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"I'm New To The Spiritual World. Any Advice?" (A Reader Asks)

----by Nancy Hausauer

Image of lotus, symbol of spirituality

Reader's Question

What would you say to someone who has just opened up their channels to access their higher spiritual self but at the same time has no idea about the spiritual world? What does it even mean to be spiritual?

Nancy's Response

This is such a great question. Thanks for voicing it. My response is in the spirit of friendly discussion. So, from where I stand:

You say you are new to the spiritual path and the spiritual world, but you aren't. That's because there is no other path, no other world. As Buddhist teacher Pema Chodron says, "Whatever is happening is the path to enlightenment."

In other words, the path to enlightenment is the only path there is, and you've been on it since the moment you, fundamentally a spiritual being, were born into a physical body and physical experience. (And probably before, but that's another discussion.)

So you are not new to this. All that is new is your level of awareness and intention about it.

We often think of spirituality using the image or metaphor of a path or journey, and that has usefulness. But the image is also misleading, because it is temporal/spacial, implying that there is a beginning, sequential steps along the way, and an end. And there are not.

It is more a state than a process. And one thing I gather from that is that, on a deep level, no one of us in this physical experience is more spiritually "advanced" than another. We all have different perspectives, different things that we see, different ways of interpreting and expressing what we have experienced. So we have valuable things to share by talking about our spiritual experiences with each other. But I believe it is a mistake to overvalue others' words and thoughts about the spiritual life, and to undervalue our own.

(I also think there are whole cultures that would disagree with this, and I respect that.)

Many people, at least in our hard-working culture, think of spiritual growth or awakening as a process that you have to toil away at for a lifetime to "achieve." More books! More workshops! More teachers! More meditation! We turn it into such a chore.

I believe that we are all already "there." Each of us already possesses Buddha-nature within. The peace and wisdom and love and awakening that we all seek is already a part of us. So the spiritual path or process is more about stepping into where you already are, of seeing what is right in front of you, of standing up to your full height instead of crouching, of embracing the Beloved who is right before you, arms outstretched for you.....

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Energy Healing Techniques For Your Adrenal Glands

--by Nancy Hausauer

Drawing of adrenal glands by Roxbury-de - Own work by uploader, based on Image:Gray1120.png, Public Domain,

Feeling exhausted, overwhelmed, like you're running on empty? Lots of folks might say you're suffering from adrenal exhaustion. Others might say you're just plain tired.

There's actually huge disagreement between conventional medicine and alternative medicine folks about whether adrenal exhaustion is really a thing. But everyone agrees about the importance of these walnut-sized glands, which sit on top of the kidneys.

And it's a fact that they play a critical role in responding to stress (among other important things). It's the adrenal glands that pump out adrenaline and noradrenaline, which are responsible for the fight or flight response (including increased breath and heart rate, increased blood pressure and constriction of blood vessels); and cortisol, which is released in response to stress and low blood glucose.

So if you've been under a lot of stress and are feeling all played out, you might want to give your adrenal glands some support. With energy healing there's never any possibility of doing harm. If you'd like to give a safe boost to a client's or your own adrenal glands, here are some ideas.

Energy Healing Support

  • Hold your hands on the back over the adrenals, resting them there for a minute or so, with the intention of supporting and balancing. They're at the level of the 11th or 12th thoracic vertebra (T12), about 2.5 cm out from the midline of the back. (Trace the floating 12th rib to the spine to find T12.) If you are working on yourself, you'll have to do this on the front of your body. (Unless you're a lot more limber than I am.)
  • Working in the field, smooth areas of spiky or chaotic energy.
  • The third chakra is located roughly in the same area as the adrenals and is associated with them, and thus working with the 3rd chakra can help balance and support the adrenals. Also, encourage self-care of the third chakra.
  • Support the adrenals with acupressure by pressing Kidney3, then simultaneously Kidney1 and Liver3 . Learn how here.
  • Do any technique that is relaxing.
  • Strongly encourage your client (or yourself) to REST after the session and avoid doing stressful things.

And Some Practical Recommendations

  • Prioritize sleep and rest
  • Do whatever you can to de-stress
  • Balance blood sugar by eliminating or reducing all forms of sugar and simple carbohydrates
  • Get gentle exercise, such as walking or restorative yoga
  • Belly breathe
  • Cut waaaaaay back on or eliminate caffeine
  • Get a massage
  • Meditate
  • Take a low-stress vacation
  • Consider supportive herbs and vitamins. Dr. Andrew Weil recommends the mushroom cordyceps and adaptogenic herbs such as eleuthero
  • And all the other things that are good for stress, burnout, and overwhelm.

