Favourite Things

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“Sunday is the golden clasp that binds together the volume of the week.” 
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

It’s Sunday, and for me it’s a day of favourite things.

Meditation first, before the sun comes up, with my Mala beads and Tibetan Bowl.

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A short walk around the farm with Harry while we wait for the rest of the household to wake up. We’ll pick some flowers and say hello to the cows.

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Fresh juice with produce from our garden (followed by a fistful of lyme meds – but we’ll ignore that bit…).

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A trip to the monthly Bangalow Markets, held in the quaint old Showgrounds of our little town. We always go in very early to avoid the crowds. There are lots of places to sit and have a chat and a cuppa, lots of friends to hug, and I’m usually home by mid-morning, ready for a nap on the veranda. The markets means Byron Bay Organic Donuts, lots of crafty things, a chance to stock up on some new jam and a few seedlings for the vegetable patch.

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Saying hello to my lovely neighbour Richard Jones, who’ll be selling his gorgeous earthy pottery at those same markets.

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Afternoon naps. Best invention ever for that sleepy after-lunch lull!

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Sitting with my writing, and adding to my word count. And perhaps some time to curl up with a good book. A nourishing bowl of chai, some spiritual communing and a little dreaming. I love Sundays!

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Where have all the flowers gone? OR Vote for Variety!

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“Arranging a bowl of flowers in the morning can give a sense of quiet in a crowded day – like writing a poem or saying a prayer.”

~ Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Right beneath our noses something sneaky is happening. Our choices are becoming more limited, even as it appears that there is greater diversity in the marketplace than ever before. Some things aren’t even what we think they are anymore.  Like milk. Milk has become a manufactured product, rather than a natural one.

Test me out, and see if I’m right.  Take a walk through your local supermarket. Are some of your favourite foods no longer being stocked?  Have many of them become available only as home-brand or generic brand items?

The truth is that fewer and fewer companies are producing and controlling more and more of our consumer take-home items. Small companies are absorbed into the larger ones and many of the brands we know and love disappear forever. Why, even my local lolly hangout, The Mullumbimby Chocolate Shop, is finding it harder and harder to source the old varieties of sweets.  Many of these companies produce their candies by hand, on equipment from the 1800s and 1900s. As owners die, or the companies are taken over, these old lines are phased out in favour of mass produced sweets. Goodbye Lemon Sherbet Bombs and Raspberry Twists, hello Skittles and Snickers Bars.

Add to this the global giant Monsanto, which dominates seed production and distribution throughout the world, and my world is painted a little drabber.

But I digress, because today I want to talk about flowers.  There is a link between the two themes though, I promise!

There is a dairy farm not far from mine where two elderly brothers tend a flower garden.  It’s not just any flower garden; they grow dahlias, and enter the blooms into the local Agricultural Shows every year.  The brothers grow an enormous variety of types, and they sell the excess flowers for ten dollars a bucket.  The buckets are placed under a tree on the side of the road, with an honour system, so that you leave your money under a rock in their letterbox. They ask that you bring the bucket back when you’re finished…

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At the end of each season the men collect the seed from their plants, including any variations from type or new crosses.  The seeds are then painstakingly placed into  labelled envelopes, catalogued, and stored in boxes in the shed until next season.

Some of the seedstock goes back to the men’s own grandparents.  Relatives brought a veritable garden in their luggage when they came out from England by boat, in the form of saved seed.  Other seed has been traded locally with neighbours who got their own seeds from family in Europe or America. And of course seed is often exchanged at shows and garden fairs.

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Every time I look at these dahlias now I wonder about the story behind them. I think of the people who tended the plants, saved the seeds, passed them on.

It saddens me a little. Most people get their gardens from the Nursery section of a supermarket or a mega hardware store these days. There’s so little choice – a predictable selection of propragated plants, multiple cheerful punnets of a few common annuals, one or two special varieties being plugged by TV personalities.

