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Keeping the Faith – Reflections on My Hocking Hills Adventure

Conkles Hollow CliffAs we continue going through the transformation we are all in the midst of, it can sometimes feel like we aren’t making any progress at all.  We find ourselves struggling to stay positive and slipping back into old habits that don’t enrich us or feed our souls.  Our plans seem to go sideways and we begin to wonder if we are off our path.  This makes it tough to keep having faith.

I went through a bout of this recently with my Hocking Hills retreat weekend. I was excited to share one of my favorite places with a group of 10 lovely women and had high hopes for a weekend filled with fun.  The Universe, though, had other plans.

The trip started out with the women I was driving with showing up as fire trucks came swooping in to try to put out a house fire next door.  The neighbor had left a pot on and gone somewhere and smoke had been billowing out from under her garage door.  We drove off to the sound of sirens wailing.  Perhaps I should have taken that as a sign!

The next challenge happened at Ash Cave where we were meeting the rest of our group for the first hike of the weekend.  We got out of the car, only to discover that the keys had been locked inside! With no cell service in the area, this led to a group heading off to find somewhere they could get a call through, delaying our plans by a couple of hours.  In the midst of that, one of the participants discovered that her husband had been in a car accident. Thankfully, he was okay, but she was understandably concerned and frustrated that communication was so challenging without cell reception.

That night, I decided to sleep outside on the back porch.  Normally, I can’t get enough of being outside, so this would have been fun.  On this occasion, I ended up hardly sleeping at all and spending a lot of time wondering if the raccoons that were running around over my head on the upstairs porch were going to come down and discover me.  Needless to say, I was very tired when morning finally came.

The next challenge, which was really the tipping point for me, occurred with stairs.  One of the women fell down the stairs (and was thankfully okay) about the time that I had my own stair catastrophe.  I was on my way downstairs with my heavy bag full of spiritual tools and realized it was silly to carry them down there as I would just have to bring them back up later.  I turned to ask one of the women who was on her way up to take it back up with her.  She took the bag from me, lost her balance, and bumped a picture on the wall.  With a call of warning to me to watch out, I turned and looked up, only to get hit right in the left eye.  All I could think of was that I was going to be blind as it felt like the heavy picture had hit directly on my physical eye.  Thankfully, after doing a series of Bodytalk Fast Aid several times, I discovered I could still see and only had a black eye.  The shock and pain of this, though, opened the floodgates for me and all the repressed emotions from the last month of shifts and changes came welling up and pouring out.

Thankfully, two of the women who were with me were people I’ve known a long time and both are gifted intuitive healers in their own right.  They were both wonderful!  They helped me figure out what was happening from a spiritual point of view and provided a lot of much-needed comfort and love. After that, a group of us were guided to do an energy clearing with one of the participants which offered a beautiful healing for us all.  That changed the course of the weekend – bringing great healing and transformation for everyone, though not in the format I had expected.

So what did I learn from all of this?  Here are a few insights that hopefully will help you through your own challenges…

  1. We don’t have to do this alone.  Many of us have spent most of our life feeling that it was our job to help and support others.  We are much more comfortable being the givers instead of the receivers.  This experience brought me the gift of seeing I don’t have to go through these changes alone.  I had felt responsible for providing all the support on the weekend and had it brought home to me again that my job isn’t to have it all together.  My job is to be real and to let God work through me.   My own struggles offered a way for the others to step into empowerment with their own gifts. They gained confidence in what they have to offer and I received the blessing of their wisdom and kindness.
  1. Being honest, even when it makes you feel vulnerable, is healing and empowering.  I’ve spent a lot of my life as someone who is highly sensitive trying to protect my vulnerability.  This experience (and some others along the way) reminded me that being vulnerable and sharing from the heart is actual one of my greatest strengths.  By being willing to be honest about what I was going through and in asking for help, I received what I needed and also allowed others to get what they needed by being able to share their own wisdom and love.  Others felt safe to share their struggles and we found a lot of common themes in what we were experiencing which brought us all comfort and support.
  1. Staying in your North Node is vital.  I have talked about Jan Spiller’s book, Astrology of the Soul with pretty much everyone I have worked with over the years.  This book offers a blueprint for your spiritual path and the traits that you are developing in this lifetime.  It provides valuable information to help you see your challenges and what you are trying to learn.  My North Node is Aries and my job is to lead and act by following my own inspirations and needs.  My astrological sun sign is Capricorn whose keynote is “to teach” so these two focuses require me to follow what I’m inspired to learn and to teach what I discover.  With this experience, I was slipping into my old patterns and focusing on what I thought others needed to learn.  The Universe quickly corrected me by bringing me back to my path of self-discovery and self-love and in doing this allowed everyone to learn what they needed to.
  1.  We are Divinely Guided. I have had so many magical experiences in my life and so much evidence has been provided about how well and truly loved I am by the Spiritual Guides who walk with me.  They are truly phenomenal!  Even in the midst of the challenges I faced, I felt protected, loved and cared for.  The weekend didn’t go as I had planned, but it did provide me exactly what I needed to move into my joy and step fully into my true self.  My Team brought me support in the form of wonderful friends, synchronistic events, and a weekend that was designed to give me time with small groups of people instead of the larger group focus I had planned.  It truly was a magical weekend in so many ways and continues to bring me blessings as I process all that occurred.
  1.  Everything thing always works out for me in ways I enjoy.  I’ve been saying this statement a lot lately and even though I didn’t “enjoy” some of what happened over the weekend, I do see that I enjoyed the results and how much better I felt after the experience.  Even my eye injury healed quickly.  I also realized that the more I stay centered in this belief – continuing to affirm that I am a magical being, living in a magical Universe, and everything always works out for me in ways I enjoy, the more that becomes my truth.

