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Freeing Your Life Force by Transforming the Fear of Death


The experience of death is, of course, universal: the deaths of others, and eventually, our own.

Yet—despite its absolute commonality and inevitability—there are very few of us who aren’t afraid of death. Doesn’t that strike you as odd? It does me. Like being terrified of puberty.

Some of the fear may be hard-wired in—part of nature’s plan to preserve the species from extinction.

But I think for most of us, fear of death is greatly exaggerated, to the point where it rules our lives, causing us much needless self-limitation and suffering.

We can change that.

The Scary Stories That We Tell Ourselves

The tale that most of us tell ourselves about death IS horrifying. Inculcated with the belief that we are simply matter, simply a physical body, the story of death then becomes “Poof! Lights out! Eternal blackness. Absolute annihilation.” A tragic and nightmarish horror story.

But we don’t have to tell ourselves that story. Shining the light of consciousness on the narrative reveals it for what it is: not THE TRUTH, but rather one metaphor or storyline out of many possibilities, and a particularly unpleasant one at that.

There are others, and we can choose those, or make up our own. And by doing so, we can free ourselves from much of the fear, limitation and suffering caused by cruel and distorted versions of who we are and the nature of death.

Transform Your Story, Transform Your Life

Here are some ways that other cultures and individuals have viewed death. I encourage you to experiment with adopting them or making up your own more positive metaphors for the universal experience of dying. I think you’ll find that your life, no longer haunted by a terrifying and tragic prospect at its end, no longer ruled by this prototypical fear which is arguably the source of all other fears, becomes freer and more joyful.

  • Wedding night (The sufi term for the day of a saint’s death)
  • Crossing over (various sources)
  • Going home (various sources)
  • The Great Healing (various sources)
  • Changing worlds (Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat)
  • Re-emergence into source energy (Esther Hicks)
  • Like taking off a pair of tight shoes (various sources)
  • Like a cloud changing to rain (the form changes but the essence remains the same) (Thich Nhat Hanh)
  • Nothing of him that doth fade/ But doth suffer a sea change/ Into something rich and strange (Shakespeare)

Wishing you the fullness of life, unfettered by needless fear, Nancy

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Image via Daderot, Wikimedia Commons

How to Send Energy Healing to Others

--by Nancy Hausauer

A reader recently asked

How can I send healing energy to a person in need? Do I need to get permission to send them energy?


In my experience, different types of energy healing and different spiritual traditions have slightly different techniques for sending healing energy, but at the foundation of all of them is intention.

Praying for someone is a form of sending healing energy. So is mentally sending good wishes. Quakers say they are "holding someone in the light." If you have a spiritual tradition, I recommend using the form of sending healing energy that’s familiar to you.

If you don't, here's a technique to try.

How To Send Healing Energy

  • Sit in a quiet place and meditate or ground/center/become still. Visualize yourself surrounded by white light.

  • Set an intention to work for the highest good of the person in need. Don't specify a particular outcome--we can't know what’s truly best for another.

  • Light a candle, sound a bell, or perform some other act that allows you to define a beginning and end to your session.

  • Close your eyes and visualize the person you wish to send energy to (I find it easier to visualize someone in motion rather than still); or get a felt sense of them; or if they are less familiar to you, just hold their name in your mind. Picture or feel them in a state of serene contentedness.

  • Send an intention to support and amplify their highest good. Visualize them surrounded by white light. Hold them in this light for as long as feels right.

  • End the session by taking a deep breath and recentering. Notice your breathing and the sensations you’re experiencing. Open your eyes.

  • End the session by blowing out the candle or sounding the bell.

Of course, there are many other ways you can send healing energy. You don’t need to follow a formula. Trust yourself.

As for needing permission, in general, yes, you should get someone's permission before sending healing energy.

However, it’s OK to send energy to a general situation without asking. Also, there are times when it just isn't practical to ask. For example, whenever I pass a car crash or when an ambulance passes, I briefly send healing energy for those involved. I keep it general--sending energy for their highest good.

The more individualized and personal your intent, the more extensive the healing session, the more important it is to ask permission. Common sense is the key here.

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The Case of the Injury That Held Its Own Healing Force

----by Nancy Hausauer


Recently a client came to me with an injury to her leg, a huge bruise. The injury had stirred up terrible old fears from a past medical crisis. Re-traumatized by the new injury, she’d really been suffering emotionally. However, she was ready, she said, to face her fears.