Few modern gardeners save seed.  Most people don’t even know how to plant or care for a garden anymore. So many simple skills for sustainability being lost. I do consider growing flowers to be about sustainability – sustainability of our soul and our creative heart, and sustainability of relationships and ties throughout history. Sure we need fruits and vegetables for survival, but an existence without flowers would be so much less satisfying.

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Perhaps there is some small pocket of space where you can create a friendship garden or help keep heritage varieties of plants in existence. Join a garden club, or talk to the oldies in your local area!

You can also buy heritage plants and seeds from the following places:

The Diggers Club – Australia

Eden Seeds – Australia

Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds – America

Landreth Seed Company – America

The Real Seed Catalogue – UK

Thomas Etty Esquire – UK

It’s gardening, not rocket science.  Truly it’s not hard, and it can be very rewarding.  If you’re time poor, or have no space to garden, at least buy produce from your local farmers markets, and support the growers who care about biodiversity and quality food.

And while we’re at it, why not vote with your dollar, and support the many other small businesses that provide us with variety, quality and employment in other areas of our lives? Avoid the large and no-name generic brands.  Ask for your favourite brands by name. Your purchasing power keeps these businesses alive, and allows us to enjoy freedom of choice.

At times you may feel powerless in this world, but as a consumer your dollar counts.  Use it to vote for variety! Bless ♥ xx

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How a Garden Can Teach You To Be More Creative

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“Gardening is cheaper than therapy and you get tomatoes.”  ~ Author Unknown

Gardening is a seasonal thing.  There are tasks to do in every season, but Summer tasks can’t be easily undertaken in Winter and Winter tasks aren’t so suited to the Spring.

What does this have to do with creativity you may ask?

Why, my dear friend, everything!  Creativity has its seasons too, and once you begin to understand that you don’t need to fight against nature, you can begin to work with flow and rhythm. All creative projects follow a similar path to the seasons.  Recognising what season you’re in is the first step!

Winter

Winter is the time for rest.  It’s a dark, quiet place with the occasional storm or blizzard. But it’s from the darkness that our ideas come.  Winter is not a doing time. It’s a thinking time, a planning time, a snuggling up under the doona with a book time. You can’t force anything to grow in Winter, but it doesn’t stop you dreaming about Spring, or the harvest you’ll make come Summer.

If you are in a cold hard place creatively then treat yourself kindly.  Don’t panic.  The seasons always change. And as they do, you’ll change with them.  In the meantime, go clean out your kitchen cupboards or have a cup of tea and flick through a garden catalogue to inspire you. If inspiration does strike, well it’s fine to buy a few packets of seed, attend a class on composting, or sketch out some designs. But don’t even try to plant anything.  The garden’s not ready yet and anything you plant won’t survive and thrive in such inhospitable conditions.

Ice on a barren winter garden.

Ice on a barren winter garden. Time for dreaming, planning and getting ready for Spring.

Spring

Spring is work time!  It’s the season for setting out solid foundations. You set out your beds, dig some good compost through them, and plant out all your tender seedlings. If you only have a loose plan so far, Spring is the time where we firm up the details.  It’s also where we get the supplies we need if we didn’t take care of that in Winter. Good ideas are like those tender seedlings – they need special care.  There are some good ideas about that here: Protecting a Good Idea.

Every day or so you’ll need to come back to your garden and do some work; fertilising, weeding, watering, trailing tendrils of climbers up the trellis you have created for them.  You’ll be able to enjoy some early harvest, but mostly Spring is about setting a solid foundation for what’s to come. Get into good gardening habits. and keep learning and practicing!

Getting your garden beds ready to plant out for Spring!

There’s work to be done! Getting your garden beds ready to plant out for Spring…

Summer

A Summer garden provides a bountiful harvest.  Everything grows quickly and easily, although vigorous plants may need extra staking, and you’ll still be doing the usual jobs – feeding, weeding, tending, watering.

