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Creative Block? It's Your Subconscious Calling

--by Nancy Hausauer

Hello Self. It's me, your subconscious. We need to talk.

Creative block is the bane of every writer and artist. I don't know a single one who hasn't experienced it at some point.  Your Muse has vamoosed and she's not coming back anytime soon.



It doesn't just affect writers and artists, though. Each of us is a "creative" in our own way, and we've all gotten stuck on a problem or project at some point, as if blocked by some invisible, immovable force.

Here's a five-step approach to get you out of that maddening state of stuck-ness.

  1. Don't Blame Yourself


    You're not lazy, stupid or un-creative. Slinging mud at yourself only makes things worse. No blaming.



  2. Surrender

    
You're not going to win a battle with creative block. The smart thing is to give up and work with the process instead of against it.

    

Here's why. Creative block is caused by a battle of wills between the conscious and subconscious parts of your mind. Conscious Mind is telling you to get to work, and likely has a whole detailed plan. But Subconscious Mind is digging its heels in, bringing the process to a standstill. And guess what? In this standoff, Subconscious Mind wins almost every time.



  3. Reframe



    This mysterious and maddening state called creative block is really just your subconscious mind trying to get your attention and tell you something important.

    So reframe the problem. Creative block isn't a bad thing. It's a source of information, neutral at worst, a creative gold mine at best.

    What's the gist of the message? Something is fundamentally wrong with what you're doing, or how you're approaching it—so wrong that Subconscious Mind is not going to let you proceed.



  4. Drill Down



    Now that you've taken the angst out of creative block by reframing it as information rather than a personal failing, drill down for the specific content.

    

Take a deep breath, step well back from your project or problem, and ask, "What isn't working here?" "What's wrong?"

    

Then pay attention to your body, stray thoughts, images that come up in your mind, dreams, songs that you find yourself humming, words that catch your attention on billboards, that little voice in your head…all the usual, indirect ways that the subconscious communicates.

    

Or do a free-write, or have a heart-to-heart with a trusted friend.  

    

Go where the discomfort is greatest: that's where you'll often find the gold.

    Whatever the intelligence you receive, let it percolate for a while, and then……



  5. Information Is Power: Use It!


    Put that information to use. Make the changes Subconscious Mind is insisting on. It's almost always right. Sometimes the changes will be small, sometimes big.

    But following the guidance of your subconscious will almost surely get you unstuck, unleashing a flood of creative output and sweeping you along to a whole new level of creativity, authenticity and productivity as it does. Hooray!

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Making Sense Of Intuitive Non Local Experiences

--by Nancy Hausauer


You Are Not Here

Reader Question:

I've had two powerful experiences where someone close to me has passed away. I was a thousand miles away but both times I experienced physical symptoms at the moment of the passing: intense headaches, feeling like I was going to pass out, or feeling disconnected from reality. I've been exploring my own energetic body but still can't make sense of these experiences.

Nancy's Answer

I've heard many people talk of experiences either at the death of someone they loved or shortly after—far too many too discount. In my own life, I had a profound and life-changing experience of communication with my mother-in-law after she died.

These experiences DON'T make sense when viewed from inside the dominant model of reality, which assumes the absoluteness of time and space—that we are firmly bound in our current time and fixed in our current space. This dominant model of reality is just that—a model, like any other. It isn't reality itself, rather a human intellectual artifact, a product of a particular culture at a particular time in history.

Experiences like yours don't fit within that limited model of reality. But your experience WAS real, and it definitely supports a more expanded, "non-local" model of reality. From within this expanded, less material, more energetic model, it makes sense.

In this reality-view, we are connected to everything. Our consciousness is not absolutely bound by time or space. We are not just material beings, glorified machines that can be reduced to a catalog of chemical interactions.

In this model, time and space are illusions, tools at best, prisons at worst. You CAN be in contact with faraway loved ones, especially in moments of heightened significance such as birth and death. You can be in contact with loved ones after death as well, because death is just a change into non-physical form.

