How to Self-Care When Life Is Challenging!

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“Self-care is how you take your power back.” ~ Lalah Delia

It’s simple enough to be well-intentioned and kind to yourself when life is going smoothly. Or if you are on holidays. Or in a really good head space.

But when we are hard up against it – when we have crushing deadlines, or horrible dramas, or the people around us are treating us badly, when we’re ill, depressed or in pain – that’s the time where we most need good self-care, and it is usually the time where we are least inclined to give it to ourselves.

After years of illness, and in my line of work (as a psychic and a support for many people going through their own hardships) where there is no ‘off-switch’, I’ve learned the hard way that self-care is essential. Always. Fortunately I’ve also discovered that it isn’t such a difficult ask of ourselves, and that a little self-awareness and kindness towards ourselves goes a long way towards keeping us resilient and coping in the most troubled of times.

Here are my top ten tips for getting yourself through whatever you might be facing right now:

1.Drink enough water. When we are well hydrated our body is less acidic, we can flush toxins and stress hormones from our system better, we sleep more deeply and our brains work more clearly.

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2. Have a shower, wash your hair and put on some clean clothes. For an additional touch of self-love use a perfume, scented moisturiser, aftershave or essential oil whose fragrance lifts your spirits or reminds you of someone you love. If washing your hair is just too hard, pull it back neatly, plait it, or tuck it under a scarf or cap. When I was at my most ill, I’d make myself bathe and put clean pyjamas on. It helped. A lot. And it was always worth the effort, even when I was exhausted. Clean sheets can do wonders for the soul too!

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3. Find five minutes for meditation. Meditation calms and centres us, and helps us find our way back to ourselves, our soul and to Spirit. Try any of these simple techniques:


Easy Five Minute Meditation


Taking Energy From Trees


Eating The Sun

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4. Dance. To one uplifting song. Sing along, and let your body move to the beat. Dance in your lounge room. Dance in the car. Of if you’re confined to bed, sway, tap your hands, draw that music deep into your body and belt out the lyrics.

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5. Have a plan, and then work the plan. Choose a time when you can sit down for ten minutes with a cup of tea or a cold drink and your diary. Think of something you want to get done and then break it down into steps and assign those steps to the coming days, weeks or months. Allow more time than you need – because in troubled times we need to allow ourselves extra flexibility. No need to give yourself more pressure when you’re already under the pump. Plans enacted help us to take control back in our lives, and give us something to work towards. It’s okay if your plan is for completing something small. Every time we act instead of procrastinate something strengthens within us.

6. Go for a walk in nature. Can’t walk? Then try to simply earth yourself instead. If you’re confined to bed or unable to get outside sit by an open window or door. Use your eyes and ears. Use your skin. Let your mind wander outside even if your body can’t.

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7. Eat something healthy that will nurture and strengthen your body. Choose foods that you know support you. Food gives us energy and helps our bodies work better. Eating irregular meals and junk food slows us down and makes us feel worse instead of better. Sometimes poor food choices are all we will have. Don’t beat yourself up and don’t sit in guilt. Eating is better than not eating. Decide to make a better choice or plan to bring healthy food tomorrow.

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8.Hugs and the company of friends can be healing. In hard times we often feel that the only way to cope is to withdraw. But in that space of social isolation life becomes even more difficult. While it is important to take time to be on your own, you need emotional support too. You can get this from online groups, phone calls, coffee or meal dates, craft dates, pets, good friends and supportive family. Reaching out to others can make a world of difference when life is filled with difficulty.

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9. Learn something new, or escape for a time into another world. A book, a movie, a newspaper, a short course. A trip to a new part of town. Stay curious. When we’re in something for the long haul we create emotional space and better coping capacity for ourselves by having something new or interesting to think about that takes us away from our troubles.

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10. Get enough sleep. Sleep is a healing balm that restores the best parts of us. Shut yourself away for an early night, or spend the weekend in bed catching up on your rest. An epsom salts bath, some lavender essential oil or a relaxing herbal tea at night will all help get you into that restful space.

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Intuitive Oracle Card Reading Challenge – Day 8

“Sometimes you don’t know when you’re taking the first step through a door until you’re already inside.” ~ Ann Voskamp

 

Today’s the last day of our online Oracle Card Challenge. Thanks so much for having been a part of it!

For our final question, we’re throwing things open to the Universe and our own Inner Wisdom. Expect ah-ha moments, validation, breakthroughs and Divine Inspiration.

