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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.

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.

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 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

Self-Liking As A Fundamental Art Of Living

--by Nancy Hausauer

A smile

In our culture, it seems like most of us are awash in self-judgment and self-criticism most of the time. There's a lot of talk about self-love, but many of us don't even appear to LIKE ourselves much. Which is absurd, because there is so much to like--and love--about most people.

The self-dislike has huge implications, both for our own lives and our sense of ease and happiness in them, as well as for our relationships with others. That's because we often transfer our self-criticism and judgment to others. This is true even (especially?) with the people we love. Our energy gets intertwined with theirs, and so the energy of our self-judgment gets transferred to them as well.

An Exercise To Nurture Self-Liking

I have an exercise that I think you'll love, and that I believe may be transformative. I'm aiming to do it regularly, and I invite you to do it, too.

  • Sit quietly for a few moments, following your breath. Let your thoughts even out and let calm start to enter your body.

  • When you feel calm and settled, think of a person you really, really like. (It can be easier to choose someone not in your closest circle of friends and loved ones, for the aforementioned reasons about our self-judgment rubbing off onto them.) This should be someone who makes you feel warm and smiley when you think of them.

  • Get an image of them in your mind and allow the warm, smiley energy of liking to grow and spread to your entire body, and then out into your energy field. Don't overthink this; however you do it is fine.

  • Then, allow the image of your person to fade. Often this happens on its own. Let their image fade away so that your mind's eye is empty. However, let the feeling of liking and appreciation remain.

  • Just allow yourself to sit in this warm, smiley feeling of liking, without an object. Enjoy it. It feels good!

  • What you are doing is sitting with yourself in a state of liking and positive regard. This is a new feeling for many of us! And it is very, very healing.

  • Try to do this for a few minutes every day. Notice if it affects the quality of your life and relationships.

Wishing you unconditional positive self-regard,

Nancy


More Ways To Manage Stress

--by Nancy Hausauer


stressed guy

What a stressful year it's been. Stress, in the short term, isn't particularly harmful to you. What's bad is getting stuck in a chronic state of stress, which is precisely what's happened to a lot of us.

Emily Nagoski, Ph.D., and Amelia Nagoski, DMA, in their useful book Burnout, define stress as "the neurological and physiological shift that happens in your body when you encounter a threat." Threats can be tangible and short-term, such as a barely avoided car accident. They can also be external and longer-term, like money problems, pandemics, ongoing chaos, or the loss of your way of life . And then, there are internal stressors such as perfectionism and self-criticism.

Prolonged stress makes you vulnerable to illness and accelerates aging. It can contribute to high blood pressure, heart disease, ulcers, autoimmune diseases, cancer, anxiety, insomnia, and depression.

On an energetic level, stress blocks and unbalances our energies, making the energy field less smooth and fluid. The field might seem jagged, discordant, spiky, or like static. You might feel areas where the energy doesn't seem to be flowing or even. If you touch the physical body, you may notice these energetic disturbances manifested in clenched, compacted muscles.

Signs of Chronic Stress

How do you know you've been in prolonged stress?

  • You're sick a lot
  • You have chronic pain, injuries that don't heal, inflammation, chronic fatigue
  • You're having a hard time getting a full breath; insomnia; or digestive upsets
  • You're isolating yourself, hiding from your life
  • You're exhibiting self-destructive behaviors
  • You're doing something repeatedly, even though it's pointless (e.g., checking your phone, having obsessive thoughts, unconsciously fiddling with your body)
  • You're losing a sense of perspective about problems
  • You're having brain fog
  • You're losing emotional resiliency; short-tempered; or tearful a lot
  • You feel a sense of futility or helplessness that won't go away.

Ways To Move Stress Through And Out Of Your Body And Energy Field

So how do you deal with stress?

You have to move the stress energy, as well as its physical hormones, through and out of your system. This completes the cycle. We need to do this at least once a day.

Burnout offers ideas for doing this, based on current research.

  • Physical activity (the very best way to move the stress out of your body and energy field).
  • A six-second kiss
  • A twenty-second hug
  • Robust laughter or crying
  • Creative self-expression (writing, drawing, singing, dancing, painting, etc.)
  • Meditation
  • Belly breathing .


Other research-backed ways to help with chronic stress:

  • Engage with something larger than yourself
  • Make realistic, incremental goals that are near-term, concrete, specific, under your control, and feel good
  • Hang out with positive people who deal with stress well and in general, have low-drama lives.

