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By changing the underlying—often unconscious—view of ourselves as nothing but physical matter, we transform our relationship to both life and death. In doing so, we can free ourselves from much fear, limitation and suffering.

Would You Like To Be An Energy Healer? Some Questions For You

--by Nancy Hausauer

This is adapted from the new book I'm working on, tentatively titled, "So You Want To Be An Energy Healer: Insight, Tools And Encouragement For New Practitioners." I'm hoping to finish it by the end of the year. --Nancy

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Woman with questionSometimes new energy healers experience self-doubt, wondering "Can I really do energy healing?" or "Am I really a healer?" My unequivocal answer is "Yes!"

I encourage new and aspiring energy healers to start from the assumption that "being a healer" is mostly about:

  1. hearing a calling and
  2. answering it.

You've Already Heard The Call. How Do You Answer It?

If you're even wondering about energy healing, you've already heard the call. It's that simple. You've been tapped.

How do you answer the call? The most important way is just to "do the work." Find ways to practice energy work and integrate it into your life. It's in actually doing energy work that we grow into our role.

Some Questions To Help You Grow As An Energy Healer

We can also grow into our role by looking deeply and honestly into our strengths, challenges, resources and opportunities for growth. Here are some questions to help you do that. (You might want to do this in your journal.)

  • Why do I want to be a healer?
  • When did I first feel this desire?
  • Are there ways in which I have already been a healer?
  • What are some of the things that the people who know me well would say are unique or distinctive about me? Some of the things I like about myself? Some of the things I most love to do? Can I incorporate any of these into my healing work?
  • What is my relationship with my ego? Am I aware of it? Can I set it aside when necessary? If not, am I willing to practice doing that?
  • When I look at my life, do I see a pattern of liking to "save" others? Do I like others to think of me as wise or as having special powers? Would I still want to do energy healing if no one ever knew I was doing it?
  • What is my general sense of the balance of my life? What parts of it feel balanced? Out of balance? In particular, what is the balance between giving and receiving in my life? Am I willing to address any imbalances?
  • How do I handle personal boundaries? Can I set and maintain them with most people?
  • What are my ongoing self-care practices?
  • Do I have a community of like-minded people with whom I can talk about energy healing, spiritual evolution and other deep concerns and values?
  • What are my ongoing practices to cultivate personal or spiritual growth and evolution?

I hope these questions help further your journey along the energy healing path. --Nancy


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How To Cultivate Beginner's Mind And Reap The Benefits

--by Nancy Hausauer

This is from the new book I'm working on, tentatively titled, "So You Want To Be An Energy Healer: Insight, Tools And Encouragement For The New Practitioner." Although it's aimed specifically at new and aspiring healers, I think it'll have a lot for practitioners at any stage. I'm hoping to get it done by the end of the year. --Nancy

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Child's Drawing"Beginner's mind" is a valuable concept from Zen Buddhism that means maintaining an attitude of openness, eagerness, relative egolessness and lack of preconceptions. It's useful for energy healers at all stages.

When you're new to energy healing, it comes naturally. But it's easy to feel bad about being a beginner and look forward to the time when you no longer feel like one. Our egos like to feel smart and in charge, not vulnerable and non-knowing, like we were when we were children.

So if you're a new energy healer, I hope it's reassuring to know that beginner's mind is a good thing.

What Beginner's Mind Does For Us

So many benefits, where to begin! Beginner's mind:

  • helps us tap into intuition/Source/higher sources of wisdom
  • allays performance anxieties
  • keeps us open to potential and possibility
  • keeps our work fresh, spontaneous and enjoyable
  • makes room for miracles, laughter, fun and play —the juice of life
  • gets us out of mental ruts
  • empties the mind and helps us stay receptive to new approaches
  • lets us tap into our enormous creative powers
  • enables us see things from fresh perspectives
  • helps us see connections between things
  • lets us rest our busy mindsrelieves stress.

How Can We Cultivate Beginner's Mind?

Here are some tips for cultivating Beginner's Mind:

  • Be aware that there are no formulas, and that each person and even each session is unlike any other you have ever or will ever encountered.
  • Be ever-willing to say "I don't know!" With enthusiasm!
  • Embrace uncertainty. With enthusiasm!
  • Allow your client to be the expert for her or himself.
  • Practice non-attachment to outcome. Do not judge yourself on the presence or absence of any expected or hoped for results.
  • Go into sessions without a plan. Just be present with and deeply listen to your client and respond out of that.
  • Break up routines sometimes, just for the heck of it.
  • Practice presence, stillness and silence, both in and out of sessions.
  • In your life (outside of the session room), cultivate the right side of your brain.

As we gain experience, beginner's mind is harder to maintain. It requires discipline and devotion. And yet, it yields such rich gifts, it's worth the effort.


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Do Your Beliefs Support Freedom and Expansion?

--by Nancy Hausauer

Poster, Emotional suffering alerts us

Beliefs are energy forms that can propel us forward or hold us back. How can we work with this energetic phenomenon to make our lives freer, larger, richer and more conscious?

Let's start with a not-uncommon situation.

Say Mark and Sally are talking at a party. Sally replies gruffly to something Mark says, mutters and turns away. Soon after, she leaves. Mark starts wondering if he offended her. He ruminates. Before the evening is over, he's miserable, convinced she thinks he's a worm and wondering if maybe he IS.

But it's not the only conclusion he could have drawn. Maybe she had a headache, had a rough day or … But Mark chose a conclusion that caused him suffering.

Most of us have done some variation on this. Why do we do it?

An Energetic Interpretation

The answer, I think, is that there are hidden forces that herd us toward these suffering-generating conclusions.

Those forces are beliefs, many of which we aren't conscious of, probably created when we were children. Self-generated suffering is a red alert to such unconscious, adverse beliefs, examples of which might be "I'm unworthy of love," "I'm powerless," and the like.