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Harvest Season Wisdom: Being In Harmony With Our Labors

--by Nancy Hausauer

van Gogh painting Cypress with Wheat Fields

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 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 take on 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 10 minutes to watch honeybees at work. They have much to teach us.
  • "Work is love made visible," Kahlil Gibran said in The Prophet ( 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) (
  • 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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Massage Therapists: Energy Healing Techniques You Can Use

(Part 2 of 2)

--by Nancy Hausauer

photo of massage therapist, courtesy ABMP

Last week I addressed the theory behind incorporating energy work and massage. This week I'm sharing specific techniques that massage therapists can use to incorporate energy work.

Ways To Incorporate Energy Healing Into A Massage

In energy healing, we strive to support flow, balance and harmony in our clients' energy systems. Here are some ways that—along with the all-important principles of consciousness and intention—you can combine energy work with your hands-on therapy. With experience, you'll think of many more!

  • Use flowing strokes with the intention of helping the subtle energy flow smoothly and harmoniously.

  • When working with a specific injury or area of pain, start by just holding your hand on it for 30 seconds or so.

    Client Prone

  • Transition from upper to lower back using a criss cross stroke, holding the intention to balance right and left.

  • When using strokes that go headward and parallel to the spine, hold the intention to clear the central channel.

  • Here's another lovely way to work with the central channel. Place your hand on the sacrum for a few moments. Using light pressure, spiral your hands up the spine to the upper thoracic or lower cervical spine (whatever feels natural). Repeat at least three times.

  • When working with feet, hold the intention to clear foot chakras, support grounding, and balance energy vertically (most western people concentrate energy in the upper body).

  • Hold your hand on the heart chakra and/or the sacrum to support centering. (Do this for up to a minute.)

    Client Supine

  • Jostle the leg with the intention of balancing upper body and lower body energy. Repeat on the other side.

  • When working on the head and face, hold the intention to release energy concentrated around the head (common).

  • Work with the chakras by holding your hands over their location in the body. For the first chakra, use the feet instead. For the second, use the ankles or sacrum (when prone). For the heart, place and hold your hands on the upper chest or upper back (when prone).

  • Hold or massage acupressure points. My favorites (and my intentions as I use them) are:

    • K1—restore energy, build energy reserves, open foot chakras
    • L3—move stuck energy, detoxify, reduce pain
    • SP6—support overall balance and wellness
    • ST36—support overall vitality and life force
    • K27—bring chaotic energy back into harmony; support highly calibrated energetic organization
    • GB20 — release rigidly held limiting thoughts and beliefs
    • CV17 — bring tranquility, promote emotional balance and healing
    • Third Eye/Yin Tang, simultaneously with GV20 —support intuition, clarity, spiritual development and balance

    Google these if you don't know where they are. Be mindful of any contraindications.

  • End by by just holding your client's head for a minute. It's remarkably calming to the energy system on all levels and a lovely way to wind up the session for both of you.

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Energy Healing or Massage Therapy? Massage Therapists, You Don't Have To Choose

(Part 1 of 2)

--by Nancy Hausauer

photo of massage therapist, courtesy ABMP

Many massage therapists are drawn to energy healing, but aren't sure how to incorporate it into their regular sessions with clients.

Understandably, if clients are coming to you for hands-on, touch-based therapy (and lord knows there's a huge need for this), they probably don't want you to spend part of their precious hour having you "wave your hands around in the air."

Fortunately, hands-on bodywork and energy work aren't mutually exclusive. You can do both—at the same time. Because:

The Physical Body Is Energy Too

Everything is energy. Everything. So that means the physical body is energy, too. It's part of your energy system—just a denser part. Whenever you lay your hands on someone, your energy is interfacing with their energy. You can access subtler energy through the physical body, and vice versa. And neither approach is better than the other.

So You Don't Have To Choose

That's right. If you're a massage therapist drawn to energy healing, you don't have to choose between doing "body work" and "energy work." Because, really, it's all energy work. Even if you're just talking to someone, it's an energetic exchange. And if you're doing massage, that's definitely energy work.

Use The Power Of Intention And Consciousness

But, as a massage therapist, if you want to do highly calibrated energy work, you have to do it consciously/mindfully and with intention. Consciousness--being aware of what you are doing--and intention--being aware of what you want to be doing--are a lot more important than any specific technique.

There's no fancy trick to this, it's just how you look at it and what you hope and aim to be doing.

So the basics are very simple:

  • be AWARE that your client is an energetic as well as a physical being, and that when you do touch therapy, you are affecting their energy system as well as the mechanical system of muscles and connective tissue; and

  • hold the INTENTION to be affecting your client's energy system in a positive way, contributing to whatever is the highest good for them.

