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Why You Should Honor Your Heart's Desires



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


Your heart-felt passions and desires deserve to be honored and tended. They NEED to be honored and tended, so that the evolutionary principle, the intelligence, the love, the MAGIC they hold deep within them can be born.

Cultivating your deeply felt desires, or the underlying needs that they represent, shouldn't be an afterthought. They shouldn't be something to take care of after you've taken care of everyone and everything else. Something important is wanting to come into the world through them. Put them near the top of your to-do list. Take a step toward realizing your passions every day. They matter. You matter.

What will you do, today, to honor what your heart deeply longs for?

Namaste,

Nancy

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How Science Can Help Energy Healers Soothe Pain

--by Nancy Hausauer


This post is a "just the highlights" version of my article in the November/December issue of Energy Magazine (TM), titled "The Issues Are NOT In The Tissues: Energy Healing Strategies For Chronic Pain Inspired By Contemporary Science." Here's a link to download the full article in PDF form.

Energy Magazine, an online publication of the Healing Touch Program, is an important contemporary voice for exploring and promoting energy healing.

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Hands-on energy healing

Energy healing has a decent track record in dealing with chronic pain, but are there ways we energy healers could improve? Let's look at some of the general insights and applications we can derive from contemporary science, which in recent decades has made huge advances in understanding pain.

Take A Holistic Approach

Current science is clear that chronic pain is complex and multi-faceted, with causes and effects that go beyond the physical body. It can be closely intertwined with depression, anxiety, sleeplessness and exhaustion. It often brings on financial or job stress and grief.

A major take-away from this is that there's not likely to be a single, straight-ahead "cure." Definitely, you should use your most effective local techniques for pain, but don't stop there. Treat the whole person, the whole energy system. Be creative, be holistic, approach from multiple angles and remember that your therapeutic impact is always more than the sum of your techniques.

Calm The Nervous System

Since chronic pain is thought to be a disease characterized by an over-sensitized nervous system, giving clients a breather from this relentless, exhausting backdrop of physiological stress should be a top priority.

Incorporate Gentle Touch

Touch calms the nervous system and can also temporarily reduce pain. If it is within your legal scope of practice (or if you are not practicing professionally), consider weaving touch-based methods into your session.

Work With The Emotional Aspects Of Pain

Since current science demonstrates that pain is closely connected to emotion--worsened by fear and stress and often relieved by positive feelings--another good holistic strategy is to balance your client's emotional state.

Nurture Optimism

Positive emotions such as hope and confidence have been shown to have beneficial effects, so do what you can to nurture optimism (in a responsible and realistic way, of course).

Promote Empowerment

Chronic pain can make people feel powerless and out of control, which can trigger depression and anxiety. Depression and anxiety, in turn, can worsen pain. Our approach should be to increase a sense of empowerment and agency.

Be Realistic

Given how complex and stubborn chronic pain can be, it's particularly important to be realistic and to observe the often-given advice to remain non-attached to specific outcomes.

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For specific ideas for implementing these general strategies, download the full article.


Worried? Nothing You Can Do About It? Here's What To Do

--by Nancy Hausauer

Calibrate up and trust what happens

Recently, I was telling my husband about something I was worried about. It involved a touchy situation with someone I cared a lot about, and I didn't feel like I had much influence over how it was going to turn out. I was really stewing about it and asked for his advice.

He said something simple but brilliant:


Calibrate up and trust what happens.

It was the perfect advice for my worried mind. My stress fell away and I felt an incredible sense of relief. Because by calibrating my energy up, I could be confident that whatever happened was right, at least on some level. I could feel certain that it was all going to work out in the long run.

"Calibrate up and trust what happens" is advice I'd recommend for anyone who's fretting about something.

How Do You Calibrate Your Energy Up?

But how do you do that? There's no single answer. There must be a million ways to do it. As with all things energetic, intention is the key. I want to encourage you to create your own ways to calibrate your energy up, but to get you going, here are some ideas:

  • If you pray, it's a beautiful way to calibrate an experience to a higher level.
  • Set an intention for the highest good for everyone involved in the situation.
  • Be present and grateful for everything you can be aware of to be grateful for.
  • Remember what one of my clients brilliantly pointed out: "You can spiral up as well as spiral down." So if you're spiraling down, turn that feeling around and move the energy up.
  • Imagine the situation you're worried about. You can imagine it any way you want: a scene, a symbol or whatever. Now, imagine that you are floating high above it, so high that you can't see its details, and send love, compassion and light to it.
  • Use the "shield of light" technique both to fill your field with light and to put some energetic space between you and your troubling situation. Scroll down the page to find the technique.
  • Move your energetic center to your heart chakra, your Third Eye, or both. Here's a technique for using breath to do that (#1 in the list):
  • Develop a short, personal ritual for raising your energy. This could be a phrase, a sound, an image, a gesture/mudra, etc.
  • Practice mindfulness and do your best to stay in the present.
  • Remember this wisdom from Pema Chodron: "Whatever is happening is the path to enlightenment" (or evolution or personal growth).

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How To Work With People Facing Severe Health Crises

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This is from the 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 offer a lot for practitioners at any stage. I'm hoping to get it done by early next year. --Nancy

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If you do energy healing long enough, even if it is just for your immediate friends and family, you will eventually work with someone who is staring death right in the eye.

Repeat after me: "I will never promise someone facing a life-threatening illness that I can cure them."

Never. Ever. Ever.

Your goal is to increase their quality of life while they go through whatever physical, mental, emotional and spiritual processes they are going through.