Some of your produce may need to be rejected or written off – a bug might get into your tomato, or a bird might eat all of your figs.  That’s the nature of gardens – they are never 100% perfection.  Gardens are always a work in progress.

The crop you had high hopes for might fail to thrive, but the butter beans you poked into the soil as an afterthought might take off in spectacular fashion providing you with never-ending buckets of delight.  Share your harvest and enjoy!

So much to harvest! Image from www.getintogardening.co.uk

So much to harvest! Image from www.getintogardening.co.uk

Autumn

In Autumn we collect seed and put it away for next spring.  There are different jobs to do now.  We’re still tending our vegetable patch, and there is still harvest, but we are spending more time mending, tidying and getting the most out of our crops. We bottle and put away produce to keep us going through winter. It’s also where we review what worked and what didn’t and what we’ll do differently next time.

Autumn is a season where we may call in some help. You might let the chooks into the garden to eat up all the slugs and grasshoppers.  You’ll start pulling out the failing plants, and a neighbour may come with a rotary hoe to churn the old plants back into the soul, nourishing your beds for next spring. You might thumb through some books to find out why your beets rotted in the ground, and how you can prevent that next time, or whether you should even be planting beets at all. You’ll feed and mulch and look after that soil so it’s ready for another productive year.

Letting the chooks (chickens for you non-Australians) into the end of season Autumn Garden.

Letting the chooks (chickens for you non-Australians) into the end of season Autumn Garden.

Creativity, like gardening, has its seasons.  Of course, you could be like some modern manufacturers and grow all your tomatoes in a hot house at maximum yield year round. That’s very productive, I’ll give you that.  But I bet you won’t be able to taste the Summer sun in those fruit, or the tang of a late frost. Seasons give their own magic to gardens and to art.  Bless ♥ xx

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PS: This post is part of my 2013 Creative Challenge Project.  If you’d like to read more, visit these posts:

Join my 2013 Creative Project Challenge

Creative Project Challenge – February Check In

Lost your Creative Mojo?

When the Muse vanishes – thoughts on the loss of Creativity

Emerging from the Chrysalis – Your Butterfly Oracle for 2013

Image from www.ipandora.net

Image from www.ipandora.net

“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.”  ~ Author Unknown

“There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it’s going to be a butterfly.”  ~ Richard Buckminster Fuller

Here we are with 2013 stretching out in front of us, full of promise, and beckoning us to step into this flow of new life. What better symbol for this than the butterfly emerging from the chrysalis! So today’s post is an opportunity for you to give yourself a mini-reading by choosing the butterfly you find most appealing – each butterfly has a message about the qualities, opportunities and energies you can draw on in the year ahead.

Instructions for using today’s post

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

When you have chosen your butterfly, scroll further down for your message. Trust that you will be shown what you most need in guiding you to make the best of 2013.

Love and Light,

Nicole ♥ xx

Butterfly Messages for Transformation…

1. Australian Painted Lady Butterfly

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Image from www.fantom-xp.com

2. Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly

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3. Cairns Birdwing Butterfly

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Image from www.splendidwallpaper.com

4.  Peacock Butterfly

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Image from www.ourlittlecornerofparadise.blogspot.com

5. Malachite Butterfly

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Image from www.hiren.info

6.  Blue Morpho Butterflyblue-morpho-butterfly4

7. Black and White Butterfly

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Image from www.fwallpapers.com

8. Snake Butterfly

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Image from www.churumuri.wordpress.com

♥ The Healing Message and Gift of each Image ♥

Each butterfly image has a message for you. I have also selected a crystal to best support the message and energies of change in your life.  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 right now.  You can turn it into your own personal mantra by saying “I choose ___________ ” (insert your Power Word). Your year can also be supported by an Australian Bush Flower Essence, chosen to enhance your positive transformation this year.

