidance, and Bergamot gifts us optimism, creativity and a sense of gratitude for our lives and the world around us. To diffuse add 2 or three drops of each oil to your room or personal diffuser. You can find the oils here.

 

Remember to make time for yourself and your art in August. Break out of your normal routine, engage your curiosity, live from your heart and create some calm amidst the chaos.

August has the power to transform you. Be open to healing and to seeking help to heal. So much growth is possible for you this month if you only embrace these energies and opportunities. I’m holding space for you to blossom amidst all of this month’s gentle benevolence.

Lots of love, Nicole❤ xoxo

The Energies of May – 2017

“A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees.” ~ Amelia Earhart

 

Hello, Lovelies :)

Breathe a sigh of relief. May is here with her gentle heart-nurturing energies, after the upheavals, revelations and hard work of April.

We’ve identified or faced the difficult stuff, and now that we know where we stand the only way for us to move is forward. Of course May also reminds us that we might need a cup of tea and a nap first – and that’s perfectly okay!

Cards for the Month:

I’ve chosen two cards for May for you: one from the Osho Zen Tarot Deck, and one from Colette Baron-Reid’s Wisdom of the Oracle. Please note I don’t use these cards in the conventional way, but rather as a stimulus for channelled information.

Here is what I have received from each card:

 

“Where there is love there is life.”
~ Mahatma Gandhi

May is a heart-centred month. Our little soul garden has such potential for blooming and flourishing now. May encourages us to get out of the shadow of others and shine our own light. It’s a month where projects and ideas can thrive and we begin to trust our own judgement.

It’s a month where we can develop deep and lasting love connections, and where we can finally heal from the pain of previous heartbreak – whatever the cause.

May shows us how to be independent in love, rather than collapsing into relationships and situations that swallow us whole so that we lose our sense of self or surrender what is dear to us in order that a relationship might work. In May we see that losing ourselves in love isn’t the way to love anyone, especially ourselves.

May is also a great month for overcoming addictions, and healing our body, mind and spirit of deep wounds and traumas so that we can stand strong again.

The second card I’ve chosen is Peace. In May we are encouraged to drop the things from our lives that pull us into craziness, pain or chaos. Strong boundaries may be needed. It’s also a time for forgiveness, no matter how long a burden of pain has been carried.

“We don’t realize that, somewhere within us all, there does exist a supreme self who is eternally at peace.”
~ Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

If you do one thing in May, let it be an act of forgiveness. Forgiveness untethers you from being stuck in the past. It gives you wings. It gifts you freedom. It restores peace. Sometimes, that is also the precious gift your forgiveness gives someone else.

Forgiveness ultimately is about freeing yourself, even if it is someone else you are forgiving. Remember that. It never validates or justifies what happened. It merely says that you are going to put the burden of this heavy thing down now, so that your energy can flow again and you can move away from the pain.

Forgives needs to start with yourself. Every day is a fresh beginning, if only you will allow that. You woke up this morning different to who you were yesterday. Sometimes the change is big. Sometimes it is infinitesimally small. But you changed. So did the other people on this planet. Allow for that possibility in yourself and others, while always maintaining kindness, compassion and common sense.

If you extend an olive branch to another and it is rejected? Be at peace with that. Respect that other person’s choices. Let it be peaceful on your side of the relationship. Be glad that you tried. Flow love anyway. Know that no might not mean never – it might simply not be the right timing yet.

Create space in your life for quiet and peace this month. Find a space that can be your sanctuary or create one. (Not sure how to do that? My lovely friend Helen Joy Butler can help. Go check out her website here)

Best crystals this month?

Rhodonite and Amazonite

Rhodonite is a stone of compassion and love that supports the heart chakra and aids emotional healing. It really bolsters our emotional resilience too.

Image from the GemStoneGeeks

Amazonite taps us into our inner strength and restores hope and trust – a very uplifting stone.

Essential oils to support your journey?

Each of the following oils will work beautifully on their own for you this month, but they also make a delicious combination for diffusing. The essential oils you will find helpful in May are Geranium, Rosemary, Ylang Ylang, and Jasmine. Geranium will soothe anxiety, Rosemary enhances focus and concentration and lifts us out of fatigue and burnout, Ylang Ylang supports us to be able to receive love into our lives and to feel more loving towards ourselves, Jasmine is a wonderful oil for connecting to our intuitive and natural optimism. To diffuse add 2 or three drops of each oil to your room or personal diffuser. You can find the oils here.

Make space in your life for relationships, love, connection, forgiveness and gentleness this month. With yourself. With others. You’ll be so glad you did.

Lots of love, Nicole❤ xoxo

 

The Energies of April – 2017

“When you’re different, sometimes you don’t see the millions of people who accept you for what you are. All you notice is the person who doesn’t.”
~ Jodi Picoult

Hello, Lovelies :)

April has landed, and with it comes strong energy for believing in ourselves and reclaiming our direction.