As I held my hand in her field over the injury, it seemed to draw a lot of energy. Then, surprising me, my hand felt propelled away from the injury and toward her head. My hand continued to feel slowly propelled slowly headward, stopping over the 4th, 5th and 6th chakras before being being drawn back down the other side of her body, toward her feet. My hand was stopped over her other leg, where she’d experienced other major medical issues in the past. Finally my hand felt released from its guided path.

I’ve rarely felt such a strong sense of having my hands directed by something outside of me. What a powerful healing force!

After our session I told her about what I’d experienced, emphasizing her own awe-inspiring self-healing power. It was my sense that her current leg injury—or perhaps her consciousness at the site of her leg injury— was mobilizing healing power not only for itself, but also for other parts of her body and energy field.

Even beyond that, it was serving as a catalyst to bring old fears to the surface to be healed and to help her restore trust in her own body.

An Injury Or Illness Can Be Part Of The Healing

What I find particularly compelling about this beautiful, powerful experience is that the injury itself seemed to be the occasion for the healing, and even, in a way I don’t pretend to understand, the source of the healing energy.

The Wisdom Of The Energy Field

It illustrates to me the wisdom of the energy field, including the body. It also demonstrates why we try to remain open rather than being directive as we do energy healings, and why we try to remain unattached to outcomes. With my limited perspective, I could never have imagined this scenario, let alone directed it to happen.

Each Session Is Unique

Finally, it illustrates how unique each session is. I’ve been doing this work for over 20 years and have never felt anything quite like that.

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Make Your New Year’s Resolutions With Self-Love


It often seems that with the new year come New Year’s Resolutions. They’re usually some variation of “work harder,” “try harder,” “do more” and “deprive yourself.”

So I thought I’d share an excerpt from Kahlil Gibran’s beautiful and wise words about work from The Prophet.

      . . . . Work is love made visible.

      And if you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work and sit at the gate of the temple and take alms of those who work with joy.

      For if you bake bread with indifference, you bake a bitter bread that feeds but half man's hunger.

      And if you grudge the crushing of the grapes, your grudge distills a poison in the wine.

      And if you sing though as angels, and love not the singing, you muffle man's ears to the voices of the day and the voices of the night.

So please be kind to yourself. If you’re going to set resolutions for yourself, make them joyful and let them arise out of self-love.

Also, I thought these Spiritually Literate New Year’s Resolutions were lovely and wanted to share them with you. (Just ignore them if the don't resonate. :-) )

Wishing you a beautiful, light-filled 2015, in which you find joy in both your work and your play and will perhaps consider doing less, rather than more. —With love, Nancy

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Wishing You Hope, The Essence of Christmas


As Christmas nears, I’d like to share with you this beautiful writing, an excerpt from The Mood of Christmas by Howard Thurman, about the universal message of Christmas.

"During the season of Christmas in many art galleries, in countless homes and churches, and on myriad Christmas cards, there will be scenes picturing the Madonna and Child. There is a sense in which the Madonna and Child experience is not the exclusive possession of any faith or any race. . . .

. . . The Madonna and Child conception suggests that the growing edge of human life, the hope of every generation, is in the birth of the child. . . .

"The Birth of the Child in China, Japan, the Philippines, Russia, India, America, and all over the world, is the breathless moment like the stillness of absolute motion, when something new, fresh, whole, may be ushered into the nations that will be the rallying point for the whole human race to move in solid phalanx . . . into the Kingdom of Heaven on the earth. “

Every child. That's all of us, every one. You yourself, and every single person you know--were, and continue to be, the embodiment of hope.

In this universal spirit, the spirit of hope, I wish you a Merry Christmas.

Love, Nancy

(The quote is from the wonderful website, Spirituality and Practice. The image is by Albin Egger-Lienz [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.)

Seasonal Healing: The Restorative Energy Of Winter

----by Nancy Hausauer

For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, the Winter Solstice is just around the corner -- to be precise, December 21st.


The Winter Solstice, the official beginning of winter, is the longest night and shortest day of the year. It also heralds the return of the light--I love the poetry of that.

Like each of the seasons, winter offers lessons about living in harmony with our energy.

The Wisdom of Winter

In winter, nature rests. The nights are long and still, the earth gestates, and many of the plants appear to die. It's part of the natural cycle, necessary for the growth and productivity of spring, summer and early fall.

Often we forget that rest and stillness are also necessary for us, too. This is true for everyone, but especially so for energy healers and others who are sensitive to subtle energy.

In winter, nature teaches us that we must take time for internal stillness, external rest, and self-gestation. If we haven't taken care of ourselves, we can't take care of others. We don't have enough extra light to direct toward healing, creating, and other positive purposes. We must guard our time for restoration and inner stillness with the fierceness of a winter storm.

