Leading by Example – A Lesson In Vulnerability

 “Vulnerability is the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, courage, empathy, and creativity. It is the source of hope, empathy, accountability, and authenticity. If we want greater clarity in our purpose or deeper and more meaningful spiritual lives, vulnerability is the path.” 
Brené Brown

 

I’m running a retreat right now. It’s something I love to do – one of my greatest joys is helping others to discover their path, to connect to their intuition and soul wisdom and to become skilled at energy work and using their psychic gifts.

My courses are a mix of lectures, philosophy, channelling and practical activities. And I always demonstrate things I ask my students to do for themselves. So when it comes to teaching how to do personal journey-work I use myself as the example.

Yesterday we worked on connecting in to our Oversoul and asking about our life direction, what will make us happy, what gifts we have come here to share and what our legacy might be.

Which is how I came to be sitting on the carpet in front of my students, my oracle cards spread in front of me as I chose cards and then spoke aloud the very private messages that these cards evoked. This was not staged. I pulled cards and did this exercise that was meant to be done privately in the same way I would have done it if I had been working alone at home.

Every card became harder for me to read. My life was on the floor in front of me, and the messages were profound and excruciatingly personal. But I was committed to doing the exercise from start to finish to teach my students clearly what I was asking them to do for themselves.

By the last card I was in tears, and my voice had a definite waver. It was hard to share such an intimate journey when I did not know in advance what might be revealed with each turn of a card. It was a big reading. There’s nothing like laying your soul bare in front of a crowd to make you really feel your vulnerability.

But I am glad I did. It helped my students to see not just my process, but the power of being brave enough to go deeper with your self-exploration, and of owning that journey.

So my question to you today is this: Who can you help by laying bare your process, by sharing your vulnerability, by allowing yourself to be seen uncensored, raw and real?

Sending much love your way, Nicole ❤ xx

Colour Oracle for Channelled Guidance

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Image from PANTIP

“Color directly influences the soul. Color is the keyboard, the eyes are the hammers, the soul is the piano with many strings. The artist is the hand that plays, touching one key or another purposely, to cause vibrations in the soul.”
~ Wassily Kandinsky, Concerning the Spiritual in Art

 

Here’s a little colour inspiration to start the week ahead. All you need to do is scroll down through the images, choose the colour that most appeals to you, and then scroll past the pictures to read your channelled message.

I’ve had lots of fun putting this oracle together, so I hope you enjoy it too!

Lots of love, Nicole xx

 

1. Pink

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2. Green

3. Brown

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Image from WallpapersDB

4. White

5. Blue

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Image from Fanpop Flowers

6. Tangerine

7. Red

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Image from RMQ

Your Colour Message

1. Pink

This week really enables you to get to the heart of things: to see what’s working and what’s not, to finally recognise the patterns in your life, and to be able to gain clarity and perspective in regards to relationships, family, the workplace and your current passion or lack of passion. This week don’t sit in judgement. Just watch, eyes open. Mind open. By week’s end you’ll have a fresh perspective, an informed heart and mind, and an ability to form well thought out decisions. Don’t be afraid. Clarity and truth bring great power, and lead to action. A great crystal for you this week is Fluorite.

2. Green

In the week ahead you need to tend to the structure of things in your life. Take this advice literally. Maybe you need to go see the Chiropractor or get a massage. Get your house in order. Have your car serviced. Pay the bills. Sort out your tax or anything else which you’ve long neglected. Clear the clutter, tidy your desk or art room, put some systems in place and attend to maintenance – for you, your home, your family, your business. Strong systems and structures give stability and enable positive growth. A lack of systems and support will slow you down, or may even end in some kind of inconvenient or catastrophic failure. Once you sort out the systems and structures in your life things will hum along nicely, you’ll be back in flow. Expect breakthroughs. Best crystal for you this week is Malachite.

