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A Cool Exercise to Elevate Your Energy with Color

---by Nancy Hausauer

Here's a fun and illuminating way to use color to support and elevate your energy, a simple but beautiful exercise that I've loved for years.

IMPORTANT! DON'T READ AHEAD! Do just one step at a time or you'll spoil the exercise for yourself.

"I Am" Color Exercise

  1. Pick two or even three of your very favorite colors. If necessary, find something tangible such as a piece of cloth in each color, to help you visualize it.
  2. Pick from these the color that appeals to you most right now. Imagine that you ARE that color. From this perspective, write a paragraph or so about yourself as that color. Allow yourself to be very imaginative, free-associative, and sensory. Write down all the adjectives that, to you, reflect or embody that color.

    For example, if you chose brown as your favorite color your paragraph might read like this:

    I, Brown, am deep, rich, and earthy. I nurture life. I warm and grow things. I am not flashy. I am very solid and make an incredibly important contribution to the world. I know who I am and don't need to impress others. I'm quiet, deep, comforting. I'm rich and complex, like good chocolate or coffee.

  3. When you're done, move to the next color and repeat the exercise. DON'T READ ANY FURTHER UNTIL YOU'VE COMPLETELY FINISHED! Then scroll down beyond the bar of color.

    Color Spectrum

  4. Re-read your writing with the understanding that your descriptions are actually descriptions of YOU.

    Most of us have been conditioned to be so modest and self-effacing that we won't speak or even to acknowledge our unique strengths and gifts. But there a whole bunch of them are, right in front of you! Of course these paragraphs don't completely define you, but I'm guessing there's a lot there that describes you -- in all your unique glory -- pretty accurately.


Exercises like this can have a wonderful impact on your energy. This one helps you identify and strengthen your signature energies and develop your self-love and appreciation. This in turn helps you feel more compassion and appreciation for others and enables you to better "serve the light." All of this helps elevate your energy and build your light body.

Share this exercise with family and friends, too, to learn more about them and deepen your appreciation of them.

Namaste, Nancy


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Energy Healing for Weight Loss? Self-Love Has to Come First

----by Nancy Hausauer

Scale

Recently, someone asked whether I had any techniques to help with weight reduction. I don’t, directly. But here’s how I’d approach it.

Carrying more weight than the cultural ideal is not a defect. We’re not machines, we’re living creatures, each unique. But our culture tells us we should be a very specific shape and size—one that most of us are not physiologically capable of being. And that gives most of us the very strong message that we’re not OK.

So if I were having a session with someone seeking to lose weight, the most important thing would be to focus on self-love and acceptance. I’d start with having my client set an intention for self-love and good health, and I’d focus primarily on the heart chakra to nurture self-love.

I'd also recommend practicing non-resistance to their current state, because often when we resist something, we create an energetic blockage, a kind of a shell that hardens around the very thing we want to avoid, which tends to cement it in place.

I’d also balance the 3rd chakra to help support metabolism and the digestive system, strengthen self-esteem and manage stress. I might also work with the second chakra to help counteract the effects of cultural shaming—because in our culture, anyone who departs significantly from the ideal body type gets subjected to a whole lot of negative energy. I’d also work with the sixth chakra to support clarity about the insanity of the cultural pressure to conform to an unattainable body shape.

And I always balance the chakra system as a whole, and clear and strengthen the energy field, to generally support health, balance and wholeness.

(I should add that what I think I'm going to do and what I actually do aren't always the same. I follow what I feel in the energy, rather than some pre-decided plan.)

While I’d never dissuade anyone from seeking a weight at which they feel good, I’d encourage my client to develop self-esteem based on themselves as a whole person, with weight or shape as a very small factor. I might work with them to develop affirmations for health and self-love.

And for home-care, I'd suggest my client do breathing exercises, meditation and physical exercise to help manage stress, calm the nervous system and support balance and harmony in the energy field.

Wishing you self-love and self-acceptance,

Nancy

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P.S. You can find ways to support your individual chakras on The Energy Healing Site, or in my book, Chakra Care.


Should I Start An Energy Healing Business: Some Words Of Advice

---by Nancy Hausauer

I love this work!

People sometimes ask me whether they should go into energy healing professionally, as a business, rather than simply doing it for friends and family, without charging.

I did energy healing for 13 years as a nonprofessional before opening my professional practice, and I'm glad I did. It allowed me to develop experience, sensitivity, non-attachment to outcomes, and confidence, without the performance pressure that charging money brings.

So that's what I generally recommend to people: Don't be in a rush to turn your exciting new skills into a business. Give yourself time to enjoy doing the work just for the love of it, and to season as a healer. Friends and family alone will provide you with plenty of opportunities to practice, and not charging gives you a wonderful sense of freedom to experiment and follow your intuition.

