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Simple Energy Healing Can Be Great Energy Healing

----by Nancy Hausauer

Paramhansa Yogananda

Sometimes it's good to be reminded that we don't need a lot of fancy bells and whistles to do great healing work—or great work of any kind.

We may not need to attend that workshop with yet another teacher of energy healing. We may not need to master a new technique. We may not need to add more letters after our name.

To do great healing work, the knowledge and tools we already have are often enough.

We probably already have everything we need, and can stop the endless seeking for improvement, expansion, betterment. All worthy causes, BUT they can get in the way of JUST DOING THE WORK. Not to mention that all that seeking can be exhausting.

There's a beautiful parable that illustrates this point. It's from the classic Autobiography of a Yogi, by Paramhansa Yogananda* (1893-1952).

In this passage, Yogananda is writing about the great teacher Lahiri Mahasaya and two of his disciples (chelas).

Lahiri Mahasaya carefully graded Kriya [yoga] into four progressive initiations. He bestowed the three higher techniques only after the devotee had manifested definite spiritual progress. One day a certain chela [disciple/devotee], convinced that his worth was not being duly evaluated, gave voice to his discontent.

"Master," he said, "surely I am ready now for the second initiation."

At this moment the door opened to admit a humble disciple, Brinda Bhagat. He was a Benares postman.

"Brinda, sit by me here." The great guru smiled at him affectionately. "Tell me, are you ready for the second technique of Kriya?"

The little postman folded his hands in supplication. "Gurudeva," he said in alarm, "no more initiations, please! How can I assimilate any higher teachings? I have come today to ask your blessings, because the first divine Kriya has filled me with such intoxication that I cannot deliver my letters!"

"Already Brinda swims in the sea of Spirit." At these words from Lahiri Mahasaya, his other disciple hung his head.

"Master," he said, "I see I have been a poor workman, finding fault with my tools."

This charming parable inspires me to:

  1. breathe more, study less
  2. stop trying so hard and let things flow
  3. really use and value simple-but-profound, foundational practices such as deep presence, compassion, intention, and belief in a client's highest potential
  4. appreciate my teachers and their teachings
  5. be humble, knowing that humility is always restorative and takes me closer to my true nature
  6. let my head empty out
  7. affirm that, if I'm connected to the universal flow, I will serve
  8. be still and rest.

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*Yogananda was a great Indian yogi and guru who introduced many Westerners to meditation and Eastern spiritual practices.

Be a Healer: Start Right Here, Right Now

----by Nancy Hausauer

You can do healing work no matter what line of work you're in. You don't need any special degrees or equipment to be a powerful healing force.

Healing in Nature

But how, you might ask?

A Holistic Definition of Healing

It partly depends on how you define "healing." If you mean "fixing" the physical body, then maybe you do need that degree.

But if you define healing more broadly, as helping people rebuild their wholeness, regain the fullness of who they are, live in harmony with others and the world and be on a fulfilling life-path—then you can definitely be a healer, no matter your profession.

And—if you increase wholeness, fullness, harmony, and fulfillment, you almost always increase physical, mental and emotional health in the process.

Back to the "How" Question

So, as an example, how might a grocery checker do that?

A grocery checker can't prescribe medicine to lower blood pressure, can't balance chakras or relieve stiff necks. But—s/he can smile at you, be cheerful, express kindness. In my experience, an amazing percentage of grocery clerks do just that—and when they do, I always walk away with my energy elevated and a smile on my face. That right there is a healing.

But if you, as a grocery clerk, wanted to make a more conscious, purposeful effort to spread healing energy, you could:

  • Keep your energy highly calibrated by meditating, spending time in nature, cultivating compassion, keeping your thoughts positive and harmonious and maintaining energetic coherence. Your field will positively impact every person who comes through your check-out stand.

  • Clear and raise the energy of your check-out stand when you start your shift, recalibrating as necessary during the day.