3. Brown

This week is all about incubation for you. For good ideas forming, for dramatic breakthroughs and ah-ha moments. It’s a week for clear thinking, intuitive flashes of wisdom, inspired actions and events, exciting synchronicity and all kinds of positive help and empowerment. Expect to receive new ideas, and the beginnings of things, or sudden insights to help you deal with long-standing problems or to complete existing projects. You may also have prophetic dreams or just happen to hear the right information on the radio or television. Lots of messages, wisdoms and divine guidance coming your way. Best crystal for you will be Amethyst.

4. White

A week for you to step into your own power. This week you’re being guided to back yourself and your abilities. Go for that job or promotion, sign up for that course, submit your manuscript, begin work on that new business idea, ask that person out, stand up to that bully. This is a week for decisive action, and for putting yourself and your needs first, including your dreams – no matter how far off they may seen. Magic happens when you make a commitment to honouring and supporting yourself and your ideals. Have courage. It’s time to break free of old thought patterns, self-sabotaging behaviours and limiting beliefs and relationships. Step into the light. Give yourself permission to be who you came here to be! Power crystal for you this week is Moonstone.

5. Blue

A time for spiritual communion and rest this week. A great time for meditation, time on your own, and time devoted to a calling or dream. It’s okay to withdraw this week if you need to. Your psychic senses are alert, and you will be highly sensitive at this time. Talk to your Guides and Angels, talk to your Loved Ones who have crossed over. Expect messages, insights and visions. Be careful to nourish your body, minimising stimulants like coffee and sugar. Get plenty of sleep. Journal and play with your crystals and cards. You’re surrounded by gentle love. A beautiful crystal for you this week is Rutilated Quartz.

6. Tangerine

Honey, you need some fun! This is a perfect week to go out to dinner, to catch up with friends, to go away for a long weekend or a short vacation. Break out your paints, your craft box, your favourite hobby. Go to the movies. Get out into nature. Be a tourist in your own home town. You could even have a picnic in your back yard! The most important thing is to nurture and feed your creative soul. Think music, food, dancing, art, galleries, movies, friendship and fun! All work and no play fast weakens the creative spirit. It’s okay to take a little R and R time every now and again. In fact, it’s essential! A super crystal for you this week is Citrine.

7. Red

Time to recharge your batteries and nourish your base chakra! Be in your body this week. Exercise. Have a massage. Connect to your own physical, emotional and sexual needs. Allow sensuality in all its forms to be at play in your life right now. Take time to feel the sun on your skin, swim in the ocean or trek through the forests. Do some yoga or some primal dancing. Drum. Dance to a wild beat. Enjoy food and all the many sensual pleasures available to you. Find the passion within you. It’s there, but it’s a small flame right now which needs to be made brighter. Rediscover and fall in love with your own energy and beauty. The best crystal for you this week is Red Jasper or Carnelian – whichever you are most strongly drawn to.

Finding Sandra – a son’s quest to find the mother he never knew

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“But there’s a story behind everything. How a picture got on a wall. How a scar got on your face. Sometimes the stories are simple, and sometimes they are hard and heartbreaking. But behind all your stories is always your mother’s story, because hers is where yours begin.” 
― Mitch Albom, For One More Day

*NOTE: I’ve changed the names and locations in this post to maintain the privacy of those involved, although their story is used with permission.

A young man, Darren, came to see me for a psychic reading earlier this year. At the end of our session, looking a little uncomfortable, he eased a much folded and tattered photograph out of his wallet and slid it across to me.

“Can you tell me anything about the woman in the picture?” Darren asked. “I know you don’t work as a medium, but I thought, well, you know…”

I held it for a moment, and then I looked up, puzzled. “She’s not dead,” I said. “At least that not what I’m picking up.”

“Are you sure?” His tone was urgent, and wildly hopeful. “Her name is Sandra. She’s my mum.”

I tuned in as much as I could. I was sure she was alive. And the more I tuned in the more information I got.

“She’s living in Baltimore. And she works in a hardware store.” The words just jumped out of my mouth. As I said them, the thinking part of me was saying ‘really?’ but I’ve learned to trust those blurted sentences so I went with it.

