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Embrace Your Broken Places

--by Nancy Hausauer

Embrace the broken places in your life and breathe the light in through them. Then breathe the light back out for the benefit of other people.

Embrace the broken places in your life and breathe the light in through them. Then breathe the light back out for the benefit of other people.

Tools For Practicing The Essential Art Of Consciousness Shifting

--by Nancy Hausauer

For most of us, moving our awareness from the reality model that we use for everyday life to the reality model that we use when we're doing energy healing is a profound switch. Because of this, what I call "consciousness-shifting" is an important skill for energy healers.

Hubble Telescope image of earth from space

The dominant cultural view of reality is, to put it simply, that only physical matter is truly real. The energy healing framework for reality, in contrast, is 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 it absolutely necessary for energy healers to be able to make this shift? Maybe not. But it's certainly helpful. And liberating. And fortunately, like most skills, it gets easier as we practice it.

There are many ways to practice and build this skill. For me, images from space are often particularly helpful. My personal reality is very firmly based on this beautiful planet. Anything that moves my focus out beyond Earth's atmosphere really messes with my head--in a good way. It expands and increases the flexibility of my awareness/consciousness.

So I wanted to share this amazing resource with you. Created by American Museum of Natural History astrophysicists, "The Known Universe" shows the universe as mapped through astronomical observations. It is accurate as to scale and location, to the best current scientific knowledge.

And here's another amazing resource that helps us visualize the micro-level, the inner life of a cell. It's also breathtakingly beautiful and astounding, challenging us to re-orient to reality as we experience it in our daily lives.

Both of these animations also make me profoundly grateful to exist.

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How to Help Skeptical Clients Embrace Energy Healing

--by Nancy Hausauer

Faces in profile, It's all GOOD>

Sometimes new clients tell me upfront that they aren't entirely comfortable with the idea of energy healing. I even have clients who've been coming to me for years who periodically confess that they "have a hard time with the whole energy thing." They enjoy receiving it, but it makes them uneasy if they get their mind involved and think about it.

It doesn't bother me that they feel this way. It took me years to come to complete acceptance of energy healing, so I get it. Energy healing challenges some of the most basic assumptions of our culture. The dissonance between what people have been acculturated to believe is "real" and what they experience in an energy healing session can be unsettling, to say the least.

Here are some of the ways I handle it when clients can't quite embrace energy healing with their intellects.

1. First, I reassure them that it's OK, even good, to be skeptical. They don't have to swallow it hook, line and sinker. Instead, I encourage them to remain present and open to what they actually experience, both during and after a session, and to try some "sideways" and "halfway" approaches.

For example, to make the experience of energy healing less mentally challenging, I encourage them to think of it in a metaphoric or symbolic way, rather than as an absolute reality. We're very used to using metaphors and symbols to talk about complex things, without requiring them to be "true," so this works for many people.

2. People having trouble with mental resistance to energy healing can also view it as just an alternative way of thinking about the world. Most people have experienced how a fresh perspective on a familiar issue or problem can yield new insights and solutions, so this approach can also help people set aside their resistance and skepticism.

3. A third way to reframe it can be to think of energy healing as something more ordinary than extraordinary, using forces and principles that we experience every day, even if they are below the level of consciousness. I point out that if they've ever gotten a "gut feeling" or felt the "vibe" of a person, group or place, they've felt subtle energy, and if they've ever cheered up a distressed friend with a hug, they've done an energy healing. In energy healing, these forces and principles are just used consciously and amplified. Normalizing like this often helps a lot.

If none of these approaches works, I encourage people to park their disbelief at the door, just for the duration of the session, in a spirit of curiosity, light-heartedness and exploration. They can pick their skepticism up on the way out if they still want to!



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How To Soar Out Of Negativity By Catching Energetic Updrafts

--by Nancy Hausauer

Soaring bird

In a recent session, a client was in a bit of a funk. She was wondering how to shift her energy to something more positive. Together, we came up with what felt like a very powerful image. (I love these collaborative sessions.)

The image was 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.

Consciously Catching Updrafts: Some Ideas

  • Take a moment to think of things in your life--experiences, thoughts, activities, places--that are like updrafts, or perhaps more accurately, that create updrafts. They lift your spirits, bringing you joy, vitality and a more positive outlook. They're like pressing a "re-set" button on your mood.

