How to Recognise a Message from the Universe

How to Recognise a Message from the Universe

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I often get asked how to spot messages from the universe. It can be confusing as you can receive messages from the universe in so many different ways.

To start with, know that you’re most likely to receive messages via your dominant sense.

If you’re not sure what your dominant sense is, think about the sense that you enjoy the most or the one that is the first to become overwhelmed.

Messages from the universe could come to you via:⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

☁️ Day dreams⠀⠀⠀

🎲 Divination
🌳 Images you see in the clouds, trees, art – anywhere really⠀
✍️ Journaling
💬 Overheard conversations⠀
🎶 Music lyrics or song titles
1️⃣1️⃣1️⃣1️⃣ Repeating numbers⠀
🌸 Smells that remind you of something or someone⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀


✋ Messages from the universe never:⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

🛑 Make you feel unnecessarily uncomfortable⠀
😡 Speak badly about you or another person⠀⠀
🤕 Tell you to hurt yourself or another person/creature⠀



TRY THIS:⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
➡️➡️ Start your day by asking to receive a message of guidance via the third song you hear today.

The message could then come from the lyrics in the song, the name of the song, the artist or even what you associate with the song. 🎶🎵🎧⠀

You can wait to see what the third song you hear throughout the day is – songs from any source – or you could shuffle your music player and see what comes up for you.


💬 I received a message this morning via a podcast I was listening to. I was just thinking about a question I had about a dream, wondering if the people I met in the dream were my ancestors.

At the exact moment I thought the question, the person on the podcast, which had nothing to do with spirituality or ancestors, said ‘… connecting to your ancestors…’

I simply smiled and said ‘thank you’.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Messages really can come from anywhere!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

✨ Be curious, that’s where the magick is found! ✨

How to set powerful intentions

How to set powerful intentions

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Most people love to set their intentions

The beginning of the intention-setting process is fun and full of potential!

You can dream until your heart is full, and then dream a little more.

But unfortunately, not many people see their intentions actually come to fruition.

That’s often because they set off with great purpose.

They do all the things that they’ve been told they should do. They complete their gratitude journal, say their affirmations and make their vision boards.

But then they get stuck.

They fall short of knowing exactly what they have to do to turn their intentions into reality.

They’ve created the perfect environment to nourish their intentions, but they don’t know what they need to do within that environment. They don’t know what to do between setting their intentions and actually achieving them.

So they feel as though they’re stuck in limbo.


You do need to create the right environment

Whilst affirmations and gratitude journals, etc are an essential part of the manifesting process, they’re not the whole process. They play a supporting role by helping to keep you focused and on track.

Think of it as being like when you garden. It’s essential to have the right soil to plant your seeds in, because the right kind of soil nourishes them. It gives them the best chance to grow and thrive.

Without preparing the right environment (or soil), you’re taking a gamble and hoping for the best.

Imagine throwing your seed out of your window and hoping it lands somewhere it can grow. Sure, it may find some soil. It may even land in the grass. But it could also land on concrete or paving stones. And whilst it may somehow manage to sprout between the cracks and then make the best of growing in its new surroundings, it’s not likely to thrive to its full potential.

Of course, that seed you threw out of the window might also never make it to the pavement. It could get eaten, or trampled on or washed away… In any of these cases, it would have no chance of even beginning to grow.

However, if you kept the seed and planted it in a flowerpot, it would have a much better chance of sprouting. And if you then kept it in the greenhouse and regularly talked positively to it (?) it would have a much greater chance of growing strong and healthy. That means it would be much more likely to thrive once it was ready to plant directly in the garden.


But creating that environment is only the first step

To grow a healthy garden, you need to do more than just plant seeds in the right kind of soil. As any seed starts to sprout and grow, you need to weed around it. Then, as it becomes a plant, you need to regularly water it, prune it, keep weeding around it, and eventually transplant it.

