The Energy Healing Blog

Is The Healing All On You? (Nope. So Relax)

--by Nancy Hausauer

By Thomas Quine (A heavy load) [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Healing Touch founder Janet Mentgen was famous for her maxim to "Just do the work." Like many energy healers, I love this sage advice and find it very centering.

But another helpful tool, especially if you're feeling unsure or anxious during or prior to a session is to ask yourself:

Who's doing the work?

Often if we're feeling anxiety or self-doubt about our energy healing work, it's because we're imagining that the weight and responsibility of it is all on our shoulders. That's a very heavy load! It makes a session less creative and fun. It also makes it harder to do our best work.

And it's truly not necessary to feel that burden.

Here's what I think. When we do energy healing, it's more accurate to look at it like this:

The work is being done:

  • 1/3 by the practitioner
  • 1/3 by the receiver
  • 1/3 by Source/Energy/the Universe/whatever you call it.

OK, yes, I pulled those figures out of the blue. Maybe it's one quarter, one quarter and one half. I don't really know. But my point's still valid. You're not responsible for the whole burden of "the work."

So whenever you find yourself anxious about a session or fretting about its outcome, my advice is to remind yourself that the healing isn't all up to you.

  • Expect some form of participation from your clients!

  • And more importantly, open yourself to the flow of energy that comes from beyond you, a greater source of intelligence, love and healing than you can ever muster on your lonesome. How do you do this? By being fully present in the moment and non-attached to the exact form of the outcomes.

You'll have more fun. You'll feel more energized after each session. And you'll do much better, deeper work.

Love, Nancy

Comment/share on my Facebook page.

Need A Little Boost For Your Spirits? Here You Go!

--by Nancy Hausauer

Image of white tulips

March 20 is the Equinox: Spring in the Northern Hemisphere and Fall in the Southern. On the Equinoxes, day and night, light and dark, are equal. They're moments of balance and equipoise. I like to imagine them as single instants when we're poised, motionless, in absolute peace.

As with each of the great annual solar events, the Equinoxes offer us wisdom and an opportunity for healing. In particular, they are celestial reminders to pause in our lives and take time for reflection.

This Equinox, I offer the following as something profound (and perhaps surprising) to reflect upon. I guarantee it'll lift your morale.

A Self-Discovery Exercise And Reflection

DON'T READ AHEAD! Complete each item before moving on to the next.

  1. Get two pieces of paper and a pencil. On one page, list 10 people you admire, heroes living or dead, people famous or familiar. Leave some space under each name.
  2. Under each person, List 5 or 6 traits or qualities that you especially admire or honor about them. Really give your best effort to articulating what characteristics in particular you admire about them. You don't have to list unique traits for each one; it's OK if there's repetition.
  3. When you're done, read through all the traits. Adjust as needed. Then circle any characteristics that show up more than once on the page.
  4. Take the second piece of paper. Draw a heavy line three inches down from the top. Below this line, list all the words you circled.

    Don't Read Ahead!

  5. OK, got all that? When you're completely done, in bold letters, write above the line at the top of the page:


  6. This exercise works because you admire traits in other people that resonate with you. They resonate with you because you already possess those traits. It's like a tuning fork.

    Reflect on this portrait of yourself for a while. Sit with it. Absorb it. Contemplate it. Breathe it in. Accept it.

  7. It can be hard to accept that you are all that. But it's true. You really are.

As the saying goes, "You are the one you've been waiting for." Your job: to let it flower.

Happy Equinox! --Nancy

Comment/share on my Facebook page.

Empathic Crisis and How To Handle It

--by Nancy Hausauer

Heart energy being depleted

If you're interested in energy healing, it's likely you're an empath--someone who's highly sensitive, with the strong ability to feel the emotion of others. It's a form of intuition. Empaths usually center their energy in the heart chakra.

Empaths In Crisis

Empaths often have huge reserves of strength and stamina, so they can go for years lavishly giving their energy to others. But over time it usually catches up with them. They become increasingly overloaded and depleted from the oceans of emotion they process each day. For many empaths, this overload and depletion eventually reaches a crisis point.

An empath in crisis may feel exhausted, overwhelmed, depressed, and/or emotionally volatile. They may experience health problems. Eventually, they realize they can't continue living in the same way:

  • feeling responsible for other people's happiness and well-being

  • feeling other peoples' feelings as a default way of functioning

  • generally feeling so much, so intensely .

They realize that something has to transform.