Staying Energetically Balanced in the Season of Winter

Here are some winter-solstice-inspired ideas for making sure your precious subtle energies stay in balance:

  • Let go of traditions and social engagements that don't feed your spirit.

  • Get out into nature. Get as much natural light as possible.

  • Turn off the TV and do something creative.

  • If you feel tired, take a nap. Allow yourself as much sleep as you need.

  • Nurture your inner child with some play-time.

  • Bring rich, beautiful colors and scents into your home and workplace.

  • Take a mini-holiday every day, even if it's just a five-minute jaunt outside for a breath of fresh air.

  • Schedule regular time for stillness and reflection such as meditation, journal-writing, or contemplative walking.

  • Make room in your life for the distinctive poetry and beauty of the season.

  • Cherish the darkness, which is fertile and restorative.

  • Light candles or build a bonfire to celebrate the return of the light.

Take good care of your precious self, and have a beautiful, wise winter -- Nancy

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Use Aromatherapy to Stay Energetically On Track This Holiday Season

----by Nancy Hausauer


We're into the holiday season now, and it's time to take a break from all the hustle and bustle!

I'm a big advocate of using essential oils to clear and raise your energy. Essential oils, like homeopathy, are a form of vibrational medicine. That means that their effect goes beyond the physical realm, into the energetic/vibrational realm.

Most of us can use a little energetic support during this season, so here are some easy and fun ideas that use aromatherapy.

Essential Oils for the Holidays

If you've got essential oils, I encourage you to get them out and have some fun playing with combinations in your diffuser (or in a pan of water kept on very low heat on the stove).

  1. Oils such as lavender, chamomile, geranium, yang yang, sandalwood, cedarwood or patchouli are great for calming and smoothing your energy.
  2. Clary sage, melissa, orange, lemon verbena, and lemongrass are good to lift your spirits.
  3. Cinnamon, clove, ginger, allspice, citrus and evergreen scents help to conjure up the positive energetics of "winter holidays."

Other Aromatherapy Ideas to Scent Your Holidays

But even if you don't have essential oils, there are ways to lift your spirits and your energy with scent. Here are some ideas. I can almost guarantee they'll make you and your family smile.

  1. Bring branches of evergreen trees into the house for decoration. Don't have any in your yard? Wait for a storm and go out collecting.
  2. Mull apple cider with traditional spices: a cinnamon stick, a few buds of clove, a few allspice berries, and a bit of orange zest.
  3. Peel an orange, saving the peel. Eat the orange and take pieces of the peel into the room(s) you wish to scent. Bend the peel, pointing it away from you, so that the oil sprays out into the room.
  4. Bake cookies, which spreads the lovely, calming odor of vanilla throughout the house.
  5. Burn a pure beeswax candle. It exudes a subtle aroma of honey.
  6. Take a walk outdoors in the fresh air, focusing on the scent.

You can learn more about using aromatherapy and essential oils here.

I wish you a beautiful and nurturing holiday season.

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Healing Is Not The Same As “Fixing”: Working With Symptoms Vs. Root Causes

----by Nancy Hausauer

"Can energy healing help me with my [headaches, high blood pressure, back pain, injury, ringing ears, etc.]?”

People often ask me this question, and it's a perfectly reasonable thing to ask. Unfortunately, it's not easy to answer, because the effects of energy healing aren’t always straightforward. Energywork might directly “cure” or “fix” a physical ailment. Or it might not.

However, when it doesn’t seem to have an immediate impact on a physical problem, in my experience energy healing is working on deeper, root causes—a more profound healing that will bring greater harmony and balance to the entire being. In due course, this will usually show up in the person’s energy field, emotions, thoughts and life events, as well as in greater physical body health, if that’s needed for their life-journey. But it can take time.

Here's a case study from my own practice.

A client came to me with a severe headache. It had started a few days prior, and was painful enough that she had seen her doctor about it. The doctor hadn’t been able to find a cause.

When she arrived, she looked downcast and drawn and was near tears from pain and worry.

On the table, she was quiet until about a third of the way into the treatment. Then she exclaimed that she had just remembered that the headache had started shortly after she’d received troubling news from a family member, a relative who had been a life-long source of concern.

I continued to work with her for some time to lessen her physical pain, but I knew that her "aha" moment was the main part of the healing.

After the treatment, she still had a bit of the headache left, but she looked vibrant and happy, and repeatedly remarked on how much better she felt.

