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Re-Imagining Your Physical Body: A Tool For Transformation

--by Nancy Hausauer

Statue of Aphrodite

The way we think of our bodies has a profound impact on them. Specifically, the metaphors we hold in our minds about our bodies affect us, even though—perhaps especially—because they are usually unconscious. Consciously choosing the metaphors we use is a powerful tool for transformation.

What Is A Metaphor?

A metaphor compares one thing to another thing in a way that isn't literally true but nevertheless helps to elucidate or express it. For example, if you say, "Shy little Elbert sure blossomed this year," the word "blossomed" is a metaphor. Obviously, Elbert isn't a flower, but the comparison to a flower blooming gives you a clear picture of how he's doing.

We unconsciously think about many important things in our lives using metaphors that have been instilled in us by the culture we grew up in. Such metaphors act as lenses to color and shape our perceptions. They mediate our experience of reality.

Metaphors About The Physical Body

The metaphors we unconsciously use to think about our bodies can have an especially powerful impact on us because they affect us not only psychologically, but also physically. Since the Industrial Age, Western culture's dominant metaphor for the physical body has been a machine. Mind is conflated with brain which is widely viewed as an advanced machine, the computer. (There are other metaphors, but I'll focus here on body-as-machine.)

In our lived experience, we are what we think we are. So can you see how the way we think of our bodies matters so much? Viewing them as machines not only demeans and diminishes their sacredness; it also limits our ability to rebalance and heal ourselves. Machines are inanimate, insentient, dead. When broken, they don't fix themselves. Can you see how viewing your body and mind that way might inhibit your natural capacities to heal, and beyond that, to evolve?

So when I work with clients, I encourage thinking of the body as:

  • a river of energy or light

  • a pathway for evolution and enlightenment

  • another form of energy or information

  • a channel between heaven and earth

  • a wise teacher, oracle, ally and protector

  • fluid and changeable, more like water than land

  • inseparable from mind

  • fully conscious, down to the cellular level.

Underlying it all is my belief that the body is sacred, conscious, and capable of rebalancing 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.

Also, when we expose any of the unconscious metaphors we hold, we are liberating our minds. When we consciously choose other metaphors, we are reclaiming our vast creative power. For all of us, freedom and empowerment are just a thought away.

What metaphor do you hold for your body? Has that image been conscious or unconscious? Does it help you stay healthy, happy, free? Does it help you heal?

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Walking At The Edge Of The Known World

Energy healing will bring you face to face with life's great mysteries.

Energy healing will bring you face to face with the "Big Questions."Will you get answers? Maybe, maybe not. But what a privilege it is to work so close to life's great mysteries.

How To Send Energy Healing To Others

--by Nancy Hausauer


Sometimes there are situations we want to help, but have no direct way of doing so. In that case, we can send healing energy to the situation. Before I share some ways to do this, a few caveats:

In general, you should get someone's permission before sending healing energy to anyone.

However, it's OK to send energy to a general situation without asking. Also, there are times when it just isn't practical to ask. For example, when I pass a car crash or when an ambulance passes, I briefly send healing energy for those involved. I keep it general--sending energy for their highest good.

The more individualized and personal your intent, the more extensive the healing session, the more important it is to ask permission. Common sense is the key here.

How To Send Healing Energy

In my experience, different types of energy healing and different spiritual traditions have slightly different techniques for sending healing energy, but at the foundation of all of them is intention.

Praying for someone is a form of sending healing energy. So is mentally sending good wishes. Quakers say they are "holding someone in the light." If you have a spiritual tradition, I recommend using the form of sending healing energy that's familiar to you. If you don't have a tradition to rely on, here's a technique to try:

  • Sit in a quiet place and meditate or ground/center/become still. Visualize yourself surrounded by white light.

  • Set an intention to work for the highest good of the person or situation in need. Don't specify a particular outcome--we can't know what's truly best for another.

  • Light a candle, sound a bell, or perform some other act that allows you to define a beginning and end to your session.

  • Close your eyes and visualize the person you wish to send energy to (I find it easier to visualize someone in motion rather than still); or get a felt sense of them; or if they are less familiar to you, just hold their name in your mind. Picture or feel them in a state of serene contentedness.

  • Send an intention to support and amplify their highest good. Visualize them surrounded by white light. Hold them in this light for as long as feels right.

  • End the session by taking a deep breath and re-centering. Notice your breathing and the sensations you're experiencing. Open your eyes and conclude by blowing out the candle or sounding the bell.

Of course, there are many other ways you can send healing energy. You don't need to follow a formula. Trust yourself.

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Wishing You A Beautiful 2020

As 2020 peeks over the horizon, I wish you a new year full of peace and hope, magic and sacredness, growth, healing and reconciliation.

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Also, I want to share these lovely Spiritually Literate New Year's Resolutions with you.

—With love and stubborn hope, Nancy

Wishing You The Highest Good

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Whatever you are celebrating this week,

I wish you hope, miracles, serenity, love, and light.

And I wish us all Peace and Righteousness on Earth.

Love, Nancy

Let Nature Heal You

Next time you go out into Nature, slow down and allow yourself to feel your unity with it. Allow your mind to rest in Nature's wisdom, your heart to be nourished by its beauty, your body to be sustained by its magnificent life force.