Remember that using cards is a way to access your intuition and inner knowing. If a card comes up that looks negative or upsetting, consider that this may be a situation which can now be healed, a pattern to be broken, or an issue that is coming to an end. Universal Guidance and our own intuition always and only speak from love. Trust that all messages will have a positive and useful insight to help you learn, heal or transcend.

Let’s get started!

Mini Meditation with your Crystal

Take your crystal, and complete this short guided meditation:

Hold your stone in your cupped hands, close your eyes, and slow your breathing. Bring white light into your body until you feel peaceful and calm. Then bring white light into the crystal too. Allow yourself to connect to the stone. You may feel it tingle, or you may experience colour, images or guiding thoughts. When you are ready, open your eyes.

Keep your stone near you, and hold it when you write. If any insights have already emerged take a moment to write them down!


Card of the Day – What’s the first and most important step I need to take to change my life?

This is an important question, although the answer may be simple. Honour this by taking a moment to centre yourself, to calm yourself, to become fully present. Then tune in to your heart.

Shuffle your cards, while silently asking the question to yourself  What’s the first and most important step I need to take to change my life?

When you have shuffled the cards and they feel ‘done’, select just one card. Place the card face up in front of you. Clear your mind by closing your eyes and taking one deep breath in and then out. Open your eyes again. Take a minute and look at the picture on the oracle or tarot card. What stands out for you? Is it an image or a colour? Is it a number or a word? What are your first impressions? Write these down in your journal.

Now let’s go a little deeper. What feelings or words does this card evoke in your mind when you think about the card and its images in relation to the question What’s the first and most important step I need to take to change my life? Take two minutes and just write some stream-of-consciousness thoughts down. Don’t censor or judge them. Trust the process. Finally, read back over what you have written.

Expect that more insights may come up for you during the day. Write anything important down in your journal so that you can continue to reflect upon it.


Question of The Day Three Card Spread (optional activity, if you have the time and inclination)

Trust that you’ve been shown something that is truly useful to you.

Return your Daily Card to the pack and shuffle the cards, asking the question ‘How can I best use this Insight?’  Choose three cards and lay them face down in front of you.

The card on the left is The Opportunity. The card in the middle is your Helpful Action. The card on the right is The Outcome.

1. Turn the first card over and let it give you insights into the opportunity and direction today’s information could create for you.

2. Turn the second card over. This card shows you the way forward. Let it show you what you can do, what choices you can make, actions you can take, to get you moving forward in a positive and aligned way to create momentum, progress or change.

3. Turn the third card over. This card will help you gain insights into how acting on this opportunity can potentially transform your life

Write notes in your journal if this is helpful.


Self-Care Action

Based on the insights you’ve received from today’s cards, what small action can you take today to look after yourself well and to show yourself nurture and kindness? Write that down in your journal and make sure to action it!


Where to from here?

Spend some time between now and the end of the year in reflection on the answers you have journaled. Build on the knowledge that you’ve accessed. Let it shape and inform your future decisions and life direction.

If you’d like extra support and a guidance system for the year ahead consider ordering one of my YOM Planners – which is a system for planning and living a mindful year using techniques similar to what you’ve practiced here. You can read all about those offerings and take advantage of our pre-launch bonuses by clicking here.

You’ll also enjoy my Mystical Manifesting Workshop on November 11, 2018. This workshop, co-facilitated with channelling with my energetic companions Silith and Rollo, utilises all of the rituals I use to close out one year and herald in the new one. We will guide you on a journey to open you up to your highest potential and clearest direction for 2019. You’ll learn:

  • An intuitive card reading to clear and learn from the energies of 2018
  • An intuitive card reading and journaling technique to determine your personal power and mystical energies for 2019
  • Creation of a personalised essential oil blend to support your mystical and personal powers for 2019
  • An intuitive card reading to establish a clear path forward for 2019
  • How to program a crystal as your 2019 Manifestation Stone
  • How to make a sacred symbolic lexicon
  • How to use your sacred symbolic lexicon to create a visionary talisman (like a Vision Board but SO much more powerful!) for 2019

You’ll be given a workbook, manifesting crystal and a personalised essential oil blend during this workshop. You will make your own Visionary Talisman to take home.

A delicious morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea will also be provided. Bookings Essential!

