I'm writing to let you know that I won't be publishing my weekly article about energy healing on a regular basis anymore, at least for the foreseeable future.
The last year has been full of transformation for me. With much of my energy going toward managing these changes, I haven't felt as much material about energy healing coming through to share with you, nor the energy to write about it when it does.
I'll continue to share with you when I do receive something I think would be useful. When I feel the energy move and support me in that direction. But for now, I need a rest.
My website, The Energy Healing Site, will remain up for you to peruse, at least for the next year. (If you would like to contribute toward the costs of hosting it, which run about $400 per year, that would be very welcome. You can donate here.)
You may also be interested in my Facebook page. I may continue to post inspirational material related to energy healing there. Haven't decided about that yet.
I've been honored to serve the Energy and to be a part of your life for the past 12 years.
--by Nancy Hausauer
Feeling stuck: it's an uncomfortable feeling. You can't seem to move forward in some important aspect of life, even though you desperately want to. It's sooooooo frustrating. And so common.
When we're stuck, we want to break through this discomfort and frustration as soon as possible, reclaiming some feeling of control over our lives. We may search for some or clever trick or technique to help us power through our stuckness. Usually, though, its more useful to step back and reframe the situation.
As an example, let's say you've decided you want to change careers. Your mind knows the steps needed to do that: take some classes, do some informational interviews, rewrite your resume. But as much as you want that new career, you can't make yourself start any of these tasks, and you're really beating yourself up about it.
Energetically speaking, if you're in this situation, you're pushing, pushing, pushing--and overworking your third chakra in the process. What should you do?
Just for a moment (at least) try to suspend self-criticism. There's another way of looking at this:
Your internal deadlock isn't coming from a character flaw. Such standoffs usually happen because there are two opposing forces within you, resisting each other to a stalemate. But the standstill makes no sense to you because you're only aware of one of them--your desire for a career change.
The other force operates below the level of consciousness. It's a benevolent power of great wisdom and love. It might be coming from any of your upper chakras, or even from an external power. For simplicity's sake, we'll call it the Higher Self.
In resisting your conscious plans, the Higher Self is trying to give you information about and protect your deeper well-being. Perhaps you're overtired and need to rest before undertaking a huge project. Perhaps you have a child who is having difficulties and requires your full attention. Perhaps the career you're contemplating isn't really right for you.
Whatever the cause, the more stuck and frustrated you feel, the more information there may be for you about what your heart and soul truly need. It can be a gold mine in disguise.
So instead of pushing harder, stop pushing at all. It can be uncomfortable, especially if you're a high-achieving type. But if trying to force change hasn't been working, forcing it harder isn't going to work either.
Instead, try something different. Rest. Listen to the quiet whisperings of your Higher Self (a sixth chakra function). Be gentle and tender with yourself (fourth chakra!). Know that it's OK to be still, to be patient, like the plants in earliest spring. Growth happens on its own schedule. You can trust it.
Don't try too hard. You can trust the energy to go where it needs to go and do what it needs to do. You can trust that you will receive the information you need to know. You can relax.
--by Nancy Hausauer
A feeling of spaciousness, both external and internal, is important to anyone's sense of inner peace, but especially so for energy healers. We need to cultivate calm and leave room in our lives for the Energy to show up and do its work.
For many of us, this has become even more important--and often, at the same time, more challenging--during the pandemic. Here are some ideas for cultivating spaciousness and making room for healing, intuition and other blessings, even if you're navigating the new realities of being at home full-time with your family. As always, intention makes any act more powerful.
**Imagine yourself surrounded by a cocoon of light about 2-4 inches out, all around your body like an egg. (This is your energy field, in a contracted state.)
**Bring your elbows close to your sides, palms facing outward. Breathe in deeply, and with the outbreath, push your hands slowly outward, visualizing/imagining/feeling that you're pushing or spreading the light outward.
**Go slowly, and you may feel the pressure of your field as you push against it. As you push, visualize that you are also gently pushing out any energy that is "not of you," and any unwanted emotions, energy, or thoughts -- especially those that belong to other people.