I don't pretend to understand it all, but it does seem clear to me that consciousness is non-local.

I think that Deepak Chopra does a very good job of explaining non-locality and other esoteric, subtle-reality subjects, so you might read one of his many books.

I also like the outlook that Esther Hicks/Abraham has on death. Here's a Youtube video that has been helpful to me in interpreting death in a positive way.

I also highly recommend Lynn McTaggert's book, "The Field."

There really is so much to support the non-local view of consciousness—including your own experience. It can be disorienting, though, because it's so at odds with what our culture has inculcated us with from birth. So it is good to seek out others who share this reality-view.

You're obviously energetically sensitive, so it's also important for you to take good care of yourself. There are many ideas for self-care on my website.


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You Don't Need To Be Perfect


--by Nancy Hausauer

Perfection Is Not RequiredSometimes aspiring energy healers ask me, "How can I help someone else when I'm so imperfect myself?"

Not a one of us could survive without the aid and support of other people, so it's fortunate that we don't need to have it all together to help someone else.

Because, as we all know from personal experience, no one is perfect. No one. Therefore, no helper or healer is perfect.

So that healer who helps you so much—s/he may be calm and wise and patient inside the treatment room, but I can almost guarantee that s/he has issues and faults and worries, just like everyone else. Just like you. She just does her work anyway, and you should too.

Here are some things to think about:

It's Not Your Energy Doing The Healing Anyway

First, we don't heal with our own energy anyway. I don't want to say that your personal energy has nothing to do with a healing session, but it has less than you might think. So don't worry so much about the state of your own energy or your own life. Isn't that a relief?

And here's something even better. If you can (mostly) put your ego aside, have clear intentions for good, and be in "the Now," often you will find that you have access to wisdom and healing energy that are far beyond what you individually possess. Inside the therapeutic "container," we can often tap into a something much greater than we are. That's where the real magic is, and it doesn't depend on you totally having your life together. This is both incredibly humbling and incredibly reassuring.

Your Humanity—Including Your Imperfections—Makes You The Perfect Person To Help Others

Second, who better to help a human being with human problems than another human being with human problems? Who better to understand, to be compassionate, to be-nonjudgmental, to know that the problem is survivable? It's hard to open up and share your troubles with someone who seems completely flawless. It's so much easier to talk to someone who's "been there," who's made mistakes, who's fallen down and gotten back up again, maybe who is falling down and getting back up every day of their lives.

As the late songwriter Leonard Cohen said, "Forget your perfect offering/There is a crack in everything./It's how the light gets in."

So embrace the cracks in your life, and let the light shine through them. Let the light shine in, and then let it shine back out for the benefit of other people.

Of course, you should be cultivating your light body, trying to live with ethics and integrity, trying to have a loving heart (including for yourself), trying not to cause suffering to others, and so on.

Just don't wait to start helping others till you're absolutely perfect, because that day is not going to come.

Celebrating our gloriously imperfect humanity, Nancy

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Wishing You A Radiant New Year

With the turn of the year just around the corner, I wanted to share these lovely Spiritually Literate New Year's Resolutions with you.

Wishing you a light-filled 2017—-With love and hope, Nancy


Hope: The Lesson of Midwinter

--by Nancy Hausauer

For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, the Winter Solstice is on the 21st of December. For me that celestial event helps keep the flame of my hope alight.

Winter Rest

The Winter Solstice is the longest night of the year. But it also heralds the return of the light. As soon as the Solstice has passed, the days start to get longer. I love the poetry of that. It reminds me that the light always returns. It gives me reason to hope for better times.

Hope is essential. It helps us heal—even science now admits that. Without hope our energy starts shutting down and we close our energetic access to the realm of potential. On a practical level, we just stop trying. We stop looking for solutions. We just sit and wait for "the inevitable"—and whether we're talking about a personal problem or a global one, that's deadly.

