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Breathe. Ground. Center.

Hello friends. I hope this finds you safe and well.

I'm a little frazzled with a lot of moving parts in my life right now. I know I'm not the only one. I find that I just don't have what it takes to write a blog post right now. But I found this wonderful short video from Liz Moyer at We Heal For All that I want to share with you.

Normally Liz works helping people process climate grief. She's turned her attention to helping folks process emotions having to do with the Covid-19 pandemic. I found this video message from her to be wise and calming. Her own sense of feeling called to slow down resonated with me deeply. I'm grateful to her and hope that you will find her short video valuable as well.



Here's the link to the video if the embedded version won't play for you.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fQn8prmTbVw


Please take good care of yourself and in doing so take care of everyone else. Breathe. Ground. Center.

With love, Nancy


Covid-19: Rising To The Challenge

--by Nancy Hausauer

Fig tree in winter

My friends, I hope this finds you well. I am in Western Washington, one of the Covid-19 "hot spots" here in the U.S. We're not on a lock-down basis yet, but schools and restaurants are closed and we're strongly encouraged to stay home. With a 93-year-old mother living in an assisted living facility and being very near 65 myself, I am choosing to err on the side of caution. I am evaluating whether to see clients on a week by week basis (not this week) and staying out of public places unless absolutely necessary. I'm doing this primarily out of concern for others, especially the medically vulnerable, and out of love and respect for the medical heroes who are going to bear much of the brunt of this epidemic.

I have a large garden and spring is on its way, so I'm not lacking for beauty to fill my eyes and things to occupy my time while I'm at home, but it's still weird, and I worry about my loved ones. My mother and her friends. My educator brother with asthma. My friends in healthcare. My flight attendant cousin. My friend who runs a popular health-foods store. And so on.

You, my readers, are from many parts of the world and all across the U.S. I know that circumstances are different for us depending on where we are. But I'm convinced that small actions taken now will prevent a lot of suffering in the near future. I thought this article explained it all clearly: https://blog.theshiftnetwork.com/node/889.

I encourage you to:

  • be a leader in your community, modeling responsible, principled, compassionate behavior
  • follow the public health advice of officials in your region
  • practice good self-care, physically and mentally
  • build and strengthen your community
  • fill your senses and heart with beauty
  • lift others up when you can, and allow yourself to be lifted up when you need it
  • focus on what unites us (truly, this pandemic shows us how interconnected we are, and how our well-being depends on everyone else's)
  • keep your eyes on the positive potential of the situation (you don't have to ignore its seriousness to do this)
  • use the time that opens up to be joyful, to heal, to grow
  • use this experience as a springboard for transformation to a higher level of cooperation, creativity, and consciousness
  • re-commit to leaving this world better than we found it.

I'll leave you a link for things you can do for anxiety: https://www.The-Energy-Healing-Site.com/anxiety-self-help.html.

Blessings and light to you and yours, Nancy


P.S. I know that not everyone will agree with this. But please don't back come at me with comments that I'm over-reacting, that the danger is over-hyped, etc. Feel free to unsubscribe (link at the bottom of this email.


Your Body Is Not A Machine


Your body is not a machine. Its processes are not at their core physical, mechanical, or chemical. A living being is a field of energy, consciousness, and intelligence, and is capable of amazing healing and renewal. Transformation is always accessible.



Your body is not a machine. Its processes are not at their core physical, mechanical, or chemical. A living being is a field of energy, consciousness, and intelligence, and is capable of amazing healing and renewal. Transformation is always accessible.



Be A Beacon of Light In Dark Times

--by Nancy Hausauer

Lighthouse

A lot of the people coming through my doors these days are saying they are very tired, with no obvious reasons. My sense is that it has partly to do with what's happening in the macrocosm. Dark and chaotic energies are swirling, and they take a toll on people who are energetically sensitive.

I have an energy healing exercise to offer that I think may help.

But before I give you that, I want to clarify that I don't think our times are without hope. Hope abounds, although perhaps needing to be paired with patience and perseverance. Like winter always holds the potential of spring, dark times hold the potential for greater light and good.