“Baltimore? That’s America, right?” Darren asked.

“I’m pretty sure.” I was very sure.

“So she just left me? That must be why everyone told me she was dead. What kind of a mother abandons her child?” His face became puffed and red, and a tear ran down his cheek. I felt so bad for him right then. He was in such emotional pain.

But I knew his mother hadn’t left him. Not willingly. And I said so. “There’s something not right,” I said. “I’m sure she didn’t want to leave you. It’s as if you just disappeared. She was very upset and frightened, and she had no money or way to stay in the country. So she went home. And home for her is America.”

He muttered something under his breath, and then told me the story of his earlier life. His father is heavily involved with a religious group. I guess some would call them a cult. Darren had been raised by his father and his father’s partner within this very closed community in a rural area of Australia. He was told that his mother had died when he was a baby, and Darren had no recollection of her. He had stolen this one precious picture from among his father’s possessions many years ago and hidden it so he would not get into trouble.

Darren had never been allowed to talk about his mother or to ask questions about her. He’d only learned his mother’s full name when he’d obtained a copy of his birth certificate so that he could get his learner’s permit for a driver’s licence. But Darren had always had doubts about what his father and step-mother had told him. As he became older and began to question the teachings of the leader of their community, and the actions of the group members, he began to think more and more about his mum.  Perhaps she had some family still alive with whom he could make contact.

When Darren came to see me he had left the community and religious group, and was trying to make a new life for himself. He was now shunned by the people he’d grown up with, and he was feeling very alone in the world. We talked some more about the possibility of his mum being alive, and then he asked me about study and his options for a career, and we finished up our session.

I didn’t hear from him again until the night before last. I was lying in bed and my mobile phone began ringing. I saw that it was an American number and so I answered it, thinking it was one of my friends who lives over there.

Instead it was Darren, who’d managed to obtain my number somehow. “I’m in Baltimore,” he said, “and I really need your help. I’m out of money, my visa’s about to run out and I’ve hit a dead end.” He’d visited every hardware store in the Baltimore area, and had discovered that his mother had worked at one until a few months ago. But they wouldn’t give out any of her personal details. He’d then used a phone book and narrowed his search down to three possible residential addresses, none of whom were answering their phone. “Can you get anything? Anything at all?”

In my mind I saw a picture of a red brick building that had been divided into apartments. I knew his mother could see the water from where she lived, and that there was something unusual about the door knocker. But that was all I could get.

Darren called me back a couple more times over the next few hours as he made a last desperate bid to connect with his mother.

Finally Darren found a place that had many buildings like the one I’d described. He went to each of them and eventually came to a door where the door knocker was a brass whale.

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Image from Etsy

We both thought it could be the one. No-one was home so he sat and waited on the steps and eventually his mother came home from her new job, and there he was waiting for her.

I spoke to Darren again today. He said his mother recognised him right away because Darren was the spitting image of his maternal grandfather. They’ve been reunited and Darren is at last hearing his mum’s side of the story. One very different from the one he’d believed, growing up.

Darren can’t explain why he had this compulsion to suddenly look for his mother. His whole trip had been impulsive. And yet following his heart helped him be in the right place at the right time for him to reconnect with family.

There’s a lot to be said for following your heart.

Alice’s Lifelong Invisible Friend

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Image from Meltys

“And now here is my secret, a very simple secret; it is only with the heart that one can see rightly, what is essential is invisible to the eye.” ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery The Little Prince

Alice is the oldest person to have ever sought out my services as a psychic.  She came to see me late last year, at age 98, driven to my house by her grand-daughter Donna.

After she was settled, and her family had gone off for a drive to give her some privacy, Alice gravely informed me that she needed some spiritual advice before she died. Could I work with someone who had already lived their life and was right at the end of their time here?

“Don’t worry,” I reassured her. “Let’s just do what I would ordinarily do in one of my sessions, and we’ll see what comes up.”