Building on the basics, you can contribute to your client's energetic flow, harmony and balance.

Tune in next week for some specific techniques you can use to combine energy work with body work.


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Chronic Pain? Use This Breathing Technique

--by Nancy Hausauer

Breathwork word cloud

Breathing seems so natural. Who'd think there's a wrong way to breathe? But there is, and it can have profound effects on your wellbeing. If you have fibromyalgia, chronic pain or fatigue—or work with clients who do—you'll want to know about this.

Breath is a powerful ally for an energy healer. I consider it a bridge between a person's physical body and their more subtle energetic aspects. I use it for all kinds of things, including managing pain.

So I was thrilled to read a recent article by the legendary teacher of manual therapy, Leon Chaitow, ND, DO. In "How Breath Can Impact Your Clients' Fibromyalgia Pain*," Chaitow points to a strong, evidence-based connection between breathing pattern disorders (BPD) and fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, and chronic pelvic pain. BPD is most often seen as rapid, upper-chest breathing.

Breathing pattern disorders don't necessarily cause chronic conditions such as fibromyalgia, but often worsen and perpetuate them. Chaitow estimates that 90% of fibromyalgia sufferers display profound BPD. He holds that better breathing habits can improve, sometimes eliminate, many of their major symptoms.

Wow. Even if correcting breathing dysfunction helps a little, it's so worth pursuing.

BPD's Most Damaging Impacts

Chaitow explains how rapid, upper-chest breathing causes changes in our blood chemistry. These set off a whole chain of harmful events, many of which are associated with fibromyalgia:

  • blood and other smooth-muscle vessels narrow;
  • less oxygen gets to tissues including the brain, causing fatigue, pain, muscle spasms and brain fog;
  • neurological changes reduce the pain threshold and increase muscle and fascial tone and spasms;
  • the "fight or flight" response heightens, causing anxiety and possibly even panic attacks;
  • smooth muscle constriction disturbs gastrointestinal function (e.g. Irritable Bowel Syndrome)
  • rapid chest breathing feeds s a vicious cycle of even more BPD.

Correcting BPD Can Reduce Chronic Pain

Retraining a chronic pain sufferer to breathe more effectively, concentrating on full exhalation, can relieve symptoms. Here's how-to:

  1. Sit or recline and exhale slowly and continuously in a thin stream through pursed lips. Imagine that a candle 6 inches away would flicker but not go out. Count slowly (silently) as you exhale as completely as is comfortable.

  2. Pause for 1 second.

  3. Inhale through your nose (belly breathe!).

  4. Work up to repeating the process approximately 30 times twice a day.

In the early stages of this practice, you might feel anxious after just a few cycles of breath. If so, stop and briefly try again later. The anxiety will go away with practice.

If you feel light-headed, just sit quietly till the feeling subsides.

It may take several months to establish new, healthier breathing habits, but over time, you should feel better.

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*(January/February 2017 "Massage and Bodywork" magazine)

Energy Healing For Happier Muscles

(Trigger Points Part 2)

--by Nancy Hausauer

By zitona qatar from doha, qatar [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

If you haven't read my last post, go back and read it. Also, you'll need a reference book. I recommend The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook.

How To Use Energy Healing To Release Trigger Points

  1. Have your client indicate where the muscle pain is. Using the index of The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook, find the location of the trigger point(s) (TP) that is/are likely the source of this pain.

  2. Go to the general area of the suspected trigger point(s) (NOT the presenting pain) and systematically apply moderate pressure to the entire area with your thumb or finger tips.

  3. When you find a spot that’s REALLY tender (or ticklish), you've probably found a trigger point, especially if pressing on it re-creates the original pain. The TP is usually very small, perhaps the size of a pencil eraser or less. (Amazing how something so little can cause so much pain.)

  4. Going slowly and communicating closely with your client, press into the trigger point with your thumb or finger, using just enough pressure to cause a little discomfort.

  5. Hold the pressure while inviting your client to "breathe into" the TP and bring her/his awareness into it.

  6. Sometimes this alone will be enough to "melt" the trigger point. If your fingers are sensitive, you may be able to feel this happen. If not, after 30 seconds or so, ask your client if there's been any decrease in the discomfort level. If yes, you've likely found the right TP and disabled it.

  7. If the pain hasn't reduced, invite your client to allow the trigger point to become more fluid; to soften, lengthen and spread; or to melt. You may want to use guided imagery, such as a stick of butter or ice cube melting in the sun, an ice block in a river melting, etc.

