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The Power of Thought

--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:

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!

The World Is Unknowable, And This Leaves Room For Hope

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.

"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

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 (see below) 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
    No explanation necessary here.

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

Namaste, Nancy

The Importance Of Grounding In An Unsettled Time

--by Nancy Hausauer

Tree with roots

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.

Ways To Ground

There are many ways to plug into to the earth's energy, and when you get used to it, you'll be able to do it just through intention. But in the meantime, here's a method to try.

  • Sit somewhere comfortable, where you won't be disturbed, spine straight.

  • Imagine roots extending down from the soles of your feet or your pelvis. Imagine them pressing into the earth and sinking deep into it. Let them grow as deep and wide as you want.

  • Feel your connection to the earth--a strong, unshakeable connection. Remember that you aren't "on" the earth, you are part of the earth. Allow yourself some time to sense the earth's energy.

  • Allow your roots to drain off excess or unwanted energy (such as fear, anxiety, or lingering bad feelings) into the earth, where these energies are neutral. Give this some time.

  • Then allow the beautiful, calming and nourishing energy of the earth to flow up through the roots, through your legs, your pelvis, your torso, branching at your shoulders and running down your arms and out your fingertips.

  • Allow the earth's energy to continue up through your neck, into your head and your face. You can either contain it and circulate it through your body, or allow it to stream out your fingers and the top of your head and fall back down to the ground. Allow it to nourish your body and help you feel revitalized, refreshed, and calm. Take a few moments to enjoy this feeling.

  • When you're ready, open your eyes and return to the here and now.

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

Keep Your Attention On The Positive

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.

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.

How To Send Healing Energy To Others

--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:

How To Send Healing Energy

  • Sit in a quiet place and meditate or ground/center/become still. Visualize yourself surrounded by white light.

  • Set an intention to work for the highest good of the person in need. Don't specify a particular outcome--we can't know what's truly best for another.

  • Light a candle, sound a bell, or perform some other act that allows you to define a beginning and end to your session.

  • Close your eyes and visualize the person you wish to send energy to (I find it easier to visualize someone in motion rather than still); or get a felt sense of them; or if they are less familiar to you, just hold their name in your mind. Picture or feel them in a state of serene contentedness.

  • Send an intention to support and amplify their highest good. Visualize them surrounded by white light. Hold them in this light for as long as feels right.

  • To end the session, open your eyes. Take a deep breath and re-center. Notice your breathing and the sensations you're experiencing. Blow out the candle or sound the bell.

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

One Simple Step To Restore Calm And Focus

One Simple Step To Restore Calm And Focus

--by Nancy Hausauer

Contemplation by Ghassan Salman Faidi [GFDL ( or CC BY-SA 4.0 (], from Wikimedia Commons

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.

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.

Technique For Bringing Your Awareness Into Your Body

There are many ways to bring awareness back to your body. 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 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

The Stance Of Courage

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

"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 Are Called To Rise

We Are Called To Rise

We never know how high we are, till we are called to rise--Emily Dickinson.

We never know how high we are

Till we are called to rise…

--Emily Dickinson

Advice For Empaths In The Time Of Pandemic

Bleeding Heart Flowers

Bleeding Heart Flowers

Dear friends,

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.

Advice For Empaths In The Time Of Pandemic

  • Remember: it's OK to step back. It's not a requirement to take on others' suffering.
  • Breathe consciously.
  • Stay in the present. Return to the present when you have strayed.
  • Exercise daily.
  • Get out in nature daily.
  • Take frequent breaks from the news. Or take a complete break from the news and ask someone else to keep you abreast of any essential developments.
  • Create things.
  • Find ways to laugh.
  • Notice beauty. Create beauty. Be grateful for beauty.

  • Support and develop your third chakra to help you shore up energetic boundaries and tend to your own essential needs.

  • Practice pulling your energy back to yourself and keeping it contained within yourself. Here's a centering exercise to help you do that.

  • 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).

Dear tender-hearted people, please take extra-good care of yourselves during these difficult times.

With love, Nancy

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