Saying affirmations and keeping a gratitude journal are a lot like getting the soil ready to plant the seed of your intentions in. They’re essential, but only the first part of the process.

For example, let’s assume you’ve created a nourishing environment for your intuition. You say your affirmations, and you’re clear on your vision. The next stage of the process forms out of the initial energy of potential and possibility, and things start to become a reality.

But… as you move forward, you may start to feel challenged. As your intention begins to grow, much like in your garden, you may come across some weeds.

These ‘weeds’ may try and slow you down. They may make you doubt yourself or question whether you can actually have what you desire. So, just like with your garden, you may need to do some ‘weeding’ in all areas of your life.

This may require you to (among many other things):

  • Be intentional with your thoughts, energy and resources
  • Be discerning about who you spend time with and how you spend your time
  • Believe in yourself and your ability to ‘do hard things’ or make necessary changes
  • Ignore any doubts you have
  • Ignore the judgements and expectations of those around you
  • Learn new skills
  • Let go of old habits
  • Overcome old stories, beliefs and patterns of behaviour


Ignoring the ‘weeding’ stops your intentions from growing

If you don’t clear the weeds that show up as you start taking action towards your dreams, they’ll slow you down. They may even sabotage any chance you have of successfully bringing your intention into reality.

As a result, you may tell yourself (and completely believe) that your intention ‘just wasn’t meant to be’. You could fall into the trap of living within the limits of your expectations, instead of in the magic of what’s really possible.

Now don’t get me wrong, weeding is hard work. It can be messy, accompanied by blood, sweat and tears… Hopefully, that’s only metaphorical blood, although the sweat and tears are likely.

But there isn’t a single person I know who’s achieved their biggest dreams without also getting messy with this kind of weeding.


How to tell if your intentions have a chance of happening

Not sure whether you’re ready to put all that effort into weeding?  When you set your intentions, ask yourself one question:

“Am I willing to do whatever’s necessary to bring this intention into being?”

Then answer it honestly.


If the answer is ‘Yes’, brilliant. Keep going!

That means you know how important your intention is to you. So when you come up against obstacles and challenges, you’re ready and prepared to do what’s needed.


If the answer is ‘No’, that’s brilliant too!

Now you can stop dreaming about what will never be more than just a dream. You can refocus your time, attention and energy on something that you are willing to make happen.


Asking – and honestly answering – this one question can save you a whole heap of time and energy after setting your intentions.

It also helps you to understand the motivation behind your intentions.

Often, people set intentions based on what they think is expected of them, or what they think makes them sound like a ‘good person’.

But when you set intentions this way, it’s hard to stay motivated in the face of any challenges.

Instead, you become disheartened and confused about why you can’t stick with your intention. The truth is that it was never ‘your’ intention in the first place.


So, are you willing to do what’s necessary?

Interested in learning how to align your intentions with the moon to add some moon-mentum to your life, so that you can stop second-guessing yourself and create real change? Learn more here.

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Logic or Intuition, Which is More Important?

Logic or Intuition, Which is More Important?

Our society values logic.

We love to gather the information, and the more detail we can uncover, the better. We pore over it, analysing and comparing it to other data. Then we make a choice, confident that it’s right, because we made it logically and rationally.

Whereas we view intuition very differently. We gather intuitive information through an inner ‘knowing’ or sensing. It’s something that we can’t often explain with reason and logic. We can rarely prove the information at the time we receive it. Sometimes, it doesn’t even make much sense.

So we often view intuition as ‘creative’, or dismiss it as ‘woo woo’.

That’s probably why society tends to value logic over intuition. If something can be ‘proved’, people feel safer and more confident basing their decisions on it.


Logic and intuition come from different places

As I’ve been thinking about the difference between logic and intuition, I’ve realised that there’s another obvious – but rarely highlighted – distinction between logic and intuition. That difference is the direction that the information ‘comes’ from.