She talked a little more about the worrisome family member, the beginning of a process of discovering new insights about this relationship. This was a much deeper, more lasting restoration of balance than just temporarily making the headache disappear, and it showed in the light shining from her eyes and the liveliness in her voice and gestures.

(And although she has been back many times since then, she’s never again complained of a serious headache.)

So: Can energy healing help with [fill in the blank]?

The answer: Probably. If you can let go of your idea of what the help will look like, and the time frame in which it will come.

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Thanksgiving: Let Gratitude Lift Your Energy And Sweeten Your Life

----by Nancy Hausauer

If you're in the U.S., you'll be celebrating Thanksgiving on Thursday. Whether or not Thursday's an official holiday in your country, counting your blessings is a reliable way to elevate your energy and your life.

Gratitude Journal

A sense of gratitude generates positive energy. You can literally see someone's energy change when they shift from negative thoughts to gratitude or appreciation. (Try it!) Thankfulness clears and expands your energy, redirects your consciousness, builds your light body, and strengthens your connection to the rest of Being.

It's a basic tenet of energy healing that "energy flows where attention goes." So when you focus on negatives, you feed that with your energy. When you redirect your attention to what you're grateful for and what's going right, you feed THAT with your energy. Hmmmmmm.....

Ways To Incorporate More Gratitude And Appreciation Into Your LIfe

  • Observe your thoughts, speech and behavior. How much of these are negative or complaining, how much positive and appreciating?
  • At night before you fall asleep or first thing in the morning (or both), reflect on things you're thankful for (or appreciate).
  • Keep a daily gratitude journal. Alternatively, in the evening write down three good things that happened that day, describing them in some detail.
  • Be sure to notice and appreciate things you may normally take for granted, like clean air and water. (I hope you have these.)
  • Give thanks when things are going well, and more importantly, when they aren't. Even in hard times, there are plenty of things that are going right.
  • Regularly voice your appreciation to family and friends, for things both small and large.
  • Pick some aspect of your life you usually find fault with. Switch your perspective and focus on its merits.
  • Practice any or all of these things for 30 days. You'll establish new, more positive habits of mind. Notice how this changes your life.

I wish everyone a warm home, enough to eat, health, peace, the love of family and friends -- and the blessing of a grateful heart. -- Nancy

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Gift: Healing Presence Guided Meditation

----by Nancy Hausauer


The recording below is a guided meditation to help you bring more consciousness to your body, particularly to a place in your body that is trying to get your attention (in other words a place that is in discomfort).

In the approximately 12 minute meditation, you’ll be guided to give that place your full attention, your open, compassionate, non-judgmental listening. Often this is enough to resolve pain or discomfort in the body.

The body loves our presence in it; it loves and thrives on consciousness. So being fully present to your body, especially to a place of pain or discomfort, is very healing and balancing. It can result in subtle changes, or in dramatic ones. In either case, it’s always good.

The volume of the recording is a little quiet, so you may want to grab some earphones. Then settle into a comfortable place and start the mediation.

Healing Presence Guided Meditation

If You're Reading This Via Email

If you’re reading this via email and for some reason you can’t get the audio file to play, try this, or go directly to The Energy Healing Site, for the original link. (Can you tell this is my first time posting an audio file?!)

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Namaste, Nancy

Protecting The Aura From Negative Influences: Advice To A Reader

----by Nancy Hausauer

Reader Question


Recently I was taking a dowsing class. We walked passed many old mine shafts where many miners lost their lives.  As we walked over a high bridge, I experienced a strong inner voice saying “Jump, Jump”. I believed that because my aura was open during the dowsing training, miners’ spirits who had passed on but still on Earth had tuned-in into my aura and were relaying negative messages. Can you please suggest how I can protect my aura when I am dowsing in non-beneficial energy areas and also how I can ground myself.

Nancy’s Answer

What a scary experience!

Grounding And Centering

Grounding and centering are essential for you. Here's a classic method for grounding:

From the soles of your feet, or from your 1st chakra region, send roots down deep in to the earth. Imagine the chakras on the bottoms of your feet opening wider. Give yourself a few minutes to breathe deeply and feel your strong, deep connection to the earth.

There are centering exercises both on my website and in the appendices of Chakra Care.

Other ways to ground and/or center quickly are:

  • Put your attention on your feet and their connection to the earth.
  • Silently list things about yourself, simple things such as "My name is xxxxxxxxx, my mom's name is xxxxxxx, I live at xxxxxxx, I drive a xxxxxxxx, etc."  This is a kind of an emergency energy-separator (to keep your energy distinct from others').
  • Belly breathe, with the intention of grounding and centering

Protecting Your Aura

As for protecting your aura, I would recommend that you do one or both of these techniques prior to dowsing or anything that opens your energy field. . . . Continue reading here to learn how to do “The Zip Up” and “The Shield of Light” techniques.

