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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


Let the Fall Equinox Help You Balance Your Energy

--by Nancy Hausauer


Autumn leaves on the Mountain

September 22 is the Fall Equinox. (Spring Equinox if you're in the Southern Hemisphere, but the principles are the same.)

On the equinoxes, day and night are equal.* They're seasons of balance and equipoise, and as with everything in our world, they offer a lesson and a healing if we choose to take it.


Balance: One of the Key Elements of Healing and Health

One of the hallmarks of the Equinox is balance—day and night, light and dark. And balance is one of the key principles of healing.

Physically, our bodies are in a constant balancing process to maintain homeostasis. Most of us instinctively seek the stability and peace of balanced minds and emotions. And energetically, balancing is one of our key goals.

The Equinox is a good time to re-balance your life and energies—and recover greater physical, emotional and psychological health.

An Equinox Self-Healing for Balance

Here's an exercise to help you fine-tune your energies and your life.

  • Choose a decent-weather day around September 22. Grab a pen, journal, and whatever you need to be comfortable outdoors. Take a walk in a natural setting. Give yourself time to enjoy the signs of the season— the sights, smells, quality of light, feel of the air. Breathe it in, and let yourself feel that you're absorbing it into your cells.
  • Find a place to sit comfortably.
  • Ask yourself, "Where does my life feel in balance? Where in my life would I like more balance?" Let your intuition answer, and free-write about it. Does anything really stand out to you or surprise you?
  • When you feel done, close your eyes and, without trying or using your mind, intend for your energy to become more fluid. Breathe deeply and allow it to shift, adjust and re-balance, without working to control what happens. You may feel it in your body, your energy field, or both.
  • Take as long as you like to allow this process to work, and then take more time to enjoy your re-calibrated state.
  • Then—this should take just a second—lightly intend to have your re-balanced energy stabilize into a kind of "liquid crystal" state—dynamic but stable. Again, don't overthink this; whatever you do will be just right. (I visualize giving my field a light, quick tap.)
  • When you're ready, ground yourself and bring your attention back to your surroundings. Enjoy the rest of your walk, and over the coming days, stay open to opportunities for further gentle re-balancing.

Namaste, Nancy

*(It's actually a little more complicated than that, but the principle stands.)


Live Utopia Now


 The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory.  --Historian Howard Zinn



The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory.

--Historian Howard Zinn



Share Your Gifts


 It is not a question of whether you



It is not a question of whether you "have what it takes," but of whether you take the gifts you have — they are plenteous — and share them with all the world.

-- Neale Donald Walsch.



19 Activities for an Energy Healing Retreat to Recharge Your Energy

--by Nancy Hausauer

Resting woman

Summer's almost over, and many of us have been stuck close to home because of the pandemic. You still need a break from your routines. It's important for your physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and energetic health.

If you can't take a vacation, create an energy-healing retreat. Set aside a week or so to take time off from your normal activities and do a slew of low-cost self-care activities to help clear, balance, and revitalize your energy.

Energy Healing Retreat Ideas

Here are some ideas to get you started:

  1. Meditate daily. You might want to sign up for an online program.
  2. Belly breathe at least 5 minutes daily.
  3. Do energy healings for yourself:
  4. Turn off the news.
  5. Practice a relaxation technique every day.
  6. Get out into nature for a hike or a day at the beach.
  7. Create a personal altar. Or several.
  8. Go stargazing.
  9. Get very still and listen for your intuition.
  10. Do yoga. Dance. Or any form of movement that's restorative to you.
  11. Pamper yourself with delicious and healthy food every day. Take time to really savor both making and eating it.
  12. Plant something.
  13. Take on a rewarding home or garden project that will make you feel great when it's accomplished and boost your home's supportiveness to your energy in the long term (e.g. by increasing order or beauty).
  14. Write in regularly your journal. Journal your dreams.
  15. Buy yourself small, healthy treats—a new book, a fun article of clothing, flowers--whatever pleases you. (But don't spend a lot of time shopping. That's an energy-drain.)
  16. Create something—whether or not you're "artistic." Just play!
  17. Nap.
  18. Forgive someone.
  19. Devote a whole day to loving-kindness—toward yourself. No bad thoughts or words about yourself—only compassion, forgiveness, and cherishing.