1.  Australian Painted Lady Butterfly:

♥ Message – This is the year for you to trust your creativity, to fill up the well that feeds your ideas and inspiration, and to start truly honouring your journey as an artist, no matter what your creative medium might be. If you need to polish your skills find a mentor, a class or a book, but most importantly BE creative.  Make music, make art, write, and don’t be afraid to experiment with expressing your creativity in a variety of ways. Let this be the year where you create what’s in your heart and express your soul’s magic.  ♥ Crystal – Amazonite  ♥ Power Word – Creating  ♥ Australian Bush Flower Essence – Pink Flannel Flower

2.  Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly:

♥ Message – 2013 is calling you to honour your physical vehicle – your body. This is a year for simplifying your life, for finding time for rest and play, for sleep, and for movement.  Look to create a routine and some structure in your life so that you can make time to allow your well-being to become a priority.  Whether it’s getting help with diet and nutrition, joining a yoga class, seeking health practitioners to help you heal, or just having more time for yourself and being out in nature, it’s time to put yourself first for a change.  You’ll be amazed at how transforming your well-being changes your life in ways you can’t begin to imagine.  ♥ Crystal – Jasper – whichever one you’re drawn to!  ♥ Power Word – Well-Being  ♥ Australian Bush Flower Essence – Sunshine Wattle

3.  Cairns Birdwing Butterfly:

♥ Message – You have wonderful ideas, you’re a true innovator, and in 2013 you need to find ways to develop and honour your leadership abilities. It’s time to stand out from the crowd.  Look for promotions or ways to start your own business, back your own ideas and respect your intuition in regards the opportunities and relationships around you. Teaching, coaching, leading, managing, writing and developing resources, problem solving and turning things around – that’s what this coming year is all about for you.  ♥ Crystal – Citrine  ♥ Power Word – Solutions  ♥ Australian Bush Flower Essence – Macrocarpa

4.  Peacock Butterfly:

♥ Message – Creating your castle is what 2013 is all about for you.  Your castle is a home where you feel safe and loved, where there are healthy relationships, clear boundaries with the world around you, a personal space that reflects your taste and interests, and time to enjoy your private space and personal life.  This year do all you can to create a better work/life balance. Get out into the sunshine, celebrate life with social time, curl up with a book on a Sunday afternoon for down time. Feel good about where you live, and the people with whom you share your space. ♥ Crystal – Green Jade  ♥ Power Word – Balance  ♥ Australian Bush Flower Essence – Bluebell

5.  Malachite Butterfly:

♥ Message – 2013 is a year of personal Mastery for you. No matter what your passions, interests, or area of expertise, this is a powerful year of positive transformation, where mastering skills and practices will open up so many opportunities for you that you’ll look back on 2013 as being the year where it all changed. This year invest in yourself. If you already have a level of Mastery, look to teaching and sharing your knowledge with others. If you have a weakness or issue that is holding you back, do all you can in 2013 to work through that issue and create lasting shift. It’s the beginning of big things for you!  ♥ Crystal – Labradorite  ♥ Power Word – Breakthrough  ♥ Australian Bush Flower Essence – Bush Fushcia

6.  Blue Morpho Butterfly:

♥ Message – This year is calling you to regain a sense of freedom in your life.  You need time for yourself, time for recovery and expansion of your soul.  You need travel and adventure and new horizons.  You need challenges that stretch you in the most positive of ways.  How can you devote time to your dreams this year?  How can you make a cherished wish come true?  How can you feel the wind beneath your wings? In all ways this year, look to nurture that sense of freedom. Let the wind take you where it will.  ♥ Crystal – Larimar  ♥ Power Word – Freedom  ♥ Australian Bush Flower Essence – Red Grevillea