Cost: $265 adults

For tickets  Click Here

Sending you love, and my intention that these insights from the Oracle Card Challenge illuminate your life in positive ways,

Nicole ❤ xx

Intuitive Oracle Card Reading Challenge – Day 7

“Folks are usually about as happy as they make their minds up to be.” ~Abraham Lincoln

 

In these last few days of our Challenge we’re examining directions we can follow that will be meaningful and enjoyable for us.

Remember that using cards is a way to access your intuition and inner knowing. If a card comes up that looks negative or upsetting, consider that this may be a situation which can now be healed, a pattern to be broken, or an issue that is coming to an end. Universal Guidance and our own intuition always and only speak from love. Trust that all messages will have a positive and useful insight to help you learn, heal or transcend.

Each day’s Challenge will take the same format:

  1. Mini-meditation with your crystal
  2. Card of the Day
  3. Question of the Day Three card spread (optional)
  4. Self-Care action

Mini Meditation with your Crystal

Take your crystal, and complete this short guided meditation:

Hold your stone in your cupped hands, close your eyes, and slow your breathing. Bring white light into your body until you feel peaceful and calm. Then bring white light into the crystal too. Allow yourself to connect to the stone. You may feel it tingle, or you may experience colour, images or guiding thoughts. When you are ready, open your eyes.

Keep your stone near you, and hold it when you write. If any insights have already emerged take a moment to write them down!

Card of the Day – What will actually make me happy?

We have an incredible wisdom within us, informed by our soul, our intuition, our personality and our life experiences. Let that wisdom guide you now as you star to chart a way forward for yourself.

Shuffle your cards, while silently asking the question to yourself  What will actually make me happy?

When you have shuffled the cards and they feel ‘done’, select just one card. Place the card face up in front of you. Clear your mind by closing your eyes and taking one deep breath in and then out. Open your eyes again. Take a minute and look at the picture on the oracle or tarot card. What stands out for you? Is it an image or a colour? Is it a number or a word? What are your first impressions? Write these down in your journal.

Now let’s go a little deeper. What feelings or words does this card evoke in your mind when you think about the card and its images in relation to the question What will actually make me happy? Take two minutes and just write some stream-of-consciousness thoughts down. Don’t censor or judge them. Trust the process. Finally, read back over what you have written.

Expect that more insights may come up for you during the day. Write anything important down in your journal so that you can continue to reflect upon it.

Question of The Day Three Card Spread (optional activity, if you have the time and inclination)

Sometimes the things that will truly make our lives meaningful are obvious, and sometimes they’ve been hidden away under the overwhelm of life. Now it’s time to look at the opportunities we’re being shown in relation to our heart’s true desires.

Return your Daily Card to the pack and shuffle the cards, asking the question ‘How can I best use this Insight?’  Choose three cards and lay them face down in front of you.

The card on the left is The Opportunity. The card in the middle is your Helpful Action. The card on the right is The Outcome.

1. Turn the first card over and let it give you insights into the opportunity and direction today’s information could create for you.

2. Turn the second card over. This card shows you the way forward. Let it show you what you can do, what choices you can make, actions you can take, to get you moving forward in a positive and aligned way to create momentum, progress or change.

3. Turn the third card over. This card will help you gain insights into how acting on this opportunity can potentially transform your life

Write notes in your journal if this is helpful.

Self-Care Action

Based on the insights you’ve received from today’s cards, what small action can you take today to look after yourself well and to show yourself nurture and kindness? Write that down in your journal and make sure to action it!

Sending you love, and my intention that these insights from the Oracle Card Challenge illuminate your life in positive ways,

Nicole ❤ xx

Upcoming Events

If you’re looking for some extra support for your spiritual and creative flow come check out my upcoming Pop-Up ShopChannelling Night and One Day Workshops in Brisbane 9-11 November. I’ll be teaching half-day workshops about fairies and how to create your own portable Fairy Garden, as well as basic sacred geometry and Crystal Gridding Skills to support you for 2019. My one-day Mystical Manifesting Workshop utilises all of the rituals I use to close out one year and herald in the new one. I will guide you on a journey to open you up to your highest potential and clearest direction for 2019 (and I am so excited about this workshop I could spontaneously break out into a happy dance!). No matter what level you’re at I’ll have something for you on my program. More details here!

