Awakening to your Truth – Monday Oracle, 13 November 2017

You were born a child of light’s wonderful secret— you return to the beauty you have always been.
~AberjhaniVisions of a Skylark Dressed in Black

Hello, Lovelies!

November is a month for knowing ourselves deeply, for healing old hurts and for prioritising and redesigning our lives so that they better represent the person we are and the person we want to become.

Keep that in mind as we look at the gifts which the oracle card Renewal brings us.

It’s a special week, this week. In the northern hemisphere on August 21 of this year there was a total solar eclipse. That momentary quietening of the sun’s energies allowed a ramping up of our intuition.

The eclipse also heralded an intense period of connection and integration – a period known as The Deepening, which supported us on our soul-awakening journey until today – the morning of November 13, when Venus joins Jupiter in our sky, creating an energy that thunderbolts us into a place of harmony, connection and expansion that has been previously unknown to us.

So now here we are, at the dawn of this week. Renewal shows us what’s in store for us.

Image of Venus and Jupiter by Marek Nikodem

As the deepening of our intuition stabilises, we find ourselves expanded somehow. We’re at the threshold of a new personal era. Our hidden hopes and dreams, our rich inner world, the absolute substance of who we are – these things can no longer be hidden inside us. This week we see that the richness we have held inside us for so long is beginning to stream from us in ever-strengthening rays of soul light, that will illuminate our path ahead, that will illuminate us to like-minded souls and to life’s possibilities and opportunities that are better matched to this inner self than to the old life we had been living. In essence, we can no longer live inauthentically, and even if we do, cracks will appear. The truth must come out. What has been hidden must be brought into the light.

Renewal shows us that our soul wisdom already knows what we are good at, what makes us happy, what is meaningful to us, what lights us up. All we have to do to navigate that is to tune in and trust our intuitive wise self. We’ll find clues everywhere about how to live a happier and more fulfilled life.

It’s our job now to act on these clues. We need to make choices and take actions that bring us into alignment with this inner world of ours, so that our inner world also becomes our outer world instead of living in schism – where who we are on the outside is often wildly different to that soul essence we hide away inside us, for fear that living as that person will destroy our life, make us unlovable, leave us judged and rejected.

Renewal gives us hope, and reminds us that it is always better to be true to ourselves. The Deepening has put us in touch with that self. Our only path now is to keep living and making changes that bring us further and further into alignment.

This week you’ll feel this urge for realignment in every cell of your body. Renewal reminds us that we’ll know where to focus first. We may need to embrace technology or finally act on our health situation, perhaps we need to set up an art corner or end a relationship or go sign up to a class. You’ll feel it as an idea inside you. When you think of that idea, even if it brings fear or worry as you imagine making space of this thing in your life, it will also make you feel lighter and better as you imagine yourself having or being that thing. That feeling of relief, lightness and hope is your compass. Use that to navigate the days ahead.

(Note: If you’re in my Year of ME membership program I’ll be doing a webinar and channelling tomorrow night about the energies we are stepping into post this Venus-Jupiter conjunction. Check your inbox later today for details. Not in my membership program? Doors open again in early December.)

Supportive crystals this week?

Iolite illuminates your depths and helps you to see what’s hiding, and what you’re not seeing – a beautiful stone for boosting self-belief. It’s an unusual stone, but my pick for this week. Green Aventurine opens you out into possibility, tapping you into the joy of living and that wonderful feeling of gratitude. Any double-terminated crystal or cluster of crystals from the quartz family (think clear quartz, smoky, amethyst or citrine) placed in your workspace or the room where you spend most of your time will amplify these inner rays of soul-energy, helping you to recognise them and helping yourself and others to transform easily and with grace and joy. 

 

Helpful essential oils?

Young Living’s Acceptance and Joy essential oil blends would be my picks for this week. Use Acceptance for emotional healing – diffusing anger and pain, ending procrastination and opening to new directions and opportunities. Joy opens our hearts and helps us to re-engage with the flow of life. It is uplifting, comforting and empowering. Dab a drop of either oil on your Crown Chakra, back of neck, wrists and the soles of your feet, inhale directly or add to your diffuser. 

Want to make your own blend? Each of the following oils will work beautifully on their own for you this month, but they’ll also make a delicious combination for diffusing. Vetiver will calm and ground us, promoting emotional balance, Lavender keeps us in flow and relaxed,  Ylang Ylang opens our hearts and is supportive when we feel anxious or overwhelmed, and Bergamot for joy, gratitude and optimism.  To diffuse add 2 or three drops of each oil to your room or personal diffuser. You can find the oils here.

Holding you, as always, in my thoughts, prayers and meditations, and intending for you a life of abundance and joy, where you are no longer limited by your doubts.

