October 2015 – What to Expect

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“If you feel lost, disappointed, hesitant, or weak, return to yourself, to who you are, here and now and when you get there, you will discover yourself, like a lotus flower in full bloom, even in a muddy pond, beautiful and strong.”
~ Masaru Emoto, Secret Life of Water

 

Hello, Lovelies <3

October snuck up on me,but we’ve made peace and I’ve had a solid investigation of the energies for the month ahead. Let me share my insights with you.

October is a month for nestling and cocooning. For finding and nurturing that sense of belonging. For doing the things that fill your heart with gladness, peace and contentment. It’s a month for working away on projects that have meaning for you, for quiet time and family time. It’s the perfect month for anything to do with heart and home.

You’ll be amazed at just how much you can get done in October, as you focus on what is important to you. It especially favours planning, study, writing, art and all forms of creativity. If you have a home renovation project or you just need to do a big tidy up, October is a fine month for getting things moving.

But no matter where you are, or what you are doing in October, make sure to spend a little time gifting yourself peacefulness, connection and a sense of home – whatever that means to you.

 

Card for the Month:

I’ve chosen two cards for October for you: one from the Osho Zen Tarot Deck, and one from Colette Baron-Reid’s The Enchanted Map. Remember that 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:

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“Because one believes in oneself, one doesn’t try to convince others. Because one is content with oneself, one doesn’t need others’ approval. Because one accepts oneself, the whole world accepts him or her.”  ~ Lao Tzu

 

The message of  Abundance is being at home wherever you are, and finding reasons to be grateful for what you already have.

This is the energy of being at home, or at work, or anywhere at all in our daily lives, and being fully present in each moment, while appreciating the great gift that is our life, and this planet that we call home.

It’s about being the King or Queen of our personal domain. Not in an egotistical way, but in a manner where we feel supported and where our needs and desires are being met.

October wants you to get creative and happy where you are. To relax in your home, and enjoy the space around you. If your home space is not reflective of who you are, and doesn’t meet your needs then change it! Do what you can to help yourself feel more comfortable. Kick back and enjoy some replenishment time on your own, if that’s what’s wanted. Invite friends over, or to share a meal and some good times with your loved ones if that appeals to you.

October’s’s gift is the ability to find or create for ourselves a space of contentment and comfort – and from that energy of contentment we find ourselves more open, more generous, happier and kinder to ourselves and others. Creativity flows. We find ourselves wanting to work towards our goals, but from a place of inspiration and balance rather than grind, fear or drudgery.

 

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“After all,” Anne had said to Marilla once, “I believe the nicest and sweetest days are not those on which anything very splendid or wonderful or exciting happens but just those that bring simple little pleasures, following one another softly, like pearls slipping off a string.”
~ L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Avonlea

 

The second card, Home, supports the message of Abundance.

Home says to you ‘make time for what’s important’. Shut the door on people and situations that drain you, and find comfort in the solitude and safety of your own space. In the quiet of your home let your mind soar. Write, create, paint, dance, build things, study, focus on your goals and interests.

Magical transformations can occur in October. Lots of things can be birthed, or take shape, or even be completed. It’s a fertile time, and a wonderful time for all kinds of creativity.

Remember to have some small celebrations. Not for any particular reason, but just because you are alive, and you feel the seasons changing, and it’s raining or there’s sunshine, or a moonlit night, or fog!

 

Even as you are busy, you will find that this joyful October energy restores you and replenishes you. It will make you want to dance amid the daisies and tiptoe through the tulips.

If things are ending, don’t be too sad. Know that there is a season for everything and everyone, and that there will always be more beginnings in every cycle, including yours.

 

Bonus October Meditation:

I’ve recorded a short meditation to help you find that heart-space that October offers. It takes about twelve minutes. All you need is to sit or lie somewhere quietly and then just follow along to the sound of my voice:

 

 

October comes heralding good things. Don’t stretch yourself thin. Take a little time to make yourself comfortable at home, to rest, and to enjoy the simple pleasures of life. Work towards your dreams, with lots of stops for cups of tea and other life adventures.

Much love to you,

Nicole <3 xx

A Busy Night

“When the world is itself draped in the mantle of night, the mirror of the mind is like the sky in which thoughts twinkle like stars.”
~ Khushwant Singh, Delhi

 

It’s a short blog today. Sorry. I was up most of last night talking with a client whose daughter was involved in a horrendous unfolding drama. She’s safe now. But it was a hard day for them.