Intuitive Oracle Card Reading Challenge – Day 6

“It’s very simple; just look at your life to see where you’re heading. You’re always in a momentum of something.”
~
Maria Erving

 

In these last few days of our Challenge we’re going to look at what direction we can follow that will be meaningful and enjoyable for us.

Remember that using cards is a way to access your intuition and inner knowing. If a card comes up that looks negative or upsetting, consider that this may be a situation which can now be healed, a pattern to be broken, or an issue that is coming to an end. Universal Guidance and our own intuition always and only speak from love. Trust that all messages will have a positive and useful insight to help you learn, heal or transcend.

Each day’s Challenge will take the same format:

  1. Mini-meditation with your crystal
  2. Card of the Day
  3. Question of the Day Three card spread (optional)
  4. Self-Care action

Mini Meditation with your Crystal

Take your crystal, and complete this short guided meditation:

Hold your stone in your cupped hands, close your eyes, and slow your breathing. Bring white light into your body until you feel peaceful and calm. Then bring white light into the crystal too. Allow yourself to connect to the stone. You may feel it tingle, or you may experience colour, images or guiding thoughts. When you are ready, open your eyes.

Keep your stone near you, and hold it when you write. If any insights have already emerged take a moment to write them down!


Card of the Day – What is the most important decision or action I could make right now to improve my future life?

We have an incredible wisdom within us, informed by our soul, our intuition, our personality and our life experiences. Let that wisdom guide you now as you star to chart a way forward for yourself.

Shuffle your cards, while silently asking the question to yourself  What is the most important decision or action I could make right now to improve my future life?

When you have shuffled the cards and they feel ‘done’, select just one card. Place the card face up in front of you. Clear your mind by closing your eyes and taking one deep breath in and then out. Open your eyes again. Take a minute and look at the picture on the oracle or tarot card. What stands out for you? Is it an image or a colour? Is it a number or a word? What are your first impressions? Write these down in your journal.

Now let’s go a little deeper. What feelings or words does this card evoke in your mind when you think about the card and its images in relation to the question What is the most important decision or action I could make right now to improve my future life? Take two minutes and just write some stream-of-consciousness thoughts down. Don’t censor or judge them. Trust the process. Finally, read back over what you have written.

Expect that more insights may come up for you during the day. Write anything important down in your journal so that you can continue to reflect upon it.

Question of The Day Three Card Spread (optional activity, if you have the time and inclination)

Knowing there is a decision or action we can work with right now moves us into a place of empowerment. What is the opportunity we’re being shown?

Return your Daily Card to the pack and shuffle the cards, asking the question ‘How can I best use this Insight?’  Choose three cards and lay them face down in front of you.

The card on the left is The Opportunity. The card in the middle is your Helpful Action. The card on the right is The Outcome.

1. Turn the first card over and let it give you insights into the opportunity and direction this decision or action could create for you.

2. Turn the second card over. This card shows you the way forward. Let it show you what you can do, what choices you can make, actions you can take, to get you moving forward in a positive and aligned way to create momentum, progress or change.

3. Turn the third card over. This card will help you gain insights into how acting on this opportunity can potentially transform your life

Write notes in your journal if this is helpful.

Self-Care Action

Based on the insights you’ve received from today’s cards, what small action can you take today to look after yourself well and to show yourself nurture and kindness? Write that down in your journal and make sure to action it!

Sending you love, and my intention that these insights from the Oracle Card Challenge illuminate your life in positive ways,

Nicole ❤ xx

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Intuitive Oracle Card Reading Challenge – Day 5

“I set out to discover the why of it, and to transform my pleasure into knowledge.”
~
Charles Baudelaire

 

Now we have a clearer understanding of where we are in our lives right now and how we got here, we’re going to look at what direction we can follow that will be meaningful and enjoyable for us.

Remember that using cards is a way to access your intuition and inner knowing. If a card comes up that looks negative or upsetting, consider that this may be a situation which can now be healed, a pattern to be broken, or an issue that is coming to an end. Universal Guidance and our own intuition always and only speak from love. Trust that all messages will have a positive and useful insight to help you learn, heal or transcend.


Each day’s Challenge will take the same format:

  1. Mini-meditation with your crystal
  2. Card of the Day
  3. Question of the Day Three card spread (optional)
  4. Self-Care action


Mini Meditation with your Crystal

Take your crystal, and complete this short guided meditation:

Hold your stone in your cupped hands, close your eyes, and slow your breathing. Bring white light into your body until you feel peaceful and calm. Then bring white light into the crystal too. Allow yourself to connect to the stone. You may feel it tingle, or you may experience colour, images or guiding thoughts. When you are ready, open your eyes.