However you choose to deal with stress, make it a priority. Your health and your happiness depend on it.


Be What Happens

VOTE!


Don't ask what will happen. Be what happens.



Don't ask what will happen. Be what happens.



An Energetic Journey For Healing The Heart Chakra

--by Nancy Hausauer

Photo of deep space with pink lightOh, the heart chakra. So beautiful, so tender, so pure.

So not alone. But sometimes this primal truth can be hard to remember. And then our heart can ache with the feeling of isolation, or the feeling of carrying too much of the burden of our own and other people's suffering--which is also a feeling of separateness, because the burden is only too much if we are trying to carry it alone.

So here's a meditation for anyone whose heart is aching. Try to keep your mind out of it. Mental "efforting" gets in the way.

Guided Meditation For Heart Chakra Healing

  • Sit in a comfortable, quiet place where you won't be disturbed.
  • Notice your breath. Take some time with this. Allow your breath to become more even, more regular.
  • Let your mind clear, and allow yourself to know this intuitively: Love is everything. Love is all around you and within you. Your heart chakra is an esoteric organ that allows this all-encompassing energy of love to move, to flow, to be expressed.
  • Breathe into your heart chakra, in the center of your chest. Breathe in and out through it.
  • Breathe the love that is everywhere, everything, into your heart chakra. Feel love flowing through your heart.
  • Now, know--without thinking about it--that your heart chakra is the center of the universe, the center of the web of all being. Imagine or experience your heart (or heart chakra), deep in space, held within a vast, love-filled peace. From this place, you are connected to everything.
  • Know also that everyone's heart is at the center of the universe. Each of our hearts is the One Heart, and we are all connected through our collective Heart.
  • From this peaceful, central, unified place in the universe, continue to feel your heart chakra filled with love. Feel love and oneness flowing in and out through it. You don't have to do anything, it happens on its own, so allow your heart to rest in this flow.
  • This beautiful love is a universal love. It connects you to everyone and everything, but it doesn't depend on anyone in particular, and so is always, eternally accessible.
  • Notice how this feels so you can remember it. When your heart hurts, when you feel alone, go back to this place, this feeling, this central, universal love. Rest in it.
  • Allow yourself to be in this state for as long as you like. Return to your ordinary surroundings slowly and tenderly, and give yourself all the time and space you need before returning to your daily activities.


With love, Nancy


Where You Place Your Attention Impacts Your Health


 Our particular realities—created at least in part by where we place our attention--can get ingrained or lodged in the dense energy of our bodies. Changing where we focus our attention can significantly impact our health on all levels, including the physical.



Our particular realities—created at least in part by where we place our attention--can get ingrained or lodged in the dense energy of our bodies. Changing where we focus our attention can significantly impact not just our mental and emotional health, but also our physical health.



Cry It Out: Why Tears Are Necessary And Good

--by Nancy Hausauer

mystical artwork with tear

In my energy healing practice, it's not uncommon for people to cry. Sometimes a single teardrop, sometimes a flood of water-borne emotion.

I see it as a good thing. It's energy, emotional energy, in motion. Tears are a literal embodiment of the flow of emotional energy.

So when people cry, it's healthy. It clears the energy field, removes blockages and frees the energy to circulate. It releases emotions so that they don't crystallize in the body, showing up as illness, pain, depression or chronic stress. Think about it. Don't you usually feel lighter and clearer after a good cry?

But tears can be unsettling. So often we think of them as a sign that something is wrong, as something to avoid and suppress. So I want to offer you some more information about tears to underscore how totally awesome they are.

Tears: Not Just Salty Water

In this article for Psychology Today, Judith Orloff, M.D. discusses some of the benefits of tears. Tears:

  • excrete stress hormones
  • stimulate production of endorphins
  • contain antibodies that fight pathogenic microbes
  • improve vision by lubricating your eyes and removing irritants
  • decrease breathing and heart rate, increasing calm (typically)
  • elevate mood.

Pretty awesome, right?

I'll close with a beautiful quote from this article, "The Topography of Tears." I recommend reading the whole article if you have time.

"Tears are the medium of our most primal language in moments as unrelenting as death, as basic as hunger, and as complex as rites of passage. They are the evidence of our inner life overflowing its boundaries, spilling over into consciousness. Tears spontaneously release us to the possibility of realignment, reunion, catharsis, intractable resistance short-circuited… It's as though each one of our tears carries a microcosm of the collective human experience, like one drop of an ocean."

Wishing you the ability to cry freely whenever you need to --Nancy

Want A Long And Happy Life? Get Your Zzzzzzs.