Consciously engaging in positive, restorative activities like these can have a huge impact on your energy field. Fun is good for you! Of course if you have kids at home, you may have to get creative, but you can still work in at least some restorative practices.

However you do it, taking a break from your normal life is important. It will help clear and restore your energy field—and you'll be healthier in body, mind, heart, and spirit.

Namaste, Nancy


Ways To Calm Agitation and Anxiety

--by Nancy Hausauer

Buddha statue and cat in birdbath

Anybody out there anxious? Me too. Seems to be in the air.

When we're anxious, it's hard to tap into intuition, feeling, and body-wisdom. Anxiety and mental agitation isolate and disconnect us from forms of energetic nourishment such as earth energy, and generally make us miserable.

Here are some ways to help relieve anxiety.

Acupressure

Everyone develops their favorites, but try

Doing GV 20 and 24.5 simultaneously can be especially powerful.

Field/Aura Work

Bring the energy down into the lower part of your body/field. Donna Eden's technique, the Celtic Weave, is good for this. Perform it lengthwise over your entire body/field. It's easiest to have someone else do this for you, but it's also fine to do it for yourself, tracing a large figure-8 in the air in front of your body.

Chakra Work

When we're anxious, that's a sure sign that the third chakra could use some balancing. Also open the foot chakras to clear and strengthen the connection to the earth. Supporting the 1st and 6th chakras may also be helpful.

Body Work

Massaging the head and feet can be extremely helpful. You can do this for yourself, or even better, trade head and foot massages with someone in your household.

Being Present

Returning to the present, over and over again, is one of the best things you can do for anxiety and fear. Bring your attention to the sights, sounds and smells around you. Check in with your body. Take a few deep, slow breaths. Ask yourself, "Am I OK right this very second?" The answer will almost certainly be yes. Let the realization that you are not in danger at this moment sink into your body. Do this repeatedly throughout the day.

Engage Your Physical Body

Use your body in activities such as gardening, time in nature (my cure-all for everything!), walking, hugging and yoga. Time with little kids and animal companions, if you have them in your household, is also good, because they haven't split off their minds from their hearts and bodies and so are very healing. Anything that de-activates the mental chatter for a while is good.

I hope this gives you some useful resources to help restore your mind and nervous system to a more peaceful place.

With love,

Nancy


Energy Healing Helps Us Liberate Our Power And Creativity

--by Nancy Hausauer




By changing the underlying—often unconscious--view we have of ourselves as nothing but physical matter, we transform our relationship to both life and death.

If we are just physical matter, life is little more than a long plod through a one-dimensional landscape, while death is a terrifying annihilation.

When we recognize that the concept of ourselves as purely material things is not Absolute Truth, but rather just a point of view that our culture taught us, and that we are free beings who can define ourselves as we choose, then our experience of life and our beliefs about death can transform. That alone frees us from so much of the fear, limitation, and suffering that comes with a purely materialist paradigm.

Energy healing has an important role to play in this liberation. It can give us non-physical, "other-worldly" experiences that don't fit within the materialist paradigm that everything, including life and consciousness, is merely matter and the mechanical or chemical processes resulting from that matter. Some energy healing experiences simply can't be explained from within a materialist paradigm.

If we are brave and honest enough to let these "unexplainable" experiences fully into our consciousness, they can free us forever, not just from the materialist paradigm, but from any externally imposed model of reality. It becomes easier for us to see our own blindness and recognize where we have been unquestioningly accepting authority in all areas of our lives. This helps us transcend much suffering, take back our dignity and power, and set free vast reserves of creativity.

Bowing to you in your magnificence, Nancy



Are You An Empath? Here's A Self-Healing For You

--by Nancy Hausauer

Hands forming heart shape

Here is an exercise to try if you feel you have taken on someone else's suffering, a common issue for empaths.

Returning Suffering To Its Rightful Owner: An Exercise To Help Empaths

If you feel you've taken on someone else's emotional or physical pain:

  1. Sit comfortably with your hands palms up and resting comfortably in your lap.

  2. Feel, envision or imagine the suffering you've taken on from someone else, wherever it is in your energy field and/or physical body. It may be in one place, or it may be diffuse.

  3. If it's diffuse, use intention to consolidate the energy into one distinct entity (or imagine that you're doing so). It may be a particular shape or thing, or it may just be a lump. Doesn't matter.