  • There are people who are like updrafts, too. Positive, fun, affirming, uplifting. You may experience them in person, or in books or videos. Spend more time with them. (Be sure that if you are interacting with them in person that you reciprocate the positive energy you get from them in some way.)

  • Get out your calendar right now and schedule time for "updraft" experiences and people. Be conscious of wanting to soar on the positive energy you are bringing into your life.

  • You can also use your imagination to get yourself into updraft mode. Close your eyes and visualize being a bird catching an "ascending column of air." Take a deep breath and release yourself to the experience. Feel the lift under your wings, the support of the rising air. Feel a joyful sense of soaring, spiraling higher and higher with almost no effort. Here's a video to help you imagine this.

    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?

  • If you're currently in an energetic downdraft, do this visualization several times a day.

Updrafts are real. Catch one today!

Warmly, Nancy

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Why And How To Cultivate The Indispensable Power Of Hope

--by Nancy Hausauer

Candle flame, symbolizing hope

Hope is essential.

Without hope, our energy starts shutting down, and we close our energetic access to the realm of potential.

On a practical level, we stop trying. We stop looking for solutions. We sit and wait for "the inevitable." Whether we're talking about a personal problem or a global one, that's deadly.

Rethinking Hope

Hope is not the same as blind optimism. There is room for hope, even in the direst of circumstances. Here are some eminent thinkers on the subject:

"…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, to expect that we don't know. And this is grounds to act."

― Rebecca Solnit, Hope In The Dark

"We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope."

-- Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work: you don't give up."

--Anne Lamott

"When it is raining, we think that there is no sunshine. But if we fly high in an airplane and go through the clouds, we rediscover the sunshine again. We see that the sunshine is always there."

--Thich Nhat Hanh

Nurturing The Flame Of Hope

So, nurturing and cultivating hope is vitally important. I encourage you and me and all of us to make keeping hope alive an every-day practice. Here are a few ideas:

  • Seek out hopeful people, books and movies.
  • Develop a daily ritual to nourish hope.
  • Every time you light a candle, dedicate the act to kindling hope in yourself and in the world.
  • Create an altar as a visual prayer for and a nourisher of hope.
  • Think of and share examples from your life or from history when discouraging situations turned around.
  • Create something--anything--and allow it to remind you of the boundless creative potential of the universe.
  • Make a point of doing things that lift your spirits and avoiding things that don't.
  • Cultivate a habit of looking for things that are going right. You can do this without blinding yourself to the challenges.
  • Don't allow your energy to get depleted. Take good care of yourself, spiritually and physically.
  • Take some time every day to visualize the world or your life the way you want it to be.
  • Make the world better for someone, anyone. Even just refrain from being crabby for a day.

Wishing you hope, Nancy

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Use the Season of Summer to Feed Your Energy Field

--by Nancy Hausauer

First raspberry

Summer officially starts June 21.* Like every season, Summer has its particular wisdom to impart about living in harmony with our energies. One of its important lessons is about absorbing, savoring and appreciating:

  • absorbing light
  • savoring sweetness
  • appreciating beauty.

It's easy to get caught up in life's hustle and bustle, marching through the wonders of our world unconsciously,so busy or so lost in thought that we forget how quickly summers fly by, flowers fade, children grow up.

Some moments are perfect: sweet, warm and beautiful, like a lazy, rose-scented afternoon. Summer reminds us to be fully present for these moments. They feed our energy fields, making them strong and vibrant and helping to keep them from becoming depleted during leaner and more challenging times.

Feed Your Field

This summer (and all year long), be an apprentice to the wisdom of the season. Drink deeply of the things that feed your soul. Whenever you encounter light, beauty, sweetness and joy, bring them fully into your body and your energy field.

Here are a few ideas for doing that:

  • Take a single ripe berry and really enjoy all its sensory qualities.

  • Devote a whole day to enjoying a particular sense.

  • Meditate on a flower, noticing as many things about it as you can.

  • Watch a whole sunset or sunrise.

  • Lie down on a blanket and marvel at the starry sky.

  • Take a morning or afternoon off and do nothing. (No TV or electronics.)

  • Cook a meal that epitomizes summer. Share it to multiply the enjoyment.

  • Enjoy just breathing.

A Poem That Says It All

This excerpt from Mary Oliver's poem "A Summer's Day" captures the kind of radical presence and savoring I'm talking about:

… I don't know exactly what a prayer is.