Responding To Empathic Crisis

So what's an empath in crisis to do? Here are some ideas:

  • Find someone to help you learn to manage your gift, preferably someone who's successfully navigated the empathic crisis process.

  • Work with a counselor to help you learn to set personal boundaries.

  • Repeat a mantra such as "I am not responsible for other peoples' happiness or well-being."

  • Develop an "off switch" for your intuition. Remind yourself as often as needed that being a good person doesn't require that you feel other peoples' feelings.

  • Learn to recognize depletion when it first starts and change your behavior. Avoid people and situations that "drain your batteries."

  • Take as much alone time as you need to recharge.

  • Support and develop your third chakra to help you set boundaries and maintain your own identity and goals.

  • Practice pulling your energy back to yourself and keeping it contained within yourself. (Chances are most people will never notice!) Here's a centering exercise to help you do that.

  • Once you've centered your energy, visualize pulling your heart energy inward toward your spine. This helps protect, balance, align and ground your heart energy. (Thanks to a client for this idea!)

  • Practice focusing more of your energy in your sixth chakra . This allows you to still feel compassion while providing distance and perspective so that you don't actually absorb other peoples' energy into your own energy field. Here's a method for doing that (#1 on the list).

When you're able to manage your beautiful gift of empathy--learning to use it selectively and to value your own wellbeing equally with others'--you'll feel much better. Not only will you be more stable, you'll have more energy for your own life journey.

Start envisioning: how will you use this newly freed energy?

Comment on my Facebook page.

How To Be A Healing Force Wherever You Go

--by Nancy Hausauer

Avalanche Lily

What things do you need to be a healer? The absolute minimum that you need in your "healer's toolkit" or "skills bank"?

Trick question, because actually, there aren't any "things" that you need. The basic foundational principles upon which energy healing rests are all you really, truly need. With them, you'll be a healing force wherever you go.

  • Presence
    With deep, non-judgmental presence, you create a space for transformation. By bringing your consciousness to a situation, you help others bring their own consciousness in as well. And consciousness is always healing, or to put it another way, it's always "wholing." (Did you know that the word "heal" comes from the word "whole"?)

    Presence also opens you to the limitless flow of intelligence and potential from Source Energy.If you do nothing else than be with someone in deep presence, deep witness, you'll be helping.

  • Intention
    Our thoughts, like everything else in the universe, are energy. As energy fields, they can influence other energy fields -- including matter. Intentions are directed thoughts, and can be incredibly powerful. You can use this power in any situation by setting or holding an intention for the receiver's highest good (whatever the receiver is). By setting an intention for the highest good, rather than a specific result, you avoid the pitfalls of attachment to outcome (see below).

  • Positive thought and speech
    What we say and even what we think have a huge impact on those around us. In large part we create our own reality through the power of our beliefs, so by keeping our own thoughts and speech positive, we help others hold positive beliefs and thus create positive outcomes for themselves. We support them in creating positive realities.

  • Directed attention
    Energy flows where attention goes. Your attention feeds whatever you give it to. In a healing situation this means that you focus on the potential for healing more than the imbalance that is probably foremost in the receiver's mind.

  • Non-attachment to outcome
    By being non-attached to the exact outcome of a healing, we give up our own ego. We get out of the way of the healing energy (which does not come from us), allowing it to work more fully and freely. We don't limit the outcome with our thoughts.

  • A compassionate heart

If you bring these qualities to your work, the exact setting and techniques matter little--you'll always be a healing presence.

Namaste, Nancy

Comment on my Facebook page.

Your Heart: More Than Just A Machine To Pump Blood

--by Nancy Hausauer

Human heart, public domain, by Internet Archive Book Images, via Wikimedia Commons

In honor of Valentine's Day!


As I wrote last week, our brains, though wondrous organs, are not the source of our consciousness or mind. Still, the brain is considered by most to be the master organ of the body. So it's fascinating to learn that research has shown the heart -- the physical heart -- to have an intelligence of its own that's at least as influential as the brain's.

This short video by author and teacher Gregg Braden, known for bridging science and spirituality, discusses these recent advances in scientific knowledge and their significance.*

(Here's the direct link in case your browser doesn't show the video:

Personal Coherence and Its Impact on Our Physical Health

The heart emits electrical signals that change with your emotions. It communicates with the brain via this electrical signal. The heart actually sends more information to the brain than vice versa.

