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Lessons of Late Summer: Be In Right Relationship To Work

--by Nancy Hausauer

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Like every season, late summer has specific wisdom to impart about living in harmony with our energies. This season of heat and harvest teaches us how to stay in right relationship and balance with work.

At this time of year, the insects and animals are busy, busy, busy, gathering and storing food for the winter. We humans also begin to harvest early crops. It’s a season of extremely hard work, but also of community and celebration, as we literally reap and enjoy the fruits of our earlier labors.

In those periods of our life (or our day) when work is foremost, late summer teaches us:


  • To work with joy, love and purpose, so that our labors nourish instead of deplete our energies.
  • To know our limits and undertake big tasks in community.
  • To celebrate the fruits of our labors.


Here are some ideas to help you absorb these important lessons about work:

  • Think about something in your life, past or present, that you worked hard to achieve, either alone or in community. Take time to savor it and appreciate yourself for your efforts. Acknowledge your power to make your own dreams come true. What else would you like to make a reality? (Think big.)
  • Take 15 minutes to watch honeybees at work. They have much to teach us.
  • ”Work is love made visible,” Kahlil Gibran said in The Prophet ( http://www.katsandogz.com/onwork.html.) What love do you express through your work?
  • Bake bread or savor one or more fruits or vegetables of late summer. Eat it mindfully, aware of the various components that brought it to your table: the sun’s energy, the earth’s nourishment, the magic of the plant, the grower’s labor… In your own work, what/who else beyond your own efforts helps you reach your goals?
  • Take some time to reflect on your work. Is it rewarding? Are you having fun? Does it bring you satisfaction? If not, can you make changes? What is the deeper mission of your work? How can you bring this forward each day?
  • Do some activities to support your 3rd chakra.
  • Get inspired to do great work. Watch “Find Your Great Work” (8-minutes) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q04EofTf2dk)
  • Celebrate both harvest and community by hosting a potluck with seasonal foods, including something you’ve grown yourself. No garden? Resolve to grow at least one thing next year.


May your work bring you joy and fruitfulness. — Nancy

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Clearing Thoughts and Emotions That Generate Suffering

----by Nancy Hausauer

When we're in pain, there's the actual physical pain, and then there's the additional suffering we pile on top of that through anger, fear, or other emotions.

For example, if I cut myself in the kitchen, it hurts! But I make it much worse with reactions such as:

  • "I'm so careless! How could I have done that!" (anger), or
  • "Oh no! How bad it is? Will I be able to work this week? Will I need to get stitches? How much will that cost?" (fear)

The fear and anger actually make it hurt worse, or at any rate they make the perception of pain worse, and practically there's no difference. If I distract myself by doing something I enjoy, I hardly notice it.

How To Turn Off The Suffering-Generation Machine For Ourselves

But how do we stop the internal flow of thoughts that generate emotions that worsen our sense of pain? Simply by being aware of the internal chatter, and interrupting it. Return to the present, to the situation as it is, and stop beating yourself up and/or scaring yourself with negative scenarios. Just let it be what it is.

Turning Off The Suffering-Generation Machine For Others

How can we do that for others? By helping THEM return to the present, clearing the (perhaps unconscious) thoughts that generate fear and anger.

When doing an energy healing, often we can do that just by clearing the field over the painful area. (Or sometimes elsewhere.) The energy work can often clear the energy of fear and anger from the field, significantly reducing the sense of suffering.

Once I worked on a musician with a foot injury. Moaning with pain and barely able to walk, he was extremely distressed because he had an important performance in a few hours. He was skeptical about energy healing, but desperate. Working around his foot, I felt energy release. When I finished, he just got up and walked off. The pain was quite manageable and he was able to walk and perform quite well enough.

I think this is an area in which energy healing excels.

You can also work more directly with the client's body-mind to bring their awareness into the present and thereby clear the misery-generating thoughts/emotions, but that's a subject for another time.

Namaste, Nancy


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Want Better Results? Stop Trying So Hard

----by Nancy Hausauer

Trying really, really hard is in practically in my genes. Here's how I was raised: To try is good; to try harder is better. Always. My family was big on pushing with the 3rd chakra. (Not that they would have called it that.)

But with energy healing (as with many things in life), trying hard isn't the best way. In fact, trying hard can get in the way.

