Rituals

A Fall ritual to nourish your soul

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Hello Beloved…

Fall has arrived swiftly. The leaves are starting to turn. The pumpkins are swelling with pride in their radiant orange. The squirrels are stacking up the last of their Winter stores.

How does the transition of seasons feel to you? Are you someone that navigates change with ease, or do you fight it kicking and screaming? How can you allow yourself to fall gracefully into Fall this year?

Sit outside for 20-30 minutes. Allow yourself to notice the feel of air on your skin. Notice the colors that swirl around you. Listen to the sounds of the animals. Smell the decaying leaves and earth preparing to go inward.

Begin the journey inward with intent this year by using this Fall ritual I created just for you.

See what a difference it makes in your attitude and your mood in the season ahead.

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May you feel deeply supported and nourished this Fall. If you need support on your inward journey, I am here. Contact me anytime.

XX Nicole

Full Moon Releasing

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I AM SHAKING LOOSE EVERYTHING THAT IS NOT SOUL, FOR MYSELF PERSONALLY, AND IN THIS BUSINESS.

Recently, I stood face to face with many fears and soared as I allowed Spirit to hold and carry me through them.  I am manifesting a life I once only dreamed of, and with that comes great responsibility.  

One of the ways that I have been able to witness my growth and the changes that are occurring in my life is connecting with the Moon and her many cycles.  

I have always been fascinated by the moon, ruler of our emotions, and the way it controls the tides and the historical accounts of the red tents.  I have been actively doing Moon rituals consistently for the past year and the power of them has shifted so much for me that I knew I needed to share this with you.  

In Native culture, the moon represents feminine energy.  When women are on their moon (menstrual cycle), they are not allowed into sweat lodges, but are asked to stand guard outside and vision for the community, since they are considered extremely prophetic during this time. Two of the four sweat lodges I attended over the years granted me this experience, and it was deeply profound.

The moon was the way that our ancestors used to mark the passing of time each month, just as the sun was used to mark the passing of time each day.  We no longer need the moon to tell us what day it is, but using the powerful Feminine Moon energy can benefit us all.   

The Full Moon is a time to:

  • Give gratitude for all we have manifested and created since setting intentions on the new moon.
  • Look at ourselves and see what area of our emotional or spiritual lives need more attention.  
  • Let go of the things that are holding us back or keeping us stuck:  fears, daily habits, negative self talk, etc. 
  • Take your sacred items and put them out in the moonlight overnight.  Crystals (though, some can’t tolerate moisture, so those should be placed inside of a window that the moon will shine on), rocks, feathers, singing bowls, statues (think Ganesha, Buddha, Christ), rattles, etc.  The moon’s energy adds another layer of sacredness to your items when done in addition to smudging or rattling them.  

FULL MOON RITUAL

FULL MOON AFFIRMATION

I GIVE GRATITUDE TO THE UNIVERSE FOR PROVIDING EVERYTHING I NEED.

 I TRUST THAT SPIRIT IS ALWAYS TAKING CARE OF ME.

(I do not align myself with any particular religion or belief.  I use the term Universe or Spirit, to honor the higher being that each of you may believe in.  This can be God/Goddess/Buddha/Mother Earth/Gaia/Higher Power/Power Animals/Spirit Allies/Angels/ Guides, etc.  You can call on any or all that feel appropriate.)

Things to Gather

  • Candle
  • Sage or Incense
  • Calming music
  • All your sacred items (crystals, rocks, feathers, singing bowls, statues, rattles, etc)
  • Jars with lids
  • Slips of paper and a pen
  • Journal
  • A fire (in a fireplace, outside, or in a bowl that paper can burn in)
  • Sea salt/Epsom salt
  • Baking soda
  • Your favorite essential oil
  • Your favorite non-alcoholic beverage (save the wine for after the ritual) 
  • A cozy space where you will not be interrupted

