How To Send Energy Healing To Others
--by Nancy Hausauer
Last week I wrote about ways to be a healing force, just in how you live your life. Everything is energy, so you're impacting energy with everything you do. If you generally live with the intention to bring growth and healing to your world, you will do so.
But sometimes we want to be more purposeful and direct about working with energy. One way to do that, especially if we can't or shouldn't be physically present, is to send energy. Here are some ways to do that.
How To Send Healing Energy
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 have a tradition to rely on, here's a technique to try:
- 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 or situation 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.
- End the session by taking a deep breath and re-centering. Notice your breathing and the sensations you're experiencing. Open your eyes and conclude by blowing out the candle or sounding 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 to anyone. 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.
Wishing you peace, Nancy
--by Nancy Hausauer
Last week, I encouraged you to be a force for healing. I want to expand on that today.
For some people, such as anyone in a mental or physical health care field, it's obvious. You're already doing it. (Thank you.) It's enough, unless you feel strongly called to do more. Others of you may also have a clear idea about how you want to be or already are a force for healing.
But some of you may still be wondering how best to be a vehicle for healing in your world. I want to reassure you that it need not be an ambitious project. In fact, working in ways that come naturally may be best. Defining healing broadly--as helping people rebuild their wholeness, regain the fullness of who they are, live in harmony with others and the world, and be on a fulfilling life-path--there are endless ways to be a healing force. Here are a few ideas:
- Is there healing that you yourself need, on any level? Can you commit to good self-care, and can you dedicate that to the betterment of all? Can you keep your own energy highly calibrated with meditation, time in nature, compassion, positive and harmonious thoughts?
- Are you a parent? Can you teach your children self-care and self-healing practices? Compassion and tolerance? Reverence for the earth? Can you heal multi-generational wounds and dysfunctional behaviors, so as not to pass them on?
- Can you heal a patch of ground? Create beauty? Cultivate order and coherence?
- At work, can you refrain from participating in needless drama? Tap into the highest vibration of your organization's/job's mission? Try to be an uplifting, harmonizing influence?
- In your interactions with others, can you see the best in people? Give a word of encouragement? Appreciate and acknowledge others?
- More generally, can you practice basic principles of energy healing as you go about your life? If so, you'll automatically be a healing force in all you do.
Deep, non-judgmental presence heals and creates space for transformation.
Intentions are directed thoughts, and can be incredibly powerful. You can use this power in any situation by holding an intention for the recipient's highest good.
- Positive thought and speech
What we say and think has a huge impact on those around us. By maintaining positive thoughts and speech, we help others hold positive beliefs and thus create good outcomes for themselves.
- Directed attention
Energy flows where attention goes. Your attention feeds whatever you give it to. Whatever the situation, focus on the potential for good, evolution and healing.
- A compassionate heart
I could go on, but you get my drift. Healing work, whether on a global scale or in the privacy of your own heart, is mostly about intention. Start where you are and go from there. You got this.
Next week, I'll write about another way to be a healer: sending energy to people or situations.
--by Nancy Hausauer
2021 is just a few days away. In the new year, so much healing is needed.
I invite you to join me in committing to being a force for healing in the coming year. This week, I encourage you to take time to think, pray, talk, write, or seek guidance about how you can best be a part of the balancing, harmonizing and alleviation of suffering that is so badly needed for our planet and its creatures.
This is a time when all healers of all kinds are needed. If you're reading this, you are one. This is no time to be diffident, doubting or shy about your role. I urge you to find a way to help yourself, others, and the earth to heal--and do it.
With love and respect,
--by Nancy Hausauer
For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, the Winter Solstice is December 21st -- today.
The Winter Solstice, the official beginning of winter, is the longest night and shortest day of the year. It also heralds the return of the light—I love the poetry of that. Like each of the seasons, winter offers lessons about living in harmony with our energy.
The Wisdom of Winter
In winter, nature rests. The nights are long and still, the earth gestates and many of the plants appear to die. It's part of the natural cycle, necessary for the growth and productivity of spring, summer and early fall.
