--by Nancy Hausauer
I write a lot about how powerful our thoughts are, and thus the need to choose not only our words, but also our thoughts wisely.
This is true for everyone, but it's especially true for energy healers and others who consciously work with healing energy. Our thoughts really do influence the health of our physical bodies. And since what we say and think influences what our clients (and friends and family) think about their own health and well-being, it's also critically important that we keep our thoughts about others and their prospects positive.
I thought this little video was an interesting affirmation of the power of thought from the world of science.
Here's the link if the video doesn't show up in your browser: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-v-IMSKOtoE
The video discusses how, from a neuro-scientifc standpoint, imagining an action and doing it require the same motor and sensory programs in the brain.
It describes a scientific study where one group of participants were asked to practice piano 2 hours a day. The second group was asked to practice mentally only--they couldn't touch the piano. Exactly the same physical changes took place in the motor cortexes of both groups, and after 3 days their accuracy in playing was exactly the same. After 5 days, the physical practice group was more accurate, but the mental practice group caught up quickly when allowed to practice physically.
Another experiment had one group of people do a particular muscle exercise for 4 weeks. The second group only imagined doing the same exercise. In 4 weeks, the actual exercise group's muscle strength had increased 30%, while the imagination-only group's muscle strength had increased by 22%.
Pretty amazing, huh?
The take-away here is that our thoughts and imagination really do change our physical bodies–both the structure of our brains and the structure of our muscles. With just your thoughts, you can rewire your body-mind for a new, more positive reality.
So take some time every day to imagine yourself in glowing health and in harmony with those you love. Allow yourself to think or imagine, before any important thing that you do, that it's going to turn out splendidly. Think well of everyone you love and everyone you meet.
You'll change your body and your world, and be an influence for good to everyone around you. The world needs this!
"Hope is not about what we expect. It is an embrace of the essential unknowability of the world, of the breaks with the present, the surprises. Or perhaps studying the record more carefully leads us to expect miracles -- not when and where we expect them, but to expect to be astonished . . .. And this is grounds to act."
― Rebecca Solnit, Hope in the Dark
--by Nancy Hausauer
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 (see below) are all you really, truly need. With them, you'll be a healing force wherever you go.
--by Nancy Hausauer
Grounding, also called earthing, is one of the foundational skills of energy healing. It simply means to connect your energy to the earth's energy. It's literally being "down to earth," in the best possible sense.
Connecting your energy to our beautiful planet's helps you orient yourself energetically to the earth, instead of something external. This is important, because external things aren't stable. The earth, by contrast, is stable, neutral and nourishing to our personal energy field.
In these unsettled times, grounding is especially important. Being grounded helps you feel more secure and stable, allows you to release excess energy to the earth and allows you to bring the earth's nourishing, stabilizing energy into your personal field.
When you are solidly connected to the earth, you can more easily be centered in your own body. You'll feel calmer, clearer and more energized. Feeling more balanced, you'll be harder to knock off your stride. You'll also be less likely to deplete your own energy, since you'll have access to the boundless energy of the earth.
There are quicker ways to ground, too, such as standing barefoot on the ground, widening the chakras on the soles of your feet to let in more earth energy, or just walking. You'll find your own preferred way.
Wishing you a deep and satisfying connection to the earth -- Nancy
Your attention feeds whatever you give it to, so direct your attention to the positive. Whatever the situation, this means focusing on the potential for healing and evolution more than on the problem.
--by Nancy Hausauer
In these days when it is necessary to maintain physical distance from others, I thought it might be helpful to review some basics about sending energy to others from afar.
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, 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.
In general, you should get someone's permission before sending healing energy. However, it's OK to send energy to a general situation without asking. 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.
Sending energy to others for their highest good helps the sender as well as the recipient, by the way. And it can do no harm.
With love, Nancy
--by Nancy Hausauer
These are unsettling times for most of us. So much is in flux and so many of us feel vulnerable. It can kick up anxiety, fear, and worry and wreak havoc with our ability to think clearly and make good decisions. Here's a one-step process for restoring calm and focus.
Simply do this: Bring your awareness into your body.
Here's an analogy. A hectic or worrisome day makes most of us want to return to our homes. Home is where we can center and regroup. Our bodies are the earthly home for our energy, and returning our awareness (which is energy) back to the physical body operates the same way.
Sometimes our energy is flying all around. It's in the past, it's in the future, it's with loved ones we want to visit and can't, it's all over the place. You probably know the feeling. But if we bring our attention to our body, our energy comes together. It consolidates and focuses.
You can do this pretty much any time and any place to bring more calm and focus to your day. (Probably not when you're driving, though.)
Wishing you peace, Nancy
"Deep trust in life is not a feeling but a stance you deliberately take. It is the attitude we call courage." -- Brother David Steindl-Rast
We never know how high we are
Till we are called to rise…
I know that so many of you are empaths, and I want to reach out to you in particular in these times, when there is so much suffering and it is so close to the surface of our collective awareness.
I am an empath too, and the past weeks have been difficult. As empaths, we have naturally porous energetic boundaries. We let a lot in, especially emotions, and there are so many emotions swirling around right now. Sadness. Fear. Anger. Some joy too, though, and wonder at the kindness and generosity of some of our fellow humans.
Having been through more than one empath crisis over the years, I have learned ways to manage the overload that can come with being an empath…..most of the time. In this COVID-19 crisis, I go back and forth between being OK and having my energetic container pretty much blown. When that happens, I'm swamped with the suffering of others, and it's hard to function in my own life. I struggle to regain my footing.
Then, as is so often the case when we are in crisis, I need to remind myself of what I already know. I'm sharing it here in case it will be of help.
Dear tender-hearted people, please take extra-good care of yourselves during these difficult times.
With love, Nancy
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