When we're doing energy healing, in most cases the energy we use shouldn't be ours. We shouldn't be pouring our energies into another person, or pushing our intellects to figure out a plan of treatment, or tensing our physical bodies to try to make something happen.

In most forms of energy healing, the more we can relax and let the energy come through us, the better. The more we can let intuitive information come to us, rather than reaching out for it, the better. The more we can quiet our mind and be receptive, the better.

So let the intuitive information come to you; let the energy come through you. Quiet your third chakra, stop pushing with it, and let go of attachments to particular outcomes.

In other words: don't try too hard. You can trust the energy to go where it needs to go and do what it needs to do. You can trust that you will receive the information you need to know. You can relax.

This approach can work in any part of your life, not just energy healing. Try it! (Just not too hard.)

Wishing you ease, Nancy

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Gift: Healing Presence Guided Meditation

----by Nancy Hausauer

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If you’re feeling discomfort or pain, my guided meditation below is designed to help. It’ll help you bring healing consciousness to places in your body that are trying to get your attention (in other words, places that are in discomfort).

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.

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

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


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Namaste, Nancy


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Your Amazing Hands Deserve a Hand Blessing Ceremony


--by Nancy Hausauer

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My friend Peggy introduced me to the idea of Hand Blessings, which are apparently common in hospitals. For those who use their hands for healing, blessing or any other sacred work, it’s a lovely idea.

Creating ritual can be extremely satisfying, so I encourage you to create your own. Below are some simple ideas to get you started, though.

I would envision this happening outdoors, with participants sitting in a circle with a small table in the center (or a cloth directly on the ground), on which the various physical elements of the ceremony would rest. To minimize talking during the ritual, you can explain how it will work beforehand.

Simple Hand Blessing Ceremony

Welcome and gather the group

Ground and center; spend a little time together in stillness


Speaker 1: Bless these hands and the sacred work that they do.

Speaker 2: May they be able to lay their burdens down when they are weary.

  • Each participant is given two rocks (one for each hand), which they hold to clear the hands of energy that doesn’t serve their highest good.
  • Thank the rocks and return them to the ground.


Speaker 3: May they be channels for the light.

  • Clear and re-charge the hands by pouring over them water that has been left outside for 24 hours to absorb the energy of the sun, moon and stars.
  • Thank the water, the sun, moon and stars.


Speaker 4: May they receive as well as give.

  • Participants face each other in pairs. Person A holds Person B’s right hand between their two hands, sending loving, healing energy. Repeat with left hand. Then A and B switch roles.
  • Thank each other.


Speaker 5: May they be instruments of love and consciousness.

  • Each person holds their hands over their heart chakra for a few moments, then turns them palm up toward the sky, sending loving, healing energy out into the universe.
  • Thank the universe for being.

Speaker 1: Bless these hands and the sacred work that they do.


End with a “namaste” or other suitable gesture.

It’s always nice to share food after a ceremony.

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Whether or not you decide to do a hand blessing ceremony, please accept my blessing:

    Bless your hands and the sacred work that they do. May they bring you joy, connection and meaning. May they be sensitive, feeling what words cannot say. May they be tender, bringing loving witness to suffering. May they be strong and useful, bringing into the world what is needed. May they channel light and express the love in the divine heart.

Namaste, Nancy


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Lessons of the Summer Solstice: Savor, Absorb, Appreciate

--by Nancy Hausauer

June 21 will be the Summer Solstice, the official start of summer here in the Northern Hemisphere.

The Wisdom of Summer

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Like every season, Summer has its particular wisdom to impart about living in harmony with our energies. One of its important lessons is about absorbing, savoring and appreciating:


  • absorbing light
  • savoring sweetness
  • appreciating beauty.

It’s easy to get caught up in life’s hustle and bustle, marching through the wonders of our world unconsciously, lost in thought, so busy that we forget how quickly summers fly by, flowers fade, children grow up, the circus moves on to the next town.

Some moments are perfect: sweet, warm and beautiful, like a lazy, rose-scented afternoon. Summer reminds us to be fully present for these moments. They feed our energy fields, making them strong and vibrant and helping to keep them from becoming depleted during leaner and more challenging times.

Feed Your Field

This summer (and all year long), be an apprentice to the wisdom of the season. Drink deeply of the things that feed your soul. Whenever you encounter light, beauty, sweetness and joy, bring them fully into your body and your energy field.