All my love,

Nicole ❤ xx

PS: Monday’s oracle card, ‘Renewal’, is from the Chakra Wisdom Oracle Deck by Tori Hartman. I use any cards shown as a prompt for channelled messages and my own intuitive wisdom, so my take is sometimes quite different to the meaning found in a book. 

Getting Ready for May 2015

“A lot of things are inherent in life -change, birth, death, aging, illness, accidents, calamities, and losses of all kinds- but these events don’t have to be the cause of ongoing suffering. Yes, these events cause grief and sadness, but grief and sadness pass, like everything else, and are replaced with other experiences. The ego, however, clings to negative thoughts and feelings and, as a result, magnifies, intensifies, and sustains those emotions while the ego overlooks the subtle feelings of joy, gratitude, excitement, adventure, love, and peace that come from Essence. If we dwelt on these positive states as much as we generally dwell on our negative thoughts and painful emotions, our lives would be transformed.”
~ Gina Lake, What about Now?: Reminders for Being in the Moment

 

Hello, Lovelies 🙂

Here we are in May! I promised that I would support you in making the most of this year’s opportunities, so here’s my Heads Up about the month ahead, as well as a few suggestions for embracing all that May has to offer.

There is some outer tumult going on in the world through May, or having rippled through to us from April, so it’s time to anchor ourselves in our essence and draw part of our attention inwards. This act serves to stabilise our energy and emotional state, helping us to be strong and grounded so that we can weather any storms and better support those around us.

Card for the Month:

I’ve chosen two cards for April for you: one from the Osho Zen Tarot Deck, and one from Colette Baron-Reid’s Wisdom of the Hidden Realms. 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:

The message of this first card, The Creator,  is all about working on your own essence. For some people this will be about health. May is supporting us to take action with health – through diet, exercise, health programs and support from wise practitioners – so that we can purify our bodies, support our energy and wellness levels, and move into that space of feeling good, inside and out. Activities such as yoga, tai chi, qi gong and meditation will also be helpful for building your essence and energy.

For others, essence is about building confidence. Becoming clearer about who we are, what we want, what we’re keeping and what we need to let go. Developing a stronger voice in the world. Surrounding ourselves with supportive and healthy relationships. Speaking our truth. Skilled therapists and teachers can also help us with this.

Finally, May also gives us a powerful opportunity to be working on our offerings the essence of ourselves that we wish to share with the world. This could be a book, a course or workshop, a creative piece, performance, a competition, or even a service we want to offer. May is the time to work on it, to pour it forth and polish it. Focus on this offering, and make time for it above all else.

In May keep asking yourself  Who am I? How do I want to live in the world? What do I want to offer to the world? What best represents my essence?

Image from lifeuncalculated.com

Image from lifeuncalculated.com

The second card I’ve chosen is a deep reminder of the universal energy, love and support that surrounds us daily. The Cosmos reminds you to breathe life into your creative projects. It also encourages us to be clear in setting our intentions, because we are powerful co-creators. Our energy, thought and action ripples out from us and will carry influence to others.

There are things hidden within you that need to be shared with the world. It’s time.

May allows us to draw on the wisdom and support of our ancestors, our guides and Spirit. It is a month that supports a deepening of our own mysticism and spiritual connection.

May is a fabulous time for journalling, spiritual work and path walking. Make sure that you leave some time for solitary work and self work. This journey will help you to get clear about who you really are, and to connect with your heart and soul wisdom. You’ll also find ways to resolve old hurts and leave old sorrows behind. There is plenty of energetic shedding to be done, as you clarify your essence.

Need some extra encouragement, support or inspiration?

Try these posts:

Writing Ourselves into Awareness – A journalling activity for providing clarity

Meditation – Taking Energy from Trees – A simple technique for building your energy and bringing inner peace

Writing Yourself into a Brighter Future – Some writing prompts to help you get clear about future direction

Manifesting New Directions and Opportunities – more lovely journal activities for getting out of stuckness and back into flow

Becoming Who You Always Were – activities to help you find your own unique essence

You are beautiful, and worthy, and there is an energy within you that is not duplicated anywhere else in the world. Allow the energies of May to help you understand yourself better, and to anchor yourself in what supports and inspires you. Be ready to start working on your offerings to share with the world. Invoke your essence.

Much love, Nicole <3 xx

A Big Green #Lyme Anniversary!

Image from The Cake Trail

Image from The Cake Trail

“We are not the same persons this year as last; nor are those we love. It is a happy chance if we, changing, continue to love a changed person.”W. Somerset Maugham

I was talking with my sister yesterday, and she said to me, “Hey, are you planning anything special for your thirty year anniversary tomorrow?”

“Huh?” I replied.

“You know, this Saturday is the same weekend  thirty years ago when you were bitten by the tick that gave you Lyme disease. Ekka weekend. That anniversary!”

Simone remembered because I glued the tick into her school diary, which, weirdly, she kept for all those years! Thanks, Sissy 🙂

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Wow. Thirty years. That’s such a long time.