Keep your stone near you, and hold it when you write. If any insights have already emerged take a moment to write them down!

Card of the Day – What direction does my natural curiosity want me to follow next?

We have an incredible wisdom within us, informed by our soul, our intuition, our personality and our life experiences. Let that wisdom guide you now as you star to chart a way forward for yourself.

Shuffle your cards, while silently asking the question to yourself  ‘What direction does my natural curiosity want me to follow next?’

When you have shuffled the cards and they feel ‘done’, select just one card. Place the card face up in front of you. Clear your mind by closing your eyes and taking one deep breath in and then out. Open your eyes again. Take a minute and look at the picture on the oracle or tarot card. What stands out for you? Is it an image or a colour? Is it a number or a word? What are your first impressions? Write these down in your journal.

Now let’s go a little deeper. What feelings or words does this card evoke in your mind when you think about the card and its images in relation to the question What direction does my natural curiosity want me to follow next?’ Take two minutes and just write some stream-of-consciousness thoughts down. Don’t censor or judge them. Trust the process. Finally, read back over what you have written.

Expect that more insights may come up for you during the day. Write anything important down in your journal so that you can continue to reflect upon it.

Question of The Day Three Card Spread (optional activity, if you have the time and inclination)

Now we have an idea of where our natural curiosity wants to take us, it’s time to work out how we can use this insight. What is the opportunity we’re being shown?

Return your Daily Card to the pack and shuffle the cards, asking the question ‘How can I best use this Insight?’  Choose three cards and lay them face down in front of you.

The card on the left is The Opportunity. The card in the middle is your Helpful Action. The card on the right is The Outcome.

1. Turn the first card over and let it give you insights into the opportunity and direction your curiosity and intuition has shown you.

2. Turn the second card over. This card shows you the way forward. Let it show you what you can do, what choices you can make, actions you can take, to get you moving forward in a positive and aligned way to create momentum, progress or change.

3. Turn the third card over. This card will help you gain insights into how acting on this opportunity can potentially transform your life

Write notes in your journal if this is helpful.

Self-Care Action

Based on the insights you’ve received from today’s cards, what small action can you take today to look after yourself well and to show yourself nurture and kindness? Write that down in your journal and make sure to action it!

Sending you love, and my intention that these insights from the Oracle Card Challenge illuminate your life in positive ways,

Nicole ❤ xx


Upcoming Events

If you’re looking for some extra support for your spiritual and creative flow come check out my upcoming Pop-Up Shop, Channelling Night and One Day Workshops in Brisbane 9-11 November. I’ll be teaching half-day workshops about fairies and how to create your own portable Fairy Garden, as well as basic sacred geometry and Crystal Gridding Skills to support you for 2019. My one-day Mystical Manifesting Workshop utilises all of the rituals I use to close out one year and herald in the new one. I will guide you on a journey to open you up to your highest potential and clearest direction for 2019 (and I am so excited about this workshop I could spontaneously break out into a happy dance!). No matter what level you’re at I’ll have something for you on my program. More details here!

Intuitive Oracle Card Reading Challenge – Day 4

“Within you lies your strength.”
~Lailah Gifty Akita

 

Over the next few days we’re looking at the things we’ve forgotten or are neglecting that could bring meaning, wellness or peace back into our lives.

Remember that using cards is a way to access your intuition and inner knowing. If a card comes up that looks negative or upsetting, consider that this may be a situation which can now be healed, a pattern to be broken, or an issue that is coming to an end. Universal Guidance and our own intuition always and only speak from love. Trust that all messages will have a positive and useful insight to help you learn, heal or transcend.

Each day’s Challenge will take the same format:

  1. Mini-meditation with your crystal
  2. Card of the Day
  3. Question of the Day Three card spread (optional)
  4. Self-Care action

Mini Meditation with your Crystal

Take your crystal, and complete this short guided meditation:

Hold your stone in your cupped hands, close your eyes, and slow your breathing. Bring white light into your body until you feel peaceful and calm. Then bring white light into the crystal too. Allow yourself to connect to the stone. You may feel it tingle, or you may experience colour, images or guiding thoughts. When you are ready, open your eyes.

Keep your stone near you, and hold it when you write. If any insights have already emerged take a moment to write them down!