Making a decision logically can feel safe, as it uses information that comes from ‘outside’ of ourselves.

Someone else (often many someone else’s) has interpreted the information and then validated the data.

So trusting logical information means putting your trust – and the overall responsibility for the information – onto someone else. Sometimes that’s necessary, but often it’s not.

Intuition, on the other hand, comes from within. We receive the data, we interpret it and then we validate it too. The whole process is just down to us, with no-one else involved.

So trusting our intuition is about taking full responsibility for ourselves and trusting our own inner-wisdom, choices and actions.


Why it’s so hard to trust our intuition

Trusting ourselves is often harder than it should be because we’ve been taught to fear failure.

Fear of failure often disguises itself as feeling ‘not good enough’ or being a people-pleaser. And both of these patterns turn our attention outside of ourselves to seek external validation.

Meanwhile, it’s socially acceptable to fail – as long as you’ve followed the logic.

If you’ve done this, you can ‘blame’ the logic. You can reason that the data must’ve been faulty. So it can’t be your fault – all you did was follow the data that you expected someone else to have at some point ‘proved’ or reasoned to be correct.

If, on the other hand, you used your intuition – or magic or creativity – to find a solution, you might be seen as unprofessional, irresponsible or even indulgent.

That’s especially true if following your intuition or creativity didn’t turn out the way that you thought it would. In that case, well… it’s your responsibility for being the person who tried something new, the heretic who dismissed the logic.


You often see this play out in traditional businesses

In business, things usually get done the way they’ve always been done, even if that means they don’t get the best results. People want to keep their jobs, so they follow the logic. If the logic fails, society (and very probably their boss) blames the logic, rather than the decision-maker.

And in that environment, relying purely on logic makes sense. After all, if someone in a traditional job tried something creative or followed a hunch that didn’t work out, they know they’d be blamed. They might even lose their job!

Making a decision based on intuition puts all the responsibility squarely in their court.

Yet, when people are afraid to speak up and share their creative ideas and their intuitive wisdom valuable insight can be missed.

When toxic workplace cultures play the ‘blame game’, people are reluctant to put forward new and innovative ideas, and opportunities to make things better and more efficient are lost.


Dismissing your intuition closes off your options

What often happens when we have an intuitive insight is that, instead of trusting it, we try to find the logic in it. We seek someone else to validate that insight.

This waters down our intuitive wisdom, leaving it (and us) confused and lost. This is a problem because we’re not supposed to treat our intuition with the same scrutiny as we’d treat logic.

Scrutinising your intuitive insights leads you to doubt and even dismiss the information from your inner-most self. This can then result in suppressing your creative thoughts and ideas, and not believing in the magic and possibilities.

As a result, you limit the number of ideas that you can consider. You miss out on a huge amount of information that could hold the solution you seek, including totally new ways of viewing your situation or doing things.

Plus, when you rely purely on logic and reason, it’s easy to dismiss or ignore information and options that don’t fit your logical narrative.


Intuition and logic have equal value

When it comes to logic and intuition, we shouldn’t value one more than the other.

It’s not ‘one or the other’. It should be both – and often both at the same time.

Intuition can often spark an idea or give you creative insight and a new way of looking at things. This spark of an idea can often inspire someone to start down a path of logically proving idea concept.

For example, I heard the phrase ‘scientific intuitions’, where the scientist may have a flash of insight as how to solve an issue they’re working on. Then they use their logic and reason to prove their theory or solve the problem they’re working on.

Logic and reason can bring an intuitive insight into reality.

Instead of switching your logic ‘on’ and your intuition ‘off’ (or vice versa), what if information continuously flowed between the two like the flow of an infinity sign? What if you allowed both to constantly communicate with each other?

Using logic AND intuition gives you the best of both worlds.

It allows you to find creative solutions to issues you face, and then create a tangible way of making those solutions happen.


Want to connect more deeply with your intuition?