We sat at the table where I work, and I held Alice’s frail hands in mine, closed my eyes, bowed my head, and offered up a prayer for the Highest Good. Then I sat quietly for a moment

It is wonderful to work with the elderly, and anyone drawing close to the end of their time here on earth.  Their lives stretch out richly before them, and the connection to the spiritual world is always strong and immediate.

Immediately I got a name, ‘Agnes’, and sensed that she was one of Alice’s guides. It was the most powerful and immediate connection, as if Agnes was right here beside us.

When I opened my eyes and looked up at Alice, so that we could begin our session, her soft grey eyes held mine. There was a bright curiosity there.

I explained how I start my session, with the prayer and the connection, and that I then opened myself up to any first impressions.  I told her about Agnes, and how strong her presence was.

Then we sat for over an hour, as I shared information about Alice’s aura, and why she had chosen to come to this life.  We discussed love and family, and I was able to give her clarity about some of the incidents and relationships that she was still trying to come to terms with after nearly a century of life.

Finally, as the session was coming to an end, Alice became quite teary, and told me she had a terrible confession. I couldn’t imagine what it could be – Alice has led a good life, filled with caring for others, kindness and love.

“I have an imaginary friend,” she whispered through her tears. “She’s been my friend since I was little. I’m always talking to her, and sometimes at night in my room, after everyone else is asleep, she comes to visit me, and she sits on my bed.”

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I didn’t say anything, just reached across so I could hold her hand.

She laughed. “I must be a bit funny in the head,” she said. “And there’s one other thing… My whole life I have felt lonely on the inside, like something precious is missing. I have no right to feel like this.  My parents were very loving, and I had tremendous brothers. I had a happy marriage and my own two girls and their families have been very good to me. And I had plenty of friends, although, of course, they are all gone now.”

“And your sister,” I prompted. “You must have been very close to your sister.”

Alice looked at me strangely, and the energy between us suddenly became very uncomfortable. “I never had a sister,” she said crankily. “You’re very much mistaken.”

We moved back to safer ground, and I answered the last of her questions, and then her grand-daughter arrived back at my house and Alice and I said goodbye.

Alice’s grand-daughter knocked on my door last night, to let me know that the old lady had died peacefully in her sleep on the weekend. Donna had sat with her grandmother for the last few days of her life, and Alice had been conscious and lucid til the last.  Alice was insistent that Donna contact me after her death.

Donna had a large envelope with her, and she took out the contents to show me. In it were photocopies of some old documents. One was the death certificate of Alice’s mother.  It clearly showed that she had given birth to three sons and then after a gap of six years, two twin girls, Alice and Agnes.

My skin prickled with recognition. Agnes… The presence I had felt so strongly in the room with us that day.

There was also a death certificate for Agnes, who had died at age four from scarlet fever.  The family had lived in a small town in Outback Queensland. Donna had discovered that her great grandmother and Agnes were buried in a family plot in that small town.  She was now planning to go out there to find their graves.

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Alice had told Donna all about her session with me on the drive back to her nursing home, and Donna had then diligently visited the State Archives to see what she could learn of her family history.

She had found the information weeks before her grandmother passed away, and Donna told me it had given her grandmother much peace.

Alice’s family had never spoken of Agnes, and Alice had grown up believing that Agnes truly was imaginary. She had learned from a very early age not to speak of Agnes, but had maintained that love and connection with her twin sister for her whole life.

We both cried, and hugged, and as she left, Donna withdrew another small envelope from her bag. “This is for you, from Gran,” she said.

I opened it after she left. In a spidery hand, Alice had written me a short note. In part, it said Thank you for restoring the missing part of my heart.

Last night I lay in bed and thought of my own beautiful grandparents who have now all passed away, and some dear friends whose lives ended too early.  I felt the weight of all their love. And it made me smile to think of Alice and Agnes, together again, and catching up on a lifetime’s worth of being apart.

Love truly is a force powerful beyond all we can imagine.