You can respond or comment on my Facebook page.

You may also be interested in other articles in the "Advice to Readers" series:

Help! I Can't Sense Energy Anymore.

I'm Miserable! Can Energy Healing Help Me?

Aftermath Of A Difficult Kundalini Experience

My Sister Is Very Ill. What Can I Do?

Namaste, Nancy

Are We Looking in the Wrong Places for the Source of Chronic Pain?

----by Nancy Hausauer


Chronic pain is baffling to scientists and sufferers alike. I think it’s because they’re looking for solutions in the wrong place—in the physical body.

As the author/teacher Esther Hicks says: "Your body is a pure reflection of the balance of the thoughts that you think."

In my practice, I find this is true. Take the example of someone with chronic muscle pain from an injury that happened years ago. I see this kind of thing all the time.

In one year, nearly every molecule of that person's body has been replaced by different molecules. In other words, the matter part of his body is not the same matter. So how can the chronic physical pain be residing in the PHYSICAL matter of his body?

It has to be something else that creates and/or holds that discomfort or dysfunction in place. At this point, we can't know for sure exactly what that underlying force is: science can't measure it yet. However, from my experience, I believe that the real source of the suffering is energetic — a disturbance in the energy field held there by thoughts and emotions from that long-ago physical or emotional injury.

So to deal with chronic physical suffering, it may not be enough to work on a physical level--although that certainly can be a necessary part of the puzzle. Hands-on bodywork can definitely help a muscle to relax, at least in the short term, and postural re-education and exercise can bring longer-term relief for many problems.

But for lasting resolution, you may also have to work on the thoughts, emotions, and energetic issues that create the suffering and hold it in place.

Just bringing consciousness to an area of chronic muscular discomfort (a second person is helpful in this) is often enough to resolve it (although this process may have to be repeated for stubborn cases). I believe that's because consciousness dispels the emotion- and thought-patterns that are part of the complex make-up of chronic physical distress. I've seen it work over and over again for my clients.

I wish you ease and comfort in your physical body—Nancy

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Deep-Nurture Your Energy in the Season of Samhain (Halloween)

----by Nancy Hausauer


Friday is Halloween, or as it is called in the traditional, agriculturally-based Celtic calendar, Samhain. The holiday of Samhain marks end of the botanical year and the very beginning of winter.

Samhain is the beginning of the dark time of the year -- the season for rest, reflection, stillness, wisdom, and mystery. Notice how the world of nature withdraws its energy and growth, to rest in quietness in the dwindling light.

Nature beckons us to follow suit, to rest, to be still within. Out of the silence, a certain ordering of spirit can begin, leading eventually to healing, restoration, renewal, and new growth. But for now, it's time to allow the fields of your soul to lie fallow.

Here are some ideas to explore the wisdom of the season during the coming weeks:

  • Sit down with your journal for a quiet evening. Write extensively about what you don't know.
  • Pay attention to your intuition. Assume that everything you see and hear has meaning.
  • Notice the spiders. What wisdom might you learn from them?
  • Meditate. Focus on the still place between thoughts.
  • Take the time to really savor an apple or a pomegranate -- traditional fruits of the season.
  • Make an altar for a loved one who has passed on. Take the time to make it beautiful and satisfying. Meditate on the gifts they gave you and the lessons they taught you.
  • Turn off the lights and light a single candle. Notice how darkness and light complete each other. Allow yourself to absorb the nourishment of the dark.
  • Go to bed early, with journal and pen by your bed so that you can record any dreams you have. Spend time the next day allowing the meaning of those dreams to resonate within you.
  • Turn off your phone, TV, and all the other chattering devices of your life -- just for an evening. Notice what arises in the stillness.
  • Comb through your calendar, removing all unnecessary appointments and obligations for the coming month.
  • Allow yourself the adventure (and the luxury) of not figuring everything out.

Wishing you the blessings of the season, Nancy

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How do YOU Experience Energy?

----by Nancy Hausauer


I love it when people who have no knowledge and no expectations of energy healing have dramatic experiences on the table. Recently this happened with a young man who came in to see me. While I was working on him, he experienced what he described as ongoing swells of blue and purple (in his mind’s eye).

A fair number of my clients have experiences of color like this, which I interpret as healing energy in frequencies specific to their needs. I think of them as medicine-colors.