This is your life. It’s yours to design and to live as you please, whether you realise it or not. This month you’re supported to untangle old thoughts of not-good-enough, and to identify what’s working, what’s broken and where to from here.

 

Cards for the Month:

I’ve chosen two cards for April for you: one from the Osho Zen Tarot Deck, and one from Colette Baron-Reid’s Wisdom of the Oracle. Please note I don’t use these cards in the conventional way, but rather as a stimulus for channelled information.

Here is what I have received from each card:

“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.”
― Søren Kierkegaard

April brings our focus firmly to our thoughts and self-talk. It encourages us to see ourselves more kindly, and to heal self-doubt and low self-worth issues that have held us back from being happy, choosing healthy relationships or putting our talents and gifts out into the world.

If you’re an overthinker, April gifts you supportive energies for moving to a place of greater trust in the Universe and in your own problem-solving abilities and resilience.

April highlights areas in our lives where we are out of step, where the pressure is too much, or our expectations are unrealistic, and it alerts us to the danger signs of burnout. It helps us become aware of where we are wasting time on people, situations and projects that do not support us, and shines a light on the things that truly matter to us on a heart level, on a soul level. April helps us to reclaim our personal and intuitive direction, and to live in more sustainable ways.

 

The second card I’ve chosen is Co-Create. What a supportive and uplifting message! You’re reminded that you are never alone, and that you are a creative being, simply by virtue of being human.

“The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.”
~ Sylvia Plath

So many of your ideas are sound. But you don’t trust them. Or you don’t invest any energy in them. Or you talk them to death without ever having taken a single step to turn them from thoughts into actions.

Co-Create reminds you that when you take a step towards your dreams the Universe steps with you. You are always supported. Helpful people turn up. You find just the right teacher or resource. The perfect partner sits next to you on the bus. Things somehow fall into place.

But that Universal Support is accessed through the act of self-trust and self-belief. Which doesn’t mean you need to be some kind of self-assured egomaniac. You can still have doubt. You can still be scared. But in that place of doubt and scariness keep putting one foot in front of the other. Keep moving. Keep doing. Keep dreaming. Keep acting on your dreams.

You’ll find your self-belief and resilience through action. Never through thinking.

Pray. Call on your Guides, Angels and Ancestors. Meditate. Visualise. Write it all down. But most importantly, get active in creating this month. Who knows what magic can come of it?

Best crystals for April?

Snowflake Obsidian and Selenite

Snowflake Obsidian balances mind, body and spirit, and helps you to quieten an overbusy mind. It also helps you to let go of negative or obsessive behaviours.

Image from www.healingcrystals.com

Selenite  taps you into wisdom and gifts in this and from previous lifetimes. It is calming and strengthens connection to Guides and Angels.

Image from www.energymuse.com

Essential oils to support your journey?

Each of the following oils will work beautifully on their own for you this month, but they also make a delicious combination for diffusing. The essential oils you will find helpful in April are Lemon, Lavender, Jasmine, and Bergamot. Lemon helps us to think clearly and to problem-solve, Lavender keeps us in flow and relaxed, Jasmine keeps us focused and tuned in to our creativity and Bergamot gifts us optimism and a sense of gratitude for our lives and the world around us. To diffuse add 2 or three drops of each oil to your room or personal diffuser. You can find the oils here.

Let April be a month where you value yourself at least as much as you value others. Make time to sit with your thoughts this month, and trust that insight, innovation and clarity will come.

Holding you in my thoughts, prayers and meditations.

Lots of love, Nicole❤ xoxo

 

The Energies of March – 2017

“Everything must be made as simple as possible. But not simpler.”
~ Albert Einstein

“Systems and processes will always surpass motivation.”
~ Chris Matakas

 

Hello, Lovelies :)

Suddenly, here we are at March. It’s a pivotal month, because this is the month where we begin to realise that no matter how motivated we are, if we have to get up and reinvent the wheel every single day, eventually we will sink under the weight of overwhelm.

March is a month where we need to strip back our expectations and identify what truly matters. Then it’s simply about doing more of what matters, and less of what doesn’t!

 

Cards for the Month:

I’ve chosen two cards for March for you: one from the Osho Zen Tarot Deck, and one from Colette Baron-Reid’s Wisdom of the Oracle. Please note I don’t use these cards in the conventional way, but rather as a stimulus for channelled information.