 

Emerging from the Chrysalis – Your Butterfly Oracle for 2013

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“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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2. Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly

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3. Cairns Birdwing Butterfly

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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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8. Snake Butterfly

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♥ 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

A Psychic Kind of Day

Mother and son – by Stephen Armstrong

“To love is to risk not being loved in return. To hope is to risk pain. To try is to risk failure, but risk must be taken because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing.” ~ Leo Buscaglia

Just over a week ago, on my last day in Brisbane as I was running around madly, getting ready for my holidays, I received a text message from a client.  Could I speak with her sister? It was urgent.

There was no time left in my day to shoehorn in another thing, but I sensed this was important.  I made the time.

The woman I rang was at the end of her rope.  Her only child, an eleven year old boy, has an aggressive form of leukemia. They had exhausted every treatment possibility, and all that was left was the possibility of a bone marrow transplant.  But neither she and her husband, nor any of their family, were a suitable match. She wanted to know if there was any hope, anything left that she could try.

There’s not much can stop you in your tracks like that sort of intensity. I told her I would call her back. Then I went outside, and meditated.

I saw an upset boy yelling at his father. It was not the boy I’d seen in the picture the mother had texted me.  But from this image I saw a pathway back to hope.  I rang the woman back straight away.

“Your husband has another child,” I told her. I couldn’t find a subtle way of saying it.

“That’s not possible,” she said. “That’s. Not. Possible.” She pretty much screamed it at me.

“I’m sorry.  It is,” I said. “You need to talk with your husband. Just talk with him.”

“I thought you’d help me,” she cried,  “but you’re a useless fraud.  You’re pathetic.  I hope you rot in hell.” She was so angry with me she hung up.

It haunted me the rest of the day. I was only trying to help. I did my best to put it behind me, and I packed my bags and headed off to Thailand.

A week later we were in Bangkok, coming home from a night of dancing and fun, and one of the women called to me, “Miss, Miss, let me tell your fortune!”

“Go on,” urged my husband.  “It could be a bit of fun.”

It was only $3 Australian.  Why not?

So, my fortune…

“You are a mumma.  So happy. Many children and grandchildren for you.”

No, actually.  We have no children.

“Your business, no good. You no good at your work.  Better to be a mumma and stay home with your babies.”

Okay, this is going well…

More followed, none of it particularly inspiring.  My house will have a plumbing problem.  Nothing serious. Ha ha ha. Lots of travel.  My husband gets big promotion. There’s a win of money. Must look after my old parents. Blah blah blah.

Her parting words.  “You give up work.  Let husband keep. You no good your job. Be mumma. Better for you. Happy Happy.”

I got back to the hotel room, and picked up my laptop so I could get into bed.

There was a message for me on facebook. I didn’t recognise the name.

It was the woman I’d spoken to in Brisbane.  The one with the dying child. Turns out her husband had a son from a previous relationship, a long time before he met his now wife.  At seven years of age, the boy had told his father that he never wanted to see him again, and made his father promise to stay away – the boy’s mother had been in agreement, and so all contact had been severed.

The young man is now 22, has reconnected with his father, is thrilled to have a little brother, and is a match for a bone marrow transplant, which he has willingly volunteered to do for his young sibling. Hopefully, a happy ending.

My psychic kind of day went okay after all…

Animal Messengers – Your Sunday Psychic Oracle

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“Lots of people talk to animals…. Not very many listen, though…. That’s the problem.”

~ Benjamin Hoff, The Tao of Pooh

 

The Animal Kingdom contains a wealth of wisdom, and today we are going to tap into that wisdom, to find a message relevant to us in our daily lives right now.

I was inspired to create this post from the multitude of wildlife and natural wonders here at my farm. While it isn’t always possible for everyone to sit on their doorstep, or walk through a field, waiting to gain clarity and perspective from the animals that cross your path, today you can tune in to a series of images, and from them find a message just for you!

 

Instructions for using today’s post

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

When you have chosen your image, scroll further down for your message; designed to help you focus on spiritual and personal growth.

