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----by Nancy Hausauer
Chronic suppression of emotions, especially healthy anger.
An overriding, self-sacrificing sense of duty and responsibility.
An exaggerated concern for the needs of others while ignoring your own.
A deep, often subconscious, belief that you're responsible for how others feel and must not disappoint them.
These four behavior patterns are a common thread among many people with severe and chronic illnesses, according to renowned Canadian physician and best-selling author Gabor Mate'.
As energy healers, we tend to see people with severe and/or chronic conditions, illnesses that conventional medicine has been unable to remedy, so I've often seen these behavior patterns in people in my practice, and I bet you have, too. Since I hang out a lot with helper-types, I also see them in my personal life.
The core seems to be self-sacrificing, self-effacing behavior—an unwillingness to advocate strongly for one's own well-being. As Dr. Mate's 2003 book “When The Body Says No: Understanding the Stress-Disease Connection“ argues persuasively, such self-harmful behaviors are usually formed in early childhood as defenses and coping mechanisms for relationships and situations that are stressful or otherwise not ideal for healthy development.
These unconscious, habitual self-sacrificing behaviors from childhood can result in a lifetime of being unable to adequately care for ourselves. Since we are unable to consciously say "no" to stress-inducing situations and behaviors, our bodies must say it for us, expressing unconscious emotional pain and "dis-ease" through actual disease.
Dr. Mate' advocates examining our early years, not to blame ourselves or our families, but rather to shine a light on childhood coping patterns that may be harming our current-day physical health. Once we are aware of them, we can change them. We can also, as he advocates,
"Give yourself, as best you can, what your parents would have loved to grant you but probably could not: full-hearted attention, full-minded awareness, and compassion. Make gifting yourself with these qualities your daily practice."
As energy healers, we are well situated to help people at this fundamental level—not with quick symptomatic relief, but rather by promoting deep-seated changes that support healing and balance from the core outward. Most of us aren't mental health therapists, but we can listen carefully; point out behavior patterns; encourage self-love, self-esteem, emotional balance and healthy boundaries both verbally and through energy work; and refer clients to other professionals as appropriate.
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You can learn more about Dr. Mate's thoughts in this article, http://www.yesmagazine.org/issues/good-health/gabor-mate-how-to-build-a-culture-of-good-health-20151116 or this video https://youtu.be/qlHIWXWDuF0.
----by Nancy Hausauer
In the Northern Hemisphere, February 2 marks the ancient Celtic holiday of Imbolc. It's the beginning of the beginning of Spring. (In the Southern Hemisphere, the beginning of the beginning of Fall.)
In Celtic/Gaelic mythology, the goddess closely associated with Imbolc is Brigid (usually pronounced "Breed"). Brigid is associated, among other things, with blacksmithing, home and hearth, and poetry. On first glance, this seems like a motley assortment, but there's a common thread there in fire and creativity.
I'm not much of a blacksmith, but I love poetry and take pretty much any opportunity to celebrate it. I believe that poetry, like all art, has strong energetic properties, healing us and calling us to a higher vibration.
So today, as an Imbolc offering, I want to share a favorite poem. Written by the great German poet Rainer Maria Rilke and translated by Stephen Mitchell, it describes an ancient Greek statue, deeply damaged but still holding its original energetic force. The poem defies a simple explanation, but I love its themes of the transformative power of art, wholeness despite superficial brokenness, the holographic nature of existence, the consciousness dwelling in everything. And of course, the breath-taking shift of the last line. To me, the poem both describes and embodies creative fire, and it always gives me a visceral surge of energy. (The image above, by the way, is an archaic torso of Apollo, but not the one that Rilke was describing.)
We cannot know his legendary head
with eyes like ripening fruit. And yet his torso
is still suffused with brilliance from inside,
like a lamp, in which his gaze, now turned to low,
gleams in all its power. Otherwise
the curved breast could not dazzle you so, nor could
a smile run through the placid hips and thighs
to that dark center where procreation flared.
Otherwise this stone would seem defaced
beneath the translucent cascade of the shoulders
and would not glisten like a wild beast's fur:
would not, from all the borders of itself,
burst like a star: for here there is no place
that does not see you. You must change your life.