What Are Beliefs? An Energy Perspective

Beliefs are a form of energy--real things that are literal force fields in our lives.

Any time we can achieve more consciousness about those forces--especially when they're hidden, causing us suffering or limiting our potential--we gain power and control over our lives.

We also expand our lives. Because beliefs create containers for our life experiences. Containers aren't necessarily a bad thing. They can act as tools for concentrating and directing energy. Think deadlines or river banks.

But they can also limit us in negative ways, restricting movement, potential and growth. Think cages or outgrown clothing.

We want to be sure that our beliefs support freedom and expansion, that the containers they create act as concentrating tools rather than shackles. We want to CHOOSE beliefs that empower us and release those that don't. How do we do this?

Because beliefs are energy forms, it takes energy to expose them and disperse them. Questions--also a form of energy--work well for this.

Questions To Expose and Disperse Underlying Beliefs

Here are some subterranean-belief-busting questions to ask yourself whenever you notice you've generated suffering for yourself:

  • Is there another conclusion that can be drawn? (It's often helpful to get an outside perspective on this.)

  • What underlying belief might be steering me toward this unnecessary, suffering-causing conclusion?

If you can't see what the belief might be, try reverse-engineering it with questions like:

  • What hidden belief might cause someone to come up with a conclusion like that?

  • If I were looking at another person in my situation, what beliefs might I surmise were at the root of this dynamic?

Therapists can help with this process, but sometimes consciousness alone is enough.

Wishing you more consciousness, less suffering--Nancy


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One Simple Step To Restore Calm And Focus

--by Nancy Hausauer

Contemplation

Most of us feel frazzled, distracted or scattered sometimes. Here's a one-step process for restoring calm and focus.

Simply do this: Bring your awareness into your body.

A hectic day at work makes most of us want to return to our homes. We know 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 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.

Our Bodies Are In The Present

When our awareness/energy is in our body, it's also in the present, because our bodies are very much in the now. The present is almost always the place of least suffering and most calm. It's also the place of creativity, power and connection to higher wisdom, intuition and inspiration.

Obviously, the present is THE place to be!

Technique For Bringing Your Awareness Into Your Body

So how do you bring your awareness to your body? There are a kajillion ways, but here's one to try.

  • In a comfortable seated position, shut your eyes.

  • Bring your awareness to your feet. Just sense your feet and notice what you notice. Many people feel a kind of tingling or alive sensation when they do this. (This is your energy!) Hang out here for a while. If you're short on time, you can stop here, taking some belly breaths until you feel yourself calming down and your energy becoming grounded and centered.

  • If you have more time, bring your awareness up your legs and throughout your entire body. Again, stop and enjoy this feeling for a while, taking some deep belly breaths as you do. Especially check in with any places that feel contracted and allow your awareness to rest there compassionately for a while.

  • If you want to keep going, you can expand your awareness to your subtle energy field as well. (Remembering that your field is three-dimensional.)

You probably shouldn't do this while driving, but except for that you can do this pretty much any time and any place to bring more calm and focus to your day.

Wishing you peace, Nancy


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Focus Your Attention On The Positive

Quote about keeping your attention positive

How To Grow The Magic Of Desire: Lessons from the Garden

--by Nancy Hausauer

Garden

I love the Celtic holiday of Beltane. Coming May 1, it marks the beginning of the beginning of summer.

Traditionally, people observed rituals to promote fertility. Makes sense. This time of year, the animals are getting frisky and the plants are starting their long journey toward bearing fruit.

So in honor of the season, let me ask you:


  • What in your life are you "feeling frisky" about--a magnetic attraction, a quickening of the pulse, a stirring of eagerness? What are you longing for, craving, yearning, hungering for? What are you DESIRING?
  • What can you do and what are you willing to do to make your life a fertile garden for that desire--to help that desire bear fruit?

What Is Desire?

Let's talk about desire, especially your heart-felt, soul-deep desires.


Do you know where the word "desire" comes from? (It only started meaning "lust" in the 14th century.) It comes from the Latin phrase "de-sidere," meaning "from the stars." In other words, your deepest desires come from the stars. They are SACRED, like seeds from heaven.

These star-seeds that are your heart-felt passions and desires deserve to be honored and tended. NEED to be honored and tended so the evolutionary principle, the intelligence, the love, the MAGIC they hold within them can be born.

Growing The Magic Of Desire

Here are some ideas to honor and tend your Desires.

  • First, do you know what your deepest desires are? If you're not sure--sometimes we lose touch with them--pay attention to what you're curious about. Those tendrils of interest are clues to passions that are hiding or growing in you.
  • Are you giving your Desires what they need to become? If not, can you stop being OK with denying yourself what your heart longs for? Can you give it a toe-hold in your life, a chance to sprout?
  • Create more space in your daily life for your Desire. Literal space, and also calendar space. Clear out the old, remove debris, release what doesn't light you up. You've got to have some land to plant your star-seed in. Got to make the time to tend.
  • The seed's evolutionary urge to sprout and bear fruit is strong and tenacious, but you can't just stick seeds into any gnarly old patch of dirt and expect them to flourish.

    The evolutionary force within your Desire is powerful, too, but like real seeds, it does so much better when we create a fertile environment for it. Gardeners call that amending the soil, and we use all kinds of yummy stuff like compost, manure and bone meal. What inner and outer amendments would help your Desire really thrive?

  • Make a commitment. Actually put that seed in the ground!
  • Now, trust the evolutionary magic at the core of all true, deep desires.

CHOOSE your passion, take RESPONSIBILITY for your joy--every day.


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

--by Nancy Hausauer

By Thomas Quine (A heavy load) [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/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


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