Trust that you will be shown what you most need to know right now.

Love and Light,

Nicole ♥ xx

 

Let Nature Guide You…

1.  Australian Dingo:

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2.  Panda:

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3.  Bengal Tiger:

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4.  Horse:

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5.  Elephant:

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6.  Koala:

Image from www.mytravelinaustralia.com

7.  Owl:

Great Horned Owl – Picture by Mike Everhart

8: Swan:

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♥ The Healing Message and Gift of each Image ♥

Each animal 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).

 

1.  Australian Dingo:

♥ MessageIt’s time to break free from the pack, and to trust only those closest to you with your plans and future intentions. Think carefully about your next moves, where you want to go, what you wish to become – and then create a map of how you’re going to get there.  It doesn’t matter if your plan will take time.  Becoming always does. Slowly but surely put your plan into action, knowing that all you need to do is follow your plan, put one foot in front of the other, and your future success will be assured. Your time to begin is now!

♥ Crystal – Tiger Eye  

♥ Power Word – Independence

 

2.  Panda:

♥ Message – Panda knows that true happiness comes from a combination of work and play. It’s time to end your social isolation and reach out to friends and family, engaging with life again. Panda also knows that there must be some portion of your life devoted to spiritual contemplation and meditation, and another part that is about study and personal growth.  Pandas are always learning. True mental power and personal breakthrough comes from a combination of rest, work, reflection and play. When learning opportunities come up, say YES!

♥ Crystal – Blue Kyanite

♥ Power Word – Learning

 

3.  Bengal Tiger:

♥ Message – Tiger warns you against being scattered in your energies.  It is time to focus on your goals with clear intent, and to remove time wasters and meaningless relationships from your life. Find yourself a good teacher or mentor.  Hang out with people who also seek positive change.  Each day when Tiger wakes up, Tiger KNOWS what needs to be done, and Tiger acts upon that knowing. Tigers create powerful momentum in their lives through their direct focus on their goals, and from their strategic relationships. Their friends are tigers too – whether they hunt alone or together, they have a singular purpose, and they support each other in their purpose.  Choose your friends wisely. Seek out those who already do well the thing you wish to do or become. Put time and energy into your dreams!

♥ Crystal – Citrine

♥ Power Word – Clarity

 

4.  Horse:

♥ Message – Horses are noble creatures.  They embody courage and grace, and they run like the wind.  The horse’s message for you is simple. Hold true to your values. Don’t sell out.  Stand up for what you believe in.  And if it is impossible to live by your values and stay where you are, if you are not loved and supported where you are, then move on. It’s time to believe in yourself, it’s time to honour your values and convictions, it’s time to live with courage, and to let your inner beauty and wisdom shine. Horses always find others of their own nature to run with.  It’s time to find your own tribe, and break free from old limitations. There is great freedom in action.  Run free!

♥ Crystal – Bloodstone

♥ Power Word – Freedom

 

5.  Elephant:

♥ Message – It’s time to begin sharing what you know. You’re a natural teacher, and you have powerful wisdoms and experiences to share with others.  Elephant has appeared to remind you of your promise to the Universe – to be of Service; to help others on their journey; to do what you can, with what you have. Sharing knowledge can happen in the simplest of ways – sometimes our most profound encounters are from a passing conversation, or encouragement from a stranger.  You’re being called. You have gifts to share, and there is value for others in those gifts. Step up, it’s time!

♥ Crystal – Amethyst

♥ Power Word – Wisdom

 

6.  Koala:

♥ Message – Koala is a master of personal comfort and security. Security isn’t about guard dogs and high fences – security is about knowledge, and building a solid foundation on which to base your life.  When Koala has a home tree to return to, he can travel far in the world, because home is an anchor that always draws him back to a place of sanctuary.  Koala’s message to you is this – learn all you can about money.  Pay down your debt and put a plan to manage your money in place.  You’re coming into a great time for getting comfortable with where you live and building your personal wealth. Think about investing or buying a home of your own. Don’t waste your precious cash on things that don’t add meaning or value to your life. And on the home front, tidy up – make your home an inviting sanctuary that nurtures and supports you. If the tree you live in doesn’t meet your needs, go on the hunt for a better tree. Let your home reflect who you are, no matter how simple or how lavish. Build solid foundations for your future, and the future of your family. Take responsibility for your money, and your home. Acknowledge the importance of personal security and make a plan to improve yours!