If you ARE going to go professional, you should be very business-like about it. I advise:

  • Make sure your primary motivation is to provide service, rather than make money. Don't expect to make a living solely doing energy work, especially for the first few years. Have a day job or a partner who makes a decent living and can help support you financially.
  • Have a clear code of ethics and stick to it. (Here's my working code of ethics.) Be aware that some clients may be mentally, emotionally and/or physically fragile and may be highly influenced by what you say. Don't make promises you can't keep (e.g. that you can "cure" them), and don't pressure clients to come back for repeat visits.
  • Maintain strict confidentiality.
  • Learn about transference and professional boundaries.
  • Be businesslike in your dealings. Maintain the proper business and professional licenses for what you're doing. Keep accounts and pay all required taxes.
  • Maintain a safe and hygienic practice space.
  • Stay within your legal scope of practice. Don't touch people physically if you're not legally allowed to do so; don't give medical advice unless you're a licensed physician, etc.
  • When appropriate, encourage clients to seek and follow the advice of appropriate professionals such as doctors and mental health therapists. You may want to keep a referral list for this.
  • Establish relationships with other energy healers. It can get lonely and having someone to talk things over with can be a big help.
  • Take care of yourself, honor your limits and don't try to force yourself to do more than you can comfortably do. Trust your instincts and don't take on clients who don't feel right for you.
  • Don't expect to be a miracle worker. Just "do the work."

I hope that's helpful, Nancy

Setting Science Free: The Work of Rupert Sheldrake

----by Nancy Hausauer

Rupert Sheldrake, 2008

I am against dogma and close-mindedness, whatever the source. So I really like the brilliant British biologist Rupert Sheldrake, and I think you might, too. In my humble opinion, anyone seriously interested in energy and energy healing should know a little about him.

Once a distinguished scientist, he is now something of a pariah for challenging scientific orthodoxy, particularly modern science's materialist philosophy -- the mechanistic, reductionist view that there is no reality but material reality, and that people, as he puts it, are just "lumbering robots."

You can get a concentrated overview of his beliefs in his recent 9-minute Ted talk, which you can find here (scroll down the page a bit to find it) or embedded below if your browser allows you to see it.

The talk summarizes his 2012 book The Science Delusion (titled Science Set Free in the U.S.), in which he argues that "science is being held back by centuries-old assumptions that have hardened into dogmas." Questioning ten basic beliefs of science (which also represent the world view of educated people generally), he aims to regenerate science by making it "less dogmatic and more scientific."

His ten questions include "Is Nature Mechanical?", "Is Matter Unconscious?", "Is Nature Purposeless?", "Are Minds Confined to Brains?", and "Is Mechanistic Medicine the Only Kind that Really Works?". It's very thought-provoking stuff, and has particular value for energy healers, supporting the world view that underlies our work.



The talk, by the way, was banned from TED for being "psuedo-science," and has created quite a hornet's nest of controversy.

Wishing us all the delight of clear eyes and clear minds, Nancy

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Photo of Rupert Sheldrake by Zereshk, 2008

Shift Your Consciousness with This

----by Nancy Hausauer

Consciousness-shifting is an important skill for energy healers. For most of us, moving our awareness from the reality model that we use for everyday life to the reality model that we use when we're doing energy healing is a profound switch.

Hubble Telescope image of earth from space

Energy healing works from a different model of reality than the dominant cultural model, which is, to put it simply, that only physical matter is truly real. Obviously, this is not the way that an energy healer looks at the world, at least not while doing a healing.

Being able to switch your consciousness from the dominant model of reality (that only matter is real and the human body and mind is like a machine) to the energy healing model of reality (that there are subtle, invisible forces that shape us and that what we truly are can never be reduced to mere cellular processes or interactions of matter) is therefore extremely useful to any energy healer.

Is it absolutely necessary to be able to do this? Maybe not. But it is certainly helpful. And liberating. And fortunately, like most skills, it gets easier as we practice it.

There are many ways to practice and build this skill. For me, images from space are often particularly helpful. My personal reality is very firmly based on this beautiful planet, so anything that moves my focus out beyond Earth's atmosphere really messes with my head. And that's good! It's expanding and increasing the flexibility of my reality-model, which is another way to say that it's shifting my consciousness. (Images from space are also very supportive to seventh-chakra development.)

So I wanted to share this amazing resource with you. Created by American Museum of Natural History astrophysicists, "The Known Universe" shows the universe as mapped through astronomical observations. It is accurate as to scale and location, to the best current scientific knowledge. (If the video below doesn't play on your browser, access it via the link above.)

And here's another amazing resource that helps us visualize the micro-level, the inner life of a cell. It's breathtakingly beautiful and jaw-droppingly astounding. An animation created by Harvard's Biovisions, it is scientifically accurate to the best of current knowledge. (Read more about Biovisions here.)

Enjoy. --Nancy


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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


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.

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Namaste, Nancy


“Chakra

P.S. Just a heads-up. If you’ve been thinking about buying my book Chakra Care in PDF or Kindle format, this would be a good time to do it. I’m going to be experimenting with raising the price a bit, which I’ll be putting into effect in a week or two. The paperback price will remain the same.)



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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