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Letting Your Highest Self Bloom: An Equinox Contemplation

--by Nancy Hausauer

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. 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 Vernal Equinox, I offer the following as something to reflect upon.

A Self-Discovery Exercise

DO NOT READ AHEAD! It spoils the exercise.

  1. Get two sheets 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 (or more) traits or qualities that you especially admire or honor about them. Really give your best effort to articulating particular characteristics you admire about them. It's OK if there's repetition; you don't have to list unique traits for each one.
  3. When you're done, read through all the traits of all the people. Adjust as needed. Then circle any characteristics that show up more than once on the page.
  4. Now take the second piece of paper. Draw a heavy line three inches down from the top. Below this line, list all the characteristics/traits you circled.

    Don't read ahead!

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


    Re-read the traits/characteristics you've listed there. Re-read several times. Let them sink in. This is you.

  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.

  7. Remember: This is a portrait of you. Sit with it for a while. Absorb it. Contemplate it. Breathe it in. Accept it.

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

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

Happy Equinox! --Nancy

Not A Happy Topic, But Important

--by Nancy Hausauer

Degas painting Melancholy

As an energy healer, it's likely that you will see people who are suffering from depression. It's one of those difficult, stubborn issues that can sometimes be hard for conventional treatments to address--so some sufferers start looking for alternatives, including energy healing.

While often depression is mild, when it's major it's a serious illness that can have life-threatening consequences. It can affect health in lots of ways, including driving people to attempt suicide. And sadly, suicide is on the rise in the U.S., as reported in this article from the Washington Post.

It's important for anyone who may be in a helping role for people who are depressed to know the hallmarks of depression and the signs that someone may be at risk for suicide.

Here's a link to an NIMH page that summarizes the symptoms of major depression.

Here you'll find signs that signal that someone may be intending suicide.

Beyond knowing these signs and symptoms, if you deal with people who are depressed, you'll need an action plan, including a list of local mental health referrals. Our role as energy healers should be to complement and support the work of trained psychological professionals. Make sure depressed clients are working with appropriate, qualified mental health professionals.

You should also have the (nation-wide) Suicide Hotline number handy. It is: 1-800-273-8255 (You can also call this number for advice on how to proceed.) Here's the website, too:

Some more resources:

** things NOT to say to people suffering from depression.

** 5 Action Steps For Helping Someone In Emotional Pain

** and a link to a useful PDF that summarizes a lot of this.

I know this isn't a fun topic, but sometimes we energy healers do deal with serious illnesses, and we need to be responsible by being informed, prepared and staying within our scope of practice.


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Why Energy Healing Matters In Today's World

--by Nancy Hausauer

Earth from space, By NASA/GSFC/Reto Stöckli, Nazmi El Saleous, and Marit Jentoft-Nilsen -, Public Domain,

Many healers are empaths. We feel the pain of the world acutely. Even if we want to stay mainly focused on the positive—an excellent goal—the other—the suffering—is often at some level on our mind.

The pain of the world can seem overwhelming, especially since each of us is small, and the hurt is large.

But, as the legendary children's welfare advocate Marion Wright Edelman has said,

"We must not, in trying to think about how we can make a big difference, ignore the small daily differences we can make which, over time, add up to big differences that we often cannot foresee."

And as energy healers, we are in a place to make many "small daily differences" for the individual people we work with, and for our wider community. We must have faith that these small acts of kindness and humanity will add up over time, especially when combined with the multitude of other people doing small, daily acts that make the world a better place.

Continue reading this new page on The Energy Healing Site.

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How To Boost Your Energy With This Life Hack

--by Nancy Hausauer

3rd chakra

Do you ever just put up with stuff that irritates you? Little annoyances that don't quite fully rise to the level of awareness, or seem too small to make it onto your to-do list? Yup. Me too.

They may be little, but they add up. They're like small, slow leaks in a tire. Not emergencies, but eventually that tire is going to get flatter and flatter.

And that's the way these annoyances affect your energy. They create slow, small leaks in your field.

They also impact your third chakra, the seat of your personal power, because they undermine that power. By putting up with things, you're not exercising your sovereignty over your own life--and things that aren't exercised get weak.

So, not addressing annoyances in our lives diminishes our energy in (at least) two ways. But it's so easy, and satisfying, to fix them.

Below is an exercise specifically to do that. Before you start, set an intention to strengthen and support your third chakra and close leaks in your energy field. This will amplify the power of the exercise.

Enough Already! Exercising Power Over Your Life

  1. Keep a little journal or your phone handy. For a couple of days, as you go about your normal life, make notes about small things that bother you. The messy drawer, the squeaky hinge, the jagged fingernail, the pile of papers needing to be filed, the commitment you agreed to when you knew you didn't really have time for it.