♥ Crystal – Red Jasper

♥ Power Word – Security

 

7.  Owl:

♥ Message – Owl always signifies a time of rapid spiritual and psychic growth. Life may feel turbulent, it might make no sense to you at all, but Owl reminds you to trust in a greater wisdom, and to know that there is a Higher Plan for your life.  Retreat from the world when you need to. Protect yourself from people and situations that diffuse your enthusiasm and personal energy. Spend time in reflection, contemplation and study.  Allow yourself some time to settle into your new energies, and be gentle with yourself during this time of transformation. Practice meditation, and spend time in nature. Be gentle with yourself, rest often, and eat well. Wait for the messages.  Owls always bring messages!

♥ Crystal – Rutilated Quartz

♥ Power Word – Transformation

 

8: Swan:

♥ Message – Swan signifies an opening of the heart, energies of forgiveness, and energies of true love.  Swans enjoy relationships based on love, trust and deep respect.  Swan comes into your life to herald transformation in your love relationships – a renewal of energy and passion, deeper connection, new mates when you have been alone. They can also signify a Higher Love coming into your life. This might be a spiritual or a religious calling. It may also be finding a Life Path that requires your full heart and devotion, and where you can happily give yourself over to that passion, knowing that it is  truly your path of Highest Good.

♥ Crystal – Moonstone

♥ Power Word – Fulfillment 

 

Strengthening Intuition Week 3 – Sensing Energy in Objects

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“Integrity is the essence of everything successful.”
~ R. Buckminster Fuller

Last week we worked with opening and activating the chakras in our hands. For those of you who missed that post here’s the link so you can practice this step first:

Week 2 – Activating your Hand Chakras

This week we’re going to use this new ability to feel energy through our hands to tune in to the energy stored within objects. This practice is also called psychometry.

The first thing we need to do is work out which is our most receptive hand. To do this, repeat the activity from Week 2.  This time, as you work with feeling the ball of energy between your hands, try to work out which hand emits the most energy – it will feel hotter,   perhaps more tingly, and the energy coming from it will be stronger. This hand is known as your dominant hand. Although both hands are emitting energy, the flow is almost always more powerful through one hand. The other hand is known as your receptive hand. Your receptive hand is the right one for gaining energetic insights as it is the one best suited to absorbing energy or information. Now you’re ready to begin today’s work!

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Materials needed: Two objects – one small, and one larger item. Good choices may include jewellery, clothing that has recently been worn but not washed, grooming items such as a hairbrush or hair clip, a piece of furniture, or a crystal of your choice.

All objects carry energy from their surroundings, and from the people who’ve used them. When we hold these objects in our hands and tune in to their energy, we are often able to pick up psychic and intuitive impressions

Step One: Activate your hand chakras and then hold the smaller item in your receptive hand. Relax, and open your mind to any colours, words, images, emotions or sensations that are prompted by holding this object.

Step Two: Energise and activate your hand chakras a second time. Now hold your receptive hand above the larger object.  Once again allow yourself to relax and open your mind to any colours, words, images, emotions or sensations that are prompted by the energy flow from this object. (Excuse quality of next pic – it is very hard to photograph one handed!)

Next week we’ll use these same skills to sense energy in places.  Until then, keep practicing!  Bless  ♥ xx

The Woman I Turned Away…

Evil Woman by SalaBoli: flickriver.com

When I do psychic readings for people, I have a few procedures that I follow to ready myself for our session.  Firstly I close my eyes, centre myself and offer up a prayer for the Highest Good, and then I allow myself to move into a channelling space.  When I am firmly anchored in this energy I open my eyes and connect into the ‘seeker’ – the person I am going to read for.