Here is what I have received from each card:

“Water does not resist. Water flows. When you plunge your hand into it, all you feel is a caress. Water is not a solid wall, it will not stop you. But water always goes where it wants to go, and nothing in the end can stand against it. Water is patient. Dripping water wears away a stone. Remember that, my child. Remember you are half water. If you can’t go through an obstacle, go around it. Water does.”
~ Margaret Atwood

March is a month about practicalities. After our planning and our kick-start into action, March is where things get serious in regards to growth and sustainability. The energy of March is all about systems, structure, organisation and control. What are the areas of your life that give you grief or hold you back? How can you bring order and flow to them again?Or do you need to step away and start over?

We are encouraged to look at the areas where we are out of control in our lives. Not just to notice it, but to actually take steps to get things back into flow. March energy celebrates tidying up, clearing clutter, streamlining, and making things simple. In March we need to get things sorted out and keep it real.

We are encouraged to put energy into creating systems and support for ourselves. What is working well? Do more of that! Do more of what you enjoy, do more of what makes money, do more of what sustains health and relationships. But put it into a simple system or routine. There is no point in reinventing the wheel every month. It’s crazy to be doing everything ourselves.

Suffer from depression or anxiety? Routine and structure is proven to help with the management of these conditions. Why not give it a try in March?

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The second card I’ve chosen is To Be Fair. The picture captures so well the wisdom in creating a life for ourselves that is balanced and that honours our inner wisdom and intuition.

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“Your hand opens and closes, opens and closes. If it were always a fist or always stretched open, you would be paralysed. Your deepest presence is in every small contracting and expanding, the two as beautifully balanced and coordinated as birds’ wings.”
~ Jalaluddin Rumi

In March we realise that it is no use being fair to others if it puts us at a personal disadvantage. We must be on an equal footing with everyone else, and so must our hopes and dreams.

It is also a calming factor in our lives when we are able to create structure and routine. We relax more, our time frees up, and our anxiety decreases.

We also realise in March that we have choices. If we choose one thing we cannot necessarily have the other thing as well.

We see that we must choose widely, and with our own well-being and our own dreams at heart.

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Best crystals this month?

Sodalite and Tourmalinated Quartz

Sodalite  is known as both the truth stone and the poet’s stone. It aids all forms of communication and supports a personal vision which is aligned with your values.

Tourmalinated Quartz is a clear quartz stone with small rods of black tourmaline within it. This helps with grounded and realistic plans – even when your vision for yourself is BIG, and it is a magical remedy for busting through negativity and limited thinking.

Essential oils to support your journey?

Each of the following oils will work beautifully on their own for you this month, but they also make a delicious combination for diffusing. The essential oils you will find helpful in March are Rosemary, Lemon, Peppermint and Lavender. Rosemary helps us to make good decisions and to problem-solve, Lemon is uplifting and inspires positive thoughts, Peppermint is calming but invigorating – especially when we are tired, Lavender keeps us in flow and relaxed. To diffuse add 2 or three drops of each oil to your room or personal diffuser. Young Living’s Clarity Blend is also sensational for focus, clear thinking and confidence. I often use it when I am planning or working on my business. You can find the oils here.

6a017d3f96f2ed970c01b8d1a61928970cMake March a month that supports rather than strains you. That will make all the difference.

Holding you in my thoughts, prayers and meditations.

Lots of love, Nicole❤ xoxo

 

Saving Dudley Dog!

“Such short little lives our pets have to spend with us, and they spend most of it waiting for us to come home each day.” ~  John Grogan

 

Australia is in the grip of a ferocious heatwave right now. Late yesterday afternoon I lay down on my bed in our air-conditioned bedroom, thoroughly exhausted and grateful to be in the cool. I’ve worked a few big days, and been on call outside work hours too. So many people have been affected by the moon, and the energies of February. It’s been a time of high stress and peak transformation for many. Even my spare hours have been crowded with lending support to others. But that’s okay – it’s why I’m here.

As I was almost asleep I heard a loud but insistent voice. A squeaky, childlike voice.

“Wake up, wake up!” the voice said. “Dudley Dog is in trouble.”

It was my fairy friend, Sokli. She sounded quite agitated.

“Hurry up,” she said. “You have to call his mum. He’s too, too hot and there’s no water and no shade and he’s in big trouble. You have to help him NOW!”

Immediately I thought of a friend, and her dog Dudley. But she would never leave her old dog out in the backyard in a heatwave! I struggled to think who Sokli might be talking about.

“You know his mum,” she said. “The Jo Anne Lady. She just moved houses and she isn’t allowed to have a dog inside. You have to call her!”

Suddenly I did remember a Joanne lady who I haven’t talked to for over a year, possibly longer? Yes, that was the one. I turned on my computer and found her phone number. Joanne was still at work in the middle of the city, and surprised that I was calling her. Did she have a dog called Dudley? Yes, she did, a German Shepherd cross. He was a rescue dog, about four years old. She’d had him for six months and he was the love of her life. How did I know? Joanne’s surprise soon turned to panic as I told her he was having problems with the heat. She promised me she would leave work straight away and go home to her pet.