Finally, I would like to say a big thank you to the amazing women I had the gift of spending the weekend with.  I am so grateful for all of you and for your willingness to choose to go through transformation at such a deep and profound level with each other.  I love you all!

Sending much love and hugs to everyone else too!

Nancy

PS. If you need some intuitive insight and practical coaching to help you through these transformational times, I am happy to help!  You can learn more about working with me here:  How to Get Started

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

February Empowerment

 EmpoweringLightworkers

February 2014

Hello!

February is the month of Valentine’s Day (and also the month when everyone in the colder climates have been cooped up together in the house).  For this reason, relationships and partnerships with others seems like a good focus.  One of the tools I’ve been using a lot in my work is an astrological concept of the North Node (soul path), particularly as it is shared about in Jan Spiller’s book, Astrology for the Soul.  I’ve shared about this before, but this month I wanted to share how it can be a wonderful tool for helping you balance and empower your relationships with others.  That’s why it is the featured book this month and also will be used in the February Empowerment Circle reading.  You can also have a private session ($10 off this month too) where we will look at the North Node for both you and the other person and see how you can best empower and support each other based on the spiritual lessons you are each trying to learn in this lifetime.  I’ve done this with some couples and it is fascinating to see how the interactions with those we are close to can challenge us to move into our highest potential.

Love to you all!

Nancy

Featured Book

Astrology for the soul

Astrology for the Soul by Jan Spiller:  A great book to help you understand the messages your physical body is sending you!  It is available in my Amazon store here:  Astrology for the Soul

February Guidance/Inspiration

From Archangel Oracle Cards  (Doreen Virtue, Ph.D):

“Peace:  Archangel Chamuel:  Peace comes from remembering that only love is real. Additional Message:  Look past the surface of this situation and see the underlying truth:  that everyone involved is a child of God and filled with love.  By focusing upon this truth, you elicit loving behavior and solutions.  Even though appearances seem otherwise, trust that a higher wisdom is in charge.  Love is the only power that exists, and its light shines away any seeming darkness.  Hold the intention to look for examples of light within yourself and others, and you’ll have more light in your mind, heart, thoughts and life.  This knowledge is the foundation of peace.”

Events This Month

 2/9/2014:  Nancy’s Soul Friends Community Empowerment Call – Explore Spontaneity and Joyous Flow as we connect with our Spiritual Support Team of Angels and Spirit Guides (7-8 PM EST).  See below for registration details.

2/19/2014:  Registration deadline for February Empowerment Circle (Relationships).  See below for details.

3/2/2014:  Sanctuary Winter Retreat – I’ll be one of the teachers for this event.  Full details will be coming out soon, but wanted to give you a heads up so you can save the date! J

Opportunities to Connect

February Empowerment Circle – Relationships :  Registration deadline is Wednesday 2/19/2014.  Description:  Our interactions with others are what bring joy to our life, but they are also often the source of the challenges that generate our spiritual growth. This week’s Empowerment Circle on relationships will provide intuitive insight to help you understand what is going on in a particular relationship from a spiritual point of view. The intention will be to give you some inside information about what is causing the challenge at the emotional, energetic or psychological level along with guidance to shift the situation to what you’d like to manifest. I’ll be using Astrology by the Soul by Jan Spiller to help provide additional understanding (for those who have the full birth date available of the person they are inquiring about).  The Empowerment Circle recording includes: Brief Prayer and Group Intuitive Message on Relationships, Individual Intuitive Messages and Interpretation, and an Intention setting meditation to manifest what you wish to experience.  Cost is $12/Soul Friend Community Members; $15/Non-Members. You can learn more and register at this link:  Empowerment Circles 