Often we forget that rest and stillness are necessary for us, too. This is true for everyone, but especially for energy healers and others who are sensitive to subtle energy.
In winter, nature teaches us that we must take time for internal stillness, external rest and self-gestation. If we haven't taken care of ourselves, we can't take care of others. We don't have enough extra light to direct toward healing, creating and other positive purposes. We must guard our time for restoration and inner stillness with the fierceness of a winter storm.
Staying Energetically Balanced in the Season of Winter
Here are some winter-solstice-inspired ideas for making sure your precious subtle energies stay in balance:
- Let go of traditions and activities that don't feed your spirit. The pandemic gives us a good excuse to overhaul our usual holiday patterns and start new ones. What really matters? What can you let go of?
- Get out into nature. Get as much natural light as possible.
- Turn off your electronic devices and do something creative.
- If you feel tired, take a nap. Your body is wise. Allow yourself as much sleep as you need.
- Nurture your inner child with play-time.
- Bring rich, beautiful colors, sounds and scents into your home and workplace.
- Take a mini-holiday every day, even if it's just a ten-minute jaunt outside for fresh air.
- Schedule regular time for stillness and reflection such as meditation, journal-writing or contemplative walking.
- Make room in your life for the distinctive poetry and beauty of the season.
- Take a night walk (safely, of course). Look at the moon and stars. Feel the richness of the dark.
- Allow the return of the light to feed your hope for the world. Light candles or build a fire to celebrate.
I wish you a beautiful, wise, restful winter -- Nancy
--by Nancy Hausauer
It's obvious that the pandemic has impacted most of us in practical ways. It's also affected our energy systems, too. Here are some thoughts on how the pandemic may be influencing each chakra and some Covid-safe things to help rebalance them.
Fear, chaos, and uncertainty can knock the first chakra off balance. To help:
- deal with the basics, every day. Make a list (1st chakra loves structure), and check them off. Here's an example.
- take a break from the news.
The pandemic interrupted many of our daily routines and rituals, including how we feed our 2nd chakra with pleasure and beauty. To help nourish the second chakra:
- do something that gives you pleasure every day
- create or bring some beauty or joy into your sphere
- bring scents you love into your home-space (See last week's blog.)
- go moon-gazing
- tend your beauty, e.g. a bath, a home facial or manicure, wearing something that makes you feel attractive.
The pandemic has made most of us feel pretty powerless, so boosting the third chakra is important.
- contemplate what you DO have control over, and take charge of that. For example, deal with things in your home that bug you.
- make and eat healthy food
- set small, achievable goals and track your progress
- belly breath
Isolation is hard on the heart center. The pandemic is isolating us from our loved ones, one primary 4th chakra area. But nature, that other great heart-chakra connection, is still available.
- get outside if you can. If you can't, look out a window, be present and connect to the sky, the birds, trees, etc.
- extend compassion to others who may be suffering, and do what you can for them
- do something for the larger good, whatever that means for you
- reach out to loved ones in whatever way you can.
The pandemic has stifled many of our usual means of self-expression. To fortify your throat chakra:
- mindfully create something. Endow it with "a special something" that expresses your uniqueness.
- call up a friend and listen to them deeply
- email or call an elected official about something that matters to you.
While nothing external can really impact the 6th and 7th chakras, 1st chakra-related concerns can certainly hijack your attention. Here are some things you can do to bolster your crown chakra.
- contemplate what you're grateful for
- practice reframing something that feels negative to you
- listen to your intuition
- create an altar.
Finally, to support your crown chakra, you might:
- send positive energy or prayer to someone or something
- watch videos of your favorite spiritual teachers online
- re-connect to your spiritual practices and community.
I hope this gives you some ideas for bringing more balance to your energy system in these strange and challenging times.
--by Nancy Hausauer
The winter holidays are often stressful for folks, and this year, with the pandemic and all the political unrest, a lot of us are finding the season especially hard. (Stop here and take a mindful breath, slow down, ground, check in with your body and your heart center.)