It made me sad at first, to think of how much of my life has been claimed by this disease, and then I decided that enough of my life has been given over to sadness. I thought long and hard about how Lyme has changed me.

This is what I came up with.

If I hadn’t been bitten by the tick I would have gone on to become a lawyer, and my ambitions would have taken me far, far from here. I would have never married my first husband. I would not have gone to the Kimberley for my life changing connection with the Aboriginal Aunties. I would have continued to ignore or hide my psychic gift. I would have shunned this thing that I am, in favour of something more conventional.

Lyme has stripped almost everything away from me. My ability to have kids, to study, to live a normal life, to work in a normal job.

But it left me two things. My ability to love, and my ability to live and work within the metaphysical planes of existence. I had always seen that as a diminishment, and now I see that Lyme distilled me down to my essence, and forced me to live as a psychic. It was the only thing left that I could do.

That’s actually a beautiful thing, hard a journey as it’s been.

Now, as my health slowly returns, as I walk this hard journey of healing, things are being added back in to my life. My ability to think, to write – these two things have become such precious, precious gifts. When I was young I took it all for granted.

No more.

Tomorrow I shall celebrate my essence. The gifts of love, compassion, psychic connection, perseverance, moral courage, gratitude and hope, and the return of words, imagination and the ability to write again.

That’s worth a good cake, don’t you think?

The owl in the tree outside my window agrees!

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Reminders from my Younger Self

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“Stories you read when you’re the right age never quite leave you. You may forget who wrote them or what the story was called. Sometimes you’ll forget precisely what happened, but if a story touches you it will stay with you, haunting the places in your mind that you rarely ever visit.” 
~ Neil Gaiman, M is for Magic

 

One of the most disorienting things about chronic illness and long bouts of treatment is that it’s easy to become overwhelmed. Living in this half-alive place for so long you can begin to forget bits of who you are, and what was once important to you.

Luckily my sister recently sent me some images from our childhood. Last night I looked through them to see if my younger self could shed any light on this life I am living now. I’m so glad I did!

Here I am on board my maternal grandfather’s yacht, as part of the flotilla that went out to meet the Queen’s yacht HMY Brittania as she sailed through Morteton Bay and then up the Brisbane River to Newstead House. I’m sitting on my dad’s lap with the binoculars, trying to get a better view. I need to know what’s going on. I have never wanted to miss out on ANYTHING! That’s my little sister in front with my beloved Nana (Dad’s mum), ready to wave her flag. I remember: I adore the ocean, boats and adventures. I love the act of charting a course and navigating, and the smell of salt air, well… that’s heaven for me.

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And here we are, my sister and I, playing dress-ups at Nana’s house. We spent so many happy hours dressing up in her box of old clothes, necklaces and jewels, funny hats and handbags. I always made up stories of who we were and what we were doing and then we would act them out all over the house. The stories were the thing, and the clothes were the vehicle to take us there in our imaginations.

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Here’s me, wiping sauce off my face after a particularly satisfying meal. If Mum, Nana or Marga (my maternal grandmother) was in the kitchen, that was where I wanted to be. Cooking,eating and anything to do with food, including growing it – they are some of my fondest early memories. (We shall not speak of my baby brother whose biggest childhood crime was pulling the carrots I was so carefully nurturing out of their pot, eating their little orange bodies and then sticking the tops back into the dirt again!)

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Whenever I sat on the swing-set in our backyard I would think about the books I was reading and I would escape into my imagination, inventing the most fanciful stories. I was especially fond of fairies, pirates, knights, Kings and Queens, dreadful enemies, trees that could talk and horses that could fly. Of course there were also lots of castles, witches and scary forests too. Sometimes I would gather the children of the neighbourhood together and we would act them out, or put on a performance for our parents. Swinging was very conducive to thinking. Many of my best ideas were hatched there.

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As I was looking over these old pictures, remembering my essence – sailing, the ocean, food, magical stories, family, adventure – I came upon this precious photo of my three grandparents.

Here they are: Marga the Regal Queen who is also a Pirate Fancier, grand Mystic Visioner and Magical Charmer, Ceddie the handsome ship’s Captain and bold Commander who always gets his crew home safely, and my little Nana who was the closest thing to a living Fairy that I ever met.

Darling Pa had already passed when that picture was taken. Pa was a returned Soldier, a Global Explorer, an Artist and a Tour Guide. He opened up strange new lands to me.

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How could I ever doubt who I am or what’s important to me? Every cell of my body has been singing this song since I was born.

I like to think of my beautiful grandparents on a luxury ship up in heaven, leaning over the side amid the clouds and whispering encouragements and rememberings that drift down from above and into my ear to be retold as stories.

I shall lie here in bed today and think of my Pirates and Fairies and invent more impossible adventures for them. How lovely!!!