  • If a customer looks weary or troubled, mentally surround them with light, or cast an intention for their highest good.

Or, to give some examples from other professions:

  • A roofer could cast healing intentions literally from the rooftops, letting them roll out across an entire city.

  • If you work with lots of correspondence, you could bless it before it goes out, imbuing it with loving-kindness and intentions for the highest good of the receiver.

  • A writer could resolve to write only thing that will have an uplifting, harmonizing influence.

  • Someone who loves nature could share their deep connection with others.

I could go on, but you get my drift. As I say over and over, healing work is mostly about intention.

My point: By all means get that training to be a doula, learn reflexology, go to med school. But don't wait to do healing work until you finish.

The world needs your healing energy. Start now.

Namaste, Nancy

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Do You Think Of Your Body As A Machine? Here's A Reason To Update That

----by Nancy Hausauer

Statue of Aphrodite

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 re-balance 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 and fully conscious, even down to the cellular level.

Underlying it all is my belief that the body is sacred, conscious and capable of re-balancing 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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23 Activities for an Energy Healing "Staycation" to Recharge Your Energy

----by Nancy Hausauer

Resting woman

Summer's here. Whether or not you go on vacation, you still need a break from your routines. It's important for your physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and energetic health.

If you can't take an "away" vacation, create an energy-healing "staycation." Set aside a week or so to take time off from your normal activities and schedule a wealth of low-cost self-care activities to help clear, balance, and revitalize your energy.

Energy Healing Staycation Ideas

Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Meditate daily.
  • Belly breathe at least 5 minutes daily.
  • Do energy healings for yourself:

  • Practice a relaxation technique every day.

  • Get out into nature for a hike or a day at the beach.
  • Create a personal altar. Or several.
  • Go stargazing.
  • Get very still and listen for your intuition.
  • Do yoga. (Or any form of restorative exercise, really.)
  • Pamper yourself with delicious and healthy food. Take time to really savor both making and eating it.
  • Plant something.
  • Take on a rewarding home or garden project that will make you feel great when it's accomplished and boost your home's supportiveness to your energy in the long term (e.g. by increasing order or beauty).
  • Write in regularly your journal. Journal your dreams.
  • Schedule some fun and healthy self-care activities such as a massage, facial, haircut, or (of course) energy healing.
  • Buy yourself small, healthy treats—a new book, a fun article of summer clothing, flowers--whatever pleases you. (But don't spend a lot of time shopping. That's an energy-drain.)
  • Create something—whether or not you're "artistic." Just play!
  • Nap.
  • Forgive someone.
  • Devote a whole day to loving-kindness—toward yourself. No bad thoughts or words about yourself—only compassion, forgiveness, and cherishing.

Consciously engaging in positive, restorative activities like these can have a huge impact on your energy field. Fun is good for you!

So make time this summer to take care of yourself. It will help clear and restore your energy field—and you'll be healthier in body, mind, heart, and spirit.

Namaste, Nancy

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When You’ve Really Screwed Up: Advice to a Reader

----by Nancy Hausauer

Reader Question:

Pema Chodron Quote

I left my husband for someone, and then that person left me. I carry so much sadness, anger, shame and resentment that I'm unable to move forward in my life. I caused much pain to those I love. Yet I still deeply miss the man I left my husband for. What can I do to heal myself and clear this darkness?

Nancy's Answer

Clearly you are suffering, and I'm sorry.

There's a saying I love, by the Buddhist teacher Pema Chodron. It may be important for you:

"Whatever is happening is the path to enlightenment."

I love this because it's so forgiving. When I've messed up—as we all do, don't think you're alone in this—it helps me feel that whatever I've done, it's the jumping-off point for my next stage of awareness and evolution, the opportunity to learn something I really needed to learn. If you can view your situation in this way, it will help you forgive yourself and shift your energy so that you can move forward.

