Becoming Present, by Susan Austin-Crumpton

“My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest."
                                                                                                      --  Exodus 33:24

I have been riding around with my husband in his antique MGB.  Apparently middle Tennessee doesn't mow roadsides anymore and since the car sits so low, I am looking at miles and miles of weeds and tall grass.
"Boring", my mind says.
Then I notice those pretty yellow flowers and beautiful purple thistles mixed in with the weeds.  The ones that make me sneeze, yet I think they are so lovely.
That is the way Presence works!  Becoming Present gives judgment a chance to turn into discernment, hate into love, discomfort into pleasure and on and on.
However, some theories say the primary addiction under all addictions is the desire to feel better NOW!  That leaves discomfort, irritability and negativity with no place to go but deeper into whom you are becoming.
It’s pretty simple and it takes some practice.  As neutrally as possible let discomfort sit with you and name it.  Then WAIT!  You may discover some flowers in the weeds too!

Susan Austin-Crumpton
Executive Director & Founder
The Estuary, Inc.


Susan Austin-Crumpton

Susan Austin-Crumpton, Executive Director and Founder of The Estuary and The School of Healing Arts. Susan’s intention to be fully present and alive with passion and joy requires an authenticity that is her hallmark. Dedication to study and commitment to her clients and students provides The Estuary and the community involved with purpose and meaning not often found in traditional leadership. Susan Austin-Crumpton speaks of The Estuary as being like a wheel, with the staff being each of the spokes, the programs and services as the rim and she is the hub of energy and identity at the center. As the founder of The Estuary and The School of Healing Arts, she has developed the healing techniques and skills taught by the school and integrated into the individual practices of the staff. Susan’s leadership, innovative practice methods and classes have created the foundation of The Estuary and The School. Her varied career history as business owner, a teacher, and a psychotherapist, make her uniquely qualified to bring grounding to healing practices that originate outside the medical and psychological mainstream. Her techniques are truly complimentary to allopathic medicine and traditional psychotherapy, not in conflict with them, as is evidenced by the community support and acceptance over the past twenty years. As the primary teacher at The School of Healing Arts she combines the techniques of energy healing and psychology with Kabbalistic principles into her psychotherapy techniques that bring lasting change into the lives of those who work with her. She works with individuals and groups specializing in depression, anxiety, couples, health issues, addiction, and spiritual connection to life’s meaning and purpose. Susan has completed four years of study in healing science with The Barbara Brennan School of Healing Science and three years of study in Integrative Kabbalistic Healing with Jason Shulman's A Society of Souls. She also holds a degree in counseling psychology from the University of Louisville. She is a pastoral counselor ordained by The Estuary. Susan specializes in integrating transpersonal psychology with energy therapies effectively embodying the mind, body and spirit connection. She has been in private practice for 18 years serving individual processes, coupleship work, group experiences, and health related issues. She is the primary teacher at The School of Self Healing Arts and teaches transpersonal psychology, energy anatomy and therapies, world religion, and experiential therapy techniques. Susan is married and has two daughters and two grandchildren. She loves to study, to learn and grow personally and professionally, and is committed to the well being of her family, students and clients.