  2. After a couple of days, transfer these notes to a hard-copy list that you can post somewhere in your house. If you're like most people, some of the items on your list will be very easy to deal with, while some will take a bit more planning and effort.

  3. Every day, pick something from the list and change it, or at least make concrete progress toward improving the situation. Some days you'll feel up to the larger fixes, some days you'll need to pick smaller ones. (It's OK if some days you give yourself a pass, too, especially if you're already stressed out and exhausted.)

  4. When you've taken care of an annoyance, stop to enjoy how it feels not to have that pesky situation in your life. Let yourself bask in the feelings of accomplishment and empowerment.

By the time you've ticked off everything on your list, you'll be in the habit of noticing small annoyances and taking care of them regularly. You'll also be building your power muscles so you'll be better able to address the larger discontents in your life.

On an energetic level, all of this will help your energy field be able to recharge itself and hold that charge. Your third chakra, which thrives on making things happen, will also love it.

Enjoy! -- Nancy

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How to Use House-Cleaning As An Energy Healing Tool

--by Nancy Hausauer

It's getting to be that time of year: Spring Cleaning time. Why is spring cleaning (or any major clearing of your home) energetically important?


As life coach Martha Beck says, "Our living spaces are basically three-dimensional portraits of our inner lives. You can't de-clutter your living space without de-cluttering your inner life and vice versa."

Hmmm. . . Take a walk through your house. What do you see? How does each room feel? When you come home, what's your general feeling? Do you feel peaceful or agitated when you walk through the door? Does spending time at home make you feel energized or lethargic? Clear or foggy? Cheerful or downcast?

You can use the act of spring cleaning intentionally, to help clean up your energy system, open chakras and support energetic balance and flow. A good cleaning and decluttering can really shift your energy.

And the other way around, if you notice an irresistible urge to clean and declutter, it's usually a sign that your internal energy is in the process of shifting.

You don't have to undertake a whole-house-cleaning, if you don't want to. You can shift a lot of energy just by tackling one room or even one cupboard or drawer.

Or if you're really strapped for time, just clear a single surface, such as a table or shelf, and create an altar or other eye-resting, eye-pleasing spot. This could be as simple as a vase of flowers placed with intention on your cleared surface. It'll help bring more coherence, harmony and order both to your home and your personal energy system.

This is a good example of how you can use any intentionally done activity, no matter how mundane, to heal and support your energy. Everything is energy, everything is connected and intention is a powerful force. So happy cleaning!

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How Energy Healing Can Help

Unveil Our True Nature

Energy healing can help us heal the terrible misperception that we are nothing more than matter by giving us a direct experience of our true, non-material nature.

Our culture teaches us that we are basically nothing more than matter, just glorified machines. This falsehood about our true nature, about the reality of what we are, is deeply wounding and the cause of great suffering. Energy healing can help heal that terrible misperception by giving people a direct experience of their true, non-material nature.

Your Heart's Desires: How To Reconnect When You've Lost Touch

--by Nancy Hausauer

Image of light shining through heart shape

Desire, especially the deep desire that comes from your heart and soul, is a powerful energetic force. It's the life force at work in us and arguably the root of all movement and everything that happens. Desire gives us a trajectory in life. Without it, we can feel lost, rudderless, stuck, like we're spinning our wheels.

Some people seem to be full of desires. They always know what they want, and they go after it. Others of us can get disconnected from our heart's desires, like people with treasure buried in the back yard, but we've lost the map. If that's the case for you, here are some exercises to try:

Four Exercises For Uncovering Your Heart's Desires

  • If you can't identify any deep desires, work with some of your more casual wants. For example, maybe you've been wishing for a new car. Consider this: When we want something, often what we really want is the way we hope it'll make us feel. (Danielle Laporte writes eloquently about this.)Try this exercise based on this idea.

    1. Identify something, anything, that you want. Drill deeper into it. Daydream--vividly--about how you'll feel when you have it. When you've identified those feelings, write them down.

    2. Now brainstorm other ways you might be able to generate those same feelings.

    3. Once you get the hang of that, dream bigger. Have fun with this. Be outrageous and bold. Does anything here inspire you? If so, work with it. If not, you've identified a way you want to FEEL, and that's important information.

  • Try coming at it from the flip side.

    1. Identify some things you DON'T want. What bothers you, annoys you, makes you want to scream? Write those things down.
    2. For each "Don't Want," journal about the most fabulously different situation--including the feelings-- you can imagine. Again, dream big, get detailed, and have fun. You may get some clues to your desires in there.
    3. Get some energy moving by changing some of those "don't-wants"!