It does you no good to label what you've done as bad, or label what your lover did as bad. Just be conscious of your actions, look at all of it as clearly as you can, with as little judgement as you can, and use it all to gain self-insight and to evolve.

Of course there's also the issue of the suffering that we cause others, which you refer to.

(And by the way, it's not possible to live and not cause some degree of suffering to other beings. So you're not alone in this, either. To some extent it's part of the human condition.

So we try to minimize the amount of suffering we cause, and when we do cause suffering despite our best intentions, we ask for forgiveness and try to mitigate the damage we've inflicted. And then we try to evolve so that we cause less and less suffering and do more and more good for others and for ourselves.)

Return To Alignment With Your Highest Self

In order to pull yourself back into energetic alignment with your highest vibration (or highest self), you need to repair your relationship with your children and come back into full integrity with them. This is a "do whatever it takes" situation. Your own heart will never heal fully until you have healed whatever wounds were caused there.

This may take time, but just keep showing up, physically and emotionally, keep being there and being consistent for them, keep having their best interests at heart, in whatever ways you can.

If you do nothing else, do this. Do it for the rest of your life (the exact way you do it will change as they grow up, of course), not as a penance, but as a devotion.

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Use the Season of Summer to Feed Your Energy Field

--by Nancy Hausauer

First raspberry

Summer officially starts June 20 (or June 21, depending where you are).* 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.

  • 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 it with someone or ones.

  • Enjoy breathing.

A Poem That Says It All

This excerpt from Mary Oliver's poem "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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*(Of course, it's Winter Solstice for those in the Southern hemisphere.)

Alchemy: Transmuting Difficult Life Experiences to a Higher Energy Level

--by Nancy Hausauer

Painting by Pietro Longhi  Public Domain,”></p><p class=We 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.

The 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, embodied 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, though, rather 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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The Ripple Effect When We Heal Ourselves

----by Nancy Hausauer

Do you ever wonder, "Is my personal healing just self-centered, or is it important in the grander scheme of things? Does it have a positive effect on the wider world?"

I recently received an astonishingly concrete answer to that question.

Your personal healing matters. It ripples out and helps others heal.

I had been to a retreat/workshop that had worked with personal and group healing specifically through the energy of the Divine Feminine. I have a strong affiliation with elephants, and for one of the workshop exercises had brought an elephant figurine, symbolic to me of female community and strength.

My first client after returning from the retreat was Avery, an artist and visionary with strong intuitive gifts. The last nine months, we've been working with the aftermath of a concussion she received in a fall. One of the most disturbing effects for Avery was that her visions and intuition went completely underground. No dreams, no colors, no images, no visions, no psychic experiences for 9 long months.

Carving of elephant

That morning, Avery walked in grinning broadly and said, "I had a dream Saturday night. It's the first dream I've had since the concussion. It was really powerful and it felt like a huge leap forward in my recovery... But first let me ask, did you do something with elephants recently?"

My mouth fell open. The retreat was 400 miles away, and Avery had known nothing about it, let alone details such as the elephant figurine and its symbolic importance for me. After I filled her in briefly, she shared her dream, to our mutual amazement:

She had dreamed she was carried and supported by a loving female elephant, a vivid and emotionally powerful experience. She cradled Avery between her ears, making a super-low rumbling sound that resonated throughout Avery's body. The elephant tenderly put her down and the dream ended.

At that point we both got giddy. Her powerful intuition was back in full force, serving as the channel for dream material that was both beautiful and healing.

But her intuitive dream also showed that she had somehow tapped into our retreat, or that our work there had rippled out to include her. Whatever the exact mechanism, that link had helped restore her wholeness. Like elephants, who seem to be able to mysteriously communicate over long distances, our work had touched her, nearly 2 states away.

If I'd ever doubted whether our individual healing work benefits others, I do no longer. In this beautiful web of life that contains and connects us all, how could my return to balance and wholeness not help to restore you to yours?