  8. Again, check with your client to see if there's been a significant "release" or reduction of pain either at the trigger point or the pain site. If yes, great. It's likely the painful place will be much reduced in pain and stiffness.

  9. If not, you may have been working with a secondary, rather than the primary trigger point. Keep palpating in the area for an even more painful trigger point, which is likely to be the primary TP, and repeat the process above. (BTW, disabling secondary trigger points is good too. They're likely causing stiffness or pain somewhere.)

  10. Have your client end by breathing into the spot again, and bringing their awareness into the trigger point and the painful area. Ask them if there is any other area of their body that would like to become more fluid, and if so, to allow that to happen.

Relief may be permanent, or the treatment may need to be repeated another day.

Wishing you comfort and ease, Nancy

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Immediate Relief For Your Unhappy Muscles

Trigger Points (Part 1)

--by Nancy Hausauer

Drawing of muscle pain

Muscle pain is often dismissed as "just muscle pain." It's true that it's not life-threatening, but it sure can take a bite out of your day-to-day quality of life.

When you have muscle pain that nothing seems to help, it's always worthwhile to explore whether there's a trigger point (TP) that's causing all the trouble.

They are both an energetic and a physical phenomenon, and benefit from a subtle, mind-body and energy-healing approach that is much more gentle than conventional treatment.

What Are Trigger Points?

TPs are small muscle "knots" that are extremely tender to the touch and that refer pain elsewhere, usually within the same muscle. They're very common and scientifically well documented (though few doctors seem to know about them). And they can cause significant pain.

They're also very insidious, because the pain they cause is usually referred, meaning that it's not at the location of the TP. The fact that the cause of the discomfort—the TP— is not at the location of the discomfort can make treatment confusing and difficult.

For example, I had a pain on the top of my foot that just wouldn't go away. I massaged it, stretched it, changed shoes. This went on for months, and it just kept getting worse. Finally, I explored the front of my calf for trigger points. Pay-dirt! I had several. I treated them, and my foot stopped hurting immediately and the pain has never come back.

I view trigger points as an energetic as well as a physical phenomenon. From an energetic point of view they are frozen energy that has crystallized or settled in a muscle.

Using Energy Healing To Release Trigger Points

Energy work and mind-body work can often address trigger points very nicely and with little or no pain. So much nicer than conventional therapy, which treats trigger points as mechanical issues, forcing them to release with painful physical pressure.

Before I explain how to treat them (next week!), you'll need one thing: a resource such as the book "Trigger Point Therapy for Myofascial Pain." So order that or something like it (The "Trigger Point Therapy Workbook" is also good, but not as helpful for locating the source of pain.) and then come back next week for the "how to" part of this article.

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Let's Look Beyond Drugs To Help Stop Pain

--by Nancy Hausauer

You Are Needed

A few weeks ago, I wrote a post titled "Energy Healers Are Part Of The Solution," and I meant that in a general way, that our very outlook is an antidote to some of the major problems I see in our world; but I also meant it in a particular way. I believe that energy healing has a lot of promise for providing safe, effective treatment alternatives for problems that conventional medicine has difficulty solving.

Chronic pain is the first thing that comes to mind there. Other than throwing drugs at it, I'm not aware that conventional medicine has much to offer. We really don't know what causes it, and so science doesn't know how to intervene.

And apparently we are in a veritable epidemic of pain (at least in the U.S.). Opioid use (opioids are a class of pain-relieving drugs) is massive. A U.S. Health and Human Services fact sheet observes that "in 2014 more than 240 million prescriptions were written for prescription opioids, . . . more than enough to give every American adult their own bottle of pills."

This is quadruple what was sold in 1999. And these drugs aren't benign, as you know if you've been reading the news at all. Although fairly effective for short term pain (e.g. post-surgery), for long-term, chronic pain they're not very helpful.

Moreover, they cause physical dependence and are extremely vulnerable to abuse and overdose. Opioid overdose causes 91 deaths per day in the U.S. In some U.S. counties, the morgues are routinely beyond capacity because of opioid overdose deaths. Apparently anyone who takes prescription opioids can become addicted to them. As many as one in four patients receiving long-term opioid therapy in a primary care setting struggles with opioid addiction.

You Can Help Stop The Epidemic Of Pain

As energy healers, we have a role to play in helping people manage pain in safe ways. We can not only provide therapy for individuals, we can also teach self-care for pain relief.

Here are some of the tools we have in our tool kit:

Next week, I'll begin a two-part series on using energy healing and mind-body techniques to treat trigger points, which are the cause of a lot of severe muscle pain.

Until then (and always), I encourage you to practice and teach with confidence and zeal. You are needed.

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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.)

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