If you’d like to hear the voice of your intuition more clearly (or trust what it tells you when you do hear it), head to my website and sign up for my free course on intuition here.


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Awakening Your Intuition

Awakening Your Intuition

Today I want to share something from my book Charm Casting, I think it’s an important reminder:


Everyone can access their intuition. Absolutely everyone. No exceptions.


Some people find connecting to their intuition easier than others do, but it’s a skill that can be learnt and practised. And the more you practise, the easier it becomes.

You may doubt your intuition because its quiet whispers are drowned out by the doubts, fears and overwhelm of everyday life. It may also be hard to hear the voice of your intuition because you’ve long since forgotten how to truly trust yourself.

We’ve spent much of our lives hearing the world we live in try to convince us that other people know what we need better than we do. The quiet voices of our intuition get drowned out by our fast-paced lives and by instant gratification. They get overwhelmed by the constant stream of other people telling us what to do, how to behave and what’s true.

Our current society rarely values the gifts of our intuitive selves.

Intuition can’t be measured, so it isn’t seen as productive. It’s perceived as having less value than something that’s tangible and provable. Intuition lies in the realms of the mysteries: that which can’t be explained or rationalised. We’ve been taught to fear what we can’t explain or control, yet our intuition is at once our greatest strength and our way to access our inner power. It helps us to navigate our inner landscapes, so we can navigate the outer landscapes with more grace, ease and flow.

As you work with your charms, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of, and access to, your intuition. And just like with a muscle, the more you use it, the stronger your intuition becomes.

To start with, you may feel rusty. You may feel that you’re doing it wrong. But the truth is that you can’t get this wrong. In fact, many people who start working with their intuition find that the most difficult part is that there is no right or wrong way to do it.

We human beings love rules. We’ve been taught that rules keep us safe. And while many rules do exactly that, some can limit us – stifling our growth and expression. We live in a world that’s governed by rules. We’re taught that there’s a right way and wrong way to do everything. We strive for success and we fear failure. We want to achieve. We value getting there quickly and directly, not having time to waste.

And intuition is almost the polar opposite of ALL these things.


There’s no wrong way to access your intuition.

There are no hard and fast rules. There’s guidance, yes, but it’s only guidance.

We’ve grown accustomed to following the rules. We want to get things right and we’re afraid to get them wrong.

But when you step into the mysteries, the home of your intuition, you’re no longer governed by the same rules or structures. At first, that can feel confusing.

As you awaken your intuition, though – as you learn to trust your inner voice and interpret the language of your soul – you’ll experience a greater sense of inner freedom. You’ll feel more connected to your inner power. You’ll feel more confident in who you are and how you show up in the world.

But to do this, you need to embrace the mysteries – the mysteries you were taught to fear, and may indeed once have feared. When you embrace those mysteries, you’ll realise that they’re where you actually hold your greatest strength. They’re where your greatest source of confidence, courage and inner knowing lie.

Then, once you activate your intuition, you’ll step into a world of learning to trust both yourself and the messages from your soul. When you can do this, you’ll stop seeking external validation. You’ll stop holding back because of fears and old conditioning.

Once you begin to trust yourself and your intuition, your whole life changes. You start making EVERY choice you face in a way that aligns with your soul purpose. You make it from a place of inner power and confidence – a place of knowing that you have your own back.

You develop a clarity and a confidence that you can face anything that comes your way. You start creating your life from a place of conscious alignment, rather than from habit.

There’s no doubt that as you begin to awaken your intuition, your life will change. And it will change in a really wonderful, empowering way.

People think that charms will ‘give you the answers’. The truth is that they’ll actually help you to find your own answers. They’ll help you to remember the power and wisdom that you’ve always had.

To quote Glinda the Good Witch from The Wizard of Oz: “You always had the power, my dear. You just had to learn it for yourself.”

If you’re ready to make a deeper connection with your intuition, charm casting is a potent form of divination to explore.