Card of the Day – What Have I forgotten or neglected that could help me with living a more fulfilling life right now? 

Your body knows, your soul knows, but sometimes the mind forgets! Today’s card will help you to tune in to something important that can support your health and wellbeing in the days ahead.

Now shuffle your cards, while silently asking the question to yourself  ‘What Have I forgotten or neglected that could help me with living a more fulfilling life right now?’

When you have shuffled the cards and they feel ‘done’, select just one card. Place the card face up in front of you. Clear your mind by closing your eyes and taking one deep breath in and then out. Open your eyes again. Take a minute and look at the picture on the oracle or tarot card. What stands out for you? Is it an image or a colour? Is it a number or a word? What are your first impressions? Write these down in your journal.

Now let’s go a little deeper. What feelings or words does this card evoke in your mind when you think about the card and its images in relation to the question ‘What Have I forgotten or neglected that could help me live a more fulfilling life right now?’ Take two minutes and just write some stream-of-consciousness thoughts down. Don’t censor or judge them. Trust the process. Finally, read back over what you have written.

Expect that more insights may come up for you during the day. Write anything important down in your journal so that you can continue to reflect upon it.

Question of The Day Three Card Spread (optional activity, if you have the time and inclination)

Now we have an idea of what we have been neglecting or have forgotten that can help us with having a more fulfilling life it’s useful to understand what has led us to be in this starting position. What is the background to this current situation in our life?

Return your Daily Card to the pack and shuffle the cards, asking the question ‘How Did I Get Here?’  Choose three cards and lay them face down in front of you.

The card on the left is The Issue. The card in the middle is your Helpful Action. The card on the right is The Learning.

1. Turn the first card over and let it give you insights into the issues/choices/actions that led to you being where you are now.

2.  Turn the second card over. This card shows you the way forward. Let it show you what you can do, what choices you can make, actions you can take, to get you moving forward in a positive and aligned way to bring healing or progress or change.

3.  Turn the third card over. This card will help you gain insights into how to avoid a repeat of a problem, how to break patterns or change your thoughts around this situation, or which things to keep doing so that your life works better for you in the future based on the current situation.

Write notes in your journal if this is helpful.

Self-Care Action

Based on the insights you’ve received from today’s cards, what small action can you take today to look after yourself well and to show yourself nurture and kindness? Write that down in your journal and make sure to action it!

Sending you love, and my intention that these insights from the Oracle Card Challenge illuminate your life in positive ways,

Nicole ❤ xx

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Intuitive Oracle Card Reading Challenge – Day 3

“Wellness encompasses a healthy body, a sound mind and a tranquil spirit. Enjoy the journey as you strive for wellness.”
~
Laurette Gagnon Beaulieu

 

Over the next few days we’re looking at the things we’ve forgotten or are neglecting that could bring meaning, wellness or peace back into our lives.

Remember that using cards is a way to access your intuition and inner knowing. If a card comes up that looks negative or upsetting, consider that this may be a situation which can now be healed, a pattern to be broken, or an issue that is coming to an end. Universal Guidance and our own intuition always and only speak from love. Trust that all messages will have a positive and useful insight to help you learn, heal or transcend.

Each day’s Challenge will take the same format:

  1. Mini-meditation with your crystal
  2. Card of the Day
  3. Question of the Day Three card spread (optional)
  4. Self-Care action

Mini Meditation with your Crystal

Take your crystal, and complete this short guided meditation:

Hold your stone in your cupped hands, close your eyes, and slow your breathing. Bring white light into your body until you feel peaceful and calm. Then bring white light into the crystal too. Allow yourself to connect to the stone. You may feel it tingle, or you may experience colour, images or guiding thoughts. When you are ready, open your eyes.

Keep your stone near you, and hold it when you write. If any insights have already emerged take a moment to write them down!

Card of the Day – What Have I forgotten or neglected that could help me with my relationship with myself right now?

Your body knows, your soul knows, but sometimes the mind forgets! Today’s card will help you to tune in to something important that can support your health and wellbeing in the days ahead.

Now shuffle your cards, while silently asking the question to yourself  ‘What Have I forgotten or neglected that could help me with my relationship with myself right now?’

When you have shuffled the cards and they feel ‘done’, select just one card. Place the card face up in front of you. Clear your mind by closing your eyes and taking one deep breath in and then out. Open your eyes again. Take a minute and look at the picture on the oracle or tarot card. What stands out for you? Is it an image or a colour? Is it a number or a word? What are your first impressions? Write these down in your journal.