In this beautiful, wise season of early spring, I hope you find poetry and art that heals you and calls you to a higher vibration. And I hope that you exercise some of your own creative fire as well — Nancy
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----by Nancy Hausauer
Who can't use another technique for anxiety relief and stress management?
When we're anxious and stressed, our energy is all spiky and chaotic. The following extremely easy, meridian-based technique can help you calm and smooth your energy when you're feeling stressed and edgy.
You can calm it down, and thus reduce stress and anxiety, by tapping, rubbing or holding the third point on the meridian (TW3), which is on the back of your hand.
Then switch hands, continuing to breathe deeply.
That's it! Just don't try to do this while you drive. But you knew that.
It may take 20 minutes or so for the stress hormones to clear from your body (although it works quickly for me).
Namaste -- Nancy
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**Line drawing by By Barry Langdon-Lassagne (Own work) [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons**
—--by Nancy Hausauer
Who wants to be more creative?
I don't know anyone who'd say "no" to that.
We think of creativity as being the special province of artists, but in reality it's important no matter what line of work you're in. And energy healing can help.
When I'm working with clients who want to enhance their inspiration, imagination, inventiveness and originality, I pay special attention to the second and fifth chakras, the chakras most related to creativity.
Here are links for some easy and fun ways to clear and balance them:
You can find more suggestions in my book, Chakra Care, but the ideas on the website pages above are plenty to get you started.
Audio recordings that embed theta waves behind other sound tracks can entrain your brain into a state of heightened creativity. From personal experience, I can tell you that they really work! (There are a lot of companies that produce recordings using brain-wave technology, also called hemi-synch or binaural beats. My favorite is The Relaxation Company.)
Creativity is fun and juicy and life-supporting and evolutionary. I wish you boatloads of it! — Nancy
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With the turn of the new year just around the corner, I wanted to share these lovely Spiritually Literate New Year's Resolutions with you.
I'll be taking a break for a couple of weeks to rest, balance and spend time with family. I expect to be back around January 18.
Wishing you a beautiful, light-filled 2016, Nancy
Whatever you are doing or celebrating this week, I wish you hope, miracles, serenity and love.
And I wish us all Peace on Earth.
---by Nancy Hausauer
There’s a lot of dark stuff happening in the world today. I don't need to enumerate. Personally, if I'm not careful, I can start to sink into a fairly gloomy state of mind.
But for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, the Winter Solstice is just a week away. For me that celestial event helps me keep the flame of my hope alight.
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:
Wishing you light, love, peace and hope, Nancy
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----by Nancy Hausauer
Holiday travel, especially air travel, is stressful! It's hard on our physical bodies and also on our energy fields, often leaving them feeling scrambled and chaotic.
Here are some of the reasons why, from an energetic viewpoint.
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---by Nancy Hausauer
Depression is a huge problem worldwide. U.S. government sources estimate that about 1 in 10 adult Americans take anti-depressant drugs—making it the third most commonly taken prescription medication. The World Health Organization estimates that globally, more than 350 million people are suffering from some form of depression at any given time. And there are multitudes more who suffer from depression but, for whatever reason, don't seek help and so don't show up in the statistics.
Do you find this amazing? I do. It's an epidemic. I have to wonder why, and why the current standard treatments don't help everyone.
I'm not just coming to this subject from a place of abstract concern. Depression is something that I have dealt with off and on for as long as I can remember—since I was a small child. I rarely experience it now, but I have not forgotten the suffering it brings. I've also worked professionally with many people who are grappling with depression, and seen family and friends struggle under its heavy load.
While I am not at all suggesting that people should reject anti-depressant drugs or professional counseling—please do get whatever help you need—I think energy healing and the energy healing perspective also have something valuable to offer people in the grips of depression.
Thus, I am part-way through the first draft of a book on the subject, the working title of which is: "Lifting the Gray: Depression Self-Help from the World of Energy Healing."
After I'm done with the first draft, I'll see if I think it's worthy of finishing and publishing.
I'll be sharing ideas and resources with you as I continue to write the first draft. Here's one, a wonderful TED talk by psychiatrist and author Neel Burton, in which he beautifully reframes the simplistic view of depression that currently prevails.
I'm looking forward to sharing my thinking with you —and getting your feedback. As always, you can comment or share on my Facebook page.
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.
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.....
I wish everyone 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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