But my young client didn’t know this. For him, it was an authentic, first-time experience of the energy. People’s first-time experiences, especially, never cease to thrill me.

These direct experiences can come in many forms. I remember one early experience I had receiving energy healing. I had come to an energy healer because I was feeling really crummy, and I knew from experience that I had pneumonia. At some point during the session, I was overcome with delicious laughter. I laughed, I roared, I nearly fell on the floor with laughter. It went on and on. It felt so good, and I bounced back from the pneumonia in record time. (As a side note, the energy healer in this case was very responsible and made me swear I would make an appointment with my doctor the very next day. Which I did. Don’t take chances with pneumonia!)

In my practice, I’ve seen people experience the energy (or its movement) as

  • light
  • insights and intuitions
  • heat (and occasionally cold)
  • physical reactions such as jumping, twitching, shivering, sneezing, coughing, body movements, ears popping, sighs and deep breaths
  • a clear sense of the presence of the Divine
  • emotional release (e.g. tears or laughter)
  • a current of electricity
  • spirit guides
  • visits from loved ones who have passed on
  • visits from various animals
  • a sense of greater aliveness
  • buzzing or tingling in the body
  • movement or flow (like a current) in their body
  • a knowingness of something
  • something being released from the body, energy field, or mind
  • a hand on their body when they are not being physically touched
  • fire
  • a sacred web
  • a sense of deep peace and calm
  • a sense of everything being right and in harmony
  • and, as I’ve mentioned, as color.

So many ways to feel the chi. How have you experienced energy directly? You can respond or comment on my Facebook page.

Image Vincent van Gogh [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Childhood Trauma: Yes, It Impacts Your Health and Happiness as an Adult, and Yes, You Can Do Something About It

----by Nancy Hausauer


Do you or someone you love suffer from chronic illness or pain?

If so, “The Last Best Cure: My Quest to Awaken the Healing Parts of My Brain and Get Back My Body, My Joy, and My Life,” by Donna Nakazawa, is an essential read for you.

The Interesting News

Nakazawa, a science journalist who had suffered for years from a variety of serious ailments that robbed her energy and happiness, embarked on a year-long quest to get her joy back.

Working with a doctor well-versed in the new science of psycho-neuro-immunology, she learned that science has discovered a STRONG link between childhood emotional trauma and adult chronic illnesses and pain. Emotional trauma to sensitive children predisposes the body to having its stress response always ON. (I would add that it can also damage the energy field.)

This leads to ongoing inflammation and immune system suppression, which can result in autoimmune issues, chronic pain, depression, anxiety, chronic illnesses, and a host of other health problems in adulthood.

The Good News

The good news is that the body-mind can be retrained to default to peace, happiness, relaxation and joy. This has a remarkable, measurable impact on the health of the body-mind. Stress hormones drop, inflammation markers decrease, and well-being and happiness improve measurably.

Reversing the Damage

So what are some of the things that re-program a trauma-damaged body-mind? Nakazawa explored yoga, acupuncture, laughter yoga, breathing exercises, immersion in nature, and meditation, primarily because they’re all modalities that are widely available and have been thoroughly researched. She gives her personal experience with each, weaving in the current scientific knowledge about their impact and how they work.

These are all things I agree with heartily. Of course, personally I’d add energy work and body work to the list.

It’s highly readable and if you or someone you love has chronic health problems or chronic pain, this book is a don’t-miss.

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Thank You Gift: “1st Chakra: Get Beyond Anxiety To A Sense Of Peace And Security”

----by Nancy Hausauer


I’m pleased to announce that my book Chakra Care: Do-It-Yourself Energy Healing For A More Joyful, Loving, Fruitful Life is now available as a paperback.

As a thank you for being a loyal reader and to celebrate publication of the final version of the book, you can download Chapter 9 of the book (First Chakra) via the link below.

Gift Chapter

Just click on the link to download your gift chapter.

I think you'll especially like this chapter if you'd like to relax, feel calmer and more secure, let go of nagging fears, and feel that you truly belong in the universe and that everything will turn out basically alright for you.

You’ll find a clear overview of the first chakra, a handy chart, how to tell whether it's healthy or out of balance, a list of signs that indicate it would benefit you to work with it, and finally, dozens of specific, practical, down-to-earth exercises and techniques that you can use to develop and balance it.

Buy The Book

If you’d like to buy the whole book, you can buy the paperback version here. (Or buy it as a Kindle book or as a PDF ebook if you prefer.)