**Take several breaths like this, pushing your light out with the outbreath, until the light (your field) feels the right size. If your physical arms aren't long enough, use your expanded "energy arms."
**Then put your arms down and take a few more breaths, enjoying the feeling of lightness, spaciousness, and clarity.
Wishing you all the room you need to dance with Hope, Intuition, Potential and Possibility—Nancy
--by Nancy Hausauer
Desire, especially the deep desire that comes from your heart and soul, is a powerful energetic force. It's the life force at work in us and arguably the root of all movement and everything that happens. Desire gives us a trajectory in life. Without it, we can feel lost, rudderless, stuck, like we're spinning our wheels.
Some people seem to be full of desires. They always know what they want, and they go after it. Others of us can get disconnected from our heart's desires, like people with treasure buried in the back yard, but we've lost the map. If that's the case for you, here are some exercises to try:
A final word: Is it possible you're just contented with your life right now? Is so, nothing to be fixed there!
Wishing you desire,
--by Nancy Hausauer
In the Northern Hemisphere, February first (or second) marks the ancient Celtic holiday of Imbolc. It's the beginning of the beginning of Spring. (In the Southern Hemisphere, it's 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, February 1, 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, more poignant than ever because of the pandemic, 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. That is always a healing and life-affirming thing to do.— Nancy
You may also enjoy this page about the energetic properties of art on The Energy Healing Site.
--by Nancy Hausauer
Energy healing is an invitation to reclaim your connection with the Sacred, expand and shift your conscious awareness, and transform your everyday life.
--by Nancy Hausauer
These turbulent times generate fear and anxiety (a mild form of fear) for a lot of folks. Though unpleasant, fear isn't inherently bad. Like all our emotions, it has a function. It's an important survival mechanism that alerts us to potential danger. But all the emotions, including fear, are meant to arise, do their jobs, and move out of the body and the energy field.
Too often, though, fear gets stuck in us. It can become chronic, exaggerated, and out of touch with reality. Then it's no longer helpful, and can lead to suffering, from stress-based physical ailments to long-term anxiety.
Fear is also a major inhibitor to important 5th chakra functions:
Because of this, learning to work with fear is often key to continuing 5th chakra development, which in itself is necessary for the healthy, balanced development of the 6th and 7th chakras.
So how do we work with this all-too-human emotion? How do we keep it from getting stuck in our body and energy field?
In this exercise, adapted from mindfulness teachings, you will practice feeling your fear, instead of thinking it and telling yourself stories about it, which keeps it stuck in your energy system.
This practice can be adapted for any emotion.
Image: "Outburst of Fear," by Paul Klee [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
--by Nancy Hausauer
Last week I wrote about ways to be a healing force, just in how you live your life. Everything is energy, so you're impacting energy with everything you do. If you generally live with the intention to bring growth and healing to your world, you will do so.
But sometimes we want to be more purposeful and direct about working with energy. One way to do that, especially if we can't or shouldn't be physically present, is to send energy. Here are some ways to do that.
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:
Of course, there are many other ways you can send healing energy. You don't need to follow a formula. Trust yourself.
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.
Wishing you peace, Nancy
--by Nancy Hausauer
Last week, I encouraged you to be a force for healing. I want to expand on that today.
For some people, such as anyone in a mental or physical health care field, it's obvious. You're already doing it. (Thank you.) It's enough, unless you feel strongly called to do more. Others of you may also have a clear idea about how you want to be or already are a force for healing.
But some of you may still be wondering how best to be a vehicle for healing in your world. I want to reassure you that it need not be an ambitious project. In fact, working in ways that come naturally may be best. Defining healing 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--there are endless ways to be a healing force. Here are a few ideas:
I could go on, but you get my drift. Healing work, whether on a global scale or in the privacy of your own heart, is mostly about intention. Start where you are and go from there. You got this.
Next week, I'll write about another way to be a healer: sending energy to people or situations.
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