Set Your Intention/Create Sacred Space

  • Place your candle in a special spot to begin building your altar.  Add any other sacred items that feel important to you at this time.  I love using a Ganesha on a Full Moon Altar, since he is known as the Remover of Obstacles.
  • Light the candle.
  • Pray for guidance and protection. The prayer can go something like this (but, feel free to come up with your own):  "Spirit, I ask for your divine guidance and protection during this Full Moon Ritual.  May all that is done be for my highest good and the highest good for the next 7 generations to come. I give deep gratitude for the blessings you have given me in the last month including: __________.  I trust that you will always take care of me, as you have done since the beginning of my existence.  Aho/Amen."
  • Create sacred space.  Light some sage to cleanse yourself and the space you are in, burn some incense, and/or rattle.  Call your intention for this time forward.  What is your deepest longing at this moment in time?  Hold that intention in your Heart and Mind as you move through this ritual.
  • Put on some quiet soothing music.  Some of my favorites for this are Deva Premal and Snatum Kaur.

Meditate

  • Grab a crystal, if you have one.  My favorites for meditation are selenite, amethyst, celestine, or clear quartz.  These crystals assist in tuning into our intuition more deeply.  
  • Close your eyes and connect to your breath.  Feel the gentle rise and fall of your chest.  Begin to slow your breathing down to almost double the length in and out if possible. 
  • Silently ask Spirit what needs to be released at this time.  Trust what thoughts pass through your mind.  
  • Meditate for about 10 minutes, or longer if you desire.  
  • Make notes in your journal about what came forward during your meditation. 

Releasing

  • Now that you are relaxed, centered, and peaceful, your intuition should be more accessible.  
  • Close your eyes briefly and ponder what is no longer serving you in your life. This may be daily habits, old beliefs around abundance and money, negative words of self talk, or physical clutter.
  • On individual slips of paper begin to write down what you want to release at this time.  
  • Get the fire, or your bowl to burn the paper, ready.  
  • Say the following prayer/affirmation until you feel yourself smiling:  "For my highest good and for the highest good of all, I release all that no longer serves me.  I release clutter, negative words and people, and all things that hold me back from all the love, joy, good health, abundance, prosperity, and peace that I came into this life with.  These things are my birthrite and I claim them all now."  
  • It is now time to release.  Take each piece of paper and read it out loud before putting it into the fire or lighting a match to it.  After you read each item out loud, say "You no longer serve my highest good.  Be gone once and for all.  I am done with you."  Be bold and affirming when you say this each time.  The Universe reads energy better than words, so feel and speak with conviction how truly done you are with each of these things in your life.  Jump up and down, do a dance or wave goodbye to each of the items you burn.  
  • After all of your items have been burned, offer gratitude:  "Thank you, Spirit, for how these things have served me until this point in my life.  Thank you for removing these things that no longer serve me.  And so it is.  It is done. Aho/Amen."

Gather the Moon's Energy

  • Take all your sacred items outside where the moon can charge them with divine feminine energy.  As you place your items outside, give gratitude for their beauty and for the work they do, ask that they be cleansed and charged in the moonlight, and place your current intention into them as well.  When you bring them back in the next day (preferably before the sun shines on them), give gratitude again for their beauty and for their shining new energy.  
  • Fill a few jars of water with lids on them.  Place them outside with your other sacred items to gather Full Moon energy.  When you bring this water in, store it in the fridge if it is not used immediately.  You can use this water to drink, rinse your hair with, water the plants, blessings or rituals and so much more.  

Full Body Release

  • Water is a magical element that can cleanse energetically, as well as physically.  Conclude this ritual with a warm releasing bath and cool shower.
  • Bring your favorite beverage for drinking and your lit candle into the bathroom with you.
  • Take 2 cups of sea salt and add 10 drops of your favorite essential oil.
  • Add 1 cup of baking soda and the 2 cups of salt to your warm bath.  
  • Keep the calming music playing and RELAX.
  • Spend the time imagining into your life without the things you just released. Put a smile on your face and allow yourself to full-on Daydream. 
  • Soak for at least 15 minutes and conclude with a brief cool shower rinse off all you have released, feeling it all slide down the drain forever.  