The book contains a chapter for each of the seven chakras, helpful chapters that clearly explain what chakras and energy healing are, and five bonus chapters that tell you how to do basic energy healing practices suggested in the book.

Review The Book

If you read it, I’d very much appreciate a review on Amazon. Reviews really help!

Book Contents

Below is the Table of Contents for the rest of the book.

Introduction: A Welcome To Energy Healing
What Is Energy?
I Have An Energy Body? Really? (What’s That?)
What Are Chakras?
Why Do My Chakras Matter?
How Can I Tell If My Chakra System Is Healthy?
Answering A Few Common Questions About Chakra Imbalances
What Is Energy Healing? (And Can I Really Do It?)
How Do I Turn Simple Activities Into Chakra-Building Powerhouses?
First Chakra: Anchoring Yourself
Second Chakra: Getting In The Flow
Third Chakra: Coming From Your Place of Power
Fourth Chakra: Heart Wisdom
Fifth Chakra: Who Are You Really?
Sixth Chakra: The Extraordinary Eye
Seventh Chakra: The Crowning Glory
Your Seven Chakras: A Holistic System
Three Techniques For Balancing Your Chakras As A Whole
Some Final Thoughts
Bonus Chapters
Appendix 1: How To Ground
Appendix 2: How To Center
Appendix 3: How To Belly Breathe
Appendix 4: How To Use Essential Oils
Appendix 4: How To Use Affirmations
Further Resources


Namaste, Nancy

Let the Fall Equinox Help Balance Your Energy

----by Nancy Hausauer


September 22—today—is the Fall Equinox. (Spring Equinox in the Southern Hemisphere, but the principles are the same.)

On the equinoxes, day and night are equal. It's the season of balance and equipoise, and as with everything in our world, it offers a lesson and a healing if we choose to take it.

Balance: One of the Key Elements of Healing and Health

One of the hallmarks of the Equinox is balance -- day and night, light and dark. And balance is one of the key principles of healing.

Physically, our bodies are in a constant balancing process to maintain homeostasis. Most of us instinctively seek the stability and peace of balanced minds and emotions. And energetically, balancing is one of our key goals.

The Equinox is a good time to rebalance your life and energies -- and recover greater physical, emotional and psychological health.

An Equinox Self-Healing for Balance

Here's an exercise to help you fine-tune your energies and your life.

  • Choose a decent-weather day around September 22. Grab a pen, journal, and whatever you need to be comfortable outdoors. Take a walk in a natural setting. Give yourself time to enjoy the signs of the season -- the sights, smells, quality of light, feel of the air. Breathe it in, and let yourself feel that you're absorbing it into your cells.
  • Find a place to sit comfortably.
  • Ask yourself, "Where does my life feel in balance?" Where in my life would I like more balance?" Let your intuition answer, and free-write about it. Does anything really stand out to you, or surprise you?
  • When you feel done, close your eyes and, without trying or using your mind, intend for your energy to become more fluid. Breathe deeply and allow it to shift, adjust and rebalance, without working to control what happens. You may feel it in your body, your field, or both.
  • Take as long as you like to allow this process to work, and then take more time to enjoy your recalibrated state.
  • Then -- this should take just a second -- lightly intend to have your rebalanced energy stabilize into a kind of "liquid crystal" state -- dynamic but stable. Again, don't overthink this; whatever you do will be just right. (I visualize giving my field a light, quick tap.)
  • When you're ready, bring your attention back to your surroundings. Enjoy the rest of your walk, and over the coming days, stay open to opportunities for further gentle rebalancing.

Namaste, Nancy

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Energy Healing To Keep Your Child Well This School Year

----by Nancy Hausauer


With school starting, I’d share some energy healing techniques that parents can do to strengthen their children’s immune systems (and their own). When my daughter was little, I remember how often she’d bring home a virus that we’d all eventually get. No fun.

Illness-causing microbes are always out there. From an energetic perspective, illness is often the result of the energy field wearing thin because of stress or other depletions such as poor eating and sleeping habits, or from actual breaches in the field caused by emotional or physical trauma. Without these energetic openings, the energies of the illness can’t get a foothold.

As with more practical defenses (washing hands, eating and sleeping well, etc.), in energy healing an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. So here are a few energetic preventative techniques to help keep your kids’ energy systems robust and their bodies well.

  • Stress depletes the energy field and inhibits immune system function, so teach your child stress management and relaxation techniques.

  • In particular, teach them belly breathing. It stimulates lymphatic flow, calms the nervous system, and helps balance the energy system. Make it a family activity.