Next time you go out into Nature, slow down and allow yourself to feel your unity with it. Allow your mind to rest in Nature's wisdom, your heart to be nourished by its beauty, your body to be sustained by its magnificent life force.

Use Aromatherapy to Stay Energetically On Track This Holiday Season

--by Nancy Hausauer

Frangrance-rich clementines

We're into the holiday season now, and it's time to take a break from all the hustle and bustle!

I'm a big advocate of using essential oils to clear and raise your energy. Essential oils, like homeopathy, are a form of vibrational medicine. That means that their effect goes beyond the physical realm, into the energetic/vibrational realm.

Most of us can use a little energetic support during this season, so here are some easy and fun ideas that use aromatherapy.

Essential Oils for the Holidays

If you've got essential oils, I encourage you to get them out and have some fun playing with combinations in your diffuser (or in a pan of water kept on very low heat on the stove).

  1. Oils such as lavender, chamomile, geranium, yang yang, sandalwood, cedarwood or patchouli are great for calming and smoothing your energy. (I love a cedar wood lavender combination to support sleep.)
  2. Clary sage, melissa, orange, lemon verbena, bergamot, and lemongrass are good to lift your spirits.
  3. Cinnamon, clove, ginger, allspice, citrus and evergreen scents help to conjure up the positive energetics of "winter holidays."

Other Aromatherapy Ideas to Scent Your Holidays

But even if you don't have essential oils--they can be expensive--there are ways to lift your spirits and your energy with scent. Here are some ideas. I can almost guarantee they'll make you and your family smile.

  • Bring branches of evergreen trees into the house for decoration. Don't have any in your yard? Wait for a storm and go out collecting.
  • Mull apple cider with traditional spices: a cinnamon stick, a few buds of clove, a few allspice berries, and a bit of orange zest.
  • Peel an orange, saving the peel. Eat the orange and take pieces of the peel into the room(s) you wish to scent. Bend the peel, pointing it away from you, so that the oil sprays out into the room.
  • Bake cookies, which spreads the lovely, calming odor of vanilla throughout the house.
  • Burn a pure beeswax candle. It exudes a subtle aroma of honey. (Thank you, bees.)
  • Take a walk outdoors in the fresh air, focusing on the scent.

You can learn more about using aromatherapy and essential oils here.

I wish you an energetically nurturing and beautifully scented holiday season.

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Kindling Hope: Another Essential Life Skill

--by Nancy Hausauer

Candle in night sky

Hope is indispensable nourishment for the spirit. Even science now affirms that hope helps us heal. So here's a roundup of quotes from a range of wise teachers, to help you keep hope alive. It's a fundamental skill for living.


Deep trust in life is not a feeling but a stance that you deliberately take. It is the attitude we call courage.

-- Brother David Steindl-Rast


What if everything is interconnected? What if … there's an intimate connection between what happens inside and what happens outside? What if we're part of a living universe?

If we are, then despair is illogical. That doesn't mean we suddenly, magically have a plan to stop deforestation in the Amazon, but we can follow a plan beyond our conceiving as each step is offered us. That seeing is a heart function. When the mind doesn't know how to get from Point A to Point B, at least we can recognize the next step toward a destination that the heart knows exists. . . . . The mind says, "How could we ever get there? Look at all of the obstacles! . . . It's impractical, naïve, unrealistic." And that is simply because the mind (if you grew up in modern society) has been immersed in a logic of separation.

-- Charles Eisenstein, The Amazon: How Do We Heal A Burning Heart?


When it is raining, we think there is no sunshine. But if we fly in an airplane and go through the clouds, we rediscover the sunshine. We see that the sunshine is always there. In a time of anger or despair, our love is still there also. Our capacity to communicate, forgive, be compassionate is still there.

-- Thich Nhat Hanh


What we have before us are some breathtaking opportunities disguised as insoluble problems.

--John W. Gardner


In my own worst seasons I've come back from the colorless world of despair by forcing myself to look hard, for a long time, at a single glorious thing: a flame of red geranium outside my bedroom window. And then another: my daughter in a yellow dress. And another: the perfect outline of a full, dark sphere behind the crescent moon. Until I learned to be in love with my life again. Like a stroke victim retraining new parts of the brain to grasp lost skills, I have taught myself joy, over and over again.

--- Barbara Kingsolver, High Tide in Tucson


But hope is not about what we expect. It is an embrace of the essential unknowability of the world, of the breaks with the present, the surprises. Or perhaps studying the record more carefully leads us to expect miracles -- not when and where we expect them, but to expect to be astonished, . . . And this is grounds to act."

― Rebecca Solnit, Hope in the Dark


Wishing you hope -- Nancy

Ways To Incorporate More Gratitude And Appreciation Into Your Life

--by Nancy Hausauer

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.

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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.

With that in mind, I want to share with you an on-line resource I love and use frequently,

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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There Is An Evolutionary Force In Everything

There is an evolutionary force in everything. Tap into it and you will find your life transformed.

There is an evolutionary force in everything. Tap into it and you will find your life transformed.

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