Ideally, this ritual is best done on the actual day of the Full Moon, but it can still be just as powerful in the 3 days before and after the Full Moon, if needed. 

At the next New Moon, I will post a new Ritual about planting seeds of intentions for the month ahead.  Stay tuned for that one.  If you aren't on the newsletter list yet, be sure to sign up over on the right so you don't miss it.  

May you have a sweet and Soulful release this Full Moon,

All love.  All Soul.

xx Nicole

Blessing a new home

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As you may know from my last posting, these last few months have been full of transitions.  

This past week we packed up our belongings on the farm, loaded up a uhaul, and unpacked our treasures into a space we know call home.

Our new sanctuary. Like it literally is on Sanctuary Lane.

This might have been one of the smoothest moves I have done over the years, which has been many.  25 to be exact, not that I am counting.  

What made it easier?  

Ten days before we actually moved we began to box up things we don't use on a regular basis and I slowly moved those, unpacked them, then brought the empty box back to load up some more.  This allowed me time to settle into the new home and slowly make it my own.  

Yet, before I even moved a single thing into the home, I began blessing it.  

Though I have official training in House Blessings that I was taught during my 3rd year of study with my Shamanic Teacher, I often choose to do an abbreviated version for myself. 

Here is an idea of how I have blessed and greeted my homes in the past few years.  This can be done anytime though, and it is especially good to do once a year near a birthday or New Year's.  

  • Before a single thing is moved into the space I light some sage in a vintage abalone shell. I create an intention for the experience and feeling I want in our home as I stand at the front door,  I use a feather I found in nature and moving clockwise through the home, spread the smoke from the smudge with the feather over walls, into corners, into cupboards while holding the intention in my mind, heart and energy.  
  • Returning outside, I meditate and connect to the Spirits and Guardians of the land that the home is on.  I wait until I feel, sense, see or hear them and ask them what they would like from me as I am living on their land.  I ask for their permission, blessing and protection for our time living there.  If I have some loose tobacco for making prayers, I will blow my prayer and intention into the loose tobacco when I am done and give the land this offering.  I will ask if they would like any other offering from my possessions (like a crystal, statue, plant, etc.) placed on the land as a reminder to us both of our intention and commitment to one another.  
  • I create an altar near the front door or what I will consider the heart of the home (the place where we will spend the most time) and use the altar as an anchor for our intentions.  My altars often include a rabbit pelt, crystals, some form of earth, fire, or water, and a representation of my intention.  
  • Since I had purchased a few pieces of furniture at the thrift store, I placed them on our front porch before moving them into the house.  I smudged them with burning sage, then washed them down with an organic cleaning solution (Bio-Kleen All Purpose Cleaner in a bowl of hot water with 4 drops of Lavender, 3 drops of Lemongrass, and 2 drops of Eucalyptus essential oils) to cleanse them physically and energetically before bringing them into our home.
  • After all of our belongings have been moved into the home, I love to smudge the home again, including all of our belongings, starting at the door and working clockwise.  When that is complete, I hold the intention again in my mind, heart and energy that I first had before moving things in and use chimes, a Tibetan singing bowl or other joyful noise maker and walk through the home clockwise spreading the beautiful tones and intentions through the home. 
  • We have a bowl of angel cards that live someplace for easy daily drawings or when we feel inspired.  From that bowl, we each choose a card that will give us insight and guidance into what our collective experience will be while living in the home.  The ones we drew for the last house were Enthusiasm and Faith.  We also each draw two cards for ourselves to gather personal insight for our time in the home.  We keep our cards visible on a collective altar or our personal ones on our nightstands next to the bed for a daily reminder of the journey we are on.  
  • When leaving the previous space after we cleaned the home, I also do a ceremony. I gather all my energy from the space and yard by walking through it with a bell or smudge, giving thanks for the good things and growth that happened in that space, and declaring your intent to pull our energy from the old space and taking it with us.