Aim to make them feel loved and cared about. To soothe them and help them relax. To provide them with some temporary relief of symptoms if you can. Perhaps to give them a glimpse of non-material reality, which can be a comfort to someone who is dying.

Your goal cannot be to save their life. As I have said abundantly elsewhere, in energy work we do not operate on the model of fixing and curing. Leave that to the medical doctors.

And on that note, do not interfere in the doctor-patient relationship. Do not say things that make your ailing friend or loved one doubt any conventional treatments they are receiving. They don't need a particle more stress, anxiety or doubt than they already have.

Is it possible that energy healing might help them achieve a miracle, might save their lives or at least forestall death for a significant amount of time? In my experience, yes. But we have absolutely no control over that, it is not common and it is cruel to make even so much as a whispered intimation that it's possible.

Here's what I have said to loved ones and clients who were facing grave health crises. "Energy healing can't hurt and it might help. It can usually help you relax and feel better. Relaxing is always good for your state of mind, can help you feel less pain and supports your body in functioning at its best. Energy healing also can help you feel more at peace emotionally so you can make clear decisions, find more enjoyment, access your intuition and connect with loved ones."

Then just give them gentle energy work as often as you can. Lovingly do the work, and leave the outcome to something greater and wiser than we are.

And if they don't want energy work, bring soup. Everyone needs soup.


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How A Beginning Energy Healer Can Overcome Self-Doubt

--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 hope to get it done by spring 2019. --Nancy

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Fledgling

Doubt. It sometimes afflicts every energy worker I know, experienced healers as well as beginners. Sorry.

For me--yes, it still happens to me sometimes--it's a nagging, mean little voice inside my head, saying, "Who do you think you are? What do you think you're doing?"

I've developed a fairly effective response to this nagging, mean little voice. I say silently to myself, "Just do the work." I say it as often, as long and as firmly as necessary. And then I just do the work. Before long, I'm over it. I highly recommend this method.

Tips For Your First Few Sessions

Your first few sessions are a special case. Self-doubt is especially likely, and if you're anything like I was, you may feel bumbling and awkward.

Don't let that stop you. There's probably no help for it! It's like starting anything new--you just have to do it. But here are some tips that may make it easier:

  • Start by working with people you're very comfortable with, who are open to energy work and who are supportive of your doing it.
  • Let them know you're new and still feeling your way around.
  • Tell them whether or not you want feedback, and if so, what kind.
  • Give yourself permission to be awkward and to make what you might perceive as mistakes (while knowing there are no real mistakes).
  • Really lean into practicing non-attachment to outcomes. Don't expect anything in particular to happen. Don't worry if you don't "feel" anything. Just go into the session with an open heart and mind, practice your "Basic Energy Healing Toolkit" and do whatever else occurs to you.
  • Also, remember if something that feels like an energetic disharmony will not resolve in a reasonable length of time, it may be that the disharmony is a necessary part of a larger process of healing. Just set an intention to support the healing process without feeling the need to fix it. Being humble and having a perennial "beginner's mind" is as important as any specific energy healing technique you can use.
  • It's OK to feel like you don't know what you're doing. Just re-ground, re-center and "do the work."
  • Know that sessions will become smoother as you do more of them. You'll learn through experience how to sequence your session, how best to communicate certain things, how to set people at ease and so on.

Above all, try not to take things too seriously. Sometimes energy work can be serious, but often it's a lot of fun.


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A Meditation For Re-Setting Your Energy

--by Nancy Hausauer

Candle

Here's an ultra-simple meditation to help you witness your own awareness.

Why is witnessing your own awareness important? It's a sixth and seventh chakra experience that takes you out of the ordinary stream of mental chatter, sensory phenomena and knee-jerk responses. While awareness of awareness--also called meta-awareness--isn't something that most of us can sustain for very long at a stretch, even short experiences of it are profoundly healing.

Experiences of witnessing our own awareness help us live more freely, feel more peaceful, feel interconnected with everything and evolve spiritually. They're a powerful way to "reset" our energy.

It's easier to experience it than to describe it, so here's a mediation to give you a taste of meta-awareness.

1. Find a comfortable place to sit.

2. Belly breathe for a while to help you relax. (Or whatever works for you.)

3. Visualize something simple and pleasant, like a rose or a candle.

4. Hold it in your mind lightly, not using a lot of mental force to maintain it. In a very short period of time (probably less than a minute), it will naturally begin to fade (unless you have visualizing superpowers, in which case you may need to actively release it).

5. What remains after the object has faded is just awareness itself, without an object. This is a highly restorative energetic state.

6. Remain in this state for as long as you can without trying. (There's no judgment here about how long you can hold the meta-awareness state. Even a couple of seconds is beneficial.) When the state of awareness-without-an-object fades or is replaced by thoughts, repeat the process: Visualize your chosen image, let it fade and let your awareness rest lightly on what remains after the image disappears.

7. Do this as many times as you like, opening your eyes and returning to regular awareness when you feel ready.


There are many ways to reach this state of awareness of awareness, when only awareness remains. If this meditation works for you, I encourage you to do it often. It reboots your energy and is especially beneficial:

1) to clear your energy field of worry, fear or rumination v

2) to open awareness so that intuitive information can be more readily accessed

3) to prepare yourself for giving an energy healing treatment.


And perhaps most importantly, the state of meta-awareness allows you to experience yourself as you truly are: as spirit/consciousness/awareness/energy discovering itself through human incarnation. This understanding is critical to well-being on all levels, including the physical.

I attended a lecture by Deepak Chopra in April and the meditation above was inspired by an exercise he led. He's been a huge influence for me and I'm grateful for his teachings.

Namaste, Nancy


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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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