7.  Black and White Butterfly:

♥ Message – 2013 is a year of dramatic progress and transformation with your intuitive and metaphysical abilities.  This year calls you to be more in touch with your emotions, your true thoughts and feelings, and your gut instincts.  It is also a year of psychic connection, growth and messages. Make sure that in 2013 you make time for meditating, for spiritual connection and soul time.  Work on purifying your body, detoxing and cleansing your physical, emotional and spiritual body. Look for courses, retreats and mentors to help you heal, grow and transform. You are part of the change we wish to see in the world!  ♥ Crystal – Chevron Amethyst  ♥ Power Word – Connection  ♥ Australian Bush Flower Essence – Pink Mulla Mulla

8: Snake Butterfly:

♥ Message – 2013 is the year of Reclaiming Your Power! The Snake Butterfly is a potent symbol of standing your ground, being brave and independent, being strong and self-reliant.  The Universe is calling you to step up and be bold this year.  No more being taken for granted, no more being pushed around.  Whether you are shy, exhausted, defeated, insecure – no matter what obstacle you face – Snake Butterfly is telling you that you have the power within you to withstand and overcome. Be bold in your choices, actions and decisions.  Make the change.  Give yourself your best life.  The Universe has your back this year so go for it!  ♥ Crystal – Tiger Iron  ♥ Power Word – Victory  ♥ Australian Bush Flower Essence – Illawarra Flame Tree

 ♥ I’m wishing you your best year yet!  Love and Light, Nicole ♥ xx

Down at the Farm…

A Garden of Love grows in a Grandmother’s Heart ~ Author unknown

I’m feeling circumspect today.  My beloved Nana is in hospital after falling and breaking her hip. She’s 97, nearly 98, and it’s been hard to be brought up close to the truth of her age, her mortality, and that her time with us is drawing ever closer to an ending. I forget sometimes, that she won’t be with us forever.

My beautiful Nana

I’m grateful to be at my farm right now.  For me it’s a special place that never ceases to nurture me, to replenish me, and to remind me of the natural rhythm and wisdom of the cycles of life.

Being at the farm reconnects me. There is an abundance here that gives richness and texture to my life. I love the peacefulness, and the privacy. I can walk amidst nature, and watch birds and animals to my heart’s content. I can pick a flower or two to adorn my house, and I can always rely on finding fruit, vegetables or herbs to pluck and enjoy.  I have friends at every boundary, and I never need be alone, except by choice.

My Nana has very much shaped the farmer, and the person, I’ve become.  When I was a little girl she was the first person to teach me about seed saving.  And she showed me that vegetables and flowers could grow right along side each other. She taught me that a garden didn’t need to be grand, and that a very humble space could feed you.

After years of being embarrassed that Nana went everywhere with plastic bags in her handbag in case she found a plant worthy of taking a small cutting from, I now find myself doing the same. The geraniums in my garden grew from pieces snapped off from her own plants. Nana could tell me where most of her plants came from – never from a nursery, always from the gardens of friends, or propagated from the greater gardens of Brisbane. Her garden was a tapestry of love.

Today, in honour of my Nana, I’m sharing some of my garden tapestry with you. There are wild spaces, farm spaces, and little pockets of crafted space. I hope they work their magic for you too.

Oranges, sweet and juicy.

Fresh green grass and koala homes.

Sweet little tomatoes, still flourishing as the weather has cooled.

Possums, busy eating our roses.

Purple daisy, sparking with early morning rain drops.

A kitchen full of cheer.

A bountiful harvest of spuds.

The magical platypus creek.

New calf with mum, and a little friend looking on.

Thanks for visiting.  Friends are welcome here anytime. Come sit a while on my verandah and enjoy a cup of tea, a chai or a good coffee with me. We can swap garden cuttings and recipes, and I promise to feed you well. Nana would approve of that! ♥ xx

Protecting a Good Idea

Delicate flower by Tyeise – innographx.com

We’ve all had them. Ideas that are special to us. Ideas that seem like they could turn into something good given enough time. It might be an idea about creating something or becoming something – but we sense that this idea is special, and has the power to be transformational for us.