2/9/2014 (7PM EST):  Nancy’s Soul Friends Community Empowerment Call – Spontaneity and Going with the Flow:  I’m feeling a need for some spontaneity, so this call will be a guided meditation where we will practice spontaneity and going with the flow by opening to whatever the Divine decides to bring through!  For the second half of the call, those present will have a chance to ask questions and I will do oracle card readings for those who request it (as many as time allows).  The first half of the call will be recorded and the link shared after the event.  This call is free for Nancy’s Soul Friends Community Members.  Non-Members – $15 (Register and Learn More here: Empowerment Calls

New Client Options/February Special Offer

Interested in working with Nancy?  I offer a $25/25 minute empowerment reading or a $10 Empowerment Circle reading for new clients.  Learn more about what I do and how to sign up here:  How to Get Started

February Special Offer:  Free Choice Empowerment Reading – $10 off ($35/30 minute reading for community members; $50/30 minute reading for non-members).  As I mentioned, I’m feeling a need for spontaneity this month, so the type of reading is up to you!  You can choose from an Emotion Code Reading, North Node Reading, I Ching reading or we can just see what guidance brings through to use as the tool based on what you need.   Special offer ends 2/28/2014.   Email me to participate – Nancy@EmpoweringLightworkers.com

Ways to Keep Informed

Free Email Subscriptions

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Sanctuary at Crossroads Holistic Network Email Subscription:  A free way to receive inspirational posts, news of upcoming events and programs, and more from Nancy and her favorite holistic providers in Northeast Ohio!  Sign up for your free email subscription by entering your email in the “Follow This Blog” option on the upper right side of the page (you will have an option to receive updates daily or weekly).  Subscribe:  Sanctuary at Crossroads Coaching

12/9-12/15: Weekly Bulletin-Insights and Opportunities to Connect!

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 Seabrook Oak by water

Nature-Speak Oracle card from Ted Andrews – Oak – “Be strong but gentle.” 

 A Note from Nancy

Hello!

As I shared last night on my community empowerment call, many of us seem to be slipping back and forth between our north and south node patterns.  The trick is being able to catch ourselves!  One technique that can help is to ask yourself a few questions before taking action.  You might find it helpful to ask, “Does this energize me?  Does this empower me?  Does this bring me joy?”  If you get a lot of “no” answers to the questions, then odds are you are still trying to approach things from old patterns that no longer work for you.  As I’ve shared, Astrology for the Soul by Jan Spiller can be a really helpful resource to understand your soul path more clearly.  We will be working with our North Node/South Node in the Raise Your Vibration –Becoming Divinely You Program beginning on 12/21.  This week’s reading for my community focused on really trusting our instinctive nature by listening to our heart and our body.  I know my body has been making it abundantly clear when I am contemplating actions that are coming from my South node.  Not fun!  It is time for us to be “strong, but gentle” with ourselves as we choose to align with our highest and best good in all that we think say and do!

See below for more insights and upcoming events to empower you this week!

Weekly Guidance

Guidance for the week ahead:  The Nature-Speak Oracle (Ted Andrews): Oak – Be strong but gentle:  “Opportunity to use your strengths to help others will increase over the next few weeks.  Act on them.  It will bring rewards for you down the road and open up new contacts and avenues for new creative endeavors.  The acorn is a symbol of fertility and fruition. From it comes the mighty oak.  From the acorns of your past, mighty oaks are beginning to mature.  Be patient and strong and things will unfold for you.” 

Events This Week

12/12 – 12/13/2013: For those who are local, the Blessed Foundation will have hunting on the back of the property.  You can still walk the heart and butterfly labyrinths on the front of the property and access the heart chakra vortex and the kidney meridian. 

12/15/2013:  Last day to register for the Winter Raise Your Vibration Program-Becoming Divinely You! From the pre-registration, five groups are formed. I have space for five people left.  See below for details and the link to register.