  • Pay attention to what you're curious about. Those tendrils of interest are clues to passions that may be hiding or growing in you. Follow up on them. Though not every passing curiosity will lead to a grand passion, a) it's fun; b) it might lead to larger passions; and c) it cultivates our life force and gives us practice in noticing our inner leanings.

  • Check your calendar and to-do list. Are you over-committed, especially to helping other people fulfill their desires? Is your to-do list full of "shoulds"? Duty and passion rarely overlap much. Prune your commitments and to-do list and see what happens.

Practical Suggestions

And finally, if feeling disconnected from your desires has gone on for a long time:

  • Get a health checkup.
  • Get screened for depression.

A final word: Is it possible you're just contented with your life right now? Is so, nothing to be fixed there!

Wishing you joy,


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Creative Fire And The Power Of Art

--by Nancy Hausauer

Statue of Apollo's torso

In the Northern Hemisphere, February first (or second) marks the ancient Celtic holiday of Imbolc. It's the beginning of the beginning of Spring. (In the Southern Hemisphere, the beginning of the beginning of Fall.)

In Celtic/Gaelic mythology, the goddess closely associated with Imbolc is Brigid (usually pronounced "Breed"). Brigid is associated, among other things, with blacksmithing, home and hearth, and poetry. On first glance, this seems like a motley assortment, but there's a common thread there in fire and creativity.

I'm not much of a blacksmith, but I love poetry and take pretty much any opportunity to celebrate it. I believe that poetry, like all art, has strong energetic properties, healing us and calling us to a higher vibration.

So today, as an Imbolc offering, I want to share a favorite poem. Written by the great German poet Rainer Maria Rilke and translated by Stephen Mitchell, it describes an ancient Greek statue, deeply damaged but still holding its original energetic force. The poem defies a simple explanation, but I love its themes of the transformative power of art, wholeness despite superficial brokenness, the holographic nature of existence, the consciousness dwelling in everything. And of course, the breath-taking shift of the last line.

To me, the poem both describes and embodies creative fire, and it always gives me a visceral surge of energy. (The image above, by the way, is an archaic torso of Apollo, but not the one that Rilke was describing.)

Archaic Torso of Apollo

by Rainer Maria Rilke, tr. Stephen Mitchell

We cannot know his legendary head
with eyes like ripening fruit. And yet his torso
is still suffused with brilliance from inside,
like a lamp, in which his gaze, now turned to low,

gleams in all its power. Otherwise
the curved breast could not dazzle you so, nor could
a smile run through the placid hips and thighs
to that dark center where procreation flared.

Otherwise this stone would seem defaced
beneath the translucent cascade of the shoulders
and would not glisten like a wild beast's fur:

would not, from all the borders of itself,
burst like a star: for here there is no place
that does not see you. You must change your life.

In this beautiful, wise season of early spring, I hope you find poetry and art that heals you and calls you to a higher vibration. And I hope that you exercise some of your own creative fire as well. — Nancy

You may also enjoy this page about the energetic properties of art on The Energy Healing Site.

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Energy Healing and Intuition: 4 New Pages For You To Enjoy

Intuitive Healing word cloud

I've been on a page-publishing spree on The Energy Healing Site! I think you'll like my new series on using intuition in energy work:

  • Intuitive Healing

    Intuitive healing plays a big part in the work of many energy healers. Learn about it here.

  • What Is Intuition?

    What is intuition and how do we recognize it when it shows up? How do we tell it from fear, ego, an over-active imagination or wishful thinking?

  • Developing Intuition

    Developing intuition is a worthy goal for anyone, but especially for energy healers. Learn 20 ideas for opening and expanding your natural abilities--yes, we all have intuitive powers!

  • How To Manage A Clairvoyant Gift

    A young clairvoyant and empath asks Nancy "What in the world is this? Where should I go with this?"

You may also like these older pages:

  • Understanding Your Intuitive Style

    Learning about your unique intuitive style will help you both in your healing work with others and in your own personal life.

  • Understanding Non-Local Experiences

    Understand non-local experiences and non-local consciousness, such as hunches, clairvoyance, premonitions, synchronistic events, precognitive dreams, intuition, and remote viewing.

Intuition is so important for energy healers. I strongly encourage you to honor and support yours.

Warmly, Nancy

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Energy Healing Is An Invitation
To Transform Your Life

--by Nancy Hausauer

Energy healing is an invitation to reclaim your connection with the Sacred, expand and shift your conscious awareness and transform your everyday life.

Energy healing is an invitation to reclaim your connection with the Sacred, expand and shift your conscious awareness and transform your everyday life.

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