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How To Work With People Facing Severe Health Crises


This is from the book I'm working on, tentatively titled, "So You Want To Be An Energy Healer: Insight, Tools And Encouragement For The New Practitioner." Although it's aimed specifically at new and aspiring healers, I think it'll offer a lot for practitioners at any stage. I'm hoping to get it done by early next year. --Nancy


If you do energy healing long enough, even if it is just for your immediate friends and family, you will eventually work with someone who is staring death right in the eye.

Repeat after me: "I will never promise someone facing a life-threatening illness that I can cure them."

Never. Ever. Ever.

Your goal is to increase their quality of life while they go through whatever physical, mental, emotional and spiritual processes they are going through.

Aim to make them feel loved and cared about. To soothe them and help them relax. To provide them with some temporary relief of symptoms if you can. Perhaps to give them a glimpse of non-material reality, which can be a comfort to someone who is dying.

Your goal cannot be to save their life. As I have said abundantly elsewhere, in energy work we do not operate on the model of fixing and curing. Leave that to the medical doctors.

And on that note, do not interfere in the doctor-patient relationship. Do not say things that make your ailing friend or loved one doubt any conventional treatments they are receiving. They don't need a particle more stress, anxiety or doubt than they already have.

Is it possible that energy healing might help them achieve a miracle, might save their lives or at least forestall death for a significant amount of time? In my experience, yes. But we have absolutely no control over that, it is not common and it is cruel to make even so much as a whispered intimation that it's possible.

Here's what I have said to loved ones and clients who were facing grave health crises. "Energy healing can't hurt and it might help. It can usually help you relax and feel better. Relaxing is always good for your state of mind, can help you feel less pain and supports your body in functioning at its best. Energy healing also can help you feel more at peace emotionally so you can make clear decisions, find more enjoyment, access your intuition and connect with loved ones."

Then just give them gentle energy work as often as you can. Lovingly do the work, and leave the outcome to something greater and wiser than we are.

And if they don't want energy work, bring soup. Everyone needs soup.

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How A Beginning Energy Healer Can Overcome Self-Doubt

--by Nancy Hausauer

This is from the new book I'm working on, tentatively titled, "So You Want To Be An Energy Healer: Insight, Tools And Encouragement For The New Practitioner."Although it's aimed specifically at new and aspiring healers, I think it'll have a lot for practitioners at any stage. I hope to get it done by spring 2019. --Nancy



Doubt. It sometimes afflicts every energy worker I know, experienced healers as well as beginners. Sorry.

For me--yes, it still happens to me sometimes--it's a nagging, mean little voice inside my head, saying, "Who do you think you are? What do you think you're doing?"

I've developed a fairly effective response to this nagging, mean little voice. I say silently to myself, "Just do the work." I say it as often, as long and as firmly as necessary. And then I just do the work. Before long, I'm over it. I highly recommend this method.

Tips For Your First Few Sessions

Your first few sessions are a special case. Self-doubt is especially likely, and if you're anything like I was, you may feel bumbling and awkward.

Don't let that stop you. There's probably no help for it! It's like starting anything new--you just have to do it. But here are some tips that may make it easier:

  • Start by working with people you're very comfortable with, who are open to energy work and who are supportive of your doing it.
  • Let them know you're new and still feeling your way around.
  • Tell them whether or not you want feedback, and if so, what kind.
  • Give yourself permission to be awkward and to make what you might perceive as mistakes (while knowing there are no real mistakes).
  • Really lean into practicing non-attachment to outcomes. Don't expect anything in particular to happen. Don't worry if you don't "feel" anything. Just go into the session with an open heart and mind, practice your "Basic Energy Healing Toolkit" and do whatever else occurs to you.
  • Also, remember if something that feels like an energetic disharmony will not resolve in a reasonable length of time, it may be that the disharmony is a necessary part of a larger process of healing. Just set an intention to support the healing process without feeling the need to fix it. Being humble and having a perennial "beginner's mind" is as important as any specific energy healing technique you can use.
  • It's OK to feel like you don't know what you're doing. Just re-ground, re-center and "do the work."
  • Know that sessions will become smoother as you do more of them. You'll learn through experience how to sequence your session, how best to communicate certain things, how to set people at ease and so on.

Above all, try not to take things too seriously. Sometimes energy work can be serious, but often it's a lot of fun.

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A Meditation For Re-Setting Your Energy

--by Nancy Hausauer


Here's an ultra-simple meditation to help you witness your own awareness.

Why is witnessing your own awareness important? It's a sixth and seventh chakra experience that takes you out of the ordinary stream of mental chatter, sensory phenomena and knee-jerk responses. While awareness of awareness--also called meta-awareness--isn't something that most of us can sustain for very long at a stretch, even short experiences of it are profoundly healing.

Experiences of witnessing our own awareness help us live more freely, feel more peaceful, feel interconnected with everything and evolve spiritually. They're a powerful way to "reset" our energy.

It's easier to experience it than to describe it, so here's a mediation to give you a taste of meta-awareness.

1. Find a comfortable place to sit.

2. Belly breathe for a while to help you relax. (Or whatever works for you.)

3. Visualize something simple and pleasant, like a rose or a candle.

4. Hold it in your mind lightly, not using a lot of mental force to maintain it. In a very short period of time (probably less than a minute), it will naturally begin to fade (unless you have visualizing superpowers, in which case you may need to actively release it).

5. What remains after the object has faded is just awareness itself, without an object. This is a highly restorative energetic state.

6. Remain in this state for as long as you can without trying. (There's no judgment here about how long you can hold the meta-awareness state. Even a couple of seconds is beneficial.) When the state of awareness-without-an-object fades or is replaced by thoughts, repeat the process: Visualize your chosen image, let it fade and let your awareness rest lightly on what remains after the image disappears.

