--by Nancy Hausauer
Oh, the heart chakra. So beautiful, so tender, so pure.
So not alone. But sometimes this primal truth can be hard to remember. And then our heart can ache with the feeling of isolation, or the feeling of carrying too much of the burden of our own and other people's suffering--which is also a feeling of separateness, because the burden is only too much if we are trying to carry it alone.
So here's a meditation for anyone whose heart is aching. Try to keep your mind out of it. Mental "efforting" gets in the way.
Guided Meditation For Heart Chakra Healing
- Sit in a comfortable, quiet place where you won't be disturbed.
- Notice your breath. Take some time with this. Allow your breath to become more even, more regular.
- Let your mind clear, and allow yourself to know this intuitively: Love is everything. Love is all around you and within you. Your heart chakra is an esoteric organ that allows this all-encompassing energy of love to move, to flow, to be expressed.
- Breathe into your heart chakra, in the center of your chest. Breathe in and out through it.
- Breathe the love that is everywhere, everything, into your heart chakra. Feel love flowing through your heart.
- Now, know--without thinking about it--that your heart chakra is the center of the universe, the center of the web of all being. Imagine or experience your heart (or heart chakra), deep in space, held within a vast, love-filled peace. From this place, you are connected to everything.
- Know also that everyone's heart is at the center of the universe. Each of our hearts is the One Heart, and we are all connected through our collective Heart.
- From this peaceful, central, unified place in the universe, continue to feel your heart chakra filled with love. Feel love and oneness flowing in and out through it. You don't have to do anything, it happens on its own, so allow your heart to rest in this flow.
- This beautiful love is a universal love. It connects you to everyone and everything, but it doesn't depend on anyone in particular, and so is always, eternally accessible.
- Notice how this feels so you can remember it. When your heart hurts, when you feel alone, go back to this place, this feeling, this central, universal love. Rest in it.
- Allow yourself to be in this state for as long as you like. Return to your ordinary surroundings slowly and tenderly, and give yourself all the time and space you need before returning to your daily activities.
With love, Nancy
Where You Place Your Attention Impacts Your Health
Our particular realities—created at least in part by where we place our attention--can get ingrained or lodged in the dense energy of our bodies. Changing where we focus our attention can significantly impact not just our mental and emotional health, but also our physical health.
--by Nancy Hausauer
In my energy healing practice, it's not uncommon for people to cry. Sometimes a single teardrop, sometimes a flood of water-borne emotion.
I see it as a good thing. It's energy, emotional energy, in motion. Tears are a literal embodiment of the flow of emotional energy.
So when people cry, it's healthy. It clears the energy field, removes blockages and frees the energy to circulate. It releases emotions so that they don't crystallize in the body, showing up as illness, pain, depression or chronic stress. Think about it. Don't you usually feel lighter and clearer after a good cry?
But tears can be unsettling. So often we think of them as a sign that something is wrong, as something to avoid and suppress. So I want to offer you some more information about tears to underscore how totally awesome they are.
Tears: Not Just Salty WaterIn this article for Psychology Today,
Judith Orloff, M.D. discusses some of the benefits of tears. Tears:
- excrete stress hormones
- stimulate production of endorphins
- contain antibodies that fight pathogenic microbes
- improve vision by lubricating your eyes and removing irritants
- decrease breathing and heart rate, increasing calm (typically)
- elevate mood.
Pretty awesome, right?
I'll close with a beautiful quote from this article, "The Topography of Tears." I recommend reading the whole article if you have time.
"Tears are the medium of our most primal language in moments as unrelenting as death, as basic as hunger, and as complex as rites of passage. They are the evidence of our inner life overflowing its boundaries, spilling over into consciousness. Tears spontaneously release us to the possibility of realignment, reunion, catharsis, intractable resistance short-circuited… It's as though each one of our tears carries a microcosm of the collective human experience, like one drop of an ocean."
Wishing you the ability to cry freely whenever you need to --Nancy
--by Nancy Hausauer
So many of us struggle with sleep. Sleeping poorly leaves us feeling foggy-headed. It reduces emotional resilience and makes muscles ache. It also has a huge impact on our physical health. Long-term poor sleep:
- doubles your risk of having a heart attack
- increases your risk of Type 2 diabetes
- increases the likelihood of obesity.
Without good sleep, it's hard to stay well. In fact, when scientists (cruelly, in my opinion) inflict long-term sleep deprivation on rats, they eventually die.
What Good Sleep Gives Us
Good sleep gives us mental clarity, physical vitality, emotional stability, better performance at work and in sports. It gives us greater resilience to illness (and probably to accidents, too), more balanced hormones, and less inflammation. All of which adds up to a longer, happier, more productive life.
Sleep is kind of like a wonder drug, except with no co-pays or side effects.
The Energetic Importance of Sleep
But there's an energetic piece, too. When we sleep, we plug into Source energy. All night long, with our busy minds shut off, we are connected to the Source from which comes our life force, our intelligence, our wisdom, our intuition, our creativity, and our love. Without this, we soon turn into a hollow shell.
There isn't just one fix, because there are different reasons for poor sleep. Here are some:
- You're not going to bed early enough.
The fix: It's very unlikely that what you're doing is more important than sleep. Especially, stop with the electronics before bedtime. The blue light they emit is a signal to your body to wake up! Make a sleep chart or set up an accountability buddy to keep you on track. Love yourself enough to prioritize this magic healer called sleep, and go to bed.
- You can't get to sleep, or wake up during the night.
The fix: This page on my website gives a lot of good ideas (including energy healing techniques) that can help. Also, phase out caffeine, minimize alcohol, and figure out how to relax and reduce stress, especially in the evening. Cut out agitating evening entertainments. Meditate. Belly breathe. Consider calcium and magnesium supplements at bedtime.
- Chronic pain
The fix: Pain usually improves with good sleep, but what if pain is preventing you from sleeping well? Here's a link to some energy healing ideas for pain, Also, Google "anti-inflammatory diet" and adopt it. Sugar, gluten, dairy and alcohol are low-hanging fruit here.
- You suspect sleep apnea.
The fix: Go to your doctor, get diagnosed and follow the prescribed treatment (usually a C-PAP machine).
- Environmental factors
The fix: Noise? Get a white-noise machine. Light in your bedroom? Fix it. Whatever the problem, love yourself enough to solve it.
Sleep well. Please. —Nancy
--by Nancy Hausauer
Opening 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.
Let the Fall Equinox Help You Balance Your Energy
--by Nancy Hausauer
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.
*(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
Share Your Gifts
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.
--by Nancy Hausauer
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:
- Meditate daily. You might want to sign up for an online program.
- Belly breathe at least 5 minutes daily.
- Do energy healings for yourself:
- Turn off the news.
- Practice a relaxation technique every day.
- Get out into nature for a hike or a day at the beach.
- Create a personal altar. Or several.
- Go stargazing.
- Get very still and listen for your intuition.
- Do yoga. Dance. Or any form of movement that's restorative to you.
- Pamper yourself with delicious and healthy food every day. Take time to really savor both making and eating it.
- Plant something.
- 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).
- Write in regularly your journal. Journal your dreams.
- 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.)
- Create something—whether or not you're "artistic." Just play!
- Forgive someone.
- 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.
--by Nancy Hausauer
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.
Everyone develops their favorites, but try
Doing GV 20 and 24.5 simultaneously can be especially powerful.
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.
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.
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.
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.