--by Nancy Hausauer

Photo of carving of woman sleeping

So many of us struggle with sleep. Sleeping poorly leaves us feeling foggy-headed. It reduces emotional resilience and makes muscles ache. It also has a huge impact on our physical health. Long-term poor sleep:

  • doubles your risk of having a heart attack
  • increases your risk of Type 2 diabetes
  • increases the likelihood of obesity.

Without good sleep, it's hard to stay well. In fact, when scientists (cruelly, in my opinion) inflict long-term sleep deprivation on rats, they eventually die.

What Good Sleep Gives Us

Good sleep gives us mental clarity, physical vitality, emotional stability, better performance at work and in sports. It gives us greater resilience to illness (and probably to accidents, too), more balanced hormones, and less inflammation. All of which adds up to a longer, happier, more productive life.

Sleep is kind of like a wonder drug, except with no co-pays or side effects.

The Energetic Importance of Sleep

But there's an energetic piece, too. When we sleep, we plug into Source energy. All night long, with our busy minds shut off, we are connected to the Source from which comes our life force, our intelligence, our wisdom, our intuition, our creativity, and our love. Without this, we soon turn into a hollow shell.

The Fix

There isn't just one fix, because there are different reasons for poor sleep. Here are some:

  • You're not going to bed early enough.

    The fix: It's very unlikely that what you're doing is more important than sleep. Especially, stop with the electronics before bedtime. The blue light they emit is a signal to your body to wake up! Make a sleep chart or set up an accountability buddy to keep you on track. Love yourself enough to prioritize this magic healer called sleep, and go to bed.

  • You can't get to sleep, or wake up during the night.

    The fix: This page on my website gives a lot of good ideas (including energy healing techniques) that can help. Also, phase out caffeine, minimize alcohol, and figure out how to relax and reduce stress, especially in the evening. Cut out agitating evening entertainments. Meditate. Belly breathe. Consider calcium and magnesium supplements at bedtime.

  • Chronic pain

    The fix: Pain usually improves with good sleep, but what if pain is preventing you from sleeping well? Here's a link to some energy healing ideas for pain, Also, Google "anti-inflammatory diet" and adopt it. Sugar, gluten, dairy and alcohol are low-hanging fruit here.

  • You suspect sleep apnea.

    The fix: Go to your doctor, get diagnosed and follow the prescribed treatment (usually a C-PAP machine).

  • Environmental factors

    The fix: Noise? Get a white-noise machine. Light in your bedroom? Fix it. Whatever the problem, love yourself enough to solve it.

Sleep well. Please. —Nancy


Open Your Heart: Gratefulness to the Hidden Ones

--by Nancy Hausauer

Image of postage stamp depicting an earthwormOpening and refining the heart chakras is a worthy goal for anyone and everyone. Here's a beautiful, heart-expanding practice you can use to do that. It focuses on remembering and appreciating beings who normally remain hidden from our consciousness, even though we are closely connected to them.

Gratitude Practice For Expanding Your Heart Chakra

Every day, be mindful of a new being who helps you or has helped you. Take a few moments to be aware of them, to honor them and to silently express gratitude. Once you start, you'll have plenty of ideas, but here are a few ideas to start you out:

  • Choose a tree and appreciate it for creating oxygen for you to breathe.
  • As you put on your shoes, think of the many people who played a part in making them.
  • Before you begin a meal, take a moment to appreciate the many beings who took part in bringing the food to your table, from the animals and vegetables you will be eating, to the farmers and truckers and store owners, etc.
  • When you read something, silently thank the people who taught you to read and the people long, long ago who created an alphabet.
  • As you take a drink of water, give thanks for the people who laid the pipes that bring it to you, and the people who make sure that the water is clean and safe.
  • As you walk in the forest, give thanks for the mycelia (fungal networks) that play such a huge part in a healthy ecosystem.
  • As you walk down the street, appreciate the people who created the sidewalk and the people long ago who invented concrete.
  • When you read a book, take a moment to think of the author as a person who toiled over this work. Think of the many people who played a part in creating the final object.

You get the idea.

This will cultivate your heart chakra and your sense of connectedness in the world. You will realize that many of the people you pass on the street may have helped you in some way, or perhaps their parents or grandparents did. You will have a greater appreciation for the fact that every being on the planet is necessary and deserves honor and respect.

And you will experience the great Web of Life, the energy infrastructure of the universe that supports and connects us all.

Namaste, Nancy



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