So nurturing and cultivating hope is vitally important. I encourage you and me and all of us to make keeping hope alive an every-day practice. Hope for peace. Hope for love. Hope for healing, for ourselves, our loved ones, our world.

Here are a few ideas to help you become a guardian of the world's hope:

  • Seek out hopeful people, books, movies, etc.
  • Develop a daily ritual to nourish hope.
  • Every time you light a candle, dedicate the act to kindling hope in yourself and in the world.
  • Create an altar as a visual prayer for and nourisher of hope.
  • Think of and share examples from your life or from history when discouraging situations turned around.
  • Create something and allow it to remind you of the boundless creative potential of the universe. Here are some wonderful ideas.
  • Make a point of doing things that lift your spirits and avoiding things that don't.
  • Cultivate a habit of looking for things that are going right. You can do this without blinding yourself to challenges.
  • Don't allow your energy to get depleted. Take good care of yourself, spiritually and physically.
  • Take some time every day to feel the way you want to feel and to visualize the world or your life the way you want it to be.
  • Make the world better for someone, anyone. Even just refrain from being crabby for a day. :-)

Wishing you light, love, peace and hope, Nancy

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Alchemy: Transmuting Difficult Life Experiences to a Higher Energy Level

--by Nancy Hausauer

Painting by Pietro Longhi  Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=153967We all have difficult and unpleasant experiences in our lives. From minor things like getting stuck in traffic, to major ones like the death of a loved one, they're part of our human journey.

But even though they're common, they can drag us down—unless we make the effort to transmute them into a higher energy level. Learning to do this as a habit can change the tone of our whole lives.

Major life events are hard to work with. Practicing with minor ones can both improve our everyday lives, and help prepare us for dealing with life's big losses and difficulties.

How do you transmute difficult or unpleasant experiences to a higher level? Here's an example.

The Disappointing Workshop

A friend and I had been to a much-anticipated workshop. In one of the main exercises, she had been paired with someone with huge needs and little ability to perform the content of the exercise when it came her turn. It was an extreme mismatch, and very disappointing to my friend.

She was trying hard not to let it get her down, but it was weighing on her. So we worked with the incident to "raise its calibration." Our aim was to get up to a higher perspective so that we could see the value of the lesson, transforming it from an unsatisfactory energy-drain to a higher-level energetic experience.

We processed her experience for a while, looking at it from different angles. In the end, it seemed she could get the most value from it by viewing it as a sort of shamanic event, with her needy workshop partner acting as a messenger bringing her clear insight into what she did NOT want and reinforcing the importance of setting boundaries and prioritizing her own needs.

It was also valuable to view it as having a homeopathic quality: a small amount of what she didn't want, to help her activate her capacity to reach for what she did want.

From these perspectives, she was able to pull herself out of the trough she was slipping into and "alchemize" the incident, raising its vibration and turning it from lead into gold.

Use Your Own Creativity

These are just a couple of examples. Another helpful reframing can be to view any experience as an ideal springboard for whatever's next in your evolution or life journey. As Eckhart Tolle says, "Life will give you whatever experience is most helpful for the evolution of your consciousness."

I'm not proposing a formula for transmuting difficult experiences; rather, I'm encouraging you to apply your own creativity to the process.

Is this "alchemical" process always possible? I'm not sure. Some things need to "breathe"—they need time and space. Particularly traumatic experiences often benefit from professional help and guidance.

But in the meantime, practicing with the small stuff can be transformative.


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Cultivate The Indispensable Power Of Hope

--by Nancy Hausauer

Hope is one of the things we can't live without. Who better to teach us about it than Martin Luther King, Jr.?

Here's a quote from the great man that particularly resonates with me today:

We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.


That's it for today, friends. Stay hopeful.

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Why You Need Spaciousness: Making Room for Healing and Intuition

--by Nancy Hausauer


Deep Space

I believe that a feeling of spaciousness, both external and internal, is important to anyone's sense of inner peace, but is especially helpful for energy healers. We need to cultivate inner peace and calm, and leave room in our lives for the Energy to show up and do its work.