Here are a few ideas for doing that:

  • Take a single ripe berry and really enjoy all its sensory qualities.

  • Devote a whole day to enjoying a particular sense.

  • Meditate on a flower, noticing as many things about it as you can.

  • Watch a whole sunset or sunrise.

  • Go somewhere remote where you can lie down on a blanket and marvel at the starry sky.

  • Take a morning or afternoon off and do nothing. (No TV or electronics.)

  • Cook a meal that epitomizes summer.

  • Enjoy breathing.


A Poem That Says It All

This excerpt from Mary Oliver’s “A Summer’s Day” captures the kind of radical presence and savoring I’m talking about:


… I don't know exactly what a prayer is.

I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down

into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,

how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,

which is what I have been doing all day.

Tell me, what else should I have done?

Doesn't everything die at last, and too soon?

Tell me, what is it you plan to do

with your one wild and precious life?

*****


Have a beautiful, nourishing summer.


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Comparing Ourselves to Others: A No-Win Trap (And a Self-Healing for It)

----by Nancy Hausauer

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Seems to me one of the worst traps we can fall into is comparing ourselves negatively to others. I'm speaking as a healer here, but it applies to any aspect of life.

Comparing ourselves unfavorably to others is common, human, and hard not to do sometimes. But it's discouraging, limiting, and downright destructive.

"Why should I even bother, (you might think) when X is so talented? S/he is able to [fill in the blank]. I'll never be that good, why should I even try? With X out there, why is my work even needed?"

I don't know anyone who doesn't do this sometimes, myself included. We see others' gifts and talents, ignoring their challenges and weaknesses -- while doing just the opposite for ourselves.

Arggghhh! Why do we treat ourselves like that?!

The truth is, when we compare ourselves to another, it's never "apples to apples." Everyone's life circumstances are just too different to make comparisons. You could never have all the information needed to make a valid comparison.

You're unique. Your life path is unique. Your gifts and contributions are unique. Your challenges are unique.

It makes no sense to compare, when there can be no validity in those comparisons. It's almost like we're TRYING to make ourselves feel bad!

A Self-Healing for Negative Comparisons

Here's a self-healing that I suggest if you catch yourself comparing yourself to someone else:

  • Stop yourself in your tracks. Just don't do it.

  • Instead, write down approximately ten self-appreciations: things you do well (as a healer or otherwise), positive traits, strengths, people you've helped, etc.

  • If you're having trouble thinking of strengths, call up someone who thinks highly of you and ask for help.

  • Give thanks for the gifts that are flowing through you, being aware that, whatever they are, they were not given to you to keep to yourself -- they were given to you to share.
  • Next, give thanks for the gifts flowing through the person to whom you were comparing yourself. Aim for being truly glad these gifts are available to the world. This sometimes difficult but very powerful practice really shifts the energy, helping to pop us out of the ego and into a more universal perspective.

  • Sit and meditate for a few minutes.

Know that you are unique and beautiful. The world needs your gifts, your essence. Don't compare yourself to others, and don't create false reasons to withhold your precious gifts from the world.

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Decoding the Messages of Chronic Pain


--by Nancy Hausauer

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Chronic pain or discomfort can be a message, kind of like a recurring dream. Decoding the message can often be helpful, both in defusing the discomfort, and/or in moving forward in some important area in your life.

Here are some possible questions you might ask yourself to prompt new insights about your physical body, your life or both. See which ones resonate with you, then give yourself some quiet time and space. Drop the question(s) into your awareness, like dropping a pebble into a still pond, and see where the ripples lead or what they tell you about the riddle of your physical discomfort.

    Where am I out of integrity — not keeping promises or commitments to myself or others?

    Where am I out of harmony with my own essence?

    Where am I not loving or respecting myself enough?

    Where am I not protecting myself?

    Where am I out of connection — with my loved ones, with my spiritual source, with the earth or sky?

    Where am I letting the energy, needs or concerns of others into my life too much? Where do I need to give myself permission to create stronger boundaries?

    Where am I not standing up for what I need and want?

    Where am I out of the present — stuck in the past or projecting into the future?

    Where do I need stillness? Where do I need movement?

    Where am I resisting change I need to make or a path I need to walk?