There's a lot we can't control, but there's also a lot we can. One way to control your home environment is through aroma. I'm a big advocate of using essential oils to reduce stress, clear your field, and raise your energy.
Like homeopathy, essential oils are a form of vibrational medicine. That means that their effect goes beyond the physical realm, into the energetic/vibrational realm. Here are some easy ideas for soothing and uplifting your energy through aromatherapy.
Essential Oils for the Winter Season
If you've got essential oils, I encourage you to get them out and have some fun playing with combinations in your diffuser (or in a pan of water kept on very low heat on the stove).
- Oils such as lavender, chamomile, geranium, yang yang, sandalwood, cedarwood or patchouli are great for calming and smoothing your energy. (I love a cedar wood lavender combination to support sleep.)
- Clary sage, melissa, orange, lemon verbena, bergamot, and lemongrass are good to lift your spirits.
- Cinnamon, clove, ginger, allspice, citrus and evergreen scents help to conjure up the positive energetics of "winter holidays."
Other Aromatherapy Ideas to Scent Your Holidays
But even if you don't have essential oils--they can be expensive--there are ways to lift your spirits and your energy with scent. Here are some ideas. I can almost guarantee they'll make you smile.
- Bring branches of evergreen trees into the house for decoration. Don't have any in your yard? Wait for a storm and go out collecting.
- Mull apple cider with traditional spices: a cinnamon stick, a few buds of clove, a few allspice berries, and a bit of orange zest.
- Peel an orange, saving the peel. Eat the orange and take pieces of the peel into the room(s) you wish to scent. Bend the peel, pointing it away from you, so that the oil sprays out into the room.
- Bake cookies, which spreads the lovely, calming odor of vanilla throughout the house.
- Burn a pure beeswax candle. It exudes a subtle aroma of honey. (Thank you, bees.)
- Take a walk outdoors in the fresh air, focusing on the scent.
You can learn more about using aromatherapy and essential oils here.
I wish you an energetically nurturing and beautifully scented winter season.
There Is An Evolutionary Force In Everything
There is an evolutionary force in everything. Tap into it and you will find your life transformed.
--by Nancy Hausauer
If you're in the U.S., you'll be celebrating Thanksgiving on Thursday. Whether or not Thursday's an official holiday in your country, counting your blessings is a reliable way to elevate your energy and your life.
A sense of gratitude generates positive energy. You can literally see someone's energy change when they shift from negative thoughts to gratitude or appreciation. (Try it!) Thankfulness clears and expands your energy, redirects your consciousness, builds your light body, and strengthens your connection to the rest of Being.
It's a basic tenet of energy healing that "energy flows where attention goes." So when you focus on negatives, you feed that with your energy. When you redirect your attention to what you're grateful for and what's going right, you feed THAT with your energy.
Ways To Incorporate More Gratitude And Appreciation Into Your Life
- Observe your thoughts, speech and behavior. How much of these are negative or complaining, how much positive and appreciating?
- At night before you fall asleep or first thing in the morning (or both), reflect on things you're thankful for (or appreciate).
- Keep a daily gratitude journal. Alternatively, in the evening write down three good things that happened that day, describing them in some detail.
- Be sure to notice and appreciate things you may normally take for granted, like clean air and water. (I hope you have these.)
- Give thanks when things are going well, and more importantly, when they aren't. Even in hard times, there are plenty of things that are going right. You can always appreciate the air coming into and out of your lungs.
- Regularly voice your appreciation to family and friends, for things both small and large.
- Pick some aspect of your life you usually find fault with. Switch your perspective and focus on its merits.
- Practice any or all of these things for 30 days. You'll establish new, more positive habits of mind. Notice how this changes your life.
I wish all of us a warm home, enough to eat, health, peace, safety, the love of family and friends—and the blessing of a grateful heart. -- Nancy
--by Nancy Hausauer
In our culture, it seems like most of us are awash in self-judgment and self-criticism most of the time. There's a lot of talk about self-love, but many of us don't even appear to LIKE ourselves much. Which is absurd, because there is so much to like--and love--about most people.