Our New Home

The view from our new front porch.  A pond, a lake through the trees, tons of quiet tree neighbors, birds and deer.  Our lovely Fall and Winter Sanctuary.  

The view from our new front porch.  A pond, a lake through the trees, tons of quiet tree neighbors, birds and deer.  Our lovely Fall and Winter Sanctuary.  

Be sure to bookmark this page so you have it to come back to when you are ready to bless your home, change homes, or need a energetic reboot in your living space.  

Bless on, loves!

xx Nicole

We must feel before we rise

I am in a state of shock.

I know I am not alone in this feeling, as I see it all over social media and within my inner circles.

 Times like these call for many things, so I wanted to share my process for moving through it.  

As an empathic woman, I have been sensing the energy of the Divine Feminine Rising.  So it made sense, that we were ready for a woman to stand and lead our country.  

Yet, nature and the collective is a divine mirror and reflects back our shadows.  Our own and each others.

This is a hard blow and a large pill to swallow.  There is still more work to be done.  

But before we get back up and dust ourselves of we MUST take a deep hard look, feel into, and sit in the dark places before we can Rise.

Each step below is vital to our individual and collective spiritual survival as we move forward from the mirror we have been shown.  

1. Clear and ground your energy.

For all of you that are empathic, energetically sensitive, think you might be sensitive (okay, really, everyone) clear your energy.  Many of us empaths are feeling the fear, the sadness, the grief, the anger, the disappointment of so many around us.  It is so important to first separate what your individual feelings are from those of the collective.   

Go put your bare feet on the earth.  Imagine growing roots out of your feet to ground your energy.  Then imagine a shower of white light pouring down, over and into our entire body.

Allow this light to run through you into the Earth, imagining it washing you and taking with it anything that doesn't belong to you.  

Continue to do this as many times a day as you need to stay centered in your own energy.  

2. Feel your grief and loss. 

I am seeing so many people, light workers and positive people, wanting to just shift right back into bringing light and love to the situation.  Trust me, I get it.  It is not easy to sit and fully feel our griefs.

I recently spent a month entrenched in standing and digging up past griefs with Pixie Lighthorse.  One thing that she said that stood out so profoundly, is that 'when we stop feeling our losses in life, eventually we stop feeling everything'.  WOW.  That stopped me right in my tracks.  

Our culture doesn't show up for grief very well.  We want to talk about how people lived great lives when they passed, that things always work out for the better, it wasn't meant to be, etc.  

We gloss over and we fear what may happen if we open the floodgate to our grief.  Fear that the darkness will swallow us whole and we won't ever return.  But we do return.  

So today, and for as long as you need to, sit with your grief over how things have turned out. 

Feel first.  

Because only from fully feeling, can you begin the journey to truly authentically Rising.

3. Trust in the Divine.  

This step of faith can only occur after you have fully felt the loss and grief over what you desired or wanted to be.  

I firmly believe that everything happens in Divine timing.  Meaning, everything happens for a reason, the right people show up in our lives to teach us lessons about ourselves, and things happen when the time is right for everyone involved, not just me.

So, with this thought it mind, what does this situation have to teach us?  What do we and the collective still have to learn to move fully forward in bringing balance to the Divine Feminine?  

This article was written back in July in the Huffington Post, and is important to the process of looking within our own natures at this very public, very in our face, sort of mirror for each of us to see where we still need to grow.  

Donald Trump: Spiritual Teacher in Disguise

4. Choose to Rise.  

Everyone.  Each and everyone of us is being asked to step up. We must untangle what is ours and what is others.  We must feel and grieve.  We must take a good, hard look inside of ourselves to see what most needs to change for us to find our own balance between the Divine Masculine and Divine Feminine.

Then we get up.  We brush ourselves off.  We stand not in fear, but in our true inner strength.  

This is our time.  