    Is there something I’m resisting looking at, or an emotion I’m resisting?

    Are there ways in which I’m not living up to the fullness of who I am?

    Am I giving too much away? Am I holding back?

    Where could I be in better alignment with my life purpose?

    Are there places in my life where I’m judging myself harshly, trying to be too perfect, or not cutting myself enough slack?

    Am I making room for joy?

    Am I telling myself stories that are holding me back or holding the pain in place?

    Are there ways I need to move forward? Or am I pushing too hard, needing to allow something time to germinate?

    What needs do I have that aren’t being met?

If none of these questions strike you, ask yourself: What questions do I need to ask to move forward in my life? What questions do I need to ask to release this pain? Give yourself time and stillness to allow the questions to arise.

Then see where it goes. Life — the big adventure!

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Energy Healing for Grief: Caring for the Bereaved

----by Nancy Hausauer

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Energy healing can play an important role in supporting people when they’ve lost a loved one.

Grief is a normal human process, something we all go through. So the goals of energy healing for grief shouldn’t be to “heal” it, since it’s a normal process.

Provide Comfort And Keep The Energy Moving

Energy healing should lean more to providing comfort and a bit of respite, and to keeping the already-wavelike energy of grief moving. Because like all emotions, grief is meant to move through us, not get stuck in our energy field or our physical body.

Support Spiritual Growth

Grieving provides a powerful opportunity for spiritual growth. We shouldn’t seek it out for this reason—-all of us will have enough opportunities for mourning. But supporting a grieving person’s spiritual growth is another valid goal of energy work for the bereaved. Personally, I believe that deep grief prepares us for greater service to others. Having experienced profound loss, we can be more compassionate to others. Our hearts are softened, opened. We feel our connection to the rest of humanity. We open to the non-material world. We shed our masks and reassess our lives and what is truly important to us. We are prepared for new growth. Since grieving is something none of us can avoid, it's good to know that there can be spiritual gifts in it.

Provide A Safe Space For Feelings

Another important aspect of using energy work for grief is to help people understand that grieving has its own timetable. In Western culture, we tend to think people should be all fine and dandy in a month or two or even less. People need to be supported in not feeling weird because they're not done mourning in a time frame that's convenient and comfortable for others. Part of your work will be to provide a safe space for your client to acknowledge the reality of where they are emotionally.

The Comfort Of Touch

Mourning has a strong physical component, so physical touch can be very helpful. Just holding someone’s head, with your fingertips gently at their occiput (base of the skull) can be extremely comforting. Holding your hands on either side of their heart (back and front) can also be very comforting, if they're OK with touch that intimate.

Continue reading for more specific ideas for helping the bereaved with energy healing.

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Cultivating Greater Awareness of the Energy

--by Nancy Hausauer

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A reader recently asked "how to know if you can sense subtle energy."

The short answer: No need to wonder. You can.


You Already Sense Subtle Energy

I believe that everyone can sense subtle energy, and that we do it all the time. We just don't call it that.

Most of us have sensed another person's cheerful or sad mood, felt the tenor of a happy or tense crowd, encountered a person or a place that we immediately liked or disliked intensely. You have probably read a friend’s face or voice when s/he has said, “Yeah, I’m doing great!” and you’ve known that s/he is not. You may have seen someone who seems to have a subtle gray cloud over their face or someone who seems to have a light in their eyes. You may recall a time when a situation or person or something that was said gave you a chill, either in a good way or a bad way. Some people may give you an immediate sense of peace, while others may make you feel tense or agitated. Almost everyone has noticed that someone seems “radiant.”

That’s the energy, folks. It's not esoteric or technical or woo-woo to perceive it. It's just plain HUMAN to sense energy.

Of course, as with any human attribute, some people seem to have particular strengths in this area. Others develop greater skill in sensing energy through study and practice. But everyone has the basic ability.

You might enjoy taking this day to notice the ways that you already discern subtle energy. In particular, pay attention to your body. It's a reliable reader of energy. Learn to understand its language. (For example, I often get a pleasant shiver down the back of my head, neck and upper back when someone says something that’s important and true, always an energetically powerful moment. It’s a kind of YES! response.)

If you want to take it farther, this page will give you a good start:

Sensing Subtle Energy .

Blessings--Nancy

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