I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down

into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,

how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,

which is what I have been doing all day.

Tell me, what else should I have done?

Doesn't everything die at last, and too soon?

Tell me, what is it you plan to do

with your one wild and precious life?


Have a beautiful, nourishing summer.

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*(Of course, it's Winter Solstice for those in the Southern hemisphere.)

You Are Magic

--by Nancy Hausauer

As an energy healer, you are so much more than the sum of your techniques.

As an energy healer, as in any area of your life, you are so much more than the sum of your techniques.

Tapping Into The Evolutionary Principle In Our Stuck And Challenging Places

--by Nancy Hausauer

Ornate garden path

There is an evolutionary principle in everything. This is true of living beings; it's also true of all situations, good and bad. It's one of the ways energy or life force manifests itself.

We can transform our lives by tapping into this evolutionary force in anything, including our challenges and problems.

Challenges and problems are tip-offs to transformation and growth just waiting to happen. So are blocks and obstacles; feeling stuck; or feeling that our life (or a part of it) is boring or stale.

How To Free The Evolutionary Force Within Problems And Challenges

When you encounter a problem or are feeling stuck or stale, stop and ask yourself:

What is the evolutionary force here?

Sincerely ask to tap into it. Then wait patiently, clearing your mind as much as you can.

Free-writing in your journal can also be helpful. Free-writing is just writing about a topic as fast as you can without stopping for a set time (at least 5 minutes). It bypasses the conscious mind and often yields valuable, fresh information about what's going on inside you or outside you.

Once you've found the evolutionary power in your problem, you can apply it. Sometimes it may be something you can act on, immediately using it in your life. Other times it may be an insight that allows you to shift your perspective on a challenge, a light showing you the path forward, a message of hope, a principle to follow, a next step, an illumination about your life in general, or something that seems indirect but will subtly influence your life for years to come.

In any case, the wisdom and power living within your problems are treasures worth seeking.

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Comparing Ourselves to Others: A No-Win Trap (And a Self-Healing for It)

--by Nancy Hausauer

No one just like you.

Seems to me one of the worst traps we can fall into is comparing ourselves negatively to others. I'm speaking as a healer here, but it applies to any aspect of life.

Comparing ourselves unfavorably to others is common, human, and hard not to do sometimes. But it's discouraging, limiting, and downright destructive.

"Why should I even bother, (you might think) when X is so talented? S/he is able to [fill in the blank]. I'll never be that good, why should I even try? With X out there, why is my work even needed?"

I don't know anyone who doesn't do this sometimes, myself included. We see others' gifts and talents, ignoring their challenges and weaknesses -- while doing just the opposite for ourselves.

Arggghhh! Why do we treat ourselves like that?!

The truth is, when we compare ourselves to another, it's never "apples to apples." Everyone's life circumstances are just too different to make comparisons. You could never have all the information needed to make a valid comparison.

You're unique. Your life path is unique. Your gifts and contributions are unique. Your challenges are unique.

It makes no sense to compare, when there can be no validity in those comparisons. It's almost like we're TRYING to make ourselves feel bad!

A Self-Healing for Negative Comparisons

Here's a self-healing that I suggest if you catch yourself comparing yourself to someone else:

  • Stop yourself in your tracks. Just don't do it.

  • Instead, write down approximately ten self-appreciations: things you do well (as a healer or otherwise), positive traits, strengths, people you've helped, etc.

  • If you're having trouble thinking of strengths, call up someone who thinks highly of you and ask for help.

  • Give thanks for the gifts that are flowing through you, being aware that, whatever they are, they were not given to you to keep to yourself -- they were given to you to share.
  • Next, give thanks for the gifts flowing through the person to whom you were comparing yourself. Aim for being truly glad these gifts are available to the world. This sometimes difficult but very powerful practice really shifts the energy, helping to pop us out of the ego and into a more universal perspective.

  • Sit and meditate for a few minutes.

Know that you are unique and beautiful. The world needs your gifts, your essence. Don't compare yourself to others, and don't create false reasons to withhold your precious gifts from the world.

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Share Your Light

 Spiritual light isn't diminished by sharing. Give it away. It'll only grow brighter.

Spiritual light isn't diminished by sharing. Give it away. It'll only grow brighter.

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