I hadn’t been off the phone ten minutes when Sokli began yelling in my ear again.

“TOO SLOW. SHE’S TOO SLOW! She has to hurry up or Dudley won’t make it!”

I called Joanne back. She was just leaving work, and still had to catch a bus and then walk the rest of the way home. The trip would take an hour. Maybe more if the traffic was bad.

Joanne moved to this house last weekend, after taking a transfer to a new city. She hadn’t met the neighbours yet. She didn’t know anyone who could check on her dog for her. “Call the RSPCA,” I urged her, “or your closest vet. I promise, it’s a genuine emergency.”

That was all I could do. I did a healing meditation for Dudley, and I called on every energy and entity I could think of to help him until someone turned up at his door. I put a post on my facebook wall, asking my friends to send love and energy to him and his mum too. I figured it would help both Dudley dogs and both mums.

Late last night Joanne rang me back. Someone from the vet’s office had rushed to Joanne’s house and found Dudley collapsed in the back yard. He was dangerously dehydrated and in severe heat distress. If they had found Dudley even an hour later they may not have been able to save him.

Joanne had left two bowls of water out for Dudley before she went to work, and he had a doghouse to shelter in too. But in a heatwave a doghouse becomes like a sauna – and offers no protection from the heat at all. In the late afternoon Dudley had absolutely no shade, and his water was long gone.

Image from www.vetary.com

Image from www.vetary.com

Joanne texted me again this morning. Dudley is being moved from intensive care, and they expect he will make a full recovery. The vets are quite amazed at how well Dudley has bounced back. What a lucky thing that Sokli was paying attention yesterday afternoon, and that so many caring people sent love and energy Dudley’s way. Thank you to all of you who helped. I know it made a difference!

Please, if you are experiencing a heatwave or a hot day, think of your animals and do all you can to provide them with a cool shady place to rest, and lots of water in multiple locations in case one gets knocked over. Shell baths with water or ice are good too. If possible, let your pets come into the cool of the house until the heatwave has passed.

There are some excellent suggestions for keeping your pets cool here.

It’s also a kindness if you can leave bowls of water out for the birds and the wildlife. Everyone is affected by this kind of heat.

Thank you again, and lots of love from Sokli and I,

Nicole <3 xx

Picture Zak Simmonds - from The Townville Bulletin

Picture Zak Simmonds – from The Townville Bulletin

Acceptance – A Short Documentary about Owning Who You Are

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“The things that make me different are the things that make me.”  ~ A.A. Milne

“You are always welcome at my table.” ~ Nicole Cody

 

Last year I invited my friend Kerry Warnholtz to come spend some time with me as I prepared for and then ran my Chakra Wisdoms retreat.

Kerry is a talented photographer and videographer who sees the world through soulful and ever-watchful eyes. I hoped that she might be able to capture some footage and a few stills for my new website. My brief to her was that I wanted her to somehow show the love and care I put into each event that I run, and how precious each of my students is to me – how much I take that teaching and mentoring responsibility into my heart.

Kerry didn’t just capture that – she captured me – a little snapshot into my life, and the struggles I have had in coming to a place of self-acceptance. This short film speaks a lot to my WHY – why I do what I do – and I thought many of you might relate to the struggles I had in my earlier life to accept myself as I am.

What I want you to know, more than anything, is that I believe in you and that I want you to be who you are and be true to yourself. Being you is the most important thing you can do, and it’s time. The world needs us to stop pretending to be who we are not or to represent ourselves in the world as less than we are. It’s time to embrace ourselves and each other in all of our glorious diversity and similarity.

So, watch this little documentary. Come meet me at my farm, and in my life, and know that you are always welcome at my table.

You are among friends here.

Thanks for sharing the journey with me,

Nicole <3 xx

 

PS – If you want to see more of Kerry’s wonderful work you can find her at www.tsi-multimedia.com

The Strange Dream

“Dreams are today’s answers to tomorrow’s questions.” ~ Edgar Cayce

 

I had the strangest dream last night.

A dream that seemed less like a dream and more like a garden party.

My grandfather was there, handsome and charming as ever. Dressed in his best summer nautical whites.

My grandfather passed away some years ago. I knew instinctively that all of the other people in the dream had also died. But there was no solemnity or sadness. We were celebrating something, waiting for an honored guest, and it was very social.

My grandfather introduced me to an older woman, and a girl in her early twenties perhaps.

We chatted for a moment, and then the happy young girl fixed her eyes on me in a way I could not ignore. She asked me to give her mother a message for me. She told me her mother’s name and where she was from.

And then she gave me the message, which was short but clear.

The message was in two parts. Both for her ‘mom’, but one private and one I could share.

Here’s the share message.

God is love, and love is everywhere.

So this morning I am looking for Dani’s mom. I hope I find her…