When you are ready, let's rise together.  Sure footed. Healed.  Whole. And Strong.  

This is when the shift will finally happen.

Today I Rise from Blaze of Grace on Vimeo.

Finally, Love trumps hate, always.

xx Nicole 

Full Moon Ritual

I am shaking loose everything that is not soul, for myself personally, and this business.

We recently moved homes and many changes have happened in my life. I have been quiet lately as I have begun my journey inward, these deep changes are settling down around me as I grow new roots with what is now true for me and what I now offer to those on this journey with me.  

I stood face to face with many fears and soared as I allowed Spirit to hold and carry me through them.  I have manifested a life I once only dreamed of, and with that comes great responsibility.  

One of the ways that I have been able to witness my growth and the changes that are occurring in my life is connecting with the Moon and her many cycles.  

I have always been fascinated by the moon, ruler of our emotions, and the way it controls the tides and the historical accounts of the red tents.  I have been actively doing Moon rituals consistently for the past year and the power of them has shifted so much for me that I knew I needed to share this with you.  

In Native culture, the moon represents feminine energy.  When women are on their moon (menstrual cycle), they are not allowed into sweat lodges, but are asked to stand guard outside and vision for the community, since they are considered extremely prophetic during this time. Two of the four sweat lodges I attended over the years granted me this experience, and it was deeply profound.

The moon was the way that our ancestors used to mark the passing of time each month, just as the sun was used to mark the passing of time each day.  We no longer need the moon to tell us what day it is, but using the powerful Feminine Moon energy can benefit us all.   

The Full Moon is a time to:

  • Give gratitude for all we have manifested and created since setting intentions on the new moon.
  • Look at ourselves and see what area of our emotional or spiritual lives need more attention.  
  • Let go of the things that are holding us back or keeping us stuck:  fears, daily habits, negative self talk, etc. 
  • Take your sacred items and put them out in the moonlight overnight.  Crystals (though, some can’t tolerate moisture, so those should be placed inside of a window that the moon will shine on), rocks, feathers, singing bowls, statues (think Ganesha, Buddha, Christ), rattles, etc.  The moon’s energy adds another layer of sacredness to your items when done in addition to smudging or rattling them.  

Full Moon Ritual:

FULL MOON AFFIRMATION

I GIVE GRATITUDE TO THE UNIVERSE FOR PROVIDING EVERYTHING I NEED.

 I TRUST THAT SPIRIT IS ALWAYS TAKING CARE OF ME.

(I do not align myself with any particular religion or belief.  I use the term Universe or Spirit, to honor the higher being that each of you may believe in.  This can be God/Goddess/Buddha/Mother Earth/Gaia/Higher Power/Power Animals/Spirit Allies/Angels/ Guides, etc.  You can call on any or all that feel appropriate.)

Things to Gather:

  • Candle
  • Sage or Incense
  • Calming music
  • All your sacred items (crystals, rocks, feathers, singing bowls, statues, rattles, etc)
  • Jars with lids
  • Slips of paper and a pen
  • Journal
  • A fire (in a fireplace, outside, or in a bowl that paper can burn in)
  • Sea salt/Epsom salt
  • Baking soda
  • Your favorite essential oil
  • Your favorite non-alcoholic beverage (save the wine for after the ritual) 
  • A cozy space where you will not be interrupted

Set Your Intention/Create Sacred Space

  • Place your candle in a special spot to begin building your altar.  Add any other sacred items that feel important to you at this time.  I love using a Ganesha on a Full Moon Altar, since he is known as the Remover of Obstacles.
  • Light the candle.
  • Pray for guidance and protection. The prayer can go something like this (but, feel free to come up with your own):  "Spirit, I ask for your divine guidance and protection during this Full Moon Ritual.  May all that is done be for my highest good and the highest good for the next 7 generations to come. I give deep gratitude for the blessings you have given me in the last month including: __________.  I trust that you will always take care of me, as you have done since the beginning of my existence.  Aho/Amen."
  • Create sacred space.  Light some sage to cleanse yourself and the space you are in, burn some incense, and/or rattle.  Call your intention for this time forward.  What is your deepest longing at this moment in time?  Hold that intention in your Heart and Mind as you move through this ritual.
  • Put on some quiet soothing music.  Some of my favorites for this are Deva Premal and Snatum Kaur.