  • Whenever they seem “off,” ground them by holding or rubbing their feet. (Firmly so as not to tickle.)

  • When they’re upset, smooth and balance their field by running your open hand(s) along the contour of their body about 6-12 inches above it, like petting an imaginary cat, multiple times, head to toe. You can also spread your fingers a bit and “comb” their field.

  • Teach your child basic energetic techniques such as grounding (have them imagine they’re sending down roots from the soles of their feet deep into the earth, like a tree), centering , and surrounding her/himself with light.

  • Get your child out into nature—one of the best things you can do for both energetic and physical wellness.

  • Domestic animals are wonderful healers, helping to buffer, absorb and balance energy, so let your child spend lots of time with the family pet.

Donna Eden's classic book Energy Medicine, is a great resource for family wellness, and here are some other ideas, too.

Of course, sometimes microbes catch up with us no matter what we do, so don’t blame yourself if your child gets sick. Just take good care of them (and yourself) and use it as an opportunity to bond with them.

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Transform Your Physical Body: Be Conscious About The Metaphors You Hold

----by Nancy Hausauer

Nancy here, back from my 2-month break. I hope you had a good summer, too. Just wanted to let you know that, at least for the next few months, I’m going to be publishing articles every other week, instead of every week, unless some special inspiration strikes. I’m trying to take my own advice about work-life balance. I’ll be posting on my Facebook page more often, if you want to check that out.


Recently, as I was waiting for a client to come out of my treatment room, I was thinking about the metaphors we hold in our minds about the physical body and the impact those metaphors have on us--even though--perhaps especially because--they may be unconscious.

At this point in Western culture, the culturally/medically dominant metaphor for the body is a machine (with the brain as an advanced machine, a computer).

Other culturally common metaphors are body as prison; as temple or vessel for the soul; as dumb, brute beast; as slave for the mind; and as a tool for evil. Each metaphor seems to involve a hierarchy, with the body below—far below—the mind.

Those kinds of metaphors or models for reality have a powerful impact on us—not just psychologically, but physically, too. I believe that we create our own reality through our thoughts. In essence, we are what we think we are.

Thinking of the physical body as a machine or as any of the other negative images that our culture promotes demeans and diminishes not only our marvelous, sacred physical bodies, but also their abilities to rebalance and heal themselves.

So when I work with clients, I prefer to encourage metaphors for the body such as:

  • a river of energy or light

  • spirit

  • a pathway for evolution and enlightenment

  • another form of energy

  • information made tangible

  • a gateway to more subtle aspects of self (energy)

  • a source of wisdom

  • an ally and protector

  • fluid and changeable

  • inseparable from mind, imbued with consciousness

  • fully conscious, even down to the cellular level.

Underlying it all is my belief that the body is sacred, conscious and capable of rebalancing and healing itself. My sense is that when we let go of demeaning and devaluing metaphors for our bodies, it helps us tap into our near-miraculous powers of self-restoration.

What about you? What metaphor do you hold for your body? Has that image been conscious or unconscious? Does it help you stay healthy? Does it help you heal?

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Read Energy With Muscle Testing (Here’s How) — And Some Housekeeping Notes

----by Nancy Hausauer

Just to let you know, I’ll be taking a break from my blog for two months, except perhaps for the occasional announcement. I’ll be working on finishing the paperback version of my book Chakra Care, starting an online class based on the book and making headway on a new book on energy healing for depression. Oh yeah, and enjoying the summer!

I plan to continue posting short items on my Facebook page. ("Like" it, of course, to get it in your timeline.)

Also, for those of you who've been wishing for the ability to comment on my blog, I always put a link to new posts on the FB page, and I just realized that you could comment on them there if you wanted. (Sorry my current blogging software doesn't have the capability to allow commenting directly on blog posts. Long story.)

OK, on to the interesting stuff.


Sense Energy With Muscle Testing

Some people can directly sense subtle energy, and some can’t. In my opinion, you can do energy healing perfectly well without being able to sense energy, but sometimes it’s nice to get extra information about what’s going on.

Muscle testing (also called muscle energy testing) is a way to get direct information from our bodies and energy systems. Donna Eden calls it “biofeedback without the gadgets.”

As she says, it “allows you to determine “whether an energy pathway is flowing or blocked, whether an organ is getting the energy it needs to function properly, or whether an outside energy (such as the energy of a particular food or a suspected toxin) is harmful to your system.”

I’ve written a new page on muscle energy testing, which explains how to do muscle testing both with a partner and solo. It’s fun and can yield some very interesting information.

Have a great summer. —Nancy

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