A good idea is like a tiny seedling.  It is still young and delicate. It can be easily harmed, squashed, or damaged beyond repair.

Our job is to protect that idea until it has enough strength to stand alone.

So what are we protecting our idea from?

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Elephants.

Well, that’s what I call them, anyway.

Ideas grow in a place in your mind that is much like a little garden. Your job is to keep the elephants out, because no matter whether it’s a well-meaning and friendly elephant, or an angry, rampaging, or just plain mean elephant , elephants have the capacity to stomp on your good ideas and cause irreparable damage.

Elephant foot ~ by Hoof_Lovers at flickr.com

An elephant might be a family member who says to you, “Honey, don’t be ridiculous, you’re not artistic. Didn’t we decided you were going to be a dentist? Stop being so dramatic and go finish your studies!” You deflate.  The idea is crushed beyond salvation. You cry a little when no-one is watching and then go dutifully study teeth and gums.

They might be a friend, who laughs or rolls their eyes when you share your idea with them. “That’s the stupidest thing I ever heard!” they might say as tears of laughter run down their face. You look at your idea after they’ve gone and it’s wilted and sad. Suddenly it seems hopeless to even try and revive it.

Or it might be a teacher, a room-mate, someone who you trust, a competitor, or even someone who in loving you and trying to support you still tramples on your dream. “Oh, that’s so interesting, but wouldn’t it be better if you…” Suddenly your good idea doesn’t look anything like the way it did when you started, and it just doesn’t make you feel the same way about it any more.

Worse still, they might steal it, and put it in their own garden! One day you come back to work on your idea only to find that someone else beat you to it and it’s thriving over there – and will never be yours again.

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When an idea is tender and young you need to put a protective fence around it. Maybe you’ll need to keep it in a diary or a safe place. Maybe you’ll need to keep nurturing it in your mind. But respect this idea, cherish it, and help it to grow. Don’t invite elephants into your garden. Don’t even let them catch a glimpse.

If you love and nurture your idea it will grow. You may even find some people who can help you tend that idea, so that it strengthens and blossoms. As you get excited about it and clear about it, you’ll attract what you need to get your idea to thrive.

One day it will be strong enough and big enough that even an elephant can’t squash it. And then it will have the power to transform your life, and maybe even the lives of others.

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Believe in your dreams. You are given them for a reason. Honour them, cherish them and trust that they have the capacity to grow into something beyond your most wondrous imagining. ♥ xx

The Healing Power of Flowers and Fairy Blessings

Flower fairy by Cicely Mary Barker. Image from eso-garden.com

I’d rather have roses on my table than diamonds on my neck.  ~ Emma Goldman

Flowers are a precious gift from nature.  Their colour, fragrance, shape and texture have a marvellous ability to impart energetic and healing qualities to us.

My beautiful fairy friend Sokli (you can read about her here) and I chose these flower pictures for their energy and how this can positively affect you.  We have also meditated on each image to charge it up for you.

Here’s Sokli’s message to you:

Hiya. Hi Hi Hi! Remember that the Earth is your Mother too, and she loves you very much and so do we. Flowers is always a nice gift for yourselves and you don’t even have to pick them, you can grow them in your garden or go for a nice walk and drink up all their lovely goodness. Even perfumes that smell of flowers are good for you because they still have the magic in them from the flower. Flowers is to make us happy and to give us gifts. I love them very much and I hope you do too, and we made some nice flower presents for you so that you remember how much we love you. It’s a Mothers Day present for EVERYONE. Okay bye and thanks for being our friend. We love love love you Love from your friend Sokli xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

The Fairy of Flowers by Cathy Delanssay

Instructions for using today’s post

Today I want you to scroll down through the following images and then let yourself come back to the one you are most drawn to.

When you have chosen your flower, scroll further down for that flower’s specific gift to you in your healing journey.