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Why You Need to Start Putting Yourself First, and How to Do It

Why You Need to Start Putting Yourself First, and How to Do It

As you start to listen for your intuition, it can feel overwhelming at first. Your senses become more aware and heightened and you start to notice all of the different feelings, and even twinges, in your body.

We’ve spoken before about how to tell the difference between these feelings, and to make sure that the messages you receive are from your intuition and not your fear.

As your awareness grows, it’s good to remind yourself that this is a practice, and with practice everything becomes easier.

I often think about when I first learnt to drive a car (a manual one). To start with, trying to find the gears was clunky. I’d look to see where the gear stick was, and I’d have to consciously remember where the indicator was to make sure I didn’t turn the windscreen wipers on by mistake….

But very quickly, it all became very normal, and I didn’t need to look where things were. I just knew.

The same is true with your intuition, at first it might seem clunky, and considered, but very quickly, you just know.

To help you step into the energy of ‘just knowing’, it’s important that you can fill yourself up with your essence, so that you know what’s yours, and what’s not; what feelings, dreams and desires are yours, and what you’ve ‘absorbed’ from the people and the world around you.

Being a British woman, I love to say the following, as it’s most definitely not what most of us have been taught here in the UK, and that’s:



 No doubt some of the people who read that reacted and judged it.

Of course they did.

And yet, any discomfort aside, you do need to give yourself permission to become full of yourself.

To give yourself permission to take up space with ALL of you; your thoughts, feelings, dreams, desires, and your physicality.

We’re conditioned to in the UK; not getting too big for our boots, in the US; not to get too big for your britches, and Australia they have tall poppy syndrome. No doubt every country has something similar.

All of these sayings and beliefs are there to encourage people to play small, be accommodating, and be selfless.

‘Selfless’. Selfless is made to sound virtuous… but really ‘self-less’… why on earth is it celebrated to be without your self?

When surely it’s the very act of being your-self, your whole self, that makes you the incredible person that you are, the incredible, fully-expressed person you have the potential to be?


Now being full of yourself, doesn’t mean that you become a horrible person and never care about anyone ever again.

But it does mean that you become discerning about your own needs, and how you use your time, energy, and resources.

It does mean that you get used to prioritising your needs, over the needs, and comfort, of other people. Of course, there will be compromises, and times where you do put others first, but these become the conscious choice; the exception, and not the expectation.

Another reason it’s soooo important to be FULL OF YOURSELF, is from an energetic perspective.

I’ve spent the last 20+ years working with the energy therapy, Kinesiology.

I’ve worked with 1000’s and 1000’s of clients, mainly women, and without question, there’s a pattern.

The women who don’t believe in themselves, or who don’t trust themselves, or don’t know what they truly want from life, or have lost connection with their dreams, desires, and inner power, the women who aren’t full of their own essence, are full of other people’s judgments and expectations.

And yes, that’s as horrid as it sounds!

When you aren’t full of your own hopes and dreams, there’s space in your body and energy, for you to hold the energetic judgements and expectations of others.

This then muddies the waters of what you do want, as it gets blurred by the energy and desires of other people.

If you’ve ever made a decision, and then ended up doubting yourself and not taking action, your own clarity has been muddied by the energy of other people.

For you to be focused, aligned, and on-purpose, and for you to be able to hear your intuition with clarity and confidence, it’s essential that you become full of yourself, and not a shell of a person, trying to live up to everyone else’s expectations.


Think about where you might not be showing up fully in your life.

Are there any places in your life where you play small to make other people feel more comfortable, or to avoid being judged?

Although you may not become ‘full of yourself’ overnight, you will start to notice where you aren’t full of your own hopes, dreams and desires, and that’s a powerful start. Because, once you notice, you start to unravel those old stories and patterns, creating the space to re-write your own stories and consciously choose how you respond to life, rather than react.

You create the space to be able to hear your intuition so that you can make choices that are right for you, rather than choices that harm you.