  4. Again using intention or imagination, place the object that represents the suffering in your open hands.

  5. Imagine that the "owner" of the suffering is in front of you.

  6. With love and kindness, return the suffering to them. You can imagine handing it to them, or you can actually stretch your physical hands out toward them.

  7. At their highest level, they know the suffering belongs to them alone. Imagine them accepting it. Imagine yourself letting it go with as little emotional charge as if you were returning a borrowed book or sweater. What they do with it is their business, not yours.

  8. If it feels like there's any residue of their energy left in your hands, you can release it: shake your hands off, wash your hands in cool water, or whatever works for you.

  9. Take a moment to notice how you feel. Do you feel any different?

I encourage you to start scanning your body and field any time you have encountered the suffering of others, especially those you're close to. If you notice that you have taken on their suffering--indicated by any feelings of sadness, anxiety, heaviness, etc. that are not specifically related to your own life--try the exercise above.

I hope this is helpful.--Nancy


Consciousness Shifting: Perceptual Agility for the Energy Healer

--by Nancy Hausauer

Metamorphosis

Energy healing works from a different model of reality—a different paradigm—than the one that is dominant in Western culture. That reality model, or underlying world-view, is philosophical materialism.

Philosophical materialism, to put it simplistically, holds that only physical matter is truly real. Obviously, this is not the way that an energy healer looks at the world, at least not while doing a healing.

Being able to switch your consciousness from the dominant model of reality (that only matter is real and the human body and mind is like a machine) to the energy healing model of reality (that there are subtle, invisible forces that shape us and that what we truly are can never be reduced to mere cellular processes or interactions of matter) is therefore extremely useful to any energy healer.

Is it absolutely necessary to be able to do this? Maybe not. But it is certainly helpful. And liberating. Spiritual teacher Ram Das points out the important relationship between the process of spiritual awakening and being able to shift your sense of reality:

Part of the process of awakening is the recognition that the realities we thought were absolute are only relative. All you have to do is shift in one reality once and your attachment to what you thought was real starts to collapse. Once the seed of awakening is in you, there's no choice – there's no turning back. We all know that reality is relative; we have known it since childhood.

As with most things, we get better at this consciousness-shifting thing with practice.

I think this short video from Rupert Spira, in particular the "I am the body/I am aware of the body" exercise, can be extremely useful for energy healers. It not only helps to develop the ability to shift consciousness/reality models, but also can help us move into a higher energy state to prepare for doing energy work. If you pay close attention, you may be able to feel your energy shift when you go into "I am aware of the body" mode.

If you aren't able to view the embedded video above, you can see it here.

Tap Back Into The Stream Of Blessings

--by Nancy Hausauer

van Gogh painting Cypress with Wheat Fields

Usually about this time of year, I post about the season of late summer and what it has to teach us about Work. But this year, so much has changed--in every arena of life, including work--that that just isn't useful.

For many of us, work is a major way that we ground our energy. More than just a place, for most of us our work anchors us in a community and a collective purpose.

That place of grounding has been interrupted or at least changed for many of us. Whether we are newly working from home; forced into retirement; furloughed; newly unemployed or worried about unemployment; normally work at/from home and now have kids, spouses or housemates in our space; or have a job that now puts our health at risk--the sense of structure, security, purpose, predictability, solidity and community that work provides for many of us is deeply disrupted.

I have to take a deep breath after writing this, because my own work life has been very disrupted, and I am feeling a little lost. But just this morning I read some beautiful advice from Brother Stiendl-Rast of Gratitude.com, and it resonates deeply with me.


"Blessing, rightly understood, is the invisible bloodstream pulsating through the universe–alive and life-giving."


For me, "Energy" is interchangeable with "Blessing," and the quote reminds me to tap into the Energy, into Source, and let it flow through me. As I do that, I feel it recharge and reorganize my depleted, drifty personal energy; help me restore my shell-shocked energetic boundaries; and clear my 6th chakra, giving me more clarity.

Phew! I didn't even realize the full extent of my energetic disarray until I just wrote about that. Feels much better!

I hope that tapping back into Blessing or Source Energy or whatever you call it will be helpful to you as well. And I wish you and your loved ones (and may that be all sentient beings) good physical health, righteous work, financial security, and a loved and loving heart.

Tenderly, Nancy



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