Nevertheless, when we're in the middle of dark times, they can be unsettling and exhausting. So here's a brief energy healing you can do for yourself, while in the process helping others.

Beacon Of Light: An Energy Healing

  • Sit in a comfortable place where you won't be disturbed for a few minutes.

  • Ground deeply. (One way is to imagine sending down roots from your feet into the earth.) Allow yourself to feel stabilized, supported, nourished by being deeply connected to the earth.

  • When you feel stable, settled, and tapped into Mother Earth, begin to call light to yourself. Do this in whatever way is most natural for you. You can invite it, imagine it, intend it, feel it, breathe it in, dance it in, gesture it in, use a mudra. Whatever works for you.

  • Sense your energy field growing brighter as you call in light. Sense it expanding.

  • Anchored in the earth and surrounded by light, feel how energies that are destabilizing or frightening--energies of the storm--can not reach you.

  • (If you like, imagine yourself for a moment as a large tree that small animals can find shelter in, even if the wind is howling around you. Like a mother comforting her children, allow yourself to exude calm. Acting as if calm, you will become calmer.)

  • Switching images, imagine yourself as a beacon or a lantern, lighting up the darkness. Imagine that you are sharing this light with others, to comfort them and help them find their way. Again, acting as if calm, you will become calmer.

  • Allow yourself to bask for a while in this feeling of greater peace.

  • When you are ready, take a few moments to slowly bring yourself back to your surroundings.


In stormy times, I recommend that you do this energy healing regularly. It will benefit you as well as others.

Namaste,

Nancy


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Career Advancement: Elevate Your Work Life With Energy Healing

--by Nancy Hausauer

Bricklayer

Often when we think of energy healing, we think of healing the physical body. But energy healing can be applied to any aspect of your life. For many of us, our jobs are a part of our lives that could really use some energy healing help.

Here's an energy healing routine that you can use to elevate and improve your work life.

  • Clear the energy of your workspace at the start of each week. If you have a window, open it and let in fresh air. If not, open an imaginary window and flood your space with make-believe fresh air and sunlight. Hold the intention to have the real or imaginary air and light clear and elevate the energy in your area. (Do this much more often if you meet with or treat people in your workplace.)

  • At the start of each workday, calibrate your energy. Ground and center and surround yourself with light, or do any other exercise or technique that lifts and clears your energy field.

  • Touch your heart chakra (in the center of your chest at heart level) to remind you to stay heart-centered.

  • Touch your third eye (between and slightly above your eyebrows) to help you think clearly and stay above petty workplace issues.

  • Set an intention for the day. This could be a work goal or something more general, such as the intention to be courteous and calm to others or to maintain a balance between your own wellbeing and the demands of your job. Write it down and look at it throughout the day.

  • It's easy to get lost in details, so remind yourself (and coworkers if possible) about the highest purpose of the work you're doing. For example, if you work in the accounting department at a university, you're not just balancing numbers. You're maintaining order and coherence so that people can learn to employ the gift of their intellect. If you work in a restaurant or grocery store or on a farm, you're helping fulfill people's primal need for the nourishment and pleasure of food, and so on.

Whatever you do for a living, make it your own and consciously serve at the highest level you can. Have a good week! --Nancy

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You Can Relax


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.



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.



Looking for Love? Start by Loving Yourself

--by Nancy Hausauer

With Valentine's Day just around the corner, it seems timely to address the issue of Love -- in this case, self-love.

Bleeding Heart Flowers

Loving yourself is one of the foundations of being able to love and be loved by others. It's also one of the hallmarks of a well-developed heart chakra, and one of the pre-requisites for true happiness.

Yet for most people, it's hard to do. In developing the heart chakra, it seems to be one of the most difficult achievements. It's so much easier to be compassionate, kind, and non-judgmental to others.

All too often, we think and say terrible things about ourselves. It's so ingrained that we barely notice the steady stream of insults and judgments that many of us lay on ourselves -- things we would never think about others, especially those we love.

For the heart chakra to fully develop, and for us to fully receive the deep, true love that we all want, we must love ourselves.