How your body responds differently to intuition and trauma

How your body responds differently to intuition and trauma

I want to talk about the difference between fear and trauma responses in your body and your intuition.

When you start to listen for your intuition, you become more aware of the feelings and sensations in your body.

Not all of these sensations will be your intuition.


So how can you tell the difference?

People can often struggle to understand what’s their intuition, and question whether they were receiving intuitive guidance or if it was something different.

Every moment of the day, your body is giving you feedback.

Many of these messages come from life experiences and are designed to keep you safe.

However, a trauma or experience that happened in the past may be stored in your body as fear. Then, every time you encounter a similar situation, your body goes into super protection mode, sending you messages that you aren’t safe.

When you receive these messages, you may interpret them as your intuition telling you that this person is ‘bad’ and to be avoided, or that an opportunity isn’t right for you.

When you start to work with your intuition, it’s essential to get to know yourself really well.

You need to learn to regulate your nervous system so that you can tell the difference between an emotional encounter and the wisdom of your intuition.

Helping to regulate your nervous system is as simple as giving yourself a moment to take a breath.

When you feel something that could be your intuition, notice the sensation you feel.

Where do you feel it in your body?

How emotionally charged does it – and do you – feel?

If you do feel charged, take a couple of slow deep breaths and exhale fully.

Witness the feeling, then become present in your body and breathe through it.

How do you feel now?

Close your eyes, put your hand on your heart and remind yourself that you’re safe.


Keep a record

Start to keep a record of anything you think is your intuition.

Note down how the message felt,

  • Where did you feel it in your body?
  • Was it accompanied by any emotion
  • What happened when you listened to the ‘intuition’?
  • What was the outcome of taking action on what you thought was your intuition?

Keeping a record of these things will help you to untangle the messages of your emotions, stored trauma and fear, and your actual intuition.



You’ll be able to clearly identify if the information you received was an intuitive hit, or if a situation triggered you to feel an emotionally charged reaction.  

You may do the same when it comes to making a choice, especially one that would require you to step out of your comfort zone.

You may feel the answer is not to take the opportunity. But it could be fear. You could be intellectualising the reason why you shouldn’t do it, and thinking it’s your intuition guiding you.


Intuition is subtle and nuanced.

In my experience, if there are highly charged emotions attached to the guidance you receive from your body, that’s not your intuition.

People have spent most of their lives ignoring their intuition because they didn’t actually know what it was, let alone being able to interpret and trust the messages.

And humans can often love drama. It’s loud and exciting – and in an already noisy world – we can hear it.

So it’s easy to think that the loud message you heard was your intuition talking to you.

But hearing your intuition and interpreting its messages, are skills.

It’s a practice.

It’s not glamorous or exciting. Instead, it’s a practice that refines your ability to listen for the subtle messages coming from your body and the quality of your energy.


Pay attention to the quality of the messages you receive

Pay particular attention to the messages that appear neutral and not charged. The ones that are quieter and easier to overlook, are the information that you can more often trust.

It’s not exciting. It’s just a clear inner-knowing.

It’s not numb or suppressed. That energy is still charged, but negatively.

Instead, pay attention and become aware of the energy, information, and messages that are ‘clean’ and clear.


A person I knew, made a significant life-changing decision based on their intuition.

Except it wasn’t their intuition.

When I asked them why they thought it was their intuition, they said that they could feel the excitement – like butterflies in their stomach.

When we dived a bit deeper, it became clear to them that it hadn’t been their intuition guiding them, but fear. They desperately needed a change. What they were feeling was desperation and the hope that this change might be the one they so needed in their life.

Except it wasn’t.

That’s not to say that your intuition won’t speak to you as excitement.

But make sure that you’re clear on how your intuition does speak to you.

When you do receive a message, slow down. Take a moment to check in with how you feel and how the message feels, and then see if it’s your intuition or an emotional response.