Opportunities to Connect

2014 Raise Your Vibration – Becoming Divinely You Program:  Registration for the Winter Season ends 12/15/2013 –  Five openings available! Join me and my special guests on a spiritual adventure to discover our authentic nature!  We will be raising our vibration and deepening our connection with the Divine through a seasonal journey around the Angel Medicine Wheel.  Each season, you will work with me to learn how to connect more deeply to your authentic nature (North Node) and Spiritual Support Team through individual and small group practice.  We will also work with deepening this connection through two metaphysical nature hikes in the spring and summer. You will also experience a call each season with special guest Author and Metaphysical Ecologist Jaap Van Etten Ph.D to help you raise your vibration in connection with the four seasons, energy bodies, and Archangels.  To provide a physical representation of your experience, you will learn how to create an Angel Mandala Wheel with special guest, Laurie Price.  The Winter Season focus is working with Archangel Gabriel to empower our thoughts about ourselves, our relationships and our work.  A three-month commitment is required as the cost has been split up over the three months.  You can learn more and register here:  Raise Your Vibration -Becoming Divinely You! Program

December Empowerment Circle – Manifest Transformation:  Registration deadline is Wednesday 12/18/2013: Description December’s Focus is Manifestation.  For this month’s empowerment circle, the focus will be to manifest transformation in some area of your life.  I’ll be using the Tarot of Transformation cards (Willow Arlenea and Jasmin Lee Cori) along with sharing whatever I pick up intuitively for you during this reading.  These cards combine spiritual and psychotherapeutic traditions and are really a powerful tool!  The recording will be done anonymously (you’ll be told the number of your reading) and all messages will have gifts for all listening.  An intention setting meditation will be done at the end of the session and an Angel oracle card will be shared for the group. Cost is $12/Soul Friend Community Members; $15/Non-Members.  You can learn more and register at this link:  Empowerment Circles 

2014 Manifest Your Dreams Empowerment Readings –  Special rate of $10 off for a 30 or 60 minute reading good through 12/24/2013.  This can be purchased for yourself or as a gift certificate for a loved one.  The most important step in bringing your dreams to fruition is setting a clear intention for what you wish to manifest.  For this empowerment reading, we will begin by asking for intuitive guidance in the form of a metaphor/vision to help you get clear on what you wish to create.  Then we will work together to set a clear intention for 2014 and invoke Divine support to bring it into being.  I will also share any energetic or coaching tools that seem relevant to empower you to manifest your intention.  I’ll finish with a two card reading from The Tarot of Transformation by Willow Arlenea and Jasmin Lee Cori which offers a multidimensional approach incorporating the work of Psychotherapist Carl Jung along with other modalities.   30 Minute Readings or Gift Certificates:  $35/30 minutes or $65/60 Minutes (Members) and $50/30 minutes or $80/60 Minutes for non-members.  To purchase, email me and I’ll send you a PayPal link.  (Nancy@EmpoweringLightworkers.com)

Ways to Keep Informed

 Free Email Subscriptions:

Nancy Nicholas (Crossroads Coaching) Email Subscription:  Subscribe to receive by emailGuided meditations, upcoming events and articles to empower you to nurture yourself, grow your gifts, and live your life purpose.  Sign up for your free email subscription by entering your email in the “Follow This Blog” option on the upper left side of the page (you will have an option to receive updates daily or weekly).  Subscribe:  www.EmpoweringLightworkers.com

Sanctuary at Crossroads Email Subscription:  A free way to receive inspirational posts, news of upcoming events, and more from Nancy and her favorite holistic providers at this virtual retreat!  Sign up for your free email subscription by entering your email in the “Follow This Blog” option on the upper left side of the page (you will have an option to receive updates daily or weekly).  Subscribe:  Sanctuary at Crossroads Coaching

New Client Options

Interested in working with Nancy?  I offer a $25/25 minute empowerment reading or a $10 Empowerment Circle reading for new clients.  Learn more about what I do and how to sign up here:  How to Get Started

Much love to you all!

Nancy

New Program to Raise Your Vibration!

yoga and sunriseRaising Our Vibration – Be empowered to be Divinely You!

Join me and my special guests on a spiritual adventure to discover our authentic nature!  We will be raising our vibration and deepening our connection with the Divine through a seasonal journey around the Angel Medicine Wheel.  Each season, you will work with me to learn how to connect more deeply to your authentic nature and Spiritual Support Team through individual and small group practice.  We will also work with deepening this connection through two metaphysical nature hikes in the spring and summer. You will also experience a call each season with special guest Author and Metaphysical Ecologist Jaap Van Etten Ph.D to help you raise your vibration in connection with the four seasons, energy bodies, and Archangels.  To provide a physical representation of your experience, you will learn how to create an Angel Mandala Wheel with special guest, Laurie Price.