Now let’s go a little deeper. What feelings or words does this card evoke in your mind when you think about the card and its images in relation to the question ‘What Have I forgotten or neglected that could help me with my relationship with myself right now?’ Take two minutes and just write some stream-of-consciousness thoughts down. Don’t censor or judge them. Trust the process. Finally, read back over what you have written.

Expect that more insights may come up for you during the day. Write anything important down in your journal so that you can continue to reflect upon it.

Question of The Day Three Card Spread (optional activity, if you have the time and inclination)

Now we have an idea of what we have been neglecting or have forgotten that can help us with our relationship with ourself it’s useful to understand what has led us to be in this starting position. What is the background to this current situation in our life?

Return your Daily Card to the pack and shuffle the cards, asking the question ‘How Did I Get Here?’  Choose three cards and lay them face down in front of you.

The card on the left is The Issue. The card in the middle is your Helpful Action. The card on the right is The Learning.

1.     Turn the first card over and let it give you insights into the issues/choices/actions that led to you being where you are now.

2.     Turn the second card over. This card shows you the way forward. Let it show you what you can do, what choices you can make, actions you can take, to get you moving forward in a positive and aligned way to bring healing or progress or change.

3.     Turn the third card over. This card will help you gain insights into how to avoid a repeat of a problem, how to break patterns or change your thoughts around this situation, or which things to keep doing so that your life works better for you in the future based on the current situation.

Write notes in your journal if this is helpful.

Self-Care Action

Based on the insights you’ve received from today’s cards, what small action can you take today to look after yourself well and to show yourself nurture and kindness? Write that down in your journal and make sure to action it!

Sending you love, and my intention that these insights from the Oracle Card Challenge illuminate your life in positive ways,

Nicole ❤ xx

 

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I Have A Present For You!

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“Self-care is how you take your power back.”
~ Lalah Delia

Hello, Lovelies.

Are you feeling exhausted, overwhelmed or completely over it all?

Congratulations! I’ve just gifted you a Free Pass. You might want to cut this out and store it in your wallet. You may also want to share this with someone else who would benefit from it.

This is a magical ticket. It allows you to decline a usual activity or responsibility, so that you may replace it with one of your choosing. Used responsibly, this magical ticket has been found to have restorative properties for Body, Mind and Spirit.

I’m using my own ticket this afternoon. I had planned a mass of admin work; catching up on emails, phone calls and filing. But I’m tired so I’m going back to bed for a nice big sleep after lunch. When I wake up I’ll decide how to spend the rest of my day. So far I’m leaning towards a bubble bath, soup and a good book.

PS – this ticket renews itself, so tuck it away after you’ve used it. Just knowing it’s in your wallet is often enough to get you through a rough patch. And when you really need it, it will be there for you.  Enjoy! ♥ xx

Are You Honouring Your Need To Cocoon?

“Most of the things we need to be most fully alive never come in busyness. They grow in rest.” ~ Mark Buchanan

The energies of June, and more specifically of this week, call on us to make rest a priority.

For many of us, the start of 2018 has been busy. For some, it has been incredibly demanding.

So now what is needed is to rest, to relax, to regroup.

There will be time for busy-busy later. But for now, honour that need you to withdraw for an hour or a day.

Rest is vital. Withdrawing from the energy of others so that your own can be restored is essential.

Don’t see it as a weakness. See it as something to look forward to. Something to sink into. Something to help you recover your zest for life, your sense of self, your way forward again.

Tune in to yourself and your energy levels this week and honour that need for self-time and self-care. You’re worth it, and by honouring that need to cocoon you’ll be able to put your best foot forward as we move into the next phase of the year when things start to become busy again.

Thinking of you and sending so much love, Nicole ❤ xx

The Week Ahead – Oracle Reading for Monday 19 September 2016

never ending story colette baron reid

“Stay out of the court of self-judgment, for there is no presumption of innocence.”
~ Robert Brault

 

Hello Lovelies,

Here’s this week’s oracle card and my take on the energetic outlook for the days ahead.

‘Never-ending Story’, from Colette Baron-Reid’s Wisdom of the Oracle deck is the card I have chosen for this week.

