--by Nancy Hausauer
Energy healing works from a different model of reality—a different paradigm—than the one that is dominant in Western culture. That reality model, or underlying world-view, is philosophical materialism.
Philosophical materialism, to put it simplistically, holds that only physical matter is truly real. Obviously, this is not the way that an energy healer looks at the world, at least not while doing a healing.
Being able to switch your consciousness from the dominant model of reality (that only matter is real and the human body and mind is like a machine) to the energy healing model of reality (that there are subtle, invisible forces that shape us and that what we truly are can never be reduced to mere cellular processes or interactions of matter) is therefore extremely useful to any energy healer.
Is it absolutely necessary to be able to do this? Maybe not. But it is certainly helpful. And liberating. Spiritual teacher Ram Das points out the important relationship between the process of spiritual awakening and being able to shift your sense of reality:
Part of the process of awakening is the recognition that the realities we thought were absolute are only relative. All you have to do is shift in one reality once and your attachment to what you thought was real starts to collapse. Once the seed of awakening is in you, there's no choice – there's no turning back. We all know that reality is relative; we have known it since childhood.
As with most things, we get better at this consciousness-shifting thing with practice.
I think this short video from Rupert Spira, in particular the "I am the body/I am aware of the body" exercise, can be extremely useful for energy healers. It not only helps to develop the ability to shift consciousness/reality models, but also can help us move into a higher energy state to prepare for doing energy work. If you pay close attention, you may be able to feel your energy shift when you go into "I am aware of the body" mode.
If you aren't able to view the embedded video above, you can see it here.
--by Nancy Hausauer
Usually about this time of year, I post about the season of late summer and what it has to teach us about Work. But this year, so much has changed--in every arena of life, including work--that that just isn't useful.
For many of us, work is a major way that we ground our energy. More than just a place, for most of us our work anchors us in a community and a collective purpose.
That place of grounding has been interrupted or at least changed for many of us. Whether we are newly working from home; forced into retirement; furloughed; newly unemployed or worried about unemployment; normally work at/from home and now have kids, spouses or housemates in our space; or have a job that now puts our health at risk--the sense of structure, security, purpose, predictability, solidity and community that work provides for many of us is deeply disrupted.
I have to take a deep breath after writing this, because my own work life has been very disrupted, and I am feeling a little lost. But just this morning I read some beautiful advice from Brother Stiendl-Rast of Gratitude.com, and it resonates deeply with me.
"Blessing, rightly understood, is the invisible bloodstream pulsating through the universe–alive and life-giving."
For me, "Energy" is interchangeable with "Blessing," and the quote reminds me to tap into the Energy, into Source, and let it flow through me. As I do that, I feel it recharge and reorganize my depleted, drifty personal energy; help me restore my shell-shocked energetic boundaries; and clear my 6th chakra, giving me more clarity.
Phew! I didn't even realize the full extent of my energetic disarray until I just wrote about that. Feels much better!
I hope that tapping back into Blessing or Source Energy or whatever you call it will be helpful to you as well. And I wish you and your loved ones (and may that be all sentient beings) good physical health, righteous work, financial security, and a loved and loving heart.
--by Nancy Hausauer
Most of us vastly underestimate and under-use our personal power. I'm going to share a commonplace story (that many parents will relate to!). I hope it will help you reclaim your power and use it in the service of goodness, kindness, and light--for yourself and others. Here's the story.
When my daughter was a toddler, I often took her to our city's main library. One day we were leaving after getting some books, and she decided she didn't want to leave. We were in the middle of the library's large central open area when she began wailing. She arched her body and slid out of my grasp and onto the floor, where she started thrashing and howling as only a two-year-old can. It was quite a spectacle, and IT WAS LOUD!
You might think, "Why didn't you just grab her and take her outside?!" But she'd also mastered the art of making it impossible to pick her up. There was nothing I could do, so I just stood there. Glancing around, I saw that everyone in sight had turned toward us, frozen in place and staring.
After a few minutes (that felt like an eternity), she stopped. I was able to pick her up, set her back on my hip, and march toward the door. ("Hi!" she chirped cheerily to each person we passed.)
What I learned from this experience (and others, but none so dramatic) was that even a tiny little person has enough power to foil the intentions of a relatively gigantic grownup (me) and command the attention of an entire building full of adults. My daughter hadn't yet been taught to be polite, blend in, get embarrassed, "follow the rules." To **NOT** seek what she wanted. And so she just let her power rip. Really, it was magnificent.
Each of us still has that much power--and more. But as kids, we're socialized out of using it or even being aware of it.
Of course we need to teach children to use power smartly, responsibly, and considerately. Children must be constrained from running out into busy streets and taught not to snatch cookies away from smaller kids. Society can't function if adults go around acting like two-year-olds.
But I think we go too far in suppressing our children's natural power. I want to encourage us all to reclaim that hidden strength in the service of those who are vulnerable and the parts of ourselves that are vulnerable.
I invite you to examine your life. Where are you needlessly giving up power, consenting to situations that aren't good for you, or following rules designed to benefit others? Moving beyond your own life, where are you under-utilizing your power to increase the collective good?
What if, in the service of the light, you reclaimed and channeled even a little bit of that magnificent power that each of us had as young children?
May the light prevail.
With deep, non-judgmental presence, you create a powerful space for transformation. If you do nothing else than sit with someone in heartfelt witness to both their suffering and their potential for transformation, it is more than enough.
--by Nancy Hausauer
If you're looking for a way to shift your energy out of a negative funk, try working with the image of "catching an updraft"--like a bird using an upward current of air, spiraling higher and higher, gaining altitude with minimal effort.
Mostly, we're more familiar with "down-drafts"--the spirals of negative energy that carry moods and life-events further and further down.
But there are energetic updrafts, too, and in our lives, most of us have experienced those as well. They are the energetic analog of the ascending columns of air that carry birds effortlessly higher. Similarly, these energetic spirals lift us up--out of bad moods, doldrums or runs of "bad luck."
You don't have to wait around for luck to bring you an updraft--you can consciously catch and ride them. Here are some ideas to help you get started.
This is a 6th-chakra experience. From this soaring panorama, can you see anything helpful that you've been missing from an earth-bound perspective? In the stillness of high altitude, can you hear your inner voice of wisdom more clearly?
Updrafts are real. Catch one today!
--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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-v-IMSKOtoE
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!
"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
--by Nancy Hausauer
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.
--by Nancy Hausauer
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.
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
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