What to Expect Each Season

Intuitive Guidance with Nancy…

  • Solstice Guided Meditation:  Receive a pre-recorded guided meditation empowering your intuitive connecting with a specific Archangel (Gabriel-Winter, Michael-Spring, Raphael-Summer, Uriel-Fall) at the solstice of each season.
  • Small Group Intuitive Practice Session:  Participate in a 60-90 Minute call for small group intuitive practice organized with others who have similar soul paths (north nodes) as determined by Astrology for the Soul by Jan Spiller.  
  • Private Empowerment Reading:  Participate in a 30 or 60 minute private empowerment reading to offer personalized practice and guidance with your intuitive development.
  • Metaphysical Nature Hike:  In the Spring and Summer seasons, you will get some hands on experience working with the Earth energies to empower and deepen your connection with your Spiritual Support Team.  Those who are local will be invited to join an experiential experience working with the vortexes and meridians in Ohio.  Out of the Area Participants will receive a pre-recorded 30 minute guided meditation connecting with the energies of the Earth if unable to come on the Metaphysical Nature Hike in spring and summer.

Special Guest Activities to Raise Your Vibration…

  • Raise Your Vibration Call with Jaap Van Etten Ph.D.:  Join Special Guest Metaphysical Ecologist Jaap Van Etten Ph.D for a 60-90 minute call focusing on the four directions as a tool to connect with four Archangels, the seasons, the power of the four elements, and our four energy bodies.   
  • Angel Wheel Mandala Creation:  To begin our seasonal walk around the Angel Medicine Wheel in the winter, you will learn how to create a physical representation of your year-long journey using mandalas and the Angel Medicine Wheel with a 60-90 minute call. You will create the mandalas independently (with email support) throughout the year and then in the fall, you will have a chance to share about your experience on a second 60-90 minute group call.

Your Investment:

With a 30 Minute Empowerment Reading Seasonally: 

Nancy’s Soul Friend Community Members – $35/month

Non-Members – $44/month

With a 60 Minute Empowerment Reading Seasonally:

Nancy’s Soul Friend Community Members – $47/month

Non-Members – $54/month

How to Register

Email me if you are interested in participating! Nancy@EmpoweringLightworkers.com

Let me know if you have any questions!

Nancy

Being Real – Courage Required!

MP900262642“What the world needs now is for each of us to be who we truly are, and to bring our gifts into the world. Don’t hold back any longer. Be Present. Be You. That is enough.  Really it is.”  Nancy Bishop

I’ve been having a hard time getting myself to share on my blogs or Facebook lately.  I am an introvert by nature and putting myself out there in a public way isn’t easy for me sometimes, especially when I am feeling a bit vulnerable.  I have spent the last few months really coming into alignment with my North Node (spiritual path/authenticity) which means I have had to change a lot of things in myself and in the way that self is expressed.  One of the things that I have learned is that it is vital for my well-being and happiness to have safe places to share what I am experiencing and going through. That is a big reason why I created my soul friends community and Sanctuary at the Crossroads (my virtual retreat).  It gives me a group of people I trust and who trust me to become the most authentic version of myself I can be.  

I think we all need that safe space to learn how to become who we are.  We all have learned to live in the world by playing different roles.  When we are in a role that everyone knows, we fit in and can function with the whole.  We know what the rules are and how we are supposed to behave.  I feel we are going through a shift vibrationally that is making playing roles that aren’t in alignment with our North Node almost like having an allergy.  It becomes intolerable for all aspects of ourselves and we are forced to change.  

This brings us to the title of this post.  Being real takes courage.  It isn’t easy to step fully into who you are when the people around you are expecting you to be who you have been.  And yet, what magic occurs when we do!  When we are able to look beyond the loss of those who no longer resonate with our truth and see all the beauty of those who are drawn into our world as a result of our having the courage to be true to ourselves, then we are able to see that being real is worth it.  That safe space comes into being because we begin to resonate with our truth and our truth creates around us the perfect environment to support our growth and unfoldment.  We find our home and our family. 

This morning, I heard my Angels say that my virtual retreat, Sanctuary at the Crossroads, is meant to become a playground.  This playground offers a safe, protected space where people can explore, play, and try new things that empower them to be who they are.  By filling it with those who resonate with who I am, it also offers companions who genuinely want to be real and for those they connect with to be real too.  Our world doesn’t offer a lot of places yet where the whole purpose is just for everyone to be WHO THEY ARE.  That is what I want to create…for myself as much as for anyone else.  Let’s all just commit to doing what is ours to do.  As Joseph Campbell said, “The greatest privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.”  I believe it is time we fully take advantage of this privilege.  After all, it is the very best gift we can give our world.

Love to all!

Nancy

PS. If you are interested in learning more about your north node, I highly recommend the book Astrology for the Soul by Jan Spiller.  I have been using it myself and with clients a lot lately and it is amazingly on target for giving insights about who we are in this lifetime and what will work for us and what will not.