This doesn't mean that you don't see your own imperfections. It just means that you love and accept yourself anyway. Easier said than done if you've been unconsciously judging yourself for a life-time.

But it's just a habitual way of thinking, and all habits can be undone. With persistence, you can learn to treat yourself with the loving-kindness that you probably show to most other people.

Here's a suggestion for how to start practicing self-loving-kindness:

  • Start by noticing your own self-judgment and non-compassion -- the thoughts and words that are less than tender, loving, and kind toward yourself. (This alone would take you miles toward the goal of self-loving-kindness.) For example, let's say you've just noticed that you've mentally called yourself clumsy.
  • Now think of someone you love dearly. Ask yourself, would I berate my dear one like that? Would I want them to say or think such a thing about themselves?
  • Replace "clumsy" with a more charitable thought, for example, that you're strong, or enthusiastic, or that being graceful is a lovely trait but not very important in the grand scheme of things. Or, think of a time when it wasn't true, when you were graceful. Or reframe it in a more neutral way, such as "Sometimes my mind/imagination is so active that I lose track of my body."
  • Make a habit of doing this. With practice, you can do the whole sequence in a few seconds. It will open your heart chakra to yourself, and it will impact your connection to others as well.

Wishing you a self-loving heart, Nancy

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Let Early Spring Inspire You To Wait Till The Time Is Right

--by Nancy Hausauer

Fig tree in winter

How's your energy? Are you brimming with vitality? Is your life going fluidly and efficiently? Or are you overworked, exhausted, burnt out and running into lots of obstacles and blocks in your life?

The Wisdom of Early Spring

In the Northern Hemisphere, February 2 was Imbolc, an ancient Celtic holiday marking the beginning of the beginning of spring. As with each of the seasons, there's great wisdom encoded in it. Looking to nature, this season of earliest spring can teach us a lot about how to preserve physical vitality, maintain energetic balance, and make our lives run more smoothly. One of Imbolc's main lessons is to do things when the time is right, and not before.

The Power of Patience

In earliest spring, the light is growing stronger and the earliest bulbs are starting to emerge. Personally, by this time I'm tired of winter and eager for the full delights of Spring -- more light, more warmth, more growth. But it's not here yet!

Patience is required: spring comes on its own timetable, not ours.

For the plants, there's no prize for coming up early. Break dormancy too soon, and their cycle for the whole year will be off. They may even die in a late freeze. So they wait till a complex set of cues tells them the time is right to start growing again.

Wait Till the Time Is Right

Our workaholic culture rewards work for work's sake. Work is seen as an absolute virtue, and not working a vice. So many of us try harder and harder, working continuously, never resting.

Taking the plants' lessons of patience and timing to heart -- giving both work and non-work, action and inaction their due -- can help us maintain our physical and energetic health.

This is partly because it builds cycles of rest into our lives, but it's more than that. When we act prematurely, we run into obstacles at every turn. The universe just doesn't seem to cooperate. Our energy is needlessly frittered away.

But if we wait till the right time, things go much easier. Doors open, people are eager to help, happy coincidences abound. Staying in rhythm with the universe, we preserve our own energy. It can remain smooth and flowing, rather than getting jagged and blocked. It's fueled, rather than depleted.

This year, watch closely as late winter patiently changes into early spring. Cultivate the wisdom of the plants, incorporating judicious inaction into your life. You'll be healthier, happier, and more effective.

Namaste, Nancy

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Can't Get Any Traction? How To Get Yourself Unstuck


--by Nancy Hausauer

Cat stuck in a tree

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.

Sometimes people come to see me because they're feeling this way. They want to break their internal impasse and reclaim some feeling of control over their lives. Often, they hope I'll have some technique to help them power through their stuckness. Usually, though, I find it more useful to help them 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?

GETTING YOURSELF UNSTUCK

First, stop, breathe, and take a step back. Then breathe some more, all the way into your belly. Belly breathing is restorative for your weary third chakra.

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 is for you about what your heart and soul truly need. It's a gold mine in disguise.

So instead of pushing more, 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.

So 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, wait for the right time to show itself, the right path to open up. Breathe . . .


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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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