After which I chatted to a friend who was up in the middle of the night, drinking coffee, cleaning and reading poetry because her heart was breaking and she felt all alone, even as her children slept safely beneath her roof.

Life is so beautiful, even amid the suffering and pain.

I stepped outside last night, before I finally went to bed to claim a few hours sleep.

The night sky was filled with stars.

The air was soft, and fragrant with blossoms after the recent rain.

Remember to breathe today. Take a moment to fill yourself with beauty. And with hope.

All is well.

There is so much goodness surrounding us.

Remember that.

Live that.

Be part of that goodness today.

Spread that positive hope-filled energy and love into our world.

Bless xx

 

Strengthening Intuition Week 8 – Honouring our Early Warning System

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“As soon as there is life there is danger.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

In this last instalment of our Strengthening Intuition Series we’re looking at how to tune in to and respect our very own Early Warning System. Let’s start by defining exactly what an Early Warning System is:

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n.

1. A network of sensing devices, such as satellites or radar, for detecting an enemy attack in time to take defensive or counteroffensive measures.
2. A system or procedure designed to warn of a potential or an impending problem.

Source: The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition copyright ©2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company.

A few years ago I was on a long drive through Outback Australia, and an interview came on the radio. The man being interviewed was a forensic psychologist and profiler, who helped identify and track down serial killers. What fascinated me most about the interview was his accounts of people who had encountered these murderers and lived to tell the tale.

Broadly, the people fell into two categories – those who had not been attacked, and those who had been attacked and had then survived. By studying the two groups, and their responses to the serial killers’ behaviour, the forensic psychologist made a compelling case for the Early Warning System – that inner guidance – that resides within each of us.

The group who had not been attacked?  In each case ‘something’ had made each person feel uneasy after engaging in some form of interaction with the killer. In honouring that sense of uneasiness they had moved on; terminating conversations, stepping away, in some cases even being aggressively ill-mannered to the serial killer due to their inner driver telling them to exert caution.

The group who were attacked but survived? Interestingly, each of them had experienced that same sense of uneasiness, which was then brushed away  or reasoned away, often because of a fear of appearing ‘rude’, or their ingrained training to give the other person (the serial killer) the benefit of the doubt. This group of survivors was very small, and only one person had managed to escape from their attacker.  The others had been saved because their attacker had been disturbed.

What really stayed with me from this interview was that the survivors had experienced not just one example of uneasiness but an escalating series of red flags, warning them of danger, which they had continued to ignore.

Ignoring those simple signals cost many people their lives…

We all have an inbuilt Early Warning System.  It is constantly feeding us information.  But so often, we over-ride the signals with our intellect, or our sense of propriety and worry about offending others – even strangers.

How do we learn to get back in touch with these signals?

All of the exercises that we have practiced over the last seven weeks have helped us to begin paying attention to input that comes from beyond our conscious mind.

There are further steps we can take to refine our ability to listen to our inner Guidance:

  1. Stay in the moment.  When we live inside our head, in the past, or the future, we are no longer connected to what is going on around us right now.  When we are not in the moment, we miss vital signals that can guide us safely through life. Throughout the day, stop, breathe, connect back into your centre, and pay attention to your feelings and intuition.
  2. Still your mind.  Meditation is useful for this, but even a few minutes of quiet sitting or walking will do. Focus only on your breath, and on stillness.  Stay open.
  3. Learn how to centre yourself.  I’ve covered this technique in a previous blog, and it’s a simple way to tune in and operate from a place of balance and awareness.
  4. Honour your feelings and energetic impressions above all.  We are a well-mannered society, and most of us have been taught to value the happiness and good impression others form of us above our own comfort. Manners are important, but being nice is not always in our best interests, and can actually cause us harm.
  5. When your intuition tells you to back away, pay attention. Our gut feeling gives us only three directions: move towards something, a neutral position, or move away. Anything that gives you that sense of unease is worth paying attention to.  Don’t try and rationalise it away. That red flag is there for a reason.

During the Asian Tsunami of 2004, there were many reports of animals and tribal villagers moving out of the path of danger before the tsunami struck.  Scientists have since discovered that there is a part of our brain called the anterior cingulate cortex that is actively engaged in helping guide us when faced with impending hazards of which we may not yet be consciously aware.

Nature has gifted all of us with a strong guidance system.  Our job is to learn to pay attention to that guidance.  It only takes a little practice, and the willingness to value yourself as much as you value the wellbeing and good opinion of others.