Hearing Heart, by Susan Austin-Crumpton

Many years ago when I was on a silent retreat, I awoke in the morning with a loving sense of Holy Presence.  This “answering angel” had no form, yet touched my heart tenderly and reached the core of my being.   I had clear knowledge that everything that had happened to me in my past had happened for a reason.  I set my path that day with a loving heart and pure intention.
I have never viewed the world in the same way since that moment.
I have had many teachers and studied with gurus.  My conclusions are simple and clear.  Those who study any religious or mystical path to learn to manipulate the world to their personal advantage are embarked on a dangerous path.  Those who seek holy teachings to seek power over others will find themselves drawn to darkness.
The world is a strange place right now.  With both political sides fighting with such fear and hate.   I begin to wonder if the Middle East terrorists fear is floating on the wind and the rest of the world has “caught it” like catching the flu.
I believe it is only by seeking the embrace of loving kindness, rather than undeserved wealth or individual power can I carve a protected path for myself.  My belief is that power comes from a yearning in my heart than opinions in my mind.  According to mystical teaching,  spiritual awakening cannot be derived through intellectual reasoning and opinions alone.
King Solomon, considered a wise man, prayed to God for the gift of a“hearing heart”.  He could have asked to be “right”, or informed or powerful with his knowledge.  Instead he asked that his heart be opened to hear others.
My prayer is that the answering angel shows up in love and clarity for all of us as a nation and as a planet.  My prayer is that the heart of us all answers with a deep “hearing” .

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.