Because I've lived in a small house for the last 20 years, I've had many practical opportunities to learn the value of space and spaciousness. My husband and I cherish the space we have. We're very careful about bringing new Things into our home. We periodically purge Stuff, too, because that spaciousness has proved really hard to protect.

My mind also tends to get crowded. I love information, thoughts and concepts. I used to believe that was the best way to be, but as I've gotten older, I've questioned that. I see the value of having more space in my mind as well as in my surroundings.

Here are some ideas for cultivating spaciousness and making room for healing, intuition and other blessings:

  • clear out a room or even just a closet; donate or discard
  • meditate
  • weed and prune your garden; transplant crowded plants
  • focus your attention on space, rather than the matter in that space
  • let go of past and future and just be present
  • get rid of "time-things"—an overcrowded schedule
  • spend more time with spaciousness experts: dogs and cats and little kids. They never clutter their minds or schedules.
  • spend a day in silence
  • go for a month without buying anything but food
  • get out in nature
  • set aside time to do nothing
  • avoid TV, social media and other electronic chatter for a week
  • write your worries down on a piece of paper and burn it
  • expand your physical interior space by belly breathing
  • visit unbounded places such as mountaintops, ferries/ships, a cathedral
  • let go of grudges
  • let your body relax and expand (get a massage?)
  • at work, see if you can delegate some tasks or offload in other ways
  • prune unnecessary commitments and tasks from your personal life


Wishing you all the room you need to dance with Hope, Potential and Possibility—Nancy

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Ways To Incorporate More Gratitude And Appreciation Into Your Life

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 graphic

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.

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 sincerely 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. You can always appreciate the air coming into and out of your lungs.
  • 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 all of us a warm home, enough to eat, health, peace, safety, the love of family and friends—and the blessing of a grateful heart. -- Nancy

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Turmoil

--by Nancy Hausauer


Bleeding HeartsI had a nice post planned about spaciousness, but I just can't publish it now.

Here in the U.S., we're in deep turmoil. So much anger, sorrow, fear, despair. I'm not immune to it. I'm struggling, just like everyone else, especially since life goes on at the personal level. My dad, 91, has been in the hospital and that's taken up most of my attention this week. Still there have been spaces for strong, strong feelings about the state of my country to filter through.

Here are some thoughts I've been having this week:

  • This election cycle didn't create the deep divisions and problems that have showed up. They were already there. And I truly believe that consciousness is the first step in healing. It's hard to heal what we won't look at. So as difficult as these divisions and problems are, exposing them to the light of awareness may bring some evolution toward a higher consciousness. It gives me hope, anyway and…
  • ….we must maintain hope. Despair sucks the energy right out of you, and is the enemy of action. I particularly like this from writer Rebecca Solnit: "Hope is active engagement with uncertainty and the possibilities that it holds." It's all-purpose: favorable circumstances not required.
  • Emotions are meant to move through us, not get stuck. We should not be aiming to suppress strong emotions, but rather to keep them moving. So personally, I'm doing my best to keep my emotions within "containers" that don't encourage me to get "hooked" or stuck in the emotion.
  • I know that engaging in conflict is often the ego stoking itself. But I also know that silence in the face of wrongdoing is complicity. I am waiting for more light to help me walk the right path here.
  • I feel that continuing to move my energetic center into my sixth chakra is helpful.
  • Without turning away from the world, I know I need to turn to my spiritual teachers for wisdom, and to the people I love for support. Currently I'm reading this 2001 talk from Thich Nhat Hanh: http://www.buddhismtoday.com/english/ethic_psy/embracing_anger.htm
  • I know I need a plan. A plan will help me channel my energy effectively.
  • I know I need to ground, breathe, ground, breathe, ground, breathe. To be in nature. To send light. To pray.

Wishing us all wisdom, courage and heart, Nancy

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