Wishing you awareness of your deep interconnectedness with all that is, Nancy

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I Want To Help But I Don't Want To Take On My Friend's Energy

Reader Question

Energy Healing Session

I've read your article on helping a headache using the Pain Pump technique. I want to ask about the "pump" part, in which I "pump" with my right hand so my left hand siphons dark energy out of the person, which then goes through my left arm, crosses my chest to my right arm and is released through my right hand.

My question is, as that dark energy for whatever illness goes through my body, can a part of it get stuck in my body, causing the same illness in me? I'm a healer and I love it, but yesterday I did the pump remotely for a friend with cancer and started wondering if I could take on the energy of his illness.

Nancy's Answer

An excellent question. [The Pain Pump technique described is here.

First, I think that thinking of the energy you're working with as "dark" isn't helpful. I view energy that causes pain or illness as being out of balance. That's much more neutral, and that mind-set can really help in maintaining your own balance and health as you work with others. In other words, there's nothing inherently wrong with the energy. It can't hurt you—it's just out of balance for that person.

Second, as a good general practice, make sure that you hold the intention to keep your own energy distinct from that of the person you are working with. This page on not taking on your client's energy might help.

Third, when I do the Pain Pump technique I make sure that I am visualizing the energy running over the outside of my body, not through it. I'm not sure it really matters, but it makes me more comfortable. (BTW, I've used this technique on extreme pain and have never felt that I was taking on the energy of the person I was doing it for.)

Fourth, just don't do a technique you aren't comfortable with. Follow your intuition. There are so many different ways to do energy work, there's no need to do something that you're not sure about.

It's also really important that you take care of your own energy. You might like this page about healer self-care.

I hope that helps. Best wishes, both to you and your friend—Nancy

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Body Symptoms as Portals Into Your Life

----by Nancy Hausauer

In our culture, we consider "our self" to be a different thing from "our life." Two related but separate things. I AM Nancy, and I HAVE a life. The language of that shows that we consider our life to be a kind of object — something that we possess.

In my mind, "self" includes the things we conventionally think of—body, mind, emotions, spirit, energy (body-mind for short)—AND it also includes your life. One big, inseparable entity. Another way of saying it is that you are both a noun and a verb.

NASA depiction of wormhole travel

This "unified theory of self" yields some interesting approaches to healing.

Next time you have an imbalance in your body-mind—- one that causes pain, disfunction or illness—-try viewing it not as an isolated or purely physical event, but as a portal into your life—kind of like a "wormhole" in science fiction. Let your physical symptoms transport you to places in your life that need to be rebalanced.

  • Where does the portal/wormhole take you? Look around. What do you see? What do you learn? Are there any messages there, any information? Any people or objects who have something to tell you or give you?
  • It can be helpful to treat what you encounter as a dream, regarding the various objects, people and aspects as symbols. You can dialog with them to explore meaning.
  • It can also be helpful to stand up and allow your body to act out the meaning of the imbalance.

A Real-Life Example

This may seem pretty abstract, so here's an example from my own life.

My knees started bothering me, not just hurting, but actually "going out." On a physical, practical level, I could trace it back to a couple of falls I took while leaping up in the middle of the night to help my dog Buddy, who was ill. I could also see that doing a lot of kneeling on the ground to attend to him was stressing my knee joints and tendons.

But when I brought my consciousness to my knee pain and allowed it to give me a view into that other aspect of myself, my life, it took me to the kneeling state and to the realization that my concern for my canine companion was out of balance. I was too concerned, hyper-vigilant and attending to his needs without enough regard for my own. As much as I loved him, I needed to restore balance and put some healthy separation between us.

On a practical level, this awareness allowed me to resist kneeling to tend to him to the point of stressing my knee joints. On an emotional level, it helped me let go of identifying so much with his suffering.

That was much healthier. My knees improved and I expect them to improve even more over time.

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