When we are in a state of coherence -- which might be experienced as a feeling of calm, harmony and well-being -- that electrical signal is measured at 0.10 Hz.

Coherence is good for the physical body, causing the brain to release chemicals into the body that, among other things, enhance the immune system and cause anti-aging hormones to double in just three minutes.

The Broader Impact of Personal Coherence

As Braden points out, coherence also makes us more peaceful and cooperative. Since the electro-magnetic field of the heart extends beyond the physical body -- it's been measured up to 15 feet away -- it stands to reason that your own state of personal coherence could electro-magnetically ("energetically") influence others into a state of greater coherence.

In other words, just by being in a measurable state of coherence -- a heart-to-brain signal of 0.10 Hz -- it appears that we can influence the world around us into a greater state of harmony.

My own person experience bears this out. I think most of us have known people who made us feel calmer, more positive and more peaceful just by their presence.

Years ago, I would have scoffed at the idea that "having peace in your heart" was a credible strategy for social change. Now I think I would have been a lot more effective if I had started with myself. As the beautiful old song goes, "Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me."

May you have peace and love--"coherence"--in your heart, Nancy

Comment on my Facebook page.

*(The Gregg Braden video is from 2010 and has some outdated material at the end, so you can just skip the part where he starts talking about the 2012 Mayan calendar calamity-that-wasn't.)

Your Brain: Wonderful, But Not The Same Thing As Your Mind

--by Nancy Hausauer

Neon brain

What happens to your consciousness--your mind--after death? That's a fascinating question for just about anyone with a pulse. But for those of us interested in energy healing, given our focus on the non-material aspects of people, it's especially intriguing.

So I loved this article about scientific evidence for consciousness after death, and its vast implications, in the online magazine "Wired."

The article interviews scientist Sam Parnia, a doctor who practices "resuscitation medicine." Parnia has documented the continuation of consciousness after the heart has stopped and the brain has ceased functioning--in other words, after physical death.

And the significance of that for our understanding of the nature of consciousness/mind and where it comes from is pretty mind-blowing.

Traditional scientific belief attributes consciousness/self/mind to physical processes in the brain. But science has never been able to demonstrate how cells in the brain lead to human thought.

And if consciousness can continue after the brain has ceased all activity, as Dr. Parnia has documented, it's not possible that the brain can be its source. Consciousness/self/mind must be a separate entity from the brain.

My first reaction is, well, duh.

Of course brain cells can't account for human mind and consciousness! Of course mere metabolic processes can't account for the existence of life, for the life force in a person. And of course, since energy is not created or destroyed, a person's energy (though perhaps not their physical existence or egoic personality) is eternal. These things seem so obvious to me that experiments aren't needed to prove them.

Nevertheless it's nice to hear them voiced from a scientific perspective.

I especially thought it was interesting that a person's conscious awareness hangs around for a while after physical death occurs. That seems like pretty important practical information.

Saluting you for the amazing non-physical consciousness that you are-- Nancy

You can comment on my Facebook page.

How To Be In The Flow: A Lesson Of Early Spring

--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 Lesson of Early Spring

In the Northern Hemisphere, early February is 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 stay in the flow, preserving physical vitality, maintaining energetic balance and generally making our lives run more smoothly. One of the season'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 a 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 so much healthier, happier, and more effective.

Wishing you balance, rhythm and flow -- Nancy

Comment on my Facebook page.

Sign up for a weekly article and other updates!

Learn more about energy healing, including practical tips for more health and happiness. (See samples of what you'll be getting here.) Plus, as a welcome gift, receive "The 2-Week Chakra Tune-Up: Energy Healing Everyone Can Do" — a 9-segment e-course delivered to your email inbox every other day.

* indicates required
Email Format

New! Comments

Have a comment for me? Have your say in the box below.

Chakra Care:

Do-It-Yourself Energy Healing for a More Joyful, Loving, Fruitful Life

Chakra Care book

Learn to clear, nurture and support your chakras with 500 fun, down-to-earth activities. A user-friendly, practical guide, available as a paperback, ebook or Kindle. Learn more or buy it here. 

Get Nancy's latest energy healing articles and updates!

Sign up to receive useful, down-to-earth information and perspectives about energy healing that you'll find nowhere else. (Sample what you’ll be getting here.) Plus, receive my welcome gift when you sign up: "The Two Week Chakra Tune-up: Energy Healing Everyone Can Do." It's a 9-part e-course delivered to your email inbox every other day for two weeks. Free!

* indicates required
Email Format