The self-dislike has huge implications, both for our own lives and our sense of ease and happiness in them, as well as for our relationships with others. That's because we often transfer our self-criticism and judgment to others. This is true even (especially?) with the people we love. Our energy gets intertwined with theirs, and so the energy of our self-judgment gets transferred to them as well.
An Exercise To Nurture Self-Liking
I have an exercise that I think you'll love, and that I believe may be transformative. I'm aiming to do it regularly, and I invite you to do it, too.
- Sit quietly for a few moments, following your breath. Let your thoughts even out and let calm start to enter your body.
- When you feel calm and settled, think of a person you really, really like. (It can be easier to choose someone not in your closest circle of friends and loved ones, for the aforementioned reasons about our self-judgment rubbing off onto them.) This should be someone who makes you feel warm and smiley when you think of them.
- Get an image of them in your mind and allow the warm, smiley energy of liking to grow and spread to your entire body, and then out into your energy field. Don't overthink this; however you do it is fine.
- Then, allow the image of your person to fade. Often this happens on its own. Let their image fade away so that your mind's eye is empty. However, let the feeling of liking and appreciation remain.
- Just allow yourself to sit in this warm, smiley feeling of liking, without an object. Enjoy it. It feels good!
- What you are doing is sitting with yourself in a state of liking and positive regard. This is a new feeling for many of us! And it is very, very healing.
- Try to do this for a few minutes every day. Notice if it affects the quality of your life and relationships.
Wishing you unconditional positive self-regard,
--by Nancy Hausauer
What a stressful year it's been. Stress, in the short term, isn't particularly harmful to you. What's bad is getting stuck in a chronic state of stress, which is precisely what's happened to a lot of us.
Emily Nagoski, Ph.D., and Amelia Nagoski, DMA, in their useful book Burnout, define stress as "the neurological and physiological shift that happens in your body when you encounter a threat." Threats can be tangible and short-term, such as a barely avoided car accident. They can also be external and longer-term, like money problems, pandemics, ongoing chaos, or the loss of your way of life . And then, there are internal stressors such as perfectionism and self-criticism.
Prolonged stress makes you vulnerable to illness and accelerates aging. It can contribute to high blood pressure, heart disease, ulcers, autoimmune diseases, cancer, anxiety, insomnia, and depression.
On an energetic level, stress blocks and unbalances our energies, making the energy field less smooth and fluid. The field might seem jagged, discordant, spiky, or like static. You might feel areas where the energy doesn't seem to be flowing or even. If you touch the physical body, you may notice these energetic disturbances manifested in clenched, compacted muscles.
Signs of Chronic Stress
How do you know you've been in prolonged stress?
- You're sick a lot
- You have chronic pain, injuries that don't heal, inflammation, chronic fatigue
- You're having a hard time getting a full breath; insomnia; or digestive upsets
- You're isolating yourself, hiding from your life
- You're exhibiting self-destructive behaviors
- You're doing something repeatedly, even though it's pointless (e.g., checking your phone, having obsessive thoughts, unconsciously fiddling with your body)
- You're losing a sense of perspective about problems
- You're having brain fog
- You're losing emotional resiliency; short-tempered; or tearful a lot
- You feel a sense of futility or helplessness that won't go away.
Ways To Move Stress Through And Out Of Your Body And Energy Field
So how do you deal with stress?
You have to move the stress energy, as well as its physical hormones, through and out of your system. This completes the cycle. We need to do this at least once a day.
Burnout offers ideas for doing this, based on current research.
- Physical activity (the very best way to move the stress out of your body and energy field).
- A six-second kiss
- A twenty-second hug
- Robust laughter or crying
- Creative self-expression (writing, drawing, singing, dancing, painting, etc.)
- Belly breathing .
Other research-backed ways to help with chronic stress:
- Engage with something larger than yourself
- Make realistic, incremental goals that are near-term, concrete, specific, under your control, and feel good
- Hang out with positive people who deal with stress well and in general, have low-drama lives.
However you choose to deal with stress, make it a priority. Your health and your happiness depend on it.