7. Do this as many times as you like, opening your eyes and returning to regular awareness when you feel ready.

There are many ways to reach this state of awareness of awareness, when only awareness remains. If this meditation works for you, I encourage you to do it often. It reboots your energy and is especially beneficial:

1) to clear your energy field of worry, fear or rumination v

2) to open awareness so that intuitive information can be more readily accessed

3) to prepare yourself for giving an energy healing treatment.

And perhaps most importantly, the state of meta-awareness allows you to experience yourself as you truly are: as spirit/consciousness/awareness/energy discovering itself through human incarnation. This understanding is critical to well-being on all levels, including the physical.

I attended a lecture by Deepak Chopra in April and the meditation above was inspired by an exercise he led. He's been a huge influence for me and I'm grateful for his teachings.

Namaste, Nancy

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By changing the underlying—often unconscious—view of ourselves as nothing but physical matter, we transform our relationship to both life and death. In doing so, we can free ourselves from much fear, limitation and suffering.

Would You Like To Be An Energy Healer? Some Questions For You

--by Nancy Hausauer

This is adapted from the new book I'm working on, tentatively titled, "So You Want To Be An Energy Healer: Insight, Tools And Encouragement For New Practitioners." I'm hoping to finish it by the end of the year. --Nancy


Woman with questionSometimes new energy healers experience self-doubt, wondering "Can I really do energy healing?" or "Am I really a healer?" My unequivocal answer is "Yes!"

I encourage new and aspiring energy healers to start from the assumption that "being a healer" is mostly about:

  1. hearing a calling and
  2. answering it.

You've Already Heard The Call. How Do You Answer It?

If you're even wondering about energy healing, you've already heard the call. It's that simple. You've been tapped.

How do you answer the call? The most important way is just to "do the work." Find ways to practice energy work and integrate it into your life. It's in actually doing energy work that we grow into our role.

Some Questions To Help You Grow As An Energy Healer

We can also grow into our role by looking deeply and honestly into our strengths, challenges, resources and opportunities for growth. Here are some questions to help you do that. (You might want to do this in your journal.)

  • Why do I want to be a healer?
  • When did I first feel this desire?
  • Are there ways in which I have already been a healer?
  • What are some of the things that the people who know me well would say are unique or distinctive about me? Some of the things I like about myself? Some of the things I most love to do? Can I incorporate any of these into my healing work?
  • What is my relationship with my ego? Am I aware of it? Can I set it aside when necessary? If not, am I willing to practice doing that?
  • When I look at my life, do I see a pattern of liking to "save" others? Do I like others to think of me as wise or as having special powers? Would I still want to do energy healing if no one ever knew I was doing it?
  • What is my general sense of the balance of my life? What parts of it feel balanced? Out of balance? In particular, what is the balance between giving and receiving in my life? Am I willing to address any imbalances?
  • How do I handle personal boundaries? Can I set and maintain them with most people?
  • What are my ongoing self-care practices?
  • Do I have a community of like-minded people with whom I can talk about energy healing, spiritual evolution and other deep concerns and values?
  • What are my ongoing practices to cultivate personal or spiritual growth and evolution?

I hope these questions help further your journey along the energy healing path. --Nancy

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How To Cultivate Beginner's Mind And Reap The Benefits

--by Nancy Hausauer

This is from the new book I'm working on, tentatively titled, "So You Want To Be An Energy Healer: Insight, Tools And Encouragement For The New Practitioner." Although it's aimed specifically at new and aspiring healers, I think it'll have a lot for practitioners at any stage. I'm hoping to get it done by the end of the year. --Nancy


Child's Drawing"Beginner's mind" is a valuable concept from Zen Buddhism that means maintaining an attitude of openness, eagerness, relative egolessness and lack of preconceptions. It's useful for energy healers at all stages.

When you're new to energy healing, it comes naturally. But it's easy to feel bad about being a beginner and look forward to the time when you no longer feel like one. Our egos like to feel smart and in charge, not vulnerable and non-knowing, like we were when we were children.

So if you're a new energy healer, I hope it's reassuring to know that beginner's mind is a good thing.

What Beginner's Mind Does For Us

So many benefits, where to begin! Beginner's mind:

  • helps us tap into intuition/Source/higher sources of wisdom
  • allays performance anxieties
  • keeps us open to potential and possibility
  • keeps our work fresh, spontaneous and enjoyable
  • makes room for miracles, laughter, fun and play —the juice of life
  • gets us out of mental ruts
  • empties the mind and helps us stay receptive to new approaches
  • lets us tap into our enormous creative powers
  • enables us see things from fresh perspectives
  • helps us see connections between things
  • lets us rest our busy mindsrelieves stress.

How Can We Cultivate Beginner's Mind?

Here are some tips for cultivating Beginner's Mind:

  • Be aware that there are no formulas, and that each person and even each session is unlike any other you have ever or will ever encountered.
  • Be ever-willing to say "I don't know!" With enthusiasm!
  • Embrace uncertainty. With enthusiasm!
  • Allow your client to be the expert for her or himself.
  • Practice non-attachment to outcome. Do not judge yourself on the presence or absence of any expected or hoped for results.
  • Go into sessions without a plan. Just be present with and deeply listen to your client and respond out of that.
  • Break up routines sometimes, just for the heck of it.
  • Practice presence, stillness and silence, both in and out of sessions.
  • In your life (outside of the session room), cultivate the right side of your brain.

As we gain experience, beginner's mind is harder to maintain. It requires discipline and devotion. And yet, it yields such rich gifts, it's worth the effort.

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