I hope you enjoy this exercise as much as Sokli and I enjoyed putting it together.

Love and Light,

Nicole ♥ xx

White Rose – Image from fanpop.com

Liatris – Blazing Star Flower – Image from flowerinfo.org

Pink Lily – Image by allbestwallpapers.com

Blue Iris – Image from floweringflowers.net

Nasturtium – Image by flowerfinder.net

Daisy – Image from desktopia.net

Hibiscus – Image by arichards63 Flickriver

♥ The Healing Message and Gift of each Flower ♥

Each flower has a message for you. We have also selected a crystal to best support the message and energies of the flower you choose.  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). The Australian Bush Flower Essence is a vibrational remedy that holds the energy and essence of a particular flower within it. This remedy will be supportive of you right now, and will help you open to positive change and healing.

♥ White Rose – Messages and love from the spiritual realms, loved ones watching over you, the need for self-care and self nurture in your life. ♥ Best Crystal – Rose Quartz  ♥ Power Word – Love  ♥ Australian Bush Flower Essence – Bottlebrush

 Liatris – Fertility, new creative ideas and partnerships, blooming self confidence and identity.  ♥ Best crystal – Citrine  ♥ Power Word – Becoming  ♥ Australian Bush Flower Essence – Macrocarpa

 Pink Lily – Inner strength, confidence, recognition of your worth, ability to act with grace and courage.  ♥ Best crystal – Tourmaline (any colour)  ♥ Power Word – Confidence  ♥ Australian Bush Flower Essence – Dog Rose

 Blue Iris – Rest, relaxation and unwinding of mental tension, an easing of what troubles you, help is at hand. ♥ Best crystal – Amethyst  ♥ Power Word – Clarity  ♥ Australian Bush Flower Essence – Crowea

 Nasturtium – Joy, sunshine, fun, friendship and laughter. Finding the path back to happiness. ♥ Best crystal – Aventurine  ♥ Power Word – Joy  ♥ Australian Bush Flower Essence – Five Corners

 Daisy – The natural world, nature spirits, fairies, physical healing, seeing the unseen, the healing power of nature. ♥ Best crystal – Jasper  ♥ Power Word – Trust  ♥ Australian Bush Flower Essence – Sunshine Wattle

 Hibiscus – Individuality, freedom to walk your own path, unique voice, flow and vitality. ♥ Best Crystal – Carnelian ♥ Power Word – Energy  ♥ Australian Bush Flower Essence – Little Flannel Flower

Drinking in Colour – how to do a Healing Walk

Have you ever had a rough day? Silly question.  Of course you have. Like you, I have my occasional difficult patch, that place in my life where emotionally (and sometimes phsyically) I am stretched thin. Sometimes it’s from psychic work, sometimes the dramas of life – it never really matters how I get there, once I am there the only thing to do is nurture.

But what do you do when you feel that terrible gnawing emptiness, exhaustion, or deep emotional pain? When you are so drained that you are out of ideas for how to make yourself feel better…

I recommend a walk.

On this walk I want you to do three things:

  1. Breathe.
  2. Let the rhythm of your steps begin to calm your mind, just like a moving meditation.
  3. Drink in colour.

How do you drink in colour? Let your eyes drift to the things around you. Your soul will guide you towards colours that are soothing, healing, restoring, harmonising. Your chakras and your aura will become more energised. The colours you bring into your awareness will bring gifts to soothe and uplift you.

You’ll arrive home feeling calmer.  You’ll find that eventually, or much sooner, answers and ideas start to flow.

I took that sort of a walk this morning, and snapped some pictures so we could share this experience. If any of the images stand out for you, focus on them for a minute or two and let their energies infuse your consciousness.

Walking and drinking in colour is free. But the rewards are high. Often the best healing tools are right at our doorstep.

If any of these images bring something up for you, or generate certain emotions or thoughts, please feel free to share.

Much love to you ♥ xx