Do you remember what I said about the energies of September, earlier this month? Let me refresh your memories:

This month we see things from a higher perspective. Old relationships, trials, failures and obstacles lose their sting, and we see how many of these things have helped us to become who we are and to develop a depth and wisdom we would not otherwise have had.

We can put down the guilt or resentment.

We start to see the learnings instead of just the pain.

Our energy can flow again after all of that stuckness.

 

So, in the week ahead, we are being energetically supported to act upon this. Among other things, we are being asked to become deeply aware of our own voice in our heads.

How do we speak to ourselves? Is it from a place of meanness and judgement? Are we endlessly critical or complaining? Are we stuck in our story – and does that story harm us and hold us back?

Many of our limitations arise from this faulty thinking that makes us and our capabilities diminished in our own eyes.

This week, a little awareness can go a long way. When we find ourselves listening to a negative inner voice, we can consciously choose to think differently:

  • I can choose this
  • I can learn to do that
  • I can do this
  • I can ask for help
  • I can choose something different
  • I am changing
  • I’ve got this
  • I’m doing better
  • Things can be different
  • Things are changing for me
  • I’ll find another way
  • I’ll find someone to help me
  • Something wonderful will happen to me today (one of my all-time favourite mantras)

Often we tell a story about our limitations or stay stuck in a pity-party long after an event or relationship has passed our horizon. Where can you lighten your load this week by letting go of that tired old news?

When we stop telling the old stories, we create space for a new story to take shape.

Don’t have a new story yet? Take time for dreaming, imagining and goal setting. Making a dream board this week is an excellent activity too, which is bound to fire up new ideas and possibilities for you to aim for. (instructions below)

Make time for your dreams – even fifteen minutes a day, or a couple of hours one night or on the weekend can get you heading in the right direction, and feeling less frustrated and resentful with yourself or the world.

Dream Board/ Vision Board
A Dream Board or Vision Board is a visual representation for your dream home, life, career or whatever else makes you tick. Start by getting a whole pile of magazines.  (You can often get them from newsagents for free with the covers ripped off if you let them know you are using them for an art project.)
Without thinking about it too much, flick through the magazines and pull out the pictures that appeal to you. If words ‘jump out’ at you and make you feel good, cut those out too!
I had a client once who thought she wanted to live on a farm, but she’d never been able to manifest one.  When she did this activity every picture she pulled out was of a waterfront apartment surrounded by boats and restaurants and high end shops.  Guess where she lives now?
When you’re done cut your pictures out and glue them to a large sheet of cardboard, or peg them to a corkboard and place it somewhere where you can see it. Look at it often, to remind yourself what the elements of your new story are, and how you want to shape your life.
Relationship Stories

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Image from Aymen256 at www.fivesquid.com

It’s also a week for examining the relationships around us.

We often get into the habit of living from a story, rather than being in the moment in our relationships. We think in generalisations or judgements, which frame our thoughts and actions before we even begin an interaction with the other person:

He’s never going to go for that. My brother thinks I’m stupid. My mother-in-law hates me. She’s the boss’s favourite, not me. None of them like me. She’s so stuck up.

This week, how about starting over in your challenging relationships? Allow that just as you can change, so can the other person, and in fact they may already have changed but you are still stuck in the old story.

Approach your relationship with the other person as though they have changed, and things are different between you. Treat them as though things are already good. Look for a positive story between you, no matter how small a step you take. Look for positive things about the other person, as well as about yourself. Speak these positive things where you can. Practice kindness. Acknowledge the good and the talent in others. I have seen this technique bring about huge changes in families and love relationships over time. It may well take patience, but the rewards will be worth it.

You’ll also soon see where you efforts are wasted and it would be better to step back or minimise contact with people who put you down and judge you harshly. If they stay stuck in their story, that’s their problem, not yours.

 

If you need a little encouragement this week, I think the words of Max Erhmann’s great poem Desiderata may speak to you…

 

Thinking of you, and sending all my love and encouragement for a week of kindness towards yourself and others, and for emerging possibilities and healing,

Nicole <3 xoxo

PS: I’m through all my surgery now, and am healing well. I’ve had a slight complication with infection – having picked up a nasty superbug along the way – but I’m being well taken care of, getting lots of rest, and there is ample time for meditation, thinking about my memoir and dreaming a little of how good life will be once I’m up and about again. Thanks so much for all the birthday wishes and well wishes and healing energy sent my way. You’ve really lifted me up and through some very tough days, my friends, and I thank you with all my heart.