Meditate

  • Grab a crystal, if you have one.  My favorites for meditation are selenite, amethyst, celestine, or clear quartz.  These crystals assist in tuning into our intuition more deeply.  
  • Close your eyes and connect to your breath.  Feel the gentle rise and fall of your chest.  Begin to slow your breathing down to almost double the length in and out if possible. 
  • Silently ask Spirit what needs to be released at this time.  Trust what thoughts pass through your mind.  
  • Meditate for about 10 minutes, or longer if you desire.  
  • Make notes in your journal about what came forward during your meditation. 

Releasing

  • Now that you are relaxed, centered, and peaceful, your intuition should be more accessible.  
  • Close your eyes briefly and ponder what is no longer serving you in your life. This may be daily habits, old beliefs around abundance and money, negative words of self talk, or physical clutter.
  • On individual slips of paper begin to write down what you want to release at this time.  
  • Get the fire, or your bowl to burn the paper, ready.  
  • Say the following prayer/affirmation until you feel yourself smiling:  "For my highest good and for the highest good of all, I release all that no longer serves me.  I release clutter, negative words and people, and all things that hold me back from all the love, joy, good health, abundance, prosperity, and peace that I came into this life with.  These things are my birthrite and I claim them all now."  
  • It is now time to release.  Take each piece of paper and read it out loud before putting it into the fire or lighting a match to it.  After you read each item out loud, say "You no longer serve my highest good.  Be gone once and for all.  I am done with you."  Be bold and affirming when you say this each time.  The Universe reads energy better than words, so feel and speak with conviction how truly done you are with each of these things in your life.  Jump up and down, do a dance or wave goodbye to each of the items you burn.  
  • After all of your items have been burned, offer gratitude:  "Thank you, Spirit, for how these things have served me until this point in my life.  Thank you for removing these things that no longer serve me.  And so it is.  It is done. Aho/Amen."

Gather the Moon's Energy

  • Take all your sacred items outside where the moon can charge them with divine feminine energy.  As you place your items outside, give gratitude for their beauty and for the work they do, ask that they be cleansed and charged in the moonlight, and place your current intention into them as well.  When you bring them back in the next day (preferably before the sun shines on them), give gratitude again for their beauty and for their shining new energy.  
  • Fill a few jars of water with lids on them.  Place them outside with your other sacred items to gather Full Moon energy.  When you bring this water in, store it in the fridge if it is not used immediately.  You can use this water to drink, rinse your hair with, water the plants, blessings or rituals and so much more.  

Full Body Release

  • Water is a magical element that can cleanse energetically, as well as physically.  Conclude this ritual with a warm releasing bath and cool shower.
  • Bring your favorite beverage for drinking and your lit candle into the bathroom with you.
  • Take 2 cups of sea salt and add 10 drops of your favorite essential oil.
  • Add 1 cup of baking soda and the 2 cups of salt to your warm bath.  
  • Keep the calming music playing and RELAX.
  • Spend the time imagining into your life without the things you just released. Put a smile on your face and allow yourself to full-on Daydream. 
  • Soak for at least 15 minutes and conclude with a brief cool shower rinse off all you have released, feeling it all slide down the drain forever.  

Ideally, this ritual is best done on the actual day of the Full Moon, but it can still be just as powerful in the 3 days before and after the Full Moon, if needed. 

At the next New Moon, I will post a new Ritual about planting seeds of intentions for the month ahead.  Stay tuned for that one.  If you aren't on the newsletter list yet, be sure to sign up over on the right so you don't miss it.  

May you have a sweet and Soulful release this Full Moon,

All love.  All Soul.

xx Nicole