If I am doing a reading by distance (ie by skype, phone or from a photograph) I do this energetically.  But if the person is sitting right in front of me I like to hold their hands to make that connection.

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Once again I close my eyes, and then I psychically ask permission to work with that person.  When permission is obtained I open myself to any first impressions, and then I open my eyes and begin the session.

In the thousands of people that I have worked with I have only been refused twice.

The first time, I got a clear ‘no’.  I was surprised, as that had never happened before.  And the explanation? It was not ‘Right Timing’.  I apologised, and ended the session.  A few months later the person came back and the session proceeded beautifully – at a time that was perfect, given the sudden changes in that person’s life.

That taught me something valuable – the need to always honour Universal Wisdom.

But it certainly didn’t prepare me for the second person I turned away.

I awoke agitated on that day, with an annoying headache that wouldn’t budge.  Before I’d even begun work my last two appointments rang to reschedule – something that rarely happens.  Trusting in Right Timing, I got ready for my only other appointment that day.  As the time grew closer I felt more and more ill, and my head throbbed as if it might explode.  I wondered if I was getting a migraine, although I’d never had one before.

Finally my appointment showed up, ten minutes late.  I ushered her in, sat her down and began.

My own connection took much longer than normal.  I sat patiently, and when I was finally ready it felt as if I had been surrounded by a heavenly host of Angels, an energy I don’t usually work with.  I felt very safe, very calm and very loved.

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And then I took hold of this woman’s hands.

Whoosh.  It was as if I had been sucked over the edge of a deep abyss.  There was nothing. Nothing but darkness.  But the darkness wasn’t empty.  And it certainly wasn’t friendly.

My eyes snapped open in shock, and I saw her watching me.

“Sorry,” I apologised.  Then shutting my eyes, I tried again.

All I felt was fear – my fear – and a deep sense of unrest.  No matter how I tried, I just couldn’t connect. It was as if she was behind a wall I couldn’t penetrate.

I let go of her hands and opened my eyes.  “I’m sorry,” I said to her.  “I’m feeling unwell.  I just can’t work with you today.”  My skin was goosebumped, and I sensed shadow all around us.  All I wanted to do was get her out of my home as quickly as I could.

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When she was gone I cleansed my house, did a healing meditation, and put myself to bed, completely drained.  It took two days to come back to a place of feeling my normal, optimistic self.

That session really disturbed me, but I was never able to access any more information, and eventually I put it behind me. Two years later an older man turned up for a session with me.  He came through my door very unwell and weak, with a great weight of sadness.  My first instinct was to greet him with a hug.

My connection with him was easy and strong.  And very disturbing.  As I held his hands a bitter taste flooded my mouth and I felt my own body weaken.  My heart rhythm went wonky, and my vision blurred.  A shocking awareness came to me.  I dropped his hands and asked, “How are you feeling?”

Vincent Van Gogh’s ‘An Old Man’s Winter’s Night’

He batted away a tear. “I don’t know what’s wrong with me.  I’m so tired all the time, and I just can’t seem to come right. I feel like I’m dying.” He took my hand in his.  “I’ve got cancer,  haven’t I?  You can tell me.  I just need to know what’s wrong.”

“No,” I blurted.  “It’s not cancer.  You’re being poisoned. And you’re in grave danger.” The information poured out of me.  His wife.  His wife was poisoning him.  And she had done this before, to previous husbands.

“Her first three husbands did all die,” he said to me, almost unbelieving. “But she loves me. She’s stood by me even when my own family turned against us. She’s been caring for me ever since I got sick.”  He pulled a photo from his wallet and placed it on the table between us.

It was the woman I had turned away.

If you want to read more about my life as a psychic, you might enjoy these posts:

The baby who needed to speak

The power of a Father’s love

The unexpected phone call